Not trying to be passive aggressive. Sorry if it came off that way.
It's just that when Frozen Wastes was announced, I was a bit disappointed if only because it seemed the next obvious "theme" after Isle of Dread and Sands. OF COURSE they were going to do a frozen world. And, I thought, of course it will be filled with Vikings and Yetis and Norse-like Dwarfs. Though the previous expansions all did wonders with familiar fantasy tropes, the idea of Frozen Viking World, Runebound style, just seemed like a failure of imagination. So I was VERY happy to see them go a completely unexpected route, even if it's a bit sci-fi. I can't imagine there's going to be laser rifles and android allies a la Talisman Timescape, but a crashed craft from a long gone civilization seems about right.
No harm done. I have to say that the more I see of Frozen Wastes previews, the more I like it. As a matter of fact, at this point I've totally changed my mind and I really like it. It sounds totally unique and I agree with you that it will be refreshing to have something different this time. I expect you are also correct about the sci-fi elements. I'm sure it won't be totally over the top, but maybe the "machines" will be more like the Hellboy Golden Army robots, as suggested by one of the other posters. That, I think, would be pretty cool!
The most recent preview (Jan 15) explains the frost tokens and weather effects in detail. Don't really care for the idea of teleporting magic ice crystals, but you definitely get the idea you are in a frozen, barren wasteland -- much like where I live, where the temp hit 18 below zero Thursday and today we're getting about five inches of snow with temps around 10 above.
I just hope FW is out before March -- March 2009, that is.
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