Merchants of the Dark Road

Artifact Red-X Hybrid RPG/TB Strategy Game

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Tier2 Games

Cancelled by Creator

Hybrid empire-builder & squad combat. ##Bonus tabletop RPG game release included##
Backers: 195
Average Pledge Per Backer: $30

Funded: $5,866 of $25,000
Dates: May 16th -> Jun 15th (30 days)
Project By: Tier2 Games
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Latest News

Backers, we need YOU!

May 31st - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Miniatures & Table Top Game Update 2

May 31st - via:
Here are some samples of the base interior modular pieces for the table top game. Yo uwill be able to combine these modular items to build your very own missions sets. These models will be created using 3D printing for accuracy & handled by our... (Read More)

Turn Based Prototype Screenshots

May 31st - via:
The turn based part of Artifact Red-X is in an earlier stage of development than the real time planetary management screen.  Here are some screenshots from the prototype. There are some concept images on how the screens may look when finished. With... (Read More)

Gameplay Video - Main Screen

May 29th - via:
We have just released a video showing actual gameplay. Please note the assets are placeholder, since we will be using the funds you contribute to polish and add the final buildings etc. Here are some of the buildings... (Read More)

Now releasing on Mac & Linux

May 29th - via:
After such a massive demand for Linux and Mac, our team has looked into the time to port Artifact Red-X to these platforms and we are happy to announce that we will dedicate additional time to bringing you Linux & Mac releases! We will fund the... (Read More)

Miniatures & Table Top Game Update

May 28th - via:
Here are some clay miniatures which will be made this larger size for the castings used in the rewards. Most of these sculptures require further detail before they are cast. Since one of the rewards is allowing you influence the design, these... (Read More)

Vote for us on Greenlight

May 24th - via:
We are now on Steam Greenlight - please vote for us!  (Read More)

First Look Screenshots

May 24th - via:
Here is a first look at the early stages of your planetary wide gaming screen. This is where you will manage all your bases, launch away missions, manage your resources and track alien activity. All in real time. What you are seeing are screenshots... (Read More)

True turnbased combat needs the right background music

May 24th - via:
No strategy game is complete without the music. Here is a taste to the types of tracks you will be listening to while on your missions. Composer - Aaron Wilde Aaron is a well accomplished all-round composer. He has been making music in various... (Read More)

First Look At Alien 3D Models

May 22nd - via:
Have a look at some of the creatures you might see while mining for Element Red-X You can have your say as to how the major alien species looks and acts by pledging on the rewards that offer it.  (Read More)

Soldier Concept & WIP 3D

May 22nd - via:
Update #9 - Your Soldiers are the backbone of your advancement in Artifact Red-X, so lets take a look at how we are going with them! They will grow and change as we progress through the development.  (Read More)

Alien Concep Art

May 21st - via:
Update #8 - Alien Concept art. Since the design of the aliens are apart of the rewards, these are just some examples to how they could look.  Want to get your own alien designed and put in the game? Sign up for the Serious supporter rewards Also see... (Read More)

New Video Posted

May 20th - via:
We have done a remake of the introductory video. It now explains game play and features. Take a look on the front page Youtube  (Read More)

Alien City & Your Base Concept Art

May 20th - via:
When you are on your terror missions, abductions or other squad based missions you will end up fighting aliens (and sometimes other humans) in exciting and different environments.  (Read More)

Environment Concept Art

May 19th - via:
We will be releasing concept art here on the updates. These images are of one of the many planets you get to chose. Some planets are nice, like this one and  some are harsh and inhospitable to humans. Each planet has its own attributes that provide... (Read More)

Stretch Goals Updated!

May 19th - via:
Due to the huge feedback from the videos, we have decided to move multiplayer goals closer 35K Stretch Goal Start a 'lite' table top version of Artifact Red-X. An alien species vs Humans on a board. Rules & character sheet in PDF 40K Stretch Goal... (Read More)

The Game Engine - Video & Screens

May 18th - via:
Up to 50 backers! thank you all for being the first to support us!!!!! After many requests to see the game in action I have put up a new video that explains the engine and our progress (on the front page and here in the update). I didn't want people... (Read More)

Artifact Red-X Strategy Game relies on Kickstarter Campaign

May 18th - via:
Tier2games have decided to release the final stage of their new strategy game on Kickstarter and put their faith in gamer’s to determine the outcome of Artifact Red-X, set for PC and iOS. (Read More)

Element Red-X & Pics

May 17th - via:
Element Red-X & Freeform Evolution Red-X is an element that releases enormous amounts of power in three forms: radiating energy, emitting exotic particles and a third time-space warping radiation. The radiating energy has regenerative properties... (Read More)


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