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Von Bugman,

Hello T9A Community!

Just a short while ago we released 0.204.1 As normal in these type of update, a few weeks after the bigger release, we re-release all books as cleaner version. Typos and layout mistakes are corrected. Strike-through and colour coded text are removed. Clarifications are added where we have noticed rules question popping up.

All new changes from v0.204.1 are as always marked in green (for non-functional changes, e.g. clarification) or blue (for things that have an actual effect on the game).
In this update we have a couple of noteworthy changes of the former type.

Things that affect the game more than just making rules easier to read and understand.

The most noteworthy of these are detailed below, alongside some explanation of why we have chosen to change these.

Sylvan elves, Kestrel Knights
Due to a miscommunication between balancing team (who sets the price) and rules clarity team (who implements new price in the actual book), the upgrade cost was implemented incorrectly. This has now been corrected.

Sylvan elves, Thicket Beasts
There was an oversight here due to the combination of all the changes, and both rules team and balancing team quickly realized that 3x6 thicket beasts were on the verge of becoming the "go-to" SE list. If our prediction were right, then this would skew the whole meta, as other armies started tooling specifically against this build and thus messing with the data gathering for all factions and making it harder for us to identify what are the genuinely underpowered units in each book (and thus improve the internal balance of these books in the next update).

We are trying a small price increase now in order to make it a little less the most obvious choice, and thus gather much better data over the next few months, in order to see better what change if any should be made in Autumn.

Vampire Covenant, Altar of Undeath
We have updated the price of the Altar of Undeath. This because of a misunderstanding in rules interaction. It was assumed that the Altar of Undead is able to recover HP to itself with its inbuild bound spell Pentagram of Pain. This is incorrect, as the rules for The Sacrifice prevent using it on bound spells.

Highorn Elves, Fleet Officer
The Fleet Officer was implemented as a mandatory +1 to choosing sides. The wording is now updated to better match the designer's intentions (i.e. optional usage).

Dread elves, Cult of Olaron
We have updated the rules for Cult of Olaron. The version which was released with v0.204.0 caused unwanted and unforseen side effects. The new version of the rule reduces complexity (nor more strange interactions with Discipline being temporarily above 10), and better follows the initial intention. The only affects the Dread Prince. If there are no modifiers there is no difference from old version. If there are negative modifiers (eg. fear / break tests) the updated rule provides now minimized rolls for the Prince instead of -1 Discipline, which is slightly better in most cases

Don’t forget, all ACS teams are currently polling for questions to be answered and the deadline is this wenesday!

See you on the battlefield

T9A Team
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