Good news, everyone! We have defeated the Martians!
The problem is that the world alliance that was able to do so didn’t really last, and it looks like all the nations are gearing up for what will surely be called The Great War.
That’s the broad story behind Shattered Crown, a new alternate history miniatures skirmish game that’s up on Kickstarter. The initial launch looks to fund a line of figures representing the Harlem HellFighters, the first African American regiment to serve in the American Expeditionary Force in the war.
From the campaign:
They were the first American unit to go into battle in WWI, earning universal renown for their fighting spirit and for never giving up an inch of ground, or losing a man to capture. They were the Harlem HellFighters — first African American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, and to acknowledge these courageous and long-neglected men who paved the way for future black soldiers, game developer Gaddis Gaming is launching a KickStarter campaign seeking support from gamers to bring their new “Shattered Crown” skirmish game to market.
“Shattered Crown” is the first WWI game to combine history, science fiction and fantasy with a complete line of 28mm miniatures — including the Allies, Germans, Japanese, Russians — putting it on the frontline of gaming’s “Weird” genre while transporting gamers to a thrilling battlefield. The world of “Shattered Crown” definitely delivers the Weird, re-imagining history to set the game just after Earth’s victory over the Martian invasion, with the different factions now finding themselves — wonderfully weirdly — on the eve of WWI.
Lee Gaddies, Gaddis Gaming founder, explains, “In this version of the war, advanced battle technology stems from scavenged Martian walkers making the conditions even more unstable in this arms race. Here WWI tanks have evolved into ferocioius diesel-powere mechs seen in weird WWI-inspired battles alluding to the stories of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Thundering across the land on metal Walker legs and diesel powered tank tracks; these machines hold the future of warfare in their turrets. Imagine a universe in which WWI adventures are split between the Allies, the Monarchy, and those who oppose her Imperial ambition. As a leader of the Allied forces, the player must strategize, command, and fight with all his forces — can even the like of the Harlem HellFighters overcome such odds during these intense firefights?”
The highly detailed miniatures that are being released are also compatible with Gaddis Gaming’s planned line of battlefield conflicts using the “General Assembly Universal Rules Data System (G.A.U.R.D.S.).” This innovative system shares one core set of rules across all of Gaddis Gaming’s planned future releases.
With “Shattered Crown”, Gaddis Gaming has taken the best of miniatures gaming and boiled it down into a skirmish that’s accessible and enjoyable — both for those that have just started playing with miniatures, and for hardcore gamers.
The Kickstarter Campaign is up and running now. It’s set to go for another 43 days.