Minis with Enemies: Another Kickstarter Featuring xOrigin Developers
Some of you may be unfamilar with the “xOrigin” term. I’m given to understand that it’s a label that many former employees of Origin Systems use to describe their past affiliation with that great studio. It looks snappier than “ex-Origin”, I suppose, and says the same thing.
Anyhow, I digress. Let’s talk about Minis with Enemies — a clever play on “Words with Friends”, I suppose — which is being Kickstarted right now and will (should the campaign prove successful) be developed by Austin, Texas-based Heatwave Interactive. Deckard brought the project to my attention last week (but of course I didn’t follow up on it, as I was working on other things and just couldn’t find the time), and the Wing Commander CIC posted about it this morning.
The rather ambitious goal of the game is to bring the full tabletop wargaming experience (think: Warhammer) to the PC, as well as to tablets and other mobiles:
Minis with Enemies brings the creativity, adventure, camaraderie and competition of tabletop miniature gaming to life on your PC, Tablet and Mobile devices! For the first time, you’ll be able to experience authentic miniature gaming any time or anywhere with your closest friends and enemies around the world.
Minis with Enemies is everything you want in a tabletop miniature game. Collect, trade and paint hundreds of highly detailed Minis to build your ultimate army. Command your Minis into the depths of the deepest, darkest dungeons and battle your way through Adventure Maps to earn coins, items, and uncover new Minis.
The Minis with Enemies turn-based gameplay, allows you to play multiple games simultaneously alongside or against friends, enemies and strangers on predefined Adventure Maps. Or, take on the all-powerful role of the Game Master and create the adventure of your dreams (and their nightmares) by building a fully customized map using creatures, treasures and tiles you’ve collected on your journeys, or purchased in the bazaar.
Minis with Enemies can be played across all platforms including your PC or MAC, as well as most tablets and smart phones. Our intended desktop delivery platform is Steam.
Heatwave Interactive is headed up by Anthony Castoro, who was a producer and lead designer for Ultima Online, and a QA tester for Wing Commander 4 and Privateer 2. Producer EJ Moreland also worked for Origin Systems, as a designer for the canceled Privateer Online. Senior designer and engineer Tim Schubert worked as a developer for Ultima Online, in several different roles. Designer Todd Bailey worked in a design role at Origin Systems between 1994 and 2000. And community manager Chris “Binky” Launius worked as a QA lead for Privateer 2, and also filled marketing specialist and operations manager roles at Origin Systems.
I used to greatly enjoy tabletop gaming, and though I’ve fallen away from it somewhat, I do think this is a very interesting project indeed, one which I do hope is able to reach its funding goal.