August 25, 2017 by thisisazrael
“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.”
Several factors seem to have contributed to the closure; ill health of one of the directors, problems with quality control and production, development costs and timing issues are among many listed problems encountered by the company.
“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 through 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.”
The company was also in the middle of a Kickstarter project which was on the cusp of attaining it’s £50,000 goal however this has now been canceled.
In the statement, Spartan Games advised that customers who have made a deposit or paid for goods by credit or debit card that are not going to arrive by the due date should contact their card provider to claim a refund.
You can read the statement in full here.
It is never nice to see any company cease trading.
The BoW Team wish all the best to the staff, customers and anyone impacted by the closure.