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$7,084
pledged of 39 000 $pledged of 39 000 $ goal
131
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 26 2015 12:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

 Welcome to Planetary Reign, the strategic game of empire building, space exploration, planet colonization and resource management.  This board game provides a rich 4X experience without an overly complex rule-set and can be played within a couple of hours. All the depth of a classic 4X game in a fraction of the time can be yours when you back Planetary Reign!

Planetary Reign is a space civilization board game based on classic video games of the same genre from the 1980's and 90's. Each player is the leader of a space-faring empire that is attempting to expand into and exploit the riches of a new-found galaxy.

 As the leader of THULE, VEYNA, METHIOS or CALDERA, you will assign your workers to a variety of actions - choosing which, when and how often they will be performed - with the ultimate goal being to dominate the galaxy and ensure the survival of your people.

As the game progresses, your empire will evolve, upgrade and send its fleets into a galaxy to explore its unknown worlds. You will encounter planets with strange environments, hosts of alien species and a variety of resources - as well as occasionally running into your opponents. 

The main mechanics employed in Planetary Reign are worker placement and area control, as well as a brand new species assimilation mechanic. After nearly 5 years in development, Planetary Reign has been designed for players who seek a medium to heavy game with a low luck factor. There are multiple scoring paths and rounds - the winner being the empire with the most points at the end of the game. 

There are several variants included with the game and many more on their way.  Also available for download from the publishers website will be two variants which simplify the overall game - making it easier for family and non-gamer friends to enjoy leading a space empire.

Planetary Reign is played over a series of 9 or 12 Years. Each year consists of three phases and each phase is broken down into three steps. Phases 1 and 2 are simple and quick, upkeep phases. Phase 3 is where all of the action and scoring takes place and is the heart of the game.

Each empire starts the game with a number of workers and resources at its disposal. During the action step, the leaders of each empire take turns in assigning their workers and resources to any of the eight action areas displayed on their Empire Panels.

Once the costs of an action have been met, an empire may then carry out that action. Empires continue performing actions until all of their workers have been exhausted or all have decided to pass.  Watch the phases overview video to find out more.

Leaders have a variety of actions to choose from such as building, moving or hyperjumping fleets, dispatching probes, colonizing, populating and mining planets, advancing technology and culture levels, performing military tactics and installing structures.  Each leader must choose its actions wisely and place its trust in destiny.

During the reset step, leaders simply return all assigned workers back to their reserves - ready to be re-assigned to actions in the following year.  Any alien species that were gathered from planets and assigned to actions may now be assimilated (converted to an empire's workers).  Each type of species found in the galaxy aids an empire in performing a particular action.

Players continue in this manner until it is time for a status step (scoring round) which takes place at designated intervals in the game. During these steps, your empire will be tallied and compared with that of your opponents and points will be awarded for Domination, Tributes, Armadas and Structures.

The empire with the highest status reigns over the galaxy and wins!

Planetary Reign is a pure euro-game and comes with both a streamlined set of rules and a wide array of cardboard and wooden components.  Everything needed for four players along with the first structure expansion (which allows the advanced game to be played) is included in this boxed edition. Watch the components overview video below to find out more. (Photographic images are of hand made prototypes). 

In the box you will find:

1 x Rules Booklet, 1 x Galaxy Board, 1 x Year Track, 12 x Year Markers, 4 x Empire Panels, 2 x Map Cards, 1 x Initiative Marker, 4 x Gateway Tiles, 48 x Planet Tiles, 32 x Structure Modules, 32 x Structure Tiles, 36 x Fleet Discs (9 of each color), 200 x Worker Cubes (50 of each color), 120 x Resource Cubes (40 of each color), 60 x Species Cubes, 12 x Discovery Markers, 8 x Status Markers, 16 x Sector Bonus Markers, 12 x Salvage Fleet Markers, 4 x Disabled Fleet Markers, 2 x Scoring Sequence Tiles and 96 x Fleet Labels

 All cardboard components (including empire panels, galaxy maps and the year track) will be punched from 2mm thick cardboard. The main board will also be mounted on 2mm thick cardboard.  All 8mm cubes and 25mm discs will be wood and painted various colors.

The rear of each empire panel provides background information about an empire's home-world and race, adding flavor to the universe that you all seek to conquer. There are also several expansions planned - new galaxy maps, advanced structures, diplomacy modules, empire trait tiles, battle dice and even plastic miniatures. These future expansions will add variety to the game as well as create a path for each empire to further distinguish itself from its rivals. Below is an image showing the artwork for both sides of the 7 punch-boards as well as an image of the box base and lid.

Pledge your allegiance to Planetary Reign! We plan to keep the campaign simple, offering only two levels; one will help you follow the progress of the campaign, the other will see a beautifully crafted copy of the game sent to you following production. We hope that you can see what we've done with the prototype version of Planetary Reign, as well as what we dream of achieving with the final production copies!

We're working alongside the US-based Game Salute to help us make Planetary Reign a reality, and we hope that the final product will be of the utmost quality. However, if you're unhappy with the end result, you will be entitled to invoke the Game Salute Guarantee.

Game Salute Guaranteed is our promise that Planetary Reign will be produced with quality components and that you will enjoy the time you spend with the game. If you're not satisfied with Planetary Reign, simply return it to our headquarters within 30 days of receiving it, and we'll refund your pledge. That's our no-questions-asked money-back guarantee. 

Shipping is expensive. We've calculated the cost to ship this game to backers around the world and we're subsidizing that to help keep your costs down. The cost to ship this game to backers in the USA is approximately $15, meaning that Game Salute will cover that part of the shipping cost for ALL backers around the world. That means that the pledge level for US backers includes shipping. For international backers, we're passing along the same savings on shipping. Simply check the chart below, find your destination group, then follow the line to see your total pledge amount. 

To keep the shipping costs as low as possible, we ship packages via a variety of shipping services depending on your specific location. We use USPS, FedEx, UPS, and DHL. You will be responsible for any import fees, brokerage or delivery surcharges, or applicable taxes that may be levied after we have shipped your package. 

Let us know when you pledge at a retailer level and we'll list your store here to encourage local backers to choose in-store delivery through Game Salute Local Support, earning you the full margin on those games, too, just as if you had sold them yourself. 

We are pleased to offer access to our game designers and creative team for podcast, blog, newspaper, or television interviews. Team members can also be present for conventions and event appearances with a timely invitation and appropriate travel and lodging expense allowances. Please contact us via Kickstarter to discuss such opportunities! 

If you have any questions while our campaign is running or following the conclusion of the campaign, feel free to post on the main comments thread or email Kickstarter@GameSalute.com. Our service team strives to reply promptly to all questions and comments (except for when we're sleeping or eating or other basic bodily functions, and sometimes even then!) 

When we announce that reward packages are shipping, you can direct your inquiries to Service@GameSalute.com or call 1-888-57-GAMES (examples: when packages have shipped, updating your address, reconciling payment). Our service team is in the office from 9 AM - 5 PM Eastern Time and we always look forward to serving you! 

We generally post updates every few days during an active campaign. Once the campaign concludes, we post updates every few weeks. You can follow us on Twitter @GameSalute, on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/GameSalute) and we invite you to join our Weekly Briefing email newsletter to keep abreast of all the Latest and Greatest in Games from Game Salute. 

Thanks as always for your support! 

Game, Graphic Design, Artwork and Rules: Serge Dinatale

Animated Videos: Serge Dinatale

Executive Producer: Dan Yarrington 

Campaign Manager: Serge Dinatale

Developer: Wishmaiden Games

Publisher: Wishmaiden Games

And a special thanks to our playtesters!

    

Risks and challenges

Though this is the first Kickstarter project for Wishmaiden Games, we have partnered up with experienced people in the industry who will help guide us along the way. We've given ourselves plenty of time to work on completing the project, but also realise that this is quite the endeavour, so will keep you up to date when each milestone is reached! All artwork is complete and laid out, so very little is needed to get the game to a print-ready status - we simply need your assistance to hit that magic target!

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