Purgatory, the next Testament (Canceled)
The Refugees of Religion faction enter the War for Heaven fresh on the heels of the successful Kickstarter "Purgatory" in 2016
If we fund within 24 hours and stay that way, we will commission the sculpt of Judas, the infamous traitor which will be made available to all backers that pledge more than £1, for HALF PRICE! That's just £5....
This time around we are focusing on bringing the next faction to life and available for you to enjoy. There are limited pledge levels this time around simply because we making the Kickstarter straight forward.
The idea of the Kickstarter this time around is to once again maximise the value you receive for your money whilst being about introducing your friends to world of Purgatory.
This time around we are bringing the Refugees of Religion to life and here is an example of one model we have already completed from the forthcoming faction:
The pledge levels are straight forward, the faction alone, the faction and the rules - ideal for newcomers, or the faction with a tome - a background book specific to the faction that brings in a new aspect of the story arc. This time you can maximise the value you achieve in the campaign, as we have set stretch goals of equal value that with each unlock grants EVERY backer the next model for free. The aim is to try and smash through those stretch goals with the ultimate goal of you getting 15 models for your £55 or £65, which as you will see from the images of our models and the comments we have received is very good value for your hard earned money.
There will be a Pledge Manager available after the campaign has finished. This was very successful the first time around, especially for people to grab individual models, artwork books, short stories and card sets to enhance their gaming experience even further. We will be applying the same approach and backers will be able to access the entire back catalogue for a price that is less than typical retail.
Finally, if we fund within 24 hours and maintain this throughout the campaign every person backing a level above £1 will be able to purchase an extra unreleased model at 50% of retail. To clarify, any backers at £1 will not gain access to this model for the reduced price. This model will be determined by a poll, so you even have the opportunity to have a say on what this model will be, just head to the Fans of Purgatory - Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Fansofpurgatory/) and choose your character. Why are we doing this? Simple. We want the campaign to gather momentum quickly, so that we can crash through those stretch goals as quickly as possible, maximising your return on investment as well as expanding our range even further.
Because we have added the Soul Train and Murder Inc as optional pledge levels, we have included some examples of these models below:
As with our first Kickstarter we will be making available to people a series of existing items that you can add-on in the Pledge Manager. This includes the exclusive Purgatory plinth set shown below, so that you can pose your favourite model as a display piece: We are also including:
- The existing range of 24 models - add £9 or £20 (reduced price)
- Purgatory D6 set complete with box (16 dice) - add £10
- Gift of the Gods booster packs (inc. event only ones) - add £3
- Templates - add £7
- Tokens - add £7
- Tomes for Soul Train & Murder Inc. - Add £15
A whole world awaits for you to explore. After the Kickstarter has been completed we will be opening up the pledge manager where you will be able to access models all items 10% cheaper than current retail prices.
You can find out about the range of models and characters that already exist in the world by going to www.purgatory-miniatures.co.uk where you will find characters from the Soul Train, Murder Inc, Gangbangers, Equilibrium, Hjanford and Refugees of Religion along with a rulebook packed with background and artwork and booster Gift of the Gods packs and gaming items to truly make your gaming experience unique.
Purgatory is a game and world created by Underestimated Games, which in 2016 successfully launched Purgatory on the Kickstarter platform, funding at the first attempt. You can read about the first Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1306503490/purgatory
The Age of Purgatory is a period in the human calendar where Angels, Knightmares and Devils have ravaged our world in the aftermath of the War for Heaven. Angels, responsible for the development and harmony of the worlds under their charge have renounced their oaths, casting off the shackles of subversion of careless Gods to forge their own path in the wake of the betrayer in chief, Satan.
As Satan's followers flocked to his banner and turned upon their kin, blades were drawn and siblings slain and only by the combined efforts of Penemue coordinating the loyalist resistance alongside the arrival of the Archangel Michael, lord of the third Heavemy Host, did they banish and cast the renegades out of the seventh Heaven.
With Fallen Angels landing on Earth, war erupted and humans were enslaved by the millions or enlisted to serve despicable new masters. But as evil ascends, good rises to meet it and pockets of humans, galvanised by Angels still loyal to their lords formed in small groups to resist the threat posed by the predators in their midst.
Now, with the Soul Train and Murder Inc. in play from the first Kickstarter, it is the turn of the Refugees of Religion and possibly the Gangbangers to join, what many are calling the War of Ending.
All that remains is for you to choose a side!
Before you get a look at the painted examples of the existing models it is important that we point out that each of the models painted here is a 'production model'. What do we mean by this? Well it means that it is not a master of any sort, 3D or other, it is in fact a typical model from a typical production run, which means that these images represent exactly what you will get in your hand.
Purgatory is a skirmish game for 2 or more players and is typically played on a 4 x 4' board with varying levels of terrain. Each player can either use an aligned cohort or create their own by interchanging models from different factions to fight against Fallen Angels, Devils, Knightmares or notorious characters from Earth's history across the tabletop with friends and family.
The game is activation based and uses a D6 mechanic to support the game play. Not only is Purgatory dice led, there are a range of over 100 cards already, known as Gift of the Gods cards where you can build and tailor your own deck for each game you play. These cards add a different levels of unpredictability ensuring that no two game is the same.
The Gifts of the Gods have proven very popular, so much so that fans of the game have submitted their own ideas so that these can be turned into cards that can be officially used in the game. Think about it, how cool would it be for you to emerge victorious against your best gaming buddy, using a card that you created, with your name on it, that becomes the scourge and nemesis of your foes! Super Cool - right?
The rules and background book features a number of scenarios that require a strategic approach and where certain factions or characters are weaker or stronger than others. On this occasion with the release of the first Tome for the Refugees of Religion we are adding specific cohort scenarios that offer a progressive element to players.
Fan Video from backers of our first campaign
Join us and the Skirmish Supremacy team as we talk about the first project, where we are and what is coming in this Kickstarter here: https://www.spreaker.com/user/skirmishsupremacypodcast/skirmish-supremacy-episode-102?autoplay=true
Because we successfully completed our first Kickstarter, we are able to provide some feedback and comments from the first project which may to give you some sense of satisfaction and confidence in our product, some of these are below:
"My package arrived on Thursday and finally had time to crack it open yesterday. VERY impressed with the quality of the contents, as well as the superb communication once it became apparent my rewards had fallen through the cracks" - D Kelly
"Just got home and opened my package. I forgot to breathe, the ammount and quality of miniatures is amazing. Thank you very much, cant wait for the next KS. :D" - Mtatarko
"A fantastic kickstarter experience. Having shared some of the stresses and successes with Gary, it is clear to see the passion he has for Purgatory. I look forward to February and the next chapter." - P Staker
"The box arrived on Friday and it’s a goddamn treasure trove. Minis all safe, which is great since New Zealand post is sometimes rather... unforgiving on model stuff." - C Radford
"The rulebook reads like a novel, e.g I had a great time slipping into the world of Purgatory while reading it. Even ended up totally loving some characters I didn't think much of initially and totally hating some I thought I really liked (the short stories really helped with that as well.)" - A Beccari
"It’s arrived........yaaaaaaay! Worth the wait every component is excellent, well done Gary and I’ll see you on the next one! :)" - Agreaves
It's easy to see from the above that many of our backers have been quite vocal in their support, whilst in addition many have come to know the creators personally, which you can see, furthermore none of these backers did we know before the project began and its easy for you to see the sense of community and accessibility we are offering to our backers and customers as we really push to expand the boundaries of our world.
Satan is in exile, deposed as Archangel of our Heaven through the combined efforts of Michael, Penemue and those still loyal to their Gods in the wake of Satan casting aside his own bonds of loyalty. His exile, and that of His followers came at great cost. Our Heaven was ravaged and torn asunder in the wake of a fratricidal war spanning the length and breadth of the galaxy.
it was inevitable that worlds and domains would be caught in this conflict as the renegades fled the wrath of Michael and His kin, they escaped in pockets and groups, arriving on planets at varying levels of evolution where some were slain almost immediately whilst others installed themselves as lords and deities.
One such world was Earth, where a high concentration of Satan's most vaunted and trusted lieutenants coalesced, immediately enacting vengeance on the primitive humans in their midst, they enslaved millions and murdered many more.
Such depravity would not go unnoticed and before long Penemue and Her Host descended on wings of fire and fury to bring their fallen kin to heel and save the world from extinction. As the war waged, it was ever increasingly apparent that the conflict was one of attrition and as a means to turn the tide, the Angels on both sides turned to Humans.
This Kickstarter focuses primarily on the Refugees of Religion, a rag tag collection of individuals inspired by faith, duty and worship. Their collective belief in the divine or a higher power lends them a natural affinity with the new lord of Heaven, Penemue in whom they saw a force of good, determined to restore order to our world and ultimately Religion.
The individuals within this group have a common theme and are designed to work together in close proximity, like Mass, where they congregate and support one another through trials and ordeal. Working as a natural foil for the more sinister Soul Train, Murder Inc. and Gangbangers factions that already exist within the game.
The primary faction here is the Refugees of Religion. These are the first faction of order (or to put it childishly 'The Goodies') in the world of Purgatory. Whist characters such as Siren and Death exist and are forces of good, they are singular at the moment, until such time as we bring their faction to production. The Refugees truly represent a critical aspect of life in the Age of Purgatory, a time where religions, faiths and beliefs have been cast down and crushed beneath the boots of demi-gods and our worst nightmares.
Penemue is the Host of this faction, the Angel that was the figurehead for those loyal in the face of Satan's betrayal. Though not an Archangel, like Michael, she is the embodiment of loyalty and sacrifice and her watchful gaze lingers on Earth, knowing that we play a critical role in the survival of our Heaven.
Penemue has gathered the rag tag elements of shattered faith. Zealots who became one woman vigilantes, determined to restore purity and focus to world seemingly lost by depravity.
In this KS she is joined by Mother T - A former body builder turned priest, Gought - an inferno of rage caused by suffering and persecution, Joan - the infamous Joan of Arc has returned carrying a distinctive spear, Jayne - the daughter of a wealthy church-going family, Chastity - a sinner and a saint in equal measure and finally Faith - unbridled hatred personified.
Faith has been done and to show the quality of how we envisage this model turning out, we have included an assembled model below:
It is our hope that success will follow this project and that we will be able to release, in full, the Gangbangers faction for this Kickstarter. We have included Cyan, St Peter and Godmother in the 'Existing Models' section above, which demonstrates the quality of model we are producing for you as part of this project.
The other 2 factions, that exist already in full and formed the first Kickstarter are Murder Inc. and Soul Train, shown by the some artwork below:
There is no better demonstration of our capability than to refer you to the first successful Kickstarter, which you can find here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1306503490/purgatory?ref=user_menu
If you combine with the comments above, many of which are drawn from the comments section on the page, we are able to demonstrate our capability. However it is important to detail other aspects of how we can confidently assure you of our product and service. We:
- Have 6 artists from around the world that help create the world, background and characters within Purgatory
- Have 5 renowned sculptors (digital and traditional) that not only helped to create the existing characters but who work for well known and successful Kickstarters and model ranges
- A UK based publisher and printing house with proof reading support
- A reputable UK casting company (Broken Toad) who has a wealth of experience in a broad range of scales and models
- A box art painter to bring our characters to life!
Underestimated Games has partners that stock Purgatory in the UK (WAMP & Langdon Games), USA (Discover Games) and Germany (Fischkreig) and we welcome retailers and stockists that might want to add this to their range.
If you are a retailer/stockist and want to know more, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to help.
Shipping is sensitive subject. People don't like to pay too much, because quite simply it reduces the value of the product, but equally products within the war-gaming sector are delicate and require care.
We want to reduce the cost of shipping to you wherever it is possible to do so. Naturally there is a cost of packaging to ship this to you but this will be a flat fee and will be provided at cost.
Shipping will also be provided at cost. Once you determined your pledge level and the campaign is complete those who do not participate in the pledge manager will have their shipping calculated and a separate invoice will be raised to you. Those participating in the pledge manager, this will be included after you have made your selection.
The purpose of this is not only to apply the most appropriate form of packaging to safely contain your items but also so that we can calculate the amount at cost and let you know, giving you absolute reassurance that you are receiving the best value for money available.
To give an indication, we anticipate that a faction only pledge, would be a small package. Which recorded in the UK is £2.95, most of Europe is £3.90 and USA/Australia are between £4 and £6 depending on the ZIP code etc.
Risks and challenges
When you first start out and create a company, the risk is small. You can afford to invest as much as you can spare, it becomes a hobby of sorts and you bumble along quite contently bringing whatever it is you are creating to life. The risk is simple, can you create enough to maintain any momentum before being forgotten?
When you create a Kickstarter, the risks increase significantly depending on your aspirations. The process is industrialised and the term mass production creeps in. With no idea in advance of what you might achieve in the project, it is challenging to fully capture each possible risk or pitfall that might catch you out, the most dangerous being those risks that you simply undervalue.
We took some calculated risks on the first project, simply because the target was to 'exist'. This meant that the rulebook, artwork, packaging for the box and overall quality could not be sacrificed in any way, this means that you have to be very mindful throughout the project as there are always those unforeseen costs that can come into play that have to be considered, especially when you are a new company.
That we are here now, the second time around, without fear of tarnished reputation for having not fulfilled the first project or even starting a second project before completing the first, is a clear demonstration of not only our capability to get the first one right, but also our commitment to continuing this journey.
We have made great strides in the year that has passed with Fischkreig (Germany), Langdon Games (UK) and Discover Games (USA) coming on board as stockists for the range of models we have, showing that there is a demand for our product. The 'Fans of Purgatory' page sprang up in the last 6 months and has become a community for people to post pictures of their models, painted or other, and to talk about characters and upcoming releases.
With this progress the risks for this project become different. We have a team of established artists that we have even stronger working relationships with. Sculptors that know our style and requirements and a production company with a reputation to match our aspirations. The printing company has demonstrated our capability in transforming the stunning artwork we have into books and cards and the packaging supplier is supporting us at an earlier stage this time to really deliver in line with expectations.
This time the risks are fewer, but one of the greatest risks is if this time around Purgatory hits home and the fantastic models are well received and people really connect with what we are trying to achieve. With each new product comes the need for underpinning infrastructure, improved picking and packing and a more robust and resilient means to communicate and dispatch in accordance with demand. We have already started work on this, changing our product packaging to blisters so that they display differently, allowing people to see the product first hand, as well as including painted examples so people know what to expect or how to approach the model.
With a more experienced team delivering this project, we are confidant that we can go one better this time around and deliver on time and in full.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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