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The front of the box.
The front of the box.

 

UPDATE: NEW STRETCH GOALS ADDED! THANKS TO ALL OF OUR BACKERS SO FAR!

We are very pleased to announce a French Army expansion for our board game The Great War, Richard Borg’s highly popular First World War game. Richard is a well-known designer of popular light wargames such as Memoir 44, Battlelore, and the Commands & Colors Ancient and Napoleonic series.  

This is the second expansion for The Great War and it focuses on battles involving the French Army. When Germany declared war on Russia on 1 August 1914, France honoured her treaty with Russia and mobilized to meet an expected German offensive. Germany, as anticipated, marched through Belgium and the rest is history. Although the French Army fought in many battles, the scenarios in this expansion focus on their most famous campaign – Verdun. The Battle of Verdun lasted from February to December 1916, and is a testament to the strength and fortitude of the French armed forces. 

The French Army expansion presents 12 scenarios from this famous battle. The box includes a rule and scenario book, 2 special personnel and terrain summary sheets, 3 punchboards of double-sided terrain tiles, tokens and markers, and a complete French force of plastic poilus (French soldiers to you and me). 

One of the new terrain types - a church.
One of the new terrain types - a church.

The French force consists of 48 French infantry, 3 French bombers, 3 French machine gun teams (each with one machine gun and 4 crew), and 3 French mortar teams (each with one mortar and 4 crew). 

Digital sculpts of our French riflemen ... the three extra poses have now been unlocked as stretch goals!
Digital sculpts of our French riflemen ... the three extra poses have now been unlocked as stretch goals!

There are also 14 French special personnel figures, such as engineers, flame-throwers, light machine gunners, and spotters. These special personnel figures add new rules to the core game. When a special personnel figure is added to a unit, this allows that unit to modify its normal actions according to the type of special personnel figure you have attached to it. 

The French Army's special personnel figures.
The French Army's special personnel figures.

 

Now unlocked - digital sculpts of the German special personnel.
Now unlocked - digital sculpts of the German special personnel.

 

Also unlocked - digital sculpts of the British special personnel.
Also unlocked - digital sculpts of the British special personnel.

 

Special personnel figures are added to a unit to provide additional bonuses.
Special personnel figures are added to a unit to provide additional bonuses.

As a stretch goal for the Kickstarter campaign, we are adding 18 special personnel figures for both the British and Germans armies. A deployment sheet will be included, recommending the number of special personnel figures that can be deployed for each side in a scenario. All official scenarios (from The Great War and Tank expansion) and the number of new special personnel figures to deploy in each scenario are listed on the deployment sheet, so players may revisit those earlier scenarios using the new British and German special personnel figures.

As a stretch goal, we'll add British and German special personnel figures such as the Officer shown here.
As a stretch goal, we'll add British and German special personnel figures such as the Officer shown here.

 

One of the special personnel deployment sheets - showing you how many of the new figures to use in official scenarios.
One of the special personnel deployment sheets - showing you how many of the new figures to use in official scenarios.

We’ve listened to customer feedback and the French Army figures are made from semi-hard plastic and are supplied off the sprue – these 1:100 scale figures are now ready to play with and require no assembly.

No assembly needed for our new style figures!
No assembly needed for our new style figures!

If you pledge your support for The Great War French Army expansion, your order will be despatched before the game reaches the shops, you will receive all of the applicable unlocked stretch goals, and you’ll be benefiting from a discount to the MSRP. 

Please note that this expansion is not a standalone game – you will need to own a copy of The Great War to play it.

THE GREAT WAR: LAUNCHING THE CENTENARY EDITION

The French Army expansion is not our only exciting news! We have now sold through the first printing of Richard Borg’s The Great War board game, so we are reissuing it in 2018 to mark the centenary of the Armistice. 

You can watch some helpful video reviews of the first printing of the game at boardgamegeek.com. However, our new edition includes British and German figures pre-assembled and made from the same semi-hard plastic as their French counterparts. We’ve also taken the opportunity to make a number of cosmetic improvements to the core game. 

The Great War Centenary edition includes British and German armies.
The Great War Centenary edition includes British and German armies.

 

Currently, players rate The Great War at 7.9 on www.boardgamegeek.com
Currently, players rate The Great War at 7.9 on www.boardgamegeek.com

Check out the pledge levels to order a copy of the new improved version, or if you already own the game you can just order the redesigned figures along with your French Army expansion.

We've also made The Great War's first expansion – Tank – available as part of some pledge levels. This includes six 1:100 scale tanks (two German, four British), two German artillery units, plus plenty more scenarios – although you will need to own a copy of The Great War to play it. French and Spanish language rules are available via the Kickstarter campaign.

The Great War's first expansion - Tank.
The Great War's first expansion - Tank.

STRETCH GOALS

A successful Kickstarter campaign will mean that we can make a number of upgrades to both the French Army expansion and The Great War Centenary edition. 

As the stretch goal targets shown below are achieved, we'll be making the following upgrades and you'll receive those stretch goals applicable to your pledge. Stretch goals marked 'The Great War' apply to pledges that include the new edition of the game, and stretch goals marked 'French Army' apply to pledges that include the French Army expansion.

Stretch goal 1: GBP £15,000 - UNLOCKED!

Command and combat cards in the reissued edition of The Great War will be upgraded from bridge to poker size, and the text will be enlarged on them. (THE GREAT WAR)

Stretch goal 2: GBP £20,000 - UNLOCKED!

Two new scenarios will be added to the French Army expansion. (THE FRENCH ARMY)

Stretch goal 3: GBP £25,000 - UNLOCKED!

An additional French rifleman pose will be added. (THE FRENCH ARMY)

Stretch goal 4: GBP £30,000 - UNLOCKED!

A third French rifleman pose will be added. (THE FRENCH ARMY)

Stretch goal 5: GBP £35,000 - UNLOCKED!

A fourth French rifleman pose will be added. (THE FRENCH ARMY)

Stretch goal 6: GBP £40,000 - UNLOCKED!

A set of German special personnel (18 figures) will be produced and added to the French Army expansion. (THE FRENCH ARMY)

Stretch goal 7: GBP £45,000 - UNLOCKED!

A set of British special personnel (18 figures) will be produced and added to the French Army expansion. (THE FRENCH ARMY)

Stretch goal 8: GBP £50,000 – UNLOCKED! 

1:100 waterslide decals for tanks. (ALL PLEDGE LEVELS – KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE) 

Stretch goal 9: GBP £55,000

French tank scenario pack 1: Two new scenarios including French tanks. (FRENCH ARMY) 

Stretch goal 10: GBP £60,000

French tank scenario pack 2: Two new scenarios including French tanks. (FRENCH ARMY – KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE) 

Stretch goal 11: GBP £65,000

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WHERE WE’RE AT

Richard Borg has written the rules and scenarios and the book and graphics are currently being designed. The new miniatures have been designed and are ready for production. The game has been thoroughly playtested. Our manufacturer is in place and ready to begin work. 

Shipping is currently planned for June 2018.

LANGUAGE EDITIONS

The Great War Centenary edition and the French Army expansion will be available in English, French, and Spanish. At the end of the campaign you will receive a survey where you will choose your language.

Our language partners are Nuts Publishing (France) and Maldito Games (Spain). You can contact them with any language edition questions at the email addresses shown below.

Pour le centenaire de la fin de la 1ère Guerre Mondiale, l'édition de la boîte de base La Grande Guerre, l'extension Tanks et l'extension Armée Française seront disponibles intégralement en français. À la fin de la campagne Kickstarter, vous recevrez un sondage où vous choisirez votre langue.

Nos partenaires linguistiques sont PSC Games (Royaume-Uni) et Maldito Games (Espagne). Vous pouvez les contacter si vous avez des questions sur leurs éditions aux adresses électroniques indiquées.

Si vous avez des questions: http://www.nutspublishing.com/blog/lgg.php

 

La edición Centenario de la I Guerra Mundial y la expansión del ejército francés estarán disponibles en inglés, francés y español. Al final de la campaña, recibirá una encuesta en la que elegirá su idioma. 

Nuestros socios son Nuts Publishing (Francia) y PSC Games (Reino Unido). Puede contactarlos con cualquier pregunta respecto a la elección de idioma en la dirección de correo electrónico que se muestra a continuación.

Maldito Games: info@malditogames.com

 

 

OPTIONAL BUYS

To add any 'Optional buys', click the 'Manage your pledge' button on the Kickstarter page and in the pledge manager add your desired amount of funds. We'll sort out what your extra money is going towards after the campaign has closed and we've sent out our Pledge Manager.

You may add any of the following optional buys for The Great War to your pledge:

Centenary edition command & combat cards @ GBP £6.99. A full deck of poker-sized command & combat cards with larger text. Available in English, French, or Spanish language decks. Kickstarter exclusive. 

French tank pack @ GBP £16.50. Contains 1 Schneider and 1 Saint Chamond tank. These will be pre-assembled and pre-painted 1:100 scale models, just like our British and German tanks. However, we’re going to use a more flexible plastic for the gun barrels to make these models more rugged.  

And you may add any of the following games to your pledge:

Hold the Line: The American Revolution @ GBP £55 (MSRP GBP £59.95)

Hold the Line: The French & Indian Wars expansion @ GBP £25 (MSRP GBP £29.95)

Hold the Line bundle: The American Revolution AND The French & Indian Wars expansion @ GBP £70 (MSRP GBP £80)

Quartermaster General: Victory of Death @ GBP £38 (MSRP GBP £45)

To The Last Man @ GBP £46 (MSRP GBP £58)

Italia 1917-1918 @ GBP £42 (MSRP GBP £52)

Urban Operations @ GBP £53 (MSRP GBP £67)

Please note that adding 'Optional buys' to your pledge may further increase the cost of shipping.

SHIPPING

Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter campaign ends. Doing this allows us to reduce the charges if we find a more efficient shipping method or local partner for your zone. We will send you a shipping survey asking for your shipping address, and our pledge manager will use this to calculate and charge you for shipping after the campaign has ended.

Please note that the prices shown below are our current estimates (which may change) and that taxes and import duties may be charged by your local postal service.

Shipping for Le Poilu, Veteran, and Early Bird Veteran pledges ONLY (shipping weight under 2kg)

  • Zone 1 UK Mainland GBP £4 
  • Zone 2 Other UK destinations GBP £4
  • Zone 3 EU & Ireland GBP £12
  • Zone 4 US, Canada, China, Central America, South America GBP £17 
  • Zone 5 Other destinations GBP £19 

Shipping for all other pledges (shipping weight over 2kg) 

  • Zone 1 UK Mainland GBP £9 
  • Zone 2 Other UK destinations GBP £12
  • Zone 3 EU & Ireland GBP £17 to £22
  • Zone 4 US, Canada, China, Central America, South America GBP £34 to £41
  • Zone 5 Other destinations GBP £39 to £42 

Adding 'Optional buys' to your pledge may further increase the cost of shipping.

 

Frais de port pour les contributions Le Poilu, Vétéran et Early Bird Vétéran SEULEMENT (paquets de moins de 2 kgs)

  • France: 9€ environ 
  • Union européenne: 10€ environ 
  • Reste du monde: 11€ environ 

Frais de port pour toutes les autres contributions (paquets de plus de 2 kgs)

  • France: 9€ environ pour la 1ère boîte + 2€ par boîte supplémentaire
  • Belgique: : 9€ environ pour la 1ère boîte + 2,5€ par boîte supplémentaire
  • Union européenne: 10€ environ par boîte 
  • Reste du monde: 11€ environ par boîte 

Veuillez noter que les achats supplémentaires à votre contribution pourront augmenter les frais de port. Ceux-ci vous seront communiqués dans le pledge manager.

Exemple:

  • Je commande pour la France une contribution New Recruit (boite de base + extension armée FR) et To The Last Man.
  • Je payerais 9€ pour la boîte de base et 4€ pour les boîtes supplémentaires. Ce qui fait un total de 13€.

Para el envío a España del juego en castellano, Maldito Games tendrá una tarifa plana de envío de 5.95 euros dentro de la península (Mensajería 24h), y 9,95 para las Islas Baleares (Mensajería 24h) y las Islas Canarias (Correos). Puedes pedir todos los juegos y add-on que quieras y el precio seguirá siendo el mismo.

 

Risks and challenges

The launch of this Kickstarter campaign is the dawn of a new era for PSC Games. In the past, we have sometimes struggled to keep up with demand for our exciting range of games, and have at times been overwhelmed by the success of our campaigns and the high number of backers and expanded stretch goals for some of our projects.

We have now appointed a dedicated games manager to improve communication about our great products, and to ensure that our games are produced on schedule and to a high standard. We are also now using an efficient third-party pledge manager – BackerKit – to smooth out our processes.

That said, unexpected delays may affect any production schedule. In our case, these would most likely be associated with shipping, manufacturing, or customs processes. Should any delays occur, we will endeavour to keep our backers up to date every step of the way.

The estimated shipping date is June 2018, but keep in mind this is only an estimate. Also, due to the logistics of international shipping, backers in some regions of the world may receive their rewards sooner than others.

Please note that our game's stretch goals, final design and sculpting may differ from those shown in our campaign – sometimes we need to make technical changes as we go, or find a better way to do things.

Non-English language games are being published and shipped to you by our language partner companies. PSC Games is responsible for the English language edition, and our language partner companies will be responsible for receiving the games from the manufacturer and then shipping them to you in a timely manner. By choosing a non-English language version of our game, you acknowledge that PSC Games is not responsible for the shipment of your games. All responsibility and liability rests on the publisher of the non-English language game that you choose.

If you’re unsure about committing to our Kickstarter, please remember that you’ll be able to buy the game once it hits the shops, but without any Kickstarter exclusives (if applicable) or the benefit of special Kickstarter prices.

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