Spartan Games announced Dystopian Legions

By Polar_Bear
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Aug 20th, 2012
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Spartan Games announces their new Dystopian Legions game. You saw some of the pics from our GenCon coverage. Here’s the press release.

From the update:

At Gencon – the world’s largest gaming convention in Indianapolis, USA – Spartan Games today revealed that we will be launching a new game in October this year which will be called Dystopian Legions.

Dystopian Legions is a 28mm ground combat game set in the Dystopian Wars world using infantry and battle vehicles. I attach a preview document that explains more and gives you an idea of the type and quality of the miniatures used in the game. The full launch details will follow in the coming weeks.

We’re excited to be moving into infantry combat and building on the success we’ve had with the steampunk genre through Dystopian Wars. I hope you’ll like what you see and I look forward to sharing more with you in the near future.

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  • Wulfen

    Err, what? I was at GenCon and didn’t see word one about this. Spartan wasn’t even there, as far as I knew, and never has been. Did Warstore do the promotion for them?

  • meatpuppet7

    Holy heck. Guess I’ll be getting into another game….

  • thadrin

    This worries me. I have the Dystopian Wars book, bought on the strength of the miniatures, and frankly it’s an absolute mess that makes it nigh on impossible to understand the game.

    This is Spartan moving on to a fourth ruleset – even if the previous ones apparently have similarities – and from what I understand they have had errat after errata after errata.

    This screams of a very, very rash move. I hope they do well off it, but I would be VERY wary about going anywhere near it.

    • blkdymnd

      That’s Spartans MO though. Start something and then immediately move onto the next shiny penny they find.

  • Nightbee

    I’m shocked that anyone continues to buy in to Spartan’s games. Full disclosure: they were never my thing in the first place, but the way they abandon games would totally scare me off.

  • lordofexcess

    To each their own I guess. This logic can be applied to pretty much everyone except for GW and Privateer Press. Mantic has been all over the map for being such a new company … and all the other mom and pop companies put out pretty scrubly rulesets as well.

    To me I could give two shits about their rulesets, I’m concerned about the quality of their minis and their pricing … and in Spartan’s case that is pretty solid. There are tons of companies out there producing minis with NO rulesets at all (mostly just to use with 40K it seems). To me half the Spartan MO is to fill gaps in GWs specialist/fantatic line that GW wasn’t filling at all or at least not economically.

    I have no clue what people are talking about “abandon” games? Name a game they “abandoned” they fully support uncharted seas, dystopian wars, … ya there was that oddball greek whatever the hell game … but that is about all I can think of. Even that system was not widely publicized or distributed. They have had steady releases with both uncharted and dystopian and though I have to admit I don’t play firestorm armada it appears that they have the same schedule going.

    I won’t defend their rules 100% because they have their pretty fiddly points that piss me off (the way small aircraft works for example) and are not perfect. But as a decades long GW fan … there have been many places in the GW rulesets over the years where that kinda thing was going on.

    I’m not a blind fanboy of Spartan, they are a tiny mom and pop company that could probably use more employees and certainly more professional game design. That said they make pretty decent minis and their prices are decent. I really only care about that like I said, I will happily use their minis with man’o war (which really wasn’t a great ruleset either) or BFG or whatever other generic naval/space fleet system. As for this new 28 MM stuff … it will work awesome with 40K and that is what I’ll likely buy it for and use it for.

  • Grim6

    Not sure where the “abandoned games” theme is coming from: they’ve just revamped Uncharted Seas and redone all their original models for that game, released allied ships for their Firestorm: Armada, and have a new faction (the Russians) for Dystopian Wars. Now Legions comes out, and it looks awesome. And they showed new models for Firestorm: Invasion. I am amazed that this company is doing so much!

    I am not in a position to play a lot of games right now, but I sure as hell will be buying some of those awesome Prussian Faust walker tank models! Plus the Teutonic Armored Knights!

  • Nightbee

    Apologies, then.

    I guess it’s just the local players and retailers who have abandoned F.Armada, U.Seas, and D.Wars. Each of those was pushed hard and played regularly for 6-8 weeks after launch and then disappeared altogether. I just assumed a lack of new stuff, as opposed to a lack of interest.

    • blkdymnd

      There was a huge gap in Uncharted Seas development while they played around with Firestorm and DW. That chased all of our Spartan players away and none of us have been back since.

    • Piston Honda

      Wouldn’t say you are completely wrong on “abandoning” their games. Perhaps put on the back burner is more accurate.

      Uncharted Seas releases slowed greatly when FSA was released.

      When Dystopian Wars (still hate that name), Uncharted Seas was non-existent. They did relaunch the older models with digital sculpts and had a few releases. But in a 2 year time frame, they only had 2 or 3 releases.

      Firestorm is on again off again, understandable with the success of DW.

      Just can’t help but think it will continue to happen to other games unless they have a game that is the “next big thing”