• image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • 1

We're back with another week of BattleCON: War Introductions! 

If you missed the first week, you can find the 6 Basic Flight characters here!

BattleCON: War Remastered is coming out soon! Who are you going to master as your first fighter? Check out the roster of Flight 2 below. The final 6 character previews will be coming next week!

By the way, did you know that you can try 4 fighters from BattleCON for free? Click here to download the free print and play edition of the game!

 

If you haven't gotten your copy of BattleCON: War reserved yet, you can get it at the Level 99 Store, and it will ship with bonus promotional fighters as soon as it arrives!

 

Hepzibah Culotre

  • Race / Gender / Nationality: Human / Female / Gesselheim
  • Style: Gambler - Use powerful stats and effects, but beware—mistakes may be deadly.
  • UA: Dark Pact - Exchange your own life for incredible power. 

Hepzibah is one of the most dangerous fighters in War, both to herself and to others. Her Dark Pact ability exacerbates the exchange on all of her trades, meaning that if she lands a hit, she’ll make excellent ground, but if she misses and gets hit, she’ll suffer extreme losses.

Hepzibah’s strength is in her ability to hedge the bets she makes with her UA by backing them up with her styles. Her toolkit provides excellent hit confirm and defense, as well as the ability to pump up her damage and guarantee a stun, even if she would normally miss it by a few points.

Her main weaknesses come from opponents who have ways to dodge her attacks or to break through her generally strong defenses. Since miscalculations and lost beats can be especially costly for Hepzibah, she has to be careful against opponents who have extra ways to trip her up.

BattleCON: War Remastered is coming out soon! Who are you going to master as your first fighter? Check out the roster of Flight 1 below. The remaining 12 character previews will be coming up later this week!

If you haven't gotten your copy of BattleCON: War reserved yet, you can get it at the Level 99 Store, and it will ship with bonus promotional fighters as soon as it arrives!

Hikaru Sorayama

  • Race / Gender / Nationality: Half Elemental (Light) / Male / Relecour
  • Style: All-Rounder - Take advantage of the opponent’s weakness and use superior stats.
  • UA: Geomancy - Infuse your attacks with the elements of Fire, Water, Wind, and Earth!

Hikaru is one of the best characters to start out with in BattleCON. He has great stats with above average speed and power, and the ability to use his Geomancy to boost any sub-par stat or to push an above-average stat even higher. Packing a set of styles with speed, mobility, defense, and a little bit of control, Hikaru has everything you need to take on just about any opponent out there.

Hikaru’s greatest strength is his versatility. Both his styles and his Geomancy ability combine to give him a huge array of options, so that he can deal with just about any situation he finds himself in. This allows Hikaru players to take the best option they see, without worrying much about long term set-ups or trying to play around the opponent’s best attacks.

Hikaru’s most difficult matches are against technical characters with hard counters, such as the ability to dodge at specific ranges or to lock down his movement. Lacking any good range options, Hikaru can get into bad situations against characters like Khadath and Rukyuk who excel at keeping their opponents out of melee.

A blog post on game design from D. Brad Talton, Jr., founder of Level 99 Games

If you haven’t heard of Hearthstone yet, I encourage you to give it a look. This online collectible card game from the makers of World of Warcraft does a lot of things right, and holds some excellent lessons for game designers.

Like zen, good game design is impossible to teach. It has to be experienced. I can tell you all about the great things in Hearthstone, but until you experience it for yourself, it won’t truly register. If you haven’t played Hearthstone yet, go try the tutorial, and maybe even put in a few dollars to see what opening packs or playing in the PvE segments is like.

Here are a few lessons about good game design that I learned from playing Hearthstone. See if you agree, and see if you’ve learned anything different. Keep in mind that these are lessons on design. Things like “have a good tutorial” and “balance the game thoroughly” are lessons in execution, not design, so I won’t be mentioning those here, though Hearthstone holds a wealth of lessons in good execution as well.

We're running a NOIR: Black Box Edition game design competition! We're asking designers of any experience level - even first timers! - to submit their original design for a variant of NOIR, or an entirely new game, using the components from NOIR: Black Box Edition. 

Click this link for the Google Form with more information and submission instructions - and good luck! 

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 PST on June 30th, 2015. If you have any questions, please email our Community Manager, JR Honeycutt, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our best-selling two-player fighting game is back in stock wherever fine games are distributed, so if you've been waiting to restock BattleCON: Devastation of Indines, now's the time!

BattleCON: Devastation of Indines retails for $75 MSRP. It has an 8.44/10 ranking on BoardGameGeek.com, making it the #60 strategy game. It has 1150 individual rankings, 370 of which are 10/10. View more about BattleCON: Devastation of Indines on BoardGameGeek.com here. 

BattleCON: Watch it Played by Rodney Smith

In addition to Devastation of Indines, BattleCON: War of Indines and Fate of Indines will be at distribution later this summer. We're releasing other expansions for the BattleCON line over the course of the year. This represents Level 99 Games' commitment to consistently delivering new BattleCON games to our fans. 

We're currently developing a new tournament kit, and we'll announce details soon. This kit will provide the prize support and tools needed to run a BattleCON at your local store, and we'll look for store employees or local fans to run these tournaments. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Community Manager JR Honeycutt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks!











NOIR: Black Box Edition is a remastered version of our hit deduction game from the Minigames Library - now all grown up and on its own! NOIR: Black Box Edition contains 24 more pairs of character cards, supports up to seven players, and includes two brand new game modes! Check it out in our store here!

 

Weekly Polls
Which Upcoming Game from Level 99 has you most excited?
Which Upcoming Game from Level 99 has you most excited?
You must select at least one item to vote!

News from Level 99!