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Subject: Idea for new faction: Jedi rss

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Pascal Amberg
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====Jedi==== (v.2.2)


Character Description
Jedi are not terraforming the landscape using workers, they use power to do so. The Jedi's dwelling provide power instead of workers as income.



Faction Ability
Jedi can at any time during their turn buy a new power token for two coins. The new power token is placed in the first bowl.


Stronghold
The stronghold provides a one-time benefit of 12 victory points


Other Details
- All the dwellings provide an income of two power.
- Terraforming is done with power, not with workers.
- The stronghold is quite expensive, especially as it requires three priests.


Additional remarks
- The faction has been tested twice and didn't seem to be completely unbalanced (on our level of play, which is probably not very high). I'm happy to incorporate any feedback into future Versions.
- Credits to Grovast for his faction board templates.
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I see no normal way for Jedis to earn workers.

So their only sources for workers are
- power action ACT3
- 3pw-to-1w direct conversion
- 1p-to-1w direct conversion
- workers from cult scoring
- workers from bonus tiles BON5, BON6, BON7
- workers from favor tile FAV7
- workers from town tile TW2

Correct?

In order to get a decent network of e.g. 13 hexes, they need to build 11D, 5TP and 1TE (probably more), for 23 workers minimum. Subtract the 3w they get for starters, and they need 20+ workers from the sources listed above. Clearly they will favor FAV7 over any other favor, but that's just 5w. Add 3* ACT3 for another 6w. That leaves 9+ workers from cults, bonus tiles, town tiles and direct conversion. I guess there will be at least 4 3pw-to-1w conversions required.
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That's a very extreme faction, but at a first glimpse I really like the idea.

I guess their abolity to generate workers is actually still a good bit too low.
Yedis would actually more or less be forced to take fav7 (1w+1pw) - which is okay to some degree - that's a bit like Yedis who really like fav8(+4pw), but still that's only one worker (maybe 2 if you convert priest).
Even if you are able to get act3 (4pw-->2w) each turn, your first 3 dwellings would only generate 2 workers.

Upgrade digging is probably very hard to afford as it costs valuable workers. Maybe it should cost sth. else?

Maybe the SA could also give 2 priests like Swarmlings and Darklings?

Have you thought about reducing the worker costs of your buildings, maybe to the same amount that engineers have to pay? (d, tp, te: 1w, Sa: 3w)
 
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I would alternate the dwellings between 2pw and 1w.
If you consider that you need 8pw income to take act3 for 2 workers, the income for dwellings is on half that of a normal faction.
What are the advantages?
Without digging upgrade you can terraform at the cost of act6.

You start with 3w+15c+0/11/1 pw.
Guess BON5 would be quite good -> 4w+15c+0/8/4 pw
Act3 -> 6w+15c+4/8/0 pw
You should build a temple for Fav7 to get a worker income and 2 Dwellings. You need 2pw leech, should work.
But your income for second round is still bad and you have no Fav11 for scoring.

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Also like the global idea, of course maybe some adjustments are needed.

Their spade conversion rate is rather advantageous, so I think it's not so unfair if they have to run after Workers on the other hand.
Given their starting cult, they will love the 2AIR>>1W in early game, and hate each other with ACT3 fond factions (Alchemists...). I don't know if it's a real problem. Maybe it makes them too situational.

As Spacetrucker pointed, their digging upgrade cost is a problem though.

Another unsatisfying point is the SH : the 3P cost is original, but the effect is similar to Cultists, and has no particular gameplay interest (beyond the +4PW).
Assuming they might be interested in the 1P>1W direct conversion, an idea could be that the SH improves this conversion when built. Maybe 1P>1W+1VP or 1P>2W.

IMHO quite good draft anyway.
I know how tricky and ungrateful design alternative factions can be, but keep on working on this!
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They are very situational, they need Spade>>2VP to have any scoring options.
 
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Thank you all for the unbelievable fast feedback. I will for sure continue to work on the faction.

@Robert: Yes, these are the "only" options to get worker. However these are still several options and even though getting workers is (intentionally) the biggest challenge for the Jedis, I didn't find it too difficult.

@Grovast: Thanks for the ideas regarding the SH. As I want the SH to be paid with priests, I don't think the p->w conversion would be interesting for them after building the SH. But probably a cheaper power to worker conversion would be an interesting alternative?
 
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Instead of 2c -> power token (is probably only useful to abuse SPADE>>2VP) 2pw -> w or 1c+1pw -> w
 
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1869 wrote:
Instead of 2c -> power token (is probably only useful to abuse SPADE>>2VP) 2pw -> w or 1c+1pw -> w


The idea behind 2c - > power token is as follows: In the earlier game Jedi make intense use of the power burning to be able to buy workers and terraforming. During the course of the game, while the power income of the Jedi is extremely high, they need more power tokens again...which they can get with their faction ability.
 
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That's clear but it's probably too expensive to be useful, at least without spade scoring.
 
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Maybe allow them to trade Power for Workers at any time, so they can't possibly cap out and have wasted Power.
 
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Shampoo4you wrote:
Maybe allow them to trade Power for Workers at any time, so they can't possibly cap out and have wasted Power.
But they CAN trade 3pw-to-1w whenever they have an action due. And if they lack sufficient power tokens (8D alone already mean 18pw income), they have the 2c-to-1pw conversion. The OP writes that getting sufficient workers was challenging, but achievable. Clearly this will be especially hard against ACT3-loving opponents (Alchmeists, Engineers, to some degree Swarmlings and in round 1 many of the SH-builders plus Darklings)
 
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DocCool wrote:
But they CAN trade 3pw-to-1w whenever they have an action due.


Of course, I'm talking about when you have a power overflow during income. Otherwise why would I bring it up.
 
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Shampoo4you wrote:
Maybe allow them to trade Power for Workers at any time, so they can't possibly cap out and have wasted Power.


Don't you think this would take away some of the interesting decisions the Jedi would face and make them too strong?
 
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Ambi6 wrote:
Shampoo4you wrote:
Maybe allow them to trade Power for Workers at any time, so they can't possibly cap out and have wasted Power.


Don't you think this would take away some of the interesting decisions the Jedi would face and make them too strong?


Maybe, but it might be an easy solution to their worker problem. Obviously it would need to be tested.
 
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Just tested this in a 2 player game with my GF.
She was in a constant need of workers and even though she played very good, she ended the game with only 86 points, which is abysmal in a 2 player game.

MY SUGGESTION:
Make them able to change 2PW into 1W instead of the standard 3PW -> 1W.
Maybe even 4PW -> 1P
 
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How about allowing unlimited access to ACT3 as the faction ability and changing the SH to give them 12vp and power for 2c -> 1 Bowl I power token? Instead of 3P + 4c SH cost, make it 2P + 2W + 4c for the SH. If unlimited access to ACT3 is too much then give them an action or two as the faction ability to gain some workers and playtest the amount needed to gain.
 
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JamesWolfpacker wrote:
How about allowing unlimited access to ACT3 as the faction ability and changing the SH to give them 12vp and power for 2c -> 1 Bowl I power token? Instead of 3P + 4c SH cost, make it 2P + 2W + 4c for the SH. If unlimited access to ACT3 is too much then give them an action or two as the faction ability to gain some workers and playtest the amount needed to gain.


Good ideas. Someone should test these ^^
 
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