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GERMAN LANGUAGE EDITION AVAILABLE! SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS!
Widower's Wood Watch it Played! Scenario 1 game-play with developer, William "Oz" Schoonover!
There are three ways to back Widower’s Wood!
The Premium Collector's Edition includes a custom made box featuring a faux-blackhide-wrastler-scale finish, hinges, and enough room to hold not just the contents of Widower's Wood, the Dead Men Walking expansion, and all the stretch goal content we have planned for this campaign, but also the full contents of The Undercity!
We're also pleased to announce that the interiors of the Premium Collector's edition game box will be produced in partnership with Meeple Realty and accompanied by a set of 8 Kickstarter Exclusive dice from Q-workshop!
Our final reward level is aimed at only the most discerning gamers and created in partnership with Wyrmwood Quality Gaming Supplies. We are pleased to offer a limited run of 10 individually numbered, Kickstarter exclusive Tabletop Dice Trays. Handcrafted from Gabon Ebony, and featuring Mappa Burl inlay with sterling silver stringing, these trays are made to last generations, and are guaranteed for life. With a water buffalo leather rolling surface engraved with our Widower's Woods logo, this is the ultimate Kickstarter exclusive.
As we unlock stretch goals, some will be added to all reward levels but some will only be included in the Deluxe Edition and Premium Collector's Edition levels. Many stretch goal items will be Kickstarter Exclusives, never to be offered again. Back at the Deluxe Edition or Premium Collector's Edition levels and receive ALL of the stretch goal rewards!
In the dark wilderness of the Iron Kingdoms, an ancient evil stirs. Led by a merciless witch doctor, an army of sinister creatures and terrifying beasts plot to awaken a long-forgotten terror. Should they succeed, the lives and homes of countless swamp-dwelling tribes will face a fate worse than death. As the inhabitants of Widower’s Wood find themselves trapped in the grim maw of ghoulish horrors, their last hope is a team of ravenous monsters with the cunning and ferocity to bite back.
Where heroes fear to tread, only monsters can save the day!
Join this daunting band and venture into Widower’s Wood in this fully cooperative adventure board game for 2–4 players. The harrowing wilds of the swamp are filled with dire perils and dreadful villains, and it will require teamwork and the unique strengths of your adventurers to prevail. If you’re smart enough, tough enough, and courageous enough to face the greatest horrors of the Iron Kingdoms, you might just be monster enough to survive.
Widower’s Wood is the latest in the expandable Iron Kingdoms Adventure Board Game series, designed by William “Oz” Schoonover and produced by Privateer Press. Inside Widower’s Wood, you will find dozens of miniatures created by the award-winning sculptors of Privateer Press, creators of WARMACHINE and HORDES, and a character-driven narrative campaign that unfolds over the course of seven detailed scenarios, each of which can be replayed again and again for a different experience every time. The story takes place on a richly designed board with tiles that change from scenario-to-scenario, all accompanied by hundreds of tokens and cards for tracking the progress of your heroes. Powerful game mechanics ensure that the enemies always present new and exciting challenges for the players for a tremendously re-playable game experience.
Together, the players comprise a band of daring monstrosities working together to defeat their enemies, achieve tactical objectives, and become more powerful over the course of the expansive, persistent campaign.
Each character has a unique sheet of statistics but as the campaign progresses you will spend experience points on feats and ability cards allowing you to customize and enhance your adventurer.
Choose your monster…
And face the villains…
CORE GAME CONTENTS
Campaign Guide with 7 Linked Adventures
43 Plastic Figures
4 Hero Character Sheets
202 Tokens and Markers
16 Map Tiles
Villain Reference Sheet
1 Vaskis (Blackclad Druid) – tan small based hero
1 Olo (Croak) – tan small based hero
1 Agata (Farrow) – tan small based hero
1 Skarg (Tharn) – tan medium based hero
10 Spear bog trogs – 5 red & 5 blue small based villains
8 Swamp shamblers – 4 red & 4 blue small based villains
6 Viper tatzylwurms – 3 red & 3 blue small based villains
2 Swamp gobbers – 1 red & 1 blue small based villain
2 Bog trog mist speakers – 1 red & 1 blue small based villain
6 Club gatormen – 3 red & 3 blue medium based villains
2 Gatorman bokors – 1 red & 1 blue medium based villain
1 Rasheldonak, the Witch Doctor – purple medium based villain
1 Tatzylwurm – purple large based villain
1 Deathless – purple small based villain
The full rules for Widower’s Wood are in final editing and will be available to download soon, but in the meantime, the existing core rules for The Undercity provide an excellent preview of how Widower’s Wood is played. When comparing the Widower’s Wood rules to those of The Undercity, the most notable difference will be found in the map details. The Undercity takes place in the dark tunnels beneath the city of Corvis while Widower’s Wood’s seven chapters explore a swampy forest. Instead of walls and gates, players must navigate through clumps of trees, pools of water, and around piles of fallen ruins. In addition, there is a new villain tactic in Widower’s Wood that allows the enemy leaders to goad their underlings into attacking the heroes, as well as new rules for magic attacks.
German Language Edition
We are pleased to announce that a German-language edition of the Widower's Wood rules will be available when the game launches, courtesy our partners Ulisses Spiele. EU-local backers will have the opportunity to choose the German-language edition when they fill out their Backerkit survey later in 2016.
In other words…
Es freut uns, ankündigen zu dürfen, dass dank unseren Partnern von Ulisses Spiele eine deutschsprachige Ausgabe der Regeln von Widower's Wood (Der Witwerwald) bei Veröffentlichung des Spiels verfügbar sein wird. In der EU ansässige Unterstützer werden die Möglichkeit haben, die deutschsprachige Ausgabe auszuwählen, wenn sie später im Jahr 2016 ihre Backerkit Survey ausfüllen.
As well, all rules, cards, and stretch goal content will also be translated for the German language edition.
Each scenario takes about an hour to play.
Some of the final scenarios may take longer—up to 2 hours of epic battle!
The Dead Men Walking expansion adds a tremendous amount of gameplay. Its contents include:
Campaign Guide with two 3-chapter campaigns
21 Plastic Figures
20+ Tokens and Markers
8 Map Tiles
10 Risen – 5 red & 5 blue small based villains
6 Thrall warriors – 3 red & 3 blue small based villains
2 Pistol wraiths – 1 red & 1 blue small based villain
2 Boneswarms – 1 red & 1 blue medium based villain
1 Necromancer – purple small based villain
Widower’s Wood has been fully designed and developed and will be ready to be produced almost immediately once the Kickstarter ends. We’ve taken great care to plan not only the completion of the game itself but also to ensure the shortest possible delivery time from the moment the Kickstarter closes to the moment you have the game in your hands.
Here’s what people are saying about our first Iron Kingdoms Adventure Board Game:
Each Iron Kingdoms Adventure Board Game contains dozens of miniatures created by our award-winning sculptors and are suitable for painting. And if you are already a fan of The Undercity or plan to check it out in the future, the Dead Men Walking expansion, included in the Deluxe Edition and Premium Collector’s Edition reward levels, contains scenarios for use in both The Undercity and Widower’s Wood, maximizing the overall playability of your rewards.
Whether you paint your miniatures or not, Widower’s Wood is also a tremendous resource for players of Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy or Unleashed. The figures contained within the game are perfect for use as villains or NPCs in any roleplaying game set in the wilds of western Immoren. Used alongside the game board and tiles, you can create compelling and immersive environments for your RPG sessions!
Shipping costs will be collected from our backers through the BackerKit pledge manager after the campaign ends. This option allows us to charge the most accurate shipping costs and to avoid overcharging our backers during the campaign, ensuring we have enough funds to cover changes in postal rates or in our estimated weight of the game contents. Backer rewards will ship from our shipping hubs in the UK, EU, and Australia. Our estimated shipping costs are below but may increase or decrease depending on the number of stretch goals that are unlocked as well as changes in postal rates, especially for international customers. All estimates made here are based on current projected sizes and weights of the end product and may dramatically change depending on the results of the Kickstarter.
We expect the Deluxe Edition Reward shipping costs will be within these rough estimates:
Lower 48 States: $15-$20
Alaska & Hawaii: $56-$62
Europe (EU only) €14–€20
Europe (non EU) €24–€30
The Core Game + Stretch Goals reward will be slightly less to ship, and the Premium Collector's Edition will be slightly more.
Founded in 2001, Privateer Press is the award-winning company behind miniatures war games WARMACHINE and HORDES, the Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game, and numerous board games including the critically acclaimed science-fiction series of board games, LEVEL 7.
Widower’s Wood is the newest installment of the Iron Kingdoms Adventure Board Games, following the 2015 release, The Undercity, created by long-time Privateer Press Developer, William “Oz” Schooner.
We’ve been producing great games for over fifteen years now, and jumping into the crowd-funding arena was not something we decided lightly. While Privateer is well known as a publisher and manufacturer of miniatures games, our board games—which we are just as passionate about—have not reached as wide an audience as we believe would appreciate them. So, after much consideration and discussion, we concluded that Kickstarter presents the opportunity for us to raise awareness of the board games we make and hopefully get them into more hands than we have been able to through traditional marketing. Plus, it gives us a chance to give our gamers what they want: tons of extra miniatures, extra scenarios, extra tiles, extra everything!
By being able to accurately gauge our audience’s interest in a project, we can pack our board games with everything they want without the risk associated with publishing through traditional methods. It also lets us explore things like the Premium Collector’s Edition box for Widower’s Wood. These kinds of items are difficult to adequately determine market demand for in advance, but with Kickstarter, we can order exactly what we need to fulfill everyone’s wishes. While we have no intentions or plans to use Kickstarter for our miniatures wargames, our drive to create new games and load them with extra content is something we can’t contain, and we are excited for the opportunity to use Kickstarter as a platform to bring this project to life.
Risks and challenges
Privateer Press has years of experience in designing, manufacturing, and vending board games. Right now, Widower’s Wood and the vast majority of its components are already written, edited, designed, illustrated, and modeled. We will be ready to begin manufacturing almost as soon as the Kickstarter ends. The most pressing challenge with this sort of project is ultimately one that is out of our hands: overseas manufacturing delays.
While we have extreme confidence in our overseas partners after working with them for years, it is always possible that machines can malfunction, weather can delay shipping, or freight containers can be held up by customs. We know how to deal with these issues, but occasionally they can push out delivery dates. In the unlikely event that our manufacturing is delayed, we will let you know in a timely fashion and will keep you updated as we resolve the problem. We know that, as a Kickstarter backer, you are entrusting us with your hard-earned money, and we do not take that commitment lightly. We couldn’t put a package like this together without you, and we will treat you with the utmost respect and provide total transparency to our process throughout the duration of the campaign and production.
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