Malifaux

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Malifaux
Logo for the miniature game Malifaux
Malifaux logo
Manufacturer(s)Wyrd Miniatures
Years active2009 to present
Players2+
Playing time1-2 hours
Random chanceDeck of cards used for task resolution
WebsiteMalifaux
 
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Malifaux
Logo for the miniature game Malifaux
Malifaux logo
Manufacturer(s)Wyrd Miniatures
Years active2009 to present
Players2+
Playing time1-2 hours
Random chanceDeck of cards used for task resolution
WebsiteMalifaux

Malifaux is a skirmish-level miniatures wargame manufactured by Wyrd Miniatures involving gang warfare in the ruins of a crumbling city. According to the game's backstory, the city of Malifaux was discovered through a portal into another world. This world is a source of the valuable mineral known as "soulstone" which allows for magical effects. Games pit masters and their crews against one another for control of this resource.[1]

Released at Gen Con in August 2009, Malifaux uses a unique card mechanic in lieu of dice. Numbers are randomly generated by drawing numbered cards from a "Fate Deck." A number of mechanics in the game allow for manipulating this draw. The game also has the three expansion rulesets Rising Powers,[2] Twisting Fates and Storm of Shadows.[3] A second edition of the game ("ME2")was released in October 2013, with a pre-release on Gen Con in August 2013.

The universe of Malifaux[edit]

The fictional universe of Malifaux as presented in the rules books and the online Malifaux Record and Wyrd Cronicles is both a city-state and a world in a parallel dimension. This universe is also the setting for the role playing game Through the Breach. The first known breach (also called The Breach of The Great Boundary) to this world was created in 1787 after our own world was threatened by the decline of magic and magicians looking for a new source of magic discovered a world separated from our by a thin barrier. The creation of the breach destroyed the city surrounding the ritual site ripping the life force from its inhabitants creating a new equilibrium between the two worlds. Beyond the breach was discovered the city of Malifaux, supprisingly similar to many of our own but devoid of inhabitants. The new world turned into a new frontier when crumbling mining towns surrounding the city were rebuilt into boom towns in the search and trade of soulstones, the source of magic. With exploration continuing during the following decade, hostile natives called Neverborn were encroached upon. Tombs were discovered and with them the magic of resurrection. Discovered too were intelligent machines powered by soulstone.

In 1797, the breach was destabilised by a blizzard collapsing while smoke and the sound of battle was heard Earthside. After turmoil the Guild was formed by those who had made the Breach in the first place, controlling the dwindling resource of soulstones left Earthside and preparing for its reopening. In 1897 the Breach spontaneously reopened. The Guild was ready and took control with the Breach and the reopened frontier fuelling a new boomtrade in Soulstone.

The present is 1901 Earthside. The Guild's control is precarious. Lesser, unstable breaches has appeared. A significant part of the workforce has organised themselves in the Miners and Steamfitters Union and smuggling is ripe.

The city of Malifaux[edit]

The city itself is walled. Reclamation is underway, but large segments are still uninhabited, quarantined and walled off to protect the human population. A railway runs through the breach and into Malifaux as well as to a few mining towns. The city is run by the Governor General appointed by the Guild.

The surroundings[edit]

Around Malifaux human settlements are concentrated to boomtowns and pioneer towns.

Factions[edit]

Malifaux features seven different factions and associated miniatures for use in their game:

The Guild

The Arcanists

The Resurrectionists

The Neverborn

The Outcasts

Ten Thunders

The Gremlins

References[edit]

  1. ^ Malifaux Rule Book. ISBN 0-9841509-0-0. 
  2. ^ Malifaux Rising Powers. ISBN 978-0-9841509-1-5. 
  3. ^ Malifaux Storm of Shadows. ISBN 978-0-9841509-5-3. 

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