UK Games Expo 2019

We spent last weekend at UK Games Expo 2019 where much fun was had by all! If you haven’t been before make sure you check it out next year – there’s a great mix of board gaming and wargaming with loads of interesting stands and exciting products.

The show was really successful for us – it’s great to get a chance to talk to our customers face to face and we had lots of excellent conversations. We also had exclusive show deals, the Core Space range available to buy, demos running all weekend, and of course our new Fantasy range on display!

2019-06-05 Blog UKGE Main Image.jpg

As a result of some of our conversations you should soon see our products popping up in more retailers. We also had some great chats with suppliers who will allow us to develop some exciting new products in the future.

New Releases

Our cabinet was also full of our latest releases. Don’t forget that the Purge Outbreak expansion for Core Space is released this month along with the Purge Reinforcements pack. We had them available at the show and they were very popular.

2019-03-27 Blog NPCs Anni and Harveys

Purge Annihilator from the Outbreak expansion and Harvesters from the Reinforcements pack

As for our terrain, if you haven’t yet seen our Gothic Ruins or Engineering Sector they are available to pre-order now along with the rest of our relaunched Sci-fi Range!

Gothic Ruins Main.jpg

Gothic Ruins

Engineering Sector.jpg

Engineering Sector

Fantasy Wargames Terrain

Our new range was on display and went down a storm, with everyone really excited for the KS. We filled out a 6×4 table with everything we had finished for the show and it looked incredible – we’re really proud of this new range. The added curves to the roofs and rough edges to the ruins give it a more natural look than our other ranges which really suits the fantasy setting. Colin’s outdone himself with the textures too – everyone kept stroking the roofs of the houses to see if the tiles were 3D!

A single pledge on the upcoming KS will get you enough terrain for a full gaming table, whether you keep it densely packed for a 3×3 skirmish table or spread it out for a more open 6×4 wargames table. As a rough guideline a pledge will give you about two thirds of what we had on display, but we’ll be back next week with more details on exactly what you get.

Enough of my rambling, here are some photos:

Big thanks to Mantic Games for letting us borrow their excellent minis for the display.

Core Space Demos

When you’re getting into a new game it’s always useful to have someone show you the ropes. Our demo tables were packed all weekend, with some people seeing the game for the first time, and others who’d picked it up elsewhere stopping by for a tutorial. It wasn’t just our stand that was busy with Core Space either – some of our retail partners brought the game with them too, and promptly sold out.

I want to say thanks to our demo team Drew and Rob for tirelessly showing off what Core Space is all about – tense, narrative missions with simple mechanics.

We took some remaining Kickstarter editions with us and they proved so popular that we completely sold out! We do have a small number left in the warehouse however. If you’ve been meaning to pick up the game and fancy a load of bonus stuff the KS edition is available for £130 plus shipping, with a retail value of over £200. If you want one email customerservice@battlesystems.co.uk and we will sort you out on a first come, first served basis while stocks last.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by – it was great to meet you. We’re looking forward to doing it all again at our next show, Essen Spiel 2019.

In the meantime, if you want to find out more about our Fantasy Terrain, sign up to our newsletter HERE.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Battle Systems 2019

Welcome to the Battle Systems Blog. We haven’t posted in a while but that’s going to change. Whether you’re new to us or a veteran Battle Systems fan, make sure you’re following the blog this year. And don’t worry, they won’t all be as long as this one!

2019 is an exciting year for Battle Systems, so we’re going to take this opportunity to tell you about all the awesome stuff we’re working on. Read on to find out what’s in store (literally… 😉).

Core Space

Core Space is our first game, and it’s turning out to be a good one even if I do say so myself. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a sci-fi miniatures game and was on Kickstarter back in 2017 (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1621774283/core-space). It can be played co-operatively or competitively and has accessible mechanics with a detailed campaign system. The game also includes a complete 3D 2 foot x 2 foot board built from our award-winning terrain.

2019-02-06 Blog Launch CS Contents

Fast-forward to now and the game is finished and on its way. The miniature and print quality is second-to-none and we’ve designed a nifty way to get it all back in the box again after the terrain is punched out. I’ll let the pictures speak thousands of words so I don’t have to:

2019-02-06 Blog Launch CS Minis

2019-02-06 Blog Launch CS Minis in Tray

2019-02-06 Blog Launch Components.jpg

2019-02-06 Blog Launch Lattice

Check HERE for a full unboxing video.

The rulebook is pretty fancy too. The retail edition of the game comes with a 104-page softback book that doesn’t short-change you on content – you’ll get the full rules, campaign system, 10 missions to play and all the reference you need to dive in quickly.

2019-02-06 Blog Launch Softback Campaigns.jpg

If that’s not enough you can also pick up the hardback Deluxe Rulebook with even more content. You’ll get advanced rules to customise your games, character creation, rules for lots more NPCs, and a peek behind the curtain at our early concept sketches. Kickstarter backers will get this book as standard in their pledges.

2019-02-06 Blog Launch Hardback Character Gen

You get two complete trader crews in the core game, but we’ve got a total of six available that can all be mixed and matched together.

2019-02-06 Blog Launch Poseidon Colour Shot.png

All of this is available to pre-order now to be released at the end of March. You can order direct from us HERE. Alternatively, as of this year you can now head down to your FLGS and see us there too. That leads me nicely into my next topic.

Retail Stores

We’ve been selling high-quality gaming terrain since 2013, but we’ve only ever sold it direct to our customers. What we’ve been missing out on is the immense value that local gaming stores bring to the community. With the launch of Core Space Battle Systems will start arriving in retail stores all around the world, so more people than ever will have a chance to see it in the flesh. Been meaning to pick up one of our add-on products but wanted to avoid international postage rates? Been thinking about our terrain but wanted to see it first-hand? Now you can!

We’ve been in touch with lots of stores already but we certainly haven’t gotten around to all of them yet. If you want your local store to stock our products, please ask them to get in touch with us at stewart@battlesystems.co.uk, and we’ll take it from there 😊.

Of course, just being in stores is only part of the story – we want to build thriving in-store communities of Core Space players, and of all the other games played on our terrain. As such, we want to work with retailers on campaigns, events, displays, demos and prize support. Here’s an event we ran recently at Board in Brum in the midlands:

2019-02-06 Blog Launch CS Day.jpg

If you want help with an event, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.

Terrain

With the retail launch we are repackaging our terrain to give it extra on-shelf impact, and to make sure we’ve included the barcodes, small print, and other technical paraphernalia that stores need. The terrain itself won’t change, it’s just in a shiny new box 😊. Here’s what the Galactic set will look like going forward:

2019-02-06 Blog Launch Galactic Packaging.jpg

We are also reworking our contents photos to make it clearer exactly what you get in each set. I think this looks pretty cool:

2019-02-06 Blog Launch Medical Research Lab.jpg

The one part of our products that will change is the plastic clips. While they fulfilled their role admirably, the old clips are a bit fiddly to punch out of the sheets and we wanted to add some extra stability for larger terrain projects. So, Core Space and all newly packaged terrain going forward will ship with our new improved clips. These have been moulded in ABS with a new 3D profile that will make them stronger and more durable. They are fully compatible with the old clips so nobody needs to replace anything. Of course, if you’re working on a particularly ambitious project and you wanted to pick some up, the new manufacturing method has also allowed us to drop the price! The new clips will be available separately a little later in the year, in a pack of 80 clips for just £6.99.

2019-02-06 Blog Launch New Clips.jpg

So that’s where things stand for our existing ranges, but after a few years and many, many games we’ve taken in a lot of feedback about what people want to see next. If you’re running out of ideas for how to configure your Frontier settlement or Shanty Town, then we’ve got exciting news for you! As each of our ranges hits retail stores this year, they will be complemented by some brand new sets. These new sets were not funded by Kickstarter and can take your games in a brand-new direction. These are very much work in progress but here are a couple of previews:

2019-02-06 Blog Launch New Terrain.png

We’ve got some cool ideas for those with our urban apocalypse sets too. Let’s just say we’re hoping to take advice from Robin Sparkles…

Beyond that, we want to step outside and scale up to fill some larger tables. We’ve got the skirmish game world fairly well covered already, but what about all the wargamers out there? It’s totally possible as seen with our Outlands January sale deal, but we want more.

2019-02-06 Blog Launch Outlands 4x4.png

I won’t say too much just yet, but if you’re after some new wargames terrain, whether sci-fi, fantasy or historical, subscribe to this blog and all will be revealed.

2019-02-06 Blog Launch Fantasy Ruins.jpg

Community

So, with all of this going on, you’re going to want to keep up to date with it all, and chat about it with your fellow gamers. With that in mind we’re going to be sharing information in a few ways this year.

  • Firstly, this blog. We will be posting regularly throughout the year with product features, assembly tutorials, new Core Space missions, hobby content, event coverage, and plenty more. Our next post will be the Core Space unboxing coming very soon!
  • Secondly, the newsletter. Instead of coming to us, we can send the information to you! The newsletter will deliver the highlights of our blog content and new releases direct to your email inbox, so you won’t miss a thing. These will kick-off in March using our new secure mail client. Click HERE to sign up. When the new window opens, just press send.
  • Lastly, Facebook. Follow our Facebook page to stay right up to date. As well as showing off our new ideas in bitesize chunks, we will also be using Facebook to share some of the fantastic work being done by Battle Systems fans around the world, such as this mighty Star-Wars-themed construction from Laurent Loubet:

2019-02-06 Blog Launch SW Board.jpg

2019-02-06 Blog Launch SW Board x 4.png

What Else?

What? That’s not enough? Oh alright then, I’ll spill a few more beans about the future.

You may have noticed that parts of our Fantasy Dungeon range are running out of stock. It’s now been nearly five years since we ran the Kickstarter for our Dungeon, and since then we’ve used our experience to make improvements to our engineering and our artwork. With the current print run nearly sold out, we’re looking at revitalising the Dungeon and bringing it in line with our newer sets. There’s a long way to go yet and plenty to do in the meantime, but we’ll update you on our progress later in the year.

In the meantime, our remaining stock of Dungeon add-ons is available at 20% off, so if you’ve been meaning to pick something up, now’s your chance. While stocks last.

In between the constant work on our own new products, we are also working on a few more collaborations with other companies. Watch this space for more info.

Finally, there’s this:

2019-02-06 Blog Launch Ion Hope.jpg

Signing Off, for Now

Right, I’m sure you’ve had enough of my rambling. The next one won’t be an essay, I promise!

Let us know your thoughts about Battle Systems’ future, or tell us what you want to see, in the comments below. We’re excited to hear what you think!

Until next time, happy gaming!

Colin, Wayne and Stew

The Battle Systems Team