Pulposaurus is very excited to announce a tentative agreement with our friends at Reaper Miniatures to join us on Conan: Rise of Monsters!
Here's what Reaper had to say:
Reaper Miniatures is pleased to announce our new relationship with the great people over at Pulposaurus Entertainment! We're excited to be associated with such a great property as Conan: Rise of Monsters and we're anxious to get the ball rolling!
Given the new possibilities this opens up, we're going to cancel our current Kickstarter, readjust some things given the advantages this new alliance gives all of us, and come back stronger sometime later this year.
Thanks so much for your support and encouragement! We think this is one of the best games we've ever worked on, and we can't wait to bring it back to you bigger and better than ever!
See Update #8 for the whole story!
*** Original Campaign Info ***
Know, O Prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an age of swords and sorcery. An age of war. An age of blood and thunder.
An age of...monsters!
Conan: Rise of Monsters is an epic fantasy miniature wargame with pre-painted plastic figures. It was created and designed by four veteran designers of the table-top industry, and lavishly illustrated by some of the industry's top artists such as Victor Moreno and Adrian Smith.
Pre-painted and Ready to Play!
We know people have a lot of miniatures games to play these days, and we know a lot of people lead incredibly busy lives and don't have time to paint their own minis (not to mention cutting pieces off sprues, assembling, gluing, and basing their figures).
So for this project, we wanted something people could play right out of the box. The rules are simple but with complex strategy, and the minis are already assembled and painted and ready for blood and thunder!
We're paying for the absolute best paint jobs available in the pre-painted miniatures market, which should more than meet most gamers' expectations. Those who want additional details can do so, and those who truly want to paint the mini from the base up can back the unpainted version.
We think this is a win for everyone--those who want to jump in and play AND those who want to paint their own hordes.
Thoth-Amon has assembled the blasphemous Legion of Set to bring the Serpent God into the world of Hyboria. His sorcerers, swordsmen, and serpents scour the lands gathering ancient artifacts and destroying the icons of those gods who might oppose their apocalyptic plans.
King Conan of Aquilonia has forged an alliance to stop them--the Circle of Iron. His knights, archers, pikemen, war mammoths, and other beasts are all that stand in the way of the dread sorcerer and his unholy minions.
Conan: Rise of Monsters allows you to pit Thoth-Amon's Legion of Set against Conan's Circle of Iron. Pre-painted miniatures with the absolute best paint level available can be used right out of the box. Fast play rules and custom dice for each faction get you to the action quick. Everything you need for your savage warriors is right on their unit card. Some units also have Special Abilities built in to their rules or triggered whenever they roll a "sigil" on the custom dice.
The Hand of Fate
Warriors' steel and knowledge of the dark arts aren't always enough to win the day. Commanders also have access to Destiny tokens each round that allow them another chance to woo Fate's fickle attention.
King Conan and Thoth are no strangers to the clash of steel. Each side has customized Fate Cards they may use to further their strategy on the battlefield.
Conan: Rise of Monsters uses special engraved dice marked with symbols rather than numbers or pips. We call these the Sigil Dice. An ample supply is provided in each Starter Box, and additional dice are sold separately. Swords are offensive and most often represent successful hits in bloody combat. Shields are defensive and generally represent blocked hits. Sigils are special symbols that trigger other game effects.
Conan: Rise of Monsters draws on Robert E Howard's original Conan stories as well as the Marvel and Dark Horse Comics adaptations to tell a brand new story at the zenith of King Conan's reign.
The Rise of Set & the Fall of Mitra!
The scribes have also come together to tell the great saga of the Rise of Set and the subsequent fall of Mitra!
This lavishly illustrated 96-page, hardback, full-color book features the full story of the Rise of Monsters and how it came to pass. It begins as Thoth-Amon gathers fanatical cultists around Hyboria. With these secret conspirators in place, the wizard then gathers and reads from the dread Scrolls of Skelos--bringing forth even darker servants to the Scaled One's cause!
King Conan eventually hears of Thoth's treachery and the rise of his fanatics. The aging warlord rises from Aquilonia's cold throne and demands the allegiance of the dogs who swore loyalty to him long ago. The call to battle brings a gleam to the barbarian king's eye. He dons his armor, sharpens his blade, and rides into the legendary battles you create!
We've been playtesting the game for almost a year, first with our own core team then with groups all around the country--including veteran miniatures gamers at our partner's store, Zombie Planet in Albany, New York. We paid great attention to their feedback, incorporated it, and reforged the game and the units again and again until we felt the game as fast, tactical, and above all--FUN!
Game Play Videos
During the coarse of the Kickstarter campaign we will be updating new gameplay videos!
Crom, a distant and heartless god, will not make this game a reality. That's up to us, we mere mortals. We must gather our gold together to stop Thoth's insidious plan--or ravage Hyboria in the name of the Great Scaled One!
We humble craftsmen at Pulposaurus have already invested heavily to bring you this vision. Your pledge, O Prince, helps us take the next step. We're working to make the absolute best game possible, with simple rules and complex strategies, the best figures and paint-work we could find, and a story-rich campaign book to fuel your clashes of steel for eons to come.
Here's what's in each Starter Box...
Add-ons are extras you can pledge for in addition to any pledge level.
To get an Optional Add-on, click “Manage my Pledge” in the top right corner of the Kickstarter page and input the total value of everything you want. For example, if you want the Circle of Iron Starter Army ($125) and want an Legion of Set Starter Army ($125) and an additional a set of SIGIL dice ($10) you would enter $260 as your total pledge.
When the campaign has finished, we will send you access to an automated Pledge Manager.
Here you find more details about all the Stretch Goals we planned for the project, to add extra items to your rewards and further improve the contents of the game. Once the funding goal has achieved for a stretch goal, items will either be added at no cost to your pledge or you may be able to add that item as an add-on to your pledge.
We understand that a retailer-only reward level fails to generate more than a handful of backers. The main reason is because backing a project requires a retailer to put aside precious capital. The retailer's money is probably better invested in stocking games that are available NOW and that they can sell to customers NOW. So how do we get retailers to help us?
The solution is to get you to become the Ambassador for your Friendly Local Game Store! How does this work? First, talk to the owner or manager of your FLGS and request that they contact us to name you as their FLGS Ambassador. They just need to send a simple email (subject: CROM FLGS Ambassador) to us at firstname.lastname@example.org that includes the name and address of the store. The email should also include your own name and email address.
Once you’re appointed as an FLGS Ambassador, we will contact you and confirm your pledge to this project at the HYBRORIAN MERCHANT reward level which will include one of each starter set for demoing the game at your FLGS, as well as additional promotional material.
*Please note: If you pledge at this level without the support of a FLGS, then at the conclusion of the project you will be sent ONE starter box of your choice and a $25 credit toward Add Ons.
Shipping will be calculated based on specific zones and actual shipping charges after the Kickstarter when we send out the Pledge Manager near the actual ship date.
When the project is funded, we'll be spending time working with various fulfillment partners around the world to give you the absolute lowest shipping cost we can manage.
In the meantime, these are our best estimates given the average weight of a Starter Box plus a few Add Ons. We hope to be able to lower the prices as we finalize shipping partners in different regions.
- United States and Canada: Around $20
- Europe (EU): $35
- Europe (Non EU): $60
- South America: Around $50
- Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand: Around $60
Risks and challenges
The caliber of work we are producing requires some pretty exceptional skill and artistry. We have worked hard to build relationships with artists and sculptors, as well as secure the necessary lines of production to really push Conan: Rise of Monsters to the next level.
We’ve spent the last year learning how to successfully produce miniatures. We are confident that we can meet our deadlines for production and deliver a product worthy of the amazing work of Robert E. Howard.
Pulposaurus is made up of four veterans of the table-top and video game industry. George Vasilakos is the president of Eden Studios and ran and delivered the Adventure Maximus and Conspiracy X Kickstarters, Shane Hensley runs Pinnacle Entertainment Group and has shipped seven successful Kickstarters, Timothy Brian Brown co-created Dark Sun and created its recent spiritual successor, Dragon Kings (also a successfully delivered Kickstarter), and Jack Emmert is the award-winning CEO of Cryptic Studios and creative director of the original City of Heroes / City of Villains.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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