ZynVaded!™ EVO has been in production since 2009 (back then it was just ZynVaded!™) and has been successfully running demos at GenCon Indy from 2010 on, as well as several local conventions in the US and Canada.
ZynVaded!™ EVO is a 1/1 scale miniatures game unlike many you’ve likely seen before, because you literally fight battles on a table top (or desktop, or countertop, or wherever) set in our own world! In it, you assume the role of an inches-high, insectile alien race, or their enemies, waging war on our planet, with the spirit of the game meant to invoke the feeling of an old Saturday morning cartoon. The battles are fought on one cluttered surface at a time, and since there is no need to buy any outside terrain for this game, any items you have around your home can represent the obstacles that the different Factionz face. Besides each other, of course…
The Zyn are an inches-high alien race evolved from insects on their home planet. They are determined to conquer as many worlds as they can, so they sent a probe to Earth to investigate the resources available, and to gather information on indigenous life. The probe crash landed, and was damaged upon impact. As it was programmed to do, the probe explored the area, sending still images back to the Zyn. It discovered what it thought to be many primitive life forms that appeared to be made out of metals or plastics, and were similar in size to the Zyn. When the report was received back on their home world, the Zyn monarch decided that Earth would be easy to invade and take over. The one thing that the Zyn did not know was that the probe had actually landed on a gamers’ table and had accidentally scanned some miniatures that were being used in a game! When the Zyn invasion force arrived on Earth, they were halted upon seeing humans' actual size. Due to errors they discovered too late, the Zyn cannot return to their home world with what few supplies remain on their ships, so they have decided to establish a makeshift headquarters in the basement of a Chinese restaurant while they try to replenish their resources. The bulk of the operation is headed up by the Zyn who wish to continue as planned. Calling themselves the Kyll’al, their plan is to return home to inform the monarch and return with more forces and better weapons. Some of the Zyn do not wish to start a war, especially one that looks to be near-impossible to win, and would prefer to stay and remain undiscovered. They have formed a splinter faction to try to stop the impending invasion, calling themselves the Sav’m. There is a constant battle between these Factionz for control of their fleet, and most humans and they don't even know it. What the future holds for the Zyn, and the humans oblivious to their existence, is yet to be determined.
In the game players can choose to play as one of several Factionz;
The Kyll’al are the more militant members of the Zyn Empire, bent on conquering the universe regardless of the costs to their species.
The Sav’m are members of the Zyn who would rather not engage in resource wasting, interplanetary conquests against seemingly impossible odds.
The Terra are the mutated insects native to Earth. Upon their arrival on our planet, the Zyn began using Earth bugs as cheap labor. Over time, the insects were exposed to the odd radiation given off by the Zyn's ships and machinery, which started to force their evolution. It started with an increase in intelligence, and developed from there into a physical change. Once they evolved to the point where they could think clearly for themselves, they started to plan their escape from servitude to the Zyn. By the time the Zyn realized their mistake, it was far too late. The Terra began a mass uprising in unison, using the Zyn's own communication network to organize behind their backs. The Terra have created a formidable force to contest the Zyn's claim on Earth, and they won't stop fighting until every last invader is gone.
Mercz are characters that have been swayed by the influence of pop-culture to reach beyond their assigned positions within their respective Factionz. While not their own Faction, they may join other Factionz and fight, either as a replacement based upon their individual slot allocation, or as a fourth member of a team if all players have a Mercz figure.
Well first off, it's a 1:1 scale miniature game. This allows for amazing versatility when choosing a gaming surface, whether it be a table, counter-top, office desk, etc.. It also doesn't require complex terrain setup; instead, you use common, everyday items that you find all around you (i.e. stapler, soup can, coffee mug, etc.). Everything you need to play can be stored neatly inside the container/packaging it's sold in, making it extremely portable!
The complexity of the game play is entirely up to the players, allowing for something as simple as a "Beer and Pretzels" type of game or a more in-depth play style. The game is playable right out of the box with minimal prep.
Finally, ZynVaded!™ EVO uses a slot-based system for play, with a Leader slot, a Support slot and a Scout slot, allowing players to swap-out figures to suit their play style! Here's a link to the Basic Starter Rules:
The ZynVaded!™ EVO Starter Set comes with the following:
3 Sav'm figures; Sergeant (Leader), Heavy Gunner (Support) and Sniper (Scout)
3 Kyll'al figures; Sergeant (Leader), Heavy Gunner (Support) and Sniper (Scout)
2 D10 dice
2 Pencils 2 Tape Measures
3 Grubz Tokens (Resource markers)
Rulez Booklet, Stat Sheets and Missionz Booklet
1 Etched wood tokens set with 3 Activation, 2 Talentz / 1 Special Abilitiez and 1 Grenade token per Team
*The miniatures available in the Starter Set will be standard grey resin, and won't be cast in color due to cost restrictions*
Intro - Custom ZynVaded!™ EVO D10 set (1 Sav'm, 1 Kyll'al) and a big "Thank you!" for your support.
*This is the best choice for anyone who already owns a copy of the game and wants to pick up items from the Optional Buys section, or to just add support for the campaign!*
Devi'Ant Only - This is for Devi'Ant, the Cosplay Deviants crossover/convention Mercz figure set. Pledging at this level gets you Devi'Ant and her 3 Tentacle Tokenz, plus the ability to buy add on items from the Optional Buys section by upping your pledge by their buy amount.
Basic - The ZynVaded!™ EVO Starter Set (6 miniatures) and any applicable Stretch Goals.
Advanced - The ZynVaded!™ EVO Starter Set (6 miniatures) and any applicable Stretch Goals all pre-assembled and primed in their respective Faction colors so they're ready to play as soon as you receive them. This includes any applicable Stretch Goals.
Premium - The ZynVaded!™ EVO Starter Set (6 miniatures), plus hand-cast resin copies of the following Mercz figures: Cap Z'Merica, Z-800, Kop'Ekat, De'Zell, Zaut'ja and the Kickstarter/Convention Exclusive Amus Sa'Ran figures, and any applicable Stretch Goals.
Ooh, Shiny! - The Advanced pledge level, with the ZynVaded! EVO Starter Set (6 minis & 3 tokens) fully painted by our professional studio painter Chad Obenauer (A 2012 Golden Gear award winner, among other accolades). We'll work with you to create the paint scheme you want for each team.
Design-A-Mercz - For all of you creative fans out there, here is the chance to create your own Mercz model! With the help of the We Have Issues! Publishing team, you can design your very own ZynVaded! EVO Mercz mini. We will produce your model, help guide you with the rules for your creation and add him or her into the background of ZynVaded! EVO. As the designer you will receive 3 copies of your finished model. This package also includes everything in the Premium Pledge Level.
*If you are a Retailer, and are interested in backing our campaign, contact us and we will work with you to get you set up*
Everything listed here can be added to your Pledge Level, just add the amount listed next to the item you want to the amount you pledge!
Custom D10 set comprising 1 each of the following Factions: Sav'm, Kyll'al, Terra and Mercz.
*The Grubz Tokenz available in the Starter Set will be standard grey resin, as will the rest of the Starter Set miniatures*
Once we hit this goal, we'll unlock our current catalog of Mercz figures and the Terra Starter Set as add-ons to your pledge, including the Kickstarter/Convention Exclusive Amus Sa'Ran figure set! Amus will be made for this campaign only, with any remaining sets being sold at conventions until they're all gone. Sculpting is currently in-progress, and we will be posting pictures soon!
Once we hit this goal, we'll upgrade the paper tape measures in every ZynVaded!™ EVO Starter Set to retractable tape measures for free!
Once we hit this goal, we'll add a Supply Tokenz set in every Basic Pledge Level and above for free!
Once we hit this goal, we'll add "Terrain" Rules in every Basic Pledge Level and above for free, to make your games more interactive!
Creator, Lead Artist/Sculptor and Game Designer: John Vogel
Head of Operations/Co-Developer: Chad Mauch
Studio Painter/Designer/Co-Developer: Chad Obenauer
Game Designer/Co-Developer: Justin Nyland
Studio Artist: Lynn Larson
Playtesters/Demo Team: Kevin Deany, Amanda Akerman, Joseph Wolz, Ryndel Vogel, Steve Maul, Collyn Dahl, Ty Jones, Leanna Jones, Justin Nyland, Cliff Stornel, Danny Zimmerman, Shaun Rezac & John Vogel.
ZynVaded!™ EVO has been in production since 2009 (back then it was just ZynVaded!™) and has had demos run at GenCon Indy from 2010 on, as well as several local conventions in the US and Canada. To our playtesters and die-hard fan-base — ZynVaded!™ EVO is here today because of you beautiful, fantastic people who contributed to help make the game the best it can be—we really can't thank you enough!
A special thanks to Travis Ramsaur & Troy and Kim Doerner from Cosplay Deviants — your support has been invaluable and completely awesome.
And, most of all, a huge thanks to our family and friends who have been cool enough to support our long hours toiling away on this project and so many others! You all rock!
We currently produce the game on our own, in our basements or garage shops. The work of making each model falls on John, from sculpting to casting, while the rest of the crew jumps in to clean and package the components. This Kickstarter campaign would allow us to get our minis produced by another company, letting us focus strictly on designing and sculpting new models, creating and playtesting new Factionz and stats, and creating regular content for existing components, such as new Missions and Campaigns.
Shipping will be calculated and charged for its actual cost after the campaign ends. Your copy of ZynVaded!™ EVO will ship to you from the USA. Rough shipping estimates are available below. The concentration of backers in each country, as well as any unlocked physical stretch goals, can and most likely will affect the final costs.
•USA: $5-$20 to the contiguous US. $15-30 to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
•LATIN AMERICA: $50-60
•EUROPE: $15-$25 to Germany. $25-$40 to most other countries
•ASIA: $20-30 to China and Hong Kong. $25-$35 to most other countries.
•AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: $30-$40
Backers will be mailed their copy of ZynVaded!™ EVO before it goes to retail—you are the reason why this dream project can be realized, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Risks and challenges
We know that there are risks backing a new company, and we have worked hard to mitigate as many risks as possible. Many tasks are virtually complete and we have some great contacts in the industry.
All main game and most of the stretch goal miniatures have been sculpted. The rules are stable, with the Beta rulebook having been written already.
Rules and gameplay video are available now. You will know exactly what game you are getting.
We have already contacted the manufacturer we will be utilizing. Quality and level of service are just as important as cost in our selection procedure, and we feel like we have made a good choice in that regard.
Of course, there are still unknowns. Production delays are our biggest fear. Our schedule has padding for unforeseen problems and we honestly believe we can stay on track.
Please be aware that we will perform extensive game balancing after stretch goals have been unlocked. All art, rules and character information may change during this process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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