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Christopher SmithBy Christopher Smith
First created
Christopher SmithBy Christopher Smith
First created
$4,569
pledged of $24,500pledged of $24,500 goal
117
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 13 2019

About

 
Seize the Imperium is a sci-fi card game for 2-4 players, running 30-60 minutes and is for players ages 13 and above. The Core set comes with 4 decks in a game box. The 4 decks each have 72 cards, and are built to a specific strategy including: hard-hitting Capitals, fighter-launching Carriers, ground-rushing Assault and quick-striking Drones.
 

There are 5 different types of cards that are found in the 3 Decks of the game, that include:


 To see the full arrange of World cards you can conquer, watch the following video:

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 Watch the following video for the full arsenal to conquer the galaxy with:

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 To see all the Tactics and terrible Artifacts that you can wield, watch the following video:

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 The following video is the full array of power players to ascend you to the throne:

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We have a number of pledge levels to choose from including Early Bird pledges which are limited to 50 backers each that include the 4 preview cards for the expansions. Here's a breakdown of all what's included in each Reward Pledge:



The following is all the Stretch Goal Packs that will added to all the Reward Pledges (except for the Citizen's Pack) if we hit certain funding levels. These cards designed during play-testing add extra dimensions and winning ways to build your deck!


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 First let's review setup for the game:

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After each player sets up his initial World and Character cards plus drawing his opening hand of Asset Deck cards, they each will take Turns with up to 6 Phases: 

1. Resupply Phase to un-deplete, generate Resource counters and allocate World cards.

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 2. Allocation Phase to put out your Characters, Artifacts & Unit cards (Fleets, Troops, etc).

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3. Reallocation Phase - Redistribute your defenses and move attacking units to other player's World cards. 

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4. Conquest Phase - Resolve each Conquest Action declared last Phase.

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5. Victory Phase - Gain the spoils of conquest, liberate your World cards and check for victory! 

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6. Regent Phase (Regent only) - Assign penalties against players disputing World or Character cards. 


For complete rules to play, click the following  link below:



Curious about trying out the game first? Click the link before for the deck Print & Play versions that went out last fall. Cards are in standard size, and work with standard sleeves. We recommend printing on high-end cardstock (for best visuals and ease of inserting in sleeves).






If only the Core Starter game funds, the production timeline will be quite simple as all the art has already been done for this:

April - Files sent off to the printer, wallpaper images sent to all backers

May/June - Shipping to United States distribution center

June/July - Shipments sent out by the fulfillment company to backers

Should any of the stretch goals be met, additional art will be contracted as only 10% of that art was made, since we used prototyping mockups over the last year for those cards. This will add 1-3 months, but should not require anymore time, as we have over three dozen artists to split the work between.

Worst case scenario, the Core Game and all Stretch Goal packs will get to you in September/October. So by fall the conquest will begin!


We would like to send out to thanks to all who have contributed over the last 3 years developing and play-testing in Minnesota and all over the world, including:

Primary Play-testers: David Vetrovec and Michael Bernabo

Gameshop, Protospiel and Remote Play-testers: Cliff Snyder, Daniel J. Gorman Jr., Costin Becheanu, Billy Hardin, John Heath, Dennis Smith, Pam Smith, Chris Jabas, Chris Romanski, Alexander Kimball, Mike Miller, Charles Nguyen, George Moore, Ryan Peelor, Pete Windey, Ben, the Other Mike, Jermey Torkelson, Christopher & Quoc Tran, Dustin Washam, Andrew Wells, Peter Yang, Joe Bergman, Hannah Anderson plus others I'm sure I forget to mention over the last year and a half! Your are legion!

Fine Gaming Establishments in MN: Source Comics and Games, Level Up Games and The Gaming Goat Woodbury

Protospiel Conventions and Mini-conventions: MN & WI

STI Contributing Artists: Anthony DiPaolo, Shahbaz Hussain, Alexander Bozhenov, Lada Shustova, Il Ho Kim, Fortin Michel, Joe Baker, Denni Toni, Anton Nazarenko, Prabath Wijayantha, Seiorai, Slava Kozlov, Anirban Gnash, Ali Asghar, Jarek Madyda, Son Nguyen, Chyi Ming Lee, Brody Bellon, Gino Stratolat, Daniel Margiotta, Anastasiia Kosheleva, Riccardo Piovan, Ben Tran,  Dinh Nguyen, Janko Lazarevik, Viktor Kolodiazhnyi, Michael Tran, Valentin Vitry, Robert Ryan, Teodora Chinde, Mark Kong, Nishan Kumar and the artist of the STI style and backer cards, Alex Yunak

Salvador Briggman: Kickstarter Guru & best source out there! (listened to every podcast!)

Emotional Support: My wife Kari, my kids Robbie and Emma and the Menna Foundation

All this would not be possible without all those who've helped bring Seize the Imperium the Card Game to life!

Christopher Morgan Smith, Designer and Owner of Galadium Games and Regent Eternal helping you be the next Emperor or Empress!

Risks and challenges

All of the game art for STI has been already be created for the 4 starter decks, as it has been play-tested over a year and half. Prototype printed decks went out to more play-testers this fall to work out last kinks before launch. We will be printing at 300 gsm with blue core and matte finish for the cards.
We're currently finishing the final-production rule book and artwork for game box. The only thing requiring completion would be additional artwork to finish the Stretch Goal add-on packs. Our over 3 dozen STI artists will be able to complete all the art in only 1-3 months. The cards were already written for play-testing, so they just need art added to them.

Personally, I've worked 8 years in visual and print production in a corporate environment; so I have lots of experience in problem solving and hitting print and shipping deadlines.
I've dedicated over 3 years in researching and developing this game, and feel it is a strong missing niche in the market. I have no question this game will get done. I just need your help to make it a reality, and deliver a quality game to you for endless hours of play!

What makes Seize the Imperium different?
Widescreen Card Art - The Asset Deck and System Deck cards are all in the horizontal format. Why, you ask? It's to capture the same feel and scope of sci-fi movies in the theater. The "widescreen" formatting best conveys the landscape art and allows it to shine. The beauty of the card art was a driving factor for the game. Only the Asset Deck cards will be in your hand, but don't worry, holding them at 90 degrees is quite natural and will allow you to enjoy the art while planning your next move!

Diversity - Besides having a wide representation of diversity in race, gender and techno-race (AI's have rights to you know!), we also have hired artists from 35 different countries around the world to create this game. Diversity is not just in the story and imagery of the game, but also in it's DNA. The art is a collective of styles from around the world, and plays to the theme of a galaxy with possibilities larger than you can imagine!

ECG Format - The "Evolving Card Game" format of the game uses a Core set, but builds upon itself with expansions that add new dimensions to the rules and strategies, plus moves the story of the STI universe forward. The Unique World cards and Character cards will also add updated versions as time goes on. The most important part is all the expansions will be done through pre-constructed card sets. We promise to never use booster packs of the CCG formula (you can put away your pitchforks and torches...). This way everyone can build the same kinds of strategies without needing to pay big money for that super rare card!

And it's only the beginning; as we'll add the expansions for Pirates, Galadium, Mercenaries, Imperium, the Rim and finally the Ancients, that are being planned for the next expansions of the game. Don't support this for just a game; support it for a long, rich story-telling games series that will be hopefully dominating tables at card gaming shops for years to come (... but only with your help!)

I've been a fan of sci-fi and particularly sci-fi RPGs back to the days of Metamorphosis Alpha, Gamma World and my favorite sci-fi RPG Star Frontiers. A huge fan of B5, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Robotech, the Expanse and many other influences that have sculpted by vision of the STI universe.
I remember playing many Vampire the Eternal Struggle card games years back with my friends each week. We had fun building decks to counter the decks that were built last time, or those one-trick ponies decks brought every time! My vision is groups of players all over the world getting together every week with the friends to once again prove "Only one can rule!"

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    For those who like a large assortment of cards to build more decks or for a larger group of friends or don't want to share the Carrier deck; this pack has it all with two times the cards of the Emperor's Pack to play with and conquer!

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