Episode 5: 200%, Goal Updates, & Robot Lore!
This update was supposed to be about Combining Robots and that core mechanic, but in lieu of recent events, I'm splitting that to Thursday/Friday's update! We have a bunch to cover:
Today was a huge day for the game and it is moving towards being the third, maybe second most successful day for A.E.G.I.S. so far, and this is definitely thanks in part to some of these shout-outs:
- GreaterThanGames highlighted us in an update for Sentinels of the Multiverse: OblivAeon!
- EngagedFamilyGaming talked about us in their 83rd episode at around 22:40!
- Pitchwise listed us next to our friends' game, Ursa Miner!
- We appeared on another list on CasualGameRevolution!
- And on a little write-up on GeekDad!
- We're also on this week's r/boardgames Kickstarter Roundup!
Many thanks to them for the kind words! We're also sure to show up elsewhere soon.
Shattering Goals so Fast We Need a Vacuum
Progress!! After our funding jump today, the game got some glitz and glam.
$29,000 - Standee Upgrades!
Every robot in the game has a chipboard standee, and it's our quest to make them outta the sturdiest stuff possible. So we're upgrading them to a linen finish and better cardboard, allowing them to hold up for a good, long time.
$31,000 - Board Upgrades!
Surprise! This wasn't even revealed yet, but we broke through it almost overnight. Similar to the standees, we want your battle map to last a good, long time, so now the board has some material upgrades too, including better coating to ward off the elements.
$33,000 - Drumroll...
It's a surprise! While we wait on some back-end confirmations, this is a ~secret~. One of the side-effects of having a campaign that's taking off so fast and so furious. We should be revealing this later this week!
$35,000 - 4-Player Board Art Upgrade
The board in the Core Box is double-sided, two-player on one side, and four player on the other. Right now they share similar base art, but upon hitting this goal we'll be unlocking a whole new landscape to play on. Not only that, but we'll be holding a Backer poll for which part of the AEGIS world should be represented here!
Next Phase of Goals: ART!
Once we get past that, we have more component upgrades, but also some polishing around the edges for all our new fans! Interspersed between those component goals, our awesome artists and I are going to redraw some of AEGIS' lingering old robot arts, or just upgrade some of the art in general. We'll be streaming some of that art process during the campaign on our Twitch channel!
And just so this update isn't all logistical updates, here's some fun stuff.
AEGIS Lore Bombs: Robots
So what are these robots? How big are they? Are they piloted? What do they taste like?
The machines you fight with in A.E.G.I.S. dot the landscape of Sigaea, dormant for hundreds of years. Children play on them, city squares are built around them and birds roost inside of them while they gather moss. No one acknowledges these metal marvels, they're just around, no different from the trees and mountains.
Until one day, a lone soldier from a small Northern province awakened them to fight by his side. The robots only activate when arranged into a circuit of five, and are called upon by a strong mind able to command all of them in tandem. All actions they perform come from one person who controls the entire squad.
These robots can stand several meters tall, and are about the size of cars in our world, and are made of a self-repairing metal material unlike anything else. They can bend, change shape and merge their forms with others, and have completely redefined warfare on the world of Sigaea.
Assault Robots taste similar to Swedish Fish.
What do you want to see from A.E.G.I.S.?
So far we've received a lot of cool suggestions about stretch goals and additions, from box sleeves to dials for energy tracking. We're working on some cool stuff, but as our funds increase, our ears are more and more open.
Weekly Stream Tomorrow!
Remember that we do our game-play streams on Wednesday nights in Tabletop Simulator, come by on Twitch to ask us questions! We'll be playing with some fans.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth update later this week!