【Warlords of Terra】General Q&A

I have asked a few questions about the game to the CEO.  Here are those answers, couple are not previously published.

General

Q. What platform will it support? I know it’s online version, but does
that mean it will run on iOS,Android, PC, Mac, Linux all at same time?

GOOD QUESTION! IT WILL BE AVAILABLE FIRST FOR PC/MAC. LINUX VERSION PROBABLY WILL ARRIVE A BIT LATER. WHEN THESE VERSIONS ARE READY, WE’LL WORK HARD TO LAUNCH ANDROID VERSION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. IOS WILL BE STUDIED DEPENDING ON RESULTS. IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT WOT HASN’T BEEN THOUGHT TO BE PLAYED IN SMARTPHONES, BECAUSE ITS FORMAT ITSELF DOESN’T ALLOW IT. THE BATTLEFIELD IS SEEN TOO SMALL (TESTED) AND IT’S NOT PLAYABLE. HOWEVER, TABLETS WILL BE A SUITABLE AND CONFORTABLE WAY TO PLAY WARLORDS OF TERRA.

Set Plan

Q. What’s the set plan i.e. how many cards in each set, and how often
expansion be released?

BASIC SET HAS 244 CARDS, AND OUR INTENTION IS RELEASING A NEW SET OF ABOUT 150 CARDS THREE TIMES A YEAR (EACH 4 MONTHS VERY APPROXIMATELY). NEXT SET WILL SHOW SURPRISES WITH A NEW KINGDOM…

Booster Pack Related

Q. How much will a pack cost, and how many cards will it contain?

FOR ONLINE GAME, EACH NORMAL PACK WILL COST 0.99€ (A BIT MORE IN $), BUT TO IMPROVE CHANCE TO DRAW STRONG CARDS, WOT MASTERS BOOSTER WILL BE AVAILABLE AT 1.99€ OR AS A COMPENSATION FOR PLAYING (SOMETIMES)
NORMAL AND WOT MASTERS BOOSTERS WILL CONTAIN 6 CARDS.

Q. Will building cards have separate booster pack than Battle cards? If not, are the most basic building cards unlimited use?

NO, BUT THEY ARE ABOUT 40 FROM 244, SO STATISTICS THEMSELVES WILL CAUSE WE DON’T FIND MANY OF THEM IN OUR BOOSTERS. AND NO, BUILDING CARDS ARE NOT UNLIMITED USE, AS THEY ARE NOT MANA UNDERSTOOD LIKE IN MTG FOR EXAMPLE. THEY ARE LIMITED TO 4 OF EACH KIND (EXCEPT UNIQUE, LIMITED TO 1), BUT BUILDING DECK IS 20 CARDS, SO WE’LL EASILY DRAW PLACES THAT ARE SUITABLE WITH OUR RESOURCES PRODUCTION STRATEGIES.

FOR CARDS REPEATED MANY TIMES, DON’T BE AFRAID. WE ARE WORKING ON THE DESIGN OF A FORGE MODE IN WHICH YOU CAN RECYCLE A NUMBER OF REPEATED CARDS TO TURN THEM INTO NEW RANDOM ONES. THE RATE OF COST/PRODUCTION WILL BE HIGH, BUT YOU WILL HAVE CHANCE TO GET MORE UNCOMMON CARDS.

Note: Since the game will now be dTCG, Forge system may or may not stay, but that should have the least impact.

Q. What’s the difference between Master booster and regular booster? Price, and content.

AS SAID BEFORE, THE PRICE WILL BE HIGHER FOR WOT MASTERS BOOSTERS, BUT MAIN DIFFERENCES ARE THAT IN A NORMAL BOOSTER, YOU GET 1-2 UNCOMMON OR MORE RARE CARDS, WHILE IN WOT MASTERS YOU GET 2-4 OF THEM, AND THE RATE OF GETTING MORE RARE CARDS WILL BE INCREASED (BETTER CHANCES FOR RARE/UNIQUE CARDS)

Auction/Trading Related

Q. Will you have trading/auction house?

WE’VE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT POSSIBILITY, WE HAVE TO CONFESS IT, BUT HAVEN´T TAKEN IT SERIOUSLY YET. THAT MEANS “NO, BUT IT’S NOT A DISCARDED OPTION AT ALL”.

This answer has now been changed as the game now becomes dTCG rather than dCCG, but shows the flexibility of the company.

Q. Aside from auction room, any plan for direct player to player trade e.g. Magic online or HEX.  This is a way to provide direct trade between two players with agreed price/trade.

 

WE’VE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT OPTION, BUT BEING HONEST, BUT NOW OUR MIND-CHANGE ABOUT THIS HAS REQUIRED DEVELOPING AUCTION HOUSE, AND IT’S A COMMITMENT WE MUST MEET THAT WASN’T PREVIOUSLY PLANNED. SO, AUCTION HOUSE  WILL BE THE TRADING SYSTEM BY NOW. WE DON’T DISCARD ANY OTHER IDEAS, BUT THEY’LL BE PROPERLY PLANNED IN FUTURE, IF WE CONSIDER WE WANT TO ADD THOSE OPTIONS.
Certainly, no guarantee here but I think it is an good indication such feature will be added in the future especially game is now dTCG rather dCCG.  If one needs commitment, I guess we might have to raise our voice and get official statement, but for now I think it’s a good chance someday we will see this.

Draft/Tournament Related

Q. How much will tournament/draft cost?

WE ESTIPULATED 1.59€ A DRAFT ENTRANCE FOR IT TO BE A GOOD CHANCE FOR PLAYERS TO PLAY AND EARN BOOSTERS, BUT WE MUST SAY THE COST HASN’T BEEN DEFINETELY FIXED YET.

Q. Infinite free tournament pass or 1 year free tournament access. Do
they allow you to play unlimited number of drafts/tournaments i.e.
required packs included like that of HEX?

NOT AT ALL. IN FACT, WE DON’T LIKE HEX SYSTEM IN THIS CASE AT ALL. HEARTHSTONE SEEMS A BETTER REFERENCE (ARENA MODE). WE THINK IS SO GOOD EXAMPLE THAT OUR DRAFT WILL BE IN FACT A VERSION OF THAT KIND OF TOURNAMENT. IT COULD VARY A LITTLE BIT, AS IT’S STILL AN ASPECT TO DEVELOP, BUT IT’LL BE SIMILAR FOR SURE. LESS COST FOR PLAYER, MORE FUN. IT’S NOT A QUESTION OF ONLY MONEY, WE LOVE GAMES AND WE WANT ANYBODY WITHOUT THE CHANCE TO SPEND (I.E.) 10€ A WEEK TO BE ABLE TO PLAY AND ENJOY TOO. IN FACT, DOUBLE COIN SYSTEM WILL HERE (LIKE IN HEARTHSTONE) ALLOW PLAYERS TO ENTER DRAFTS WITHOUT REAL MONEY IF THEY WANT. HOWEVER, WE’RE CONSCIOUS WE NEED MONEY TO CONTINUE AND GROW SO, APPART FROM PRODUCT AND TICKET SALES, WE’VE THOUGHT ABOUT ALTERNATE SKINS FOR HEROES AND OTHER WAYS TO SELL EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FOR ANYBODY WHO IS PLEASED TO BUY IT.

Q. What’s the potential rewards for draft/tournament?  Are we safe to assume similar level to Heathstone I,e, if you win more game, you get more reward to the point you can win free pack, additional draft play etc,?

WE HAVE THAT LISTED IN OUR PREVIOUS STUDY OF THE GAME DEVELOPMENT. WE CAN’T SAY EXACTLY THE PRIZES BUT YES, THE SYSTEM IS BASED ON HEARTHSTONE ONE, SO IT’LL BE SIMILAR.

PvE Related

Q. Campaign/story mode?

UNFORTUNATELY NOT AT FIRST. WE’D LOVE TO, BUT THE GAME WILL BEGIN ONLY AS AN ONLINE GAME (PVP), WHY? BECAUSE OUR PROGRAMMING TEAM IS SMALL AND, AFTER DISCUSSING IT, OUR CONCLUSION WAS THAT A.I. FOR THAT GAME MECHANICHS WOULD BE TOO COMPLEX TO BE DEVELOPED BY OUR TEAM AND IN A CONSIDERABLE TIME. IT WOULD TAKE TOO MUCH TIME FOR US SO, IF WE GROW, WE’LL DEDICATE PART OF OUR MEMBERS TO DEVELOP THAT MODE. ANYWAY, ALTHOUGH THERE’S NOT A STORY MODE, THERE IS A STORY BEHIND TERRA CHARACTERS AND PART OF OUR PROJECT IS WRITING NOVELS/COMICS TO FILL WOT WORLD WITH GREAT EPIC STORIES.

Others

Q. What’s hero skin?  Is that same as alternative art card or is it a deck sleeve?

 OH, YES, SORRY… SOMETIMES ENGLISH TREATS ME, PLEASE FORGIVE ME IN THAT SENSE. YES, I’M REFERING TO ALTERNATIVE ART OF THE CARD. IN CASE OF EXCLUSIVE ARTS ANNOUNCED IN KICKSTARTER, THOSE WILL BE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR BACKERS (AS SAID THERE IN KS).

Q. Digital to physical card reimbursement plan?  As in Magic the gathering online, if game succeeds, is there any plan for potentially allow players of digital game to request physical counter parts or alternatively like Shadow Era, purchasing physical pack provides digital content of the same amount?

BY NOW THAT WILL BE ONLY A POSSIBILITY GIVEN FOR HIGH REWARD BACKERS, BUT IT’S NOT GOING STOP THERE. IN FACT, WOT WAS THOUGHT AND BORN AS A BOARD-CARD GAME, AND ONLINE VERSION IS AN ADAPTATION. WE STUDIED THE COSTS OF IMPRESSIONS, PACKING, DISTRIBUTING…AND THE PROJECT IN THAT TERMS WAS TOO BIG AND RISKY. ONLINE VERSION SEEMED TO US MORE SUITABLE, BUT IT’S ALSO A WAY TO REACH OUR DREAM: BEING A GREAT PHYSICAL BCCG WITH TOURNAMENTS WORLDWIDE WITH ADEPTS IN EVERY CAOUNTRIES. ALL THAT DEPENDS ON THE SUPPORT WE FIND IN TCG LOVERS COMUNITY. WE DO BELIEVE OUR SYSTEMS, OUR AESTHETICS, OUR TALENT…REALLY DESERVE IT. OUR HOPE IS CARD GAME LOVERS TRY WOT AND FIND IT AS FASCINATING AS WE DO (IT HAPPENED WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WHO TRIED, BUT WE NEED TO REACH MORE PEOPLE). TO MAKE LONG SHORT: NOT YET, BUT WE’RE PUSHING HARD TO LAUNCH PHYSICAL VERSION AND MAKE IT AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE.

 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by weipeng on December 1, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    The one thing I concerned most about Warlords of Terra, is that they would publish physical cards. The physical cards,
    1) Limits the design space of any dCCG. (I’m looking at you , Shadow Era). You couldn’t do things as fancy as Hex, SolForge or Hearthstone.
    2) Makes it impossible to nerf/buff cards when needed (or you just obsolete the physical version). Even big company with strong QA team (i.e.. WotC, Blizzard) would make mistakes. I don’t see how little indie developers have such confident.

    Go pure digital, or go home. I would say.

    Reply

    • Posted by houshasen on December 1, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      I agree though i believe it’s more of their aspiration than anything else at this point.

      Let’s take a specific example. I asked about potential of trap card in this game as I can’t imagine any other game that can have real trap cards than this type of game. Developer response was before they weren’t thinking because with physical you can see where you put the trap so you can only hide the actual card e.g. a Shadow era or Yugioh but now because they are digital you can even hide where you put the card. So to me this sounds like digital only system. Though technically, I can come up with a way to do this in physical realm just not as elegant but same can be said for many of HEX features; hence, typically they aren’t on non-digital only games.

      If there is an issue, I think it’s more of future physical cards as the game can easily get complex enough people may have simply hard to play physically. Shadow Era being still relatively simple digital game, physical becomes hard to play.

      My dream is have a physical card for collection but real play either straight digital or perhaps digital support e.g. iPad app to support physical play. Or may be company can do opposite of magic. Have a subset of cards in physical version to make them playable on physical and if people likes it have them come into digital.

      So it’s a valid concern but I think it’s for future rather than digital version.

      Reply

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