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Slumbering Oblivion - Cthulhu Themed Miniatures War Game (Canceled)

Near-Future Miniatures Combat Against the Forces of Cthulhu

Slumbering Oblivion - Cthulhu Themed Miniatures War Game (Canceled)

Near-Future Miniatures Combat Against the Forces of Cthulhu

$1,511
pledged of $95,000pledged of $95,000 goal
25
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 7 2019
Last updated November 7, 2019

About

Slumbering Oblivion – A Futuristic Miniatures Skirmish Game

Core Game Contents

The Basics

Slumbering Oblivion is a tabletop miniatures skirmish game that takes place in the not too distant future. It pits the forces of Cthulhu against the last vestiges of humanity. The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund the core game which consists of the miniatures and rulebook.  

The primary design for the miniatures is done so the funding will be going towards process of having the molds created and injections done to create the sprues. 

Human Force Model Renders

Some of the miniatures will also need to be remade digitally as they are based on physical sculpts. The miniatures will be sized to a 32mm scale and made from injection molded plastic (HIPS).

The rules are primarily complete and the funds from this Kickstarter will be used to print the physical rule book. There is a plan to have a limited beta test with backers once the Kickstarter is complete so backers can provide input and we can make any necessary revisions prior to printing.

Additional content will be added to the core game based on the success of the funding. (ie more funding = more content)  What kind of content will this be? Well there is a host of additional miniatures and other content we want to unlock such as additional unit sets, individual units, core game upgrades (freebies) and more.  We'll give more details over the course of this Kickstarter so be sure to check back often and check the updates!

Stretch Goal Map

The Story

The current year is 2175 and the war between humans and the forces of Cthulhu has been raging for nearly a century. Remaining humans are split between the massive city fortresses on Earth and the lunar colonies. Earth is one large battlefield with war raging across every continent. 

Humanity has united and under the auspices H.A.D.E.S. (Human Alliance in Defense of Earth and Sea) take the fight to the enemy across the face of the planet. The human defenders range from standard human infantry, robots, cyborgs, psychics and powerful genetically engineered humans in hi-tech battlesuits called G.E.C.S.

The Cthulhian host is comprised of a menagerie of horrific creatures like Deep Ones, Warlocks, Starspawn, Dagon, Ghouls and many more. All bringing death and madness in their wake.

Battle at the Eye

Miniatures

The core set will contain 12 highly detailed plastic (HIPS) injection molded miniatures. There will be 6 human and 6 Cthulhian minis.  Each representing a 200 point force.

The miniatures for the human forces are part of the unified human army called H.A.D.E.S.  They are Genetically Engineered Cybernetic Soldiers, or GECS, which are the pinnacle of human engineering. There are 3 Heavily Armored Tactical Elite (H.A.T.E), one of which is the commander, and 3 Interdiction and Rapid Engagement (I.R.E.) troops.  These are larger than an average human and stand between 7-8' tall. So the miniatures will range (depending on pose and armor type) between 40-45mm tall.

Here is an image of the prototype 3d prints. The scale is a little off on the commander (3rd from right) but this will be fixed prior to production. One of the two other H.A.T.E. troopers (the ones on the ends) will also have a different pose.

Human Force Miniatures (3d Printed Prototypes)

The miniatures for the Cthulhian forces are comprised of several different models. The first is a Dagon which is part of the leadership caste, then there is a Cthulhian Warlock which are powerful psychics and finally there are 4 Deep Ones which are foot soldiers. Many Cthulhian creatures are larger than humans so the size of the miniatures will vary based on creature type and pose. The Deep Ones are each around 40mm tall, the Dagon is 45mm tall and the Cthulhian Warlock is 35mm tall. 

Cthulhian Force (Resin Examples)

The pictures used here are prototypes cast in resin or 3D printed. The final game pieces will be injection molded plastic. Any models that currently exist as physical sculpts will be re-created digitally for the injection molding process.

The sculpts were created by artists such as Roberto Chaudon, Hector Moran and Alejandro Castiblanco among others.

All models will come on sprues and will require assembly and painting. These miniatures will be made to a very high quality. If you own or have seen miniatures from companies such as Dreamforge Games or Kingdom Death then you know what to expect. 

Expansions

Outside of the core game, it is also planned to introduce additional units for both armies so they can be further expanded and customized. Each unit and weapon has an assigned point value to ensure armies are kept in balance with one another. The core game represents 200 point armies which can be expanded in the future. The release of these expansions will be determined by the amount of funding we receive in the course of this Kickstarter. 

Future Miniatures

Rule Development

The rules have been developed by experienced tabletop wargame developers, specifically Alessio Cavatore and his team at River Horse. Alessio is an award winning game designer and has been involved with such titles as Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Bolt Action and many others. With his involvement and level of experience in wargaming, we have developed a solid set of rules for Slumbering Oblivion. We will be providing additional details on various mechanics of the game in updates during the course of this Kickstarter.

Update 1 - Game Play Basics - Pt 1 (Unit Stats)

 The rulebook will also contain additional information and lore on the various creatures and humans as well as the current state of the war.

Game play testing

 Additional Background and Lore

In the year 2088 a remote aquatic drone exploring near the Antarctic stumbled into the outskirts of an ancient sunken city. All contact was lost with the drone before any detailed information could be gathered so an exploratory group was dispatched to follow up. Soon after the small fleet arrived on site, the ships went missing. This led to a series of escalating events that eventually resulted in a cataclysmic upheaval from the ocean depths. The fabled and massive city of R’lyeh had risen. Shortly after, dozens of smaller cities rose from the oceans around the world and belched forth massive forces of unnatural creatures. The war for Earth had begun.

The invasion from the depths was worldwide as creatures exited the ocean all around the planet. For almost 18 months mankind warred with the abominations but was inexorably pushed further inland. The situation was dire and all seemed lost until an unexpected event took place.

At the height of the attacks, their came a cataclysmic explosion and flash of light that was felt and seen throughout the southern hemisphere. It was difficult to precisely locate the exact position of the apparent explosion, but it seemed to come from the massive city of R’lyeh. The cause of the explosion was unknown, but the results were seen almost immediately. The attacks ceased completely and the invaders returned to the sea and the safety of their cities. The cities remained afloat and fiercely protected, so it was evident the war was not over but only paused.

The Ruins of New York

 Humans took advantage of the delay to unify, combine their knowledge, improve weapons, reverse engineer enemy technology and fortify defenses. This proved critical for human survival as within a short time the attacks began again, albeit at a slower pace. The improved offensive and defensive capabilities have aided greatly in slowing the enemy advance but has not stopped it.

The current year is 2175 and for the last 83 years humanity has been fighting for its very existence. The sea is lost as is any land within eyesight of the ocean. Humans survive primarily within the large city fortresses deep inland on Earth as well as the colonies on the moon. All efforts are committed to the war with all other concerns being secondary.

If there is any upside to the war, it is that humanity is unified. It is not without a sense of irony that what finally unified humans was not love and peace but a shared hate and war.

Rule  Book Pledge Level - $25

One physical copy of the Slumbering Oblivion rules 

Rule Book Pledge

Cthulhian Force Pledge Level - $45

One copy of the Cthulhian Miniature set comprised of six (6) separate plastic miniatures.

Cthulhian Forces Pledge Level

Human Force Pledge Level - $45

One copy of the Human Miniature set comprised of six (6) separate plastic miniatures.

Human Forces Pledge Level

Core Game Pledge Level - $110

  • One copy of the physical rule book
  • One copy of the Cthulhian Miniature Set
  • One copy of the Human Miniature Set
  • Additional content unlocked during this Kickstarter
Core Game Pledge Level

Resin Core Game Pledge Level - $170

  • One copy of the physical rule book
  • One copy of the Cthulhian Miniature Set in resin
  • One copy of the Human Miniature Set in resin
  • Additional content unlocked during this Kickstarter
Resin Core Game Pledge Level

Add-Ons

Additional items will be added over the course of the Kickstarter once the initial funding goal is reached. To add the content below to your base pledge just add the amount listed to your pledge total.

  • Additional rule book - $25
  • Additional Cthulhian Force - $45
  • Additional Human Force - $45

Shipping

All shipping costs will be collected via the pledge manager when everything is ready to ship. I am working on ways to ship from within the EU and other areas to help backers avoid excessive costs or additional fees.  Once I have more information it will be shared in a project update.

About Reclusive Phoenix

Reclusive Phoenix is a small gaming company focused on mixing science fiction with the horror of Cthulhu. Currently we carry a line of resin Cthulhu themed miniatures and with this Kickstarter will branch out into injection molded plastic and a full tabletop game. The game will support all our existing miniatures as well as any new ones we develop through this Kickstarter or in the future.

You can back with confidence as I have experience as both a creator and backer. I've backed 100 Kickstarters and have experienced everything from top notch Kickstarters to those that never delivered. So I know what it is like to be a backer and how backers should be treated (and how they shouldn't). As a creator I have two successful Kickstarters, both were fully delivered and ahead of schedule.  I have also assisted several other creators on their successful projects and developed a large network of contacts within the industry. 

I also draw on my 25 years experience in the corporate world managing people, deadlines, and vendors. Finally, and most importantly, I make sure to keep in constant contact with my backers and post weekly updates. So you can back with confidence and know that you will be kept in the loop every step of the way. My personal mantra is to under promise and over deliver and I will do everything in my power to exceed your expectations.

That doesn't look good...

Risks and challenges

Risk 1:
The primary risks would be a loss or change of an artist or vendor I currently use. However, this is quite low as the artists and casters I use are all established and I've worked with several years and have a great relationship with them. Should the worst happen though, I do have backup contacts I could use if it becomes necessary.

Risk 2:
Another risk is to the timing of delivery. The level of this risk will vary depending on the success achieved by this Kickstarter and how many miniatures will need to be made.

Risk 3:
While I've backed many projects and assisted several creators on their projects, the reality is that this is only my fourth Kickstarter as a Creator. The first two went well and delivered ahead of schedule and I learned quite a bit from them. The third did not fund but was a learning experience as well. While I feel that I've covered all my bases their may be something I haven't considered which could impact the project or timelines. If anything does come up then I will be sure to inform everyone as I aim to be as transparent as possible and keep everyone up-to-date. I feel this risk is slim but nevertheless it needs to be stated.

Risk 4:
The stars align, Cthulhu wakes and dominates the world. In this case I will likely be quite mad, curled up fetal and unable to speak without screaming...so you're on your own and all bets are off.

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