Test Pilot Program
As we are developing the new edition of the roleplaying game, we want dedicated community participation. Test Pilots gain exclusive access to the Pilot’s Lounge, a private forum to discuss the development of HGU and all things Heavy Gear. Test Pilots also receive a limited edition patch to commemorate their participation in the design process, and their names will be permanently marked in the core rulebook’s Roll Call, dedication pages honoring Test Pilots. Additionally, Test Pilots will have access to roundtable discussions with the developers as well as artwork and playing aid previews.
The Test Pilot program will be rolled out in 3 phases, each concentrating on different goals and each offering a mission pack for the GM to run for his group. Phase 1 will begin in April of this year. We will announce the beginning of the next phases as each preceding phase concludes. New Test Pilot packages will be limited to the number of patches available for each phase:
- Test Pilots who join in phase 1 will have access to all the material available in phases 2 and 3 and can still purchase the Phase 2 and 3 patches if they wish.
- Test Pilots that join in phase 2 will have access to all the phase 2 and 3 material and can still buy the phase 3 patch if they wish.
- Test pilots who join in phase 3 will only have access to phase 3 materials.
Mission Pack 1 will be set during the Blood on the Wind time period TN1919-TN1939
The initial testing will be based on the second edition rulebook with additional rules developed by Arkrite Press to further detail the following areas:
- Core Mechanics
- Career Paths
- Character Background Generators
- Skills, Perks, and Flaws
Mission Pack 2 will be set during Birth of the Gear time period TN1678-TN1750
After phase 1 is complete and feedback is received from all our Test Pilots, we will be focusing on integrating the Phase 1 rules into the 2nd edition. At the same time, we will be reworking or refining rules from the second edition that we and the Test Pilots have highlighted.
Mission Pack 3 will be set during the Ice Age Crusade time period 2835CE-4318CE
This will be the final phase, where the rules and background material are integrated from phase 2 and playtested for thoroughness and any issues discovered in phase 2.
Lone Pilot ($10)
This for the individual or economic group option to participate in the program. You will get one patch (free shipping and handling), early access to the rules in development, one private forum callsign, and one entry on the Roll Call.
A four member test pilot group. You will get four patches (free shipping and handling to a single destination), four early access rules in development, four private forum callsigns, and four entries in the Roll Call.
A five member test pilot group. You will get five patches (free shipping and handling to a single destination), five early access rules in development, five private forum callsigns, and five entries in the Roll Call.
For any additional Test Pilots above Lone Pilot. Each reinforcement level includes the patch, early access to the rules in development, one private forum callsign, and one entry on the Roll Call.