War Prime, a new sci-fi game coming from Kingmaker Games

By Polar_Bear
In News
Jun 22nd, 2014

Kingmaker Games is showing off new artwork in preparation for the launch of their War Prime Kickstarter campaign.

Warprime Human Army


From the website:

War Prime is a tabletop miniatures game set in a far future universe. You build an army, assemble your miniatures, and lead them in battle against other players. The armies can be from any of the different races that inhabit the galaxy. The Humans rebuilding their collapsed empire, the savage Kelk who are driven by war and violence, the enigmatic Amaranth, and many more alien races coming soon.

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  • 4tonmantis

    I get the feeling the first expansion will be called C&D.

    If the aesthetic were carried just a smidge further from grimdark and closer into the Mass Effect type of design that is vaguely there, I think it would be more “comfortable” as a game that isn’t trying to be 40k. Hell, if you look, the only thing that really screams 40k are the Space Marine looking dudes. The rest is kinda rocking a WoW vibe in space.. which is cool with me.

    • Soulfinger

      I’m still looking for a game that will let me build an army, assemble my miniatures, and lead them in battle against other players. Oh wait — that’s this one! Looking at their site, it seems they are also going for the not-quite-oks and not-quite-eldar, maybe even a not-quite-tau. One of these days, a truly original sci-fi war game will come out . . . and promptly flop because the minis aren’t compatible with 40K.

      • odinsgrandson

        To be fair, I’m not just seeind 40k ripoff here.

        I mean, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that Mech in Battletech before. And I think it might be one of the ones FASA ripped off from Robotech.

        So, that makes this part of a grand tradition.

      • Dude

        So what are your thoughts on Infinity?

  • hithero

    Looking at the picture, I thought it was a 40k spin off :/

    • Same…I thought it was a parody of 40K. I have a feeling they will have some trouble with copyrights for too much similitude. I’m not a huge fan of GW anymore but this is going a bit too far. Where is the originality?

  • wormwoode

    They use the exact same image as the one used above on their website, but they’ve doctored it a bit to filter the Ultra Marines blue into a bland grey.

    Legal problems solved. Why consult a lawyer who’s just gonna bum you out with boring realities, when you know this one guy that has photoshop?

    Good luck, brave entrepreneurs.

  • KelRiever

    I look at things like this and I begin to wonder, honestly, what is wrong with people.

  • 4tonmantis

    The originality goes out when people just hack off existing art instead of finding an artist and possibly a story that is willing to be bold and actually break the mold. Even if it were to be about spinning the existing archetypes.. I dunno.. It’s the same problem that plagues comics and cartoons and movies and even video games and kids toys.. hell fashion.. cars.. everything..
    Something sells so someone thinks they’re clever by offering the same thing with a different name and one or two changes.
    Yeah.. it might work for some car makers, soda makers, shoe companies.. okay.. so it works in pretty much every industry but dammit it shouldn’t work in tabletop gaming!

    Seriously.. it’s going to happen.. either love it or hate it but it really does suck when their isn’t enough of people doing something else that is also interesting to provide better variety.

    • 4tonmantis

      *there.. ugh lack of edit button

  • Sisyphus

    Could be cool…. let’s see how it goes. It’s not like Mantic didn’t do some ripping too. But I have to Soulfinger that frankly any SCI-FI minis game will suffer if it distinguishes its image too much from GWs. And God Forbid if the rules are radically different.

    • Sisyphus

      bah… brain fart… “I have to agree with Soulfinger…”

      • odinsgrandson

        You just verbed Soulfinger. You can’t back down now.

        • Soulfinger

          I dunno. I like what that brain fart has to say. You should quote it more often.

  • tuco

    So in this game you get an Ultramarine with one of Marneus Calgar’s gauntlets and a chaos terminator’s shoulder pad, another ultramarine with a beaky helmet who stole Vladimir Tzepesci’s shoulder pauldrons, and one of the mechs from the Mechadrome Kickstarter?

  • Soulfinger

    (this post has been edited)

    Alright. I don’t do this often, but I’m going to fix this game — free of charge — for Kingmaker Games. All I want is a credit in the rulebook. So, they start by scrapping everything they have, which sets them back about ten minutes in the creativity department and probably several years in the kvetching about how much better their version of 40K would be department. I give you the most original, derivative, bestest game yet today +2 * x ^y:

    Picture this: The opening Soft Landing scene from the Heavy Metal movie. The song, Radar Rider, is blasting. Except! Instead of just one astronaut driving a 1960 Corvette, there is an entire assault fleet of them bearing down on an unsuspecting planet, along with a handful of Space Balls style Winnebago RVs. The planet they are invading is a living entity, covered entirely in hair, nipples, and bizarre finger appendages. Worse still, rampaging across this hellscape are eerie fusions of elephant and shark that vomit sausages and ferocious alligators.

    Fortunately, the astronauts are dressed in a way that is not at all derivative of Tron, and LIGHT is their weapon. What that means is up to each individual player. Also, their car trunks are full of birds. Just when all seems lost for one side or another, a third faction arrives, which are basically Fremen inside of giant, flying stone heads, like the one in Zardoz. The Fremen types use giant crossbows, even though there is no logical reason for it, but they also have these subservient ogre creatures, who look like Homer Simpson with chaingun arms, that can actually fight. I also compare them to Fremen because they have worms, although these are the intestinal kind.

    Lastly, you can play Will Smith or Olivia Newton John’s character from Xanadu if the stretch goals are met. OH, and did I mention that each game is set on a dust mote within an abandoned roller rink, and whenever someone wins, they realize it was all just a dream. BLAM! Take it to the bank!

    • BaconSlayer

      Now I want to see what was edited out. I am sure it was a typo or a misplaced semicolon…

      Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

    • tuco

      I’m wondering if it’s a coincidence that both Heavy Metal and Spaceballs were recently added to Netflix Instant Streaming service.

      I do have one question, will the Fremen be Frank Herbert Fremen, Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson Fremen, or David Lynch Fremen?