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Benjamin WagnerBy Benjamin Wagner
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Benjamin WagnerBy Benjamin Wagner
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CA$ 2,096
pledged of CA$ 2,500pledged of CA$ 2,500 goal
25
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 21 2016 3:15 PM UTC +00:00

About

Engage focuses on board domination and player combat. You need to be wise about when and where you fight your battles. At the same time however, you need to be efficient at capturing the most planets in the shortest amount of time. In a race against your opponents, true planning, strategy, and a bit of luck are the factors that will make you victorious. 

 

People have always been interested in traveling to space. After centuries of tests and discoveries about space travel, this dream became possible. Many space stations were built to feed the demand of spacial exploration. However, out of all the space stations, the City of Cosmos reigned supreme. The city developed a common currency called Flares. This currency replaced all other currencies and far exceeded their worth.

Technology advanced and new ways were found to make all planets habitable. Excitement over this new breakthrough caused people to rush to capture planets as their own. Even with this new find, the City of Cosmos still stood at the top as the most prestigious place to live. As the owner of the City of Cosmos fell ill however, he offered to sell it to the highest buyer. 

You, a tycoon, take him up on that offer. You will adventure out into the galaxy with many others all attempting to buy the City of Cosmos. You must capture planets and sell them to people at the the City of Cosmos until you have enough Flares to buy the space station itself.

 (Box dimensions are 13 x 9.5 x 5 inches)

Players take turns rolling the dice and moving around the board. The objective of the game is to capture and sell the most Planet Cards at the City of Cosmos. Players can use Galaxy Cards to assist them in their quest. Some examples of Galaxy Cards are: 

  • Porehse’s Swarm: You send a swarm of crustaceans to overwhelm the enemy’s ship. Steal 3 points.   
  • Subo’s Agility: Grants you the athleticism of the inhabitants of Subo. Double the result of your next roll. 
  • Aucref’s Fury: Aucref becomes unstable and explodes with electricity. All planets on the board are reset to neutral. 
  • Stopar’s Climate Change: Due to harsh weather conditions from Stopar, an enemy’s planet of your choice becomes neutral.

Game board: 

 Flares:

Spaceships:

Ships will be be colored by default. The colors are: Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Black, and Brown.

Planet cards:

Galaxy Card:

 

There are many ways to play Engage. You could:

  • go on average length expeditions for planets and sell them as you go.
  • attempt to have global domination across the board and eventually sell all of your planets for a huge pile of Flares.
  • quickly go back and forth between one to two planets and the City of Cosmos for quick small bursts of Flares.

You also have to be aware of what other player's play styles are like. Some players might:

  • bee-line for planets no matter what's in their way.
  • enter combat only when they need to or when they have a nearby planet to warp back to.
  • just flee from combat all-together.

There's also the question of "who do I use this card on?" You could attack the poorer players and keep them down, or you could attempt to stall the richest player. Galaxy Cards are powerful. Use them wisely.

 This is the double-sided rule card that is included in the box.

 

 

  • $3,000 - We'll increase the quality of all the cards!
  • $4,000 - We'll make the Flares 3D printed!
  • $5,000 - We'll make the Planet Cards plastic and change each of the individual sizes to accurately fit the board!
  • $10,000 - We'll work on an expansion that will have a new setting and the option of playing with teams!

Shipping and handling costs have been estimated and put into the pledge levels. These are subject to change if certain Stretch Goals are met.

Bailey O'Neil and Benjamin Wagner

The creators of Engage. Through the endless balancing and "Does this look okay?", Engage was born. 

Kyle Hack and Adam Slusar

The extremely talented illustrators behind the game! They drew all of the planets, galaxies, planet closeups, and items!

Skye Elko

The extremely talented 3D Modeler! He designed the spaceships!

Thank you to:

Joseph Mceachern for printing and assembling the prototype spaceships!

Bryna Stinson and Sinjin Bourgette for acting in our promotional video!

The entirety of Edmonton Digital Arts College for play testing our game several times!

Risks and challenges

Having only a 4 week time frame to assemble and design this game, we just barely made it. Wrapping up a lot of the details and fine-tuning the pictures and designs took a lot more time than we expected. Thankfully, we were able to focus and finish it all up in time.

Making this game appealing to people outside of the obvious genre, space and strategy, was a very difficult challenge. We fixed this limitation by adding in cards for concrete effects, adding in realistic cartoon art, and adding in the element of capturing planets for those that like to have a huge presence in games.

Balancing point gains was another challenge. At first the game was way too long, then it was way too short, and now it's just right. By increasing the penalties but keeping the rewards the same, they evened out to make a balanced game.

Originally we had 20 markers for each player (160 markers total). This was way too expensive so we ended up placing the planet cards on the planets instead. This in turn was too slow, so eventually we came up with the idea of labeling the planet cards with their quadrant color. This made them easier to identify and place back after selling them. It also associates the color with the type of planet for easier future identification.

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    You receive a copy of Engage, the digital resource pack, 1 custom colored spaceship, and your name on a planet of your choosing on all copies of Engage.

    The resource pack includes wallpapers, icons, individual planet designs, piece designs, and more!
    Custom colored spaceships can be any combination of colors within reason.

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    Package of the Royal Cosmos

    You receive a copy of Engage, the digital resource pack, 3 custom colored spaceships, your name on a planet of your choosing on all copies of Engage, and a 30 minute Skype video call with us to ask any questions you want!

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