OUR FIRST EXTERNAL INTERVIEW

m2r
Nov
25

OUR FIRST EXTERNAL INTERVIEW

Here you have an interview we’ve just answered. The blogger Houshasen asks more about WOT, and here you have the interview because having you informed is a priority for us. Enjoy!

Hello, My name is Houshasen. I host a personal blog, I love dTCG in English and a few other Japanese TCG blogs. Your game caught my eyes, and I see some huge potential in this game especially several of concepts utilized in this game used what I once thought would be nice mechanics to utilize if I could have made my own dTCG. There are a few questions about this game.

HELLO HOUSHASEN, FIRST OF ALL, THANKS FOR APPRECIATING OUR GAME. WE REALLY HAVE DEVELOPED IT WITH A LOT OF HOPE AND EXPECTATIONS FOR IT. IT’S BEEN ABOUT 2 YEARS AND 7 MONTHS WORK! OF COURSE, WE’LL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. ALSO, KNOW WE ARE VERY PLEASED AND GRATEFUL FOR THE CHANCE TO APPEAR IN YOUR BLOG. DIFFUSION IS WHAT WE REALLE NEED NOW TO GET BACKERS! THANKS VERY VERY MUCH!

Q. How many card will there be at the start?

YOU DRAW 7 CARDS, 3 FROM BUILDING DECK AND 4 FROM BATTLE DECK (SO YOU GET RESOURCES AND COMBAT CARDS TO BEGIN AS STRONG AS POSSIBLE)

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…

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. 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. 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.

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.

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).

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”.

Q. What’s hero? Is it special card represent yourself, or just an avatar/picture? If it is former, will it have special ability/power like that of Hearthstone, HEX, Shadow Era, WOW TCG etc?

IN FACT, NOW THAT YOU SHOW SOME REFERENCES, I’LL TELL YOU THAT THE EXAMPLE HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM CARTE, A GAME THAT UNFORTUNATELY DISSAPPEARED. HERO IS A CARD THAT REMAINS BESIDE YOU. IT’S NOT A PLANESWALKER, IT CANNOT BE DAMAGED. BUT IT HAS SKILLS.

THE ORIGINAL POINT FOR THIS IS THAT ITS POWER IS INCREASED FROM YOUR OWN POWER. EACH RESOURCES PHASE, WHEN YOU GET MANA AND GOLD, YOU MAY RENOUNCE TO 1 POINT (NORMALLY OF MANA) TO GIVE IT TO YOUR HERO. SO IT IS PART OF YOUR STRATEGY (FASTER TEMPO OR SLOWER BUT WITH HERO SUPPORT?)

IN YOUR TACTIC PHASE (IN WHICH COMBAT TAKES PLACE) YOU MAY CHOOSE SPENDING THE ACCUMULATED POWER OF THE HERO TO PLAY THE SKILL OF YOUR CHOICE (IF IT HAS THE REQUIRED ACCUMULATED POWER, OF COURSE). THEN, THE HERO SPENDS THOSE POINTS AND PLAYS ITS SKILL, SUCH AS PUMPING YOUR TROOPS, TAKING CONTROL OF OPPONENTS TROOPS, MAKING THE OPPONENT IMMOLATING TROOPS…) EACH HERO REPRESENTS A SPECIFIC STRATEGY, AND THE BEAUTIFUL THING IS THAT YOU DECIDE HOW TO COMBINE IT, THAT’S YOUR CHOICE.

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. 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.

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.

 

OUR KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1460598061/warlords-of-terra?ref=nav_search

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