SCRIOS is a Tabletop 3D Space Combat Role Playing game from HaHaRich LLC. Players take on the roles of space ship pilots, flying single seat Scouts, Fighters, or Gun Ships. The game is designed to use things that most players of tabletop role playing games already have access to: maps, dice, pencils and paper, and most of the items people need to play are readily available and affordable. Play takes place on a hexagonal map grid, with each object using a 20-sided die to mark their height on the map. Game play is designed to harken back to an old style of game play, where the referee, or "Space Marshal" in SCRIOS, can make spend less time looking up rules and more time engaging their players in role playing.
Two years in the making, SCRIOS is being digitally published on iBooks for Apple iPad, and the rules are being released for free at SCRIOS.com as a PDF. You can purchase optional 3D printed, full color miniatures from Sculpteo.com, linked directly in the eBook. The first prototype of the introductory box set, Trouble in Tango, is setting the stage for online sales and special in-store editions in local game shops and conventions around Detroit. People well versed in RPGs can play this game today.
This is just the beginning. The last chapter of the the SCRIOS Rule Book has a brief tenative outline of the future of the game: adding tools to help those running the game to build their universe, plans to add new mechanics to enhance the basic experience without bogging down the game, more space ships, and prebuilt game settings. Ultimately, the kickstarter is intended to introduce new people to the game, get some great swag and bragging rights to early adopters (such as naming in-game space ships, or helping design the next awesome ship), and help make the game better, quickly.
The main goal of $500 helps us offset about half of the original cost of development, filing fees, miniature prototyping fees, equipment, etc. We intend this game to be as professional and high quality as possible for an independent game developer can when self publishing. Not counting the time that goes into it, each space ship in the game costs roughly $70 in prototyping to make sure it prints well from the 3D printing company, to ensure customers can buy the model for about $10 and have a solid game experience. The box set cost another $100 in material costs and labor to develop, again, ignoring the time to develop the art and documents that go into the game.
Stretch Goal: Currently, the Kickstarter box set includes 4 exclusive plastic miniatures to represent the players of the game. If we can raise $600, I'll upgrade each box set to include 2 additional miniatures to represent the antagonists of the game: the Drones.
Stretch Goal: If the Kickstarter can raise $1000, this will off set the costs of traveling and lodging at gaming conventions so we can show off the game. With your help, we can create a warchest to get tables through the GAMA Entrepreneur program for next year's Origin's Game Fair. To give you an incentive to help, if we can raise $1000, every pledge of $10 or more will get a plastic flight base molded from the 3D printed models from Sculpteo in addition to their awards. (The same as the $6 backer reward).
This is a short video on some of the customization features available through the 3D print-on-demand store at Sculpteo.com.
Risks and challenges
Most of the rewards would be able to start shipping a week after the kickstart "settles"--goals are done, and funds distributed.
Post cards will be ordered as soon as we get addresses from everyone and mailed all at once.
3D printed space ships take about a week to ship in some cases, but ship internationally from the printer to you. So expect a two week turnaround if the ship is in the store once everything settles.
The box sets would have to be ordered from the printer which can take two weeks, the additional pieces placed in the box, then reshipped from the office to you at the most economical method possible. I will communicate the status of the boxes through SCRIOS.com (and facebook, and twitter) as well as the Kickstarter updates. If everything settles by the end of September, then the order can go out to the printer that day. Expect up to a 4 week turnaround here.
The naming rights are yours as soon as we get your email! We do reserve the right to reject any name deemed unsuitable to print in a family-friendly text. We well then order and ship a model of the ship and a base to you!
The new ship development takes time, and the collaborative process works well for some, and not so well for others. Plus, we will have a bit of a learning curve, since your vision and the capabilities of the 3D printing technology mayp need to get aligned, but I promise to reach out to you every other day if needed to get what we need done to make a spaceship.
We had originally hoped to use a 3D printer to make our own bases for the $1000 stretch goals--unfortunately, the time frame for delivery of the printer has slipped and we are not comfortable making that promise in a reasonable timeline. But, the lower cost and improved yields from molds from the original prototype have proven very capable and cost effective, allowing us to offer the new backer reward (replacing the post cards that no one seemed to want) for a lower price then we had hoped. While lacking the "Cool" factor of the 3D printed piece, we can confidently offer these at a great price. (The $50 and $100 backers will still get a 3D printed base, and an additional plastic molded base to mount their next spaceship!)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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