James Tomblin created ThunderVaults to bring the world of Defection to life through board games and comic books. James began creating Defection in the summer of 2015, and you can learn more about his journey within the below chapters......
Captains Log: The First Defector
Chapter 1 : The Origin Story
Every story has a beginning, and this is mine. I remember the day I first thought about Defection, of course at this time it had no name and was a simple idea in the back of my skull. But that simple idea would eventually blow up into the game you see today. Much like the beginning of the universe, the eruption of possibilities, concepts, ideas, story lines and game mechanics exploded into life to form what became a very unique experience within a board game.
Let's go back to the start and learn more about the origins of Defection.
In 2015, I had been playing modern board games for a couple of years with my friends and some local game groups in Bristol. I remember coming home from a gaming day where we had just played a game called 'Spartacus: A game of blood and treachery'. This is where I made the connection between
the art of story telling (Film/TV) and the board game world.
I had been working on a film plot involving a misfit crew of would be heroes who had defected from a brutal war on their home-world to save the civilians caught in the crossfire of the conflict. The story centred on this crew, but in the background, I had built the world it took place in. I've always been a huge fan of titles that have extensive lore and back story (LotR, Star Wars.... even to an extent the TV show Lost) and this is something I wanted for Defection...... So I created it.
I scoped out an entire history for the planet Keleressa, the factions that inhabit it, the politics, the alliances, the rivalries and even the individual character back stories.
When I got home from that gaming day, I said to my girlfriend at the time 'I'm going to make this into a board game'. And so began the journey of Defection.
My life was about to change drastically....
Chapter 2 : Paper and Bottle Caps