Hunt Saboteur is a skirmish-level tabletop miniatures game recreating stand-offs between traditional fox hunters and hunt saboteurs in the English countryside. One player controls the hunt and the other controls the sabs. The sides move around the table employing various tactics to try and manipulate a pack of hounds, who pursue a fox.
The quick, fun game is for two players and takes around 45 minutes, depending on scenario and points used.
I would like to produce a full range of miniatures for the game, including a huntmaster, huntsmen, and various hunt saboteurs as well as a hardcopy of the rule book. But this is not that Kickstarter campaign. As it is my first Kickstarter, I am starting small. I’m hoping to prove the concept, test out suppliers and build a community by kickstarting with a slimmed-down offering.
This Kickstarter includes the rules for the game, delivered as a PDF file, and three 28mm scale miniatures for the game cast in resin: a hunt sab, a fox and a hound.
I hope that the models are broadly of interest beyond my ruleset. For example, the sab could fit in as a modern insurgent or post-apocalyptic survivalist, the fox would look handsome as a witch’s familiar and the hound could be a loyal companion for an inquisitor.
$5 CAD – Just the Rules – Support the campaign and get a PDF of the rules.
$35 CAD – The Full Set – Give the campaign your full support and get the fox, hound and sab models, the rules in PDF and my thanks!
$75 CAD – Painted Models – For your support at this level, get the rules in PDF and the fox, hound and sab models painted to a good tabletop standard and based with grass and rocks by talented local commission painter, Ullr's Table. Because the bases will be hand-crafted and models hand-painted, tones, patterns and materials may differ.
I am able to offer shipping worldwide for $6 CAD.
On 6 May 2019, $1 CAD was equal to $0.74 USD, €0.63 Euro and £0.57 GBP according to xe.com.
"Overall it looks like a fun, innovative little game!" - James, Needy Cat Games
"Fast, fun and a bit tense at the end." - Liam, playtester
"An exciting game of strategy that's lots of fun!" - Chris, playtester
The game is for two players and takes about 45 minutes. One player controls the hunt and the other controls the saboteurs. The sides move around the board employing various tactics to try and manipulate a pack of hounds, who pursue a fox.
Hounds and the fox are piloted following instructions in the rules. The hounds move towards the fox, following commands, line of sight and line of scent.
The fox runs from the hounds and from humans with help from dice throws.
The hunters use whips and horns to try and control the hounds. The saboteurs also have whips and horns to distract the hounds, as well as citronella spray to throw them off the scent.
The hunt is trying to get the hounds to catch the fox and the sabs are trying to allow the fox to escape before being caught. The game ends when there is no fox model on the table, having been caught by the hounds, “gone to ground” or escaped off the table edge.
It is loads of fun. I promise.
Risks and challenges
While I am new to this, the suppliers I’m working with are not. I’ve had loads of advice from successful Kickstarter creators, and I have confidence in the people that are helping me out.
The rules are written and tested. With your support, they will be made better.
The models are sculpted. With your support, they will be cast and distributed.
I have been selling on eBay for over five years and my wife and I are used to spending our Sunday nights packing up models for the post. I have relationships with discount shipping services, and I’m confident about order fulfillment.
The biggest risk that I am worried about is my budget and unexpected costs. But with the Kickstarter being at such a small scale, I’ll be able to personally absorb the consequences to any miscalculation without impacting the rewards that backers signed up for. That’s one of the benefits of starting with this small Kickstarter.
I think that the biggest challenge will be getting your support in the first place! Hopefully you like my models and the game intrigues you. And I hope you'll share the campaign with friends who might be interested.
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