|Tannhauser | Published 02 June 2009|
The war has consumed the resources of nearly every side in it. The cost of maintaining and expanding the theaters of war has forced each faction to look for outside help. Internal recruitment has provided each side with new soldiers, Yula for the Reich, Ramirez for the Union, and Gorgeï for the Matriarchy. Each side has also sent out the call for any and all operatives willing to work with their side. Answering this call was one of the most dangerous men in the world, Wolfgang Otto Ludwig Friedrich, better known as Wolf.
The History of Wolf
In turn a pirate, plunderer, mercenary, and smuggler, Wolf sells his services to the highest bidder. Last year, the Union Counterintelligence Corps classified him as one of the three most wanted men in the world.
A brief chronology of Wolf’s exploits;
1863 July 4 The Confederate General Robert E. Lee is shot by the Wolf, during the battle of Gettysburg.
1911 Wolf is in residence at the fortress of Alamut, where he guides Ikarus Faith through his initiation tests.
1936 Wolf escapes a Union prison, where he was incarcerated for trafficking explosives off the coast of Borneo. He embarks on the SS Venture headed for Skull Island.
1939 Wolf sabotages the Reich’s lines of communication in Mexico City, right before the arrival of the Kaiser’s heavy combat zeppelins.
1941 During the attack on Cairo, Marquis General Hermann Von Heïzinger calls upon the Ninth Plague of Egypt. Reich doctor Hass Horbinger uses this cover to sneak into the Sphinx. Lead by Wolf, he finds one of the 4 Cardinal Points.
1945 May - Wolf breaks into the Fortress of Berlin on behalf of Don Falcone. Inside is the notebook detailing Karl Mauch’s discovery of the ruins of Ophir. This incursion made General Oberst Heinrich Von Thôt a personal enemy of Wolf. Some months later Wolf is seen on the side of Grand Hierarch Katerina Hyorovitch and Major Volkov, attacking the strengthened monastery of Czestochowa.
1948 President Edison brings 3 men together for the first time: Impey Barbicane, Wolfgang Otto Ludwig Friedrich, and Sir John Edward. They form Cerberus Prime.
A mercenary through and through, Wolf will work for any faction, provided they pay his price. Having plied his trade as an odd-jobs man in the four corners of the world, this daring adventurer with a touch of genius is the man for any situation. Before the game begins, Wolf may choose any two skills he needs to complete his mission. Talk about the right man for any job, this gives him an unprecedented ability to complete objectives. Having fought on and against all sides, Wolf uses the prototype weapon, Freiheit, to gain an advantage over the foes he faces. This weapon ups his combat ability and increases his accuracy. Add to that his M3 combat knife, and F1 frag grenade, and Wolf is able to do a large amount of damage in a very short amount of time, regardless of the circumstances.
A true mercenary, Wolf can be found working for any side. When found among the forces of the Reich, Wolf works very well with the powers of Von Heïzinger. The Marquis General can force the opposition into clustered spots, giving Wolf the option of grenade, knife, or machine gun. The Stosstruppen can also be used to funnel enemies into Wolf’s line of fire. Use them to move low combat, high stamina targets towards Wolf. With his pistol adding a point to each die roll, and adding an additional point to his combat, he should make short work of them.
With all of the big guns on the side of the Union already, Wolf needs to play a sneakier role. Using him effectively will mean providing cover fire, allowing him to close with the enemy and dispatch them with his combat knife, or using the skills he chose at the start of the game to complete objectives quickly. MacNeal and his immunity to the effects of smoke grenades is an excellent ally. He can provide cover fire, and retreat into the smoke if the situation gets too hot. Tala also can work well with Wolf, providing some bang to keep enemies at bay, and then providing debris to slow down enemy agents.
With all of the electricity flying around, Wolf needs to be careful as to which path he ends his movement on. He can provide an excellent objective clearer, and can free up Zor’ka to hunt down the pesky agents opposing her. Taking the Stamina Pack, and the Shot of Morphine with it, may be prudent as it can provide Wolf with a bit more electrical resistance. Wolf can also be used to protect the third hero, whether it be Irishka, Irina, or Gorgeï. Paired with Gorgeï, Wolf can be used to hunt down enemy agents, and steer them towards the devastation that is Zor’ka.
Overall the gun for hire, jack of all trades, landless hero Wolf is easily added to any squad. He can hold his own in a shootout, a knife fight, or objective race. Wolf is a difficult man to track down, but we have learned that he will be available for hire at this year’s GenCon.
Tannhäuser is a squad based game set in a U-chronic past. WWI has never ended and the forces of the Reich have turned to the oocult. The forces of the Union have delved into alien technology and developed deadly weapons of war. Using the revolutionary path-finding system, Tannhäuser is quick and easy to play.
If this game is going to promote this kind of elitist type of attitude between people who have and don't have a certain figure I'l pass no matter how cool it might be.
But something people who feel it shouldn't be mass released should consider:
1) It's mass released in Europe so this whole crap about it being "rare" or "special" is made-up collector BS so some people who have the figure can feel superior over those that don't. It's not rare over there so why should it be here?
2) Why should people who didn't even know about the game when it was first released because they only just discovered it be penalized for not pre-ordering it? How can they take advantage of a special offer they knew nothing about? It's not right for them to miss out on something just because they came to the game late, is it? They should have just as much an opportunity to be able to the figure as others.
3) If they still sell it at GenCon it's obviously not meant to be that rare anyways as they obviously had plenty made. And if they still sell it that means they still want people to have it which means they could at the very least sell it through their online store especially since most people can't get to GenCon.
As far as i see it, Wolf will remain Promo and there will be a new stack of him at the GenCon, which, sadly, is far out of reach for me.
But as i see it, some legendary characters for the reich and the union would sure come in handy.The Matriarchy can have some firepower supporters in exchange.
Also, i will never understand, why the board of Novgorod provides only one new map. To have the same map of the basic set double is just a waste of space and paint, as far as i see it.
And i can't wait to see Hoax, Hass and Oksana... someday..
I just recently purchased this game with all of it's expansion figures. It'd be great to have two mercenaries, instead of only the russian one, to better make use of the mercenary faction.
I really don't see the big deal in making him available to other people now. It's been years since he was first rewarded to the people who pre-ordered the game. I just fail to see it as "stabbing" those people.
Plus, the sales of Wolf might persuade FFG to speed up the process of future expansions. God, if only!
I agree with Wytefang. Why should people who discovered that this game was worth its weight in gold be penalized for not having preordered it? I took a chance with this game and scored big. So here I am telling the world this game is COOL and so is Wolf. I see his head peeking out of the shadows before taking that shot we've come to know and love.
A response to Steve-O, and who really cares, at this point, if you felt "stabbed in the face" simply because they produced a figure that should (probably) never have been a promo in the first place. Considering that the game itself suffers from a lack of figures, you'd think that it would make the MOST sense to get this figure out to the fans en masse.
Furthermore, why should anyone feel betrayed if they did release this figure for mass production? You still got to play with him WAY ahead of everyone else if you pre-ordered?? This kind of mindset just simply makes NO sense.
::: shaking head sadly :::
I don't see anything in the article to suggest they're mass producing him. What's more I agree with Retina that relasing a mass production version of Wolf would be stabbing everyone who preordered the game in the face (and this from someone who did NOT get the preorder.)
I'd like to play with Wolf very much, but I think a more realistic solution would be to find a stand-in figure from some other WWII-ish minis game and then print out his state sheets from online. Obviously a fake Wolf, so not threatening the collectability of those who did preorder, but still lets me play with the man, after a fashion.
Wolf is rare on purpose and that really shouldn't be changed. To take a rare preorder bonus item and re-release it and mass produce it ruins the bonus for preordering the game in the first place.
They could always release a different version of Wolf. Not as powerful mind you, but still essentially him. Another option is to release a new unit that's the same stats but a different character. Wolf would still be rare, but everyone would get a chance to play with an equal unit.
I remembering ordering Tannhauser from FFG at the last minute. Glad I got Wolf since my foes tend to recruit him and I make them pay through the nose just to get him. I wonder how many people are miffed that they can't get a hold of this elusive guy? FFG, are you listening? :)
Does this mean Wolf is being re-released for those of us who have yet to get our hands on him? That would be most excellent.