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Maelstrom's Edge, both game and terrain, is now available for direct purchase at maelstromsedge.com

Here's a teaser of the new faction:

Here's a recent let's play video:

Here's an unboxing video (search youtube for more)

And here's a general overview of the game:

Thanks for your interest and support!

old first post:


It is with great pleasure that I can at long last announce that Dakka has been working on a game and it is coming out soon - Maelstrom's Edge.

Yakface, myself and a team of 6 others have been working on this project for over 3 years. We have injection moulded plastic models finished and ready to show, with tournament quality rules written by Jon Regul (yakface). It is a squad-based skirmish game (about 20-30 models per side), and every model is multi-part and multi-pose, so there is massive potential for easy conversions and part swaps.

We spent the first 18 months developing a science fiction universe unlike any other. Maelstrom's Edge is a distinct, unique and deep universe that can and will stand independently of the game. Enough talk, here's some teaser visuals!

Maelstrom's Edge is a far future science fiction setting where a golden age of exploration and innovation has been ripped apart and humanity is on the very edge of annihilation. The Maelstrom, a gigantic apocalyptic explosion of dark energy, is rapidly expanding out from the heart of the galaxy, destroying everything it touches. As worlds and stars are obliterated from existence, those who have the means flee towards deep space, while those left behind fight for the chance to escape.

For millennia before this catastrophe, humanity spread across the galaxy at sub-light speed, painstakingly eking out an existence in space and on barely habitable worlds. Then the cybel network was discovered. A gossamer web of dark energy threads stretching between every star, the cybel network allowed humanity to colonise thousands of worlds across the galaxy's spiral arm. All the progress that the cybel network brought, the Maelstrom took away. The Maelstrom erupted from the centre of humanity's worlds a millennium ago, racing down the cybel tunnels, splitting them apart and spilling their destructive energy out into real space.

The Edge is a stormfront, light years wide, where real space meets the Maelstrom’s tide of roiling, coruscating energy. The apocalypse is coming inexorably to every planet on the Edge. In the decades leading up the Maelstrom's arrival, every person is forced to make a choice about how they want to live the remainder of their existence. Unite or divide, give or take, fight or die. Those living on the edge are not bulletproof or elite. They are ordinary people caught up in a bewildering cataclysm, their only goal to survive as best they can.

The destruction wrought by the Maelstrom has led to conflict between many of the remaining organisations and governments. The competing corporations of the Epirian Foundation made their fortunes using advanced robotics and geo-engineering to alter worlds for colonisation. Now as the Maelstrom approaches, the Epirians are forced to abandon these worlds, using their enlisted soldiers and retrofitted robots to defend their interests.

Diametrically opposed to the Epirian Foundation’s interests are the Karist Enclave, a secretive group of religious zealots. They believe that if you are mentally and physically prepared, the Maelstrom will not destroy you, but instead you will ascend to a higher plane of existence. The Karists use vials of altered cybel energy to 'commune' with the Maelstrom, achieving a trance-like state they associate with ascension.

The refugees, revolutionaries, pirates and mercenaries that are left behind on abandoned worlds are collectively known as the Broken. Poor humans team up with abandoned aliens, desperately swarming worlds near the edge as they try to survive as long as they can. Against the implacable onslaught of the Maelstrom, every dockworker, farmer, CEO and mercenary is faced with the same dilemma: what will you do to survive?

We already have two novels available now (US link) (UK link) so that you can start enjoying the universe in great depth before the game comes out. We'll have limited edition first print copies of the novels available for purchase at Salute and a short story compilation is due to be released in the very near future too. We've got some big names working on the fiction over the coming year.

Multi-part, multi-pose plastic is quite literally the hardest and most complex material to work in, and each model has been a huge undertaking. Every model we make has been superior to the previous one, and our first set of models are fantastic, so we can promise you that the latest stuff is absolutely amazing. We reject anything that does not make the grade for us as hobbyists, and will only ever release models that we want to build and use ourselves. The anticipation of getting our plastics in hand has been intense and there has been a constant flurry of paint and glue as we all love putting these things together and seeing the Maelstrom's Edge universe in the flesh. We've stuck to the 28-32mm sweet spot for scale to allow us to maintain compatibility with our existing bits boxes, battlefields, buildings and terrain. Talk is cheap though, so here are a few pictures of our earliest models. All of these are finished product (not prototypes), and 100% multipart plastic:

A game would not be anything without amazing rules. For many years, yakface supported the tournament scene with the INAT FAQ, fixing the rules of others and being personally thanked many times by many in the industry for his talents. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest rules authorities in the world and Dakka is largely built on the back of his rules knowledge and capability. It is no surprise that he's had a ruleset in the back of his mind for decades and it is now realised in the form of the Maelstrom's Edge tabletop game. There are so many unique ideas and concepts in the game that it can truly be described as a next generation wargame and will serve as a point of inspiration for other game developers for many years to come. We'll slowly leak out those unique points between now and launch to keep the excitement building.

Maelstrom's Edge is a squad-based skirmish scale game in which small units of 3-5 models are used alongside individual models. The turn mechanism features alternate activation (with a twist) so there is no waiting around for someone to move their entire force. The game features a great suppression mechanism through cinematic blast markers. Subtle front and rear firing arc markers are moulded in to the bases of the models making measurements simple. Most importantly, every unit is completely distinct in form and function, so there is no min-maxing as every unit has distinct strengths and weaknesses that complement and counter each other. At the same time, we guarantee that there will be no obsolescence of units and models, so when you invest the time and money in building a force, you'll know that it will be playable in some form forever.

We started this project before Kickstarter took off in the wargaming world and based on the strength of the team alone we were able to secure enough funding to create an entire starter box set in real plastic. As we saw kickstarter deliver huge audiences and secured funding to other wargaming companies out there, we adjusted our release plan to start work on additional plastic models beyond the initial box set contents with a view to running a Kickstarter to raise the funds for the physical production, shipping and marketing elements of the plan. It is safe to say that this will be an incredibly low risk Kickstarter for anyone who wants to get first dibs on the game as the project is largely complete at the moment and should ship well before the end of the year. Our only major projected delay will be the beta testing and printing of the rulebook and related shipping. The models are close to completion and have very little work left to be retail ready, with production moving at a great and stable pace.

To show things off in the flesh, we'll be attending Salute 2015 in London's Excel centre on April 25th, so make sure you get tickets and come by our booth located at TE05 - Spiral Arm Studios (our UK spinoff company) to see the models, have a chat with us and see more of the Maelstrom's Edge universe ahead of its in depth release over the course of this year.

We'll be launching our Kickstarter at the end of April and can already confirm that it will be jointly shipping from the UK and US so there will be no customs duties to worry about for those of you living in the EU or the USA. More information will be slowly coming out between now and then in a controlled manner so that we don't end up with blank news periods, so thank you for your patience as we show more and more things at a slow but steady pace.

We know you will have many questions and you'll be eager to see as much as we can show you, but there will be a slow and controlled release of information over the coming month. Please have patience and enjoy our teasers as we show you our hard work!

Finally, please follow Maelstrom's Edge on facebook and twitter. You'll see news there before anywhere else so it is the best way to keep up with the project. If you don’t use those, then please put in your email address at http://www.maelstromsedge.com to get on the mailing list so you can see all of our updates as and when they happen!

Creating Maelstrom's Edge is the most exciting thing we've done with Dakka since taking over in 2007 and it is absolutely nerve-wracking! Your support is so very welcome as this game has been made for everyone who has been looking for a new world-class game and we know from the discussions here on Dakka that encapsulates a lot of people. We are building a sci-fi universe that will last for generations and you are here right at the start so thank you for standing with us and giving us the inspiration and base from which to build!

Thank you for reading this far!

- legoburner and the Spiral Arm Studios team


Squad pictures added 14 April:

Are there aliens or is this universe exclusively human?

The human/alien divide was a tough one to navigate but our universe is roughly akin to Star Wars in terms of the level of aliens and their integration with society, especially in the fiction and background. We've aimed for a nice balance of humans, aliens and robotics with our first load of miniatures though at the infantry level it is largely human due to market demand projections.

Are there any non-human infantry models planned?

Lots! We are in the studio painting phase for plenty of beautiful aliens and robots at the moment and will be releasing images of them over the next few weeks. We find that the best looking forces across any game use a nice variety of compatible troops, and so we have been very determined from day one to avoid creating 'yet another generic sci-fi human force' for any of our factions.

What manufacturers are you using?

We've used a few companies both inside and outside the industry, but they are all very clear that they do not like being mentioned for various reasons so we are unable to give specifics without risking our relationships and contracts. We are actively using three at the moment to help us mitigate any potential delays and have had good success with all three.

Will the story progress or be set in one instant in time?

We are progressing the storyline but will not be invalidating any models. There will be a lot going on with all sorts of events and major changes of circumstances planned over the very long term, yet the forces you build at the start will still be viable in some form in the future as well. It will be a very slow pace of movement, but it will be moving forwards.

How many factions are planned?

5 factions are in heavy development, but it will just be two for the first 18 months at least. The lead time for development, design and testing is huge so we are more focused on making the Epirians and Karists the best they can be, with lots of potential for off-shoot factions and blue vs blue fights. You probably wont see any other factions outside of the fiction until next year but The Broken, The Remnant Fleet and the Kaigus Pact are all in active development.

What kind of units can we expect?

The game is focused around the infantry scale primarily. Tanks and similar tend to be big cash sinks and time sinks for development that we think would be better spent elsewhere for now, so there is no immediate rush on them though a few early designs and plans are floating around. There will be infantry, smaller scale stuff and larger things around the size of a small dreadnought in our first couple of release tranches. From personal preference, much larger things tend to mess up the feeling of scale on the battlefield as well which we are eager to keep 'tight' given the 20-30 model force preference in our ruleset.

Sprue Pictures added 14 April:

Scale reference pictures added 17 April:

Additional Colour Schemes added 18 April:

Epirian Hunter Robot (48mm tall)

Epirian Drones:

Spider Drones

Firefly Drones

Group Shot

The drones have 4 weapon options, though 2 are specific to each drone type and one will not have any rules written for them initially as they were done as decorative elements initially, but ended up looking so good we were able to fit them on the sprue. Lots and lots of flexibility with these models though, you'll want a good pile of them in your Epirian forces!

Karist Enclave Angel Minnows:

Karist Minnows

From the rear, showing the complete lack of seams, amazing build quality and great curve of the wings

A Karist family photo

Tokens for Maelstrom's Edge:


Our terrain allows you to take a simple object, or build a simple shape out of card, balsa or foamcore, and cut some holes in it and stick in our plastic:

Then end up with a fantastic building once painted and weathered:

Here's a bunch more examples, all made using standard hobby materials and our terrain sprue:

The Scarecrow Robot:

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I'm so excited to see this revealed!! Lego, Yak and their team have been so hard at work on this over the last few years, to see it unveiled (with more to come) is just awesome!

I really like the Karists especially, and hope to see more on the Broken later on
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Congratulations. I look forward to seeing the range come out.
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I. am. suitably. impressed.
Very exciting, grats to all involved in the work!

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What?! Completely didn't see this coming.

Wow, guys, that stuff looks fantastic. Congrats, and I'll be following this closely.

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Wow those are some great looking miniatures, especially the Karsit trooper really like his helmet design will definitely be picking some of those up and the art, words can't describe how amazing those works are 'The Malestorm' is eerily beautiful.

Can't wait to see what else you're going to come out with, it's clear that you've put a lot of work into all of this. Congrats to all involved

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Looking absolutely fantastic, definately going to be pledging when the kickstarter goes live.

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Well colour me surprised, intrigued, and excited!

Looks excellent! I will be keeping an eye on this.

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Looks promising so far. Excited. "Cinematic" blast markers, eh?

Will there be a race of terminator-esque killer robots?

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Nice work - will look to support it when it appears

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Very interesting,

Good looking minis too

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Excited and suitably impressed enough to wish i had money to put down on it (I am almost completely broke at the moment.) Will follow with interest. Also, exalt to Lego!

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I am certainly intrigued, the work that has give into this looks mighty impressive. The 20-30 mini scale is one I enjoy a lot, and not one a lot of games cater for, so I shall be keeping a close eye!

Good stuff, guys!

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I had no idea! I would get in to this solely to support Dakka but by the looks of it I will be getting in on it's own merit.

Intensely looking foward to what will come!!!

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Yet another reason to look forward to Salute, will certainly be stopping by the stand to have a look and possibly a chat

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I'm in!

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I'm so excited to see this launch!
SAS will be my first port of call at salute!


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With a few plastic sprues sitting on my hobby desk right now, I can guarantee that they are pretty and the equivalent of anything else in the business.

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Just checked out the facebook page and website - saw this image:

They look really good, especially the dude in middle - a mean S.O.B. if ever I saw one...

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This looks great! Clearly a lot of work has gone into this, with great background, pictures, and models. Excited to see where this goes and i'll be definitely tagging along...

One word of warning though: i heard from a reliable source that GW are on an IP hunt... and they take no prisoners

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So will this game have a set of Mod Cubes designed for it?

Looks pretty interesting. Commenting now so I will see the release so as to check out the kickstarter. Neither faction shown is gripping me as something I *must have* , but both seem pretty solid. The heavy armor dude is pretty neat, for instance.

I'll probably pledge something simply to support Dakka, a more personally justifiable expense than DCM, I guess. And if there's a faction or unit that just jumps up and grabs me, so be it.

The size of the game is also promising, Deadzone and Infinity are fine but sometimes you want some more guys on the board, but not a horde of them like 40k can be.

I'll be watching with interest!

*edit* seeing a larger version of the Karist basic troopers... I like them more than I did at first glance. There's something about the Contractors that's putting me off and I can't resolve it. I dunno if I think they look a bit stocky or if maybe the shoulder pads are grating on my aesthetic... they look good but I'm not finding myself interested. Which is a shame because the aesthetic would fit with some of my other minis.

Are there any scale comparison shots in the wild?

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Would it be possible to give an idea of what the other factions are supposed to be, at least story wise? Also, would the basics of the gameplay be something you could talk about or is it too early for that? Looks great by the way, definitely plan to look into it later on.
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Hi everybody, my name's Tomas L. Martin and I'm one of the two lead fiction writers on the Maelstrom's Edge project. Whilst lego has been hard at work organising the whole project and yakface has been writing a really amazing ruleset, Stephen Gaskell and myself, as well as technical writer Jon Last, have been slaving away designing a deep science fiction universe for people to get lost in, and hundreds of thousands of words of fiction set in that universe, kicking off with the launch of our first two novels, Maelstrom's Edge: Faith and Maelstrom's Edge: Sacrifice, available on Kindle now! The novels are a backdrop to the first box set, the Battle for Zycanthus, as the Epirian Foundation defends the planet of Zycanthus against the infiltration of the Karist Enclave.

I'm a scientist (my day job is in a lab at the University of Oxford) and writer (with a bunch of published stories in various places), but I'm also a gamer. I've been wargaming for about twenty years. I got into the project when lego approached me on dakka - and I hope that my experience as a wargamer has resulted in a background for the game that will get you all excited.

I've written a post on my website about our motivations when creating the universe, which you can read at: http://tomaslmartin.com/darrkenium/2015/3/22/the-novels-are-finished-and-maelstroms-edge-is-revealed-at-last

Hopefully that gives you an idea of the kind of universe we're aiming for here - gritty but not grimdark, imaginative but realistic, and morally ambiguous. I really proud of what we've come up with, and I think there's already a bunch of fantastic stories we've been able to tell, with plenty more to come. We want to make Maelstrom's Edge a setting you want to return to, both to read fiction by a host of great writers, but also to make stories of your own.

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Read the first two novels in the Maelstrom's Edge Universe now:

Maelstrom's Edge: Faith - read a sample here!


Maelstrom's Edge: Sacrifice 
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Whaaat! I would back this based on my positive feelings for Dakka alone, but count me in for the good looking and ready to go plastic miniatures as well!

This is so exciting! Congrats to all involved. This KS is going to be crazy fun.

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Thanks for the kind feedback everyone, it is really motivating to hear positive things as you might imagine, and helps justify the huge amount of work we've put in to date.

Ruglud, there are a few images buried around the facebook page and website which are not in this thread yet, but there are plenty more yet to come as well We've got loads of artwork and colourschemes completed already, and will be showing more distinct models as the kickstarter approaches.

3dog, we wont be going in to much detail on the other factions before the kickstarter as we don’t want to unfairly build anticipation for them over the two factions that do have lots of models created for, and to make it clear that each of our factions is made up of a large number of sub-factions and is quite capable of blue-on-blue fights without needing cheesy situations. There are hints of them towards the end of the second novel though

yakface will be chiming in with some thoughts and notes on the gameplay and interesting and unique elements of the rules over the next few days so stay tuned!

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Good luck with the game! Will definitely keep an eye on it.
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For a second there I thought this was an april fools joke I missed. Looks great so far

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Omadon's Realm

Color me interested.

More mini pics please.

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