Nerdsourcing: Special Forces, Futuristic Miniatures, And Zombie Cards!

Posted June 25, 2012 - By Alex Rubens

Nerdsourcing finds you the best crowd sourcing projects from Kickstater, Indiegogo, and other such sites, and brings them straight to your wallet. Give, help spread the word, or just find out what’s going to be the hot new thing in the future; nerdsourcing is there to help support the dreamers out there looking to make the impossible a reality or those looking for the next big thing an edge on the competition. Time is limited to fund these projects so don’t wait to long.

Ground Branch

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic and hardcore online multiplayer shooter than Ground Branch on Kickstarter right now. Working with active Special Forces members, BlackFoot Studios has made something that is truly different than any other shooter out there right now. Players take control of CIA Paramilitary Operators of the Special Activities Division and must tackle randomized objectives and spawns, meaning that you won’t be able to learn and abuse spawn points.

Unlike most modern shooters, health does not regenerate. Once you get shot, you’re as good as dead. Ground Branch is meant to educate players on how weapons and tools behave in real-life. Reloading and swapping ammo isn’t quick and easy, you can only carry a certain amount of it and if you reload while you still have bullets in the clip, they go away when you drop it.

Reward: A digital copy of the game can be snagged for only $15, with a soundtrack included at the $25 level.

Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster

Set in the distant future where one government runs the world, a top-secret research station, Alabaster, has gone dark. It’s your job to find out why. The game is a two-player battle-resolution board game that utilizes a one-roll conditional-resolution system to keep things moving quickly. There are over 50 different extremely detailed and beautiful miniatures that reflect Mike McVey’s time at Games Workshop on the Warhammer and Warhammer 40K teams.

These miniatures aren’t delegated to just one locale though; there are 11 different game areas that you will have to make your way through during your missions. The full-color rulebook, character stat cards, and other battle tokens really show off the high quality and attention to detail behind Sedition Wars. That said, the miniatures are plastic and will need to be painted, so that is something to keep in mind.

Reward: A copy of the game will run you $80, but that includes free shipping if you’re in the US!


With an abundance of quality zombie-related games appearing on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo lately, projects really need to do something special to stand out among the crowd. Z. does just that by putting such an extreme level of detail and character in to each of the rewards, the game itself, and the universe that the game is set in. The creators of Z. describe it as “Magic: The Gathering meets The Walking Dead.” While that might be one of the most clichéd ways to describe a zombie RPG, it fits for this type of game.

Z. features both single-player and cooperative gameplay, with the single-player game having full live-action cut scenes produced by Northern Five Entertainment, the same group behind the popular Left 4 Dead fan film. As an online card-based RPG, cross-platform play is essential; and if done right, will work between iOS, PC, Android, Mac, Facebook, and Linux.

Reward: A Z. Digital Starter Kit will cost you $15 with additional card packs available for purchase later.


There’s a distinct lack of 2D pixel-art in turn-based tactics games on the market right now. Auro is the exception to that statement. The beautiful characters are hand-animated pixel-by-pixel to make sure they look the best that they possibly can. Auro is named after it’s main character –Prince Auro– whose spoiled and careless demeanor threatens the lives of the entire kingdom when he awakens an ancient evil in the sewers below the city.

The turn-based combat is extremely deep and well thought out, giving enemies special abilities that affect how situations play out. The cute and quirky nature of the title makes it kid-friendly, something that most turn-based tactics titles seem to shy away from.

Reward: For only $7, you can get a copy of Auro on your choice of platform: iOS, Android, Windows, OS X, or Linux.

Nerdsourcing: Special Forces, Futuristic Miniatures, And Zombie Cards!


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