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Author Topic: 'Armoured Syndicate' - Kickstarter re-launch of sci-fi/post-apoc board-game  (Read 2460 times)

Offline rocketandroll

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Hi all!


Many of you saw (and discussed) our launch of our miniatures range for our 'Armoured Syndicate' universe back in June which just about made funding on Kickstarter but which we decided to refund in full in order to fix some problems with the campaign and reach a point hwere we had a fully developed game to launch too.

After a few months of solid work we have now got there and are launching the NEW and SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED Armoured Syndicate on Kickstarer in about 2 weeks from now!

The project is now launching as a self-contained complete miniatures based board game as we felt that was more suited to the character and story-driven theme of the game and the universe we wanted to create. Mark Latham has been working tirelessly with us to develop an awesome and unique rule-set that is fast-paced, exciting and original and which keeps the very cool 'corporate greed' theme of the skirmish rules we had started work on for the last campaign. We are keeping the cash-flow led tactics and have now created some stunning themed game-boards and a raft of new character cards, asset cards, tokens and a shed-load of other bits that will go with this cool new game.

We have taken on board ideas and criticism from our customers and from industry experts alike and have introduced the scope for a full third-faction expansion in the stretch-goals and have had six brand new models sculpted to include in the boxed game and as stretch-goals too.

We are now mid-way through a 3 week tour of UK gaming venues demoing and play-testing the game and will have some game-play videos up by next week.

We will also be revealing images of the new models as we approach the Kickstarter too.


For now.... here's some more info on the project:


Armoured Syndicate is a miniatures based board-game created by Ben Jarvis of Black Phoenix Games (former creator of 'Mechabrick' and the 'Etch-Master' range) and written by Mark Latham (writer/contributor on: KoW 2nd ed, Sedition Wars, Marvel Universe miniatures game, The Walking Dead: All Out War, Legends of the old west, Batman Miniatures Game etc etc).

The game features high-quality double-sided printed game boards that can be assembled in multiple configurations to create varied scenarios.

The game uses high-quality UK manufactured resin miniatures.

The game is set in the ruins of Las Vegas in the near future (early 22nd century) when the western US has become largely uninhabitable due to the effects of global warming and massive corporations have bought up most of the land, including the abandoned cities, for salvage and prospecting rights. The boxed game features two factions; the corporate landlords (Dromeda Corporation) who use high-tech drones and robotic enforcers to protect their property against the likes of the 'Dead Crows', a Mexican mercenary gang, with underworld funding, sent into the ruins of Las Vegas to retrieve certain items of interest. The core game comes with 10 miniatures with a further twelve available in stretch-goals as free bonuses at different pledge levels and as add-ons with a full third faction: 'The Vegas Freaks' that come with new scenarios and extra themed game-boards, available if we hit the upper goals.

The game features a unique cash-flow system that means players must decide between banking their money and activating their characters each turn with massive bonuses awarded for achieving objectives and penalties for loosing characters along the way. The winner is always the player with the most money banked at the end of the game and careful choices between the characters you include in your squad, and the special abilities they possess, can make all the difference between success and failure.


We will have an exclusive miniature that will be unveiled shortly which is ONLY available to those who sign up to our mailing list and then back the campaign.... to sign up simply e-mail us with the subject 'SYNDICATE' to: kickstarter@armouredsyndicate.com to be added and you will be the first to know when the campaign goes live the week after next.


To wet your appetite... here's some images of some of the models and game elements....



Ben



Offline robh

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Re: 'Armoured Syndicate' - Kickstarter re-launch of sci-fi/post-apoc board-game
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2016, 09:51:30 PM »
Good luck with the re-launch, hope it does well for you. Always good to see more options for PostApoc gaming.

What is happening to the scenery and all that lovely etched brass from the previous campaign?

Offline rocketandroll

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Re: 'Armoured Syndicate' - Kickstarter re-launch of sci-fi/post-apoc board-game
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2016, 05:20:59 PM »
Hey Rob


The new board game doesn't use physical scenery so we have separated all that out and will be launching it in a separate 'post-apoc scenery' campaign later this year.... don't worry, it's all created so will definitely be launched somewhere!


Thanks!


Ben

Offline rocketandroll

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Re: 'Armoured Syndicate' - Kickstarter re-launch of sci-fi/post-apoc board-game
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2016, 09:57:43 AM »
Hi again all


Ok, a couple of extra bits of info and updates as we cruise towards the Kickstarter which we hoe will be going live Wed/Thur next week now...

We now have images of the full boxed game contents... this is going to be a BIG old bundle of cool stuff that comes with the game including 10 premium UK manufactured resin miniatures (with more added as free extras in the stretch-goals), 6 X 250mm square double sided heavy duty colour game boards along with 7 dice and hundreds of cards, tokens and markers... plus a beautifully illustrated rule and backstory booklet.

We are aiming for an Early Bird price of around 48 for the whole boxed game on Kickstarter... which is a pretty sweet deal given the quality and scope of what is included.

If you'd like to hear as soon as the campaign goes live AND receive a free 'Assault Chico' miniature (shown in the attached images) if you pledge, then just drop us an e-mail entitled 'SYNDICATE' to: kickstarter@armouredsyndicate.com


Thanks all... we can't wait to reveal all the awesome stretch-goal models next week!!



Ben

Offline psyberwyche

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Thought I'd give this thread a bump as the campaign is up, and looking good. Haven't seen it discussed elsewhere on LAF. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blackphoenix/armoured-syndicate-the-board-game/updates

Offline rocketandroll

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Thanks for the bump Psyberwyche!

I actually posted this new thread when we were about to re-launch but then found the old thread from a few months ago and began posting on that instead... didn't want to clog the forum up with multiple threads :-)

But yes, we are launched, funded and smashing stretch goals... just unveiled another upcoming miniature.... the very cool 'Strong Man' genetic freak:

He was an attempt at a 'super-soldier' by a ethically dubious pharmaceuticals company which failed... he was then sold to a Vegas casino for their freak show.... but he's now escaped and is NOT happy!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blackphoenix/armoured-syndicate-the-board-game/

Lots more cool free stuff being added to the rewards daily :-)

Ben

Offline psyberwyche

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Oops, my bad. Apologies to the mods for threadomancy - I didn't spot that the discussion had moved to the Future boards.

Offline rocketandroll

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...just unlocked the new 'Sentinel Obelisk' miniature and TWO of them now come free with the 'Director' level pledge... the amount of high-end resin you get in this bundle is just getting better and better :-)

Ben


Offline rocketandroll

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Hi all!

Quick update... the campaign has been storming ahead the last few days... we have unlocked another stretch goal for the 'Strong-Man' miniature who is now available as an add-on character to all backers.

We are also now just a few hundred pounds away from unlocking the next goal which is the Kickstarter Exclusive 'Betsy' cruise missile... this very cool weapon is an upgrade for the massive 'El Toro' mech and actually becomes an independent character once fired that can then be targeted, hacked and possibly even reasoned with to try and alter it's course!

Look for some more very cool miniatures and other stretch goals as we enter the final week of the campaign!


Ben

Offline rocketandroll

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Hi all


Ok, last day and we're down to the last few hours of the campaign now!

We have unlocked a massive 11 stretch goals now and have one more to go... and it's a cool one because it means everyone gets a full third faction for the game!

There are also a small number of 'Early Bird' pledges still available which are frankly incredible value given how many free/exclusive miniatures are now included:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blackphoenix/armoured-syndicate-the-board-game

Here's the current details of what you get at the 'Director' pledge level which is still available (in very limited numbers) for the 109 EB price!:


 

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