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Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection: An interview with Mark Rapson

Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection (Prodos Games Ltd)

Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection (Prodos Games Ltd)

Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection-28mm Miniatures Game. The Dark Legion, the Brotherhood and the Megacorporations like Bauhaus and the Imperial are coming back! Like many others in the hobby industry Prodos Games Ltd count on the crowdfunding force of Kickstarter. Their still running project is already successful.

Due to the support of dedicated fans this excellent sci-fi/fantasy universe will be the battlefield for corrupt commercial enterprises and sinister supernatural forces again.

Personally, I think Bauhaus and the Brotherhood are much cooler than the Space Marines by this other company from Nottingham. Just a matter of taste.

Mark Ronson, owner of Prodos Games Ltd, the current licensee of the Mutant Chronicles miniature tabletop took some time and answered some questions about the setting, the game and the future of the their endeavor.

Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection: The Cybertronic Eradicator's lay down covering fire for the Chasseur forces lead by the Immortal. (Prodos Games Ltd)

Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection: The Cybertronic Eradicator’s lay down covering fire for the Chasseur forces lead by the Immortal. (Prodos Games Ltd)

obskures.de: Hello Mark Rapson, please introduce yourself and tell us about your gaming experiences.
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: I am Mark Rapson, a Founding Owner of Prodos Games Ltd. Prodos Games Ltd is an experienced and successful production company based in the UK, with over six years of freelance gaming product development. In combination the team has over 70 years of experience contributing to over 60 gaming products.

obskures.de: Who are the people behind the project and the company Prodos Games Ltd?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: The key members are Jarek Ewertowski, Managing Director, who leads a diverse team of passionate designers, artists, writers and manufacturers, all leaders in their field.

Dr. Mark Rapson, the company’s Marketing Director is highly experienced in plastic manufacture and a qualified marketeer, he has also written a number of rule sets and campaigns in various tabletop miniature setting.
Manufacturing and Logistics Manager, Michal Pawlaczyk is a qualified logistics specialist and production engineer, leading the manufacturing team in Poland.
Senior writer, Andy Hoare is a veteran of the game design world and has written a number of very successful SciFi novels. Pick up a rulebook or novel from the tabletop game industry from the last ten years and its likely Andy was involved.

obskures.de: How would you describe Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection and what makes your tabletop standout?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: Warzone Resurrection is a 28mm scale tabletop skirmish wargame for two or more players, each fielding units of warriors drawn from one of the mighty MegaCorporations of Mankind, the Brotherhood or its vile enemy, the Dark Legion. Warzone Resurrection is a fast paced, exciting and tactical miniature game created by Prodos Games Ltd. and Paradox Entertainment.

obskures.de: The game has an eventful history and were unavailable for some years. Why do you intend to revive Mutant Chronicle universe and tabletop?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: Because even taking into account over 10 years of not being in print. Warzone still has a very big fanbase in various places across the globe. We are part of that fanbase and feel with 21st approach to model making and rule construction, Warzone resurrection has a massive potential.

Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection -- Kicktraq Mini

obskures.de: Any changes or updates to the background setting of the Mutant Chronicles universe?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: No deletions. Some aspects will be richly developed and some big gaps will be filled. There are some surprises, but we believe they are all good and exciting ones.

obskures.de: What are the game system key features or changes regarding previous editions of the tabletop game? Does your interpretation have any relationship to the Mutant Chronicles Collectible Miniatures Game by Fantasy Flight Games?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: Yes, it does. Old players will recognize the best bits from previous versions, but with a much more balanced rule system. The gaming system involves both miniatures and cards. The minis are your skirmish force and the cards represent game resources, additional wargear, global and local effects on the battlefield etc.. In a real battle it is likely that a soldier wouldn’t know his opponents wargear, whether they have grenades or a laser-sight for example. Both sides might be surprised by a Martian earthquake or Mercurian solar flare. The Venusian jungle cover you are in might be better (or worse) than you thought! War is rarely predictable, especially when it takes place on the planets, planetoids and asteroids of the solar system! All these and many more variables are represented by the cards you and your opponent play. Making Warzone Resurrection a truly novel, realistic and exciting tabletop miniature skirmish game!

Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection: Bauhaus concepts (Prodos Games Ltd)

Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection: Bauhaus concepts (Prodos Games Ltd)

obskures.de: The setting material for Warzone and the Mutant Chronicles RPG will be developed in collaboration with Modiphius? Can you explain the plan in more detail? Any crossover events planned?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: The time line is shared and we hope to have characters usable in both systems.

obskures.de: Crowdfunding (Kickstarter) is changing the world, smart phones, tablets and e-book readers are marching forward to the gaming table. Legal and illegal downloads everywhere. How do you perceive the hobby market and community?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: We believe one needs to be novel and exciting and design a system which utilizes and embraces all the things you mention above.

obskures.de: What do you plan next? Any plans to offer your Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection game line via brick and mortar and online retailers?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: Its early days. I can tell you we will have a great commerce website, where people will be able to buy MC products. And we are in discussions with a number of outlets, both brick and online.

obskures.de: Finally, some fun and quick questions. We start with: Tabletop wargaming is …
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: An escape, a flight of fancy, something to make you think and enjoy.


obskures.de:
Favorite Mutant Chronicles Faction?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: For me, Imperial


obskures.de:
The Dark Legion or the Brotherhood?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: Hard one, Brotherhood (I love the new minis)


obskures.de:
What are the key ingredients for a great game?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: Great fluff, simple rules (a minute to pick-up a lifetime to master), something that tells a story or makes the grey matter work, oh and a bit of luck

obskures.de: What is your favorite tabletop wargame of all time and in recent years?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: Excluding WZ in any form. I loved Risk (a classic) and am a fan of Warhammer 30k (Heresy).

Mutant Chronicles: The Mighty Razide by Prophaniti (Prodos Games Ltd)

Mutant Chronicles: The Mighty Razide by Prophaniti (Prodos Games Ltd)

obskures.de: What is your favorite role playing game of all time and in recent years?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: Really sorry, I am not a fan of RPG, never have been, I cant get my head around it

obskures.de: What is your favorite board and/or video game of all time and in recent years?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: I love Carcassone and as a youngster, Hero Quest.

obskures.de: A design tip for established or upcoming game developers?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: Work very hard, take feedback, but be true to your initial vision.


obskures.de:
Favorite game designer and/or artist?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: Steve Jackson, Paul Bonner


obskures.de:
I get the best ideas for my games when … or I am most creative when … ?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: Chatting with friends or taking a ’stroll‘ on the web.


obskures.de:
Thank you, Mark Rapson. Anything else you want to share with the fans?
Mark RapsonMark Rapson: For me ‚The Hobby‘ also centres on mini making and converting and painting. So we are aiming to make minis that will be a joy in these regards too.

You are looking for an alternative to your traditional dark science fiction tabletop? Checkout the Kickstarter for the Mutant Chronicles Warzone Resurrection-28mm Miniatures Game.

Chris Birch, thank you for the contact.

Images: Prodos Games Ltd, Kicktraq

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3 Kommentare

  1. Wow nach dem Interview und dem Geschmack-Sample des Besitzers von Prodos Games Ltd. ist mein Interesse an diesem Game gestorben, danke dir Ingo, wieder Geld gespart!

    • Ich mag Carcassonne, jawohl. Abgesehen von der aberwitzigen Produktion und Packaging war Mutant Chronicles von FFG echt in Ordnung. A matter of taste…

      • Wann hast du Carcassone denn das letzte Mal gespielt? Mutant Chronicles sammel Miniaturen spiel hat FFG selber versaut durch Marketing, nötiges Umverpacken und Umstellen der Linie, bevor sie überhaupt erschienen war und weil es FFG ist, gehören langsam in diesselbe Schublade wie Wizards!