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The near-future is here, and Earth’s abandoned cities are now battlegrounds for the ultimate spectator sport: GIANT KILLER ROBOTS!
The near-future is here, and Earth’s abandoned cities are now battlegrounds for the ultimate spectator sport: GIANT KILLER ROBOTS!
The near-future is here, and Earth’s abandoned cities are now battlegrounds for the ultimate spectator sport: GIANT KILLER ROBOTS!
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GKR: HEAVY HITTERS!

From the miscreants at Weta Workshop and Cryptozoic comes Weta Workshop’s first tabletop game, set in the sports-crazy dystopian future of Giant Killer Robots!

Strap in for the most epic smackdown this side of the megapocalypse. Gather your squad of Giant Killer Robots (GKRs), build your deck, and face your rivals in the ultimate fight for fame, fortune, and sweet salvage rights. Scheme, strategize and strong-arm your way to victory as you dominate the media landscape, one billboard at a time. 

THE ROBOT RUMBLE STARTS NOW!

 

 

 

GKR: Heavy Hitters is a standalone, customizable tabletop game for 1-4 players, combining high-quality collectibles with dice-rolling, mech-building and tactical play! Pilot your Heavy Hitter (the biggest, baddest robot on the board) and a squad of three Support Units through the ruins of an old city, competing to either wipe your opponent off the map or reduce four skyscrapers to rubble.  

KEY GAME FEATURES

  • A unique hex-based tabletop gameplay experience
  • x4 Giant high-quality Heavy Hitter miniatures up to 139mm tall
  • x12 highly detailed Support Units  standing up to 47mm tall.
  • x10 Buildings that break up the landscape and alter the way you play, every time
  • x193 cards with unique artwork from Weta Workshop artists
  • Four corporate Factions, each with its own weapons and abilities
  • Four Pilots with special skills
  • Five distinct phases of play
  • Two ways to win!

THE WORLD OF GKR

The story goes like this...Big plague. People died. Governments fell over. Things got bad, real fast. Fortunately, the corporations saved the day! Under their command, things got a whole lot better. But what to do with all those abandoned cites? There’s money to be made in the salvage rights. But which corporation gets them? Enter the Giant Killer Robots League.

AIM OF THE GAME

There are two ways to win GKR: Heavy Hitters. Defeat your opponent through brute force, or reduce four buildings to rubble by Tagging them with advertising. Winning is a careful balance of managing energy, repairing damage, earning new Pilot skills, gathering and using sponsor-endorsed upgrades, and moving into positions that give you tactical advantage for your unique weapons.

CHOOSE YOUR PILOT

Part superstar athletes, part celebrity spokespeople for their corporate Factions, these guys have been chosen as much for their ability to drive Heavy Hitters as for their ability to drive ratings. Pick your Pilot carefully! Each will unlock special skills and upgrades on the Achievement board to help you strategize your way to victory. 

CHOOSE YOUR FACTION

GKR: Heavy Hitters features four unique corporate Factions. Each has a squad of GKRs ready for you to take control, including one Heavy Hitter and three Support Units with a whole heap of special abilities. As Pilot, you get to pick one Faction to fight for. Which will you take into combat?!

  

DEPLOY PHASE

This is your chance to deploy your Support Units to the field. The Combat, Repair and Recon Units come with attack and defence capabilities unique to your Faction. 

MOVEMENT PHASE

Next, move your Heavy Hitter and Support Units into a tactical position on the battlefield.

 

COMBAT PHASE

Time for the smackdown! In the Combat Phase, Factions attack and defend against each other with the roll of the dice. Rather than turn-based order, weapon speed determines who strikes first.
 
Every Heavy Hitter has an arsenal of Primary Weapons, Secondary Weapons, and Orbital Strike. Primary Weapons are broken into 3 classes: Energy, Missile, and Ballistic. Use your cards wisely! If you sustain damage, you lose cards. If you lose all your cards to damage, you’re OUT!
 TAGGING PHASE
This is your chance to assert advertising dominance on the battlefield. Place four Tags on a building and you demolish that Building. Demolish four Buildings, and you win the game!
For each Building you Tag, you also earn a Sponsor Card. Use ‘em throughout the game to give you a tactical advantage through hacking, counter-hacking, or even a spot of corporate espionage.
Don’t underestimate the power of a Sponsor Card. They can tip the balance between sweet victory and humiliating defeat!
Don’t underestimate the power of a Sponsor Card. They can tip the balance between sweet victory and humiliating defeat!

RESET PHASE

The final phase of the round is the Reset. Draw new Faction Cards, replenish your energy and get ready for another round of robot rumble!

Upgrade to plastic Dashboard available in Stretch Goals!
Upgrade to plastic Dashboard available in Stretch Goals!

 

 

 

  

No game is complete without putting it through its paces in the playtesting arena. In 2016, we hit the road to bring GKR: Heavy Hitters to retailers in the USA!

Hitting stores across nine states, we got to meet the incredible community of game store owners and their devoted customers, as we embarked on a road trip through the heart of gameland America. All the valuable feedback we learned from retailers about the game, and what they’d like to see in a Kickstarter, has been channelled into the final product.

The Retail Edition of GKR: Heavy Hitters: SOLD OUT! Thanks to all our retail backers for your support! – The GKR Team

The Retail Deluxe of GKR: Heavy Hitters includes 8 games at wholesale; a bonus set of the game that you can use for demos; 8 sets of our 4 exclusive Pilot Miniatures (shown in our Pilot's Edition); a bonus set of those same Pilot Miniatures for demos; and 8 sets of all Applicable Stretch Goals. On top of all that, you’ll also receive promo materials for your game demos. In fact, we’d love your feedback regarding your preferred promo materials – whether that’s posters, flyers, stickers, or something else entirely!

Retail Tier: Supersized Edition of GKR: Heavy Hitters includes 17 games at wholesale; a bonus set of the game that you can use for demos; 17 sets of our 4 exclusive Pilot Miniatures (shown in our Pilot's Edition); a bonus set of those same Pilot Miniatures for demos; and 17 sets of all Applicable Stretch Goals; a bonus set of stretch goals for demos . On top of all that, you’ll also receive promo materials for your game demos. In fact, we’d love your feedback regarding your preferred promo materials – whether that’s posters, flyers, stickers, or something else entirely!

Please note: our Retail Editions are custom-designed for Retailers only, so we’ll require proof of business. Once you’ve pledged and done a little robot victory dance, send us an email at wholesale@wetanz.co.nz with your business licence and business tax ID.  

If you have an online store, you’ll also need to supply us with your website URL with proof that the site links to you (such as a Whois screencap or receipts of your domain/host invoice).  

Not sure if you qualify? Send us a message and we’ll have a chat.

 

  

 It is still a work in progress, but you can find the rulebook here. Enjoy!

Please note: video reviews feature our prototype demo sets of the game.

“Everything here is incredible looking. These mechs are so incredibly detailed, it’s ridiculous.” – Man vs Meeple

“Really fun game. Really clean mechanics. I was really happy with how it played.” – Beasts of War

“[Weta Workshop] is bringing that extra production know-how that’s outside the box of what normal board game publishing can do.” – Drive Thru Review

"It's not very often you have a world-class special effects like Weta Workshop working on a tabletop game." – Adam Savage's Show and Tell

 

Want to spread the word? Questions about the game? Just want a virtual cuddle? We’re here for you!

Send us a message on Kickstarter or get in touch with us here:
 

While you’re there, help us spread the word about GKR: Heavy Hitters! We’ll throw a crate of Hapsi your way when the next apocalypse hits. 

To qualify for additional Add-Ons in our pledge manager after the campaign, you will need to back at the $5 “Updates and Comic!” level or higher.

To order an Add-On: Manually add the amount of the Add-On to your Pledge total. During Pledge Manager, which happens after the campaign ends, you'll be able to select the Add-On you want.

To order our Limited Edition Add-Ons such as sketches and prints: Manually add the amount to your pledge total and email us at gkrgame@wetaworkshop.co.nz with your Backer ID name, your Pledge Number and the Add On name. This will ensure your Add On is reserved prior to the Pledge Manager.

Please note: An email is only required for the Print and Pencil Sketch Add-Ons. You do not need to notify us about any others. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From deep within the Workshop Design Studio, they’ve been creating incredible imaginary worlds for more than 16 years. You’ll find their names on the credits of films like District 9, Mad Max: Fury Road, Elysium, Chappie, King Kong, The Hobbit, Avatar, and 2017’s Ghost in the Shell.

Now Weta Workshop is bringing an exciting new world to life: GKR!

Here to help us do it: a veritable army of talented individuals from two amazing companies. Stateside, we’ve had the help of the fantastic Matt Hyra and the Cryptozoic Entertainment team. As the R&D Lead Designer, Matt has more than 30 board and card game releases to his name, working with iconic properties such as DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Naruto, Street Fighter, Cartoon Network, and many more. 

On home turf, we’ve been able to call on the talents of the incredible Weta Workshop crew: from model makers, painters and motion graphics artists, to marketing and management maestros, graphic designers, and behind-the-scenes image-makers.

We’d like to thank everyone who has poured their time and effort into GKR: Heavy Hitters, including all the people we’ve met on our playtesting sessions across New Zealand, Australia, and North America!

 
Backers in Australia, Canada, the EU, New Zealand, and the USA will not have to pay any extra fees!  
                                                            

Shipping of the GKR: Heavy Hitters Kickstarter will be coordinated by our dedicated Consumer Products team here at Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand. We have more than 15 years’ experience shipping collectibles, merchandise, and other types of consumer products all over the world! For this Kickstarter, our planned fulfilment centres are located in the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. Your order will ship from the closest hub to your country. 

Finalized shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter ends, through our Pledge Manager. Revised estimates for shipping our GKR: Heavy Hitters Core Box follow. 

Please note that these are estimates ONLY. We will be charging shipping based on the EXACT cost required to ship you the game, the applicable Stretch Goals, and Add-Ons. 

  • USA - $35
  • CANADA $40 
  • EU - $40 (excluding EEC countries) 
  • NZ - $25 
  • AUSTRALIA - $40 

 *All prices are in USD, and include all Tax, Duties, and Customs. 

To all our New Zealand backers: We’re hoping to give you the option to pick your game up in person from the Workshop. Watch this space as plans are taking shape! 

Regions where additional fees may apply (all prices quoted in USD): 

  • Non-EU EEC Countries - $40 
  • Asia - $50 (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, & Vietnam) 
  •  Rest of the world - $110 

PLEASE NOTE: There are different import laws and customs entry rules for some countries that may prevent your goods arriving. Please check your country’s rules and regulations relating to the importing of goods. 

 If your wallet’s feeling the burn on those shipping costs, rest assured – we hear you (and your wallet). Here’s the deal, though: those shipping costs are pretty colossal because GKR: Heavy Hitters is a pretty colossal game! I mean, check out this size comparison… 

Hapsi soda can used for scale reference only
Hapsi soda can used for scale reference only

 

And rest assured – we’re packing a whole lotta goodies in the final package. Including many Kickstarter exclusives that you won’t be able to get anywhere else! We reckon you’ll be stoked with the final product and we can’t wait for our box, to land in your mailbox.


Cancellations and Refunds Policy

We know that sometimes, situations change. Maybe you’ve spent all your pocket money getting the rust off your Recon Unit. Maybe you bet the house on King Wolf winning Division One. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself seeking a refund, here’s what we offer:   

You may cancel your order at any time during the funding phase. We recommend you have a quick read of the Kickstarter terms and conditions before you pledge – they can be found here.

  • All pledges are binding at the closure of the GKR: Heavy Hitters Kickstarter. After this time, no refunds or alterations will be available.
  • If you receive a damaged item, you may return it for a replacement. All replacements are subject to availability and proof of damage. If no replacement is available, we’ll refund you in full.

Risks and challenges

The estimated delivery for GKR: Heavy Hitters is December 2017. This may be our first Kickstarter, but rest assured, this isn’t our first rodeo: we’ve created and delivered high-quality consumer products for more than 15 years. We have fantastic relationships with our manufacturers and distributors, who - like us - have very high standards when it comes to quality and meeting deadlines.

In this industry of manufacture and logistics, there’s always the possibility of unexpected delays on matters like production, shipping and customs. Best laid plans, and all that. While we can’t foresee every bump in the road, here’s what we do know: We’ve put many, many months of planning and love into making sure that the manufacture of GKR: Heavy Hitters goes as smoothly as possible. We guarantee you that this product has our full attention, with a dedicated team on board every step of the way. In the extremely unlikely event that we are unable to deliver the game, we’ll refund all pledges in full. That said, we’ve got no reason to expect that this will occur.

If we do hit speed bumps along the way, we’ll get the message out to our backers openly, honestly, and immediately.

Our goal is to share the world of Giant Killer Robots through a fantastic game that’s an absolute blast to play. We hope you love it as much as we do!

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