Recently I’ve been thinking about all the changes that have happened and are going to happen with Gems of War, and it got me further thinking about all the things that presumably could happen, but never will, because of the huge ramifications. Think of something that you could change in Gems of War, but never would be changed, because although it would be the same game, the way we play would be completely different. Here are some things I’ve thought of…
- Teams of more than 4 troops
- Increase board size past 8x8 (9x9 is a mere 17 extra gems)
- Allow multiple weapons per team
This thought experiment is a way to push the creative boundaries of the game, because although the above things will never happen, things similar to it could happen. For instance, although we’ll never see an actual team of 5 troops (5 troop portraits all lined up, each with turns, etc.), what if teams had “sideline” troops that came in when one was defeated? What if that was part of an enemy team? When you defeat one troop, another comes in to replace it immediately? That’s essentially what happens with troops that summon other troops when they die.
Changing the size of the board will never happen, because hundreds of troops are balanced around the 64 gems (that’s why most troops and weapons create a mix of up to 24 gems – if you changed the size of the board, that percentage would increase/decrease).
However… we have seen one slight “change” to the board with delves, when they introduced blocks that are essentially non-gem areas and remain until destroyed. Now consider if an entire row or column was made up of these blocks. That would effectively make the board smaller. A larger board? Not sure that’s possible, given the UI restrictions. But smaller? Absolutely.