A journey of discovery…


Taking on feedback on card appearance

G’day guys,

A fair amount of time has passed since the first Kickstarter for Dawn – Rise of the Occulites came and went. As we ramp up towards the relaunch, I wanted to revisit some of the feedback I had received about the appearance of the cards. Having played around with some alternative ways to present the cards in a more stylish manner, I have come up with the following.


The idea would be to redraw the illustrations for all the cards to improve their appearance, but also to make the card templates themselves more appealing. I would honestly love to hear your feedback on what I’ve done here. I haven’t run this past Eagle Games, but before I commit to any of these changes, I would have to get everyone’s feedback, as well as of course the blessing from Eagle Games to do so. It would take a lot of time to re illustrate every card and so my instinct would be that it could be a possible stretch goal to improve the cards. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

All the very best and I’ll have some more information on the relaunch of Dawn – Rise of the Occulites soon.
EDIT: Here is another option that takes into consideration some of the constructive feedback that I’ve received on the above card.




Dawn KS Cancelled – Relaunch assured

G’day guys,

First of all, Eagle Games and I would like to thank everyone who has backed and supported Dawn – Rise of the Occulites. It has been very much appreciated and the kind words of encouragement and support have been humbling.

At the present time the Kickstarter has stalled somewhat. Over the last week we have been working hard to make a decision on what the best course of action is for both the backers and us. As much as it pains us to say it, we feel that at this point in time, it is in the best interests of everyone to cancel the existing project. I can assure you that this decision has not been made lightly.

That being said, we have learnt much from the experience and feel that we now have a far better idea and  a clearer view as to how we can run a more successful campaign. Our intention is to restructure the Kickstarter project to address some of the hiccups we have encountered and to provide a more effective funding approach. Stretch goals will be carefully thought out and structured in a way to facilitate regular success intervals. We aim to relaunch in 30 days, but to get revised production estimates and accurately painted samples, it may end up being 60 days.

One thing for sure is that we are serious about delivering an outstanding game and believe that with your support, we will be able to do just that.

So in the meantime, to help ensure that our relaunch is as successful as possible, please talk about the game, spread the word, read the rules and post your thoughts. While the sun has not risen on Dawn just yet, it certainly hasn’t set either.

Thank you for all your continued support and we look forward to successfully Kickstarting Dawn – Rise of the Occulites in the next 30 to 60 days.

Ben and the team at Eagle Games.


How you can help get Dawn funded!

Like a rocketship countdown, we are into the last 10 days of the Dawn – Rise of the Occulites Kickstarter and we need your help to spread the word.

If the game doesn’t fund, it won’t be produced, so to help us fund and start heading for the stretch goals, here are some things that you could help us do.

1) Pledge for the Game on Kickstarter

2) Talk it up to your friends and gaming buddies

3) Share information about the game on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit etc…)

4) Post about it on Board Game Geek. The rulebook is available to download. You could have a flick through and post your thoughts on the game.

5) Thumb our videos and photos on Board Game Geek to give them some more exposure

6) If it is mentioned in Board Game Geek News at all, post comments about what you like about the game.

Palaudis vs Hyrdis

Let’s talk it up and bring this game home strong during the last 10 days guys. We need your help, so please, let’s get Dawn some more exposure!


What’s up with this new Dice of the Occulites game?

G’day guys,

If you have been following our Kickstarter for Dawn – Rise of the Occulites you will have noticed a new update today talking about revised stretch goals.
The first change was that the Objective cards added to each Tribe are now @ $40K, instead of $50K, making it much more likely that this awesome addition to Dawn will see the light of day.

The second and most major addition to the stretch goals is at $45K, $50K and $55K, with the inclusion of a brand new game ‘Dice of the Occulites’. This will be included for free to every backer if we reach those totals.
I see that some people were apprehensive about this, but let me assure you that this is a fun game, that fits in this Kickstarter and adds value to your pledge.

First things first, here are the rules for you to download: DICE OF THE OCCULITES – THE EXPLORATION OF CREPUSCULUM

Dice of the Occulites is a fast, fun and tactically challenging new game set in the Occulite universe. It is a separate game to Dawn – Rise of the Occulites, but takes place during the same period of time. Whereas Dawn allows you to take control of a Tribe of Occulites, Dice of the Occulites allows you to take control of the role of someone that has found a ‘window in space’ and begins to research the world of Crepusculum. So think of Dice taking place on Earth and Dawn taking place in Crepusculum at the same exact time.
Each player starts the game with a particular Tribe they are interested in researching (represented by 6 dice in that Tribe’s colour), but as the game goes on, players can share knowledge with others to broaden their interests and put them in the best place to make discoveries each round. Roll your dice, allocate them to the six cards that appear each round and then resolve each one by one. But victory isn’t assured as each card has a game changing effect that will need to be taken into account to make the best discoveries and win the game.
Hydris Card 1a
Palaudis Card 2a
Dice of the Occulites – The Exploration of Crepusculum is playable by up to 5 players (as long as the $50K stretch goal is hit) and takes 15-30 minutes to play. I have tested and played this game with grade 3/4s and they have picked it up quickly. After a game the mechanics fade into the background and you can concentrate on the tactical decisions when allocating dice. It has loads of replayability, is a blast to play and reveals a little more of the Occulite world, all in a small time frame. More information on each discovery will be hosted on this blog and the Darwin Games website once it is updated, which links it even closer to the rest of the Rise of the Occulites story.
I know that you will enjoy playing Dice of the Occulites, so please download the rules and ask any questions you may have. Now for your pledge you will be receiving two fun and fantastic games. One for when you crave a deep strategic game and one for when you are up for a faster game.
All the best guys and thank you once again for supporting the first game in the Rise of the Occulites Saga – Dawn.
Here is a super quick 4 minute video about why Dawn is worth backing. Enjoy!
You can help Dawn get some more exposure on Board Game Geek by thumbing our video here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/31330/dawn-rise-of-the-occulites/why-dawn-is-awesome-and-you-should-be-backing-i

What do you get in a Sunmaster Pledge??? (answer: LOTS!)

G’day guys,

This update is a really brief one, but an exciting one. Our Kickstarter has opened up another bunch of Early Bird Sunmaster Pledges that will save you a few dollars, but we have also uploaded an image of all the things that you will get by pledging at the Sunmaster level. Somethings are listed as text due to running out of room or the graphics for those components not being completed yet.

So sit down and then check this out! Once you’ve picked up your jaw off the floor, you can go and pledge to help us bring Dawn to the world! (Click on the image to see a higher resolution image)

We need your help to bring this awesome game to tabletops everywhere. So if you’d like to help, here are some things that you could.

* Pledge for Dawn on Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2002188924/dawn-rise-of-the-occulites

* Read the rulebook here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/82168/dawn-rise-of-the-occulites-low-res-complete-rule

* Post about the game and what you think of it on Boardgame Geek here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/90274/dawn-rise-of-the-occulites

Together we can do it guys! Thanks for your help. 🙂

Click to enlarge

Click to enlarge


Advanced Gameplay Playthrough Video for Dawn

Palaudis Tribe Objectives Coloured low res

G’day guys,

Yesterday we shot a fully playthrough of the first scenario of Dawn using all five layers of the advanced rules.

Due to the simplicity of the scenario, not all aspects of each layer ended up being used. But hopefully the video demonstrates how the advanced rules change the game up a bit and we look forward to showing you more of these over the coming weeks as we film more scenarios. If there is a scenario you would like to see us play, then please let us know and we will endeavor to tee it up.

Please excuse my voice and my coughing on this video. I have come down with the flu and am quite crook.

So without further adieu, please enjoy this next video!


Terrain Overlays, Complete Rules and Playthrough Videos, Oh My!

G’day guys,

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for pledging to my game. I am extremely grateful that you are helping this dream of mine become a reality. This update will be the first of many that I am making to discuss different aspects of the game and to give you guys more information about the depth and breadth of Dawn and what you will be getting.

Rulebook Download

Before we start today’s update, I wanted to post a clear link to the complete rules for Dawn – Rise of the Occulites as it has got a bit lost in amongst the page and I’d like everyone to have access to it. It has been available as a download since day one. Please download it and have a read through! 🙂 DOWNLOAD RULES HERE

Playthrough Video of Core Rules

Something else that I’ve uploaded to my blog and posted in the comments was a complete playthrough video of the first Scenario. It uses just the Core rules to demonstrate what the game at its core is all about. Videos going over some of the five different layers of advanced rules will be posted over the coming days.

Terrain Overlays

There have been some calls to ask for some more information on the Terrain Overlays and what they look like. So I have uploaded images of all the different Terrain Overlays that come with the base game. There are more in the expansions. So here they are:

Bare Tree Deep Lake Home Cave Luftle Nest Podmothine River A River B Rocky Outcrop Scenic Features B Scenic Terrain A Shallow Lake Swamp A Swamp B The Ridge Trees 2 Trees

There are multiple of the Scenic Features (7 hex rocks and 7 hex plants) as well as multiples of the Trees. The Ridge and the large Rocky Outcrop are back to back.

In the Core rules, Terrain is broken up into three different types: Clear (move through it normally), Difficult (it costs 2 Speed for each space moved through) and Impassable (cannot move through it). If you layer in the Advanced Terrain rules, each piece of Terrain has its own unique effect on the game. You can find out more about these on page 21 of the Dawn – Rise of the Occulites rulebook. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

I have a big post on what Campaigns look like in Dawn that I will repost as an update here tomorrow, but is there something gameplay oriented in particular you would like to know about?