The Dead Pirate Robhearts sails in!
over 5 years ago
– Thu, Jun 02, 2016 at 09:52:56 PM
Has it really been a whole month since the last update?! Well shucks! Sorry for the break in communications, but things have been quite busy here at Obscure Reference HQ as we prepare for our pilgrimage to Origins Game Fair 2016! We've also been allocating our time to improving all aspects of the game before we get it to our manufacturer. In the coming weeks I will have quite a lot of new information and images to share with you, including the new designs for the Nefarious Plot and World Event cards, the first of the Hero's Quest cards, numerous graphic design upgrades, awesome news about some of the components and more.
And, at the risk of tempting that cruel mistress "fate", I can also tell you that we are not only currently on time, but we are ahead of schedule.
...Did anyone just hear that ominous thunderclap?! No? Hmm, must have been the wind.
The Dead Pirate Robhearts
In order to earn a decent wage, Roberta Seaheart worked herself delirious aboard the “Easy Target”, a caravel belonging to a wealthy merchant. It was a tough and thankless job, but she was good at it, and found that she took pride in putting in a hard day’s work. Roberta subjected herself to the harsh sea not for herself, but for her true love, Wesley. Wesley’s gambling debts had caught up to him, and he found himself indentured to a cruel warlord. Roberta did not hesitate for even a moment before putting herself in harm’s way to pay for his release.
After a few months, she had earned enough, needing only to return home from their final shipment. Unfortunately for Roberta, the “Easy Target” ran afoul of Mistress Deepgills as she was practicing a magical ritual. A mystical maelstrom swallowed up the ship, the crew, and Roberta herself. Despite the crushing weight of the sea and the grievous wounds she suffered, Roberta willed herself not to die. Her burning desire to see her love mixed with the remaining magical energy left over from Deepgill’s spell to fulfill her wish. The magic pulled her from the depths and deposited her on shore. She woke to discover that she was not dead, but nor was she alive, instead stuck somewhere in between. Using the remains of her former crewmates, she patched up her wounds (and missing limbs) before making her way to buy Wesley's release from his unwilling servitude.
Wesley was repulsed but what he saw, and rejected her on sight. He preferred to remain indentured than to go with such an abomination. For the second time in as many days, Roberta was crushed. If her heart could beat, it would have stopped right there. From that day forward, Roberta Seaheart was no more, replaced by The Dead Pirate Robhearts, sailing with a crew as undead as she, and determined to rid the world of the love and happiness that she had lost…
Unique Ability - Press-Ganging - If during any other Overlord's turn, one or more Lackeys were discarded for any reason, The Dead Pirate Robhearts may add a single Lackey to her Barracks from her Lackey Pool during that Overlord's End Phase.
Tyrano de Bergerac
Tyrano de Bergerac is the perfect example of a Cretacean gentleman. Easily the oldest living creature on Fred, Tyrano de Bergerac is the only known being to drink from the legendary Fountain of Youth. One fateful afternoon, a bright ball of fire was seen growing larger and larger in the sky. Tyrano ran blindly as far and fast as he could in a futile attempt to escape the asteroid crashing down onto Planet Fred. Suddenly, as the inevitable collision occurred, the ground opened up and swallowed him. He fell and fell for what seemed like ages before landing in a cool, soothing body of water – The Fountain of Youth.
De Bergerac spent many years swimming in the rejuvenating waters while waiting for the dust to clear above. After a time, he climbed to the surface to survey the chaos, and found that while he was the last of his kind, against all odds, there were many other surviving species. In the millions of years that followed, Tyrano took extended periods of hibernation, waking up periodically to check the evolutionary progress of the planet’s inhabitants, while simultaneously brushing up on his manners and social niceties.
Having already lived through a mass extinction, Tyrano saw the benefits that such an event held in propelling the surviving species forward, which led him to wonder about what would happen if another extinction level event occurred. How greatly would life on Fred improve?
Then and there, Tyrano de Bergerac decided that it was his responsibility to once again hit the reset button on Planet Fred. He might as well spread a little desolation and despair while figuring out just how he would do so…
Unique Ability - Charming Personality – Once per turn, Sir Tyrano de Bergerac may spend one Action Point to pick an opposing Overlord’s Lackey in any Zone of Influence that he is adjacent to. Move this Lackey to any open Basic Resource space or village within the same Zone of Influence, then Harvest the associated Basic Resource or Lackey. Then move the World Tension tracker as normal.
David, Christian and a host of friendly volunteers will be at booth 941 in Hall C during Origins Game Fair! We'll be giving demos, shooting the breeze, and making fools of ourselves all day every day of the convention. Come say hi! Try the game! Maybe win a prize? Hmm...
In case one of your friends missed the Kickstarter campaign, fear not! Pre-orders are still available through BackerKit!
That's all I've got for you today my friends. Until next time, I remain your faithful Lackey,