Rise of the Occulites Saga
The Rise of the Occulites Saga is a series of games that I have designed under my company Darwin Games that explore both the natural and social evolution of a species of creatures called “Occulites”.
These creatures are discovered by a small boy living with his Pa in the Australian Bush, but they are not of our world. This boy, Darwin, can observe and learn about them through “windows in space” which appear to occur naturally throughout his Pa’s property. The Occulites’ world has been named Crepusculum and is a world that evolves and changes very quickly. In the space of several generations, the Occulites evolve from a small Tribal existence, through to full civilizations, with trade, war and diplomacy.
The first game in the Saga has been picked up by Eagle Games (www.eaglegames.net) and will go on Kickstarter in early 2013. This game is called “Dawn – Rise of the Occulites” and is based around small skirmish actions of family Tribes consisting of four members and a Chief. The game utilises something called the “Natural Selection Deck” which helps to determine everything from movement, combat, terrain outcomes and other things within the game. The careful use of these multi-purpose cards is vital in achieving your goals and objectives within the game and introduces many important choices that do matter.
To find out more about these games, check out the links below:
Rise of the Occulites Saga general information
Rise of the Occulites Blog – http://www.riseoftheocculites.wordpress.com
Darwin Games Website: http://www.darwin-games.com.au
Dawn – Rise of the Occulites (Eagle Games and Darwin Games)
The first game in the Saga – small Skirmish with scenario objectives, one off gameplay and full campaign options.
Board Game Geek Game Page: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/90274/dawn-rise-of-the-occulites
Eagle Games: http://www.eaglegames.net
Dusk – Rise of the Occulites II
Fog of War Block Game
Board game Geek Game Page: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/130472/dusk-rise-of-the-occulites-ii
Time – Rise of the Occulites III
Armies on a map game
The Drums of War – Rise of the Occulites IV
Mass Battle Game
Arena – Rise of the Occulites V
Gladiator type / 1 on 1 Fighting game
These are all in different states of readiness. They depict the different stages of natural and social evolution the Occulites go through. Dawn is very small skirmish, Dusk is larger tribes vying for land, Time and the Drums of War are huge battles with Time taking a birds eye view of Crepusculum and Drums of War taking a battlefield view, Arena takes place after the various species have diplomacy and can live together in a relative peace.
If you are interested in playtesting any of these games (currently looking for playtesters for Dusk – Rise of the Occulites II and Arena – Rise of the Occulites V – yes I know that is out of order 😛 There is a solid plan for Time and Drums of War which will reveal itself in time…) then drop me a line on benATdarwin-games.com.au or ben.boersmaATgmail.com