Longsword Tabletop Tactics is part game, part tabletop platform

I have spent a silly amount of cash on tabletop games that rarely see the light of day. It’s increasingly difficult to get a bunch of people in their 30s to drop their babies and spouses and pop round to mine for a day of Star Wars Armada or Arkham Horror. So games like Longsword Tabletop Tactics [official site] make me very happy.

Army building, miniature painting and custom tabletops — it seems to be everything you’d expect from a tabletop game, inside a PC game. It’s on Kickstarter now, though it seems to be struggling a wee bit, so why not take a peek?

As well as being a tactical minis game, Longsword is also a CCG. Players will be able to collect cards that represent heroes, spells, equipment and structures, all with different rarities, before deploying them on the hex-based battlefield. You’ll be able to acquire cards by spending in-game currency, but also by spending cash. Cards purchased with real-world funds can then be traded with other players via Steam.

Developer Daniel DiCicco, who also created 4X game StarDrive and its sequel, has some rather ambitious plans for the future of the game, too. He envisions Longsword as not just a game, but a platform for other tabletop romps.

The true potential of Longsword is that it is not just a game, but a framework for tabletop games. The world of tabletop gaming is huge and we want to provide a common ruleset and a common set of tools to bring tabletop gamers from every genre into an online space where they can share their passion.

So while it’s all fantasy monsters and armoured knights at the moment, future playsets could be sci-fi themed or set in a more contemporary universe. Exactly what shape these extra playsets take will largely depend on player feedback.

I’m always a little hesitant when a small developer proposes something so ambitious, especially when the base-game is still on Kickstarter, but it’s a compelling prospect all the same. I’m reminded a lot of the excellent Tabletop Simulator, though that’s much broader and very much a free-for-all, where anything goes and you make up the rules.

DiCicco is looking for $20,000, which is modest by Kickstarter standards, and the current pledged amount is $4,745. The campaign has 13 days to go.

16 Comments

  1. Porkolt says:

    This game has got nothing on Waterloo-o!

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    Drib says:

    “I have spent a silly amount of cash on tabletop games that rarely see the light of day. It’s increasingly difficult to get a bunch of people in their 30s to drop their babies and spouses and pop round to mine for a day of Star Wars Armada or Arkham Horror.”

    As someone with 3,000 points of orks, and a spattering of Tau and etc, who hasn’t played in two years… yeah. I agree.

    I demand more leisure time for everyone.

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      Benratha says:

      Agreed! Just finished painting my Warhammer Quest figures and now working through the 30K figures from the Betrayal at Calth set.
      That is now the easy bit…
      Finding a group is now the tricky part.

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      MajorLag says:

      “I demand more leisure time for everyone.”

      Everyone with even an iota of power: “No”.

      Just the other day I saw an article bemoaning that, due to an increase in the minimum wage, companies were cutting hours for workers and automating their jobs, and that was apparently bad. Yeah, because working longer for less money is so great? At the very least they have more time to spend at a different job and make money. And why should anyone do a crummy job a machine can do better? There’s no economic sense in that. Clearly we’re supposed to subsidize the labor pool of these companies via benefits programs and force people to toil their lives away for just barely enough to get by and the scam-iest healthcare in the first world (I live in the US, if that wasn’t obvious).

  3. Elgarion says:

    Unfortunately, this KS camapign seems to be dying… At this point, it probably won’t be successfull.

  4. Boronian says:

    That seems to be pretty similar to Duelyst.

  5. Heavenfall says:

    Graphically it looks like Wartile although that game didn’t go for turn-based mechanics.

  6. cpt_freakout says:

    A cross between Chaos Reborn and Tabletop Sim? Well, doesn’t that sound nice. Hope they reach their goal!

  7. BaronKreight says:

    Thers another CCG game on steam involving small soldiers – Bushido. I haven’t played it yet, graphics are not that particularly fancy but it’s about samurais so yeah.

    • Captain Narol says:

      Warbands Bushido is indeed excellent, but it currently has an annoying flaw :

      The present state of the metagame makes turtling the most efficient strategy, which is honestly quite boring and frustrating.

  8. frightlever says:

    Stardrive was a turd but after tearing down his original vision and remaking it as a MOO-alike, the sequel was also a turd.

    I see no reason to be optimistic about this. I hope the KS fails because the developer has done little to earn anyone’s trust. Check the recent Steam reviews for either of the Stardrives.

    AND this is another example of RPS whipping up support for a KS, albeit lukewarm support, based on zero research. Even if you want to take the almost uniformly bad recent reviews with a pinch of salt, it at least warrants a mention.

    “The true potential of Longsword is that it is not just a game, but a framework for tabletop games. The world of tabletop gaming is huge and we want to provide a common ruleset and a common set of tools to bring tabletop gamers from every genre into an online space where they can share their passion.”

    – this is meaningless marketing speke. I will be shocked if anyone feels this is a valid statement in 3 or 4 years time.

    • Fraser Brown says:

      Since I actually reviewed both Stardrive and Stardrive 2, I didn’t need to read Steam reviews. Nor are Steam reviews “research”.

      • behrooz says:

        Given that the the dev has a five year track record of wildly ambitious design followed by mediocre execution and releasing half-broken games that are immediately dropped in favor of the next project, I’d say that recent steam reviews as a barometer of the mood of the community regarding just how much post-shovelout support will be forthcoming just might count as ‘research’.

        I know that after my experiences with how the previous games were handled, I’ll be staying far, far away and advising everyone else to do the same.

  9. loki_racer says:

    It’s almost as if Fraser Brown didn’t do an ounce of research about Daniel DiCicco, or his inability to deliver on Kickstarter campaign pledges.

    I recommend anyone looking into this game, review StarDrive and StarDrive 2’s reviews on Steam and Kickstarter.

  10. Paperhead says:

    Is that me or this game really look like Poxnora?

  11. JiminyJickers says:

    Given that this comes from the Stardrive guy, I’ll give it a big old miss.