This week’s Kickstarter Game of the Week is Ironclad by Alcyon Creative! It’s a co-operative story-driven space opera… which is a bit different from the typical Kickstarter fare of big Euros and miniatures-heavy produtions. But I am so pumped for it!
Ironclad pays homage to the pulp space operas, sci fi movies, and comic books of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s – it has an almost video game-esque feel to it that reminds me of a cross between Freelancer (for its space travel and combat) and the more modern Mass Effect (for its story-driven campaign and characters). Those being two of my favorite games, I think it’s safe to say I’m fairly excited for what Ironclad brings to the tabletop. Because Ironclad is played as a co-operative and persistent campaign, it also reminds me a bit of a pen-and-paper roleplaying games I used to play as a kid – specifically, Trinity by White Wolf. Basically, Ironclad is nostalgia in a box!
The gameplay for Ironclad is, actually, one part roleplaying and one part exploration adventure game. Up to three players each control one core function of their shared battleship, the Ironclad, as it travels through space and becomes embroiled in an escalating galactic war. Players need to work together to make the most efficient actions to explore, fight, and manage their crew. It’s a game of decision-making with potentially huge consequences, since the game spans across over 10 scenarios. The storyteller in me is just as excited as the gamer in me, and I’m super eager to see what Alcyon has cooked up! (I gushed over the Mass Effect series’ story for months after I finished it… and I have an even softer spot for tabletop games, so I have high hopes for Ironclad!) This game promises to be an epic journey – I’m fully preparing myself for some emotional attachments, victories, and defeats going into the campaign.
The artwork for Ironclad also adds to the nostalgia factor – it stays true to the game’s roots in pulp space operas by giving it a classic comic book look. The illustrations and graphic design are phenomenal – an essential component to a successful persistent tabletop game. After all, if you’re going to be looking at the same characters and tiles over and over again, you want to be able to grow an attachment to those characters and tiles. I can easily see my game nights with Ironclad turning into a fight over who our favorite characters are. The character art is just gorgeous.
If you guys are into space operas, sci fi, persistent campaign games, and great storytelling, then you should check out Ironclad on Kickstarter! As of writing this, the campaign’s got just a short 9 days to go, and there’s some really cool stretch goals that are allllllmost unlocked. (C’mon, Ironclad miniature and custom D6!)
Until next time, gang. Keep it plucky,