FG: Ulterior Motives review

The last Kickstarter was a small affair, a discounted set of Ulterior Motives card set with options on the accompanying scenery and the large rhino riding barbarian. There were also prizes to be won such as designing your own scenario for publication, designing your own figure etc.

My order arrived today, very promptly after the Kickstarter ended on Wednesday.

The card pack, larger than your average playing cards (pictured right).

40 cards to shuffle and pick for Ulterior Motives. Plus two more that are double sided and provide all the new rules/guidance on how to use the cards in the games.

Hmm, 42 cards eh ? 😉

The changes to the basic rules open up the board a lot more, so I anticipate these games will be longer in duration. This is especially true because the amount of treasure is reduced to 2 treasure tokens per warband (plus one in the dead centre).

Looking at the motives cards themselves, a lot of them mean you are having to fight your way across the board. There is no shirking here.

But to compensate for less loot, there is a lot more experience to be gained, and in some cases more loot. So you are taking greater risks for potentially greater rewards.

My feeling is, that Ulterior Motives is better suited to more experienced players and war bands, as they will need to be fairly robust to cross more than half of the board (into enemy territory) or further, and that if they don’t get much treasure casualties might be high and expensive.

The cards often dictate specific creatures, models and scenery. Unsurprisingly, the scenery that has been produced to accompany this release. As each player will be pulling a card, it is possible that multiple pieces of the same creature and scenery will be required.

In addition, some of the results will also mean you have a use for the original Frostgrave treasure tokens, even the rather parsimonious single ring on a base.

And here is said scenery – resin pieces except for the Zombie with the map attached to its back which is white metal.

A little bit of flash but pretty good castings.

Some or all of these can be scratch built, or acquired in other ranges, but for a one stop shop its a good pack of items that fit perfectly with the items required in the deck of cards.

The only minor disappointment was the gateway, which is one sides, good job I bought two sets, and yes they do match up like so.

(I have other gateways, like the Portal of Kittens)

A nice set and I’ll look forward to playing them.

My only other query is wondering if you can play the Ulterior Motives cards at the same time as playing some of the other scenarios – might get messy but an interesting thought.

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