The topic of the tabletop skirmish game Outlaw Gangs is martial and the name says it all: It's about the tough everyday gang life of bikers. You know this from the cinema or TV, but on the gaming table the topic is rather unspent. Until now. A crowdfunding campaign is currently running on Kickstarter and it's got off to a surprisingly good start. For the creators of the game, it is now important to let the tires smoke in order to create the last percentages up to the financing goal.


Steffen Rolfs initiated the project together with Luca and Timo. Every now and then the daughter helps with the image processing, otherwise the trio relies on a sober presentation for the Kickstarter campaign that is now running - it works anyway. This is probably due to the topic of the tabletop miniature game, because as a member of a biker gang, players have rarely been able to pass the time.

Outlaw Gangs: Goes pretty well

The makers behind Outlaw Gangs haven't been working on their game idea for a particularly long time: it came up last summer, and then more by a kind of coincidence. Project starter Steffen - himself a motorcyclist and club member - lives in Portugal, where there is a lot of road and landscape for bike rides, but otherwise few players when it comes to tabletop gaming. So he mainly wrote solo campaigns for himself. So Steffen added up his hobby and hobby and turned it into a work that was ready for publication - with Luca and Timo.

In terms of play, the title is classic at first, but the setting itself is new. “One difficulty is of course to incorporate a few special features in a new set of rules, but of course you can't reinvent the wheel in a tabletop skirmish game,” says Steffen. That goes “actually quite well”. The set of rules is quite well developed and a few miniatures are already finished.

The biggest challenge at the moment is, as Steffen puts it with the fine biker tongue, the “whole Kickstarter stuff”. But that's exactly what works surprisingly well. The trio wants to raise 4.500 euros with the campaign to make the game a reality - and they already have around 2.700 euros of that in their motorcycle bags. For the remaining 40 percent, the makers have until May 25th, then the crowdfunding campaign ends.

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The trio behind the campaign is not starting from scratch: “So far we have already financed quite a bit, but of course it was not entirely clear how great the interest would be,” says Steffen, who should be happy to take a look at the number of his supporters.

At least a little one could have anticipated the good launch in advance: in one founded for the tabletop game Facebook Group the interest is great. Nevertheless: “I didn't really count on it”, says Steffen about the first success, “and I have absolutely no idea what will come together in 30 days”. The main thing is that the goal is achieved first. The makers behind Outlaw Gangs are very happy about the response that their idea has received.

No matter which side: the main thing is bad

Steffen and Co do not make a secret of the fact that the protagonists of their game will not necessarily be popular. “That's just the way it is with outlaw gangs,” says Steffen. So the home tabletop area becomes a playground for a lot of nasty gang behavior. How can you imagine that? Think of the video game GTA and how you just let the pig out there.

And then suddenly Steffen shows a touch of feeling: "But in the campaign there will certainly also be a few scenarios where you have to do something good." The tough gang member will not care, sensitive motorcycle rockers could see the chance here to make themselves a bit popular in role play.

Otherwise, however, the focus of Outlaw Gangs is what is probably not an issue for the vast majority of players in everyday life. “Sons of Anarchy doesn’t quite match reality, of course, but of course there have been a lot of violent things in the past,” says Steffen. "So in the game you're more likely to play a villain, regardless of which side."

Solo rules and a campaign will also be part of the gaming experience. If you want, you can make or play your own motorcycle film. For the design, Steffen, Luca and Timo draw on a wealth of resources: Sons of Anarchy, Easy Rider, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, “I think it's really cool,” says Steffen, but the PC game GTA with all its gangs also has it done to him. The wild mix sounds like an ideal breeding ground for the setting of the skirmish tabletop.

The formula for success is terribly simple: You just use what interests you. For this project it was motorcycles, good film templates and tabletop gaming. Steffen Rolfs has been dealing with this for a long time. “I started out with Warhammer Fantasy myself and now I prefer to play more historical settings,” he explains, giving examples: Saga, Battlegoup, Fire and Fure (ACW), Chain of Command or Specter Operations, “but I also find Deadmans Hand or Gunfighters Ball really cool ”.

The rulebook for the tabletop skirmish game is basically in place. Pictures: Outlaw Gangs

The rulebook for the tabletop skirmish game is basically in place. Pictures: Outlaw Gangs

And something else is surprisingly innovative about the outlaw gang motorcycle setting - something that you don't think too much about. “There are relatively few games that are played in the present anyway,” explains Steffen. Fantasy, post-apocalypse, the Middle Ages, science fiction - there are actually many, few topics in miniature tabletops in the “real world”. So, in a strange way, Outlaw Gangs fills a void.

At Kickstarter, the trio feels they are in good hands with the idea. “A Kickstarter is a good thing for such a small team to be able to implement everything that is planned,” explains Steffen. Corona was not a big problem, "you basically have more time for something," says Steffen.

The first supporters are very well received. Nevertheless: “Actually everything is a challenge,” says Steffen Rolfs. And then the tough rocker gets his ass down: "The biggest challenge, however, is that the players like it afterwards."

As a role-playing motorcycle fan, you can't go much wrong anyway: the set of rules (available in German or English, by the way) costs 15 euros as a PDF, the softcover costs 22 euros and those who want to treat themselves to the adventure as hardcover pays ten Euros more. The full experience then also includes resin miniatures, the price is then with a price from 69 euros on the usual level of a miniature board game.

Supporters have to wait a long time for one successful campaign Incidentally, not, the work should be shipped in September 2021.


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