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American Silver Legion Recruitment Poster by Darrin Lauritzen
American Silver Legion Recruitment Poster by Darrin Lauritzen

1933: A Nation Divided is the first volume in a multi-part series of booklets concerning the history, causes, and factions of the late Second American Civil War of 1933-1939, aimed at the layperson with an interest in recreating the experience of the war on the tabletop or via roleplaying. Inspired by and with the kind permission of the creators of "1938: A Very British Civil War," 1933 considers the matters of the war, boils them down to their most essential elements, and presents them in a format that can be used for the miniatures rules or roleplaying engine of one's choice, rather than being tied to a specific system.

Information includes photographs of historical personalities and vehicles, recreation of historical flags and posters by noted artists Darrin Lauritzen and Patty McPancakes, extensively researched articles regarding important elements of the "Early War Period" (1933-1935) with a particular focus upon the Ohio River Valley Theater, and scenarios based upon the historical engagements therein. While the scenarios are targeted at a skirmish/large skirmish level, they could easily be scaled up or down at the reader's preference, or incorporated, like most of the rest of the materials, in roleplaying campaigns.

This Kickstarter will fund the production of the first volume, as well as the beginnings of a miniatures range to be produced by Black Army Productions. Stretch goals include an additional volume ("A Guide to the Armor of the Second American Civil War, Volume 1"), full color prints of the propaganda posters contained therein, additional miniatures, and the inclusion of our rare, but beautiful, Mark VIII "Liberty" tank in 28mm scale, at more than 7" long sculpted by Jan Huybrechs!


3D Sculpted Porter Naval Gun Truck by Jan Huybrechs
3D Sculpted Porter Naval Gun Truck by Jan Huybrechs

Shipping will be free in the United States, with a small add on fee for backers outside the US. If you back at a level that does not normally have a shipping cost associated, and wish to do add-ons, we'll work that out at the end of the campaign:)

Thank you kindly for your support!

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Add-Ons Available (As of 10/21)

Any backer at the $35 level or higher may add the following items by increasing their pledge amount by the appropriate amount. All miniatures are in 28/32mm scale. You'll be asked to select your add-ons once the funding period has ended. There may be additional shipping costs associated with some items for International Backers.

$25 - 1 x 8 Man Infantry Squad (Minute Men or Militia)

(+$5 Int for every two squads)

$25 - 1 x M1917 Six Ton Tank ("The American Renault") 

$85 - 1 x MkVIII "Liberty" Heavy Tank (+$5 shipping Int per model)

Stretch Goals (As of 10/27)

LOCKED: $10,150 –

All backers at $35 and higher will have their choice of a Constitutionalist, Nationalist, or Communist Propaganda Poster featuring the artwork of Patty McPancakes at no additional charge!

LOCKED: $12,000 -

All backers at $50 or above will receive one set of support weapons for the Minute Men, featuring an M1895 Colt-Browning MG and two man crew, and a set of support weapons for the Militia, featuring a sharpshooter and a molotov cocktail grenadier! These items will also be available as add-ons for all pledges at $35 or higher!

LOCKED: $12,500 -

All backers receiving vehicles as part of their pledge may choose to opt out of their included M1917 Six Ton tanks and instead opt for an N1 A/B Porter Naval Gun Truck OR an M1932 Christie Tank. In addition, these vehicles will be available as add-ons for all backers at $35 and above!

Keep spreading the word, and we'll keep adding stretch goals!

28mm Militia sculpted by Leandro Ventic
28mm Militia sculpted by Leandro Ventic
28mm Minuteman sculpted by Leandro Ventic
28mm Minuteman sculpted by Leandro Ventic
28mm Minuteman sculpted by Leandro Ventic
28mm Minuteman sculpted by Leandro Ventic
28mm Militia Woman sculpted by Leandro Ventic
28mm Militia Woman sculpted by Leandro Ventic

Risks and challenges

The main obstacles to tackle will involve ensuring that the books and miniatures are produced in a timely fashion. While we hope very much for an early 2014 delivery date, we can't absolutely guarantee that. Metal shortages happen, printers send proofs weeks later than they promise, molds break in the middle of spins, and 3d Printing services can vary greatly in delivery time and sometimes, even quality. Nevertheless, we remain confident that this project is very doable, and will be completed in a timely fashion.

Unlike our previous project, Divided Republic, this is not a board game and we are not acting as a proxy for the publisher. We are publishing the materials and doing the marketing ourselves. This does reduce our overhead, and it gives me more freedom, as the designer, to see what I am envisioning come to life and ensure that I am "kept in the loop" at every stage of the process. In respect to the challenges of publishing a booklet and producing miniatures, we've done both things before, so we are returning to familiar ground here. Fictional histories written as fact ? Open system sourcebooks? They've been done before, and I am confidant that the growing fanbase for this genre will assist us in getting out the word.

If course, it means that all the packing, shipping, and delivery will be our own responsibility this time. However, that isn't a bad thing. More work in exchange for complete creative freedom and product control? Yes please!

Incidentally, I am pleased to say that, at least on our end, our fulfillment of Divided Republic was a success. While the publisher is still working out a few wrinkles, the game has been well received, and I hope to return to board game design in the near future. Nevertheless, the experience was neither easy nor absent of drama, and I can only say that the challenges thereof made us better prepared for what what to do and what not to do with launching and supporting our own Kickstarter project.

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    KNOWLEDGE WINS

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    THE LIBRARY: SEAT OF AMERICAN LIBERTY.

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    THROW THE RASCALS OUT!
    By popular request. At this level, receive a full color PDF of "1933: A Nation Divided," and your choice of two eight man squads of infantry (Militia or Minutemen) in 28mm scale. Stretch Goals may unlock further options.

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    SONS OF THE OLD WORLD: YOUR COUSINS IN AMERICA NEED YOU!
    Do you think your country of birth should have its say in how the war goes? Is there an obscure unit of Coastal Artillery that a beloved uncle served in that deserves to see some action? Does the unit you served in need to play a prominent role in the early years of the war? This is your chance to make sure it happens.

    At this level, you will not only be contributing directly to the goal of funding our project, but play a direct role in the production thereof. Five individuals backing at this level will be given credit as co-authors and given the opportunity to write up a fully official background article and gaming suggestions for any unit of their choice.
    (Subject to proofreading, and we do reserve the right to make a few alterations if it strays too far from the theme we've established.)

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    TO THE VICTORS GO THE SPOILS.

    By popular request, another opportunity to make your mark in the ongoing story that is the Second American Civil War. You may write a scenario for miniatures gaming that will be included in 1933: A Nation Divided. You may create an engagement of your choosing, determine the combatants involved, and determine the outcome, as well as providing a scenario for replaying the battle you've created and the forces involved. (We reserve the right to proofread your scenario and, if necessary, to ask you to make revisions 'No, I'm sorry, you can't have a Tiger popping through a magical time portal from 1943 to wreck havoc in St. Louis.')
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    TOGETHER, WE WIN.

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    TREAT 'EM ROUGH!

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    DON'T JUST READ AMERICAN HISTORY - MAKE IT!

    An extraordinarily special reward. At this level, receive all of the rewards of the "Burn 'em Out" Level, plus, receive an amazing perk: yourself or a loved one sculpted as a personality in a "Heroes of the Second American Civil War" pack. Yourself or a loved one may be sculpted as a Minuteman, Militia, US Regular, Silvershirt, or member of the Kentucky Defense Force. In addition, you may write a brief bio for your character of choice, which will be included in the book! This is a limited reward. Stretch goals may unlock further rewards and squad or vehicle options.

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