Golum Arcana announces end of production

exillis ksYou may remember that I was a huge fan of Ex-Illis, a computer moderated fantasy battle game?

You may also remember that this game went the way of the dodo following a couple of issue surrounding the company losing financial backing and a subsequent failed Kickstarter. (BTW, it’s officially deader than dead, as the website is now offline, so you simply cannot connect/download and play the game anymore)

golem arcana

Hairbrained Schemes have just announced that Golum Arcana, which was the next attempt at producing a computer-moderated wargame, has come to the end of its product line.

From their announcement:

“…We poured our hearts and souls, as well as millions of our dollars, into a landmark development in tabletop hybrid games. We’re very proud of this game, with glowing reviews by everyone from Penny Arcade to Game Informer, and an Origins Award for Best Miniature Figure Rules. Unfortunately, sales have not recouped our extensive investment in software and manufacturing…”

The full announcement can be found here

The product line will be on sale until the end of February (at a 50% discount), at which point the webstore will be closed.

It would seem on this evidence seems that wargamers are simply not in the market for a computer moderated wargame.



4 Comments on Golum Arcana announces end of production

  1. jimmylogan0916 // January 29, 2016 at 15:53 // Reply

    Interesting. I saw this at Gencon 2014 (only one I’ve been to so far) and the line to demo was just too long each time. By then I was already playing X-Wing (which is why I found your podcast) so it didn’t really matter to me, but it seemed a leap in gaming. Guess, like you say, it’s not ready for prime time?

    I haven’t been to them as my gaming/minis dollars go to X-Wing, but one of the FLGSs has been holding demos of this off and on. Wonder if they know yet…

  2. I never understood what’s so cool about computer moderated rules… they are practically black boxes you can’t tinker with, and which wargamer doesn’t like to tinker? 🙂

  3. Dave Blood // January 29, 2016 at 19:39 // Reply

    After the D6 Generation gave it a glowing review, I bought the starter box.

    I played it twice. it was OK. To be honest, having the iPad run the game was just not fun. Too much of a black box.

  4. “We poured…millions of our dollars”
    That sounds rather unlikely…

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