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Amazing illustrations and complex strategic experience in a pocket sized card game.
Amazing illustrations and complex strategic experience in a pocket sized card game.
Amazing illustrations and complex strategic experience in a pocket sized card game.
1,805 backers pledged €56,617 to help bring this project to life.

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“The world struggles in the Cold War, and many see the sky as the next battlefield. The era of Space Race has just begun. Do you have what it takes to lead a daring space agency into a new age of human achievement?”

The game takes place during the first seven decades of the space conquest, as players become directors of newly established Space Agencies. Their goal is to expand them and to achieve astonishing breakthroughs.

What People Love About Space Race?

The Artwork

Just look at the illustrations. There are 58 unique illustrations in the game (not mentioning stretch goals)! Check out all the artwork in the Gallery update.

Check out more artwork in the Gallery update.
Check out more artwork in the Gallery update.

Unique Mechanics

There are no definitive winning strategies. We've worked on the core mechanics really hard to make sure that every game is different and unpredictable.

Space Race is the 5th most anticipated game of 2016 on boardgamegeek!

Space Race is Pocket-sized

For a game as complex as this one, the box is pretty tiny. No extra suitcases are needed, your pocket will do just fine.

Play with friends

Why not try the newest Print and Play Kit of the game? You can see for yourself that we're not just fooling around.

Or even check out the free public Tabletopia port!

What's in the Box?

Photo of a prototype of Space Race: The Card Game spread on a table.
Photo of a prototype of Space Race: The Card Game spread on a table.

The box contains:

  • 10 unique Leader cards and 14 Propaganda Actions,
  • 24 Space Program cards,
  • 24 Technology cards,
  • 12 unique Breakthrough cards,
  • 12 customised Control Cards for each of four factions,
  • 4 Player's Aid cards,
  • the Initiative Marker,
  • rulebook.

That is a total of 137 cards with 58 unique illustrations, not mentioning any stretch goals!

Language Packs

Thanks to the extraordinary support from the community there's going to be a language support for the following languages:

The game will be printed in English only. However, the rulebook, player aids and cards lookup sheets will also be available to download in all of the above languages!

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Gameplay

Space Race is a card game based on finding synergies and constructing powerful combinations out of different abilities. There is no definitive winning strategy. Players have to respond to an ever changing environment in order to identify the best course of development while competing with their opponents for the most interesting discoveries.

Space Race: The Card Game. One of the most recent playtesting sessions. Thank a lot to Ondrej Kew Kurka and guys from Deskoherni klub Olomouc for such a pleasant event!
Space Race: The Card Game. One of the most recent playtesting sessions. Thank a lot to Ondrej Kew Kurka and guys from Deskoherni klub Olomouc for such a pleasant event!

But hey, Rahdo did an amazing job recording a runthrough through Space Race: The Card Game (for which we thank him a lot!). So why spend time reading instead of watching his amazing and incredibly fun video? You'll surely get a very accurate picture about what's going on! Just enjoy!

The game is played in seven rounds (decades). In every round, players (directors of Space Agencies) acquire new cards into their agencies and activate additional abilities of cards they already have in the agencies.

The Space Program Control Card activates purple row of abilities on other cards in the Space Agency.
The Space Program Control Card activates purple row of abilities on other cards in the Space Agency.

In order to do these things, players spend one of their remaining Control Cards at the beginning of each round. The player who creates the most developed Space Agency, builds the most impressive Laboratory and reaches the most remarkable breakthroughs wins the Space Race.

Are you curious about the extended gameplay by Rahdo? Here it is!

Rewards

Standard Pledge: You get one copy of Space Race: The Card Game with all unlocked stretch goals! Free shipping!
Standard Pledge: You get one copy of Space Race: The Card Game with all unlocked stretch goals! Free shipping!

 €29 Standard Pledge (approx. USD 33, CAD 42)

  • You get one copy of Space Race: The Card Game with all unlocked stretch goals.
  • 90 days money back guarantee (see below)!
  • Free shipping to US, Canada and EU!
  • Backers from outside US, Canada and EU please add €7 for shipping.
Art Lovers Pledge
Art Lovers Pledge

 €32 Art Lovers Pledge (approx. USD 37, CAD 46)

  • You get one copy of Space Race: The Card Game with all unlocked stretch goals.
  • You also receive Cool Digital Content (see below).
  • 90 days money back guarantee (see below)!
  • Free shipping to US, Canada and EU!
  • Backers from outside US, Canada and EU please add €7 for shipping.
  • (This reward was also available as an Early Bird pledge until April 29 6:00 pm GMT+2.)

Cool Digital Content

We will prepare several high resolution, print quality images of Space Race artwork and also a collection of wonderful wallpapers, which can turn your screen into a true mission control centre. Just check out the Gallery update!

And if the Digital Content Upgrade Stretch Goal gets unlocked, we will also create a Book of Space Race Artwork with selected illustrations commented by real space exploration insiders!

Visualization of printed version of the Book of Space Race Artwork.
Visualization of printed version of the Book of Space Race Artwork.

Group Pledges

Backers can get additional copies of Space Race: The Card Game with a discount. Here's how it works:

  • Backers from US, Canada or EU can add additional copies for €25 each (approx. USD 29, CAD 36).
  • Backers from the rest of the world can add additional copies per €30 each. (The extra shipping cost €7 applies only towards the first copy. Next copies are €30 each without additional shipping cost).

Stretch goals

Let’s take a look at the stretch goals in detail.

Yes, you've done it! Thank to you Space Race is going to be made and you're going to lead your own space agency!

Unlocked! While we all love Dalibor’s illustrations, we shouldn’t forget the cards they’ll be printed on. That’s why we'd like to improve Space Race with a premium quality ivorycore paper with linen finish.

Unlocked! Unique Initiative Marker card with Dalibor’s illustration of future Mars City. This illustration was never meant to be included in the game. It was actually a study of technique. But can there be anything more tempting for space explorers than a human settlement on Mars? The first move is guaranteed to all such visionaries!

This goal will be unlocked as soon as we manage to get 200 shares, likes or retweets of this Facebook post or this tweet!

The original Initiative Marker on the left and Dalibor’s illustration of future Mars City on the right. It’ll be on the special Initiative Marker card, if we unlock this stretch goal.
The original Initiative Marker on the left and Dalibor’s illustration of future Mars City on the right. It’ll be on the special Initiative Marker card, if we unlock this stretch goal.

Unlocked! Dalibor will customise all Control Card backs so they will thematically fit the four factions. We’d love to enhance the feeling of the different agencies competing with each other.

Unlocked 3/3! Thanks to the great feedback from the amazing Space Race community, we’re able to add a few variants into the basic Space Race game. If the numbers of Space Race backers above would be reached, we will develop, playtest, and add to the rules the above game variants based on the community feedback and inspiration!

Unlocked! Let's Buzz around Saturn! In Saturn! Buzz Aldrin along with Saturn V will appear in the game. These cards will be uniquely illustrated and added only to the copies of Space Race dedicated exclusively to our backers as our thank you for your support! It will never ever reach retail!

Mission Goal: Let Dr. “Buzz” Aldrin back Space Race: The Card Game and post a note about it on his Facebook/Twitter timeline!

If Buzz joins us before the campaign ends, galaxies will tremble and the following will happen:

  • The very upcoming stretch goal gets automatically unlocked no matter what!
  • AND all other stretch goals decrease in their €-collected limit needed for unlocking one step back (thus being much easily reachable)!

(Note that this galactic trembling applies to €-based stretch goals, not the community based ones.)

How to invite Buzz on board? Check out this update.

Unlocked! Perfect plastic insert to hold all Space Race cards (even sleeved) safely in the box!

Unlocked! Really big wooden miniature of Atlas-V rocket as the Initiative Marker given exclusively and only to Kickstarter backers! 50 mm in height! Big boss just like in the real world! Whoever controls this piece of machinery is meant to do first steps anywhere! 

Unlocked! Insight into the future! What breakthroughs are awaiting us in the years to come? You will find out in this stretch goal! These cards will be uniquely illustrated and added only into the copies of Space Race dedicated exclusively to our backers as our thank you for your support! It will never ever reach retail!

Unlocked! Really Big Initiative Medal! A commemorative metal coin 40 mm in diameter with your favourite space exploration milestone depicted on the front side and the Space Race logo with the Kickstarter launch date as a reminder of your astonishing support on the back side! The Medal replaces the wooden Atlas-V miniature and is exclusive just to Space Race backers here on Kickstarter!

(We will launch a secure poll for backers after the campaign ends to select the event to be portrayed on the front side of the medal.)

We will also create a Book of Space Race Artwork with selected illustrations commented by real space exploration insiders!

Visualization of printed version of the Book of Space Race Artwork.
Visualization of printed version of the Book of Space Race Artwork.

Is there a real hero you miss in the current version of the game? Or such a technology? Do you know about the mission that definitely should be included in the game? This goal covers it all!

We'll run a poll for backers after the campaign and together we'll identify last pieces yet to be added to the perfection of the game. You count us until now, we count on you from here on! Only the backers will be allowed to participate in the poll to make sure it's totally fair and secure!

This is the last step. Let's dress a Space Race artwork to a really nice coat! Top class quality blackcore paper with linen finish! There is literally no better paper which could be added to a game!

What has been done?

We have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours working on Space Race: The Card Game design and development and we believe it is ready to be presented to you as a game you're going to love. Of course, the work doesn't end here. But we strongly believe we're on the right way.

Playtesting: 100 % Space Race has been played more than 300 times with more than 100 different players. We have carefully observed these games and documented the feedback.

Mechanics: 100 % All the mechanics of the game are tested and are now final.

Rulebook: 70 % We understand that at this moment, the rules may seem a bit too complicated, so we're still improving the clarity based on blind playtesting sessions and in collaboration with various industry-established professionals. The rulebook currently comes only with a rough graphic design. We’re planning to provide downloadable German, French, Spanish, and Czech translations (as a stretch goal), and other languages might be added if requested by the community.

Artwork: 66 % Dalibor, the illustrator, is currently working on finishing the remaining 20 of 58 unique illustrations. We expect all the illustrations to be finished in July.

Estimated timeline.
Estimated timeline.

Free Shipping

The project is US, Canada, and EU friendly with US, Canada and EU free shipping!

Rest of the world backers please add €7 for the shipping.

90-Days Full Money Back Guarantee

If, for whatever reason, you will not be completely satisfied with Space Race: The Card Game, you have 90 days after the delivery to tell us. We will pick up the game from you and send you a full refund! We also pay for the shipping from the US, Canada or the EU.

Thanks to the Community

Space Race: The Card Game couldn't become alive without endless support, motivation and energy given by the fabulous community which had emerged around the game! We are so glad we can be part of this wonderful moment and that we have, together, reached this milestone in Space Race: The Card Game evolution!

Thanks a lot to all playtesters, especially to Bara, Brona, Cipis, Daniela, Dino, Drasha, ECAN, Eleanor, Ella, Evka, Fisa, Gary, Jakub Janok, Jakub Stefan, Jan Hrabina, Jiri Steidl, Jiri Zlatohlavek, Joe62, Kew, Kacenka, Kame, Karol, Koukou, Krapnik, Kristynka, Kubik, Kure, Ludolph314, Martin, Martin Hanke, Michael Kolarik, Michal, Michal Drga alias MIA.VIII, Michal Hanke, Murder.exe, Oliver, Pavka, Pro0bability, Radek Barta, Rosa, Simca, Sime, Sisi, Tom Cassy' Petru, Tyna, Vena, Viktor, Viktor Bem, Vincenzo Dolce, Vit Vajcner, Vrtak, Wayd 3 and ok227 for their extraordinary help with the game development!

Thanks a lot to the whole BGG community, especially to Daniel Länsimies, Capn, Stoobie, Serhiy Saf, John, Steve, Stephanie Prince, Peter Zoche, Eric Etkin, Niklas Hook, Blake Womack, Katerina Janotova, Nick Kopp, henry flower, George Monnat Jr, Petr Base, Corry Damey, Jean-François Lassonde, Justus Kelloniemi and also to Deskoherni klub Brno and Deskoherni klub Olomouc for their outstanding cooperation, feedback and recommendations!

Thanks a lot to all our friends and families for their undying support, patience and motivation they're giving us!

Special thanks also to Doug Vakoch, James Carpenter, Jiri Fiala, Lubos Zbranek, Martin Pulicar, Ondrej Valka, Pamela Gay, Silvacek Sisi, Vladimir Polidar and Zak Eidsvoog. Without your amazing help, the game would have never ever become more than an idea!

Thanks a lot to all other supporters from Space Race: The Card Game community!

It is just thanks to all the people above that Space Race: The Card Game has gone so far! And it was a great journey! Let's not make it end here. Let's make it reach the stars!

About the Creators

The first bits and bobs came together when Jan Soukal designed the core of the game in 2011. Then, Marek Loskot came on board to help with the development and together we worked on polishing the game mechanics to the max.

But the magic really started happening in 2015 when Jan decided it's time to go for it and quit his daily job. Dalibor Krch started working on the illustrations and after countless hours of playtesting and finetuning, we have finally introduced Space Race to the community.

Finally, Jan Kostera and Michal Mikes joined the team to help with the final part of development, production and the Kickstarter campaign.

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Risks and challenges

People who know us or have been around Space Race: The Card Game development know that we are extra-passionate about this project and that we're always ready to take the extra step just to make sure everything about the project is given the care it deserves. Jan has even quit his daily job just to make sure he's totally and full-time focused on this very journey to the stars!

It's our first game we're going to self-publish. That's why we spent literally hundreds and hundreds of hours studying, observing and searching for all crucial information about game development, manufacturing, logistics and fulfilment. We have already been discussing manufacturing with several industry-established companies such as PandaGM, Cartamundi or Ludofact. We have also spent a lot of time studying hard logistics, duties and taxes.

Although Space Race: The Card Game is "just" a card game, which is far less production-complicated than heavy board games, there still may be issues awaiting our mission in deep space which we couldn't have trained for. But we're ready to fight anything that could arise! Once launched, the rocket must rise to the stars!

Space Race: The Card Game has all the mechanics completed and tested. We're still improving the rulebook structure and also work on the remaining artwork.

We believe that we're able to deliver Space Race: The Card Game to your doorstep in December 2016.

Thanks a lot for your support! We'll keep you updated!
Jan

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