This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, January 19 2019 3:30 PM UTC +00:00.
The sun is setting on one of the most devastating battles the Pocket Universe has ever seen. After years of fighting, it is becoming clear that this war will not be won on the strength of military victories alone. The leaders of the Dynasty and the Liberation turn their attention to some of the most influential figures in the galaxy to strengthen their cause.
Who will be able to consolidate their power, gain new allies, and turn old foes to their side? Who can form a Conclave powerful enough to gain control of the Universe?
Anthelion: Conclave of Power builds on the foundation one of our most successful wallet games, the two-player influence manipulation game Avignon: A Clash of Popes. Players will use the special abilities of the locations and characters in play to pull characters to their side of the table (their Conclave), or push unwanted characters to their opponent. The player that can amass 10 points of infuence—regardless of the factions the characters once served—will be declared the winner.
Players will choose a side, Liberation or Dynasty. That determines the side of the map that you are pulling towards, as well as the home base planet (also known as the threshold) that you will use in the game.
The remaining planets are placed with the neutral planet in the center. 5 characters are dealt and start out at the neutral planet. You will try to pull them towards your conclave to gain points.
While you are a leader of the Liberation or Dynasty, you are not required to collect a united faction of characters. You may find Liberation, Dynasty or Rogue characters that will work very well together.
Petitions are found on characters as well as planets. These actions will move characters throughout the universe.
These characters are worth victory points (as shown as stars on each character card), and they may also provide resources. Resources are only available when a character is in your conclave.
Read the pre-release rules document here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Nsuwp48pygc_WYYOoskyx23KypkszksUyJ7AzdNZ3xI/edit?usp=sharing
To play today, try the prototype version here: https://www.pnparcade.com/products/anthelion-conclave-of-power
See the rewards below. For shipping amounts, please choose the pledge level that you are interested in and start the backing process. It will show you the shipping amount for your country before the backing is completed.
Please note: the reward levels with the additional 2019 Faction Packs include additional shipping for 4 more packages throughout the year. And once again, $10+ members of our Board Game of the Month Club will be receiving these Faction Packs as part of their monthly packages.
International Customers: All items are being shipped from the US. You may incur import fees.
In previous campaigns we created expansion material and used it as stretch goals. Going forward, we're just going to give it away from the start. So no worries on whether we'll hit it or not, you are getting this expansion if you pledge here.
With your pledge you will be receiving the "Androids" expansion. This expansion brings in 4 new Android characters and their planet. Swap these with the Rogue faction and the Rogue planet for a very different game.
We will be releasing 4 new expansions over the course of 2019. Each expansion includes a 4 card faction and the faction's planet (which you will swap with the Rogue faction and the Rogue planet). These are tentatively titled the Folk, Cultists, Chaos, and Union.
Anthelion: Conclave of Power was designed by Daniel Solis, who is best known for Kodama: The Tree Spirits, Junk Orbit, (our very own) Kintsugi and Pod-X, and a trove of tiny and quick games available at danielsolis.com.
Fabrice Weiss has illustrated this (along with many of our Pocket Universe games), as well as Mississippi Queen, Seven7s, and Avignon: A Clash of Popes.
Speaking of Avignon, Anthelion was inspired by, and reimplements the Avignon push and pull system by John du Bois. There's a funny story about how Avignon was originally inspired by a tweet by Daniel Solis, so the project has come full circle.
And finally, Button Shy is made up of Jason and Carolyn Tagmire with assistance from a variety of friends and family. (A few of note for Anthelion are: Matthew Mitchell - customer support, Mike Mullins - writing, James O'Connor - reviewer outreach, David Wiley - Anthelion - strategy articles)
We have an awesome following of repeat customers. As a result, we've built the Board Game of the Month Club.
It's a subscription service where you receive unreleased microgames, promo cards, expansion content, and Kickstarter discounts.... every month. Supporters will receive from $1, $2, $5 to $10 off of EVERY WALLET GAME THAT WE MAKE. (See the $1 level, that's where the members back the projects).
Our 2019 $5 packages include an episode of Chain Mail, a card and dice driven, asymmetric dungeon crawler for 1-4 players. Each episode comes with a postcard map, dual monster card, and a new quest. After multiple months you can randomize these and/or attempt multiple quests in a campaign mode. It also includes a copy (and a link to print more) of the next Tempus Quest pen and paper game where you use time instead of dice. The crew of the Tempus ship get into a new adventure each month.
Our $10 packages include all of those and something extra. Generally it's a micro-game (up to 9 cards), or some expansion / promo cards for our existing games. The Anthelion Faction Packs will be part of the March, June, September and December packages this year.
And our $20 package includes all of the above and a copy of the featured wallet game (or the wallet game of your choice). The featured wallet games also come with any expansion material that is given away in the Kickstarter campaigns.
If that sounds cool to you, check out the Board Game of the Month Club on Patreon!
Risks and challenges
Releasing games each month has established a groove with the manufacturer. We rarely see delays on their end, but we can see delays before it goes to the manufacturer. We are spending time making sure the rules are 100% right and some of you will be invited to join in on that process.
With a lot to juggle and it being mostly just two people, we will occasionally see delays. A few previous projects were behind schedule so we've adjusted our schedule accordingly (instead of 2 months, we've extended our estimated delivery to 4 months to be extra sure we'll hit the date). Our project due to fulfill in November is in and starting to ship, and our estimated January and February projects are working their way here as well and are looking to be mostly on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter