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CA$ 11,650
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180
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 18 2015

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Update

(November 18th, 2015) - We are relaunching BrilliAnts in the upcoming days (as soon as possible) with a greatly reduced price and shipping costs (around $15-20 reduction in total), reduced funding goal, and modified Stretch Goals! We are relaunching the game to maximize the value for our backers, selling the game at the lowest cost possible for us. Check out our relaunch on Kickstarter, it should be up soon!

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 1-4 players, ages 8+, and a game lasts roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour.

                           


Also included in every copy are all the stretch goals we unlock during the campaign, which vary from additional cards to 60 miniatures! 

The Predators, the 3 miniatures in BrilliAnts: The worm, the grasshopper, and the spider
The Predators, the 3 miniatures in BrilliAnts: The worm, the grasshopper, and the spider
Examples of Special Cards, of which there are 51 in BrilliAnts
Examples of Special Cards, of which there are 51 in BrilliAnts
  • 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 players (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 11th!

If you want to add more than 1 copy to your pledge, select any $59 pledge and manually add $59 per additional copy that you want. Pay shipping only once!

So, 1 copy = $59; 2 copies = $118; 3 copies = $177 (+ shipping) !

The Diplomats, one of the 4 ant species in BrilliAnts. Ants from this colony can move freely across the forest, even through enemy territory!
The Diplomats, one of the 4 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.
                 
                                 

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 cardboard tiles (the 60 of them to be replaced with miniatures with a special base if we meet our stretch goal) feature a different art, depending on if it's day time or night time. Keep track of which ants have played or not by referring to their Day or Night art!

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.

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'option "Fourmidable" lors de la sélection de votre contribution (La 2e contribution ou "pledge" à 59$). 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

Bearded Meeple

"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!"

Board Game Brawl

Coming soon.

How to play

 Bearded Meeple's review can also be used as a quick How to Play:

French Review 

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

Plus de vidéos de Jean-Philippe Doyon: 

Version Abrégée: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFhQl6y2t3o  Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql5tvt-s-Ok
Mode Solo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pqD73OQfdc

We ship to USA, Canada, as well as Western and Eastern Europe through the services of fulfillment center Send From China, who offer an EU friendly option for European Backers - No surprise VAT fees!

Canada  - $10 CAD

USA - $15 CAD ($11 US)

Western Europe - $20 CAD (~15 Euros)

Eastern Europe - $35 CAD (~25 Euros) Sorry we can't charge less than that, we would love to, but shipping to Eastern Europe is quite expensive!

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.

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 des Jeux

Jeff Bernier - Video Advisor

Matt Sims - Panda Games Manufacturing Project Manager for BrilliAnts

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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