Hello Brimstone Gang!
We've been busy finishing up development on the last items from the Shadows of Brimstone Kickstarter and gearing up for our upcoming new Kickstarter - Shadows of Brimstone: Forbidden Fortress! It uses all of the same rules and gameplay as the original Shadows of Brimstone, but takes the action to feudal Japan, with Japanese themed Heroes and Enemies. All fully compatible!
Wave 2 Update
First off, let's talk about the status of Wave 2. Barring any unforeseen delays, we are still on track for starting to ship out Wave 2 packages to backers beginning in December/January. We will be processing Backer Pledges in rounds, as all of the components needed for different pledges arrive from manufacturing in China. With nearly 5,000 backers, it will take several months to get all of these packages packed up and sent out, but we are excited to get the last of the Stretch Goals and Add-Ons into the hands of the backers!
We have been talking with our international distribution partners that will be handling shipping from within the EU, UK, and Australia; making a plan for Wave 2 delivery. Due to Holiday shipping congestion, they will be ready to begin in the new year.
At this point, virtually all of the remaining components are complete. All miniatures have been handed off for mold tooling. That is an important milestone because tooling of the steel molds takes the most time of any part of the process. Most of the printed components are ready in our warehouse or currently in manufacturing. But, some printed components are waiting for an open slot for manufacturing at the factories as the end of year/holiday season is a very busy time for manufacturing in China. Rather than hand off all of the files before there is an open window to start manufacturing, we are continuing to balance test and polish right up until the last minute to make everything as good as possible!
It has been a long production to get everything done, but we are committed to making the very best games that we can and are excited to be nearing the finish line on this massive Shadows of Brimstone KS!
Blasted Wastes Preview
Much like the Trederra OtherWorld, The Blasted Wastes will be a Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion! That means in addition to the full Map Tile set for the Blasted Wastes and the Wasteland Scavengers Enemy group (as originally listed in the Kickstarter), it will also be filled with tons of new material, including entirely new decks of cards, a new alien Town to visit, many new enemies to fight, and new game mechanics!
As part of expanding the Blasted Wastes into a Deluxe OtherWorld, we've added a cool new second pose to the Wasteland Scavengers, twice the number of new cards, an alien Barter Town for the Heroes to visit, and instead of Mine Map Tiles on the back, we've added a whole new World for the Old West – The Canyons! All of these changes will be included for free to those backers that are getting the Blasted Wastes OtherWorld (as part of a Mine Cart Pledge, or as an Add-On)! There are also 3 new Enemy Types (Wasteland Heavies/Warlord, Sand Crabs, and tribal Ghost Warriors - an unreached Stretch Goal that we made available in the Pledge Manager) that will be part of the retail release version of this Deluxe Expansion. These will be made available as an Optional Upgrade package to KS backers that want to complete their Blasted Wastes expansion to match the final retail version. More details will be available on how to purchase this Optional Upgrade for these new Enemy groups before Wave 2 starts shipping.
Day and Night
One major feature of the Blasted Wastes OtherWorld is a Day and Night cycle. On this alien, prison planet, the days are short and blazingly hot, as the blistering suns beat down on those that move across the desert landscape and powerful Dark Stone dust storms sweep across the dunes. But at night, once the suns have set, the sulfur acid pools begin to bubble and boil, creating clouds of toxic mist that settle in the valleys around them. Some of the creatures and inhabitants are also emboldened at night, more aggressive and dangerous to those straying into their hunting grounds.
Wasteland Barter Town
The Blasted Wastes is also home to a new type of Town that the Heroes can visit, The Wasteland Barter Town! Using Scrap and Tech scavenged from the wreckage out in the wastes as currency, Heroes can visit the Scavenger Doc to heal their injuries, using brutal but effective alien tools and remedies, or the Wasteland Workshop to get all manner of post-apocalyptic Upgrades for their Items, even having the alien junksmith construct a set of Wasteland Scrap Armor for them!
Rather than do more Mine Map Tiles on the backside of the Blasted Wastes, we decided to introduce a new Earth environment in the form of The Canyons! These red rock gulch pieces allow the Heroes to adventure through the craggy valleys and white water rivers of the Southwest. With hungry vultures circling overhead, river crossings, flash floods, and tribal Ghost Warriors descending from the hills, The Canyons are not for the faint of heart.
The Blasted Wastes has more than just Wasteland Scavengers roaming the desert dunes, they are lead by Wasteland Warlords, powerful leaders that whip them into a frenzy while savagely carving a path through any Heroes that would stand in his way. They also have Wasteland Heavies, carrying large and powerful Scrap Cannons into the fight to unleash a torrent of deadly rust bolts at their foes.
The sulfur deserts of the wasteland are also home to many exotic alien creatures, but few are more fearsome than the deadly Sand Crabs! These fiends have thick, armored shells, and large snapping claws, burrowing through the sandy ground to ambush their prey from below.
There is also a new Enemy themed for The Canyons in the form of the Indian tribal Ghost Warriors! These demon-possessed Indian Braves were once human, living in villages on the outskirts of Brimstone when it blew. As the creatures and demons that could take physical form terrorized the inhabitants of the town itself, the formless spirits and demons released swept through the native camps and villages throughout the nearby countryside, taking possession of whole tribes. Now they paint their bodies a ghastly white, roaming the cliffs and canyons, jittering in and out of reality as they stalk unwary travelers and strike out from the shadows of the void to attack!
As mentioned in the last Update, when members of the Flying Frog team completed their Shadows of Brimstone KS work, they began rolling onto the next project… Shadows of Brimstone: Forbidden Fortress! By having this next project lined up, it meant that we could avoid down time for artists and sculptors between projects. In this way, doing a third Core Set for Shadows of Brimstone was a natural choice as it had all of the framework and game engine from the previous two Core Sets, but with some new mechanics, all new content, and a very cool and different theme, starting the Heroes in Feudal Japan.
We learned a lot from our first Kickstarter campaign, and while it was challenging, we are proud of the epic game line that was created. Not to mention the amazing community that came out of the Kickstarter and continues today. All of our experiences, lessons learned, and pipelines established have led to our new Kickstarter project for the next chapter in the world of Shadows of Brimstone.
Shadows of Brimstone: Forbidden Fortress
When we decided to do a third Core Set for Shadows of Brimstone, we wanted it to bring something new to the table, beyond simply new content. There have always been strong ties between Feudal Japan and the American Old West, so it seemed like a great way to expand what the world of Shadows of Brimstone is. Thus was born Shadows of Brimstone: Forbidden Fortress!
As a third Core Set for Shadows of Brimstone, Forbidden Fortress can either be played on its own, as a stand-alone game, or it can be used in combination with any and all of the other Shadows of Brimstone products! It is fully compatible, in every way!
Forbidden Fortress also adds a brand new OtherWorld on the back side of the Map Tiles… The Belly of the Beast! Backers from the original Brimstone Kickstarter may recognize this as an OtherWorld Stretch Goal that was not unlocked during the original campaign. When we started formalizing what would be in Forbidden Fortress, the idea of adding the Belly of the Beast as the OtherWorld on the back side of the tiles was a perfect fit! What could be more in keeping with the Japanese theme than allowing the Heroes to find their way through a portal that leads inside of an unspeakably massive creature; battling all sorts of living organs and parasites, and fighting off the Flesh Mites, Acid Blobs, and Parasitic Tentacles that inhabit this ‘living’ world.
Many of the new Enemies for Forbidden Fortress are inspired by traditional Japanese myth and legend, but with a Shadows of Brimstone feel to them. Creatures take the form of terrifying ghosts and Demons to make manifest the supernatural horrors of Feudal Japan.
But there are courageous Heroes to fight back this new evil that has invaded their world! The stalwart Samurai Warrior, using his mastery of the Katana and his code of honor to defeat his foes in combat, the nimble and deadly ninja Assassin, using stealth and speed as weapons, the Traveling Monk, a member of an ancient Yamabushi order devoted to fighting supernatural creatures that threaten our world, and the powerful and mystic Sorceress, who wields Elemental Magik to crush her enemies.
For new players, Forbidden Fortress will make a great introduction to the world of Shadows of Brimstone, and for veteran players, it can easily be treated as two brand new OtherWorlds, with a new set of Heroes and Enemies to add to your games. It also gives you the new option of starting your Heroes in Feudal Japan or the Old West, or mixing your Hero party for fantastic adventures. The possibilities are endless!
Once again, we would like to thank all of our original Shadows of Brimstone Backers for supporting the project and coming on this adventure with us. If you'd like to saddle up once again for another wild ride in the world of Shadows of Brimstone, the adventures continue in the land of the rising sun!
The Shadows of Brimstone: Forbidden Fortress Kickstarter launches on October 31st!
That's all for now! Happy Gaming!
Scott & Jason