About this project
Anvil Eight Games is back!!! - and we are proud to introduce the first expansion for Aetherium: House Ikaru. This expansion introduces a brand new faction to the Aetherium universe, complete with new models, rules, schemas and strategies to help you take control of the digital world. Aetherium is a tabletop miniatures/board game for 2+ players that takes around 45-60 minutes to play.
HOUSE IKARU: FOR EVERYTHING. FOREVER.
House Ikaru is a megalithic corporation whose interests can be found virtually everywhere in the material world and within the Aetherium. This unstoppable entity has spread its tendrils far and wide in pursuit of commerce and profit. House Ikaru has been at the forefront of the technological race to enter the Aetherium and, with almost absolute market share control, they are now the leading force in wetware and hardware used to interact with the system.
In a game of Aetherium, House Ikaru tends to access more RAM than other factions - the primary currency of the game. This resource allows players to control the board more directly, or to push their units beyond their normal limits. At this, House Ikaru excels. Many of their units are more than capable of going head to head with enemies, but with limited Cycle Speed (action points), players must plan carefully, or find themselves out-maneuvered and out-positioned. While not an easy collective to master, House Ikaru offers players a new and exciting way to enjoy a run into the Aetherium.
This Kickstarter campaign is the perfect opportunity to introduce the new House Ikaru collective to your games of Aetherium. If you are new to the game, or missed out on our first Kickstarter, then now is your chance to get in on our newest project. Be the first to get your hands on the new Ikaru expansion at a great deal with some awesome stretch goals in the works.
Anvil Eight Games has packed an impressive quality from the outset. But we are always discovering ways in which we can improve further.
We gave ourselves an incredible task for as a new company to release a miniatures range of over 80 unique sculpts. Without doubt, the quality of our first run was the very best we were able to produce for our circumstances at the time, but we always felt that we could improve – both the quality of the sculpts and the material of their production. And with the exciting and successful year we have enjoyed in 2015, we have been able to do exactly that.
We are pleased to announce our production alliance with Valiant Enterprises, who will now be producing all of our miniature range, both the new House Ikaru releases and the original Axiom and Nanomei lines. This was a very big decision for us, but after the success of 2015 we felt it best to fold all that good news back in to making our product the very best we knew that it could be, and the partnership with Valiant is a tremendous step forward. Valiant provides the very best services of vacuum-injection resin material. Based in Madison Wisconsin, Valiant has helped fulfill over 100 Kickstarter projects, and you will be amazed by the quality of their models. We certainly are.
The good news does not stop there. We are also fully exploring a combination sculpting approaches that pulls the best of traditional and digital sculpting techniques. This important shift has been helped us again to improve the miniatures range. All in all, you are going to enjoy the new House Ikaru sculpts.
Curious? Have a proper look at our full gameplay video, as Chris and Brian run through one full calibration of activations.
As with any respectable Kickstarter campaign, we here at Anvil Eight Games have a variety of fantastic stretch goals planned for after we hit our funding goal. As the campaign progresses, and we reach certain benchmarks, more rewards will be unlocked and added to anyone who pledges at the FUNCTION level or higher, at no additional cost to your pledge! Help spread the word of Aetherium to help unlock more awesome goodies for everyone!
Miss out on our first Kickstarter and the birth of Aetherium? No need to worry, our add on section has everything available to enter this virtual world and start your collective today. Just add the total below to your pledge level and we will send a survey afterward for you to make your specific selections - also a great opportunity if you are looking to get your hands on some sweet models!
TESTIMONIALS FROM AROUND THE INTERWEBS:
- game review from Charlie Theel: "Anvil Eight Games have reached into my soul and plucked that dizzy child out of the void to witness the release of Aetherium."
- review of the game and design from Gamer's Lounge Podcast: "This is the most creative ruleset I've seen in any game."
- game review from Eclectic Gamer: "The virtual nature of the battlefield is where the awesome comes in."
- unboxing video from the Fresh Coast Gaming:
- blogger review from GMorts Chaotica:
- review from Loquacious at House of Paincakes: "TheDude loves Netrunner /Cyberpunk/Shadowrun type stuff and is all about the dark future. Once he started looking at the Aetherium box, he was hooked. He started bothering me that we might need to put the figures together and play a game. He wants to play a game- WITH ME. He wants to play THIS GAME. He is excited to play this game, and it’s got me interested in a deeper look too. That’s a lot for a game to accomplish- to get me interested in it past the aesthetics, and to get TheDude interested based on mechanics. (He’s a game wonk and loves to take games apart, so mechanics matter to him.) For BOTH of us to be interested in the same game is an IMMENSE achievement."
Risks and challenges
In March of 2014, Anvil Eight Games launched its first successful Kickstarter campaign with the initial release of the Aetherium game. We went from pledge to product in under one year, which is a feat not easily accomplished for a first-time game company. From the outset our goal has been to deliver top-shelf games, regardless of our size. For this expansion, we have considered the lessons of the first effort and dedicated ourselves to improving the production process. We have revised our list of production partners and improved on our internal administrative mechanisms, which will not only make this run more efficient, but also improve upon our already outstanding caliber of value.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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