Farewell, Mr. Spock! R.I.P. Actor Leonard Nimoy, Age 83

A great loss reported today for all of us sci fi fans, as actor and director Leonard Nimoy -the man best known for his portrayal of the half human half Vulcan First Officer Mr. Spock on television and in film- passed away at the age of 83. To even begin to try and articulate Nimoy’s legacy to science fiction fandom and canon is something that I find at this moment to be beyond my poor capability to adequately express. I think Nimoy’s portrayal of Spock and those of his fellow cast members on the original Star Trek television series and how they impacted me personally is already well stated by Doktor Zoom on Wonkette:

http://wonkette.com/577821/leonard-nimoy-1931-2015-we-have-been-and-always-shall-be-your-fan

Leonard Nimoy as Captain Spock, The Wrath of Khan

I personally will always remember Mr. Spock’s timeless wisdom that was his logic, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few… or the one.”

May your spirit race among the stars now, Leonard Nimoy, as surely and as easily as Mr. Spock will always travel among them in our imagination thanks to you.

Metal Express Links Page Updated, New Photos in the Gallery, and More Photos on the Forum!

“And so it begins…” this journey too many years delayed has commenced with a first small set of steps to bring Silent Death and Bladestorm back to their loyal fans! Thanks to the hard work of the Metal Express Creative Content Team including some new faces of dedicated, extremely talented fans who have so generously thrown their hats in the ring, we have begun to make visible progress on a new and updated edition of Bladestorm, new ship display sheets for playtesting the Night Brood, and other surprises on the horizon!

Adam Peszel is an old fan of Silent Death, and he has generously given of his time and many talents as a CAD and Graphics Design wizard to get things moving with the Night Brood reboot among other mischief. We are extremely grateful to Adam for his generosity. Needless to say, Adam and I are up to some mischief which will remain classified for the moment, but watch this space and the metal Express Forum for updates in the near future…

Our Man in Germany Sebastian Klapdor has generously taken up the gauntlet of revising and updating Bladestorm, the original Metal Express Dice Engine game that was the precursor to Silent Death 1st edition so long ago! Sebastian’s work playtesting and critically evaluating this classic game of fantasy skirmish combat has been chronicled on the Metal Express Forum since last year, and his terrain layout and warbands of fearsome orcs, terrible trolls, and hirsute barbarians are simply a treat for the eyes and very inspiring just to look at!

Sebastian's fearless barbarians advance to the attack!

As the title of this announcement says, we’ve added more links to the Metal Express Links page, more photos in the Metal Express gallery in the Kagetora folder (that’s me!), and more photos of things various starship and sundry to the Metal Express Forum. This is going to be an ongoing process from now on, the goal being to resume developing Metal Express into a resource site of the first order for miniature and board gamers in general, and fans of Metal Express games alike! Yours truly will be adding new links and photos every week as a matter of course, so stay tuned to this TBD frequency for the next update from the fringes of Terran Space!

Cheers!

Leland R. Erickson
Evil Genius in Residence
Metal Express Creative Content Team

Onward! Into 2015 and Beyond!

2014 has passed and despite the trials and tribulations of a runaway master’s degree program, teaching, and other assorted mischief we did manage to get started on playtesting the revised Night Brood ship designs and rules, a major first step in restarting Silent Death: The Next Millennium! Once we have enough playtester feedback to make some determinations, we can publish a revised edition to the Night Brood supplement, and make the Grubs in all their biotechnological nastiness both playable and finally *enjoyable* to play with and against.

2015 begins with our continuing the process of juggling professional commitments with our ambitious hopes and dreams for bringing Silent Death and Bladestorm back to our loyal fans in improved, updated formatting. We have been very fortunate indeed to have two very talented people come on board voluntarily to assist us in our efforts! Adam Peszel is an old Silent Death fan like Dr. greaves and I, and he brings some considerable talent and imagination as a 3D and graphics design artist to the party. Adam was instrumental in giving us our first new ship display sheets literally in years and using current programs and methodologies, allowing us to get past the largest immediate hurdle we’ve been stymied by for far too long. Adam is now working on ship displays and ideas for logistical hulls in the Campaign System, and 3D modeling of several other ship designs with an eye towards 3D printing new ships for Silent Death: The Next Millennium.

Sebastian Klapdor is Our Man in Germany and all around Uber Fan of things Bladestorm. Sebastian is as talented as they come, and has begun to work on bringing Bladestorm forward into the 21st century in a systematic fashion, one playtest and eye candy project at a time. He’s ongoing serialized playtesting sessions of Bladestorm featuring his cadillac fantasy skirmish gaming table are a real treat for the eye, and no less so are his well painted miniatures including classic sculpts from the team at RAFM Miniatures and the incomparable Mark Copplestone of Grenadier Miniatures and Copplestone Castings fame. Well worth a look just for the eye candy alone!

Moving forward into 2015, our goals include the following:

1) Finish revising and updating the Night Brood for Silent Death: The Next Millennium.

2) Finish revising, playtesting, and publish the Ship Design Rules in a revised edition of the Silent Death: The Next Millennium rulebook.

3) Introduce for playtesting our new science fiction space opera skirmish rules set in the universe of SD:TNM, the deadly and vast expanse and thousands of worlds of Terran Space. These will utilize the same
Metal Express Dice Engine mechanics already proven so well and thoroughly by Bladestorm and SD:TNM.

4) Introduce for playtesting our first foray into historical miniature wargame rules utilizing the Metal Express Dice Engine that drives SD:TNM and Bladestorm. This will be a one to one scale skirmish system
for the Second World War focusing on tank and infantry combat, the sharpest of the sharp end of warfare during the greatest conflict in human history. Our initial effort will focus on the Early War campaigns
through France and the Low Countries, where a surprising number of tactical engagements occurred that were neither one-sided nor ended in the favor of the German panzerwaffe, desperate fights where the odds
were more even than the German propaganda newsreels ever even suggested (or the German soldats present cared to endure).

Situational Awareness (SA) will be a critical component of game play in this system, as the reality of tank versus tank combat like aerial dogfighting was who spotted who first (and was able to shoot first
accordingly).

5) Print on Demand Miniatures for Silent Death: The Next Millennium. We’re exploring further the prospects offered by 3D printing in producing new ships for use in SD:TNM. This includes finally making available
the various logistical hulls from the Campaign System, plus finally producing the long overdue Totenkopf battle destroyer for House Colos, and new ships for new House books as we move deeper into the new
year.

6) Finish revising and updating Bladestorm into a more current, more user-friendly format including adapting these handy rules for historical skirmish action.

7) More Metal Express Forum content especially photos of well painted miniatures and models for Bladestorm, Silent Death: The Next Millennium, and our new ventures as they unfold. This means new articles on
modeling terrain, making original kitbashed spacecraft and orbital platforms from empty deodorant containers and such, and adapting proxy models like anime kits to our games to enhance the visual experience
of tabletop adventure gaming with the Metal Express Dice Engine.

Bladestorm is the first of the Metal Express Dice Engine game systems to be published. SD:TNM grew out of the experience garnered from Bladestorm, and we plan to pick up where those that came before us left off, and move these fine games forward into the 21st century and add new genres so all of you may have more opportunities for tactical gaming enjoyment!

So onward into The Great Out There ahead of us in 2015! We have our work cut out for us, and we mean to see things get done.

Warm Regards,

The Metal Express Design Team

Night Brood Alert! Playtesters Wanted!

Ready for playtesting at last, we have new ship displays and rules for the dreaded Night Brood including the six ships that have for so many years now had no ship display available! That’s right, loyal fans of Silent Death, we have ship displays for the Bright Thorn, the Skree, the Scarab, the Eel, the formidable Monarch, and the insidious Worm Pod at long last, so now you can expand your Night Brood swarms and even take on Terran Warhounds as only the vile Night Brood can (and take them out!).

The document for the revised Night Brood ship displays and new weapon and other rules for playtesting is here: Night Brood 2.0 Playtesting Ship Displays (611)

 

We want your feedback! There is a new topic on the Metal Express Forum where play tester feedback is to be posted and discussed. All contents of the revised Night Brood playtesting PDF are proprietary, and are considered official pending¬†final editorial revision once we’ve enough good data to work with from you, the playtesters!

 

So suit up, kick the tires and light the fires people! The Night Brood are back, and with a vengeance!IMG_3226

Latest News From The Backnet…

This Just In via TBD: There have been several unconfirmed reports of increasing Night Brood activity involving previously unknown Brood ships. Details are sketchy, but the most disturbing aspect of these reports is mention of a never before seen Brood vessel the size of a large Terran gunboat with devastating firepower capable of fatally damaging a small escort vessel in a single firing pass. Stay tuned to your TBD receiver for further updates as more information becomes available.

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Image of reported previously unidentified Night Brood fighter obtained from a confidential source by TNN