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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!

UpWorks Kickstarter Now Live, Nearly Funded

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The Kickstarter campaign for the new modular terrain system, UpWorks, is now live. It went up yesterday and within less than 48 hours the campaign is nearly funded. It’s currently looking for about $1400 at the time of writing this article, and I’m very sure it’ll make it with 32 days left.

UpWorks is a new modular terrain system created by True Adventures Ltd., which is led by Jeff Martin. Jeff worked as the president of Dwarven Forge, a company that’s run two successful Kickstarter campaigns for their own miniature gaming terrain, and is now taking creation into his own hands. What makes UpWorks different from other miniature terrain is that you can construct multiple layers of a building together, creating floor after floor of custom-designed terrain.

The way it works is simple: you take a floor frame and add your floor pieces to it. Once you’ve completed one floor you just place another floor frame on top of the one you just completed and repeat the process. In no time you’ll be building multi-level forts, castes, towers, and more.

The one thing I’ve noticed about the campaign is just how steep the pledge levels are. For $90 you’ll get enough terrain pieces to construct a small tower or barracks, and this level does not include stretch goals. The next level, however, does if you pledge just $50 more. With this level you can easily construct a much larger tower, and with the stretch goals included, if met, you can do a bit more. From there it goes on up, all the way to a pledge of $590.

Manor Set UpWorks

With the previous Dwarven Forge Kickstarter the bottom-level pledge was $65 and it netted you 34 terrain pieces. The bottom rung with UpWorks will get you 48pieces for $90. In the grand scheme of things it may not be much different, but somehow it seems a little high for me. If you’re splitting the cost with a friend, however, as I’ve known many to do, it’s not so bad.

Either way the UpWorks terrain set looks amazing, even if there’s no pledge level to get your pieces “expertly painted”. Personally I like painting my own pieces so it works out in my favor. I like having the ability to construct giant fortresses and castles for use with, well, just about any fantasy game that uses miniatures. Make sure you head over to the Kickstarter page and take a look for yourself. Go ahead and pledge and get ready to build!


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