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In the not-so-distant future gangs fight for survival in this strategic skirmish game. Narrative campaigns grow and develop your gangs.
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Trash Runners, rock stars of a new era

where one man's trash is everyone's treasure!

Their glamorous mission? Delivering precious tons of household refuse across the barren earth of outworld.  

Form up your posse for adventure as you head across the desolate wastelands.

Face down rival gangs trying to steal your cargo, barbaric tribes defending ancestral hunting grounds, anarchic revolutionaries raging against the machine and crazed enforcers wielding deadly judgement.  

This is the world of Factious Waste, a cinematic tabletop skirmish game which blends strategy with a strong narrative focus. Factious Waste is set in a near-future dystopia, drawing on the traditions of classic comics and action movies from the 80s and giving them a twist for the 21st century. Natural resources have run dry, industry has collapsed, global borders have been shaken by forced migration. 

The world is divided between the tiny but affluent inworld, comfortable home of the tech-elite, and the brutal wastelands of outworld. Outworld is controlled by two powerful entities- GenPower, the corporation holding the monopoly on electrical production, and the ReFrat, mobsters who handle the dirty but essential task of waste management and recycling. Caught in the midst of their struggle for superiority are the NeoPrimitives, tribes fighting to protect a natural world which has long since given up the ghost. Revolutionary Luddites are former slaves from the treadmills of GenPower, now attempting to bring down the corporation and liberate their fellow workers. Artisan Collectives scour the desert wastes for rare materials to make bespoke goods for the inworld market and exiled former cyber-cops vent their deranged notions of law on the hapless wastelanders. 

Through the chaos ride the Trash Runners, vying amongst one another for the most lucrative contracts, hauling the refuse of inworld back for reprocessing and hunting for undiscovered treasures buried deep in the wastes.

The Factious Waste rulebook is a 200-page softback containing:

  • Detailed background of the world and its factions
  • Core rules plus 6 genre-specific Action Tables
  • Fast Posse (gang) creation
  • 25 scenarios
  • Comprehensive campaign system
  • Skill and Trait lists for developing your gang
  • Extensive equipment list
  • Vehicle rules and customisation list

The rich background of the world has been expertly complemented in this book with stunning artwork from Simon Lee Tranter, Mike Tenebrae, Louie Maryon and veteran wargame-illustrator Tony Yates. For that convincing retro comic vibe the book has been compiled mostly in black and white with splashes of colour throughout. Layout is done and a test PDF has been approved by the printer so the book is ready to roll as soon as funding is received.

A reduced version of Factious Waste has been available as a PDF on our website for several months. The print version expands the equipment and skills lists, adds a whole new dimension with vehicle 'death chases' and provides much greater detail about the world and its inhabitants.

In Factious Waste players take control of gangs of 4-12 models and play against one another in objective-based scenarios. As they play more games the gangs advance, develop skills and traits, buy and sell equipment, take and ransom captives, hold and lose territory and take on jobs and contracts to earn greater and greater fees and prestige.

The innovative ruleset has been throroughly tested over four years and ticks our boxes for skirmish-level wargaming:

  • Simple principles make the game fast to learn without sacrificing detail and depth
  • Fast play Games normally last about an hour
  • Small gangs 4-12 models allow each to develop their own character
  • Use any models mix and match between seven factions to fit the models in your collection
  • Quick and simple gang creation 4-step process lets you easily build a gang from the models you have to hand
  • Strategic gameplay Diceless mechanic rewards advance planning and playing on your strengths and opponent's weaknesses
  • Good multi-player compatibility
  • Action Table basis means games can be as roleplay-heavy (or light!) as you like them to be
  • Modular Action Tables allow easy creation of house rules, new actions and scenario-specific conditions
  • Diverse scenarios provide the basis for intricate narrative arcs
  • Complete campaign system Work your gang between games to gain skills and cash, inflict injuries and traits on your opponents, gain and lose territory, buy and sell equipment, take on contracts, customise your vehicles, ransom enemy captives (or worse!) and recruit new gang members

Learn more about the rulest by following these links:

Hear an interview with Skirmish Supremacy podcast

Read a battle report from Captain Crooks' playtesting

Watch a video about Character Profiles

Watch a video about Game Basics

View the core rules as a PDF

Read a report from Blast-tastic

Take a look at the campaign system

This is a small campaign aimed at getting the rulebook to print. We have geared the pledges towards our most likely backers- individual gamers, gaming groups and small retailers. For an individual gamer the GAMER PLEDGE represents great value, which will keep getting better as more stretch goals are unlocked and more freebies added. For a gaming group the CLUB PLEDGE gives you enough to run a small campaign, with the option to add extra copies of the rulebook at a discount price. The RETAILER PLEDGE gives you a big discount on rulebooks when you buy 10 or more copies.

The BOOK ONLY PLEDGE gives you

  • One copy of the Factious Waste rulebook
  • PDF pack of templates, character and reference sheets
  • Access to add-ons

The GAMER PLEDGE gives you:

  • One copy of the Factious Waste rulebook
  • PDF pack of templates, character and reference sheets
  • One of every stretch goal unlocked
  • Access to add-ons

As we unlock more stretch goals so the value of the Gamer Pledge just gets better and better! Stretch goals unlocked will be added to the image above.

 The CLUB PLEDGE gives you:

  • Three copies of the Factious Waste rulebook
  • PDF pack of templates, character and reference sheets
  • Three of every stretch goal unlocked
  • Access to add-ons

With this pledge a small gaming group can have a rulebook each at a discount rate. Stretch goals unlocked will be added to the above image.

 The RETAILER PLEDGE gives you:

  • Ten copies of the Factious Waste rulebook
  • Access to add-ons

This pledge level gives you 40% off the regular cost of the rulebook and is perfect for the small retailer or large gaming group. This pledge comes with no extras, but these may be purchased as add-ons. Take a look down the page to add unlocked items to your pledge.

As each Stretch Goal unlocks it will be added to the Gamer and Club pledges and will become available in the add-ons section.

 Beautiful art by Simon Lee Tranter

 Fogou Models scrap piles, ideal objective counters

 Quick Reference booklet containing the Action Tables

 10 D6s (for Endurance), 10 D12s (for Stamina)

Laser engraved acrylic Turn Counter and 32 Action and Objective tokens to aid your gaming.

 Each of the stretch goals unlocked will become available as add-ons.

These are the currently-available extras. To add them simply increase your pledge by the amount shown and we'll collect the specifics through the pledge manager when the campaign completes. More add-ons will be unlocked as the stretch goals are hit.      

 Showing the whole of Simon Lee Tranter's cover art.

 Handy booklet to have by the gaming table!

 6 unpainted resin scrap piles from Fogou Models.

10 unpainted resin objective markers.  

 Use as a bike for your characters or an extra-large scrap marker.

Laser engraved acrylic Vehicle Cornering and Field of Vision templates with 10 Speed Counters.

Pack of 40 laser engraved game tokens, one turn counter and one charge spinner. See update 9 for details.

Choose a faction and name. Your character will be featured in the example gangs in the rulebook. See update 4 for details.

 Add some levels to your board with a flight of stairs, landings scaled for 30mm bases.

 A selection of Factious Waste miniatures have been released on the Oakbound Studio webstore. As a special add-on you can pick any 5 of these for just £10. You'll be able to let us know through the pledge manager which models you would like.

 4 Jesmonite barricades from Fogou Models

 An extra copy of the rulebook so you can invite a friend to play.

The Woods, our Celtic Fantasy game, uses the same core rules as Factious Waste and includes Action Tables covering riding animals, magic and a host of skills and traits which can be easily imported into your games of Factious Waste. This special-value bundle includes the core rulebook and a campaign book.

This is a boring but important bit. None of the pledge levels or add-on prices on this Kickstarter include postage. This is because Kickstarter doesn't handle shipping costs very well and there is bound to be variation in cost across everyone's pledges. Shipping will be worked out after the project completes based on the weight and size of your pledge and where in the world it is shipping to. We will let you know as soon as possible what the cost of shipping will be and will post out pledges once this has been collected. An estimate based on current prices and exchange rates can be found below. Book, Gamer and Club pledges (without stretch goals) will come in under 2kg and Royal Mail rates have been used. For larger parcels DPD rates have been used. All packages will be sent recorded. The weight of a rulebook is approx. 600g.

Risks and challenges

Oakbound Studio has used the company we will be printing with before and has been more than satisfied with the quality of their work and speed of their production. We have released two printed books previously, are accustomed to producing files for print and have been in discussion with the printers regarding this rulebook for the last 8 months. All layout and formatting has been done and a test file has been sent and approved by the printer. We have allowed longer to fulfil pledges than we anticipate needed and expect to have books ready to ship long before the estimated delivery dates. That being said, we can never fully predict what may happen in the process and there may be delays beyond our control. We will endeavour to keep all backers informed of any potential delays and are committed to produce top-quality work in a timely fashion.

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