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Konrad PawelecBy Konrad Pawelec
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Konrad PawelecBy Konrad Pawelec
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Update 26/03/2013

We met John Wick at the Pyrkon Convention. This is what he said after playing Future INC.

John Wick (on the left)- great game designer from United States - including "Legend of the five rings", "7th sea", Houses of the Blooded and Blood & Honor.

FUTURE INC. HIGH-TECH STAKES

The game is for 2-6 players. A single game lasts 90-120 minutes on average.
Each player represents one of the megacorporations fighting for world supremacy. The key to success is finding the best way to control the mercenaries. Everybody is vying for their services: whether it be through offering money or technology – or through blackmail. In order to be able to acquire the services of these cyberpunks you have to take risks and outsmart the other players. This is where the bidding begins. FUTURE INC. High-Tech Stakes is a poker-like battle of human mentalities.

FUTURE INC. Website:

http://lansmacabre.wix.com/future

We are The Lans Macabre – a group of freelance game designers form Poland. For years, our activities have been connected with a wide variety of games: RPG, board games, LARPs. If you happen to pop into any Polish games convention– you are sure to find us there.

http://www.facebook.com/LansMacabre

The most recent of our games – Cardioalarm – was designed for a children cardiac surgery foundation, which aims to help the fight against heart disease. It is an ultra-quick party game for the mass audience. 

Currently we are working on creating a game for a more demanding player – requiring a lot more thought and strategic thinking. Thus our idea to publish FUTURE INC. High-Tech Stakes. 

However, the market for such games in Poland is relatively small and it is hard to find someone willing to publish a game for adults. We, the Lans Macabre, believe that FUTURE INC. is a game that can bring a lot of excitement and fun to people around the globe. That is why we are turning to you and using the wonderful platform that Kickstarter is. 

We currently have:

  • FUTURE INC. High-Tech Stakes in the form of a prototype – it has already been tested by tens of players in hundreds of games.
  • Graphic designers, who will ensure that the finished product looks great.
  • Printing house ready to release the game.
  • Our friend in United Kingdom, who is going to look after the project.

Feel free to browse through the game description and instructions, look at the sample illustrations. After that you’ll have a full understanding of what the game offers.

And then, the most important step – let’s publish it together!

For us, it is the most valuable of our ideas so far – for you, perhaps a fresh approach to board games from overseas. 

We kindly ask you for your support.

Why Cyberpunk? Because we love its visionary, take no prisoners approach. It is the SF genre which, from our point of view, says the most about our contemporary hectic and fast-paced world. However, we are giving the typical Cyberpunk reality a twist – and changing the order of typical technoir stories. In our game, it is the megacorporations who are the focus of attention – and not the rebel cyberpunks. These rebels do play a very important role though. Thanks to betting and bluff they are unpredictable and the fight for their services is the most exciting part of the game.

Cyberpunk’s not dead!

Why betting and bluffing? Because this is the best way to show that, in a dark and mysterious future, everyone lives on the edge – even corporate CEOs in their expensive suits. The world is an arena of invisible warfare. One ill-advised move can lead a company to its downfall. One risky, but successful, ploy can lift it to the very top. Just like in poker – while playing for the highest stakes everything depends on your wit and ability to outmaneuver the competition.

Place your bet on FUTURE.INC: High-Tech Stakes! See how much you can gain.

  • Game Board in a 440x640 format. It shows the world map with ten main regions marked. Taking control over most areas is the main goal in the game. The board also includes Corpo Activity Cost Measure and the Scoring Track.
  • 6 wooden Domination Counters to mark each palyer's advance on The Scoring Track.
  • 5 wooden Corpo Activity Cost Counters to slide along the Corpo Activity Cost Measure.
  • 72 wooden 9x9x20mm skyscraper tokens in 6 colours. They are used to mark the corporations control over the region.
  • 3 wooden mission tokens to mark the regions where cyberpunks carry out their mission.
  • 1 first player chip - to mark a player having the priority in each round and each phase of the game.
  • 35 Cyberpunk Cards - 5 sets of 7 cards. Each set is marked with different resource icon on the reverse side. Each card contains one of three cyberpunk images on its face side. The are used during the betting.
  • 6 Corporation Cards in 6 colours - one for each player.
  • 10 Mission Cards - determining circumstance and effects of each betting.
  • 25 Wild Cards with 5 different pictures. They bring additional effects to the betting.
  • 6 helper cards with useful data for each player.
  • 300 resource chips - 5 sets of 60 chips marked with resource logos - to gather and to bet during the game.

Get the most Domination Points and take control over global markets!

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/88860/future-inc-manual-eng

Set up your skyscrapers. This is how the game begins – by deciding where your mega corporation will have its premises.

Devise a plan. The game is divided into 5 rounds. Every round consists of 3 phases: Drawing resources, Betting and Corpo activity.

Success in the game depends on correct resource management and right decisions during the betting.

Draw resources:

Credits (cash makes the world go round); Gear (guns, guns, and more guns); Cybertechnology (the hottest stuff in the cyber rat race); Influence (we all have common friends...); Programs (only for the true cyber cowboys!)

Everything depends on your actions – do you play it safe and hoard defence Programs and Credits, which you will use to buy new skyscrapers? Or do you take a more aggressive approach and go into Cybertechnology and Gear?

The options are endless.

Hire cyberpunks. They are waiting for the best offer. The key to the Betting is, of course, the art of bluffing. 

First a player draws a Cyberpunk Card – but does not show it to the others. Thus he knows how the cyberpunks will react and plays his chips accordingly. Now the others have to figure out whether the drawn card would help them out or not – thankfully you can always pass on the bidding.

If you win the Betting, you get your Domination Points and use cyberpunks to take over your opponent’s skyscraper!

Outmaneuver your competition! In the Corpo activity phase you can place another skyscraper on the board, destroy or take over an opposing skyscraper, take a look at the Cyberpunk Cards or block another player’s actions. 

You pay for every activity with Resource Chips, which you have left over after the Betting. The cost of each action grows every time you use it! Can you afford a given action, or have you spent everything during the betting?

Win the battle for control over the global market! After 5 rounds sum up all the Domination Points gained in the Bettings and attained thanks to your network of influence on the board. Were you the one who guided his megacorporation in the right direction?

Easy rules and endless possibilities. As you can see, the rules are easy to follow. At the same time, they allow for many different strategies, thanks to which the game is never boring but full of twists.

Trainee

A mention in the instruction booklet with many thanks from us. You’ll be mentioned as one of the positive heroes of the fight for freedom of information!

Street Ally

A mention in the instruction booklet and complete game illustrations in electronic form. Based on our actions in the Sprawl.

Freelancer

All of the above + an B4 size poster with illustration from the game. You have proven your dedication to the cause – we no longer have to hide our identities from you!

Future INC. Employee

1x „FUTURE.INC: High-Tech Stakes” game. Welcome to the highest floor of our skyscraper. Lo and behold how the Corporations fight for world domination!

Senior Employee

1x „FUTURE.INC: High-Tech Stakes” game + an B4 size poster with illustration from the game. And we will throw in a T-shirt too so that all cyber-trash know who they are dealing with.

Future Inc. Agent

1x „FUTURE.INC: High-Tech Stakes” + an B4 size poster with illustration from the game plus cufflinks or earrings (your choice) with resource icon of your choosing. To discreetly show you’re IN the Game!

Future Inc. Corporate Bodyguard

1x „FUTURE.INC: High-Tech Stakes” + an B4 size poster with illustration from the game plus badge and t-shirt with icon of resource of your choosing. To wear your alliance proudly!

Future INC. Coach

2 x “FUTURE.INC: High-Tech Stakes” – give someone the gift of living on the edge.

Future INC. COO

1x „FUTURE.INC: High-Tech Stakes” + an B4 size poster with illustration from the game plus t-shirt with icon of resource of your choosing. And we will throw in a Blouse with LansMacabre logo. Welcome in a crew!

Nerdrunner’s kit

1x „FUTURE.INC: High-Tech Stakes” + an B4 size poster with illustration from the game plus t-shirt and badge with icon of resource of your choosing plus cufflinks or earrings (your choice) with resource icon of your choosing plus great B2 size poster with illustration from the game. You do like your games, don’t you? We like them too!

Future INC. CEO

1x „FUTURE.INC: High-Tech Stakes” + an B4 size poster with illustration from the game plus whiskey glass with your name written on it, right under “Future Inc. CEO” engraving + Bussiness Card Holder with Future Inc. engraving, cufflinks or earrings (your choice) with resource icon of your choosing + credit card-shaped pen drive. You can infiltrate any megacorporation now – no one will doubt your position!

Max “Nerdrunner’s kit” or "Future INC. CEO"

All mentioned in those pledges (you choose which pledge) nicely packed in laptop bag with Future Inc. logo. For those, who really embrace cyberpunk in their lives, buy using computers.

Hardcore Gamer!

Nerdrunner’s kit or Future INC. CEO plus night out with Lans Macabre Team at SPIEL in Essen. You must get on SPIEL ESSEN at your own cost.

Max Hardcore Gamer

Hardcore Gamer plus laptop bag with Future Inc. logo. Whole package for devoted gamers! You must get on SPIEL ESSEN at your own cost.

Ruler of the Skyscrapers

"CEO Special Max Hardcore Gamer" plus you choose illustration that will be printed on the back of the board. Taste what the power feels like! You must get on SPIEL ESSEN at your own cost.

Risks and challenges

What I am most afraid of is the hidden costs and timing. Future Inc. is our first project on Kickstarter. It has to be attractive, so it does not leave us with much of a “safety cushion”. I have been taking care of the financial and planning side. The Polish guys are taking care of graphic designs, DTP and print house. It all looks really good, but: the print house can always have a delay, the designer could fall ill or his computer go up in flames..

We are passionate about this project, and a lot of work has already gone into this. What we need, is your help to make this something that can be great!

I would be ready to fly from GB to PL and coordinate things on the spot, but would it not lead to overbearing costs? Would we not end up paying off debts related with this project for another year instead of earning money doing another project?

I am also afraid that the project could be a bust. Lans Macabre has a lot of other good ideas that are worth looking into. If we do not succeed here, the group might end up deciding that they have to take a different route next time. We have so much to accomplish – but we have to succeed on our first attempt. Only then will I be sure, that this is only the beginning of our common journey.

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