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Join the ranks of Project: ELITE to defend our planet from a massive Alien invasion in this frantic real-time cooperative board game!
Join the ranks of Project: ELITE to defend our planet from a massive Alien invasion in this frantic real-time cooperative board game!
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Take to the Offense with the ROOK Team!

Posted by CMON (Creator)
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Commencing Countdown, ELITE Soldiers!

After punishing infantry losses from the initial Janusian invasion, the ELITE Command began assembling a team of worldwide survivors to create the perfect counter-offensive. The Rapid Offense & Operations Kommandos – ROOKs – would not only bring the fight to the Proxies, but do so in brand new prototype mobile tank suits. These powerful mechanically-enhanced suits of armor combine native and alien technologies to deadly effect, making each ROOK soldier worth ten common infantry on the battlefield… as long as all the pieces work properly, of course. ROOKs are hardened veteran soldiers wrapped in groundbreaking Terran tech and salvaged alien gear - bringing war to the Proxies until victory or death!

The ROOK Team is an Optional Buy that we are offering to backers for $35. This product is estimated to later hit retail at a $40 SRP.  

The ROOK Team comes with:

  • 6 ROOK figures
  • 6 Hero dashboards
  • 6 custom Marble ROOK dice
  • 12 Enraged Swarm Spawn cards
  • 1 Rules reference 

Backers who get the ROOK Team during this Kickstarter campaign will also get the Kickstarter Exclusive Hero Captain Castillo, including his ROOK figure and dashboard! 

Art by Saeed Jalabi.
Art by Saeed Jalabi.

Castillo’s two embedded Weapons are all about bringing the offensive: ‘Killer Fist’ may have Range 1, but it’s quick to activate, rolls 2 dice and hits easily. His ‘Doom’ cannon not only has infinite Range, but also rolls a whopping 6 dice when it is triggered, which requires a [Special] result.

Captain Castillo figure 3D render front view
Captain Castillo figure 3D render front view
Captain Castillo figure 3D render back view
Captain Castillo figure 3D render back view

The mighty ROOK soldiers bring their own unique abilities through special rules and dice to the battlefield, making a definite presence in the war against the Proxies. Using so much alien tech is risky though, and wherever ROOKs are used they also add in new “Enraged Swarm” Spawn cards – turning up the danger a bit, too! The ROOK squad is here to try and turn the tides of the war, but the Janusians aren’t going to make it easy for them! 

ROOK Dice 

Each ROOK gets 1 custom Marble ROOK die that replaces a normal Action Dice. ROOK dice bring a different set of results: 

  • [SPECIAL] – Activates a unique Attack or Ability for that ROOK 
  • [GUN]
  • [GUN] – Same as basic rules, but there are 2 [GUN] results
  • [TOOL / INTERACT] – Can be used as EITHER a [TOOL] or [INTERACT]
  • [ALIEN] – Same as basic rules
  • [MALFUNCTION] - the ROOK die gets Locked and a special disadvantage is applied to that ROOK. To unlock ROOK dice, the player needs to spend [TOOL] [TOOL]

Enraged Swarms

Each deployed ROOK in any Scenario adds a level of threat as players must also use the extra Threat cards, representing the escalation on the Proxies’ side. When playing with ROOKs, players remove 2 cards at random from the basic Swarm Spawn for each ROOK in game, replacing them with Enraged Swarm Cards, which amplify the effects when spawning Swarms!

All the Gear You Need!

ROOKs enter the field with all weaponry and gear they need, so they’re not allowed to perform Search actions or equip new Weapons or Items. Instead, each ROOK already packs multiple offensive options in their suit:

Art by Filipe Pagliuso.
Art by Filipe Pagliuso.

The Dragon’s Breath doesn’t get his name in vain. He may be the heaviest tank suit in the ROOK Squad, actually requiring 2 Move results per Space to Move, but his Gauss cannon is amongst the strongest weapons in the entire Project: ELITE. With multiple slots for varying amount of Weapon results Locked, the cannon can fire up to 4 dice with 4+ To-Hit on Infinite Range!

Nills figure 3D render front view
Nills figure 3D render front view
Nills figure 3D render back view
Nills figure 3D render back view
Art by Filipe Pagliuso.
Art by Filipe Pagliuso.

With her extensive field experience, Lily brings perhaps the most mobile ROOK suit the field. Her passive ability allows her to Move up to 2 Spaces in any direction when she’s Pushed, which can be very helpful to quickly cover ground. Add to that a number of attacks and a special electric pulse that hits all targets in LOS and you get a fierce soldier that the Proxies are learning to avoid. 

Lily figure 3D render front view
Lily figure 3D render front view
Lily figure 3D render back view
Lily figure 3D render back view
Art by Filipe Pagliuso.
Art by Filipe Pagliuso.

Zawadi suit’s Alien technology component confers her some of the most unique abilities on the field: for starters, by spending 2 Tool results she can not only retrieve her ROOK die but also has the option to regenerate itself, diminishing Damage on it. Her Proton Slugger gun may have a limited Range of 2, but it shoots with precision and for her Special result, a Chain Reaction shot hits not only the targeted Alien, but also each Alien adjacent to it!

Zawadi figure 3D render front view
Zawadi figure 3D render front view
Zawadi figure 3D render back view
Zawadi figure 3D render back view
Art by Filipe Pagliuso.
Art by Filipe Pagliuso.

Keiji is a stern and resolute fighter, and brings a good mix of ranged and close combat to the operations where he participates. His double katanas have Range 1, roll 2 dice and hit on 3+, but when activated along with a Move result, Keiji is able to dash, slash and move again before Aliens can quite see what’s happened. And when ranged fire is needed, Keiji uses his missile battery to hit any Space on the map.

Keiji figure 3D render front view
Keiji figure 3D render front view
Keiji figure 3D render back view
Keiji figure 3D render back view
Art by Filipe Pagliuso.
Art by Filipe Pagliuso.

Jake Holbrook has ever been the brawler type, and in the ROOK squad it is no different. Foregoing traditional firearms for his impressive Grinder Gauntlets, Jake likes to get into the thick of it and deal justice with his own hands. Aliens that are Adjacent to him Move -1 Space as he grabs tight hold of them, and though most his attacks are limited to Range 1, Jake is able to throw Aliens around, which cause them damage on collision. Jake figure 3D render, front view

Jake figure 3D render front view
Jake figure 3D render front view
Jake figure 3D render back view
Jake figure 3D render back view
Art by Filipe Pagliuso.
Art by Filipe Pagliuso.

Aptly named ‘Lucky’, Catilin’s Chainblade has seen plenty of action with Caitlin, slain dozens of Proxies, and is yet to fail her owner. In battle, Lucky is limited to Range 1 but offers many Action dice slots to be activated, being able to deal up to 3 damage in a single slash when 3 Weapon results are slotted; perfect for hacking a Boss or two. Caitlin also sports a flamethrower Special attack and is able to reroll 1 Malfunction result per Action Phase.

Caitlin figure 3D render front view
Caitlin figure 3D render front view
Caitlin figure 3D render back view
Caitlin figure 3D render back view

Time’s up, squad. Stand by for the next mission update!

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    1. Ray Dexter
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      Where is Sgt. Killian Brace, with his under-slung gun in each hand and eye piece?

      Oh, P.S. on the Die breakdown you've listed GUN twice. The first one should be movement I think.
      Cheers

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      Agustin Medina on

      These get their own campaign missions? Or a just alternate elites?

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      PSM
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      If I wait to purchase this in the Pledge Manager, will I still get the KS Exclusive character?

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      Karsten Wagner Bang on

      +1 András Timár-Geng

    5. Nathan Stiles on

      @András Timár-Geng most of these minis are reissues of Studio McVey's Sedition Wars miniatures (which it seems CMON owns). Originally these were Gnosis Troopers and Gnosis Armor Kara. Since they were troops, 3 of them looked identical, except slightly different poses. It seems CMON kept 2, and changed 1 of the troopers into Keiji

    6. András Timár-Geng on

      I really like this addon.
      But may I ask why have the same weapon and armor of Lily and Zawadi? Almost the same model? Only the pose different a little. Very little, the lover parts are the same just mirrored, the upper parts are the same, just have a little bit different hand position.
      In the description they have very different capabilities, it would be great if at least some of these would reflect on the figure too. At least in the weapon, please...

    7. Simian scion on

      why don't Lily's and Zawadi's minis have visors?

    8. Foxwhisperer on

      "rip off"? "Completionist suckers"? LOL!
      I'm getting this add on because I want those minis. I guess that makes me a "completionist sucker", huh?

      These minis are bigger than normal minis and multi-part, though, so they would cost more than regular sized mini.

      Add ons are always priced higher than the base game as you never sell as many add ons as you sell base game boxes, because not everybody who buy the base game will buy add on also. So add on boxes have to recoup their costs from lesser amount of boxes sold than the base game.
      In that way, the add ons are always a "rip off" when compared to base box price...
      Buy them or don't buy them. Each customer makes that decision by themselves. Nobody is forcing them to buy the box.

    9. Matt Drake
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      @Noah, I feel you. It's actually $5 a mini, and that is a lot higher than we're usually paying for minis in a CMON game. On the other hand, the base game with stretch goals usually comes out to about a buck a mini - but the add-ons are almost always a lot more expensive, per-mini. I only backed Massive Darkness for the minis, and passed on all of the add-ons because they were too pricey.

      However, I am going to pick up these guys. They're cool, and I don't have any power-armor sci-fi minis (I don't play 40K). I think they will be fun to play in this game, and I know I can find a use for them in other places. Plus apparently this month I am made out of money, since I'm also backing three other huge KS projects at the same time, so I might as well just throw money around like I was entertaining clients in a strip club.

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      Cody Davis on

      @Noah you also have to take into account that it is not just the number of minis but number of unique molds. We are getting 7 figures with 7 unique molds which for us is actually $5 per unique character. The $30 one you mentioned gets you 4 molds that are already used in the base game and expansion. That factors in. Also add in the dashboards, cards, and dice also adds to the price.
      And if you bought the $30 promo xeno add on for Z:I then you are also a completionist sucker because they were just extra of what you already have. At least the R.O.O.K. team brings a new level of gameplay

    11. Noah on

      @Foxwhisperer As they are, they're almost $6 each. Look at the core game, or any other game CMON or any other publisher has done. You usually get about 75+ minis that work out to less than $1 each, regardless of size. Look at the mini add-ons for Zombicide: Invader. For $30 we got 30 additional minis of comparable size. $6 each is a rip off, but they know completionist suckers will pay it.

    12. Alvin Ong Loke You on

      ^double post, apologies.

    13. Alvin Ong Loke You on

      Awesome looking power armor characters! Adding to my pledge!

    14. Alvin Ong Loke You on

      These look Awesome! And from their abilities sound like they'll change up the gameplay quite abit. Adding to my pledge!

    15. Dagda
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      on

      Wow, I would never have thought to say this, but even GW makes their minis more dynamic than these uglies. And most of the other heroes so far are highly static as well. It would be nice to have some dynamic sculps that are a bit more innovative.

    16. Ken
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      Need an Invader crossover kit for this.

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      jonathan chan on

      no crossover again. no buy.

    18. Nathan Beitler on

      Since it is not a KS Exclusive, there will almost certainly be Z:I crossover cards available for these characters.

    19. Nathan Beitler on

      $35 for seven of these guys seems pretty reasonable, to me. This is making my right index finger twitch in restraint. So hard not to add this in...

    20. Jason Scott
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      Please tell me there will be zombicide crossover cards for this group also?!

    21. Jon van Oorschot on

      Digging this add-on, but Zawadi and Lily minis are really samey without paint.

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      ShirowShirow on

      That's some sweet looking Powered Armor. I can't wait to field these guys.

    23. olerock on

      Jake looks like a lot of fun to play

    24. Jon van Oorschot on

      Dang. Thought Sarah Morgan would be my go-to hero, but might have to change that to Keiji Nakao - the Mech Samurai! Love this expansion.

    25. Agis Neugebauer on

      Oh no, 1st optional buy I do not like.
      Poor copy of the GW Terminator look, even got the bone Breaking anatomy flaws…
      ;)
      But all a matter of personal taste.

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      Cody Davis on

      Hopefully they add Enraged Flier cards to this as KS exclusives.

    27. Scott C
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      on

      Then how about an add-on for 6 regular rook dice to match the base game dice?

    28. Foxwhisperer on

      @Brian. The Z:I minig base is about to be overrun! Send in the ROOK relief force! I really want it to happen!

    29. Palmiro Bonafidem on

      @Creator. Q: The extra figures in Rook and other add-ons will be available only pledging during KS or it will be the same waiting the PM?

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      Alberto on

      I love power suit ✌

    31. Foxwhisperer on

      @noah. Getting 7 big mech suits for $20? Dream on! LOL.

    32. Brian on

      @Foxwhisperer - I said the same thing over in Comments (add to xover pack)- Isadora said: "Request noted" - so we'll have to wait and see.

    33. MikeR
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      on

      @ Noah -
      Plus backers get a 7th suit in the KSE Captain.

      Anyway, just sharing some background and a differing opinion. Everyone has their own definition of reasonable value and that's cool.

    34. Foxwhisperer on

      I would love to be able to field the ROOKs in Z:I...

    35. MikeR
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      on

      @ Noah -
      Not so much. These are the THI / Gnosis suits from Sedition Wars and they are large suits (they were $15 each in that long ago campaign). For economic scale, look how FFG charges $15 for one tiny X-Wing ship and paper product. I know, pre-painted and all but you get the point.

    36. Noah on

      This is about twice as expensive as it should be. 6 figures, 6 dice, plus some paper products. $20 at best. $35 is asking way too much.

    37. Nathan Beitler on

      These look pretty doggone cool! Really hard to pass on these.

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      Alexander on

      they look awesome...
      would really love to play thim in Zombicide: Invader, too ;)

    39. Tony on

      @Scott C... it includes 6 marbled rook dice.

    40. Ben on

      @loig - already happened...

    41. Brian on

      This is one cool add on - that will change the game quite a bit if you use them.

    42. Cat of Erik on

      Holy crap, these are cool. Can I use them as heroes in Invader with the crossover kit?

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      Dennis Howe on

      The R.O.O.K. dice are marbled.

    44. Loig
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      on

      The obvious question: z'cide invader crossover?

    45. the Apparatus
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      on

      How do these compare in size to other minis from CMON? In case I want to use them in my Generic mini skirmish game?

    46. Scott C
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      on

      @Isadora - will there be an add-on for 6 marbled rook dice?

    47. Galitos
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      I really like them. I'm thinking in Halo kind of heroes.