NEW Character Cards First Draft for Legacy of the Rangers Board Game
I've been given a sneak peak at a character card for Legacy of The Rangers Board Game. Plus some preliminary box art for the box. If you haven't increased your pledge to get the board game, there's less than 42 hours left to do it! Save 20% and combine shipping for the Blu-ray/DVD when you get the Movie and the Board Game together.
NEW Short Film Stretch Goal!!!
So I've collaborated with Miranda (WarGamer Girl) on YouTube and Thomas Gofton (Lynnvander Studios) from The Gamers: Natural One series produced by Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. If we reach $55k in the next couple days, I'll include an epic short film as a bonus feature on the Blu-ray/DVD.
Project Update! NEW Legacy of The Rangers Board Game Unlocked
We're collaborating with Lynnvander Studios to create an epic Rangers board game as a sweet add-on to this successfully funded Kickstarter! Thomas Gofton, the owner of Lynnvander Studios, is responsible for creating many unique games such as the Arthurian quest-adventure “Albion’s Legacy”, the worker-placement space parody “Galaxy Quest” the Robin Hood co-operative “Sherwood’s Legacy” and the Whedonverse co-operative “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as well as “Charlie the Unicorn: The Board Game” and the 2017 Jasco catalogue releases “Mortal Kombat”, “Dragon Ball Z”, “Mega Man 2” and “Cowboy Bebop”.
Below are original illustrations he used for his Sherwood's Legacy game and we can expect the same quality and detail in the new Legacy of The Rangers board game.
Here's his latest game, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Thomas and his team of designers at Lynnvander studios has created.
The NEW Legacy of the Rangers board game will include cards, tiles, and tokens. It's a cooperative strategy, resource collection based game with much room for expansion and possibly miniatures in the future. Similar to his previous games below.
THE RANGERS: BLOODSTONE is a feature length epic fantasy adventure film written and directed by David Nordquist (a.k.a. MiniWarGamer Dave from MiniWarGaming.com). This film features elite Rangers, Orcs, Elves, Halflings, Casters of Magic, various races and classes of human including Bandits, Outlanders, Peasants, and Merchants; all which grab inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien's: The Lord of the Rings. (Try saying all of that in one breath)
The Completed Short Film
Drustan Lorne (David Nordquist) and his daughter Reina played by his real life daughter (Dana Nordquist).
The story is the journey of Drustan Lorne, an elite King's Ranger, who is put to the test when his daughter is captured by Orcs in a raid on his home village located in the Grimmock Mountains. They are in search of a shard of the Bloodstone; an ancient artifact forged by the hand of their master and creator of all creatures of darkness in the world.
Mograh the Merciless played by David Quirk (a.k.a. MiniWarGamer Quirk)
Headripper played by Steve DiMarco (MiniWarGamer Steve) left.
Caught in the crossfire, devastated by the violent raid on his village, and enraged by the capture of his daughter, Drustan puts a halt to his duty as a Ranger and tracks the Orcs responsible for this certain evil. This leads him down a path of trials and fire that will hopefully bring restitution to his plight.
Watch the Award Winning 20 min short film below
The short film (Drustan Chronicles) received critical acclaim by winning the award for best short film in the Canadian Diversity Film Festival (July 2016).
Left to right David Nordquist, Robert Prince, Steve DiMarco, & David Quirk
The Project & Continuation of the Story
The Rangers: Bloodstone is a feature length film that includes and takes place after Drustan Chronicles. It completes the story of Drustan searching for his daughter and introduces other races (Outlanders, Elves, Casters, Halflings). It is also an origin story that depicts the training of his character into the warrior he later becomes.
She-elf Sharia Gethyra played by Wendy Tuck.
Through the course of his travels in the Grimmock Mountains, Drustan comes across a She-elf who tries to convince him to fight for her cause. Since humans and elves are natural enemies (unless faced with a common threat) it takes much convincing through martial combat to change the mind of Drustan and strengthen his alliances.
The Forces of Darkness
Meanwhile, the forces of darkness in search of the Bloodstone, continue to wreak havoc in this otherwise peaceful part of the realm.
Mograh (David Quirk) The Mapmaker (David Brown) & Caraphinneth (Dana Ventresca)
In amongst this shroud of evil which will inevitably consume the world of Adrasil, the Outlanders, a human race of farmer turned mercenaries, or land pirates, fight amongst themselves to vie for power on the outskirts of the Borderlands.
Outlander brothers Bjorn (Chris Tuck) & Henrik (Matthew Walker)
Outlander Brutes played by Josh Nelson & Steve DiMarco
Bjorn, the former leader and founder of the Outlanders, is taken captive and betrayed by his brother Henrik whose lust for power and riches grows by the day. He is unrelenting in his resolve to find out where the riches he was once promised are located.
The Origin of the Warrior
Before Drustan was a Ranger, he was a humble market dweller. He was raised by the vendors in the market and didn't know how to fight or survive by himself in the forest.
It was a rite of passage for everyone who grew up here to seek out the Lady of the Woods to have their paths presented before them. After meeting with her, Drustan sets out to be trained by his ancestor.
Lady of the Woods played by Dee Dattilo (David's real life sister)
Once Drustan discovers his path he must take from the Lady of the Woods, he travels deep into the mountains to search for his ancient ancestor.
After meeting his ancient father he begins grueling and rigorous training to became a Watcher of the Woods of the Ancient Order; a protector of the realm.
The Ancient One played by Ken Nordquist (David's real life father)
Since the film is mostly complete, it is much easier for us to show you stills of what we have created so far. With your help we'll be able to complete the challenging task of post production and ensure a polished film that will be primed for distribution.
Where do your contributions go?
- filming additional scenes
- sound design & editing
- color correction
- post production editing
- compensation for crew to complete the film
Creating a film is fantastically creative yet hard work. Countless hours and many days of effort are put into crafting an engaging story that hopefully resonates and impacts those who watch it. Contributing to this Kickstarter campaign will help to make this dream of making an awesome fantasy film not only a reality, but a dream come true for all involved.
Where it all began
Back in 2013 I (David Nordquist) went to a convention in Indianapolis called Gen Con (Geneva Convention). There I met and spoke with a director named Ron Newcomb promoting his film. After an hour long stimulating conversation about movies and dreams I shared with him my desire to one day be in a film. He then invited me to contact him after the convention to be part of his next film (The Rangers: A Shadow Rising). He accepted and cast me in his film as Drustan Lorne, one of the main Rangers featured in the film.
So I started exercising really hard and growing my hair long to give authenticity to my character in a fantasy setting.
I filmed the Rangers in the summer of 2014 and it was an experience that would change my life forever. After the filming was completed I asked director Ron Newcomb if I could bring my costume home in case I wanted to make YouTube videos in my character. He thought about it for a moment then replied with an enthusiastic "yes."
A year later I went to Washington D.C. for a special screening of the film on the silver screen. Seeing my character come to life in that movie theatre is an experience I'll never forget. I wanted to create that experience again for myself one day, however possible.
Jumping forward to the fall of 2015, I received special permission to use my character of Drustan Lorne from Ron Newcomb (The Forge Studios) in a short film that I would write, direct, and produce myself. A few conditions applied. My character could not die in case more Rangers films were created and it had to take place before the original film; an origin story was in order.
So with the help of Robert Prince, my cinematographer, costume and makeup effects artist, I was able to create The Rangers: Drustan Chronicles. A 20 min short film that told the story of Drustan and his quest to find his daughter who was taken by Orcs after a raid on his village.
The film received critical acclaim. After screening this, my first short film, in our local cinema in Welland Ontario Canada, there was an overwhelmingly positive response by both the local and online communities. I eventually released it on YouTube and it has now reached over 100k views.
I was praised for my work and accomplishment but I knew this was not the end of the story. I wanted to create a full feature length film to tell the completed story of my character.
After receiving some funding from a couple private investors I had a working budget of $22,000 CAD to create this next movie. I starting writing the script back in Janunary and completed it July. I worked 7 months almost nightly after kids were in bed to craft a story I could be proud of. It was a long journey of tweaks and rewrites but very rewarding once it was complete. A true labour of love and passion was in the making.
The more people I talked to about the project, the more excited we became together. I did not do traditional casting for the film. With a few exceptions, the majority of the cast has never been in a film before. There are 18 actors and 62 extras. I had sets constructed for a large market scene, a shelter for the caster of magic, and a Scandinavian hut built for my dad's character (the Ancient One). All of which he constructed himself. It was phenomenal! The energy on set was contagious and fun. Even though they were long, hard days with buckets of sweat and a few minor injuries, we filmed the majority of the feature.
The film was shot with a Rebel t2i and a Phantom 3 dji 4k camera. We shot on location in Pelham, Niagara Region, Ontario mostly on a private property so we had full control over the sound and environment as much as possible. The shots are stunning and beautiful with all natural lighting.
I even managed to convince my good friend (Wolf J. Sherrill) and Star of the original film The Rangers: A Shadow Rising, to be in this project! This makes the movie that much more epic!
We are 90% finished and need to film a few more additional scenes to complete the film. Scenes which will come from the funding of this Kickstarter campaign.
The Executive Producers
Aaron Straus - A WarGamer and fan of film and art, his contribution to the film has enabled this project to become a feature film rather than just a short film. He is also involved in the distribution of the film after it's completed.
Hunter White - A WarGamer with a heart of gold! His contributions include production capital plus a Phantom 3 DJI Professional 4k camera which enabled us to create many epic shots; improving production quality.
Risks and challenges
The Rangers: Bloodstone is an ambitious project indeed. Over 3 months of work has already gone into production so not completing the film is not an option. The good news is we are already 90% complete. We just need help with the post production and a couple additional scenes out of the 60+ scenes we have already shot.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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