AntiMatter Games launches ShadowSea – Conquest of the Underlands Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
In Alternate History
Sep 17th, 2013

AntiMatter Games has launched their ShadowSea – Conquest of the Underlands Kickstarter campaign.
Grab your diving bell and go check it out.


From the campaign:

ShadowSea is a game of fast-paced miniatures combat in a lost underground world using 28mm scale figures, powered by the renowned Song of Blades ruleset from Ganesha Games and set in the same world as our game DeepWars. Five competing forces search for ancient artifacts and golden treasures through crumbling ruins, trap-filled catacombs and underwater citadels. ShadowSea has many features that make it a flexible gaming system that is perfect for beginners but deep enough for experienced gamers. The goal of this project is to make the second edition version of ShadowSea, with new artwork, rules and complete starter sets of miniatures. We are already hard at work on the miniatures, with some already completed.

We have an experienced group of sculptors working on the range, including Patrick Keith, Gautier Giroud, Brother Vinni, Bob Olley, Bobby Jackson, E. Louchard, Sandra Garrity and Paolo Fabiani. Below are some of the sculpts in progress by Bob Olley and Paolo Fabiani for the Dark Mariners.

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  • Veritas

    Is it just me or do these guys have a new KS like every three months? Do they deliver everything on time?

    • AntiMatter-Games

      Actually, yes, we did ship the first March 2012 DeepWars kickstarter’s main rewards of starter sets and rulebooks on time, even though it nearly killed us as everything went way over budget. There was a learning curve being the first miniature game to do Kickstarter. The DeepWars mini kicker from December 2012 was next and we did finish all of those miniatures on time, or at least within a month or so of the approximate deadline. Those all shipped, so now we are 9 months later with ShadowSea. We’ve so far had two successful kickstarters spread over about a year and a half.

      • There was a learning curve being the first miniature game to do Kickstarter.

        You weren’t the first miniatures game to do a Kickstarter.

        • AntiMatter-Games

          Probably should have said one of the first. There was nothing else on TMP about kickstarters back then, and all I found was Kingdom Death had done one to fund one miniature. It was an avalanche of mini-related kickstarters just a couple of months later in 2012 though. My point was that there was no other multi-force miniatures game Kickstarter that I could find to use as a template, so there was a learning curve. Being one of the first is no fun though, so if someone else wants to claim the title of being first, then that’s fine with me.

          • Vor 2.0 was about 2 years prior, and Brushfire was about 6 months before Vor.

            But neither of those funded, 2010 was not a good year for miniatures Kickstarters.

          • AntiMatter-Games

            It’s no fun being a trailblazer, so I applaud your trying back then. I had never even heard of Kickstarter back in 2010. At least you didn’t let it stop you from trying again.

  • Veritas

    I could have sworn there was another ShadowSea KS before this one. But it’s good to hear everything is getting done on time. I’m just leery of companies doing several KS in a row as I’ve heard stories of companies trying to use successive KS campaigns to fund the first KS they went over budget on.

    • AntiMatter-Games

      Yes, but it failed. It was the one before we did the mini-kicker. Going over budget is very easy to do, and that is what happened to us with the first DeepWars kickstarter. We shipped the main products though, and just went way into debt instead of running another one before shipping. Some companies may do what you are saying, running another kickstarter before shipping the first, but that is not how we try to do things. We are guilty of being a couple of months late on some stretch items, but that is about it, and they all shipped in the end too. Painted things also shipped – that was a terrible idea and we will never do it again.

      • Soulfinger

        Kudos to you guys on the timely deliveries and for pacing things and being considerate of your customers even when you went over budget. I haven’t backed any of your projects, but the underwater skirmish concept is great and that game board that you had made for GenCon was just beautiful. I hope this goes better for you the second time around.

      • Veritas

        I agree with Soulfinger. Good on you for being honest and upfront. I looked over the game and while I don’t really feel the whole Shadow Sea vibe, I do like the DeepWars stuff so I chipped in at the $225 level solely to get some DeepWars minis and rules for a discount. Any game I can buy aquarium scenery for to make a dirt cheap table sounds good by me! And it doesn’t hurt that the models look pretty nice.

      • AntiMatter-Games

        Never say never, right. I just added one option for painted miniatures, but only a very high price point, and not many of them. These we should be able to complete without much trouble. i would still say painting too many miniatures as rewards is a terrible idea, but painting some is not too bad, as long as you have multiple people doing the painting.

  • The Beast Rampant

    I was hoping to get in on this for Round 2, but it is too hot on the heels of Wrath of Kings. Maybe I will be able to squeak something in near closing.