Sector Prime a casual 4x board game
Sector Prime a casual 4x board game
Explore and secure planetary systems, exploit their resources and battle to maintain control! 2-4 players. 30-60 minute playtime.
Explore and secure planetary systems, exploit their resources and battle to maintain control! 2-4 players. 30-60 minute playtime. Read more
About this project
Large Audience: Sector Prime is a game that a broad spectrum of players will enjoy; young, old, new or seasoned gamers. It takes just a few minutes to learn the basics, seconds to setup and 30-60 minutes to play.
Discounted Price: The MSRP for the base game will likely be $55-60, but if the 1st and 2nd Stretch Goals are reached (adding Custom wooden components and plastic miniatures), the MSRP will be $65-70! All of which will be available to you at the same low pledge amount.
Shipping Discounts: By absorbing a portion of the shipping fees ourselves, we are charging a flat $13 fee (for each game) for all backers, no matter where they may live on the planet!
EU Friendly: We are offering an additional $6 discount to our supporters in the EU to help offset the VAT fees. (See "Shipping" below.)
Quality Production: Rather than to simply look for the cheapest way to produce our game, we have tried to strike a balance. Though we do have a couple Stretch Goals that will definitely enhance the gaming experience, the base game will not be made with cheap, flimsy materials.
Instead, the Box = 1157gsm*; the Tiles = 1500gsm (nice and thick); the Player Cards and Station Cards = 310gsm (blackcore) and Player Screens = 400gsm. These thicker components will help the game to have a better feel and to hold up under lots and lots game nights! In addition, all printing will be glossy with linen finish.
*(1000gsm is approximately 1.5mm)
All manufacturing will done by WinGo Games in China. They have been in the business of printing Board Games for over 20 years. We have been in discussion with them for months and we are ready to go as soon as we are funded!
Sector Prime is a 4x game for 2-4 players (a 5-6 player version is one of our Stretch Goals listed below). We said that this is a "casual" game, that's not in the sense that is a serene, relaxing game. No, rather it is in comparison with some of them complex 4x games that take hours and hours to play. But rest assured even in the 30-60 minutes that you'll play a game there will be conflict, intense decision making and most of all fun!
What is a 4x game? It consists of 4 basic elements of game play, explore, expand, exterminate and exploit. In Sector Prime these four elements are divided into the 3 phases of each turn described below.
In the game each player takes on the role of a mining company seeking to increase it’s profits by establishing operations in a new sector of space.
In Phase 1 (the move phase) you explore and secure planets within the sector.
In Phase 2 (the battle or build phase) you will have to decide between either exterminating the competition who are preventing you from carrying out your mining operations or expanding your control by building refineries, jump bridges, force fields or the Mining Control Station.
In Phase 3 (the mine phase) you will exploit the Traxium crystals from the planets under your control.
Each planet tile has Asteroid Fields and Ion Storms which impede movement to other tiles. Randomly laying the tiles for each game creates a unique playing area creating naturally defended regions or open routes to other systems.
Below are just a few of the hundreds of different possible layouts.
Initially you will be focused on securing nearby systems and gathering Traxium crystals. After a few turns rival corporations may begin to battle for the systems under your control, while others defend their planets by building Force Fields and starting construction on their own Stations. Your challenge will be striking a balance between expanding your domain, slowing down your opponents, and completing your Station.
Be the first player to complete construction of your Mining Station and you will have achieved the title of Sector Prime and won the game!
Sector Prime is a lightweight game that is easy to learn for newer gamers, but provides enough strategic depth to keep seasoned gamers engaged.
If you'd like to try out Sector Prime now, a download of the Print-n-Play version of the game as well as access to Sector Prime on Tabletopia* are available at every pledge level.
What is a "Print-n-Play" version?
This is a pdf file that you can download and print out. The components of the game then need to be cut out. For Sector Prime you will also need to supply some common components yourself.
What is Tabletopia?
Tabletopia is a way to play many popular board games on your computer. It simulates an table and all the components of the game. You cannot play against the computer, but you can play with other players all over the world! It itself was funded on Kickstarter last year and it is currently in Beta.
We will be allowing our supporters free access* to Sector Prime for at least the duration of the campaign and perhaps until the physical games are shipped. *This access is also subject to possible changes in the Beta phase of Tabletopia and will be out of our control.
Lance Myxter from Undead Viking
"This is a very, very fun 4x game, but it's not like any 4x game that I've really played prior to this one."
Watch Lance's review below for an excellent description of the game, the strategy involved as well his explanation of why he likes Sector Prime!
"A very pleased Gamer Geek said, “[Sector Prime] is tight and well-balanced. It plays fast and kept me engaged. I liked how the game’s difficulty kept increasing, making me work harder and harder for my goals.”"
Giancarlo & Felicia from Board To Death TV
The GM's from Gameapalooza
"This could be an awesome little game, it looks nice even in the prototype, with great character art and nice planetary cards."
Christoph Richter from Boardgaming for the Win
"I do like a good 4X game. Most 4X games can take hours upon hours just to play. Some even take a good thirty minutes to an hour to just setup. Sector Prime is different though. A good different. It takes only a few minutes to set up & just up to an hour or less to play. Sector Prime satisfies the gamer palate when it comes to one of the mighty 4X games already on the market."
Alexander Resch from Board Game Junkies Preview [GERMAN]
Below you will find items that you can add on to your pledge. You will need to add the cost manually in the Pledge Manager. If you have any questions please ask in the Comments section.
We struggled with the best way deal with shipping to a worldwide audience. We could have provided “Free Shipping” but that simply raises the cost of the game. Instead we have opted to charge a flat $13 fee for all backers, for just about anywhere they may live on the planet!
The exception is for those of you who reside in the countries within the EU, you have an added burden, VAT. Due to our simplified shipping process direct from China it would have raised shipping prices in order to import the games in bulk. So instead we are offering a special shipping discount for the EU. This will be $6 cheaper thus assisting you in covering the VAT. We hope that this will help us to gain more support from backers within the EU and beyond!
One final note on shipping. An unexpected perk to those who purchase the 5 game bundle is that the games will be shipped via Express, thus giving you your games up to two weeks before the standard shipping! This is because of a stipulation of the shipping company, but certainly works in your favor.
Risks and challenges
Because Sector Prime is our first project, there may be some obstacles in front of us. However, we have spent years preparing the game itself and the last 6 months researching and having lengthy discussions with the manufacturing and shipping companies in China. We are confident that we have everything planned out and ready to go. Publishing a board game is not easy, but we are as prepared as we can be and ready for any challenges that may arise.
We are hoping for a successful campaign and we thank you ahead of time for all your support!
To avoid long delays after the Kickstarter campaign, we have already prepared the majority of our graphic files and the remaining assets should be completed about the time the campaign ends, so production will be able to begin swiftly.
The game will be produced by Wingo Games. They are one of the experts in the field of board game production and are eager to get started on this project. We have communicated a lot over the past months and weeks. We are familiar with their production requirements and their schedule as they are with ours. This gives us great confidence going into production of Sector Prime, that you as a supporter will get the game with the quality we intended it, and the experience we know you will enjoy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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