6/7/19 – /TalkWargamingNewswire/ - My name is Tim Wingrove, I am the director of Noctis Gaming Ltd and lead designer of Drakenheim; Emerging Empires. I have been a wargamer for 26 years, 8 of which I have been a blogger and written for 2 successful blogs - Battle Bunnies and Age of Warhammer. I have always enjoyed writing and modifying house rules to make games more fun, balanced and entertaining, so the natural progression was to write my own game.


Drakenheim: Emerging Empires Kickstarter



6/7/19 – /TalkWargamingNewswire/ - My name is Tim Wingrove, I am the director of Noctis Gaming Ltd and lead designer of Drakenheim; Emerging Empires. I have been a wargamer for 26 years, 8 of which I have been a blogger and written for 2 successful blogs - Battle Bunnies and Age of Warhammer. I have always enjoyed writing and modifying house rules to make games more fun, balanced and entertaining, so the natural progression was to write my own game.

I have always been a massive fan of fantasy and I have been inspired by books such as: Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The First Law and Name of the Wind books. I like these settings as they have a gritty realism but still feel fantastical. My aim was to create a game which can be played any way desired - from small RPG or skirmish up to siege battles lasting a whole day. I feel that I have achieved this and I would love to share it with you.




About The Rules For Drakenheim:

- Drakenheim is a 20mm tabletop wargame set in the low fantasy world of Mythrandris. Battles are scalable from small warbands all the way up to large sieges.

- The rules have been created to emphasize the importance of strategy, positioning and movement over lucky dice rolls and endless special abilities.

- A key design choice wa
s to make sure the game felt realistic, while remaining fun for both players - this was achieved by having an ‘active and reactive’ approach to gameplay. For example, when an opponent targets your unit you will have decisions and choices to make that will affect the outcome.

- Although the game is designed to be realistic, it also encourages epic showdowns (imagine the legend of George vs the Dragon), where legendary heroes can do the unbelievable.
- Magic is exceptionally powerful.

- The rules will come in both imperial and metric measurements (this will be standardized for competitive or pick up and play games).

- The core rules will forever be free - this also includes unit scout reports.


Although the beta rules are complete they will not be available until the start of September - this is because we have a play-testing pledge.


About The Setting For Drakenheim:

- Mythrandris is a low technology, low fantasy world with a touch of dark horror.

- In the current timeline, factions are rebuilding and recolonising throughout the lands of Mythrandris.

- As stretch goals we will be fleshing out Drakenheim with a novella from Gav Thorpe and an art sourcebook from a phenomenal artist (who we are not allowed to announce as yet because he is under contract).


About the models and factions for Drakenheim:

- We aim to release at least 12 factions. This Kickstarter is for the first 4.

- Humanoid models stand about 20mm to the eyes. Larger models like the Orgrek and the Minotaurs are around 25mm to the eyes.

- The models will come in multi part plastic kits for customizability.

- Where it makes sense - there will be both male and female models for armies.

- The models have been designed to have areas suitable for block colour (for ease of painting) but to also have nice intricate details.


Here is a look at the Knight Order:

History:

Knights, from various hosts, crusade far and wide across the lands of Mythrandris. Sometimes they are settled and create vast cities and townships, protecting the local peasantry for a fee. Self appointed kings, emperors and lords often install themselves in these newly formed communities, swelling the Orders numbers with recruits from the populace. Eventually, part of the Order will form a new crusader host and will move on from the original. Most often this is done with well-wishing and vows of brotherhood and fealty, but on some occasions the parting is fuelled by disagreement and hatred - sworn enemies are born in these circumstances. 

Yet other crusader hosts live as nomads, off the land and out of tents. It is unknown how many Knight Orders there are active in Mythrandris. 

The purpose of the different Orders are as varied as their origins, some are seeking treasures of ages past while others are determined to rid the world of magic-wielders and yet others have no reason to exist other than to support the community they now call home.


How they play:

Knight Orders are a solid all-round faction. They do nothing poorly but neither do they excel at anything. 

Their main strength lays in Empire building, where they are second to none. Magic is mainly wielded for buffing or as crowd control but higher tier wizards have the ability to call on some nice offensive spells too.

Miniatures:

The Knight aesthetic is very regimented and the models are about 20mm to the eyes – they will come in male and female options. The weapons are clean and well developed, the armour is fairly plain but with small flourishes. The troop unit will come with options for sword or spear and shield option – the latter of which can also be used to replace a model that loses their mount. 

The elite unit has a different helmet, slightly more detail and a two-handed sword that is effective against groups of people and heavier units. The archery unit is equipped with a longbow and small blade at their belt for close combat. 

The cavalry unit come on horseback and are equipped with spear and shield options, although the troop swords will also be able to be swapped in.

As an add-on, pledgers will be able to buy mages and warlords which will come in male and female variants, mounted and on foot - depending on popularity, these may end up as high quality resin.

As another add-on - we will provide a custom transfer service for the shields.

Terrain:

Human settlements have a medieval aesthetic – we wanted the architect to be instantly recognisable and relatable but also a realistic scale and have fully developed interiors. 

The renders below show a medium/ large dwelling in both ruined and complete forms. We aim to have a large range of terrain – just like the Corustir – like a tavern, Blacksmith and merchant shop as well as small, medium and large dwellings. 












To the future:

In the future we would like to add:
·                     a cold weather unit with furs to protect from adverse climate conditions.
·                     siege units (both attacking and defending).
·                     a full range of terrain.
·                     naval ships of varying sizes.



Here is a look at the Corustir:

History:

The Corustir are the most common type of societal elves in Mythrandris. They often have vast cities and strongholds that owe allegiance to a royal house. Elves as a race, are often very secretive and reclusive, dealing with other factions on their own terms and protecting their own interests above everything else. The Corustir are an example of this - however it is not uncommon for a royal house to have allegiances with the other races. 

It is also equally likely to find two Corustir houses that are outright at war with each other. While less likely to be nomadic, it is not unheard of to meet caravans or outposts of Corustir throughout Mythrandris - even as far north as the Great Glacier. 

They are formidable warriors, artisans and scholars and where an elven society takes root invariably becomes a hub of commerce and trade in that region.                    



How they play: 

The Corustir are currently the most elite army available in the game. They excel in almost all areas leading them to have a lower model count. They are particularly strong in organised close combat where foes will need to bring superior numbers and flanking manoeuvres to really break them down. 

The Corustir wield light magic for buffing, confusing and controlling their enemies before hitting them with brutal fire spells.

Miniatures:

The Corustir aesthetic is a mix of historical Roman/ Greek, but with a subtle touch of High Elf too. We wanted to convey that they are a more disciplined and regimented force. The split between male and female models will be around 50/50 but for our first prototype and render we choose a female to balance out the first four factions. 

The model stands 20mm to the eyes and will come on an 18mm base. We hope that the models will be multi-posable so that people can make some great poses of their own. Their troops come with sword and shield options but there will be a stretch goal that will allow for spear and shield. The elite unit wields a double handed sword - excellent for hacking apart heavy foes. 

The Corustir will have a ranged unit equipped with long bows for thinning enemy hordes and a cavalry unit which will have the same aesthetic as below but will be on horseback with spear and shield. Elite, archer and cavalry units will also come with an option to add a lieutenant to the force - who can act as sub-commanders for large armies or the nominated commander of smaller armies and skirmish forces.

As an add-on, pledgers will be able to buy mages and warlords which will come in male and female variants, mounted and on foot - depending on popularity, these may end up as high quality resin.







Terrain:

The Corustir architecture is very ornate and spacious - we wanted to convey an established and developed society with very clean and clear lines and features. The renders below show a medium sized dwelling in both complete and ruined form. The building is modular and additional stories can be added and extra roofs purchased for customisation. 

We aim to have a large range of terrain including a Corustir tavern, Blacksmith and merchant shop as well as small, medium and large dwellings. What would you like to see?
  







To the future:
In the future we would like to add:
·                     a cold weather unit with furs to protect from adverse climate conditions.
·                     siege units (both attacking and defending).
·                     a castle/palace/stronghold (both ruined and complete)
·                     naval ships of varying sizes.


Here is a look at the Drek:

History:
'Drek' was once the slave name that man gave to the Orc. It was originally a derogatory term to desensitise populations against the race. The name Drek has now been reclaimed and is worn as a 'badge of pride' by every Orc warband and society in Mythrandris. Drek are – wrongly – assumed to be big, stupid berserkers with no wit, however there are increasingly more instances of whole societies – both nomadic and settled. 

They are tremendous miners of ore and other precious materials due to their sheer strength and endurance, making them highly sought after clients by many of the bigger trade guilds. No civilised race comes close to them in terms of mass or brute might and they are an incredible foe to behold. 

Some warbands have gone totally feral and live to fight among themselves and the other races. However, more than once an elven hamlet or a human town has been under siege when a Drek warband has come and saved the populace. Orgrek (enormous half ogres) often follow Drek into battle, using their superior size to batter their opponent. Although much more dense than their half-kin, Orgrek prove to be obedient and capable warriors for a Drek army. 

Large warboars have been bred to carry the Drek to war as quickly as their powerful legs can carry them – unleashing brutal charges upon smaller infantry units that find themselves impaled on vicious horns or hacked down by the powerful riders. 








How they play: 

Drek are a tough opposition for lesser armies. A human soldier would have more attacks but Drek have the far greater power. Only the Corustir would struggle against the Drek numerically and even they would have a hard battle in store. 

Orgrek are phenomenal foes which can devastate buildings and walls as easily as the ranks of lesser warriors. Drek shamans use many different types of spells but their magic is always brutal to their foe.

Miniatures:

The Drek aesthetic is a very powerful and muscular look and the models are about 22mm to the eyes. The weapons are crude and the armour primitive. The troop unit will come with options for dual wielding or melee and shield option – the latter of which can also be used to replace cavalry models that lose their mount. The elite unit comes in heavier armour and use enormous two handed weapons to cleave through the foe.

Orgrek are even bigger than the Drek, coming in at around 25mm to the eyes. Orgrek come with large two handed weapons and are optimised for cutting through heavier units, units with shields or even breaking down terrain. The cavalry unit come on giant boars and they specialise in a melee and shield loadout.

As an add-on, pledgers will be able to buy shamans and warlords which will come in Drek and Orgrek variants, mounted (Drek) and on foot - depending on popularity, these may end up as high quality resin.

Terrain:

The Drek tend to be more nomadic – living out of tents, huts or just in the wild. When Drek do settle, it is usually in the crudely repaired ruins of a conquered societies.

 Although we have the intention to create a full range of Drek terrain – we would like to include our pledgers in the decision making process for this.

To the future:
In the future we would like to add:
·                     a cold weather unit with furs to protect from adverse climate conditions.
·                     siege units (both attacking and defending).
·                     a full range of terrain.
·                     naval ships of varying sizes.



Here is a look at the Bhur:

History:

Bhur are the brutal result of the horrific union between man and beast. Aggressive, unnaturally strong and with an insatiable anger and hunger - Bhur are one of the most feared races in Mythrandris. Lurking in caves, ruins or living in huts made of the flesh and bones of their victims, they can be found throughout the wild in great number. Bhur herds can consist of as few as a dozen warriors and as large as a thousand. 

When the Bhur go to war it is with rampaging Minotaurs and the swift and flexible Centaurs. Led by Shamans, Bulltaurs or Bhurlords the army cares not for riches and gold but only for food, pleasure and sport. They pillage from those they destroy and create the next generation of the herd in rapturous flesh carnivals. Of all the sentient races in Mythrandris, Bhur are one of the least likely to ally or create pacts with others - but it is not entirely unheard of.



How they play:

Bhur are a fast and powerful army. They are a highly mobile force that can cause tremendous damage to a slow or unprepared foe. However, against a well armoured or prepared opposition, the Bhur direct their massive kin the Minotaurs who can bull-charge the sturdiest defence, occupying them long enough for centaurs to flank and assault from behind. 

The shamans unleash devastating spells in the form of plagues, disease and decay whilst using more natural spells to boost their own warriors.


Miniatures:

We have made the decision to have male and female versions of the Bhur across the whole range. The weapons of the Bhur are crude yet effective while the armour is minimal and creates a feral image - as the Bhur rely on their thick hide for protection. 

The troop unit will come with dual melee weapons, while the elite unit will come with an imposing two-handed weapon that will be very effective against groups of opposition and heavier units. Minotaurs, which will be even more intimidating and effective then the elite champions, are also equipped with deadly double handed melee weapons and will stand at 25mm to the eyes.

 The cavalry unit will be Centaurs, which will be equipped with various weapons including a short bow option.

This Minotaur is shown with dual-wield weapons but the finished unit will have two handed weapons:




As an add-on, pledgers will be able to buy mages and warlords which will come in male and female variants, in Bhur (Bhurlord), Minotaur (Bulltaur) and Centaur designs - depending on popularity, these may end up as high quality resin.


Terrain:

As detailed above, Bhur tend to be more nomadic – living out of tents, huts or just in the wild. This makes them very similar to Drek in this regard. Although we have the intention to create a full range of Bhur terrain – we would like to include our pledgers in the decision making process for this and we will listen to feedback once we are in a position to do so.

To the future:
In the future we would like to add:

·                     a feral pack unit.
·                     siege units ( both attacking and defending).
·                     A full range of terrain.
·                     Naval ships of varying sizes.

That was the last faction focus for this Kickstarter. We have another eight factions that we want to release so we really hope that you have seen something to support in this project.


BONUS

The first 1000 pledgers get 50 dice for free!

AND



Timeline of the Drakenheim Kickstarter:

Early June 2019 - Drakenheim will launch on Kickstarter.

Early July 2019 - Drakenheim will go to pledge manager through Game on Tabletop (if the Kickstarter is successful).

End of August 2019 - Beta testing weekend.

September 2019 - Beta rules released.

May/June 2020 - Pledges to be sent worldwide and rules published online.

May/June 2020 - If the stretch goal is reached we will have 1-3 Drakenheim themed evenings (depending on popularity) including a comedy musical/play in the Drakenheim universe (codename: Beauty and the Beastman) - followed by evening entertainment where attendees can get the pledges in person.


The future of Drakenheim:

- We will be creating at least 12 full factions.

- Terrain ranges will be created for each faction.

- A siege expansion and castles will be released.

- A naval expansion and ships will be released.

- An RPG expansion will be released.

- An App that can track club and friend group’s empire building will be released! The App will also have a match finder option.


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