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Dungeon Command By The Numbers: Tyranny of Goblins Creature Stats

Here are some stats on the creatures that appear in the Dungeon Command: Tyranny of Goblins faction pack, alongside the previous two packs, Heart of Cormyr and Sting of Lolth.  For a little background on what I’ve done here, check out my Dungeon Command By The Numbers: Creature Stats post.

 

Heart of Cormyr Sting of Lolth Tyranny of Goblins
Combined Hit Points: 660 690 730
Combined Melee Damage: 230 220 210
Combined Missile Damage: 90 60 40
Creatures With Missile Attacks: 5 4 2
Speed 5 Creatures 4 0 0
Speed 6 Creatures 4 7 9
Speed 7 Creatures 4 3 1
Speed 8 Creatures 0 1 2
Speed 10 Creatures 0 1 0
Average Speed 6 6.75 6.42
Level 1 Creatures: 3 2 3
Level 2 Creatures: 3 3 1
Level 3 Creatures: 2 3 4
Level 4 Creatures: 2 3 2
Level 5 Creatures: 1 1 1
Level 6 Creatures: 1 0 1
Combined Level of Creatures 34 34 36
Creatures With Dex: 5 12 7
Creatures With Str: 8 1 2
Creatures With Int: 2 1 1
Creatures With Wis: 1 1 0
Creatures With Con: 4 0 5
Creatures With Cha: 0 0 4
Creatures With Two Skills: 6 3 5
Creatures With Three Skills: 1 0 1
Creatures With Powers That Do Melee Damage: 3 3 3
Combined Melee Damage From Powers: 30 to 100 50 30
Creatures With Powers That Do Ranged Damage: 1 0 0
Combined Ranged Damage From Power: 20 to 120 0 0
Creatures With Deploy Powers: 1 2 1
Creatures With Burrow/Fly: 2 1 1
Creatures With Slide Powers: 1 1 0
Creatures With Shift Powers: 0 4 0
Creatures With Heal/Reduce-Damage Powers: 3 0 2
Combined Healing/Damage-Reduction From Powers: 30 to 100 0 20* to 100+*
Creatures With Powers That Tap Enemy: 0 0 2

* Special ability grants Prevent 10 to creatures on board with certain keywords. Upper bound based on number of creatures in set.

Dungeon Command By The Numbers: Order Cards

Dungeon Command Order Card BackIn my previous Dungeon Command By The Numbers, I crunched the numbers on the creatures in the first two factions packs (Heart of Cormyr and Sting of Lolth) for the new D&D miniatures skirmish game. But creatures only make up half of a warband. The other element of play are the order cards which allow you to command your creatures to perform special abilities. Again, I’ve crunched some numbers to give custom content creators something to start with.

Levels

Order cards range in level from 1 to 6. For the two released sets, a majority of the cards are level 1 or 2 (see stat breakdown below). The combined level of the 36 order cards in each set is 66 (Cormyr) and 68 (Lolth).

Number of Cards

The two released sets have 36 order cards each. Hearty of Cormyr has 14 unique cards and 11 cards that appear twice. Sting of Lolth has 8 unique cards and 14 pairs of cards that appear twice.

Required Stat

For a creature to use an order card, it must be of the same level or higher and be based on the same stat. The stat required for order cards largely depends on the effect and the theme of the deck/warband. The breakdown for the two released warbands appears below–Cormyr is mostly based on STR with a couple of INT, and Lolth relies heavily on DEX with a few INT and WIS. Neither have CON or CHA cards/creatures, both of those will appear in future faction packs. Both sets have a few cards that can be used by any creature.

Type

Powers can be Immediate, Standard, or Minor. Creatures generally only have one Standard action on their turn and one Immediate action on the opponent’s turn (in both cases they “tap”), but any number of Minor actions on their turn.

Powers

Much like creature powers, the balance of command card powers and the interaction among the various characteristics of a command power (i.e. level, stat, and type) are known only to the designers. As more sets are available we should be able to form a clearer picture of how to balance our own custom powers. I have pored over the available command cards, however, and made a few conclusions. Keep in mind that these are based on the small set of available data and could be wildly inaccurate.

Powers that Prevent Damage

So far, powers that prevent damage appear at level 3 or lower. They are all Immediates and almost always tied to a stat.

  • If the power does nothing but allow a creature to prevent damage to itself from any one source, the baseline appears to be:
    • 1st Level Power: Prevent 20 damage from any one source. (see “Intercept”)
    • 2nd Level Power: Prevent 30 damage from any one source.
    • 3rd Level Power: Prevent 40 damage from any one source. (see: “Close Call”)
  • If the power has some restriction, like prevent damage to an adjacent creature, or allowing the opponent to draw a card, the amount increases by 10 (see: “Defend Ally”, “Recoil”)
  • If the power allows the creature to also make a melee attack, the combination of the damage prevented to the creature and the melee damage it does generally adds up to the baseline above. So, a second level power that would prevent 30 damage can prevent 20 damage and allow a melee attack that does 10 damage. (see “Seize the Opportunity”, “Riposte”)
  • If the power allows the creature to untap, it prevents 10 less damage. (see “Near Miss”)
  • If the power allows the owner of the creature to draw an order card, it prevents 20 less damage (see “Parry”).

Powers That Heal

There are only two card thus far (“Healing Potion”, “Invigorating Smash”) that heal damage, and one that removes an attached card (“Saving Throw”). Healing is likely 20 points of damage per level, and by itself is a Minor action.

Powers That Grant Movement

Shifting, moving a creature’s speed, and sliding (forced movement), all appear as various 1st level Minor action powers (see “Stalk”, “Into the Fray”, “Shove Aside”).

Powers That Do Damage

Powers that do damage are generally Standard actions and, in most cases so far, grant melee attacks. Powers with Minor action attacks (see “Quick Jab”, “Quick Shot”) generally just grant an additional basic creature attack (and are 1st level). Damage-dealing Standard action powers come in two forms: those that deal fixed damage, and those that add a bonus to the damage a creature does with its basic attack. Some observations:

  • Standard action, grants a melee attack that does damage, or the creature’s basic attack with bonus damage, and sometimes other effects.
  • Whether fixed damage, or bonus damage, the amount is generally 20 per level (see “Power Attack”, “Killing Strike”).
  • If the power also allows a shift or slide, or similar simple effects, the amount is general 10 damage less (see “Shadowy Ambush”, “Blast of Force”).
  • If the power also heals, the damage might be less the heal amount (see “Invigorating Smash”)
  • If the power allows nearby creatures to assist, it might do 20 less damage (see “Sneak Attack”)
  • If the power also allows a creature to untap, or forces the enemy to discard, it might do 30 damage less (see “Daring Attack”, “Disrupting Attack”).
  • If the creature’s owner must discard a card, it might add 10 damage (see “Sacrifice”).
  • Attacks that target multiple enemies might only do 10 damage per level (see “Fireball”).

Order Cards By The Numbers

Finally, here are some statistics about the order cards for the two released faction packs.

Heart of Cormyr Sting of Lolth
Unique Cards 14 8
Duplicates Cards 11 pairs 14 pairs
Level 1 19 13
Level 2 9 17
Level 3 4 5
Level 4 3 0
Level 5 1 0
Level 6 0 1
Str 19 0
Con 0 0
Dex 2 27
Int 6 4
Wis 0 3
Cha 0 0
Any 9 2
Allow Assist w/o Requirements 0 1
Standard 12 15
Immediate 9 10
Minor 15 11
Do Melee Damage 14 13
Combined Melee Damage 410* 320*
Do Ranged Damage 3 1
Combined Ranged Damage 30 to 750* 20 to 500*
Do Ongoing Damage 0 2
Combined Ongoing Damage Per Turn 0 20
Do Bonus Damage 0 2
Combined Bonus Damage 0 20
Do Unpreventable Damage 0 2
Heal 1 0
Combined Heal Amount 20 0
Prevent Damage 10 8
Combined Damage Prevented 240** 180**
Gain Morale 1 0
Combined Morale Gained 4 0
Deploy 2 1
Move 2 0
Shift 0 7
Slide 4 0
Immobilize 0 2
Attach To Own 6 2
Attach To Opponent 0 6
Remove Attached 2 0
Level Up 1 0
Untap 4 2
Tap Opponent 2 1
Draw Order Cards 2 6
Discard Order Cards 0 3
Opponent Discard Order Cards 2 0
Opponent Draw Order Cards 1 0
Requires Adventurer 2 0
Requires Drow 0 2
Requires Evil 0 1
Requires Humanoid 2 2
Requires Spider 0 2
Requires Ranged 2 0

* Some cards simply allow an attack or do damage in addition to weapon damage which varies by creature.
** Two cards prevent all damage to a creature.

Dungeon Command By The Numbers: Creature Stats

Dungeon CommandDungeon Command is Wizards of the Coast’s most recent take on a D&D Miniatures Skirmish game.  Each miniatures faction pack comes with a full complement of creatures and order cards to play with.  Although new faction packs are in the pipeline, many of us have been collecting D&D miniatures for years and will invariably want to create our own creatures.  Although the art of balancing a creature/warband is known only to the designers, I’ve crunched a few numbers to get aspiring custom creature creators something to start with.  This information is based on the first three available sets, Sting of LolthHeart of Cormyr, and Tyranny of Goblins.

Levels

Creatures range in level from 1 to 6.  For Sting of Lolth and Heart of Cormyr, the total level of all creatures in a band combined is 34.  For Tyranny of Goblins it is 36.  The individual breakdown of levels varies between the two sets (see table below).

Number of Creatures

The three released sets all have 12 creatures each, with two in each set being duplicated (so ten unique creatures in a set).

Baseline Stats

In general, the average stats for a creature of a given level appear to be as follows:
Hit Points: 20 * level
Melee Damage: 10 * level
Speed: 6

Powers

Most creatures (9 out of 12 in a pack) have a special ability.  Very few have two powers (one creature in Sting of Lolth, two in Heart of Cormyr; all of them level 4 or higher) or three powers (one in Tyranny of Goblins).  Currently, powers that do additional damage, heal, or prevent damage, generally only do 10 hit points worth (though some powers can affect multiple creatures).

Balance

Balancing powers/stats so that a creature isn’t broken is probably as much an art as a science.  In general, most creatures seem to make tradeoffs among their own abilities, increasing hit points at the expense of damage, for instance.  If a creature has a power that does melee damage, it might deal less melee damage with its basic attack. The tradeoffs among other stats/powers is less obvious.  How are differences in speed balanced, or the number/type of stat the creature uses?  Are creatures balanced only when compared to other creatures of their level, or are they balanced with respect to the entire warband the appear in?  We may need to see a few more sets published before the answers to these questions can be teased out.

Warbands By The Numbers

Finally, here are some statistics about the three released warbands, Heart of Cormyr, Sting of Lolth, and Tyranny of Goblins. These numbers come only from the creatures themselves, not from any order cards.

Heart of Cormyr Sting of Lolth Tyranny of Goblins
Combined Hit Points: 660 690 730
Combined Melee Damage: 230 220 210
Combined Missile Damage: 90 60 40
Creatures With Missile Attacks: 5 4 2
Speed 5 Creatures 4 0 0
Speed 6 Creatures 4 7 9
Speed 7 Creatures 4 3 1
Speed 8 Creatures 0 1 2
Speed 10 Creatures 0 1 0
Average Speed 6 6.75 6.42
Level 1 Creatures: 3 2 3
Level 2 Creatures: 3 3 1
Level 3 Creatures: 2 3 4
Level 4 Creatures: 2 3 2
Level 5 Creatures: 1 1 1
Level 6 Creatures: 1 0 1
Combined Level of Creatures 34 34 36
Creatures With Dex: 5 12 7
Creatures With Str: 8 1 2
Creatures With Int: 2 1 1
Creatures With Wis: 1 1 0
Creatures With Con: 4 0 5
Creatures With Cha: 0 0 4
Creatures With Two Skills: 6 3 5
Creatures With Three Skills: 1 0 1
Creatures With Powers That Do Melee Damage: 3 3 3
Combined Melee Damage From Powers: 30 to 100 50 30
Creatures With Powers That Do Ranged Damage: 1 0 0
Combined Ranged Damage From Power: 20 to 120 0 0
Creatures With Deploy Powers: 1 2 1
Creatures With Burrow/Fly: 2 1 1
Creatures With Slide Powers: 1 1 0
Creatures With Shift Powers: 0 4 0
Creatures With Heal/Reduce-Damage Powers: 3 0 2
Combined Healing/Damage-Reduction From Powers: 30 to 100 0 20* to 100+*
Creatures With Powers That Tap Enemy: 0 0 2

* Special ability grants Prevent 10 to creatures on board with certain keywords. Upper bound based on number of creatures in set.