So it has been a tough week and I wanted to see what developed before I posted an update.
Before I get into that I want to thank YOU.
We had tremendous support from so, so many people, gaming companies, and miniature manufacturers. I can honestly say that I was blown away by it all. But more importantly this support gave us options for moving forward and this will be the subject for tonight's update.
Not only that, but we received support from companies who simply wished to chip-in:
Centerstage Miniatures will be running a promotion of Torn World miniatures, with every dime being donated to Torn Armor.
Fat Dragon have offered a free map set for EVERY BACKER ($15 value). We'll post details on this now that things have settled down a little.
Let us preface all this by saying that Defiance Games has had it's share of ups and downs and we've made a lot of mistakes along the way. It has definitely not been a pretty journey in the least and we are well aware of our reputation.
Over the last few months we have been regrouping and rebuilding to fix our past and bring new products to the market - helped along by a small, but successful Kickstarter in October.
That all said, we can't stand by and have our reputation further destroyed by statements that only tell a part of the story.
This is not an easy update to send out, but I have always been open, honest and transparent with you all and recently the Torn World team has had to have some very unpleasant conversations regarding “Torn Armor.”
We have hit a major obstacle here – which I will detail below – and it is only fair to be open and clear on the parties involved. I will simply layout the facts as they have occurred and you can form your own conclusions. What I will say is that ultimately you put your faith and trust in me to ensure that this project was delivered, and in that I have failed you. So while the Torn Armor team has hit unforeseen circumstances and been subjected to unprofessional behavior and broken promises, ultimately I am responsible and please direct your frustrations squarely towards me.
New art for Torn Armor! This is the image for one of the spell cards that will be included in the Torn Armor Core Set. This is the spell card "Divine Protection I" that will provide the Spellcaster (and the unit it is attached to) the Damage Resistance 1 trait until it's next turn!
Torn World RPG shows off the 3D render for the Mu slinger they've been working on.
From the preview:
I thought this was too cute not to post. As you know we're moving into miniature production and part of that process is to make everything ready for the molds ... which means breaking these little guys apart and adding pin-points. Even at 20mm in height the mu does not escape that!
Pins of War recently sat down with Alyssa Faden and chatted about Torn Armor. See what they had to say.
From the interview:
This is an extended 2-part interview with Natalya A. Faden, the creator of Torn World and the current Torn Armor Kickstarter.
In part 1, Natalya talks about her background as a pen-and-paper RPG-designer and her inspiration for Torn Armor. In part 2, Natalya reveals new details on the miniatures and the gameplay for Torn Armor.
Torn Armor launched their Kickstarter campaign today. Go over and check it out.
From the campaign:
Torn Armor is a fantasy skirmish miniature game based on the rich lore of "Torn." It features anthropomorphic creatures such as cat, mouse, monkey, and rhino-headed creatures in their desperate defense of their homeland against the Spartan-like "Sisk" invaders.
Each side is beautifully brought to life through 39 expertly crafted miniatures, ranging from the 20mm "Mu" (mice-men), through to the lumbering war golems that tower a spectacular 60mm on the game board.
Torn Armor is a new skirmish game coming from the Torn World setting. They've given us some photos they'd like to share of two Behemoth Assault units they're going to be coming out with. Stay tuned for their Kickstarter event starting March 3rd.
But now for the pictures (it's what you all really want to see, anyway)...
From the preview:
The Torn Armor team is gearing up for our Kickstarter going live 3/3 and we wanted to share something very special: the announcement of two very ‘cuddly’ new units.
Rhinoman details: Faction: Maychian. Unit: Kerrosus Assault Behemoth Specifications: 100mm base, 120mm tall to the ‘eyes’ on the gaming board Yes, those are five Mu you see on him: two drivers, two manning Hwacha siege weaponry and one hanging on with his tail while using a sling.
Elephant details: Faction: Sisk. Unit: Sunnahara Rayja War Elephant Specifications: 100mm base, 100mm tall on the gaming board Three bowmen, two spearmen, and one driver.
Both units will be unlocked when we pass the $100k mark and will be available as add-ons for $40 a piece. Delivery is estimated to be November 2013, alongside the release of the Torn Armor boardgame. These are two evenly matched units. The Sisk have a slight edge on range, but the Maychian Hwacha can pack quite the punch at close range. Both behemoths are – of course – terrifying in melee. Kickstarter Only: Both of these units will be available post kickstarter through retail outlets and the Torn World web-store, but ONE of them will be released as a kickstarter only limited release. Which one will be down to the Torn Armor pledgers to decide. When the kickstarter begins, a campaign map will be revealed; the Maychians control half, the Sisk control the other. Through competitions and challenges issued throughout the kickstarter, we will be inviting backers to seize control of areas on the map. Whichever side has control of the map when the kickstarter ends on 4/4 unlocks the limited edition version of their Behemoth.
Center Stage Miniatures has 5 days left in their Torn World Kickstarter. To try and reach some higher stretch goals, they've added some new minis to various pledge levels.
From the update:
With under a week left in the TORN WORLD miniatures Kickstarter, it's time to put it all out there. I want to get as many TORN WORLD miniatures into circulation as possible, and the best way to do that is to support this Kickstarter.
So...in the spirit of great deals and lots of rewards... At the $100 pledge level, all backers will receive a PERYTON in addition to all of the miniatures in the $100 pledge rewards.
At the $150 pledge level, all backers will receive a PERYTON and (3) BARBARIANS in addition to all of the miniatures in the $100 pledge rewards.
Broken Binding gives you... the rest of the story... (channeling some Paul Harvey there) with the second part of their interview with Alyssa Faden.
From the interview:
Earlier this week I delved into the Torn World setting and also delved into the mind of its creator, Alyssa Faden. In addition to Torn World’s current Pathfinder Roleplaying Game setting and Center Stage Miniatures line, a flagship project is a tabletop miniatures skirmish game, Torn Armor.
The Torn Armor Kickstarter launches on March 3rd and you want to be ready. If images like the Sisk Skirmisher Golem aren’t enough to make you realize that games need more ballista-toting constructs, then Alyssa Faden and her team’s plans for Torn Armor should still grab your attention… but you should still make every effort to find out what’s wrong with you.