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Critical Mass Games ZAS Kickstarter Delivers

I’ve become a bit of a Kickstarter addict.  I’ve pledged hundreds of dollars over the last 6 months on various miniature and other gaming related projects.  The one that started me down this path of addiction was the Critical Mass Games ZAS 15mm Mercs.

Well, today it arrived.  It’s the first Kickstarter I’ve backed that has delivered (it was the first one I pledged, so I guess that makes sense).  I pledged Mechanised Infantry Commander for £85.00.  Two full platoons of troops, four Infantry Fighting Vehicles, three tanks, and more.  The many stretch goals that were met added heavy weapons, tripod mounted guns, and more.  I did the math, and for £85 I got £120 worth of minis, based on the CMG website prices.

Below are pics of the “new” stuff.  Some of the minis that are part of the Kickstarter, like the tanks and IFVs, are existing CMG products.  The pics below are for the new minis made for the Kickstarter.

The quality of the minis is very good.  There’s some flash, and some minor mold lines, but that’s to be expected, and it’s better than most minis I’ve bought.  The detail is good, and I like the sculpts a lot.  The pics below are right out of the box – no cleanup at all.


My wife texted me when I was at work that I had a package from the UK.



Here’s everything.



This is a single squad.  Six troops, six different sculpts.  Gotta love that.  I got eight squads like this one.



The heavy weapons squad.  I got one of these.



Two command groups (medic, radio man, commander), two drones, and one company commander.  The drones have 2 different guns, so you can choose which to use.



Rocket assisted mortar.  Three teams like this one.



Energy cannon.  Three teams like this one.



Gatling gun.  Three teams like this one.


Besides the tanks and IFVs, there are 2 shipping containers, 2 objective markers and a command turret that will fit an IFV or a tank.  As I mentioned earlier, they are previously existing CMG products, so I’ve not pictured them here.

I’m totally stoked about these minis.  This doubles my force.  When I finally get these painted, I’ll have two full companies of troops.  I can finally play Quadrant 13!

Two New Kickstarters

The Drunk Quest guys have a new Kickstarter for the 90 Proof Seas expansion.  I’ve written about Drunk Quest here before.  It’s a great game, and the people involved are good people.



Also, there’s a “pre Kickstarter” for All Quiet On The Martian Front.  Grab it now, before the actual Kickstarter is approved.

Harvester Size Comparison

I think this pre-Kickstarter idea is genius.  You get some extra goodies, and they get a better launch day.  Kickstarters tend to go big the first day or two, then level off, and then pick up again at the end.  If a project has a good first few days, it greatly increases the potential success of the project.

Mantic’s Deadzone Kickstarter Reaches Funding Goal In 33 Minutes

Mantic’s Kickstarter for their new game, Deadzone reached it’s goal of $50,000 in just 33 minutes, and is now at over $178,000.  Mantic posted:

Well, we’d hoped Deadzone might be popular (with such beautiful scenery and gorgeous miniatures, we could only hope!) – but seriously… hitting our goal in 33 mins? Absurd!!

The game looks great, and follows their critically acclaimed Dreadball, which was one of the more successful Kickstarters last year.

I’m in.

Eclipse Phase – “Transhuman: The Eclipse Phase Player’s Guide” kickstarter now up and running

Transhuman: The Eclipse Phase Player’s Guide kickstarter is now up.  I first found out about Eclipse Phase just last week. It’s a Sci-Fi roleplaying game that is licensed under the Creative Commons.  I’m a huge open source supporter, in software and in the arts.  I’m in a rock band, The Experiments, and all our music is Creative Commons licensed.  So, it’s a no brainer that a Creative Commons Sci-Fi RPG is going to get my support. 🙂

Just yesterday, my Eclipse Phase hard copy rulebook arrived, and it’s just gorgeous.  Hardback, thick paper, vivid colors, built in ribbon bookmark – it’s the most beautiful rulebook I’ve ever seen.

So, I’ve supported this kickstarter, and I urge you to do so, as well.