Have you ever wondered what would happen if someone mashed Warcraft and Gladiator together? No? Don’t worry, Grab The Games has already done that for you. Introducing Gladiator Guild Manager (GGM): an early-access auto-battler that’ll test your decision making but also give you a good laugh at the end of the day.
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Who are the noble gladiators that will fight on your behalf? Veterans of fantasy games like Warcraft will notice some familiar, returning races and fighter types:
Each type of gladiator has six attributes that you can add skill points to as they level up: agility, health, stamina, strength, intelligence, and movement. Some attributes are better suited to some gladiators than others. For example, archers and marksmen will benefit greatly from additions to their agility, while knights and brawlers will be able to hold their own with high health and stamina. However, don’t feel like you're obligated to just pour in points to your gladiator's favored attributes. Rounding out your gladiator’s total points is key to their survivability.
Gear and consumables will also help your gladiator overcome tougher opponents. Gear will apply to your gladiator (even if they die and are revived) and boost their attributes. Consumables will boost a certain attribute or two for the very next battle only, hence the term. These can be very helpful in bridging the level gap between your gladiators and the enemy’s.
When your gladiators die (and die they will), they will revive after a short time. If you really want to punish yourself, you can click a perma-death option in the GGM main menu. Clicking this option will ensure your gladiators will stay dead if they die once. Beware, this feature will put a dent in your in-game pocketbook.
You’ll have to spend resources to open up more gladiator- and item slots, but all three will come naturally as you progress through the game. We don’t know about you, but we’re hoping for a Maximus Decimus Meridius unlockable character in a future update.
In auto-battlers, all you have to do is hit the “fight” button and your fighters will do the work for you. That means there is no micromanaging during the ten or fifteen-second fights. Study your gladiators and their skill sets carefully before you start the carnage. Success will be determined by how well you prepare your gladiators against their opponents.
You unlock more portions of the in-game map and story by winning monthly tournaments, which are usually fought against higher level gladiator teams. Replaying some tournaments can be a good proving ground for some of your lower-level gladiators before you send them up against tougher opponents.
Don’t let the simplicity of an auto-battler fool you into thinking you can just throw whatever gladiators you have into the arena. We were overconfident more than once and that led us to losing matches we really should have won. If your gladiators die mid-tournament, you’ll have to wait some time before you can use them again.
You’ll have a choice of three to four match-ups to go up against with each tournament or battle. Some match-ups will be more favorable than others, but yield lesser rewards for winning them. Others will be tougher, but give greater rewards and items for victory. Pick the ones you know you can win, and save the Leeroy Jenkins tactics for later.
We highly recommend making use of the “priority points” feature when fighting those tougher battles. Priority points allow you to pre-determine which enemies your gladiators will focus on or ignore when the fight begins. This feature can be critical in turning the tide if you’re outnumbered and out-leveled.
Priority points make each victory feel worthwhile and strategic. For example, focusing on the enemy’s ranged or magical units will turn their melee units into easy pickings. Utilizing your gladiators' strengths and unique abilities on top of priority points will ensure you cruise to victory.
Salad says….play GGM! It’s a fun adventure that puts a fantastical twist in the world of auto-battler games. Auto-battlers feel like a breath of fresh air from RPGs or FPSs that demand 110% of your attention. GGM allows you to take your time and consider scenarios without an hourglass hanging over your head. The game is still in early access, which means that your feedback and suggestions could make their way into the game.
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