Thomas L Martin has revealed today that he has finished writting for Maelstroms Edge, and here is what he had to say.
We wanted to do this right – wargaming is a very competitive business and there are lots of other companies out there. We wanted to take the time to work in secret on something that felt unique and innovative across all parts of the game – that everything in the models, art design, game rules and the background would be new and exciting.
The setting was key. We wanted a universe that had the broad appeal and wow factor of great space opera, but with a nod to the trend towards the grittier, more mature themes that modern science fiction has embraced in recent years – closer to the darker 2003 remake of Battlestar Galactica rather than the cheesier original version. We wanted the Maelstrom’s Edge universe to be morally complex and populated with flawed characters – the technology may have changed, but mankind still faces the same problems it always has.
We also wanted to keep to a fairly hard science fiction feel – including awe-inspiring elements like aliens, powerful new weapons and faster-than-light travel, but trying to make any such invention feeling grounded in enough worldbuilding logic to feel realistic within our setting. Stephen and I having a background in science helped with designing things like the cybel network to be internally consistent and believable.
With the initial design goal to create a miniatures game where players would battle a number of different factions against each other, we wanted to create a setting where each of these factions would have a legitimate reason for conflict. There is no absolute good or evil faction in Maelstrom’s Edge – each organisation has its own understandable motives for the way it acts. We have also made sure to include conflict and friction within each organisation, to allow conflict both between different factions and between splinter groups of each.
The result was the universe of Maelstrom’s Edge, a far future science fiction setting where a golden age of exploration and innovation has been ripped apart and humanity is on the very edge of annihilation. The Maelstrom, a gigantic apocalyptic explosion of dark energy, is rapidly expanding out from the heart of the galaxy, destroying everything it touches. As worlds and stars are obliterated from existence, those who have the means flee towards deep space, while those left behind fight for the chance to escape – and for the resources in the worlds under threat.
All sounds really good but I know what your thinking show me the miniatures, well as well as the announcement the website seems to have morphed and actually become a website including a few bits of details.
This small picture is found under Studio Models but at the present doesn’t seem to go anywhere else so this is pretty much all we have to go on at the moment, making the image larger to the point of blurriness and I think I can safely say here are three of the species that inhabit the universe of Maelstroms edge, the model on the left is obviously some form of humanoid alien with a passion for big guns, the middle miniature more humanly proportioned but still quite alien looking while the third miniature I would hazard a guess is some form of Human Troop, for no other reason than it just reminds me of a film I saw, but for the life off me I can’t think which one. These miniatures will me plastic multi-part multi-pose miniatures so hopefully a lot of variation between collections is going to happen which is great as personally I hate it when you have lots of identical models, and they are tedious to paint.
The first two novels will be available at Salute 2015 so if anyone picks me up a copy I will make you a cup of coffee on delivery.
The Maelstrom Edge website is a bit sparse at the moment but compared to what it was just twenty four hours ago I think everything is ready and we are just being teased by a gradual switch over to a fully live website, details on a kickstarter are promised so stay tuned hopefully I can pin down some more information soon