This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 1 2018 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.
UPDATE: Add-Ons are now live! See the Add-On Section below or Update 10 Above!
Clarion Game Studios, LLC is honored to announce the launch of our Kickstarter for our new tabletop game: The Four Horsemen: Omega War! Using the award-winning Hull Breach game system, the extraordinary Four Horsemen literary universe comes to life as players can take the role of the commander of their favorite faction and lead themselves to victory in space and on the ground!
What is the Four Horsemen Universe?
The Four Horsemen literary universe is a series of best-selling Military SF by Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey. There are 19 books between the Revelations Cycle and the Omega War, with more on the way.
In 2025, aliens make first contact with Earth. They’ve arrived hoping to find a rich new source of resources or advanced technological trading partners. After all, they’ve detected deep space probes and evidence of space travel.
Needless to say, they’re disappointed.
Regardless, they open trade negotiations and after we form a world government. When the efforts are nearly ruined by terrorists, the alien ambassador's body guards, praying mantis-like beings known as MinSha, destroy an entire nation in retribution.
The loss of life is massive, but there is a bright side. The aliens realize we have the ability to fight. This is a rare and valuable commodity, as there are only 36 races in the entire galaxy who are willing to fight and die for money. Humanity now has something to trade. Tenacity, blood, and guts on alien battlefields.
When 100 companies leave Earth to fight on contracts, the results are terrible. Just four return alive. These four companies become The Four Horsemen, and create the mold under which all later companies are formed.
Now 100 years later, humanity has made a name for itself as tenacious and resourceful mercenaries. Unable to face many aliens hand-to-claw, we’ve developed powered combat armor known as CASPers, Combat Assault Systems – Personal. These 8-foot-tall, half-ton combat suits have given humanity a serious edge, and the aliens are tired of it.
In a carefully coordinated plot, Earth has been invaded, and the human merc armies fled in order to survive. With Earth occupied, the Omega War is underway. The future of Earth, her few tiny colonies, and all of our people’s lives are at stake. This is the Omega War.
What is the Hull Breach Card System?
Hull Breach is the award-winning Card Game owned by Clarion Game Studios, LLC. First released in 2011, this space-based Card and Dice tabletop game features epic combat between warships, firefights during Marine boarding actions, and a multitude of clever tactics and galaxy-shaking events to provide an ever-changing gaming experience. Hull Breach currently is comprised of Three Box Sets, (Corporate Wars, Loyalty and Vigilance, and In Defiance of Dictators) with a fourth having completed development. (Alarian Kingdoms.) All told, there are thirteen ready-to-play Faction Decks, with multiple Limited Edition cards for your enjoyment.
In The Four Horsemen: Omega War, you assume command of an base belonging to one of our several in-game factions and fight it out with one or more other Commanders to achieve victory on the battlefield. The object of the game is to protect your base - your home away from home - from other Commanders while trying to capture or destroy theirs. Be warned - they’re trying to do the same thing to you. It's a tough galaxy and at the end of the day only one Commander will remain standing. Only through careful planning can the most daring gain command of the galaxy.
Each faction deck of The Four Horsemen: Omega War consists of fifty-five (55) cards, including a Base, at least two Base Module enhancements, two Stockpile cards to track your resources and economic wealth, and fifty others to help extend your power across the galaxy. Each pre-constructed deck sports an effective array of the different card types you’ll need to wage war against your opponents: Upgrades, Options, Modules, Ground Forces, Ships, Events, Tactics, and Breakthroughs. Once you have a few games under your belt you can mix and match cards from different decks to create your very own personalized fighting force and compete against some of the finest commanders in the galaxy.
Best of all, while we encourage customization and deck-building, this isn't one of those "collectible" card games that will have you tearing through randomized foil packs of cards to find the ones you want. The Four Horsemen: Omega War plays right out of the box and you'll know where you can find every card in the game without having to drop a ton of cash on additional boosters or turn to the secondary market to field a competitive deck.
Also, The Four Horsemen is not only a game, but a rich literary universe where the only limit is the imagination of the authors. CGS is already in negotiations to have their Organized Play events have an effect upon the universe itself and there are several reward tiers where you can back to create your own historical presence in the Four Horsemen universe.
See other reviews and testimonials for the original game, Hull Breach, please click the links below;
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How is The Four Horsemen: Omega War different than Hull Breach?
Aside from the very different universes, the original Hull Breach game was focused completely on combat in space. With The Four Horsemen: Omega War, we split the battle between space and ground combat, adding a whole new battlespace for your enjoyment. If you enjoyed Hull Breach, we think you are going to love the new changes we have put forth for Omega War. (Also, if you think that Hull Breach was perfect as it was... keep your eyes open for some other fun and exciting projects coming up!
All right! Tell me more about this Kickstarter!
As we mentioned above, the game is fully designed, but we could use your assistance to make it a reality. While our production schedule is planned out over two years in advance, the opportunity to make such a magnificent project with the 4HU team is too enjoyable to pass up.
However, to do that we will need your help! Currently, it looks like we will need to raise $16,000 to make this Kickstarter a reality. Our last Kickstarter for a Hull Breach project brought in $33,000, and we completed an $11,000 Kickstarter for a project last year. All of this money goes back to the authors and creators who made the universe, the artists that create the art, and the game designers. All of these hard working people do this for a living, so please be generous!
As for any additional monies collected, those will go towards expansions and additional Limited Edition cards for the 4HU universe. As you will see from our stretch goals, the more we make, the more we give!
If the game is already designed, why do you need a Kickstarter?
Good question! The answer is a two-parter:
1. Like many of our games, the first part of development is done internally, which is covered in our regular compensation breakdown. However, most of the artwork and production for this game, (especially for an already-established universe like The Four Horsemen,) requires us to bring in special artists and freelancers to keep in the boundaries of the guidelines set by the creators. A significant portion of the monies raised will be going to the artists to create the art necessary for the game, and for the production of the game itself and Kickstarter rewards.
2. Clarion Game Studios LLC pre-plans its game offerings at least two years in advance when it comes to funding. However, the opportunity to create a Four Horsemen game came unexpectedly after a series of discussions between the creators and CGS, and has been slotted in to take advantage of the award-winning universe that is currently putting out a book every three weeks at the request of the creators. While traditionally we try to put forward the funds for development before everything else, due to the timeframe we have needed to maintain, that was not in the cards. As such, we are going to Kickstarter to get us where we want to be!
Luckily, we are all up to the challenge, and look forward to putting out another great game!
If I back, what would I receive?
See the column on the right side of the page! Backer Rewards can include:
- A copy of 'The Four Horsemen: Omega War' Game
- A Kickstarter-exclusive Limited Edition Card, only available through this Kickstarter.
- Single Card Limited Edition Awards - (At higher levels, backers help create their own LE cards, which would be included in every level $50.00 and up! In our last two Kickstarters, that was between 10-20 additional Limited Edition cards.)
- A random Four Horsemen Challenge Coin
- A physical copy of one of the 4HU books, signed by the Creators!
- Your name recognized on a card!
- Create your own Limited Edition 4HU:OW Card!
- Dinner with Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey, Creators of "The Four Horsemen" universe!
Will there be add-ons?
Add Ons are Live! Currently, we have the following products available:
Four Horsemen General Products:
Fae - $150.00 (Limit 7 - Only 10 additional Fae in total will be created for the Kickstarter - Three are currently on hold for final week release.)
- Each Fae is crocheted by hand by Joy Wandrey.
- Each Fae will be named, and may appear in a future 4HU literary product. (Although they are not promised a speaking role.)
- Due to production time, they may be shipped separately.
- Sex and appearance is up to the artist! Unfortunately, there are no special requests available.
Dog Tags: $18.00 (Limit 30 - Includes Dog Tag and Chain)
Four Horsemen: Omega War T-shirt: $25.00/ea
Four Horsemen: Omega War Add-Ons:
(May require purchase of $50.00 level or greater before Add Ons can be attached, please see notes.)
Additional Box Sets of The Four Horsemen: Omega War: $40.00 each (a $10 savings) - (REQUIRES BACKING AT $50.00 and above for additional box sets.)
Additional 4HU Challenge Coins: $20.00 - (a $10.00 savings) (No Special Backing Required)
Additional 4HU:OW Limited Edition Cards Sets: $25.00 - (Currently 11 additional Cards, REQUIRES BACKING AT $50.00 and above for additional LE Card Sets)
Clarion Game Studios Products:
Hull Breach: In Defiance of Dictators Box Set: $40.00 (a $10.00 savings)
Hull Breach: Master Set: $120.00 - Hull Breach: IDoD Box Set, 6 Decks and Limited Edition Smuggler’s Cove Deck - (a $50 Savings)
Henchman: The Game: $25.00 (a $5.00 savings)
How do I select an Add On?
1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on the project’s page.
2. Increase your pledge by the amount needed to claim the add-on(s).
3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.
Following the Kickstarter, a survey will be sent to you to ensure the proper selection of your add-on items.
(*If you are ordering a Fae or Dog Tags, please email MCiaravella@clariongamestudios.com so we can update the limited quantity numbers on the page for the the convenience of other backers.)
Will you be doing stretch goals?
Of course! Here's the bill of fare so far!
Goal+$500 ($17000 Total) - A New 4HU Short Story by Mark Wandrey
Goal+$1000 ($17500 Total) - A brand new cover for "The Four Horsemen: Omega War"
Goal+$1500 ($18000 Total) - Additional Winged Hussars Deck for all backers $100 and above, plus available as Add-On.
Goal+$2000 ($18500 Total) - Additional Alien Deck for all backers $100 and above, plus available as Add-On.
Goal+$2500 ($19000 Total) - A New 4HU Short Story by Chris Kennedy
Goal+$3000 ($19500 Total) - Additional Golden Horde Deck for all backers $100 and above, plus available as Add-On.
Goal+$3500 ($20000 Total) - 4HU Creator Mark Wandrey will shave his head into a Mohawk. 4HU Creator Chris Kennedy will dye his hair purple.
If I back this project, when would I receive it?
We always try to under-promise and over-deliver when we can, but the hardest part of any game's creation for us is always when things are out of our hands and in the manufacturers. The game has already been fully designed, we are just waiting on additional art for the cards. The instant the Kickstarter is confirmed as fully funded, we move into pre-production. In theory, that would get us the game for early-2019, but we want to make sure we have all of our ducks in a row.
As such, we have the release planned for June 2019, at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH.
Note: No one benefits from having the Kickstarter units sitting in our warehouse. You have my personal guarantee: As soon as the first units start coming in, we will start sending them to you. This also dovetails into our personal promise to never sell new units until the backers have received their games.
Who are you again?
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy/Alt History author, speaker, and small-press publisher, Chris Kennedy has written over 15 books and published more than 35 others. Chris’ stories include the “Occupied Seattle” military fiction duology, “The Theogony” and “Codex Regius” science fiction trilogies, stories in the “Four Horsemen” universe and the “War for Dominance” fantasy trilogy. Get his free book, “Shattered Crucible,” at his website, chriskennedypublishing.com.
Called “fantastic” and “a great speaker,” he has coached hundreds of beginning authors and budding novelists on how to self-publish their stories at a variety of conferences, conventions and writing guild presentations. He is the author of the award-winning #1 bestseller, “Self- Publishing for Profit: How to Get Your Book Out of Your Head and Into the Stores,” as well as the leadership training book, “Leadership from the Darkside.” Chris lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with his wife, and is the holder of a doctorate in educational leadership and master’s degrees in both business and public administration. Follow Chris on Facebook at facebook.com/chriskennedypublishing.biz.
Located in rural Tennessee, Mark Wandrey has been creating new worlds since he was big enough to hold a pen. Deciding in 2004 at the tender age of 40 to give professional writing a go, he launched his career with Earth Song – Overture. Now years later, he’s the creator of the wildly successful Four Horsemen universe. With his friend and partner, Chris Kennedy, they’ve released dozens of books in that universe with many more coming all the time. Three time Dragon Award finalist and author of many books and short stories, Mark is just getting started.
I backed Henchman: The Game, when will I receive it?
First and foremost, Thank you! I hope you will enjoy it. Traditionally, we don't like doing a new Kickstarter before the last one fully ships to all of our previous backers, but we are on a special timeline to partner with the fantastic work that the Four Horsemen writing team is currently doing for this particular project. As such, some of the units have not made their way over from China as of yet, as we needed to make some late revisions to improve the game itself. Below I have included the pictures of the game while it was in production, and we have some rave reviews from those who have the demo copies!
UPDATE: As you can see from our recent update on the Henchman: The Game, the final shipment of Henchman is en route, and should hit our shores in the next four to six weeks. Currently it is being shipped by sea, but you should have it in your hand by October.
Risks and challenges
While unexpected obstacles are always a possibility, (especially in the gaming industry,) we are completely confident in our ability to provide a successful production run of The Four Horsemen: Omega War as we have done with our past three successful Kickstarter-based items. The game itself is fully designed, and only requires additional art to begin full production. As it is based off an improved version of the highly successful Hull Breach system, which has seen sold-out success with the previous three Hull Breach box sets, we have shown the viability of both the game system and our continued development process, allowing us to continue providing additional entertaining and enjoyable games for years to come!
As with all of our products, 4H:OM has just been through an exhaustive development process, which has brought the expansion up to our current pre-production phase. Once we have been full funded, we are completely devoted towards the production of The Four Horsemen: Omega War and it's planned expansions. To alleviate any potential complications, we have researched alternative publishers, alternate distribution channels, and have budgeted to ensure we are able to provide all that we have promised, even if we run into any potential challenges in the production process. (However, our current printing company is magnificent, and we do not anticipate any issues.)
As experienced game designers, however, we know that the majority of the risks take place in the manufacturing phase. We have alleviated this by using the manufacturer we have had such success with in the past, and by setting the dates far enough forward into the future to ensure that we can meet our deadlines! (The games themselves are actually planned to complete production significantly before the scheduled dates posted, but we would prefer to under-promise and over-deliver when we can!)
We have also tried to alleviate any concerns by providing a tiered system to ensure that not only can we successfully produce The Four Horsemen: Omega War, but that any additional funds we receive go directly back to supporting the game itself, such as accelerating our plans for both future expansions and supplementary materials. Continued support for the development of the Four Horsemen Universe/Hull Breach Card System is an integral part of our funding strategy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter