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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 22 2016
€17,444
pledged of €30,000pledged of €30,000 goal
275
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 22 2016

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Our project will be relaunched on the 3rd of May (2016). Follow our updates here or on Facebook, Twitter, BGG.

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Ave Roma is a strategy board game with a unique and exciting worker ranking-drafting mechanic. During the game, you are competing for wealth in Ancient Rome. Make your strategy work through careful planning of your actions, even a few rounds ahead.

Each round consists of three phases. First, you send your workers to various action locations, to collect supplies and gain influence through their labour. In the second phase, you collect new workers, which will also determine the player order for the next round in the third phase.The winner is the player with the most points at the end of the game.

A game for 2-5 players ages 12 and up. The playtime is about 30 minutes/player.

Note: The components are subject to change in the final product (graphics on cards, layout, icons).

The game is played in rounds, consisting of the following phases:

Action phase

In the action phase, players in turn order place their workers on an available action spot, one by one. Each turn, the active player (beginning with the starting player) can choose to:

  • Place 1 worker: Place a worker on one of the available action spots and carry out the associated action right away. OR 
  • Pass: A player may pass if they cannot or don’t want to use any more of their workers. After passing, they may not carry out any more actions in the current round, even if they have workers left over. All unused workers will stay with him/her for the next round and they are worth 1 point at this stage, which is recorded on the scoring track immediately.

Be careful in your planning. Not all workers are equally useful at all action locations. Some spots require you to send a specific numbered worker or one with a higher or lower number. You need to collect and use your workers in a clever way to reap maximum benefit. 

Refill phase

After replenishing the empty card spaces, the players begin drafting workers in reverse player order. Starting with the last player all players select an action location and regain workers according to the following rules:

  • All the workers have to be taken from the selected action location, unless the player would end up with more than 5 workers in their supply.
  • If there are more workers on the location than a player can take, the player may choose the workers he/she wants.
  • If some or all of the players have less than 5 workers in their supply after this turn, there is a new turn of worker selection. 

The refill phase is over, once all players have 5 workers again.

If you planned well, now you have workers with numbers on them that are the most useful for you in the coming round.

Determining turn order phase

Add up the numbers shown on the newly acquired workers. The player with the lowest total will go first next turn, with the others to follow in ascending order. In case of a tie between two or more players, the tied players will swap position on the turn order track. Once a new turn order is set, a new round starts.

The game components are language independent, the rulebook will be included in 4 languages: English, French, German and Hungarian, The latest versions are available on BGG or here:

Hungarian

English

French

German - Work in progress.

Note: The rulebooks are subject to change in the final product.

     
            
 
 
   

Shipping is a great challenge in all kickstarter projects. The product should arrive on time, in mint condition and without exorbitant shipping costs. We decided to use Happyshops and Ship Naked fulfillment services. As shipping is a substantial amount, we choose not to include its cost into the product price, to make our pricing clear and transparent. The shipping cost will be added automatically to your pledge amount based on your location. Our campaign is EU and US friendly, it is guaranteed that you will not be charged with any additional fees on your pledge amount. We are shipping from within these regions. For other regions in some cases you may expect additional customs charges depending on your local regulations, but we and our experienced fulfillment partners will make sure to keep these fees as low as possible.

We set the estimated delivery to September, but this is the worst case scenario. You will probably get your game sooner.

AVE ROMA - EXTENDED PACK: With the AVE ROMA - EXTENDED PACK you can buy a pack of 3 games (AVE ROMA - PREMIUM, Dudab and Piñata Party). For a special price (well below the retail prices) we have a certain quantity of our previous games to offer. We didn’t create a separate pledge level for the “ESSEN PICKUP” - EXTENDED PACK due to the limited availability of these games. If you would like to pick up your EXTENDED PACK in Essen, please select Hungary as your shipping location in your pledge. We will send out a survey after the campaign and there you will be able to specify an Essen pick up.

AVE ROMA BASIC and PREMIUM PACKS: In order to offer the best possible deal, there is also a 5 game pack avaliable for purchase. Buy 5 and lower your cost per game! Refer to the price table for the exact amounts.

FREE Essen pickup: As we will have a booth this year too during the Essen Spiel we offer you to come to our booth and pick up your games personally. We will take care of taking the games to Essen, so you don't have to pay any shipping cost. For the Essen pickups the ordered game quantity is unlimited. Also you get €2 discount for your second and further copies.

The summarized shipping prices (UPDATED):

This game is the first in our complex game series line. This game has been in the making since 2012, when the very first prototype was built. Since then the game went through many iterations and continuous balancing with hundreds of playtests. We are now ready to present it to you on Kickstarter! Please support us and let's make this dream come true together! :)

  • We release games with great value. This is our first kickstarter, but definetly not our first venture into board game publishing. During the past two years we gathered valuable experience by successfully publishing two of our own games for international release, as well as several localized versions of other games from various publishers. We now understand all the processes and challenges of bringing a game to the market. We started small, released a card game and a bigger box game after that. With Dudab and Piñata Party we had the opportunity to learn all the important aspects of board game publishing. Now we are confident to deliver this beautiful and exciting game to you on time, in amazing quality.
  • With your support we can achieve more. There is nothing missing from the base game. It is a wonderful experience to play with lots of options and multiple paths to victory. With your support we can add even more to this already great game in the form of stretch goals, some of them exclusive to this campaign.
  • Some add-ons will be available after the campaign too, but only for an extra charge. The expansion modules will be priced at €5-€10 each after the campaign ends. During the campaign, if you help us unlock them, you get €40 value for only €5. Not to mention the ones that are only available as part of the Kickstarter campaign. Make sure not to miss out on them!  
  • If you back us here on Kickstarter you will get the game sooner. The international distribution is a complex process so we cannot be sure when and where you will be able to buy the game through retailers. You will surely be able to buy the game during the next Spiel in Essen, but the PREMIUM edition will only be available during this campaign. You can only buy the BASIC version later and maybe buy some add-ons for extra money. The production will start shortly after the end of the campaign, to make sure we can start sending out the games to you in July-August.
  • This game has been thoroughly tested, and the work is going on until the launch of production. We are confident that the gameplay is balanced and smooth. Our core playtesters are hardcore gamers with long years of experience. Last year in Essen we received very good feedback from international testers too, and the game only got better since then. A P&P version is available on BGG* until the end of the campaign. It is different in many details from the current version, but gives you a general feel on the core mechanics of the game.

*UPDATE: You can download the P&P files for rules v0.94 through the following link:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bx3smKeGLowTSU1SWTZNV3JLcFU&usp=sharing

Here are some short notes from the testers in Essen:

Note: These are 100% accurate copies from our surveys, so you may see some incorrect sentences.

„At the beginning I was afraid of different rules. Finally, the mechanism are very good. So I will take it. J” – Julien 8/10 

„The game has interesting mechanics. I would like to see appropriate set-up for our # of players. Lots of option for players / multiple strategies, so it is definetally my kind of game.” – Lake 8/10

 „Novel mechanism which create interesting decisions with smooth play.” – Nikolas 8/10 

„I really enjoyed the game. It was very fast as a strategy game and I didn’t notice I have played for more than 2 hours” – Anonymus 8/10 

„Even for a „Worker-placement game” there is a big amount of interaction. A point, many other games of this kind don’t fulfill. It has simple rules and a good visual presentation, but a huge amount of tactical procedure.” – Anonymus 9/10 

„Interesting innovative placement mechanic. Lots of point scoring methods. Good interactions between different board areas. Nice, simple graphics. Individual turn order sheet would be useful as would a summary of icons.” – Anonymus 8/10 

„Easy to learn, lots of options” – Anonymus 9/10 

„Excellent game – neat mechanism.” – Anonymus 8/10 

„It’s a great game. Totally balanced. I love the theme. Romaus are great J. The game is nice designed.” - Anonymus 9,5/10 

Retailers will get the games the same time as any other backers , before the official release. If you're a retailer, please contact us at info@a-games.hu during the campaign for a private conversation.

Rahdo Runs Through

"Its a keen and clever twist on standard worker placement."  
"Just the right amount of brainburn."
"It was constantly fun, non-stop."
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Final Thoughts

The NEW Malta:

You will understand after this video... :) :)

 

JPlay – Markus Weihrauch

"I really enjoyed it... I like games like this... the overall look&feel and the theme is something I really really like a lot!"

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Risks and challenges

We already have experience in publishing board games, this is our first crowdfunding project. We've spent more than 3 years developing and playtesting the game. Most of the preparations are done and the next steps are planned in details. During the campaign all the graphics and minor fixes will be finalized.

We have a manufacturing partner locally so we already have the processes laid out and we know we will have high quality components. The manufacturer is ready for our order as soon as we are. Shortly after the campaign ends the game will be in production.

The fullfillment will be done through Happyshops and Ship Naked. For the freight shipping we will use our usual partner Nagel. Since the manufacturing is done locally, there is no extra waiting time for the games to arrive for distribution. When the production ends we can send out the products to our fulfillment partners immediately.

We will keep you updated with all the relevant information about the progress of the project.
We would like to give you the best possible product and support. :)

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    AVE ROMA - ESSEN PICKUP (FREE)

    This pledge is for FREE Essen pickups. The quantity is not limited here. You can buy any amount of games just add the right amount of money to your pledge.
    AVE ROMA - BASIC: €40
    AVE ROMA - PREMIUM: €45
    For the second and further copies:
    AVE ROMA - BASIC: €38
    AVE ROMA - PREMIUM: €43

    You will get your copies at our booth during the next Essen Spiel in October 2016.

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    The base game of Ave Roma + MODULE ONE and ALL Unlocked Stretch Goals and expansion modules.

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    AVE ROMA - EXTENDED PACK

    This package includes a mixed set of 3 games.
    1 copy of AVE ROMA - PREMIUM +
    1 copy of DUDAB + 1 copy of PIÑATA PARTY.

    Shipping price will be added based on where we are shipping to. Free shipping to Hungary.

    ESSEN PICKUP for EXTENDED PACK
    If you would like to get this package in Essen, please use Hungary (€0 shipping) as your location.
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    10 copies of AVE ROMA PREMIUM. MODULE ONE and ALL Unlocked Stretch Goals and expansion modules included in all copy.

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