Quick weekly update
There's no rumblings from the bowels of hell at the moment - I have not yet gotten the final tooled minis in my hands (mail is slow for some... Read more
Final T-end minis being mailed to me!
All, a quick but exciting update -
I will shortly have the final minis (finally!) to approve them in person.
At that point, we'll begin mass manufacturing immediately (nothing else... Read more
Demon Gate Tooling Revised!
The Demon Gate was the main holdout for surface detail
Some Sales Tax Clarifications
First, Sales Tax in the US is probably the most common taxes consumers experience. Almost... Read more
Sales Tax Woes! - IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR US BACKERS
Sales Taxes for US
Our accountant has informed us that due to big changes in how Sales Taxes work in the US, having a Nexus in each state is now... Read more
Heroes will be GRAY + Production Update + Look at the Dice + Final Rulebook is here!
I have a lot of short things to cover, but they are important things!
Heroes will be Gray
After talking at length with my art team and Sandy, we think... Read more
We loved Lord Cthulhu too much.
He is a free Stretch Goal to all of you as backers of Planet Apocalypse. However, we thought the figure of Lord Cthulhu was... Read more
Post- Chinese New Year Update
China is finally starting to wake up and get rolling on things again. Arthur had a long phone conference with the factory earlier this week regarding the seven sculpts that... Read more
The Deal with the Graphic Novel
How do I get these 115 pages of Apocalypse?
The DIGITAL PDF version of the Planet Apocalypse graphic novel is free to ALL of you backers!
If you've already Confirmed... Read more
Closer pics of the T-end, and clarifications!
I'm writing this update because of several concerns and criticisms from some backers on my last update.
I may not be able to allay all concerns, but I will... Read more
T-end Tooling Pics!
Planet Apocalypse (the graphic novel) is COMPLETE!
We will be giving a digital copy to ALL backers via PledgeMaster. Stay tuned for more details on that! (I have only... Read more
T-end Tooling Samples Are Here!
More complete update tomorrow!
This is a tease, because I can't help myself.
Pledge Manager Is Closing
Last Call to Modify Pledge
Hello heroes, I hope the new year is treating you well. This is a quick update as a reminder that we will be closing the... Read more
The team at Petersen Games would like to wish you and your family a happy holidays!
Stay alert out there heroes and safe travels!
-The Petersen Games Team
New Pictures of Tooling
First, we want to thank everyone for the feedback on the tooling process for the heroes. We went back to the factory and advised them to... Read more
Wallow in Despair...With a Preview of the Despair Dice
Heroes, Below is a preview of the Despair dice!
They have just been delivered to Arthur and will be sent to our artist Kent Hamilton for final coloring approval.
Pledge Manager Update - Time Extended
Do to Technical Difficulties the Pledge Manager Will Remain Open for Another Week.
First, we would like to apologize for the technical issues that our Pledge Manager is having. We... Read more
PM Will Lock Friday, Dec. 7th + Revisions for Minis Surface Detail
The Pledge Manager will LOCK on Friday, December 7th
We are getting very close to tooling completion, and we need to set our final print run size and begin both... Read more
Happy Thanksgiving! + Art and stuff
I don't have anything substantive to report at this time, so here's a bunch of art from the forthcoming graphic novel, as well as some more tooling pics:
.... Read more
Just for Fun
This update is very much a "nothing to see here" regarding the board game of Planet Apocalypse, per se.
I wrote a short story about my interpretation of... Read more
Tales from Tooling
Larvae, which are NOT demons, but damned souls and the slave property of individual demons, are stamped with a sigil so their masters can magically control them. See... Read more
Kent Hamilton, our staff artist did this:
WE WILL BE LOCKING THE PLEDGE MANAGER END OF NOVEMBER - ONE MONTH LEFT!
With the production where it is now,... Read more
Minis Minis Minis!
But we are Getting Very Close! Here are some samples from the factory:
Close to final look at the Despair Dice
In a previous update (see here), I had shown an early tooling version of the dice. Here's the final version, with two exceptions:
1. I haven't looked at them actually... Read more
The Rulebook download plus Cthulhu's Sanity Tokens
Click here to get the final Rulebook***
***Well, there's still one thing left to do - replace the images of the dice in the components section with the FINAL dice,... Read more
Spider Mastermind - bases or no base?
As Sandy says, Demons do not cast shadows. Or, rather, they don't cast shadows derived from their forms blocking a light. They do, however, cast a permanent "shadow" directly beneath... Read more
Lord Pledge Level - Gaming Retreat!
Two weekends ago I held the Lord Pledge Level gaming retreat at my home. Initially four folks backed this pledge level, but two had to... Read more
What the factory said after GenCon for our schedule
We spoke with our factory at GenCon, and re-confirmed some things with them today in a long meeting.
Our expectation is that Planet Apocalypse will ship out on January 30th,... Read more
Early look at the Despair Dice
The final ones will be BLACK, not white, but the other designs do have these "demon" colors to match, to make it easier:
Cthulhu too big...RPG book...
They are saying Great Cthulhu is too big for easy injection. They want to scale him down to 120mm tall, from 230mm tall. I told them no! (Obviously, it's... Read more
75 Hour mark for Startropolis Kickstarter!
In case you've missed it, we have a small Kickstarter running right now for a casual but highly innovative game. We've unlocked tons of stretch goals (effectively quadrupling... Read more
Interested in helping us with the FINAL PROOFS?
Hello Petersen Games Fans,
We are looking for a few volunteers to join our proofing team. We want to make every PG game amazing, and were hoping... Read more
Small Tooling (Production) Update!
This is a very short update, but wanted to let you know that I will have the red wax samples (one of the tooling stages) in my hands in a... Read more
We are churning along!
Just a short update. There is nothing to report at the moment, but I want you to know things are going fine.
We are still in the early stages... Read more
First Look at Spider Mastermind Sculpt!
This is a Work in Progress
In fact, our sculptor took the original concept (seen here), and made it like that, then did a variation. The second one below is... Read more
Mastermind now added to all pledges + Pics of the Final Cthulhu Sculpt!
All your pledges should now have the Spider Mastermind
A few IMPORTANT NOTES:
- The Spider Mastermand Lord has been added to every pledge level (including additional pledge levels added as... Read more
Everyone's Favorite Update!
At this time, the full value of all the products ordered for Planet Apocalypse both pre-and post-campaign stand at $606,665. (This does not count shipping.) This is enough... Read more
He is manifesting closer to our plane of existence!
Also, it turns out that the guy on our company's logo isn't nameless. It's Lincoln:
Great Cthulhu sculpt WIP
WIP stands for "Work in Progress"
Don't freak out if you think this doesn't look good yet. Trust me, it will. This is a very early progress shot for our... Read more
Final Cthulhu Concept + A Word on the Spider Mastermind
Final Cthulhu Concept!
I've assigned him to one of our top 3 sculptors (who is also one of our fastest), Martin. He was responsible for the Secutor, Lord... Read more
$57,000 to go for the Spider Mastermind!
So far, we've had about $29,000 in product sales on the Pledge Manager. These come from backers increasing their pledge levels, as well as adding more add-ons (beyond the funding... Read more
PLEDGE MANAGER IS LIVE
The funds arrived in our bank account just today. THANK YOU again for helping to fund this awesome project!
We've downloaded your data (which contains your pledge level and... Read more
All About Dice
Why are the dice so plain?
The dice are simple solid colors. Nothing fancy, like Q-Workshop's tribal dice, or SJG's cthulhu dice. Why? Because we are going for functionality here. ... Read more
Special Scylla update
Petersen Games has an official policy of listening to our backers, whom we regard as friends and peers, rather than "fans".
Some of you have apparently been playing a lot... Read more
How Do I Pledge Manager?
What is a Pledge Manager?
Let's start with that question, actually.
On this Kickstarter campaign itself, the only information we actually store (once your card is charged by Kickstarter.com), is:
... Read more
Demon Lord: Spider Mastermind
Well, it's time to tell you all exactly how the Spider Mastermind works.
MENACE - when you enter Hell Time, the Spider Mastermind gets a Royal token (the same that... Read more
And again, thank you!
This is Sandy, writing a totally unauthorized update. So I want to clarify two things:
1) yes we reached the goal for the Demon Cthulhu. He will be included as... Read more
THE SPIDER MASTERMIND
Yes we have something more coming. Another 4 crown demon suzerain.
It’s a secret to everybody.
First, we don’t have art for it … yet.
Second, let’s... Read more
ALL Sandy Design Corners + Miniature Highlights
ALL Sandy Design Corners + Miniature Highlights
Click on anything in the list below to see Sandy's explanation of each unit, map, or other game feature:
Hannah... Read more
Final Video + Alternate Dice Pack
Alternate Dice Pack
This is NOT a new product, but an alternate version. When you add-on the Dice Pack in the Pledge Manager (after the campaign),... Read more
Great Cthulhu - Sandy Design Corner!
Great Cthulhu - Sandy Design Corner!
Has Sandy Lost His Mind?
Well … perhaps. But the reason Cthulhu has made his appearance is for the following reasons: first, some... Read more
Demon Philtre and Lord Argus Design Corners
Fourth Circle Demon – the Philtre
The Philtre is of course named after healing potions and the like. I originally called it the Catholicon, which is an old term... Read more
Final Stretch Goal Revealed
Where’d this come from?
Really, it's not a true apocalypse without Cthulhu.
Last week, Arthur and I (you may know him better as Existoid) discussed what we could add... Read more
Pack of the Pit - ALL the Demons!
Fourth Circle Demon – the Hortator
Ever seen a movie about ancient Rome featuring galley slaves? You may notice that at one end of the banks of oars sits... Read more
Heroes of the Pit! - Sandy Design Corner
Amelia Azevedo is a firefighter and emergency medical technician. She is inspirational, if a bit too willing to think of others instead of herself.
Amelia’s Abilities... Read more
Dragon Pack - ALL the Demons! (Sandy Super Design Corner)
Fourth Circle Demon – the Cendiary
The Cendiary sculpt is based on a flaming Asian demon. In the game, it is the entity of fire. I felt that at... Read more
Dragon Pack Heroes! - Spotlights
I watch a lot of horror, alien invasion, and action movies. I dote on them. One of my best friends once mocked me when I remarked that... Read more
Planet Apocalypse Difficulty
It’s my firm opinion that a co-operative game needs to be fairly tight in difficulty, or why even play it, right? Planet Apocalypse follows this philosophy. The first time most... Read more
Sandy Design Corner - Troopers!
Sandy Design Corner - Troopers!
Okay, let’s talk Troopers. Not what their cards look like, but how they perform.
Well, given this is an otherwise super voluminous update, in case... Read more
New 4th Circle Card + Sandy Design Corner: Battling the Lords!
New 4th Circle Card Look:
Sandy Design Corner: Battling the Lords!
So let’s talk about the final battles in Planet Apocalypse, and how they work, along with an analysis... Read more
New Demon Panel
Which Hero Sheet is winning in our Poll?
If it were a US presidential election, it would not be considered all that close. In any case, the numbers are currently... Read more
Universal Head is asking....
Do you like THIS one - Version A?
Of which he says:
I was bothered by the very dark and hard to see closeup portrait, so went back to the... Read more
Stheno + Tarasque: Void Pack Lord Highlights
Stheno in ancient lore was the elder sister of the Gorgons, but you can see we portray her awful reality very differently from the bowdlerized Greek version.... Read more
Talk to Sandy Wednesday + Cthulhu Wars Crossover + New Region Card Look
Talk to Sandy Wednesday at 5pm (17h) Central US Time (Texas time)
Just be on the main page of this Kickstarter!
Cthulhu Wars Crossover rules!
Sandy made a Loyalty Card... Read more
Sandy Design Corner - Regions!
Another aspect of Planet Apocalypse, which doesn’t come into play until you get the expansions, are Regions. These are actually countries, and the country you are ostensibly playing in... Read more
New Gift Card Look + Further Hero Sheet Tweak
Universal Head's version of the Gift Cards
I thought this was timely since the SG we just hit was Gift Cards!
Slightly Revised Hero Sheet
Gift Cards - Sandy Design Corner
Sandy’s Design Corner – Rapid Fire & Sergeant Gift Cards!
We have termed the player upgrades “Gifts” under the concept that they are talents or blessings of some sort.
The... Read more
Universal Head's Version of Troopers + Hero Sheet
We contracted Universal Head to revise our Trooper cards (again), and to also look at improving our hero sheets (plus everything else - which we'll show early next week).
A... Read more
How to Play Graphic!
How to Play!
The KS page used to have 3 different graphics (spread throughout the page!) each talking about different aspects of the gameplay. However, I don't think they really... Read more
Heroes of the Void Pack
Hero - Dorothy Hall
Dorothy Hall is (a bit) based on a combination of several of my nieces. She has a puny starting toughness of 1, and low health... Read more
Lord Asmod and Lord Procrustes (Final 2 "independent" Lords)
The Lone Lords
Any Lord(s) can be used on any map (some maps use more than one Lord). However, each of the three "big" expansions - Void/Dragon/Pit - comes with... Read more
ProTips for Winning + Final Playthrough (Vatican) + NEW layout design coming!
Final Sandy/Link video
This is the Final Video in our short Insiders Look video series. In case you missed any, here's the full list:
The Making of a Demon
Secrets... Read more
The Demon Gate
I'm posting this update without my campaign manager's permission, so let's hope for the best!
One of the perks of the Hellhound pledge is that you get a plastic gate... Read more
INFERNO: Final Battle Map!
Map – Inferno
This is the end! [click here to see the Penultimate Map, Purgatory]
Hell, pushed off Purgatory’s mountain, has returned briefly to Hell, to plan its new assault.... Read more
The Story So Far...
Well, links to it. Click the links below to see the story/maps in order so far in case you missed any:
LAUNCH... Read more
Pack of the Pit video + Washington + St. Peter's Maps!
Sandy talks about the Pack of the Pit:
Missed our heroes adventures up to this point? Here's a list of all the updates for all the Maps up... Read more
New Heroine - Cissy!
Spotlight on Cissy Salem
Cissy is intended to be a typical goth girl. No doubt she was a big fan of Behemoth and Pallbearer back in the day, got... Read more
Sandy’s Design Corner – Legions!
Sandy’s Design Corner – Legions!
Planet Apocalypse has a lot of little aspects that make every playthrough different. One of these is the Legions of Hell. I’ve named all the... Read more
THE FULL APOCALYPSE!
SOMETHING HAS COME THROUGH THE GATE!
HELLHOUND (ALL-IN) PLEDGE AVAILABLE:
557 usd worth of Apocalyptic Glory for only 299!
For those of you who dislike math, that's $258 OFF,... Read more
Note: Lord Jabootu is a Petersen Games Exclusive: we will only sell him directly to customers, and not via distribution.
We had discussed whether or not to have... Read more
Early tooling pics of Pulgasaur from Factory
I was planning on putting these in the last post - when Sandy and I were in China last week, we got a look at an early pre-tooling stage for... Read more
New Lord: Pulgasaur!
Not interested in Lady Scylla? Try LORD PULGASAUR instead!
Another PG Exclusive!
As with Lady Scylla, we will only offer Lord Pulgasaur directly, and not via retail... Read more
New Demon Lady: Scylla!
Yet another ancient Greek-themed creatures. Scylla is a multi-headed horror, with a central womanly body from which serpentine forms emanate.
Lady Scylla is a new PG Exclusive... Read more
Fourth Circle Demon – the Tardigrade
Personal note from Sandy:
When I was in my early teens, one of my favorite activities was sitting down with my grandfather’s microscope... Read more
Secutor; Mandrake; Magdalene - 4th Circle Demons of the Void Pack
With all the activity going on, I have not been able to post all of Sandy's design corners for the units of the game. I've gotten through all the heroes... Read more
Dragon Guts Map!
Map – Dragon Guts
When the Cathedral and the Lords on top of the dragon are defeated, the Dragon seems to remain alive. We knew that it was a construct-... Read more
Painted Resin Pictures (Chase Norton) + Female Troopers!
Our friend, Chase Norton, was provided with resin prototypes of several miniatures before the campaign. Below are his AMAZING paint jobs. These really highlight the stunning detail, in... Read more
New Trooper Card Look
In case you missed it, please read my introduction (the previous update) to this by clicking here.
Current Version of Trooper Cards!
These are NOT final (there are even a... Read more
Hell Time Tile + Why are there two art styles in one game?
The Hell Time tile!
This is a very large game piece, made out of 3mm die cut (punchboard) material, intended for when your heroes enter Hell Time. When a... Read more
Dragon Back Map + Full Playthrough
The Hell Dragon's Back Map
From the moon, our heroes can look back at earth, and see, to their horror, a huge monster crawling along the surface, leaving a miles-wide... Read more
THE HELL DRAGON IS HERE!
While on the Moon Base we saw the miles long Hell Dragon destroying the world.
This is a new add-on with 2 new Heroes, 3 new fourth... Read more
You can ONLY win Planet Apocalypse by killing the Lord. The core game’s Lord is Baphomet. Unlike some other co-op games, you’ll want to attack the lord several... Read more
Hero Spotlight - Naomi!
Naomi Joslyn is a determined, even fanatical, opponent to the demons. She is a terrific all-round hero. She is the character whose initial figure was misprinted by China,... Read more
Hero Spotlight: Prof. Maxwell
Professor Maxwell is an older man, an academic. (In my head I picture him as 63 years old, because he is based on a friend of mine, also... Read more
Spotlight on Doc Hunter - our latest Stretch Goal!
Doc Hunter, our latest stretch goal, is an MD who has been living on the road since the apocalypse. When he saw the horrors advancing towards his hospital,... Read more
The Hellhound! - Spotlight
Fourth Circle demons only spawn when the Lord track has cycled back to 1. This takes anywhere from 9 to 4 turns, depending on how many players are... Read more
Watch a LIVE playthrough tomorrow!
Gamerati.tv will host a live play through of Planet Apocalypse Saturday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m. PST using actual figures and actual maps! Gamerati.tv
Hero Spotlight: Tarang
Tarang is an Indonesian transfer student with martial arts training.
His start attack is 1d6. Toughness is 2 and starting luck 3, all average. Health... Read more
Hero Spotlight: Cindrew
Spotlight on Cindrew!
Cindrew Putorious is a nurse (RN) with a trained pet ferret, named Fidgit.
Her start attack is 1d4, which is terrible. Her toughness... Read more
Hero Spotlight: Hannah Hazard
Hannah Hazard is an Israeli-trained sniper:
Hannah’s start attack is 1d6, with a toughness of 2, starting Luck of 6 (!), and a mere... Read more
Moon Base Map + 2nd Playthrough Video! (Void Pack)
The Moon Base Map
After defeating the Launch Site, you get rocketed to the Moon. This is a technological wonder set up just before the Demon uprising. It features two... Read more
Bellatrix next [Warning: Slightly NSFW]
The Bellatrix: New Fourth Circle Demon
The Bellatrix is a fearsome force – a female soldier, as is obvious from her name. Her model shows Hell’s attempt to... Read more
Launch Site Map (Void Pack)
Launch Site Map
The demons were performing some kind of ritual with the Doomgate map just previous. That ritual resulted in Something Bad, but it’s not clear what, exactly.
The... Read more
Sandy Design Corners: Why do Demons have Faces Everywhere? + LEVELING UP!
2 Sandy Design Corners for the price of one update!
Why do the demons have faces disturbingly everywhere?
Conceptually and artistically, the concept of demons having faces in their stomachs,... Read more
Doomgate Map + What's in the Void Pack? Video
The Doomgate Map
The second map included in the core game is the Doomgate map. This map is ring-shaped, and so the Lord’s initial area and the hero’s start area... Read more
Geryon is of course named after the three-bodied herds-thing of Greek myth. But our Geryon is an entity of terror.
All the demon lords ostensibly came about... Read more
The core game vanilla map: Invasion Map
Planet Apocalypse has a series of maps, each carefully tested and balanced, and arranged into a campaign that tells a story. Despite this... Read more
Sandy Design Corner: Basic Demonology
Planet Apocalypse classifies demons into Circles. These do not correspond precisely to Dante’s Inferno, but represent increasing degrees of threat.
How demons spawn
The Limbo, First, Second, and... Read more
Fourth Circle Demon - the Catoblepas!
The Catoblepas is the bringer of death and plague. If you look at its miniature, it seems to be slumping and falling apart,... Read more
Our first stretch goal unlocks John Dark, as a new and useful hero. John Dark has an exceptionally dire backstory. Before the apocalypse, he was interested in the occult. During... Read more
Thank you! + Sandy Design Corner: Co-op Games!
The Stars Align Today!
Planet Apocalypse launches as the sky moves in synch. Today the Blue Moon, the Blood Moon, and the Super Moon all combine for the first time... Read more