An exhilarating game of exploration and discovery!
Exploriana can be enjoyed by 2 to 5 players and takes around 45 to 60 minutes to play. Exploriana is easy to learn but filled with strategy and perfect for all ages, 8 and older.
Late in the 19th century steam has replaced sail and the once distant uncharted lands are within grasp! Faraway countries are brought ever closer to hand and explorers equipped with as many charts and maps as they can carry, set out determined to update them!
Take your place in history! Send your team of explorers out into the world and guide them as they plunge deep into steamy jungles, trek across vast tracts of Savannah and ascend towering peaks, courting danger to discover great wonders!
Facing peril at every turn, your brave explorers will search for fantastic animals, ancient cities, new varieties of orchids and treasures of extreme beauty!
Fame and fortune await the triumphant but many expeditions are foiled by unexpected hazards, some are lost, never to be seen again!
Exploriana is a tense and exciting game filled with complexity, that you will want to play again and again!
Standard and deluxe edition stretch goals! With the initial funding goal achieved we will begin upgraded both editions of Exploriana with some awesome enhancements!
Remember that the deluxe edition will receive ALL stretch goals, standard & deluxe!
A note on the deluxe version stretch goals .
The deluxe stretch goals are only unlocked with the total number of deluxe level pledge backers.
The stretch goals for the deluxe version of Kickstarter will not be available in the retail version of Exploriana. The only way to get the deluxe edition of Exploriana is by pledging at the 'First Class Traveller' reward level.
As with the standard edition stretch goals, more stretch goals for the deluxe edition of Exploriana will be revealed once the last one has been unlocked.
Both the standard edition and deluxe edition stretch goals will be included in the deluxe edition.
Exploriana packs a lot of game into its box! The standard edition includes the following:
In Exploriana YOU decide the fate of a team of brave explorers!
Setting off into far flung corners of the globe, the explorers throw themselves deep into the unknown, each time hoping to discover new contributions to science and history!
The discoveries your explorers make will provide you with victory points and the player with the most victory points at the end of the game will be the winner.
Exploriana incorporates several cool game mechanics:
• Resource management (money is the major resource in the game)
• Variable turn order (getting to play first can be a major advantage)
• Push your luck (the core mechanic, drawing cards to make discoveries and avoiding hazards)
• Hand management (the players get to choose various explorer cards with special abilities that they can use during the game)
• Set collecting (with the many card combinations available collecting certain cards could deliver more points)
• Worker placement (where to send your explorers is a crucial decision)
Exploriana is simple to set up. Each player is given some starting funds, two mission cards, to try and complete during the course of the game, and a guide token to help them on their way.
Exploriana is played over a variable number of rounds, further split into 4 phases.
Phase 1 - Recruit explorers
Each round a number of explorers are laid out. Each explorer has their own special ability and each player gets to pick one to add to their team.
Experienced players may choose to use the alternate recruitment rule that eliminates the need for the recruit explorers phase. The players start the game by drafting a full team of explorers to use throughout the game.
Phase 2 - Send Explorers
There are three regions to explore in Exploriana: South America, Africa and the Far East, each of the regions is more dangerous than the last.
The players now decide which of the three regions they will send their explorers too.
In renown order, players take turns placing one of their explorers until every player has placed two explorers.
Phase 3 - Explore regions
Each of the three region decks has its own unique deck of cards and the decks are packed with fabulously illustrated discoveries.
Each deck contains five types of discovery cards!
Every card has a unique piece of art showing what type of discovery can be found.
A region is explored by revealing cards one at a time, simulating an expedition pushing ever deeper into the wilderness.
As a player reveals a discovery card there is a chance a hazard is found on that discovery card!
If a player should reveal any three hazards of the same type, or all three different hazards while exploring, then the expedition is lost and the cards are shuffled back into the region deck to be found in furture expiditions.
Revealing up to four discovery cards allows a player to make a single pick.
A pick is taking a set of animals or a single treasure, orchid, map or location card.
If they are brave or lucky enough to have revealed five discoveries without becoming lost, they may make one extra pick!
Phase 4 - End of round
At the end of each round the players check to see if any deck is empty, and replace any region deck that is with its respective reserve, which will then trigger the final round of the game.
The aim of the game in Exploriana is to accumulate the most victory points.
The discoveries the players make award renown, wealth or victory points, and some even give the player a combination of awards!
The above is a brief overview of Exploriana. To get a full understanding of the game we have several ways in which you can get more information!
Don't want to wait to try out Exploriana?
We have a fully working version of Exploriana on Tabletopia! Check it out here:
We have a couple of print and play versions for you to try so you can find out for yourself just how much fun Exploriana is!
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Want a extra copy? Well we got you covered! Check out our add ons below. Shipping savings to be made on combining copies.
How do I get an Add-On? If you click on MANAGE MY PLEDGE and add the cost of any add you want when you are invited to the pledge manager after the campaign you will be able to select which add-ons you purchased.
Shipping for this project will be collected via pledge manager, after the campaign ends. We have estimated the shipping costs for 1 copy of the game to be approximately the following.
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Team Exploriana is made up of three games companies that have come together to create fantastic games
Working together benefits everyone. It allows us to bring each company's unique skill set into the fold, ensuring we have the combined expertise and experience to make this campaign a resounding success.
The team includes:
Robin Elliott of Triple Ace Games Ltd. Triple Ace Games have been making games for 10 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Having successfully run 17 Kickstarter campaigns they have the know how to successfully deliver a KS project. Robin brings his knowledge of graphic design and manufacturing to the team.
Dicky Duerden of Counters Out Ltd. Counters out is the publishing arm of Chance & Counters, the Bristol-based board game cafe. Exploriana will be their first published game. Dicky is our community manager. Keeping our backers and potential backers up to date with all the news and information on our campaign as it develops.
Miles Ratcliffe and David Inker of Chaos Publishing Ltd have brought Exploriana to the team. Miles is the game designer on this project. Having devised this amazing game he has play-tested Exploriana to exhaustion, honing its amazing game play. David is in charge of the admin and creative content.
Richard Dearing is our superb artist. He spent many hours creating the fabulous artwork for our game and we all think he did an awesome job!
Risks and challenges
All three companies involved in with the Exploriana Campaign are experienced with Kickstarter and the fulfilment process, each having run several Kickstarter campaigns in the past, Triple Ace Games alone has run 17 successful Kickstarter campaigns to date.
The game is complete, and we have already self-funded the artwork and design. There will be no delay in sending the game to the factory. The funding raised through this campaign is for manufacturing & bulk shipping the game.
The main risks faced with, when attempting to bring a board game to market, are usually problems associated with production, shipping and fulfilment. Delays in production can hopefully be avoided by using an experienced manufacturer. We intend to use Longpack, a well-known and well-established manufacturer and we also intend to have Longpack arrange delivery alongside our fulfilment company to ensure there are also no unforeseen problems with the shipping of the product.
Brexit is a concern, of course. We are planning on using fulfilment centres within the EU to limit any impact that it may have on the campaign, in this way we don't envisage any major problems to overcome.
Due to the combined experience and determination of the team involved with the Exploriana campaign, we are confident that any challenges we run into can be overcome and of course we will endeavour to keep our backers up to date with the progress of the project with regular updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter