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$493,878
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3,089
backers
10days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, June 26 2019 4:00 PM UTC +00:00.

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"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men and the one who leads them that earn the victory." -- General George S. Patton
"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men and the one who leads them that earn the victory." -- General George S. Patton

This board game 'port' captures the strategy, choices and fun of the beloved video games. Players maneuver units from one of four factions to secure resource points, grow their economy, unlock buildings and purchase and upgrade new units.  Player's eventually unleash their team's powerful end game forces to secure enough victory points (victory point mode) or destroy the enemy's base (annihilation mode).  

From fog of war, using cover, flanking armor, spotting for artillery, veteran upgrades, deciding what units to purchase and what buildings to unlock; this project distills all of the elements we love about Company of Heroes into a streamlined board game experience. This is an accessible, medium-weight, World War 2 strategy game that focuses on fun tactical choices and unit purchasing.


The Churchill AVRE slots into the Churchill Base and transforms it into a beast of High Explosive damage that can destroy squads and buildings in a single shot. (Note that the Churchill base is not complete yet and will have much more detail.) Next Rewards Schedule is tentative and subject to minor adjustment.
The Churchill AVRE slots into the Churchill Base and transforms it into a beast of High Explosive damage that can destroy squads and buildings in a single shot. (Note that the Churchill base is not complete yet and will have much more detail.) Next Rewards Schedule is tentative and subject to minor adjustment.
A snapshot of the vehicles coming with the $99 Core Set
A snapshot of the vehicles coming with the $99 Core Set
See the US and German Contents Below.
See the US and German Contents Below.
Not shown but 3 Mortars, 3 MG's and 3 Anti-Tank guns are also included for each faction.
Not shown but 3 Mortars, 3 MG's and 3 Anti-Tank guns are also included for each faction.
Not shown are the 3 Mortars, MG's and Anti-Tank guns included for each faction.  *Lead designer's note: "I know everyone wants us to change the soviet infantry model, and we probably will, but he still cracks me up every time i see it. So arrogant lol."
Not shown are the 3 Mortars, MG's and Anti-Tank guns included for each faction. *Lead designer's note: "I know everyone wants us to change the soviet infantry model, and we probably will, but he still cracks me up every time i see it. So arrogant lol."
Yes, all of the above is included in the 4 Player Core Set! Plus all of the free bonus stretch rewards if you pledge during the campaign :)
Yes, all of the above is included in the 4 Player Core Set! Plus all of the free bonus stretch rewards if you pledge during the campaign :)

There are currently four possible Add On's: The Terrain Pack ($26), The Solo / Cooperative Expansion ($26), the Elite Commanders Collection ($46) and the Oberkommando West Faction Pack. These have been priced as affordably as possible for the KickStarter campaign. These are all items that we would have loved to include into the Core Set but we would never have been able to keep its price below $100. These Add Ons represent extra game features and units not essential to the core experience. (The Core Set really does contain everything you need to play Company of Heroes!) You can select a reward tier that includes the add-ons you want, or they may be added individually by simply adding the correct amount to your pledge. Your specific choice will be confirmed later through the pledge manager.

The Solo & Cooperative pack allows you to now play the Company of Heroes Board Game solo or with a partner! Featuring a unique fog of war and AI reaction system, overcome 10 pre-set scenarios and challenges, or dive into a fully functioning free-play system like the video games' AI multiplayer!
The Solo & Cooperative pack allows you to now play the Company of Heroes Board Game solo or with a partner! Featuring a unique fog of war and AI reaction system, overcome 10 pre-set scenarios and challenges, or dive into a fully functioning free-play system like the video games' AI multiplayer!
The big boys of the armored divisions! Featuring the elite specialty vehicles and commanders that we could not fit into the Core Set. Featuring 2 unique vehicles for each nation faction. Includes the King Tiger, JagdPanther, IS-3 Heavy Tank, KV-2 Assault Tank, British Comet Tank, Sexton Motorized Artillery, US Pershing Heavy Tank and the US Sherman Calliope.  Along with 2 variations of each Commander to unlock new abilities and upgrades.
The big boys of the armored divisions! Featuring the elite specialty vehicles and commanders that we could not fit into the Core Set. Featuring 2 unique vehicles for each nation faction. Includes the King Tiger, JagdPanther, IS-3 Heavy Tank, KV-2 Assault Tank, British Comet Tank, Sexton Motorized Artillery, US Pershing Heavy Tank and the US Sherman Calliope. Along with 2 variations of each Commander to unlock new abilities and upgrades.

The Elite Commanders Collection features all of the Commander Packs that will be sold separately at retail for $10-12 a pack. For the KickStarter, we have bundled all 16 commanders and their special doctrinal vehicles into one bundle. Note that we will be confirming these vehicle selections with you, the backers, over the course of the campaign via a series of 8 polls to give you the option to select from this current set or alternate vehicles! This collection includes 2 of each doctrinal vehicle even the giant 3.7" King Tiger. Note that if you are ordering two core sets to play with 5-8 people, you will still only need one Commanders Collection. 

This is a faction pack that allows you to play with a different type of German faction. This faction focuses on mobility and its light vehicles as well as the ability to create bases anywhere on the map. Note that this is not a 5th player expansion.
This is a faction pack that allows you to play with a different type of German faction. This faction focuses on mobility and its light vehicles as well as the ability to create bases anywhere on the map. Note that this is not a 5th player expansion.

 The Company of Heroes Board Game is an interesting hybrid of strategy, unit tactics and resource management; just like the video games. In our experience, if you like the video games and you like board games you WILL love this game. If you are unfamiliar with the video games, but like strategy board games, tactical miniatures games or war-games, you will PROBABLY like this game, it depends on whether you are looking for a relatively fast, medium complexity WW2 strategy game. 

I Never Played the Video Games, Will I Still Love It? For those in the second category the important distinction to consider is that this is a cross between tactical skirmish games and economy-based resource management games so it feels and plays differently than most other games out there. While the CoH board game shares some common elements with skirmish games and tabletop miniatures games, (players are maneuvering units around on a map after all), it has such a large focus on securing, collecting and spending resources that the end experience is quite different! Playtesters that never played the video games, said they enjoyed the fun choices and purchases you get to constantly be making in addition to all the tactical maneuvering like occupying buildings, positioning mortars, or flanking to vehicle weak spots; but without getting bogged down by a lot of calculation, dice rolling or waiting between turns.

A third of the game revolves around your HQ board and production tiles. This is where you spend resources to unlock buildings, purchase new units and upgrades, as well build up experience and Commander levels.
A third of the game revolves around your HQ board and production tiles. This is where you spend resources to unlock buildings, purchase new units and upgrades, as well build up experience and Commander levels.

How Does It Stack Up? If you are a fan of of some of our favorite WW2 board games you will probably enjoy the Company of Heroes board game as well. But you should know that it is simpler (and less time consuming) than Squad Leader, Tide of Iron and Bolt Action. It has more tactical depth than titles like Memoir 44'. The unit interactions and abilities approach the degree found in games like Heroes of Normandie and Conflict of Heroes but has a more streamlined (and therefore lighter) combat system.

This chart is a very rough comparison, it does not take into account play time. Also, even though complexity is not always the same as tactical depth; this chart combines the two together weighting tactical depth a little higher (otherwise Axis and Allies would be farther to the right.) The CoH board game ranges from 60-90 minutes in standard mode. It contains squad level tactics but also emphasizes capturing resources and many purchase decisions.
This chart is a very rough comparison, it does not take into account play time. Also, even though complexity is not always the same as tactical depth; this chart combines the two together weighting tactical depth a little higher (otherwise Axis and Allies would be farther to the right.) The CoH board game ranges from 60-90 minutes in standard mode. It contains squad level tactics but also emphasizes capturing resources and many purchase decisions.

 *Beta Prototype Components Shown in Videos

Gameplay Video - Real Time 

The 2 player live game continues as we extend the victory conditions from a medium game (15 points) to a long game (21) and we switch to Real Time Mode. These victory point levels are similar to playing a 250, 500 or 1000 point match in the video games.

(Note that the first round is not an accurate representation in this video because we were using a 2 minute instead of a 3 minute sand timer at first, but later we correct.) 

 *A few changes and improvements to the rules and gameplay have been incorporated since these tutorials. For example, spawn points are the entire back row of that side of the board, allowing faster horizontal movement and a wider range of openers.

Click the image above to read or download the draft rulebook from ISSUU.com (Note that this is only an unfinished draft and represents a work in progress.)
Click the image above to read or download the draft rulebook from ISSUU.com (Note that this is only an unfinished draft and represents a work in progress.)

An online rulebook for each language will be available at launch. 200 Backers from Germany, France, Poland, Spain / Central / South America will unlock a printed rulebook in that language. 1000 Backers from a region unlocks a full version of the game! NOTE that for those countries that do not unlock a printed rulebook or card set we will  make them available for a small fee through the Pledge Manager. You will be able to pick which language version you want through the pledge manager regardless of country. 

These contents may be increased from stretch goals! They are also subject to change and approval by SEGA.  These models are also shown with the decals we hope to unlock mid campaign. Note the AT guns, mortars and MG models are still draft versions and will be improved.
These contents may be increased from stretch goals! They are also subject to change and approval by SEGA. These models are also shown with the decals we hope to unlock mid campaign. Note the AT guns, mortars and MG models are still draft versions and will be improved.

1:120 Scale, Solid, Pre-Assembled Models.  The vehicle models are in 1:120 (15mm scale) with some greater than 3 inches in length. Pre-assembled with rotating turrets and produced in a base color for each nation. Note that most, but not all model designs have been completed; we will continue to add detail and complexity throughout the line. Infantry and weapon teams shown here represent draft versions. Note that we plan to fudge the scale of the infantry miniatures by approximately 1-2 mm in order to help with detail as well as handling that small size. 

Heavy Weight ABS Plastic. We will be using a heavier weight plastic than our last game to increase the heft of each miniature. They will be entirely solid as well! (No hollowing.)  They will be manufactured with high precision-cut steel molds. 

Why 1:120 / 15mm Scale? We did not choose this scale, the scale chose us! There were a lot of considerations and design dependencies that were formed as we wrestled the board game version of Company of Heroes into existence. We wanted it to be accessible to a wide range of players, so the board had to be large but reasonable and able to be placed on a good sized kitchen table or convention table. We needed X amount of hexes in order to create enough space and distance on the maps, and those hexes needed to be of a fairly large size in order to accommodate everything we would be putting into them. The buildings and map features had to be close to the scale of vehicles and infantry and the end result was 1:120 scale. If any changes are made to the scale going forward it will be to increase the size to 1:100 (good news for all the FoW fans out there) but for now plan and back assuming 1:120. 

What is particularly cool about this scale are the simple conversions: a 23 foot Panzer IV becomes a 2.3 inch model.  A 17' Staghound becomes a 1.7" miniature. Simple!

Just a reminder that the components shown represent a work in progress and are subject to change. Stay tuned for the updated Churchills!
Just a reminder that the components shown represent a work in progress and are subject to change. Stay tuned for the updated Churchills!
We are deeply indebted to both SEGA and Relic Entertainment for giving us the opportunity to develop the board game version of their wonderful franchise. As devout fans of Company of Heroes, this project is a dream come true for us. This board game only turned out as good as it did because of the years of design and crafting that went into the video games.
We are deeply indebted to both SEGA and Relic Entertainment for giving us the opportunity to develop the board game version of their wonderful franchise. As devout fans of Company of Heroes, this project is a dream come true for us. This board game only turned out as good as it did because of the years of design and crafting that went into the video games.

Core Set Estimated Shipping Costs Include Priority Tracking and Fulfillment:

USA: $18

UK: $22

EU, Australia, Canada New Zealand $27

All Other Regions: $43

KickStarter Communications, Comments and Updates

Leveraging what we have learned from our previous campaign we are committed to frequent and extensive updates throughout the entire production process of Company of Heroes the board game. We promise to be ultra-transparent and communicative from beginning to end.

Note that while, our team may use the comments section from time to time; mostly we will be passively reviewing the comments section and replying to questions and comments through the updates, direct messages and by building up the community FAQ.  If you have a direct question for the team and designers we recommend consulting the FAQ and then sending us a direct message or contacting us directly at support@badcrowgames.com

FAQ CLICK HERE


FAQ: CLICK HERE

Risks and challenges

The largest challenge based off of our previous projects is production timelines. Mech Command RTS which turned out quite beautiful was late in its delivery. Thus we are highly motivated to produce a superb quality game on schedule. Leveraging our previous experience, we have developed strategies to help ensure that we get the Company of Heroes Board Game to your table in a timely manner. One of the key elements is having our product manager move to Xiamen, China for the duration of the manufacturing process. In conjunction with our in-country sourcing liaison Miles Fu, we want to be on site at every step of the way, dramatically cutting down the sampling, shipping and communication times. This step will also dramatically cut down the quality assurance process as well as keep the community looped in to the entire process through on-site reports and updates.

Something else to note is that the Company of Heroes Board Game is 90-95% complete at the time of the KickStarter. Some of the core models, particularly the infantry and weapon teams need either some extra detail or further development. Many of the stretch goal units and commanders need some more testing and tweaking as well as the Solo and Cooperative mode, if it becomes unlocked. Thus there remains approximately 60 days of final tweaking and design to do after the KickStarter is complete (which has been factored into the delivery date).

This fortunately provides the opportunity to allow the community input on the final shape of the game however and we look forward to continuing our community polls and incorporating feedback as we have done leading up to the KickStarter.

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