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Made in us
Longtime Dakkanaut






Cheltenham, UK

Hi. My name's Robey Jenkins and you may remember me from such games as Horizon Wars and Ballmonsters!.

Zero Dark takes the same design principles and core mechanics of Horizon Wars and applies them to a skimish game. Like Horizon Wars, Zero Dark is scale and miniatures neutral and can be applied to any setting from ultramodern to a grimdark future or even a galaxy a long time ago and far, far away. It's mostly pitched at the popular 28-32mm scale, but works fine at 15mm and up to 54mm with minor tweaks (converting inches to cm, for example, for 15mm)

I've been developing the game for quite some time, but last year I launched a Patreon to help cover the publication costs of professional editing, formatting, art and photography, so Zero Dark will be the first fully-finished game published by Precinct Omega Publishing. Here are some beauty shots of photography for the book (not all may appear in the final edition, but they give you an idea of what the game looks like):







I am currently looking at a publication date of 29th March 2020. This is assuming all of the pre-publication checks and deadlines are hit as planned. Failing that, it will be 30th April 2020. But if you'd like advance access to the rules as well as other supporting material, you can support me on Patreon, here.

If you'd like to know more about the mechanics and design, I've been writing a blog in the Game Design sub-forum for a while. Or you can watch either of the livestream recordings I did for my patrons, but skip the first ten minutes-ish of each because I'm a complete amateur at this stuff:





   
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Stealthy Warhound Titan Princeps







That is some brilliant terrain!
   
Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut






Cheltenham, UK

Thanks! It's almost all scratch built from rubbish or made from second hand toys I got at charity shops and eBay.

R.

   
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Longtime Dakkanaut




Looking forward to it.


Casual gamer, casual fun! 
   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






Cheltenham, UK

Anyone interested in the expanded setting for Zero Dark might like to check out the fiction I'm gradually publishing on Royal Road:

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/28484/zero-dark-the-fallen-earth

   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






Cheltenham, UK

I persuaded some friends to help me take the PvP mode of the game for a spin (I've almost exclusively tested it with me playing both sides, so this was an important check on the rules!), and one of them blogged his experience.

https://marctgames.wordpress.com/2020/02/15/first-game-of-zero-dark/

   
Made in us
Napoleonics Obsesser




MN

Thanks for sharing. I checked it out.

Love the terrain.

I was also strangely interested in hearing that your board had drawers underneath to store stuff. Unlike you, I put my board on top of shelving units and then put rubbermaids and tackles boxes full of minis and terrain underneath. Drawers sound much easier and nicer.

Do you like Free Wargames?
http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/ 
   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






Cheltenham, UK

Yeah, I found a three-drawer pillar and bought four of them, so each one is one leg of the table. There's more storage between the legs, but it's mostly my event kit.

The latest and last beta version of the rules will be going live for my patrons at 0900 tomorrow morning at http://patreon.com/precinctomega

We're still on track for publications on 29th March, but a few tricky bumps to negotiate between now and then! Fingers crossed!

   
Made in us
Longtime Dakkanaut






Cheltenham, UK

Just FYI, folks, the final beta version of the rules hit the Patreon page this week.

There will be no further beta updates. Any changes I make to this document will appear only in the finished rules.

What this means is that people have a chance to get their hands on the preview rules for just $2. Once you back the campaign, you can cancel your patronage at any time after the first month.

Obviously, I will try to tempt folx to stick around with fresh and juicy new material, but there's no obligation. So if you wanted to get your hands of the preview beta rules for Zero Dark, this is the best time to get in. The rule are more complete, more nearly-finished and cheaper than they've ever been!

   
 
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