Ninja Division to publish Middara

By Polar_Bear
In Board Games
Feb 8th, 2016

Another day, another Ninja Division announcement about a new game that they are going to be publishing for gaming audiences. This time around they’re teaming up with Succubus Publishing to bring you Middara. The game was originally funded via Kickstarter. Succubus Publishing will finish all the Kickstarter fulfillment, then it will move over to Ninja Division for worldwide distribution into gaming stores.

The game involves cooperative storytelling for 1-5 players. It’s a unique world you find yourselves in, being a sort of modern-fantasy setting that exists along with the real world. As you play on, you’ll come across choices and situations that will have far-reaching effects on the game as you continue on. Every action you take could have consequences (or possibly rewards) way down the line, so be sure you know what you want to do.

A release date has yet to be announced.


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  • Time to move on from this kind of ridiculously sexist artwork, whether it’s a Japanese ‘style’ or not.

    • MammothBus

      I think people should be allowed to make and purchase whatever kind of artwork they want. Musclebound men and scantily clad women are always going to be a thing in mediums. If you don’t like it then don’t support it, but you shouldn’t demand that it stops happening since there is a fan base of that art style and an immensely significant one at that. Bottom line it’s not hurting anyone. I just hope the move to Ninja Division is a good one for backers and the game itself.

      • I think you’re mistaken. I think it does hurt people, specifically women, in ways that should be obvious. It just doesn’t hurt you, therefore you don’t accord the issue any importance. Hopefully the market will eventually show that cartoony sexed-up schoolgirl illustration is an artistic genre that has had its day. But you’re certainly entitled to continue to enjoy it, as I am to decry it.

    • RichMathis

      You certainly have the right to complain, but I think society is only going to hurt itself by trying to pretend that we’re not primates whose decisions are primarily made by food, survival, and procreation. As long as our lizard brain is making decisions for ALL of us, marketers are going to capitalize on it to sell us more products. Personally I think its more directly hurtful to women to ALLOW photoshopping of women to products marketed to women, particularly young possibly more impressionable women than it is to make overly sexified women and men (the men are normally overly fit as well) for products that are marketed to men. Sure theres the secondary effects of males who don’t have regular exposure to women objectifying women or whatever, but arguably the men who are “tainted” by being exposed to women already probably have socialization issues and aren’t going to learn how to treat women with respect and dignity just because the women in their gaming products look more average.

      • If you don’t think that this kind of sexualised little girl imagery is something that society can do without, and if you don’t understand the vicious cycle that sexist imagery (including photoshopping women) engenders in young women and men, then I don’t know what to say to you. My suggestion is that we should use the parts of our brains that make us more than lizards. Thankfully, from what I can see, the younger generation mostly refuses to put up with puerile male wish-fufillment as a basis for their fantasy and sci-fi gaming. All our stories will be better and more interesting as a result – more power to them. The days of chainmail bikinis and huge gravity-defying bouncy breasts are dying out no matter the vague justifications from men who think otherwise.

        • WellSpokenMan

          Censorship will not stop genital mutilation. It will not stop gender selection. It won’t change a woman’s access to birth control. It will not shatter glass ceilings, nor will it bring education to those denied due to their gender. There are real issues hurting real women out there. Going after artwork might feel good, but I assure you that the plight of women in most of the world has nothing to do with anime.

          • I don’t believe in censorship at all and I’m certainly not expressing my opinion to ‘feel good’. I do believe in companies making responsible choices. I believe this kind of objectification is an irresponsible choice on the part of the publisher. Sex may sell, but customers, especially younger, more intelligent customers, are beginning to reject gender objectification. And choosing to reduce objectification of women in popular culture certainly does affect real life and real attitudes.

            That’s it, I’ve said enough on this topic now.

          • WellSpokenMan

            I was only hoping to point out some other issues that may be more deserving of your attention. Moral degradation has always been a dubious argument, whether that target is art, video games, Rock and Roll, or Shakespeare. On the other hand, I can think of two “holy” books in particular that have long been considered paragons of virtue while simultaneously causing much of the worlds grief and doing a great deal more harm to women (and men) than male wish fulfillment, no matter how puerile it may be. However, as a society we have agreed that, as dangerous as these books and their associated belief systems have historically proven to be, it should be up to individuals themselves to determine whether to accept or reject them. I’m fine with someone disliking a particular price of artwork. I’m fine with someone disliking a particular style or medium. When a person questions the tries to attach a moral argument to their personal likes and dislikes, I do have issues with that. The first amendment applies equally to stuff we like and dislike.

          • Mate, I’m not an idiot, and I’m the very opposite of a religious conservative. I’m also very well aware of those issues. Pointing out what I consider poor taste in boardgames does not exclusively consume my attention. And if you read all my comments, you will find no mention of me trying to sensor nor ban anything. In fact I have repeatedly pointed out that society is going the way of rejecting objectication of its own accord, something I’ve seen many examples of in the boardgame industry alone in my lifetime. Thankfully, society has slowly begin to question and reject religion, another good thing in my opinion.

            But you thinking I’m attaching a moral argument to the expression of my opinion on sexism in boardgame artwork is entirely your imagination.

            And leave the frickin’ first amendment out of it just for once, willya? 😉 🙂

            Seriously, I’ve had enough this discussion. Leave the ‘final word’ if you wish, just read my comments first.

          • PRAY FOR MOJO

            If a drawing of a sexy woman hurts women, imagine how much damage board games have done to society with their constant depictions of violence.

            Look at the giant, gravity-defying blades those women are carrying. Surely they’re going to use them to strike and dismember other people. Even the little bunny rabbit thing has a comically-over-sized throwing star. Does this game promote violence against animals as well?! For shame!

            When are publishers going to put a stop to these backwards, ultra-violent sadist fantasies?

            Luckily board games are moving on, making more games about farming, railroads, and other acceptable topics. I’ll be happy when all of these games about stabbing and shooting people go extinct.

  • Alexander Brown

    So…this is what they are doing with the money Palladium is giving them from its backers instead of working on getting their end of the Robotech RPG Tactics minis game finished?

    • Ghool

      Hmmm…last time I checked, Palladium ran the Kickstarter, not Ninja Division.

      Sure, ND helped design the game, and likely arranged the sculptors, and manufacturer. But I’m pretty certain the only ones at fault for taking your money is Palladium.

      • Alexander Brown

        Palladium may have run the Kickstarter, but they sub-licensed ND to do the actual game. ND has done absolutely nothing in the last year. Why? Because they are taking on other projects. Small companies should finish one project(especially one they have already been paid for) before moving on to others.

        • CusCusA

          From what I understand, (and backed that kickstarter for more than I am comfortable talking about) Palladium CONTRACTED Ninja Division to develope the game but not to publish it.

          Don’t know how much you know about PB, but their record for dealing with people they contract with is… not great.

          Ninja Division did their work per contract and PB kept making changes after ND submitted final goods. In addition, when ND tried to get them PB to do the parts that THEY needed to (after all, this was to be a PB game, NOT a Ninja Division game with PB licensing. If it was it would have been done by now) PB kept replying “you guys can do that!” which was out of scope for their part. Ninja Division eventually had enough, and when their contract terms were complete, they chose not to renew.

          The money all went to Palladium, which they probably used to get out of debt and fund all the continuous rpg supplements that they had on the back burner for years but couldn’t afford to publish. I get these annoying “updates” from them all the time where they brag about how much work and development, printing, and shipping of new books, but very little or nothing about Robotech other than the usual version of “we are willing to fulfill our backer rewards as per the kickstarter terms at the time of this project” in order to not default and have to issue refunds.

          • Ghool

            I knew how PB dealt with its customers, contractors, and generally, how badly it was run.
            If as a backer you were not aware of their checkered past, then doing more research would have helped.

            As I already knew this was going to be a fiasco as soon as it launched, I didn’t back it. I feel sorry for those that did. But, when you try and warn people on the internet, you’re treated as a troll.

          • CusCusA

            I actually had put more faith in Ninja Division than PB, to be honest, as their record was actually pretty good. I had thought that PB had hired the right crew for the job (and still think that. Too bad PB couldn’t capitalize on that.) and was planning on taking an actual serious foray into diversifying their gaming products into different markets.