Metal King Studio, as you may know, is a 100% independent miniatures and illustration studio run by me, Sean Sutter. You are probably also aware that it is a brave new world for creators. With tools like the Internet and Kickstarter it is possible to Shia LaBeouf your dreams.
I wanted to make a miniatures game, because I love miniatures games. I was staring down a long list of challenges, but I reminded myself that those challenges are gatekeepers that the artist I want to become has to pass through. I don't want to go into too much detail about my adventures so far since that can wait for another time. I want to talk to you about Relicblade Vanguard.
Relicblade Vanguard, is going to be a pre-Kickstarter release of Relicblade: Adventure Battle Game. I planted the wheat, I harvested the wheat, I milled the four, I baked the bread, and I want to share my bread with a few good friends before I open my bakery on Kickstarter. When you buy the Relicblade Vanguard set you are like a Kickstarter backer that gets the goods day one. If you buy the game now, I will make sure you have access to purchasing rewards and stretch goals that we hopefully unlock.
I've done everything I can to balance my dreams for Relicblade with my extremely limited budget. The initial game only has eleven miniatures, and the good guys only field 3 characters in a standard game! The miniatures are only part of the expenses that go into making something like this. The game needs rules, cards, and tokens too. Without money from Kickstarter backers I can't afford to print those elements.
I have always planned on offering the rules as a PDF. I think the market is going that way for rule sets. Some games offer beautiful lavishly illustrated hard-bound volumes that are amazing. But I don't consider that part of Relicblades MVP (minimum viable product). Maybe 2nd edition will have hard plastic miniatures and a lush hardback dream-book with short stories and every good thing.
The cards are an element that I've agonized over. I made 41 unique illustrations for the wave 1 deck, and I probably shouldn't give those away for free if I value my work. I really want to print those, but that is hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars I don't have! You see the dilemma I'm facing. So here's the plan: I will offer all of the cards as a PDF download that you will have to print and cut out, but when I get enough money to print them I will offer a premium deck.
Basically, you can expect a Relicblade Kickstarter in early 2016. But if you're ready to play an awesome indie game with your little brother this Christmas, sign up to fight in the van'!