About this project
Set in Mantic’s Warpath Universe, Star Saga: The Eiras Contract is a science fiction dungeon crawler for 1-5 players, with optional rules for solo play.
Featuring strong story-telling elements and immersive game scenarios, Star Saga: The Eiras Contract will see players guide a team of mercenaries on a mission to retrieve stolen technology from a highly guarded research facility deep beneath the surface of the planet Eiras.
In Star Saga you’ll take on platoons of minions and powerful alien bosses, and quickly discover there’s more to your mission than a simple case of corporate espionage. As the game unfolds you’ll be forced to make difficult decisions to stay alive as the story takes unexpected twists and turns.
What is Star Saga?
Star Saga is the successor to 2014’s Dungeon Saga, praised for its simple core mechanics that provided a perfect opening for new players. Star Saga will introduce refined and more streamlined rules, and feature both ‘learn-as-you-go’ gameplay for novice adventurers and more advanced mechanics for seasoned gamers.
With completely new solo gameplay and deeper narrative elements, Star Saga delivers a true RPG dungeon crawler experience… in the depths of a subterranean base on a far-off alien world!
Further campaigns and expansions will utilize the full scope of science fiction settings, from space stations and starships to alien landscapes and beyond.
Star Saga uses classic dungeon crawler mechanics: players move their characters through the environment, opening doors, picking up loot, and revealing more of the board as the game progresses. Combat is resolved with a simple system of opposed dice rolls, while player statistics, abilities and special rules are all laid out on wonderfully designed game cards, allowing most players to learn the game as they play.
• 1-5 Players: Control all the Mercenaries yourself, or team-up to complete your mission co-operatively and take down the mastermind behind the facility on Eiras!
• Solo Play: Newly developed solo play rules allow the game itself to take the role of the villain with simple card-based AI.
• Ready to Play: Star Saga will include all the pre-assembled miniatures you’ll need to start playing right away. You’ll get all the necessary game cards, tiles and components for the complete dungeon crawler experience in one box.
• Advanced Rules: Newly refined advanced rules will provide everything that the veteran-gamer needs – campaigns, experience, character creation, mission creation, and more.
• High Quality Figures & Packaging: The core pledge includes 54 highly detailed miniatures molded from premium plastic, with thick, high-quality double-sided tiles and counters. Packaged in a vacu-formed plastic tray to hold your figures firmly in place. For an example of component quality and how this game will be packaged and presented, see The Walking Dead: All Out War box opening here.
For a complete rundown on rules and a gameplay video, click on the panels below:
MEET THE MERCS
Captain Erika Dulinsky: Former Captain for the Reiker Corporation. The exact circumstances of her dismissal from Reiker are unclear - her records remain classified. Whatever the case, her leadership and tactical experience put her in high demand among military freelancers, while her courage under fire make her an invaluable teammate.
Combat Utility Robot B07153: Designed as modular support, Combat Utility Robots have limited conversational skills and are almost exclusively task-oriented. That said, behavioral ‘quirks’ have been reported among older or battle-damaged units. ‘Curby’ is one such unit.
Francesco ‘The Devil’ Selvaggio: Soldier-for-hire with a predilection for close combat knife-work and demolitions. Selvaggio earned his nickname, ‘The Devil’, for his part in the fire-bombing campaign that laid waste to an entire planet. ‘The Devil’ has since made his way through the universe working for anyone with the credits to pay for his services, be they rebels, corporate snatch teams, or worse.
Wrath: The only Judwan ever recorded as being capable of violence. Subjected to an arduous ‘training’ program and fashioned into a killer at a young age, he is now one of the most wanted beings in the galaxy, always seeking the truth behind what was done to him... and revenge.
Alyse: Like so many of her race, the Kayowa, Alyse has lived much of her life in the shadows. Recruited as a young adult into the Rigel Syndicate, one of the most notorious blade gangs in the Third Sphere, Alyse quickly became an expert thief and a formidable fighter, freely using her ability to drain the lifeforce of her opponents and use it to heal her wounds and those of her comrades.
Ogan Helkkare: Ogan Helkkare is a rare thing in a vast galaxy: a Forge Father who has made his home within the GCPS. From his workshops on the world of Gelgar II, Helkkare has made a living using his hands and his mind to engineer everything from weapons engine parts. Ogan would gladly return to life aboard a Ward ship but he cannot, for he is an exile, spurned by his clan.
MEET YOUR ENEMIES
Doctor Lucas Koyner: Koyner is the head of research at one of the corporation’s most clandestine advanced science facilities. Within its warren of laboratories, Koyner works on his own sinister experiments.
Organic Data Storage Unit X-02-A: The Chovar called ‘X-02-A’ has lost practically everything. Its psychic link has been suppressed, and electric shackles hold it immobile. It is a thing of rage and pain, a witness to innumerable horrors perpetrated by its captors.
Guard Commander Graves: In charge of security, Graves is a true soldier who does as he's told, but also longs for the heat of battle. He relishes the prospect of one day someone being foolish enough to try to get past him and his troops.
Enforcer ES435, Codename 'Monarch': Admittance to ESOC, the special operations branch of the Enforcer Corps, is strictly by invitation only. All Enforcers have already proven their abilities in combat and willingness to prosecute the will of the Council of Seven. ESOC operators must able to go even further. Monarch’s record is exemplary in this regard, having successfully completed many undercover missions, none of which were ever traced back to the Council of Seven.
Shipping for the core pledge will be charged when you select a reward from the bar on the right. The core pledge will ship in a single package via Royal Mail, and will ship from the UK.
All add-ons outside the core pledge (which will be detailed in the updates if applicable) will ship in a separate package at a later date, and shipping for these will be charged in the pledge manager after the campaign has finished. These packages will be shipped by Royal Mail if possible, or by courier, depending on the size and weight of items selected.
Video: Kyle Przelenski
Risks and challenges
There are a number of risks with any Kickstarter project, especially getting accurate timings for such complex products with so many components.
With this project, the design and writing is nearly complete and we fully expect to be shipping in October 2017 - however, the exact timing is impossible to predict. We will of course keep our backers up to date as best we can!
To date, we’ve successfully fulfilled 9 Kickstarter campaigns: Kings of War, DreadBall, LOKA, Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Game, the Deadzone, DreadBall Xtreme, Dungeon Saga, Kings of War 2nd Edition and Deadzone: Infestation.
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