We will have soon two quasi-World War 1 (or as we say around here, The Great War) games to challenge us. Both are set in Sci-Fi worlds were the war never ended and continued in strange and interesting ways. Strange armored vehicles and mechanized troops fight along side cavalry and alien infantry.
The new one, easily seen on Kickstarter and other gaming outlets, is Rivet Wars. From their own press,
“Rivet Wars is a miniatures boardgame that springs forth from the warped imagination of Ted Terranova – set on a world that never quite left World War I but with crazy technology like walking tanks, diesel powered armor, unicycled vehicles and armor plated cavalry!”
While I cannot speak to the rules but the proposed add-ons and figures look impressive is a little chunky in an animated way. I look forward to seeing this once it is released this fall. Instead of traditional tabletop terrain, Rivet Wars uses printed terrain boards, which makes the purchase easy. One box will have all you need for now to start playing.
What is truly impressive is how the gaming community has reacted to the Kickstarter offer. Ted Terranova and by CoolMiniOrNot was looking for $25,000 to release the game. As of today 1,599 backers and $286,490 support it. A nice tidy sum.
The other system is This Quar’s War! by ZombieSmith. This system is available as both a downloadable rule set, and hardbound. The figures that are used come in both 15mm and 28mm. As most of my terrain is for 15mm figures, when I take the plunge, and I am sure I shall, it will be with their 15mm figures.
ZombieSmith has released a steady stream of both scales, including rhomboid tanks, snipers and neck less cavalry. I find it a strength when a company has a track record of releases.
It looks like 2013 will have its fair share of games centered on The Great War, some with aardvark looking infantry. Do these interest you?