GrogHeads Advanced Research on Projects Advisory #45

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Your semi-weekly wallet-blasting gallon of goodness is back! GARPA checks out some excellent new projects waiting for your pre-order dollars.


Kuzaarik Forgers: Freeblades Fantasy Miniatures (DGS Games)
$4100 of $8500, ends 18 June 2014

The boys from DGS are back with another nifty-looking expansion to Freeblades. Ramp up your fantasy games with some excellent new minis of the Kuzaarik, the Dwarves with a bit of a twist. The concept art is fantabulous, and if the minis are even half as good as the advance sketches, the backers of their new Kickstarter campaign will be some happy gamers. Pledge away, dear readers!

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New York 1776 (Worthington Publishing)
$13k of $2500 – ends 27 May 2014, so hurry up!

A battle of the AWI, New York 1776 was a key campaign for the Brits following the loss of Boston. A hex-and-block game with integrated fog of war, New York 1776 has so ridiculously exceeded its Kickstarter goal that some of the stretch goals – terrain blocks? – almost seem like they were making it up as they went along. A combination of a strategic map and a tactical battle board gives battles some depth while retaining the ‘big picture’ of the strategic situation. Read more at their site, and hurry up with your pledges before the Kickstarter campaign ends.


Dust: Operation Babylon (Dust Studio)
$135k of $50k – ends 19 June 2014

The original Dust boardgame was a hoot – while the backstory was interesting, the game itself managed to fix just about everything a wargamer hated about Risk but was forced to deal with to play a “wargame” with non-grogs. Then came Dust Warfare, which finally put the backstory front-and-center and let the weirdness of an alt-WII with alien technology shine through. The skirmish-level game featured all sorts of awesome walkers, wunderwaffen, and colorful characters, and this expansion is proudly carrying that banner forward into the Middle East campaigns of the NDAK and SSU, as well as an appearance by the USMC. We’ve already told you too much. Go check out the stunning visuals from the Kickstarter page, and then come back and commiserate about how much you pledged.



Arcknight – Fun Virtual Tabletop Tokens (Arcknight)
$469 of $500, ends 18 June 2014

So here’s a micro-funded campaign for anyone who uses a virtual table-top for their role-playing games. Seriously, pledges start at $2, and at that level you get everything in the campaign. Higher pledge levels give the option to help create the tokens, but if you just want a bunch of cool graphics to jazz up your virtual tabletop games, you’re going to get over 100 of them for half the cost of a grande-decaf-skinny-half-whip-extra-foam-upside-down-iced-caramel-machiatto, with none of the haughty barista attitude. Graphics and details are on their Kickstarter page so get over there and plunk down your change!



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