Thursday, September 29, 2016

Using only the power of my mind

The kickstarter for Star Saga - The Sci-fi Dungeon Crawler kicked off on Sept 26th, funding in just under two hours.  Since then several stretch goals have been met, including 3D scenery, a new mercenary and a new boss.

There has been some mention in the kickstarter comments as well as the Star Saga Fanatics Facebook group that with the huge Warpath universe, there needs to be more aliens in the game.

Deadzone and Warpath both have a variety of aliens, but it is Dreadball that has the most.  With 25 teams (and four more coming from the DB2 kickstarter next year), there are just a lot of possibilities.

I see there being two ways to add in more variety - additional alien mercenaries, and expansions based on other, specific alien races.  An expansion against the Z'zor could be a 'classic' bug hunt in the cramped tunnels of a hive world, and the Nameless already lend themselves to Cthulu'esqe nightmares of tentacles and claws in an underwater world.

But what about mercenaries?  One of the first stretch goals was a completely new mercenary from a new race.  Existing races could also have them.  It doesn't take a psychic to imagine what these could be - or maybe it does.

A psychic mercenary with telekinetic powers.  We already have a healer, but aren't Monks also traditional classes for a dungeon crawler.  The Tsodochan are techno-telekinetic monks, and Blaine's connections in the underground dreadball circuit are sure to bring him into contact with some of these that may take their responsibility to spread good word to a more aggressive bent.

Give a mercenary like this a special ability to move other models (much like the 'push' spell in the original Dungeon Saga) and there is potential for all sorts of fun.

Really, is anyone still reading this and not looking at the picture of a Tsodochan mercenary already?  I could just keep going, making things up and no one would notice.
Kizai Uru
Concept art
In their update for breaking the $180,000 stretch goal, they give a hint of what is to come.
What could be behind the doors?
Behind door number 1 is the Tsodochan mercenary Kixai Uru.  Number 2 looks to be a new version of the Survivor from Deadzone.

Door number 3 is a Forge Father.

Ogan Helkkare

Lastly, hiding behind door number four are a couple of lab technicians.

The kickstarter video actually has a LOT of stuff in it - if you want to go through nearly frame by frame.  I'm not sure I got it all, but here are some more goodies.
Nameless Bounty Hunter designs
Design for Doctor Lucas Koyner, one of the game bosses
Design for the Enforcer E5435 - 'Monarch' Boss
Render of Alyse (from the kickstarter update)
Security Guard
security guard, calling it in
security guard taking aim

'Original' plague victim

'Alternate' plague victim
Finally, how about the new robot previewed on the Mantic Weekly video for Sept. 28th?
Sorry about the lines - it was either that or the captioning text over the feet

Because it is all fun and games . . .

Monday, September 26, 2016

And the lava's red glare

Terrain is important if not critical when playing miniature wargames.  It breaks up charge lanes, provides cover, and just makes the game more interesting.  And it is even better if the terrain also looks good.

THMiniatures is a Canadian company (founded by Golden Daemon and Slayer Sword winner Thierry Husser) that is creating some really cool resin terrain pieces.  I backed their first kickstarter (I talked about it here and here) and was excited when the second one came around.

I picked up an early bird pledge which meant early shipping - and got in my new volcanic terrain in the middle of August.  Both their kickstarters had specific themed pieces, and both had a big centerpiece.  For the first one, it was the Pit+Grave

Painted and ready for the tabletop.  Note the top of the pit (with the sarcophagus) comes off revealing the spikes and skulls below it.
The second time, they did the Dark Altar + Grave - an altar set in the center of a volcano.  

I thought this would make a good piece to base an entire game table around - all of the terrain being volcanic. Rather than make additional rules the various pieces would just count as other types.

Of course with all the Deadzone, Dreadball, Dungeon Saga and Kings of War miniatures I have to paint - I decide to get these done up quickly instead.

So the dark altar is simply blocking terrain.  It is a nice piece of resin terrain - and like the pit+grave has the option to cover the center (with the grave) or leave it as an open pit.
clean resin
in living color
I have to comment here that it just amazes me how the exact same piece of backing paper (with kind of a slight felt like surface takes on different colors based on what is on it.  In the bare resin pictures, it looks much darker than it is.  The truer color is with the painted terrain.  I don't know if it is the camera adjusting for the white or what happens, but I do find it interesting.

with the altar
and painted

I also picked up a dark statue base - a two part piece of additional blocking terrain.  I glued it together after taking the picture, so the painted version doesn't quite match 1-1.
in two parts
and one piece painted
As with most kickstarter, there were stretch goals.  As part of these, I got these pieces ( volcanic stones, small crater, small puddle of lava, 2 wooden defenses, carved stela and stalag-mini ) for free. With a base this could be a nice area of difficult terrain (since small pieces of 'scatter' terrain don't work well for mass battle games (as opposed to skirmish games)
lots of scatter terrain
and now painted
I picked up two small volcanic rifts to use as obstacles
small volcanic rifts
looking hot

I remembered a couple of tables at Nashcon that used stalagmites as woods - so I thought I could put them on the lava lake and puddle of lava
Lava Lake
bubbling with joy
Puddle of Lava (I need to start putting in a mini to show perspective - this is about 1/3 the size of the lake)
ok, I'm running out of puns now

2 sets of 5 stalagmites
sometimes a stalagmite is just a stalagmite

These would be difficult terrain height 4 (the equivalent of forests)
Lake & puddle with stalagmites
and set up as 'woods' - or their equivalent

When I do my table set ups, I also like to include some hills - and this didn't provide anything that I felt was usable for that.  However making some 'volcanic' themed hills should be fairly easy - I've been cutting up some old volcanic based scenery - so I should be able to cut out a couple more hills out of it, put sand on the sides and paint them to match the terrain.  (ok, I haven't made those yet)

Now to make a new 'volcanic' table cover (i.e. black felt) - and I'll have a 13th table for events.

Because it is all fun and games . . .

Saturday, September 24, 2016

. . . In Space!

First - some doors . . . in Space!
Everyone went nuts over doors in Dungeon Saga - so I figure this could break the internet.  Or not. But people do seem to love doors.  I hope these are in the same plastics (though maybe grey instead of brown ) that the DS ones are.  (There is just something about them - the way the clink together in your hands is so satisfying).

This weekend Beasts of War featured Star Saga in a segment of their weekender video.  There was some cool new pictures that I'd thought I'd share some of the  new character concept art.  One of the new characters revealed is a healer - sort of a vampire . . . in Space! that sucks the energy from one model then can give it to another.

Healer concept art
A stretch goal as they begin to add more characters from the Warpath universe - of course a teraton. Who doesn't want a giant teleporting turtle . . . in space
Next up is, so far, an unknown soldier.  Looks to me more of an enforcer
unknown soldier
Of course they need to have the Forge Fathers represented - because who doesn't want dwarfs . . . in Space!
Forge Father
One of the more interesting alien races that Mantic has introduced into the Warpath universe are the Chovar - basically giant Jellyfish . . . in Space!  With psychic abilities, plus the ability to store data - it is a bit of a loopy mutant. A giant jelly shaped SD card :-).
Chovar Boss
There also had some concept art that we had seen before, in the same formats
Captain Erika Dulinsky
Francesco ‘The Devil’ Selvaggio
The kickstarter starts on September 26 and will run through the middle of October.  So if you like the concept art, jump in for the ride to see how many expansions they will fund - from space stations and alien worlds to maybe even a dreadball pitch?  Expect dark and horrible missions . . . in Space!

You can check out the entire video below - the Star Saga portion runs from 26:15 until 45:20

Because it is all fun and games . . .