November 21, 2014 at 16:28 #135326
… or maybe you should http://ageofwonders.com/dev-journal-dont-fear-the-reaperNovember 21, 2014 at 16:33 #135327
Well, I guess this mean one of two things. Either we’re getting the Dread Reaper back, or we’re not (so shouldn’t fear him).November 21, 2014 at 16:38 #135330
Noooo don’t tease us like that! Can’t wait for the news post 😛 -still cool music-November 21, 2014 at 16:39 #135331
I’m betting we’d better fear the Reaper! Huzzah, after Da Butcher one of my favorite AoW units. Great classic song btw. 🙂November 21, 2014 at 16:54 #135335
It’s official, the Dread Reaper will have more cowbell.November 21, 2014 at 16:59 #135336
So excited! Shall we expect a dev journal about the Reaper?November 21, 2014 at 17:02 #135338
Cowbell? – It’s actually the sound of a skull hit by a bone. 🙂November 21, 2014 at 17:17 #135349
And I already wanted to yell at somebody to sticky this as a news thread XD
Just shows you guys combined work and hobby into one 😀November 21, 2014 at 17:29 #135355
Oh so now this is in the news sections with the 2 units! The reaper looks amazing and scarier than ever! Now to relive the nightmares of energy drain killing my T4 very quickly :D.
Haha the wailer abilities fit wraiths. Btw wraiths are marked as support units which they don’t fill unless they are highest rank, can they be given an ability to fit this :P.November 21, 2014 at 17:37 #135358
Super psyched! The Reaper looks amazing.November 21, 2014 at 17:43 #135359
Reaper indeed is just amazing! Good thing that his ability does damage even when resisted. I like the unit concept of the Wailer, but I dislike the artwork, maybe it will look much better in the game I don’t know, but so far that is the only thing I don’t like out of whole Necromancer concept, so good job! 🙂November 21, 2014 at 17:58 #135361
The Dread Reaper is the unit I have been looking forward to the most so I am very happy to see it.
It would be nice if it keeps it’s path of decay ability from shadow magic. It’s just so much fun going around corrupting the land.
I like the sound of the invoke death ability, very fitting.November 21, 2014 at 18:03 #135362
“radial Wail of Despair ability”
oooohh…banshee ability, in a circle?
Invoke death – I’m waiting for Epaminondas’ reaction lol.
The hourglass looks a bit like….a salt shaker :(.November 21, 2014 at 18:03 #135363
The Dread Reaper looks amazing. its a flying unit so i’m guessing a 30-36 movement points. The Energy Drain ability is a little confusing. From what I understand it looks like a 100% chance to Proc but the random part is with the amount of movement point it removes. I wonder if it spirit based or blight. Will resistances help to lower the effect. is that why you say up to 50% because of resistances?. Invoke death is just crazy. I wonder what the spell strength is 7? 9? 11? 20?. Is it a 1 shot ability or 3 turn cooldown? I also curious about the HP of the Reaper. low end T4 have 80HP and high end is 110HP. I’m guessing you would put it at 80HP because of incorporeal but man archon titans are 110 so. . .
The Wailer also looks like an awesome unit. The fact that it does blight and spirit damage is going to make this unit viable against almost everything. I’m guessing you guys didn’t give it float and instead pass wall to balance it in the strategic map. Was there some play test or something where they just moved too fast I’m guessing. Would be really crazy to have them just storm over mountains.November 21, 2014 at 18:12 #135366
The Dread Reaper is truly blessed by the Gods of Metal.
Hmmmmm… New Specializations to help counter the Undead, I’m curious to see my new enemy…November 21, 2014 at 18:12 #135367
The hourglass animation is maybe the most awesome thing in AoW III…November 21, 2014 at 18:14 #135370
Reaper’s wings look really great and I love the turning hourglass plus pointing bony finger combo. Wailer is funny, like a restless spirit of a deceased opera diva with unfinished business in the mortal world. 😛November 21, 2014 at 18:20 #135371
The units are great,i just think that reaper would look much cooler with a huge scythe.November 21, 2014 at 18:20 #135372
As an artist, myself, I appreciate the artistic influence for this character\unit. Very good. The scream is quite a scary picture in itself so you have chosen a good way to get into the Player
s mind. I guess ill be fighting this thing a lot since I`m not the Necro type! Will be enjoyable trying to take it down.
I wonder if it will have some kind of scary scream too?November 21, 2014 at 18:22 #135374
Looking really good guys! We’re gonna see a lot of Necro’s running around when this comes out.
Dread Reaper looks amazing indeed. Nice touch on the floating skulls. And the wailer is really nice too. Offensive support is just what we need!November 21, 2014 at 18:26 #135376
But is the reaper that fear us since it has spirit weakness!November 21, 2014 at 18:30 #135377
I’m soooo buying this.November 21, 2014 at 18:37 #135379
It would be cool if the unit that resists Invoke Death will get Lucky ability until the end of the battle. His second birthday.November 21, 2014 at 18:38 #135380
The Reaper is already my favorite looking unit in the game after seeing him for a few seconds. I think the hourglass interpretation is an incredible interpretation of what death would carry.
That unhealable damage is terrifying!November 21, 2014 at 18:49 #135382
Looking quite good, I would say. I appreciate the touch of scythe blades on the wings, in the absence of an actual scythe.
I wonder how many Rogue players will comment on the whole ‘Incorporeal AND T4’ thing. Although I suppose their cost is going to be hefty T4 grade, and Necromancers are unlikely(but they might, nonetheless) to have noteworthy economic boosters on the scale of Warlord/Dreadnought.
Well, unless it’s summoned. I don’t recall definitively if the Devs mentioned anything about that in the other threads.
Guessing it’s melee attack to be around T3 Physical values with Spirit/Blight hybrid on top, making it weaker against high def units, before potential bonuses from exploiting negative morale. Thus, it’s a T4, that punches in T3 weight class for damage output, before special mechanics, and it’s (presumably single-use) Invoke Death. Of course, it’s Incorporeal, and Fearsome, so it can still generally defeat T3s 1v1 and sometimes 1v2 without too much of an issue.
It should also generally do well against all of the class T4s, except for Shrines of Smiting, and to a lesser degree Juggernauts, with Horned Gods and Eldritch Horrors coming after due to protections(Shock Serpents might do well, though, if they avoid being Feared). Shadow Stalkers will probably cry shadowy tears. Manticore Riders will basically be facing an even more dangerous Shadow Stalker, in their eyes.
Oh, and Golden Dragons will laugh throaty dragon laughs while they destroy Reapers. Exactly, what Chryso would want, I’m sure. 😛
The hourglass looks a bit like….a salt shaker 🙁 .
Are you mixing up the bones of the Reaper’s hand as part of the hourglass? It looks like a fairly stereotypical hourglass to me.November 21, 2014 at 18:52 #135383
The units are great,i just think that reaper would look much cooler with a huge scythe.
Pros and cons.
I think the hourglass is (saltshaker aside edit: the more I look at the animation, the less I think about the use of condiments…) actually more fitting and downright terrifying as a symbol for the impermanence of life (yea, even in a game featuring immortal Elves…)
Plus scythes are somewhat…cliché…November 21, 2014 at 19:06 #135385
A Reaper as a 3d model looks better than on the artwork. Great modelling!
Though animation of death touch either lacks something or on the contrary is excessive (both pointing a finger and flipping the watch is too much, one of the actions alone maybe would be better)… Doesn’t seem cool. =)
A Wailer is … unconventional. Don’t know, need to see in the game / model. A floating head of Archon Casters is very cool, but Wailer seems a little cartoonish, I think.November 21, 2014 at 19:09 #135386
Well just think of wailers as banshees they seem similar to those. I wonder how effective massed wailers is, I hope it isn’t as imba as massed sirens lol.November 21, 2014 at 19:27 #135389
awesome! love it
was wondering if the necromancer himself would wield a scythe or a staff with some kinda skull on top – the other classes have a unique weapon each, so prob not a staff
also, was expecting vampires or summoned scouting bats at some point – i’m as excited as i was for the initial launch of the gameNovember 21, 2014 at 19:29 #135390
Pleeeaasee add some Black Riders like in the Lord of the Rings, [EDIT]
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