On the Origin of Species is one of the most-important bits of scientific literature ever written. Will the board game based on it be one of the most-important board games of all time? Well, we don't know yet, because the Kickstarter campaign is only just running now. But it may be. Join Darwin on the HMS Beagle and find connections between different flora and fauna.
From the campaign:
On the Origin of Species is a 2-4 player strategy board game in which each player will step into the adventure of young Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle’s expedition through the Galapagos Islands, examining the local species and uncovering their natural history. Trace connections between the flora and fauna you discover as the Beagle journeys through the islands. Find help from the ship’s crew and uses for the tools in your luggage. Excel in your research and lead the way among your naturalist colleagues.
On the Origin of the Species is a tile laying game that’s simple to learn but driven by deep decisions. Players will take the role of scientist naturalists on the HMS Beagle as it journeys through the Galapagos Islands. On each player’s turn, they may either research the surrounding species in their habitats or discover the natural history of a new species.
To Research: a player will place two of their observation cubes on different species found among the islands. These observations contribute to their understanding of how the species relate to their habitats.
The campaign's about halfway funded with 30 days left to go.
In the game, you play the leader of a giant Corporation looking to gain control of the country's noble government. Using your various minions (in the form of goblins, devils, zombies, and other fantasy creatures), it's up to you to have the government pass laws that are favorable to your specific interests. Of course, the other players are going to do much the same, so you have to watch out for what your opponents are planning. Nothing's ever easy in politics.
The campaign's about 2/3 of the way to their funding goal with still 28 days left on the clock.
Friday also means a bit of a smorgasbord of bite-sized stories we've collected.
In this batch we have: Artana Launches The Best Damn Gaming Coins Ever...Two Kickstarter, Dungeon Crawler Minis Kickstarter: The Behemoth, DrunkQuest Kickstarter Stretch Goals announced, Imaginative Miniatures New Releases, Releases for September from The Ion Age, Alkemny's Kickstarter to Launch Next Month, Warsenal Limited Edition Unit Markers for Infinity, Dark Art Studios Posts Autumn Releases, Khurasan releases 18mm WSS Austrians/Imperials, and Brigade Models Release 15mm Indonesian Grav Tanks.
Artana Launches The Best Damn Gaming Coins Ever...Two Kickstarter
We've learned a lot since our first coins campaign. And we know that there is no "one size fits all" package for everyone. So we're not going to offer you just one package... we're giving you several!
Provided here first to our loyal Kickstarter backers, The Best Damn Gaming Coins Ever are now available in THREE modular and fully integrated options
Dungeon Crawler Minis Kickstarter: The Behemoth
We are small time Canadian publisher pushing in to the pre-painted plastics scene with our 2nd Kickstarter. We are offering Resin, Unpainted and two Painted versions of each sculpt.
Our featured figures are the Behemoth, an enormous 8" round based figure, a female Orc Shaman, and four small Riders (Goblin, Dwarf, Imp, and Kobold) on big mounts (Giant Spider, Giant Owl, Giant Wolf, and Giant Bat) which are interchangeable during game play.
We have an early bird special which ends on Sept 18th, and an amazing SUPER stretch goal planned at the $238k mark.
DCMs are perfect for your RPG needs!
DrunkQuest Kickstarter Stretch Goals announced
Funded in less then 24 hours and on our way to some Stretch Goals! So lets get into the update...
We've read your comments and your messages and it seems the favor led towards having Black Label as its own tier...however. A few of our backers are a bit more forward thinking and brought up a very interesting point
To which we thought..."That's...an excellent point." and something we hadn't considered. But we still liked the idea of having extras for Black Label. So! We have a solution... First! Black Label is an addon, and each tier may add it but! With an increased discount when added at the higher tiers.
Before going into the breakdown I should start by saying that because Black Label is 300 jumbo sized plastic cards it isn't cheap to produce. And having a limited run with a special box are also factors so when released Black Label will retail for $125. But we always try and give more to our backers because you're the ones making these things possible. So even if added at the Light Weight tier we're going to start with an almost 30% discount! The rest of the tiers are broken down as follows...(there is more on the update PB) Just didnt want to include it all! Thank you!!
Imaginative Miniatures New Releases
We wanted to let you guys know that our new miniatures; Waldvolk archers, are avaible in our online store!
So dont miss out hop on over to our store add some wonderful looking miniatures to your collections!
Releases for September from The Ion Age
The Ion Age makes its releases for the whole month of September 2015 today with two new 15mm codes. Super Heavy Knights ready to terminate the enemy, Desteria Lance Command (5 poses) and a Desteria Lance (Platoon Pack) which includes a unique extra free Desteria Knight Errant only found there. Of course you also get the monthly miniature free in any order (currently IMP25 Muster Cutter Trooper) and reward points on your customer account. The Ion Age just got bigger again and next month Taranis arrives...its awesome to be space opera just now. Thanks for reading. GBS
Alkemny's Kickstarter to Launch Next Month
The Naashti / Utopia project is ongoing work and we are eager and excited to be the K day (like Kickstarter) to reveal the secrets that we work since 1 year. See below 6 models of the “starters” Naashti and Utopia. Go middle October, all Alchemist Miniatures team is relying on you ;-)
Warsenal Limited Edition Unit Markers for Infinity
Each month we'll be releasing unit markers for the various units that are released for Infinity: the Game. Once we've released a marker for a unit that marker won't be repeated so get them while you can!
Repeated units get a one time Blast template release.
Markers are sold individually and prices are for a single piece.
For Infinity's August Releases, this month we have unit markers for Acmon, Sergeant of the Dactyls, and Blast Templates for USAriadna Grunts and Yu Jing Tiger Soldiers.
Get them at our Online Store.
Dark Art Studios Posts Autumn Releases
? Autumn 2015 Releases ?
Khurasan releases 18mm WSS Austrians/Imperials
We are very pleased to release the long-awaited Austrians/Imperials for our 18mm War of the Spanish Succession range.
Released today are the following:
Austrian/Imperial commanders (Price Eugene and a general officer)
Austrian/Imperial heavy cavalry in helmets, with pistol
Austrian/Imperial heavy cavalry in helmets, with sword
Austrian/Imperial heavy cavalry in helmets, command
Austrian/Imperial heavy cavalry in tricorne, with pistol
Austrian/Imperial heavy cavalry in tricorne, with sword
Austrian/Imperial heavy cavalry in tricorne, command
Austrian/Imperial artillery (commander is wearing a cuirass)
Austrian/Imperial infantry command
Brigade Models Release 15mm Indonesian Grav Tanks
Today we're releasing our 15mm Indonesians, matching the 6mm versions that came out some time ago. There are five vehicles in all - the Suharto and Anjalika MBTs, Sugama APC, Bhima armoured car and Kijang grav truck.
SF15-1401 – Suharto MBT – £8.00
SF15-1401a – Anjalika MBT – £8.00
SF15-1403 – Sugamo APC – £8.00
SF15-1407 – Bhima Armoured Car – £8.00
SF15-1408 – Kijang Grav Truck – £8.00
We’ll have stocks of all of these vehicles at Colours tomorrow, along with all of our other 15mm models.
In the game, players are investors during the time where the US didn't have electricity, and several different theories about the best way to implement country-wide electrocution (wait... that doesn't sound right...). Grow your company, research new technologies, stake claims on various projects, and even create advertising (or propaganda) campaigns to make sure that when people turn on their first ever light bulb in their homes, it's to you that they send their money at the end of the month.
The campaign is already more than 4x funded, with still 21 days left to go on the clock.
From the campaign:
Tesla vs. Edison is a light-to-medium weight strategy game for 2-5 players. You are an investor who teams up and creates a company with one of the exciting, visionary inventors leading the nascent electric light and power industry of 1880s and 1890s America.
Your inventor, along with other famous people of the period that you hire as employees in your company, work together to claim electric projects across the United States, advance your company's technology, engage in propaganda wars with the other companies, and buy and sell stock from your and your competitors companies.
Tesla vs. Edison plays quickly and provides interesting decisions while telling the exciting story of the birth of electricity.
... or maybe I'm just taking things too far now.
Anyway, we've got another bunch of bite-sized stories we've collected.
This installment we have: The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic about Tesla vs. Edison, Kromlech gives you the bird, New 2mm Coastal Items from Brigade Models, Special Deal on Pulp Figures from Sally 4th, Pretty Pretty Pictures & Shipping Update for Super Dungeon Explore, MiniWorlds: Finally Mini-Texture arrived, Dies Irae news from Tercio Creativo, Rebel Minis Releases More 15mm Pulp Packs, Ral Partha Europe Miniatures Sci-fi Amphibians kickstarter now live, New Print-and-Play Cedar Mountain Board Game from Wargame Shop, Mage Company Previews 12 Realms: bedtime Story Kickstarter, Deep-Cut Studio releases new sandy desert theme mats, Big Book of Bloodlines Kickstarter launches, Embers Design Studios Launches The City of Brass web-based tabletop RPG app Kickstarter, 15mm Fantasy Buildings pre-order offer at 15mm.co.uk, Open Combat hits initial funding level, and the Figopedia now available from Figone.
The Fiver With Dirk Knemeyer on Designing Tesla vs. Edison
Hi my name is Dirk Knemeyer and am from Granville, Ohio. For my day job I am a futurist at Involution Studios, which basically means I look at the world and technology and both predict what is going to happen and offer solutions to make the future better. In my free time I design and produce games through Artana.
New Bird Accessories from Kromlech
If you would like to have those little heralds of spring on your models you can buy them in our webstore now.
But we will also give away a set or two ... or more :) for those of you who will like our recent post at our Facebook Fanpage. For every 100 likes I will randomly select one person who will receive this new release from us. I will post names of winners at Monday 9 March 2015 12:00 CET.
New 2mm Coastal Items From Brigade Models
We have more new items in our Small Scale Scenery range today. The first is another in our growing collection of coastal fortifications, Fort St Mawes. This small cloverleaf castle is a Device Fort, built by Henry VIII to protect the Carrick Roads near Falmouth, Cornwall.
And if we have something to defend our anchorage, what about the harbour itself ? So the second release is set of walls, ideal for making a medium sized fishing harbour.
All are available from the website now, and Pico Armor in the USA also have stocks.
SSS-8029 – Fort St Mawes – £2.00
SSS-8052 – Harbour Walls – £7.50
Special Deal on Pulp Figures from Sally 4th
We are now taking pre-orders for the next range of Pulp Figures to be available in the UK. This is the Weird Menace range which includes Cultists, Radon Zombies, Mad Scientists, Damsels in Distress and Evil Gestapo. We expect to be shipping pre-orders on Friday 13th March. All figures ordered from Sally 4th will benefit from our Pulp Figures deal, free Crystal Clear or Perspex figures and a free Warchest figure storage box and insert for all customers who order 10 packs of miniatures from us.
Pretty Pretty Pictures & Shipping Update for Super Dungeon Explore
Today's post is going to be fairly short since our Heroes are really busy getting their equipment ready for a new dungeon adventure. Rumors of shadowy figures preying on travelers have made their way to Crystalia Castle and the King has ordered us to find the cause. Please note: shadowy does not mean ninja, at least not according to our old friends Merriam-Webster. Who wants to have brave Heroes fight shadowy ninjas with elemental powers anyway? Oh...lets, uh, go to production.
MiniWorlds: Finally Mini-Texture arrived
Hello, the MiniWolrds is pleased to announce its new article for the people who love to create their own terrain and gaming tables.
Finally the Mini-Texture arrived! Soft Resin sheets, durable and transparent suitable for texturizing all clay putty present on the market and even the Polystyrene, the first worldwide used material by scenic modelists!
Dies Irae news from Tercio Creativo
Last news from Tercio Creativo's Dies Irae crowdfunding:
- All models of Armored Wagons.
- Seignor painted.
- Marinero ( "Sailor" ) painted.
- El Sereno green.
- El Sereno's dog green.
Rebel Minis Releases More 15mm Pulp Packs
Rebel Minis is proud to announce the release of two more 15mm Pulp Packs. Originally available from the Famous Adventures in the Lost Lands Kickstarter that Two Hour Wargames offered a while back, these packs are up on the site for purchase! Check them out:
15mm Pulp Adventurers Pack #2
The Pulp Adventurers #2 pack contains 5 Adventurers and are perfect for Steampunk, Alternative Worlds or Pulp Gaming! Models Supplied Unpainted. Sculpted by Martin Baker. SRP $3.99
15mm Pulp Natives
The 15mm Pulp Natives! Each pack contains 24 Natives and are perfect for Pulp Gaming! Sculpted by Martin Baker. These figure are best played with Two Hour Wargames: Adventures In the Lost Lands or Colonial Adventures!! Models Supplied Unpainted. SRP $12.95
Ral Partha Europe Miniatures Sci-fi Amphibians kickstarter now live
The aim of this project is to produce a brand new range of 28mm scale sci-fi amphibian miniatures. They are firmly of the old school style, green sculpted, rubber moulded and cast in metal. These miniatures measure over 35mm tall and will represent serious opposition, even for power armoured troops. They will retail for at least £4 per miniature.
We plan to use this kickstarter to get the range off to a great start with 10 miniatures. they are available in pledges of 5 trooper squads or a larger platoon of 10 troops. All will be variant poses.
New Print-and-Play Cedar Mountain Board Game from Wargame Shop
This is the first of three games within the Northern Virginia Campaign of 1862 and the nineteenth game in our American Civil War in 3D Series. The Confederates under General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson have attacked the advancing Union army of General John Pope.
This is a quick and fun game to play, the Confederate have superior numbers but can the Union hold out?
It comes as a downloadable PDF version that you print and play, it includes counters, rules and even tile dice, so all you need is a printer. The rules are standard throughout the series and are easy to learn, this game takes only a few hours to play. The game board can be assembled in 3D to give a more realistic feel to the game, well worth the time and effort.
Mage Company Previews 12 Realms: bedtime Story Kickstarter
From our earliest years onward, fairytales have an enormous impact on our lives. They entertain us with the daring deeds of colorful heroes and villains. They inspire us to go on adventures of our own and see the world in whole new ways. And they remind us that no matter how dark life gets, there’s always hope, always a reason to fight for our dreams. Inspired by the fairytale lore we’ve come to love, 12 Realms is a cooperative fantasy adventure board game from MAGE Company, letting whole families determine the fate of imaginative worlds where anything is possible.
Deep-Cut Studio releases new sandy desert theme mats
Announcing a release of new gaming mat – desert theme is ready to go. We felt the need for some pure sandy landscapes from you and here is what we came up with. Mats are available in popular 4x6, 4x4 and 3x3 sizes, manufactured on PVC and cloth as well. Check them out at our website.
Big Book of Bloodlines Kickstarter launches
The Big Book of Bloodlines seeks to continue this tradition of player agency by opening up new possibilities for the bloodrager and sorcerer base classes, as well as any other creations that just so happen to use bloodlines. Gravitating away from the stereotypical concepts of caster sorcerer and smashy bloodrager, The Big Book of Bloodlines provides flavorful options that are just powerful enough to get that bloodrager to seriously consider taking on support casting, item creation, area denial, summoning, or other roles not commonly associated with the class. By the same token, the sorcerer gains options that push it into new realms of gameplay and backstory.
Embers Design Studios Launches The City of Brass web-based tabletop RPG app Kickstarter
The City of Brass is a fully-featured web app designed to manage the mechanics of pen-and-paper roleplaying games, allowing you to focus on what matters: playing that game.
We bring together your characters, monsters, NPCs, setting, adventure, and campaign, allowing you to easily manage all these elements in a single location, from any device, anytime, and for any game system!
15mm Fantasy Buildings pre-order offer at 15mm.co.uk
Our new range 'Hordes of Buildings' or HOB for short takes on the role of structures in 15mm scale for fantasy wargaming. We intend big things with this new range as a part of our commitment to 15mm fantasy wargaming which began this winter with the Monster Survey. Lots of you asked for dedicated structures the likes of which have never been created for fantasy wargaming in our scale and now we have done this. Beginning with five Human buildings in a core set.
From now until 20th March 2015 we are offering a pre-order deal. 24% off the set, 34% off three sets, 15% off single buildings. Click through for lots more and more images.
Open Combat hits initial funding level
Second Thunder's Kickstarter campaign to put Open Combat into print has now hit it's funding level. We're now trying to move through the stretch goals which could ultimately lead to additional content being added to the book.
It's a great time to join the campaign so please take a look and give us your support.
Figopedia now available from Figone
Who hasn't gotten their FIGOPEDIA?
I'm proud and moved to announce that the FIGOPEDIA, the first book I've written entirely with my pen (or rather... with my brush), is now available.
Believe me, the spirits were high when we got the packages, and I thank once again from the bottom of my heart all those who funded this project and allowed it to happen.