We are opening up our online version of The Succession Wars to public Beta. Emphasis on the Beta. We got hooked when playing the game by e-mail. We’ve (ok, Saxywolf) over analyzed it. And we (ok, mostly Brian) have been hard at work coding it for the past 6+ months! You could just play by e-mail, but we are doing this so you don’t have to worry about semantics and can just… play.
Please be careful when clicking. There are no take-backs (except if it is a bug; we’ll do our best to fix it).
When we update & upgrade the game, we will do everything we can to preserve your game(s) so you can continue to play. Allowing you all to play was our goal, after all.
We would like to thank all of our play testers: Bob Fischer, Mark Hall, Julio “Ladob”, and 2 others for helping us thus far and look forward to crushing them in the Closed Beta game (in round 4 now).
We have a list of current bugs to fix, but it is very playable. We have a really long list of additions to add too (of which I know we will sadly just never get to all of them).
MOST of the rules used are straight from the rulebook, but not all. Some are just not yet implemented, some necessitated change due to the online format, and some we have purposefully decided to change. We will eventually release a revised rulebook that matches the rules as programmed. For instance, a House Interdict is limited to two rounds. Also, a regional interdict lasts a full round rather then then just until the end of the affected player’s turn.
With that said, please play by the rules as programmed (subject to change at any time… and they will), but please feel free to contact us. We need feedback!
Starting a Game
First step is to start or join a game. If you are starting a game on your own, then you will follow these steps to get things moving:
- Create a new game via the link on the Dashboard. Give it a name and a description if you like.
Optionally, there is a password you can set to ensure that only your group of friends gets to play. If you are open to playing with strangers, leave it blank.
- Build your new game. This takes a bunch of steps and a few minutes. Let it finish completely before trying to click anywhere else.
- At this point players are allowed to join the game. Invite your friends and fill up all of the slots.
- Once all player slots are occupied, you Begin Player Setup. This will open the Play link for all players who can then begin placing units on the game board.
- Once all units have been placed, the Start Game link will be available. Clicking this is the last step and will draw cards, generate initial income, and set the first player going.
Playing the Game
Once you have a game underway each player will take turns until there is only one successor to the Star League Throne!
Each player turn is broken up into the following phases:
- Combat (if required)
Production and Movement are fairly self explanatory. The current player controls the action and clicks on the DONE link when they are ready to move to the next phase.
Once combat begins, all players in the game are allowed to view the affected territories and must click DONE to continue. Once the first round of combat is complete the players who have contested territories must assign casualties and click DONE to continue.
Other phases of the game like Taxes and Placement are done automatically for you.
We hope you do. This was a lot of work to put together (all during our “spare” time). Let us know what you think! Leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!Posted under Misc