Sunday, November 9, 2014

Resurgence: Shattered Verse Returns in a big way

For those not in the 15mm scifi community, Shattered Verse was an internet phenom game created by Adam Isherwood in 2010.  Nearly five years later, Crushpop Productions is taking the work of Adam Isherwood and spinning it into a whole new direction with Shatteredverse: Resurgence- and that direction is taking off like a rocket.

On Halloween 2014, Crushpop Productions released the free-to-download playtest rules for Shatteredverse: Resurgence. Within days it had over five hundred downloads.  Now, for some of the big wargaming companies out there that might not seem like a lot of hits, but for an indie wargaming company, and in 15mm, that's pretty spectacular.  Within a week they had enough feedback that they posted an updated version of the quickstart rules, which is the copy currently available for download.

Shattered Verse was an inspiration in 15mm wargaming (and in some ways, looking at wargaming in a new light in general), and was partially responsible for two of Crushpop's other projects, GROMM and Toxic Holocaust. Crushpop has an avid following- so much so that the fans of the company are known collectively as "The Cult," and maintain a presence on both Crushpop's webpage and their SVR Facebook page. I expect a lot of converts inbound as Resurgence continues to spread.

As a guy who was almost exclusively a 28mm guy (the original Battletech being the sole exception) I never really got to experience Shattered Verse.  Having now downloaded SVR myself, I can tell you I'm hooked.  Quick and simple gameplay, still-expanding mechanics for vehicles and the like, and a really rich backstory are going to make this one something to follow. 

The best part is, you don't need to take my word for it.  Go download the free quickstart rules yourself.  Give the tires a kick, and take it out on the table for a test drive.  I expect that you'll like what you see from it.  

I'll see you on the other side of the table,
The Second Class Elitist

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