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What happens when five of wargaming’s most talented indie designers are teamed up with an incredible graphic artist?

The answer is a unique anthology project. New rules for your favourite indie titles. New games ripped right from the minds of wargaming’s most prolific collective of published writers and insights into the process of writing and creating games.

Join us for BLASTER!

BLASTER: Volume 1 contains:

  • Martian Racing Federation, a stand-alone game-mode for Gaslands by Mike Hutchinson. You’ve seen Earth's worst, now witness their overlords.
  • Last Days: TIMELINES by Ash Barker, which takes the Zombie Apocalypse through time; beginning with the Old West. 
  • The Lotus Guilds of the Twilight Seat spring onto the scene in Relic Blade by Sean Sutter along with downloadable assets for these new Seekers. 
  • The Beastmasters, a whole new faction for THIS IS NOT A TEST by Joseph McGuire. With complete rules for these maniac pet-owners in the Wasteland.
  • Rangers of the Watchtower, a complete mission supplement from Rangers of Shadowdeep by Joseph McCullough that reimagines the game with a fellowship. 
  • Closing thoughts from all five designers on this first volume and the state of wargaming.

BLASTER brings you a mix-tape of awesome stand-alone and supplementary wargaming content multiple times a year. Stay-tuned for transmissions about VOLUME 2.

Note for UK buyers: when you order from the UK it is printed in the UK and shipped from the UK, (even though DriveThruRPG only lists things in dollars.)

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rick S February 22, 2022 7:33 pm UTC
I oredered this over a year ago, I asked about it multiple times and never received it. I'm not super mad but I was wondering if I could at least get a PDF to print out? I have given up on ever seeing the product I paid for. I like this site, I'd like to support it but I hate getting ripped off.
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BLASTER M March 12, 2022 9:38 am UTC
You've asked drivethrurpg support and they haven't returned your email? Try again to get your physical copy and send me your email please!
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Peter L January 28, 2022 3:51 pm UTC
I'm wish listing this one. Hoping it either hits a big sale on the PDF or the pieces become available separately. I'm sure I'd like many of the items here - but I 'm only looking for the RoSD portion, thats all I've time to keep on with. Fingers Crossed!
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William R September 29, 2020 10:14 pm UTC
Any chance of getting the individual articles/modules broken up and sold as PDF's separately? I'm a huge fan of Gaslands and would like to try the Mars Racing thing, but I have no interest in any of the other games or paying for content that I will never use. I would gladly pay a few dollars for just the things I'm interested in and I'm sure others would as well.
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Cesar P January 01, 2021 5:18 pm UTC
Doubt it. The idea is you get tempted to try the other games and get to know the creators you might not already be a fan of. They are all great games and I would recommend them all.
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William R January 02, 2021 4:09 am UTC
That's a shame because I have no interest in the other games. It's a loss of money for them.
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Andrew M August 17, 2020 4:19 pm UTC
I bought this on the strength of a thoughtful review by John Treadaway in Miniature Wargames. I hadn't previously heard of the publication, so having it brought to my attention by MW was helpful in itself. The fact that the review showed clear thought about the content and its standard of production was what convinced me to buy it, along with my interest in some of the game systems covered, of course. It is undeniably expensive, but its quality just about justifies this for anyone with a commitment to at least some of the games.
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Andy S June 25, 2020 7:54 pm UTC
Really happy with my softcover copy I got today. Looks great and there's a lot in there to read and digest. Absolutely cannot wait to see where Last Days : Timelines goes and really liking the look of Relic Blade. If nothing else, there's some great inspiration in here for anyone developing their own characters and scenarios.

As for the price, I think it's fair. The physical product is of a high quality, you get a standalone game, an effectively some pretty in depth expansions for the others. It's tough to put a value on something like this where it's easy to underestimate the effort put in by the creators. Sure, there are cheaper products. There are also more expensive products. And in that basis, this must be about right. I'm definitely viewing it as an expansion compendium and not a magazine on the content.

Excited for next issue. Keep up the good work folks.
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Devin T June 23, 2020 11:37 pm UTC
A great first edition with a ton of content and excellent layout. I look forward to the next issue!
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Matt N June 18, 2020 3:50 pm UTC
I play two of these games and was really looking forward to it, but I do think the price is a bit steep myself. I'm afraid I am going to have to pass.
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Daniel H June 17, 2020 12:01 am UTC
Hi! I really dig that cover, who is the artist?
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Kim Lemuel H June 14, 2020 8:37 am UTC
I'm not a buyer, as I don't use any of these systems that make up this compendium. However, I do understand why buyers would want to normalize the price down to around 8-10 USD per 100 pages, because that's more or less the standard pricing for a lot of titles on dmsguild and drivethrurpg. Notwithstanding, of course, the fact that this is kinda like a magazine. However, there've been a lot of magazine subscriptions where you'd pay a similar price to this, which would justify the pricing. I would say that something else that might play into the pricing is the overall quality of the artwork involved and the quality of the publication. I think it would be fair to say that if we were to reduce the price down to 8-10 USD per 100 pages, one would have to be okay with taking out the art for their reduced copy. Otherwise, I think a 20 USD price tag is pretty justifiable.
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Greg H June 14, 2020 6:34 pm UTC
Thanks Kim! Appreciate the feedback! We’ll take that into consideration.
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Joseph P June 12, 2020 7:20 pm UTC
I'm excited by the prospect of this magazine, but I will say that $25 for an 80 page PoD without accompanying PDF feels a little steep. Just giving you some friendly feedback.
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Greg H June 14, 2020 6:30 pm UTC
Thanks Joseph, of course we’ll consider that.
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George K June 11, 2020 8:08 pm UTC
Is there ANY chance this can be released in a B&W version, to reduce costs? For Canadians, having this PoD and shipped costs a bundle.
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BLASTER M June 11, 2020 9:14 pm UTC
The greater goal of this project is to put games out that feature incredible design and photography so right now black and white isn’t in our plans. But definitely will look into that more. Can you give me (Greg) an email about it?
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Sean S June 10, 2020 8:37 pm UTC
Stoked for this. This is going to be an awesome resource for indie tables. So many hardcore players are in all five communities already and the spirit of indie gaming is to try something new.
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Patrick J June 10, 2020 9:47 pm UTC
You can count me as one in all five communities. I've never actually played most of them, but I own and am interested in all the games. I'm just an indie wargame junkie, I guess.
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Sean S June 10, 2020 9:48 pm UTC
Ha! Well. Reading the books and enjoying the work is a worthwhile hobby in my opinion.
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Kevin B June 10, 2020 5:20 pm UTC
So how is this useful for anyone that does not have the games listed? I'm not going to go out and buy these games just to play these scenarios. Are the rules for all five games a part of the package? If not I wouldn't buy this product. Even if I had one of the games I probably wouldn't buy it. I'm not saying others won't love it. Good luck.
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BLASTER M June 10, 2020 5:58 pm UTC
Hi Kevin! Martian Racing by Mike Hutchinson is a complete, standalone game in this Volume. The other four are full supplements for Rangers of Shadowdeep, Relic Blade, This is Not a Test and Last Days, not scenarios. :)
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Kevin B June 11, 2020 12:36 am UTC
Thank you for clarifying and congratulations on a great start for your product.
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