Relicblade Vanguard and Kickstarter Plans

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. 

Do it, just do it! Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Yesterday you said tomorrow. So just do it! Make your dreams come true. Just do it...

Do it, just do it! Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Yesterday you said tomorrow. So just do it! Make your dreams come true. Just do it...

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.

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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'!


Your Friend,

Sean Sutter