Utopia Armed Forces Kickstarter Successfully Funded!


Our Heavy Gear Blitz Utopia Armed Forces Plastic Miniatures Kickstarter launched on January 17th, 2018, concluded successfully at 7:02 pm EST Saturday, February 3rd, 2018.

We had a great Captain Reward Level at a pledge of $70 CAD (about $53.85 USD) that included a Utopia Patch and 6 squads (2x Strike, 2x Recce, and 2x Support) with a total of 36 plastic miniatures (Updated 1/31/18). Plus higher reward levels add the new MAR-DK drone (resin model) and the large Gilgamesh Command Tank (resin model); see below for artwork and details. You can checkout the Kickstarter page at the following link!

Two additional Kickstarters to make plastic miniatures for the Peace River and NuCoal core models will follow. Backers that support two or more of the individual Kickstarters will be able to have them shipped together for the basic fixed shipping cost.  

Happy New Year 2018!


The Staff at Dream Pod 9 wishes everyone a Happy New Year! We hope you all have a great 2018 and will join us for our upcoming Heavy Gear Blitz Utopia, Peace River, NuCoal, and Jovian Wars Venus Kickstarters.

Merry Christmas From The Staff at Dream Pod 9


Its the Holiday Season again and time for our Annual Xmas Gift. This year our Sculptor, Phil is showing some love for our Utopia fans with a Chibi N-Kidu Drone as this years Xmas gift. The Xmas 2017 Chibi N-Kidu will be automatically added into all DP9 Online Store Orders from now to the morning of January 3rd, 2018 that are over $100 USD before any shipping and taxes. Limit 1 free Chibi N-Kidu per customer. 

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Jovian Wars Joins Feedback Friday, HGB Week 2 Post & News!

For Dream Pod 9's second week of Feedback Friday and we are happy to announce that we are adding Jovian Wars to the weekly post. We added a new Jovian Wars Rules Committee section in the DP9 Forum today to give players more say in the Alpha and Beta testing for the Jovian Wars Tabletop Wargame Rules and various model stats for the game.

For our first Jovian Wars Feedback Friday (February 16th, 2018) no poll, we want your feedback on the Venus Faction Alpha Playtest V1.0 pdf released earlier this week. What you liked or didn't like and if you think we forgot anything that would have been nice to have for playtesting, let us know. Please help us with the Alpha Playtesting of the new Venus spaceships, exo-armor and fighter squads against the existing Jovian and/or CEGA forces you have. Trying forces of the same or nearly the same points and let us know the force used (faction, total points. and what it included) and who won the battle and by how much, Let us know if you think the Venus spaceships or squads are over or under pointed after a few playtests, all this will help us get the Venus forces better point balanced before they are officially added into Jovian Wars Beta Rules this summer.

Our goal is to use all the Jovian Wars Rules Committee poll results and player feedback to make the final printed Jovian Wars Rulebook, that we plan to release in 2019, the best rules and most fun game possible. Click the link below to our first Jovian Wars Feedback Friday - login and leave your feedback and Venus Alpha Playtest results.
http://dp9forum.com/index.php…

For our first Heavy Gear Blitz Feedback Friday polls we had 29 players vote, which was a small sampling result. We had 79% vote that they did not like the January 2018 Update and about 76% vote that we should roll it back and release a pdf with the new Utopia & Peace models. So Dream Pod 9 will be rolling back the January 2018 Update to the previous July 2016 Update and making a pdf available next week with the new Utopia and Peace River models. But about 24% didn't want the January 2018 Update rolled back, so there are some elements of the update that players liked. We'll be doing a series of polls in the coming weeks to determine what we should change or not in the next Rules Update.

One result that surprised us was the "Do you think the present Heavy Gear Blitz rules are bit to complicated for new players?" with about 59% voting No. Maybe our sampling was to small or most of the votes are from long time players that have adsorbed the all rules over time, we'll leave the polls open for now to continue getting more sampling. But we did get some great feedback on what players think we should do to make the existing rules easier to understand. From rewriting existing rule texts to make them clearer, to better rules examples, and arrangement of rules in the book so that when a rule is first referenced its given a quick explanation instead of referring the player to a section later in the book. All of this can be done, it will add to the length of the rulebook, but will make it easier for new and old players to understand.

Feedback leads us to several new polls this week, about the rules and should aim for three levels of rules in the future a basic level that everyone uses with initiative, movement, attacks (direct, indirect, melee, forward observing), and intermediate level with stuff like fire and corrosive weapons added where you have to keep track of their effects, and an advanced level that adds Electronic Warfare and Stealth to the game. And would you like us to start layout on a few sample rulebook pages with the existing rules text and 1 or 2 examples plus add the quick rules explanations when a new rules is mentioned and show them to players for feedback in future Feedback Friday posts? Click the link below to our second HGB Feedback Friday Polls, login, vote, and leave your feedback.
http://dp9forum.com/index.php…

Dream Pod 9 News: Line Developer, Dave McLeod, is leaving DP9, we wish him well and thank him for all the hard work he has put in over the years on the Heavy Gear Blitz and Jovian Wars gamelines. In the short term Robert will be taking on his duties, working with the players on the new Rules Committees to improve the rules and will continue to do layout as before. We'll be looking for a few players that are knowledgeable about the rules to form the core of the Rules Committees and work with Robert on future updates for the games and to help answering online rules questions from players.

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Heavy Gear Blitz YouTube Channel

More Great News Today, we have also opened an official YouTube Videos channel that I will be adding How to videos for Beta rules support. Subscribe so you get notified when new videos are posted!

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The office will be closed next week starting June 24th (Quebec National Holiday) to July 1st (Canada Day) for a short one week staff vacation.

Varis Hopper (VTOL Aircraft) Available Now!

The Varis Hopper (VTOL Aircraft) for the Southern and NuCoal factions is now in production. The kit is now available for to order on the Dream Pod 9 Online Store. 

New & Updated Peace River Miniatures

The Red Bull MkII Strider Custom Pack parts have been updated to include the stock Red Bull weapons (Twin Light Field Guns and MAAC), Arbalest package (VLRP/128), Sarisa (ATM), and Xyston (VHFG) variants found in the Blood Debt - Peace River Army List ebook. Along with the Coyote Strider which is now available as just the Walker Mode with 1 part walker legs or as just the Tank Mode with 1 part tank legs. These kits also include updated parts to make the stock Coyote (Light Rail Gun and MAAC), Vanguard package (VHAC), Pilum (AGM), Fusillade (SLC), and Wild Coyote/Alpha Dog (EW/Sat Uplink) variants found in the Blood Debt. The older Coyote Strider Custom Pack (DP9-9103) will still remain available with the multi-part legs that can be glued in either walker or vehicle tank mode for those who want to make their own custom leg poses. We have also added the Red Bull Very Heavy Field Gun and Anti-Tank Missile launcher turret parts and the Coyote's new SLC and VHAC parts to the custom parts section of the online store for those who want to upgrade an existing Red Bull or Coyote kit. The new Greyhound field command gear is now available on the Online Store as a single pack, including a random pose, either running or standing.

Rumble in the Jungle is Live

Arkrite Press has just announced the release of their first book entitled Rumble in the Jungle, which is now available in ebook format on DriveThruRPG, click here for its ordering page.
 

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