CMON Announces Rising Sun Kickstarter Launch Date

Well, the latest CMON Kickstarter has come to an end. Rise of Moloch did rather well, getting $1.17mil. But if you’re not a fan of steampunk stuff, maybe that wasn’t the game for you. Well, then you’ll want to perhaps check out the next game hitting Kickstarter for the company. Those that liked Blood Rage will definitely want to check it out.

From the announcement:

Coming to Kickstarter on March 7th at 3 PM EST, Rising Sun is the spiritual successor to Eric M. Lang’s Viking epic, Blood Rage, and reunites the entire creative team behind it. Set in Feudal Japan, players assume the role of powerful Daimyos. They lead their clan with wisdom and diplomacy, but when the need arises, they won’t hesitate to jump into battle! Players will call upon the Gods for help, and receive the assistance of powerful monsters. It’s all fair game in the land of the Rising Sun.


  • Davos Seaworth

    The cynic in me says, “Oh, a Blood Rage re-skin, great. Pass.” But then I keep seeing the fantasy feudal Japan minis, and I have to give props to those sculpts. This is definitely one where I wish CMON would offer a minis-only pledge.

    • Having seen the rules, it really isn’t “Blood Rage but in Japan.” It has some similar concepts, sure, but so do just about every Eric Lang-made game.
      I realize I might be seen as biased, but I do hope people give the new game more of a look beyond just the history of the team working on it.

      • odinsgrandson

        Well, Blood Rage isn’t Arcadia Quest isn’t Battlestar Galactica.

        The pitch does sound Blood Ragey. Did McVey do the minis for you? It doesn’t have the Studio McVey logo on it, but if Mike McVey is working for CMON directly now, I’m not sure that it would need to.

        • Miniature direction was by Mike McVey, yes.

          And yeah, the pitch does sound a bit Blood Ragey, but there’s a lot more interacting with other players beyond just putting figures down to block opponent’s placement, or attacking their locations. The diplomacy aspect of the game is really played up. There’s potential for winning a game without directly attacking an opponent at all throughout.

          It’s not a reskin or even really a sequel. It’s more like “spiritual successor.”

          • odinsgrandson

            I just checked out Eric Lang’s website. He has a section on the not-yet announced games he’s working on- here’s what he says about one of them that he designates as Codename: Sunrise:

            “This is my follow up to Blood Rage, a big box epic game for Cool Mini or Not, with all the toys and theme worship I love. Because of the box size and component count, many will compare it to Blood Rage but it is a very different game experience, and my testers are loving it so far.”

            I remember that CMON was showing off some box art for a Blood Rage followup (at Gencon). The title might have been Berserk or something along those lines. It was still Norse themed.

            I wonder if that is still in the works as well (I’ve seen plenty of ‘upcoming projects’ at Gencon that don’t every quite happen).

      • Davos Seaworth

        I do admire your enthusiasim, Po-Bear, but for me CMON can’t have it both ways: They can’t name-check Blood Rage in the very first sentence of this press release, but then run to the other side of the boat when people point out a whole lotta similarities between the two Eric Lang games. Not saying people wouldn’t have room in their collections for both, but the similarities (called out by CMON themselves) are certainly there.

        • odinsgrandson

          I don’t know- I’ve got several games that look very similar at a glance, but absolutely do not play the same.

          Now- they do have the same team working on it- which could mean that they’ll play very similarly, but it also might mean that they intentionally do new and different things with it.

          It could go either way- and I’d bet there are a lot of folks who would love to see something similar to Blood Rage again.