What is Relicblade?

If you're completely new to the tabletop miniature hobby it may seem completely bewildering. The core of tabletop war-gaming is based on two main pillars, hobby and gaming. Collecting, building, and painting awesome model kits is a creative endeavor that is both challenging and highly satisfying. Tabletop gaming is specifically relevant in our modern era. Players deliberately choose this social activity away from computers and television. Tabletop gamers explicitly engaging their imagination in both hobby creativity and collaborative play.

Relicblade is a fantasy skirmish miniature game. Relicblade is based in an expanding fantasy setting of swords, sorcery, and high adventure! Players command small groups of either bold heroes or villainous monsters in skirmish sized engagements. These skirmish battles center on a few dynamic characters rather than clashes between large armies. Games are played using detailed miniatures that players collect, customize, and paint. The overall hobby gaming experience is an artistically fulfilling and engaging way to explore a fantasy realm of limitless imagination.

Relicblade is a relatively small sized game. Players aren't required to invest in large armies, and games only take around a half-hour to play. This game is specifically designed to remove the barriers that prevent players, both new and veteran, from being able to enjoy this incredible hobby.

Getting Started!

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Starting your journey...

Both new players and tabletop veterans may find entering a new game intimidating! While Relicblade is carefully engineered to create a deeply satisfying game experience for players at every level, it can still be challenging to know where to start!

The Two-Player Battle Set is the best place to start for any Relicblade player. This box set includes two full size war parties, the rulebook, all the upgrade cards, character cards, relic cards, dice, tokens, and measuring gauges! With this set you will be ready to dive into a refreshing new hobby-game.

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If you're completely new to the miniature hobby you'll need a few tools to assemble and paint your model kits. I recommend a pair of sprue cutters, super glue, and a set of simple model paints to get started! I made a little video about how to assemble and paint a miniature, so if you're completely new check it out!


Expanding your adventure!

The Seeker's Handbook is perhaps the most important expansion to Relicblade. With The Seeker's Handbook players are able to link their games into an ongoing narrative campaign. Characters gain new skills and treasures as they journey through unexplored wilds. Undertake dangerous missions, uncover rare treasures, explore wild new lands, and battle horrible wild monsters in this in-depth supplement.

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These campaign rules open new possibilities and challenge players to delve into the unknown. The Seeker's Handbook changes the context of your games and adds captivating rewards for those bold enough to enter the wild lands.

Watch a full Relicblade campaign on YouTube as Owen and Ash lead their war parties into unknown depths!


Faction Expansion Sets

As Relicblade continues to grow new faction sets delve into new themes and character types. These are excellent ways to grow your collection with all new content, or get into the game if your friends already own the core game set!

There are two main alignments, or paths, in Relicblade. While faction sets include characters from within a specific "faction" theme, any character within the evil Adversary alignment will work with any other evil character. So when you collect undead characters you aren't exclusively limited to using only that "faction". For example, characters from the Bone and Darkness Faction will happily join a party with horrible pig men and Eel Sorcerers conjured from the deep.

Faction expansion sets grow the game in exciting ways. The Lone Guard Faction Set includes new rules for Companion characters, while the Bone and Darkness Faction Set introduces special rules for arcane Constructs. In addition to new rules and characters, each faction set has a theme driven scenario as well. You can't go wrong by adding a faction set to your collection!

 

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Even more in an Expanding World!

Work is constantly underway at Metal King Studio to offer strange new creatures to the ever expanding world of Relicblade. We are proud to offer powerful stand alone characters, card booster packs, and easily accessible digital downloads for avid gamers around the world! Keep an eye out for awesome new content as Metal King Studio boldly forges it's destiny as an independent game studio!

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Independent Game Studio

Metal King Studio is an independent game studio in Davis, California. Artist Sean Sutter boldly set out to create Relicblade Full-Time in June, 2015. He does all of the sculpture, illustration, and game design. This titanic undertaking is usually overwhelming but also offers unparalleled creative freedom. Sean is able to create strange characters on a whim without the oversight of a committee. The result is a completely unfiltered game with skull faced villains, awful fish monsters, and colossal stone-elves.

Through the Kickstarter crowdsource platform, Relicblade has been able to thrive in an otherwise oversaturated and uncaring realm of fantasy games. With the support of backers and patrons from around the world Sean continues to work long hours in his studio. He sits hunched over a sketchbook chasing every inspiration; reveling in the joy of creation and wallowing in bleak hours of penitent nothingness. 

For those of you who believe in this audacious endeavor there is a Patreon for Metal King Studio. You can observe the chaotic life of an independent artist and jam a dollar in the tip jar as you marvel at his deformed psych from a safe distance.

 

Greetings Friends!

If you will kindly allow me to get philosophical for a moment I would greatly appreciate it. Don't deny an artist his pleasures.

Cool guy, Sean Sutter.

Cool guy, Sean Sutter.

In art school we were asked over and over a simple question, "What is art?" So I've thought about it a lot, but I knew I was an artist at a young age. So the important question for me was, "Why do you art?"

I can answer the question, but I'll try to keep this short. I, Sean Sutter, make art to connect with people. I love people, observe people, and create art about and for people. I connect with people by telling stories, or my personal favorite, I make art that hints at a story that the audience must fill in. This strikes at the core of my art, collaboration.

I believe in tabletop games. I believe that sitting down with a friend to play a game creates a valuable connection. Therefore, as an artist creating games, I am able to achieve my highest aspirations in art by connecting people. I get to tell a story, collaborate with my audience to create worlds, and facilitate friendship.

I know I'm over-thinking this stuff. But I'm an artist, so you'll have to forgive me my sentimentality.

To Friendship!

Sean K. Sutter

Sean K. Sutter