Welcome to Dream Pod 9

Its been 25 years since we released the Heavy Gear Roleplaying & Tactical System Rulebook back at Gen Con in August 1995. Back then Dream Pod 9 was still just the design team at Ianus Publications, checkout the old rulebook cover image attached with this post and its product code of ISG-01 in the top right corner. Dream Pod 9 only split off from Ianus Publications in December 1995 and became an official incorporated company, and later printings of the rulebook changed the product code to DP9-001.

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the release of the Heavy Gear Roleplaying & Tactical System Rulebook we made a special patch. The HG25th Patch is 5.85″ x 3.15″ with an Iron-on backing, with 3 versions (Gold Thread, Gold Metalic Thread, and Glow In The Dark Thread on Black twill with merrowed edging). See photos of the 3 versions, plus the Glow In The Dark version glowing in the dark, and a group photo including all the 3″ diameter faction patches made as part of our Kickstarters.

As part of our 25th Anniversary Promotion all DP9 Online Store Orders from the end of July that have not shipped yet and all August and September 2020 orders with an Order Sub-Total of $50 USD or more will received a free HG25th Gold Thread Patch automatically added to the order when it is packed. Orders with a Sub-Total of $110 USD or more will received a free HG25th Gold Metalic Thread Patch automatically added to the order when it is packed. And Orders with a Sub-Total of $200 USD or more will received a free HG25th Glow In The Dark Thread Patch automatically added to the order when it is packed. Limit of 1 of each HG25th Thread Version Patch per customer.

Customers can also purchase the HG25th Patches in the New Releases section of the DP9 Online Store at the following link.
https://store.dp9.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=125

We want to update everyone on the status of Backer reward packages shipping for the HGB Kickstarters. As of the end of July 2020 we have shipped all the reward packages that don’t require a copy of the new 3rd Edition Heavy Gear Blitz Rulebook or that are going out to our UK/EU backers. We have packed up all the UK/EU packages (that don’t need a copy of the rulebook) with Backer address labels on the boxes and they are just waiting on the rulebook for the other UK/EU packages that need the rulebook to be packed. Then we’ll do an airfreight shipment to Shiny Games (our distributor in the UK) who will take care of adding Royal Mail postage and forwarding them to the UK/EU backers, so that no one has to pay VAT on the packages received.

Due to COVID-19 Dream Pod 9 can no longer ship weekly. As once a shipping is made with US Post, upon returning to Canada we have to self quarantine for 14 days, so now we are shipping about once every 3 weeks or so. And for the first several months I’ve been doing the shipping solo at the office, as to not put anyone else at risk, encase I catch the virus during our shipping to the USA. So I got way behind schedule on the layout of the new 3rd Edition Rulebook, which has caused the delay in shipping out the final backer reward packages and I want to apologize for that. I hope to get the layout finished in August and then release the free to download ebook version to everyone once its done to get feedback. Then 2 weeks later send the updated layout files to the printer to get the rulebooks printed, which will take about a month to print. So we should have them back in early October and start shipping out all the final backer reward packages then. Once again sorry for the delay.

Now if your a USA or Canadian Backer that has a Hero of reward package which includes a rulebook or have selected one as an add-on and you don’t want to wait for the rulebook and want your new plastic miniature armies right away we have 2 options. Email Robert at rdubois@dp9.com with your backer name and email address used to login to Kickstarter and request that your reward package minus the rulebook be shipped with DP9’s next shipping. And OPTION 1: you would like the rulebook shipped when its ready and that you’ll pay another fixed shipping cost of $19 CAD for USA or $17 CAD for Canada at that time, via PayPal money request or Visa or Mastercard. Or OPTION 2: when the rulebook is ready to let you know via email and then you’ll place an order on the DP9 Online Store and you would just like the rulebook added in with that order when it ships.

If your an International or UK/EU Backer that has a Hero of reward package which includes a rulebook or have selected one as an add-on and you don’t want to wait for the rulebook and want your new plastic miniature armies right away we have 2 options. Email Robert at rdubois@dp9.com with your backer name and email address used to login to Kickstarter and request that your reward package minus the rulebook be shipped with DP9’s next shipping. We’ll value the shipment at just the cost of goods, not the amount pledged to keep any VAT charges you maybe charged as low as possible. And OPTION 1: you would like the rulebook shipped when its ready and that you’ll pay the exact shipping cost (to be determined once we have the exact weight of the printed book), via PayPal money request or Visa or Mastercard. Or OPTION 2: when the rulebook is ready to let you know via email and then you’ll place an order on the DP9 Online Store and you would just like the rulebook added in with that order when it ships.

UK/EU Backers that don’t have a rulebook as part of their reward package and don’t want to wait for the airfreight shipment and forwarding via Shiny Games in the UK. Email Robert at rdubois@dp9.com with your backer name and email address used to login to Kickstarter and request that your reward package be shipped with DP9’s next shipping via US Post. We’ll value the shipment at just the cost of goods, not the amount pledged to keep any VAT charges you maybe charged as low as possible.

We also have a few Backers that have still not logged into the DP9 Pledge Manager website and completed their registration, selected rewards/add-ons, and paid the fixed shipping cost. We’ll be messaging these backers again today via the Kickstarter website with a reminder and login information. If you get an email from Kickstarter please login and check your messages.

The staff at Dream Pod 9 wishes all our Canadian friends a Happy Canada Day, July 1st. And our American cousins to the south a Happy Independence Day, July 4th. Please stay safe, wear a mask, and keep your social distancing during these difficult times.

The Dream Pod 9 Open for Business but still Socially Distancing Sale is on Now thru Midnight EST August 2nd, 2020. The Sale includes 20% OFF all Heavy Gear Blitz Army Boxes & Miniature Packs (Gears, Striders, Tanks, Hovertanks, Mounts, APCs, VTOLS, & Infantry) and Heavy Gear Arena Miniature Packs! Plus 20% OFF all Jovian Wars Spaceships, Exo/Fighter/Bomber Squads, and Starter Forces! And to top it all off our friends over at Fusion Models are giving 20% OFF on all their products, including the 1/35 scale Kodiak Master Grade Kit and both Jovian Chronicles Garage Kits! Reminder, the GOLDEN GEAR…

The Dream Pod 9 Social Distancing Sale is on Now thru Midnight EST May 31st, 2020. The Sale includes 20% OFF all Heavy Gear Blitz Army Boxes & Miniature Packs (Gears, Striders, Tanks, Hovertanks, Mounts, APCs, VTOLS, & Infantry) and Heavy Gear Arena Miniature Packs! Plus 20% OFF all Jovian Wars Spaceships, Exo/Fighter/Bomber Squads, and Starter Forces! And to top it all off our friends over at Fusion Models are giving 20% OFF on all their products, including the 1/35 scale Kodiak Master Grade Kit and both Jovian Chronicles Garage Kits! Plus 20% OFF All Heavy Gear Fleet Scale Minis!…

With lots of us stuck at home doing Social Distancing its a great time to catch-up on painting your miniatures. Dream Pod 9 decided to announce our annual Heavy Gear Blitz Golden Gear Miniature Painting Competition for 2020. We have 4 categories again this year with trophy and prizes for each, along with all the rules and details listed below. So get painting your Heavy Gear Blitz and Heavy Gear Arena Gears, Vehicles, and Combat Groups, take your entry photos and email them in by the end of August 2020. Stay safe and we’ll all get thru this difficult time…

We started receiving entries for our Golden Gear 2020 Painting Competition, which runs to the end of August 2020. We’ve attached the entry photos received so far with this post for everyone to checkout. And started a thread on the DP9 Forum website at the following link to post all the new entry photos as they are received.
https://dp9forum.com/index.php…

We need more painted up Heavy Gear Blitz miniature entries to make the Golden Gear 2020 contest a success. Lots of players have been posting amazing HGB miniature photos on the various Facebook Groups, now its time to send in your entries. Email your photos to Robert Dubois at rdubois@dp9.com and please state which category the entry photo(s) are for (Best HGB Miniature, Best HGB Combat Group, Best Duelist Miniature, or Pimp My Gear). All the contest details are below.

HGB Golden Gear 2020 Miniature Painting Competition.

The Categories:
– Best Heavy Gear Blitz Miniature (Single HGB/HGA Miniature: Gear, Strider, or Other Vehicle)
– Best Heavy Gear Blitz Combat Group (Combat Group of Four or more HGB/HGA Miniatures)
– Best Duelist Miniature (Single HGB/HGA Miniature: Equipped with Duelist Weapons)
– Pimp My Gear (Single HGB/HGA Miniature: Gear, Strider, or Other Vehicle – All Pimped Out with a Flashy Paint Scheme, Custom & Scratch Builds are encouraged for this category. Note: You don’t need to make an actual Pimp as some did in our first Pimp My Gear Contest.)

Prize for each Category Winner:
1 Golden Gear 2020 Trophy + $100 DP9 Online Store Credit.
This years Golden Gear Trophy is a Chibi Jerboa painted gold and mounted on an oak base with plaque, see photo below.

The Rules:
– Entries must be Heavy Gear Blitz (HGB) or Heavy Gear Arena (HGA) miniatures. Pimp My Gear entries can be custom builds but should include some recognizable HGB/HGA parts.
– Entry Deadline is Midnight EST on August 31st 2020.
– Email up to five photos per entry to rdubois@dp9.com please include your full name. By submitting your photos you grant Dream Pod 9 the right to publish the submitted photos. Entrants may submit entries to multiple categories, with a maximum of 3 entries per category.
– Current Dream Pod 9 Montreal Staff are excluded from the competition. Judging will be done by the Dream Pod 9 Montreal Staff (Robert Dubois, Philippe F. LeClerc, and Alain Gadbois) in early September and Winners Announced.

We packed up the first Canadian, US, and International Backer reward packages this last weekend and shipped them this week. Rewards shipping order is based on the order of Backer pledges during the Utopia Kickstarter and include their Utopia and Peace River & NuCoal Kickstarter rewards and add-ons. Backer packages with Hero level rewards and add-ons of the New Edition HGB Rulebook, which is still in layout, will only ship once the book is finished and back from the printer. Until then we’ll continue shipping the reward packages we can each week, following the order listed above.