Frightening New Resources

Yeah well, ‘frightening’ might not be the best way to describe them but they sure are ‘new resources’.  The Log Sheets for both Threshold and the Lurkers are now available (in Second Edition format) in the Resources section, making it even easier for you to keep track of the good and the bad in your games of Strange Aeons! Long-time players may notice that a number of scenarios have been removed from the Resources as well; most of these have been reprinted in the new Second Edition Rulebook and have been removed to free up space for future tenebrous stuff which shall not be described…not today at least.

Beware Fish-Oil Salesmen!

Good news for those of you who have been desperately waiting for the Innsmouth Box. It has wriggled itself into our shop and is now available for purchase. Nowhere else in the world of men have so many slimy fish guys been in one place at one time! Don’t delay get yours today! And speaking of fishy guys; Uncle Mike and the Strange Aeons road crew will be lurking out by the ocean in just a few days…

TRUMPETER SALUTE, hosted by the Trumpeter Tabletop Games Society is Western Canada’s longest running miniatures gaming convention. This year the convention will be held April 1st, 2nd and 3rd on the second floor of the Bonsor Recreation Complex, a facility of the City of Burnaby, at 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby B.C.  Foolishly, they have invited Uncle Mike and the Strange Aeons road crew who will be delighted to spread the madness and despair as only they can. Come early before everyone goes insane…with fun!

World Still Spinning!

Uncle Mike looked up from his pile of post-kickstarter work and realised he hadn’t updated the website in a while…time goes by so fast when you are busily mucking in a clandestine lab with no windows. He reached out an aged claw, crusted with paint and resin and began typing.

Updates will be few and far between for the next little bit, several exciting (yet ‘not-to-be-named’) things are going on and I can’t say much, other than they are occupying most of my time at the moment. All webstore stuff is working and orders are still being shipped out within 2-4 days of the order being placed as well as UMW ramping up for convention season. More news on that at some future, unspecified time…

Where Have All the Good Cards Gone?

Astute observers of our webstore may have noticed that the Twisted Fate and Solo card decks have mysteriously disappeared. While there is cause for concern things will get better in time! Thanks to robust post-Kickstarter sales the previously mentioned card decks have both sold out completely and will need to be reprinted. This should be accomplished sometime in the first quarter of the coming year. There is no cause for concern regarding our other currently available products (rulebook, templates and Starter set…) we just didn’t figure on everyone liking the cards this much and so printed fewer than required.

There will be no new products released this year. As mentioned earlier, sales have be up and keeping everyone busy and now the holiday season is a great time to slow down and spend some time with the family…which is exactly what we here at Uncle Mike’s Worldwide are going to do. Thanks again to everyone who has helped and supported us this last year, making Strange Aeons Second Edition bigger and better than ever before. More of that next year!

I’m O.K. You’re O.K.

After a very busy year, in fact the busiest year that the boys and ghouls at Uncle Mike’s Worldwide have ever had, things are beginning to return to normal…Whatever ‘normal’ is around here anyway. The Kickstarter for Second Edition Strange Aeons has been completed and shipped out with orders being received even now by shadowy figures all around the globe. Thanks to those of you who supported us and if you didn’t; now is a great time to get onboard!

We will be releasing the products offered on the Kickstarter, beginning with the Rulebook, Starter Box and Template set. As well as two card decks:  the Twisted Fate Deck and Solo Deck. More boxed sets will follow the initial release. All sets from the Kickstarter will eventually see release as well as some new boxed sets. But enough about that…

Now that my model making duties have lessened and I am free to leave the basement laboratory and stalk the upside world, that is exactly what I’m gonna do! The Strange Aeons Demo Team rides again this coming year! Look for us at conventions and game stores trying to remember all the new rules and playing as many games as humanly possible.

For more information and discussion of rules why not visit:  http://www.lead-adventure.de/index.php?board=45.0

 

Best Regards,

Uncle Mike

An Overdue Update

We’ve once again been neglecting our website – our sincerest apologies!  Getting everything ready for our rapidly approaching Kickstarter fulfillment date has kept us very busy, and while we’ve been issuing regular updates through Kickstarter and posting the odd thing on Facebook, our poor website has fallen by the wayside.  Time to get things up to date!

First off, some key info on where we’re at:

  • Production for Kickstarter rewards is right on schedule.  Uncle Mike is casting up a storm, production on Template/Token sets is underway, and we’re finalizing content for all of our printed products and supplements with an aim towards going to press in mid-May.
  • For those that missed the Kickstarter, you can still get in on the Pre-order until April 6th.  This allows you to order most of the products offered through the Kickstarter, and take advantage of flat-rate EU-friendly shipping.
  • After April 6th, we’ll be limiting pre-orders to only those products that will be available in our initial wave of retail releases.  This is currently expected to be: Rulebook, Starter Box, Template/Token Set, Solo Play Deck, Twisted Fate Deck.  All other miniature Boxes will be gradually rolled out over the course of the following 12-18 months.  Miniature Boosters, on the other hand, are only going to be offered as part of the Kickstarter/Pre-order, though the models in them will mostly appear in later Box releases.
  • The Pledge Manager for Kickstarter backers also closes April 6th.  You have until this date to make your product selections, and add further items/upgrade to your pledge if you want to do so.  If you haven’t filled out your survey yet, please do!

The 2nd Edition pages on this site have been updated with much of this information, and also feature some new artwork previews and details – check them out!

And a final note: the Canadian dollar (which we charge in, being our local currency) has weakened substantially over the past few months, largely due to low oil prices.  That makes this a great time for many of you paying in other currencies to take advantage!

Progress & Pre-Orders

Wow, what happened to November?  You’d think things might slow down a bit after a month of Kickstarter insanity, but we’ve had plenty to keep us busy in the immediate aftermath of our very successful campaign.  And seeing as we failed to post it here at the conclusion: our final total, including some late PayPal contributions, tallied up to over $58,500!

Uncle Mike has sequestered himself in his secret lab to get it ready for mass production, and is already churning out fresh molds in preparation for an onslaught of resin pouring.  By our current estimates, we have something in the neighbourhood of 14,000 models to make!

Speaking of estimates, we’re able to make pretty accurate ones thanks to the over 200 backers that have already filled out their pledge manager survey.  This makes our job substantially easy, and we’re most grateful for the speedy responses.  If you backed the campaign and never received an invitation to the pledge manager, head to the login page and enter the email address you used for Kickstarter (or sent us a PayPal pledge with) to get yourself started.

Missed the campaign altogether?  Fear not – you can place a pre-order!  Pre-order customers have access to all the rulebooks, miniatures and game aids we released during the Kickstarter (less stretch bonus models, of course), and can benefit from flat-rate shipping, plus no taxes or duties for those in Canada, the USA and EU.  Pre-orders are handled through our pledge management site, and will not be charged until we lockdown orders in April 2015.

It’s the Great Pumpkin (Old One), Howard Phillips!

Halloween is our favourite holiday at the UMW Secret Lab, and it’s no coincidence that our campaign enters its final 48 hours on this most creepy and auspicious of days.  And we of course have a special treat for all of our ghouls, goblins, cultists and uhhh..  oh, that is a mask, right?  Those tentacles look so real…..

Ahem, moving on!  Open up those treat bags, because we have a special Halloween bonus for our Backers:

Kyla Richards sculpted up this deliciously evil jack-o-lantern and pumpkin patch, which we’ll be casting in ‘Ominous Orange’ and pairing up with Pickman’s Grave: a resurrected limited edition from Roctober 2010!  As you can see in the image, this is a completely free bonus for everyone pledging at the Agent level or higher, plus you can get an extra set with the Lair of Cthulhu Box.

Special Agents: Now on Duty

With PayPal pledges appended, we now stand well beyond the requirement for another Stretch Goal unlock!  We’ve now added a Special Weapon Agent to the Threshold Booster.  This model is still being sculpted, so you’ll have to make do with this concept image and a bit of imagination for the time being.

And we also have the Exorcist Special Agent selected by Backers in our recent poll.  Unfortunately, the artwork isn’t quite ready for a Halloween reveal, but we’ll have it out to everyone in an update as soon as it’s completed.

Backer Bonus Unlocked!

We’ve also cracked the required number of backers for the next Backer Count Bonus.  This means we’ll be adding some additional Lurker profiles to the Rulebook in the form of a Byakhee, Leng Spider, Re-Animated Limb and Thousand Young.  Factoring in PayPal support, the current backer count is actually over 290, which means we’re only a stone’s throw from a free Maniac!

Just a hair over two days to go!  Stick with us and watch the madness unfold as we power our way towards the end.

The End Days are Upon Us!

As of the time of this posting, less than 60 hours remain in the Kickstarter campaign.  Soon, 48-hour reminders will go out, and we’ll head into the homestretch.  A lot can happen during these closing days of a Kickstarter, and we may well find ourselves struggling to keep up!  With that in mind, a few notices, updates and bits of housekeeping:

FundaFull, who will be hosting our post-campaign Pledge Manager, have kindly provided us with a handy Pledge Calculator to help backers determine the appropriate amounts to cover all their desired add-ons.  You can check that out here.

New T-Shirt Design

We’ve introduced a second t-shirt design, this one created by artist Mike Perry.  Additionally, all shirts are now available in women’s fit, sizes S-3X!  We can’t get exactly the same shade of green for the Cult Fight shirt, but it looks pretty snazzy in the brighter ladies’ style too.

More Backer Count Stretch Goals!

After handing out a free Morbid Adventures PDF at 250 Backers, we’ve surged our way up in count quite rapidly.  It’s a great trend, and we’ve love to see it keep going and have even more new friends join in.  We’re therefore offering up an extended set of Stretch Goals based on the Backer Count, and we cracked another one while we were writing this update!

We have, in fact, also hit another Stretch Goal thanks to the addition of PayPal funding to the total, but more on that in the next post.  It’s going to be a busy last few days!

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