Dear readers, dear friends and fans of the Elemental Clash Customizable Card Game!
It has been a while since I last provided a proper update on the status and progress of Elemental Clash (about half a year in fact!).
But now I am pleased to bring you tremendous tidings in the form of this here news flash articel / press release!
First off, I am highly pleased to announce that Elemental Clash – the GERMAN EDITION – will be funding on Spieleschmiede (that would translate to “Games Forge” in English) this coming November 2015!
Spieleschmiede is a Germany-based crowdfunding platform run by a major German board game online shop (Spiele-Offensive). Contrary to many other similar crowdfunding platforms, Spieleschmiede does tabletop games ONLY and not everyone can launch their project on there. But after a long phone call with their representative, we soon agreed that Elemental Clash was in fact worthy of getting a chance on the Spieleschmiede crowdfunding platform – a fact by which I am immensely pleased as I have to admit! The fact that the Spieleschmiede guys accepted Elemental Clash for a crowdfunder on their platform makes me highly enthusiastic that the often-requested German Edition of the game will be funded successfully on there. The Spieleschmiede track record is highly impressive as they managed to fund 44 out of 49 game projects so far. Furthermore, the Spieleschmiede staff will take care of marketing and promotion as well as reviews etc. and guide me through the process of crowdfunding the game from first preparation all through fulfillment. Hence, I am very excited to see what is going to happen in November regarding the EC Spieleschmiede crowdfunding campaing. One nice detail: We will most likely be printing through Carta Mundi, the very same guys who are printing Magic: the Gathering – this means we MAY be able to offer our backers FOIL (Holo) cards as special rewards.
The Spieleschmiede Crowdfunder in its most basic form will seek funding for the German version of the Master Set, however we will try to fund the Legendary Legacy Expansion Set as well along with many additional cards for stretch goals and such. The detailed plan will be worked out by the Spieleschmiede team and myself. IF we are able to make it, we might even be able to offer the Elemental Clash 10th Anniversary Edition! That leads me to the second part of my announcement, which is no less awesome than the first part:
As announced in the title of this post, a great ocassion is nearing ever so fast as
we are going to celebrate the Elemental Clash 10th Anniversary in the coming year 2016!!
Indeed, it has been almost 10 years since I scribbled down the first iteration of game rules and cards for Elemental Clash in one lush summer’s night back in 2006, while I was ending my civil service and beginning to study social work. Interestingly, not one jot in the rules has been changed ever since (although new stuff was added such as the popular Spellcasters and – quite recently – the “Transformations”) and many of the old cards which I came up with right after nailing down the rules in quite a rush are still the very same and made it into the definite version of EC, the Master Set and consecutive expansions. So this coming year 2016, it is time to celebrate Elemental Clash and its 10 year history!
What better way to celebrate than sending out a ton of German Editions of the Master Set and more after a – hopefully – successful crowdfunding campaign on Spieleschmiede? Well I can think of something that can top even that! So get this:
In 2016 I will release a special 10th Anniversary Full (about 100 cards) Expansion to Elemental Clash going by the name of
Elemental Clash: Antediluvian Dreams
Elemental Clash: Antediluvian Dreams (EC: AD in short) will be a very special full Expansion Set in many aspects. First off, let me tell you that the set will be released and available IN ANY CASE on www.thegamecrafter.com in English – as per ususal. However, if we will be able to raise enough funds through the EC crowdfunder on Spieleschmiede, there will be a German release as well. So again, the English Edition will be available by mid-year 2016 at the latest on The Game Crafter no matter what. As for the German version, it depends on the outcome of the crowdfunder towards the end of this year.
But back to what makes EC: AD so special and worthy of the joyful ocassion of the EC 10th Anniversary celebration:
First off, EC: AD is set in a completely different world as compared to former EC releases, which were all taking place on the legendary continent of Anduvia. As the name “Antediluvian Dreams”, meaning “Dreams before the Great Flood” indicates, the new, 10th Anniversary Set takes place in a not quite historically accurate prehistory of an alternative Earth, where 4 grand, advanced civilizations, that are nowadays long lost and forgotten, wage war against each other. Each civilization is ruled and guided by a god, which will be represented as a Spellcaster card, and each is associated with one of the four colors to be found in the Elemental Clash Customizable Card Game. The four civilizations are Mu, dwelling on a continent in the Pacific Ocean who are associated with the Earth Element, Lemuria in the Indian Ocean associated with Air, as well as Hyperborea in the icy north associated with Fire and lastly the well-known Atlantis, in the Atlantic Ocean who are associated with the Water Element. Here some info on the four different factions / civilizations to be found in EC: AD:
In the fantastic universe of Elemental Clash, there are many different worlds and planes of existence so shifting the setting of the game to the not historically accurate prehistory of Earth will be a fresh new twist when it comes to the setting and flavor of the game. Be prepared for Hyperborean War-Mammoths, Muan Pterodactyl-Riders and resurrected Zombie T-Rexes as well as advanced Lemurian Vimana aircraft and Atlantean master builders and much, much more…
Besides the new, exciting setting of the Expansion Set, which will come with around 100 different cards, EC: AD will also introduce a new, slightly modified card layout which will look quite a bit more pleasing to the eye, as all unnecessary layout elements were removed to put the focus some more on the awesome card art, which will be done by many EC “veteran artists” as well as some newcomers to the EC art team such as highly talented Naranbaatar Ganbold from Mongolia. Here is a comparison between the old and the new layout! I hope you will like the new look of the cards, which features card-filling artwork as you can see below:
Furthermore, besides many new mechanics and abilities, the special Anniversary Expansion Set will introduce yet another new card type:
Contrary to Creatures or Spells, Buildings can be placed IN FRONT OF a suitable Element-Stone-Stack in the spot in your DEF-Zone that is in front of the suitable Element-Stone-Stack. So you do not have to “pay” for playing / constructing Building cards from your hand and you can place them in your DEF-Zone as long as the Element-Stone-Stack behind it has enough Element-Stones and an Element-Stone-Stack that produces the right kind of Energy. There will be Neutral Buildings as the sample above (note: the artwork is a placeholder for the time being) as well as faction-specific Buildings such as Hyperborean Steam-Gun Turrets, Atlantean Grand Libraries, Muan Jungle Temples and Lemurian Vimana Skyports. Contrary to Creatures, each Building will have a so called Structure Value (STR), that will be displayed in the teal-colored shield icon to be seen in the sample Building above. Whenever a Building takes damage, you put that many damage counters on it. Whilst damaged Creatures regenerate fully at each end of turn, the damage a Building took never regenerates by itself, hence the need of counters to keep track of damage. Whenever the number of damage counters is equal to or exceeds a Building’s STR-value, it is destroyed and sent to the Archive. But never fear, there will be effects that repair Buildings or retrieve them from your Archive.
Besides the new Building cards, there will be a huge variety of fantastic Creatures and Spells, magnificently brought to life by a talented cast of artists – EC “veteran” illustrators as well as new members of the EC art team, such as highly gifted Naranbaatar Ganbold from Mongolia.
Take a look at some card samples to check the high quality of the artwork to be featured in EC: AD yourself:
So you see, the coming year 2016 will bring much awesomeness and if the gods of gaming grant me their grace, I will be able to distribute the German Edition of Elemental Clash: The Master Set and hopefully more to German-speaking gamers in my homecountry Austria, as well as Germany and other German speaking regions some time in the first half of 2016, powered through a crowdfunding campaign on Spieleschmiede this November 2015!
Meanwhile I have released many and will be releasing more Mini-Expansions / Tribal Packs for Elemental Clash on The Game Crafter:
So far I have finished several Mini-Expansions or Tribal Packs which are soon to be released and available on The Game Crafter as stated above. The Tribal Pack: Orcs (Fire) is already available and similar Tribal Packs for Dwarves (Fire), Albs (Earth&Air), Abysslings (Water), Humans/Geldrons (Air) and more are already finished and will be uploaded and for sale on TGC shortly.
Furthermore, my good friend Filip Bak from Poland has finished illustrating – in 1,5 – 2 years of hard, relentless work - the full, standalone Elemental Clash Set “Slavic Tales“…
…which encompasses almost 300 cards that all represent mythological creatures straight out of slavic (eastern european) folk and fairy tales. It will be available on TGC soon as well and while the game is standalone (coming with ample Basic Element-Stones) it will of course be fully compatible with all other Elemental Clash cards and releases!
So you see, dear friends and fans of Elemental Clash, much has happened and even more will be happening regarding the game as November and with it the crowdfunder on Spieleschmiede in November approaches.
I for one am looking forward to a bombastic Elemental Clash 10th Anniversary year in 2016!!
Naturally, I will keep you all updated properly. Expect none less than EC awesomeness and maybe one or two surprises!