Alpha tests launched, custom campaign announced for the Shadow Realm Expansion

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  • #258318

    Hiliadan
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    Some months have passed since the last news from the Shadow Realm Community Expansion but the team of volunteers designing it has not been idle! The Community Expansion reached a new stage at the beginning of November 2017 with the launch of the alpha phase of tests. Single players will also be pleased to learn that a custom campaign (it will be the first complete custom campaign for AoW3 when it is released!) has been added to the content of the expansion!

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    Read the full article on the-Battlefield.com/aow3, the community website for AoW3: https://www.the-battlefield.com/aow3/index.php?page=commnews&eingabenewsid=72

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    #258320

    Hiliadan
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    Some news from the alpha test PBEM game! We’re on turn 3 and I met my first independent Shadow Elf Outpost (for the first two turns, please check the article).

    PS: please note I’m playing on Low settings for graphics so forgive the poor visuals. My laptop can’t handle better graphics.

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    #258358

    SikBok
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    Looking good despite the graphics settings!

    Good luck wrapping up the mod.

    #258363

    Yigg
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    I’m really looking forward to playing this!

    #258367

    Hiliadan
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    From yesterday:

    Turn 4
    Just got a Quest from my closest Shadow Elf Outpost! And that’s where we see we’re still in alpha: the reward is a High Elf and not a Shadow Elf unit. 😀

    I’ll still do the Quest, let’s not be too picky! 😀

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    #258452

    SikBok
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    Lol, that sounds so familiar.
    Loose focus for a moment and you miss some changes you had to make after copying over an entry : )>

    #258509

    Hiliadan
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    Day 5
    I was too reckless with my Exterminator, trusting too much in his Life Steal and lost it on a 2nd Gold Mine battle this turn… I’ll have to be more cautious in future fights! Hopefully one of my Touched will evolve into another Exterminator.
    I found a Cave Entrance, I’ll send a Crow to the surface to try to locate a Shadow Gate to reach the Shadow Realm. I should probably send an expeditionary force there to settle my true lands!

    Unlike my Dwarf hero who is Vulnerable to Shadow Sickness, my Shadow Elves have Shadow Walker.

    Day 6
    Finished researching Scoundrels! They have Shadow Realm Concealment, I love that! The only issue is… that I started UG!! 😀 And I still haven’t found a Shadow Gate to my Realm!

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    Thumbs way up.

    #258702

    Hiliadan
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    Day 7
    I reached Racial Governance Patron level (RG1)! The RG system for Shadow Elves is basically organized around two themes: embracing magic or taming/fighting magic. For RG1, the “embrace magic” part is the military upgrade: +2 Movement Points (MP) to Shadow Elf Irregulars on the Shadow Climate. The “tame magic” is the economic upgrade: your cities no longer dislike Subterranean and Artic Climate. So you have to choose according to your early game strategy: try to settle outside the Shadow Realm or reinforce your superiority on the Shadow Realm.
    As I started UG, I chose the economic RG!

    Day 8
    A new week starts in these desperate lands… My brothers and sisters cursed me when they decided to send me to the lands of Athla, to learn more about the opening of the Shadow Gates, which had brough our world, the Shadow Realm, in touch again with the realms of humans, high elves, goblins and other old races.
    While I was gathering strength underground, my Crow was flying high in the sky of what the locals call “the surface” when he spotted a form way too high to be a humanoid. Alarmed, I considered the options: it must be a Giant or an Undead Titan, one of the remain of the Archons’ former glory. I instructed my crow to move closer to be sure. Through his eyes, I was able to see the giant mass of the creature: Undead Titan I concluded, and I was ready to ask my Crow to retreat and move somewhere else as I did not want to deal with these evil beings. But then I realized to my surprise that it was a living Titan!! The Archons were there too, having crossed the Shadow Gate! I had to investigate further…

    ~~~ Journal of Hiliadan the Wily, Rogue Shadow Elf sent to investigate the Shadow Gate opening

    (or how to do RP with a bug :D)

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    #258945

    Hiliadan
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    Day 9
    I had used a Shrine of the Fallen Angel so my troops had Regrowth, and I wanted to push the limits of my Touched, so I went for a Dungeon (without balance mod so no battle enchantments). It was an Assassin defender set, Closely Matched. I actually had to play it twice because the game crashed the first time I played the turn (I tried to search something in the Tome of Wonders but it’s buggy in our current alpha release). The first time, I lost 2 Touched. This time I lost my Leader and the Longbowman I had received as a Quest reward. The Touched are really good and their Sprint can make good use of Regrowth (let yourself be engaged to split enemy units, then disengage with Sprint and leave your opponent alone).
    All my 3 Touched reached Elite and so they evolved! In the current alpha release, they Evolve 100% into Umbral Weavers (the T3) but it will be like Hatchling in the next release. So now I’ve got 3 Weavers! Time to test them! 🙂 Also got 2 Knights as a reward for the Dungeon.

    Day 10
    In the battle to complete the Quest awarded by a Dwarf city, I was able to use Invoke Darkness, the new ability of the Umbral Weaver, on 3 injured Wisps. The frost part of that mix of physical and frost damage, was quite effective to kill two out of three Wisps! Umbral Weaver, the Shadow Elf T3, can Invoke Darkness over a large areas with a 5 hex diameter, doing minor damage but possibly hitting many units. The Darkness thus summoned also has a chance to blind enemy units.

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    #259300

    Hiliadan
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    Day 11
    I met with a Dwarf Dreadnought underground and am sending troops to rapidly remove that threat from the area I seek to control. Despite the quick movements of my three Crows, I still have not found any Shadow Gate to reach my native Shadow Realm. It looks like my troops will struggle to come back home!

    As there was nothing really interesting to show this turn, I’m taking the opportunity to show a picture from a previous article on the Shadow Realm, showcasing the Shadow Elf Rogue line-up (I’m playing Rogue so I might be able to show some of these units in use!). The article is “Properly introducing the Shadow Elves, the new race of the Shadow Realm community-made expansion” https://www.the-battlefield.com/aow3/index.php?page=commnews&eingabenewsid=57

    Day 12
    I already talked about the Umbral Weavers’ abilities on day 10 but here are some additional details about their Inflicts since I had the opportunity to use them against non-Incorporeal units (last time it was against Wisps). All melee and ranged attacks of Weavers have Inflict Chilling, Inflict Marked by Shadows and Inflict Blind. They are strong enablers, that can maximize damage from your other Shadow Elf units, fulfilling their role of T3 Support.
    Here I used them to send to the Void the AI Dwarf that I had met on Day 11.

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    #264404

    Hiliadan
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    Day 13
    On day 12, I had doubts about a potential bug on Umbral Weavers’ Invoke Darkness because none of my Weavers used that ability in the auto fight vs the AI Dwarf (I play fights vs AI players in auto too, to act as if they were human players in this alpha-test PBEM game). But today I got reassured! My Weavers did use Invoke Darkness and they proved their worth as siege-masters!

    The poor Prospectors and the lone Firstborn were no match for my mighty army and the Darkness went through the stone walls of my enemy’s Throne as if it was crossing thin air. The Prospectors were blinded and decimated from a distance.

    Adios Edith the Grey, and thanks for your prosperous lands!

    Day 14
    Now that Edith is gone, my raiding army is doing some clean up and going to finish off a city Edith had under her control as well as show mercy (i.e. remove from the pain of being left alone in this world by killing!) to a hero that had joined the foolish Dwarf.
    Another Dwarf showed his head north of the Subterranean world. He is too far for me to deal with him in the immediate future but I add him to my checklist of nuisances to eliminate. My priority is still to find back a way to my homeland but it seems like Shadow Gates are really rare in this world!

    Another picture from the “Properly introducing the Shadow Elves, the new race of the Shadow Realm community-made expansion” https://www.the-battlefield.com/aow3/index.php?page=commnews&eingabenewsid=57 That’s the Shadow Elf racial line-up.

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