Ictus - 30mm Tabletop Wargame in the Steampunk Apocalypse
Ictus - 30mm Tabletop Wargame in the Steampunk Apocalypse
Ictus is a new tabletop skirmish war game with unique miniatures, a new ruleset and multiple game modes, including cooperative play.
Ictus is a new tabletop skirmish war game with unique miniatures, a new ruleset and multiple game modes, including cooperative play. Read more
About this project
Ictus: Tabletop Warfare
Titan Zero Industries presents Ictus, a table top wargame set in the Stempunk apocalypse of 1909. Ictus features high quality miniatures, six unique factions, an all new stacking rule set and multiple game modes including cooperative play.
Ictus miniatures are high quality, feature dynamic action and are cast by hand in durable plastic to capture fine detail.
Ictus features an all new stacking rule set, making it easy to learn, but difficult to master.
With the inherent flexibility of the rule set you can develop your own way to play. It also allows for multiple officers within an army, a unique feature which adds significant depth to play.
In addition to the standard player versus player skirmish, the stacking rule set allows for many different game modes, each adding their own stack of abilities or penalties. In the “Slap Fight” game mode attack range is dramatically reduced, but armor class is increased resulting in a completely different type of skirmish. Other game modes include cooperative play, where you and the other players try to survive against the game. In “Bombardment” players try to destroy a battalion of mortars. In the game mode “Undead Infection” they players try to survive being attacked by a group of zombies, without becoming undead themselves. With no additional purchases required, game modes add value and expand the way you play.
The game is set in the steampunk apocalypse of 1909, a little more than a hundred years after the war for independence was interrupted by the opening of the first ictus rift. Now after decades of war an uneasy peace has settled in. But skirmishes are still frequent along the borders with courageous commanders like you defending their homeland.
Pick Your Side
There are six unique factions in Ictus, each with their own strengths, weaknesses and specialties.
The British American Colonies: Focusing on industry and iron the British have mastered the sophisticated art of marching across the battlefield. Hardy and heavily armored the B.A.C. can shrug off most attacks allowing them time to position themselves before delivering the final blow. They specialize in manipulating the battlefield itself, creating cover for themselves or obstacles for their enemies. The four units in the starter set are: The four units in the starter set are:
- General Oliver Brookwater: A tough as iron leader with a custom pistol who can push soldiers past their normal limits of exhaustion.
- Conscript: A good all-around soldier, with decent ranged and melee capabilities.
- Trench Gunner: Carrying an oversized trench gun, he fires in a cone, striking all in his path.
- Shield Warden: A walking wall of defense. He can provide cover to allies behind him.
The United American Territories: The south suffered the worst of the attacks after the opening of the Ictus rift. Their town centers were over run and the people scattered. Only those who were fast and mobile survived. This trait followed the U.A.T. to the battle field where they specialize in fast movement and long distance attacks. Their beam weapons can hit multiple targets and scatter enemy lines. The four units in the starter set are:
- General Olivia Marshall: A hotheaded warmonger who charges fearlessly into battle, smashing foes with her iron fists. She inspires speed of movement in her troops.
- Gunner: The standard hit and run unit for the U.A.T., he dual wields pistols to great effect.
- War Dog: Infused with Ictus pumps the War Dog fearlessly runs into battle where it can grab onto its prey and hold them immobile.
- Beam Gunner: This unit carries a lightweight beam gun, capable of striking multiple targets with one attack.
The Legion of the Damned: The L.O.D. army starter set will be available this holiday season with the official release of the game.The L.O.D. first appeared with the opening of the first Ictus rift. Unorganized and ravenous the demons and undead flooded into the night. Unopposed, they tore into humanity for thirty-seven days. Only after the army of heaven intervened were they stopped. However, the wisest bode their time and built their strength. Now the L.O.D. has resurged against humanity, launching targeted attacks. The L.O.D. soldiers are advanced in hand to hand combat, without fear they rip into their prey. Having no fear of death, and being mostly dead already, many L.O.D. units explode upon death or have area of effect attacks. The four units in the starter set are:
- General Mo’Phier: A lich of unusual talent he wields a flaming staff and commands his troops with an iron will.
- Suicide Zombie: It carries two torches and has a powder barrel crammed into its chest cavity. It only serves to charge the enemy and detonate their front lines.
- Undead soldier: Armed with a musket and sword, this is the standard front line unit of the L.O.D.
- Skeleton Archer: Unusually hardy, the skeleton archer provides ranged support for the front line units. And duh, of course there would be a skeleton archer.
The Mercenaries Faction: The MRC faction will be available the first quarter of 2017. Mercenary units can be hired into any army and focus on heavily on damage and unique abilities. MRC units come in a mystery box, where you will randomly get one of ten different MRC characters. Several have been developed already:
- Ictus Giant: A “volunteer” has an Ictus pump implanted in their chest. The mix of strange magic and elements causes the “volunteer” to grow in size and strength, but destroys their mind. The Ictus Giant is armed with a primitive weapon, but capable of hitting everything in front of him with a single swing. Comes on a 40mm base.
- Sarah O’Connel: An expert melee fighter, she wields a lightweight sword made of Ictum, a corrupted metal. She has a reach bonus, able to attack enemies with her sword before they can reach her.
- Mooosapher: Daemon cow that brings udder destruction to the battlefield. ‘Nuf said. Comes on a 40mm base.
All rewards earn you a spot on our webpage as a contributor and soldier in the Ictus war.
$40 gets you either the B.A.C. or U.A.T. army starter set. Each box comes with 4 hand cast plastic units, three soldiers and one officer, 4 character cards, and a quick start guide.
$80 gets you the B.A.C. and the U.A.T. army starter sets.
For $200 you get the B.A.C. and the U.A.T. army starter sets and a limited edition 40mm bust of General Brookwater.
At $350 you get the B.A.C. and the U.A.T. army starter sets, plus the Legion of Damned army starter set when it is released this winter. You also get a limited edition 40mm bust of General Mo’Phier.
If you buy the $1000 package you get the B.A.C. and the U.A.T. army starter sets, plus the Legion of Damned army starter set when it is released this winter. We will work with you to develop a 30mm figure based on your design or ideas for release into game. You get a copy of this figure as well as your name on its character card. The timeframe on this is variable.
If you buy the $3000 package you get the B.A.C and the U.A.T. army starter sets, plus the Legion of Damned army starter set when it is released this winter. We will work with you to develop a 40mm figure based on your design or ideas for release into game. You get a copy of this figure as well as your name on its character card. The time frame on this is variable.
A Growing Line of Miniatures
We plan to grow the list of soldiers available for hire into your army by releasing 5 new units a quarter. But we need your support to make it possible.
Your support gets us the equipment we need to be able to start producing miniatures. This includes the specialized equipment for casting and mold making, as well as finishing needed on the masters. In exchange you are supporting a made in the USA company and getting an excellent product.
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges is being able to produce the kind of quality miniature that players demand. There have been a number of kickstarter campaigns that focus on 3D printed models that only delivered disappointment. So while we are using 3D printed models as a starting point, but that is by no means the entire process. Firstly we are using a highly specialized type of 3D printer to give us an incredibly detailed starting point. From there we put on our jeweler’s lenses to help with the polish and sealing of the miniature, thereby eliminating any rough layering or details inherent in the printing process. We then take the master unit and make molds for casting. There are problems that could happen at any step in the process, broken parts, trapped air bubbles in the plastic, or details that just don’t come through. Thanks to the flexibility of the 3D printer we can correct some mistakes as they arise. Casting can be a challenge in of itself, figuring out how to do it efficiently and get the correct results. However, I have a long history working in the dental field working with 3d printers and castings to make denture partials, crowns, bridges, and a few other things just for fun.
The next challenge is getting the right mix of plastic, which is both strong and easy to paint. Because we want to provide the best quality product we will be ordering a few different types of resin and putting them through their paces to ensure you get the best.
The next risk is the game itself. It is possible, despite our best efforts that the game is severely unbalanced. We can playtest all day long, but it’s really the thousands of other players that are going to see if there are any shortfalls. That’s why are stacking rule system is designed to be a living system, meaning if there is something wrong we can fix it. At Titan Zero Industries the player is number one, so if there is a problem we want to correct it. If there is a way to improve we want to hear it. We are totally committed to the idea that you sign our paychecks and you are our reason for existence.
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