A new miniatures RTS inspired boardgame. Walking tanks, crazy artillery and cool characters battle in the trenches! Read more
This project was successfully funded on February 4, 2013.
About this project
Quick update (2/4) -
- Figures come assembled and unpainted, in green and grey plastic.There may be minor assembly required for the larger vehicles (putting on turrets etc).
- EU shipments ship from the UK, we'll clear customs for you.
- Blitzkrieg pledge level ($150) nets you $520 worth of goodies at last count. Click the button below for a full graphical rundown!
Rivet Wars is a miniatures boardgame that springs forth from the warped imagination of Ted Terranova - set on a world that never quite left World War I but with crazy technology like walking tanks, diesel powered armor, unicycled vehicles and armor plated cavalry!
Don't let the cute visuals fool you, it's a world full of angst, war-torn camaraderie and dark humor.
Rivet Wars is at its heart a strategy game, with both players deploying units each round to counter the threats set forth by their opponent and stay one tactical step ahead.
Heavily influenced by Ted's experience working on RTS games like Rise of Nations, players gather resources (bunkers and capture points) and use these to deploy streams of new units!
There's an ebb and flow on the tactical landscape and you can stock up surprises for your opponent to be unleashed even as he thinks he's winning!
Great looking models
Here are some painted shots of the models as well as scale comparisons. Note that the game does not ship with painted figures.
Unique tank upgrades
Each tank has a small turret which can fit character models that will give the tanks buffs or other modifiers. Don't glue down the hatches!
Casualties are high, and the fun quotient is higher!
Kevin and Mike playing a prototype - note the art on the cards isn't finished on this one. 45 minutes long, you've been warned -
Here's some of Ted's thoughts on Rivet Wars -
Contents of the boxed game (inclusive of stretch goals) - please see the $90 level below.
A great limited edition lithograph with color art from Rivet Wars.
Get two promo heroes!
The Vet: He fought for his nation, for what he believed in, but he was betrayed by his commanding officer and left for dead. Now he's returned and looking for a little payback. With skills honed from years of fighting in the worst conditions this vet can take punishment as good as he dishes it out. When you're in the fight, you better hope the Veteran is on your side.
R100: Created in the East Belgoff Steam Works as a prototype, the R100 was seen as a replacement for the foot soldier. With five times the strength of a Rivet and with armor plated skin there isn't much that can slow down this mechanized warrior. Unfortunately creating the R100 requires rare alloys and skilled clock makers so they are limited in their deployment. But if you get the chance to field an R100 in your regiment there won't be a trench line able to stop your forces!
Kickstarter and convention exclusive!
A copy of Rivet Wars, delivered straight to your door, plus a limited edition lithograph. Also includes all necessary tokens, counters and regular dice to play the game. Here's what you get:
Get a copy of the game plus tons of extras!
Additional items included in Blitzkrieg
- 1 Game ($100 value)
- The Vet and plug ($15 value) - Kickstarter/con exclusive
- R100 and plug ($15 value) - Kickstarter/con exclusive
- Babygirl and plug ($15 value) - Kickstarter/con exclusive
- Man in Charge and plug ($15 value) - Kickstarter/con exclusive
- 1 extra Ostrich tank ($20 value)
- 1 extra Sturmpanzer ($20 value)
- Faction patches ($5 value)
- Custom dice ($10 value)
- 24 extra infantry ($30 value)
- 4 Mountaineers and 4 Trench Raiders ($30)
- 8 extra cavalry ($20 value)
- Patston in Walker ($15 value)
- Romler in Scout Car ($15 value)
- 4 pairs Canine units ($20 value)
- 4 Extra Vehicles ($20 value)
- 1 Lithograph ($5 value)
- 150 page PDF Artbook ($5)
- Rosie and Rosie plug ($15) - Kickstarter/con exclusive
- Atomic Robo ($15) - Kickstarter/con exclusive
- Two turret emplacements and plugs ($10)
- Lt Brasseuldun ($15)
- Baron Munchen and plug ($15)
- Lt McCleod and plug ($15)
- Red Baron ($15)
- Reme Funck ($15)
- Uncle Rivet ($10) Kickstarter/con exclusive
- Iron Chancellor ($10) Kickstarter/con exclusive
- Terror Nova ($10) Kickstarter/con exclusive
- Cruel Minie ($10) Kickstarter/con exclusive
- Total value = $520 (so far)
The Art of War - One Blitzkrieg level pledge (and all applicable stretch rewards) and a 9" x 12" Rivet wars watercolor original painted by Ted of a Rivet subject!
Who am I?
After spending his youth fixing things in his grandfather's workshop and building war machines out of LEGO, Ted received his degree in architecture. This inevitably led to his spending the past fifteen years creating art for videogames like Settlers of Catan, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties, Rise of Nations and Thrones and Patriots. His artwork has also appeared in Spectrum, 3D World Magazine, Fantastyka, Elemental and Expose. Now Ted has focused his energies on building out the world of Rivet Wars by combining his love of drawing tanks, military history and casting his own miniatures.
We're doing this Kickstarter so that we can hopefully improve on our core offer, and get more tools done so that the vision of Rivet Wars can fully come to life!
Of course, if we fund this quickly here are some great stretch goals to make this crazy game even crazier!
Waterslide transfers, just like you remembered as a kid! We'll add a few sheets of these into eachBlitzkrieg pledge! Not sure how big or how many yet, but heck, they're free!
Super charge 2!Now with fancy graphics, get an extra Doomwheel and M7 for your $20! Vroom! Vroom!
Lt. Brandi Graham (Blight hero)
Always looking for a faster way to get soldiers to the front, Lt. Graham began experimenting with various types of combat boot. After several failed attempts, Graham finally hit on a wheeled system driven by pressurized air. A compressor is worn on the back and connected to the powered rolling shoes with high strength flexible hosing. This innovative piece of combat equipment allows Lt. Graham to shuffle troops to the front although on rough terrain the shoes tend to bog things down.
Every Blitzkrieg level pledge gets Lt Brandi at this stretch!
So, how do these bad boys work? Right now, if the scenario allows they are set up in advance in No Man's Land, and require infantry to come up to them to activate. Rush em boys!
Of course, the turret plugs that come with these emplacements can just as easily be put in your tanks....
Need more? Just pledge an additional $10 for each set of 2. (click the Manage Pledge button on the Kickstarter project page).
Lt. Edwina Brasseldun
Lt. Edwina Brasseldun, or the groundhog as her friends call her, is happier six feet underground than anywhere else on Rivet. Brasseldun is a subterranean engineer who cut her teeth working in the Timonium Spice mines. She is the foremost expert on underground transport and deployment. With her hit and run tactics she can tip the balance of any fight in her favor.
Not much is known about Baron Munchen. No one has ever see his face and it is not even certain if he has a face. The glowing liquid in his helmet conceals any hints that there might be a man inside. Some say he is the result of experiments gone wrong while others say he would be dead if not for that suit of his. What is known is that Munchen's suit makes him tough to kill. Artillery rounds have leveled dozens of his personal guard only to leave Munchen standing seemingly unscathed.
If we hit this stretch, we'll tool these nifty damage markers so you can easily see how much damage or what effects a unit is suffering from! All games upgraded!
Mcleod is a man that other men look up to. He is a commander who is always with his soldiers and will always be found at the front of a charge. Hailing from the Northern tip of Brighton, Mcleod will lead a charge by playing his grandfather's ancient bagpipes, lifting the spirits of those around him. It is said that the sound of his pipes can keep a man on his feet when on all accounts he should be down for good. You'll march far and well with Mcleod in your ranks.
Additional sculpt of Trench Raiders and Mountaineers, get a little more variety in your Blitzkrieg and additional options! If we hit this stretch, they'll come in an even mix of 50/50 each.
With the resources of Rivet growing ever more scarce the Blight are attempting to harness the incredible power of the atom. Leading this charge is Dr. Vorne, a physicist who wears the scares of his many failed experiments with radiation and nuclear energy. He is well known to the allies for unwittingly pulling Atomic Robo into the world of Rivet, though even Vorne is not certain how that happened. Though possessing great power, Vorne can sometimes be as dangerous to the Blight as he is to the Allies.
*Ships Q1 2014.
The Red Baron
Terror of the skies, Baron von Rivetoffen has more air victories than any other ace on either the Blight or Allied sides! The Red Baron is awfully camera shy though, and has a strong aversion to scout planes...
Every Blitzkrieg level pledge gets a free Red Baron if we hit this stretch!
Reme began his military flying career as a bomb thrower in a late model Bristol Tug. During a mission Reme's pilot was killed requiring Reme to take the controls and land the plane. Because of the shortage of pilots in the Nante area where they were fighting, Reme was promoted to pilot. He soon graduated to flying his own biplane and quickly demonstrated his aerial prowess by downing five blight fighters in a day. As one of the Allies' top aces, Reme is always a welcome member of any allied air group.
This is a purchase and stretch goal rolled into 1. Get our 2 Air Expansions for a knock down price, with 2 Bombers, 4 Fighters, 8 Scout planes, 2 AA tanks ,4 AA plugs and 2 plug Heroes for $50! Ships Q1 2014.
These Super Heavies come with2 plug slots, which make for some very interesting tactical choices.
M11 Double Play
The M11 was developed as a heavily armored assault tank. Sporting two turrets it excels at eliminating blight armor assets. Because of its cost it is not seen as often on the battlefield but when it does make an appearance it send the Blight running.
When the Rivet Wars became less static and the frontlines began to move day to day the large rail guns deployed by the Blight became obsolete. Under the direction of the Iron Chancellor, these guns were refitted with Heavy siege chasis. Although incredibly heavy the Hammer is quite mobile and considered a tremendous asset in breaking allied strongpoints.
Pneumatic Revolver Turret
This innovative turret grants any vehicle tremendous anti-infantry capabilities. Although it consumes a great amount of ammunition it is well worth it.
This turret allows for the quick dispersal of smoke or fragmentation grenades for any vehicle. For close combat actions this a real game changer.
Considered a young prodigy, Otto was raised by his parents in the hills outside of Ballmore. There he enjoyed trips to the local tank factories and was hired as a driver. Once he was of age, Otto signed on as a tanker and quickly rose through the ranks. Today he is an officer of renown and any Blight tank crew would be honored to serve with him.
William "Shady" Durgle
Born on the Jersey coast of Brighton, William was always one to find the kink in the armor or the weakness in any design or situation. As a tank commander it is this skill which makes him unstoppable. Using tactics some would call unconventional, "Shady" uses his opponents' weaknesses to his advantage and avoids direct confrontation. He has never lost a tank or a single crew member in eight years of service. drawing the two heroes now
These bad boys will ship with the Battle of Brighton, Red Baron and Reme Funck in Q1 2014. To get them for this low price, just click "Manage Pledge" from the Rivet Wars Kickstarter page and add $30 to your pledge!
- Babygirl - At a young age babygirl demonstrated amazing powers of concentration and mental toughness. For this reason she was brought into the Court of Assassins where she was trained to be a warrior and killer. Today she is one of the most deadly assassins on the face of Rivet. Her fierce combat skills are only matched by her beauty.
The Man In Charge - Some men are born to follow and some are born to lead. The Colonel, as everyone refers to him, is definitely the man in charge. When he walks into a room one can feel his presence. And the gaze of his eye is always scrutinizing his men, looking for any flaw, any weakness. When charging into battle, this is the man you want in charge!
Every game gets an upgrade with these two generals to plug into your tanks! (or plug turrets).
- General G. Patston (Ally Plug Hero) - After graduating from East Point Military academy General Patston quickly rose through the ranks. Although known for his brash style and quick temper his success on the battlefield can not be denied. A cavalry man at heart, Patston is obsessed with mobility. He is a master of troop movement and is sure to get your men to front and into the fight!
- General E. Romler (Blight Plug Hero) - Romler is a master tactician. He views the battlefield as full of opportunities waiting to be exploited. Using his state of the art ocular enhancement gear, Romler can increase his soldiers' range allowing them to blast holes in the enemy forces. When Romler is on the battlefield no place is safe from his gaze!
- Rosie the Riveter - Growing up Rosie loved to help her dad and brothers at the family repair shop fixing cars, adjusting clockwork calculators and adjusting boilers. She was just born with a knack for making things work or making them work better. When she was old enough to enlist she received a perfect score on her Mechanicus Exams and was immediately assigned to a forward mechanized repair detachment. Rosie was right where she wanted to be. Repairing tanks, adjusting timing gears on autoloaders, and re-armoring damaged vehicles. Her fellow soldiers came to love her and they soon gave her the nickname "Rosie the Riveter" for her outstanding work! Every Blitzkrieg level pledge gets a Free Rosie if we hit this stretch!
- Atomic Robo - Super scientist created by Nikolai Tesla, Atomic Robo steps from the pages of the popular hit comic (http://www.atomic-robo.com) straight into Rivet Wars!
So, if you really want to trick out your Rivet Wars, here are some additional items and reinforcements that you can add on. Just increase the total amount in your pledge and we'll sort it out after the Kickstarter ends.
For Professor Winston Nurfle planes and zeppelins always seemed much too large. Instead he felt that each man, woman and child should have their own flying propulsion unit. Finally Nurfle stumbled up the perfect mixture of explosive chemicals to provide thrust for his jet pack. But now with the wars consuming most research and development Nurfle has donned his prototype pack and gotten into the fight! He has vowed to prove the combat effectiveness of his invention! The good Professor will join any side willing to test his invention! Includes free plug version.
Get two M3 Vertical Tanks and expand your tactical options! This is the tank that started it all! Also included, three Landkriegers for a great 6 tank value!
Here's a great comparison shot of the work in progress:
To get optional items: Just add the appropriate amount to your pledge. We'll sort it out after the Kickstarter ends with our pledge manager.
Cpl. Cher Ami (Ally Hero)
Cher Ami spent his youth on the roof of his home caring for the family pigeons. When war broke out he and his brave pigeons got right into the fight. With his amazing pigeon skills Cher is able to deliver messages with the upmost certainty that they will be delivered. When it's time to call in an artillery barrage Cher Ami is your best bet.
Capt. Elsa Frost (Blight Hero)
No one ever described Elsa Frost as warm hearted. She is more like a machine than a rivet. But this strong unbreakable presence has instilled a loyal fervor in her troops. When Elsa leads her soldiers into battle it is certain that they will be faster, stronger, or more accurate. One thing is for sure, you had better get out of her way!
M7 B.O.S.S. & Doom Wheel - now comes with 3 each!
After seeing the effectiveness of the Blight Landkrieger the allies decided to accept proposals for a bipedal mechanized armored tank of their own. The winning design created by the Breton Forge Works built upon a large well armored core structure. This was supported by two hydraulically driven legs. Once fielded the B.O.S.S. became a welcome sight to the allies. Many a soldier has found himself rallying around a B.O.S.S. in the thick of battle.
The Doom Wheel
With the monowheel drive system and suspension proving themselves to be both reliable and effective the Blightun Empire decided to repurpose this design for a fast moving gun platform. The original monowheel parts were upscaled to support the increased armor, engine and ammunition being carried. The final vehicle is both effective at range and in close combat. Monowheel Dragoons affectionately refer to the Doom Wheels as Big Brothers.
Drop in alternates for normal Infantry, they're themed to match Baron Munchen and Lt McCleod who've just been unlocked! Remember, these guys don't have special rules. They just have different uniforms!
To get optional items, just click MANAGE PLEDGE button on the right and add the appropriate amount to your pledge. We'll sort it out after the Kickstarter ends.
Risks and challenges
From past experience, there are some vagaries in terms of timing when it comes to anything produced in China, such as:
We've done our best to minimize this as far as possible, and we are always happy to refund pledges if for some totally unforeseen reason the game can't be delivered at all. Since the game is 95% complete, we don't believe this is in the least bit likely - we've successfully delivered Zombicide and will be shipping Sedition Wars shortly, our first two Kickstarter projects.
We also have two other ongoing projects, Relic Knights and Guilds of Cadwallon that are both progressing on schedule - please refer to those individual project pages if you'd like to check the progress there. These projects are entirely independent of Rivet Wars - they have completely different development teams and have no effect on the production flow or development of Rivet Wars.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Short answer, no. Long answer: Based on past experience, in the USA, west coast rewards take longer to arrive. Within the EU, shipping takes several days if there are many rewards to send out, and may not go out at the same time as USA/Rest of the world rewards. It all depends on where the games happen to be. We endeavor to ship everything out as quickly as possible but there will be a difference depending on where in the world you are, and possibly the rewards you request, so please manage your expectations accordingly.
These measurements are based on our prototypes so the finished product may come in slightly different. All measured in hand with a tape measure so, again, the numbers may be slightly off.
1x1 base 15/16th of a inch
2x1 base 1 3/8" by 2 5/32"
2x2 base 2 3/4"
We will be able to ship within the EU from the UK. Shipping will still cost the same ($25 extra for the first box game) as we'll need to deal with customs and VAT on your behalf if you're in the EU, and to cover the extra cost of shipping less than a container load for UK fulfillment.
This will mean that you won't have any issues with possible customs queries, additional tax or other hassles, making the whole experience that much smoother!
This level does come with 2 copies of the core game as well as 2 sets of all the promo goodies.
Just pledge the total of everything you'd like and choose the reward level most appropriate. e.g. if you'd like the Blitzkrieg pledge ($150) and the Vertical Tanks and Landkrieger set ($20), pledge $170 and choose the "Blitzkrieg" reward.
You can also add items to your pledge in the same way by clicking "Manage Pledge", the blue button on the right of this page, once you're a backer.
We'll send you a link to our CoolMiniOrNot Kickstarter Pledge Manager (CKPM) after the campaign concludes so you can tell us what the extra money is for.
We are 90% sure that the models will come assembled.
We are not sure the exact external dimensions for the final tiles but the actual game play portion goes like this.
Tile = 24 cm
Grid = 8 cmSquare = 4 cm
Pledge $10 or more
Hit the Beach! A special limited edition lithograph featuring great color art from Rivet Wars.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $30 or more
Mark your targets! 2 promo Heroes are yours to deploy as you please. Not available in the base game.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $90 or more
Eastern Front! A copy of Rivet Wars, delivered straight to your door.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $140 or more
150 backers All gone!
Blizkreig! A copy of Rivet Wars, 2 promo Heroes not available in the base game and 2 Faction patches. This level will attract the most stretch goal bonuses (hint, hint). Eary bird special.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
Blizkreig! A copy of Rivet Wars, 2 promo Heroes not available in the base game and 2 Faction patches. This level will attract the most stretch goal bonuses (hint, hint).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $280 or more
50 backers All gone!
Blitzkrieg x 2! Everything in Blitzkrieg, plus 2 copies of any unlocked rewards applicable to that level. Early bird special.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $300 or more
Blitzkrieg x 2! Everything in Blitzkrieg, plus 2 copies of any unlocked rewards applicable to that level.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
5 backers All gone!
Art of War! A Blitzkrieg level pledge (and all applicable unlocked rewards) + a watercolor painted by Ted Terranova of Rivet subject!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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