Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The Department - a 15mm Skirmish Game

The Dropship has received intel that Four Color Figures is currently raising Kickstarter Funds for its newest game: The Department: Noir Investigation Skirmish.

The game is set in a near future America where Fabricated Human Simulants, also known as fabricants, walk among us. Players take on the role of agents from the U.S. Department of Fabricant Management, a government agency charged with policing fabricants and fighting the increasing instances of fabricant-related terrorism.

It sounds to the Dropship Crew like there is a strong Blade Runner / Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? feel to the game. It is also perhaps a little reminiscent of the video game Syndicate, although that featured corporate cyborgs shooting it out in cities of the near future.

According to one of the game's creators, Joseph Dragovich, The Department is (or will be) a miniature skirmish game for 1-4 players specifically designed for15mm miniatures and featuring elements such as large crowds of civilians, building interiors and realistic gun ranges. You can see a sample of how the game plays on the game's website.


  1. This could give some cool matrix style of game.

  2. This does sound very intriguing indeed. Blade Runner/Syndicate/Deus Ex springs to mind. Looking forward to see more of this!

    It's also interesting in that it's one of the first (the first?!) skirmish game written for 15mm.

  3. "It sounds to the Dropship Crew like there is a strong Blade Runner / Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? feel to the game."

    LOL, isn't that a bit like saying that strawberry has a flavour very reminiscent of strawberry?

  4. That assumes everyone already knows what strawberry tastes like...

  5. Erm, yes, so people who've never heard of Blade Runner or Do Androids Dream will find this a very new and exciting idea. ;-)

    Sort of a straight rip, no? Small wonder GW does so well, SF gamers seem not to want to make their own exciting new backgrounds but to rehash whatever's been delivered to them prepackaged.

  6. Very much looking forward to your exciting and original new background material, Anonymous.

    Meanwhile, I'll continue to appreciate one of the cool opportunities this hobby presents: a shared immersive experience inspired, enhanced and fuelled by popular media.

    Someone just provided my friends an opportunity to play 'Blade Runner'? Hot damn, they are going to LOVE that.
    All that really matters is that the game is well written and features smooth mechanics.