About this project
Welcome to the WarGods Kickstarter!
We're now have less than 3 hours of the program remaining. We wanted to make it simple to get involved... so we've made some easy-to-read graphics for the reward levels, showing all the minis and extra 'freebies' that have been added so far.
To get started playing WarGods, any of the following rewards will have what you need: Skirmish, Warband, and Warband - Miniatures Only. They all get you the Kickstarter-exclusive 'freebie' miniatures like the Titan Hunter, Oracle of Delphi, and Helen of Troy. And with the freebies included, these deals offer a savings of over 25% of the retail cost of the package! If you are an International backer, the Warband - Miniatures Only reward is a great value, as it has a lower shipping cost, but you still get a PDF to play the game!
Thanks for stopping by and for all of your support!
--Chris & Debs FitzPatrick
A little lower we have graphics for all of the rest of the reward levels, but please check these out first:
What's the deal with the Stretch Goal Map?
This is a fun way to show off the stretch goals that we have planned. We've already achieved our basic goal of $25,000 - now we are expanding our goals, to unlock more options to purchase, add 'Freebie' miniatures to some selected reward levels, and make the book even better! The little Croc Logo represents our progress in the program; we start in Sparta and we follow the dotted line across Olympus. When we get to each new funding level, the stretch goal for that location is achieved!
25,000 - ACHIEVED!: The WarGods book, 8 Demigods, and Trojans have been funded! THANK YOU!
Those pesky Trojans have abducted the beautiful Helen from her home in Sparta! Your Demigod has been called upon to travel to Troy, defeat the Trojans, and return with Helen! Along the way you will gather additional allies to help in your quest, and face dangerous enemies that will attempt to stop you. Can you save Helen from the Trojans?
$35,000 - Amazons - UNLOCKED!
Only 2 days march from Sparta, a war party of Amazons ambushes your warband. The battle is furious, but your forces finally gain the upper hand. The Amazons flee northward, swearing revenge! And now, on to Mycenae...
$40,000 - PDF Power! - UNLOCKED!
$45,000 - Titan Hunter - UNLOCKED!
Your warband arrives at the citadel of Mycenae, a fortress high in the rugged mountains. A mighty Titan Hunter pledges himself to your quest! He will journey with you and protect the warband from any monsters you encounter! And now, on to Corinth...
Prototype Titan Hunter painted by Debs FitzPatrick, all miniatures provided unpainted
$55,000 - Corinthians - UNLOCKED!
Your warband arrives in the luxurious city of Corinth, with glittering temples and winged horse circling in the sky high overhead. The Corinthians promise to aid your quest, and you turn northward to Delphi, to see the Oracle and ask the gods for guidance on your quest...
$60,000 - Dionysus - UNLOCKED!
"On your way to Delphi, your warband comes across a temple of Dionysus, the god of wine. A festival is underway, with drinking and merriment, dancing satyrs, and a jovial son of Dionysus leading the festivities. After an evening of wine and revelry, you awaken with a huge hangover, but the boisterous Demigod has joined your alliance! You proceed on to Delphi..."
$65,000 - Oracle - UNLOCKED!
At last your warband arrives at Delphi, and you ask the Oracle what is needed to defeat your enemies. Her answer is mysterious: "Only with arms of bronze and fiery hearts can you defeat the stallion-breaking sons of Troy. Yet with either victory or defeat, the journey home will take you through lands from whence no mortal has ever returned." You leave, wondering at the meaning of her words, and proceed south to Athens to gather more allies...
$70,000 - PDF Power 2! - UNLOCKED!
$75,000 - Athenians - UNLOCKED!
At last, you come to the city of Athens, with olive groves and temples of white marble. As you pass through the streets of the city, you encounter wise philosophers and eccentric scholars debating the nature of the elements in the streets. Theseus, the King of Athens promises to aid your quest, and your troops board the ships of his mighty navy and sail north to Troy!
$80,000 - Reinforcements - UNLOCKED
Your fleet of ships stops for supplies and fresh water, and local warriors armed with javelins join the army! The mighty force of a thousand ships sails on toward Troy!
$85,000 - PDF Power 3 - UNLOCKED
$90,000 - Automatons - UNLOCKED
You arrive on a rocky island where the sound of hammers on metal is heard coming from within a cave. Inside is a son of Hephaestus, working on a mechanical bronze man, a golden clockwork owl sits upon his shoulder. The Owl speaks: "Strong bronze arms powered by furnace hearts would make mighty allies," and winks at you. Suddenly the words of the Oracle are recalled, and you implore the son of Hephaestus to join your warband... he agrees, for a price yet to be named. You head back to the ships, accompanied by the limping Demigod and his clanking bronze menagerie!
Automatons estimated delivery - October 2013
$100,000 - Gates of Troy - UNLOCKED
At last, your ships land on the beaches before Troy, and the defenders ride out to meet your forces in battle. Leading them is Man-Killing Hector, their greatest warrior, and his brother, the magnificent Paris. Swift chariots carry their heroes into combat, and archers darken the skies with Trojan arrows. The battle is cruel and bloody, but at last, you push them back to the city walls... the long siege has begun!
$110,000 - Mycenaean Chariot - UNLOCKED
A wave of Mycenaean chariots thunders across the battlefield and crashes into the waiting Trojan lines. Strong Mycenaean heroes clad head-to-toe in shining bronze armor strike out against their foes, nearly invulnerable to their attacks. The battle begins to turn against the Trojans...
$115,000 - Amazons' Attack - UNLOCKED
The Amazons, the allies of the Trojans, arrive in a surprise attack! They charge into battle on the backs of galloping horses lead by Queen Penthesilea, the Daughter of Ares himself. Their arrows find targets in the men of your Phalanx, who can't close with the swift enemy - only your archers can keep them at bay, and these men pay a terrible price, with dozens dead. Finally, the Queen savagely charges into your lines, killing one hero after another, until she is finally brought down at last by your greatest hero. As she falls and dies, he helmet slips off of her head revealing her beautiful face; all who see he are filled with regret at her death, even though she was their enemy. Now, only the great city walls of built by the sea-god Poseidon himself stand the way of your prize... Helen of Troy!
$125,000 - Fall of Troy - UNLOCKED
The walls of the city of Troy are said to have been built by Poseidon, and invulnerable to the force of men.You call forth the limping son of Hephaestus from the rear of your army. He advances forward, accompanied by a towering colossus of bronze with the head of a bull. Three times the Automaton strikes the gates of Troy, and with the third blow the gates shatter. Your army surges forward into the city, and the battle wages throughout the day. By nightfall the defenders are either slain, fled, or captured, and the beautiful Helen is yours at last! At the victory feast, after drinking too much strong Trojan wine, you boast to your men: "Not even the mighty walls of Poseidon are stronger than than I!" A cold wind blows in from the wine-dark sea, filling your men with a sense of dread. On the morrow, you load your ships with loot and prisoners, and begin the long journey back to Sparta.
$130,000 - Hydra - UNLOCKED!
You set sail with a gentle wind on placid seas, and make good time for the first day. But as night falls, the wind changes, blowing you back, and forcing you to land your ships at a sheltered cove. But up from the waters come the serpentine heads of a hydra, and a dozen of your men are plucked off the decks and devoured before the beast is driven away. Above the noise of the wind and surf, a booming laughter can faintly be heard.
$135,000 - Harpies - UNLOCKED!
Seven more days at sea, and you land on an island with trees filled with lush fruit. Your men go ashore, and they are attacked by a flock of hideous shrieking women with black wings. Many brave men are killed before the creatures are shot down by the archers on your ships. The long journey home continues...
$140,000 - Cyclopes -UNLOCKED!
$145,000 - Reinforcements 2 -UNLOCKED!
NEXT: $150,000 - Olympian Upgrade
$155,000 - Medusa
$160,000 - Cretan Pirates
And beyond?: Now that Troy is defeated, what's next? Let's see if we can make it home!
The WarGods of Olympus softcover rulebook will contain over 250 pages, lavishly illustrated throughout with color and black & white artwork by renowned artists Des Hanley and John Wigley. The rulebook will include an extensive gallery of miniatures painted by some of the best talents in the game industry, and a stunning scenery gallery by Herb Gundt (aka H.G. Walls.) Also included are 2 full-color sheets of Command Counters. The rulebook contains the rules for 6 city-states (Sparta, Mycenae, Troy, Athens, Corinth, and the Amazons) and the Titans. It also includes all the rules and powers to create 10 different Demigods. WarGods uses 10-sided dice, available from all hobby and game stores. The rulebook is planned for release in July of 2014.
The Game World: WarGods of Olympus is the 3rd game in our expanding game world. The first was WarGods of Aegyptus, based on Aegyptian mythology, and the second was the Wendigo Warband Guide, based on the legends of lost Hyperborea. All of these games share the same basic rules and take place in the same world – they are designed to be played against each other! So, if you play a Spartan warband lead by a Demigod of Ares, you can fight against a Harbinger of Anubis to control the Aegyptian Underworld!
More than anything, WarGods was designed for gamers who enjoy creating a cool story when playing the game, not just winning. The rules reward real tactical play, not rule-breaking gimmicks and unstoppable heroes. The background is a fascinating mixture of real mythology and historical cultures with an innovative fantasy twist. If you've ever watched and enjoyed old adventure films with Greek heroes battling against stop-motion monsters, WarGods of Olympus is the game for you!
Thanks to the San Diego WarGods players: Narrator: Wade, Camera: Donovan, Spartans: Tony, Anubi: Joe, and thanks to Mike Biel for logo animation.
All of our miniatures are hand-crafted in lead-free pewter and provided with plastic slotted base. All miniatures are sold unpainted, unless the reward level description specifically states otherwise.The size of an average human warrior is around 30mm scale. The Trojans, Spartans, and Mycenaeans all have a September 2013 ship date. Amazons are expected to ship in October 2013.
How to order miniatures:
On the right side of the page are our reward levels. Simply select the reward that has the assortment of miniatures that is right for you, and pledge to that level. At the end of the program, we’ll send you a survey where you'll be able to tell us what faction you want, as well as some specific requests like shield options, etc.
All 6 factions have now been unlocked: Spartans, Mycenaeans, and Trojans (all shipping in September) Amazons (shipping October), Corinthians and Athenians (shipping July 2014). Each of these factions has the following packs of miniatures available in the reward options:
Warband Starter Set: a box set containing 1 Phalanx of 12 spearmen, 1 Herald with standard, 1 Musician, 2 Honor Guards, and a king (Amazons get Penthesilea, Trojans receive Aeneas, Spartans receive Tychedes, and Mycenaeans receive Agamemnon.)
Phalanx: 12 warriors armed with spears and shields. The miniatures of this unit are posed with a front rank, middle rank, and rear rank, with the spears of each rank held at a slightly higher angle. This ensures that the models don't bump into each other when placed in formation, and creates a cool cascading 'wave' effect when viewed as a complete unit.
Swordsmen: 10 warriors armed with swords and shields.
Archers: 10 miniatures - 9 Archers armed with bows and a Captain.
Peltasts: 10 miniatures - 9 Skirmishers armed with swords, javelins, and small shields, and a Captain.
Hero: with Armor Rack (a small extra miniature that can be used as scenery or as a game objective.)
Captain: with Casualty (a small extra miniature that can be used as scenery or as a game objective.)
Each unit will contain a number of different poses, usually 3 or 4, but sometimes more for the Phalanxes. We like our units to have lots of variation!
The Demigod is the leader of your warband. Each Demigod has a selection of 10 different powers -- for example, Hades can command the dead and summon a monstrous 3-headed hound to protect him, Poseidon can control the creatures of the deep and cause the earth to shake and stun his enemies, Hecate can call upon dark magics and the powers of the night, and so on. Choose the Demigod you like best to command your warband.
Each Demigod miniature is supplied with a 25mm square plastic base, and is about 35mm tall (on average.) We've designed them to be just a little taller than 'mortals', to help convey their supernatural power! The Demigod miniatures are available individually or as a complete set, so choose the reward level that works best for you. At the end of the program we'll send out a survey where you can specify which miniatures you want.
All of the Demigod miniatures were sculpted by Chris FitzPatrick, based on concept art by Des Hanley. Actual sculptures may vary from concept art; we'll update the images as the sculptures are completed. Click on the images below to see larger versions!
The Amazons have been unlocked! Amazons are available in the same troop options listed under the Trojans below. All Amazon rewards have an estimated delivery date of October 2013.
The Amazons are the legendary women warriors of northern Hellas. They are allies to the Trojans, and bitter enemies of the most other city-states. We've designed our amazons to look dangerous - these are not cheesecake pinup girls, but deadly, cruel warriors who mean business! To read an excerpt from the upcoming rulebook detailing the culture of the Amazons, click on the following link:
Here's a preview of some of the Amazon miniatures to come:
Note: The Amazon Hero actually comes with a square base.
Concept art for the Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons, by Des Hanley.
The Trojans are the legendary warriors of Homer's The Iliad, who fought a long and tragic war against the united Greek city-states. Our Trojan miniatures were designed to have a mysterious, eastern feel, with a nod to historical Bronze Age armor, weapons and imagery but realized with a dramatic Hollywood flair. Each Trojan miniature is around 30mm scale, and is supplied with a 20mm square plastic base.
Below is a complete listing of the Trojan miniatures that are available as reward options, planned for release in September 2013:
Aeneas and Trojan Honor Guard concepts by Des Hanley.
Trojan Add-Ons now Available:
Sample miniatures painted by Debs FitzPatrick. All miniatures supplied unpainted.
The Corinthians have now been unlocked, and will ship to backers in July 2014. To see more information and art featuring the Corinthians, check out our update here:
To read an excerpt from the upcoming rulebook detailing the culture of Corinth, click on the following link:
The Athenians have now been unlocked, and will ship to backers in July 2014. To see more information and art featuring the Athenians, check out our update here:
Spartans and Mycenaeans: For those who would prefer to play Spartans or Mycenaeans, these factions are available in the same assortments as all the rest (Phalanx, Warband Starter Sets, Phalanxes, etc.) Just select the reward level that works best for you, and you'll be able to let us know which faction you want when you receive your survey. We've already released the rules and background for the Spartans, Mycenaeans, & Titans. These are detailed in our webzine, Croc Tales, and you can download your free copies here:
Spartans and Titans are in Croc Tales 7, Minotaurs and Satyrs are in Croc Tales 6, Titans are in Croc Tales 2
How do I get Add-Ons?
Kickstarter only allows 1 reward level per backer, so if there is something you would like to get in addition to your reward, you can include Add-Ons. Simply increase the actual dollar amount of your pledge level by the value of the Add-On - once you submit the page, Kickstarter will take you to Amazon's checkout to authorize the payment. You can change your pledge value any time before the end of the project. No payment will be taken until the project is funded on June 30th.
One of our backers made a pledge calculator to help figure out the total cost of add-ons. Thanks Marker for all your hard work!
At the end of the program, we'll send you a survey where you'll be able to specify the particular Add-Ons you want.
There is no extra charge for shipping Add-Ons unless stated next to the price.
Risks and challenges
Miniature battle games require a huge amount of effort to get right. They need great rules and an exciting background, professional artwork, and dynamic, well-sculpted miniatures. Crocodile Games has been hard at work on this project for a long time. Our game rules are already deep into the playtesting stage, we have binders of artwork already completed by some of the best talents in the industry, and dozens of new miniatures ready to go into production... we've done about as much as we possibly can on our own, now we just need to raise the funds to put all this together.
We realize that there are bound to be unexpected challenges that will crop up, which is why we've given ourselves a safe buffer on our delivery dates. We've been in business since 2001, and since then we've published several books and produced vast numbers of miniatures... so we've got the experience to deliver our rewards when promised with the best quality possible. We're going to be making weekly updates to keep our backers informed on our progress all along the way. We're looking forward to doing the rest of the work to make WarGods of Olympus a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes. Look for the section at the bottom of the page that says "Add-Ons". If you click on the photo that says "click here" a complete page of Add-Ons will appear. If your reward already includes miniatures, most miniature Add-Ons can be included bu just adding the cost of the Add-On for no addition shipping - the Add-On section gives all the specifics.
Yes! A PDF is now included with ALL reward levels except Watcher. We'll send out a quick-play PDF in the fall, and a complete PDF of the rulebook when the printed book is ready.
The reward levels that say "UK" are specifically for backers with a shipping address in the United Kingdom. As soon as everything is ready, we will be shipping a stock of books and miniatures to our UK partner, and UK rewards will all be sent from there by Royal Mail. This means that shipping to UK address ends up being a little less expensive than other international destinations.
Unfortunately, the cost to Europe and the rest of the world still ends up being about the same - sorry about that! If you located elsewhere in the world and want to reduce the shipping cost, the best way is still to team up with a local friend and split one of the x2 rewards.
Any of the miniatures that are due for release in September 2013 can be sent early, so long as the shipping cost is covered. This would be an additional $6 so long as all of the miniatures in your reward are sent together. We're working out the details and will have a "Ship Miniatures Early" option on the add-ons. Note: all of the Trojans and Demigods should be available for early shipping, but any new factions that are unlocked may have a later availability date.
The shipping cost is determined by the USPS based on the size and weight of the package. Any reward level that includes the rulebook in addition to the miniatures requires a larger box, and weighs an additional 2 lbs, so shipping for these starts at $55 to ship outside the US.
We can't change the cost of shipping, but we have created some 'buddy' rewards where two players can pledge together to get 2 complete reward levels to split the cost of shipping. If you and a friend decide to get one of these rewards, one person makes the pledge, and you can add specifics at the end on the program on your survey (like both your names for the book's 'Thank You' page, which warbands you want, etc.) The package will be sent together to the backer's address. You'll also get 2 sets of any stretch goal miniatures completed - one for each of you.
If there is a real interest in buddy x3 or x4 reward levels for your whole gaming group, please let us know and we'll add the rewards to the program.
Most Kickstarter rewards will be shipped from Indianapolis, USA. UK rewards that are over $35 will be sent from our partner in the UK.
The Kickstarter-exclusive 'freebie' miniatures like the Oracle, Titan Hunter, etc are only included as bonus miniatures with most reward levels of $160 or more. Pick one of these reward levels, and you'll get a whole set of the 'freebies' added to your reward. They are not available individually as Add-Ons. These miniatures are exclusive rewards for our backers - a special 'thank you' for helping to make our program a success! Thank you, everyone!
We've been working on this project for a long time, so there is plenty to see:
Croc Tales is our free webzine for WarGods, and we've published 3 issues so far with previews of Olympus: Croc Tales 2, 6 and 7. Download for free at:
We've also sculpted 3 factions already, the Spartans, Mycenaeans, and the Titans. You can see their miniatures in the Croc Store:
Note: the Spartans and Mycenaeans can be selected as your faction for any of out Kickstarter reward levels!
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