About this project
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Fireteam Zero is a cooperative game for up to four players who must cut a path through an endless swarm of deadly monsters in order to discover and defeat the ultimate evil behind them. Each player possesses a set of brutal combat skills that are represented by a deck of cards unique to that character. Play cards to devastate the creatures in your way, help your teammates survive the onslaught, or even reshape the tactical landscape with the proper application of explosive ordnance.
Each player will become a member of Fireteam Zero and commit acts of badassery against different families of monsters while trying to capture or destroy the arcane artifacts that are creating them.
Everyone has played a ton of "guys on a board fighting monsters" games. The question is: What are we bringing to the table that's worth your time?
By which we mean playing heroes that aren't your typical investigators or survivors trying to face the darkness with a hockey stick and a stiff upper lip. Don't get me wrong, we love survival horror, but that's not the game we wanted to build.
Our goal was to deliver heroes that were potent and whose actions were decisive and effective. If you're going to fight unspeakable evil to save the world, competence is the bare minimum requirement for the job.
Which means that the enemy is no pushover. Just because you're bringing a crack team of neck-stompers into battle doesn't mean you're guaranteed a win. As tough as the heroes are, the monsters are pound for pound just as deadly. Not only do they hit hard, but each one comes with an attack, a special attack, and an always-on unique ability to make them just that much more delightful.
Oh, and they outnumber the heroes. And they never stop coming. So they got that going for them.
We spent a lot of time stripping out mechanics that don't pull their weight. If there's an action you can take or a mechanic that can be invoked, then it has a direct impact on your success or failure. Most importantly, we tried hard to make sure that every action a hero commits to means giving up something else in terms of available options or survivability.
Fireteam Zero: The Core Set
The Africa Cycle
Go head to head against the Thornspawn in this expansion!
- The Man from Carthage
- The Vow
- Hidden Sun
The Europe Cycle
Face the Bloodless in the Old Country!
New Miniatures! Receive the Bloodless, another entirely new monster family! Comes with 8 Spore Children, 3 Saprophyte Soldiers, and Black Tooth, a towering boss figure over 60mm tall!
- The Battle of Lost Children
- Lightning Hunt
- The Last Road
When setting up a game, you'll pick an Operation, which will give you an overall goal and pit you against a monster family. You can think of an Operation as a kind of mini-campaign.
Within an Operation, there are three Missions. Each Mission takes place on a map and provides a specific scenario. The Missions are sequential and tell the story of a particular arcane Artifact and monster family, so they are typically named Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3.
You can choose to play the missions back to back, or if you prefer, you can play one mission per game session without having to track a bunch of game states. We make it easy to start any mission in an Operation without a lot of messy housekeeping.
What's going on during a Mission?
The missions are where all the action takes place. Heroes enter a monster-filled map with two goals in mind: complete the Mission Objectives and try not to die. Not necessarily in that order.
The following things will be happening during a Mission:
- Heroes will search the map for Objectives
- Monsters will politely decline to assist the heroes
- Each turn spent dilly-dallying on the map will bring more monsters
- As time passes, the monsters will develop new and unpleasant abilities to kill players with
- Heroes will push their luck, kill monsters, and deploy battlefield altering tactical actions (like showing the monsters what an artillery strike looks like close up)
How do you win?
The combat video! An in-depth look at the easy to use, but deep and versatile combat system!
A mission playthrough! This is Operation: Typhon's Cup, Act I: River Crossing. Note: this playthrough is a bit longer than an actual game, since we add in some explanation as we go. We make a couple of tactical mistakes, one of which turns out to be fatal :)
Can you play with more than one squad?
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A huge thanks to Logan Harris at Eastex Productions for his expert help with the video. Skilled, fast, and thoughtful. What more could we ask?
The music was provided by Jewelbeat.com, highly recommended!
And the reel-to-reel sound effects were from nemoDaedalus, thanks!
Risks and challenges
While Emergent Games is new to the gaming scene, the folks behind it are not. Independently, the team has been involved with making games for years and has several successful, award-winning titles under their belts.
That said, there are two things that we are paying close attention to: manufacturing and international shipping.
We're lucky to have a fantastic manufacturing partner that has helped us get this massive beast under control, but with this many moving parts, there are bound to be some bumps in the road. We'll be very hands on during the entire process, so we will be able to resolve problems quickly when they arise. We're big fans of communication, so if anything comes up that might cause a delay, we'll let you know early and honestly.
International shipping can be tricky if you're trying to keep both costs and complexity low, but we're going to be using Shipwire to make things as efficient as possible. We will also be using an international shipping consultant to ensure that we make effective use of all the options available to us.
We've put as much thought and effort into our supply chain and fulfillment plans as we have the game itself, because a successful Kickstarter is more than just having a great product. It's also about repaying your trust in us with diligence, hard work, and timely delivery.
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Absolutely! FTZ is a fully cooperative game, so one player can run each hero in turn.
Yes! The game will ship with a scaling chart that will allow you to play as few as two heroes and as many as 8.
Note that playing with more than 4 heroes will require you to add more monsters than come in a single Monster Family. If you don't have the additional Monster Familiy packs, you can add monsters from another family to reach the Spawn Pool size you need. You will also need another set of hero figures and and an additional Deck Pack for them.
The game will have several types of terrain sets:
Forest - Outdoor
Town/Village - Outdoor
Mine/Underground - Indoor
Building/Complex - Indoor
Desert Ruins - Outdoor
Experimental Lab - Indoor
Winter Bombed-out City - Outdoor
Occult Ritual site/Mansion - Indoor
The multi-squad missions have two arena/huge area battlefields, plus you will add 4 tiles from the core set to create a 2x8 monster board. There are two Multi-Squad packs, so that's 4 arenas total.
The models are 28mm heroic scale! A human model will be between 35-40mm tall, an Elite figure will reach 50mm, and a boss figure will tower over both of them at 60mm. The figures will be made out of high-quality PVC plastic, and will not require assembly.
The core set comes with the Children of Typhon, Infested, and the Fetch monster families, and the expansions come with the Thornspawn and the Bloodless (one family per expansion). So, what the heck would I do with another set?
A couple of things!
Multi-Squad Missions - These special missions (included in the Multi-Squad Location Packs) use double the amount of monsters in a family, including two bosses. Of course, you can substitute in another family that you already have to get the total number of monsters you need, if you don't mind deviating from the theme of that mission.
Increasing the default difficulty - The game comes with enough figures to set what we consider to be the default difficulty, which is actually pretty tough. However, if your squad is getting good and you're looking for more of a challenge, you can add more figures to the Spawn Pool, guaranteed to test even the most hardcore gamers!
Use as cool figures in other tabletop or RPG games - These are 28mm heroic scale, so you can use them with most other games, similar to how you would use the Reaper Mini figures.
Hide them around the house - Just kidding. Don't do this. My wife is still mad at me.
These are used in two ways: exchanging with an existing monster of the same level (Minion, Elite, Boss) or adding to the total spawn pool for that mission.
Unique monsters can be exchanged for any monster in the mission of the same type. Be aware that Unique monsters are a bit tougher than their standard counterparts, so while the Daughter of Typhon can be swapped in for any Elite in your mission, she would be considered Elite+ for difficulty!
The game comes with enough figures to set what we consider to be the default difficulty, which is actually pretty tough. However, if your squad is getting good and you're looking for more of a challenge, you can add more figures to the Spawn Pool to increase the difficulty. You an either add additional monsters of the same kind if you have them, or add Unique monsters to not only increase the monster count, but also throw new abilities into the mix!
The hero packs come with 4 heroes (one for each role: leader, close combat expert, marksman, demolitions/medic) and two Specialists. Since the hero abilities are derived from their unique role decks, the variant hero figures will have the same gameplay (and also the same customization using upgrades and focus cards).
However, each of the Specialists has a unique ability that is not found in any other pack!
To purchase Add-Ons, you must have a pledge that contains a game. In order to properly handle shipping costs, we must attach everything to the box sets.
The short answer is...one of everything! The longer answer is:
Children of Typhon
8 x Corrupted Animals
3 x Corrupted Humans
1 x Cupbearer
8 x Baitbags
3 x Consumed Baitbags
1 x Mother of Worms
8 x Bone Fetches
3 x Skin Fetches
1 x Harvester
8 x Spore Children
3 x Saprophyte Soldiers
1 x Black Tooth
8 x Scavengers
3 x Wooden Men
1 x Prime
7 x core set heroes (6 male plus Maxine)
6 x Male hero variants
6 x Female hero variants
1 x Folklorist Minsk
1 x "Herc" War Dog
Unique Minions (Stretch Goal Unlocks)
3 x Marrow Fetch
3 x Thorn Skulks
1 x Eldrivore
1 x Artifact Wraith
1 x Eater of the Dead
1 x Daughter of Typhon
1 x Grim Imposter
1 x Whispering Fetch
1 x Flensing Tree
1 x Infesting Queen
1 x Lunger (Stretch Goal Unlock)
1 x Aether Husk
1 x Commander Geitz
Whew! That's 98 in all, plus we will add any Stretch Goal figures that unlock!
We are very pleased to be able to say that we are EU Friendly! Items destined for EU locations will ship from the UK.
US and Canadian orders will ship from the US. All other orders will ship from one of those locations, whichever is most cost effective. If you are receiving an order outside of the US or EU, your local duties and taxes will apply.
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