State of Play

Hello fellow Survivors!

The harsh climate and unpredictable weather of the Shattered Earth has made communication difficult over the past several months, but we’ve managed to jury rig a makeshift transmitter out of a pre-Event cell phone and some processed food tins to send this message to you.

This past year has seen us fulfil the dream of releasing a brand new tabletop miniatures game into the wild, and we’re delighted to have such an appreciative and dedicated fanbase. Unfortunately, post-Kickstarter sales haven’t been where we would have liked them to be, and the tabletop industry as a whole has experienced a challenging twelve months, especially for small (read: tiny) companies like ourselves.

As is often the case, real life and the pressures of working a full-time job have meant that we’ve had little time to rectify the financial situation. Short of attending every gaming convention on the calendar we have no way of reaching beyond the people who already know about Shattered Earth, and that’s a challenge we’ve been struggling to overcome. We’d dearly love to increase the range of miniatures currently available to players, expanding on the fiction and rules we’ve established over the past few years, but we can’t do that without increased income.

And so, with much thought and consideration (cue drumroll…) we’ve decided to make our long-awaited return to Kickstarter!

The intention of this second Kickstarter is to provide us with a more retail-friendly product that we can then use to advertise Shattered Earth to a much wider audience, ultimately bringing in more revenue so that the game can effectively support itself. To do so we will need to create new packaging and more balanced starter sets – including additional miniatures – and all the admin and legal requirements that go with it. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time but have lacked the capital to pursue, and so the best option available to us is another round of crowdfunding.

We’ve been hard at work fleshing out the core factions and have some early concept art and playtest rules for a raft of new miniatures already lined up. We also broke into our piggy bank one last time so that we could have a brand new sculpt ready to show you (hint: he’s adorning our new Kickstarter banner) but the full reveal will have to wait a little longer…

In short, we want to continue supporting Shattered Earth, but in order to do so we need your help once again. We’ll announce details of the Kickstarter nearer the time, and look forward to inviting you all to once again explore the Shattered Earth with us.

John and Si

And That’s a Wrap!

Ladies, gentlemen, fellow hobby enthusiasts, it brings us great pleasure to announce that we have now completed fulfilment for Shattered Earth! This means that every parcel has shipped out and should arrive with you in the next few weeks. If you have any queries regarding your order, then please email us at [email protected].

So what happens next? Well, first we need to set up our webstore which will be going live very soon, and after that we have a few articles in progress that we will be sharing online. We also want to know the best way we can help you in your communities so please either email us or message us on Facebook and let us know what you’re up to!

We’ve had great feedback across a number of websites, forums and Facebook, and as we are now moving away from Kickstarter we need a new home for all of our fans to get together. As Facebook has been by far the most active site, we’d like to invite you all to continue the discussion on our Facebook page.

We’ll be posting a number of topics over the coming weeks, and this will be the main source of news regarding Shattered Earth. For those of you that do not use Facebook and would instead prefer to continue posting on your favourite forums, please let us know where you post so that we can keep engaged.

Thank you all once again for your help and support, and we look forward to seeing your progress and hearing about your adventures in the world of Shattered Earth!

March Kickstarter Update

No fancy pictures this month – just cold, hard facts!

We’ve sent the profile cards off to the printers and are expecting them back sometime next week. They look fantastic and Iwo has done a great job with layouts. We’ve opted for a horizontal format similar to games like Dark Age which makes the cards easily readable.

The rulebook is also in production and should arrive in the next couple of weeks as well. John has taken the time to make a few final tweaks to the fiction pieces and we’re sure you’re really like what he’s put together.

We’re still waiting on the second batch of miniatures coming through and they should be arriving around the same time as the rulebook. This has been the one aspect of the Kickstarter that has taken us by surprise: casting the highest quality hand pulled resin miniatures takes a very long time indeed!

There are loads of other things as well like the dice, boxes, foam inserts, baggies, and so on – they’re all stacked up at Simon’s parents house at the moment! We’ve already started filling some of the orders so we can get a headstart on fulfilment once the rest of the items arrive over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks again for your patience and support – we are literally weeks away people!

September Kickstarter Update

It’s been a few weeks since our last update, so we thought we’d check in with you and let you know where we are up to with Shattered Earth.

Miniature production is well underway and we should be receiving the first masters for review in the next couple of weeks. The process has slowed down a bit recently due in part to the complexity of the sculpts, and also how busy our printing and casting partners have been. Unfortunately this means that, right now, it is looking very unlikely that we will receive the full complement of miniatures before the end of October. We realise that this is disappointing news, but the nature of pushing the envelope for miniature detail has necessitated some re-work in order to get the casting spot-on. Massive Awesome have and always will be focused on quality first, so we hope you can accept a small delay in order to ensure that the end product is as good as we can make it.

In other news, the rulebook design has been finalised, and we’re now just putting the finishing touches to the text and layout. We will post up a release candidate for download in the next couple of weeks so that you can take a look at it and provide any feedback before it goes to print. Likewise the card design is also mostly done, and we will take the extra time afforded by the longer production phase to do some further playtesting on the profiles; as previously noted we’re going to hold off printing the book and cards until the very last minute to ensure that they have had as much testing as possible.

That’s it for now; we’ll follow up with some photographs of the masters as soon as possible so you can see what the miniatures you’ll be getting actually look like. We can’t wait to see them ourselves – there’s nothing quite like high-quality resin to bring out the detail in a sculpt!