Today marks the 7 year anniversary since the OPR project was officially launched!
OPR started all the way back in April of 2014 from a simple question: could one condense all the wargaming goodness of a game like Warhammer 40k into a single page?
Well, you can see for yourself by checking out 1p40k, which you can download here.
The game quickly grew in popularity, and over the next 3 years we added a fantasy game called 1pFB, as well as two skirmish versions of the games called 1pKT and 1pFS. We were very lucky to be able to find some awesome artists online who decided to make some free cover art for us (but that decided to remain anonymous).
This was also a time of a lot of experimentation, with the release of other games such as Grimdark Racing, Deathball, Orion’s Gate and WarStuff. These games were such fan favorites, that they can still be found and downloaded in the One-Off Games Section.
By 2017 it was clear that the project was far too popular for it to remain some small hobby game forever, and so I decided to re-brand everything in order to launch a Patreon and start raising funds, which lead to the new names of Grimdark Future, Age of Fantasy, and their spin-offs GF: Firefight and AoF: Skirmish.
The idea was to gather support from fans to hire artists that could elevate the look of the rulebooks, and finally in 2019 after a long time of saving money (the Patreon was really small back then), I managed to get the amazing Brandon Gillam to make some gorgeous cover art and interior illustrations for all games.
This new look brought a ton of new eyes on the project, which boosted its popularity once more, so much so that the project caught the eyes of the awesome guys that TheMakersCult, who decided to make a 3D print version of the Battle Brother Captain from the Grimdark Future cover art for OPR.
In return I created an army list for their Feudal Guard miniatures for Grimdark Future, which further helped grow the project in popularity. This new influx of supporters and cash now meant that I had a lot more savings that I would be able to invest into something new, so at the beginning of 2020 supporters started getting new 2D models every month.
At the same time I also thought that it would be a cool thing to provide our supporters with new 3D models every month, so in early 2020 I hired TheMakersCult to make a full line of Battle Sisters models, as well as Kyoushuneko Miniatures to make a full line of Dwarves models for the OPR supporters.
These were the first models that were made for OPR, and it was a huge learning curve for me as someone that had no idea about 3D printing before it. Working with other Patreon creators to make models was really awesome, but after a while it became clear that they had to focus on their own projects, and if I wanted to keep providing more and more awesome miniatures to supporters, a new dedicated team would need to work on them.
This lead to a huge explosions in supporters again, and brings us to where we are now. What started as a single page of rules written on a lazy afternoon, has now turned into one of the biggest wargaming projects on Patreon, and all of it thanks to you. After 7 years I was finally able to quit my full-time job in order to focus on working on OPR, which is a dream come true, and I hope that I can make you all proud with all of the things I have planned for the next few years as I further expand the team and the reach of OPR.
I want to be very honest with you, there’s lots of things that I left out in the recounting above, and before someone starts thinking “oh, this seems easy, let me do it too”, I want to give a word of warning. There have been many times when I wanted to quit the project (in fact I took a 3-month hiatus in the summer of 2017), there were lots of things I couldn’t afford because I invested money into the project, there are many loved ones that resent the amount of time I poured into the project, there have been far too many sleepless nights, and there were a lot of other troubles that came from it.
Whilst I highly encourage everyone that has a passion to pursue it, I also don’t want to make it seem like it’s an easy road. Far too many people think that passion projects are an overnight success, and so I hope that my 7 year journey can serve both as a warning and an inspiration for any aspiring dreamers out there.
Thanks to everyone that believed in OPR, no matter at which point of the journey you joined me on. I hope that the games can bring you some joy, and that they can keep bringing you joy for a long time to come! :)
As a final treat for everyone, we’ve got a special 70% discount on MMF for the next 2 days. Just use the coupon code TAKEITALL on our MMF Store: https://www.myminifactory.com/users/onepagerules
Cheers to another 7 years!