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You can still pre-order Baseball Highlights 2045 and the 5 Expansion Card Sets by clicking on the Pre-Order Graphic below!
4-03 - #17.5K Stretch Goal SCORED! to include the 15-card Rally Cap expansion set.
3-29 - Official Solo Variant Added by Mike Fitzgerald. We will be updating the rules soon to include this. In the meantime, it is available on the BGG Entry.
3-27 - $15k Stretch goal SCORED! to include the COACH 15-card expansion set.
3-25 - $14K Stretch goal SCORED! to upgrade the base runners to wood pawns!
3-25 - 3 New Add Ons - 3 10-card expansions @$5 each - please scroll to the end of the Add On Section to see them!
3-18 - Stretch Goals Revised - You asked and we have listened! Please see the section on Stretch Goals for more information!
3-18 - New How to Play Videos - Playing the Cards, Running the Bases, Buying Free Agents
3-18 - New Additions! to Player Card Profiles!
American baseball was on its last legs as a spectator sport. Football had become the predominant national pastime — that is until the year 2032, the year baseball decided to revolutionize the game and regain the throne!
Starting in 2032, baseball games were shortened to six innings. Pitchers were encouraged to have bionic arm implants to improve their pitching. These cyborgs, or 'Borgs as they're affectionately known, were immediately popular and soon ruled the league. In 2041, robotic players were introduced to get more offense back into the game. These robots were similar to designated hitters in that they were used only to bat and did not field. However, recent reports indicate fielding 'Bots are on the way.
Now in 2045, human players are still in the game and known as Naturals. They are the best fielders by far but are sorely challenged when it comes to hitting and pitching. Some Naturals have learned to hit by swinging before the pitcher starts his windup, which gives them a chance to hit the ball. Although it's hard for a Natural to get into the league, those who do are popular. Many Naturals have named themselves after the great players of pre-2032 baseball by taking a first and last name borrowed from different star players of the past. The fans love them, and their presence on the team ensures good revenue!
The stage is now set! The fans are energized and root fanatically for their new favorites, be they 'Bots, 'Borgs or Naturals!
Baseball Highlights: 2045 is like watching TV highlights of early 21st-century baseball games, with the game play being full of theme with no outs or innings and without bogging down in a play-by-play baseball simulation. In this quick and interactive game, two players build their teams as they play, combining both strategy (building your team) and tactics (playing the game) without any of the downtime. During each "mini-game", each player alternates playing six cards to simulate a full game's highlights. The mini-game includes defensive and offensive actions, and your single card play may include elements of defensive and/or offensive plays. Do you try to thwart your opponent's pending hits, put up strong offensive action of your own, or use your better players to do both? Players buy new free agents after each mini-game to improve their roster, and the team who wins the most mini-games in the series is the champ!
(1) Rules Book
(4) 15-Card Starting Decks
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- New York
(1) 60-Card Free Agent Deck
(4) Player Stadium Mats
(4) Player Aid Placards
- (4) Sets of Wood Cubes (Runners) in each of 3 colors (White, Blue, Red)
- (4) Runs Scored Markers
- (4) Games Won Markers
- (2) Home Field Markers
Player Stadium Mat
- Standard 2-Player Game: 45 minutes to 1 hour
- 3-Player Hot Pepper: 1 hour
- 4-Player Tournament (or more with multiple sets): 2 to 3 hours
Game Overview at BGG.Con 2013 from designer Mike Fitzgerald
Preview / Appreciation by Tom Lehmann posted on BGG
Cardboard Republic Preview
Inquisitive Meeple Preview
Baseball Highlights 2045 BGG page
How To Play Videos - Coming Soon!
- Quick Play Tips #1- Playing the Cards
- Quick Play Tips #2 - Running the Bases
- Quick Play Tips #3 - Buying Free Agents
- Quick Play Tips #4 - Pinch Hitting
- Quick Play Tips #5 - Extra Innings
- Quick Play Tips #6 - Full Game Play
- SCORED! $12K Stretch Goal #1 - Baseball Highlights 2045 Computer Wallpaper - Free Download - 2 versions - Click Images below to download or right click to set as desktop.
- SCORED! 14K Stretch Goal #2 - Upgrade Base Runners - Wood Halma Style Pawns for base runners in white, blue and red.
- SCORED! $15K Stretch Goal #3 - Coach Expansion - 15 Coach Cards that add another level of strategy to the game. Each player drafts 4 coach cards that may be used for 1 game in the best of 4 series. Each player decides before each game whether to use a coach. Coach Card pictures were created from game designers and developers.
- SCORED! $17.5K Stretch Goal #4 - Rally Cap Expansion - 15 new cards for the Free Agent Deck. This deck features 2 new Immediate Actions that come into effect when your team is either ahead or behind when you play them.
- $20K Stretch Goal #5 - Magna Glove Expansion - Naturals - 10 new Natural cards for the Free Agent Deck. featuring the Magna Glove and Teamwork Actions. This expansion was inspired by the short story A NATURAL'S TALE by Lauren Fitzgerald.
- $22.5K Stretch Goal #6 - Pitchers Expansion - Cyborgs - 10 new Cyborg cards for the Free Agent Deck introducing 1 new pitch and new versions of some of the pitches in the base set.
- $25K Stretch Goal #7 - Hitters Expansion - Robots - Celebrated Artist Franz Vohwinkel is creating 10 Robot new cards for the Free Agent Deck introducing two new Immediate Actions: Cloning and Gambler.
- $27.5K Stretch Goal #8 - Upgrade Cardboard Markers - Wood markers for Runs Scored, Games Won and Home Field Pennants
Baseball Highlights 2045 Card Expansion Stretch Goals will not be exclusive to the Kickstarter Campaign. They will be sold separately after the Kickstarter ends on a pre-order basis and after all Kickstarter orders have been shipped.
AT LAST! BACK IN PRINT
Mike Fitzgerald's Mystery Rummy Series featuring 4 Cases
As a special addition to Mike Fitzgerald's Baseball Highlights 2045 Kickstarter Campaign, Eagle-Gryphon Games and U.S. Games Systems, Inc. have partnered together to bring back Mike Fitzgerald's beloved series of Rummy based card games that have been out of print far too long. We are proud to bring you this special offer in conjunction with this Kickstarter Campaign.
Check Below for Detailed Package Deals
USA MSRP for each game in the Mystery Rummy Series is expected to be $20. Make your get away by purchasing them now for $15 each (plus shipping subsidy) or save even more loot by grabbing a bundle!
Here's Your Clue to Solving the Price Mystery!
- Any 1 Mystery Rummy Card Game $15 plus shipping - Save $5!
- Any 2 Mystery Rummy Card Games $29 plus shipping - Save $11!
- Any 3 Mystery Rummy Card Games $42 plus shipping - Save $18!
- Complete Set of 4 Mystery Rummy Card Games $54 plus shipping - Save $26!
Add On 1~Base Hit
~Any 1 Mystery Rummy Case $15 plus shipping~
Add On 2~Double Play
~Any 2 Mystery Rummy Cases $29 plus shipping~
Add On 3~Triple Play
~Any 3 Mystery Rummy Cases $42 plus shipping~
Add On 4~Home Run
~All 4 Mystery Rummy Cases $54 plus shipping~
Here's how to add more copies of Baseball Highlights 2045 to your pledge!
For each copy of Baseball Highlights 2045 you want to add including all scored stretch goals, please add the listed amount to your Total Pledge based on your location (this covers both the game and shipping subsidy).
USA MSRP for Baseball Highlights 2045 is expected to be $40. Make your play by purchasing extra copies as shown below!
NEW ADD ONS
THREE 10-CARD EXPANSIONS @ $5 EACH.
NOTE: If the Stretch Goal Pledge Levels are met for any of these, we will credit you for the amount pledged.
ADD ON #7 - $5
Magna Glove Expansion - Naturals - 10 new Natural cards for the Free Agent Deck. featuring the Magna Glove and Teamwork Actions. This expansion was inspired by the short story A NATURAL'S TALE by Lauren Fitzgerald. Please Add $5 to your Pledge Amount.
ADD ON #8 - $5
Pitchers Expansion - Cyborgs - 10 new Cyborg cards for the Free Agent Deck introducing 1 new pitch and new versions of some of the pitches in the base set. Please Add $5 to your Pledge Amount.
ADD ON #9 - $5
Hitters Expansion - Robots - Celebrated Artist Franz Vohwinkel is creating 10 Robot new cards for the Free Agent Deck introducing two new Immediate Actions: Cloning and Gambler. Please Add $5 to your Pledge Amount.
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EU, Canadian and Australian supporters take note: We are now shipping from inside the EU, Canada and Australia. It will take a little more time for the game to get to you as a result but this means that you will NOT be paying additional fees and taxes to receive your games.
Add-ons and extra games will add a bit more for each one added, as indicated below, but otherwise the costs mentioned are the final shipping costs--you will not be paying extra for customs and taxes that we are aware of.
We already subsidize a substantial portion of shipping costs and the amounts below are to help defray the remaining costs. Please add the amount indicated below to your pledge for each game copy depending on the country you want us to ship to.
Shipping Subsidy Costs are listed in EACH Pledge Level & Add On
- US (48 Contiguous States) Shipping - please add $5 USD to your pledge for each copy of Baseball Highlights 2045. Please add $2 USD to your pledge for each copy of Mystery Rummy.
- Alaska, Hawaii, & Puerto Rico - Please add $10 to your pledge for each copy of Baseball Highlights 2045. Please add $4 USD to your pledge for each copy of Mystery Rummy.
- Canadian Shipping - please add $18 USD to your pledge for each copy of the Baseball Highlights 2045. Please add $7 USD to your pledge for each copy of Mystery Rummy.
- EU Shipping - please add $12 USD to your pledge for each copy of Baseball Highlights 2045. Please add $5 USD to your pledge for each copy of Mystery Rummy.
- Australian Shipping - please add $18 USD to your pledge for each copy of the Baseball Highlights 2045. Please add $7 USD to your pledge for each copy of Mystery Rummy.
- Rest of the World Shipping - Argentina, Brazil, China, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan & Thailand - please add $30 USD to your pledge for the first copy of Baseball Highlights 2045 and $15 for each additional copy of Baseball Highlights 2045. Please add $12 USD to your pledge for the first copy of Mystery Rummy and $6 for each additional copy of Mystery Rummy.
For "Bundle" shipping rates, please contact us and let us know your country and quantity of each game you are pledging for and we will provide an inclusive shipping rate.
Keep in mind that bundles and greater quantities will always save you money on international shipping. It is typically the first game that is expensive, and the "add-ons" are not nearly as expensive on a per game basis.
Backers in countries not on this list might consider using a US freight forwarder address in the US and we will ship to that US address for the US Contiguous 48 States rate.
For Pledges that do NOT include Baseball Highlights 2045 - that is for Pledges below $30 and ONLY add on Mystery Rummy games, please contact us for shipping subsidy charge.
For any questions about shipping, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
We stand by our products, but sometimes issues do happen. Please contact our customer service department with regard to any such issues within 90 days of receiving any copies of the games covered in this Baseball Highlights 2045 project.
Shipping issues are relatively uncommon, but they do sometimes occur, especially when shipping to destinations outside of the US. We will obtain tracking information when it is possible, but sometimes it is not. We cannot guarantee that there will not be shipping problems, as we cannot guarantee the service and reliability of the various postal/delivery services involved around the world. You will have to assume that risk along with us.
Gryphon Games (and its affiliate Eagle Games) has completed and delivered on over 24 Kickstarter projects to date, with 3 more fully-funded Gryphon Games currently in various stages of production and delivery. The Cubist project is being printed next week; and will be shipped from China in April, and delivered to backers in early May (March was the prediction). Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age requires the fabrication of many wood components and will start production in mid-March with an expected delivery date of June, 2014 (as predicted). Warage is in production in Belgium; slated to be shipped to our warehouse in later this month and delivered to Backers in late March (as predicted) or early April. In addition, Fleet Arctic Bounty and Fleet have just shipped out to backers the first week of March and Games of Art just successfully funded and the production files are all ready and in the printers hands to begin production well ahead of schedule.
We communicate with our Backers through Updates to keep them informed of our progress. We deliver on our promises reliably and usually on time (the very few delays we have had were related to production issues which we have only, at best, partial control over).
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