Malifaux (3rd ed.) - Crew Building

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Re: Malifaux (3rd ed.) - Crew Building

Post by me_in_japan » Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:49 am

cheers, Stuart. I'm dithering over getting Malifaux Burns. I'll probably pick it up at some point, but in the interim I got the 10bucks package for all the 2e stuff. I have 3 out of the 5 books in physical book, but hey ho, 5 bucks a pop for the two remaining books is still fine. I just want to catch up on the fluff, is all. Many thanks for the info :)

btw, I've been wondering: since all the factions now have their own books, what's the deal with the story vis a vis access? We can't reasonably be expected to buy all the faction books. Wyrd have been pretty good about moving the story on and keeping players up to date with it. How's that going to work if it's spread over half a dozen or more faction books? Likewise TOS stuff, which seems to crossover with the Malifaux story pretty heavily.
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Re: Malifaux (3rd ed.) - Crew Building

Post by Primarch » Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:33 am

With the caveat that I'm not exactly sure, I haven't seen or heard anything about Wyrd's plans...

Each faction book contains stories unique to that faction, with maybe a little info on related goings on. Each character gets their own piece of fluff in their entry and maybe a mention in a story, though not always in their faction's book. For example, Lynch's story* is in the Neverborn book and explains why he is no longer in that faction. The books largely set up what happened between the final 2nd ed book and Malifaux Burns, if anything. They only really matter to your chosen Master(s).

We are unlikely to see any new faction books though, short of getting a new faction. If Wyrd stay true to form, there will be one book per year around GenCon time. Said book will contain the next part of the story along with new models and rules. Malifaux Burns is the first setting wide story book in 3rd. The core book is more of a recap of the important stuff than anything new.

The story so far is also all available for free on The Breachside Broadcast on Youtube, though I'm not sure how much of 3rd ed they've covered so far. Everything will eventually be added to it.

The Other Side gets a quick mention in the 3rd ed Core book I think. It's not that relevant to much of Malifaux and vice versa. The RPG, Through the Breach and some of its expansions contain a lot more background on the history of Malifaux and the various factions. As it is an RPG rather than a tabletop game, players are expected to have more of a hand in shaping the world, so it doesn't seem as up-to-date as Malifaux itself. It's good for a read if you want to know how the Guild is organized, but not for what any given character is currently up to.

Finally, Wyrd do (or at least they did) publish short stories in an online magazine, available on DrivethruRPG.

Tl;dr - The yearly books will contain all the key parts of the background. If you want to keep up with the fluff, they should be all you need.

*It's primarily a story about Nekima and the various Nephilim that just happens to include Lynch.
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Re: Malifaux (3rd ed.) - Crew Building

Post by The Underdweller » Tue Dec 21, 2021 2:22 pm

Looking over my options for next Sunday, I have a question about an ability some of my cards have:

"Necromantic Font: When hiring, this model is treated as having the Zombie keyword." I have this on at least one master and two henchmen.

Does this mean that when the model with Necromantic Font is a leader, they can hire zombies, or does it mean that when a different model that has the zombie keyword is the leader, that leader can hire the Necromantic Font model? Or both?

Edit: I just noticed that the two Henchmen both have Versatile, which means anyone can hire them - so Necromantic Font probably means when the NF Model is hiring a crew. I will also assume that the Zombie keyword is only attached to them during the actual hiring, not for the whole game where they are the hiring model.

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Re: Malifaux (3rd ed.) - Crew Building

Post by Primarch » Tue Dec 21, 2021 10:06 pm

Does this mean that when the model with Necromantic Font is a leader, they can hire zombies, or does it mean that when a different model that has the zombie keyword is the leader, that leader can hire the Necromantic Font model? Or both?
Both. For all intents and purposes, the model has the Zombie keyword during the hiring step.
I will also assume that the Zombie keyword is only attached to them during the actual hiring, not for the whole game where they are the hiring model.
Yes, the Necromantic Font only applies during the crew building part of the game. The models don't have the Zombie keyword once they are actually on the table.
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Re: Malifaux (3rd ed.) - Crew Building

Post by me_in_japan » Wed Dec 22, 2021 1:56 pm

Huzzah! Got an email today from Yuuta-san at ringtail letting me know they (finally!) have the core rulebook back in stock. So that'll hopefully get to me before the game on the 29th. I also went and ordered Malifaux Burns, as I do find myself coming back to Mali books just to read the story. I figure it's worth it. I gotta stop spending money now, though. Been a bit splurgy recently (damn yer eyes, christmas! You blind me to regular expenses!)
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