Grubbing About

Wow, thanks to a new Legendary backer, we’ve lurched our way past another Stretch Goal!  Tonight we’re adding three FREE Grubs to both the Beast Booster and Conqueror Worm Booster.

Grubs aren’t a conventional Lurker insofar as you won’t normally be able to select them as part of your list before the game starts.  They can appear during the game in several ways, but most notably as a new result when searching graves or other objectives.  In the case of the Conqueror Worm, wounding the Worm will cause Grubs to burst forth and attack nearby models.  Grubs don’t do much in the way of damage, but they severely hamper the combat ability of models they’ve latched themselves on to.

Floating Fiends & Scintillating Samples

Time to unveil a new Monday Monster! This week is an oldie but a goodie. The Dark Puppeteer is a massive airborne tentacled terror that utilizes the focused power of its gigantic exposed brain to enslave the weak minds of hapless human victims!

Also some new ‘samples’ to share with you.  First up, the revised 2nd Edition Demo Kit is now available for download, and will allow you to take a pre-built starting Threshold squad to the field against an assortment of dastardly Lurkers.

Also, we now have the prototypes of our Template Set Booster (literally) in hand, and would like to show them off!

Template-Blast Template-Spray Tokens

 

Arcana Unleashed!

We’ve just passed the $35,000 mark, which means a new Box set is now available.  The Arcane Relics Box contains a collection of powerful devices and beings, some magic, some the work of science gone wrong.  Based on a set of rules we originally published in serial form through Strange Aeons Magazine (same name, different folks, many tentacles), the four Arcane Relics are included in the 2nd Edition, and allow the Lurker player to bring some unique and challenging variations to the game.

Contained herein are the following artifacts:

  • The Damned Altar – none are certain of the origins or age of this powerful stone slab, soaked with the blood of countless sacrifices.  Supplication at the Altar can lead to gifts of power, madness, or total transformation!
  • The Resonator – the invention of Professor Tillinghast is a menace in the wrong hands, rending holes in the fabric of space and time, and releasing strange unearthly beings into our universe.  The Resonator is still being sculpted, but we’re beyond thrilled with the Ether Beings, created for us by our good friend and Pulp Figure legend Bob Murch.  The final models will be cast in translucent pink resin – an effect we’ve done our best to replicate here from the photo of the original sculpts.
  • The Witches’ Cauldron – A single Witch presents mortal peril to a Threshold squad.  A Coven circling a bubbling cauldron can spell disaster!  Cauldrons allow a group of Witches to focus and combine their powers, granting access to new and powerful incantations unavailable through the normal spell list.
  • The King in Yellow – Lurkers take to the stage to perform the unspeakable play.  Can Threshold stop them before the final act is complete, and The King in Yellow appears to spread madness to all?  This model was previously only available as an extremely limited edition of 100, given away as a promotion with Strange Aeons Magazine, and has been the most requested model from our back-catalogue.  We’re most pleased to be able to finally make him available to all.

Midway Model Madness!

Today marks the mid-point of our Kickstarter campaign, and we’re marking the occasion with a little promotional bonus. All our backers at the Agent level and above will be receiving a free model, and backers will be able to vote on what that model will be through the next week! Backers, check your Updates for info and a poll link. Not a Backer yet? Join us today and take part in the fun!

Deep Ones & Dollars

After a few days of watching the needle bounce back and forth, we’ve surged our way up to the next Stretch Goal!  This time out we’ll be adding a FREE Submerged Deep One model to both the Innsmouth Box and Deep One Booster.

 

This model nicely demonstrates one of the new terrain classifications we’ve added into the 2nd Edition of the game: Water.  Terrain features containing water come in two flavours: Shallow and Deep.  The deeper the water, the more it slows down models attempting to cross it, and the greater the risk that a crossing model will drown should they come to harm while still in the water.  Water features can also have a current, which makes traversing them even more of a challenge.  None of this bothers the Deep One though.  He and his Innsmouth brethren are more at home in the water than on land, making them Aquatic.  As a result, not only do they suffer no Movement penalties while in the water, they get the full measure of their normally random Movement instead of having to roll.  Watch your backs Agents – pelagic peril awaits you!  Might be time to consider some swimming lessons…

We’ve decided to start revealing our Stretch Goals a little further out, so two new Goals have appeared today.  After the previously announced Arcane Relics box at $35,000 (that one is a doozy – lots of cool new stuff inside!) we have free Grubs for the Beast and Conqueror Worm Boosters at $37,500 (they do have something to do with the Worm, really – we’ll explain when we get there), and a handy set of pocket-sized quick-references for both Threshold and Lurkers at $40,000.

Some other news while we have you reading: the Canadian dollar is in the midst of an ongoing tumble, and hit a 5-year low today.  This is good news for those of you backing us in many other currencies, as the final cost of your pledge is actually decreasing by the day.  Some rough estimates of our basic pledge levels converted to US Dollars, Euros and Pounds (factoring in the usual ~3% premium charged by credit card providers):

Classical Antiquarian ($40 CAD): $37 USD, €29, £23.50
New Recruit ($85 CAD): $78 USD, €61.50, £50
Agent ($110 CAD): $101 USD, €79.50, £64.50
Extraordinary Heroism ($250 CAD): $229 USD, €180.50, £146.50
Gallantry in Action ($500 CAD): $457.50 USD, €361, £293

Monster Mondays! Episode Two: The Crawling Horror

Monday has rolled around once more, and it’s time for the curtain to rise on our latest Monday Monster.  A little Edgar Allen Poe to set the scene:

But see, amid the mimic rout,
A crawling shape intrude!
A blood-red thing that writhes from out
The scenic solitude!
It writhes!—it writhes!—with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
In human gore imbued.

A brand new model and profile for a beast previously entirely unseen… The Conqueror Worm!

Want this beast to crawl into your collection?  Become a Kickstarter backer today!

 

It’s All in the Cards

Our campaign reached 300% funding  – $30,000! – in the wee hours this morning (this is becoming a pattern) and has unlocked another Stretch Goal.  Now available, the Card Deck Booster:

Deck #1 is the Solo Play Deck, a supplement long-requested by our fans. This action card-based system allows a single player to test the mettle of their Threshold squad against a simulated Lurker opponent. The deck contains 50 Action Cards and 4 explanatory Rules Cards.

Deck #2 is the Twisted Fate Deck, an enhanced version of a product that saw very limited release in the early days of the 1st Edition. Twisted Fate cards add an element of the unexpected to the game, allowing each player to unleash bonuses or penalties from their hand of cards. The deck contains 39 Fate Cards (introducing 5 new Fates to the old deck) and 2 explanatory Rules Cards. To flesh this deck out, we’ve also included two sets of Psychic Power Zener Cards. When attempting to activate the abilities of a Psychic model, players must actually display a bit of psi-ability themselves by successfully selecting the correct symbol on the hidden card!

We’ve also revealed a new Stretch Goal at $35,000: the Arcane Relics Box. Arcane Relics are unique items that can be purchased by the Lurker player to introduce new challenges to a game. Originally released through Strange Aeons Magazine (no affiliation, but the shared name brought us together), the 1st Edition rules for these strange devices and artifacts can be viewed on the Resources page.

And speaking of Stretch Goals, this is a bit early for a new Box, isn’t it? We’ve decided to re-jig our schedule a bit and offer a new Stretch Goal every $2,500, rather than the previous staggered schedule. Additionally, every other Stretch Goal (rather than every third) will now be an Upgrade, featuring a FREE model added to a released Box or Booster. More stuff to cheer about, more often!

Unpainted Models

We’ve received a number of requests recently for a close-up look at our unpainted models, and we’re more than happy to oblige!  Here we have three of the Agents from our new Threshold Booster, a knife-wielding Cultist from both the Starter Box and Cult Booster, and Fishman Demagogue from the Innsmouth Box.

The Gate is Opened!

Another stretch goal fell in the dark hours of the night, and the Summoning Box has been unleashed!

We also hit 200 backers and 400 Facebook likes, so a very auspicious day overall, and hopefully a sign of even more positive things to come.  And 7 have now claimed a position on The Council of Thirteen – only 6 remain…  Still not a Kickstarter backer?  Drop by today and see everything we have to offer: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/443527920/strange-aeons-2nd-edition

Next up: the Card Deck Booster, which adds Solo Play, Twisted Fate to spice up your game, and Zener Cards for activating Psychic Powers.

 

The Council Arrives, and Week One Recap

We’ve just unleashed a new pledge level: The Council of Thirteen will net you $640 worth of goodies for a $460 pledge.  That’s the best discount we’ve offered yet!  There are only 13 slots available, and several have already been claimed.  Want to join the ranks?  May want to head to Kickstarter sooner rather than later…

Also, while we posted updates through the week showing off all the shiny new toys our backers have unlocked, this graphic showing them all together gives you a great sense of what we’ve managed to accomplish together in a mere seven days.  Thanks to everyone that’s supported us – we couldn’t have done it without you!.  And to those that haven’t, you have all month, but we very much hope you’ll join the festivities soon!

Oh, and we’ve also added a new button for purchasing the 1st Edition PDF Rulebook, just over on the left <<–.  The price is reduced to $10, and will remain that way until 2nd Edition is released next year.  Note that all Kickstarter backers will receive this document FREE at the conclusion of the campaign, but if you just can’t wait, or want to try the game out before you dive in to the Kickstarter, here’s your opportunity.

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