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JHaygood Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 6:08 a.m. PST

I just got an email saying Spartan Games was gone. I couldn't get to the link they sent in the email. Their site was up but the email said they were closing today!

JHaygood Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 6:11 a.m. PST

Yep…gone… dang…

stumer25 Aug 2017 6:16 a.m. PST

I'm confused…


stumer25 Aug 2017 6:19 a.m. PST

No word on their facebook page, either?

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian25 Aug 2017 6:19 a.m. PST

Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator 31 minutes ago.

Wargamer Blue25 Aug 2017 6:34 a.m. PST

Lots of people have lost a lot of money on their DW Kickstarter.

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 6:35 a.m. PST

Wow, and they had just released some new previews. Bummer man, I hate it when a company has to shut down.

Wargamer Blue25 Aug 2017 6:35 a.m. PST

Spartan Games
Written by Spartan Games |
The following statement is issued today, Friday 25th August 2017.
Following a prolonged period of challenging trading and despite the directors' best efforts to manage through, Rebel Publishing Ltd was unable to continue to trade and the directors have taken the difficult decision to cease. All members of staff were made redundant.
The company, which traded as Spartan Games, is a Somerset, UK based provider of tabletop miniature games which include
Uncharted Seas, a fantasy naval combat game (now retired)
Firestorm Armada, an exciting space combat game featuring highly detailed starship models
Dystopian Legions, a game based in the world of Dystopian Wars using highly detailed 32mm scale figures and vehicles (now retired)
Dystopian Wars– an exciting journey in a Victorian sci-fi world encompassing naval combat, ground warfare and aerial combat.
Spartan Scenics – a range of detailed and easily assembled wargames terrain.
Rebel Publishing Ltd was formed in July 2002 and traded successfully for a number of years. Spartan Games was launched in 2008 and grew rapidly. However, the tabletop games market is challenging and has changed over recent years, and suppliers are predominantly a small number of large well-known names and several small, cottage industry, type businesses.
Initially the business outsourced production but following quality control and production management issues, manufacturing was moved in house between 2009 and 2011. Over this time and since, significant investment was made into machinery and infrastructure. The business also expanded to provide models for a well known video game, moving this into the tabletop games arena. However, significant new development costs, timing issues and the deflection of management time from the core games brands resulted in a significant trading loss for 2015/6. The business was able to continue to trade by raising additional finance and refocusing on core brands, and direct / online trading improved significantly. Results for 2016/17 were significantly improved.
However, despite this it continued to encounter challenging trading conditions and it became clear this month that the company could not continue to service its liabilities, particularly given the burden imposed by the amounts owing to finance companies.
The company was in the process of running a Kickstarter project to raise funds for expansion of one of its successful product lines. This was well supported and positive feedback on the new products was given showing the popularity of the product line and ongoing demand. However, this does not, unfortunately, provide the full range of success and resources needed to sustain the business.
In addition to challenging trading issues, one of the directors has suffered from a long period of poor health which became significantly more serious earlier this year and although now back in the business, requires ongoing treatment. That has inevitably taken a toll on the amount of time available to the business so, along with other challenges, has significantly contributed to this difficult decision.
The directors are extremely saddened by this decision and particularly regret any losses incurred by employees, customers, suppliers or other trading partners. The directors fully committed their time, energy and personal resources to effect a turnaround. Employees will receive redundancy payments through state funds and although efforts have been made to fulfil customer orders, it is hoped that anyone who does not receive their goods will be able to redeem their payments through their credit card or PayPal.
If customers have made a deposit or paid for goods or services by credit or debit card and the goods or services are not going to be received by the due date, they may be able to get their money back by claiming a refund from their card issuer. They should contact their card issuer as soon as possible. Further information including time limits that apply is available from the UK Cards Association: Credit and debit cards: A consumer guide. Similar schemes exist in other countries.
Throughout the years that Spartan Games has traded, it has prided itself on the highest level of product quality and customer satisfaction. This has been delivered consistently and is evidenced though annual customer research that the company has undertaken.
We would encourage anybody who may be interested in acquiring either stock, assets or the business to make contact as soon as possible. Spartan Games and its product lines have a strong reputation in its markets together with an asset base which may be of interest to a number of parties, and a variety of machinery in addition to Intellectual Property.
All enquiries about this matter should be sent to

StarCruiser25 Aug 2017 6:37 a.m. PST

There is a note linking back to their main page (which isn't responding).

VonTed25 Aug 2017 8:24 a.m. PST

Evidently something about trading issues. It was repeated often enough

Andrew Walters25 Aug 2017 8:34 a.m. PST

Bummer. I hope the IP gets transferred somewhere or released.

jfleisher Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 1:54 p.m. PST

I'm wondering why there is no mention of the Halo universe games anywhere in the announcement. All mention of them has also been scrubbed from their web site.

Akalabeth Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 2:03 p.m. PST

Crappy deal, I only tried their games a couple of times but I liked the look of 'em for sure and it was great to see a popular alternative to Star Trek / Star Wars

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 3:29 p.m. PST

…something about trading issues…

Trading is sometimes British English for "in business."

It's a shame to see Spartan go out of business, but like a lot of the industry these days, their prices just seemed too high. I often bought their products when they were on sale, but only if the discount was at least 50%.

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 5:32 p.m. PST

"The business also expanded to provide models for a well known video game, moving this into the tabletop games arena."

For many businesses high licensing fees can be a killer, especially if that product line is not meeting expectations.

Achtung Minen25 Aug 2017 6:03 p.m. PST

Dystopian Wars were cool little figures and the setting was well thought out and interesting. Never liked the rules very much though. Sad to hear about their closing! There were definitely a few models I was hoping to buy one day.

Part time gamer12 Dec 2017 11:08 p.m. PST

@Achtung Minen
Ive heard the same regarding various Spartans games; "great miniatures, but dont care for the rules."
That was my feeling for Halo Fleet Wars. I really wanted a number of the USNC (plastic) mini's'. But the games I sat in, just never really 'got' the rules.

@Optional Field, same here cost was another consideration that held me back.

I hope the best for all those concerned w/ Spartan Games.

And it would be 'GREAT' if someone will p.u. the molds, I.P. rights etc. and at least some of them up and running again.

chromedog19 Dec 2017 4:13 p.m. PST

Well, Distopian Wars got picked up at least.
It's now part of the same universe as that weird west game Wild West Exodus.

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