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Update #4 - CoreTechs Tactics is Moving!

Update #3 - The Massive OIGC Update

Update #2 - OIGC, End Credits podcast and the Harmonics Engine

Update #1 - Special Community Card Cast #7 

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CoreTechs Tactics is something you've never seen before: a collectible card game that will allow you to make your own cards. Construct a deck from a limitless collection of cards and wage war on a hex-grid battlefield. Capture strategic points to increase your resources or gain an offensive edge. What makes CoreTechs Tactics truly unique is this: every part of the game is open for community contribution. Want to make your own hero? You can! Maps? Sure! Host your own tournaments? You bet! 

We aim to have CoreTechs Tactics running cross-platform and on Steam by Q3 2014.

Check out our Community Card Cast on Twitch TV, most Sundays at 2 pm EST. 

Why CoreTechs Tactics?

Check out Mike 'O.K.' on SoundCloud, or support him directly on Bandcamp.

The beginning . . . .

The journey began three years ago with the goal of creating a collectible card game rooted in tabletop wargaming. After countless physical prototypes and hundreds of hours play-testing, CoreTechs Tactics emerged as an exciting blend of tactics and strategy. And - most importantly- it was fun to play.

Unexpectedly, that journey of trial and error led us to a revelation that would shape the future of CTT: it would become player-driven. 

It was exhilarating to discuss, balance, and implement ideas introduced by players instead of designers. It added an exciting new dimension to the game and allowed it to grow in unexpected ways. Even non-gamers were getting involved! As they watched their ideas come to life, participants were empowered. For once, they had a level of control over their gaming experience.

Check out some of the fantastic clay Operators built by playtesters.
Check out some of the fantastic clay Operators built by playtesters.

Moving from a physical to a digital medium gave us all the computation and visual advantages available on a digital platform. Our challenge was to keep alive the creative magic we found through player engagement, so we designed the game to ensure every aspect was interchangeable – cards, UI, mechanics - everything.

With the increased reach a web game provides, anyone, anywhere can participate and make a game they can call their own.

Early Access Pre-Alpha: Be the first to play CoreTechs Tactics when it goes live in early fall 2014. 

Digital Soundtrack: Receive a digital download (MP3, FLAC, and more) of the official CTT soundtrack by veteran maestro Mike O.K. Go and listen to his many excellent albums over on Bandcamp and help support him directly if you like what you hear.

 Digital Wallpaper: Enjoy a backer-exclusive wallpaper that will be created with community input during a Community Card Cast, shortly after our Kickstarter is completed.

Drop Boost (15%): Boost your in-game drop rate for one month. You can activate it right away or save it for the perfect time.

Digital Art book: Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world-building process for CoreTechs Tactics - from concept art up to the finished product. You can get a taste of our lead artist's work over at his art blog, Hue Two - The Art of Darren Bird.

Drop Boost (20%): Boost your in-game drop rate for one month. You can activate it right away or save it for the perfect time. (You also gain the +15% Drop Boost from the Enforcer Gear).

All Season Zero Operators: Gain access to every Operator created during 'Season Zero' or until the beginning of 2015, whichever comes last.

Drop Boost (30%): Boost your in-game drop rate for one month. You can activate it right away or save it for the perfect time. (You also gain the +15% Drop Boost from the Enforcer Gear).

Playset of All Season Zero Cards: Gain a full playset of every program card created during 'Season Zero' or until the beginning of 2015, whichever comes last. 

Drop Boost (50%): Boost your in-game drop rate for one month. You can it activate right away or save it for the perfect time. (You also gain the +15% Drop Boost from the Enforcer Gear).

T-Shirt (Design A): Receive an awesome CoreTechs Tactics T-Shirt. Exact sizes TBD. We are still in the process of selecting a vendor, hunting for best 

Boxed Collector's Edition: Get a boxed Collector's Edition of CoreTechs Tactics. The physical game disk will be feature anything and everything we can think to throw on it. Let us know what you want and we will make it happen.

Physical Soundtrack: Receive a CD of the official CTT soundtrack by veteran maestro Mike O.K. Go and listen to his many excellent albums over on Bandcamp and help support him directly if you like what you hear. 4 Post Cards: You will also receive four high-quality CoreTechs Tactics post cards to mount on your wall or mail to your friends.

T-Shirt (Design B): Receive the exclusive Collector's Edition, CoreTechs Tactics T-Shirt. To ensure this is extra special, it will not be available for purchase as an addon. Exact sizes TBD. We are still in the process of selecting a vendor, hunting for the best quality and hopefully women's cut shirts.

Physical 40-Card Deck: You'll receive an actual deck of collectible CTT cards, 20 Technocrat and 20 Brethren. You and the community will help us choose which cards get printed. 

Physical Art book: Get a full-colour, physical copy of the art book. It's a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world-building process for CoreTechs Tactics - from concept art up to the finished product. The book's spiral-binding will make it easy to remove pages to mount them for display. You can get a taste of our lead artist Darren's work over at his art blog, Hue Two - The Art of Darren Bird.

Base Card Designer: We'll design a base program card to your game-mechanic and visual specifications. It can be either a daemon, a command, or a structure, for either faction. The card will have a single pose, similar to Hearthstone or MTG Online. 

 Premium Card Designer: We'll design a premium program card to your game-mechanic and visual specifications. It can be either a daemon, a command, or a structure, for either faction. The card will be fully animated, having unique animations for its various actions. 

Premium Operator Designer: We'll design a premium Operator avatar to your specifications. Your custom Operator will be fully animated, having unique animations for its various actions. 

Producer Credit: You become a producer for CoreTechs Tactics  and get an in-game credit. 

Add-ons

Many of our rewards are also available as add-ons. See the chart below for pricing.

Personal CTT Portrait: Like our awesome CoreTechs Tactics team portraits? Get one for yourself with this exciting add-on! Our lead artist Darren will transform a photo of you into a Technocrat or Brethren soldier, eager to fight for humanity's survival. Perfect for forums and social media, or just to show off and make your friends jealous!

International Shipping: For any physical goods being shipped outside Canada or US, please add $20 for international shipping. 

Risks and challenges

CoreTechs Tactics has been a project of passion for more than three years. While holding down day jobs, we’ve devoted endless evenings and weekends to realizing our vision. Failure is not an option.

CoreTechs Tactics will not be a set-and-forget title. It is a platform that will constantly evolve new content, game modes and avenues for gamer engagement. As part of the team, you can be part of CTT’s evolution and journey.

Our most costly endeavor will be porting our code to the new engine. While this will be an immense task, we believe it’s an integral step towards the goals we’ve laid out and have budgeted accordingly. Maintenance costs for the game itself will be low as server costs for a turn-based game are far less than with other formats.

We know the scope of work required to finish this project and we are prepared for it - our passion and excitement have never been stronger. We have spent too much time and devoted too much energy - nothing will get in the way of seeing this project through!

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