Enter the savage ruins of Relicblade. Lead the sinister Wretched Hive in a dangerous criminal underground, or find yourself entangled in the strange motives of the inscrutable Wilderkin.
The Wretched Hive Kickstarter campaign offers the opportunity to add amazing new characters to Relicblade. New Faction Sets not only present the chance to expand the game, but also offer a great entry point for new players. The Wretched Hive Kickstarter campaign promises to deliver all-new factions, characters, unit types, upgrades, and powerful magic spells. These faction sets have been meticulously designed to add exciting new play-styles to Relicblade!
Get both of the new expansions and eight incredible metal miniatures with the recommended Bold Adventurer pledge level!
The Wretched Hive
In The Wretched Hive we delve into the sinister underworld that exists on the fringes of society.
The iguan are a ubiquitous reptilian race whose myths claim a primordial origin predating all human civilization. The pragmatic iguan do not build cities of their own, but rather opt to live in nomadic groups operating with a network of semi-permanent encampments on the outskirts of large cities. Traveling bands will meet to trade with the settled iguan, who in turn offer goods and services to the wider markets.
Due to their peculiar psychology many iguan find full integration into civilized life distasteful and traditionally work as laborers and sailors. They never shy from dangerous work, and take special pride in their ability to endure. Despite the obvious value of strong workers, the complex cruelty of civilization has branded the iguan as the lowest class. Merchants gain hordes of wealth while the workers struggle to survive.
In the absence of true justice, following the law is a luxury few can afford. Thus we enter the vile black markets of the Wretched Hive. Where cruelty is the law and only the strong survive.
The slave trade is perhaps the most depraved of the black market practices. The legality of slavery may vary from kingdom to kingdom, but legal status only truly changes how public the slave auctions are.
The Iguan Slavers are powerful fighters and bitter task masters.These depraved individuals offer harsh motivation to their comrades in brutal fashion. Slavers are rightly feared for the sinister depths of their inhumanity.
Poachers are almost universally nomadic in origin. Many ply their humble, if illegal, trade as hunters. However, in the harsh depths of the black market, not every poachable entity is a beast.
The brutal wilderness takes its toll on nomadic tribes. In the harshest seasons many poachers turn their unmatched skill as scouts and trackers to the benefit of dangerous crime lords. With highly valuable skills and keen javelins, these deadly warriors are rightly prized.
According to their customs a select few are chosen and groomed from birth to assume a terrible duty. The elder crone prepares these youth for many years. Until the fateful day they must read from the unpronounceable black pages of agog. The black pages tether the iguan to their primordial gods. As the chosen study the dizzying passages their inner minds are assailed by terrible dimensions beyond reality.
Sadly, many are utterly consumed by madness. Those who survive are honored and assume their place as iguan witches. These witches are respected councilors and powerful sorcerers. They peer into the void to observe the threads of fate, command plagues, and call upon the boiling depths of the earth. These powerful women form an integral core of iguan political and religious society.
Nomadic iguan have formed strange alliances in their bid for survival. One such partnership is with a the mangrove basilisk. A long snouted sub-species endemic to the brackish badlands.
These cold-blooded beasts have a near super-natural hypnotic gaze and are extremely venomous. The Iguan Witches made connections with the beasts and have used them as powerful assets for generations. These pitiless creatures grant an exotic edge to an iguan fighting force. They paralyze combatants as swift warriors descend upon their ill-fated foe.
Wilderkin is a broad term describing individuals of fay ancestry. Elves, while rare, are the most common in settled society. However, the term Wilderkin is often reserved for more conspicuous outlanders.
It is generally believed that the fay realm and ours were more closely tied in ancient times. In the terrible cataclysm known as the sundering, when great empires were brought low and from which there is only a faint hope of recovery, the relationship between realms was irrevocably changed. In this new and unstable landscape the otherworldly races adapted in strange and marvelous ways. From the peculiar gnomes to the indomitable stonekin, the Wilderkin abide by their inscrutable ways.
Gnomes are largely unchanged by our changed world. Gnome interactions have always been centered on their fanatical devotion to craft. These pint-sized hobbyists have only the slightest concern for the greater world. They are even known to forget entirely the plight of our modern age! Instead they focus with razor precision on mastery of a given craft.
Gnomes are still intimately tied to the fay realm and may even travel between worlds. Accordingly they are visitors with minor alliances to a select few. It seems their primary endeavor in our world is to explore their passions. Once a gnome fixates on a craft they are utterly obsessed. They may be captivated by anything from shoe-making to the most complex alchemical sciences.
Due to their tiny stature, gnomes rarely travel without an animal companion. They have been seen riding everything from common mountain goats to exotic creatures only imagined in the most obscure folklore.
The stonekin were elves once. In the tumultuous years when civilization collapsed a sect of mystical artisans took extreme measures to survive. In desperation they placed irreversible enchantments on their families, forever changing their bodies to lifeless stone.
With a faint hope the artisans went to work. Employing unknowably ancient secrets, once used to create marvels beyond reckoning, the artisans worked into the fading twilight of all civilization to finish their final masterpiece. The world burned, but the work was complete.
The stonekin were born. The artisans had saved their beloved people. A new race, half-elf and half-stone, arose. They were completely alive, not living statues or enchanted stone. The stonekin were reforged in the fires of a dying world, and emerged a race fit to survive in the coming dark age.
Many stonekin live peaceful lives as farmers and artisans. However the brutality of the changed world demands certain concessions. The battleborn are a reserved caste of fearless warriors. They stand as the definition of stonekin fortitude and strength. The stonekin battleborn are imposing giants hardened for the rigors of battle.
The wild elves owe their earnest allegiance to nature and regarded the sundering as a natural shift. Embracing the chaotic heart of creation, the wild elves humbly adapted in the midst of mass extinction. They plunged themselves deeper into asceticism and immersed themselves in the changed environment. Some individuals became indistinguishable from nature itself.
The wild elf druids adopted powerful beast forms to live in brutal harmony with the wilderness, while the geomancers tap into surging rivers of energy that course through the earth. Embracing the wilderness, the geomancers enjoy a place of privilege in a chaotic world. Though they are wanderers in a savage wilderness, geomancers compose themselves in complex formalities and are utterly dedicated to the discipline of the earth. As servents of the enigmatic wilds, the geomancers often find themselves entangled in heroic endeavors.
The Wilderkin follow the serpentine paths of fate. Forever entangled in the intricate patterns of an altered world. For as the wind blows, life is chaos.
Relicblade is a fantasy skirmish miniature game. Players command heroes or monsters as they battle to claim powerful magic relics lost in the ancient world. Players only need between three and six figures per side, and games only last about a half hour. The rules are simple and easy to learn, but there is a lot of depth in the available characters and upgrades.
Enjoy an immersive hobby experience as you collect, build, and paint your miniatures. Relicblade models are made of white metal for wonderful crisp detail. Games take place on a two foot by two foot area, so creating detailed scenery is very manageable. While beautifully modeled terrain is a delight, you can play on any surface you have available by simply using stacks of books to represent the troubled wilds of Relicblade.
Dive into delightful tactical depths with each new game. Specialize your characters utilizing a vast arsenal of upgrade cards. Tactics, items, weapons, potions, and spells create a wonderful framework to customize each character in your war party. Faction sets include a booster pack of cards with new characters and upgrades, so as each new set is released the options continue to grow with dynamic new list-building options. In the example below this Iguan Slaver has a combination of defensive and ranged attack upgrades, which shifts his battlefield role and greatly increases his survivability. This particular build includes cards from The Wretched Hive, The Lone Guard, and Core Game Deck.
For players interested in narrative campaign play, the Seeker's Handbook is packed with great content. Rather than simply selecting characters and upgrades based on a point total, you will construct a base and lead your characters as they undertake dangerous adventures to claim magical treasures. There are six scenarios, four environments, dangerous wild monsters, and rare treasures that pack each game with new dangers and unique challenges. The Seeker's Handbook is a wonderful source for limitless adventure.
You can learn a lot more about the game and how it's played on YouTube! There are gameplay overviews, unboxings, and battle reports ready to be consumed! Ash and Owen of Guerrilla Miniature Games and Gaming With The Cooler played a full Relicblade campaign on their channels. So check it out!
Choose the pledge level that's right for you. Remember, by backing Relicblade you're helping it exist! Get ahold of this delightfully unique miniature game. Relicblade is 100% natural, pure, and unfiltered imagination that is bottled at the source. It is untouched by the sanitizing influence of a board-room or stock-holders. Enjoy the benefits of live and active gaming cultures.
If you're new to Relicblade the "Champion of Adventure" is AWESOME! At this mega-rad pledge level you'll get the core game along with the "Wilderkin" and "The Wretched Hive" expansions. This pledge level includes twenty one metal miniatures, the rulebook, tokens, dice, and 70+ unique cards including all kinds of amazing characters, magic swords, advanced battle tactics, and powerful ancient relics from time immemorial.
What's a Custom Character Card?
You tell me about a D&D character you used to play or any character you can imagine. Then I will do an original illustration of that character. But the fun won't stop there! I will also stick that character in a special COLOR character card and make up some sweet rules and stats for your them! The custom card will be your ideas collaboratively realized in Relicblade. You're welcome to create heroes, villains, relics, or monsters, whatever your heart desires.
You get the original illustration and copies of your character card along with the other Legends from this campaign. All ten custom character commissions will be collected in the "Legends 2" booster pack. This booster pack will be an official expansion for Relicblade for players to collect and enjoy. The first Legends set was extremely popular, so don't miss out on being part of a new generation of legends!
It is my earnest hope to raise enough money to produce the two faction sets above. But within the production timeline for this project I am happy to add a little wish-list in the form of stretch goals.
Stretch goals are a great way to boost the project outcomes as the budget increases. If we raise enough money to produce the new sets, then the money we continue to raise will push toward even more new content! Newly unlocked content will be available as Add-Ons once the goal is reached.
Guest Artist: DARKWIZARD BERSERKER
The Relicblade: Guest Artist Series RETURNS!! I'm beyond excited to offer another off the wall collaboration. As the creator of Relicblade I enjoy unbridled creative freedom. This privilege is granted by my generous Kickstarter Backers, so in this campaign I hope to extend the mantle of creative power to a deserving guest artist!
Scott Wygmans is known under the name Darkwizard_Berserker on Instagram. I almost feel like that's enough to get him the job, but he deserves it for more than a badass Fighting Fantasy name. His style is both absolutely brutal and undeniably fun. He's got one foot firmly planted in heavy metal dungeon badassery and the other cheerfully placed in a fun-loving world of adventure. It's precisely this balance of light hearted savagery that makes Scott the perfect fit for Relicblade.
I particularly love collaborating with artists with loads of style. Scott manages to evoke hardcore nostalgia of classic pen and paper gaming while always delivering something completely fresh. I encourage you to dig deep into his portfolio and let your imagination reel. It's going to be a special delight to sculpt based on his work. Let's make this happen!
NOTE: The Shadow Fox and Gnome Alchemist are separate characters who form a cavalry pair. Now with the Ibex and Battlesmith you'll be able to swap riders and mounts to explore new combinations. As more cavalry models are released there will be more fun options to explore.
Fate of The Firstborn
"The First Born King once ruled a mighty empire. His fertile lands stretched far and wide from his island borne ziggurat. His armies marched and his navy sailed, bringing tribute from the conquered. His sorcerers and alchemists sought and distilled the secrets of life. His seers and soothsayers predicted the rise and fall of mighty kings, dynasties, and empires. But for all his power and knowledge, The First Born King could not save his own.
The Firstborn still skulk in their hidden tombs and foul fens to this day, silent guardians of the treasures of their ancient empire. Animated by foul magics, they have remained strong and aware despite the loss of their primitive humanity.
Now, bold adventurers and dastardly villains scour The Fens of The Firstborn in search of ancient treasure and powerful relics. From the be-swamped port city of Fen’s Moore, they set out into the murky frontier to find their fate and fortune.
Join them if you dare, but know that wherever you go, The Firstborn will be waiting."
Fate of The Firstborn is an all new expansion for Relicblade!
Just look at how cool these are in the video below. The Ancient Waystones scenario requires players track which objectives have been activated this round, and the Braziers will play a significant role in upcoming Relicblade Adventures!
The additional Stone Spire miniature will be extremely useful for playing the game. I realize that most of you have the hobby skills to make as many rocks as you need. But I think an extra spire miniature will make the Geomancer more playable right out of the package. :)
ALSO. I can't believe I'm writing a stretch goal for 30k. THANK YOU!!!
The add-on marketplace is a way to add a few extra items to your pledge. That way you can rest assured you are getting all the Relicblade goodness you can handle.
I highly recommend that new players pick up a copy of The Seeker's Handbook. This book contains the full rules for Relicblade, along with the awesome campaign rules. Link your games into an ongoing narrative, claim rare treasures, and assail terrible monsters on your quest to claim the mighty RELICBLADE! You and a friend will be equipped to play a full campaign with this book and the Bold Adventurer pledge level.
NOTE: All the non-stretch goal add-ons are presently available at Relicblade.com. So if you're excited about trying the game you should place an order to get shipped to you right away! These add-ons are of particular interest to my EU friends who have had their eye on these treasures but didn't want to deal with customs.
mnmNOTE: The terrain featured in the photographs was hand built by our amazing studio staff (me :D ). It's mostly made out of painted insulation foam, however I must draw special attention to the rad dungeon terrain. For the dungeon I used materials and resin/metal accessories from Firedragon Games. I cannot recommend their products highly enough! I built my full dungeon in one day, and painted it all the next day.
Risks and challenges
In 2016 I ran two successful Kickstarter campaigns to create Relicblade and several expansions. It has been a truly amazing experience. Thanks to the support of backers from around the world I was able to create an extremely high quality product and even continue to run a fruitful business!
I take special care to finish as much as possible before coming to Kickstarter. I lean on my experience to set out a reasonable production schedule to deliver on time. The figures are sculpted and production is under-way. The cards are ready to send to the printer, but without the Kickstarter funds I can't afford to hit "go".
Delays are always possible. 3D printers may break, governments may topple, and trains may derail, but I am confident that I can deliver this product in good order.
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