Nocturnal Media is thrilled to announce they will be teaming up with military fantasy author, television personality & avid wargamer Myke Cole to release a miniature based strategy board game based on Myke’s Shadow Ops novels!
The game, tentatively titled: Shadow Ops: Reawakening, is a tactical board game played around small squads of soldiers and sorcerers between 2 or more players. Using military hardware, magical gifts, and played on a changing game board, players will customize and choose their forces and pursue objectives!
The core game will contain three playable factions:
The Supernatural Operations Corps (SOC), an organized and elite military force
The ancient and powerful magics of the Goblin tribes
The free and chaotic Selfers, on the run from the government
Fully realized with over 40 gorgeous minis, full color graphic terrain designed to be changed between games, and beautifully illustrated play aids, Shadow Ops: Reawakening will be a fun, strategic and gorgeous addition to board game collections around the world.
THE PREMISE OF THE GAME
The Great Reawakening has come, and magic is once again alive in the world. In every nation, people are “coming up Latent,” awakening suddenly to terrifying new powers, raising the dead, summoning storms, setting everything they touch ablaze.
The US responds to this threat by creating the Supernatural Operation Corps (SOC), a cadre of trained Sorcerers serving the national interest. Those magic users who refuse to submit to government control are deemed “Selfers” and mercilessly hunted down. Magic itself is legislated, with certain schools deemed prohibited, their practitioners known as “Probes” with no option but to flee the SOC teams sent to subject them to summary justice. The SOC secretly uses their own Probes, serving through defense contractors that are paid handsomely to hide the government’s hand.
The Reawakening has also brought humanity into contact with a parallel plane known as “The Source,” from which all magic flows. The US military’s exploration of The Source has brought them into conflict with the goblin tribes who live there, and come up Latent at more than double the rate of humans.
You will take command of either a SOC Fire Team, a Goblin Warband, or a Selfer Gang to battle for the freedom to control the most important resource in this dangerous new world: Magic itself.
Wait. Wait! A modern military setting but with magic too? Plus the author of the novels is not only a game player but he’s designed the game? A game with this list of qualities deserved a closer look.
Everyone at Nocturnal Media was very pleased with what we found in Myke’s design. With a playing time of 1-2 hours, the game moves as quickly as the action in the Shadow Ops books.
Indeed, Myke has proven such an adept game designer that he’s already playtested another game that we’re publishing. If we can manufacture “Reawakening” as well as it’s been designed, then game players everywhere are in for a treat.
My interest in fantasy was built on D&D and early tabletop runs of Titan and Axis & Allies. I kept waiting to outgrow the gaming bug, and I still am, spending way too many hours and way too much money on Commands & Colors, X-Wing, Armada, Imperial Assault, X-Com, Warhammer 40K, and more.
All my life, I have dreamed of getting to design my own game. To have a chance to do that in the universe of my novels goes beyond that dream, and to get to work with the guy who created Vampire: The Masquerade and publishes Pendragon just about caused my brain to short circuit.
Many Shadow Ops fans have told me, “your books read like a wargame.” I’ve always taken it as a compliment. It’s by design, and I’m beyond psyched to be bringing it to you all.
About Myke Cole
As a security contractor, government civilian and military officer, Myke Cole’s career has run the gamut from Counterterrorism to Cyber Warfare to Federal Law Enforcement. He’s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He recently joined the cast of Hunted on CBS as part of an elite team of fugitive hunters.
All that conflict can wear a guy out. Thank goodness for fantasy novels, comic books, late night games of Dungeons and Dragons and lots of angst fueled writing.
You can find the Shadow Ops novels (Control Point, Fortress Frontier & Breach Zone) wherever books are sold, and Myke himself on his website: http://mykecole.com , or follow him on Twitter at @MykeCole.
About Nocturnal Media
Nocturnal Media is a Houston-based game developer and publisher. We publish tabletop roleplaying, card and board games, with primary focuses on storytelling and content-rich settings.
The company was founded by Stewart Wieck, an award-winning game designer who previously founded and operated White Wolf where he created and published games set within the World of Darkness, such as Vampire: The Masquerade and Mage: The Ascension.