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An indie tabletop wargame of tiny giant LEGO® robots battling across your  tabletop! by Vincent Baker & Joshua A.C. Newman.
An indie tabletop wargame of tiny giant LEGO® robots battling across your  tabletop! by Vincent Baker & Joshua A.C. Newman.
An indie tabletop wargame of tiny giant LEGO® robots battling across your tabletop! by Vincent Baker & Joshua A.C. Newman.
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Mobile Frame Zero 002: Alpha Bandit now on Kickstarter!


If you're like me, you like spaceships almost as much as you like robots.

You might recall that I asked all you Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack backers what kinds of rules we wanted next as a component to the game. The answer was pretty clear: space battles!

The UMFL Kelantan Class guard cruiser
The UMFL Kelantan Class guard cruiser

So, over the last year, Soren and I have been working hard on the component I now call Mobile Frame Zero: Alpha Bandit. It's a game of carrier combat, where capital ships and frigates maneuver for position to launch entire companies of mobile frames at each other, capturing not only stations, but each other's warships as well!

It's now up on Kickstarter!

Also! I'll be at PAX East in April and the Denver Comic Con in June! I hope we get a chance to play together there!


All books & Ts are on the move!

Phew. This has been quite a trip. But I'm happy to say, all Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack books, decals, and T shirts are on the move! Make That Thing! has the last of the regular rewards in their tube, so they're all scheduled and waiting.

So you should be getting an email from Make That Thing! any time now about your stuff heading your way.

That leaves just my Custom companies and one Special Edition waiting on parts. Hi, folks! We'll get down to design and building next week!

If you're concerned that you haven't gotten your MFØ stuff yet, please make sure you've filled out your survey so I have your address. If you've filled it out and you don't get what you're expecting, please drop me a message and we'll get things sorted out.

Thank you all. Thanks for going to conventions and running the game, thanks for playing with your friends and posting on Flickr, thanks for the Facebook group, the G+ community, and the Mobile Frame Hangar, but most of all, thanks for building things and playing with your friends.


Keystone Kops decals are finished!


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MFØ T shirts are in, as well as decal proofs!

Here, let me just show you:

I was out of town when these arrived, so Hannah went over and looked at them for me. I'm very excited about it and am going over today to inspect them.

While I was out of town, these decal proofs arrived, too!

I've tested a couple of them. It seems like, after 3 or 4 back-and-forths about printing white (which I knew was complicated, but these decals are extra complicated), we finally got it right. I'm cutting some out and placing them to make sure the colors and opacities look correct. So far, it's very promising. I expect to approve this proof by the end of today. Printing decals could take two weeks, but then they'll show up and Topatoco will do its magic.

This means some very exciting things:

  • All backers who are getting just a T shirt and at least one book, but no decals, will have their stuff shipped just as soon as we can paw through the ever-evolving Kickstarter surveys. I'd hope that would be before the end of the week.
  • Backers who are getting decals, whether or not they're getting a T shirt, will get their rewards as soon as decals are in. This includes everyone who's getting a Soren Custom and Soren Special Edition.

That leaves my custom backers. Custom Company Commanders, I'm very happy to say that it's just about time to get back to designing stuff for you guys. Once the rest of the stuff is safely out of my hands, we can all get back to designing your custom companies. There are few enough that I can send out your books and decals once they're in, and then the custom companies will go out as we finish them.

I'm not going to hold back the pre-orders behind those custom companies because it relies on a bunch of back-and-forth between me and those backers, so if anyone asks, regular shipping should be starting as soon as those decals are going out the door.

This is all very exciting for me. I hope it's as exciting for you.


MFØ is shipping!

There's a very good chance you've just gotten an email from Make That Thing telling you that stuff's coming your way! That stuff is none other than your copy of Mobile Frame Zero!

As Hannah and I sort out the various logistical logjams, more and more stuff will ship. I still have a bunch of work to do for my Custom backers, but I'll even be able to ship Soren's Customs and Special Editions as soon as I've got a little breathing room. We'll be shipping these with their associated books just as fast as we can.

Decals and T shirts are still unfinished, but both are near-trigger, which means the rest of the stuff is about to move.

Humans and Ijad, pilots, hot rodders, and engineers, I can't possibly express to you how relieved I'll be when I get to do things again like "make stuff out of LEGO for fun" and "work on the space battle rules." This project has consumed much of my last year, and I'm positively ecstatic that I'm finally able to share this book with you.

A note: many people who picked up their games at PAX East and Conpulsion didn't contact me, or didn't contact me in time. You'll be getting an extra copy in the mail, since I don't know who you are. Please share it with someone who will appreciate it. Pay it forward. GIve it as a birthday present or give it to your friend who you want to play with you. Please don't sell it. Just give it away to someone who will appreciate it.

Thank you all for supporting Mobile Frame Zero. You've given me the room to make the game I've always wanted, and given me more people to play with than I could have imagined.