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What is Fortitude of Empires?

Fortitude of Empires is a new battle strategy game that thrusts players into a universe where space forces compete to establish dominion over the solar system. This exciting board game includes lively graphics and an imaginative backstory that will have players eagerly awaiting their next gaming session.

 Its about making the player feel attached to their pilots and enjoy tense and thrilling gameplay. All pilots in the game apart from Pilot 1 can be killed and be removed from the game. This sense of losing one of your characters makes the battles all the more thrilling. No second chances, Do players have the nerve to fight on or escape? 

Can you survive your first battle?
Can you survive your first battle?

Starting out as a Veteran can you gain promotion through winning battles, discovering planets and strategically handling unexplained events? Already your agility and Weapon skills are better than all the other recruits. Your leader has faith in you. Do you have what it takes to be called Heroic Elite? 

 This is not for the weak minded or people who have no heart for tough, strategic decisions. This game is for players who will, without hesitation, send their most trusted and decorated pilot into the heat of battle without any guarantee that they will return.

Dare to read on, Dare to open the box, for inside is a solar system at WAR!

FOE Basics 

2-4 Players,  Age 8-99, Time, 30 Minute skirmish 2-4 player game 1-3 Hours. 

 The Beautifully drawn Board. 

FOE game board.
FOE game board.
This is where you place your Pilot cards,Red XII cards, Blue XII cards, Victory, Life support and Battle damage tiles.
This is where you place your Pilot cards,Red XII cards, Blue XII cards, Victory, Life support and Battle damage tiles.
This is where you place your Planet Cards, Armies and Crystals. Also while other players are having a space battle. You can play the Solo survival game. Earning rare upgrades and more credit crystals. NO Downtime waiting for other players to finish their battles! This is very popular with players.
This is where you place your Planet Cards, Armies and Crystals. Also while other players are having a space battle. You can play the Solo survival game. Earning rare upgrades and more credit crystals. NO Downtime waiting for other players to finish their battles! This is very popular with players.

Age, Number of Players, Game time and Object of the game.

2-4 Players

30 minute Skirmish

or try out a 2,3,or 4 player game. 

1-3 Hours Playing Time

No downtime for players. Players not in space combat can play a solo separate battle.  

The object of the game is to capture planets and land your battle hardened troops on your enemy’s home planet. Fortitude of Empires is for 2-4 players. Game play is 1 to 3 hours and is also playable as a 30 minute quick ship battle game. 

Each turn players have the option to move one of their fleet of up to five ships, collect credits from occupied planets, terraform planets or install planet defences, upgrade their pilots, attack other empires (planets and ships) using battle dice, cards and experience the battles can easily turn in an instant. Be warned this is not for the faint hearted.

2-4 players can speed through a quick version of gameplay or engage in full battle with games that last up to three hours. In an effort to capture planets, gamers’ forces have the option of terraforming planets for resource gain, lining up their defences against a bold foe, or risking it all on a daring confrontation.

FOE Ships. 

22 in total. All Original designs.
22 in total. All Original designs.

 Free Music and Poster

Check out the FREE download on our website to get the main FOE theme written by BAFTA award nominee Richard Wells, composer for the BBC and Warhammer. Also the FREE Sorn main battle theme written by Michael Walters, award winning composer.

Download your FREE FOE poster from our website. Click here to get yours.
 

Striking original scores add to the emotion of the battle while exciting scenes allow players to take a break to learn about the backstory of the universe. Game creator Paul Willis has even teamed up with actors from the original Star Wars cast, including Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch. Bulloch, along with other exciting guest actors, offer captivating monologues that add an extra touch of depth to an already entrancing game. 

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Jeremy Bulloch aka Boba Fett and his character Crassus.
Jeremy Bulloch aka Boba Fett and his character Crassus.

I really wanted to bring the characters to life by using real actors like Jeremy Bulloch who played bounty hunter Boba Fett. Anthony Forrest played the iconic sandtrooper in Star Wars. To my amazement they said they would be in my game. Not only that, they would voice act their parts as well. I will never forget the day when their voice acting parts came through and they breathed life into their game characters. Original music has been written for the game by Bafta nominated composer Richard Wells who recently worked on music for Warhammer. We have six actors who have appeared in Star Wars. 


 This video shows the original models, characters and actors in the game. 

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 Meet the Team behind FOE, Paul Creator Adrian and Martin Graphic Designers. 

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Adrian, Paul and Martin.
Adrian, Paul and Martin.

CLICK HERE and listen to Paul Willis being interviewed on BBC Radio.  

What's in the Box?

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Box contains: Game Board, 4 x Combat Boards with ship status dials, 4 x Corner Boards, 4 x Battle Dice, 1 x 20-sided Dice, 28 x Pilot/Hero Cards, Agility Cards, Ship Tiles, Special Ability Tiles, Army Tiles, Planet Cards, Terraform Cards, Planet Defence Cards, XII Red Cards, XII Blue Cards, Bounty Hunters for Hire, Currency Crystals, Player Guides.

Red and Blue Cards 

Used to change a battle, inflict a catastrophic disaster on your foe or gain much needed credits. A player may play a RED XII card once during their turn unless the RED XII card says play at any time. Once used the RED XII card is discarded and a new RED XII card can be taken from the pile. Be warned - all RED XII cards can be countered by BLUE XII cards. 

The Blue XII cards are pictures of an Empire’s heroes. Used to counter the RED XII cards. They can only be used once to counter an attack. If an enemy player shows a RED XII card and you have a BLUE XII card from their Empire, you can choose to play it to negate the attack at any time even when it is not your turn. Use the BLUE XII cards wisely as they cannot be replaced.

Here are all the Planet Cards. They give you your credit crystals and enhance your ships. For example own Reclorn and all your ships gain +1 Armour. Fighting for these planets can be fierce.
Here are all the Planet Cards. They give you your credit crystals and enhance your ships. For example own Reclorn and all your ships gain +1 Armour. Fighting for these planets can be fierce.
Purchase the Planet Defence cards to protect your planets!
Purchase the Planet Defence cards to protect your planets!
Tereform Your planets and increase their Value. However this makes them high priority targets. PROTECT them with your Elite pilots and planet defences.
Tereform Your planets and increase their Value. However this makes them high priority targets. PROTECT them with your Elite pilots and planet defences.
Upgrade your Armies to make them Elite They are your last line of defence.Landing them on FOE's home planets is your ultimate goal.
Upgrade your Armies to make them Elite They are your last line of defence.Landing them on FOE's home planets is your ultimate goal.
You play as Player 1. Upgrade your Pilot 1 from Veteran to Heroic Elite and unlock your Elite ship. Win promotion by winning battles, discovering planets and completing pilot promotion missions.
You play as Player 1. Upgrade your Pilot 1 from Veteran to Heroic Elite and unlock your Elite ship. Win promotion by winning battles, discovering planets and completing pilot promotion missions.

Male and Female versions of all Player 1 pilots in the game. 

Female pilot 1
Female pilot 1
Narr Combat Board. To battle turn over your pilot card and set your Shields, Armour, Weapons, and Agility on the dials. Upgrade your ships to give you an edge. This unique battle system makes battles nerve shredding. Have you got what it takes?
Narr Combat Board. To battle turn over your pilot card and set your Shields, Armour, Weapons, and Agility on the dials. Upgrade your ships to give you an edge. This unique battle system makes battles nerve shredding. Have you got what it takes?

Its about making the player feel these emotions in the game. All pilots in the game apart from Pilot 1 can be killed and be removed from the game. This sense of losing one of your characters makes the battles all the more thrilling. No second chances, Do players have the nerve to fight on or escape. 

If you already love and play board games like sci fi star wars xia, twilight imperium, risk, scythe, and red alert, then you will love Fortitude of Empires (FOE). If you are new to games, there is also a battle mode that has quicker and an easier level of play, great for younger fans or fast games. The full version is typically 1-3 hours. This is not for the weak minded or people who have no heart for tough, strategic decisions. This game is for players who will, without hesitation, send their most trusted and decorated pilot into the heat of battle without any guarantee that they will return. 

XII ship and character card.
XII ship and character card.
XII ship attacks a Narr planet.
XII ship attacks a Narr planet.
FOE ships with diamond currency.
FOE ships with diamond currency.

Fortitude of Empires debuted to the public at UK Insomnia 2018 and was excitedly received by the gaming community. Players who demoed the board game lauded FOE for its in-depth universe, impressive graphics, and detailed game pieces that include miniature spacecrafts. Those added details and the backstory surrounding the game have helped this new introduction seem like part of an elaborate universe that goes beyond basic gameplay. 

Game creator Paul Willis has taken his sci-fi world to the next level with added extras like an original theme music to accompany gameplay and character monologues from real actors (including Star Wars’ Jeremy Bulloch). The game promises to balance easy-to-follow rules that make it open to any age with a building complexity that keeps players eager to challenge themselves with every battle. Also downtime of players not fighting is long. Some reviews say do not play Twilight 5 player game way too long and lots of waiting around for your turn. So battles are the main point to the game. So i'm really happy with the battles and how they make the player feel. Emotions felt, Relief, disbelief, satisfaction. Exiting,



 THE RULE BOOK ABOUT FORTITUDE OF EMPIRES!  

The game premise alone is enough to get sci-fi and strategy game fans excited, but there are several additions that take this game to the next level. Let’s start with the free extras such as a dramatic, in-character monologue from Star Wars’ Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett). FOE’s elaborate universe captured the attention of the sci-fi alum, who was cast as game character Crassus, a former senator of dominant planet Eldin who abandoned his post to fight for the subdued and impoverished people of Narr. Players can fight on the side of Narr as Bulloch’s monologue inspires a mission toward glory. But only game play will determine whether Crassus’ defection was a worthy cause or a foolish sacrifice. Along with character monologues, players will have access to original music to accompany gameplay. 

Timeline

● 2003 Story started

● 2015 after the Force awakens premier decided to make a board game of the story and universe.

● w2016 met up with Adrian and Martin Creative wisdom graphic designers.

● 2016 Jeremy Bulloch and Anthony Forrest said they would be in my game. 

● 2017 Dec first kickstarter campaign

● 1 year development enhancing gameplay and hired professional marketing company 

● 2018 NEC Insomnia and Games Expo booth - Playtested 

● 2019 2nd kickstarter launched. 

● 2019 - Kickstarter successfully funded 

● January 2020 - Manufacturing and shipping copies to all backers. 





Expo 2018
Expo 2018

Narr, Eldin, Solitude and Sorn.

 Below are the 4 Factions you can play as in the Game. 

Narr, Eldin, Solitude and Sorn.

The artwork is stunning.
The artwork is stunning.

 The Narr 

A desert world with very little water. The environment is hostile in the extreme with temperatures reaching 200 degrees at midday and plummeting to -30 degrees at night. There are pockets of livable areas and places of beauty which the 12 tribes inhabit. Once every quarter (approximately 2 years) their is a huge storm when the rains come.which helps sustain the planet  However without the resources from Sern the Narr people would perish.

"The fighter pilot's emotions are that of the duellist, cool, calm, precise."

 Crassus Leader of Narr.  

Narr
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 The Eldin

The home world and birth place of all four Empires and home of the Eldin. Giant oceans, mountain ranges, vast forest almost unblemished as the Eldin people vowed to keep it pure. Although their technology is the most advanced they still use the horse and cart, keeping pollution to a minimum. 

“We weep like angels for the fallen. Can such beauty die and be lost for generations. I would say never, not while we have their memories locked away. Kept safe form all forms of decay.”

Sil Lau

Eldin
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 Solitude  

The home of professor Winston originally from Eldin and inventor of light speed. She built a giant space station and distanced herself from the rest of the solar system. A gigantic dome the size of a small moon was built and a giant habitable area was created with its own weather system, plants, oceans and mountain ranges. The secrecy surrounding the space station is so high there is little known about it's defences. 

“Remember a fighter pilots life is made up of hours and hours of patient, planning and practice sprinkled with a few moments of sheer terror.”  

Captain Eden Tomb.

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Solitude
Solitude


 Sorn 

Home planet of the Sorn Empire led by their Empress Tava Tau. A violent, volcanic world rich in resource. Beautiful red sunsets and clouds of rich vibrant colours give the illusion of beauty. The Sorn people live far above the surface in floating cities of silver.    

“Guardians, our Solar system is in desperate need, Narr is in turmoil and Eldin have broken their agreement. We must act and we will. Go forth my heroic warriors and bring honour and peace to this ravaged system. We are one we are forever bound.”  

Empress Tava Tau

Sorn
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The game play in Fortitude of Empires is intense and thrilling with a unique battle system that requires skill and luck. Will you cut your losses and choose to escape? Or risk everything to win the battle at any cost? The choice is yours.

 Thrilling game play. You are the pilot. 

Battle Stations!!

 Ella and I enjoy an end game battle. 

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            Sorn Rhino 3D Animation


 Lucky Shot battle. 

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Game Play

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FOE BATTLE! 



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Battle for Sern

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Gameplay intense, thrilling and fun.
Gameplay intense, thrilling and fun.



Free Music and Poster

Check out the FREE download on our website to get the main FOE theme written by BAFTA award nominee Richard Wells, composer for the BBC and Warhammer. Also the FREE Sorn main battle theme written by Michael Walters, award winning composer.

Download your FREE FOE poster from our website. Click here to get yours.
 

Richard Wells
Richard Wells
Richard Wells in his studio working on original FOE score.
Richard Wells in his studio working on original FOE score.

Download your FREE FOE poster from our website. Click here to get yours.

http://foegame.co.uk/music/

Chris Ashbrook
Chris Ashbrook

Chris Ashbrook, who writes under the name C.J. Ashbrook, had an amazing career as a film and video director before he turned to writing. He’s the man responsible for one of the most iconic music videos of the 80’s, “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics. Chris has also finished his newest novel, A Darker Gold. 

Chis is Co-Writer with Paul Willis bringing you the deeply engaging back story of FOE.

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Prologue

The XII

Time and space are endless, vast beyond our comprehension. But from the silence will come a sound that very few people hear, and those that do will discard it as nothing more than an anomaly. This is how the XII will slip past even the most diligent amongst you.

All you believe to be real, all you believe unsinkable – is a lie.

The XII have woken.

An ancient Eldin prophesy

XII
XII

Millions of light years from Earth there spins a solar system with twin suns and multiple planets. This solar system is splintered into three empires: The Eldin, whose planet is similar to Earth; the Narr who inhabit a desert-like planet; and the Sorn, whose world is violent and volcanic.

A thousand years before, early colonies from Eldin were set up on Narr to colonize and explore new frontiers. But over time, these settlements were used as penal colonies, and a police state was set up to govern this new province. Centuries passed, leaving Narr all but abandoned. Conditions worsened, leading to a revolt. The prisoners took over Narr, leaving their guardians no option but to flee to Sorn. Eldin closed its borders and refused to let the guardians back, fearing they had been corrupted and would destabilize Eldin’s tranquillity. 

And then Crassus, a young, senior council member, spoke out about the injustice. Food, supplies and medicine were needed for both Sorn and Narr. The motion was passed and Eldin became benefactor to the colonies. Decades passed, Crassus became wealthy, but more and more frustrated, eventually leaving Eldin. With his wealth and growing followers, he helped Narr gain stability. In time they called him Father.

Under their new Empress, Tava Tau, Sorn also flourished. With unshakable verve and determination she built an empire of fanatical guardians, guardians who would follow her unto death. Relative peace and stability ensued and grew in strength. But the leaders of Sorn and Narr grew jealous of Eldin’s wealth and beauty. They made separate plans to conquer Eldin and become the dominant Empire.

And then unexplained and strange events began to occur, events that hindered their progress. Nothing was proven, but many suspected a sinister sect was controlling events, a sect that had a hidden agenda. It was as if a secret force was bearing down on the empires with sullen intent. Every thought, plan, and execution of leaders began straining the peace to breaking point. One tiny spark was all that was needed to engulf the solar system in war and anarchy.

XII

“We are silent as the breeze, invisible to you, yet you know we are there. We are always there, a gentle reminder in your face. We are as deadly as poison, one tiny drop, one persuasive word, and your body mind and soul will be infected forever. We are as patient as water, weathering rocks. One day, not this day, but one day...

you will fall.

Their faces could not be seen, hidden behind a black layer of masks. The Twelve moved quietly towards the table, circling around in complete silence. One raised his hand when the circle was complete, in an almost telepathic union of perfect symmetry. They looked down and fixed their gaze on the new-born baby before them. Wrapped in a crimson blanket, made from the same cloth as the Twelve’s cloaks, it mirrored Sorn’s blood red sky. They were the child’s fathers now. They would protect, nurture and love her till death.

 New and engaging chapters will be released over the campaign. Reaching our ultimate goal of releasing the full back story as a free download. When we reach our full funding goal a beautifully printed version exclusive kickstarter booklet will be available to all. 

Signed character cards

Exclusive rare prototypes signed by Jeremy Bulloch and Anthony Forrest - 

We have been lucky enough to create interest amongst actors - such as Jeremy Bulloch (aka Boba Fett) and others in lending their support and in most cases their likenesses as well but we cannot guarantee that these characters may change when it comes to the final version of the game. 

Jeremy Bulloch and Anthony Forest signed character cards.
Jeremy Bulloch and Anthony Forest signed character cards.
Three exclusive character card sets and game package.
Three exclusive character card sets and game package.
Original first drawing of Trin
Original first drawing of Trin
And the finished Trin
And the finished Trin
FOE actors in fun mode.
FOE actors in fun mode.


Here is a list of the Actors

Narr Actors

Jeremy Bulloch - Crassus Leader of the Narr Empire

Eldin Actors

Anthony Forrest - General Ryder Leader of the Eldin Empire

Clem So - Sil Lau

Sean George - Captain Boone. Former Sorn Soldier

Kerry Newton  - Trin

Sorn Actors

Jo Marriott - Tava Tau the Empress Leader of the Sorn Empire 

Solomon Taiwo - Commander Talon 

Solitude Actors

Gary Hailes  - Si Demous

Andrew Lawden  - Eden Tomb

                                     Claire Rainbow is the XII 

Claire Rainbow and Paul Willis promoting FOE at Insomnia 2018.
Claire Rainbow and Paul Willis promoting FOE at Insomnia 2018.
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Even Judge Dredd Approved.
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Awesome feedback and reviews.
Awesome feedback and reviews.

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Risks and challenges

We have experience in producing past consumer products. Because of this, we are aware of some of the manufacturing challenges. Good design takes time and experience which we have. We only expect small manufacturing delays if any. There’s always a chance of delays through customs or shipping. We are in constant contact with our manufacturers to bring you the latest updates.

Quality control is another issue we have faced in the past. To combat this, we will ask for periodic sampling and test out new colors with caution. We know what to look for and how to get there. However, we know that Plan A doesn’t always work and we always have a backup plan.

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