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So I ran a small game with some of the new Tagers as my players. First off, I am glad to report that the new Tagers are just as squishy as normal ones. My Voidspeaker took a full-auto SMG to the face and lost three orbs, three full health levels and got smashed up pretty bad. It had to retreat back and heal before it was of use again. The Void Bolt attack is hard hitting, but is greatly limited by it's single shot (as designed). My player has not used the entangling power yet, but in comparison to my other player using a Shadow (and the poison) I doubt it could be much worse! Never again will I underestimate the Shadow vs. small groups.
I tried out a few scenarios with the Echidna and the Aurora and found two things to be very prevalent; Firstly, armor reduction and hybrid damage, combined with a high damage rating is nearly an instant kill on anything. Even things with a 3/3 armor were getting cut to ribbons and given the Echidna's huge blast radius, it could have been swarmed by Zabuths, power armor and tanks and destroyed them all. My suggestion is cutting the damage down to +4 max or removing the Armor reduction aspect. At 3/3 armor itself, the Echidna is too hardy to be that powerful.
The Aurora was a great glass cannon, but again it's damage output was not consistent with it's CE spending. For one CE, it's getting a blast radius weapon with high damage and six shots. For 3 CE it is getting a fairly weak entangle effect against say... a Zabuth. I would say lower the clip size of the CE point to 3. Also, with no armor, it is faaaaaar too squishy. My suggestion is keeping the rule as is, but also adding an additional phrase to the wall power that the Aurora can encase itself in a layer of glass armor that provides 2/2 armor at the cost of using it as a wall. The power would cost 2CE every half hour, say and stops CE regeneration. If it wants to use the wall power, it would need to end the armor and recast it later.
Basically I shattered one dead in the first round of combat, so... yeah. Glass.
Good work guys. Let me know if you end up play testing your own stuff!
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