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A tactical space combat game that uses Cards, Boards and Dice together in an innovative new way to create epic space battles!

LAST CALL!  Ends Tonight at Midnight!

FINAL GOAL: 85,000 Unlocks FREE Solo Play!

See the Endgame Update for Details!

Here's a current list of what you'll get for as little as 40 dollars!

  • Large, sturdy Box with Plastic Storage Liner
  • 2 Gunship Boards (blue and red)
  • 4 Gunship Wings (blue and red)
  • 2 Fighter Squadron Boards (blue and red)
  • 2 Assault Carrier Boards (blue and red)
  • 118 Cards
  • 3 Standard Black Dice (2 12-sided, 1 8-sided)
  • Full-Color Rulebook
  • 24 Fighter Tokens
  • FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

UNLOCKED - 4-Player Version PLUS Bonus Carriers!

  • 2 Gunship Boards (green and white)
  • 4 Gunship Wings (green and white)
  • 2 Fighter Squadron Boards (green and white)
  • 2 Assault Carrier Boards (green and white)
  • 38 Cards
  • 24 Fighter Tokens
  • 12 Carrier Armor Tokens
  • 2 12-sided Dice

UNLOCKED - Upgrade Cards for all 4 players!

  • 52 Upgrade Cards

UNLOCKED - Set of 4 Custom Engraved Battle Dice!

  • 4 Custom Dice w/ Engraved Combat Symbols

UNLOCKED - X-perimental Weapon Cards!

  • 4 Autoblaster Cannon Cards
  • 4 Weapons Generator Cards
  • 4 Ion Bomb Cards
  • 4 Defense Turret Cards
  • 4 Homing Missile Cards
  • 4 Heavy Ion Cannon Cards

UNLOCKED - Fighter Upgrade!

  • 4 Fighter Reserves Cards

UNLOCKED - Punchboard Unit Tokens w/ Accessories!

  • 4 double-sided Gunship Tokens (1 in each color) Ionized Backs
  • 16 double-sided Fighter Tokens (4 in each color) Wreckage Backs
  • 4 Gunship Landing Pads

UNLOCKED - 2 BONUS Deck Cards!

  • Die Roll Modifier (Title and Artwork TBA)
  • Die Result Modifier (Title and Artwork TBA)

PROMOS (Gunship Crewman and Higher) 2 Mini-Expansions!

  • Gunship: Asteroids! (24 Cards and 5 Dice)
  • Gunship: Crewmates! (18 Character Cards)

PLEDGE HERE BY MIDNIGHT SATURDAY or PAY MUCH MORE LATER! 

NOTE: The Battle Cruiser Heroes Level NOW INCLUDES a free copy of the upcoming Battle Cruiser Expansion! Only 2 slots left!

ATTN: INTERNATIONAL FANS

We are now working on Bundles!  Please Contact us and let us know how many games you want - we will work out a great shipping cost for you if you buy 3 or more!

                            Another great review on PurplePawn.com!

FREE CAMPAIGN MODE ANNOUNCED! 

Turn every game of Gunship: First Strike! into a meaningful battle in a larger war!  Want to learn more?  Become a backer and read all about it in our Updates Section! 

Gunship: First Strike is a tactical space combat game that uses Boards, Cards and Dice together in an innovative and exciting way.  Each player builds a custom Gunship, choosing Weapons and Armor placement to suit his tactics.   The Objective is the total destruction of the enemy Assault Carrier.  Guess what? They have the very same orders!  Engage in Dogfights and Strafing Runs with your Fighter Squadron and use your Gunship's Torpedoes and Bombs to pummel the enemy Carrier (if you survive the Defense Cannon barrage!)

Your opponent has a Gunship and Fighters of his own, and will be trying his hardest to thwart your plans and destroy YOUR Carrier!  Both sides will deploy a variety of armaments with individual "personalities".  Blasters are the most accurate but do the least damage, while Ion Cannons cause lasting effects that slowly drive your adversary crazy!  Torpedoes are a sure thing, but if "the dice are with you" when you drop a trio of Thruster Bombs, you'll do maximum damage!

Gunship: First Strike has a unique damage tracking system where you can actually watch your ship get slowly banged up and cringe as important parts get shot right off!  When you take TOO much damage for comfort, or need to switch Weapons, land inside your OWN Carrier for a quick pit stop.  Restore your Shields, load up on Bombs, and get back into the battle - it's going to come down to the wire and EVERY TURN COUNTS!  Most battles are won by less than a handful of Hit Points.

Gunship has awesome artwork and a strong sci-fi theme.  It plays very quickly and makes a great game to "kick off" a night of heavier gaming or to play in a tournament or "best 2 out of 3" style.

Check out a brief Gameplay Summary on our website to see how Gunship works!

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                      A bunch of illustrated Game Play Examples!

Gunship is for 2 players or two teams of 2 players each (using the 4-player expansion).  A typical game, including set-up, takes about 45 - 60 minutes. 

Gunship was designed to be a FUN, light combat game but offers plenty of tough decisions and multiple ways to play your hand of cards.  Since every battle is completely different and you have so many choices of Weapons and tactics, Gunship has a high replay value.  What worked for you THIS time may not work so well in the next game!

Complete information about Escape Pod Games and Gunship, including our full, downloadable Rulebook, is available on our website:

                                www.EscapePodGames.com

               Now, check out everything you'll get for Backing us!

Here are some pictures of everything that has been Unlocked so far!  We have literally stuffed the game box to full capacity.  The post office said it had to be under 4 pounds so we're giving you 3 pounds, 15.9 ounces!

                                                  High-Quality Box

                                                 A table full of stuff!

                                           Dice & Shrinkwrapped Cards

 NOTE - Standard D6's have been replaced by the Engraved Battle Dice below.

                                                        Rulebook

                                       Fighter Board & Punch-Out Tokens

                                                        Attack Cards

                                            Engraved Battle Dice!

                                         Punchboard Unit Tokens!

                            Gunship Landing Pads and view of Ionized Side

                                         Fighter Reserves Upgrade Cards

                                      24 X-Perimental Weapons Cards

                                 4 Sets of 13 Upgrade Cards (52 Total)

                     Learn more about the Upgrades and their effects here

                           Green Board Set (includes 19 Green Ship Cards)

                          White Board Set (includes 19 White Ship Cards)

         Bonus Green and White Carrier Boards (includes (2) 12-sided Dice)

Set of 18 Crewmates cards.  These Cards will feature artwork by renowned board game artist Eric J. Carter!  Each card was purchased as a Reward by one of our Backers and will be custom-designed to their individual specs.  Each Crewmates card will add a special ability or game effect to your battles!

Gunship: Asteroids! adds a new terrain type to your battles - the Asteroid Field!  Includes 24 cards and 5 dice.  Use the cards alone to spice up your battles or play our new game scenario and try to collect more X-Plodium than your opponent before you lose your Carriers to large flying rocks!

                                 Access to Wallpaper Collection

Backers at ALL levels will get access to a collection of beautiful Gunship Wallpapers in several popular sizes.  These are created by our awesome Italian artist, Luca Oleastri, and you can see a few of them in the "Art" section of our website.   We'll add new ones every month and you'll have a "lifetime pass" to come and grab them as you please.

The Springboard Seal of Quality is your assurance that a new game project is worth your time and attention. All titles approved for Springboard campaigns are vetted by the game professionals at Game Salute. During this comprehensive evaluation process, Game Salute works with the publisher to ensure solid designs, thorough playtesting, excellent presentation, and high quality components.

Gunship: First Strike is fully designed, playtested and ready for production!   We have a manufacturing facility standing by to run 3000 units as soon as we secure funding.  We plan to take some time to finalize artwork and a few Rulebook revisions, and start sending everything out to our manufacturers in late Spring.  By August (hopefully sooner!) you should start receiving nice heavy packages in the mail!

All Kickstarter Backers will receive their games and promos well before the rest of the gaming community.  We will not sell Gunship to the general public until you have had time to show off a little first!

I would like to take this brief opportunity to personally thank anyone who either has or is considering backing this project.  I have been on a very long, sometimes painful journey to bring this game to you and I hope to provide you with years of entertainment in the future! 

FAQ

  • No - the Custom Boards are only available for Gunship Captains, although we will add additional slots for those as needed (you can never have too many Captains!). On a similar note, You only get to name a Faction at the Faction Leader Level and you only get to be on a card at the Gunship Hero Level, etc. These slots ARE limited and we will not add more of those. Thanks!

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    ► GROUND TROOPER - Password Access to our Library of official Gunship Wallpapers in several different sizes. You'll get the 3 on the "Art" section of our website, along with the Gunship Box Cover! More to be added monthly and you'll be able to collect them all. You'll also get your name permanently added to our online Hall of Heroes & Martyrs - See "Promos & Rewards" in the left column for details!

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    ► HANGAR CREW - This Level gets you a copy of Gunship: First Strike! and Free Shipping to any US destination. No Promos but you WILL get any added Components due to us hitting Stretch Goals! Also includes the Wallpaper Access and an upgraded plaque in our Hall of Heroes & Martyrs on the EPG website. International Backers, please add 20 dollars for additional shipping (10 dollars for Canada) NOTE: All Reward Levels that contain a copy of the game include pre-release! You will get your game and promos well ahead of the general public and before any shows, etc.

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    ► GUNSHIP CREWMAN - This Level gets you one copy of Gunship: First Strike! PLUS two MINI-EXPANSIONS, Gunship: Asteroids! and Gunship: Crewmates! You can read details about these two great expansions in the left-hand column of this page. Of course, you will also be entitled to any extra Components that are added as a result of Stretch Goals, and all of the Wallpapers. You'll get an official medal next to your name in the Hall of Heroes & Martyrs and Free Shipping to the USA. International Backers please add 20 dollars (10 dollars for Canada)

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    ► SENIOR GUNSHIP CREWMAN - This Level gets you one copy of Gunship: First Strike! PLUS two MINI-EXPANSIONS, Gunship: Asteroids! and Gunship: Crewmates! You can read details about these two great expansions in the left-hand column of this page. Of course, you will also be entitled to any extra Components that are added as a result of Stretch Goals, and all of the Wallpapers. You'll get an official medal next to your name in the Hall of Heroes & Martyrs and Free Shipping to the USA. International Backers please add 20 dollars (10 dollars for Canada) NOTE: This is identical to the GUNSHIP CREW level except that it is SIGNED AND NUMBERED! I will peel back the shrinkwrap on the front and neatly and artistically sign my name in silver ink to a limited number of 100 copies!

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    ► GUNSHIP CAPTAIN - One copy of Gunship: First Strike!, all Promos and Extras to this point, Paragraph beneath your name in the Hall of Heroes & Martyrs detailing a highlight or two of your "career", signed Limited Edition Canvas Print (see description to the left) AND a set of CUSTOM Game Boards! You'll get 1 Gunship Board (includes matching set of Gunship Cards) 2 Gunship Wings, 1 Carrier Board and 1 Squadron Board in any color that you want and I will add your choice of a simple logo, new names for the ships or any other text changes etc. that you desire. A small picture of your custom ship will appear under your name on your online plaque! NOTE: This does not include changing the overall space background, texture or design of the ships themselves. Further description of these Custom Sets are available in the left-hand column of this page. Free Shipping to USA and 20-dollar upgrade for International Shipping apply (10 dollars for Canada)

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    GUNSHIP CAPTAINS 5! - All of the Rewards of GUNSHIP CAPTAIN (above). Keep on grabbing these - we'll keep building Gunships!

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    GUNSHIP CAPTAINS 6! - All of the Rewards of GUNSHIP CAPTAIN (above). Wow - this is a popular one! Here's 16 more for an even hundred - NO MORE GUNSHIP CAPTAINS AFTER THIS ONE. I want to make sure that we stay on schedule to get them designed and produced.

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    GUNSHIP CAPTAINS 3 - All of the Rewards of GUNSHIP CAPTAIN (above). We did not know that so many of you would desire the custom boards and we want to make sure there is an opportunity for everyone who wants them! Thanks!

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    GUNSHIP CAPTAINS 2 - All of the Rewards of GUNSHIP CAPTAIN (above). We did not know that so many of you would desire the custom boards and we want to make sure there is an opportunity for everyone who wants them! Thanks!

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    GUNSHIP CAPTAINS 4! - All of the Rewards of GUNSHIP CAPTAIN (above). We did not know that so many of you would desire the custom boards and we want to make sure there is an opportunity for everyone who wants them! Thanks!

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    GUNSHIP CAPTAINS 7! - All of the Rewards of GUNSHIP CAPTAIN (above). I know we said no more of these but I have hired some help with these to make sure things run smoothly. The price went up a little because I now have to pay extra for this help. If we decide to add even more, the price will not rise any higher than the current level. Thanks!

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    ► GUNSHIP CAPTAIN - FINALE One copy of Gunship: First Strike!, all Promos and Extras to this point, Paragraph beneath your name in the Hall of Heroes & Martyrs detailing a highlight or two of your "career" AND a set of CUSTOM Game Boards! You'll get 1 Gunship Board (includes matching set of Gunship Cards) 2 Gunship Wings, 1 Carrier Board and 1 Squadron Board in any color that you want and I will add your choice of a simple logo, new names for the ships or any other text changes etc. that you desire. A small picture of your custom ship will appear under your name on your online plaque! NOTE: This does not include changing the overall space background, texture or design of the ships themselves. Further description of these Custom Sets are available in the left-hand column of this page. Free Shipping to USA and 20-dollar upgrade for International Shipping apply (10 dollars for Canada) NOTICE: I have said it many times before but these ARE the last of this Reward Level - NO more after these are gone.

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    ► FACTION LEADER - One copy of Gunship: First Strike!, all Promos, Extras, Wallpapers, Canvas Print, and your name as a Faction Leader in the Hall of Heroes & Martyrs. YOU will name one of the 12 major Factions of the new Gunship Universe! You will help write their story, choose their equipment and methods, and assist us in giving them a unique theme. Later, our artists will create a logo / symbol that represents their style and they'll start popping up in Expansions, etc. You will get to be a part of the entire development experience although EPG will guide the process, make suggestions and make ultimate decisions. Upon completion, your Faction's symbol will appear beneath your name on your online plaque! This is your chance to get one of your great ideas into a published game! Free shipping of your game and promos to any USA destination - International, please add 20 dollars (10 dollars for Canada) NOTE: We put August here as the approximate date to have a developed Faction ready to publish. Could take longer or shorter, depending on circumstances but we will be working with you over the summer.

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    GUNSHIP HEROES 3 - 2 copies of Gunship: First Strike!, all Promos, Extras, Canvas, Wallpapers, a Hero's Tale in the Hall of Heroes & Martyrs, and YOURSELF - in the game! We've Commissioned gaming artist Eric J. Carter to design the 6 new characters for Gunship: Crewmates! and you'll BE one of them! You will get to name the Crewmate and decide what they should look like (even send us a photo of yourself!) You'll get to write a short Bio of your character which we will then use to help decide what game effect they will have on their card. Once your card is designed, it will be placed beneath your name on your online plaque. You'll also receive one set of signed Crewmates and 5 more sets to give family and friends! Free Shipping to USA - International please add 25 dollars (10 dollars for Canada)

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    GUNSHIP HEROES 2 - 2 copies of Gunship: First Strike!, all Promos, Extras, Canvas, Wallpapers, a Hero's Tale in the Hall of Heroes & Martyrs, and YOURSELF - in the game! We've Commissioned gaming artist Eric J. Carter to design the 6 new characters for Gunship: Crewmates! and you'll BE one of them! You will get to name the Crewmate and decide what they should look like (even send us a photo of yourself!) You'll get to write a short Bio of your character which we will then use to help decide what game effect they will have on their card. Once your card is designed, it will be placed beneath your name on your online plaque. You'll also receive one set of signed Crewmates and 5 more sets to give family and friends! Free Shipping to USA - International please add 25 dollars (10 dollars for Canada)

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    ► GUNSHIP HERO - 2 copies of Gunship: First Strike!, all Promos, Extras, Canvas, Wallpapers, a Hero's Tale in the Hall of Heroes & Martyrs, and YOURSELF - in the game! We've Commissioned gaming artist Eric J. Carter to design the 6 new characters for Gunship: Crewmates! and you'll BE one of them! Choose from Wingman (2), Chief Engineer (2) or Expert Gunner (2) (first-come, first-pick). Then, you will get to name the Crewmate and decide what they should look like (even send us a photo of yourself!) You'll get to write a short Bio of your character which we will then use to help decide what game effect they will have on their card. Once your card is designed, it will be placed beneath your name on your online plaque. You'll also receive one set of signed Crewmates and 5 more sets to give family and friends! Free Shipping to USA - International please add 25 dollars (10 dollars for Canada)

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    TAIWAN BUNDLE - 4 copies of the GUNSHIP CREW Reward, shipped to Taiwan. DO YOU WANT A SIMILAR DEAL? CONTACT US! We are ready to make deals on International shipping!

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    ► WARSHIP GUILD - 2 copies of Gunship: First Strike!, all Promos, Extras, Wallpapers, Canvas Print, and your name in our Hall of Heroes and Martyrs as a ruthless Warmonger! Design your own FIGHTER, GROUND VEHICLE or SMALL VESSEL (Gunship variant, Troop Ship, Cargo Ship, Etc.) - we will help you develop it further and then turn it over to Luca Oleastri for the final 3D Build! We'll send you a digital proof, let you look it over and make a few changes, then finalize the design. Once we agree on its style, capabilities and rules, EPG will launch it in an upcoming expansion! It may be a card, it may have its own board, it may be in the background - but it WILL be in a game and you will get a design credit and a free copy of whatever expansion it ends up in. No guarantee of delivery date on the expansion but we will develop your vehicle, "build" your 3D model, and deliver your renders, etc. by the time your copies of Gunship arrive or soon after. We will also add your creation to our Fleet Database (with credit) while you wait for it to be released and add a picture of it beneath your name on your online plaque. Free Shipping to USA - International please add 25 dollars (10 dollars for Canada)

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    BATTLE CRUISER HEROES - Only the very best crew get to serve on the HBC - and YOU can be one of them! 1 copy of Gunship: First Strike!, all Promos and Extras (NO Canvas), Wallpapers, and YOURSELF - in the game! We've Commissioned gaming artist Eric J. Carter to design 9 new characters for our Heavy Battle Cruiser expansion and you'll BE one of them! You will get to name a character and decide what they should look like (even send us a photo of yourself!) You'll get to write a short Bio of your character which we will then use to help decide what game effect they will have on their card. You will get Exclusive Updates and pictures of the development of the much-anticipated Heavy Battle Cruiser - things no one else will get to see. You'll also receive one set of the 9 cards for your own collection and 5 more sets to give family and friends! Free Shipping to USA - International please add 20 dollars (10 dollars for Canada) NOTE: You will get all of your First Strike items by the standard August timeframe but the HBC will not be launched until LATE 2012. We will work on your cards after First Strike! is released (but you can start working on your ideas and send them to us beforehand) The 9 cards from this set are NOT included as a Promo in the First Strike! Kickstarter Campaign but will be available to everyone else at the same time as the HBC.

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    AUSTRALIA BUNDLE - 5 copies of the GUNSHIP CREW Reward, shipped to Australian. DO YOU WANT A SIMILAR DEAL? CONTACT US! We are ready to make deals on International shipping!

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    INTERCEPTOR ACE - The upcoming Heavy Battle Cruiser adds 2 new Fighter types to the game, Dive Bombers & Interceptors. The Fleet wants YOU to design the Interceptor and be the test pilot! We will work with you to create a new Fighter for our universe. Send us your drawing and ideas and Luca himself will render it in 3D. But that's not all! You'll get to be on the Interceptor Ace card designed by Eric J. Carter, also to be released with the HBC. You'll get a copy of Gunship: First Strike!, the 2 Promos, the Extras from hitting Stretch Goals, and you will be assigned your own Interceptor Wing to defend the EPG Flagship! What the HECK does THAT mean? It means FREE EXPANSIONS for LIFE! As a Final Reward for protecting the Supreme Leader from incoming ships and missiles, you will get one copy of every Gunship expansion released...forever - including the HBC! NOTE: HBC to be released LATE this year with no promise of exactly when. Work on your Interceptor and card will begin AFTER all cards, ships, factions, etc from First Strike! are in production (but you can start sending us info, etc at any time and we'll have a look).

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    ► ULTIMATE GUNSHIP PARTY! - I will drive to any game store or home within 200 miles of Washington, DC for a great fan experience! I'll have 6 copies of Gunship: First Strike! to give you, all of the extra stuff, including a Gallery Stretched Canvas, 2 regular Canvas prints, my last 2 Beta copies of the game (signed), pizza, soda and Gunship cake for you and 6 of your friends and a day-long Gunship tournament to remember! Did I mention that I'll bring you your own CUSTOM set of Boards designed to your specs? (see GUNSHIP CAPTAIN, above) We'll playtest the Heavy Battle Cruiser expansion that comes out at the end of the year and whoever wins the Tournament will get to KEEP the prototype! You'll get the Betas well in advance so you and your gaming buddies can prepare for the war to come when I get there! As a final Reward, you will be named Supreme Admiral and given the spot of highest honor in our Hall of Heroes and Martyrs! I will consider driving further if expenses are met - please contact me for details before you Buy. Delivery Date says August but I'll work with your schedule to the best of my ability.

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