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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Design Blog 84: Global launch catch-up

Design Blog 84: Global launch catch-up

Hi there. As we’ve just launched the game worldwide, I wanted to use this week’s blog to get new players up to speed, and give them and our veteran players a look at what we have planned for the game. Welcome If you’re reading this then I assume you’ve downloaded and...

Design Blog 79: Live updating new cards

Design Blog 79: Live updating new cards

Over the last couple of weeks you may have seen us adding Sister Amalia Novena and the Chaos Ogryn, Ordrogg, to the game. These appeared alongside other new cards, so to the public they seem just like anything we add to the game, but for us these were important...

Design Blog 38: Luck in Combat Cards

Design Blog 38: Luck in Combat Cards

Every now and again I like to discuss an area of ‘high level design’ - that is something which I, as a game designer, think is interesting and worth talking about, even if it won’t help you win battles.So this week I thought we’d look at where chance, luck and risk...

Design Blog 30: How Combat Cards fits into your hobby

Design Blog 30: How Combat Cards fits into your hobby

Something a little different today, so apologies if this is a bit rambling. Some friends and I visited Warhammer World (Games Workshop’s HQ, miniatures exhibition, gaming hall and cafe) recently, and this got me thinking. Y’see, the venue was packed - there was a...

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Design Blog 119: Changing how this blog works

My goal with these blog posts was to talk about work that's in progress, why we made certain creative decisions and to expose some of the behind the scenes elements that go into making a game. Since the end of 2017 I’ve posted almost every week, alongside the hobby...

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Developer Update: v30.0 – Player Profiles & Customisation

Welcome to another Developer Update! Version 30.0 should be appearing in an app store near you very soon, and we're excited about the new feature it brings, and what it means for the future. Introducing Player Profiles Player Profiles are a new feature to Combat...

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Design Blog 118: Exploring alternate deployment

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that we were looking at alternate ways to begin battles, rather than the AI deploying three cards and then the player placing three of theirs. So this week I thought I’d explore what some of the alternatives would actually mean to the...

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The Well Played Games Warhammer Hobby Blog – April

Welcome to the another instalment of the Well Played Games Warhammer Hobby Blog! This last month has been an interesting one with self-isolation giving us all a bit more spare time to get some hobby done, so let's dive in and see what the team have been doing. Stu...

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Design Blog 117: Attracting players – UA spotlight

A few weeks ago we ran a spotlight on how our artists work on the concepts for new traits, so this week we have another spotlight, this time on 'User Acquisition'. No idea what UA means or why it's so important to a game like Combat Cards? Here's Justin to explain:...

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Design Blog 116: Precise wording in traits + special rules

Contrary to what you’d expect, life as a videogame designer is only 50% casinos, car-chases and throwing henchmen off the Eiffel Tower. The rest of the time is spent discussing incredibly specific details about how pieces of our game should or should not work....

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Developer Update: v29.12 & Ranked Season 4

Hi everyone! We hope you're all keeping safe out there in these uncertain times. What you can be certain of is that the team is still working hard on bringing lots of new features to Warhammer Combat Cards, albeit from the comfort of our own homes! Working from home...

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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...

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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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Design Blog 113: New versus old cards

Before we get to this week’s topic I wanted to make sure everyone reading these posts understands that this blog never forces the Combat Cards team into commitments. Sounds weird but what I mean is that as the team discusses and agrees on plans I make notes of...

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