In 1976, while working with TSR, the original publishers of Dungeons & Dragons, James M. Ward created the foundation for another genre of adventure role-playing. His game, Metamorphosis Alpha™ Role-Playing Game, established a foundation where Science Fiction storytelling could harness the imagination of players in this classic paper and pencil role-playing game. Game enthusiasts have been waiting a long time for Metamorphosis Alpha™ to have miniatures that represent even a small portion of the incredible creatures and survivors on the Starship Warden.
And YOU are a crucial part of making that happen!
GROUPS OF DENIZENS:
A group of denizens is one each of the creatures pictured. (E.G.; The Mutant Monsters group is 1 Funguslug, 1 Belcher Toad, and 1 Clutch Vine).
With your backing, we have the unique opportunity and honor to bring a portion of this world of imagination to life in the form of 28mm miniatures. Being able to do this is a huge honor, and we are thankful that James M. Ward is giving us this opportunity to make miniature representations of his world. We agree with Mr. Ward when he says “gaming on the Warden is better if there are visuals to look at.”
Your support will allow us to purchase a license from James M. Ward to not only create the miniatures for this kickstarter, but also establish a schedule of quarterly releases of new Metamorphosis Alpha™ Miniatures.
To make this all happen, we've engaged the talents of a number of artists to create sculptures using both traditional materials and 3D digital sculpting:
- Anton Ducrot
- Mark Evans
- George Fairlamb
- Shane Hoyle
- Jason Wiebe
All our backer reward levels will feature a new Metamorphosis Alpha Role-Playing game adventure written by James M. Ward for the Kickstarter. James sent us a bit of teaser for what we can expect:
"300 years ago a special operations team went into cryosleep. They wake thinking only a year has gone by and they are still on Earth. They are very wrong. You’ll become one of the highly trained characters trying to escape a fortress in need of many repairs.
Deadly encounters abound on every level leading up and out of the fortress. Robots shoot at your characters. Mutants try to take over your minds as you move through the ten levels. Insane artificial intelligences try to get you to help them repair the fortress.
Are you bold enough to survive the challenges in the Mutant Fortress?"
-by James M. Ward
"Mutant Fortress" will be available as a digital download for all backer reward levels and as a printed copy for reward levels $100 or greater.
DIRECTORY OF DENIZENS:
Separate from the adventure, Mr. Ward will create game statistics for all miniatures produced for this project, which we will produce as the "Directory of Denizens." The Directory will include all the stats and associated artwork for each miniature. This "Directory of Denizens" will be available as a digital download for all backer reward levels and as a printed copy for reward levels $100 or greater.
As a Tier 1 option anyone can treat all non-Early Bird Pledge Levels as an Add-On. We will include these options in the survey portion. For example you can Add-On +$200 to gain the Commander Pledge Level rewards multiple times.
Also available as Tier 2 Add-Ons:
- 3 Pack of Wyrmipedes +$18
- 3 Pack of Frogoids +$18
- 5 Pack of Frogoids +$28
- 3 Pack of Hyenaoids +$18
- 5 Pack of Hyenaoids +$28
Should the community continue to exceed our basic funding level we will match their generosity with additional miniature options for the New Metamorphosis Alpha™ Miniature line of figures that will be available at effincoolminis.com.
From this point forward we will show stretch goals that are available to be unlocked through any stretch goal met (Social or Financial):
Financial Stretch Goals:
- LEVEL 10 - $16,000 Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
- LEVEL 11 - $16,750 Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
- LEVEL 12 - $17,500 Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
- LEVEL 13 - $18,250 Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
- LEVEL 14 - $19,000 Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
- LEVEL 15 - $19,750 Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
- LEVEL 16 - $20,250 Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
- LEVEL 17- $21,000 Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
- OBSERVATION DECK - $20,000 Unlock James Ward's Miniatures Combat Rules for Metamorphosis Alpha Miniatures as Tier 2 Add-On.
- Facebook "Effin Cool Minis" 300 Likes Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
- Twitter "@effincoolminis" 300 Followers Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
- Twitter "@effincoolminis" 400 Followers Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
- Twitter "@effincoolminis" 500 Followers Unlock Mystery Miniature as Tier2 Add-On
This section will show the miniatures as they are being sculpted and be updated throughout the month as we make progress on turning concepts into cast miniatures.
SHIPPING & HANDLING:
Shipping and handling charges will be invoiced at the end of the Kickstarter. This allows us to give you the best price for your order. We intend to utilize Backerkit for this project which will allow the selection & paying of postage during the survey portion of the kickstarter. First-Class Postage varies greatly based on weight and dimensions, but Priority Flat-Rate Shipping is likely the best option and we anticipate most US orders will ship for around $6 and most foreign orders to ship for $26 flat rate.
Risks and challenges
The pie chart above shows the breakdown of our estimated expenses to make this project possible. The total of these estimated expenses does exceed our funding level. We're already invested in this project, but it's going to take Community backing to move it forward.
This is not our first project. We feel that the risks on the miniatures production side are minimal. Unlike most miniatures companies on Kickstarter, we own our own casting facility for both 100% lead free pewter and resin. This allows us to produce finished product without having to wait on a third party's production schedule, which can delay any project.
We have opted to use both traditionally sculpted miniatures and 3D digital pieces (we print our own digital masters in house). Our sculptors have been at work on this project for a month, and we already have some final sculpts in hand.
We've chosen a team of top notch professionals to handle this project. However, there is always risk that any individual contributor may not be able to fulfill their responsibilities on our schedule or even at all. That's a common risk in any creative endeavor that may cause delays in our schedule or require we change contributors. We do not expect any delay, but...........life. :-)
Finally, As James M. Ward is an extremely prolific writer as well as a industry leading game designer. He has assured us that his turnaround for "Mutant Fortress", the content for the "Denizens Directory" as well as any other written material for this project will be top priority and completed in short order.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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