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El Alamein is a deck building card game set in a fictional WWII universe where cute German military girls fight the British for Africa!
El Alamein is a deck building card game set in a fictional WWII universe where cute German military girls fight the British for Africa!
El Alamein is a deck building card game set in a fictional WWII universe where cute German military girls fight the British for Africa!
1,048 backers pledged $161,769 to help bring this project to life.

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El Alamein
El Alamein
Alternate Art Stock Photo Edition of Barbarossa
Alternate Art Stock Photo Edition of Barbarossa
Alternate Art Stock Photo Edition of El Alamein
Alternate Art Stock Photo Edition of El Alamein

Welcome to the El Alamein Kickstarter! Loved Barbarossa and can't wait to continue your battle? Just entering this fictional WWII Anime Universe for the first time? Welcome aboard! We are not only bringing you an awesome fully translated game from Japan, we are also commissioning new art by the incredible artists of El Alamein and Barbarossa. With your help we will be able to produce loads of new art for this already beautiful game! And we are pleased to announce that this campaign will include the Alternate Art Stock Photo Editions of both El Alamein and Barbarossa as a Pledge Level and Add-Ons! 

The Alternate Art Stock Photo Editions will be limited to 2,000 copies each and will both include a Limited Edition Authenticity Card that will only be in the first printing.

What is El Alamein?
What is El Alamein?

El Alamein takes the established rules of Barbarossa and expands them to include new game mechanics such as the British Counterattack; Right after taking a city when you think it’s safe to rest, beware! The British may launch a counterattack against you!

If you are unfamiliar with Barbarossa or El Alamein, El Alamein is a deck building card game for 2-5 players (loosely) based on the battles of the German Afrika Korps during World War II. While it is an extension of the game Barbarossa and picks up where Barbarossa left off, El Alamein is a stand alone game. Each player takes on the role of one of General Rommel's subordinates and will start with very basic cards representing the main forces you command. During the game, players will add reinforcements to their initial 8-card decks, fight battles, and attempt to complete military objectives such as defeating enemies and capturing cities.

How Do You Play?
How Do You Play?

Big Thanks to Board To Death for doing an excellent preview of how to play El Alamein!

The game uses an in-game deck building mechanic, similar to other deck building games of this style, where each player starts with a small deck of resource cards. During the course of the game players buy more powerful cards from an open card pool to build their decks.

Your ultimate objective is to conquer the British army's main stronghold in El Alamein and then their final bastion in Alexandria! When the game ends, the player with the most Victory Points is the winner! Can you withstand the British army's onslaught under harsh desert conditions, turn the tide of battle, and push into the Suez?

What makes El Alamein (and Barbarossa) an awesome Deck Building Card Game? 

  • You get to keep one card at the end of each turn to bring with you to the next turn. 
  • Many cards can stay on the table in your Front Line and stay there until an effect removes them. Most Deck Builders just have everything you played go into your discard pile. 
  • The game features a unique and interesting combat system. 
  • There are many card types that all operate differently, some of which can't ever go into your deck.
El Alamein VS Barbarossa
El Alamein VS Barbarossa

Similarities 

El Alamein includes the same Basic Cards and Currencies as Barbarossa, with the exception of the Victory Cards. In El Alamein you start the game with 8 cards in your deck; 2 Italian Infantry Regiments and 6 Motorized Transports to bring your troops to battle. Throughout the game you will use these basic cards to recruit better and more powerful cards to your deck. Your goal is to acquire more powerful resources and troops to help your army conquer cities and earn victory points, just like in Barbarossa.

Currencies and Basic Cards are the same in Barbarossa and El Alamein, with the exception of the Victory Cards.
Currencies and Basic Cards are the same in Barbarossa and El Alamein, with the exception of the Victory Cards.

Differences

While the rules of El Alamein are mostly the same as Barbarossa, this game has additional rules for the British Counterattack with some accompanying changes to the combat rules and sequence.

Take a closer look to familiarize yourself with the differences between Barbarossa and El Alamein.
Take a closer look to familiarize yourself with the differences between Barbarossa and El Alamein.

Players who are already familiar with Barbarossa will notice these notable changes and additions.

  • When you engage in combat to conquer a city it can sometimes trigger a British Counterattack Turn. 
  • If a player loses a City Card to a British Counterattack, it gets returned to the top of the deck. 
  • Combat Sequence is slightly different and more involved. 
  • Strategy Cards now have abilities which are able to be activated.
  • Cities now have a City Number - at the start of the game City Cards will be sorted in order of their number. Unlike Barbarossa, they will not be put in the deck randomly but instead they will be sorted with the high numbers closer to the British stronghold in Alexandria (the last card of the city deck.) 
  • Victory Cards will be in their own deck and are received when players take cities. They are the main way of scoring in the game. Once the Victory Card is acquired it is immediately deployed and some of them also have effects that are activated when you receive them. 
  •  If the Victory Card deck is exhausted at the end of the player's Tactics Phase the game is over.

Combining Barbarossa and El Alamein

With the exception of the rules about the British Counterattack, cities and Victory Cards, Barbarossa and El Alemain are very similar games. If you want to combine them, you can put together Supply Cards, Army Cards, Strategy Cards, and Support Cards from both games.

But the BIGGEST and BEST thing about El Alamein will be... the NEW ART!

NEW ART!
NEW ART!

There are about 60 more cards in El Alamein than Barbarossa and there are many cards in El Alamein which have repetitive art. Our goal is to reach enough stretch levels to replace all repeat art with NEW art! This is why we need your help. The more stretch levels we reach the more new art will be commissioned - So assemble the troops and lets begin the march towards Victory! All of the new art that we are comissioning will be done by the same artists who originally did the art for El Alamein and Barbarossa!

Who is Arclight Games?
Who is Arclight Games?

Kosuke Fukumoto - CEO of Arclight, Inc.

Fukumoto is the CEO of Arclight, Inc., whose Arclight Games brand has published numerous board games, and which organizes Game Market, the largest board game event in Japan. He lives in Tokyo with his wife and two daughters. He was born on October 3rd. In his spare time he enjoys reading and wine. As a student he was a member of the judo team. 

Atsuo Yoshizawa - Game Designer of Barbarossa and El Alamein

Yoshizawa is a member of the Arclight, Inc. staff. In 2003 he moved from editing magazines and comics to editing board games. He hails from Tokyo and currently lives in Saitama. He was born on December 29th, and his hobbies include board games and wine. His interest in board games has grown over time, and he has designed several board games, mostly military-themed. Below is a list of his works: 

Hobby Japan: Tank Hunter (1988), Tank Buster (1988), Dynamite Nurse (1990), Dynamite Nurse 2 (1990)

JIVE: World Tank Division (2003), World Tank Division II (2004), 

Arclight Games: Barbarossa (2010), El Alamein (2010), Dynamite Nurse Returns (2011), Tank Hunter 2nd Edition (2014), Tank Hunter 2nd Edition: Jaeger (2015), Tank Hunter 2nd Edition: Commander (2015)

Who is Kamikaze Games?
Who is Kamikaze Games?

Kamikaze Games brings you cutting edge, over the top, awesome tabletop games from Japan! Our products feature amazing art, edgy themes, excellent quality components and exciting game play. Kamikaze Games is a subsidiary of Global Games Distribution, parent company of Japanime Games and Player's Choice Game Accessories. El Alamein is the second publication from Kamikaze Games and we are striving to bring you even more top of the line games from Japan in the near future! 

Production Schedule
Production Schedule

We have gone to great lengths to improve our production process for the El Alamein Campaign. This graphic is a living Production Schedule and will be regularly updated during and after the campaign so you can see exactly what is in progress!

Production Schedule
Production Schedule
Rewards!
Rewards!

Last But Not Least... Our favorite subject! Your rewards for pledging to this awesome campaign! We have worked hard to bring you bigger, better, newer and more exclusive Pledge Level content than ever before! AND We are now EU Shipping Friendly! Without future ado ....

All Pledge Levels are US Friendly!
All Pledge Levels are US Friendly!
Shipping Costs
Shipping Costs

BASIC SUPPLY PLEDGE LEVEL

Free Shipping to the US. Add $10 for Shipping to Canada or the EU. Add $15 Shipping to the Rest of the World.

Basic Supply Pledge Level
Basic Supply Pledge Level

FRONT LINE PLEDGE LEVEL

Free shipping to the US. Add $10 shipping to the EU, $15 to Canada and $30 to the Rest of the World.

Front Line Pledge Level
Front Line Pledge Level

REINFORCEMENTS PLEDGE LEVEL:

Free shipping to the US. Add $10 shipping to the EU, $15 to Canada and $30 to the Rest of the World.

Reinforcements Pledge Level
Reinforcements Pledge Level

SPECIAL FORCES PLEDGE LEVEL

The Alternate Art Stock Photo Editions will be limited to 2,000 copies each and will both include a Limited Edition Authenticity Card that will only be in the first printing. FREE Shipping to any USA Domestic Address, add $25 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, $20 for shipping to the EU, $50 shipping to Russia and South Africa and $40 shipping for the Rest of the World. 

SPECIAL FORCES PLEDGE LEVEL!
SPECIAL FORCES PLEDGE LEVEL!

HEAVY TANK BATTALION PLEDGE LEVEL A

Identical to B with the exception of the "Motorized Artillery Battalion" Limited Edition Playmat and the "Armored Recon Battalion" Limited Edition Propaganda Art Print. Free shipping to the US. Add $25 shipping to Canada, $30 shipping to the EU, $50 shipping to South Africa and $40 shipping for the Rest of the World. 

Heavy Tank Battalion Pledge Level
Heavy Tank Battalion Pledge Level

 HEAVY TANK BATTALION PLEDGE LEVEL B

Identical to A with the exception of the "Royal Air Force" Limited Edition Playmat and the "Light Tank Brigade" Limited Edition Propaganda Art Print. Free Shipping to the US. Add $25 shipping to Canada, $30 shipping to the EU, $50 shipping to South Africa and $40 shipping for the Rest of the World.

Heavy Tank Battalion Pledge Level B
Heavy Tank Battalion Pledge Level B
Add-Ons
Add-Ons

Want to get even MORE El Alamein Kickstarter goodies!?! Add these awesome accessories to your order and complete your collection!

El Alamein
El Alamein

Just can't get enough of El Alamein? Need more than one copy? You got it! Add-on an extra copy of El Alamein and get another set of all Kickstarter Rewards! **Add $10 for shipping to Canada and the EU and $20 shipping to the Rest of the World per game.

Barbarossa
Barbarossa

Don't have a copy of Barbarossa yet? Well add it to your swag bag! For only $50 you can get a copy of Barbarossa plus 7 Promos: Kleist (regular), Strategic Planning, Air Support, Strategic River Crossing, Sabotage, AND we are including Lil Fuhrer, Lil Rundstedt who are NOT available anywhere else! **Add $10 for shipping to Canada and the EU and $20 shipping to the Rest of the World per game.

Alternate Art Stock Photo Edition- Barbarossa
Alternate Art Stock Photo Edition- Barbarossa

The Alternate Art Stock Photo Editions will be limited to 2,000 copies each and will both include a Limited Edition Authenticity Card that will only be in the first printing. Includes a complete pack of Alternate Art Promo Cards. **Add $10 for shipping to Canada and the EU and $20 shipping to the Rest of the World per game.

Alternate Art Stock Photo Edition- El Alamein
Alternate Art Stock Photo Edition- El Alamein

The Alternate Art Stock Photo Editions will be limited to 2,000 copies each and will both include a Limited Edition Authenticity Card that will only be in the first printing. Includes a complete pack of Alternate Art Promo Cards.  **Add $10 for shipping to Canada and the EU and $20 shipping to the Rest of the World per game.

Card Sleeves
Card Sleeves

These high quality Japanese card sleeves protect your deck from dusty tables! Get 7 packs of Players Choice Japanese Quality Card Sleeves for only $30! 1 pack of Red sleeves for your Victory Points, and 6 packs of Black sleeves for your other cards! OR get 7 packs of Clear Sleeves!

Clear Sleeves Add-On
Clear Sleeves Add-On
Motorcycle Battalion Oversized Playmat
Motorcycle Battalion Oversized Playmat

This awesome Oversized Playmat featuring the Motorcycle Battalion art is 36"x24", it's made out of standard playmat material similar to a mousepad, and its only $35.  FREE Shipping to the US and EU.**Add $10 for shipping to Canada and the Rest of the World.

MAP Oversized Playmat
MAP Oversized Playmat

This awesome El Alamein Map Oversized Playmat features new and unique art in the El Alamein Collection that is not found in the game. The playmat is 36"x24", it's made out of standard playmat material similar to a mousepad, and its only $35. FREE Shipping to the US and EU.**Add $10 for shipping to Canada and the Rest of the World.

High Quality Microfiber Towel measures 51"x2 7.5" for just $45 (FREE shipping to the US and EU, add $10 shipping to the rest of the world.) In case you are unfamiliar with our towels, they are used like really big playmats. They are not for drying oneself off with (though that would certainly be cute).

Airfield Playmat
Airfield Playmat

This awesome El Alamein Airfield Playmat is 24.25"x14.25", it's made out of standard playmat material similar to a mousepad, and its only $20. FREE Shipping to the US and EU.**Add $5 for shipping to Canada and the Rest of the World.

Panzer Regiment Playmat
Panzer Regiment Playmat

This awesome Barbarossa Panzer Regiment Playmat is 24.25"x14.25", it's made out of standard playmat material similar to a mousepad, and its only $20. FREE Shipping to the US and EU.**Add $5 for shipping to Canada and the Rest of the World.

General Winter Playmat
General Winter Playmat

This awesome Barbarossa General Winter Playmat is 24.25"x14.25", it's made out of standard playmat material similar to a mousepad, and it's only $20. FREE Shipping to the US and EU.**Add $5 for shipping to Canada and the Rest of the World.

Limited Edition Metal Colector's Pins!
Limited Edition Metal Colector's Pins!
Limited Edition Metal Colector's Pins!
Limited Edition Metal Colector's Pins!

- You can add them on as a set or individually. They are $5 each or $30 for each set of 7. 

- FREE SHIPPING! 

- They are limited to 500 each

 - Pins will be about 1.5 inches in diameter. The design is silk-screened directly onto the metal and covered with an epoxy dome to protect the image. The images are 'full bleed' meaning the colors run to the edge of the pin. The back of the pin is a plastic butterfly clasp. 

- The pins will be mostly square but several will have a part of the image pop outside of the boarder (like the hat in Das Boat).  

Tee-Shirt Add-On
Tee-Shirt Add-On

High quality Mandala Fashions Tee-Shirt made of super soft no-fade material (100% polyester). FREE Shipping to the US and EU, $5 Shipping to the rest of the world. 

Limited Edition Collector's Ammo Box
Limited Edition Collector's Ammo Box

This awesome two shelf Ammo Box will fit both Barbarossa and El Alamein for easy and efficient storage of your battle gear! It will be Limited to 2,000 copies and will include the Heavy Tank Battalion Promo Card, Dividers and it will be printed with a Limited Edition Foil Stamp (1/2000 and so on).

Details:

- Heavy Tank Battalion Promo Card will be included with the Box

- Two shelves inside the box. Trays will be 10" long to fit the dividers and cards with sleeves.

- 10" long of interior space so that you can fit all of the cards inside the box. Box will be approximately 10.5" long, 4" tall, and 6.25" wide.

- Magnetic closure that holds your cards inside the box.

- Dividers for Barbaross and El Alamein will be included inside the box. There will be a total of 50 dividers printed with the pile names and images on them (similar to Tanto Cuore).

- The box will have a limited edition foil stamp on it, 1/2000 and so on.

Stretch Goals
Stretch Goals

As we said before, our main goal in this campaign is to bring you as much NEW ART as possible! So for each stretch goal we have some new art in mind for city cards, promo cards and regular cards that originally had repeat art! 

All Cities Captured by our Backers!
All Cities Captured by our Backers!
150K
150K
160K We're coming!
160K We're coming!
Promo Card Guide
Promo Card Guide

Risks and challenges

We have learned a great deal from our Barbarossa Kickstarter. The biggest issues we faced were:

- Pre-production and production delays: The game was fully translated however we had another translator come in at the last minute. He found some errors which restarted the approval process and because of this there were massive production delays.
- Not enough updates.
- Other projects got in the way.
- Ping pong approval matches with Arclight took forever because of time zone differences and the language barrier.

We have already started improving our process:

- The game is 100% translated and approved. For reals this time. Our pre-press production team has been working tirelessly to get everything translated and approved before the launch of the Kickstarter.
- Since everything is pre-approved, we will engage in fewer and less time consuming approval ping-pong matches.
- The living Production Schedule graphic will be available regularly and will facilitate more updates with more details about exactly what we are working on.
- We have significantly increased our transparency as a company, so you know exactly who is doing what, when and where.
- We have gone to great lengths to improve upon our Kickstarter management processes. One person is managing the Kickstarter the entire way through, so no other projects will take precedence or slow down the production of El Alamein.
- We have thoroughly researched and tested all of our printers and manufacturers to deliver the best quality products on an attainable time schedule.

All of that being said we do not expect delays. However we will notify you immediately if any delays do occur. We will explain in detail the source of the delay and offer a new estimated time frame to the best of our ability. AND we added 2 extra months to the expected timeframe for this campaign, just to be safe.

One other thing to mention: While we are always open to your input and suggestions regarding both our Kickstarter management and the game itself please keep in mind: We are publishers, not the game developers or designers. This means that we do not control the game content. We can commission new art and promos, but basic game play is finalized. Everything we do must be approved by Arclight, which means new art, new promos, even basic avatars and graphics must be approved by Arclight before we are allowed to finalize and post anything. This approval process takes time. Please keep that in mind when suggesting new promotional items and ideas.

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    - One copy of El Alamein
    - One Airfield Promotional Card

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    REINFORCEMENTS PLEDGE LEVEL
    - One copy of El Alamein
    - One Airfield Promotional Card
    - One Das Boat Promotional Card
    - One El Alamein "Heavy Tank Brigade" playmat
    - One set of Post Cards containing original city art and new city art for each stretch goal reached

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    SPECIAL FORCES PLEDGE LEVEL
    - One copy of Alternate Art Stock Photo Edition of Barbarossa
    - One copy of Alternate Art Stock Photo Edition of El Alamein

    The Alternate Art Stock Photo Editions will be limited to 2,000 copies each and will both include a Limited Edition Authenticity Card that will only be in the first printing.

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    HEAVY TANK BATTALION PLEDGE LEVEL
    - One copy of El Alamein
    - One Airfield Promotional Card
    - One Das Boat Promotional Card
    - One pack of Foil Cards that includes all El Alamein promos plus most of the Barbarossa Promos as well! In this pack you will receive: Lil' Kleist, Lil' Rundstedt, Lil' Fuhrer, Strategic Planning, Further Reinforcements, Lil' Hoth, Sabotage, Air Support, Strategic River Crossing, Airfield, Das Boat, and any other promo cards that are announced as stretch goals during the campaign.
    - Post Cards containing original city art and new city art for each stretch goal reached !
    - One El Alamein "Heavy Tank Brigade" Playmat
    - One Limited Edition El Alamein "Motorized Artillery Battalion" playmat
    - One Limited Edition "Armored Recon Battalion" Propaganda Art Poster
    - One awesome El Alamein Kickstarter Exclusive Bag that can hold all your games and swag, plus a Limited Edition Afrika Korps Pin.
    - 7 packs of Players Choice Japanese Quality Card Sleeves, 1 pack of Red sleeves for your Victory Points, 6 packs of Black sleeves for your other cards!

    FREE shipping to any USA Domestic address. Eligible for all stretch goals!

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    HEAVY TANK BATTALION PLEDGE LEVEL B
    - One copy of El Alamein
    - One Airfield Promotional Card
    - One Das Boat Promotional Card
    - One pack of Foil Cards that includes all El Alamein promos plus most of the Barbarossa Promos as well! In this pack you will receive: Lil' Kleist, Lil' Rundstedt, Lil' Fuhrer, Strategic Planning, Further Reinforcements, Lil' Hoth, Sabotage, Air Support, Strategic River Crossing, Airfield, Das Boat, and any other promo cards that are announced as stretch goals during the campaign.
    - Post Cards containing original city art and new city art for each stretch goal reached!
    - One El Alamein "Heavy Tank Brigade" Playmat
    - One Limited Edition El Alamein "Royal Air Force" playmat
    - One Limited Edition "Light Tank Brigade" Propaganda Art Poster
    - One awesome El Alamein Kickstarter Exclusive Bag that can hold all your games and swag, plus a Limited Edition Afrika Korps Pin.
    - 7 packs of Players Choice Japanese Quality Card Sleeves, 1 pack of Red sleeves for your Victory Points, 6 packs of Black sleeves for your other cards OR 7 packs of Clear sleeves!

    FREE shipping to any USA Domestic address. Eligible for all stretch goals!

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