The Year Without a Summer was a real event. Caused by a massive volcanic eruption, it caused greatly reduced temperatures all over the world. In Europe, this lead to crops failing and a widespread famine. In 1816, that's just the beginning of it all. While the real world continued on as it did, in 1816, the world veered off from our path, with countries looking to take advantage of the weakened state of their neighbors in order to gain some much-desired land. The alternate history miniatures skirmish game is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Welcome to the 1816 dystopian Europe. With your help we want to develop the 1816 skirmish game, make the necessary commands to play with and take our first steps towards a community that, in time, may allow the creation of a new narrative game.
This project, entirely made in Spain, is created with the firm intention to expand throughout the year and accomplish a complete catalogue that will allow playing with any 1816 Command. And also attaining more depth, through markers and elements that will create an evocative experience on the gaming table.
The project is small, but we have invested in the best professionals within our reach, developing the whole concept during months of hard work, however, it doesn't end here. We are currently still working on this project so it can continue to grow, because we have total faith in it.
1816 is a skirmish game based on a dystopia (or alternative history) that starts with the Year Without a Summer, and that branches off towards a different history than the one we know, in which many of the wealthy and aristocrats have started a secret military campaign in order to take control over the Old World, taking advantage of Napoleon's defeat, the low temperatures and the famine.
While nations focus on -apparently- recovering order and obtaining a food supply to feed the people, small military commands are covertly sent to carry out extremely important missions. The secrets are such, that many nations have developed advance technologies completely unknown to the wide public.
Many countries like the New Prussian Empire, the Russian Empire or the Lithuanian Duchy have adopted a statu quo and try to put a stop to emerging countries, such as the Helvetic Republic, the Sweden Crown or The Netherlands. You shall choose a side and fight for the control over Europe, or just work as a mercenary for the highest bidder.
The campaign is about 1/4 of the way to its goal with 13 days left to go.