March of the Ants is speeding along in the development process. We are making small tweaks to many aspects of the game. I am going to talk about three of the main new additions and how they work and how they have solved some of existing design problems.
1. Caste Powers – Each caste (soldier, worker, queen) now has specific powers that evolutions grant. This helps identify each caste more clearly and gives them a feeling. I think we can also work to make some of the evolutions play off of the caste powers.
2. Battle Bangs – All ant cards now come with one, two or three Bang symbols. When your ants are involved in battle you choose to play a card face down. Then players simultaneously reveal their cards and add the number of bangs to their ant total.
3. Specialty Hexes – There are now 4 hexes which have game altering effects. These hexes all have 2 vp collection sites and are meant to promote interaction between players. They add some nice spice and flavor to the meadow.