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A real-time, app-driven board game of WW2 submarine warfare. This underwater war thriller will put your skills to the ultimate test.
A real-time, app-driven board game of WW2 submarine warfare. This underwater war thriller will put your skills to the ultimate test.
A real-time, app-driven board game of WW2 submarine warfare. This underwater war thriller will put your skills to the ultimate test.
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News from the shipyard

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Hello everyone,

Thanks to your support, production is going full speed ahead. Steel plates are being cut, equipment is being delivered by subcontractors, and the crew is being assembled. We can already share some of the material with you, so please read on if you would like to catch a glimpse of how things are going.

The interior

Interior artwork is being redone from the ground up, based on a digital 3D model. The result we are aiming for is for all the constituent elements to be perfectly matched (the floors, the ceilings, the bulkheads, etc.). The measurements of particular sections will all be to scale, at the same time ensuring that each element is exactly where it is supposed to be. This is how a part of the raw 3D model looks like:

And here is how it looks like after applying textures and sample lighting:

The appropriately colored and lit 3D model will be the basis for creating 2D artwork for each and every piece that will make its way into the punchboards. Below you can see the layout of our old punchboard that was made for the purpose of the Kickstarter prototype:

That above design is currently being improved to accommodate the stretch goals that were reached during the campaign (such as mounting holes to attach the periscopes and deck guns to the model), as well as feedback from the printing company, and from several dozen tests that have been carried out in the meantime.

The crew

Here are the first drawings that will replace the designers’ photos on the crew tiles (which is a pity, right? :p). We are working together with leading artists in the field and we are very happy with their initial offerings:

The miniatures

We are also finalizing our work on the new models that you unlocked during the campaign. You could already see deck gun and periscope models back then, and we are now presenting the Navigator’s tactical map miniature models. Please bear in mind that their length ranges from 12 to 30mm, hence their adequate level of detail :)

Once we are in possession of all the required 3D model designs, we will be able to go into production (which will be happening soon). We are currently awaiting final quotes from the leading producers on the market, i.e. companies that produce plastic pieces for the likes of Hasbro, CMON, or Awaken Realms.

The add-ons

In order to avoid any problems with card sleeve sizes, we have obtained from the printer a card produced with the same punch die that will be used for UBOOT. The photo below shows how well it fits together with the sleeves that were offered during the campaign:

The resin pieces, on the other hand, are being refined to comply with the manufacturer’s specifications. Once we receive the final designs, we will order the printing of 3D master copies. Once we are happy with their quality, we will proceed with ordering forms for casting them en masse.

The app

The game’s app is undergoing a major rehaul, with each of its constituent elements being reworked before we start applying any new solutions. From the grid system, through time compression, and finishing with enemy AI: everything has undergone a very close scrutiny and is currently being refined, with further development (the unlocked stretch goals, first and foremost) in mind.

The Pledge Manager

We have already started configuring the pledge manager so that it launches according to plan (i.e. in the middle of April). This is also when we will be publishing our next update, focusing on that very subject. We will be sending out notifications, as well as invitations to the pledge manager in order to make absolutely sure you won’t miss it.

Right, so that is everything we can share with you at this point. We would like to thank you very much once again for being with us! Please stay tuned, as further updates will be revealing a lot more about our progress, including important details regarding the pledge manager, as well as a lot more about the game’s development progress.

All best and happy gaming!

Iron Wolf Studio and PHALANX

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    1. Mike Wonham on

      Good news on the app format. Thanks.

    2. Lasstmichdurch on

      I´m also on Nick Nolte with No. 4...:)

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      Euclidea on

      @Constantin, I really appreciate your answer but I was not talking about diversity but equality, just in case you want to know ;)

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      stefano on

      #4 is too old!!!...his white beard makes him seem to be 60+ years old :(

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      stefano on

      #2 is Michael Fassbender ;)

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      Jeffrey Rixon on

      Excellent news all progressing well then. I also have my Officers side cap and badges ready for first sail and a willing crew. Have bought Das Boot to get in the mood and currently re reading the rules and watching videos for play. If you look at photos of a U-Boat crew from WW2 after cruise with beards and stress they all look 20 years older than reality so artwork is fine by me just need to look more tired and worn out.

    7. Thorsten Albers on

      Hello Phalanx,
      Thank you very much for your statement about the female crew!

    8. PHALANX 4-time creator on

      @Bored in the Basement - please keep this in your mind and contact us after the game premiere.
      @Mike Wonham - yes, it will work on multiple devices - phones, pads etc.
      @Larkin, Olivier Préfontaine - yes, there will be plenty of youngsters in our crew.
      @Euclidea - sorry, but no. Only in sailor's dreams. :)
      @Marcin Bernatek - nie wiem czy ktoś robi takie koszulki. Pewnie nie w tej cenie. :)
      @ijonesfr - they will be also graphically improved, we will show this in further updates.

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      Eric Williams
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      #3 looks like Tom Hardy, and #4 looks like Nick Nolte and Ron Perlman had a baby... a really old baby.

    10. Da Homeless on

      All looks very promising so far. Good job and good communication.

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      Kevin Nieman on

      I do not see Nick Nolte at all in #4 It looks exactly like Ron Perlman to me.

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      Arne Thomi on

      @Constantin My guess is that #1 is Jürgen Prochnow

    13. Harag on

      Excellent work there, can't wait to get my copy! Thanks for the update, looking forward to the April one!

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      ijonesfr on

      Thanks for update guys. No words about the boards, token and cards ?

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      Olivier Préfontaine on

      Very nice work. The cardboard model we be awesome.
      My only concern is about the protait. The forth one look really old. A true old sea dog. I imagined the crew to be younger. Teens or very young adult, including the officers, like in the famous uboot movie.

    16. Marcin Bernatek on

      Yo!! Elegancko to wszystko wygląda, a nowa załoga zachwyca - tak to sobie wyobrażałem. ;]

      PYTANKO odnośnie koszulek na karty: czy same koszulki nie mogły by mieć zaokrąglonych rogów, tak jak karty?

      Dzięki za aktualizacje i oby częściej - dla podtrzymania wysokiego morale! :]

      Pozdro
      Marcin

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      Timpy on

      Really fantastic work. Very exciting to see the progress. This is by far the best KS campaign I have participated in. Keep up the good work!

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      James Crinage on

      The 3rd portrait is Tom Hardy! Literally looks identical

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      Constantin on

      @Björn Tufvesson Now that you say it :D :D :D But I think no-one could imagine a better crew to have at sea!! There's no harm in taking some Hollywood star inspiration
      1. unknown
      2.Michael Fassbender
      3.Tom Hardy
      4. Nick Nolte

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      Constantin on

      @Euclidea I'm afraid that is very unlikely to happen. Although I myself and many others are not put off by any idea that would enhance diversity within a game and gives all the players a chance to identify with the crew, we(most backers) are more sensible regarding historical accuracy and bringing on board what a Uboot crew in ww2 looked and felled like. Meaning, there is no documentation, at least to my knowledge, of a female Uboot crew. And if you consider that someone early in this section even complained how the new characters looked too old for a historical accurate crew, you can just imagine what would happen if we start going into deep historical inaccurate waters. Now some could argue, this is just a game...everything is possible, but yeah, most of us don't see it that way.

    21. Björn Tufvesson
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      on

      The last portrait looks like Nick Nolte :)

    22. Agreave (carpets ARE required) on

      All looks excellent-got my cap and can’t wait! :)

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      Bill Wright on

      Nice! ... good question below about the APP. I did have concerns about being able to play this game 10 years down the road after technology has moved on ... but decided to go for it anyway.

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      Euclidea on

      Hi, I've just seen the images of the new crew and they look great but, I was wondering if there will be any woman in the game :)

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      Constantin on

      Everything looks awesome!!! You are doing great!!! Stay right on path, full speed ahead!!!

    26. FILS DES LOUPS
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      on

      Amazing drawings !!! Woww-wooww-wowoooooowwww !!!!!!! :)))
      This is pure art. Thank you !

    27. Larkin on

      Nice.

      Please note that the average age of a UBOOT crew was much younger than reflected on your crewmen drawings. No white beards on board !

    28. Mike Wonham on

      Looks great. Really looking forward to this.

      Ref. the App: Silly question, but how flexible will these be in terms of device compatibility? Will it require minimum screen size, performance specs and so on? Will it work on multiple (e.g. phone, tablet, large phone...)

    29. Donald Byron Johnson
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      on

      Wow!
      ,
      You guys are not skating, but going whole hog!

    30. hatefullone
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      Looks awesome!

    31. Bored in the Basement on

      Would it be possible to get a copy of the punchboard template when it’s foni so I can cut one out of wood for myself?