About this project
The Galaxy is vast, rich and open to any species who discovers space flight... but nine Elder Races are expanding through space, ready to assimilate or exterminate anybody who stands in their way.
We are proud to announce Master of the Galaxy, a fast playing 4Х board game - eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate - using a unique and innovative blend of bag-building, card-drafting and tech-tree development mechanics.
Drawing inspiration from classic science-fiction, movies, and computer games, Master of the Galaxy's setting is familiar and extraordinary at the same time.
- Fast-playing: a full 4X experience in less than two hours, with minimum downtime
- Rich mechanics: bag-building, resource management, area control, tech-tree development, card drafting in a simple to play, yet strategically challenging blend.
- Multiple paths to victory: development, conquest or expansion.
Master of the Galaxy is offered to backers in an exclusive Kickstater edition, only available during this campaign. Different multiple-copy options are available for groups of players (Space Colony) or game stores (Space Civilization, see sidebar).
The game will be released simultaneously in English and Spanish (in partnership with Last Level Distribuciones). Backers will be able to choose which version they want to receive after the end of the campaign, when the survey is sent.
The suggested retail price of the regular edition of Master of the Galaxy (not including the exclusive contents and stretch goals of the deluxe edition) will be $50.
Retailers are welcome to choose the Space Civilization pledge level. Proof of retailer status must be submitted to qualify.
The exclusive Kickstarter Edition of Master of the Galaxy includes components up to the high standard of quality present in all of our games - Here's more about them!
Your Kickstarter Edition also includes Faster than Light - an expansion not included in the retail edition of the game. Additional Kickstarter-only content are added as stretch goals are unlocked.
In Master of the Galaxy, bag-building, card drafting and tech development merge into a unique gameplay. Two to four players can play, and a complete game requires 30 to 45 minutes per player.
At the start of your conquest of the Galaxy, you have one star system, one species card and a modest supply of resources.
The player’s species, chosen at the start of the game, can suggest which direction to take, as each species has its own agenda and is capable of achieving supremacy in different ways.
During the game, you will fill your bag with new resources, and collect development and political cards, to lead your people to a glorious victory.
- There are many different paths you may follow to dominate the Galaxy… attract others to your cause, including legendary heroes and villains from all corners of the universe
- develop advanced technologies to achieve supremacy in science, weapons, or economics
- expand your borders and conquer new star systems settle in new planets to harvest their resources and fuel your strategy use force and guile to take resources away from your opponents.
The Galaxy is there for you to conquer! , the star system you control at the start, the choices of your opponents, the many different options offered by the cards, will create endless paths to victory.
After we achieve our initial funding goal, we will upgrade the game and add extra items to your rewards. All stretch goals are automatically included with your Kickstarter edition.
Apart from pledging, there are many other ways to support us. Spreading the word is a key factor in the success of a crowdfunding project, and your activity on social networks may help a lot!
By supporting our social goals, you help us to get the attention of more potential backers, to better achieve all of our stretch goals. Achieving these goals also unlocks new content:
- an additional set of rules, to play Master of the Galaxy solo;
- the "Stories from the 6th Millennium" digital booklet (upgraded to a printed booklet by our $ 42,420 funding goal).
Items or upgrades indicated as exclusive to the Deluxe edition of Master of the Galaxy will not be included in the Standard retail version of the game. They may become available in the future as promo items or parts of future expansions.
You can try the digital version of Master of the Galaxy on Tabletopia right now! Play it in your browser or Steam for free. Tabletopia is a digital platform for board games that allows you to play hundreds of tabletop games online with people all around the world.
Several preview copies of Master of the Galaxy are in the hands of reviewers. During the course of the campaign, we will share here the videos and the links to articles.
Note: Components in the previews are not final, and may differ from the final version of the game.
We expect Master of the Galaxy to ship to our backers in March 2018.
We will ship from our main warehouse in the USA and from secondary warehouses in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong.No customs charges will apply to backers in Australia, Canada, European Union, Hong Kong or USA.
Shipping charges are highly variable by shipping method, destination, and they also change over time. For all these reasons, please do NOT include shipping charges as a part of your pledge at this moment.
Before your rewards ship, you will have access the "Pledge Manager" on our website. There you will have an option to indicate your address and to modify your choice of rewards, if you want (for example, adding multiple copies). Shipping charges will be calculated and paid at that time.
If you don't like shipping charges, why don't you try to organize a group pledge with your friends? When you pledge at the "Space Colony" level, multiple copies ship to a single address at the same cost as one copy.
Our current estimates of shipping charges are:
- $7 to $9 for rewards shipping to a destination in the USA or Hong Kong;
- $8 to $14 for rewards shipping to a destination in Australia / New Zealand;
- $9 to $14 for rewards shipping to a destination in Canada;
- $8 to $14 for rewards shipping to a destination in the European Union (this amount also includes VAT charges);
- $15 to $25 for rewards shipping to a destination outside the territories indicated above.
For retailers' pledges, shipping charges will be invoiced at the time of shipping, at cost.
We remain committed to make every effort to keep shipping charges reasonable, while using reliable shipping methods with guaranteed delivery. In case actual shipping charges should prove to be higher than the amounts indicated above, we will cover the difference ourselves.
Master of the Galaxy is a joint project of two different teams:
- Igrology, a Russian company with a strong track record on innovative board games, as well as the brains behind the virtual gaming table Tabletopia
- Ares Games, a company with offices in Italy and USA, publisher of long-selling, high-quality products such as War of the Ring, Wings of Glory, Sails of Glory, Sword & Sorcery.
Our companies are bringing their skills together to make Master of the Galaxy a high-quality product, which we hope you will enjoy playing for a long time.
Timofey Bokarev and Konstantin Seleznev designed the game for Igrology, with amazing art by Anton Kvasovarov.
Risks and challenges
Master of the Galaxy is our ninth Kickstarter project.
We already delivered seven Kickstarters successfully (Sails of Glory, Galaxy Defenders-Season 1 and Galaxy Defenders-Season 2, Age of Conan - Adventures in Hyboria, Wings of Glory-Giants of the Sky, Dungeon Time, Sword & Sorcery Wave 1) with very positive feedback from our backers.
The production of the rewards of one Kickstarter (Divinity Derby) is in progress and almost completed, and we plan to ship those rewards to its backers within the next two months. The production of the second, and final, wave of Sword & Sorcery rewards is also in progress.
Creating high-quality boardgames is not an easy task. However, Ares Games has an excellent track record of publishing games with excellent components, such as those in our War of the Ring, Wings of Glory, and Sails of Glory product lines.
Our staff has strong experience producing board games, and from a production viewpoint, MASTER OF THE GALAXY is less complex than most items in our catalog. We don't envision any specific challenge associated with the production of this project.
Artwork and graphic design are already complete and fully funded, so there is no risk on pre-production. Funds from this project will be solely used for production and fulfillment.
The main risk at this stage is the project might ship later than scheduled, due to delays in the production pipeline. We will always prefer a reasonable delay to compromising on the level of quality we are looking for in all our games.
There are also risks of delays, as with any game manufactured in Asia, related to transport and delivery to our warehouse in the United States. These are also routinely handled by our logistic staff, but unexpected delays due to customs clearance, strikes, and exceptional weather are always possible, and may influence the time necessary to deliver the games to our backers.
That said, we've looked at the reasons why our past products have been delayed, and we are constantly reviewing our estimates to make them more accurate than in the past.
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