After more than two years of work, the first Sedition Wars game - Battle for Alabaster, is nearly done. Most of the miniatures are already in plastic tooling, the art is complete and we're just putting the final tweaks on the rule book and packaging.
It's been an incredibly hard journey - the hours have been long and stressful, and sometimes we thought we would never get to this point - but we're very proud of what we've achieved. The amount of work you have to put into a project like this is mind boggling, and if we'd have know going into it, we might never have started. (Actually that's not true at all - I knew exactly what's involved with a project like this, and it's why, when I left Privateer Press, I swore I would never do a game - but you know, memories fade!).
Of course we didn't do it alone, and I have worked with some of the best talents in the industry on this project. I'd be proud to put the miniatures along side those from any other company - no matter how big that company is. The art and design are similarly top-rate.
The person that deserves the most credit is the game designer, and all round creative genius - Rob Baxter. Without Rob, there would be no game, and the Sedition Wars universe would be a poorer place. It's thanks to him the game is fun and exciting, and the storyline compelling and evocative.
Why Kickstarter?So if the game is pretty much done - why do we need help? Well, we've aimed pretty high with this product. If you look at the miniatures, they're not the usual flat, two dimensional sculpts you generally see in board games - they're animated and highly detailed - just as good as you'll get in any 'real' miniatures game. But that comes at a price - as do the rest of the components - die cut counters, large game boards, full colour 60 page rules and scenario book - they are all very expensive to produce.
Launching a Kickstarter for this game helps us take those last steps to make the game as good as it deserves to be. Without it we would have to make cuts - fewer miniatures in the box, less variations in sculpts, shorter rule book - things we really don't want to have to do. We have the know-how and talents to make this a fantastic product, and be able to go toe-to-toe with the big guys in the industry - but we need a a little help.
Support us!So we're asking everyone to support the Kickstarter campaign and spread the word to anyone who might be interested, we need to get the word out there!
I'll be publishing more material on this blog in the coming weeks - miniatures, fiction, art, sneak peeks at the rule book - so keep coming back.
The Kickstarter page is live now - please take a look.