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Expedition: Famous Explorers - A Board Game By 5 Time Spiel des Jahres Winner Wolfgang Kramer!
Expedition: Famous Explorers - A Board Game By 5 Time Spiel des Jahres Winner Wolfgang Kramer!
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NEW** If we get funded,  All PLEDGERS will receive a copy of miniatures (24) FREE along with the Hazard Deck and upgraded Tickets - with each copy of Expedition.  These items are no longer stretch goals and you do not need to pay extra.  *They will not be available outside of Kickstarter*

This is a fantastic family game that plays 2-6 players.  We've produced all new high quality artwork, redrawn the map, and provided "Advanced Rules" for hobby gamers. 

This version of Expedition has a new theme: discovery and exploration. Players lead three expeditions to various locations by placing arrows on a map. When an expedition arrives at a location that matches either a location card held by that player or a public location, that player scores that card by placing it in front of him. 

Explorers featured on the six Explorer Cards are: 

  • Jacques Cousteau
  • Ibn Battuta
  • Lillian Alling
  • Hernan Cortes
  • Marco Polo
  • Zheng He

More Explorers are represented/referenced on the map and on the Expedition Cards.  The Expedition Cards contain textual and  pictorial information about specific Explorers and/or places of historical interest visited by Explorers.  Further Explorers will be added to the game if certain goals are met as stretch rewards.

The Core Rules in our edition of Expedition have not changed from previous versions, but there are minor discrepancies in the rules between older editions of Expedition. We've made clarifications in our rules. If you want to read the rules for the original editions of Expedition go HERE or HERE.

NEW*  NOW INCLUDED ARE HAZARD CARDS AND 24 MINIATURES FREE WITH EACH COPY OF EXPEDITION.

Wolfgang Kramer was born in Stuttgart in 1942 and has published over 100 games - working full time as a designer since 1989.  He is a 5 time winner of the coveted Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year), as well as winner of numerous other awards.  Expedition was first published as Wildlife Adventure in France (with an Animal theme) and then later as Expedition (with an archeological theme) by both National Geographic and Queen Games.  English editions of Expedition are now very rare.

Without help, 8th Summit will mostly likely not be able to print this game.  We've previously only published two games (Agents of SMERSH and Ace Detective) and getting the rights for a game from Mr. Kramer and making sure we produced a quality game required all our resources.  So we need you to help us bring it to print.   And for your support through Kickstarter we want to offer you items for the game that you can ONLY RECEIVE through Kickstarter.  

EXTENDED GAME WARRANTY* (We have a few minor restrictions. See bottom of page.).  All of our games are guaranteed from defect, but we would like to extend an additional guarantee to Kickstarter backers - simply because without Kickstarter we would not be able to print this game.   8th Summit will replace any damaged components - cards, bits, board, rulebook - for 1 YEAR after you receive your game.  We know most gamers are very careful not to damage their components, but in the event that you spill coffee on your deck of cards, just send us an email and we will send out a free replacement of the harmed components. 

PLAYER MINIATURES -  NOW FREE  TO ALL PLEDGERS WHO ORDER A COPY OF THE GAME.  THESE ARE KICKSTARTER ONLY! . Miniatures set on the board at a player's important destinations.  Miniatures will not be available in the retail game and there are no plans to release these in the future outside of Kickstarter. 

KICKSTARTER STRETCH GOALS:

NEW*  Miniatures and the Hazard Deck are no longer stetch goals but included FREE with each copy of EXPEDITION.

All Kickstarter pledgers who order a copy of the game will receive Upgraded "Tickets".  The base game will come with tokens or paper money, but you can let everyone know you supported this project through Kickstarter with card-stock VIP tickets (30).


 We will alter your real or suggested name to fit a historical period, such as using the Spanish version of your name, or adding "Sir" or "Madame" before your name.

We reserve the right to refuse suggested names that do not integrate well with the theme of the game,  or suggestions that may be offensive.

*Warranty applies only to original components and not replaced components. We will replace damaged components on up to two separate occasions during the warranty period.  This warranty does not cover lost components, but we may replace those at our discretion. If you damage game components on a 3rd occasion...holy cow!

Kickstarter will make publication of this game, by 8th Summit, possible.  And it also allows you, the pledger, direct participation in its publication.   You will receive updates on the game's progress from the moment Kickstarter ends to the date of its arrival from the printer.  We hope, above all else, to make this a great experience for the buyer.  So we give extra attention to your needs and invaluable input.

Risks and challenges

There were several challenges in creating this project. The biggest challenge is that - outside the USA - Expedition is a very well known game that has sold over 350k and we are a very small company. We wanted to get the game right. Redefining the game and adding new artwork was a tremendous task and required a lot of time consuming attention to detail.

Our first Kickstarter game, Agents of SMERSH, was - at that time - one of the most successful Kickstarter Board Games. The learning curve was steep and the workload of getting the game to over 1000 buyers was daunting. But the game speaks for itself. Agents of SMERSH made 2 top 10 Board Games Lists last year. And Game Informer Magazine also posted a review for their video game readers to enjoy.

Our 2nd Kickstarter game, Ace Detective, is shipping from the printer any day now. Production is complete and the games are awaiting clearance with Chinese Customs. Ace will be made available to all distributors through Passport Game Studios - whom we gave exclusivity for its release. We expect the container to reach Atlanta by the end of March or early April.

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    Explorer Level - Receive one copy of the game and Kickstarter rewards, with free shipping within the USA. Add $10 for Card Sleeves. Also once UNLOCKED, you may add $15 for a set of miniatures... or any number of sets for $15 each. Canadian buyers please add $15 for SHIPPING. International buyers add $40 for SHIPPING.

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    Explorer Level PLUS - Same as above but with Card Sleeves automatically added. Receive one copy of the game, card sleeves for all cards, and Kickstarter rewards, with free shipping within the USA. Also once UNLOCKED, you may add $15 for a set of miniatures... or any number of sets for $15 each. Canadian buyers please add $15 for SHIPPING. International buyers add $40 for SHIPPING.

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    EXPLORER LEVEL PLUS - 2 COPIES of game and 2 copies of Miniatures, along with all Kickstarter rewards. Same as Explorer level but 2 copies. Add $20 for set complete sets of Game Sleeves. Free shipping in the USA. Canada buyers please add $25 for shipping. INTERNATIONAL buyers please add $65

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    *NEW* COMMERCIAL RETAILER LEVEL (5 COPIES TOTAL) - To pledge at this level you must own a store and have a commercial address (we will verify). You will receive ONE DEMO copy (pre-labeled as Demo) and FOUR copies of Expedition for your store, along with Kickstarter rewards (tickets, miniatures, Hazard). You may add $10 for extra sets of miniatures. Free Shipping USA only.

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    DISCOVERER LEVEL - GET YOUR GAME AIRMAILED EARLY FROM THE PRINTER. One copy of game plus Kickstarter rewards. The printer has agreed to air mail copies direct to 8th Summit before games are placed on the boat. This means you can get your copy 1-3 months before it is available for retail in your country. Don't wait a month for the container to arrive. Add $10 for each set of Card Sleeves you want. Canadian buyers please add $15. International buyers add $40.

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    GROUP LEVEL - Receive 5 copies of the base game, and Kickstarter rewards. Add $10 for each set of Card Sleeves you'd like. Also once UNLOCKED, you may add $15 for a set of miniatures... or any number of sets for $15 each. You may add $40 for each additional copy of the game above 5. Canadian Buyers add $50 for shipping of 5 copies. INTERNATIONAL add $90 for shipping of 5 copies

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    CONQUISTADOR LEVEL - Card Sleeves and Miniatures (if unlocked) are included. You will receive a copy of game, Kickstarter rewards, as well as all paid Kickstarter stretch goals. We are only offering 1 at this level. Your likeness will be placed on an EXPLORER card - the base set only comes with 6 Explorer Cards. Your likeness will be illustrated for a 7th EXPLORER card. This card will be given to ALL Kickstarter supporters and it will be used for Promotional purposes, but will not be printed for the Base Game. Your name may be altered slightly to make it sound historical. You will also receive a large print of your illustration for framing and 50 additional cards that you may do with as you wish. SHIPPING IS FREE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

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