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An asymmetrical strategy game played across two boards based off of the iconic 1984 James Cameron film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
An asymmetrical strategy game played across two boards based off of the iconic 1984 James Cameron film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
An asymmetrical strategy game played across two boards based off of the iconic 1984 James Cameron film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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Terminator Update for 1.17.18

Posted by Grim Games

 This. Game. Is. HUGE! 

It’s Wed, so welcome to another Terminator update.

This past weekend I ventured down to San Antonio on Saturday to take a closer look at Pax South 2018. The show was interesting. It was a little smaller than I expected — and not quite as crowded as I would have thought — but everyone in attendance seemed to be having a good time, and every vendor I spoke with had nothing but positive things to say about the show.

It’s nice to see tabletop games getting some nice featured placement along with their video game brethren. 

On Monday…THIS arrived… 

Of course, I immediately did a deep dive into the box and began setting things up. And...WOW! This game is MASSIVE! Everything initially fit nicely on my dining room table. But since this game is going to be my life for the next few weeks AT LEAST, I needed a more permanent way to set it up. So after a quick trip to to the store, I came back with 2 new tables in my office space, and a short while later Terminator was ready to play. Look at this massive game you all are getting!

Now — before you start eagle eyeing the board here — let me say these minis are not all to scale.
They were printed at different sizes for different reasons on our 3D printers. The prototype game I was sent also has tokens to represent all of the minis for gameplay, but I wanted to run through things with the minis because I prefer it…plus, I think they make for better pictures when showing you guys how things are going to look when you have this MASSIVE game on your table. Today I sat down with Victor Brown, co-designer of BITTEN (available now from Playgrim Games! :P ), and we put Terminator through its paces.





I’m going to be making some tweaks and updates to the game before it hits your hands. Mostly in balancing the rules and missions, but I’m extremely pleased that the game is where it's at right now. It’s solid. It’s fun — and it damn sure makes a statement when you see it on the table. 

OH! Before I forget --

The Terminator: The Official Board Game has been nominated on Board Game Geek for Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Game of 2018!  Evil Dead 2 has also been nominated for Most Anticipated Horror Game of 2018!  

You can click here to head over to BGG and cast your vote and help us get Terminator and Evil Dead to the top of the list!  

Now…I’ve been nursing a pretty serious migraine for most of the day, so I’m going to take a break from the computer screen for a while — but I’ll be back to answer any questions later tonight and tomorrow 

But right now I have another box to take a look at…

Until next time! Remember…. 

I’ll be back! 


Terminator Update 1.10.18

Posted by Grim Games

Hello Everyone!

It’s Wednesday — and that means its time for an update!

A prototype of the game is on its way to me as I type this — including some fantastic looking prototype-resin miniatures. As soon as these are in my hands, I’ll take some photos with my play-testing group for you to see it in action like I mentioned last week.

I have spent a great deal of time on the phone this week with key vendors discussing the best possible way to get Terminator into your hands, and things are looking good.

The manufacturing and fulfillment side of board games is always something that is ultimately out of the publisher’s hands once the files have been sent off — but this is the best time in the history of board games for publishers to get competitive prices and — more importantly — the best possible communication and customer service. Why? Because competition has never been more fierce in this markets than it is now.

The other thing that is extremely valuable from these conversations is getting the chance to learn from the experience of these manufacturing and fulfillment partners. Talking to new and different groups is helping us to formulate the best possible plan to get Terminator into your hands — and so far their advice and insight have been absolutely stellar.

More on that in the near future.

This week I have also been diving head-first into a full-on Terminator overload by rewatching the entire film series while I work (yes — even “Terminator: Salvation”). I have to say…being able to say “Yes — I DO have to keep watching these movies…it’s for WORK!” is pretty damn great.

Now — with that boring text stuff out of the way — let’s look at some photos!

This week we’re taking a closer look at some of the printed miniatures. These are from Space Goat's own 3D printer. They are incredible, and I cannot wait to see what some of you do with these once you can paint them!





FINALLY — I have a question for you…

Are any of you attending Pax South in San Antonio, TX this weekend?

If so — let me know! I may be heading down there for a one day look around on Saturday or Sunday, and it’d be great to say hello to some of you!

Until next week —

“I’ll be back”

(Yes, I am going to do that every week. I apologize in advance)


Terminator Update 1.3.18 (public repost)

Posted by Grim Games

Hey everyone -- I'm reposting my earlier update publically so that anyone who isn't a backer of the game can still get a peek in on what we're doing.  (I didn't realize I'd hit the "Backers Only" option when I published this earlier today...future updates won't be double posted like this) -- 

Hello, Everyone-- 

“I'm here to help you.” 

Of all the lines I could quote from The Terminator, that one may not be the most memorable--but it is the most accurate.  

My name is Michael--and today I’m joining Space Goat to take over The Terminator.

As the new Project Manager and Lead Designer, I have two goals in mind for this assignment: 

To build on the work that has already been completed on this project and to deliver a fantastic, high-quality game that you all will be proud to have in your collection. To keep you informed on the progress, show you the work that is being done, and make sure you feel like the backbone of this game--because you are the hyper-alloy combat chassis that has made this project possible. 

Thanks to you, I have the opportunity to be involved with one of my all-time favorite film franchises. I can’t thank you enough for that. 

I know there have been communication issues in the past, and by reading through many of the comments today I see where some people have been very upset with communication and updates. 

I’m here to solve that.


So, let’s get right to it, shall we? 

In a previous update, you have seen an updated Production Schedule & Calendar. My intention is to try to speed this calendar up, get things moving faster, and to get your game delivered to you sooner.  

As long as the game is the best it can be. 

For right this moment, I’m not going to predict a faster schedule, because I don’t want to set any of us up for disappointment. I do, however, have good news on this front. “Stress Testing & Preparation” as listed in the previous update is rigorously underway, and very much ahead of the scheduled listed in the Nov. 29th update. With any luck, I will be able to have photos for you in next week’s update of myself and my playtest crew putting The Terminator through its paces. 

“Wait…did he say next week’s update?” 

Why, yes. Yes, I did. 

Going forward, you will be getting an update from me every Wednesday. 

If a Thursday rolls around and you haven’t received an update from me (even if it's just to say, “Hey folks…working on it!”), you should assume a Terminator has been sent back in time and successfully taken me out.  

We are making other internal staffing changes to help expedite replies to DMs as well so you are all taken care of and feel heard. 

Every Wednesday I’m going to update you on what we’ve been doing that week, and how it's helping to push the game forward. I’ll post photos when I have something interesting to show you, and try to get a few from the manufacturer, etc, to keep you in the loop.

Alright, I think I’ve rambled on enough for one update. But feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. I’ll pop back in and say "hello" later this evening and address anything I can then. 

I have included a few images in this update of previews of the rulebook and some of my favorite cards.  Let me know what you'd like to see in future updates in the comments below and I'll try to post some additional images next time! 

Until next Wednesday…remember…

“I’ll be back.”


Terminator Update 1.3.18

Posted by Grim Games

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Wishing You All a Happy New Year!