Thursday, 22 September 2016

Frostgrave: Arcane Locations - Mini Review

My dear readers,

This week I had not planned to write another post as I had a minor surgery on my right hand (yes, I am right handed). The freezing is still there, but when I saw that Osprey Publishing released Frostgrave: Arcane Locations, I found myself compelled to buy it and do a quick review. Now, I sit here with a hand still numb from the local anesthetic typing away on my computer.

Arcane Locations cost me $6 directly from the Publisher through Osprey's Webstore. That won't break the bank. This expansion contains three new battle zones / senarios, two new creatures, one magic item, one spell and 10 new resources that can be purchased for our Wizards' Bases. I personally bought it because I wanted more ways to expand a Wizard's base (one of my favourite parts of the game). The expansion is 11 pages long (counting cover and back-page) and of those 11 pages, one is for base resources. Regardless, I am happy with my purchase.

The Scenarios themselves are fairly interesting and two of the three call for specific terrain pieces. One calls for stairs and their openings which become moving elements that shift around the table while another calls for a pyramid of a specific size and shape to be built. If you like to build custom terrain for games, this would likely be an interesting expansion for you. For those not so much into modeling terrain, I am sure that something makeshift can be done to cover what is required, Having just read the document, my favourite scenario is The Arena Without Walls.

For bestiary, there are two beasts in this expansion with very high fight values. The spell and magic item are both related to one of those two creatures. This publication contains direct connections to Thaw of the Lich Lord, Into the Breeding Pits and Dark Alchemy, but the references are slight enough that I believe the expansion can easily be played without any of the above expansions. That said, it is always nice to own everything if you can. It satisfies the completionist in us, at least for me that holds true.

Cover of Frostgrave: Arcane Locations. Image from The Renaissance Troll Blog by Joseph McCullough.
Currently I own every book for Frostgrave except Into the Breeding Pits. I wish I owned that book too, but my gaming dollars are limited so I have to pick and choose what to buy. One thing that I am extremely excited about is the new Frostgrave expansion, Frostgrave: Forgotten Pacts, set to go on Pre-sale soon through Northstar, Check out the box of Barbarians that they will be selling with this coming release. Boy do I ever want to get my hands on a box of those!!!

This is the Cover Art for the new Frostgrave Plastic's Kit. This image was taken from a Facebook post by Northstar or Osprey. I want this!
To end, I just want to quickly discuss what to expect from my Blog for the next couple of weeks while my hand heals. On Monday, I am posting a large Battle Report of Dreadfleet. That report is already typed and ready to go. It contains 43 brilliant pictures of a friends copy and outlines the story elements of the game that him and I played. It should be pretty good and something worth coming back to read. Currently, that is my only planned post for next week, but I wouldn't be surprised if I publish more depending on how I feel. Right now, my typing is dreadfully slow due to the numbing in my hand.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

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