Later this week the re-imagined Ordo Phoenicis Ascendentis will go online.
But what really is going to be new?
You already know that all member fees will convert into store credit, that Ordo members will get a 10% discount on Warlord card stock in the shop, and that members will receive three 6-month-exclusive promo card play-sets each half year for two years. You knew that, right?
But that you already get if you become merely a Squire.
Why should you opt for the rank of Knight, Commander, or even a higher rank?
Because. That is where the coolness starts.
I am not talking about the T-Shirt you get for resigning. I am talking about shaping the game world.
Each member of the Order of the rank Knight and above is eligible to participate in a grand strategic game, played out online (we’ll be using the Arcanist, and yes, I do know it is not perfect).
How does that work? Well, think of it as a cross between Diplomacy and a Warlord tournament. Each game turn the leader of each faction submits the movement of his armies to the game master in order to capture key positions and drive out the enemy. Where armies clash, Knights of the respective factions will be tasked to play out the conflict online (with special rules due to terrain advantages, etc.) - or offline, should the players meet at a tournament or accidentally are local.
For this we will adopt a page from the L5R book: The winner gets fame points, the loser gets fame points, and in case of a draw (i.e. they couldn’t get along or the game didn’t work out), nobody gets points.
Talking about wondering - what does the player get out of it?
Well, consider that all is a bonus - you already have 100% store credit for becoming a member of the Ordo and get multiple sets of promo cards for trade. So primarily this strategic game is for fun - and to advance your faction. For each player there will be a set of achievements/trophies to gain that you will be able to see in your Cardmasters.de profile (much like the other award ribbons and medals).
More importantly, memorable events in the Strategic game will be part of the upcoming sets - in form a flavor text, actions commemorating epic battles and we will ask the heroes of this game for opinions (supplying names, art descriptions or even designing a card).
So if you would like to take part in the future of your favorite faction, consider immersing yourself in the deepest Warlord experience so far!