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Lead a space company vying for control of an asteroid field. Build your base and eliminate the competition before they eliminate you.
Lead a space company vying for control of an asteroid field. Build your base and eliminate the competition before they eliminate you.
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The Space Base Race: A "Base Building" Strategy Card Game

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The Space Base Race is a tabletop strategy card game for 2-4 players.

The game is set in the somewhat distant future where asteroid mining is a huge industry. The mega companies involved in the process are fiercely competitive. When a new mining location is discovered, each company sends out a fully robotic mining base. Before mining begins, the companies attack each others bases. When only one base is left standing, the victor gets exclusive rights to reap the benefits.

Players play as one of the companies and try to build their own base while eliminating the competition. The last player with a base still standing wins. The base game mechanic involves laying cards in a grid to form a "base". Each card or "Module" acts differently. The 5 base cards are, the solar panel, the turret, the repair bot, the ray shield and the processor.

The five card types
The five card types
"The Space Base Race is just addicting and fast enough to keep everyone coming back. The game is simple, yet it’s surprisingly compelling."
-- Cameron McFarland, writer for We The Nerdy

"The Space Base Race is a fun combat style game that plays fairly quick. If you enjoy games where there is lots of backstabbing, attacking, and building up an efficient engine, this will be a game for you."

"It is definitely one of those 'simple enough for anyone, but also interesting enough for everyone,' games."
-- James Flemming, writer for Board Games with Flartner


I currently have several other reviewers writing a review for the game, and when they are done I will post them here as well.

I would love some more reviews for The Space Base Race. If you would like to write a review, please let me know. I would be happy to send you a review copy.

Attached is a video explaining the rules of The Space Base Race:

If for some reason you can't watch the video here is a link to a printable PDF of the rules. Rule Book

An example base with the final cards.
An example base with the final cards.

When you back this project at any level, you will get a print and play copy of the game right away. This means you can start playing the game today!

For $25 you can get the printed version of the game compete with some really cool power crystals for power tokens, and a handy storage bag.

Cool Green Power Crystals
Cool Green Power Crystals

The game is complete including artwork. So, if it is successfully funded, I can get the cards printed quickly and get them shipped out to you ASAP. 

Some examples of the final cards
Some examples of the final cards

The higher backer rewards include getting your name printed on a card or even getting to name an asteroid mining company!

This is the first card game I made that I am releasing to the public. Kickstarter is a good way to gauge the demand for a game like this.

I ran a campaign for this game in November 2014 and, due to several key mistakes on my part, only raised $1300. So now I'm relaunching this improved project.

The game is in its final version, the only changes will be to add the names of the backers of that respective tier and rename the mining companies if anyone chooses that reward. The printer for the cards has already been chosen, and I have selected vendors for the power tokens and the storage bags. So this isn't a half finished game or some loose concept.

The major design stages
The major design stages

I figure I should talk numbers now.

I am using Printer Studio to print the cards, it is a "Print on Demand" printer so I can order a smaller numbers of decks then I could with a traditional printer. The cost to print the cards gets a lot cheaper if I order at least 72 decks of 126 cards though. That was the main factor in deciding my funding goal.

The total cost is going to come out to around $20 dollars per printed game plus Kickstarter fees, Credit Card fees and taxes.

The prices for each component are as follows

The remaining funds are for the unexpected expenses that I know will show up, along with all the fees and taxes.

Here is a nice pie chart showing how the funds will be spent:

 So, in conclusion, to produce 72 copies of The Space Base Race, at $25 per copy would be $1800. Adding 10% for Kickstarter and Credit Card fees comes to $1980. Round up to the nearest hundred and you get my funding goal of $2000.

My name is Alex Hicks. Because I'm 16, my mom made an account for me. I am also homeschooled, so my mom is letting this be a school project. My mom is awesome!

An OK picture of me wearing goggles for whatever reason
An OK picture of me wearing goggles for whatever reason

I really enjoy playing any kind of game including, video games, board games, and sports. I also love creating games and designing art for them. An example of my previous work is this app. It was mostly an experiment with an art style I ended up using for this project.

I have no specific plan for the future of The Space Base Race after this Kickstarter. This may well be your only chance to pick it up.

I do plan to release more games in the future, and maybe even Kickstart them.

If you are a distributor or a publisher or someone like that, and you are interested in this game, please let me know! I would be happy to work something out with you.

Stretch goals

I'm going to wait to see how well this project does before adding any stretch goals. But, I have some good ideas if the campaign does do well.

If you are interested in doing a review or news piece of this Kickstarter here is a press pack. If you do do a review or a news piece, let me know and I will add the link to this page.

If you have read all the above, you are Awesome!

Risks and challenges

As stated above, the game is complete so this will keep fulfillment risks to a minimum.

If there is an issue with any of the suppliers, I have backup suppliers I can use. Also, if the project gets way bigger than I expect, I can use said backup suppliers to fulfill backer rewards.

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    You will receive the final printed copy of The Space Base Race including 126 high quality cards with the final art, 75 green power crystals, and a storage bag.

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    Get your name on a card! The green deck will have the names of backers of this tier printed on the cards.
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    Name a space company! Backers of this tier will collaborate with me in choosing names for the colored player decks.(subject to approval)
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Funding period

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