Developer Blog

Written by Stu Maine – designer at Well Played Games – check in every Friday for the latest developer blog, covering:

  • The design decisions behind the gameplay
  • Tactics and tricks for each of the card Factions
  • Upcoming changes, events and the studio’s plans
  • Insights and behind the scenes at a games studio
  • A look at the Warhammer 40,000 references used
  • Warhammer 40,000 hobby content

If there’s a subject you’d like to see the blog cover or you have a question, get in touch via [email protected] and let us know.

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Developer Update: Improved AI Deck Building

Developer Update: Improved AI Deck Building

As a longtime player one thing that always felt like it could have been better was the AI deck composition in campaigns. While the difficulty always felt appropriate the AI’s reliance on using higher cost cards always felt overly unbalanced and more often than not led...

New Trait Incoming: Inspiring Presence

New Trait Incoming: Inspiring Presence

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new trait and I’m excited to announce the latest, which will be tied into the new Indomitus release: Inspiring Presence!  So how does it work? First thoughts may be as a direct counter to Fear? Well it’s a bit...

Design Blog 115: Perfect Information in Combat Cards

Design Blog 115: Perfect Information in Combat Cards

I wrote about randomness in Combat Cards way back in the carefree, could go outside and lick anything we wanted, days of blog post 38. This week I wanted to expand on that by looking at ‘perfect information’, and what that means to videogames. Intimidating A game has...

Design Blog 114: Improving traits – art spotlight

Design Blog 114: Improving traits – art spotlight

Alongside the new feature work we have underway, our art team is looking at improving the traits used by cards when you deploy them to the battlefield. Rather than me trying to explain what we’re doing here and why, I asked our concept artist, Becky, some questions:...

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Developer Update: End of Season 14 Balance Changes

It's been a while since we’ve had a really large balance change tackling bodyguard stats, with much of recent focus being on adjusting warlord rules and traits. While this season has no trait changes, there is one significant Warlord rule change, as well as four minor...

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Developer Update: New Trait – Psionic Blast

I’m excited to announce our latest trait and in keeping with our last trait release, Barrage, we’re releasing a new AoE trait. This time, it's for Psychic attacks! We want each of these AoE traits to feel unique, so Psionic Blast isn't just a psychic version of...

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Developer Update: v32.0 – Friendly PvP

Hey everyone and welcome to another Developer Update. It's been a little while since we've put one of these out but we have been hard at work on a number of things behind the scenes during this new year period and we're really proud to bring you something that we as a...

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Developer Update: End of Season 13 Balance Changes

This season we are having a slightly smaller balance change, with two new warlords coming out in quick succession at the end of the last year and a large number of changes to existing warlords it makes sense to give things a little time to even out more fully before...

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Developer Update: End of Season 12 Balance Changes

As usual, with the end of a season comes a balance change, and while recent balance passes have focused on Bodyguards and Traits (both overall distribution and their effects), this season we are mainly focusing on Warlords. So to start with we have three changes to...

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Developer Update: New Trait – Barrage

The 18th trait to be added to the game, ready for the next ranked season, is one that has been requested and discussed a fair bit amongst the community: Barrage. The rule itself reads as follows: “Whenever this card makes a Ranged attack it deals 10/20/30% of that...

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Developer Update: End of Season 11 Balance Changes

As we are coming to the end of the current ranked season we will be running a balance pass. Based on the data this season we have decided to adjust four of the least used Warlords and two of the least used traits to improve their viability. The details of these...

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Developer Update: New Trait – Target Acquired

Let’s talk about the latest trait that is going to land at the beginning of the next rank season: Target Acquired. As the trait name implies, and as many of you have guessed, this will allow cards to target specific enemy cards and focus attacks against them,...

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Road to Clans: Part 3 – Looking Ahead

Welcome to the third and final instalment in our three part series looking at the Clans feature in Warhammer Combat Cards. Up until now we've talked about the effort it took to build the infrastructure to make Clans possible in Part 1 - Foundations and the various...

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Road to Clans: Part 2 – Beginnings

Welcome to part two of our three part series taking a look at the Clans feature in Warhammer Combat Cards. In this post we'll take a look at the structure and features that are coming with Clans at launch, and in the next we'll be looking forward to what's coming in...

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