Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Command a Greek city’s hoplite soldiers. Push and rout enemy lines. Coordinate allied attacks to secure victory, but watch your flanks!
Command a Greek city’s hoplite soldiers. Push and rout enemy lines. Coordinate allied attacks to secure victory, but watch your flanks!
532 backers pledged $14,401 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

NIKA: A game inspired by ancient Greek geography & warfare! project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$14,401

532

3D image of the Nika box
3D image of the Nika box

NEWS FLASH!

ADD-ON of Nika variant is now available!

For $4 you can add-on the rules and components needed for various expansions and variants for Nika (see picture below). Please see Update #6 for more information. If we make it to $20,000, this Add-On will become FREE to all backers!

Nika expansion -- variant stickers
Nika expansion -- variant stickers

Meet the Designer, Josh Raab

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Nika is the ancient Greek word for “Conquer!” The concept of Nika came to me in a dream while I was studying abroad in Athens. The rules were honed across nearly two years of testing. The board shape and core mechanics were inspired by ancient Greek geography and warfare. Greece has many narrow valleys and mountain passes, and sometimes the only way to defeat an enemy force was to collide with them head-on and literally push them off the field. This othismos (“shoving”) is thought to have been the critical phase of most battles between hoplite armies, who were the heavy infantry that dominated ancient Greek war for four centuries. In this game, you command a Greek city’s hoplite soldiers who must force their way through enemy lines. Your troops can push or rout those who would block their way across the narrow battlefield. Coordinate attacks with your ally to secure victory, but make sure to watch your flanks!”

-- Josh Raab, designer of Nika

What do I get for my pledge to Nika?

Eagle Games assures that you will: 

.....take pride in knowing that you helped support the first game design of a grad student who wants to make game design his profession!  Josh Raab is in his first year of graduate school at NYU Game Center, studying to become a professional game designer.  You can be part of his personal history, and when he is famous, you can note your role in helping him achieve his fame. Josh will sign a commemorative certificate which can be posted inside the cover of your game box. This will be available exclusively to Kickstarter Backers!

.....get a copy of this terrific game, as well as any and all of the stretch goals we achieve over the course of the Kickstarter project. 

.....get a good price for this game.  We expect the MSRP of Nika to be $29.99 when it is released in a few months.  You will pay just $20 per game (if you are an Early Bird Hoplite) or $22 per game (if you are a Hoplite) via your Kickstarter pledge.

.....get subsidized shipping.  In the US, you will only pay $5 for shipping anywhere in the US.  In the EU and Australia and Canada, you will get good shipping rates as we now ship to the EU, Australia and Canada from inside the EU and Australia and Canada.

.....get 5% off  Cardboard & Sun 2014 when you mention Nika.

.....get our sincere appreciation for making it possible to produce this game.

Nika won the ION Award at SaltCon, 2013

The Nika prototype won the ION 2013 Top Strategy Game Award
The Nika prototype won the ION 2013 Top Strategy Game Award

Here are the box back, board and pieces

Nika box bottom
Nika box bottom
Nika Board
Nika Board
Silk Screen Images for Wooden 22mm by 5mm Nika pieces
Silk Screen Images for Wooden 22mm by 5mm Nika pieces

 And here are the rules to Nika

Click here

FIRST STRETCH GOAL ACHIEVED!

All Backers will receive a 4-page, illustrated strategy guide called "The Art of Nika".  This is a collection of strategic maxims and diagrams, split into sections on Basic Advice, Attacking, Defending, Formation Tactics, Openings, and Endgame. 

$15,000 Stretch GOAL

At $15,000, ALL backers will receive a very cool, wooden turn marker piece in the shape of a hoplite helmet--see update #3 for more details!

Here is a picture of it:

The Corinthian Helmet (Nika turn marker)
The Corinthian Helmet (Nika turn marker)

"Like us" on Facebook and stay up to date on all of our future 2013 Eagle and Gryphon releases!

Twitter | Publisher | Store | BoardGameGeek

Join our Newsletter to receive KS updates, Eagle & Gryphon news, and store promotions!

Newsletter

US Shipping - please add $5 to your pledge for each game.

EU Shipping - please add $20 USD to your pledge for the first game and $10 for each additional game.

Canadian Shipping - please add $20 USD to your pledge for the first game and $10 for each additional game.

Australian Shipping - please add $20 USD to your pledge for the first game and $10 or each additional game.

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 game and $10 for each additional game.

Risks and challenges

We stand by our products, but sometimes issues do happen. Please contact our customer service with regard to any such issues within 90 days of receiving your copy of Nika.

Shipping issue 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.

Eagle Games (and its affiliate Gryphon Games) has completed and delivered on over 22 Kickstarter projects to date, with 3 more Eagle Games currently in various stages of production and delivery. The Game Designer's Toolkit is now in stock, in our warehouse, and will begin shipping to Backers next week (a February delivery date was projected and we will be on time or ahead of this). Dawn: Rise of the Accolytes is currently in production in China. We expect it to be shipped from China in April as projected and delivered to Backers in April or May (as projected). And Defenders of the Realm: Minions has completed most of its printing in China and we are now waiting for plastic miniatures to be completed. Backers have been notified by Updates that we expect shipping from China in April/May and fulfillment in May/June. We had initially hoped for a February delivery. 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).

To put it simply, you will get everything you are promised when you pledge to one of our Kickstarter Projects, and it will be delivered to you in as timely a manner as possible.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Spear Carrier -- Your support of Nika is very much appreciated. Thanks!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    34 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Early Bird Hoplite -- You will receive one game of Nika plus any stretch goals achieved. Add $5 for each game pledged to help defray shipping costs if you want shipping within the US. Outside the US? Please check the Shipping Chart to the left.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 250 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $22 or more About $22

    Hoplite --
    You will receive one game of Nika plus any stretch goals achieved. Add $5 for each game pledged to help defray shipping costs if you want shipping within the US. Outside the US? Please check the Shipping Chart to the left.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    212 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $39 or more About $39

    Zeus and Hera -- You will receive two games of Nika plus any stretch goals achieved. Add $10 to help defray shipping costs if you want shipping within the US. Outside the US? Please check the Shipping Chart to the left.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    25 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Phalanx -- Get 4 copies of Nika and all KS stretch goals. Add $20 for shipping anywhere in the US. Please check the Shipping Chart at the left for shipping rates at this level outside the US.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    Agora -- For RETAILERS ONLY (FRED Flagship stores).
    Get 6 exclusive Kickstarter copies of Nika plus all Kickstarter stretch goals included. Shipping is just $25 anywhere in the US. To sign up to be a FRED Flagship store and for more information about this level, call Ian Goth, FRED Sales, at 602-565-9884 or send an email to sales@freddistribution.com. For our international customers, contact Topher Speth at sales@freddistribution.com.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)