T.H.M.P.R. art is up


Ember Dev
Jul 25, 2016
For those who missed it, the T.H.M.P.R. orthographics are done and ready for 3D modeling:

It’s here! While concept art is great for setting mood, 3D modelers need blueprints, called orthographics, to begin the work of translating a 2D drawing into a 3D model.

With the additional funding we received from our (580% overfunded!!!) IndieGoGo campaign to put up Ember forums, we made orthographics of the T.H.M.P.R. MEK-A autonomous mining mech.

MEK stands for “Mechanically Enhanced Kinetics” and the “A” in “MEK-A” means this MEK is autonomous. Fully automated and delivered by drop-ship, the T.H.M.P.R. will land in tucked-up, ball-form onto your mining hot spot. It will then unfold and begin drilling into the ground with its immense arm-drill, picking up valuable resources with its claw arm.

Of course this attracts all sort of local xeno-morphs that you will have to defend against as T.H.M.P.R. does its work. It’s a game of risk/reward. The longer you mine, the rarer and more precious the resources are. But each wave of attacking xeno-morphs is tougher and tougher, and if your T.H.M.P.R. is destroyed, you lose it all.

Once full, the T.H.M.P.R. will beeline it straight back to your nearest player-built refinery to turn your hard-won ore into the pure elements you need to craft better gear, weapons and to build more facilities and defenses.

But the trip back is fraught with peril. More creatures will attack you as you escort the leaping, bounding T.H.M.P.R. back to base. The T.H.M.P.R. will fight alongside you, taking on and locking up with mini-Kaiju sized baddies. You’ll have to come to its aid to help it defeat these mini-bosses.

Mining is a risky business, and plenty of Reaper Teams have lost it all while pushing themselves harder and harder to reap those sweet, sweet resources.

I hope you enjoyed this little update and art drop. More is coming, including some surprises we haven’t talked about yet!

Thanks again for all your support!


THMPR Inbound - Gatestrider - Firstclaimer
Jul 26, 2016
Montana, US
That is one helluva drill arm. The whole concept. artwork and process designs are great.

Like man questions around here that maybe far too early, but will we be able to deck it out with paint jobs? Or it is just going to be brand name drop ship equipment brought by supplier? Will we have means to upgrade its functions? Extra plating, enhanced load capacity, defense systems, etc?

And everyone, keep spreading the word. As Kern has stated nearly every chance he gets, it will take a lot to make this whole project. I still have my Firefall stocking cap I got with my old commanders pledge. I might do a diagonal crossing on it with duck tape and write Ember on top of the tape. Wear that this winter.


New Member
Jul 28, 2016
Will the thumper remain stationary the whole time its mining like the one used in ff? I was just curious since the design is kinda humanoid so I thought maybe it can move around while mining or maybe even defend itself while mining?
Will the fighting functions of the thumper only applicable when escorting back to the player-made base or during the whole process of mining?
Just curious and excited :D
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Jul 26, 2016
This sounds great. Already I can imagine different armies/factions 'duking it out' over viable mining sites (all while defending from these mini-Kaiju beasts and xenomorphs) and then planning/collaborating on how best to raid other armies' refineries. (A bit of "Dune 2000" Harvester Warfare perhaps? o_O)

"Warning.... WORMSIGN!"
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New Member
Jul 26, 2016
“Once full, the T.H.M.P.R. will beeline it straight back to your nearest player-built refinery to turn your hard-won ore into the pure elements you need to craft better gear, weapons and to build more facilities and defenses.”

So is this just for ore/rocks? Thinking of gas (seems impractical for gathering gas).. I’m thinking of a truck dropping on the tail end sending pipes down to gather gas, then when finished it tips over onto its wheels and starts driving to town. You hop on the top and defend against the fast air monsters from popping the gas sacks or something like that. Would be cool having different material farming equipment. Gas would have to spawn farther from refineries for longer rides, or higher quality further away.

Posted this as a comment, should it have been here?
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Dr Doom

New Member
Jul 27, 2016
I might suggest some kind of wheels or tracks like the bulldozer has for the MEK. That waye he doesn't need to "leap" /bounce /jump. As for defence, he could have some small drones that will be released after his job is done. The drones HP is low so they might die easily but not before they take down few monsters or do a decent damage to a boss.
The idea of the MEK-A is good (sounds weird.. like "Mecca" ) I love the design art of it and the concept behind it.

Big question, who built the MEK-A ?! Omnidine ?