Stoking The Coals

Hey all,

While we’re still in a holding pattern surrounding the Kickstarter due to production (still in negotiations but they’re dragging on, as usual), we’ve got a number of other items we’re working on that I wanted to share.

First, we’ve got a new James Fighting Leviathans PDF in the works; find one of the excerpts we’re looking at below, along with the game stats excerpted from our master spreadsheet:

    Dupetit-Thoaurs (Grenouille-class Type I)

    Dimensions: 185 ft. x 30 ft. x 40 ft. (excluding funnels & masts)
    Complement: 72
    Weight: 728 tons
    Engines: Turbines, producing 16,700 shaft hp (max. speed 46 knots)
    Fuel (oil): 120 tons
    Armament: 3-75mm, 3-65mm

    Sky Destroyers are built around speed and maneuverability. The Grenouille-class ships are also well known for the multiple different armaments they have been seen to carry. Within the class, however, there is clear evidence of a major split between “fast Grenouilles” (reaching speeds of up to 60 knots) and “slow Grenouilles” (limited to a more sedate 40-44 knots). The reason for these differences is not known, although it is noteworthy that to date none of the “fast Grenouilles” carry guns larger than 75mm-100mm.

    The Dupetit-Thouars is named after the younger French admiral of that name, Abel-Nicholas, who famously participated in the Japanese Boshin war of 1868. The vessel accordingly serves in French Indochina, and has been adapted to alleviate the effects of tropical heat on its crew. Most notably, the forward guns have been replaced by a trio of small quick-firers. Given the lightly armoured foes it is likely to face, such a volume of fire obviously has its advantages, but the ability of the Dupetit-Thouars to handle a head-on engagement with a modern British vessel of similar size has to be questioned.

Dupetit-Thoars_1

Dupetit-Thoars_2

We’re also continuing to work on the Minor Powers PDF, which will showcase the early leviathans. Here’s some great work that John Haward has done on adapting the “modern” art to be used for these “primitive” ships; the illustration below shows a comparison between the Liberte vessel and the Lavoisier-class (the “modern” Liberte were built off of the “primitive” Lavoisier-class).

Leviathans_LibertevsLavoisierclasses

Also, I’ll start up a series of blogs detailing the development of the aesthetics for the Italian fleet, as I did the Germans a while back. Below is the first concept sketch that Doug generated (as it appears in the Gazetteer), and below that is the first concept sketch based off of that original that J. Lonnee produced (in those future blogs we’ll walk through the whole process start to finish).

Italian Battleship Orignal Sketch

Italian Battleship New Sketch

Some other odds and ends we’re working on for rolling out in the coming months.

1. There’s been requests for some of the fiction that’s been posted in segments directly on the site to be compiled into a PDF; we can do that.

2. We’ve still got some files from the Core Box to release so players have full access to everything they need to play.

3. I’ll be posting additional rules from the Captain’s Manual for you guys to enjoy (and play test if you’ve got the feedback).

Wew…okay, I think that does it for now. It was a low-key autumn and start of winter, but we’re stoking the coals again to get new content up and going for you guys…and of course, if anything breaks forward on the physical production side, you’ll be the first to know after me.

See ya next duty shift!

Randall

Comments (20)

KarasuJanuary 23rd, 2014 at 2:35 am

Thanks, this is all cool.

Can I, however, be really cheeky and ask for one other thing?

Is it possible to get the details of the Perk and Flaw cards that were previewed on the blog before and released at Gencon?

RadecliffeJanuary 23rd, 2014 at 7:37 am

I have a question that I would really like answered. The 75 mm gun on the port/starboard sides as well as the aft are bracketable yet without turrets there is no way to bracket them. There are many other ships in the same situation as well for that matter.

Is there some rule that will be changed in the future that will make sense of assigning this ability to guns of this type?

Thank you.

Jim diGrizJanuary 23rd, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Thanks for the news and previews!

JohngeeJanuary 23rd, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Whooohooo… I guess Leviathans – “ain’t dead yet” (or even O.O.P.) after all. I guess that Randall’s duty shifts are just few and far between ( it’s been 70 days since November 13th, 2013. But tanks fur the update.

JohngeeJanuary 23rd, 2014 at 2:45 pm

@Randall ~ I’m sorry if comment above seems impertinent. I just read in a Forum post by WT, that you have “been very ill.” That explains a lot, and I do hope you are feeling much better. Please know that there are people her that care more about YOU as a person than this or any silly miniatures board game. We would gladly cast healing spells or pray to our higher power for your rapid recovery if only we were informed of there being such a need, besides the KS “holding pattern” due to production negotiations “dragging on.” Cheers; – )

stormlion1January 23rd, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Seriously? Minor Powers PDF? Really? I don’t begrudge the Germans getting a fleet, and I can say the Italians deserve a fleet but shouldn’t we see a PDF for the US, Russians, or even the Japanese before the Minor Powers?

KarasuJanuary 24th, 2014 at 12:45 am

Minor Powers are mostly called that on account of the fact that they buy their Levs off the Major Powers. They can make use of existing artwork and introduce ‘obsolete’ or old-fashioned ship stats without the full art development that would be needed for the Major Powers.

ElliotteJanuary 24th, 2014 at 7:31 am

@stormlion1,

Like Karasu said, the minor powers buy off the big names so it’s easier to make. Plus from what I understand the plan was to have fleets for all 8 of the major powers (Brits, French, Italians, Germans, Japanese, Russians, Austro-Hungarians, & Americans.

Richard LeclercqJanuary 24th, 2014 at 9:10 am

You build ships. I’ll send $ £ ¥ or € as needed.

stormlion1January 24th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

To me it just seems the effort is being divided by a side project when there are other fleets that need some work. There would be more draw for a Japanese, Russian, or USA Fleet than for the fleet of Brazil or Portugal I would think. Plus honestly I really want to see the US Fleet at some point.

Nick DelciappoJanuary 26th, 2014 at 7:13 am

The Italian art looks beautiful!!!

KarasuJanuary 27th, 2014 at 1:49 am

The impression I get is that, while a different part of the critical path is held up (manufacturer), they are putting the available resources into a side project rather than letting it sit and wait until the delay is resolved. That this side project will result in us getting access to additional content before we would otherwise seems like a good thing.

SumDumGuyJanuary 27th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Sweet! MOAR! I WANT MOAR! I don’t care about the US Fleet. Unless you’re Spain, they’re rather inconsequential until WWI. I just want the Russians and Japanese!

Sky Admiral RandallFebruary 14th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Thanks for all the great feedback, guys.

To clarify things, the Germans and Italians are all ready to go and the Russians and Japanese have started to be developed. We’re simply waiting on production which has simply been killing Leviathans, unfortunately. But we keep negotiations going with the printer in the hopes to can figure out how to make this work.

In the mean time, we try to provide some more material here on the site for you guys to play additional ships and additional rules to enjoy different ways to enjoy the rules and ships you’ve already got.

Thanks for all your great patience!

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