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A tabletop wargame of combat between the might tribe and legendary creatures of pre-contact America and the Pacific.
A tabletop wargame of combat between the might tribe and legendary creatures of pre-contact America and the Pacific.
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Going Native: Warpath is a Native American themed table top strategy wargame that explores the real life cultures of the Americas and the Pacific. Instead of having massive armies, Going Native:Warpath follows the realistic war party dynamic that was employed by the native peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. This means the models needed for a battle number rarely more than 100 and, in most cases, less than 50 per player, depending on the size of game you'd like to play. Going Native: Warpath is easy to learn and once you are familiar with the basic rules the game moves quickly. The average game time can range from 30 to 40 minute for a small game and up to a hour or more for games using larger party sizes.

This is the cover to the Going Native: Warpath core rule book
This is the cover to the Going Native: Warpath core rule book

Historical VS Mythical

We also differ from other historical style games by giving the player the option to bring the mythical creatures of the Americas and the Pacific into the game as members of their War Party. These mythical creatures, called Spirit Beasts in the game, are compelled to join the battle on the side of the player’s War Party by the spirits, a deity, or by an offering of some kind to help the tribe in its time of need.

Ahklut - Orca/Wolf Hybrid from Inuit Myth
Ahklut - Orca/Wolf Hybrid from Inuit Myth

What is covered in Going Native: Warpath?

The native world in Going Native: Warpath was split in to 5 regions:

The North - This covers the Northwest United States and most of Canada

The East - Covers everything east of the Rocky Mountains and the Caribbean

Mesoamerica -covers Mexico, the American Southwest and the Mayan rainforests

The South -Covers all of South America

The Pacific - covers the cultures of the islands of the Pacific and the Australian Aborigines.

The core rule book includes one War Party from each region: Pacific Northwest Tribes from the North, Woodland Tribes from the East, the Aztec Triple Alliance from Mesoamerica, the Inca Empire from the South, and the Hawaiian Koa from the Pacific.

This is a Aztec Officer for our Aztec Triple Alliance War Party
This is a Aztec Officer for our Aztec Triple Alliance War Party

Game Play Videos

A look into the war parties

A decription of the War Parties in the Core Rule Book

The General Game Play

What is done and what are my Kickstarter Objectives?

Well, the rules and book are done, but a lot of art is still needed.

The models for the Aztec Triple Alliance War Party are either finished or being sculpted.

The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund the second starter kit, the Pacific Northwest Tribes, and the much-needed art for the Core Rule book.

Nagual – Shape shifting witch/shaman from the Mayan Rainforests
Nagual – Shape shifting witch/shaman from the Mayan Rainforests

What is in a Going Native: Warpath Starter Kit?

Every Going Native: Warpath War Party Starter Kit includes finely detailed metal models and stat cards. The models are 28mm scale and made of metal with plastic bases. Each Starter Kit has enough models to play Going Native: Warpath using the lowest War Party levels in the core rule book. Here are the models found in each starter kit –

  • One War Chief – This is the leader of your War Party
  • Two Six Man units – Units of Warriors and Braves are the heart and soul of the game
  • One Officer – This is a hero, shaman or other important individual from the tribe
  • One Spirit Beast – This is a monster, wizard, or guardian that was sent by the gods or spirits to assist the War Chief in this battle. 

The Contents of the Starter Kits are listed in the Links below

The Aztec Triple Alliance

The Pacific Northwest Tribes

The Hawaiian Koa

The Woodland Tribes 

The Incan Empire

A Sample of the War Party Starter Kit
A Sample of the War Party Starter Kit

Is there anything special I can get with this Kickstarter that is rare and hard to get anywhere else?

In this Kickstarter, we are in the process of putting together a fantastic fictional Hero model, The Monster Hunter. The Monster Hunter is a limited release model that will not be available for general release when Going Native: Warpath makes it to your local game store. If we exceed the stretch goals listed below, we will also put out other limited release models for Going Native: Warpath.

This is a Fictional Monster Hunter that can be used by all War Parties, as a Spirit Beast.
This is a Fictional Monster Hunter that can be used by all War Parties, as a Spirit Beast.

The Stretch Goals

These Stretch Goals are meant to accelerate the production of the War Party starter kits.

Risks and challenges

One of the continuing challenges to this project is the subject matter. Since Native Americans and Pacific Islanders are largely an unexplored subject when it comes to gaming and comics, problems are bound to come up. The lack of familiarity with this subject has led to uninspired concept sketches which have produced uninspired models in the past. Based on the lessons from the past, we have taken a different approach to this problem by working with the artist more to get a solid concept sketch that the sculptor can then use to build a great model and give the gamer something fantastic to use on the table top. You can surely see that from the video above.

There is a lot of work to do from now until August of next year, the planned deadline for Going Native: Warpath. This is a challenge to say the least. Although I have lined up some fantastic artists and sculptors to work with me on this project, they live all over the world and it can take up to a month before the greens even arrive. This also compounds the issue when you factor in production and packaging. With proper time management, I know that everything that is funded with this Kickstarter Campaign will be delivered on time.

I have overcome many challenges just to make it this far. With the help of mentors from existing model companies big and small, a network of artists, and several years in the gaming industry, I know that I can overcome any obstacle that comes my way. I have never been known to stray from hard work and I am looking forward to seeing Going Native: Warpath to fruition.

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    Loot - You will get One Limited Release Monster Hunter model and a Print of the cover of the Going Native: Warpath rule book.

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    Brave - You will get a copy of the Going Native: Warpath Rule book, One Limited Release Monster Hunter model and a Print of the cover of the Going Native: Warpath rule book. Ships free in the USA. Everywhere else, please add $15.

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    Warrior - You get 1 War Party Starter kit of your choice, One Limited Release Monster Hunter model, and a Print of the cover of the Going Native: Warpath rule book! Pick your War Party after the Kickstarter ends from any of the unlocked War Parties! Ships free in the USA. Everywhere else, please add $15.

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    Elder - You will get a copy of the Going Native: Warpath Rule book, One Limited Release Monster Hunter model, 1 War Party Starter kit of your choice and a Print of the cover of the Going Native: Warpath rule book! Pick your War Party after the Kickstarter ends from any of the unlocked War Parties! Ships free in the USA. Everywhere else, please add $25.

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    Shaman - You will get a copy of the Going Native: Warpath Rule book, TWO Limited Release Monster Hunter model, 2 War Party Starter kit of your choice and a Print of the cover of the Going Native: Warpath rule book! Pick your War Party after the Kickstarter ends from any of the unlocked War Parties! You may duplicate Starter Kits. Ships free in the USA. Everywhere else, please add $25.

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    Shaman - Just Models - You will get One Spirit Beast From the Add On Section, TWO Limited Release Monster Hunter model, and 2 War Party Starter kit of your choice! Pick your War Party and Spirit Beast after the Kickstarter ends from any of the unlocked War Parties! You may duplicate Starter Kits. Ships free in the USA. Everywhere else, please add $25.

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    Wise Old Fox - You get two Shaman Level Kits.
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    Wise Old Fox - Just Models - You get two Shaman Level Kits.
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    Crafty Coyote - Mostly Models - You would get One copy of Going Native: Warpath core rule book, TWO Spirit Beasts, SIX Limited Release Monster Hunter model, and SIX War Party Starter kit of your choice! Pick your War Party and Spirit Beasts after the Kickstarter ends from any of the unlocked War Parties! You may duplicate Starter Kits. Ships free in the USA. Everywhere else, please add $25.

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    Choose Your Own Adventure - At this level you get some creative input in this game. You will have the opportunity to help create a Hero or Spirit Beast based on your own ideas and/or design. This hero will become a model and will be available for general release. Now it is important to note that these heroes must fallow the theme of Going Native: Warpath. On top of this the models created from this pledge level, every attempt will be made to include them in the Going Native: Warpath's core rule book.

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    Fund a War Party - This is the ultimate level. You funded the complete sculpting of one of the War Parties Starter Kits for Going Native: Warpath. In return for this, you get 2 Choose Your Own Adventures level Kits and some input on what goes in to the starter kit.

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