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Heyo, everyone! LionWing president here, and today we are bringing to you the first installment in a blog series we’ll be doing every week leading up to our upcoming Kickstarter campaign for Sainome Colosseum R. For the uninitiated, Sainome Colosseum R is a tabletop combat game for 2-4 players that allows folks to take on chosen character roles, each with an assortment of individual skills and abilities. Using action selection, hand management, card drafting, and dice rolling, the game gives player’s important decision points while blending strategy, luck, and balanced replayability. As you explore the game, you’ll discover the strengths and weaknesses of each character as well as interesting combinations that can put your foes down for the count.
This series in particular will focus on the ten playable characters in Sainome Colosseum R. Each week, we’ll be posting two entries on a single warrior: the first will discuss the character's lore, while the second post will go over their gameplay—that is to say, their strengths & weaknesses as well as their abilities and how they can best be used in an actual match. These will come out every Monday and Thursday respectively until the launch of the Kickstarter, starting with today. It's important to note that each character has two Forms. Thus, in the first post, we'll show off the character's Normal Form, while in the second we'll show their Awakened Form. (More details on Forms in the next post.)
So without any further ado, let's get to it!
(Part 2 of this article, highlighting this character's gameplay, was released on 01/25/2018. Be sure to check it out here!)
This week, we’ll be looking at the Pure-Hearted Swordsman/Demon Warrior. We’ll start with his backstory. Before we do that, we need to take a peek at Sainome’s lore in order to give the swordsman's bio some context:
The kingdom's most celebrated warriors have come from far and wide to do combat in a grand tournament that will determine who is the fiercest of them all. Each has a personal reason for competing in the event, but there is a single thread that unites all of them: the desire to put their fighting skills on display in order to earn the right to be called champion.
As we can see here, fighters from all around the realm are gathering to compete in this gladiatorial contest. Each has been brought to the tournament for their own reasons but all have the goal of being the last warrior standing. There’s more to it than this story, however. The royals who have set up the tournament have promised its winner both riches and fame, which has undoubtedly played a significant factor in many of the contestant’s decisions to enter the event. Furthermore, there’s also a rumor circulating that the winner of the tournament may even be eligible to wed the kingdom’s princess, though no one can confirm the validity of such conjecture. That’s where the Pure-Hearted Swordsman enters.
Now, let’s look at his story:
He may be little more than an apprentice to one of the kingdom’s knightly orders, but this young man is pure at heart and has something no other contender can claim - a secret love of the princess that knows no bounds. When he heard the rumor that the winner would marry the princess, he knew it was destiny. Guided by the power of love, every battle brings him one step closer to the princess.
As one may be able to deduce—both from this biography as well as also him being featured prominently in the game’s key graphic, which can be seen on our main page as well as at sainomecolosseumr.com—the swordsman plays an integral role in Sainome’s story. But while he appears to be noble and pure of heart on the outside, upon awakening, he unleashes something truly terrifying from within: a demon warrior the likes of which has never been seen. His foes can only hope that they don’t bring out this dark side, for if they do, all bets are off with regards to what he’s capable of.
Nevertheless, talk of the princess’s hand in marriage has stirred the swordsman to partake in the event and created an unbreakable resolve—one he certainly plans to utilize in order to get him through the contest. After all, there’s no stronger motivator than love. Thus, in Sainome’s narrative, the Pure-Hearted Swordsman is a strong contender for winning the tournament.
So that’s our first entry in this Character Series. Be sure to check back on Thursday for a look at the skills and abilities of the Pure-Hearted Swordsman/Demon Warrior.
If you have any questions or comments for us about the characters as we go along, don't hesitate to hit us up on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or the comments section here.
Until next time, Lions!