Here is a preview of the latest update on Dawn straight from the KS page. We would love your support to get towards our last few exciting Stretch Goals, so please go and check it out and consider supporting us by backing the project.
Before we jump into details about our tasty treats the Nymphlets, I received an email from Bob Olley that had some quick photos of a couple of new figures… that’s right, we have images of both the Puscual green and the Nymphlet green that will be turned into plastic figures when we hit $65K for the Puscual and $75K for the Nymphlets.
I’ve asked him if he could send me some images of the figures next to an Occulite and when I hear back from him I’ll post them too.
Puscual – 30mm tall, bulky. Tree trunk just fits in a board space.
Nymphlet – Smaller and mounted on a tree branch with reeds down the bottom of it. Total size from bottom to top of branch 25mm. So Nymphlet is roughly Luftle length.
Well? What do you think? I love them and think that they fit right into the Occulite world. I know that I’m looking forward to using them in the game. The Nymphlets (if we hit our target) will actually be cast in 6 different colours to match the tokens and the painted ones will look spectacular. The Puscuals will undoubtedly look fantastic painted up as well. I intend to paint some up in their most common colour scheme – the olive green, with brighter green patches. But then, I have some other cool ideas too.
“The sun had slowly been sinking beneath the horizon for several days now. The sky was painted a splash of purples and blues, with tiny, white shining lights dotting the canvas. It was becoming Dusk and I had seen the Occulites slow down their exploration. They were mainly gathering plants, food and the last of the easy to get Sungems and bringing them back to their caves. They were preparing for something, but this was the first time in all the time I have watched them, that the sky had darkened. If indeed their night was coming as ours does, then I might not see them for a time. So I watched intently.
Moving my hands slightly, the sound of Crepusculum came flooding back, filling my ears with the sound of the wildlife. A soft breeze blew through the Lumino Trees, the occasional deep croak of a Palaudis and the constant chirping and buzzing of the insect life. Chirping and buzzing that became louder and louder. Looking around the landscape with a crinkled forehead I can see Occulites of all known species gathering. Not fighting, but waiting separately in their Tribes like something was about to happen. Was it going to be a battle?
The answer quickly came to me as a smallish dragonfly-like creature dashed into view, followed by another, and another. Soon the air was filled with them, darting to and fro, dancing through the air. It was then that the commotion started. The Occulites scattered across the landscape, grabbing and jumping at the creatures. Snatching them from the air… some had crude nets, others were using their hands, some stuffed the creatures into kangaroo-like pouches and others devoured theirs on the spot. This was no battle… this was a feast! A feast like no other…”
A passage from Darwin’s Diaries.
These dragonfly-like creatures are now known as Nymphlets and late in each season, as the sun goes down and the sky turns purple, they gather on mass to spawn. The Occulites, being incredibly resourceful use this opportunity as a last ditch effort to put on body fat so they can hibernate during the Long Dark.
All Occulite Tribes find Nymphlets incredibly delicious and an excellent source of slow burning energy. They snack on them throughout the season, but when Dusk comes, they are able to indulge and for some Tribes, this can save their whole season.
The Nimbus Tribe rarely eat theirs straight away, but instead capture them to help pollinate the flowers and plants high up in the mountainous regions where it is too cold for most insects of their ilk. Being primarily herbivorous, the Nimbus could not survive high up in the mountains without their flora and so they rely on the Nymphlets to help them etch out their niche in the environment, despite how tough it is.
In Game Rules
Nymphlets in game, are controlled by the game mechanics, but you have some control over how this plays out. At the start of each round, the players take it in turns to place the coloured Nymphlet wedges onto the directional hex on the edge of the board. Then each Nymphlet moves it’s Speed (5 spaces) in the relevant direction.
Where the wedges are placed will determine which direction each Nymphlet flies. In the above example, the Blue Nymphlet moves 5 spaces in the direction indicated. Nymphlets ignore all terrain and figures when flying, but cannot end their movement on a space with a figure (except another Nymphlet). If this happens, they move an extra space until they hit an empty one.
Nymphlets can be caught by moving into their space and defeating them in Combat. Since Nymphlets have a Defense of 6, that is not always easy. Nymphlets never attack other figures, but if one successfully defends against a catch attempt, for each success in excess of it’s attacker’s successes, it will move one space in its indicated direction away from the attacker.
When you take into account its Innate Abilities below, especially Tricky, they do become very difficult to catch.
Any damage caused to a Nymphlet for any reason is always cancelled.
When defending, a Nymphlet gains rerolls equal to the number of spaces the figure had to Move to Attack it.
Nymphlets are a fun Creature to use in Scenarios and add another Challenge to the palette of options that Dawn – Rise of the Occulites has. We really hope that you can help spread the word about the game so that we can hit our stretch goals and get these figures produced so they don’t just stay as flat tokens.
All the best,
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.
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!
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.
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!
The Kickstarter for Dawn – Rise of the Occulites is drawing very close now. The official launch date won’t be far off, so stop by here and/or the Darwin Games Facebook Page regularly over the next week to find out exactly when.
Now is the time to get excited and get prepared to launch into the world of the Occulites. We are looking for the support of our fans to get the first game in the Rise of the Occulites Saga funded, so please share this news and the game with your friends. Dawn – Rise of the Occulites is a game that has a very unique setting and has a lot of components, so we need our fans to rally to the campaign to help make the game a reality, thus allowing others to explore the Occulite world that you have all seen develop over the last few years.
I sincerely thank all the fans of the game that have shown their support over the years and look forward to continuing the journey with them as well as welcoming new fans to the Rise of the Occulites Saga.
Soon the Long Dark will be over and the sun will reveal itself over the Nimbus Peaks, splashing its light across Crepusculum and ushering in ‘Dawn – Rise of the Occulites’.
I’ve uploaded a short video to show how the Palaudis Tribe Occulites casted up. Feel free to check it out below. Any comments, feedback or suggestions are more than welcome.
Stay tuned for a video on the Luftles soon.
Some very exciting news today as Bob has sent through photos of the next tribe that has been sculpted up – the Floris tribe! These are really very characterful sculpts that really “pop”. I love how these guys have turned out – what do you think? Which is your favourite?
I also dropped in to see Nic @ Eureka Miniatures earlier this evening and had a great chat. He will be creating moulds and casting the figures that I left with him… EXCITING! It is so rewarding to see this whole project moving after so long. I hope those of you who are following along are enjoying the ride as much as I am. Once I get the castings back, I’ll be looking to get them painted up for display pieces (in both a “Natural” palette and a more “Colourful” palette – to be used for the book and advertising. I will of course also begin looking at costing and distribution. But one thing at a time for the moment.
Tune in soon for some more background narrative!
I picked up the greens of the Luftles and the Palaudis Tribe this morning from the post office and they are even better in person – Bob has done an awesome job. I have just snapped a few quick shots to show you what they look like together. If you have any scale or photo requests (if I have the model, I will try and get comparison pics that you request), please let me know by the end of the week as I will be taking them in to have moulds made and cast up. There is no time estimate on this yet, but will let you all know as soon as I know.
Anyway, for now, enjoy the snaps. I have some more background story to post later this week and hopefully some other things. Stay tuned!