I received quite an interesting update last night from the people at Cool Mini or Not regarding their recent Kickstarter campaign, the World of Smog. It refers specifically to “The Embassy”, a three chapter campaign that is a Kickstarter exclusive. Have a read of the update below.
Gentlemen, the campaign might be over but there is still so much to talk about!
Today we will be continuing the “Look Into” Series with a look into (surprise surprise) The Embassy!
In this exciting expansion for The World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch, the intrepid Gentlemen are sent to investigate strange events surrounding the mysterious Embassy. The Embassy brings an all new three Chapter campaign to Rise of Moloch, beginning with a daring escape from an infected Police Station to the very depths of the London sewer system! But it’s not only the map that has changed in The Embassy, the Nemesis themselves have changed into a new threat!
One of the main new features of The Embassy is the removal of Torment Cards, which have been replaced by an all new Mutation Deck.
Anytime a Gent would normally gain a Torment, they instead draw 1 Mutation. A Gent can have up to two Mutations at any time. On the surface this is actually a good thing, as each new Mutation (usually) brings about a new power or ability for the Gent to make use of! Here is a small sampling of the various effects you might encounter:
Of course, like all power, this comes at a price…
WELCOME TO THE HIVE MIND
During the Nemesis’ Chaos Activation they will roll a single die. They may then choose any model in play who has a Mutation with the matching symbol and immediately activate them, having full control over their actions.
Yes, this means that while the Gents gain power from their new gifts, they are also pulled into the Synaptic Control of The Embassy, meaning they could turn against their companions at any time!
NEW GAME, NEW NEMESIS
This Nemesis is very different from the one trying to bring about the return of Moloch (or the same one just switched allegiances, depending on how you want to view it). Whereas Moloch grants dark sorceries to their followers, The Embassy brings new methods of control and manipulation.
When playing The Embassy, the Shadow Grasp, Life Siphon, and Pyromaniac Nemesis Powers are not available to the Nemesis (The Embassy doesn’t seem to like Fire, strangely). They are instead replaced with the following Embassy-specific Powers:
While don’t want to spoil too much of the actual Campaign Plot for The Embassy, one of the Campaign Rules includes the fact that one Miss Emma Swanson has gone missing, and cannot be selected for the campaign. The Unicorn Club is of course deeply worried about the status of one of their most prestigious members!
INFECTION RUNS RAMPANT!
The Minions available in The Embassy come in the form of Infected Bobbies. Yes, it seems our daring everyman-Heroes have fallen under The Embassy’s control:
Unfortunately for the local police, the Constables have also fallen to infection.
Constables are Agents, with the exception that when you activate one, they will all activate. Given their role in the grander plans of The Embassy, they also unfortunately only have 1 version to choose from, but given that it’s based on Mutations, they will seldom play the same.
Speaking of Agents…
THE AGENTS OF THE EMBASSY
First, let’s take a look at the two Agents we unlocked at the very start of the Campaign, Sweet Baby Charlie and Darwin. These guys have a bit of a split allegiance- a Cult version and an Embassy version. Here are their Embassy versions:
With Charlie you’re going to get a nice area-control model who can also help you control just what Mutations the Gents have at any time (as well as customizing Charlie a bit). Darwin meanwhile is the most versatile of any of the Embassy’s Agents, able to adapt to any situation on the fly depending on your evolutionary means!
Kenny here is the first Agent the Gents will encounter- don’t take that as meaning he’ll be some sort of push-over! Kenny has two distinct play-styles: his first inspires the mobs of Minions around him to greater feats of violence, his second puts things a bit more in his own hands, granting him major offensive power at the cost of potentially damaging himself.
Regardless of which version you choose, Kenny can also receive Mutations via his Fanatic’s Gifts power. More so, he can carry more gifts than any other Agent! The longer you allow Kenny to run rampant, the more dangerous he becomes, so taking him down quickly is your best bet…it’s just a shame that these pesky Embassy Agents seem to be immortal, and keep regenerating and getting back up when they are “killed”…
Ambassador Nail here is a slow-moving juggernaut. Aside from that he’ll randomly gain a different boon each activation (well…Unless he rolls a Dodge, anyway), so the Gents will never know just what he’s going to do. His A Side gives him Charge and the ability to knock an enemy away when he damages them (which, consequently, would allow him to Charge them again, if he has the Ether). His B side gives him a devastating Area of Effect attack, allowing him to punish groups of Gentlemen who decide to go and team up against him.
Finally, we come to Lord Swanson. We won’t be revealing much about him, but just know that he may or may not be the cause of a lot of the issues that the Gents are dealing with when it comes to The Embassy…
Lord Swanson does not mess around. He starts with two Mutations and can cycle through ones as he needs. His A Side grants him Synaptic Backlash, meaning he can single out one Gent and make their life hell. His B Side just makes things difficult for everyone around him so… Well I guess that’s lose-lose for the Gents, which means a solid Win for the Nemesis!
And that will conclude our look into the mechanics and basics of The Embassy. This mystery has a number of twists and turns in it, and will have the Gents exploring not only an overrun police station but the sewers beneath London itself… And of course, there is still the mystery of what has happened to our dear Emma Swanson…
Looks like a fair amount in the expansion. I posted a blog about the original Kickstarter and shared with some folks I know and learned that this is not the first incarnation of the world of Smog. I have to say, I am really loving the feel of it. I like Victorian/Gothic as a setting, am loving the idea that the story starts in an infected police station and that the Gentlemen of the Unicorn club are missing a member, and in danger of suffering mutations. (Which reminds me of Lurker at the Threshold expansion for Arkham Horror)
The miniatures look awesome, and I particularly like the look of Ambassador Nail who reminds me of a fighting machine from War of the Worlds.
I had a look at previous updates on the campaign, and apparently it is about 80%. Estimated delivery is 1 year. I have to say, more than many Kickstarters I have backed, I am excited for this one.
The Campaign is taking late pledges HERE. The Embassy Expansion is an additional $20, which for what you are getting looks to be a bargain. I can’t wait to send infected bobbies after my players!