Just a quick post providing some thoughts on a product I picked up recently. Spellcaster Magazine is a publication from Frostgrave creator Joseph A. McCullough, with two issues out so far (published in Jun-17 and Dec-17). The intent, as explained by Joe in the first issue, is to present additional supplementary material for the game in a less official way.
I saw Ash talking about it on his Guerrilla Miniature Games YouTube channel and was intrigued, but was instantly sold when I saw the cover of the second issue was rules for Dragons. I only picked up the PDF versions, so can’t talk to the quality of the hardcopy, but the PDF’s are professionally laid out and neatly presented. The pictures included are what you’d expect, with various shots of relevant models in action and make it more interesting than just large blocks of text. Whilst the models aren’t your professionally painted eye candy, I find this refreshing as it often feels demotivating seeing pro painted models and comparing my tabletop quality hordes against them.
The new rules for Knightly orders look interesting, and add another layer of flavour to those higher priced warband members which I like. Although as rightly flagged in the magazine, this adds a layer of complexity which runs counter to Frostgrave’s seeming ethos and one of the reasons I was sold on the game in the first place.
Now, the main hook that got me in, the Dragons. These seem suitably powerful, and certainly not for general use, divided into four power levels (young, adult, old and ancient). The power level and special rules appear to be flavourful and would make for an excellent final boss in a campaign. I must admit to come close to being able to take down a Dragon it would have to be a pretty long campaign! There’s also the inclusion of a co-op scenario featuring a dragon which looks interesting, although doubtful I’ll have a warband of sufficient power to attempt it anytime soon.
Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase of the two issues of Spellcaster, and would recommend checking it out if you’re a Frostgrave fan who likes additional flavour bought in from homebrew-style rules. I’m looking forward to trying out the solo campaign from issue one and getting a Dragon to the table one day.