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$9,859
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 24 2016
$9,859
pledged of $52,000pledged of $52,000 goal
290
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 24 2016

About

“Apocalyptic Upgrades: Viral Outbreak” is the first in what we are hoping to be a long series of upgrade kits, perfect for use with our favorite board games. We are so happy to be working with some incredibly talented artists, Chad Hoverter (Sculptor, DMG Miniatures Factory) and Jens Bengtsson (Character Designer, Caconym Design).   These miniatures will be steel cast from premium grade PVC to retain the detail of the miniature and the set will then be professionally packaged into a retail display box.  

VIRAL OUTBREAK THEMED MINIATURES

This Upgrade Kit is comprised of seven uniquely colored 28mm miniatures themed within an apocalyptic viral outbreak scenario. Base Pledge of $25 + Shipping.

Design Thumbnails for seven Base Figures
Design Thumbnails for seven Base Figures

7 figure base set includes:  

  • Emergency Communications Dispatcher (Rose)
  • Quarantine Hazmat Suit (Dark Green)
  • Planner (Light Blue)
  • Scientist (White)
  • Researcher (Brown)
  • Construction Manager (Light Green)
  • Medic (Orange)

In the interest of obtaining the highest quality, designs may change slightly for final set.  

Quarantined!
Quarantined!

 

Researcher
Researcher

DETAILED CHARACTER DESIGN

We sought out Jens Bengtsson, a talented artist in Sweden, to help us with our character design and illustration.  

Quarantine Figure Design
Quarantine Figure Design

 

Research Figure Design
Research Figure Design

SCULPTS

Chad Hoverter of DMG Miniature Factory has created some beautiful and prominent miniatures for some of our favorite board games (Mice and Mystics and Cthulu Pandemic, to name a couple).  We are so very excited he has joined us to help create our line of themed miniature upgrade kits.  

28 mm Sculpts, perfect replacements for your wooden pawns, plastic minis will have standard round base.
28 mm Sculpts, perfect replacements for your wooden pawns, plastic minis will have standard round base.

For some insight into our process, we deliver Jens' figure designs to Chad, who hand sculpts these tiny 28mm pieces.  We then work with who we consider to be one of the best Board Game Manufacturers in the industry for final packaging and production.  

We understand not everyone is interested in miniatures, and do not intend to knock those who prefer wooden pawns or meeples.  However, for the longest time we have wanted something like this for many of our favorite games.  And, in discussing this with friends, family and other board game enthusiasts, we learned there were many others who felt the same. Should this campaign be successful, we can't wait to see what our own pieces would look like painted. 

Painted example of one of Chad's pieces, from Plaid Hat Games Mice and Mystics.
Painted example of one of Chad's pieces, from Plaid Hat Games Mice and Mystics.

STRETCH GOALS

We are aware there are many additional pieces we could create for board game expansions.  There are also other versions of our games to consider as well.  Taking advantage of some economies of scale, we have come up with the following stretch goals should this project be more than a success.  Each item would be in addition to the base set, at no additional cost. Keep in mind that the required totals for the project and stretch goals also include the additional charges for shipping. 

The SOLDIER stretch goal adds another soldier type figure to the set. This version will be standing upright, as opposed to the crouched position of our already included Medic.

The CITIZEN stretch goal adds a citizen figure to the set.  

The 3x CITIZENS stretch goal adds an additional three CITIZENS to the set. This will bring the total number of included CITIZENS to four. 

This stretch goal will initiate a vote for another mini, chosen by the community.  We have many ideas we can pull from and the final piece will be determined by this projects backers via a survey gathering their votes.

SHIPPING

We aim to get these in your hands with affordable shipping costs. A box of 7-13 plastic miniatures will remain light and keep shipping costs down. We have multiple international shipping hubs to help minimize your shipping costs. We will ship rewards to these hubs at our cost. These hubs will then ship all rewards to backers in their region.

Shipped from within Australia, Canada, Europe and United States
Shipped from within Australia, Canada, Europe and United States

VOTE ON FUTURE PROJECTS!  

Moving forward, we would like to stay engaged with our community and intend to listen directly to them when it comes to our next projects. When you pledge, you will also earn a right to vote on those future projects. It seems only fair that those who actually purchase the product earn a higher weight of vote, so we have communicated those differences in the pledge description.

Risks and challenges

While this is our first project, we are working with experienced professionals both on our end and on the manufacturing side. We decided to keep this first project fairly small and straight forward, but will continue to propose additional pieces as our community grows and gets involved in future endeavors. We currently have two of the seven sculpted figures, created as prototypes/proof-of-concept for this project. Once the campaign is complete we will immediately move to production. This will entail Jens creating 5 (or 8, should all stretch goals be met) additional detailed sculpt designs and then Chad will sculpt those remaining 5-8 sculpts as well.

Chad Hoverter is a seasoned sculptor, who has worked on such products as Mice and Mystics, as well as the recent Cthulu Pandemic Board Game. We will be working with PandaGM to create our products, and Chad has much experience working with them in the past.

Our professional experience is in Project Management. Josh Morton is a Video Game Producer who has worked with Electronic Arts, Sega of America and 2K Games on many projects over the past 12+ years. His job is to get things done and pulling this all together. He is the original founder of Not-So-Bored Games.

Evan lives in China, just near the board game manufacturers. He will be communicating with them first hand, self inspecting for quality and managing fulfillment.

While working with our external partners could create some delay out of our control, we are confident we can get a full product into your hands on or before the year end 2017.

Our intent is not to create a one-off product. We intend to continue to build upon this line up of Miniature Upgrades for various popular game themes. Should our community desire, we could continue to expand upon existing themes as well.

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