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$3,659
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
152
backers
22days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, April 11 2019 4:58 PM UTC +00:00.

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In a time not so far away...

Illustration by William Black, https://www.deviantart.com/william-black
Illustration by William Black, https://www.deviantart.com/william-black

Our world's ore supply has been depleted. Mining companies have turned to sending remote-controlled bots to nearby asteroids in order to obtain ores and metals needed to keep our society running. Copper, iron, uranium, gold; all are in abundance on these massive hunks of rock hurtling through space - and the people of earth are willing to pay a pretty penny for each ounce.

You are assigned by your company to mine as much ore as possible, no matter what it takes. Locate the most abundant vein and get to it before the competition does. 

But be careful! Greediness can lead to disaster. 

If you are caught in the shadows, you lose communication and your bots shut down, no longer mining the valuable ore you so desperately need. All you can do is wait until the sun comes up, restore communications, then try to make up for lost time - and income. 

Do you have what it takes to guide your mining bots to the largest deposits, keep them moving ahead of the setting sun, and protect them from ending up on the Dark Side of the Mine?

Each copy of Dark Side of the Mine is packed with:

Dark Side of the Mine is a game for 1 - 4 players and plays in about 45 minutes.

Depending on the number of players, build your asteroid in the following way:

  • 6 face up cards and 2 face down cards (1 and 2 player)  
  • 9 face up cards and 3 face down cards (3 player) 
  • 12 face up cards and 4 face down cards (4 player)  

next to each other in a semi circle. This represents the surface of the asteroid and its shadow area.

A four player setup.
A four player setup.

Each player is dealt 5 cards. 

After determining the starting player, players take turns placing their two playing pieces on the first ore deposit of each location card, starting with the card immediately next to the first (left-most) shadow card.

Player's two bots are added to the asteroid in reverse player order.
Player's two bots are added to the asteroid in reverse player order.

At the beginning of each player's turn, the active player turns over the left-most face down card to reveal the location. The active player then plays two cards from his hand, representing an action for each active mining bot they control. When the player plays a card, he will do the following:

MOVE one of his mining bots clockwise to the first open instance of the ore printed at the top of the card. 

If the card being played has the 'Prospect' action written on it, the player may use its special ability written beneath it. If the card has any other action on it, that action is ignored. 

If the played card has the 'Upgrade' action on it, the player can ignore the ore and not move his bot; instead, the card may be played in front of the player, giving him a permanent upgrade to his bots on future turns. (Note: A player may only have one instance of any given upgrade in their tableau.)

When moving the bot, if it lands on a card that has the 'When Mined' action on it, the player also takes that action. This only occurs when a location is landed on (the piece is moved onto the card). All other stated actions are ignored.

After two actions (one for each of the player's mining bots), the player draws a card from the asteroid deck, chooses one card from his hand, then places it face-down on top of the card immediately to the right of the right-most shadow card.

It is now the next player's turn.

OTHER ACTIONS PLAYERS MAY TAKE ON THEIR TURN:

  •  Instead of playing a card, a player may take a 'Communicate' action. He moves his bot counterclockwise to the first open location that contains a bot (his or another player's). He may then draw a card into his hand (there is no hand limit). Any other players on that particular spot may then draw a card into their hand.
  • 'Recharge' - Instead of playing a card or taking the Communicate action, the player may simply draw a card from the asteroid deck and place it in their hand. 

Here is the full set of rules for Dark Side of the Mine, as well as the print and play so you can take on your friends during your next game night.

Take a look at the SOLO RULES.

And here's where you can give the game an online try-out

Want to challenge others online instead? Head over to Tabletopia by clicking on the image below (or Tabletopia's page on Steam) and give it a try. This is for two to four players only.

Click the image to go to the game.
Click the image to go to the game.

Rahdo Runs Through Dark Side of the Mine 

And Board To Death did a quick overview of the game and has this to say about Dark Side of the Mine:

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FULFILLMENT

We try our best to always be transparent about every phase of the Kickstarter process, especially with fulfillment. Shipping is an expense that we are going to share with you. For the the Dark Side of the Mine campaign, we will be subsidizing the shipping costs so that it is more affordable for everyone. 

This means we can provide FREE SHIPPING IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES and reduced pricing throughout the world. We will be using various fulfillment companies from around the world to further lower the costs so that you won't have to pay import taxes/VAT (US, Canada, Australia, UK and EU backers only). 

A full pricing guide will be uploaded when we have finalized international shipping rates.


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Risks and challenges

This is Flying Lemur Game Studio's second Kickstarter. And we're thrilled to be bringing this great game to your table. It is our goal to be fully transparent and produce the best game possible.
While it's our company's second Kickstarter, as individuals this is not our first rodeo. We have been involved in over 30 successful Kickstarter campaigns, as we have worked with other publishers over the past number of years. So we are not new to the process and you can feel comfortable in knowing we are knowledgeable in what it takes to bring a game from concept to reality.
However, nothing comes without risks. Delayed print runs; games held at port for an inordinate amount of time; even weather on the high seas. We promise to keep you fully aware of everything that transpires from now through the last fulfillment so you are not left out of the loop.

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