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Battery operated Steam! With Smoking Volcanoes, Steaming Geyser, Lightning Clouds, Tornadoes, Electric Lightning Tower, Electric Portal
Battery operated Steam! With Smoking Volcanoes, Steaming Geyser, Lightning Clouds, Tornadoes, Electric Lightning Tower, Electric Portal
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Miniature Steam Machine For Tabletop Games & Terrain Pieces

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 Last year you helped us bring real fog to tabletop games with the Fog Monster. 

This year we bring you the monstrous power of Steam in our new battery operated "Steam Pod". Steam is great for sewer grates, geysers, lava vents, and volcanoes to name a few. Between the Fog Monster and the Steam Pod we now have two machines to cover all your Smokey FX needs! They are both still gamer friendly with no foul smelling oil, only pure water.     

 Introducing the "Steam Pod" 

 Over the last year we have been working feverishly to produce a smoke effect that tabletop gamers could use for hours and have little to no build up of water on the game pieces. The Steam Pod produces what we call "cold steam" (it's not hot!). Thanks to Dr. Gearsmith's taming of the beast, the Steam Pod offers almost zero water condensation, especially when used vertically.  You can even aim the LEDs inside the Steam Pod to light up the Steam with color. How awesome is that?

To see a time-lapse of how dry the Steam Pod is click here. 

Features:

  • Colorless - Will not stain or leave an oily residue on your terrain. 
  • Odorless - No unpleasant burning smell. 
  • Runs on water - No expensive formula or "juice" to purchase. 
  • Instant - Steam begins when it's turned on.
  • Continuous on or Puffer mode, (Puffer turns on and off every 8 seconds like a geyser)
  • Comes with 2 Red LEDs in the cap to create colored fog! (LEDs are plugs so you can use your own LEDs to change colors.)
  • Battery: Works with any 3.7v Li-Po battery with Connector Type: 2P 2.0mm Pitch.  633048 900mAh recommended. Max battery length 63mm. Max width 34mm (battery not included) 
  • Battery charges by plugging a Micro USB plug into the Steam Pod from a 5v power supply. Battery available on www.realgamefx.com website, Amazon, or Ebay.

Update: Battery no longer required! The Steam Pod can now use the following:

  • 1. A Li-Po battery. 
  • 2. A AAA or AA Power Bank.
  • 3. A Li-ion Power Bank.
  • 4. A USB Cord directly plugged into the Steam Pod with no battery.

See the update here 

 Shown with Dwarven Forge Terrain
Shown with Dwarven Forge Terrain

 Video using the Steam Pod inside of the Games Workshop Sector Mechanicus Refinery terrain. 

Unlock the Stretch Goals!

Make your tabletop come alive with Volcanoes, Steaming Geysers and Lava Vents, Storm Clouds, and Tornadoes. Control the power of lightning with the Lightning Tower, and the Travelers Gate. To enhance these props we have designed new Sound FX Circuit Boards that fit inside some terrain pieces to synchronize with sound for even more immersion. This year we are using tiny Speaker Pods to activate the lights. "Speaker Pods" are Bluetooth speakers that you can hide in your terrain. (Speaker Pods will be available on our web-store)

How many Monsters of Nature Can We Release? Each new product requires expensive molds so as each stretch goal is achieved a new monster can be released. The higher the project funds the more Monsters!  We greatly enjoy taking nature and scaling it down to fit onto your tabletop. We hope you will support us in this effort to make tabletop gaming as realistic and immersive as possible.   

The Traveler's Gate

Rumored to be the secret of Dr. Gearsmith's return, this portal is not painted rather it is a fully functional device that looks a little more like the real thing. You will need more than one to instantly travel across the terrain to other Travel Gates. The Lightning Plate comes in your choice of one of 6 colors. Blue,  Orange, Pink, White, Green, and Multicolor.  Use with Bluetooth "Speaker Pod" for Sound activated Portal FX. (Speaker Pods will be available on our web-store) Features 

  • Comes with 1 Lightning Plate. 
  • Runs on 2 AAA batteries. (not included)
  • Continuous on or reacts to Sound.

 The Fangtooth Lava Maw  

Peer inside it's gaping maw, but don't fall in! Hand sculpted in exquisite detail. The Black Horn Volcanoes smaller but no kinder companion. Designed for use with the Steam Pod for puffing steam FX and volcanic lighting.   

Features: 

  • 6" tall x 4" wide (160mm x 96mm) 
  • Hand Sculpted by our artists
  • Detailed lava rock texture
  • Comes in Clear polyurethane resin
  • Paint available by our artists (add paint reward) 

 The Black Horn Volcano 

The Black Horn Volcano is a welcome addition to any respectable tabletop game, bringing another level of realism to your adventures. Designed for use with the Steam Pod for volcanic lighting and smoking FX. If we hit the Lightning Tower Stretch goal these will really play well together.

Features: 

  • 10" tall x 7" wide (254mm x 177.8) 
  • Hand Sculpted by our artists
  • Detailed lava rock texture
  • Comes in Clear polyurethane resin
  • Includes (1) Staircase
  • Includes (1) Height support stand for Steam Pod
  • Paint available by our artists (add paint reward)

Use with Bluetooth "Speaker Pod" for rumbling lava sounds. (Speaker Pods will be available on our web-store)

Storm Cloud 

Add weather FX to your gaming adventures. We have worked hard to create what is known as "intra-cloud lightning" which takes place in the cloud itself. The cloud comes with a sound activated circuit board for awesome lightning effects. Clear 6mm tube with compass base allow for movement in any direction. Game master moves the cloud around the terrain to add a little mayhem to the game, or just set it up for some awesome scenery.  

Use with Bluetooth "Speaker Pod"  for synchronized Lightning FX. (Speaker Pods will be available on our web-store)

 Shown live with Tornado Base and Fog Monster Fog. Cloud is sound activated by Speaker Pod for synchronised Lightning FX.
Shown live with Tornado Base and Fog Monster Fog. Cloud is sound activated by Speaker Pod for synchronised Lightning FX.

Tornado

Continuing in the weather FX series the tornado is a standalone terrain piece, or can be used as a base for Clouds. Use remote control Light Pods (available on our store) to create the awesome fire Tornado! Game-masters moves the Tornado around the terrain for storm FX.

 Storm Bringers

 Learn the ways of the Storm Bringer and bring the lightning. Storm Bringers are available as two different 28mm Figures. Game-masters use the Storm Bringer to bring the storm to your hapless adventurers. 

Resin Cliff Base For Cloud

 Weighted base support for Cloud. Creates a weighted base for stability and has a great looking cliff for a Storm Bringer.

The Lightning Tower $75.00 - To be revealed

The power of lightning shall be yours to control! 13" Tower features a custom Lighting Plate crackling with energy that is visible across your terrain. The Lightning Plate has two modes  continuous on, or reacts to sound. 

 Use with Bluetooth "Speaker Pod" for synchronized Lightning FX. (Speaker Pods will be available on our web-store)

Features:

  • Comes with 1 Lightning Plate. 
  • Runs on 2 AAA batteries. (not included)
  • Continuous on or reacts to audio with Sound FX.

4" x 4" Steaming Geyser Tile - To be revealed- (Surprise designer)

We have reduced the Steam Pod technology and put it into a 4" x 4" tile. Designed by a legendary game terrain maker to blend in with their existing modular tile terrain.This terrain piece measures 12mm high on the edges and holds a tiny reservoir of only 2-3 tablespoons of water. It has two operating modes. Continuous on, and Puffer mode.  In puffer mode it operates approximately 1 hour before needing to be refilled. 

 Features:

  • Rechargeable Li-Po Battery operated (battery not included) Works with any 3.7v Li-Po battery with Connector Type: 2P 2.0mm Pitch.   

4" x 4" Steaming Stalagmite Tile $59.00 - To be revealed

We have reduced the Steam Pod technology and put it into a 4" x 4" tile  that will blend in with your existing modular tile terrain. This terrain piece measures 12mm high on the edges and holds a tiny reservoir of only 2-3 tablespoons of water. It has two operating modes. Continuous on, and Puffer mode.  In puffer mode it operates approximately 1 hour before needing to be refilled. 

 Features:

  • Rechargeable Li-Po Battery operated (battery not included) Works with any 3.7v Li-Po battery with Connector Type: 2P 2.0mm Pitch.  

 Read the story of how Dr. Gearsmith captured The Steam Creature and brought back the  Monsters of Nature. 

And if you missed our 1st Kickstarter how Dr. Gearsmith captured the Fog Monster.

A word about shipping -  This year we have taken control of shipping via our website. All packing will be done in the USA and will likewise be shipped from the USA. In our last KS once the shipment arrived in our warehouse we found we were able to ship boxes from the USA WITH small coin batteries inside, so we will not experience the same issues as last year. At the end of the KS our Shipping calculator page will give you the exact cost of your shipping. 

If you want to get an idea in advance you can always Check out our website store for realtime shipping cost to your country.  Simply go through the checkout process to see the actual amount on similar products. Note for Australia and Asia customers. We are looking into setting up shipping from Asia to those countries rather than shipping from the USA as it will save you on cost.

A word about Batteries - For this Kickstarter all Li-PO batteries needed for rewards are not included but will be listed on our web-store available for purchase direct from the manufacturer. We will also have the battery listed on the reward so you can purchase locally if you prefer. 

Thank you for your support! 

We could never have done this without you! We hope to offer many more strange and curious devices as we continue to develop the most realistic terrain our mad scientists can concoct. 

All the best from us here at Real Game FX.

Risks and challenges

We are owned and operated in the USA and have been designing, selling, and manufacturing electronic components since 2005. We formed Real Game FX because we love games and wanted to deliver real world and special effects that we believed would add immersion to tabletop games.

As an experienced manufacturer we looked at the success and failure of a number of Kickstarter projects and saw potential problems that came from offering too much too soon. Additionally we saw that shipping funds being included in the overall funding goal artificially inflate the project as shipping costs do not contribute to covering the actual manufacturing cost.

By starting the project with only a few rewards we know that when the project funds we will have covered the actual manufacturing costs. This assures us all that the project is now funded and ready for delivery to our customers.

Once we fund past the project amount it then opens up more project rewards and just gets better for everyone since we are then able to get preferred pricing on additional molds from the factory and offer more to our customers.

In short, we want what everyone wants and that is a successful project. We will use our years of experience in manufacturing, customer fulfillment, and support, to avoid the pitfalls that newcomers often experience. Let's make it happen!

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    Requires (2) AAA batteries (not included)
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    (1) Steam Pod - Solo - 4"x 2.3" Made of ABS Plastic.
    Features: Continuous on, or Puffing timer mode.
    Use this to create vertical and horizontal Steam FX.

    Requires a Li-Po rechargeable 3.7v Li-PO Battery (not included). Battery size: 633048 900mah or equivalent. Battery available by drop shipping on our webstore.

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