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A 1-4 player co-operative story driven exploration game in a world on the brink of annihilation
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The Avatar rises...

Posted by Grimlord Games (Creator)
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Dear backers,

Today we'll be talking about the end of the world...well, sort of. This update is dedicated to talking about the final boss of the game, the Avatar of the Old One, its function in the game and just what need to happen to beat the damn thing!

Herald of the Great Flood

The Avatar of the Old One, art by Brian Coughlan
The Avatar of the Old One, art by Brian Coughlan

The Avatar is the living embodiment destruction of the Old World, a creature that has come to the world with only one purpose; to wipe from the earth whatever has taken hold in the time before the Old One and ready the world for its arrival. 

The Avatar of the Old One, sculpted by Alexei Popovici
The Avatar of the Old One, sculpted by Alexei Popovici

A lingering evil

Now the Avatar isn't just an impressive, 5 inch tall miniature (though it is most definitely that) It's also the main antagonist of the game, and as such plays a very important role in the player's adventures. At the start of the game, players pace the Player and Enemy tokens at the start of the Discovery track, and will be racing the Enemy on this track throughout the game, advancing their token by finding clues and discovery more about the Everrain whilst the enemies slowly but surely, and whenever they do things to hamper your progress like killing your crew of interrupting your investigations. But there is a 3rd token on this track, the Old One token.

The Old One token
The Old One token

Now the Old One token begins the game at the end of the Discovery Track, and it represents how close the Avatar is to rising from the sea and destroying the world! Ordinarily this token rarely moves, but if enemies begin to gain the advantage and are allowed to run amok, the token will begin to descend down the track. If the Enemy and Old One tokens ever meet, then the Avatar awakens and appears on the game board!

The front of the Avatar board
The front of the Avatar board

The Avatar has it's own board, which describes the effects that it has on the game,These are things that players must be wary of doing, because each time that the player triggers one of these effects, it brings the Avatar one step closer to arriving in the world.

Winning and saving the world from the brink

For players to have a chance at winning, they have to trigger the endgame. This is done in one of 2 ways:

1. Reaching the end of the Discovery track - If players can do this, they have gathered enough knowledge to now attempt to subdue the Avatar. This is known as the Slumbering Objective

2. Defeating the Avatar - If at any point the Avatar is summoned, the end game immediately is triggered and players must defeat it somehow. This is known as the Arisen Objective

In both cases, once the endgame has been triggered the Avatar board is flipped, and the player's objective is revealed

The back of the Avatar board, concealing the secrets of how to win!
The back of the Avatar board, concealing the secrets of how to win!

Neither of these tasks will be easy, but failing the Slumbering objective does not result in a loss, it tends to merely hasten the arrival of the Avatar. But failing the Arisen objective is a grave thing indeed, and usually means the end of the game. What about replay ability? if players know what the objectives are going in, won't they be able to prepare for them in future playthroughs? Well, we've thought of that too! The core game comes with 3 Avatar boards. They are identical on the front, but each one has completely different objectives on the back. When players begin the game, these boards are shuffled together, and one is chosen at random. This way, no matter how many times you play, players will always have to work to discover how to win the game and finally put the ancient evil to rest!

Rebellion is in the air...

The end is almost upon us! Our navigator tells us our destination is but a few days away, and with that in mind I think it's about time we welcomed the last of our crew aboard:

 The Torrent of Rebellion expansion introduces a whole host of defectors to the game. For starters, the Occultist Crew can now be hired! Once fledgling members of the Old One's cults, these brave souls broke away from the dark oath they were on and brought with them dark and terrible knowledge.

The Occultist, art by Felix Bauer-Schlichtegroll & sculpt by Alexei Popovici
The Occultist, art by Felix Bauer-Schlichtegroll & sculpt by Alexei Popovici
The Occultist, art by Felix Bauer-Schlichtegroll & sculpt by Tom Lishman
The Occultist, art by Felix Bauer-Schlichtegroll & sculpt by Tom Lishman

 Next aboard is the Boatswains! These Crew are adept and repairing and maintaining your ship. Your vessel will be seaworthy for far longer having one of these around!

The Boatswain, art by Sebastian Kowoll  & sculpt by Tom Lishman
The Boatswain, art by Sebastian Kowoll & sculpt by Tom Lishman

 The enemies introduced in this expansion, the Marauders, are very different from those revealed thus far, because in some cases they can actually be hired as Crew on your vessel! Marauder Crew function quite differently form regular Crew; they are ill tempered, prone to insubordination and would just as soon stab you in the back given half a chance. But they are powerful, quick and excellent in combat. Hiring one of these dogs is a risk, but is it one you're willing to take?

Marauder Brigand, art by Bjorn Hurri  & sculpt by Kieran Russell
Marauder Brigand, art by Bjorn Hurri & sculpt by Kieran Russell
Marauder Cutthroat, art by Bjorn Hurri  & sculpt by Kieran Russell
Marauder Cutthroat, art by Bjorn Hurri & sculpt by Kieran Russell
Marauder Captain, art by Bjorn Hurri
Marauder Captain, art by Bjorn Hurri

 One more thing....

We think it's high time this scurvy fleet began sailing again, and for that we need some fresh winds...

Now every single backer receives a unique ship for every player! and to take it's place...

 The goal is in sight, fellow mariners! Lets weather this final storm together and sail onto even greater adventures!

Lay aloft and loose all sail!

The Grimlord Games team

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    1. Missing avatar

      nomab on

      @GG I have a question about the Add-on. It says 6 crew tokens. I guess there are 4 tokens for the occultist and the boatswain crews. I guess again that the 2 lasts are for the marauder crews. But I don't understand why only 2? There should be 3 (3 kinds of marauder) tokens or more (as much as the enemy tokens)?

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      Jacob
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      +1 to Everrain Captain Justin Boehm!

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      Patrick Canfield on

      Thank you GG! Adding the unique ships as unlocked makes all the difference for me and I appreciate the gesture. Just added the new expansion to my pledge....really excited to see this game launch! Cheers!

    4. AJ Carruthers
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      Are we likely to see new end game bosses? Additional avatars and the like?

    5. Mauler on

      NIIIICE :D

      Very interesting boss mechanics too, no delaying the Avatar with ranged combat?

    6. Santiago E. on

      I really like the concepts art of this project, so unique! However the Marauder Brigand model's hair should be thinner to be seemed to the drawing. Nice work, nonetheless.

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      Dr.Pitufo
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      GREAT WORK!!!. And Add-on :D

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      TEZY on

      very very good. thanks !

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      Captain Blackmore on

      I have one question however, the slumber objective stipulates that a cultist be placed on each ship, but after the inclusion of the summoners, there are now only three cultists, so what happens in a four players game?

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      Captain Blackmore on

      Thank you for the update!

    11. Knarf
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      I like that we unlocked the different vessels. Also +1 to Everrain Captain Justin Boehm
      Objective Cards rather than Objective Boards

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      Lovre Karabotić-Milovac on

      Love the update and love the game! Thx for a free upgrade! :-)

    13. Greg on

      Great update!

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      Derek Farrell on

      Haha Bill that made me laugh. Thank you

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      Bill
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      12.7 cm = 5 inches. I love it here, whenever I think I'm lazy and self centered I just log in and prove myself wrong.

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      Ken Meyri on

      +1 to Everrain Captain Justin Boehm
      Objective Cards rather than Objective Boards. It's cheaper and more flexible.

    17. Trustyz on

      This update is all I was hopping, many thanks for the ships !

      Detail but : if each player need to reach a different place, if the old one destroy only one before a player finish his part, it is lost, ins't it?

      Glad to still be on board ! Good Luck for the ending :)

    18. Kelly on

      Aye thank you for that conversion link Cysterion! its shows
      5 inches = 0.00006857451404 Nautical Miles

    19. Sebastien (Space Pirate) on

      @Antonio The size of the minis is given in cm in the FAQ. But I suppose look there is too much of an effort too?

    20. Antonio Soto Patiño
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      Sorry, but since your audience is international, could you use the metric units to measure the minis? I don't have any idea what five inches are, and I don't want to go get a dictionary while I am reading this on the go.
      Most of the world uses this modern metric system and not anymore those archaic systems that are unique and specific to every country.
      Thank you.

    21. Captain Malevil on

      I really hope this evolves, as I like the art and concept, but with souch competence... AC just added 26 minis to sweeten the deal, RB today (probably loaded). This is starting to be the main candidate to be sacrificed :-(.

    22. Iliuthenin on

      I prefer cardboard to neoprene aswell, but it's add on not replacement right (so we get both)?

    23. Nao on

      Just a quick question: We unlock with the social SG new event cards of island and sea, and by the expansions there are coming also more event cards. But how many of the treasure and influence cards are there? Shouldn't they also get a bit more, or is it not that relevant?

    24. Iliuthenin on

      Thank you for the generous unlock and the update itself! I didn't want ti read the objective cards (no spoilers for me ty) but the endgame mechanics and token movements sound really really well thought of.

    25. Justin Boehm
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      @GG so a thought, and one that would help increase replayability even more. What about having just 1 objective board and a deck of cards for the two objectives? Shuffle and choose one from each deck at the beginning, giving you the ability to increase options above 3, as well as allowing for mixtures of the current objectives, without needing to ever make additional boards?

      Also neoprene is fine (or extra content is fine instead of neoprene if you choose to gonthat route, I don't care), but are you planning stitched edges?

    26. Peter "araziel" Cruickshanks
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      Wooop! Let's go!

      I do agree with kittylady about neoprene though. Don't get the current mania around it, seems half the games on KS sell neoprene this or thats. If mousepads are anything to go by, in 6-7 years that stuff starts falling apart. Cardboard lasts a lifetime or two if you treat it well.

    27. Grimlord Games 4-time creator on

      Q: As i said - they will grant ships and boards for free, since they were part of the core game from the beginning.

      A: They really weren't Victor, because they are hellishly expensive (each new sculpt takes up more mould space). Just see it for what it is, a gift :)

    28. trolloloman
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      As i said - they will grant ships and boards for free, since they were part of the core game from the beginning

    29. Cysterion on

      I hope the amount will start rising again... I'd love to see more Avatar boards as SG !!

    30. Sebastien (Space Pirate) on

      Love that Occultist. She is like a sea goddess to me.

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      kittylady
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      PLEASE don't waste the money on Neoprene; that stuff feels so gross and rots so quickly. I'd much more prefer more game content. What about different end game bosses?

    32. Alex Bass on

      Awesome! Thank you!

    33. Blazingsoul on

      Great update guys. Thank you for unlocking the ships, that was a needed addition!

    34. Mark-Ders on

      Awesome upate. Those minis are out of this world again GG ... excellent :)

    35. Theo
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      Laaaaaand!!!!
      I see laaaaand!!!!!