A 28mm miniature skirmish game with a twist. Assemble your warband of different fantasy races to fight for the glory of your faction. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on December 22, 2013.
About this project
Twelve Elements of War is a collaborative effort between Sword & Board Games and Alessio Cavatore’s River Horse.
The team at River Horse working on this project under the supervision of Alessio Cavatore are Anthony Reynolds, rules developer/editor and lead writer, developing the rich background already created by the Sword & Board Games team. He is assisted by Dylan Owen, who is also in charge of product design and is assisting with creative writing. Anthony Greentree will provide the art and graphics, bringing the continent of Dothmora and the world of Lumria to life with his artistic talents.
Our main goal for this campaign is AUD$10,000. This will allow us to print the master miniatures for Shadow Hold and The Mining Guild, create the moulds and put into production the Shadow Hold (7 miniatures) and Mining Guild (7 miniatures) factions. As well as print the rulebook.
Welcome to the Eastlands of Dothmora, a realm riven by intrigue, feuding lords and warbands fighting in the secretive Shadow War. It is a land steeped in rune magic and blood, yet one where the various races – humans, elves, dwarfs, fauns, trolls, ogres, orcs, goblins and halflings – live in harmony, owing allegiance not to race but to one of the mighty factions that make up this war-torn kingdom.
Twelve Elements of War is a 28mm Tabletop skirmish wargame. A typical warband will include between 7 - 12 models (depending on your faction and style of play), activating one model at a time. Players alternate turns activating models, keeping both players engaged and thinking. Despite only activating one model at a time, it successfully simulates combined attacks with multiple models; the first attacks in a round weaken and lock-down a model, making it easier to finish off by attackers later in a round.
It uses a multiple D6 dice, one-roll system for all rolls during a battle. Roll a number of dice equal to the Model Statistic that you are using to attack/defend/employ, add bonus dice if you have an advantage of some type, like charging. Compare the result of this roll to the enemy model's statistic or enemy model's roll to see if you succeed. The dice system does not use charts or tables & is used for all rolls, making the game extremely easy to learn.
The broad range of Faction Lists each bring something special to the battlefield, and each faction choose from the 9 fantasy races. Each Faction is balanced to each other, despite having multiple fantasy races and at least 6 roles per Faction to choose from. Successfully employing a variety of different races performing melee, shooting or magic roles on the battlefield is the key to winning.
Over 20 different mission combinations ensures that each game of Twelve Elements of War will different from the next. Creating a balanced warband is only the start; quick thinking, using the right model at the right time & an assertive battleplan is the key to completing your objectives while denying your opponent theirs.
The fun with Twelve Elements of War doesn't finish after one game. Twelve Elements of War has a complete Campaign system that sees your models gain experience, better abilities, new skills, money and magical runic items as they play battles and also explore the world of Lumria acquiring strange and unique items. You will also have the option to visit a town after each game. In town you can choose to go to the Tavern to recruit new members and heroes, The Market to purchase new items and equipment, the Arena to watch pit fighting and maybe pick up a few pointers. Lastly the Temple, where you can prey to the gods to heal your wounds or ask for their blessing in future battles. In addition to visiting these places, you roll on one of four unique “random encounter charts”.
Games can be played on a vast variety of battlefield types, from cautious tactical advances in the snow covered Forest of Sighs, to fast paced skirmishes leaping from building top to building top in the sprawling Port City of Arcadia.
Lastly, with 100's of magical item combinations to try out and over 36 unique runic spells to cast with your magic users, this game has a large amount of re-playability.
(these playtests where external and independent of Sword & Board Games)
"Gameplay was smooth and fun. As a designer I love the elegance of the underlying 'core engine' (i.e. number of dice = skill, success on 4+, success determines difficulty of opposite roll). I also love the depth and variety of the background. The post-game sequence brought up quite a few laughs, and a feeling of 'fantasy world' out there waiting to be explored". – Alessio Cavatore
"The faction rules give a distinct narrative flavour to each warband without overloading each player with too many extra rules, and the fact you can field different races makes the warbands look really cool, and makes the game look very different from anything else on the market". - Playtester
Noble and proud, its soldiers armoured in the finest steel plate, Highguard once ruled all of the Eastlands… but that day is now past.
The Mining Guild
Ruling an ever-expanding subterranean realm, the Mining Guild is a faction renowned for the toughness and tenacity of its warriors and citizens.
The Geniocracy of Toth
Masters of invention and technology, the Geniocracy makes extensive use of clockwork constructs, aiding its citizens in menial tasks and marching alongside its armies when it goes to war.
The Shadow Hold
Shrouded in darkness, the acolytes of the Shadow Hold are Runecasters who wield powers beyond comprehension and are feared across all of the Eastlands.
Religious fanatics who believe they alone can save Dothmora, the Keepers are a fervent order who see it as their divine duty to rid the Eastlands of dangerous Runecasters.
Heroes for Hire
Warbands can be supported by a number of unique “Heroes for Hire” lending their services to your noble cause (for the right amount of sovereigns of course)
(NOTE: Concept art miniatures may be slightly altered, have different poses and weapons based on feedback from the gaming community)
IMPORTANT: You will not be asked to select your miniatures until the renders have been completed after the campaign.
Higher resolution images can be found on our website
As you can see from the pictures above, we are more than capable of delivering from concept art to finished miniature.
As we have indicated many times before, we feel that many of today’s tabletop gaming books have lost the “warmth and feeling” that they once possessed. Having said that, we must stress that the team at Sword & Board Games do play numerous other games and we have great respect for other companies achievements and products. Their huge success is a testament to their awesomeness).
We understand that the style may not be to everyone’s taste however it complements the gaming world that we have created extremely well. The book is being styled as a traveller’s tome/journal, so again the “rough” style fits nicely. All the rules and lore will be set out in a format that you would expect from a typical rule book.
- Main Goal: $10,000: Shadow Hold & Mining Guild Faction (Total of 14 Miniatures will be produced and the rulebook printed)
- Stretch Goal 1:$20,000: UNLOCKED The Keepers Faction (Total of 7 Miniatures will be sculpted, Printed, Molded & Produced) Freebie: Caster, Warhost & Hoard pledge levels will receive a single miniature of your choice”
Stretch Goal 2:$30,000: LOCKED Highguard Faction (Total of 7 Miniatures will be sculpted, Printed, Molded & Produced) Freebies: Caster, Warhost & Hoard pledge levels will receive a single miniature of your choice”
Stretch Goal 3:$40,000: LOCKED The Geniocracy of Toth Faction (Total of 7 Miniatures will be sculpted, Printed, Molded & produced) “Freebie: Caster, Warhost & Hoard pledge levels will receive a single miniature of your choice”
- Stretch Goal 4:$46,000: LOCKED Faction Weapon Sets (weapons sets will be sculpted, Printed, Molded & Produced)
- Stretch Goal 5:$56,000: LOCKED Heroes for Hire (Total of 6 characters will be (Total of 6 Miniatures will be sculpted, Printed, Molded & Produced)“Freebie: Warhost & Hoard pledge levels will receive a single character miniature of your choice”)
- $1 Citizen A Big thank you from all the team for your support.
- $11 Recruit: Receive a single miniature of your choice.
- $35 Scholar: Receive a softcover copy of the Twelve Elements of War rulebook.
- $70 Warband: Receive seven miniatures of your choice.
- $95 Caster: Receive a softcover copy of the Twelve Elements of War rulebook and receive seven miniatures of your choice.
- $130 Warhost: Receive fourteen miniatures of your choice (Multiple factions if you want)
- $155 Hoard: Receive a softcover copy of the Twelve Elements of War rulebook and receive fourteen miniatures of your choice.
- $500 Element: Receive 1 of every miniature produced by the campaign + 1 softcover copy of the Twelve Elements of War rulebook. FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE
- $2000 Demi-God: We will help you design your own character miniature*. We will liaise with you throughout the process. From concept art, to 3D sculpting, to production & professionally painted. FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING *Design must fit in with the world of Twelve Elements of War. You may select from one of the nine races available. Sword & Board Games will own the design & copyright and be allowed to produce the miniature.
More pledge levels will be added if stretch goals are met.
Please note that all miniatures will be supplied unpainted and may require assemble. All miniatures will be supplied with round lip-edge bases. Miniatures will be made of high quality resin.
The MAXIMUM amount of postage we will ever charge is AUD$15.00 no matter how much you have pledged for. Any shipping amount you pay only covers part of the shipping cost. We will pay the rest. Sadly, postage is very expensive these days and with Sword & Board Games only being a small company, there are only so many postage costs we can absorb. But that wont stop us delivering a fantastic game.
We here at Sword & Board Games are very serious about future support for Twelve Elements of War. We have years of miniatures, rules and supplements planned to further the gameplay experience. However, this all depends on the support of the awesome people of the gaming community.
Who are Sword & Board Games?
Sword & Board Games was founded in 2011 in Sydney Australia by a group of gamers with a passion for tabletop gaming. We have built up great professional relationships with existing industry companies. Working closely with the River Horse design team and the team from Maxmini, we are well placed to deliver fun and exciting projects now and in the future. www.swordandboardgames.com.au
Who are River Horse?
River Horse was founded in 2007 by well know industry legend Alessio Cavatore. In the last thirteen years, Origins awards winner Alessio Cavatore has designed or co-designed many wargames, boardgames and online games – titles like Warhammer, 40K, The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, Kings of War, Bolt Action, Fanticide, Deus Vult, Shuuro, Shuuro Wrath of the Elelements, Loka, etc.; not to mention a plethora of expansions and other type of supplements and support material for these systems that is way too long to list here (but you can find out here).
Risks and challenges
This is a massive project, however we are more than capable of seeing it through to completion. We have a great team working on this project who are ready to deliver on all goals set and reached.
However, as we are relying on external parties for 3D printing, molding and production there may be delays. This is why we have planned for and have allowed a reasonable amount of time for each phase so as to deliver pledges on or as close to the times promised.
We have partnered with Maxmini, an already established industry name with a wealth of experience and knowledge in quality 3D printing and casting. They will be handling the production of miniatures. We have had six months to iron out any issues in the 3D printing and molding process. We believe that this will decrees the chances of design issues and casting problems.
We also have additional concept artists and 3D sculptors on standby in case we exceed all initial goals.
The Rulebook has already been completed and is ready to go to print so there should not be any delay.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Postage will depend on the level you pledge at. The maximum amount of postage will be $15.00aus
Yes, just add the additional cost to your current pledge in your "pledge manager" tab.
Add 1 model for 11 dollars
Add 7 for 70 dollars
Add 14 for 130 dollars
Add 1 rule book for 35 dollars
Yes, If you pledge for both Hoard + Caster (for example), and a freebie is included in both levels. The freebies stack
Example, Hoard = 1 Freebie
Caster = 1 Freebie
Hoard + Caster = 2 Freebies
Yes, If you want Hoard and Caster pledge levels, simply add the extra amount on top of your pledge. Once the campaign ends and the surveys go out just let us know that you wanted both levels.
Yes, 1 of each faction weapon pack will be included in the Elements Pledge Level.
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