“Listen up, troops! You may be fresh to the field, but the Rivet War’s been raging for years now. Let’s get you up to speed on the situation.”
First things first: Operation Kickstarter for Rivet Wars: Reloaded Kickstarter is exploding into action on September 6!
Follow the page now for an express telegram when the campaign deploys.
Anyway, for those of you who are new to the wonderful world of this madcap Dieselpunk franchise…
Well, first of all, welcome! We think you’re gonna love it.
But there’s a lot to get your head around before we send you to the frontline, so listen carefully as we tell you Everything You Need to Know About Rivet Wars: Reloaded Before the Campaign Goes Live… Phew!
Let’s get into it.
What Is Rivet Wars?
Launched in 2014, Rivet Wars is a Dieselpunk-inspired, tactical miniature board game. And yes, it’s every bit as good as it sounds.
You and an opponent battle it out in the world of Rivet, an alternate history set loosely around the First World War populated by walking mechs, unicycled vehicles, and other mad pieces of anachronistic technology. Each player takes command of a Rivet army representing one of the opposing factions duking it out in the Rivet Wars.
Rivet Wars has a number of things that set it apart from other miniature board games.
First of all, instead of deploying your army at the start of the game, each player spends deployment points to add new units to the battlefield every turn. Players can spend deployment points on any units and heroes they have available, so it’s fair to say picking the right units is absolutely crucial!
You score victory points by taking control of strategic objectives with your units. Each scenario tells you how many victory points you need to score to win.
It sounds simple, and it is, but there’s a lot of tactical nuance to Rivet Wars. You’re not stuck to a single strategy: you can switch up your tactics mid-game by playing game-changing action cards.
Although there’s a lot of tactical depth, it’s still an incredibly fun, fast, and frantic experience. Best of both worlds, you might say!
What Is Rivet Wars: Reloaded?
Rivet Wars: Reloaded is Steamforged Games’ reboot of the original Rivet Wars.
We’ve taken everything that was great about the original game and dialled it up to 11 with refined minis, awesome new artwork, and loads of brand new content.
Big fan of the original? Fear not! We know it was a fantastic game, and we’ve worked hard to preserve the heart and soul of that Riveting (sorry, couldn’t resist) game experience.
And fans of the original Rivet Wars will find Rivet Wars: Reloaded backwards compatible with all their existing miniatures**. Winner!
We’re pretty confident the changes we have made to Rivet Wars are all improvements. There’s no change for change’s sake here; we made sure of that.
So, what have we changed?
In a nutshell, we’ve modernised the game mechanics with brand new and dynamic scenarios where you add tiles to the game board as you play, added a bespoke single player mode complete with AI cards, and refreshed the graphics across the entire game.
Oh, and the talented sculpting team here at Steamforged Games are working their magic on the miniatures returning from the original game. This ‘glow up’ (as the kids might say) has sharpened the details and generally given the minis a whole new lease of life!
New Hero Plugs!
One of our favourite things about Rivet Wars is the ability to customise your units mid-game.
These customisations, which involve things like adding an extra gun turret to your tank for even more firepower and enlisting a hero for their unique special abilities, are referred to in-game as plugs.
Both of the original factions, the Allies and the Blight, make a proud return to Rivet Wars: Reloaded, bolstered by new hero plugs giving them access to a new swathe of powerful abilities!
Brand New Faction!
But it’s not just the Allies and the Blight battling it out in Rivet Wars: Reloaded…
We’ve gone ahead and made a whole new third faction for the game: the Nemoans (pronounced “Nee-Mo-Ans”)!
Where the Allies generally represent the ‘good guys’ and the Blight the ‘bad guys’, the Nemoans are a morally grey faction, owing allegiance to neither. They originate from way below the surface of the planet Rivet, within the hollowed out earth.
What they lack in numbers, they make up for with advanced magnetic and sonic technology combined with unorthodox tactics.
The Nemoans are here, and they’ve changed the Rivet War forever!
This subterranean faction bring their own tanks, infantry, cavalry, support, and even air units to the battlefield.
Remember the new scenarios we talked about? They reveal why the Nemoans suddenly sprung out of the ground in an event that will well-and-truly shake the Rivetverse.
Right, one last thing. And you know what they say about saving the best ‘til last…
We’ve created some brand new, comic strip-style art for Rivet Wars! We hope this shows just how much we love Rivet Wars, and how keen we are to continue its proud legacy for the future. This is just a sneak peek of what’s to come.
*picks mic back up*
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to sign up to the Kickstarter page! Now that you’ve read all that, there’s no way you’ll want to miss out…
**not all original Rivet Wars units will receive new stat cards. However, stat cards from the original game will be compatible with Rivet Wars: Reloaded**