We have achieved our funding goal to make this happen! Mutant Mayhem Minis WILL be a reality thanks to all of our early backers. From this point on, we are advancing towards unlocking lots of cool free stuff and new options for all our backers! Scroll down to the Stretch Goals section to see what's coming next...
The upper tier rewards offer a great deal on per figure cost, that just gets better with each new Free Reward Unlocked. Currently:
- Complete Character Set: 21 figures for $80 = $3.80 per figure
- GM Bad Guy Set: 25 figures for $90 = $3.60 per figure
- Get It All: $40 figures for $160 =$4 per figure
*All the Mut-O-Rats combined count as just 1 figure for the above calculations.
The Story Behind Mutant Mayhem Minis
The goal of this kickstarter is to raise funds for mold-making and production costs to create a line of figures specifically for the Mutant Crawl Classics playing game (and of course, also great for any old-school post-apocalyptic game, Gamma World, etc.). If you are awesome enough to give us money to make it happen, the pewter figures themselves will be your reward!
To get things started I sculpted 15 detailed player-character pieces, including an array of Pure Strain Humans, Mutants and Manimals. I also created a few different monster pieces, and these figures were used by my wife and myself for the Mutant Crawl Classics games we ran at Gen Con this year. All of the sculpts have already been mastered, and enough pewter castings run to make production molds. We’re partway there already, we just need your help to afford production molds and a pile of metal to get these guys out into the world. And hopefully, this will just be the beginning…we plan to add tons more characters, adversaries, and even terrain bits to the line down the road!
For those who haven’t been seen it yet, Mutant Crawl Classics is a role-playing Game of Post-Apocalyptic adventure published by Goodman Games and compatible with the Dungeon Crawl Classics Fantasy game. Humans work alongside mutants and mutated sentient plants and animals to survive a radioactive world of dangers and horrors, and uncover the mysteries of the world that came before. Learn more here.
A Free Adventure Module
At all Reward Levels, all backers are entitled to download our FREE 22-page adventure The Goats Of Travail! This adventure features miniatures already unlocked during the campaign --spider-goats! 4 downloadable full-color battle-maps are also included! It's available right now --if you are already a backer, head on over to Update #18 for download instructions! If you're not a backer yet, as soon as you make that happen, then head over to Update #18 to get your free module!!
Below are pictures and a brief description of all 15 characters in the initial line. Note that as an added bonus, all pledges will receive access to a free PDF file, with character sheets and backgrounds for all the characters. These are the exact same stats we ran at Gen Con—balanced, playable, and fun!
Deer Manimal. Insect-like antenna combine with radar-dish antlers to provide exceptional sensory abilities.
Mutant (mutated human). Recovered an ancient artifact, a ‘Graphic Novel’, and uses it as an instructional manual for Life. He now considers himself the Wasteland’s Crime Fighter.
Cow Manimal. Always brings milk and cheese for everyone. Just…don’t ask where she got it.
BOB-DAR, The Bob-arian
Pure Strain Human (Sentinel). Wielder of the legendary ‘Shield of Yield’.
Mutant (mutated human). Quills of a porcupine, bill of a duck, mane of a lion. Heart of a hero.
Pure Strain Human Scout. Super-capable redneck with a heart of gold. And a crossbow.
Orangutan Manimal. Stretchy. Calls himself an ‘Orangu-twang’. Thinks he’s a genius. If true, he is operating on a whole other level.
Pure Strain Human Shaman. The bark-like skin on her limbs marks her as a follower of Gaea, the AI god of Nature, if the plants and flowers growing in her hair weren’t enough of a clue.
Mutant (mutated human). Ewww, his mouth is in his belly. But he’s got a cool scorpion-like tail that acts as an extra hand, so that’s cool.
Cactus Plantient. A little go-getter. His extra limbs make him extra-fast and extra-stabby.
Pure Strain Human Shaman. Lahr-Ree is a follower of HALE-E, the AI of video games and pop culture. He doesn’t make a lot of sense in day-to-day conversations, but he can call upon amazing powers in times of need.
Toad Manimal. His ability to mesmerize enemies makes him truly formidable. Those who prove resistant to his charms simply get whacked on the melon.
Pure Strain Human Healer. Her little mutated friend Brane the Rat might actually have the medical degree, but, if not much of a healer, Pierce sure knows how to hurt people.
Mutant (mutated human). His imposing size gives him extra strength, making his stop-sign greataxe even more devastating. Oh, and he shoots lasers from his eyes.
Mutant (mutated human). Don’t get on her bad side when she’s having a Bad Hair Day.
A Word about the Gen Con Adventures
We ran two different adventures at Gen Con: The Gaea Protocol, and The Temple of ZIhA. They were very well received, and we certainly hope to publish these as 3rd party official MCC adventures. We thought about actually making the modules part of this Kickstarter, but have decided to work on them separately. Minis are what I know, and I know I can get these guys turned around quick for you all. Getting the modules to a polished and shiny state might take a bit more work and is really more of an unknown factor for us. The good news is, when we do get the modules ready, all these miniatures will already be done and waiting for them.
Add-ons: The Bad Guys
I also sculpted a bunch of bad guys for the games, and they’re pretty cool, too! Since they are bad guys, I figured some folks might not need ‘em at all, and some folks might want multiple copies of some or all of them. Therefore, I have made them available as Add-Ons to the main Pledge Levels. If you want some, simply add up the numbers from the costs below and add that total on to your pledge amount.
These ‘creatures’ may look like some sort of magical swamp monster, but they are actually more akin to robots. An advanced Gaea Node in the center of each uses tractor beam and force field technology to draw pollution to itself, where it can then be ambulated back to a processing facility for purification. At least, that’s how it was supposed to work. Now, their programming has become corrupted, and they spread pollution and death across the land.
A race of little mutant iguana-manimals. These guys are none too bright and are generally hostile to other sentients. Recently, they have discovered some ancient ‘monster movies’ that have led to them displaying some truly odd behavior. They walk with exaggerated stomping motions, like they think they’re really big, and they carry bottles of Inferno Ant Extract, which they chug and then spit at their enemies, making it look like they are breathing fire. Also, they’re little nudists.
These mutated Gila Monster Manimals have been seen in the company of the Zihans lately, and they may have been watching some of the same movies. They are much bigger than the zihans, and also a little smarter and a lot crueler.
Cult of ZIhA Minions Set
This set contains 8 Zihans and 2 Gihans, and is enough minions to run the Temple of ZIhA adventure when we do finally get around to publishing it. Even if you just wanna use them in your own adventures, these are the type of Minion monsters that you’re likely to want in multiples.
Cult of ZIhA Lieutenants
The final boss monsters of the Temple of ZIhA, available as a set or individually, and detailed below.
A giant extra-mutated Gihan. Bob-Ziha is no genius, but he’s big. Like, real big. His fans among the tribe have dressed him up in special armor so he looks even more like their monster-movie idol. This is a large model that stands on a 2” circular base and is cast in 6 different pieces.
This female Gihan is a cosplay fanatic, and borrowed props from the movie theater to make her look.
Dan is heavily mutated from a base Gihan manimal, possessing wings, a beak, and glow-in-the-dark skin.
Russ is a mutated Zihan with a spiky carapace. His friends noticed he looked a bit like one of the monsters from their movies, and to help further the impression they painted him brown. The brown paint irritates his skin. Thus he is angry. Angry Russ.
Add-Ons Cost chart
Be sure to check back as the Kickstarter progresses…Stretch goals that are met will also become available as Add-Ons.
If we meet our minimum funding goal, we’ll start throwing free stuff on the pile to entice new backers to jump on board, and to entice all of you to find those new backers and direct them over here.
We want very much to give you all great value for your pledges, but it is also important to deliver on time, and not slow the project down. To that end, I’m going to be sculpting like a madman DURING the ks project, and trying to finish the sculpts for the new goals before they are announced. We’re also going to throw in a few goals that are minis I’ve sculpted previously that fit in great with the post-apocalyptic theme.
The three types of Stretch Goals
Free Reward: This is something that will be added FREE to your rewards, IF you’ve pledged at the appropriate level. Realistically, I can’t give out lots of free stuff to backers who pledge at all the lower levels…I’ll lose my shirt. Therefore, Free Rewards are only available to backers who pledge at the levels of Complete Character Set, GM’s Bad Guy Set, Get It All, or your own MCC Mini (either one).
The exception to this is that if you pledge at a lower level and also throw enough Add-Ons into your pledge to meet or exceed the $80 value, then I will also throw you the free stuff.
Add-On: These are new minis that will be added to the Mutant Mayhem line, but that I can’t afford to give out for free. These will be available to all backers to purchase as Add-Ons if we meet the stretch goal.
Option: This Stretch goal unlocks a new variant or pose for a mini currently in the line-up. You will be able to select either option as your reward (if you are at a reward level that gets the mini) when you fill out your Backer Survey after the kickstarter. You will also have the option of purchasing the new pose as an Add-On, so you get both (or all) varieties.
Big Spender Alert
If you really love our stuff and want to spend as much as two people would, then golly, we really love you too, and want to reward you as much as two people! So if you pledge $240 or more, you will receive DOUBLE the Stretch Goal Free Rewards. If you pledge $320 or more, you will get TRIPLE the Stretch Goal Free Rewards.
Here’s a few of the first goodies we’ve got lined up:
We’ll start things out by adding some FREE minis to your pile that are already available, but nonetheless very cool and appropriate to the post-apocalypse setting. These pieces were called Spawn Rats in my Tentacles & Eyeballs line, but come slinking up here as Mut-o Rats –regular vermin that have been exposed to some bizarre mutagenic compound, and changed into something even grosser! Since we have reached $4,000, all pledges at the $80 level and above will get a full set added to your rewards for FREE: 3 tiny Mut-o rats, one larger Ankle-Biter Mut-o Rat, and one Den Mother Mut-o Rat. Stats for these beasties will also be added to the Character PDF.
Originally marketed as Spawn Fiend Mutants in my Tentacles & Eyeballs line, these guys are a perfect fit for MCC as poor souls who got exposed to some mutagenic toxic waste. Now that we've passed $5,500, each pledge at the $80 level and above will receive a set of all 3 figures as a FREE REWARD! They also come with pewter ‘mutation sprues’ that allow you to assemble them in many different ways. Mutant Crawl Classics-compatible stats for these guys will also be added to the Character PDF.
The Plantivore is a powerful mutated monster that gains its sustenance from consuming other sentient plant life –plantients!! A nightmare for all plant-based player-characters, the Plantivore is now added as a Free Reward for all pledges $80 and up! As always, we will also include a Mutant Crawl Classics compatible stat-block and write-up in the Character PDF as well.
What started as a way to create spider-silk more rapidly through the magic of genetic engineering has gone horribly horribly wrong with the addition of rampant radiation...behold the SPIDER-GOAT! Does whatever a Spider-Goat can! Including adding himself as a FREE REWARD to all pledges $80 and over, and adding himself as a $6.00 Add-On option to all pledges now that we have hit the $9,000 mark. The picture is a high-quality 3D print Erica painted up for us...he doesn't exist in pewter yet, but now he soon will!
Another monster from the MCC Bestiary, the Caprapod Warder is actually some strange sort of colony creature that has a kind of symbiotic relationship with Spider-Goats, and basically acts as a Spider-Goat Shepherd. As we have now reached $9,500, the Caprapod Warder Mini is unlocked as a $7 Add-On available to all pledge levels. The SPIDER-GOAT ENCOUNTER PACK is also unlocked! This Add-On is a convenient way to get 5 more Spider-Goats --all the Spider-Goats you would need to run a challenging encounter, plus the Warder, all for only $28.
So our $9,500 Stretch Goal, the Caprapod Warder, is even weirder than most MCC baddies. If it takes too much damage, its body fragments and splits into a bunch of little 'Sap Pod' monsters --and that's what these are! At $10,000, these 6 cute little Sap Pod critters unlock. Each one sits on a "Tiny" sized 1/2 base. Get all 6 of them as a $4 Add-On, or get them all as a FREE REWARD with the purchase of a SPIDER-GOAT ENCOUNTER PACK!
So we made it all the way to $9,500 and unlocked those stretch goals, then got knocked back down a bit as a few big backers had to leave for real-life reasons. Since that put our next stretch goal a bit farther away, I thought I'd give us some extra incentive to get there.
When we reach $10,000, not only will the Warder Sap Pods unlock, but all Backers at $80 and above will now get a SECOND SPIDER-GOAT added to their rewards for FREE!
Here's another reward right from the MCC Bestiary...the CROACHLING! Of course mutant cockroaches infest the radioactive wastelands!! They will also infest your rewards...that is, if we can make it to $10,500. When we meet this stretch goal, all backers pledging $80 and above will receive a croachling mini as a FREE REWARD, and he will also be available to all backers as a $5 Add-On. (Picture is a digital rendering of the 3d model...real-world version coming soon!) This croachling's name is Tom, and he shows that even in the post-apocalypse, being a cockroach is still 'Risky Business'.
So, here's the thing about Croachlings...there's never gonna be just one. And that includes in your Rewards! If we make it to $11,000, a second pose of this fun monster will be added as a FREE REWARD to all pledges $80+, and will be available as an Add-On for $5. This guy's name is Earl.
Hot on the heels of Earl is Joy, our 3rd Croachling pose. This cockroach gal is ready to join the swarm --and your rewards--if we reach $11,500. She will then be added to all pledges of $80+ as a FREE REWARD, and be available to buy as an Add-On for $5.
Rounding out the croachlings is the fearsome Croach Commander! This boss monster towers over his minions, standing over 30% taller. If we reach $12,000, there will be two ways for all backers to get him. The first is as an a $7 Add-On, easy-peasy. The second is as part of the CROACHLING ENCOUNTER PACK, which also unlocks at the same time.
The Croachling Encounter Pack is a pile of croachlings --everything a gm needs to run a challenging encounter. For $28 Add-On, it includes 6 croachlings (2 of each pose) and the Croach Commander. Got a big group? Super-Size it --add 3 more croachlings for just $40 total.
The Platco(TM) Security Bot version 1 is one of Platco's most popular models. Highly customizable, it features numerous hard-points to which different gear can easily be attached for different tasks, and is an ideal combination of durability and affordability. This model, the 1-A, is fitted for Crowd Management, and features high-decibel speakers, flashing light, and easy-to read 'Emoji Screen' that clearly conveys the robot's current operating parameters. When you think Security, think Platco(TM)!
At $13,000, the Platco Security Bot can be yours for the low low price of a $7 Add-On. Of course, if you pledge $80 or more, it will be yours for the super-low low price of FREE!
At $14k, we unlock a HUGE Add-On --the Yvox! He's a multi-piece model kit, featuring a resin body and pewter wings, legs, tail and face bits.
D&D has the Bullette, Gamma World Has the Sep, and Kevin Bacon had the Graboids. Now, at $16,000, we welcome to MCC...the UNDER-BITER! I'm really excited about this one: a mutated shark that telekinetically burrows through earth and even concrete to attack unsuspecting PCs anywhere! When we reach this stretch goal, all backers who have pledged $80 or more will get this cool medium-sized (on a 1" base) Under-Biter for FREE! All backers can also order as many as they like as an $8 Add-On.
Hey! What's this?? Even more stuff unlocks at $16k! Medium land-sharks are cool, but no one is REALLY afraid of a shark unless it is bigger than they are. Enter these 2 ginormous Add-Ons. These large-sized Giant-Underbiters each sit on a 2-inch base, and definitely look like they could swallow a PC whole!
MORE TO COME….!!!
Shipping is complicated, and I’ve seen way too many Kickstarters get in trouble by not charging enough for it, over-charging for it, communicating it badly, etc. I’m gonna try to make it as simple and painless as possible, therefore.
Shipping will be extra—it is not included with the pledge amounts (all that would really mean is jacking up the pledge values enough so that I think I’ll have enough to cover it). When your order is put together and ready to ship, we will send you an email with the shipping cost, with a link to pay by Paypal.
If you would like an estimate on shipping, the weight chart below shows the expected shipping weights of some of the pledge levels at this time (this may change if we unlock a lot of stretch goals…I will try to update these numbers as I am able). You can use the USPS Shipping Calculator to get an idea of the shipment cost from our shipping location (Michigan, ZIP 48183) to your location. Think of this as a ball-park number…I may have to add a bit for packaging material and labor (probably about a dollar) Optionally, you can feel free to message us with your expected pledge and location, and we can provide you with a personalized estimate.
Shipping will be by USPS First Class Package delivery or Priority Mail, whichever is more economical. International orders are welcome, and delivery will be by First Class International Package or Priority Mail International, whichever is more economical.
We will be prioritizing keeping shipping costs down in our packaging over ‘Out-of-Box Experience’. If we can fit all the figures safely in a Small Flat Rate box, we’d rather do that than put everything in a great big box that has individual little pretty boxes for all the figures.
I know paying for the shipping separately can be a bit of a hassle, but I think it’s the best way to make sure you get your rewards and pay the absolute least amount possible.
SHIPPING WEIGHTS BY PLEDGE*
*Estimates only…actual weight may vary according to Add-Ons and figures selected, and by Stretch Goals included.
20-odd production molds, a pile of casting, and lots of packing and shipping…I estimate I’ll have about a solid month’s worth of work to do to conclude this project, maybe a bit more. Just to give myself some wiggle room, I’m setting the estimated delivery as 4 months from the end of the Kickstarter. I will post weekly updates to keep everyone informed of progress, or any impediments to progress that may arise.
Who is Dark-Platypus?
Dark-Platypus Studio is mostly and mainly me, Andrew Barlow. I’m an illustrator, sculptor, game designer, writer, all around creative guy. I’ve been running Dark-Platypus for over a decade now (I lose track of the years), making gaming tokens, life counters, miniatures and artwork. I make molds and do casting for a variety of small game companies, including Microworld, Hydra Miniatures, Firelock Games and others.
My lovely wife Erica helps out tons around here. She’s a veteran gamer who writes and runs fantastic adventures, she has just as much gaming experience as I do, but unlike me, can also remember stuff, which I think makes her experience actually count a lot more. She also knows her way around a paint brush, and painted most of the pieces photographed here, with only minor touch-ups added by myself.
A great friend and a great DM, Andrew is on board to help facilitate all the various logistics involved in running the Kickstarter. Actually born a gamer, I think, Andrew has superior skills in a lot of useful areas. He’s an excellent writer, great at logistics and management, knows tons about game rules (and how to abuse them) and is a master dm. Also, he thinks he’s Batman (he’s not…I’M BATMAN, but we let him dream). You may see Andrew pop up in the comments as he helps me stay communicative here…for future reference and to avoid confusion, HE is Andrew, while I am Andy (that’s how we do it in our own gaming group, and it works pretty well).
Gerald Gentry, Chris Klann
My flunky/friends who I have been training in aspects of my work. They can at least usually manage to pour metal without burning themselves. Both work as Security Guards in real life, and are gamers whenever they aren’t doing that. Gerry has vast knowledge of all classic rock and musicians in general, and is a fantastic resource in any trivia challenge. Chris has encyclopedic knowledge of all things Dinosaur and all things Pokemon, which comes in useful…whenever that kind of knowledge is required.
This will be added to as people begin to Ask some Questions Frequently.
Can you do a Painted Set pledge level?
Sadly, neither Erica nor I will have time to paint sets of figures for rewards. The only way we could make this work is by hiring a painting service to do it, and then adding the cost of the service into the pledge amount. We’d be making no money from that (unless we marked it up), so it wouldn’t be helping the project to move forward. I recommend contacting a painting service directly. If you like, you can contact me before shipping and I will drop-ship your rewards to the painting service of your choice for you.
Mutant Crawl Classics and MCC RPG are trademarks of Goodman Games. For additional information, visit www.goodman-games.com or contact info@goodman-games .com. Mutant Mayhem Minis and Tentacles and Eyeballs are copyright Dark-Platypus Studio LLC. Video Soundtrack by Sonnik, used by Creative Commons license.
Risks and challenges
Making minis is what I do, and I have all the equipment and years of experience. I’ve run one Kickstarter before, the Tentacle & Eyeballs miniatures line, and the experience has taught me a lot about how to run a successful campaign. The only possible unforeseen challenges could come from Life itself, but I also have a good support network and trained flunkies, er, friends, who can help if the situation demands it. I anticipate a smooth ride here.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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