Maelstrom's Edge: A Next-Gen Sci-Fi Miniatures Wargame
Maelstrom's Edge has successfully funded! Learn more about the current state of Maelstrom's Edge and get in on the action at http://www.maelstromsedge.com!
Thank you to all of our backers for your incredible support, and for making Maelstrom's Edge a reality!
Update 2 Jun - 4 Free Audiobooks for every backer!
Update 3 Jun - Big Bases added to every set!!
Maelstrom's Edge is a squad based wargame set in a gritty science fiction universe of desperate survival. Players will be thrust into a fast, tactical game full of action and consequence, where every moment counts, and where there is always a way to change the game. No game is complete without a compelling setting, and we've worked hard to create a detailed and original universe for our players to explore, with deep worldbuilding and exciting, professionally written fiction.
You can read a detailed introduction to the basics of the rules at http://www.maelstromsedge.com/rules.pdf
In the Battle for Zycanthus boxed set, we'll provide everything you need to play the Maelstrom's Edge tabletop game, in which physical plastic models are moved around a table to simulate a battle. As well as the rules, dice, templates and tokens required for playing our innovative new ruleset, backers will receive two armies in detailed, multi-part and multi-pose HIPS plastic for the Karist Enclave and Epirian Foundation factions.
Our models are some of the most detailed ever to be made in plastic, with details as small as 0.1mm. We are exclusively working in the best possible material - injection moulded High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) plastic, at 28-32mm (~1:56) scale. Every model is made in multiple parts with multiple variable poses, additional weapons and choices to allow you to pose and customize your forces exactly as you like.
All the photos of models you see on this Kickstarter are of the final production figures, so what you see is exactly what you will receive. We've spent a long time getting the art, design, digital sculpting and most of the mould creation completed in advance of the Kickstarter, to eliminate many of the delays and risks usually involved in HIPS production.
The ruleset for the Maelstrom's Edge tabletop game has been written from scratch by one of the world's leading authorities on tabletop wargaming: Jon Regul (yakface) of Dakka Dakka. For over a decade Jon has fixed other people's rulesets for tournaments, and all this time has been developing a ruleset of his own. This ruleset now exists in the form of Maelstrom's Edge, and is everything we as gamers felt was missing from what's out there today.
In the far future, a golden age of exploration and progress has been shattered. Humanity and alien alike are on the very edge of annihilation. A gigantic apocalyptic explosion of dark energy known as the Maelstrom is rapidly expanding out from the heart of the galaxy, destroying everything it touches. As worlds and stars on the Maelstrom's Edge are obliterated, those who have the means flee towards deep space, while those left behind fight for the chance to escape.
For millennia before this catastrophe, humanity spread across the galaxy at sub-light speed, painstakingly eking out an existence in space and on barely habitable worlds. Then the cybel network was discovered. A gossamer web of dark energy threads stretching between every star, the cybel network allowed humanity to colonise thousands of worlds across the galaxy's spiral arm. All the progress that the cybel network brought, the Maelstrom took away. The Maelstrom erupted from the centre of humanity's worlds a millennium ago, racing down the cybel tunnels, splitting them apart and spilling their destructive energy out into real space.
The Edge is a stormfront, light years wide, where real space meets the Maelstrom’s tide of roiling, coruscating energy. The apocalypse is coming inexorably to every planet on the Edge. From ancient space habitats to luscious terraformed worlds, everyone in the path of the Maelstrom must make a choice. Unite or divide, give or take, fight or die. Those living on the edge are not bulletproof or elite. They are ordinary people caught up in a bewildering cataclysm, their only goal to survive as best they can.
The Epirian Foundation have spent centuries using their robotic technologies to terraform and colonise new worlds. Now, as the Maelstrom threatens everything they've worked so hard to build, they are determined to save as many resources as they can before their worlds are destroyed forever.
The Karist Enclave are a secretive religious group that views the Maelstrom very differently. They believe that when the energy of the Maelstrom washes over followers of the Karist way, they will ascend to a higher plane of being. The Karists have come to Zycanthus to convert the planet's citizens to their way of life - through any means necessary.
Everything is 100% multi-part, multi-post HIPS plastic. All of our plastic is provided on detailed sprues, and every model can be assembled with lots of flexibility of pose, with the options you like and a good range of weapon choices, ensuring no two models need look exactly the same.
6x Epirian Contractor Engineers - enough for 2 squads, with optional grenade launchers and pistols. Part soldier, part maintenance worker - a mainstay of Foundation defense forces.
4x Epirian Spider Drones with multiple weapon options. A Spider Drone's low-profile and unique leg design makes them nigh impossible to shake from a defensive position.
4x Epirian Firefly Drones with multiple weapon options. Retrofitted crop-dusters, Fireflies provide invaluable targeting data while carrying a lethal payload of clingfire.
2x Epirian Hunter robots. Designed for war, heavy armoured Hunter mechs lay down withering fire while they advance. Modular and poseable with 5 weapon options, the Hunter model stands 48mm tall.
2x Epirian Scarecrow robots. The ultimate security - a Scarecrow never stops watching and only rarely misses. Slightly taller than a man, the scarecrow specializes in area denial. Two weapon options as well as the shoulder gun and an HQ model option are present on each sprue, and it is one scarecrow per sprue.
2x Epirian Bot Handler - Plastic still in development, the sprue can build a standard handler who leads a squad of Spider Drones, or can build a Journeyman Handler who can call in deadly micro drone strikes. A Handler's neural interface grants unparalleled access to tactical information and the ability to remotely control bots.
6x Karist Enclave Troopers - The core of the Karist military caste - highly adaptable and utterly devoted to the ultimate goal. Four weapon options on each sprue.
4x Karist Tempest Elites - the heavy warriors of the Karist Enclave, with two weapon options. Only the most veteran Karist soldiers earn the right to wear the powerful and deadly Tempest armor.
4x Angel Minnows, deadly, fearsome and fast, Angel Minnows open up a whole host of tactical options for a Karist commander. Driven mad by the Maelstrom, in large enough packs Minnows can be nearly as dangerous as their adult kin.
2x Large Angels. These alien monsters shift their form as needed, often confounding their prey before they destroy them. The second large angel is not pictured, and has been voted for inclusion as a free extra in every box by our backers!
2x Karist Shadow Walkers - Plastic still in development. A Karist assassin with the capability to rift (teleport) over short distances. Rifting allows these mysterious agents to infiltrate governments and battlefields alike.
2 Victory Point Trackers, 2 double sided blast templates, 1 double sided flame template, 1 Epirian objective, 1 Karist objective, 40 double sided tokens and markers, and 26 suppression tokens of various sizes. Our amazing backers have also unlocked an extra 26 suppression tokens and 16 more marker tokens.
In addition to the pictured items, the boxed set will also include: 16 six-sided dice; an A5 sized copy of the Maelstrom's Edge rulebook; a card detailing the statistics for each unit; a range of mission cards allowing variable and entertaining missions to be played out, keeping each game unique and unpredictable; and enough plastic bases for model in the set, including the big ones!
The Karist Kaddar Nova stretch goal has been achieved and one is in each box, and the terrain sprue stretch goal has been achieved, adding one full terrain sprue to each box as well! 6 large bases and 2 huge bases per set too! See the stretch goals section below for more details!
Every boxed game will also include a complementary bonus copy of the Maelstrom's Edge card game. Learn more in update 29!
In all tabletop miniature kickstarters, the first question asked is usually "what scale are the models?" We have designed all our models to be in the 28-32mm scale standard to most modern wargames. See our models alongside other ranges here.
To add an add-on to your pledge, simply:
1. Press the 'Manage Your Pledge' button above (if you've not backed us yet, it will say 'Back this Project').
2. Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total of the add-ons you wish to add. For example, if you want the boxed set reward ($90) and three sprues of terrain ($12 each), then you should make your pledge 90+12+12+12 = $126.
3. After the kickstarter campaign ends, you will be sent a survey which will ask you how you wish to assign the add-on money, then simply pick the options you've paid for and they will be sent to you as soon as they are ready.
You must pledge for $1 if you don’t want anything other than terrain, otherwise kickstarter will not let us contact you to arrange delivery.
Containing: 1x Large Door, 2x Small Door, 1x Light Fitting, 2x Microwave Projectors/Antennas, 4x Corner Caps, 1x Small Pipe Fitting (fits a standard drinking straw), 1x Large Pipe Fitting, 2x Computer Panels, 1x Trapdoor, 2x Shuttered Windows, 2x Fascias, 2x Tessellating Trapezoid Windows, 1x Ladder/Walkway, 2x Tech Edge Pieces, 8x Modular Edge Pieces.
Our terrain sprue is HUGE and perfectly scaled to work with all 28mm-32mm games. The design is simple - get a box, or some cardboard, cut some holes in it and stick in our doors and windows and add edge pieces, then paint it and you have terrain unique to your table but still thematically linked to any other pieces you make with a minimum of effort.
Add just $12 to your pledge for each additional terrain sprue you want to add on.
PLEASE NOTE - WE'VE ADDED LOADS TO THE PLEDGES, BUT KICKSTARTER DOES NOT ALLOW US TO UPDATE THE PLEDGES ON THE RIGHT AFTER STARTING. All pledges are actually as below, with all the extra content listed there!
Kickstarter will only let us contact you with a survey if you have pledged for something, so if you are only after add-ons like the terrain sprue, and nothing else, be sure to select this pledge.
$10: Rules Please!
A digital download copy of the finished rulebook will be given to you at the time it is completed.
$30: Rules and a little bit more
At least 2 years of VIP status on the Maelstrom's Edge website from the public release date of the boxed set and everything in the 'Rules Please' tier. VIP status gives a number of benefits:
- A 10% discount on anything bought direct in our webstore (from retail release onwards).
- 2 weeks early access to new releases on our webstore compared to the general public.
- Exclusive short stories for your kindle/ipad/kobo/pc/other digital reader (exclusive for 1 year).
- Additional free digital content such as audiobooks, new missions, etc.
- Beta access to the rules as soon as they are ready, should you wish to help us playtest the game prior to release.
$50: Everything but the models
A physical printed copy of the rulebook, 16 Dice, Plastic Bases, Unit cards, Card Game, Mission Cards, Suppression Tokens, Flame and Blast templates. This allows you to use existing models you might already have. Also includes everything in the 'Rules and a little bit more' level.
$60: A handful of plastic
6x Karist Enclave Troopers (2 sprues), 4x Karist Enclave Tempest Elites (2 sprues), 6x Epirian Contractor Engineers (2 sprues), 4x Epirian drones (2 sprues, builds either type) and associated bases for the models. These models will be shipped at the same time as the general boxed set to keep our logistics straightforward.
$90: The Maelstrom Rises
Our sweet spot pledge - a copy of the boxed set - 6x Karist Enclave Troopers (2 sprues), 4x Karist Enclave Tempest Elites (2 sprues), 2x Karist Enclave Shadow Walkers (2 sprues), 1x Karist Kaddar Nova (1 sprue), 2x Karist Angel (2 sprues), 4x Karist Angel Minnows (2 sprues), 6x Epirian Contractor Engineers (2 sprues), 4x Epirian Firefly Drones (2 sprues), 4x Epirian Spider Drones (2 sprues), 2x Epirian Bot Handler (2 sprues), 2x Epirian Hunter Robots (6 sprues), 2x Epirian Scarecrow Robots (2 sprues), A Printed and Portable Rulebook, Unit Cards, Mission Cards, The Maelstrom's Edge Card Game cards, 16 Dice, 23 Small Bases, 8 Flying Bases, 6 large bases, 2 huge bases, 26 Suppression Tokens, 3 Flame and Blast templates and everything in the 'Rules and a little bit more' level. Stretch goals apply to this level. One complete, large terrain sprue has been unlocked and will be added to every box as well now!
$180: The Maelstrom Erupts
Double everything in 'The Maelstrom Rises' level. Double of any applicable stretch goals as well, though still 2 years of VIP status on the Maelstrom's Edge website.
$500: The Maelstrom Collector
We'll send you 2 copies of every sprue on immediate completion of each, so you get them very quickly, along with a full 'The Maelstrom Erupts' level but with priority shipping included. We'll cover all shipping on this level as well.
$520: The Maelstrom Overlord
6 copies of 'The Maelstrom Rises' level, recommended for gaming groups. 6x any applicable stretch goals as well, though still 2 years of VIP status on the Maelstrom's Edge website.
$1000: Maelstrom Immortality
Everything in 'The Maelstrom Collector' and a character named after you in the background.
$2500: Maelstrom Eternal
Everything in 'The Maelstrom Collector' and a 3d model of your head made for a future model - beards, glasses and hair might be modified as well as any other facial elements that might not be possible to produce in a 2 part plastic tool. You'll need to provide front/rear/side head photos for us to be able to get the sculpting done.
$5000: Rally The Troops
Everything in 'The Maelstrom Collector', a 3d model of your head made for a future model, a character named after you in the background and sponsor a unit - your name and (if you want) your photo on a unit box set saying 'this boxed set was made possible by X' so that everyone who ever buys that unit learns about your generosity and support for the Maelstrom's Edge universe.
Unlocked! Congratulations and Thanks for Backing!
This stretch goal has added 1x Karist Kaddar Nova sprue to every pledge at The Maelstrom Rises level and above, allowing one complete Kaddar Nova to be created with multiple pose options.
Double the Dice - Unlocked!
Maelstrom's Edge really benefits from having multiple colors of dice available, and thanks to reaching this stretch goal, we now have double the dice - 16 per set, adding at least one extra colour!
Karist Suppression Tokens - Unlocked!
26 suppression tokens is a great number, but now we are able to provide double! We can have suppression tokens which are tuned to each faction. The Epirians are perfect with the standard explosions on the existing suppression tokens, but Karist weaponry uses cybel energy, which looks a lot cooler on the battlefield when represented with different suppression tokens. Thanks to our generous backers, we've been able to double the number of suppression tokens in the set and increased the number of general game tokens as well!
Plastic Terrain Sprue - Unlocked!!!
Fully plastic terrain elements! Maelstrom's Edge is a fairly terrain heavy game, with many tactical options focused on units having access to nearby cover. We have developed a large sprue of terrain elements (see add-ons section) which you can affix to a box, cardboard, foam core or just paint up as scraps to create multiple buildings and scatter terrain for your battlefield. This stretch goal adds one terrain sprue to every The Maelstrom Rises level and above. If you are not a gamer, these are also fantastic for adding instant depth to dioramas and displays for your models. Check out the terrain sprue in action in this update!
Four Audiobooks - Unlocked!
Nothing beats painting while relaxing and immersing yourself in the game, and painting while listening to audiobooks is the greatest way to do that. Thanks to our backers, we now have the budget capacity to professionally record four new audiobooks! We've recorded an audiobook already so have the production process sorted out, and that one is available for download now so that you can see how enjoyable they can be! All backers will get a copy of all four audiobooks!
Large Bases - Unlocked!!
The Hunter Robots, Spider Drones and Large Angel are all free standing models. We can now have bases made so that they can match the other models thematically for hobbyists who put lots of effort into basing their forces nicely. Large and Huge bases are going in production now! The huge base is big enough for a 3 infantry model diorama if you are inclined!
Maelstrom's Edge: Faith - Unlocked at $70,000
If we reach $70K, we'll celebrate by giving everyone a free licensed digital copy of our novel, Maelstrom's Edge: Faith, currently available on Amazon for $5.50.
Please note that SHIPPING COST IS NOT INCLUDED in the pledge levels. Separating our shipping from the pledges will allow us to ship the product as efficiently as possible, so if we get a high volume of orders, we can pass the shipping savings directly on to our backers. Assuming that there are no unforeseen circumstances in production, we are aiming to cap shipping costs at $20 globally. Shipping costs will be taken by separate payment at the time of shipment, and we will issue no questions asked refunds if you have any concerns at that time. Shipping costs are per-pledge rather than per-set, so multiple boxed set pledges will get see some good savings.
Spiral Arm Studios have bases in the US and UK and will be shipping from distribution points in both the UK and USA.
Our schedule of development is fairly straightforward:
Jun - Kickstarter ends, Beta rules go out to backers who requested them. Playtesting and final tweaks to ruleset, final plastics are completed and production ready.
Jul - Rules go to design stage, Plastics produced in volume and shipped to us.
Aug - Rules put in to print, final components ordered and shipped to us.
Sep - Rules shipped to us
Oct - Packaging of product
Nov - Product shipped out to our distribution centers and then sent from the US and UK to all of the world.
The Spiral Arm Studios team was born from the largest wargaming website in the world - dakkadakka.com. For 7 years, we've been running Dakka and serving the community for the simple satisfaction of enhancing the hobby for everyone.
We intend to keep a regularly updated schedule of development on the Maelstrom's Edge website, so you'll be able to check in whenever you want to see exactly how things are progressing as well as our best estimate for completion of production and the start of shipping. We'll be in touch by email for every major event as well!
Risks and challenges
We have worked very hard to try and eliminate many of the delay risks of a miniature game such as this, most significantly by progressing so far with the design and production of the tooling for our HIPS plastic minatures. By having these already close to completion, we hope to have avoided one of the worst possible pitfalls and dramatically reduced the chances of complications.
There are a number of uncontrollable variables which might affect the schedule. We've seen other kickstarters experience suppliers changing quotes once they see cash available, which would force us to change to other suppliers to maintain value and would inevitably have a small effect on delivery time. Printing and quality control errors will require replacement print and production runs which are contractually obligated to us, but would push delivery times backwards. Customs and shipping delays can also add volatility to the schedule as many have seen with the recent strikes at US west coast ports, though we are working with a very experienced team on that front.
This project has a lot of moving parts with a lot of suppliers, and despite our meticulous planning, we cannot guarantee there wont be any surprises, but we promise that we will work to our absolute best to resolve any issues as quickly as humanly possible, to minimise any delays for our backers, and to deliver an amazing plastic tabletop wargame as quickly as we can, without ever sacrificing quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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