Friday, August 17, 2012

WRECK AGE: KICKSTARTER





Here we go!


Hyacinth Games (which now includes me. heyo!) has launched a new Kickstarter in order to help fund some extremely worthwhile happenings over at Wreck Age Central (aka: Matt’s apartment).


And so… 29 days to go…

If you are not at all familiar, please check out our very cool site here … but in a nutshell, Wreck Age is a Post Collapse 30mm RPG and Tabletop Wargame. Matt and Anton have created a very interesting, very compelling world in which we might dabble, and I feel quite honored to be a small but growing part of the proceedings. Of course, that means work, and here’s a taste of what we intend to accomplish with this Kickstarter:

-We will be assembling our first four Faction Box Sets, which expands our range to 30+ miniatures, with many more already in development. Each Box set will include 6-9 minis, which is a tremendous start to your basic skirmish or RPG needs (by the way, check out 1:30 into the video if you are particularly keen on the greens inbound as I type).  


-Likewise, we will be pushing forward with the 300+ page hardcover rulebook. This tome includes absolutely everything a traveler to Year Zero and beyond might need. More than just rules, however, the book is really a full-frontal resource for the entire rich and complex work of Wreck Age.


-If we go far enough with the Kickstarter, we will also be working toward our first round of Plastics -longtime readers of this blog will know that the prospect has me a little dizzy- as well as some quirky possibilities designed to bring even greater realism to the Wreck Age world.

-More to be announced as we get closer, ever closer.

The photos, by the way, that accompany this post are from our big day and Galactic Force Games here in Chicago –where we got to introduce an enthusiastic (and sometimes rather soggy) group to the world itself. Special shouts to Chris (aka: CC) for his interest and gamesmanship.

The game itself straddles RPG and Tabletop quite beautifully, which actually lends itself handily to my gaming disposition of late. I’m not much for RPG but, having said that, I pretty much demand that my tabletop wargaming have an extremely strong, extremely developed narrative element to it. Curious that. I’m no longer quite certain where the line between these interests is exactly, and I’m even less sure with Wreck Age. The two seem to sit side-by-side a profoundly intuitive and elegant manner. As mentioned, Anton and Matt have really put this world together, and the history leaves all the room one needs to play skirmish warbands … warbands that evolve and develop from one iteration to the next. Just the thing for me! Of course, if you are an RPG purest, there’s 300 pages and an entire desolate world for you to explore. Win and Win.

So if, like me, you are interested in deeply narrative skirmish gaming, have a proper gander. Or if, unlike me, you bleed RPG, have a proper gander. Or if you just like beautiful artwork and even more beautiful miniatures, have a proper gander. OR, if you just like to support a very small startup games company, have a proper gander

At the very least, go check out that Kickstarter and perhaps even tell a friend. 




21 comments:

Magilla Gurilla said...

Sounds a lot like Malifaux...
...but in a post apocolyptic world.

Son of Dorn said...

Firstly, is there any way I can convince you to extend your kickstarter by a month? I'd love to help with a generous donation, but won't have it until the first week of October. Secondly, is there anything you can reveal/hint at with the 2 new factions as per our previous discussions? :)

Dai said...

- Too many amazing kickstarters going on....

- Wallet closed. (thankyou wife)

- Bill-paying not impacted

Darn you for not putting this out next year. :)

(Good luck!)

Brian said...

@ Mags. A bit, I suppose, though I'm not really sure the comparison works. Malifaux is pretty proscriptive. You play named and structured characters. Obviously, the RPG elements in Wreck Age make Character creation your own. And we roll dice.

@ Son of Dorn. Don't worry. We're not going anywhere.

@ Dai. Funnily enough, the wife and I recently had a very similar conversation.

Gotthammer said...

Already a fifth of the way there ;)

My wallet also has a message for you all: damn youuuuu!

Paul of the Man Cave said...

What a gorgeous looking set of rules. I too love the crossover between wargame and RPG that small skirmish level games allow, and I think need to get the most out of them. I would like to commit but need to have a deeper look.

The Inner Geek said...

I'll kickstart yours if you kickstart mine...

Well, not mine, exactly. But, I'm currently enjoying backer status in DreamForge-Games kickstarter.

Next time my wife isn't looking, I'll send some kickstart luv'n to Chicago.

Brian said...

@ Gothammer. You are a good man, sir. Much obliged. This golden age of hobby glory is a burden on us all. ha!

@ Paul otMC. Please let me know if you have any specific questions. As the newest member of the Hyacinth team (arriving some 2 years late!), I've been on the learning curve as well. I'd be glad to offer what help I am able. Cheers.

@ the Inner Geek. Deal. I'm in. I just backed that monster. Top tip, by the way. I wasn't even aware that DFG was running a starter. Cheers.

The Inner Geek said...

@Brian,

Yes, getting the word out seems to be more challenging than one would think. I'm no marketing guru, and neither is anyone else participating in that kickstarter it appears. I sent an article to a fellow blogger to post but I'm not sure when/if it will make the rotation on his site. I guess I may have to post it on my rusty old blog. If just one person is saved from non participation, my job is done... I'll be sure to toss up a link to your kickstarter as well if I do post a blog.

The Inner Geek said...

@Brian,

Ok, I've backed yours too. I also posted an article that includes a tiny bit of pimpage for your Kickstarter. I'm not bragging, but my Wreck Age banner points to the Wreck Age Kickstarter page when you click on it. I'm not saying that makes me cooler than you... I think it speaks for itself.

Richelieu said...

Just out of curiosity what makes this kickstarter different than the original kickstarter that was run for Wreck Age. Not wrapping my head around the differences.

The Inner Geek said...

@Richelieu,

I just assumed they were out of beer money... valid question though.

Gotthammer said...

@ Richelieu - the basic difference is the first one was to fund the first wave of minis and get the company off the ground.

This one is for the starter sets (which do include some of those first minis) and the physical rulebook.

This may not be a 100% correct as I don't work for Hyacinth, but it is the gist of it I got as a backer of both.

Brian said...

@ The Inner Geek. Quite Right. Hahaha. You are a technological savant compared to my lamentably modest offering. Still, I'm going to work on that link business. Challenge accepted. :)

As for the other comment, I should remind you that I have two babies under three. The words "beer" and "money" have no place in my life, together or individually. It's a sorry state of affairs, to be sure. haha.

@ Richelieu. Thanks for asking. We've tried to make that a bit more clear as we update the Kickstarter. I wasn't on board for the first one, and we are still learning quite a bit about how this works (and so we greatly appreciate your patience). Put simply, Gotthammer has the right of it.

The last kickstarter got Hyacinth on its feet with the first 12 miniatures. That's about it. Unfortunately, those suckers are expensive to produce.

With this kickstarter, we will put the finishing touches on our 300+ page color resource and rulebook -it's going to be impressive- as well as round out the final touches in our first large model expansion. We are now offering four superlative starter boxsets (with between 6 and 9 models in each -one faction includes a larger model, another has some smaller offerings- which explains the numbers variation). As such, we have tripled our line to 30+ models and will be expanding even further the moment we are able.

The plans are already afoot...

I hope this clarifies your question. Please, by all means, let me know if you have more. You can contact me directly via email if you like (see right). I would absolutely be happy to help where I am able.

Thank you, one and all, for your support. We're off to a great start!
Cheers.
B

Matt said...

Luckily for Brian I am the Hyacinth Games resident homebrewer, so he has some cheap beer coming at him regularly from here on out.

Son of Dorn said...

Should be a few more folks headed your way soon. ;)

http://apocalypse40k.blogspot.com/2012/08/some-new-and-interesting-projects.html

@ Brian: I had some additional questions, but sent them along in my reply to your last email. Answer at your convenience :)

Son of Dorn said...

From $2800 to $4300 within about 12 hours of posting. Evidently 300 viewers nets about 6 backers :)

Matt said...

Much appreciated!

Son of Dorn said...

Happy to help. Won't have my $ in time, so I thought I'd try to get the word out as best I could. Glad to see you're closing on your mark with plenty of time to spare. :)

Brian said...

@ Son of Dorn. You are an absolute LEGEND!

Son of Dorn said...

@ Brian: I'm anything but! Just trying to lend a helping hand where I'm able.