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Vast: The Crystal Caverns takes you and your friends into the torchlight of a classic cave-crawling adventure, built on the concept of total asymmetry. Gone are days of the merry band of travelers fighting off evil. In Vast, you will become part of a new legend... Any part you wish!   

 

 

Play as the daring Knight, the chaotic Goblin horde, the greedy Dragon, the cunning Thief, or even the Cave itself — powerful, brooding, and intent on crushing the living things that dare to disturb its gloomy depths. Each role has its own powers, pieces, and paths to victory … and there can only be one winner.

 

The Knight must kill the Dragon. The Knight gains power by completing Sidequests and recovering lost Treasures. She can reset her abilities each turn.

The Goblins must kill the Knight. The Goblins builds three Tribes by playing a push-your-luck game. Then they move around the board trying to corner the Knight.

The Dragon must wake up and escape through the entrance. The Dragon starts out slow but wakes up as he steals Treasures, devours Goblins, and explores the Cave. He does this by playing cards to fuel various powers.

The Cave must fully expand and then collapse. The Cave does this by gaining Omens, placing Treasures to lure the other players into its depths, and placing tiles.

The Thief must steal treasures to buy his freedom. The Thief uses stealth and actions to take Treasures from the other players and the Cave. As he does this he must get them back to the entrance.

With a Cave constructed of tiles, and decks full of monsters, special abilities, and game-changing events, no two playthroughs will ever be the same. Vast is truly unlike any game you’ve ever played. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ghost

The spirit of a long-lost adventurer, cursed to haunt the Cave for eternity. Her only hope of finding peace is to collect the few lasting remnants of her mortal life scattered throughout the Cave, and draw enough strength from them to finally escape the curse.

The Ghost is an advanced role that works with any combinations of players and roles, or allows you to play with up to six players at once. She travels slowly through the Cave, but has telekinetic powers that allow her to manipulate other objects from a distance, and she can even temporarily possess other players to force them to do her bidding.

Moving Entrance

This stretch goal adds a miniature for the entrance to the set of miniatures. You can place this miniature on top of the Entrance tile to show its location clearly. The miniature will also come with a new rules variant, in which the Entrance tile can be destroyed like any other tile, making it move to a new place. 

The Ghoul

Corrupted by the Cave’s power and the last remnants of its humanity long gone, the Ghoul lives only to hunt. It relentlessly stalks and terrorizes the other roles, growing stronger with each battle.

The Ghoul is an additional player role that can be used with any combination of player number and roles.

Treasure Chest Miniatures

This stretch goal adds 12 Treasure Chest miniatures to the set of miniatures.

Bonus Cards

This stretch goal adds 6 bonus cards to the game for all pledge levels.

These cards will not be exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. They will include the Treasure Trove and Silver Gauntlet promo cards. I will add a funding level for people who just want the cards and the ability to purchase addons.

Crystal Miniatures

This stretch goal adds 9 Crystal miniatures to the set of miniatures.

Nightmare Unicorn

The Nightmare Unicorn will run around the board attacking and teleporting until it brings the Cave down on you. Stop it while you can.

Though the Nightmare Unicorn was designed just for solo play, we are trying to adapt it so it can be played instead of the Dragon or automated with a mix of other roles.

This stretch goal also unlocks the option to pledge for a $30 bundle of all three role addons.

 

 

Risks and challenges

Miniatures are always a challenge to make which is why we pushed it into a later project. We have a lot more knowledge how to deal with and we have funds available to us to recover from emergencies.

We are printing 10,000 games this time, so naturally there is risk when there is this much money involved. Having done this before helps a great deal.

We do have some shipping in Asia to wrap before the first Vast has completely shipped.

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FAQ

  • You are getting this second printing. The majority of the first printing is sold out. I'm not trying to rip you off. If you are getting the second printing you DO NOT need an upgrade kit.

    You will not get the promo cards from an online store. I will make the available at my online store in the future, but quantities will be limited.

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  • You are getting a base copy of the game, with any stretch goals that apply to the base copy of the game free of charge. The Paypal pre-orders are from the same printing as this campaign, which is currently already being printed. I am not trying to short change anyone.

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  • The game is already being produced, and we will ship the game and the upgrade packs as soon as they come in. The miniatures and expansions will need some more design time and will go out later.

    If you choose a reward level with multiple shipping dates, the shipping price covers both the first and second shipments. After the campaign finishes, we will provide everyone with the option to bundle the March and August shipments into one August shipment. If you choose to bundle, you will get a partial refund on shipping.

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  • The Dragons are 35 mm tall. The Knight/Thief/Ghost will be 25 mm. The Ghoul will be lower since he is crouched but would be 25 mm if he was standing. The Goblins will be about 20 mm depending on how their bases turn out.

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  • I had a great deal of pre-orders and money saved from Gen Con in a PayPal account. PayPal decided the liability of the pre-orders was too much and moved my money into a reserve to protect against chargebacks. It took some convincing and they still haven't released all the funds.

    I have a bridge loan and in fact printing is already rolling, but some people said they still wanted to show their support, so I built this campaign.

    I was planning on doing miniatures in December anyway, so I just decided to push up the miniatures.

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  • The second printing has the same components as the first printing, though some parts are changing in size or material. The Dragon die will be plastic, some of the wood pieces will have different dimensions, the treasure chests will be natural wood, and the vault doors will be grey.

    Even better, all of the cards have been upgraded to 315 GSM Ivory Core with linen finish. They're nice.

    The rules themselves are the same, but easier to use. We listened to your suggestions and made the second-printing rulebook and aids even better. The rulebook has four new pages, containing specific examples of play, easily forgotten and important rules, and an interaction guide. The second printing also includes another double-sided play aid with the easily forgotten rules. The rulebook, player boards, and cards have also received another editing pass to make them easier to learn from and reference.

    If you want to get the second-printing experience, grab the upgrade pack. It contains the second-printing rulebook, player boards, rules sheets, cards, and Dragon die. If you don't want to purchase the upgrade pack, no problem! Just follow the link to the print-and-play edition above.

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  • Vast is for 1 to 5 players. Solo mode was added during the first campaign, as was the Thief role after the video was shot.

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  • If you want to do a multi-pack please review the directions here:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2074786394/vast-the-crystal-caverns-second-printing-with-mini/posts/1759898

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  • They are now part of the first set of promo cards stretch pack.

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  • Each item I add to my supply chain increases liability. Supporting a version without a miniature might shave off 50 cents from the final product and would end up costing me more to maintain as I move units between depots. I'm not going to do that, please stop asking me.

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  • Only people that own the first printing like the description says. If you are buying a new copy with this campaign its already upgraded. I'm not trying to rip you off.

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  • I have engaged the services of Backerkit to manage addresses and they will take additional pledges and generate new pledges.

    I am a game publisher so of course I will try to stock these items down the road. I like to eat too.

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    Vast: Upgrades, Miniatures, and Addons

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    Miniatures for all of the characters in Vast: The Crystal Caverns.

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    A complete copy of Vast: The Crystal Caverns.

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    Includes Addons:
    Ghoul
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    Nightmare Unicorn

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