This past spring Ares announced they were producing a new similar game based on the Age of Sail with pre-painted ships. An instant sell for me. They also decided to go a unique route to secure funding for the new project by offering it as a Kick Starter which is becoming more and more popular in the gaming community. They started with a $30k goal with a number of stretch goals. By the time the KS ended they had meet all the stretch goals and had to create many more and ended up with a pledge level of almost $277k with close to 1200 backers.
Kick starter page:
This is the first KS I have ever supported and I bought in at the Captain level which secured me the basic game all the ships that would be offered on the retail market plus four exclusive ships for the KS (16 ships total) and many other extras.
As I learned is common with most KS projects there have been many delays along the way. Ares decided to improve the quality of the ships which meant a significant delay from the initial projected August release date. As a result my KS rewards arrived DEC 19th. I had been very excited for the release, especially after playing a pre-production demo version in October at ROCKCON.
|Part of ROCKCON Demo Game|
At the same time I discovered a new game, Bolt Action, as you can see from my other Blog posts so my gaming table was full when my rewards arrived. Anyway, I decided to get over my KS disillusionment and finally unbox my rewards last night to check them out and ensure everything was present and undamaged.
|My rewards as they arrived|
|Sails of Glory play mat|
|Sails of Glory Core Set|
|Core set with top removed|
Damage Bags: SoG uses chits to assign and keep track of damage very similar to the WoG WWII game. These bags were a freebie with the KS as a stretch goal. they will keep all the chits together and allow for a blind draw. Very well done. As an aside for the past couple weeks one of them was serving the same purpose to draw Bolt Action order dice. ;)
|Free set of Damage Bags|
|Counters, terrain packs, and ship boards|
|Laser cut ruler, gauge, smoke clouds and two decks|
The ships are simply amazing. They are suppose to retail for $18-20, but I am sure they will be online for much less. Like the WoG planes they are worth every penny. Ares really did a nice job in insisting the highest quality of minis. They look amazing right out of the box, but as I have already seen I am sure many will be customizing them with even more details and paint schemes as they already do with the WoG models.
|Six Ships of the Line|
All in all I am very happy with the Sails of Glory KS offering. Yes, I am still disappointed that they did not push back the street date when shipping was delayed, but that does not take away from the quality of the overall product. If you are already familiar with the Wings of Glory WWI and WWII lines than you are familiar with the type of quality products Ares puts out. you will not be disappointed with Sails of Glory and if anything I think it is even a slightly better quality.
|Complete Captain level KS rewards|
Additionally, you can purchase some of the laser cut parts through a third party, Aerodrome Store, that also makes extra parts for the WoG games. I have already purchased extra smoke clouds so I will have enough for all my ships to have a set of two.
If you missed out on the KS you can purchase the game at the Aerodrome store or check out my friends store (12-7 Games) who also has several copies of the exclusive ships.
In the next week or so I will finish opening the individual ships and set up a few test plays to teach my sons and other interested parties. I will make sure to share pics of this as well so you can see the amazing quality of these models even better.
Until Next time....