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Realistic single-player RPG set in the medieval Europe. Open-world sandbox with period accurate melee combat. Dungeons & no Dragons.
Realistic single-player RPG set in the medieval Europe. Open-world sandbox with period accurate melee combat. Dungeons & no Dragons.
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About those swords, action figures, coins and engravings

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Various collectors’ items are part of our special editions. We are making an authentic medieval game, though, and we are loath to give our fans usual cheap trinkets. Know then, that everything you are going to get, are unique, bespoke crafted items, far cry from plastic tchotchke.

It may have something to do with the fact that Dan studied at School of applied arts in Turnov among engravers, smiths and goldsmiths, he doesn’t settle for less and knows a lot of craftsmen that can help us.

Swords

Swords are perhaps the most attractive reward. Fantastic looking swords covered from grip to tip by Celtic knots, glass gems and entwined dragons are available almost anywhere for few bucks. Such a worthless trinket will of course break when a zombie apocalypse comes and you try to use it to decapitate an undead one.

Our swords are real, made for fencing, with forged blades, you can take them to battle. Of course, these are replicas of real swords, no phantasmagoria from a kids movie. The blade will be decorated by etching or engraving and pommel with a pattern.

As we are going to need really lot of swords, they are probably going to be produced in more workshops. At the bottom, you can watch the video where Dan visits some of them to see their manufacturing process. In this case it’s Dan’s former fellow student Ondřej Piskáček and one of the biggest armories in Europe – Kovex Ars.

From left to right: Ondrej Piskacek's hand-and-a-half sword, Kovex Arts swords (click for the full size version)
From left to right: Ondrej Piskacek's hand-and-a-half sword, Kovex Arts swords (click for the full size version)

Action Figure

We briefly entertained a possibility of making plastic figures in China, but then we thought better of it. Europe has a tradition of tin soldiers and so we were looking for someone to produce a beautiful, detailed, metal, four inch figure of a knight. And we found as you can see. (The images demonstrate quality of craftsmanship, the actual figure will be that of an in-game character.)

Sample tin soldiers. (Click for the full size version)
Sample tin soldiers. (Click for the full size version)

Engraving

We can give you a poster (actually, we do). But for higher tiers we wanted something special – an original, limited series print from one of the best engravers in our country and Dan’s friend, Jindra (Henry) Faktor.

Originally we were thinking about a copper engraving (and that’s what the rewards say), but then we realized copper engravings only became widespread in the second half of 15th century. Jindra suggested woodcut and you can get ready for an exceptional artistic work, numbered and signed on luxury, hand-made paper. The pictures show some of Jindra’s work and an original print of a fifteenth century woodblock.

Counterclockwise from top left: Jindra Faktor's engraving, Print of actual 15th century woodblock, Woodblock for printing woodcuts; Manual printing press. (Click for the full size version)
Counterclockwise from top left: Jindra Faktor's engraving, Print of actual 15th century woodblock, Woodblock for printing woodcuts; Manual printing press. (Click for the full size version)

Coin

Our coin is not going to be a thin penny-press elongateds. One of our best engravers, Dan’s buddy and former classmate, Martin Reichard, who creates gold and silver designs for the best mints, will create a top notch collectible 30x2mm coin with a game motif. Look at his older designs (works for the Prague Mint) and see for yourself.

Coin designs from Martin Reichard for Prague Mint. (Click for the full size version)
Coin designs from Martin Reichard for Prague Mint. (Click for the full size version)

And now the video from the visit to the forge:

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    1. twincast ~ Mangy WoOS-DOoD Mage
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      Mind, what I'd really want in my life in regards to real weaponry is what I'd consider a complete set of four Japanese blades especially forged for me using the most advanced technologies and highest quality craftsmanship available, but I'd love to top off that hypothetical collection with an authentically medieval-style European sword or two, and those specimens do look sweet indeed. Sadly, I can't afford backing a game that high nor buying such separately.

    2. Anders T.N
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      Wow. I wish I had more money to spend

    3. TheVrViking on

      Awesome swords! And awesome t-shirt! Dark Throne FTW

    4. Khalaq on

      @Kynetic: Yes, standard clothing options. Hoodie, t-shirt, sword, polo shirt... D

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      Daniel B on

      Awesome! Great to see there are still people in the world who do real blacksmithing, though its sad it is a dying trade.

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      Hector Maclean on

      In the UK the media views gaming still as a kids activity. The tabloids would go crazy over a story of swords potentially being sent to gamers. But, as this is not COD maybe it will slip under their radar.

    7. Andy Linea of Sin - DOoD on

      Regarding swords: I don't know how law handles swords in different lands, but in Hungary for example folks only need license for fire-arm. I didn't have to get license for my bow, swords are no problem as well.
      But please check local law before shipping the swords AND it would be better no to sharp them. For decoration not needed, if someone wants to fetch, will find a way to prepare.

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      BaboonCZ on

      Váš smysl pro detail a autentičnost je velice příjemná a vítaná změna. Myslím že to nemá šanci být propadákem. Jinak gratulace k 800 000 :) myslím že tohle jste nečekaly :)

    9. Kynetic on

      Those coins look amazing! You certainly have some amazing connections, Warhorse!

      Are you planning on making any of these physical rewards available as "add ons" to our existing pledges? Perhaps some standard clothing options (Hoodie, t-shirt, polo) of various designs as well?

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      Produno on

      And everyone knows the zombie apocalypse is inevitable.. Right?? Im just glad ill be prepared for it now.

      You guys will have a pretty big armoury before they all get sent out. I hope we get to see some pictures :).

    11. Nekator
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      "Such a worthless trinket will of course break when a zombie apocalypse comes and you try to use it to decapitate an undead one."
      That´s exactly the reason, why i pledged this sword level.. how did you know?? :9

    12. Shub Niggurath aka Cerberus on

      Nice update as always, guys.
      And Dan very good taste in music.
      Darkthrone ftw! :D

    13. Kate Wendt on

      Pretty damn nice!

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      Richard Jordan on

      I would dearly love to get the hand and a half sword but like others can't afford any of the sword tiers. I have a Johann Schmidberger sword; a second to mount crossed with a shield would be a perfect display. And who knows about the apocalypse... ;)

      But you have convinced me to move up a tier just to help support the whole endeavor.

    15. JuhoL - Virtuous Cossack Captain - WoOS on

      @Hector Maclean The only unusual thing about these swords is that they are attached to a game (though even then it's not unheard off, as you pointed out). I have replica Scottish Broadsword hanging on my wall, but if I wanted a proper one, it wouldn't take much of a google search to find shops to buy such an item, or crafted Katana's with an authenticity certificate. Man have I drooled after one of those.... :D

    16. Patrick on

      For those still considering: another reason to want one of these swords over a cheaper replica is the nice full tang you can see being hammered out near the end of the video. While I imagine not many would actually be hitting things with these expensive items (though nice to know you could), many replica's wouldn't even hold up to light swinging around (and you know you want to!) and could send the blade flying straight out of the hilt!

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      Salegan on

      @Hector Maclean These are most certainly real weapons made for killing people, but I don´t get why is it so suprising? :) All the forges and their swords you can see in the pics and video are made just for the basic level of demand for real swords people do buy, it´s nothing unusual to own one.

    18. IamHowie on

      Not that I can't afford it, it's just going to get confiscated by the customs where I live. XD

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      Timtaalik on

      Can't afford any of the tiers with the sword :(
      Even so, it will probably face difficulties passing through customs where I live.

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      Hector Maclean on

      Real swords are you kidding? Don't you think the media might go a bit crazy over that. I remember huge outcry over a special edition hatchet for COD.

      Maybe I am misunderstanding here. Are you really giving out weapons?

    21. JuhoL - Virtuous Cossack Captain - WoOS on

      I have to confess, I don't dare open that video, at least yet. Because I know that if I do, I will end up trying to think up ways to get one, and I'm already as high as I can go... -_-' Looking forward to the figurine (no, bad, you can't paint it! (bad habit from being a 40k player for more then a decade, I paint every mini I get my hands on...)) and the coin though, and I agree with Patrick, the regard for authenticity is highly appreciated. :)

    22. LordCrash on

      SWAG :P

      Now let's talk about the actual game again.... :)

    23. Patrick on

      Awesome, I really appreciate you guys' regard for authenticity!

      I tried looking this up earlier, but can someone perhaps educate me on the coins? Were brass coins used as currency in the period? I also noticed references to medieval brass and copper 'counters' on my search, are that some kind of tokens or game pieces (which would make sense in combination with the dice)?

    24. Helena on

      So many people fail to take the crucial issue of zombie apocalypses into account when crafting their swords. I'm glad to see Warhorse are an exception.

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      SebastianVW on

      @MF According to the "Tiers and Rewards" description at the bottom of the front page, the box will be metal.

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      TJ Bretzer on

      So will there not be any more reward tier at £600 to get the sword? Haha

    27. Pavel Stangel on

      Now I really wish I had more money available so I could get that sword. Looks great, and you never know when that zombie apocalypse happens :)

    28. Seid Dark on

      These looks absolutely top notch, especially the coins. Too bad I'm on lower tier so I won't get any of these rewards.

    29. Giovanni Gelio on

      Finger slippes. I was saying that I'm using a Kovex right now, and it's a good choice.

    30. Giovanni Gelio on

      I do use a Kovex! Good chiic

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      SebastianVW on

      Erm, have to say, that's not an action figure, it's a figurine. Action figures typically have points of articulation that let you move them around, put them in poses, fight other toys, etc; hence the "action" part.

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      flekmatik on

      I think you got almost everything in bonuses ... but Bible is missing ... i think it would be wonderfull to get authentic version of those-days Bible.

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      John Bernhardt on

      I really like how you guys don't do things half assed!

    34. Justin Veverka on

      well done! if only the other companies put as much thought and elbow grease into their CE's. can't wait to play your game!

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      Uncontested on

      While I am pleased with almost everything... I don't know if I'm happy about "wood engraved" as opposed to the promised copper. I will be frank, I don't know anything about wood engravings.. but everyone knows the quality of copper ones.. I for one am willing to sacrifice a bit of 'authenticity' to keep the copper engrave print and peace of mind. I love the tin figure, sword and coin though!

    36. Mortain on

      WOW! You guys really put a lot of work into everything! Love it! Thank you for being so awesome!

    37. MF on

      Thanks for the update (we are sunday and you are working …)
      What about the Special (wood ?) box edition for EARL backers and maybe dice ?
      It will be interesting to see theses things ;)