Custom Portraits? upload pictures? okay maybe not upload pictures, but maybe a pixel art custom avatar? haha that might still be bad, plus to have to program and add that whole part in. I dont know, but I certainly agree.
To be honest, I thought me and the leader was both Vanguards because of the portraits, but latter I found out that he was a beacon. Could get confusing if you left the game for a little bit and re entered.
a quick deployment phase? do you mean like in Heroes of Might and Magic 3? cause that could help. but to do something new, in my opinion would be to set players in random places in that specific start area, instead of the already set spots. not only that but if you wanted at this point in my random set up to place your characters in specific places in this start phase, I think it should be unlocked and then given to the players on a . . what would be more important, for me, the start phase set up, or a add +1 to first movement bonus haha, cause to be honest to move 2 in the beginning like in chess would be cool too.
this would be a fun extra thing to work on. like a taunt or war cry. And that war cry could help your adjacent team mates or scatter surrounding foes.
Just had a great session that was interrupted by my bad connection. If I could have added them sooner as friend would have been nice, but I didn't get the chance, so this would be a good idea.
What about simply keeping moving in the first action no matter what, I dont see why order would impact this so greatly, why not the ability to choose where you want to place the actions, that way you can plan and develop your individual set up, your tactics to fit the needs of either individual play or team play.