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This is my first "real" post here, but I wanted to let you know of my little project: Pedion™ Modular Battlefields!
I am a gamer since 1991, and my obsession with wargames but lack of space "forced" me to start a concept of a truly modular terrain system.
As the design process progressed, I found out that many commercial solutions out there were lacking in some of my basic requirements (or they were simple too expensive!)
So I thought about turning the implementation into a mass-production project.
I'm proud to present my latest blog post, on the Forest tiles for my Pedion modular terrain system. I hope you like the way you can move the trees to allow unit movement and placement! I would welcome your comments and ideas
We are proud to announce the Pedion Kickstarter for next week! This is your chance to input your email in our Prefundia page to get instant notification and grab those Early Bird deals! And do come visit us in UK GAMES EXPO 2015 next weekend! Do not forget to share this with your gaming buddies!
Pedion Kickstarter is LIVE and already 60% funded!
this is your chance to get some of the best terrain there is for RPGs and Wargames, in reduced prices, and Early Bird deals for the first among you! There are special pledges for RPG board sets, and Gaming Clubs. Campain started on May 27th and will last until the 1st of July 2015.
SHARE with anyone who would want great terrain!
Pedion is a Terrain System; a way for wargamers, role-players, and modelling hobbyists to recreate any battlefield* they wish to play on, without sacrificing aesthetics or requiring much room for storage. The principle of Pedion is that the board will consist of a number of terrain “tiles”, that is, square pieces each depicting specific terrain features: open plains, roads, rivers, forests, hills, crops etc. The tiles are 30x30cm and only 1cm thick (1’x1’x0.4”) and they connect to each other without any restriction on orientation. They are pre-painted with realistic features while still practical for miniature movement and combat. By combining the tiles, the players can form multiple layouts, covering most table sizes. The tiles are very lightweight, durable and take minimal space.
*ped·i·on, noun \ˈpedēən, from Ancient Greek πεδίον (“plain, field, flat surface”), πεδίον μάχης = battlefield
In case you want to learn more about the extensive development of Pedion, read the previous posts in this thread!
The first Stretch Goal is to produce different themes of the Pre-painted Tiles, and specifically a Winter theme and a Sand/Desert theme. We are less than £2800 away, so help us make it happen!
This Stretch goal will allow supporters to choose to have their Reward Set of Pedion tiles painted in a different theme than the original "Spring Green" presented in most pictures.
The Tile types remain the same; but if the supporters choose so, they can have them covered in "heavy" snow, or in golden sand. This Upgrade will actually be without any extra cost (apart from upgrading any forest tiles to "Oasis" tiles, since they will also include a pond at a small extra cost).
It is also time to introduce our first "SOCIAL" Stretch Goals as well, which we are keeping as a surprise. So here it goes:
When the number of Backers reaches 130 (it's at 97 right now), each and every backer of a physical reward pledge will get a FREE extra magnetic tree.
Also, you will get another FREE magnetic tree for every Forest Tile that your reward includes or you buy as an add-on; that makes the available trees for your Forest Tiles Seven (7), instead of six.
This is a Kickstarter-only free upgrade!
Hope you like your free gifts, because more will come in later backer numbers!
Pedion made an impression in UKGameExpo 2015
As you may know, I traveled to Birmingham those last days to live the great gaming experience which is UKGameExpo show... I had a brilliant time, and I also maned a stand with Pedion tiles.
The look on visitors' faces can be summarized in this word: amazed. They approached the stand in a slightly apprehensive way: "look at this beautiful terrain, it must be heavy and cumbersome", "we will need a new house to put this" etc (yes, people actually said this).
They left awestruck: they discovered first hand how lightweight, durable, practical and 100% modular the whole system is, in addition to beautiful... We had comments like "excellent", "brilliant" coming from people like former GW sculptors, Mantic demonstrators and Hawk employees. Two of our Backers, Tom and Dave found their way to the stand, to see in person what they had backed. Their reviews are now in the Comments section of the Campaign, for the world to see that Pedion is what it promises.
So check out some moments from our UKGE stand! At one time I'm pointing at the use of the prototype RPG square grid overlays, so you can see them with miniatures. Do not forget to share!
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Our backers did it again - yes, another Stretch Goal is down, one that really enhances our range: the Pedion Wall System
The Wall System started as a small side-project, designed to take advantage of the connectivity of the Tiles and add man-made features on them, which can be removed easily and stored away – Pedion style.
You can better understand see the simple way the System works (and the easy that walls are dismantled and stores away in the following video, especially after 0:34)
Build those Bridges Along with the "Wall System", another favorite of mine unlocked: the Pedion Bridge. In the spirit of Pedion, the Bridge is a 3-part flat stone modular construct, designed for the depth and with of the River Tiles. The arches go 1 cm deep to touch water surface and the bridge is 7 cm wide and 14 cm long.
It assembles (magnetically) into one piece or you can dismantle it and store it away without taking any space. If you are getting any River tiles, this is a must have add-on, especially at the £9 price tag.
Desert and Winter Variation photos Many backers asked for them, so take a look at the first photos from Desert/Winter prototype tiles. The beautiful 15mm and 6mm miniatures of Anne and David Yeomans bring the photographs to life.
It seems that after hitting the infamous "mid-campaign" sluggishness, the Pedion Kickstarter campaign managed to reach the £25000 pledge sum, unlocking the Pond/OxbowLake/Marsh Tiles.
Now, it is the last four (4) days of the campaign - for Pedion's to become even better and for you to get an even greater variety of battlefields. So, if you were planing on pledging, now is the time! While Pedion will be available through our e-shop after the Kickstarter is fulfilled (this is the project's aim after all), backers will
-pay less that the retail prices, both for tile sets and for the subscription service
-get free stuff like trees, walls etc
-receive their sets much sooner
-help Pedion become even better.
Pond and Widening River Tile, with Marsh Upgrade
The two tile types are the Pond (small lake) Tile and the Widening River Tile; both tiles can be converted to include marshland!
With the corresponding add-on, you can clip on and off swamp surface, creating either a partial marshland on a river side, or a full marsh on top of your lake:
Next Stretch Goal: SciFi Themes and Crater Tile types
Although we are nearing the end, there is a number of Stretch Goals that we may unlock yet!
The closest one, on terms of pledge total, is the availability of two new ground variations when we reach £28000, both more suitable to a Science Fiction setting: the "Red Planet" and the "Grey Wastes". These new variations will also unlock a new type of Tile: the Crater tile.
Next Social Stretch Goal: FREE Walls for everyone if we reach 165 Backers
Since the number of 180 backers may seem a bit far-fetched, I do not want to end without another freebie So, let us reach 165 Backers first, and everyone with a physical reward will also receive some free walls!
We may never reach it, at least on this Kickstarter, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of what I had in stock for the SciFi/Urban Stretch Goal: a road tile upgrade with luminated roadsides... Check the early prototype - LED lighting on 12V Battery
How about some Science Fiction Battlefields? By surpassing the £25000 Stretch Goal, backers may order their Set and Add-on tiles in two new variations, suitable to a more futuristic/apocalyptic setting: the "Red Planet" and the "Grey Wastes". The new paint/texture variations can be applied to all existing tile types, and they Unlock two new tiles: the Impact Crater and the Artillery Craters types. You can even "fill" them with some liquid, like water or lava... !
The New EPIC, Kickstarter only, Pledge! Since we have unlocked a lot of new features (and probably will unlock more), we introduced a brand new pledge level, a great "get-them-all" reward for the 15 first among you! So, as a Kickstarter only Set, you may now get a huge 8'x4' Battlefield Set at £500, and it includes 32 Pedion tiles:
5 Plain Grass tiles,
4 Broken Ground tiles,
2 Forest tiles + 12 magnetic trees,
1 Badlands tile + 4 magnetic Rock Formations,
4 Road tiles (2 straight, 2 turns),
8 Painted River tiles (1 turn, 1 Widening turn, 6 straight),
1 River Ford tile,
3+2 Hill tiles,
2 Crops/Orchard Tiles + 8 magnetic Fruit trees,
1 Pond tile,
1 Swamp upgrade + 1 magnetic Willow, 1 River marshland upgrade,
1 Artillery craters tile,
2x sets of Crop tile Fences
To this you may add 3 extra free trees and 1 free rock formation, as well any other SG freebies. So. do you have the space? For this is the wargaming board that includes EVERYTHING up to the £28K Stretch Goals! Full of features, either for 8'x4' epic battles or for multiple smaller configurations. Do not expect a photo of this monster, I do not have such a big table
Those SciFi/Urban tiles The next Stretch Goal is tantalizingly close! At £30000 backer will be able to add a number of tile types more suited to an Urban environment: either SciFi, Modern or Gothic, perfect for wargaming in in such an enviroment.
The Urban tiles are mostly re-designs of the main Road tiles, with added texture and road options.
WIP: Urban tile, with Aluminum Hoverway road, Illuminated roadsides* and Plastisteel grid texture (fully magnetic)
Who wants some Coastline? And there is a new Stretch Goal as well! Many people love the idea of playing Sea battles or making D-Day scenarios come through. Pedion will deliver, if we reach £32000: we will unlock Tile designs for:
Last 24 hours, and Pedion unlocked THREE more Stretch Goals
Now free Wall pieces for everyone, Urban and Sea/Coastline Tiles!
So you may now add Urban/SciFi/Modern tiles for your buildings and city fights, with magnetic tile surfaces!
Expand your Battlefield with Coastline and Open water tiles
How about some naval battles or coast landings Admirals? You can expand your battlefield with coastline tiles or open water ones. You can use them to create big lakes, or sea gulfs and coastlines. There is even a river delta tile, to connect your rivers to the open water.
Wall pieces for everyone!
Since we surpassed the 165 backer limit, everyone who will receive a physical reward will get some extra, free pieces of the Wall system. In particular:
- For every backer who gets 1 to 6 tiles (through Sets and add-ons), he or she will receive 1 Hedge Fences Set (that's 2x 12cm or 4x 5.2cm Hedge walls, see add-ons)
- For every backer who gets 7 to 16 tiles (through Sets and add-ons), he or she will receive 1 Stone Walls Set (that's 2x 12cm or 4x 5.2cm Stone walls, see add-ons)
- For every backer who gets 17 or more tiles (through Sets and add-ons), he or she will receive 1 Magnetic Columns Set (that's 2x single connectors and 1 T-connector columns, see add-ons)
- All Wall System Starter Sets get ONE MORE Stone Wall piece.
Enjoy your free Walls!
Now let's see if we can reach the 180 backer limit and free tiles! only 24 hours left for you to pledge!
In case you missed the Pedion Kickstarter, there is only 1 day left to include your discounted pre-order before production starts, and to be among the first get your terrain. Spread the word, fast!