Dystopian Wars Reborn

Dystopian Wars Kingdom of Britannia Ruler Class Battleship HMS King Richard IIIIn my recent blog post I reminisced about the demise of Spartan Games and the demise of their fabulous steampunk game, The Dystopian Wars.

Though as quoted in an TMP thread:

“A game is never dead as long as rules and players exist, or rather, a game is as dead as players want it to be”.

This is very true, but as a long time Epic player, it can be challenging to keep playing a game without new miniatures, new players and to be honest other new and exciting stuff being released by other companies!

However having said all that it was really nice to hear that The Dystopian Wars is to be reborn!

Warcradle studios have announced that they have acquired the rights to The Dystopian Wars.

We are proud to announce that we have acquired all rights and materials relating to the Dystopian Wars, Firestorm Armada and Uncharted Seas settings.

They go onto say

We are committed to producing an exciting range of new plastic and resin miniatures to support the growth of our games. These will build on the established releases as well as introduce new narrative and competitive gaming opportunities.

Here is the full video of the announcement.

It’s early days, so apart from the announcement, there is nothing else to see or read at this time.

I hope that they take stock of the issues that beset Spartan Games. One thing I hope to see again are Dystopian Wars blisters in the shops, as well as boxed sets.

I doubt they will, but considering that the originals are 3D computer files, I hope that we could see a 25/28mm version of Dystopian Legions, rather than the 32mm that was originally released.

Well good luck Warcradle.

The demise of the Dystopian Wars

I was saddened to hear of the demise of Spartan Games, the company behind the wonderful Dystopian Wars and hope the future bears well for all the staff there.

The Dystopian Wars is one of my favourite games, though to be honest I’ve not played for a while.

What I think is interesting reading the discussions forums, talking to a couple of independent gaming store owners was how the business model and selling tactics of Spartan Games impacted on my buying patterns and potentially the impact this had overall on sales.

When I first found out about the Dystopian Wars back in 2011, it was one of those games which just makes me go “woah!” and I just have to have it. So when I saw the Dystopian Wars when I was a gaming shop in Birmingham, I was like a moth to a candle! This was one of those games that I just had to have and would have to play.

Looking at the models, unfortunately the rules had sold out, there was one model that caught my eye and that was the model I had to have and would set me down the path of the Dystopian Wars. It was the blister of the Prussian Sky Fortress. A few weeks later I managed to get hold of the rulebook and was very impressed with the content and production values.

What I liked about the game, from a purchasing perspective, was that I could pop into a gaming shop and pick up one or two blisters.

Dystopian Wars Kingdom of Britannia Ruler Class Battleship HMS King Richard III

Yes I know I could have picked up a boxed set or done a mail order for a load of models, however having the possibility of choosing from a range of models meant that I bought more overall. I would often add a blister to another purchase, I know I wouldn’t have done that if the range was only available in large boxes.

So of course when retailers were no longer able to sell the blisters, then I would no longer be buying the models as I did. As for mail order, well yes I could do that, but then again that would have required a significant purchase of stuff, something I don’t do very often, and it would take a real need for a range of stuff, as few people offer free postage and packing, or you need to spend a bundle of money to get free delivery. I liked to be able to go into a gaming store and buy one or two (or three) models alongside other purchases. I did hear from one retailer that Spartan Games stopped supplying them with blisters, only boxes, expecting retailers to market the game to players, and then for the players to buy extra ships direct from Spartan. I didn’t know that until recently, I just assumed with the declining range of blisters of ships that no one was playing the game. In the end I stopped buying new ships, as there wasn’t anything “new” for my Prussian and Britannia forces.

I also feel that Spartan got distracted by the Dystopian Legions game. Initially I was really excited about the Dystopian Legions, then I found out that the models were 32mm, rather than the classic 25/28mm and that immediately put me off. If I was buying figures and vehicles then I would want to use them with my existing models, but actually I would also be using them with my existing 25/28mm scenery. So though I loved Dystopian Wars, I didn’t buy a single Dystopian Legions model.

Dystopian Wars: Prussian Empire Blucher Class Dreadnought

I am sad to hear of the demise of the game, I really liked the concepts in the Kickstarter campaign (which I only found out about after the demise) and I wonder if another person or company will purchase the IP behind Dystopian Wars and it will remerge. Even so I have a lot of models, so I can keep playing.

Free Uncharted Seas Rules Download

Unchartered Seas Rules

Spartan Games are allowing you to download their fantasy naval rules, Uncharted Seas for free.

Set in an exciting and deadly fantasy realm, the Uncharted Seas is a fast paced naval game that delivers plenty of fun as you game with our stunningly detailed miniatures. In this fantastical realm you will recreate in miniature the exploits of various races, including the Dragon Lords, Iron Dwarves, Imperial Humans, Shroud Mages, Bone Griffons, Orc Raiders, Thaniras Elves, Ralgard and the Sky Pirates.

Spartan Games are also offering 30% of any Uncharted Seas models, including scenery. Thinking that Lighthouse would be ideal for Dystopian Wars!!!

Download the rules and fleet PDFs from here. Update: Link no longer works following demise of Spartan Games.