About this project
Earth, 2130: Light armored vehicles scout vacant city streets amid the rubble of buildings hiding infantry preparing for ambush. In the distance, sleek grav-tanks hurtle toward the city's perimeter, dodging harassing fire from attack VTOLs and lumbering walkers awaiting their approach from the city’s edge. Missiles scream overhead. Explosions and gunfire echo between dark skyscrapers long abandoned, suddenly lit from incoming fire. Your men await your command.
"Polyversal is a tabletop miniatures game that puts you in command of an army set in a plausible-future Earth."
Polyversal is a universal tabletop miniatures game for two or more players designed by veteran gamer Ken Whitehurst and developed and published by Collins Epic Wargames (known for their award-winning Spearpoint 1943 line of card wargames). The system is intended for use with 6mm scale miniatures, but may be used with larger 10mm or 15mm miniatures if desired. The game uses color-coded polyhedral dice and Combatant Tiles to reflect the combat qualities of your units, their weaponry, attack ability, evasion, effectiveness, and more.
A single roll of three color-coded polyhedral dice is used to resolve each attack without the need for re-rolls to determine hits, saves, or damage effects. This makes combat resolution fast and intuitive.
Hexagonal Combatant Tiles that you may create and customize to represent miniatures from any line physically arrange together to provide a visual command structure for each "battlegroup" you form around a central command unit. With all of the vital information you need on each Combatant Tile, your eyes remain focused on the battlespace, not the rulebook.
- A sleek initiative-based orders and activation system keeps players continually involved. You don't stare and wait as your opponent has fun- Initiative "face-offs" between Battlegroup Commanders determine the next minis that activate.
"Polyversal is a revolutionary gaming system for sci-fi tabletop wargaming and has been in development for nearly a decade."
- New to miniatures gaming? Boxed games include everything you need to get started- including miniatures from several reputable manufacturers. Perfect for those new to tabletop wargaming.
- Are you a veteran gamer with armies amassed over years of campaigning? Our easy to use Combatant Design Rules allow you to develop your own Combatant Tiles for any miniature in your existing or future collection, from any line.
- Do you love great sci-fi artwork? We hired concept artist Bruno Werneck (Tron: Legacy, Thor, Star Trek, Titanfall) to bring Polyversal to life. Check out these Combatant Tiles featuring Bruno’s art:
Read an in-depth post about the Concept of Polyversal on the Collins Epic Wargames blog.
We sent the full set of Polyversal Rules to 3rd party reviewers. Please visit the links to read reviews of the pre-production version of Polyversal:
"The game is quick, it’s tactical and has a great command and control mechanism, so it’s perfect for playing large sci-fi games."
Review by Maurice Fitzgerald (Clubfantasci)
"Polyversal has a lot going for it; an engrossing story line and framework for gamers to help build upon and expand, astounding art from Bruno Werneck, a self-contained box set with elegant, streamlined rules that you can put right on the table, and an open system from which you can adopt your own models to, in any timeline you wish."
Check out this "First Impressions" video from players at a local convention:
"White-Knuckle Sci-Fi miniatures gaming at its best. I love this game." - Mark H. Walker
Creating your own Combatant Tiles is one of the coolest things you can do with Polyversal. Combatant Tiles may be created for any miniature out there using our Design Rules and Templates. Watch this brief intro to customization:
- Included Design Rules for Polyversal and templates can handle creation of Combatant Tiles for any vehicle, walker, aircraft, or infantry unit you can imagine in a simple step-by-step process.
- A points-based system balances all of the options. Create variants with different targeting systems, special abilities, special armor, various weaponry, etc.
- Upload a photo of your miniature as the artwork.
- Mike Hobbs also dug deep into force generation and battlegroups. Read more about the Polyversal Design Rules in his blog posts: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Battlegroups
Watch the Gameplay video for an overview of the turn and combat. You can also print-and-play this example by following the link below, adding dice and a few proxy miniatures and play it out. Remember, the pnp doesn't include the full rules.
Watch the Command and Control Preview video for more detailed information about Orders and Activation, Command Units, Units in and out of Command Range, Battlegroups, and more.
Polyversal does not lock you into a particular story. You may generate your own background, or simply play the game. We have a compelling story framework that sets the tone for the conflict we envisioned within Polyversal.
It is set on Earth and focuses on the battles of a future, powerful United Nations (UN), and groups of Opposition Forces (OPFOR) who fight for survival, sovereignty, and a chance to flee Earth.
"We will provide the framework of our setting through a wiki-style site that allows players to contribute."
Read more in this blog post.
"We do not make miniatures, nor do we compete with the great companies who do."
In order to create boxed games of Polyversal and introduce players to a wide range of what's out there, we partnered with five high quality 6mm/10mm miniatures manufacturers and one terrain manufacturer.
"Our goal is to bring the sci-fi wargaming community together in a single rules system compatible with everything."
Boxed games include your choice of several options of miniatures grouped into "Battlegroups" from each of our partner’s lines along with Combatant Tiles we design with professional artwork for each model.
"Several of our partners are offering Limited models that every backer at the Adjutant level and higher will receive FREE!"
Each boxed game includes everything you need to play and features some amazing miniatures with pre-designed Combatant Tiles. If you prefer to support the game without miniatures (adding your own and designing your own Tiles for them), we recommend the Adjutant pledge level.
If you pledge for a boxed game from the Elite Unit support level on up, you may select the number of Battlegroups listed in that support level out of the options shown below. These can be mixed and matched. Watch this brief intro on Battlegroups:
"Each Battlegroup is a grouping of miniatures that work well together. Each includes Combatant Tiles."
Battlegroup Options based on pledge level:
Elite Unit = Choose any 1 Battlegroup
Battlegroup Commander = Choose any 2 Battlegroups
UN Special Envoy = Choose any 4 Battlegroups
UN Security Council = Choose any 5 Battlegroups
UN (United Nations) Battlegroup A "Quick Reaction Force"
- 24x 6mm Power Armor (Brigade)
- 4x Quoll Recce Vehicles (Brigade)
- 3x Wombat Grav MICVs (Brigade)
- 3x Ocelot Light Grav Tanks (Brigade)
- 3x Encegon Heavy Tanks w/Heavy Plasma Gun and Missiles (Plasmablast)
- 4x Janus Scout Walkers (Hawk)
- 3x Leehark VTOLs (Plasmablast)
UN (United Nations) Battlegroup B "Peacekeepers"
- 40x Industrial Infantry (Dark Realm)
- 3X Ghizar Recon APCs (Plasmablast)
- 3X Phestorm AA Variant (Plasmablast)
- 3X Encegon Heavy Tanks w/Twin Plasma Gun (Plasmablast)
- 2X Maarghast Heavy Assault Tanks w/Twin Heavy Plasma Gun & Missiles (Plasmablast)
- 2X Ares Battle Walkers (Hawk)
OPFOR (Opposition Forces) Battlegroup A "Minutemen"
- 24x Progenitor Heavy Infantry (Plasmablast)
- 3x Wolfbite Missile Trike (Plasmablast)
- 3x Ratels (Brigade)
- 4x Catroux Main Battle Tanks (Brigade)
- 2x Drones w/Missiles (Mircroworld)
- 2X Siafu w/Rail Guns (Microworld)
- 3x Dragonfly VTOLs (Mircroworld)
OPFOR (Opposition Forces) Battlegroup B "Texas Militia"
- 40X Pax Arcadia Standard Infantry (Dark Realm)
- 6X Landhawk Scouts (Microworld)
- 3X Scarab APCs (Microworld)
- 3X Growler IFVs (Microworld)
- 3X Warthog AA/AP (Microworld)
- 2x Vorace Walkers (Dark Realm)
Mercenary Battlegroup "Balkenkreuz GmbH"
- 40X Special Forces Infantry (Dark Realm)
- 1X Valgaross (Plasmablast)
- 4X Nizzlebat (Plasmablast)
- 3X Jagon (Plasmablast)
- 2X Gammaran w/Twin Plasma Cannon (Plasmablast)
- 4X Zargan APC (Plasmablast)
- 2X Dralke (Plasmablast)
Note: Quantity listed is total included models.
By default, models are supplied unpainted. However, we can paint them for you for an additional fee as noted in the Pledge. In general, the painting fee is $200 per painted battlegroup, which also applies to add-ons.
Accessories (included with all Options as appropriate):
- Infantry Bases
- Air Vehicle Stands
Other Game Components:
- Combatant Tile(s) for each miniature
- Tracking counters
- 2 sets of Orders Tokens
- Polyhedral Dice (3 sets of D4-D12 dice, color-coded)
- Rulebook w/ Scenarios and linked video tutorials
- Quick Ref Sheets
IMPORTANT - ACTUAL SHIPPING COSTS ARE INVOICED THROUGH OUR SURVEY / BACKERKIT AFTER THE KICKSTARTER IS SUCCESSFUL and JUST PRIOR TO SHIPPING.
This is done for many very important reasons that ultimately helps save everyone money and is further discussed in this blog post by the publisher.
Shipping will be calculated prior to shipment of your rewards and/or add-ons in order to be the most accurate we can be, not charge over, and not charge under the amount needed to ship. Shipping is in addition to your pledge total and is based on your shipping destination at the time you respond to our survey. Again, this is charged and handled outside of the Kickstarter campaign.
Estimates are provided for each reward in the Rewards section below, based on location. Finally, several world regions / countries are significantly less because we will be using consolidators for these areas:
USA, Canada, European Union, and Australia are all "friendly" shipping. These particular zones and the "rest of the world" have different estimated rates. From within the "Friendly" zones, we ship through consolidators who will receive our items in bulk and individually ship to you, saving you from having to pay customs fees or other taxes.
For international shipments to the "rest of the world" (not covered by a "friendly" region noted above), you may be required to pay import duties imposed by your country.
We do some additional leg work in major zones to save you money.
EU Friendly - All rewards ship from within the EU to an EU destination, saving you on shipping and import duties if you are in an EU country.
Canada Friendly - All rewards ship from within Canada to a Canadian destination, saving you on shipping and import duties if you are in Canada.
Australia Friendly - All rewards ship from within Australia to an Australian destination, saving you on shipping and import duties if you are in these areas.
USA Friendly - We are a USA-based company and handle all USA shipping using USPS. There are no extra taxes or fees for USA shipments. For Virginia residents, we will report and pay any sales tax on your behalf.
Supporting Polyversal helps us make this game a reality. You help us fund final development, artwork, and production costs for physical components including large special casting runs by our partners. In return, we give you everything from a Thank You in the rules to an amazing new game.
For pledging at the Adjutant level on up, you will also receive several retail limited miniatures and 1 terrain item from 3 of our partners.
Included FREE (Adjutant or higher):
Limited* Release 1 - Brigade Models - Set of 3 "M-65 Ridgway Light Combat Walkers" (unreleased).
This set of 3 walkers will be approximately 13.5mm tall according to designer Tony Francis. We will include Combatant Tiles appropriate for them and their weaponry variants. The final design will be updated from the concept shown here according to Tony. Integrates well with OPFOR Battlegroups. Retail value: $5 USD (approx.)
Limited* Release 2 - Plasmablast Games - Daeger Fighter (unreleased).
This unreleased fighter aircraft from Marios Damoulianos (Plasmablast Games) is a sharp addition for the UN. It is large with a 37mm length and 32mm wingspan. It's sleek design is part of the Marhaf line from Plasmablast and works well with our UN "Peacekeepers" Battlegroup. Retail value: $2.50 (approx.)
Limited* Release 3 - The Phalanx Consortium - Executive Spaceport (unreleased).
This single-pad cast foam resin Executive Spaceport integrates well with other cityscape terrain that will soon be offered from The Phalanx Consortium in their Neo Tyrannis Cityscapes kickstarter campaign. This structure as been designed to fit with a planned Tech Center complex which will be one of the first stretch goals, integrating the piece into a larger complex of models. The transport shown is to illustrate the purpose of the piece and is not included. Dimensions: 107mm x 103mm x 96mm. Retail value: Not yet Available
* These models are currently unreleased and will be released through our Kickstarter. They will not be available anywhere except through our Kickstarter for at least 6 months after we receive them.
Credit - All rewards include a Thank You in the rulebook by listing your name as you want it to appear.
PDF Rules - All rewards that include printed rules or a physical boxed set also include a PDF version of the rules.
Multiple Rewards - To pledge for multiple copies of any reward, please multiply your pledge by the number of copies desired. We will group your shipment together and our Pledge Manager will help us ensure you are not overcharged shipping. You will be charged the actual shipping cost of the total shipment.
Thank You for supporting Polyversal! We will list your name in the rulebook. Please do not apply add-ons to this support level- it does not involve shipping- nor does it include stretch rewards.
PDF copy of the Rulebook. Includes Unit Design Rules and Templates for custom Combatant Tiles. This is an electronic copy of the rules. Please do not apply add-ons to this support level- it does not involve shipping. NOTE: This support level does not include stretch rewards.
Perfect for the customization gurus out there and those who have large miniatures collections. Printed and PDF rules, Combatant Design Rules and templates, 15 polyhedral dice, orders tokens, quick reference cards, and tracking counters in the Polyversal retail box. This is the full game minus miniatures and their associated combatant tiles offered in the higher reward levels.
Note that you’ll need to create your own combatant tiles for any miniatures you bring into the game using our Design Rules and add your own miniatures in order to play.
Adjutant Shipping Estimates (See Shipping Section):
- USA: $10
- Canada: $12
- EU: $12
- AU: $16
- Rest of the World: $25
Good for those wanting to try out Polyversal using a single Battlegroup. Printed and PDF rules, Combatant Design Rules and templates, 15 polyhedral dice, orders tokens, quick reference cards, and tracking counters in the Polyversal retail box, plus your choice of 1 of 4 Battlegroups (See Components Section) with associated Combatant Tiles.
Elite Unit Shipping Estimates (See Shipping Section):
- USA: $12
- Canada: $14
- EU: $12
- AU: $18
- Rest of the World: $45
Great for those who want two Battlegroups of miniatures with Tiles pre-made in order to get playing quickly. Printed and PDF rules, Combatant Design Rules and templates, 15 polyhedral dice, orders tokens, quick reference cards, and tracking counters in the Polyversal retail box, plus your choice of 2 of 4 miniatures Battlegroups (See Components Section) with associated Combatant Tiles.
Battlegroup Commander Shipping Estimates (See Shipping Section):
- USA: $12
- Canada: $14
- EU: $12
- AU: $18
- Rest of the World: $50
UN Special Envoy
Great level to get all of the UN and OPFOR models with tiles! Printed and PDF rules, Combatant Design Rules and templates, 15 polyhedral dice, orders tokens, quick reference cards, and tracking counters in the Polyversal retail box, plus your choice of 4 Battlegroups (See Components Section) with associated Combatant Tiles.
UN Special Envoy Shipping Estimates (See Shipping Section):
- USA: $15
- Canada: $17
- EU: $15
- AU: $20
- Rest of the World: $55
UN Security Council
You are all in! Printed and PDF rules, Combatant Design Rules and templates, 15 polyhedral dice, orders tokens, quick reference cards, and tracking counters in the Polyversal retail box, plus your choice of 5 Battlegroups (See Components Section) with associated Combatant Tiles.
UN Security Council Shipping Estimates (See Shipping Section):
- USA: $15
- Canada: $17
- EU: $15
- AU: $20
- Rest of the World: $55
You may add the following to any pledge level from Adjutant and higher. Note that this may slightly increase our actual shipping costs to you and we will adjust our shipping invoice accordingly. If you have any questions regarding add-ons, please let us know.
1 Additional Printed Rulebook: Add $18
We have funded beyond our initial goal, unlocking various Stretch Rewards for everyone who backs this project from the Adjutant pledge on up. Stretch Goals that include additional models also include a Combatant Tile.
We asked Polyversal fans who have been following our progress for a while and backers of our Kickstarter to share their plans for Polyversal and why they're excited about the game. We hope these quotes inspire you to think out of the game box and generate your own big plans for Polyversal:
"The cooperation of multiple manufacturers around one ruleset with a physical boxed product has me excited. This brings to 6mm sci fi something that it desperately needs in the form of a product that stores can stock thus giving new players ease of access. If anything can revolutionize the 6mm sci fi hobby, Polyversal will be it." -Abnatha Pryde
"A Miniatures game that allows me to use my imagination and available toys. Gives me the opportunity to keep everything to scale as well as purchase miniatures designed for the game. Add that to the care that Collins Epic Wargames uses to make a fully tested and gamer friendly rules set and you have a winner." -Kevin D. Schuler
"Simply put there is a lack of open build 6mm rules sets out there. I've got lots of figures, I've got lots of terrain, but I need solid and easy to play rules with a good build mechanic." -Todd 'Mastergunz' Farnholtz
Read many more replies in this blog post.
Have plans for Polyversal? Please let us know!
Collins Epic Wargames stands behind our products, quality, and customer service. We have published 5 games since we started in the industry- Polyversal will be game 6. We want you to be happy with your purchase and at ease so we created the Collins Epic Wargames guarantee:
1) If we mess something up (ship you the wrong item, forget something, shipping damage occurs, etc., we will make it right at our expense.
2) If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may ship it back to us for a full refund of your pledge amount plus any shipping we collected from you after the campaign, no questions asked.
"Pledge with confidence. You're supporting a small publisher known for quality. We back that up with our guarantee."
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email@example.com (Byron at Collins Epic Wargames, publisher) firstname.lastname@example.org (Ken Whitehurst, designer)
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Read an interview of Byron Collins, the publisher, by Brant at Craven Games
Read a guest blog on Over da Edge about discovering Polyversal
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Risks and challenges
Risk 1: We are working with multiple companies to put together Polyversal's boxed versions and other items. While we do have contracts with each company, there is a potential for any of them to cease operation prior to fulfillment.
Risk 1 Mitigation: By working with multiple manufacturers, we mitigate Risk 1 with the ability to adjust the game's set contents if one manufacturer cannot fulfill their contract. Adjustment may include substitution of a model from another manufacturer that will suit the design intent and will be of equal or greater value if this option is required. If this happens, we will let you know.
Risk 2: Delays on Fulfillment due to unforeseen issues or circumstances.
Risk 2 Mitigation: We are working well in advance of project completion with each manufacturer including our printers and our artists to set realistic timelines for delivery of each component of the game. We believe that reward delivery timelines set in the reward levels are realistic. Rest assured, even if there is a delay for some reason, we will keep communication up and let everyone know what's going on. No one is more driven and passionate about delivering this game than us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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