AoT Dev: Update 1

Hey Rerollers,

In my last blog post, I announced I’d be cycling between lore and development posts. The first lore post is out and covers the gods in the world of Amulet of Thrayax – you can find that post here.

I started a development blog on BoardGameGeek, and I’ve decided I’d like to also include these posts on the blog here.

These posts will act as a platform to detail the progress we’re making, important changes, and upcoming events (specific rules and gameplay posts are planned for the future).

Today will be my first development post. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact via the Contact Us page.

UPDATES

REWARDS & UPGRADES

I have been looking at what changes need to be made to the new Kickstarter campaign itself – in particular, looking at the different rewards previously offered, and what could be changed for the better.

Through feedback from the surveys we sent out, and also through playing the game with the community, I believe I have a good idea of what you’d most like to see added into the retail and Kickstarter editions of the game.

In particular, a frequent request for the Kickstarter edition has been “deluxe” upgrades of the game’s components:

A photo of the Amulet of Thrayax board game, with a variety of tokens on the game board
I appreciated the suggestion to drop a huge, mechanical tower in the middle and call it “Return to the Bleakpyre Tower”.

There are many key components that could be “deluxified”, which the team and I have been discussing in great detail, but I thought I’d give a specific example – the Cult Marker discs.

Several possibilities for upgrading the discs have been discussed within the team, but most were either too ambitious for a first time creator, or would lose Vincent’s beautiful artwork in the process.

We’ve currently agreed standees would be a cool upgrade and also showcase each cult’s artwork, and we’re now looking into if they’d be feasible.

This is just one example of the many changes we’re making, and I will no doubt cover other upgrades we’re looking at in future development posts (although I will try to keep a few secret, so not to spoil the surprise!)

REFINING MECHANICS

Over the last two years, there have been countless playtests and demos of Amulet of Thrayax, with helpful suggestions and constructive criticism from folk such as yourself, shaping the game into what it is today.

Whilst I fully believe the game in its current form is a complete and enjoyable experience, recent demos at UKGE 2022, ZatuCon and Tabletop Gaming Live have highlighted some aspects of the mechanics that I’d personally like to change, for what I believe is the better.

Last month I started holding weekly public playtests for this modified version of the game, organised through our Discord server and played virtually on Tabletop Simulator:

The Tabletop Simulator version of Amulet of Thrayax
Now with authentic cult ambience and virtual candles!

We have a lovely community of supportive and friendly gamers in our Discord server, whose continued input has been invaluable.

I’d like to invite you into that community as well, especially if you’d like to playtest Amulet of Thrayax and offer your thoughts on how it could be improved. I always take suggestions onboard and they help influence any changes I make.

If you’re interested, you can join our Discord server by clicking here.

DRAGONMEET

No doubt some of you in the UK will be heading to Dragonmeet 2022 on Saturday 3rd December.

If you are, do come say hi! We’ll be upstairs, next to our good friends Card Noir – the minds behind the brilliant Crown of Ash.

This isn’t my first Dragonmeet, and it’s safe to say this con is one of my favourites. I’d thoroughly recommend it if you’re a fan of roleplaying games, or if you’re looking to pick up some cool, hobby items from independent traders.

It’s always a pleasant and welcome surprise when familiar faces come by the stand at events, so definitely make sure you come visit me at the Trolls ‘n’ Rerolls stand!

THANKS FOR READING

If you’ve reached this point, thank you so much – it’s very warming to know that you’re reading (and hopefully enjoying) these posts.

If you’d like to stay in touch, here are all the platforms you can find us on if you aren’t already part of our growing community:

I’d love to hear more from you so do give us a follow and say hi.

As always, your support is much appreciated and hopefully see you back for the next post!

Thanks,

Tom, and the TnR Team

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