Roughly a week ago Hawk Wargames launched their Kickstarter. Their aim, to fund the tooling process, so that they could release their new game (Dropfleet Commander) in plastics. Their goal amount, only £40,000. At the time of writing this article, they’re at about £310,000 in funding. Their Kickstarter was funded in under 10 minutes.
So what is Dropfleet Commander? Well, Dropfleet Commander is a tabletop spaceship combat game, designed by Andy Chambers (of Battlefleet Gothic fame) and David Lewis (the creator of Dropzone Commander), set in the universe of Dropzone Commander.
So what’s the story/ fluff to Dropfleet Commander? To answer this we have to go back to the story/ fluff of Dropzone Commander, Hawk Wargames first tabletop game.
So basically in the future mankind has moved out into the stars and colonized many worlds. One day a mysterious alien tennis ball (seriously it’s nicknamed a tennis ball in the fluff, but its not really a tennis ball) shows up with a dire message for mankind. Basically if mankind doesnt meet at a certain place, at a certain time to leave known space, mankind will fall.
As you would expect not much credence is given to the message but as the deadline gets closer and closer, more and more people begin to believe the message.
Fast forward to the time and place of the deadline, a large group of humans want to leave and the military doesnt want this. A battle breaks out, and a good chunk manages to leave, to places unknown.
Enter stage left, the baddies of the game, the Scourge. The Scourge are a parasitic race. Their ships, vehicles and technology is organic in nature. They lay waste to mankind, Earth and the worlds closets to Earth (known as the Cradle Worlds). The Scourge either kill or abduct humans to be hosts and forces surviving humans to make a run for the furthest frontier planets they can get to.
Skip forward a couple of centuries, mankind has rebuilt its civilisation and decided its time to retake Earth and the Cradle Worlds. Hoo- Ra!!!
Dropzone Commander is the tabletop game about the ground battles to reconquer the lost worlds of humanity. Dropfleet Commander will be the tabletop game about the space battles to get the troops on the ground to retake humanities lost worlds.
About a year and a half ago i hit some financial troubles and had to sell off my army of PHR (Post Human Republic, a splinter faction of humans in the game). I spent the time magnetising the dropships…
… and even gave my infantry little smiley faces…
… but when needs must.
Watching the Kickstarter has made me abit wishful. So i went out and bought the rule book again. As a fluff bunny, I found the fluff of the game great and as a little side note it was all written by David Lewis.
Hawk Wargames Kickstarter has 5 pledge levels, each of which has different benefits.
Luetenant pledge level
Commander pledge level
Captain pledge level
Commodore pledge level
Admiral pledge level (I believe this was the first level to sell out)
In the 2 Player Starter box, you’ll get 14 ships, tokens, dice, a tape measure, a map to play over, basically everything you need to start playing out of the box. You should check out the contents of the 2 Player Box for Dropzone Commander, to get an idea of what they cram in the box.
The 2 armies available in the 2 Player Starter Box will be the UCM (the United Colonies of Mankind)…
… and the Scourge…
When the game launches, your going to have dozens of options on how to build your fleet of ships. Just for cruisers alone you can build nearly any thing you want from carriers to weapons heavy. Hawk Wargames released an example of cruisers you could build for the UCM, just by using what will be on cruiser sprue…
… my favourite is the Moscow class for the UCM. The same goes for the Scourge…
As they have been smashing thru their stretch goals, all 4 factions will be released in plastic. They have shown 3D renders of the Shaltari Starter Box…
… and most recently previewed a PHR cruiser…
I have to say, so far this game looks amazing and thats just going by the information on their Kickstater and their 3 videos on The Beasts of War website.
– from The Man Cave
P.S. Just to be a bit cheeky, if anyone from Hawk Wargames likes what they read and wants to gift me with new toys… I’ld be your BF for ever and Ever