Explore. Build. Conquer. Rule. Those are the words to live by in the new kingdom building game, Kings of Artifice. Players take on the role of kings, each trying to found a new kingdom in an ever-crowding piece of land. Throughout the game, players will be summoning new units and constructing different walls and structures. Does Kings of Artifice build up to an exciting game, or does it deserve the wrecking ball? Read on to find out!
Kings of Artifice is an area control and action point game for 2-4 players that plays in about 60 minutes. Kings of Artifice plays best with any amount of players.
Welcome to the public Avatar beta test! Included in this file is the avatar upgrade for each master in the game. Have a look, try them out, and give us feedback in the playtest forum. We will update these cards based on your feedback, and a new version of the file will be posted every Tuesday between 4 and 6pm PST. The rules for avatar upgrades are on pages 56-57 of the big rulebook, so please read them carefully.
We will also be playtesting some new generic upgrades for each faction, but those will not be available until next week. This playtest will continue until late April.
Enjoy, and thank you for helping shape this great game!
The public beta for Wave 2 is over and all of the cards are available for free download from our site! Wave 2 includes models from Rising Powers, Twisting Fates, and Storm of Shadows. So, if you were unable to find rules for your favorite models in the second edition book, they’ll be available here.
These PDFs are final, official, and tournament legal. They are only missing the art, and arsenal decks will be on their way for wave 2 later this year. The only models missing from wave 2 are the avatars, and an open beta test for the avatars is starting this week!
I had the pleasure of playing Malifaux 2E yesterday, and without writing a full review of that (don’t worry; it’s on the way), I’m happy to report that the game was a blast! I had already painted a Seamus Crew from the previous edition of the game, and I wanted to paint something new for my gang. Seamus, Avatar of Dread had been sitting in my bin of miniatures waiting for some brush love, so I pulled him out of the box and set to work.
Kings of Artifice is a competitive, Euro-style game. In Artifice, the player must grow and defend their kingdom with many different types of followers, each with unique abilities and each capable of building different types of structures, from houses, to walls, to a palace. The King is central to the game, directing Villagers, Horses, a Knight, Thief, Artisan, and Warlock to build the most impressive kingdom. Together, they bring the player deep into Artifice with a complete experience that allows different paths to victory depending on the values of the player and the actions of their opponents. Much of this also reflects our background in miniature games, where the player is also given a selection of tools, and it’s up to them to figure out how they want to use them to achieve victory.
There is nothing quite so crushing as flipping the Black Joker right as you have the enemy master in sight. Well, except for the throngs of shoppers on Black Friday!
Urban Lasercraft LLC is happy to announce our Black Joker Friday sale! Save 23% on our Malifaux v2* Mega Bundle Token Set! That means our $50 token set which includes 57 Tokens including 10 faction specific scheme tokens AND 10 soulstone/marker gems in the faction color (5 corpse, 5 scrap, 4 poison, 3 paralyzed, 4 slow, 4 burning, 2 fast, 2 reactivate, 2 aura, 3 shield, 1 focus, 4 blank 3/4” dics, 1 blank 30mm disc, 2 clear blast templates, and 5 Deployment markers) is now only $38.50! A deal you can’t beat! Continue reading →
Starting with this issue, we are expanding our content. From now on, the chronicles will be covering news and reviews from other avenues in the gaming industry, we won’t solely be covering Wyrd products. Don’t worry, we will have as much (or more) Malifaux/Wyrd content as ever before, we will simply be adding some reviews and articles to broaden our perspective a bit. For more information on why we did this, see the introduction in Wyrd Chronicles 8.
With the Halloween and Harvest season right around the corner, it is once again time to kick things off with our most popular painting contest, The Rotten Harvest!
Round about the paint pot go. On the palette throw royal blue and blood red. Thirty-seven Days of Dread; Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and paint pot bubble.
The contest runs from September 25th through October 31st. Entries can be submitted at any time during the contest. Voting will occur from November 1st – 7th, done anonymously through the Wyrd forums. Also, during voting, anyone may leave comments and critiques, which previous entrants have appreciated. The winners will be announced soon after the voting ends, and Wyrd will send prizes to those winners, along with random prizes that we give away with every contest.
Wyrd has posted up all the goodies and things they’ll be bringing with them to GenCon next week.
From the announcement:
We will have a store selling all our wonderful products, pre-releases of new M2e miniatures, the new M2e Rulebook and Arsenal Boxes. Also we will have two box sets exclusive to Gen Con. • Herald of Obliteration, Nightmare Edition • Miss Step, Steamborg Executioner Everything we sell at the convention is also available in our web store during the convention dates, so even if you can’t make it to Indy, you can get Wyrd.
Wyrd Miniatures has launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund Jetpack Unicorn, their new party game.
From the campaign:
Once upon a time, YouTube vloggers Kristina Horner and Joe Homes decided to collaborate by making videos asking each other to choose between the weirdest hypothetical situations we could come up with, in the fashion of standard either-or storytelling. They went online to find some inspiration, and, shockingly, were met with an alarmingly large amount of terrible and bland questions. They took it upon themselves to craft much more interesting and intelligent questions, and had so much fun doing so that they decided they had to find a way to share them with the world. Already being game enthusiasts, it seemed only natural to try to turn this pastime into a party game.
Clash For A Cure is coming and they’ll have special guest studio painter Meg Maples there.
From the announcement:
Hello guys! Trying to spread some awareness for Clash for a Cure 2013! This is our third year of operation and we are trying to make it bigger and better than before! Clash for a Cure is a 3 day event taking place in Waco Texas using the Warmachine/Hordes and Malifaux rulesets. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
At present there are six tournaments over the three day weekend. On top of that we will also be having a Charity Raffle. The charity raffle includes painters from around the world painting up models to be raffled off to some lucky participants. For the second year, we will also be hosting The Cog, a steampunk based painting competition. Helping us judge entries will be the award winning artist Meg Maples! That’s right, one of the studio painters for Privateer Press will be in attendance and has even agreed to raffle off a couple one-on-one painting classes to support the cause! Check out the Facebook page or our website at www.clashforacure.org. Give us a like and share it to your friends, it’s a great cause to be behind!
Wyrd has announced that they’re coming out with Malifaux 2.0 and will be holding an open beta test for the game.
From the announcement:
You may have heard the rumors … and now we’re excited to announce that Malifaux 2nd Edition (M2E) is coming! Malifaux 2nd Edition will be pre-released August 15 (during Gen Con 2013) with a general release by October. In the mean time we plan to tease you with new art, new models, new characters, and the … Public Beta for Malifaux 2E.
Wamp is running another of their painting contests and this one’s just Wyrd (it’s a pun… get it?).
Wamp welcomes Wyrd Miniatures back after a 3 year absence. Wyrd are offering up some cracking prizes, including limited edition and even not for sale items. Open to any Wyrd Miniatures, deadline is 24th march. Full details via the link
Wyrd continues their way through Kickstarter with a look at the concept art for a multi-pose mini they’re working on for the Through the Breach RPG.
From the preview:
Feast your eyes on the graphic below! We are excited to present to you the concept sketches for our Multi-Pose Male Mini sprue! While some elements of the mini may change between this early stage and final production, today’s update will give you an idea of the variety of options and the degree of customization we’re aiming for.
Wyrd has made it up and over $165k for their Malifaux: Through the Breach Kickstarter campaign.
Thank you for your tremendous support thus far! If you’ve already pledged, share the news with your gaming buddies and tell them to hop on this wild ride too. The Early Supporter and Week 2 Thank You are just the beginning of the bonus goodie gifts and early access to exciting content. . .
Wyrd is celebrating a birthday and wants to give you the presents with a sale over on their website.
From the announcement:
It’s our birthday and we’re holding a small sale of limited goodies that folks have been asking for that we’ve dug out of the warehouse archives (and by limited, I mean very limited, handful or so at most). We’ve also got the Master of Path’s box set in early and we’re putting it up for early sale just this weekend – next time you’ll be able to get it is February of next year!
Wyrd wants to see your culinary and modeling skills at work with their Gingerbread Terrain Contest. Someone needs to get Alton Brown in on this one.
From the announcement:
I’m excited to announce Wyrd’s first ever ginger bread terrain building contest! The rules are simple, build a terrain piece or entire terrain board using gingerbread houses, take a picture, and post it on our forums by December 31st 2012 (11:59pm PST). You may build as many gingerbread terrain boards as you like, and enter as many pictures as you like.
We will pick our favorite entry and announce the winner on Wednesday January 2nd 2013. The winner will get to pick a charity of their choice (Note: at Wyrd’s discretion*) and we will donate $500 to that charity! Have fun, and I can’t wait to see all of the great gingerbread terrain you guys can come up with!
Wyrd has started up their Malifaux RPG Kickstarter. Didn’t take long for them to make it to minimum funding. So it’s stretch goals from here on out.
From the campaign:
Malifaux is a successful character-driven skirmish game, with a wide range of detailed miniatures and accessories. The stories of Lady Justice, Nicodem, Colette DuBois, and many other masters of Malifaux are told with furious battles on table tops across the globe. Some rise, some fall, none of these characters have left unscarred. Their fates have become legend.
GottaCon posted up what Malifaux events they’ve got lined up for the event.
From the posting:
GottaCon is pleased to announce that it will be adding Malifaux to our list of Miniature based tournaments at GottaCon 2013 on February 1 to 3, 2013. This year we are excited to have Wyrd Miniatures sponsor our feature and side Malifaux events. GottaCon and Wyrd Miniatures are proud to present an exciting lineup of Malifaux tournaments throughout the weekend. Prizes will be awarded individually in each tournament, and the player with the most combined tournament points for the weekend will earn the title of GottaCon 2013 Malifaux Champion! Purchase of a GottaCon Malifaux ticket package ($50 until January 22, 2013 $60 after that) secures a place in each Malifaux tournament and is required for pre-registration and entry in the “First into the Breach”, “One Way Ticket”, and “Masters of Malifaux” Events, as well space is limited to 16 players for the three mentioned events.
For full information on the five tournaments that will take place over the GottaCon 2013 weekend please visit our website
Wyrd is switching Puppet Wars over to plastic and at the same time, updating the rules. They’ve got an open public beta testing going on right now.
As you may have heard in the rumors, Puppet Wars is changing over to plastic as well. Not only does this improve the quality of the figures, it will make the game cheaper as well! To go along with this Unstitched Edition, we’ve taken the opportunity to update and streamline the rules as well. However, that process isn’t finished! We want you all involved!!
Coming to puppet-wars.com in the next few days will be the completely updated core rules, as well as puppet rules for you all to try out, and give us feedback on before it’s set in stone. We’re looking forward to hearing from all of you!
Wyrd has announced they’re going to be having a Kickstarter for an RPG version of Malifaux.
As the title implies, the Kickstarter for Malifaux RPG is on it’s way! We’re extremely excited about how the project is going and this will serve as a boost to both speed the RPG into your hands, but also get you involved earlier.
One of the absolute best things about Kickstarter is our ability to get all of you involved in a project like this at a point that the community can in many ways have a significant impact on the final results. And that is a big reason I’m writing to you all now! Reaching out before the kickstarter is even up helps me even further tailor it to exactly what you might want!
My question to you: What do you want to see included in the kickstarter?
What I mean is what type of special rewards do you want to see available? Obviously you will have the chance to pick up the RPG books through it and other retail associated retail materials, but what else? We’ve of course come up with a ton ideas, but we don’t want to leave out YOUR ideas. So let us know!!