The War of the Worlds is a solitaire board game that puts you in command of the Human forces in a desperate attempt to defend Earth against the invading Martian Tripods!
While you plan and carry out the Human side of the war, the game system commands the Martian forces.
The War of the Worlds is a low complexity board game for gamers, science fiction fans, and anyone who likes an easy to play game with good decision-making. Each games takes only an hour or so to play.
A warship and the HMS Thunderchild close in to take on a Tripod! The War of the Worlds sea battle mechanics work much like the land battles, except the Tripods have different movement options. Sea Battles are fought when a "Sea Battle" result is rolled for fleeing Refugees. At which point, you can choose to spend some of your Production Points to purchase Warships to protect the Refugee Freighters, or let the freighters make a run for it, and hope they escape the pursuing Tripods. The Thunderchild appears as an Event card. You can then use it for any one future Sea Battle. This is usually best when you have a lot of Sea Battle results.
This summary uses England as the baseline. You are familiar with England from the rulebook and KS posts. All Nations start the game with roughly 20 Production Points.
While France enjoyed quality soldiers and equipment, it suffered from a lack of quality leadership. In the game, French forces are less expensive, but also less skilled. This will make their battles larger than English battles, but they will also suffer more casualties. They have the standard 4 PP cost to build Harbors, but must pay 3 PP instead of 2 PP to move Units during the Production step. Again, reflecting the lack of effective leadership. The Martians receive 4 Tripods in each Wave.
Japan possessed a small but well-trained military at the time. To reflect this, their Units cost a little more, but also have a better chance to carry out their orders. Their smaller geographical area makes for more intense combat with fewer movement options. The Martians have 3 Tripods in each Wave. Japan only pays 3 PP to build Harbors, and only pay 1 PP to move Units during the Production step. Battles in Japan will be close-in, intense, and highly mobile. Overall, the game will have a frantic feel.
USA – East Coast
The US fielded a small military force at the time. This results in them having fewer Units at the start of the game. However, as seen a few decades earlier during the Civil War, the US is able to rapidly ramp up their production capabilities and quickly expand the size of their army. As the game unfolds, the US receives production bonuses to reflect this. The geographical area represented by the US map is larger than in the other games, as such, each Martian Wave is made up of 5 Tripods, and they tend to move a little less often. To match this, the US must pay 3 PP to move Units during the Production step. The US game gives a more lumbering feel with large forces bashing against each other.
The design goal is to provide each game with its own feel while at the same time maintain almost all the core game rules across all the games. This makes it easy to go from one game to the next and quickly get up and playing.
In fact, we are world-wide friendly! All international orders will be shipped from the UK and we will pay the customs and VAT fees!
England is under attack by strange forces from Mars!
The game begins with a wave of Martian Tripods marching across England, as well as a Martian Cylinder already embedded in the ground, and preparing to construct a second wave of Tripods!
You must hurry to field forces to oppose the Martian menace before they ravage all of England and begin converting it for Martian colonization.
The Tripods will first destroy your cities and send refugees fleeing across the land, desperate to escape via harbors and ships. Once an area is destroyed, Red Weed will start to sprout up, finishing their work.
As England is devastated, your production decreases and your ability to produce Field Guns, Infantry, and Cavalry also decreases!
When you march your forces into the same region with a Tripod wave, you get to command them in battle! Once you deploy your forces to the map, they are ready to do battle!
In battle, the towering Tripods will march toward your positions as your guns do their best to bring them down. While advancing, the Tripods will attempt to detect your concealed guns. Once they do, they will blast them with heat rays!
Each game turn brings the war closer to victory for either Humans or Martians! The Martians gain colonization points by destroying the land and scooping up the fleeing refugees. You gain victory points by keeping your lands healthy, destroying Tripods, and evacuating the grateful refugees!
- Very easy to learn!
- Plays in 60 minutes!
- Faithful to H. G. Wells' classic novel!
- Board game with cards, counters, and dice!
- 25.5" x 22" Map of England
- 8.5" x 11" Battle Map
- 11" x 17" Player Help Sheet
- 2 Sheets of Counters
- 2 Decks of Cards
- 2 Custom Dice
Here is a preview of the rulebook! It's not done yet, but we're getting there!
How Add-Ons Work...
If you would like to Add-On any of these games, please go into your pledge amount and add the following amounts. Once you pledge for the game, you can then manually adjust your pledge amount to any value. When we send out the Surveys, we'll include a question for you to list the items you Added. We'll ship them all in the same package. Your Add-Ons will not increase your shipping cost. We will cover the extra shipping charges.
You can also pledge for each of these stand-alone games using its own pledge level. Each Country is a fully boxed stand-alone game with all the components included.
Risks and challenges
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Our Kickstarter History for funded games...
Rise of the Zombies... Published!
Battle For Stalingrad... Published!
The Cards of Cthulhu & Booster... Published!
Warfighter & Expansions Wave #1... Published!
Fleet Commander Nimitz… Published!
Tiger Leader... Published!
Warfighter Expansions Wave #2... Published!
The Cards of Cthulhu Expansion, Beyond the Veil… Published!
Phantom Leader Deluxe... Published!
Hornet Leader: The Cthulhu Conflict... Published!
U-Boat Leader 2nd edition... Published!
Gato Leader... Published!
Ship Miniatures for Gato & U-Boat... Published!
Warfighter WWII Wave #1... Published!
B-17 Flying Fortress Leader... Published!
B-17 Flying Fortress Leader Aircraft Miniatures... Published!
Israeli Air Force Leader... Published!
Sherman Leader... Final Proofing!
1500 - The New World... Final Proofing!
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