Update on the Beyond the Gates of Antares Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
In Crowdfunding
Jan 30th, 2013

Beyond the Gates of Antares has one month to go on their Kickstarter project. They’re about 1/3 of the way to their funding goal and have put up some updates to help things along.

About the updates:

Rick Priestley’s new science fiction game, Beyond the Gates of Antares, is well into its Kickstarter campaign now with over 900 backers, almost £100,000 pledged to date and a very vibrant new community within its forums.

The game is entering the second phase of their Kickstarter and have been releasing daily updates with tons more information on the game, factions and further work on their model ranges – with WarDrones, Boromites and CoCom in the pipeline, amongst others. For those of you who haven’t been keeping an eye on the campaign here’s a summary from the past week:

Example Faction Forces

This is an overview of what each faction bring to the game
Freeborn concept artwork and background
Previously known the Freebooters this faction has a new name as well as more background backed up by some excellent concept art.
Q&A Volumes 1-5
Rick is keen to answer questions from the GoA forums varying from how females will be depicted to factions, species & biscuits!
Combat Status & Actions Explanation Videos
Rick’s new combat status game mechanic is proving popular with the community
Faction Icons released
We’re constantly working on the looks, background and ID of each race and faction in the initial game.

List of upcoming updates
What’s due over the next 10 days or so
Final Hansa model – Parts 4-7
Hansa Nairoba, the exclusive Kickstarter miniature is finished now, with the full step by step development revealed of how Kev White created this special miniature…
Isorian Shard – Background
The ancient Isorians – where do they come from and what are their motivations?

Rules updates
As Rick builds the rules he’s releasing them to the community for feedback and comments. The next update will complete the basic outline pre-alpha rules and you can start playing games of beyond the Gates of Antares!

If this little lot hasn’t inspired you to back the project, keep an eye on the Dark Space Corp website as there will be daily updates going in…

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  • I’m already sold, and am waiting for the pre-alpha rules eagerly for some playtesting.

  • TomasT

    Rick Priestly, and all his credentials, is all good, but this is just basically selling an idea at a really high price…
    I’m not totally convinced…

    • cybogoblin

      Agreed. It’s all nice and good to say you’ll get X of this and Y of this, but if we don’t know what X and Y look like, how can we accurately judge?

  • Cervantes3773

    They’re asking you pay to help design (work on) the game… Seems very Tom Sawyer-esque.

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      Today’s Tom Sawyer mean, mean pride.

    • Gallahad

      That is a very good way of putting it.

  • Marauder

    IMHO this is the kind of project that Kickstarter was originally intended for. However, the reality is that Kickstarter has been an excellent platform for games that have been almost fully developed, especially ones with really nice miniatures to show off! And of course it makes sense, because most consumers don’t like to gamble with their gaming $$$.


  • Redordead

    Agreed Marauder and Tomas T.

    the game concepts and mechanics are very interesting, but until we see more minis and some concrete test rules, this is the Kickstarter equivalent of taking the cow to market and swapping it for some lovely magic beans.