Dropfleet Commander

by Harrison Thane

  • 1

  • $ 2522

    pledged of $ 1500 goal
  • 9

    days ago
  • Funded!

    This project was successfully funded.

  • This project was successfully funded on 2018-04-14

About this project

Dropfleet Commander is planetary invasion wargame designed and produced by Hawk Wargames. Players command destructive fleets of void capable ships and battle for control of planets, fighting for the future of mankind itself! 

You will take command of orbital battle fleets vying for control of the Cradle Worlds; Humanity’s home planets for hundreds of years, now under the tyrannical control of the parasitic Scourge race. 

The Dropfleet Commander 2 Player Starter set includes two fleets of ships: The brave United Colonies of Mankind, fighting to retake humanity’s lost worlds, and the insidious Scourge, parasitic oppressors who will stop at nothing to enslave and subjugate all the human race holds dear.

Principal designers Andy Chambers (Battlefleet Gothic, Warhammer 40,000) and David J Lewis (Dropzone Commander) bring you a galaxy of ship-to-ship combat, tactical gameplay, and rich, exciting background from the world of Dropzone Commander. 

We are running this Kickstarter in order to help fund the high cost of moulds for plastic miniatures, which will allow us to put our Starter Fleets into production in full plastic from launch. 

Since we are almost ready to release the game, we are looking to dispatch to backers as soon as we are able; barring any major problems we are planning to deliver in June 2016. We are also committed to fulfilling our pledges before any Dropfleet Commander products are on sale – our backers will receive their rewards before anyone else.

Simply choose the pledge level that you like and click on it to the right or click ‘Back This Project’ at the top of your screen.

1) Choose a pledge level that's right for you.

2) Choose any Bolt-ons that you'd like to add.

3) Click 'Back this project' at the top right of the page.

4) Enter the total amount of your pledge + Bolt-ons (you can always decrease or increase this before the Kickstarter ends).

5) We send you out a survey once the campaign has concluded, confirming your details and which Bolt-ons you would like.

It's that simple. You don't pay anything until the campaign is over, and you can add extras up until then. As the kickstarter continues, if we are fully funded we will be adding stretch goals for backers. Each stretch goal unlocked will then allow backers to add new bolt-ons to their pledges as well as open up new exclusives and extras for your backer level.

The pledge levels you can pick from are listed in detail below. It might be that limited pledge levels may expand if backer interest is more than expected. If we are fortunate enough to fund, there will be stretch goals that if achieved, will unlock Bolt-Ons which, dependent on your pledge, may be added to your rewards at no extra cost. There are two tiers of free rewards - the "All Backer" rewards (given to all backers) and the "High Rank" rewards (given to backers of the Captain Pledge level and above).

All of the pledge levels are a saving on the planned RRP. We are aiming to send rewards out by the end of June 2016, though this date might be subject to change if any large unforeseen situations occur. We will be keeping backers informed regularly and along each main step of the way, and are committed to making sure that backers receive their rewards before any copies of the game go on sale to the general public.

The rewards for the Lieutenant Pledge include the Dropfleet Commander Full Colour Rulebook and one Plastic Starter Fleet. You can also add any bolt-ons to your pledge that might be unlocked during the Kickstarter. This level will also receive any free "All Backer" rewards.

Risks & Challenges

With any new project comes a range of risks and challenges. This is our first Kickstarter, and there are many things to consider just when it comes to running a campaign such as this. Lengthy research into other Kickstarter projects as well as our desire for excellent customer service has led us to plan as much as we can, as far in advance as possible, and to have as much of the work done before anything went live. We have the rules at a beta test stage, and though there are few models left to sculpt and studio paint, our production processes are set up, along with fulfilment agreements. The main reason for running this Kickstarter is for the manufacture of the tools for the plastic sprues, which is ultimately the one element we have not manufactured at this point. These points, added to the fact that we manufacture in the UK rather than sourcing from other countries or continents, means reduced turnaround times and greater reliability on quality as well as timings. This does not preclude production problems, or avoid any unforeseen complications in production or delivery. However it does mean that we are better equipped to deal with any problems that could arise, and that we can be physically on the spot with our team to solve any such situations. We have had experience in creating plastic sets before, with Dropzone Commander, and have worked with all our manufacturers before on a range of products, so are confident in our ability to deliver a high quality game in Dropfleet Commander, both in terms of product quality and, of course, gameplay value! If we do have problems, the key is also to communicate these, and as such we have a committed team to manage communication with backers both throughout and after the Kickstarter campaign. If we are successful in our campaign, we aim to routinely communicate with updates on the progress of developments in design, manufacturing, and dispatch of the game and the pledge levels that backers have supported us with. We are committed to quality and speed of delivery, but also loyal to our backers; it is our intention not to put any of the kickstarted game elements up for sale through retail until all backers have received their pledge levels. We also want to support distributors, retailers and local gaming groups, and not treat Kickstarter as a store front, so we are also pledging that a variety of products in the entire planned product range (such as command units, larger and smaller ships and a range of other scenery items) will not be available via our Kickstarter campaign.


Pledge $ 300 or more

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DROPFLEET COMMANDER RULEBOOK AND A STARTER FLEET - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - For this pledge, you will receive a single Starter Fleet (available to choose from all that are available once the campaign has completed) along with the Dropfleet Commander Rulebook.

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Pledge $ 250 or more

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DROPFLEET COMMANDER 2 PLAYER STARTER SET - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - For this pledge, you will receive the Dropfleet Commander 2 Player Starter Set, which contains Scourge and UCM starter Fleets, terrain and accessories needed to play a starter set game.

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