Dear friends and fans of Elemental Clash!
As the old year is drawing to a close and the new year is nearing ever faster, I would like to give you a little glimpse of what the future of Elemental Clash will bring in this coming year! And a lot of things are going to happen, that I will tell you right away.
For 2015 I have planned the release of several smaller and larger Expansion Sets for the game, which I am going to introduce you to shortly. But first let me break the greatest of all news to you – in the form of an image. See below and be amazed!
Yes, that is right, Elemental Clash will be published through Rocky Raccoon Games in Brazil this coming year. I am afraid the Intro Pack won’t be released in time for Christmas but I was promised that the full Master Set will be released in March 2015, right after the dust has settled from the big Brazilian carnival! Thank you very much for everything Helio Greca! (See my Brazilian partner in the form of a promotional EC card below!)
OK so now that the grand news has been announced, let us move on to the various smaller and larger sets of Elemental Clash I plan on releasing over the course of the coming year 2015!
Tribal Pack “Orc Onslaught”:
This will be the first of hopefully many “Tribal Packs” which will be some kind of Mini-Expansions all focused on one Creature type – in the case of this first Tribal Pack it will be the Orc Tribe.
Each Tribal Pack will contain 36 cards in total, so 12 different ones. Please note that each Tribal Pack will be illustrated by one artist. In the case of the Orcs Tribal Pack, Emmanuel Bou Rolán from Argentina is the artist to illustrate all the Orc cards and he is almost done with all of them. Have a look at some exclusive card previews from the upcoming Orcs Mini Expansion:
Duel Pack: Order vs Chaos:
After the release of the first Duel Pack (Trolls vs Goblins) I plan on releasing further such 2 player dueling packs and next up will be the “Duel Pack: Order vs Chaos”. In the case of the latter, I have neither visuals to show you nor any info on the cards contained but you can be sure that there will be a ton of never-before-released/printed cards in both the Order and the Chaos Decks. I will post an update as soon as I know more about this second Duel Pack.
Next up two AWESOME Elemental Clash Standalone Sets that are both folk tale themed. Here they are:
Elemental Clash: Austrian Tales Deluxe Editon:
This is basically a re-release of the old Austrian Tales EC Set and will be a standalone game containing about 300 cards (around 100 different ones) and being playable without actually owning the Master Set (Base Set) as all 2 – 4 players will need to build a ton of different decks will be included, also Basic Element-Stones.
For those who are not familiar with the previous release of Elemental Clash: Austrian Tales, this is a very special set that contains only cards inspired by or depicting mythological creatures and magical events from my own home country Austria’s rich cultural heritage of folk tales. The pack will be full of spiritual beings of all kinds, devils and dragons as well as dwarves and giants, all of which are taken right out of our Austrian folk tales. I named the re-release the “Deluxe Edition” because, contrary to the old release, all the cards will have professionally done, full artwork, masterfully executed by just one illustrator - my good friend and fellow artist Dennis Saputra from Indonesia.
Take a look at some never before seen card samples below to see how great the new “Austrian Tales” will look like:
Next up will be a similar set of Elemental Clash, which is inspired by folk tales as well – only this time not Austrian but Slavic (Eastern European) ones:
Elemental Clash: Slavic Tales:
For more than one and a half year my good friend Filip Bak, a very talented comic artist from Poland, has been tirelessly working on illustration after illustration for the Slavic Tales Set, which will be a Standalone Elemental Clash Set as well.
My relentless artist friend from Poland has created so much artwork that I actually lost count of the number of artworks we’ll have in the end and hence I cannot tell you a definite card count for the complete Slavic Tales Set but it is bound to be huge and my guess is a minimum of about 80 different cards that will come with Slavic Tales. Similar as the Austrian Tales Set, the cards in Slavic Tales are taken right out of the fantastic world of Slavic (Eastern European) mythology. What will make this Set special and stand out from the crowd of other EC Sets/Products is the fact that EC: Slavic Tales will consist of Creatures only (plus Element-Stones of course) – so there will be no Spell cards per se. However we designed the Creatures in a way so that many of them make for good replacements for Spells. The new “Quickplay” Ability will certainly play a central role in creating a working Set of Elemental Clash devoid of any Spells. For your Info: Quickplay is an Ability for Permanent Cards (so Creatures for instance) that lets you play them any time just like Flash-Spells. Combined with lots and lots of useful Play-Effects, a good part of the Slavic Tales Creatures will be good, well-working replacement for Spell cards. Take a look at four sample cards:
Well this is all I can announce for now as for new Sets of various sizes to be released over the course of the coming year 2015. As you can see, EC is far from dead and there is much awesomeness coming right for us next year. Let me announce two other major things that are going to happen in 2015:
“Transforming” Elemental Clash:
Inspired by another game of mine and to some extent by the Extra Deck shenannigans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG I felt the need or the urge to introduce something completely new into the Elemental Clash card game universe. What I came up with in one of my notorious “epiphanies” is something that might, quite literally “transform” the game and the way we play it – in a beneficial and desirable manner if done right.
So I came up with the concept of Transformations and introduced the new card type “Transformed Creature”.
Here are a couple for you to look at before I explain briefly how transforming Creatures works:
As you can see above, I don’t have an actual artworks for the Transformation Cards (Transformed Creatures) – what you see above are just placeholders.
I shall explain briefly what the new Transformation thing is all about, but would recommend that you’d read the full article about Transformations on my games blog.
So with the introduction of Transformation Cards, each player is allowed to have a so called “Transformation Deck” of up to but no more than 12 cards. This deck is kept seperately, never shuffled in with the Spellbook (Main Deck) and will consist solely of Transformed Creatures like the ones seen above. Now each Transformed Creature has, besides other abilities, two “clauses”. The first is the “Transforms from X” clause, which indicates which type of Creature you need to have in play in order to transform it. The second clause is the so called “Transformation Trigger”: It indicates which conditions or requirements must be met in order to transform an eligible Creature in play. These requirements can be all kinds of thing as you can see in the four samples above. When you have a suitable Creature in play and the Transformation Trigger requirements of any of your Transformation Deck cards are met, you can take the respective Transformed Creature from your Transformation Deck and place it on top of the Creature in play. That is called a Transformation. Well, I think the possibilities with this new card type and game concept are endless and hold great potential both for me as the designer and for you, the player, adding yet another strategic layer to an already very strategic Elemental Clash. And don’t you worry, I will see to it that the Transformations will not be too overpowered so that using them would be mandatory to stay comeptitive. Done the right way, EC could benefit greatly from the Transformation concept and I will see to it that it will do so in the end!
Lastly, and this will conclude this whole bunch of awesome EC-related news, I will announce one more thing:
Upcoming: EC – The German Edition
After seeing, to my surprise, how well Elemental Clash was received at this year’s Spielefest in Vienna, the largest annual gaming event in Austria with tens of thousands of visitors, I have come to the firm conviction that I should try to bring Elemental Clash to the German speaking market, so mostly Austria and Germany, German being my native language anyways. So despite of more failed crowdfunders than I can count, I am very much inclined to try at least one more crowdfundern for financing a larger print run of the Elemental Clash German Edition, well planned through way ahead of time. My target had always been the American audience but maybe there could be a market for the game in Austria and Germany as well. And after all I have like 300 artworks and hence finished cards already around just sitting around on my external hard drive and all I’d need would be the necessary funds for the print run. Well I am definitely willing to give German EC a shot!
And that concludes my 2015 outlook regarding Elemental Clash! I hope you are looking forward to all the above just as much as I do!
Well, as you can see after having read this article, much work awaits – and EC is by far not my only projects as many of you will know!
So I, Andreas Propst, and the rest of the Elemental Clash Team wish you a merry christmas season and a happy new year!!