About this project
Red Devils is the next major story in the acclaimed Sergeants Miniatures Game, that began with Day of Days and its expansions which follow the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne. But Red Devils is its own story, ready to play right out of the box. Kick Starter will let us meet the diverse art needs of Red Devils and introduce a new storyline to the players of Sergeants Miniatures Game. Please help us put more of everything into Red Devils.
Sergeants Miniatures Game (SMG) is a system that lets players enter a journey of great stories. We set up the ingredients (including Soldiers with genuinely unique abilities and personalities) and players take it from there. The additions that can be provided with Kick Starter support will let us put more value and enjoyment into SMG: Red Devils.
As each funding level is reached, we will be able to create more and better art for the Soldier, Action, and Equipment cards that drive the game. We will be able to double the number of scenarios and provide additional Equipment options. As we reach higher levels, the fun gets deeper, as alternative cards will be added that allow you to turn one of your Characters into a Specialist, with new abilities. We are especially excited about this, as these new abilities have not yet been released!
Once higher levels are reached, we will also begin to “unlock” certain product additions, many different types of Soldiers, more weapons and equipment, even 3-D terrain additions! Scan down to see all the details. For background information on SMG, we invite you to visit our Facebook page or the very active BGG community. Of course, you can visit our website, (but the Red Devils are not there yet!).
What's truly special about SMG is the unique soldiers. Not just unique miniatures - although we have over forty unique British Airborne and fifty unique German Grenadier sculptures in the line - but rather a hand painted miniature, named and identified by its base, plus unique Soldier and Action cards customized for each and every soldier. The uniqueness is not just a name; it is a complete personality for the soldier. This includes a service record, skills and a psychological makeup that effects how the soldier plays in the game.
Sergeants Miniatures Game: Red Devils™ will be released to the general public in August of 2013 after the scheduled May release to our Kick Starter supporters.
Our 20mm hand painted miniatures are battle ready right out of the box.
"Sergeants Miniatures Game: Red Devils™" is a totally innovative but proven system, with the game’s engine run by impulse cards managing four broad, basic functions—and randomizing the order—while each player manages a hand of cards constructed by the talents and foibles of the troops under his or her command.
Unlike many "miniatures" games where you buy the rules and then have to start shopping and painting, SMG: Red Devils™ is a complete game out of the box. You’ll find 20mm, pre-painted miniatures, plenty of thick, two-sided, colorful mapboard tiles which can be assembled in various ways, easy rules, scenarios, player aids... everything you need to get started on your missions and having fun fast.
- 10 pre-painted miniatures and cards for Sergeants and Private soldiers
- 160 coated playing cards
- 6 missions expanded to 12 missions if we reach the first stretch goal
- 18 tiles for terrain and landmarks, which can make a mapboard 20" by 30" large, or be put together in smaller configurations.
- Rulebook, plastic movement/sighting player aids, and everything you need to get started!
- Red Devils is a "Story," which includes everything you need for a 2-player game. Additional figures can be added to make this a 3 or 4 player game.
Doubling the scenarios is an easy step away from the basic funding. Help us stretch out and double the scenarios in the SMG: Red Devils™ starter set.
Next up is the addition of 8 German Equipment cards and 8 British Equipment cards added into the SMG: Red Devils™ starter set. Help us hit this goal so we can increase the re-playability of the scenarios by adding different equipment that can be used by the soldiers. Get your friends to pitch in and help us carry all this equipment to the starter box.
Update #6 - When the project reaches $40K, we will add 10 minefield pieces to the basic game and an additional 10 pieces to the $160 funding level and everything above.
Getting to this stretch goal we can add the 8 additional cards to a British Private character to equip and train him as a Combat Engineer.
Update #6 - When the funding level reaches $44K, we will include 5 pieces of map overlay Shell holes in the basic game and 5 more pieces to the $160 level and above.
Just a little further and we reach this stretch goal which lets us add in 8 additional cards to a German Grenadier Soldat character to equip and train him as a Skirmisher.
Update #6 - When the funding level reaches $48K, we will add 8 pieces of rubble to the base game, and 4 pieces (including a couple big ones) to the $160 level and higher.
Reaching the $54,000 stretch goal unlocks the British Airborne "Battle Patrol" Equipment and Tactics module. The "Battle Patrol" comes with 5 Team panels and 16 cards.
Once the Stretch Goal is unlocked the Battle Patrol module can be had for an increased pledge of $15. Just increase your pledge by $15 to add the "Battle Patrol" Equipment and Tactics module to your Level.
Exclusive Update #3: Stroll in the woods with three more 5" map tiles and 2 additional scenarios added to SMG: Red Devils.
Exclusive Update #8: Guest Stars make an appearance in the SMG: Red Devils.
Once the Stretch Goal is unlocked each Team can be had for an increased pledge of $30. Just increase your pledge by $30 for each Mortar or PIAT Team you want us to include in your Level.
Update #11: More Land and Troops are always good to have, see the update for details.
Reaching the $75,000 stretch goal unlocks the Merville Gun Battery Terrain Expansion. Three bunkers are included in the terrain expansion along with 6 scenarios specially designed for Sergeants Miniatures Game: Red Devils™
Once the Stretch Goal is unlocked Merville Gun Battery can be had for an increased pledge of $40. Just increase your pledge by $40 to add the Merville Gun Battery to your Level.
Update #5 Sergeant Dewhurst 892-941 and Unteroffizier Schlesinger 621-458 are upgraded to decorated veteran Characters in the SMG: Red Devils game.
More land is always useful. At $80K we will unlock an additional Landmark and 5 Map Squares - plus scenarios and cards. See the updates for details.
Exclusive Update #3: Now a walk in the woods with three more 5" map tiles, 4 additional scenarios and more border pieces added to SMG: Red Devils.
Update #11: More Land and Troops are always good to have, see the update for details.
Reaching the $90,000 stretch goal unlocks the Pegasus Bridge Expansion. Pegasus Bridge doubles the map area with 2 additional Landmarks, and 16 Map Squares plus 18 scenarios with a 64 card deck divided among Story, Orders and Equipment cards.
Once the Stretch Goal is unlocked Pegasus Bridge can be had for an increased pledge of $60. Just increase your pledge by $60 to add the Pegasus Bridge Expansion to your Level.
The Custom Sergeant Level is added to the Red Devils. You get to take the field and put yourself into the game. You can choose a name (subject to editorial review) for your soldier. We will generate a unique British "Red Devil" Airborne soldier for you. Your soldier is armed with an Enfield rifle, and will resemble the example soldier above. We will use the Kick Starter funds to increase the variety of artwork used in the generated soldiers. Please support the Custom Sergeant Level and put yourself into Sergeants Miniatures Game: Red Devils™.
Update #4 Adding “The King's Commendation for Brave Conduct” ribbon.
The Hasty Position Level adds the "Hasty Positions Normandy Expansion" to the Custom Sergeant Level. This brings further depth and exciting game play to Sergeants Miniatures Game: Red Devils™ by adding 6 additional scenarios to the existing 6 scenarios included in "Hasty Positions."
For our supporters that already have a copy of Hasty Positions, we will allow substitution of either Pontigou Farms Expansion or the Merville Gun Battery Expansion if it is unlocked by reaching our $75,000 funding level.
The German Reinforcements Level adds 5 German Light Infantry to the Hasty Positions Level. The soldiers included are: 1 Sergeant armed with an MP44 Assault Rifle, 2 soldiers armed with MP40 Submachine Guns, and 2 soldiers armed with rifles.
The British Reinforcements Level adds 5 British Airborne Soldiers to the German Reinforcements Level. The soldiers included are: 1 Sergeant and 2 soldiers armed with Sten Submachine Guns and 2 soldiers armed with rifles.
The German Sharpshooter Level adds 2 German Snipers to the British Reinforcements Level. Both soldiers are Light Infantry with 1 soldier trained as a Sniper and 1 soldier trained as a Sharpshooter, utilizing rifles with telescopic sights. The Soldiers are specialist and can have unique Equipment cards, Tactics cards and Story cards depending on their training
The British Pathfinders Level adds 2 British soldiers to all the German Sharpshooter Level. Both soldiers are specialists trained in infiltration and close combat, armed with Sten Submachine Guns, and can have unique Equipment cards, Tactics cards and Story cards depending on their training.
British Infiltration Level - 2 British Airborne Pathfinders are added to the German Sharpshooter Level. Both soldiers are specialist armed with Stens and trained in infiltration and close combat and can have unique Equipment cards, Tactics cards and Story cards depending on their training, AND 1 Special Edition "British Airborne Infiltration Tactics" modules that equips a reinforced squad with special training and equipment used in infiltration combat.
The Designers Levels each include the British Pathfinders Level.
For many years I have attended conventions and talked extensively with players. Some have a real and deep interest in how games are built. I want to invite a limited number of people to "tour" how games are designed and developed by actively contributing to the Sergeants Miniatures Game: Red Devils product.
Here is your chance to collaborate directly with the game designer. This opportunity includes a special credit in SMG: Red Devils™, and an advanced Designers copy of the game shipped in late February. The Designers copy will have placeholder Story, Character Soldier and Action Cards, and Scenarios. You will have a couple of weeks to feel the designers pressure as we work together to finalize each of your contributions.
The Armored Vehicles Levels each include the British Pathfinders Level.
Soon after Sergeants Miniatures Game: Day of Days made its debut fans started asking about vehicles. We have always had vehicles in the design. We made a commitment not to release any vehicles until we can seamlessly integrate them into the Sergeants Miniatures Game system. We are close, so we are placing some vehicles out in the world for a test drive during 2013.
The vehicles are either pewter or a combination of resin and pewter. They are fully assembled, painted, appointed and come with crew figures, both riders and on foot where appropriate, and complete game decks in a hard wood engraved shelf box.
Here is your chance to collaborate directly with the game designer. This opportunity includes a special credit in SMG: Red Devils™, and an advanced Designers copy of the game shipped in late February. The Designers copy will have placeholder Story, Character Soldier and Action Cards, and Scenarios. You will have all year to develop armored scenarios and test refinements to the Armored vehicles as you get new cards to try out.
Each squad contains 10 miniatures and bases, and 96 cards for the soldiers.
A Sergeant armed with a Lee-Enfield RIfle
A Sergeant armed with a Sten Submachine Gun
4 soldiers armed with Lee-Enfield Rifles
1 Bren Light Machine gunner and a Sten armed assistant gunner
2 soldiers armed with Sten Submachine Guns
The British Airborne Squad Add On can be had by INCREASING your Pledge Level by $100 - add the extra to whichever Pledge you are making.
The Fusilier Squad Add On is a 9 figure adder.
1 Fusilier Leader MP40 retail $25
2 Fusilier Assault Teams retail $30 each
2 Fusilier MG42 Teams retail $30 each
1 Fusilier Assault Equipment and Tactics retail $20
See Update #9 Fusilier Squad for more details.
Risks and challenges
Sergeants Miniatures Game: Red Devils is a continuation of a proven game system built by Lost Battalion Games in our own production facility. Our ability to fulfill on the Red Devils project is supported by our existing ability to build and ship Sergeants Miniatures Game: Day of Days and the expansions already released as part of that story.
If we have a very large participation in our Kick Starter project it could require us to add extra factory shifts. This risk will start becoming evident if our project starts to exceed a level of 3000 to 6000 backers. At that point the ship date may slip by up to 8 weeks. Alternately we may decide to keep the existing ship date and continue shipping overflow product as they are completed. This would be done on as close to a first come first served basis as is practicable.
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