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Sungem Run Review by UndeadViking

G’day guys,

You may have seen a bit of information filtered through the blog of our next game ‘Sungem Run!’

Well, we are getting very close to launching our Kickstarter (just crossing the t’s and dotting all the lower case j’s) and hope to have it up and running by the end of August.
My wife (who co-designed the game) and I are very excited about this. We are really proud of the game and how it plays and are looking forward to sharing it with the world.

The first video review of it is up, so we’d love you to check it out (embedded below) and let us know what you think. A big thanks to Lance (UndeadViking) for putting it together. Thrilled to hear that you really liked it mate!

Are you as excited about it as we are?
If you or your friends like deduction games and are looking for one with a few interesting twists on the genre and a bit of meat on the bones, check it out and tell your mates about it.
You can also start a conversation or two here on this blog or:

Board Game Geek page: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/155056/sungem-run
The Darwin Games Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Darwin-Games/199925236725742

Here’s what we are aiming for with the cards:

Palaudis Tribe Card for Sungem Run

Palaudis Tribe Card for Sungem Run

If any of you have any questions about the game, then please feel free to ask away and we’ll be more than happy to answer.
Ben and Shae.


Kickstarter is going really well!

G’day guys,

Thanks so much to everyone that has supported me and followed the Rise of the Occulites with interest. At this point in time, I am ecstatic about how well the Kickstarter is going. The show of support and positive interest of all those involved is overwhelming.

Ignis Proud2

We are currently at 160% of our funding level and have smashed through three stretch goals, $30K, $35K and now $40K.

This has allowed us to include:

* The Objective card and Specific Natural Selection Card Deck Expansions for both Palaudis and Hydris for free to backers.

* Advanced Natural Selection Deck A Expansion for free to backers

* To unlock the Floris and Ignis Tribes, adding them to all Puscual Hunter and Sunmaster Levels. But also allowing us to offer figure only and boxed expansion, as well as Card Pack Expansion add ons for them as well.

Our next stop is $45K which will unlock the Nimbus Tribe and the Advanced Natural Selection Deck B Expansion, so exciting times are certainly ahead.

To help keep the momentum going, we would really appreciate if you could spread the word about Dawn. Start conversations, share information and images and help get it some more exposure so that we can make Dawn the very best it can be. After our $45K stretch goal, we have free Luftles at $50K and then free Puscual figures at $65K and free Nymphlet figures at $75K… then perhaps some other very special items if we can get that far. So please help spread the word!




Dawn has been Relaunched and is live on Kickstarter now!

G’day guys,

After a lot of hard work by both Eagle Games and Darwin Games, the Kickstarter Campaign for Dawn – Rise of the Occulites has been relaunched!

A lot of thought and effort has been put into making this second time around more successful. So the campaign has been restructured with a lower goal, there have been new stretch goals introduced, new art for the cards and we have been able to get a very high quality pre paint organised. To be honest, I was shocked at how good they look. There is virtually no difference between the prepaints and the studio paint jobs now. This has cost us a bit more to achieve this quality, but we have been able to maintain the previous pledge costings as before for both Puscual and Sunmaster levels.

Card BackWe hope that you will join us again this time around and if you didn’t join in on the fun of the first Kickstarter, we hope to see you over there for our second.

You can check it out here:


Please share the link with your gaming mates and families and friends that are looking for an endearingly quirky, but incredibly fun and replayable game. Let’s get Dawn funded quickly so that we can start unlocking the stretch goals. We have some more up our sleeves and with your help, we may be able to reach them!

Cheers and thanks for the support!
Ben (the designer) goo


Dawn – Rise of the Occulites Kickstarter Launches June 19th @ 9pm US EST

G’day guys,

I am proud to announce that in partnership with Eagle Games, we are ready to launch the Dawn – Rise of the Occulites Kickstarter this Wednesday 19th June at 9pm US EST

I will post the link to the KS here when it launches, but until then, please spread the word!

Dawn - Rise of the Occulites 3D Box

The full base rulebook will be available to download on launch, so you will be able to properly evaluate whether or not this is the game for you. It is a huge box, with lots of components. You will have the option to purchase the game with coloured plastic figures or with pre-paints if you so choose.

We also have some very cool stretch goals and add ons to help immerse you in the Occulite world. We are very excited to finally share the game with you all.

If you have any questions at all, please ask away!



Kickstarter launches next week!

G’day guys,

So the time has finally come where the first game in the Rise of the Occulites Saga Dawn launches into the wilds. A very exciting and proud time for me as I’ve seen the game grow and develop over time. Thanks to the encouragement you have all provided and the interest you have shown in watching the game develop and helping to shape it over the years.

Palaudis vs Hyrdis

Which Tribe will you choose to lead? Palaudis or Hydris?

It is incredibly rewarding to have gotten to this point, but to complete the journey of the first game Dawn, we will need the support of the community that has watched on as Dawn grew from an idea and blossomed into the game it is today. So please check out the Kickstarter when it launches next week and consider pledging to help release this game officially into the big, wide world. It will ship with two Tribes (Palaudis and Hydris) in the box, as well as 18 Luftles! Then there will be three expansion packs that contain one tribe each (Floris, Ignis and Nimbus). There will also be tiers for prepainted figures, or you can go for unpainted and choose your own colour scheme! Stretch goals are looking exciting as well and we can’t wait to share them with you all!

An exact date and time will be confirmed soon, so please stay tuned.

Welcome to Dawn!

Dawn – Rise of the Occulites Draws Ever Closer

G’day guys,

I hope everyone is doing well. I apologise for the lack of updates lately, but I have been extremely busy finalising art and working hard to make sure that Dawn – Rise of the Occulites is the very best it can be.

I received some great feedback from my cold readers of the rulebook which I am using to redo the layout of the rules to make it even more accessible. While this takes time, I know that it will be worth it for everyone that picks up the game. So as part of relaying out the rulebook, I decided to go with a different front cover for the book itself. You will find this below and I hope that you find it as endearing as I do. 🙂

The Kickstarter launch draws ever closer and I will be sure to announce here when I have a firm date in hand. But rest assured it will be worth the wait!

Front Cover

All the best guys and thanks for your continued support!

2013 – The Dawn of the Rise of the Occulites Saga

G’day guys,

A very warm welcome and a Happy New Year to everyone! We hope that 2013 brings excitement, laughter and great times to all!

Luftle Scout low res
We are looking forward to the Dawning of the Rise of the Occulites Saga with our first boardgame coincidentally titled “Dawn – Rise of the Occulites”, which will debut on Kickstarter with Eagle Games early this year. Please look for announcements about our upcoming Kickstarter soon! Please also consider spreading the word about the game if its something that intrigues you or you like the look of. It helps us get the word out there.

Dawn Box Lid Chosen with extra Luftle 50%

Have a look around the site for information about the game and the setting itself. There are some videos showing some of the gameplay concepts and what the characters look like.

Thanks for your support, we are most grateful for it indeed.

Happy holidays and welcome to the Rise of the Occulites.



For more information on Dawn – Rise of the Occulites, you can visit:

The Rise of the Occulites Blog: www.riseoftheocculites.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Darwin-Games/199925236725742

Board Game Geek Game Page: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/90274/dawn-rise-of-the-occulites

Eagle Games: http://www.eaglegames.net