It’s always awesome to get to hang out with Lay Waste Games. Once again they were showing off Dragoon, this time at the CT FIG Mid-Year Event in Newington, CT at the Tabletop Shop. While they weren’t showing anything new, I did happen to get a bit out of them about an upcoming Dragoon expansion.
Soon, it seems, we’ll be able to play Dragoon with 5 or 6 players, and these two extra player characters won’t be dragons. The Barbarian and Rogue will indeed allow the game to handle up to 6 players, but can be used as a replacement for a dragon in a game with any number of players. What can these new characters do?
The Barbarian will play very similarly to a Dragon with the exception that it levels up during play. Its level will dictate what cards it can play, and when. The higher the Barbarian’s level, the better cards it’ll have at its disposal.
The Rogue plays completely different. Instead of a cave, the Rogue will have 9 tunnels that it places around the map during play that serve as both his means of claiming as well as swift transportation. Each tunnel will have a hidden trap on the underside of the tunnel tile that will be revealed when the tunnel gets destroyed. Another different aspect to the Rogue is that it doesn’t use cards. Instead, the Rogue will have around six pieces of equipment, of which only a certain number of items can be equipped at a time.
Different pieces of equipment can give the Rogue new abilities or modify its abilities,when equipped. An example given was a Grappling Hook that changes the Rogues’s movement from 1 to 2 spaces. As long as it’s equipped the Rogue must move two spaces. Another example is a Poison Dagger that can help the Rogue defend against Dragons and the Barbarian. Swapping equipment will take an action, so playing to Rogue will require a bit more planning on the player’s part.
Dragoon is an amazing game, and if this expansion sees the light of day I can only see it becoming more exciting.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed.