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Prove your devotion to the Order and be handsomely rewarded! Pre-purchase now and receive an exclusive "Knight of the Order" costume for the game's hero, the War Mage. You will be able to play though the entire campaign wearing this beautiful custom suit of armor and wielding the mighty Hammer of War against your foes.

As the game is out and the time to get the bonus is quickly running out, I was wondering if the Knight of the Order costume or the Hammer of War offer any actual gameplay bonuses?

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According to this developer reply,

The costumes can be turned on and off. When you turn on the "Knight of the Order" costume, he's still using the crossbow, but instead of the Bladestaff he'll be carrying (and swinging) the Hammer of War (it'll still show as the Bladestaff on the spellbook tiles, but don't let that fool you). You can turn the costume off at any time to go back to the standard War Mage and Bladestaff.

Same goes for the Cardboard Tube Samurai costume. If you came by our booth at PAX Prime and unlocked the CTS costume, you can turn it on to change the clothes of the War Mage and to swap out his Bladestaff with a giant cardboard tube. Yes, it's pretty awesome.

So it appears as though the suit, including the Hammer of War, is nothing more than an affixable costume that offers no additional gameplay benefit.

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Yes. I didn't even take me a minute after posting the question to think of searching for the answer in the forums. And what I found, was this:… – DJ Pirtu Oct 11 '11 at 17:54

It actually does guys. If you notice, while you are using the Hammer of War, each of your hits will make the common orcs shake a little bit, which means that the Hammer of War sometimes prevents the orcs from attacking you.

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