Coffins and Tombstones - A Spectrum System Game
Hollywood-style skirmish game using miniatures for some of the Old West’s real or fictional characters. Powered by the Spectrum System!
About Coffins and Tombstones
Coffins and Tombstones is the first in a series that Fearlight Games is going to produce. Powered by the Spectrum System, a ruleset that uses d6’s to determine the outcome of a character’s action; these are a set of miniatures skirmish games that are not tied to a specific set of miniatures, scale, genre, or setting. It does not use target numbers, but instead allows both players to make die rolls and then compare their numbers of successes.
Since this is Coffins and Tombstones, the Western setting for the Spectrum System, the dice use symbols like six-shooters, cowboy hats, broken tin stars, and of course, the coffin and tombstone.
We really wanted a simplified set of rules that would be easy to learn, but would still allow the player the customization and creativity that make the games unique and fun. As you put together a warband, or in this case, a posse, you pick cowpokes from a list of starter characters in the rulebook. Then, as you play through a series of games, your characters earn experience that can be used to increase their attributes (like Shootin’ or Brawlin’) or to purchase new Special Abilities. These upgrades increase a character’s bounty value. The total posse bounty value is typically the point value that players build their posses around when playing through a Shootout.
The Spectrum System games are fun, and we need you to help us bring them to the world. With the successful funding of this Kickstarter project, we can have dice molded for us, have higher quality initiative card decks, and begin funding for our other settings.
What You Need
To play this game you’ll need: a place to play, some terrain to dress it up, and either a tape measure or a battle map in one inch grids. You’ll also need some cowpoke miniatures (25 or 28mm works well) to represent your posse (or you can print some cardstock cowpokes from the posse lists), the rulebook, and a set of Spectrum System dice. Each player will also need a deck of initiative cards, or in a pinch, a poker deck minus the jokers.
Two Ways to Play
You can play this game in one of two ways. As a one-off game, in which case, agree on a point size, build a posse, and play, or as the campaign game which starts at 600 points and levels up after each Shootout.
Our reward levels include combinations of:
The Coffins and Tombstones Rulebook – Our 68 page softcover rulebook contains everything you need to know about playing Coffins and Tombstones, building a posse, shootouts, and leveling up your cowpokes in campaign play.
Initiative Card Decks – Two 52 card decks with the Coffins and Tombstones logo on the back, condition cards, and wound tokens.
Coffins and Tombstones Dice – A dice bag with 18 of the Spectrum System dice (3 of each type) that you need to play Coffins and Tombstones.
That about covers everything that you might like to know about specific rewards, but there are several levels with rewards that warrant additional details. Sheriff, Marshall, and Ranger are all limited reward levels that will allow us to work with some of our backers for creation of a character name and/or concept for a Cardstock Cowpoke. The fine print is that we do want to maintain as much old west feel as possible and we can't accept any contributions that contain profanity or are offensive. We want to work together to create something for all of our players to have fun with, but will allow for some of our backers the ability to be involved with the creation of the game.
You will find Cardstock Cowpokes in the Coffins and Tombstones posse lists and a few other places in the rulebook. These are character sketches that can be copied and folded for use in a game when miniatures are not available.
We have several exciting stretch goals planned for rewards. As we get closer to our goal, we will begin adding detail on all reward levels and our stretch goal rewards like Coffins and Tombstones logo d6's, Extra Defense Dice, Damage Markers, Weapon Templates, Shot Glasses, Sheriff's Badges, and More!
Risks and challenges
Certainly there are risks associated with producing a product like Coffins and Tombstones. There are tooling costs, print overruns, manufacturing and delivery lead times, and shipping fees to consider in determining pledge levels and expected delivery dates.
We've already printed a limited number of rulebooks and prototyped sets of Spectrum System dice for playtesting. We took our initial product to a debut at the Origins game fair earlier this year. During the process, we experienced many of the challenges expected with a project like this, but we have not found any that we haven't been able to overcome.
Coffins and Tombstones is the first product from Fearlight Games. We are a new company, just getting started, but we believe that we have a good product, and we are excited about sharing it with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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