Firestorm, Dystopian, Uncharted Seas Acquired By Warcradle Studios

Beasts of War has word that Warcradle Studios has acquired the Firestorm, Dystopian, and Uncharted Seas franchises. You might know Warcradle as the current publisher of Wild West Exodus, and they’re the studio side of retailer and distributor Wayland Games.

Warcradle Studios logo.

Warcradle Studios logo.

Warcradle has published a PDF and a video that explains the acquisition, both accessible from the link up above. From that PDF:

Warcradle Studios is proud to announce it has acquired all rights and materials relating to the Dystopian Wars, Firestorm Armada and Uncharted Seas settings.

Dystopian Wars, Dystopian Legions, Armoured Clash, Firestorm Armada, Firestorm Planetfall and Uncharted Seas were created by the team at Spartan Games and we are excited to now be able to explore those settings further. We will also be developing and expanding on a large number of exciting scenic products to support those ranges.

The important takeaways are:

  • Warcradle has not bought Spartan Games nor Rebel Publishing (Spartan’s former parent company), just the intellectual property.
  • Warcradle is “actively looking” to bring all three franchises “to a wider audience” starting from 2018 onward, and plans to support organised play, too.
  • The Halo games will not be continued by Warcradle. They haven’t acquired a licence for Halo Fleet Battles nor Halo Ground Command.
  • Warcradle does not have any connection or obligation to any Kickstarter projects that Spartan Games previously ran, and cannot fulfill any existing pledges from those projects.

In the immediate future things will be slow as Warcradle sets up the design and production side of things, but from 2018 we should hear a lot more about how Firestorm (as well as the other franchises) will develop.

The reaction from the community seems to be that of cautious optimism, with the hope that Warcradle has learned from Spartan’s past, and will use that to take these franchises to a better place.

Spartan Games Has Ceased Trading

Spartan Games logo.

Rebel Publishing, the company most of us know better as Spartan Games, has published a blog update to notify everyone that, as of today, the company has stopped trading.

Following a prolonged period of challenging trading and despite the directors’ best efforts to manage through, Rebel Publishing Ltd was unable to continue to trade and the directors have taken the difficult decision to cease. All members of staff were made redundant.

The current Firestorm campaign on Kickstarter has been cancelled, and if you have an existing Dystopian Wars Kickstarter pledge, a refund may have to be dealt with by going through your bank.

Spartan intellectual properties, and indeed the company itself, are available should any companies wish to acquire them.

We would encourage anybody who may be interested in acquiring either stock, assets or the business to make contact as soon as possible. Spartan Games and its product lines have a strong reputation in its markets together with an asset base which may be of interest to a number of parties, and a variety of machinery in addition to Intellectual Property.

Fleet Signal may not have been very active in recent months, but nevertheless I kept a close eye on what was going on with Firestorm and Halo. While some have (understandably) focused on what will happen with their Kickstarter pledges, I’d like to wish Neil and everyone at Spartan good luck with their future endeavours, and hope that the sci-fi side of Spartan can be revived at some point through new owners.

Fleet Signal will remain in semi-cold storage for now, while the future of the Firestorm and Halo miniatures games is sorted out.

Marauder Stats Updated For Firestorm Armada

Oroshan dreadnought. Image credit: Spartan Games.

Spartan Games has published an updated PDF of stats for the Marauder factions in Firestorm Armada. The document also contains Marauder TAC cards for use with 2.0.

This document includes statistic updates for the STL Traders and Corsairs, our latest model updates, and is compliant with the Version 2.0 rules. Please note that as we move Version 3.0 of the rules we will be integrating these rules into the core rulebook and providing a complete overhaul of how Marauder factions are used in the Firestorm Armada game.

The PDF can be downloaded, as always, from the Firestorm Armada section of the Spartan Games Downloads page.

Spirit Of Fire, Blockade Runner, Smaller HGC Ships For June 2017

Spartan Games has announced the June 2017 slate of new releases, which include new shineys for Halo Fleet Battles and Halo Ground Command.

Halo Fleet Battles will see two new ships, the Phoenix-class Colonial Support Vessel (most famously portrayed as the “Spirit of Fire” in Halo Wars) for the UNSC, and the Covenant Blockade Runner which will be familiar to Halo 5 players.

UNSC Phoenix-class Colonial Support Vessel for Halo Fleet Battles. Image credit: Spartan Games.

UNSC Phoenix-class Colonial Support Vessel for Halo Fleet Battles. Image credit: Spartan Games.

Covenant Blockade Runner for Halo Fleet Battles. Image credit: Spartan Games.

Covenant Blockade Runner for Halo Fleet Battles. Image credit: Spartan Games.

Halo Ground Command will see smaller (and cheaper) 1:300-scale versions of the Pelican and Phantom dropships, created in response to feedback which said the larger versions are too big for the average miniatures case.

HGC will also get the UNSC Longsword and Covenant Seraph fighters in 1:300-scale which, like the dropship models, are intended to replace shadow templates with actual models.

UNSC Longsword fighter for Halo Ground Command. Image credit: Spartan Games.

UNSC Longsword fighter for Halo Ground Command. Image credit: Spartan Games.

Covenant Seraph fighter for Halo Ground Command. Image credit: Spartan Games.

Covenant Seraph fighter for Halo Ground Command. Image credit: Spartan Games.

These new additions to Halo on the tabletop are intended for release by the end of June.

Planetfall 2.0 Beta Stats & Hawker Sneak Peek

Firestorm Planetfall logo.

Over on the Planetfall forums, Spartan Derek has posted the 2.0 beta stats for the core 6 factions and their natural allies.

The stats are very much still in flux and will probably change between now and 2.0’s release, but it’s nice to see where things are going. Note that you need to be signed into the forums to download the PDFs.

Also, Derek posted a little teaser for some forthcoming Hawker Industries models. These are also subject to change, although the modifications are likely to be relatively minor.

Hawker Core Helix preview. Image credit: Spartan Games.

Hawker Core Helix preview. Image credit: Spartan Games.

Part of the 2.0 plan is that every natural ally will eventually get a core helix, and then become usable as an army in their own right.

Spartan Force Builder Launches In Beta

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Spartan Games has launched the open beta of their Force Builder web app. The app currently only lets you build a Halo Ground Command army, but the rest of Spartan’s games are due to make an appearance at a later date.

If you’d like to try out the builder, you’ll need a Microsoft account, although more login methods will be added in due course. Be sure to leave feedback in the forums thread for the app to help improve it.

Southampton Sluggaz Hosts Firestorm Armada in June

Southampton Sluggaz logo.

On Saturday, June 17, the Southampton Sluggaz club in Southampton, England, will host a 1000-point Firestorm Armada tournament. It’ll cost £7.50 to enter for members and £10 for non-members, and three rounds of play are planned.

The Sluggaz have consistently supported Firestorm for some time, and this is sure to be a fun day of Armada. You’ll find all the details in the Spartan Forums thread where you can also ask questions, and if you’re on Facebook there’s an event page you can RSVP to and discuss the event on.

Grab The Firestorm Taskforce Rules And Stats For Free

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Spartan Games has released the Firestorm Taskforce rules and stats as free PDFs on their website. Firestorm Taskforce is the slim and fast-playing version of Firestorm Armada (and is arguably a game in its own right).

On the website you’ll find PDFs of the rules as well as stats for all of the core factions plus the allied factions and the marauders, too.

Taskforce is an interesting take on Firestorm, and some say it’s actually better than Armada for larger games! Why not take a look and try it out?

Die Grüne Horde Spring Gaming Day 2017 Approaches

Die Grüne Horde logo.

The guys at Die Grüne Horde are gearing up for their Spring Gaming Day on May 20th in Marktl am Inn, Germany, not far from the border with Austria. It’ll be a one-day event which, among other games, will feature Firestorm Armada.

The FSA tournament is set for 1000-point fleets, played on 4ft by 4ft tables which should ensure lots of close-quarters carnage! A variety of scenarios will be played to mix things up.

If you’d like to go, you’ll find all the details, including the registration link, in the forum thread on the Spartan Forums.

An Early Look At Firestorm Planetfall 2.0

Firestorm Planetfall logo.

Following on from the Firestorm Armada designer’s thread, Spartan Derek has started a thread in the Spartan Games Forums for discussion of Planetfall 2.0.

Within the thread are a couple of links to PDFs, one of which is an early outline of what Planetfall 2.0 will look like, and the other is a playtest document with stats for the Directorate and Works Raptor.

It looks like some significant changes will be coming to 2.0. If you’re at all interested in the next edition of Planetfall, be sure to grab a copy of the PDFs and take a look. Also, don’t be shy about giving your own feedback in the forum thread. Remember, though, everything in the PDFs is subject to change.