We were lucky enough to get to play the tabletop strategy game Leviathans a couple years back at Maker Faire, when the makers at Catalyst Games sent us a pre-production set to test out on our gaming table. The game is a gorgeous realization of an alternate world where giant steampunk airships are the primary form of naval warfare. And now, the game is taking the leap from tabletop to online, with Leviathans Online, and a Kickstarter to help fund its creation:
“From day one of working on this table top game, I learned my lessons from Shadowrun and BattleTech,” said Randall N. Bills, game designer of Leviathans and Managing Developer for Catalyst Game Labs. “I wanted stunning visuals meshed with a wonderfully immersive universe and a smart and fun game, where untold stories could unfold next to endless fun at the gaming table. All those aspects suit a video game perfectly. We had several companies approach us about an electronic game, but Lance Priebe of Hyper Hippo Productions brought an amazing pedigree of experience to the table. However, ultimately what I liked most about Lance and his team is that they truly love the Leviathans game and have been playing it at their studio daily. The same passion and enjoyment I have for the game I see unfolding on their table tops, as well as their desire to ensure that experience is faithfully conveyed within the online game. I’m crazy excited about what we’ll do together.”
Additionally, Hyper Hippo Productions is excited to embrace the Creative Commons aspect of Leviathans, as well as Randall’s enfolding of the community through years of thorough blog posts, interacting with players, and so on.
“I love board games, and I believe Leviathans is an excellent game that would provide new, exciting experiences on a digital platform. I look forward to working with Catalyst Game Labs and expanding the Leviathans universe,” said Lance Priebe, Chief Creative Development Officer at Hyper Hippo Productions.
In that mindset, Hyper Hippo Productions will soon launch a Kickstarter campaign, providing the community with the great opportunity to dive into the immersive Leviathans online game and make it their own.
The Kickstarter will be launching tomorrow, November 28th. We’ll make sure it shows up on the GeekDad curated Kickstarter page as soon as possible!