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Feb062012

Introducing: Quince

You can read about the original 10 Fantasy Strike characters here. And now there's a new set of 10! They first appeared Flash Duel 2nd Edition, then they will be in the online version of Puzzle Strike when we launch (no tabletop version available quite yet) and you'll see them much later in Yomi, too. Some will also appear even later than that in an upcoming customizable (but not collectable) card game.

For the next 10 days, we'll meet one new character per day, ending with the official launch of fantasystrike.com on Friday, February 17th, 2012!

Sirus Quince, Flagstone Chief Magistrate

Quince is the head of the Flagstone Dominion, a position he attained through political prowess, the right words, and a wholesome image. There are some who call him Tyrant, but who are they, really? A stone golem and an outlaw barrister? Quince ensures the protection of his people, and protection means sacrificing some personal freedoms. It also means having values--the right values--and stomping out those who don't. Sometimes that cuts the wrong way for an overzealous lawyer like DeGrey, or a bisexual like Valerie, or a scientist doing the wrong kind of work like Geiger, but society gains of course! That's what Quince would say.

Quince is cloaked in truth, but his true power comes from lies and illusion.

Here's one of Quince's cards from Flash Duel:

 

He often has a trick up his sleeve, and this card is just such a trick. No one else can keep a card even after everything resets for the next round. Quince might stash a 1 this way, because 1s are generally good in Flash Duel. They can be used easily as the strike part of a dashing strike. Rook likes 1s because he has an ability to make them unblockable, so against Rook, Quince would like to just get the 1 out of circulation. He could do the same to a 5 that Jaina wants, or a 4 that DeGrey wants. Quince's Political Prowess can remove one card per round, even, so multiple cards can be set-aside at once as the game goes on. This doesn't seem fair, but then Quince needs only the aura of fairness in his politics, not actual fairness. (He is actually fair in gameplay though.)

Here's one of his Puzzle Strike chips:

Some say Quince has two sides: the lies he tells with the mask of patriotism and the secret truth behind it all. They're just trouble-makers though, as you can see from this chip, Two Truths. Your opponent gets to choose which truth comes to light.

Next time we'll meet Quince's top military man, General Onimaru.

Reader Comments (4)

Not only do I get an overview over the "other" ten characters, but I can also finally see their non-chibi art? And every day a new one? This is awesome!

February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStar Slayer

So....

Why is Quince taking part in the Tournament? Seems like maybe he would send his Champion or something in his place.

February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChoke Artist

When it says that "You may play" the chip that is returned to your hand, does that mean that you may play it if you have remaining actions, or that you may play it regardless of what actions you have left in the turn? Hoping to avoid rule ambiguity in the new Puzzle Strike chips as that was my only complaint with the first Puzzle Strike edition.

February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCommodore

You may play means go ahead and play it regardless of actions. It seems kind of obvious it means that by context anyway? If the chip is already in your hand, then like any chip in your hand "if you have spare actions you could play it." The last sentence on the chip would do literally nothing if it wasn't letting you play it for free (and it does let you play it for free). There's a lot of chips that tell you to play stuff, and they all mean for free.

The other effect you're talking about would be "you may play this as if it were in your hand" I think. Like how Iron Defense can be not in your hand but treated as if it were, and you'd need an action to actually play it.

February 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterSirlin
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