Dark Rituals: Malleus Maleficarum

Created by Dark Gate Games

1-4 Heroes battle the Witch Master in this miniatures based board game set in a magic infused Middle Ages realm.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Pledge Manager Status
21 days ago – Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 02:04:31 AM

Welcome Witch Masters!  

This is just a short update letting you know the PM status. We will not be closing it on 1st Aug since there are too many incomplete pledges. We do not want the overhead of managing the open pledges while we are so busy with the game. It is our current intention to close the PM on 16th Aug or 30th Aug, depending when enough stragglers complete the forms. 

If you have lost your survey link you can recover it here:

https://dark-rituals-malleus-maleficarum.backerkit.com 

We really want to close the PM. Please double check your account, make your final selections and add all the information required (address, credit card info, etc). If you are worried about moving, there is no need for concern: you will still be able to change your address after it closes.

The later you complete your pledge, the higher the chance you will miss the bulk shipment and incur extra shipping fees. There will be no extra fees if you complete before 16th Aug.

Enough nagging. Here is a picture of me screaming because backers have not finalized their pledges.

And here’s the debt collector we’ll send out in September.

You’d better close your account :)

We will be back with a longer update soon: our manufacturer has just 3D printed a new batch of minis. We’ll pass on photos and more information as soon as it is in our hands.

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Middara Collaboration
about 1 month ago – Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 02:18:48 AM

Hello Heroes!  

The PM will close soon. This is your second notice that we plan to close the Pledge Manager on 1st Aug and we will charge you shortly afterwards. Please complete your pledge as soon as possible.

What happens if you don’t? Getting your game to you becomes really inconvenient for us. We will have to make a lot of manual changes to the outstanding pledges and that takes time away from us working on this project. If you are really late, it may delay you getting your rewards and increase your shipping costs if we have to arrange a special shipment for you.

Middara: Unintentional Malum Act 1
Middara: Unintentional Malum Act 1

Back when we worked on The Order of Vampire Hunters, we had the pleasure to work with Brooklynn Lundberg at Succubus Publishing. Their character Nyx, from Middara, made an appearance in OVH as a character that could be played as a Hero or a Vampire. Cool.

When we collaborate with other companies, one of the fun things we often do is to swap a copy of our games. For the first time ever, I was not interested in taking the free copy. “Why not?” you ask. I was already a backer and it was such a great campaign that I really wanted to contribute! Even though they struggled with a few issues, they always came across as a really genuine bunch of guys, doing their absolute best for their backers. And it’s happening again, I am a happy backer on their second Kickstarter.

Middara: Unintentional Malum Act 2
Middara: Unintentional Malum Act 2

To call Middara a dungeon crawl does not do it justice. It’s an epic adventure, with a sprawling narrative, memorable heroes and villains with an ultramodern JRPG/anime styling. This strategic co-op game has been a hit on our table since it arrived a month or two ago.

Middara: Unintentional Malum Act 3
Middara: Unintentional Malum Act 3

So what are they doing this time? Their new project is huge, adding two more Acts to their story (and two large boxes to my shelf). The narrative driven campaign winds through all 3 Acts. There must be 100s of hours of game play. 

We’re talking about it here because Girtiya is making an appearance! To see the details of how she appears in the story, you’ll have to get the game. But you can see from this art that she’ll make a lovely resin mini. 

Girtiya, the Imprisoned Witch Resin Kit
Girtiya, the Imprisoned Witch Resin Kit

Click here or on any of the images to check their Kickstarter. 

Good news for Dark Rituals miniature fans, you can get this miniature on its own.

Would you like some more art? Hopefully this will keep you going until our next update. Click on the images for larger versions, you don’t want to miss any details.

Fateem the Cutthroat, one of the “Heroes”
Fateem the Cutthroat, one of the “Heroes”
The hideous creature Bufo Maledictus
The hideous creature Bufo Maledictus
Ikrek, the third Witch in the core game
Ikrek, the third Witch in the core game
Leiurus, an angry Demon
Leiurus, an angry Demon

Don’t forget the PM.

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Tiny Plastic People
about 1 month ago – Mon, Jul 08, 2019 at 02:37:18 AM

Welcome Witch Masters!  

As always, I’ll start with a reminder about the PM: make your selections. It’s so easy to forget. We plan to finalize and close the Pledge Manager on 1st August. But don’t push things off too long.  If you have lost your survey link you can recover it here:

https://dark-rituals-malleus-maleficarum.backerkit.com        

We have more final art, text and layouts. Here's Kenzu the Warrior Monk.  As you can see, we've named all the Heroes to make them more relatable. I think the art looks really good.

We are working our way through tasks systematically. Filippo has spent the last few weeks working on the many encounters you’ll be fighting. I am working hard on the solo mode cards and encounters. 

But I guess you are all wondering about the title to the update. Yes! We have started miniature production. 

Resin minis are cast in a soft silicon mold that is easy to make but does not last long. PVC minis are cast in a steel mold that is quite hard to make, but lasts a very long time. The production method is quite involved, with both sides making adjustments. For us, we would alter the 3D sculpt a little, while the factory is recutting the mold. As you might imagine, they would be refining details, but there are also many technical changes going on behind the scenes. For example, using the plastic feed channels to create strong supporting sprues around the mini to prevent parts bending as they cool. It’s fascinating watching this take shape.

Anyway, we thought it was important to test how well we could work together. We were very pleased with how this went and we have some photos to share.

The steel molds are really shiny and hard to photograph. But we are really proud of this, so here’s a picture:

The process went really quickly. It took about 2 weeks to make the mold and another 7 days to make 2 small adjustments.  Don’t forget, this is just for 4 miniatures. We still have lots of work to do.

The factory sent us pictures of the first generation of minis. This is before those two rounds of optimization. Here is the lovely Hagatha:

It would not be fair to leave the Heroes with no support. Here’s the Executioner: 

We are pleased with both our working relationship with the factory and these miniatures. As a result, we committed to the manufacturing contract with them and we can formally say that production has started! Of course, this is just a small step, there are a little under 100 models to be completed.

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My Beauties
2 months ago – Fri, Jun 21, 2019 at 02:06:24 AM

Hello Heroes!  

We have been hard at work. If I review another card, I will quit the company. But this update is all about eye candy!

Except for this section about the Pledge Manager. Almost three quarters of backers have finalized their pledge. Awesome. But sorry, we have to nag the rest of you to fill your Pledge Manager surveys. You would not believe the number of people that forget. It will be open for at least another month, so there is no rush if you are still trying to make up your mind, or waiting to find the funds. But if you know what you want, fill it out before you forget. If you have lost your survey link you can recover it here:

https://dark-rituals-malleus-maleficarum.backerkit.com 

Remember we said would unlock the last stretch goal if we saw enough late pledges and add-ons in the PM? You’ve done it! Skeetor will be flying around your tabletop. 

Okay, let’s get on with the images. The art department has done a wonderful job, it’s almost impossible for me to pick images to show you. To make sure you can see them in all their glory, you can click on them for a larger version.

Let’s start with the core map tiles. Here are all 12 images that you will get on 6 double sided map tiles.  

Next up, we have a pair. New art for Golus, the mindless Demon that can be ridden into battle and a render of the mini.  

We’ve been working on the minis too, so here are renders of Golus showing the platform with a little more depth to it. 

Finally, here is the art for a Mortus, one of the core minions. You’ve seen pictures of this mini many times during the project, so this is a great example of what the final polishing does for the art.

We promise not to be complete strangers.

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Pledge Manager is Open For All
3 months ago – Sat, May 18, 2019 at 03:19:11 AM

Hello Heroes!  

After a successful trial, the Pledge Manager has been opened for all backers. BackerKit e-mails the invitations in batches, so that spam filters are not triggered. There is no need to contact us immediately if you do not see the e-mail, give it a day or two. Do not forget to check your junk mail or spam folders. Please use this e-mail for Pledge Manager issues.

Many thanks to those backers that completed their surveys. Over half of the 5% test group have already filled out the forms. Here are the results.

We did see one legitimate problem: we did not add the “Almost All In” bundle to the list of add-ons for No Reward ($1) backers. If you are in this category and selected all the individual add-ons, you can save some money by changing to this bundle. We cannot see any backers that have done this.

Two backers asked how to add the Attacking Hordes pledge. As we stated through the FAQ, comments and other channels, the Attacking Hordes pledge, with a discounted Cursed Fjord expansion, was only available to backers during the Kickstarter. If you want The Cursed Fjord expansion, you must take it as an add-on to the Lone Defender Pledge. We really appreciate those backers that committed their support early in the project.

Finally, we made manual changes for backers that had EB pledges, but switched to regular pledges later in the project: we adjusted their final pledge to the appropriate EB version. If you started with one of the two EB pledges and ended the project with a regular Lone Defender or Attacking Hordes pledge, we should have switched you. Contact us at the support email if you think we missed you.

Comments from a small number of backers have made it clear that they do not see the advantages of BackerKit’s payment method. We’ll spell them out so that everyone can take advantage.

Some backers want to add some items now, pay for them now, and add more in the future if they are able. This is possible in some PM platforms that charge you when you finalize your pledge. With BackerKit, you are free to add some items now, and add more in the future. Rather than being forced to pay for this first selection on your next CC bill, you are free to save that money any way you want to. In your bank account, your wallet or your sock drawer. If it is important to you to pay for these items immediately, simply overpay your CC bill, although we recommend you hang on to the money. So you can add items over time and there is more flexibility in how you manage your payment.

But you can do more. Since you have not paid, you can simply remove items from the PM if you need the money for something else. We hope that none of our backers have any hardship, financial or otherwise, but we live in an imperfect world and problems arise.

A final advantage comes from a combination of addition and removal. Sometime in the future, if you find you are able to make a larger pledge, with BackerKit you will be able to remove the individual items and add the Almost All-In Bundle and take advantage of the savings. This bundle was a common request from backers during the campaign and we are pleased that BackerKit makes it easy for backers to build up to this option gradually.

We will give everyone clear warning of when we will close the PM so that you can make any last minute adjustments. 

Pick a side! (And maybe pick some add-ons, ha, ha.)