Over a year ago we started looking at beginning a High-Seas Adventure D&D campaign. However, we wanted to kick it up a notch (or five).
So, we began looking for a great set of 3d Dungeon tiles to help bring the adventures to life for our players. We wanted something that was customizable, beautiful to look at, and was playable terrain. We also didn't want to spend $100 per ship. We realized that customizable didn’t really exist- we had to *choose* if we wanted beauty, or a slim amount of customization. Not to mention that the costs were extreme per ship.. We couldn’t put together a fleet of different ships if we wanted to without breaking the bank.
Being an Indy designer- Chris decided to start working on something better, and finally- after seeing friends and family reactions to the initial prototype- ShipWorks began becoming a reality.
Shipworks is modular. What this means is that from the hull to the masts and everywhere in between- you have the freedom to design and print the sailing ship that you want. Not just another generic template, but your minds eye brought to life.
ShipWorks is also fully usable terrain- to scale with miniatures common to some of the oldest and greatest table top roleplaying games. Your miniatures can traverse the rigging shrouds and masts, climb ladders and stairs, and explore above or even below decks.
Even our yard-arms are functional terrain- 25mm miniatures bases slide in with ease, and stay there- even when turned upside down!
With ShipWorks you get to choose:
The length of your ship.
Adjust the width of the ship.
Your prows appearance, and even the figurehead that adorns it!
Add more (or less) masts and their length! No messy shaping of wood dowels (unless you’re into that). Add a crows nest or viewing platform.
A host of customizations to change your hull. From the number of weapons ports to fight off enemies, to creature comforts like windows for passenger cabins. Even sleek flat hull panels for showing off your more merchant elite!
How you want your sails, from classic square to sharp looking lateen triangles. If you change your mind- change them on the fly!
Your stern-castle and fore-castle (or have neither Captain!)
Raise sections of deck to create endless different ship profiles with short hull walls
Your decking is even customizable, Do you want benches for emergency rowers or prisoners? Grating for cargo hold access? Hatches to go above or below deck? Gridded or non?
How you want your bowsprit’s length. Be it short, medium or long
To add accessories to your walls. Is your ship decked out with hammocks for sailors, coils of rope, or shelves of rum?
Choose the style of rails for your ship- solid or balusters, shields or no. Add some lanterns or swivel guns if you’d like (they slide right on)
Walls and doors below decks
- Decide between different stern-castle ‘shrouds’ (the wall at the back of the ship)
It’s a lot of choices- you could build a true armada of ships with the core set alone- and yet not two would be completely identical. Unless you choose to make it so, Captain.
With OpenLOCK compatibility- you will also be able to change parts of the ships you print as your group upgrades or damages their ships- or to bring new foes to the fray without the hassle of printing an entire new vessel from the ground up.
We are a BSD Commercially OpenLOCK licensed developer – and with your help, will be bringing ShipWorks to OpenLOCK compatibility.
This gives you, the Game Masters, collectors and players out there the ability to have ShipWorks interact with and connect to countless 3d tile sets.
The Stretch Goals and Add-Ons:
We have a LOT planned for ShipWorks. Depending on how the Kickstarter progresses, you’ll get to see our journey unfold. From extra parts to customize your ship, to further weaponry and accessories to help make them feel more alive.
We will have some great add-on scenery options available as the Kickstarter progresses. Gentle shores with curving sands and lapping waves, to Island Adventure kits to help bring exploring unknown islands to life. Diving bells, cranes and strange bathysphere based creations have been seen.
We also plan to have unlockable ships as add-ons (or included in the Quartermaster pledge and above) to further change the style to match many classic ship designs. We have designs for many classics, Trireme’s to Asian Junks and Yawls are planned to name a few.
We’ve also heard rumors of fearsome foes of legend. The mighty Leviathan, and a great turtle larger than a ship have been spotted!- Even necromantic ships of bone as well as ships risen from ages under the waves and more- things to drive the hardest sea dog to tremors of fear! Not to mention kraken spotted in far out waters.
I hear from a brave sailor that there’s even been sightings of airships out there…
But September is a long way away….
We’ll be opening a backer access portal not long after the dust of the Kickstarter settles, where all backers will have access to files after they become converted to OpenLOCK and quality tested. You won’t need to wait until September for all of the files, and we’ll be regularly posting updates as designs are finalized, as well as when new parts are up for download.
Stretch Goals Adventure Map 1:
$1250 Stretch goals unlocked: Alternate crates (Amphora and large covered crate); row boat with deck cradle.
$1500 Stretch goals unlocked: Alternate forecastle style; Bird of prey figurehead
$1750 Stretch goals unlocked: Ship trebuchet, variant swivel gun design.
$2000 Stretch goals unlocked: Footlockers and alternate Stern-castle shroud unlocked.
$2500: Unlocks a new style to the forecastle shroud
$2500: Added forecastle galley accessories: empty oven, Clean counters, galley chest.
$3000: First Unlock ship unlocked: Trireme style (for all backers with the All unlocked ships reward)
$3500: Dock tiles unlocked for the core ship.
$4000: Island Settlements addon part 1: Wigwam building unlocked.
$5000: Island Adventure addon: Tiki statues (2), and Maori totems (2), and the Shallop unlocked.
$5000: Core ship unlock: Diving Bell, ladder to slot into the rail/hull slots
***Adventure Map 2: Elder terrors and mysteries***
$7500 Reached! We have unlocked the fearsome Leviathan! It will be added to the Bathysphere add-on pack, and relabeled as the Monsters of the Seas pack!
We’re also adding a larger printable (2d) ocean map (4’x4’), as well as a 2D ocean to shore map (3’x3’) to help bring the visual aspect of your games to life with less print time.
$7500: Core ship unlock: birds on yardarms and rails
$7500: Core Ship unlock: Commodore figurehead
$7500: Core ship unlock: Ships Ram unlock
$9000: The Junk ship unlocked for all pledge levels that contain "All unlocked ships"
$10k: Unlocked Airship Addon part One: Hull sections for attaching wing components (Posable!), side and directional propellers, as well as floor-clip on propellers, side hull portals, blimp attachment, lift pontoons, decorative keel and two adjustable riser options.
$10k: Island Settlements: Beach huts
$10k: Core Ship: Eagle figurehead
$10k: All ships: Barred lower level wall with door (think brig, high value cargo are, etc.)
$10k: Core Ship: Armor plating side section
$12k: Island Settlements Add-On: Modular Primitive Shelter house
$12k - Island Adventure Add-on: Eastern Island style heads
$12k - Core Ship Unlock: Variant Ship ram
$12k - Core Ship Unlock: Triton Figurehead
$12k - Core Ship unlock: Skull and bones decorated stern castle and forecastle shrouds
$12k - Core Ship Unlock: Flatboat barge components added! Turn a core ship into a long range flatboat for river adventures!
Source of Flatboat image: steamboattimes.com/flatboats.html
$13k - Core Ship Unlock: King Figurehead
$13k - Core Ship Unlock: Ships Mortar
$13k - Core Ship Unlock: OpenLOCK to 2d transition Ship water 'trim' tiles. Have your ship edged by rolling waves and leave a 'wake' behind.
$13k - Beach Set Unlock: OpenLOCK to shore waters water 'trim' tiles. Have your ship edged by rolling waves and leave a 'wake' behind - or have her bobbing gently near the shore.
$14k - Core Ship Unlock: Armored Prow
$14k - Core Ship Unlock: Angel Figurehead
$14k - Core Ship Unlock: Core Ship Sea Wrecks and Ghost Ships conversion kit- Tile bases for creating shipwreck effects- allowing you to connect hull and floor tiles at a 15 or 30 degree angle to form shipwrecks rising above the water. Also includes damaged two variants of all of the main core ship hull and decking components (except for the decking at the nose of the lower level), allowing you to better show battle damage, and to create haunted looking ships!
$14k - Island Adventure Add-on: Suspended rope and plank bridges
$14k - Island Adventure Add-on: Water terrain tiles: whirlpool, Open Waters, and reef crest 3d water tiles
$15k - Eldritch Terror add-on kit unlocked. This will be a $15 add-on pack; it will be included in all pledge levels with "All Add-Ons!".
$15k - Core Ship Unlock: Secondary below-decks level conversion pieces for making *really* big ships.
$15k: Core Ship Unlock: Solid ships rails with triangular cutouts
$16k: Core Ship unlock: Long cannons
$16k: Core Ship Unlock: The Red Gryphon Figurehead and prow, designed by Larry Dixon
$16k: Trireme Unlock: The Red Gryphon Centurion figurehead designed by Larry Dixon
$17k: Island Adventure add-on unlock: Sea Stacks models (2 variants)
$17k: Island Adventure add-on unlock: Gibbet
$17k: Core Ship - Sea Serpent Figurehead
$18k - Island Settlements Add-on: Modular components for Traditional Sumbanese islander houses. Art coming post-kickstarter.
$18k - Core Ship Unlock: King and Queen figureheads unlocked. Art coming post-kickstarter.
$18k - Core Ship Unlock: Things on Yardarms variant- Monkey sitting on the yard arm. Art coming post-kickstarter.
$18k- Alternate forecastle unlocked. Art coming post-kickstarter.
$20k - Dragon Turtle added to Monsters of the Seas pack! An above water, and water edged version will be available. The dragon turtle will be hollow shelled, and a bit modular to help with increasing or decreasing size. Please note it is a WIP digital sculpt, and details will only improve. This is NOT the final pose.
$20k Core Ship Unlock - Alternate Sterncastle unlocked. Art coming post-kickstarter.
$20k - Unlocked Ship - Turtle Ship! - Available to all pledge levels with All unlocked ships
$22K - Airship components add-on unlock: added pack enhancement: Ring of fire airships, and small airships
$22k: Dhow added to all pledge levels with "All Unlocked Ships"
$22k- Izzy's airship components for the Airship components add-on unlocked (as previously announced). Art to come later this evening.
**ADVENTURE MAP 3- BECAUSE THE BEST THINGS COME IN 3's**
Monsters of the Seas: Leviathan, and Clockwork Bathysphere design set ($10):
Includes Leviathan and Steampunk /gnomish bathysphere base, 6 modular arms, and tripod legs base.
Beach set ($10):
Palm tree renders coming soon.
Progress shot of painting of the shore set (printed on their side at .1mm settings):
Includes: 12 Tiles to create a gentle sea shore, transition to standard OpenLOCK terrain tiles, the gentle waves, hammock strung to trees and customizable palm trees. Also includes OpenLOCK to shore waters water 'trim' tiles. Have your ship edged by rolling waves and leave a 'wake' behind - or have her bobbing gently near the shore.
Island Adventure ($10):
Island Adventure addons unlocked so far:
- Tiki statues (2)
- Maori totems (2)
- Easter Island style heads (2)
- The Shallop for you to get to the islands with a crew :-)
- 3d Water terrain tiles for the open ocean, reef crests, and a whirlpool!
- Suspended rope and plank bridge option
- Island Adventure add-on unlock: Sea Stacks models (2 variants)
- Island Adventure add-on unlock: Gibbet (Draft shown)
Stretch goals planned! From rickety plank bridges, totems and tikis, Great stone heads (and more)
Island Settlements ($15)
- Island Settlements add-on part 1: Modular Wigwam building
- Part 2: Modular Beach Huts
- Part 3: Modular Primitive shelter
Stretch goals planned: Sumbanese style modular houses, wells (and more)
Ship Display base:
Includes: Modular Ship keel section designed to let you display your ship on a shelf or mantle
Airship components ($15) First tier unlocked!):
Unlocked: Hull sections for attaching wing components (Pose-able!), side and directional propellers, as well as floor-clip on propellers, side hull portals, blimp attachment (connects via a modified mast, or via an 'ether engine' and it's accompanying tube), lift pontoons, decorative keel and two adjustable riser options.
Airship components add-on unlock Part 2: added pack enhancement: Ring of fire airships, and small airships
Izzy's airship components for the Airship components add-on unlocked.
Airship Expansion Addon- Izzy's Basic components and rules added to the party! Details coming soon! For an example of Brightshield Games' work check them out at: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/231613/Izzys-Slightly-Used-Airships
$15: Eldritch Terror conversion kit:
Contains: New stern castle, stern hull, prow hull sections, winged prow, Cthulu figurehead, new forecastle walls and shroud, rails, and 'converted' hull pieces'. Also includes a monstrous idol base for the mast base.
Breakdown of what's in the Core Ship:
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter- yet the ‘bones’ of the ship are already complete, aside from the conversion to being OpenLOCK compatible. We have been selling custom miniatures online for a year now- and have strong expectations for quality. Our designs are all in-house, and will be print tested before release. There is always the risk of delays due to printer malfunction for testing parts, or illness interfering with modeling- however I am confident that the goal date will make it more than adequate for compensating for any issuesLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)