Thursday, February 16, 2012
We have been unusually quiet since the holidays because this year we are getting set for some really exciting changes. Architects of War is being folded into an even bigger endeavor. We will have more on that next month. Rest assured it will still be the focus of Architects of War to bring you the very best in 28mm terrain, figures, and service for your favorite Historical periods. However, the new company that will be its partner is a gathering of some of the best design talent in the miniature gaming industry and some incredible talent from the entertainment industry too. We cannot wait to officially announce what we have in the works. You are sure to be blown away! Just be patient for a bit longer, it will be worth the wait.
Here is just a tiny, crude glimpse of what’s going on at Alien Dungeon, my new company. It’s part of the forthcoming Frightmares brand of adult miniature gaming products. Alien Dungeon will be to Sci-Fi and Fantasy gaming what Architects of War is to Historical gaming. We will be launching terrain lines, miniature lines, and MUCH, MUCH MORE!
From The Scrolls of Eos: The Hag Stone
Usually found deep inside foreboding forested areas, Hag Stones are the ritual sacrifice altars for the Hag Queen Cult. This ancient cult has been abducting wayward warriors and travelers for hundreds of years and offering them in sacrifice in dark ceremonies marked by the spilling of much blood from living victims. The Cult considers each component of a sacrifice to be an individualized offering to their Hag Queen Goddess. The ritual is carried out by removing the various tissues and organs of the victim through elaborate surgeries coupled with dancing and incantation. Horrifically, this is done while the victim is still alive. While no living soul has ever reported being an eyewitness to this process, the Tome of Badcaraba writes that the altar and stone itself are imbued with magic that keeps the victim alive (though in horrible pain) until the victim’s bones are individually pulverized after being stripped of all flesh. Hag Stones are often sought out by adventurous fools to be robbed, as all of the weapons, clothing, and whatever else the victim is caring are left around the Altar as part of the offering. While rumors abound that great treasure has been found this way, it’s doubtful anyone finding such a stone can escape the clutches of the Cult members that constantly guard it.
Gaming Suggestions: The Hag Stone is designed for 28mm miniatures and can be used as an objective to be seized in large army and skirmish games. For role-playing games, the Hag Stone is an excellent side treasure area or perhaps the resting place of a fabled magic item once carried by one of the cult’s victims. We just recently used our Hag Stone Model in a thirties adventure game as the centerpiece of a Cult Tribe in Africa. You can give the Stone an Area Effect (maybe it negates all magic items or perhaps it causes morale or leadership tests within a certain area).
Please stay tuned for some really big announcements over the coming weeks.
Posted by Jeff H. at 2:31 PM