Ninja Magic was at Origins this year showing off the miniatures from their upcoming starship tactical combat game titled With Hostile Intent. We’ve got a gallery of gorgeous ships and some details on the mystery central to With Hostile Intent’s universe.
With Hostile Intent creator Todd Boyce explained that the game lets players explore true three-dimensional combat, but that it scales down to a 2D game if you’d prefer. The 3D movement rules seemed pretty straightforward and accounted for ship inertia in an interesting way. For any given movement phase, a ship has three movement values, one along each axis. Accelerating, turning and making other maneuvers will affect all three speeds to some extent. Sounds tricky, but accurate – with no atmosphere, you can’t turn on a dime in space.
The game’s backstory involves three species, the Kikoku, the Jun-ila and Humans. Expeditionary forces from all three factions were in deep space when a mysterious being transported them to an unknown part of the galaxy, where they found terraformed, inhabitable worlds waiting for them. A lot of time has passed, so each faction has had time to build up their fleets and develop their new worlds. The close quarters force them into frequent conflicts, but no one has any idea who brought them there or why. I’ll put my money on the Beyonder.
Ninja Magic produces all the minis for With Hostile Intent themselves, and the ones on display were very impressive. They use a rapid prototyping process in which the ships are designed in a 3D drafting program, then created by a 3D printer before being cast in metal. You can find out more about the process, read about the With Hostile Intent universe and check out a rules overview at the official website.
Here’s a sweet gallery of the minis they had on display at Origins. The gallery thing is a new feature I’m trying out here at Robot Viking, so let me know if it isn’t working properly.