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The latest adaptation of Richard Borg's Command & Colours system. Bringing the epic battles of World War 1 to the gaming table.
The latest adaptation of Richard Borg's Command & Colours system. Bringing the epic battles of World War 1 to the gaming table.
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A bit about me

I am an avid tabletop wargamer and an avid boardgamer. I particularly like boardgames with beautiful, detailed plastic miniatures! I am a huge fan of the Commands and Colours series of games by the much acclaimed author, Richard Borg - especially Ancients and Memoir '44, both in the boardgame version and the larger tabletop format. I love the elegant, fun, exciting, fast play nature of these games that give the gamer the feel of combat in that period, whether it be storming the Normandy beaches in 1944 or grimly defending the legion's eagle against hordes of ferocious, hairy barbarians. Two to three games can be comfortably played to exciting conclusions in an evening.

Will Townshend, Owner, The Plastic Soldier Company, PSC Games

Introduction by Richard Borg

The Commands & Colors WWI THE GREAT WAR game rules allow players to portray important engagements throughout WWI history. The battles, included in the scenario booklet, focus on the historical deployment of forces and important terrain features of trench fighting in scale with the game system. The scale of the game is flexible and varies from battle to battle. For some scenarios, a few infantry units may represent an entire wing of a larger battle, while in other scenarios a unit may represent just a few brave soldiers going over the top.

The Command card system drives movement, creates a “fog of war”, and presents players with many interesting opportunities, while the battle dice resolve combat quickly and efficiently. The Combat cards add an element of suspense and will challenge players to coordinate their use in a timely manner. Overall, the battlefield tactics players will need to execute to gain victory conform remarkably well to the strengths and limitations of the various types of WWI units, their weapons, battlefield terrain, and written history.

In this core game, the main focus is on a number of WWI trench warfare battles. However, a series of expansions, which will feature early war, Eastern Front scenarios, tanks, airplanes, other national armies, plus more special personnel figures, are already in the planning stage to enhance your WWI gaming experience.

Welcome and Enjoy!

Richard Borg, Game Designer and creater of the Commands and Colours System


Richard Borg bio

Although best known for being the designer of the Command and Colours game system, Richard Borg is held in the highest esteem of the board game community for his catalogue of excellent games. His first game, “Liars Dice”, was published by Milton Bradley, as long ago as 1987 and in 1993 he won the Spiel des Jahres for "Bluff". He continued designing games throughout the 90’s and in 2000 he introduced Commands and Colours and has created five successful titles which use this elegantly simple system.

Intro to The Plastic Soldier Company

The Plastic Soldier Company has been producing good quality, highly detailed 1/100th and 1/72nd scale hard plastic military kits and miniatures for both the tabletop gaming and scale modelling markets. We have over 60 kits in our fast growing catalogue and have been producing kits for over 5 years.  This is our first venture into the boardgame market. Hopefully the start of many ventures.

Game box design

The Great War, box design
The Great War, box design

Game Box Contents

The Great War, game box contents, prototype. Actual game will have wooden engraved dice as standard.
The Great War, game box contents, prototype. Actual game will have wooden engraved dice as standard.

Prototype Game

The Great War prototype. Actual game board will not have white border.
The Great War prototype. Actual game board will not have white border.
Rules and Scenarios. Prototype
Rules and Scenarios. Prototype
Game Cards. Prototype
Game Cards. Prototype
Terrain tiles
Terrain tiles
Selection of prototype components. Engraved wooden dice will come as standard.
Selection of prototype components. Engraved wooden dice will come as standard.
British riflemen
British riflemen
British Vickers team
British Vickers team
British trench mortar team
British trench mortar team
German riflemen
German riflemen
Maxim and crew
Maxim and crew
Maxim gunner assembly
Maxim gunner assembly
German mortar
German mortar
Scenario example
Scenario example
Combat card example
Combat card example
Combat card example
Combat card example
£70k Stretch Goal. Plastic British 18 pounder gun and crew
£70k Stretch Goal. Plastic British 18 pounder gun and crew


Where we are at

·Richard Borg has written the game

·Plastic miniatures are designed and tooling is almost complete

·Graphic design of game and components are in final stages

·Prototype has been created

·Game play has been tested

·European boardgame manufacturer is in place to start printing

·Release date/shipping planned for June/July 2015

Why Kickstarter

Launching a new game in any genre is rarely easy and never free. We are very close to having everything in place to give the go ahead for the manufacturer to print run the game. Kickstarter is a magnificent and proven vehicle to reach out to like-minded supporters interested in helping make a labour of a love a reality. This will also gives us an idea of how other people feel about the game. We are so passionate and invested in the project that we may have lost some perspective, so having a way of knowing how others feel about it is vitally important. We really could not do this without your support.

Stretch goals

We have some excellent rewards mapped out if we meet our stretch goals and we will update you with more details the closer we get.

£25k base target

£35k 2 extra scenarios exclusive to Kickstarter set - UNLOCKED!

£53k metal command figure sets exclusive to Kickstarter set - UNLOCKED!

£60k £10 voucher towards a future Great War expansion set - UNLOCKED!

£70k Plastic artillery guns and crews to replace the reserve artillery card tokens ( 5 British guns and crews and 5 German guns and crews) exclusive to Kickstarter core game sets but will be available to purchase as separate sets in the future. - UNLOCKED!

£80k replica Princess Mary 1914 Christmas tin, for storing cards and dice

£100k plastic Mk IV tank

£125k plastic A7 tank


Rewards

If you believe in The Great War as much as we do and you want to help unlock the stretch goals, please feel free to make multiple pledges. For example, order a standard game and add the extra miniatures sets or a mug or a t-shirt or all of the above.


Pledge add-ons

If you would like to add additional items to your pledge, please choose 1 or more from the list below, then follow the instructions on how to add to your existing pledge.

The Great War branded mug £11

1 extra set of 81 miniatures, British £15

1 extra set of 81 miniatures, German £15

The Great War branded t-shirt £16 (Will contact you for size)

Additional game board £8

Additional terrain tile set £8

“Epic” bundle of extra set of British miniatures, extra set of German miniatures, an extra game board and an extra terrain tile set for £35

1 extra set of 5 British guns and crews £12

1 extra set of 5 German guns and crews £12

Add-on instructions

To add to your pledge, follow these steps

Click ‘Manage Your Pledge’, If you have not pledged yet, it will ask you to ‘Back This Project’

Increase your pledge in the ‘Pledge Amount’ box, to the value of any add-ons you wish to receive.

After the Kickstarter campaign is complete, you will receive a survey that will ask you how you would like the pledge money allocated. You can then let us know which add-ons you chose.

Our sincere gratitude

We are well advanced with the production of the game - the plastic miniatures are with the toolmakers and the rules and scenarios are all written, playtested and well into the graphic design stage. We will be producing the game with a well regarded European factory and are on course to release the game summer 2015. Many thanks for your help and support in making this exciting project a reality and we promise to keep you updated regularly with progress reports.

Will

Risks and challenges

While The Great War is the first boardgame from PSC Games, the project is combining several well proven components. The game rules and scenarios are the work of the proven designer Richard Borg. The game will be printed at specialist games printers in Germany, which will ensure quality production. The miniatures are being produced by the Plastic Soldier Company, which is the most experienced manufacturer of 15mm scale, hard plastic miniatures, in the world. As a result we are confident that we can hit our timescales.

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