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BrilliAnts is a flexible 1 to 6 player game for gamers and families where you take control of an ant colony fighting for its territory!
BrilliAnts is a flexible 1 to 6 player game for gamers and families where you take control of an ant colony fighting for its territory!
BrilliAnts is a flexible 1 to 6 player game for gamers and families where you take control of an ant colony fighting for its territory!
953 backers pledged CA$ 60,495 to help bring this project to life.

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Note: After listening to feedback from our backers and other Kickstarter enthusiasts, we are now happy to offer you BrilliAnts by relaunching at a reduced price, reduced goal, and better stretch goals, thus making it available to more people! The real strength of Kickstarter being its community, we want to share and realize this project with all of you! Do you want to be BrilliAnts with us?

We don't use a pledge manager. Thus, backers cannot increase their pledges or adjust shipping fees at the KS prices after the campaign ends. Future pre-orders can be made on our website.

It's the end of the season and the Ant Queens try to establish their colony in a quiet forest where food is abundant.

BrilliAnts is a flexible game for gamers and families where you take control of an ant colony to help it prepare for the coming winter! But beware, not every colony has the same needs! You must gather the resources you need to survive the winter by fulfilling headquarters’ objectives while expanding your territory and influence over the forest. Be wary of the weather and the dreaded predators as you plan your next move to lead your colony to victory.

BrilliAnts can be played by 1-6 players, ages 8+, and a game lasts roughly 15 minutes per player.

 
                                                                                                      
An unlocked stretch goal - 90 ant miniatures for the 6 players!
An unlocked stretch goal - 90 ant miniatures for the 6 players!

These are Factory Assembled Miniatures, about 1 inch in height, and made of plastic.

Also included in every copy are all the stretch goals we unlock during the campaign, which have already been added to the above list.

3D-printed Prototype version of the 3 Predators in BrilliAnts: The worm, the grasshopper, and the spider
3D-printed Prototype version of the 3 Predators in BrilliAnts: The worm, the grasshopper, and the spider
Examples of Special Cards, of which there are 57 in BrilliAnts
Examples of Special Cards, of which there are 57 in BrilliAnts

 *FREE* Kickstarter Exclusives

First of 2 Kickstarter Exclusive Ant Species - The Runners!
First of 2 Kickstarter Exclusive Ant Species - The Runners!
Second of 2 kickstarter exclusive ant species - The Breeders!
Second of 2 kickstarter exclusive ant species - The Breeders!

First Picture

Second Picture

All stretch goals unlocked! The last one was achieved 10 MINUTES before the end of the campaign! That was an amazing ride, thank you everyone for your support! 

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  • BrilliAnts is a game that is easy to understand, yet complex enough so to make it hard to master as multiple strategies are always opened to you.
  • 4 levels of complexity in the rules enables you to adapt your game to who you're playing with, ranging from children-friendly rules to cutthroat rules for the more ruthless and competitive gamers (mirroring the world of insects)!
  • An original Day/Night system regulating the movement of your ant workers (more on that system below).

IMPORTANT: We don't use a pledge manager, so make sure that all your pledges are made in full by December 12th!

If you want to add more than 1 copy to your pledge, select any "1 copy" pledge and manually add $49 per additional copy that you want. Pay shipping only once! 

So, 1 copy = $49; 2 copies = $98; 3 copies = $147 (+ shipping) 

Early Bird pricing is $44 per copy instead of the above $49.

The Diplomats, one of the 6 ant species in BrilliAnts. Ants from this colony can move freely across the forest, even through enemy territory!
The Diplomats, one of the 6 ant species in BrilliAnts. Ants from this colony can move freely across the forest, even through enemy territory!

A game of BrilliAnts is relatively simple to play, check out our Beta rules for more information. During your turn, 3 actions are opened to you:

  • Move one of your ants
  • Move a predator
  • Give birth to a new ant

It's how and in which order you use them that matters. Perform these actions in accordance to your colony's objectives (known only to you), and amass the most victory points to win!

These Special Cards can be used to give birth to a specific type of ant, even if the action is unavailable this turn.
These Special Cards can be used to give birth to a specific type of ant, even if the action is unavailable this turn.
  • BrilliAnts is 40% off retail price right now on Kickstarter.
  • All of the colorful art (except for the incoming kickstarter exclusives) is complete, has been printed and played with, and shown to people - to great reception!
  • Similarly, the game has been play-tested a lot by both us, reviewers, and lots of people at various events, and has been praised for its ease of play, colorful and appealing visuals, depth of strategy, and replayability.
  • As mentioned above, the 2 kickstarter exclusive species "Runners" and "Breeders" are, well, exclusive to kickstarter and will not be available in retail (except for retailers who pledge directly on kickstarter).
  • BrilliAnts is accessible to everyone due to its flexible rules featuring 4 levels of difficulty. You can adapt the game to anyone you're playing with, ranging from children ages 8+ to experienced gamers with the cutthroat rules (level 4).
  • This project is US, Canada, Australia, and EU-friendly and we shoulder a part of the shipping costs ourselves (about $10 for all locations)!

Christmas is coming, and while BrilliAnts will obviously not be available physically for this Christmas, it can still be gifted to somebody, with the help of this image! Print it at home, and give BrilliAnts, in advance, as a Christmas present to a loved one! :)

BrilliAnts Christmas Gift Card!
BrilliAnts Christmas Gift Card!

"BrilliAnts contains a much more light-hearted, cartoonish feel and artwork to it than other similar games, and despite that, it hides a pretty in-depth game with a lot of strategy behind it. It has this theme that you can immediately jump into, and these visuals that grab you. I do think that this game is going to appeal to a wide variety of gamers." 

"A fantastic game, it's really solid. If you like Takenoko, you're definitely gonna like this one because it has a similar feel, but at the same time, it's very different. There are so many varieties of play, of things you can take out or add, that it can be different almost every time you play. I really enjoyed it, I hope you get a chance to check it out!"

 French Review and How to Play in French

Jean-Philippe Doyon (École du Jeu): "Un jeu divertissant qui saura captiver tous les auditoires avec ses mécaniques fluides, son esthétique soignée et ses interactions riches"

Gameplay Preview

By twitch.tv/playingboardgames

Please keep in mind that this is their first game and the players are learning as they play! Thanks Playing Board Games for making this video and hosting BrilliAnts on twitch.tv!

Solo Mode Preview

by Ricky Royal

 Featuring hand-painted miniatures (and awesome prop rocks)!

A French language version of the game will be available in stores, labelled Fourmidable (literally: Formidable ant).

Message to French speaking Backers:

Si vous désirez la version française du jeu, simplement choisir l'une des options "Fourmidable" lors de la sélection de votre contribution sur le côté droit de la page. Les versions françaises seront envoyées par la poste séparément des vagues d'expédition des versions anglaises.

The French language Box of the game
The French language Box of the game

We ship worldwide through the services of fulfillment center Send From China, who offer an EU friendly option for European Backers - No surprise VAT fees! We are also Canada, Australian, and US-friendly.

Canada - $5 CAD 

USA - $10 CAD ($7.50 US)

Western Europe & Puerto Rico - $15 CAD (~10 Euros)

Eastern Europe - $30 CAD (~21 Euros) - Sorry we can't charge less than that, we would love to, but shipping to Eastern Europe is quite expensive!

Australia - $30 CAD (= $30 AUD)

New Zealand - $35 CAD (~ 40 NZD)

Rest of the World - $50 CAD

Retailers

Retailers are welcome to support this campaign as well, and benefit from the reduced kickstarter price! If you're a retailer interested in this project, please contact Maxime Tardif at maxime.tardif.ph@outlook.com for more information on price and distribution!

The Architects - Another ant species in BrilliAnts who excel at building their nests and expanding their colony.
The Architects - Another ant species in BrilliAnts who excel at building their nests and expanding their colony.

Working takes time, and when time passes, the day sets, night falls, and the weather changes! Each player can only move all of his ants once before the end of the day, and then again for the night.

The game alternates between Day and Night time, which regulates the actions of each player's Ants.
The game alternates between Day and Night time, which regulates the actions of each player's Ants.

To keep track of which ants have been played or not, the ant miniatures have rotating bases with holes in them, alternating between day time or night time. Keep track of which ants have played or not by referring to their Day or Night marker!

Most of the cards have a day and night version, indicated by the small icon in the top left corner, which restricts when they can be played.
Most of the cards have a day and night version, indicated by the small icon in the top left corner, which restricts when they can be played.
The Insomniacs, another ant species. Ants from this colony never sleep, and thus can play Special Cards at any time of day.
The Insomniacs, another ant species. Ants from this colony never sleep, and thus can play Special Cards at any time of day.

This project wouldn't have been possible without the support and work of many dedicated people.

Maxime Tardif - Designer of BrilliAnts/Fourmidable and President of Sphere Games 

Simon Touzel - Co-designer and Vice-President of Sphere Games

Simon Bélanger - Co-designer, Secretary and Treasurer of Sphere Games 

Gong Studios - Graphic designers of all BrilliAnts artwork, directed by Angga Satriohadi 

Maxime Germain - Web Designer, and GiAnt the Ant impersonator!

Claudie Côté-Bergeron - 3D artist, video animator and graphic designer

Alexandre Néashit - 3D artist, video animator and graphic designer

FurTheWin Studios - Makers of the GiAnt the Ant mascot: Fursuits and mascots company 

Chris Rohloff - Voice Actor for the project video 

Simon Lalancette-Boivin - GiAnt the Ant impersonator in the Project Video. 

Étienne Dusablon - 3D Artist and printing hub on 3DHubs.com 

Jean-Philippe Doyon - Board Game reviewer and enthusiast from École du Jeu 

Jeff Bernier - Video Advisor 

Matt Sims - Panda Games Manufacturing Project Manager for BrilliAnts

Special Thanks to Jamey Stegmaier for all his articles about kickstarter fulfillment on his blog, located here.

Sphere Games - From left to right: Simon Bélanger, Maxime Tardif, Simon Touzel
Sphere Games - From left to right: Simon Bélanger, Maxime Tardif, Simon Touzel

Risks and challenges

The main challenge we face is that, although we received tips and tricks from veterans on boardgamegeek concerning shipping and fulfillment, this is still our first project. Thus, we are allocating a 9-months period to fully produce the game and deliver it to our backers. Any earlier delivery would be welcomed, but we are doing this to ensure that we give ourselves enough time to avoid potential setbacks.

We are working with Panda Games, a well known board game manufacturer, and hopefully this should help to alleviate the risks of undertaking a new project such as BrilliAnts. We are also aware that shipping worldwide is a very complicated process, and thus, with the help of articles by StoneMaier Games and other helpers on boardgamegeek, we will try and make it work as best as we can. Our box isn't small so that in itself will prove to be a challenge when fulfilling comes.

After all, the end goal is to bring the game to your door step, and our job is to make sure it does within the next 9 months, along with all the stretch goals. We also remain open to any suggestions or help on the matter!

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