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The new version of Flavorful Agents changes a lot of content and core mechanics, so here's a quick overview.

Skills

Skills now have far more effect on how your agents operate and how you'll build them.

Upgrading

Skills' costs are now uniform, with the second level costing significantly more than before.

level 1

level 2

level 3

level 4

level 5

Cost Free 700c 550c 650c 900c

Skill Abilities

Each skill has an ability tied to it, which Agents unlock at level 2.

Trespass

Hacking

Smugglery

Larceny

Stats Action Points Console PWR Inventory + Throw Dist Credit Steal + Equip Speed
Ability Observe Guard Disable Security Ranged Trade Pickpocket
Bonuses +1 Sprint at 5 +1 PWR at 5 +.5 Drag at 2 & 4 Extra items at 5

Ability Notes

  • Observe Guard now requires trespass 2 and line of sight with the agent using it, but any agent can use observe through cameras or drones if next to an owned console
  • Disable Security can be used from captured consoles to EMP Cameras/Soundbugs for 2 turns
  • Throwing Distance now starts at 3 tiles (making thrown weapons medium-ranged)
  • Ranged Trade is one-way - items can move from the user to the target, but items the target is holding are locked to them until the end of trade - and increases in distance along with throw distance

Equipment

Equipping items now requires 2AP, although this cost can be reduced with Larceny

Items can also be unequipped - using a Console now requires the agent does not have a ranged weapon equipped.

Stimulants

Stims have also been changed so that they can be used by more agents, but later in the game.

Name Stims 1 Stims 2 Stims 3
Ability Restores 4 AP Restores 6 AP Restores 8AP + 1 Attack
Requirements Any Skill at 3rd level Any Skill at 4th level Any Skill at 5th level

Agent changes

Changes are marked in bold

Minor Changes

Both Central and Monst3r have been updated to make the most advantage of the new skill system

Central

  • Skills: Trespass 2, Larceny 2 (Observe, Pickpocket)
  • When obtained via final mission: Trespass 3, Larceny 2

Monst3r

  • Skills: Hacking 2, Smugglery 2 (Disable Security, Ranged Trade)
  • When obtained via final mission: Hacking 2, Smugglery 3

Major Changes

I've tried to summarize the info given about agents in the game and make their gameplay match my expectations of them.

Decker

Nostalgic Techno-Gumshoe, former security chief.

  • Skills: Trespass 2 (observe)
  • Augment: Orders an idle guard to patrol key items, ending at the objective. One use per mission.
  • Weapon: Disruptor 1 (unchanged), Gadget: Custom Cloaking Rig

This new augment and early access to observe should allow Decker to tail a target, just like in the movies he loves.

Decker (Archive)

Reckless Antique-Upgrader, makes ludicrously expensive modifications.

  • Skills: None
  • Augment: +2 AP when sighted
  • Weapon 1: Custom Revolver. 6 Shots, no reload, ignores armor, disables shields and heart monitors
  • Weapon 2: Knuckle Disruptors: Kos till end of round, ignores KO buffs, tags guards

The Knuckle Disruptors fit into Decker's devil-may-care playstyle, allowing him to kick the hornets nest and thrive in the chaos. His Revolver is now usable right up until the endgame to completely remove a troublesome target.

Internationale

Ex-Airborne Scout, great all-round agent but hindered by pacifism

  • Skills: Larceny 2 (pickpocket)
  • Augment: 6 tile mainframe scan, can identify daemons with LOS. Prevents use of damaging weapons; override with stims.
  • Weapon: none
  • Gadget: Shock Stims, +4AP, 7Cooldown, Requires any skill at level 2

Nat's rework min-maxes her playstyle; she is now incredibly valuable as a scout but has almost no combat potential whatsoever, meaning you'll need to take extra care positioning her.

Shalem 11

Hired Assassin, stalks targets and covers his tracks.

  • Skills: Smugglery 2 (ranged trade)
  • Augment 1: +1 pierce on ranged overwatch, can add a custom (non tracking) tag to a single guard which disables normal/advanced heart monitors on overwatch (3/6 PWR)
  • Augment 2: Hide and halve cleanup cost of a corpse by stowing it in a safe
  • Weapon: Rifle, 1 pierce, 2 ammo

Shalem has always been built to kill, but this rework means players can be rewarded by carefully planning their ambushes.

Archive Shalem

Trained Combat-Medic, loves to help almost as much as he loves to kill

  • Skills: none
  • Augment: Revive ally, requires and uses attack and fullAp, 10 cooldown. Regain 1 ammo to any held weapons between missions.
  • Weapon: Service Rifle, 3 Ammo. Once used it can continue attacking until the end of turn or out of ammo. Requires reset between uses (counts as attack)
  • Gadget: Snap-Grenade belt, 2 ammo, 1.5 tile blast, 1 turn KO

This rework of archive Shalem sees him take on a support and anti-drone roll. The war-medic can also clear a room of enemies incredibly efficiently.

Banks

Brain-Damaged Master Hacker, ex-robin hood and bank robber.

  • Skills: Hacking 2 (Disable Security)
  • Augment: Open visible doors via nearby consoles, costing 1AP for normal and Security, or fullAP for vaults. Console is disabled for 2 turns at the end of the turn, and locked doors close automatically. Sideeffect: Maximum sight range of 2 unless peeking.
  • Weapon: Paralyzer Dart, 3KO, can be thrown or used on sleeping guards to increase KO.

Bank's paranoia can really be felt in this rework, as attempting to send her scouting will have her constantly checking over her shoulder. However, her ability to remotely operate doors can be used to psyche out opponents and provide great utility to her team.

Prism

Master of disguise, runs confidence tricks and has been hiding for years

  • Skills: none
  • Augment: Disguise as heavy guard, lowers maxAP by 2 for each turn used. AP restored by 1 per turn not used. Dosn't break in close-range.
  • Gadget: LAR Pistol, temporarily KO an ally at range with the ability to wake them up remotely and without medgel
  • Gadget: Copycard - Can be turned into a duplicate of a security card of any level that's held by another unit

This complete rework puts Prism in her ideal roll; stealth support. She works wonders as a scout, but can also save a teammate even if they are completely surrounded.