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Relic Knights is an anime-themed miniature skirmish game featuring diceless game mechanics and gorgeous miniatures.
Relic Knights is an anime-themed miniature skirmish game featuring diceless game mechanics and gorgeous miniatures.
Relic Knights is an anime-themed miniature skirmish game featuring diceless game mechanics and gorgeous miniatures.
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Masters and archai, comrades and friends, I bring joyous news—we stand on the brink of annihilation. Uncountable stars and endless galaxies have fallen before the inexorable advance of the Void, and now our people tread the doomed worlds of the Last Galaxy. We shall soon see the exaltation of the new Avatar, and the death of this universe is at hand.

Relic Knights: 2nd Edition is an anime-themed miniatures skirmish game featuring breathtaking models from Soda Pop Miniatures. In this dynamic miniatures game you control a heroic Knight and their enigmatic cypher. Fighting at their side are the warriors, psychics, and soldiers of the Last Galaxy. Relic Knights features a diceless, card-based game mechanic that puts you in control of your forces through managing esper to unleash devastating attacks, gallant defenses, and achieve strategic goals on the field of battle.

The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund a brand new edition of Relic Knights, featuring a fully updated rulebook, resculpts of many existing models, all new models to expand and customize your forces, the first Relic Knights expansion book—Void Break—and a brand new 2-Player Starter to make it easier than ever to join the battle for the fate of the Last Galaxy! 

The Relic Knights 2-Player Starter set is the perfect entry point to Relic Knights: 2nd Edition. It provides you with the complete rules, two armies, and a easy to assemble battlefield, letting you play right away! 

This deluxe box set includes:

  • Small format Relic Knights 2nd Edition Rulebook. This book includes the complete rules to the game!
  • Quickstart manual, featuring several scenarios to walk you through the steps to learn the game.
  • 35 point, Radiant Cadre, including Bang-Bang, Mr. Milky, Miss Kaylee, and three Sundown Enforcers.
  • 35 point, Void Cadre, including Tahariel, Cupid, Mikhal, and three Dark Pinions.
  • 2'x2' paper battle mat, plus quick assembly card terrain.
  • Two Esper Decks
  • One token sheet, featuring objective markers, effect tokens, and range rulers.

Relic Knights: 2nd Edition is a bigger and better than ever! The 2nd Edition rules feature two softbound books in a hardback slipcase. 

The 112 page rulebook features all of the rules you need to play your games of Relic Knights 2nd Edition. This book covers complete unit profiles for every faction, including two brand new units per faction, and a host of new Void and Radiant units to supplement your cadres! This sleek rulebook is easy to take to game night and use as a complete reference during your games!

The 272 page Darkspace Calamity background book is your indispensable guide to the Last Galaxy and the Relic Knights universe. Darkspace Calamity features the original storyline from 1st edition, completely rewritten and updated for new audiences, complete faction backgrounds, unit bios, a history of the Last Galaxy, miniature galleries, hobby guide, and pages of stunning new art.

The Void Break expansion continues the saga of the Last Galaxy, introducing four new units to each faction, including a new Relic Knight and a new Questing Knight. Void Break also introduces the first Avatar, a new unit type that is a living embodiment of esper.

The 2nd Edition Upgrade Deck includes all the cards needed to update your entire collection of Relic Knights miniatures for use in 2nd Edition.

Relic Knights features stunning resin miniatures that bring your battles to life. Our goal is to create beautiful pieces that are both a joy to paint and make your battlefields look amazing! Our teams of artists, sculptors, and manufacturing partners take extraordinary care to make sure each unit maintains its unique character and detail throughout the entire design and production process.

Click on the image to see more resin production models.
Click on the image to see more resin production models.

 

Below is just a small sampling of the miniatures available through this Kickstarter to build your cadre.

 

  

Cerci Speed Circuit Cadre. Add-ons.
Cerci Speed Circuit Cadre. Add-ons.

 

 

 

Relic Knights is a quick and dynamic tabletop strategy battle game that uses finely detailed 30mm scale miniatures to represent your heroes and villains on the battlefield. Relic Knights uses a card-based system to represent esper—the energy which binds the universe. Players draw and use this esper to unleash devastating attacks and cunning counters upon their foes.

In Relic Knights, players form a force of miniatures called a cadre to an agreed upon points value. Each player chooses their cadre from a single faction, tailoring it to their own unique play style and miniatures they love. 

Radiant Cadre, led by the Questing Knight Bang-Bang.
Radiant Cadre, led by the Questing Knight Bang-Bang.

A Relic Knights cadre is built around either a Relic Knight or a Questing Knight. Potent warriors and wielders of esper, they are your cadre's leader and determine what other models can be recruited.

Each knight is bonded to a cypher. Born of pure esper, each cypher has chosen a knight that reflects their own motivations and desires; granting them powers beyond the mortal ken. The knight and their cypher are joined in battle by select individuals who have rallied to their cause and will form their cadre.

Void Cadre, led by the Questing Knight Tahariel.
Void Cadre, led by the Questing Knight Tahariel.

Each unit in your cadre is represented by a single card. The front of the card shows the unit's attributes such as their movement, ranged attribute, melee attribute, psychic attribute, armor, and health. 

Radiant Cadre's card backs.
Radiant Cadre's card backs.

On the back of each unit's cards are the abilities they can potentially use during their turn. Each ability has an icon which represents the ability's type, and an esper cost which must be paid to trigger the ability. The back of the card also shows the unit's traits, passive abilities, and other details relevant to the unit's performance on the battle field.

Relic Knights uses an entirely card-based game mechanic. You must carefully manage your hand of esper, and your esper deck, in order to successfully trigger your attacks and defenses. 

Check out the How-to-Play video below, by Relic Knights lead designer David Freeman, to see how these elements all work together to play a game.

Rules Q&A with David Freeman

Creative Q&A with John Cadice and Deke Stella

Now that you have a basic understanding of how to play Relic Knights, download the Relic Knights: 2nd Edition Beta rules and try out the game for yourself!

Now that you have a basic understanding of how to play Relic Knights, download the Relic Knights: 2nd Edition Beta rules and try out the game for yourself!

Download Relic Knights: 2nd Edition Beta

This is your opportunity to help us make Relic Knights: 2nd Edition's rules as tight and polished as possible. After you've played a game, report your results using the form below.

Report Your Game!

Backers who participate in the Beta by submitting at least three game reports will receive their name in the credits, and the knowledge that you helped make Relic Knights awesome!

This campaign only scratches the surface of what we have prepared for the future of Relic Knights! Beyond a small number of units we may preview during the campaign, Void Break includes an additional three units for every faction which will NOT be a part of this Kickstarter. This will provide us with months of new releases that were not part of this Kickstarter, ensuring that you will have many exciting new units to look forward to after receiving your rewards.

Ascension

After Void Break, our third book Ascension is already in progress. Ascension will include an exciting new unit type—Avatars—which can lead your cadres in battle.

Organized Play and Ninja Corps

Relic Knights already has a devout fan base, represented by its Ninja Corps volunteers. These enterprising fans run tournaments, leagues, and events across the globe and are the real heroes in the Relic Knights universe. Ninja Division is devoted to supporting our Ninja volunteers and fans in anyway we can, and look forward to growing Relic Knights community together. If you would like to become a Ninja Corps volunteer you can sign up here!

Gallery: DS Candy (Sculpt) (Painted) | DS Marikan To | Fiametta | Marie-Claude | DS Squall | DS Jakob | DS Kisa | Scribes | DS Hasami (Sculpt) (Painted) | DS One Shot | Purifiers Tonnerian Stalker | Pit Crew | DS Bang-Bang | Squall | Isabeau | DS Rhouss Fixers | DS Delphyne | Rin Farrah | DS Kenobo | DS Mech Musume Candy

Part of the joy of Relic Knights is building your own unique cadre to do battle. In addition to your pledge, you can pick and choose your favorite units to add to your pledge and build your cadre. To purchase add-ons use the Manage Pledge button to increase your pledge by the value of the add-ons you wish to receive. After the campaign, you will use our store-based pledge manager to select the units you want your funds to go towards.

Click here for the pledge calculator. 

1st edition Relic Knights had a mix of plastic and resin miniatures. 2nd Edition is moving exclusively to resin models. The plastic miniatures are available in limited quantities only and at 50% off MSRP or more! Once they are sold out they will receive a future resculpt in resin. (If you would like to read more about Relic Knights transition to resin miniatures you can read our article here.) This Kickstarter is your best opportunity to get your hands on these classic Relic Knights miniatures before they are gone forever!

With a strong ranged attack game that benefits from creating synergy between multiple units, Black Diamond’s offensive powers can erase any opposition. If you enjoy shooting down your foes while creating crossfires, or benefiting from lots of units, the largest mercenary outfit in the last galaxy is for you.

Gallery: Alex-117 (Sculpt) (Painted) | Codebreaker - Questing Knight (Sculpt) (Painted) | Diamond Corps (Sculpt) (Upgrade) | Field Medic (Sculpt) (Painted) | M8-Blitz | Sophia Drake | Suspect 7 | Viper (Sculpt) (Painted) Diamond Corps | Codebreaker v.9 - Relic Knight | Python (Upgrade)

 

Cerci Speed Circuit is a finesse faction that wants to move around and exploit position to destroy the opposition and complete victory conditions. If you enjoy being able to threaten large portions of the board with fast moving units then Cerci is the faction for you.

Gallery: Asger Faust (Sculpt) (Painted) | Betty & Lug | Faust's Devils (Sculpt) (Painted) (Upgrade) | Hardshell (Upgrade) | Marie-ClaudePacer | Princess Malya - Questing Knight (Sculpt) (Painted) | Princess Malya - Relic Knight | Marie-Claude (Questing Knight) (Relic Knight) | Hell's Belles 

Doctrine is the faction based on gathering knowledge and doing research. They have been working to master manipulating Esper for a very long time. This manifests in game with their ability to manipulate their own and their opponent’s Esper deck. Controlling what will be drawn next, and triggering effects based on revealing cards from their hand are tools in the Doctrine's bag of tricks.

Gallery: Academy Guard | Anthony - Questing Knight (Sculpt) (Paint) | Catalogue | Hasami | Librarian | Master Wu (Sculpt) (Painted) | Vaultus | Togan

The Noh Empire is the destructive force of Entropy embodied. Charge into battle and use the Noh’s famous blood lust to destroy your enemy up close and personal. By dealing damage the Noh Empire unleashes the power of entropic esper to charge themselves up to new heights of savagery. The Noh are an elite force that is larger and sturdier than humans and many other races of the Last Galaxy.

Gallery: Dahon | Har Ancient (Sculpt) (Painted) | Hatriya Warriors | Hounds | Kasaro To - Relic Knight | Kyojin Berserkers | Render | Sarva  (Upgrade) | Mamaro To 

The Shattered Sword paladins believe that the best offense is a good defense. Strategies of combined arms and powering up through taking damage makes them the opposite side of the coin to the super aggressive Noh Empire. Pledge your sword to the defense of the Last Galaxy with the Shattered Sword paladins.

Gallery: Aspirant (Sculpt) (Painted) | Jeanne Romee - Questing Knight | Navarre | Paragons | Sebastian Cross - Questing Knight (Sculpt) (Painted) | Star Lancer | Jeanne Romee - Relic Knight | Swordsworn | Swordsworn Command

The Star Nebula Corsairs strike from the deep of space to exploit the chaos that the calamity has sown throughout the last galaxy. Build your own pirate crew and set course for victory! The Star Nebula Corsairs are a bit of a glass cannon that rewards players who are willing to take risks and see what happens. When the tide is with you anything is possible.

Gallery: Blowhards | Broadside | Breachers | Calico Kate - Questing Knight (Sculpt) (Painted) | Golden Vance - Questing Knight (Sculpt) (Painted) | Jenner (Sculpt) (Painted) | Kenobo | Moffet | Rustbucket (Sculpt) (Painted) | Corsairs | Harker

Not only can you include Radiant units in your Cerci Speed Circuit, Shattered Sword Paladins, or Doctrine lists, you can also play cadres led by a Radiant knight! This allows you to use the Radiant knights and units together with heroes from any of the three factions, providing you with many different playstyle combinations. Additionally, you gain access to the Radiant abilities around held esper manipulation, and upping the amount of held esper generated by all your units!

Gallery: Candy - Relic Knight | Dan D. Starship (Sculpt) (Painted) | Enforcers | Rhouss Fixer (Sculpt) (Painted) | DS Novitiates

Void can be included in your Black Diamond, Noh Empire, and Star Nebula Corsairs cadres. You can also build a cadre led by a Void knight. This allows you to use the Void knights and units together with heroes from any of the three factions, providing you with many different playstyle combinations. Many Void units hail from the sinister maleaach race and this is a good way to field a cadre themed around them. Additionally, you gain access to the Void abilities around esper droughts and forcing your opponent to lose held esper.

Gallery: Amelial | Harbonath - Relic Knight | Ophanim (Upgrade)Seraphim | Void Witch (Sculpt) (Painted)

Once Relic Knights has funded we have an opportunity to unlock even more great content through stretch goals. As our funding total increases, stretch goals will unlock and become available. There are three types of stretch goals in this campaign: 

  • FREE stretch goals are included free to both the Questing Knight and Relic Knight pledges. 
  • ADD-ONS are new units that you may increase your pledge total if you wish to receive the unit. 
  • ADD-ON UPGRADES are free upgrades to an add-on unit. Typically, add-on upgrades are alternate model pieces which allows you to create a variant pose that adds a new ability to the unit.

Click here for the pledge calculator.  

 

Pinup models are alternative sculpts that are an exclusive reward for backers who pledge directly through Kickstarter during the fifteen days of the campaign. Pinup models will NOT be available via late pledges or the Void Pledge. Pinup models have identical game profiles to their standard versions. 

Darkspace models are new sculpts of existing units in unique 'cosplay' outfits. These models work for different factions than their non-Darkspace counterparts, and feature both new models and new game profiles fitting their costume change. Darkspace models will be available through the Kickstarter, pledge manager (including late backers), conventions, and special web promotions.

Shipping will be charged after the campaign through our store-based pledge manager, based on the actual cost to ship your pledge and any additional rewards you select.

To help minimize your shipping and customs costs, we will ship rewards to multiple international shipping hubs at our cost (US, EU, CN, and AU). These hubs ship all rewards to backers in their region. Depending on your region, this will help reduce or eliminate any additional import duties you will be required to pay.

Our current estimate for shipping costs are listed below.

  • Africa: $50 - $60 to most countries 
  • Asia: $15 to China and Hong Kong, $30 - $40 to most other countries. 
  • Canada: $15 - $30 to most cities. 
  • Europe: $15 - $20 to Western Europe. $20 - $30 to Northern Europe. $30 - $40 to Eastern and Southern Europe. 
  • Latin America: $60 - 70 to most countries. 
  • Oceania: $15 - $25 to Australia. $30 to New Zealand. 
  • UK: $12 - $18 to most cities. 
  • USA: $12 - $18 to most cities. $30 to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

Please note that these are ESTIMATES ONLY and may change as we unlock more items, if you purchase additional rewards, or choose rewards spanning multiple shipping waves.

Relic Knights will ship in three waves. We anticipate all three waves will be complete by the end of February 2018. We currently estimate the following window for each wave. 

  • Wave 1 late summer 2017. 
  • Wave 2 fall/winter 2017. 
  • Wave 3 by the end of February 2018. 

After the campaign ends we will use frequent Kickstarter updates to keep you informed of the progress of each wave's development and provide specific timelines for each delivery wave.

To see which wave an item is part of, please check out our pledge calculator.

Risks and challenges

This is Soda Pop Miniatures & Ninja Division's sixth Kickstarter. We are very experienced with the production and manufacturing of miniature board games. However, there is always the possibility of delays in any project, including: Development Delays, Manufacturing Delays, Customs Delays, and Shipping Delays.

REFUND POLICY

Refund requests made within 60 days of the campaign’s end are made through Stripe, directly to your credit card, fees included.

Refunds requested after 60 days are made through Paypal only, less Kickstarter and payment processing fees, which we cannot get back.

No refunds are possible if requested eight weeks before the Kickstarter's actual shipping date, since at that point we have already begun packaging pledges.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By pledging on this Kickstarter you acknowledge the following:

1. Items shown during the Kickstarter are prototypes and the final product, including models, look, materials, and other content may vary from those shown while the Kickstarter is active.

2. It is Soda Pop Miniature's responsibility to ship your rewards to you. It is your responsibility to provide Soda Pop Miniatures with a correct address in a timely manner, and to ensure that the provided address is deliverable by normal methods and standard regional postal services. You accept that the shipping date is only an estimate, and that due to the logistics of worldwide shipping, backers in different countries may receive their rewards sooner than others, or that the product may make it into distribution in your own country or into special promotions before your reward arrives. Further, you agree that you are responsible for import duties or any other duties, taxes, or fees that may be payable to complete delivery of your items.

3. You have read and agree to the shipping details provided in the Shipping Information section.

If you do not accept these terms, please do not pledge and wait for retail release. Thank you for your understanding.

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