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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

Sword & Board Games Launches Twelve Elements of War Kickstarter

Twelve Elements of War

There’s been a lot of anticipation for the project Australian-based Sword & Board Games has been working on. This project – a miniature skirmish game called Twelve Elements of War – is now live on Kickstarter for the world to see.  The company has collaborated with Alessio Cavatore’s River Horse, which recently had a successful Kickstarter for LOKA, the fantasy chess game.

Twelve Elements of War is a 28mm miniature skirmish game with a twist. Players choose a faction, assemble a warband, and head to the fields to battle for glory. It follows the same principles of any miniature skirmish game, as players take turns activating their models, moving across a battlefield and engaging in combat.  The game uses a multiple D6 system, rolling against the opposing model when making combat checks or anything of the sort. It eliminates the use of charts of tables, which makes the game very easy to pick up and learn.

From the campaign, here’s what makes Twelve Elements of War really stand out:

The fun with Twelve Elements of War doesn’t finish after one game. Twelve Elements of War has a complete Campaign system that sees your models gain experience, better abilities, new skills, money and magical runic items as they play battles and also explore the world of Lumria acquiring strange and unique items. You will also have the option to visit a town after each game. In town you can choose to go to the Tavern to recruit new members and heroes, The Market to purchase new items and equipment, the Arena to watch pit fighting and maybe pick up a few pointers. Lastly the Temple, where you can prey to the gods to heal your wounds or ask for their blessing in future battles. In addition to visiting these places, you roll on one of four unique “random encounter charts”.

Games can be played on a vast variety of battlefield types, from cautious tactical advances in the snow covered Forest of Sighs, to fast paced skirmishes leaping from building top to building top in the sprawling Port City of Arcadia.

Lastly, with 100’s of magical  item combinations to try out and over 36 unique runic spells to cast with your magic users, this game has a large amount of re-playability.

The project is already at about ¾ of its asking goal, which means stretch goals are on the way as it’s got over a month left to go. The miniatures look great, and with River Horse behind the project you know they’re going to be really great quality. Make sure you head over to the Kickstarter page and check out the game, and if you’ve the gold, slap it down to get in on it.


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