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Nicholas GreenBy Nicholas Green
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Nicholas GreenBy Nicholas Green
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$9,379
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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

Raiders of the Expanse is a sci-fi-themed strategy card game designed to be both simple and deep for gamers and “non-gamers” alike. The Core set comes with four identical 40-card play decks that players use to battle for starships that are revealed one at a time. The decks are the same, but players will draw different cards and it’s up to them to find a strategy to defeat their opponents.

Our overall goal is to create a fun, high-quality game that we can play with anyone, no matter their gaming background. Visit our website at www.raidersoftheexpanse.com.

-Creators Nick Green and Richard Blankman

OVERVIEW OF THE GAME

Our goal is to make a strategy card game for everyone. We’ve been working on Raiders of the Expanse for over three years now. We’ve playtested with serious gamers, casual gamers, and non-gamers. We want a finely-tuned and high-quality game that everyone can get into quickly, but it still offers complex strategy for those that pursue it. We even include 5 Advanced cards as part of our goal, with more included in our stretch goals.

To start the game, the first player shuffles the Starship deck and places it face down in the center. Then each player shuffles their deck of 40 cards (made up of Crew Members and Actions), places it face down in front of them, and draws 7 cards.

Crew Member Card and Action Card
Crew Member Card and Action Card

The first player reveals the top Starship card and players begin to battle for it.

Starship Card
Starship Card

Each turn, starting with the first player as the Crewing Player, each player gains 1 Command:

  1. The Crewing Player draws a card then may use their 1 Command to play a Crew Member card or an Action card.
  2. Each other player can then either a) use their 1 Command to play an Action card or b) discard a card and draw a card.

Once each player has spent their Command, the turn ends and any player who meets the requirements of a Starship in play launches it and gains its treasure. The first player to launch enough Starships to meet the goal number of Star Credits wins the game and proves themselves the superior Raider lord.

Below is a tutorial video we made to show you how the game works:

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UNIVERSE OF THE GAME

Raiders of the Expanse takes place in a galaxy where the dominant alien species, the Chartan, have just suffered through a long war. Now that the war is over, hundreds of abandoned starships are left floating in the galactic expanse, ripe for plundering. You, a powerful Raider Lord, must find these starships and launch them before your rivals in order to claim the treasures they possess.

Pictured below is Goom Tilly: one of our favorite Crew Members you can play to help launch starships who also has an Action card and Starship card.

Goom Tilly
Goom Tilly

WHAT WE’VE ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED

We have been testing Raiders of the Expanse for the past 3 years with a variety of people in order to ensure the game is ready to play before we get funded.

We’ve already invested over $2,000 of our own money into the development process. What remains is the far more expensive work of getting all of the art created and having the game manufactured.

We’ve made over 20 prototypes of the game and tested it with over 30 different people. We’ve worked to refine the idea from a complex deckbuilding game down to a game simple enough that someone not used to playing tabletop games can pick it up and enjoy, while retaining the potential for complex strategy.

3 Years of Notes and Prototypes
3 Years of Notes and Prototypes
Brooklyn Playtesters
Brooklyn Playtesters
Playtesters in Colorado
Playtesters in Colorado

If the project is backed, we can finally hire professional designers, artists, and editors (that we’ve already lined up!) to polish our game and get you a high-quality version to play with all of your friends, gamers and “non-gamers” alike!

WHAT THE FUNDING COVERS

Our funding goal of $45,000 represents the minimum amount we will need to produce the Core version of Raiders of the Expanse that will include:

* 20 unique Starship cards

* 4 identical decks of 40 plays cards made up of 18 Crew Members and 22 Actions

* 48 double-sided Skill tokens

* 10 Crew Member Drone cards

* The official rulebook

* 4 rules reference cards

* An additional four sets of 10 Advanced Action cards for those players who wish to augment their decks

We want to produce a high-quality product that you are as proud to own that we are as proud to produce. We would rather not meet our goal than develop a subpar game. Our goal of $45,000 is based on the following breakdown: 

Cost Breakdown
Cost Breakdown

STRETCH GOALS

The Kickstarter Stretch Goals listed below include the amount we need to reach for each goal and what each goal will add to the game. All the added components have already been tested and will be added with the Core game right away. The addition of the Advanced cards will add a deckbuilding element to the game.

CREATORS AND CONTRIBUTORS

Nick Green came up with the idea for Raiders of the Expanse in September, 2015. 

Richard Blankman joined the team immediately after playing the game, and we’ve invested countless hours to develop the game as completely as possible since then. 

Lee Matos has volunteered so much time since March, 2017 that he ranks as a co-creator.

We’ve received help from countless people who have offered their time, wisdom, and talents:

  • Ning Juang, designer
  • Mathias Gabriel, artist
  • Cristina Petrarca, voice actor
  • Chris Brock, voice actor
  • Sheryl Cunningham, philanthropist
  • Cathy & Mark Green, philanthropist
  • Allison Moser, emotional support
  • Deyvi Alvarado, emotional support
  • ALL of the playtesters

Risks and challenges

At the start we didn’t know how much we didn’t know. Playtesters constantly surprised us by finding things confusing that we thought was simple and finding things simple that we thought was confusing. We have devoted as much time to hosting and attending playtests and planning logistics, developing schedules, and crunching numbers.

We have investigated dozens of potentially hidden costs, including legal fees, Kickstarter fees, pledge rewards, package designs, and even keeping playtesters fed!

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