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Aetherium is a skirmish level miniatures board game set in a cyber-mindscape where the world changes with the will of the players.

About this project

Enter the Aetherium - a world between worlds, a place capable of containing the human mind, a place of infinite possibility, a place that is no place at all.

Aetherium is a miniatures board game by Anvil Eight Games for 2 or more players.

Control the tyrannical and neo-fascist government of the Axiom, or fight for your freedom alongside the anarchist Nanomei.

Aetherium requires roughly one hour for a full game. Assemble your collective of hackers, agents, activists, or anarchists and lead them on a hyper-fast run through a dangerous virtual reality. Aetherium is a contest of mental skill, as players try to outthink their opponent using programs, resources, and the world itself in order to carve a space inside this fluid reality. Fight for control of the greatest discovery of human existence.

The 2-player Aetherium Starter Box comes with absolutely everything required to stage a daring encounter in the Aetherium, including:

The initial release includes two factions against each other in pitted struggle for control and for freedom:

 THE AXIOM: ORDER IS FREEDOM. OBEDIENCE IS SALVATION.

One of the last relevant governments in the world, the Axiom rose from the ashes of the First Great Trade War. The Axiom movement has been the salvation for nearly 1.5 billion souls in a dour future, and its citizenry exalts the twin notions of order and secular progress. The Axiom has stood on the edge of civilization, peered into chaos, and pulled through only from its zealous sense of community and discipline.

And so, the Axiom State rules with righteous fervor in both the Aetherial and Maeterial worlds. The state is its religion. Control is its only interest.

Progress and faith in stability -that is what matters - one need merely believe that the world is better than it was, and that it will be better still through hard work and the adherence to the basic principles of civilization and social order. The status quo is progress. Order is liberation.

 THE NANOMEI: WILD. RECKLESS. FREE. NO MATTER THE COST.

The Nanomei are an extraordinary, decentralized collective –though there are two characteristics that seem to bind them to a single purpose: they worship the idea of freedom, and they are wild.The Nanomei are innately gifted hackers who can bend the Aetherium’s fluid reality to their will and, though they lack the power and resources of corporate houses and oligarchical governments, they have embraced the anonymity afforded by their coded representation in the Aetherium. They do so to resist. Always. Resist.

The Nanomei inspire extraordinary reaction. They are freedom fighters to some and reckless extremists to others.  They are talented. They are mundane users. They are wild. They are arbitrary. They are juvenile, vibrant, and cruel. They are anarchy itself. They are the end of civilization. They are humanity’s last hope against vile oppression. 

The Nanomei are all this. With an intuitive and a violent resistance to all forms of repression, all systems of control, the Nanomei fight ceaselessly to wrest the Aetherium from the hands of those who would contain the human psyche within narrow confines of order and obedience. No matter the cost.

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 Also, we filmed a more detailed and thorough video of the game mechanics at AdeptiCon, and you can find that VIDEO HERE.

 

Risks and challenges

The goal of this Kickstarter is twofold: first to push this game from pre-production to production stage (this is expensive); and second, to find a base that wants to play in our universe. The game itself is currently in Beta playtesting. The board is set. The pieces are moving. The most daunting risks for this project have already been taken. We have invested in artists, sculptors, and writers; we simply need your help to shift from prototype to production proper. Thank you in advance for your enthusiasm and your support.

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FAQ

  • All models for Axiom and Nanomei (including any stretch goals that are unlocked)
    House Ikaru early release models

    Aetherium Starter Box which includes
    100 page full color rulebook
    30x30 server mat
    12 Schema Tiles
    2 Command Consoles
    5 Custom Dice
    20 Tokens
    40+ Cards
    25 Models – 27 with stretch goals

    5 Extra Dice

    Digital Art Book

    All Kickstarter Exclusive Miniatures

    Personal thank you on our website

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  • Currently we have not made a final decision on what the models will be made from. We have resin and metal production runs in house and are currently looking into plastic injection molding. Regardless of which medium we choose the miniatures will be of a hobbyist quality and their level of detail will be competitive with large miniature companies.

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  • We are 32mm very nearly true scale. Our Twitter and Facebook have several pictures of our miniatures next to miniatures from other well known games for size comparison. We use the term "very nearly true scale" because our 32mm does involve some modest exaggeration but only to ensure the quality and integrity of the models.

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  • Everything required to play the game comes in the two player starter box, which is available at the Subroutine pledge level.

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  • The alternate female sculpt for the Longshot comes with the activist level and above. The Axiom and Nanomei upload sets come with all Kickstarter exclusive miniatures. The Function and Avatar pledge levels also come with all Kickstarter exclusive miniatures. Backers can also purchase additional unlocked Kickstarter extras from the add ons section.

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  • Aetherium combines the straightforward strategic mechanics of a board game with the aesthetic and tactical qualities of a table top miniatures game.

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  • Aetherium allows for as many players as you wish; however, all of the operations in the rulebook have 2 players in mind.

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  • We plan to ship all of the pledges in November 2014. As mentioned previously, we are very nearly completed in all preparations for this game, so we anticipate an ability to move almost directly from the conclusion of this kickstarter to the production of your orders.

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  • YES! We have worked very hard to find distribution in Europe, and just when we thought it would be impossible for a small and new company like ours to do so, we found a middle route that will allow us to ship from the UK (London specifically) to the rest of Europe. We are very excited about the opportunities this opens.

    We still hope to find similar arrangements for other parts of the world, but we are uncertain at this time if we will be able to find connections and build business relationships in time to do so.

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    44 backers

    BACKER: You will receive a PERSONAL THANK YOU on our website as well as all of our Kickstarter updates.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    23 backers

    ACTIVIST: You will receive a DIGITAL ART BOOK, one Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE MINIATURE, and a personal thank you on our website.

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    Pledge $100 or more

    90 backers

    SUBROUTINE: You will receive the AETHERIUM STARTER BOX, a digital art book, one Kickstarter exclusive miniature, and a personal thank you on our website.

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    Pledge $240 or more

    1 backer

    AXIOM UPLOAD: You will receive all AXIOM UPLOAD SETS currently in production, the AETHERIUM STARTER BOX, a digital artbook, all unlocked kickstarter exclusive miniatures, and a personal thank you on our website.

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    3 backers

    NANOMEI UPLOAD: You will receive all NANOMEI UPLOAD SETS currently in production, the AETHERIUM STARTER BOX, a digital artbook, all unlocked kickstarter exclusive miniatures, and a personal thank you on our website.

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    29 backers

    FUNCTION: You will receive ALL UPLOAD SETS for the Axiom and Nanomei factions currently in production, the AETHERIUM STARTER BOX, a digital art book, one Kickstarter exclusive miniature, and a personal thank you on our website.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    AVATAR: You will assist in the CREATION of a unique MINIATURE for the game. Plus you will receive all upload sets for the Axiom and Nanomei factions currently in production, the Aetherium starter box, a digital art book, one Kickstarter exclusive miniature, and a personal thank you on our website.

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Funding period

- (30 days)