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Tactical, highly replayable game, where 1-4 players race their high-tech bat-planes through a gauntlet cave
Tactical, highly replayable game, where 1-4 players race their high-tech bat-planes through a gauntlet cave
Tactical, highly replayable game, where 1-4 players race their high-tech bat-planes through a gauntlet cave
209 backers pledged €12,611 to help bring this project to life.

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- Cave Pilot 55 - the Arcade Card Game

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Thanks to all our supportive backers there are three Social rewards unlocked!

 One unique Cave Card for all backers!!

Three unique exploration cards for all backers!!

Two unique upgrade cards & 1 unique exploration card!!

Race your pilot through dark mysterious caves in a technological advanced aeroplane. Think ahead to evade traps and outmaneuver opponents. Fire missiles at giant centipedes and explore their lair to find mystical objects left by former pilots. Upgrade your aeroplane with unique items to improve your chances in this modular card game. 

Build your own cave
Build your own cave

Cave Pilot 55 is based on the Arcade computer game Zeppelin (Atari, Synapse Software) from the early '80s. Relive the experience of the good old days and run the gauntlet in this thrilling tabletop card game.....

 

       Cave Pilot 55 is definitely worth backing, because of the:

All players collectively contribute to the creation of the cave, allowing endless variations in cave layout, each with their own strategy. The whole game offers many possibilities for customization and a high replay value. You can determine the game length and difficulty by customizing the cave deck. Cave Pilot 55 can be played in a solo, cooperative, competitive and teamplay mode. Various expansions are available, such as faction cards, huge flying beasts and themed sets. For additional information about the game, such as several available scenarios and other free content to download, see our website.

 

 

Box dimensions: 327x230x70 mm
Box dimensions: 327x230x70 mm

 A video impression of the components can be found below.

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This is what you can find in your Cave Pilot 55 box:

Production will start with full-colored standard cards (300gsm greycore) & cardboard mats (2 mm thickness), plastic dice (16x16x16 mm), wooden cubes (8x8x8 mm), wooden cylinders (10x10x10 mm) and punchboard tokens (bat-planes (+ stands), credits and first player token). Our aim is to upgrade these components to a better quality depending on the stretch goals achieved.

 

During the set up, players choose the length and the difficulty of the game, by customizing the cave card deck. The number of cave cards determines the length of the game. The level (e.g. yellow or orange) and composition of the cave cards determines the difficulty of the game.

Each cave card has its own unique setting and characteristics:

Cave card layout
Cave card layout

At the start, only the cave entrance is placed. Later during the game, the cave is created by the common effort of the players. Ultimately, the players have to fly their bat-planes through the cave and race eachother.  The goal of the game is to finish alive and to gain reputation during the race. To prepare for the challenges they encounter during their race, players must upgrade and customize their bat-plane with technological aids.

Various technological aids
Various technological aids

After the set up, each player executes the following phases (some are optional):

Short instruction videos of each phase can be found here.

If you want to get an clear overview of the game, have a look at the excellent Board to Death preview:

Additionally, you can download the rulebook (with detailed examples) (English & German) here, and we have a print & play version prepared for you to get a feeling of the game.

 

We present two basic pledge levels: the core box and a core box bundle. The bundle gives you a bit of discount on the box prices, and the shipping costs. For the early birds we have 2 fantastic but tough expansions. Finally, for the Cave Pilot 55 die hards, we offer a special pledge.

 

We have various add-ons available to increase your gaming experience with Cave Pilot 55. Have a look....

In a game that makes use of the larger sized monsters, the cave is slided outward to create a small corridor. This corridor can be used to place these oversized cards and move them if necessary, without interrupting the cave layout and visibility.

Cave layout with the use of oversized beasts
Cave layout with the use of oversized beasts

 

Lets make this game even more fun and generate some stretch rewards. We have prepared several unique cards that add a little extra flavor to the game. But foremost all, we value high quality board games, and aim to upgrade the quality of the cards, as well as the components.

  We will reveal more stretch rewards depending on the level of funding.

Lets spread the word and promote Cave Pilot 55. Share links, like websites and talk to your friends. We have some unique rewards lined up for you....

You can find the link to BoardGame Geek here and the link to the Board To Death preview here.

Check out the excellent review of Cave Pilot 55 by Michael from NVS Gameplays from our first Kickstarter launch in 2015.

"......this is by no means a simple game.......this game really shines..."

"....there is so much strategy to this, I absolutely love that in it...."

A Review by Bower's Game Corner: ".......for you that are looking for a solo game....this one definitely might 'scratch it'....."

 

We want to be transparant about our shipping cost. We are planning to ship our games with Ship Naked: "Simple, affordable shipping for all". They are very experienced in shipping Kickstarter tabletop games and their rewards, using various hubs all over the world. Unfortunately at this moment there is no clarity about a new Australian hub that is going to be operational in the near future. That is why we have decided to ship to Australia and New Zealand via the USA.

We have also decided to include part of the shipping cost (8 euro) in the pledge. In the table below, you can find an overview of the shipping costs for various countries.

* EU includes Norway and Switzerland
* EU includes Norway and Switzerland

Making a pledge is simple, just choose a pledge level and press the button. The relevant shipping costs are automatically added in the pledge manager.

In the table below you can find an overview of the activities and timing regarding the fulfillment of our Cave Pilot 55 project. Production will take place in China by WinGo games or Panda Game Manufacturing, depending on the level of funding.

 

Martijn Weterings: Game design, game testing, graphic design & layout, demonstrations and promotion

Suzanne Schonck: Game production, promotion, demonstrations, game testing & logistics

Petra van Berkum: Game art

 Jeroen Weterings: Design & development of the website and demonstrations

 Koen van Lieshout: Game testing, promotion and demonstrations

 

sketches of bat-planes
sketches of bat-planes

 

Risks and challenges

We are not perfect and set backs will surely occur, but we have done our utmost best to reduce the project risks to a minimum:

1) We have done over 250 test rounds with various gamer communities, and have visited many game fairs. Game mechanisms have been tested and adapted for more than two and a half years now. The game has reached its maturity.
2) We are close to finishing the game (95%) and the vast majority of the art has been produced (95%). Expanions have been tested and improved over and over again.
3) The rule book has been written, revised and reviewed, but probably needs a last round of editing and typesetting
4) We have contacted Panda Game Manufacturing and WinGo games and both are the most serious candidates to produce this game if we collect the funding.
5) The estimated delivery date is April 2017. Keep in mind that due to logistics of international shipping, backers in different regions of the world may receive their products and rewards sooner or later then others.

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    Early Frosty special (first week only):

    Cave Pilot 55 core box + 2 bonus expansions (Stay frosty + Nathus promo) + all stretch rewards.

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    Early Nathus special (first 2 weeks only):

    Cave Pilot 55 core box + 1 bonus expansion (Nathus promo) + all stretch rewards.

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    Cave Duo:

    Final week only. Combo package for friends: 2x Cave Pilot 55 core box + all stretch rewards.
    Combo package is send to 1 shipping adress.

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    Cave Crawler:

    Shipping bundle.
    Five copies of the Cave Pilot 55 core box + all stretch rewards.

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    Cave Menace:

    Signed Cave Pilot 55 core box + all add-ons + all stretch rewards and a lifetime support of Kwatta Games.

    You will be invited to a 5 hr playing session with the creator(s) in the Netherlands (travel costs not included). We will play Cave Pilot 55 together and provide you with hints & tips about strategy and tactics. Food & drinks included.

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