I had my traditional hard boiled eggs and cold kielbasa this morning. It was just as tasty as always.
Speaking of tasty bites, we've got our also-traditional bite-sized stories we've collected over the past few days to present to you now.
This serving we've got: More editions of The Fiver from The Meeple Mechanic, Trash Bash Bits on Kickstarter, New Blackwater Gulch and Mechadrome Models Coming Soon, Valon Civilians released at Alternative Armies, Alliance Boarding Trooper Art Preview from Icarus Miniatures, Imaginary Empire Releases Wicked Lies & Alibis, Rebel Minis Releases 15mm Valonians, and New Historical Tables of Order and Equipment Available for April 2015 from TOEHub.
The Fiver with Steve and Seamus Finn on Designing Cosmic Run
Hello, our names are Steve and Seamus Finn, a father and son game designing team.
Steve has been making games for many years. “Cosmic Run” is currently his 6th Kickstarter project, though this time he designed the game with his 8 year old son, Seamus. Seamus was the originator of “Cosmic Run,” as he came up with the game’s basic mechanics and the theme. His dad and him playtested the game for many months. Many of the modifications to the game came through a combined effort. Seamus’ brother, Orion (who is 6), was also a frequent playtester.
The Fiver with Isaias Vallejo on Designing Valeria: Card Kingdoms
Hi everyone! My name is Isaias Vallejo and I’m the game designer for Sunrise City and the new Valeria: Card Kingdoms. I work as a digital game producer during the day – helping game developers make adventure games for PC and mobile. I’ve been moonlighting as a game designer for over 5 years and I push myself to learn something new every day.
The Fiver with Andrew Rowse on Designing Dexikon
Hi, I’m Andrew Rowse, the designer of Dexikon. I’m originally from Wellington, New Zealand, but I moved to Europe almost a decade ago – initially as a programmer in a Norwegian games start-up, then a jobless layabout in Brussels, before finally winding up as a gameplay/UI programmer in London. Since I’ve been in London, I’ve worked on Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, which has pretty much been my dream job. With two small boys I don’t get a lot of spare time, but what little I have is mostly spent playing and designing tabletop games. I especially like deck-building games, and am a huge fan of the ‘deck-building taken to its logical extreme’ gameplay of Mage Knight.
The Fiver with Gordon Calleja on Designing Posthuman
Hi all, this is Gordon Calleja, game designer at Mighty Box Games from the lovely and tiny island-country of Malta.
My dad was one of the founders of the first war gaming and RPG club in Malta back in the early seventies. His idea of baby sitting was shoving a bunch of miniatures, dice and pen in front of me and pushing me to make up game systems as soon as I could write and count. So I ve been sketching game systems out since I can remember.
Trash Bash Bits now on Kickstarter
Trash Bash Bits will create great looking and simple to use parts and make them affordable enough so you can always have plenty on hand. They have flat backs and are thin enough to look good when glued to the outside of a building. Trash Bash Bits are ready to use after a quick cleaning with a file or sanding stick and are lightweight enough to not tear off of styrofoam or foam-core.
New Blackwater Gulch and Mechadrome Models Coming Soon
First off, we're happy to report that the BWG minis have been selling really well since we listed them in our store and were able to lower the prices. We ran out of the Widowmakers right away and had to get Iron Wind to cast up a bunch of new copies. They are back in stock now, along with everything else that was running low!
Last Month, we showed off some screenshots of new Werewolf sculpts for the upcoming expansion, Vicious Beasts. The sculpts are finished now, and off at the 3D printer. I hope to have them available in May, and I'll let everyone know as usual. Next on the list will be the Chupacabra, he's being sculpted now and I should have some screenshots to share soon. For now, here are some high res 3D renders of the final Werewolf sculpts. I added Nightshade in there so you can see how big they will be compared to our other minis.
In other news, we will be moving forward with Mechadrome this summer and launching a Kickstarter campaign around August to fund the Terran Heavy Mech. We're going to start sculpting him in May, but we're saying August for the campaign since it will take a while to print, build and paint the prototypes.
We also have a new unit type planned, tentatively named Rookies, who will be mech pilots in training. They haven't earned the right to drive a real mech, so they will be heavy armored foot troops, each with one heavy cannon. Here is his concept art. Also, we've decided to redo the current Drone models and shrink them down a bit, and give them the Light Mech Missile Pod, instead of the larger medium mech pods, and they will come on a 40mm base. This is primarily to make them much more affordable, and redo them in resin instead of metal. We're having these printed now and they should be released around June if all goes well.
Valon Civilians released at Alternative Armies
Five Civilians released today for use in Flintloque or other 28mm fantasy systems. Designed by Christian Cello these Orcs, Dogman, Dwarf and Gnome are superb characters. Click through to read about them and see bigger pictures. Also its our spring offers period so FREE SHIPPING and GOODY BAG in orders. So many uses these miniatures and so different too...look at that Gnome!
Alliance Boarding Trooper Art Preview from Icarus Miniatures
Icarus Miniatures have previewed another piece of concept art for their sci-fi skirmish wargame, the Icarus Project.
This time it is the Alliance Boarding Trooper that is taking to the field.
Boarding Troopers specialise in breaching enemy space ships and crippling them from within. They penetrate the enemy hull in a special boarding craft that punches into the side of the ship. They then use their close combat weapons to clear the corridors and rooms of the ship as they fight their way to critical locations such as engines, life support systems, or the bridge.
It's an incredibly dangerous role, and the mortality rate is much higher than other units in the Alliance Army. Because of this, boarding troopers often come to think of themselves as dead men and women walking, and decorate their armour with images of death.
Imaginary Empire Releases Wicked Lies & Alibis
Wicked Lies & Alibis uses simple card-based mechanics to recreate murder mystery stories in the finest tradition of the golden-age of detective fiction.
Innovative character creation and structured opening scenes support players to generate a cast of complex characters who all have a motive to kill the victim. The remainder of the game is played as a series of flashback rounds where each player, in turn, assumes a degree of narrative control to frame a flashback which incriminates another character.
The Game Master has a dual role, both as facilitator of scenes, and as the Great Detective, a Non-Player Character summoned to solve the murder, who summarises the evidence revealed by the characters, and reveals the motives of the characters one-by-one before finally disclosing the identity of the murderer.
Wicked Lies & Alibis includes all the cards needed to play, detailed facilitation notes to support the GM in running the game, details about the era of Art Deco to add to the realism of the setting, and nine murder mysteries along with suggestions for the Great Detectives who might solve the case.
Rebel Minis Releases 15mm Valonians
Rebel Minis is proud to announce the release of our 15mm Valonians Infantry. The Valonian Infantry are our newest Sci-Fi Alien pack! These large aliens are about 18-20mm to the eye. Each pack comes with 20 miniatures. These are highly detailed and a must for any Sci-Fi gamer! Sculpted by Martin Baker and Paints by Micropanzer!
New Historical Tables of Order and Equipment Available for April 2015 from TOEHub
New historical TOEs (tables of order and equipment) are now available from TOEHub via Wargame Vault. The new releases for April 2015 are:
- US Army MTOE 31-500T (SRC 31500T2201), Aviation Detachment (Special Forces), as of 1963
- US Army MTOE 31-107E, Special Forces Company, Airborne Special Forces Group, as of 1965
- US Army TOE 31-107G (SRC 31107G800), Special Forces Company, Airborne Special Forces Group, as of 1968
- US Army TOE 31-107H (SRC 31107H000), Special Forces Company, Airborne Special Forces Group, as of 1970
- US Army TOE 31-107H (SRC 31107H000), Special Forces Company, Special Forces Battalion, Airborne Special Forces Group, as of 1974
- US Army TOE 31-104H (SRC 31104H700) (Draft), Operational Detachment, Special Forces Operational Detachment D, as of 1977
- US Army MTOE 31-107H (SRC 31107HE101), Special Forces Company, Airborne Special Forces Group, as of 1978
- US Army TOE 07087L000, Ranger Company, Ranger Battalion, as of 1990
- US Army TOE 31807L000, Special Forces Company, Special Forces Battalion, as of 1990
TOEHub provides accurate force building information for post-modern historical wargamers. Not simply “army lists,” each product includes personnel and equipment information gamers can take and apply to any rules set they wish.