"Ladies and Gentlemen, we're LIVE from Rally Station and gearing up for one HECK of a Death Race! All four Gunships have pulled out of the Repair Bays and I have not seen an array of weaponry like this since the Kholm Massacre! At least two of them are sporting Hover Mines and I see Missiles on most of the Wings out there. It's going to be a day of explosions, that's for sure! They're edging up to the starting line and it looks like the countdown is imminent. Today's the first time we get to see the Ion Field they just installed down in the Trench, and the Asteroids look particularly numerous this afternoon. While we wait for the CamPods to move into position, let me take a moment to remind you that today's Race is sponsored by NovaTek Torpedoes. Hit the Bullseye EVERY time with Novatek Armaments!"
NOTE: IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THIS PROJECT, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO "START HERE"!
FINAL 24 HOURS! So far everyone who pledges at a level that includes a copy of Afterburners is also getting 6 Champions cards with new Characters for Afterburners and First Strike. We're also adding (1) Promo Anti-Fighter Turret to every Pledge and (1) ADDITIONAL Promo Card for each Gunship MkII purchased.
Escape Pod Games loves its Backers - please Support this project and help us reach 20,500 by Friday!
Attack enemy vessels with its dual Torpedo Launchers or drop tons of ordnance on the enemy troops and tanks on the planet below in our upcoming Ground Assault expansion! Either way, this Gunship looks mean and packs an awesome punch!
In response to your many requests this year, each Gunship MK II set will come with a Punchboard Token Sheet with tokens for not only the Ground Attack Version but also BOTH colors of the original MkII!
Check out the Mk II page on our website to learn more! New artwork is coming soon.
ATTN: Canadian Backers and prospective Backers! We have arranged a deal to get you your Rewards much cheaper! Check out the NEW Canadian Levels! Sponsored by GameKnight Games in Winnipeg - give these guys some business for helping us out!
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In Feb/Mar of 2012, we Kickstarted our very first board game project, Gunship: First Strike! 1,106 Backers later, we were able to launch Escape Pod Games and bring our great game to over 30 countries! Since then, we've slowly grown into a successful game company with many small expansions for Gunship hitting store shelves all over the world. The reviews for First Strike! have been overwhelmingly positive as has the support of the gaming community as a whole. We decided that
NOW is the time to bring you the first major expansion,and it's an AWESOME ONE!
We offer our Thanks to the Backers who sponsored our First Strike into the gaming industry. Now it's time to hit our Afterburners and shoot for another glorious victory for our fledgling gaming empire!
READ WHAT OUR PLAYERS AND REVIEWERS THINK ABOUT GUNSHIP: FIRST STRIKE! and our exciting game system!
So now you know a little about our previous Kickstarter success. But THIS Kickstarter is for an entirely NEW Gunship experience...
We took everything that was great about First Strike - the custom Gunships, the fast and easy combat system, and the fantastic artwork and sci-fi theme, and created a whole new way to play! There's so much more that you can do now besides jetting back and forth between Assault Carriers. We've added new Upgrades and new game mechanics that fit the racing genre perfectly. And we do not believe anyone has quite captured the thrill and excitement of sci-fi racing like Afterburners has! What other racing board game gives you all THIS?
- Variable Speeds that create realistic risk the faster you travel
- Multiple Race Courses, each with its own unique challenges
- The ability to design and build YOUR OWN RACE COURSES using our modular Zone system
- The ability to design and build YOUR OWN HEAVILY-ARMED RACING GUNSHIP using our already popular and proven mechanics
- Power-Ups that are inspired by old-school racing video games
- A great, nerve-wracking Overheat mechanic
- Hover Mines! Drop 'em in front of your foes - they'll slow down or suffer!
- Missiles that chase you all over the Race Course
- A Trench full of Weapons waiting to kill you in different ways
- A deadly Asteroid Field that FEELS like an Asteroid Field!
- An innovative Point system that rewards both careful planning and daring recklessness
- And much MUCH more!
What do you mean, CUSTOM Gunships?
Our whole system is based on the fact that you "build" your Gunship to YOUR specs and then take it into battle (or in this case, Race). Each Player chooses their Weapons and Upgrades, then adds Armor to protect what they consider vital. Because it's all done with Cards, the whole system is very modular and versatile. To date, there are 22 Upgrades, allowing you to build a combination of offense and defense that matches YOUR style of play. Damage to your Gunship is also tracked with cards, which offers a graphical and thematic experience as you can actual SEE the damage build up as your ship slowly gets dented and full of holes. Fear not, there's always a carrier or Repair Bay nearby where you can patch up your battle scars, load up on new Weapons and get right back into the Action!
Example below with Armor cards left out so you can see more detail. Note how cards are designed so that they fit onto the Boards and change the way your Gunship looks.
Watch the video below to learn much more about building custom Gunships!
Gunship is an an easy-to-learn and simple system that new and younger Players can pick right up and enjoy!
NOTE: You must own a copy of Gunship: First Strike! to use this expansion! Don't worry - we have a Package Reward Level available to help you get both games at a great price!
Gunship: First Strike! introduced you to a society of futuristic Warriors and their mighty Fleets embroiled in a huge galactic civil war. In their world, the Gunship is the best warship to use for the mission, no matter what the job is. The best of the best Gunship crews are selected to compete in the Seasonal Death Races, beneath the gaze of the galaxy's greatest entertainment facility, Rally Station. Every society has its Gladiators, now YOU have been chosen to represent your Faction in the ultimate tournament of destruction! The Winners earn intergalactic fame and glory, and maybe a planet or two for the cause. The Losers, if they survive, go back to the war in disgrace and await a new chance to redeem their honor.
In addition to Courses that you can create for yourself, Afterburners features 4 pre-built Courses:
THE SPACE COURSE - Fly from Rally Station through Open Space, around the Mining Moon, and back! This Course is built for Speed!
THE TRENCH COURSE - Dive into the Trench and try to survive its perils as you also dodge your enemy's attacks! Speed is less important than firepower and toughness!
THE COMBO COURSE - The best of both worlds! In and out of the Trench and a trip through the Asteroids thrown in between! Try to find a balance between quickness and punch.
THE DEATH MATCH - A Duel to the Death in our U-shaped Battle Arena! Only one Player is going to limp out of this one!
GUNSHIP: AFTERBURNERS! is designed for 3 or 4 Players and takes between 60-120 minutes to play. Many adjustable factors affect length of play, allowing YOU to choose how long the game lasts!
Here's what you get if we reach our Goal:
Never mind all of the cool stuff that we'll add as we hit Stretch goals. More on those later!
- Sturdy, Heavy, Full-Color Box
- Redesigned Plastic Tray insert w/ plenty of room for everything in your Gunship collection
- 4 Custom Engraved Race Dice
- (1x) 10-sided Die
- (3x) 12-sided Die
- (3x) 8-sided Dice
- (11x) 5" x 7" 2-sided Race Zone Boards w/ NEW, SUPER-THICK STOCK that will never warp
- 2 Repair Bay Boards w/ NEW, SUPER-THICK STOCK
- 4 Throttle Boards w/ NEW, SUPER-THICK STOCK
- 24 Upgrade Cards w/ NEW, THICKER CARDSTOCK
- 10 Missile Tokens
- 2 Camera Pod Tokens
- 4 Gunship Tokens
- 4 Throttle Tokens
- 4 Lap Tokens
- 8 Mine Tokens
- 8 Power-Up Tokens
- 8 Overheat Tokens
- Asteroid/Reference Sheet
- Full-Color, 12-page Rulebook plus 2-page Race Course Flyout
Things we fixed from last time:
We listen to our customers! WIthout you, there IS no Escape Pod Games. So we made the cards thicker and ordered Boards that will NEVER warp! We know a lot of people had trouble fitting all of the extras into the original tray (not the WORST problem to have!) so we designed the Afterburners tray DEEP. you'll be able to fit everything in now with room for storage of future expansions as well!
As you can see, Gunship: Afterburners! is Designed, Playtested and ready for Production! Our Reputation, Reviews, Pictures and Rules speak for themselves. By Backing this project, you're getting a great game from a great publisher!
Strap into your Racing Harness, Power up your Engines, Weapons and Shields, and make your way to the Starting Line. This is going to be a tremendous Kickstarter and a fast-paced race to a Winner's Circle of Stretch Goals and Surprises!
The first Race Checkpoint is at $12,000 dollars.
The SECOND Checkpoint is complete when we reach $20,500 in Pledges, and its a cool one! We will include a set of 4 Plastic Gunship Minis, one in each Gunship color!
They will be the same size as the Gunship Tokens but obviously thicker in full 3-D! We're going to design them to fit clear flight stands (included).
Our THIRD Checkpoint is cleared when we reach $30,000. You'll receive an Additional 10 Race Zone Boards designed by Luca Oleastri! Imagine a new Race Course in the Desert, Frozen Tundra or even through the streets of a bustling City! They'll all be double-sided for the most possible options. We need to hit this one FAST so Luca can have them ready in time for production! :) Once Unlocked, YOUR feedback will help determine the new locale!
The FOURTH Checkpoint brings a whole new team of professionals to the Race!
This level was Unlocked for FREE on September 1st!
All Pledge Levels containing a copy of Afterburners or more will now also include a set of 6 cards similar to Gunship: Crewmates but with race-themed Characters! If we sell enough slots, you could get even more characters! If you purchase the recently Unlocked Champions Reward Level, you can BE one of these characters! Artist Eric J. Carter will use your photo to put your likeness into our game! Take a look at what he has already accomplished:
CHAMPIONS UNLOCKED - OUR GIFT TO YOU!
The FIFTH Checkpoint is reached at $45,000. We'll release a NEW Gunship: MkII in new colors, complete with Racing Upgrades and Punchboard Tokens! Those of you who own the original MkII always wanted Tokens, so you'll get tokens in all FOUR MkII colors if we hit this point! All Backers will get one MkII Set and you will be able to buy extra sets as Add-Ons. I'll offer a bunch of color choices and perhaps we will take a Poll to decide?
Checkpoint 6, just past the Asteroid Field, is at $50,000. When we reach this milestone, a Second Punchboard Sheet will be launched. We're thinking Blaster Pods for the Space Course, Improved Damage Tokens shaped like craters, and maybe a Tank! All designed by Mr. Oleastri himself.
Got an idea for other Tokens? We'll take them under advisement once this Goal is Unlocked!!
We've got lots of ideas for other Stretch Goals and we're also looking to hearing your suggestions for what YOU want if we keep going beyond the 50k frontier. We'll continue to release new Goals every 5-10k depending on what they entail. What other fantastic prizes are out there in the void? Guess we'll have to wait and see!
WHY BACK THIS PROJECT?
- You'll get your copy first! Unlike some, I honored this promise the last time, and I'll honor it now. No matter how much I'm tempted!
- You'll get it a lot of FREE STUFF! The Stretch Goals won't be going in the main set when it hits the stores. You'll be getting at least 30-40 dollars worth of extras! Hopefully more.
- You'll be helping Escape Pod into a better position. Yes, last time was bigger than we thought possible. But we're still small, and still working other jobs. Another successful Kickstarter will go a long way to running a full-time business that plans to bring you a LOT of entertainment in the coming years!
THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!
If you choose to Back this project, I promise to deliver the best possible product at the best possible speed, and continue to maintain excellent Customer Service as Escape Pod Games continues to grow, expand the gunship universe and launch even more games in the future!
A SPECIAL NOTE FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS:
Escape Pod Games appreciates your business! We understand that shipping rates are high but we have subsidized them as much as we can afford, giving you the same shipping credits as your American counterparts. We introduced the ROOKIE REWARD LEVEL, which comes with a few less items, in order to keep the package weight under 4 pounds and costs less to get to you. We'll make EVERY EFFORT to get the rest to you at the most reasonable possible rate should you decide later to order them. Please understand that we really missed the mark on our last Kickstarter and lost a LOT of money on international shipping, but we ate our losses like good boys and made sure everyone got their games. :) WE ARE STANDING BY TO OFFER BUNDLE PRICING! Grab a friend or two in your same area and we'll post custom Reward Levels just for you! Worked great last time and we'll do what it takes to keep our fans across the ocean as happy as possible! Thanks!
Steve A. Wood
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge in my last successful Kickstarter project was hitting my ship date. There were production delays, a hold-up at the port, and the gargantuan task of shipping over 1100 individual orders directly from my home. In the end, we were several months off course. We also misjudged shipping costs by quite a bit and took some financial loss as a result.
This time, we are using our wealth of experience to better understand the systems and costs involved. We're projecting a more realistic ship date that allows for delays. If delays are not encountered, everyone gets their Rewards early! We're charging a price for shipping that's fair to everyone involved and not based on guesswork. And finally, we're recruiting an army of volunteers to get it all shipped out right away as soon as it gets here from overseas!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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