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Welcome to Episode 117 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast
On this show, I am joined by co-host Mike Hobbs as we chat with Steeve Monniere from Chinchilla Games about the relaunch of the fantasy battle game Ex-Illis via a Kickstarter campaign.
We talk about the challenges that Chinchilla face in converting a computer-moderated wargame into a more ‘traditional’ set of wargames rules, and ask what we can expect to see from this game in the future.
I hope you enjoy the show.
The Battle Systems Sci-Terrain Kickstarter is into it’s final weekend.
They are offering a very reasonable product with a lot of free add-ons for the Stronghold pledge. The scenery is colour printed card and several people have expressed concerns over it’s strength and durability, so the guys at Battle Systems have produced a video giving you some details:
Overall, it looks a pretty impressive product. The Kickstarter ends at approx Midnight GMT on 1st December 2013
You may remember that last year, Aussie podcast listener Alan Dearn invented a drinking game for when you listen to the podcast.
Well, Alan’s friend and gaming buddy, Paul O’Grady, has come up with a new game to play during the podcast: Gamer Podcast Bingo!
The only other bingo game I know related to a podcast concerns a certain elderly opinionated Yorkshireman and ex-international cricketer…so I suppose I’m in illustrious company.
Maybe I should invent ‘The painting table of uncertainty’?
Thanks fellas…I think!
Here’s something a bit different.
Have you ever played a tabletop wargame, boardgame or RPG with ambient music or backing music? You may remember from our ‘Meeples on the Edge’ shows in the summer that we played the Star Wars RPG with the film soundtrack in the background.
Well, Scott Morton, who has been a sound designer in the computer game industry, is currently running a Kickstarterproject to produce a surround sound ambient soundscape called ‘The Wilderness’.
There’s a free track to download, which will give you some idea of what you can expect.
It seems to be an interesting concept…worth keeping an eye on?
With Deadzone arriving soon, and the Battle Systems Kickstarter nearing completion, one of the major pieces of scenery that is missing from both of these sets is containers. Whether they are in a hangar, or outside in a yard, containers make great scenery.
The trouble is, they have only really been available up until now in resin, which are quite expensive.
Terrakami Games from Spain are offering sci-fi shipping containers in two different designs in MDF – they actually look pretty nice. I’m hoping to get some, so I’ll let you know what they are like.
I think I’ve been in and out of this Kickstarter project more times than the Hokey Kokey! (although, to be fair, I’ve only cancelled my pledge once)
It’s into it’s final 36 hours, and is currently less than £16K away from achieving the final stretch goal of the Alien Queen – a 120mm high miniatures on an 80mm base for £35 is actually, in my opinion, pretty decent value . The latest achieved stretch goal means that every backer gets a free Alien Praetorian model, which itself is a pretty big model.
I think, for me, the final straw that pulled me back in was the cloaked predators, which are simply really cool.
It will be interesting to see where this project finally ends up – now all we need is for Khurasan for get their resin APC back in stock…
The latest update to the Alien vs Predator The Miniatures Game kickstarter project included a preview of the ‘cloaked Predator’ figure they have been talking about – essentially a normal figure cast in clear resin.
Whatever you may think of the price of these figures (£10 each) you have to admit this one looks pretty cool, and makes the old INAP figure look decidedly poor…
The Battle Systems Sci-Fi Modular Terrain KS project has just gained it’s 1000th backer.
The project is to produce a pre-printed thick card terrain set in 28mm scale, which is aimed at being usable for most major sci-fi wargames and boardgames, from Space Hulk, Star Wars Miniatures and Project Pandora through to Judge Dredd, Tomorrow’s War, Deadzone and many more.
The ‘sweet spot’ Stronghold pledge will cost £78, and creates the layout above, which is 24″ x 24″, and also includes a host of extra terrain pieces. They also have a ‘Hulk’ pledge for those people who only want to build their corridor systems on a single level (see below)
Whilst this card stock terrain is not to everyone’s liking, it does provide a quick and easy way of creating a huge variety of corridor layouts at a fraction of the cost of similar layouts in MDF, plastic or resin.
The project is due to finish on 1st December 2013, for delivery in May 2014.