In dire times, alliances are not forged from trust and loyalty, but rather desperation and mutual cause...
Greetings, all. David Thompson and Trevor Benjamin here, designers of Blacklist Games’ upcoming Dire Alliance: Horror, launching on Kickstarter October 27. This article is the Fifth
in a series that delves into the game.
In previous articles, we provided overviews of the leaders and factions in the game, as well
as the two modes — Battle and Raid. This time we’re taking a look at scenarios and the board.
The board in Dire Alliance: Horror, is double sided, with one side depicting the Darkwood,
and the other side featuring the Fallen Gate. Each side of the board has five associated
scenarios — two for Raid Mode and three for Battle Mode. At the beginning of the game, players decide which scenario they want to play by selecting the corresponding scenario sheet. For your first Battle Mode game, we suggest the Beaten Path scenario, which takes place on the Darkwood side of the board.
The eerie forest on the outskirts of Gothenrook is aswirl with infernal magic and primordial
evil. The maps may call it Eleven Forest, but its ancient name is much harder to pronounce,
thus it has been hence named the Darkwood. It is within this macabre woodland that old,
hated factions clash once more in a battle to control the feeble mortal world so desperately
waiting to be enthralled. All roads in the Darkwood lead to bloodshed.
Battle Mode is played over the course of several game rounds until a player wins by completing the scenario’s goal. In Beaten Path, a player wins by claiming three of their opponent’s objectives.
The game board is broken up into several areas. Each area on the board may contain any
number of fighters, and each area is considered adjacent to another area if they share a
border line. Each area also contains a line of sight designator. These designators are used to
determine what fighters can see from their current area. To determine if a fighter can see
another area, you draw an imaginary line from the sight designator in the fighter’s area to
the designator in another area. Fighters and other components on the board do not block
line of sight.
Once you’ve learned the basic rules in Beaten Path, there is much more to explore. Each
scenario sheet includes special setup, special rules, and the goal for that particular scenario.
And that brings our series of articles to a close. We hope you’re as excited about Dire
Alliance: Horror as we are!
Remember, Dire Alliance: Horror is launching on Kickstarter on October 27, along with Blacklist Miniatures' Horror Series 1 set, and Day 1 backers get the exclusive Count leader for FREE! Click here to sign up to be notified at launch!