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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Aetherium-It Lives!

Now this is big day for me, because I just bought my very first game. That's right, me, the person who doesn't game, who is "just a painter" got into a Kickstarter so she could not only paint the models, but play the game.  The game is called Aetherium by Anvil Eight Games and it has reached it's funding goal on Kickstarter.

Initially I got interested in the Kickstarter because our own Mike Reynolds, aka The Dark Templar helped to develop the game and has also created and overseen many of the graphic designs. At first I was only going to pledge at the $25.00 level, but I kept looking at those models and after watching a video of the game I decided to pledge at the $100.00 level.  

This is what I get at that pledge level. Some Stretch Goals have been reached, so I am getting even more than what is pictured here.


The easiest way to understand the game play is to watch this detailed demo game video filmed at Adepticon.



To find out more about the game and the Kickstarter, go HERE.  You will find that Aetherium is Europe friendly with Europe to Europe shipping. That's right, the Customs Man won't be getting a slice of this pie.

There's only 8 days left and more people are getting on board every day, so don't take too much time thinking about it.  Also, owning the game will help you decipher my AAR's later this year and that's a win-win situation for you and for me. 



71 comments:

  1. One is never "just a painter" (Unfortunately!?) Having said that, these figures look lovely - hope you enjoy the game too when it arrives.

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    1. They'll deliver in November so I'll have something new to do this Winter.

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  2. As already commented NOT "just a painter!" We can all use reductionist arguments. Like I'm just a guy who plays with toy soldiers. I hope you enjoy the game and everything goes well. I am Kickstartered out so won't get involved. But I do wish it well and good luck.

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    1. I could say I am the sum of my parts and painting is just one of those parts. And if I eat too much and don't play my drums, I'm more than the sum of my parts. At which point, I need to buy new closthes because I've become a fatty ding dong :0)

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    2. Clint: But you're also the guy who makes fudge. Very cool.

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  3. Hola Amiga
    JAJAJA nadie puede decir que solo es pintor,siempre picamos todos con algún juego
    Disfruta del juego y claro de los amigos y las partidas
    UN SALUDO

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    1. I know, but it is about time I tried at least one game!

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  4. Enjoy it Anne, because it will just be the beginning of a whole new adventure

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  5. Wow, that's a great pledge package! You'll enjoy gaming, Anne. It will bring a whole new level to the painting of your figures.

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    1. I'll have to see if that changes how I paint the figures and I imagine the look of the cards will guide that in some way.

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  6. A lot if not most of us were painters and model makers and then became gamers. I think you are doomed Anne! Very much looking forward to seeing those characters painted up one day!

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    1. That is what I fear. Like with painting, once you're in, there's no way out. I haven't told The Hubby that he's to be my gaming partner yet. I'll break that to him slowly. If I could get him hooked on gaming, there'd be no limit to how many figures he'd let me buy!

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  7. Well the worm has turned for you girl!

    Looking forward to your progress with these and may your dice be warm Anne.

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    1. This is a dangerous path I've got my foot on isn't it!

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    2. I think it may be in rather than on Anne. All the better!

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    3. When I first started I couldn't understand why people had such big lead piles. Now I live to grow mine as high as I can get it. It's only going to get worse with games as I'll want every new faction they create.

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  8. I'm not really into gaming but I think it's great that you have found something that will bring you joy. I'm sure there will be great satisfaction in painting your own game pieces.

    And judging from the comments from other gamers it looks like you better clear your schedule to free up time for gaming!

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    1. The game will arrive in Winter, so it will be a good time to learn something new. And if next Winter is like this past one, I'll need something to distract me from my misery.

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  9. And, this is how we got started with Zombicide! My favoritist game in all the land. Enjoy!!!!

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    1. Zombicide became huuuuge. The only thing keeping me from that is painting that many zombies. I'm into painting survivors from Hasslefree right now and I've bought one Zombie just to see if I like it. If I like playing this and can get the Hubby to game with me, I'll try Zombicide next.

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    2. When you said you were painting survivors the last time you posted, I thought for sure you meant for Zombicide. I'm not surprised by it's success. It's a fun game and it brings back that fun D&D element. Let me know if you give it a go.

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    3. No, I just discovered that I like the figures that are sculpted as Survivors. They're simple, they're clean and I'm liking modern people. One day I will cave and get Zombicide! Oooh and I've watched The Walking Dead on Netflix!

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    4. how did you like it, dear? Which season are you on?

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    5. You know, I didn't even think about you painting "modern" people. You bring up a really great point. Everything I've seen from you comes from some type of an era. That never occurred to me before now. I'm trying to think if I've ever seen others paint anything from the here and now and the only one I can think of is Ray when he painted the survivors for Devin's gift. I guess it's not done very often or maybe I just didn't notice it??? I'll have to keep my eye out.

      So, yeah, what did you think of TWD? I enjoy it because it's a great mix of intricate stories and zombies. Lots of dilemmas and twists and turns. Very well written. If you have the inclination, I recommend finding The Talking Dead on youtube or whatever. It's kind of a comedy after talk show, but, they bring up a ton of thought provoking topics about the show and have people from the TWD on it as guests along with other famous people. It's really great!

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    6. @Dez, I like it pretty well. The Netflix only has a couple of seasons. It ends where they beat the people in that evil man in the town and everyone moves together into the prison. Why didn't they all move into the town I wonder. It's easily defended and clean. I would like to see them move out of the prison next and go somewhere else.

      @Elsie-There are so many genres to gaming and I like hopping around from one to another. I'm also liking Pulp figures and have bought some Steampunk. Anne the Assassin is Steampunk and I hope to have her up later this week.

      The show does make me think a lot. If I'm honest with myself, I can see how I could change for the worse in similar circumstances. When the world is no longer civilized, how does one remain civil? There are things I'd be willing to do in those circumstances that I wouldn't dream of doing now just to survive.

      I'll have to check out The Talking Dead sometime as I need some sort of TWD fix while I wait for the Netflix to get me more seasons.

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    7. that's third season, which means you only have to watch the last one :) Prison is much more secure, dear, with all the fences and bars and cells. They will enjoy the place there... but not for long :( I won't spoil you the fun. I hope you enjoy the philosophical and moral aspect of all their dilemmas and predicaments. It gives such inspiration for deep thoughts and discussions.

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    8. I look forward to seeing Anne the Assassin. Especially because she is steampunk because to me, it means more muted colors. Am I even close to right? (This is why I don't paint, draw, color or do anything other than write!)

      I'm with you. I'm afraid I'd turn to terrible ways if the world fell apart. There would be no peace, love and happiness for me. It would be to each their own, I'm protecting my family and all of you can fend for yourselves. Not sure how I'd do about killing other people, zombies, no problem but people? I don't know. I suppose if it's a matter of survival. That's why I love TWD so much. It really makes you think beyond the whole what would I eat, drink, and what about my meds? Hubby says his first run would be the pharmacy for me because he'd be a dead man because of his insulin requirement so he'd fend for me first. Aww, true love haha. Hope you can find Talking Dead.

      Have you seen Breaking Bad? Normally, I stay away from shows that everyone loves for the very reason that they are "too good" but BB was another great show. Well worth it!!

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  10. you will have such fun playing it, dear!

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    1. The concept of this game is so cool. Very sci-fi and the graphics are killer so I think I can get into this one. Also it requires a lot of strategy and my brain should like it.

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    1. I think it will be fun. Thank you R!!!

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    2. dahlink, you do know R is one of them polite trolls? He'She leaves the same comment on all possible blogs :) for years now...

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    3. I know who R is darling. He/she is quite famous on blogger and I enjoy having R around.

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    4. it's nice to see he/she back after a rather long pause in commenting :)

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  12. Kickstarter is great for helping out projects we believe in, isn't it! Have fun painting and gaming, Anne!

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    1. In gaming/painting, KS is big. One must be choosy though and make sure it is a company that will deliver. We all know the graphic designer on this one and it's been in development for two years, so it's a guarantee. I'm excited about it and glad to see that it is succeeding.

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  13. So not only do you paint little men now and get high off the fumes, but now you are are going to play with your little men? Geez, the cat has lost all hope for you, not that there was any to begin with, but the cat can pretend at least.

    Enjoy, the cat will go play connect the hairball now. lmao

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    1. Oh yeah, I will be like a god, moving little men around the board and crushing my opponent. Rather like I crush you underneath the heel of my boot Cat.

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    2. Feel that wet spot in your boot? Yeah, that is right, the cat has good aim.

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  14. Well done Anne, it should be great fun. I've seen some of the work that Mike did and have some of the demo miniatures and can safely say you won't be disappointed. I'm trying to resist the temptation as I backed Mars Attacks in a seriously big way last year, but I may yet fall off!

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    1. You know you want to buy this game and you might as well go ahead and just buy it now as you'll just have to pay retail later. I'm sure Mike will come by the house and play it with you. Now wouldn't that be nice, to be gaming with one of the guys behind the game? Of course it would be and that's why you're going to click that link and get on board :0)

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  15. Anne

    This looks rather interesting. I have been looking at Kickstarter myself, here at late, but have yet to make the plunge. Happy gaming!

    Jan

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    1. The Kickstarters can be great, but I think you have to be choosy about which ones you back. Some of these people get in over their heads with too many stretch goals. Anvil Eight hasn't done that. They've got industry experience and know what they can and can't do, so it's a safe one. And the figures are 32mm, so you'll have loads of detail.

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  16. Looks like fun, Anne. Cool beans.

    Tim get involved with Kickstarters too. Some work out, some not so much. But overall, he enjoys them.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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    1. I've only been disappointed by one and that was Drake. They're nothing but crooks and what mini's they did bother to make were wretched. I won't paint them, they're that bad.

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    2. Oh man, that bad. Sorry about that.

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    3. I'll probably end of giving them to someone on the Reaper Forums. There are always painters who can't afford to buy new lead and I won't mind parting with these.

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    4. That's pretty cool of you, Anne.

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    1. One day I hope to be writing AAR's just like the rest of you.

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  18. I'll take a look at the video later. I like the minis, though.
    My figures have been delayed until, like, September. :/

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    1. That's sad to hear. If it had been on time you'd have the Summer to paint. In September you'll be back to teaching. I certainly hope they fulfill their promises.

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    2. I'm pretty sure they will. They've upgraded some sculpts from what they've said in the updates, and they've been very good about sending out updates, so I'm not worried. Too much.
      I do want to do some painting, though!

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  19. Anne....a great package for your pledge level, I've never been good any of the strategy games ....the best to you...kick ass !!

    looks like the puppeteer will be fun to paint... as well as the rabble :)

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    1. I like the Puppeteer as well and the Rabble are my favourites. I don't know how hard it will be to teach myself how to play this though as I've never gamed with mini's.

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  20. This is so cool, Anne! I think the first time you push figures that you painted, you'll be hooked. Nothing quite brings the little buggers to life like putting them on a table. ;-)

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    1. As it is, my figures just wind up stored in boxes and I never look at them. It will be nice to have the whole experience after two years of painting.

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  21. I haven't followed the link just looked at the picture.
    But protesters and a riot squad. Interesting.
    Reminds me of a song..."I wanna be a fascist PIG!"
    Looking forward to future posts about this adventure.
    cheers

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    1. Yeah that was by Suicidal Tendencies in the 80's and you're right, the song is perfect for this game. I'll be getting some free figures in the post from Mike Reynolds later this week and when they arrive, I'll post them and do a review.

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  22. So, you' re ready for your first game...Perfidious Blonde vs..? :-)

    Marzio.

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    1. The Hubby will be my opponent and I'll have to hold back the instinct to slaughter him :)

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  23. Going to be good fun seeing you work on this

    Ian

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    1. I may end up asking you guys to explain rules to me if I can't figure it out on my own. I hope the dice gods smile on me!

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  24. That's cool. I've only backed a couple of things on Kickstarter and Indi Go-Go. But never in the three digit territory. Looks like you're getting a lot of great stuff. Have fun.

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    1. I only go in this deep if there's good value for money. Normally I'll spend between $8.00 to $24.00 on a single figure so this is a great way for me to build the lead pile without going broke.

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  25. So you donate to promote the new game, and you get a box of all those great figures to paint? Win! What a fun new world to dive into.

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    1. It costs a tremendous amount of money to create a game and I only support small companies that are just starting out. I particularly like to support sculptors who are opening their own business as they are the backbone of the industry and don't get paid a fraction of what they are worth. I won't support the big companies as they should have ready access to capital on their own. I'm not about to give a zero interest loan to those people.

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  26. kitty fang !!!

    nice ta meet ewe... even tho we dont see ya....but we noe ewe R ther...

    ore out in de feeldz....huntin mice....N rabbits....

    takin yur moms car fora wee spin inta town ta pick up sum essentialz.....

    orlin N casie took Pat's car a week ago...him still doez knot noe itz missin...

    and if ya canna understand uz, itz knot a problem......

    faaaaaaaaaaaaaa....we dont understand R selves !!!

    ♥♥

    sláinte

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    1. Kitty Fang is most pleased to make your acquaintance and can understand you just fine. She wants you to know she is a Russian Blue and that she trained her human with ease. She does love to drive the car as it is a V8 and she can take it up to 150mph on the straight away. If the coppers mess with her, she just flips them the paw and keeps on going.

      I can believe that Pat hasn't noticed a thing. He's clueless, but we put up with him anyway :0)

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