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Take over the universe with this big game in a pocket-sized package. Designed by Chip Beauvais with art by Sara Beauvais. Only $10!
Take over the universe with this big game in a pocket-sized package. Designed by Chip Beauvais with art by Sara Beauvais. Only $10!
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Deep in the Pocket Universe, the balance of power is shifting. Seventeen newly discovered planets are being colonized and tapped for crucial resources. Shifting alliances and stacks of galactic credits influence battles for control. Can you claim Universal Rule in this 4x wallet game from Button Shy?

 

 

 

In Universal Rule, players battle for control of the universe in this pocket sized 4X style game. You can colonize new planets, improve upon those planets, gain credits based off of the resources that the planet produces, or attempt to destroy other planets that threaten your existence. Other players can follow, but at a cost. The first player to show their true dominance through victory points will win the game.

Universal Rule is a 3-5 player game designed by Chip Beauvais with art by Sara Beauvais and layout by Jason Washburn (of Talon Strikes Studios). Gameplay lasts 30-45 minutes and is recommended for ages 12 and up.

The game consists of:

-17 Planet Cards

-1 Rule Card

-Fold Out Full Color Rules

-Wallet Packaging

NOTE: Players will need to provide coins or tokens for tracking (25 cents in coins per player is suggested), or check out our bonus pack for trackers.

This is part of our Wallet Line and will be packaged in a small vinyl wallet, perfect for taking it on the go. It's pocket-sized, portable and protective... and has proven itself with our growing line of wallet games.

 

We normally offer a bonus pack with each game, but here we have TWO! Choose one, the other or both. One is straight up game utility, the other is a lot of new content. Check it out. 

BONUS PACK 1: TRACKERS - $3

Instead of using coins to track your credits, you will receive 5 Tracker Cards (one for each player) each with 2 clips to track your credits and your attack contributions. The Tracker also includes the rule changes that are implemented when using Trackers instead of coins.

BONUS PACK 2: ALIEN HOMEWORLDS - $3

You will receive 6 Alien Homeworld cards. These are placed in the center of the table and represent the aliens that are currently in place on specific planets. If a player tried to inhabit one of those locations, they must either align with the alien and take a special power for the rest of the game -OR- vanquish the alien to gain additional stars.

(more aliens will be revealed as we go!) 

 How to play video coming ASAP!

You can print the full game right here. It's only 2 pages long with just black ink. The rules are just another few pages, and you can even make it work by just viewing them online. NOTE: The PnP and rules are early versions. We will be updating the files as the campaign goes. 

Black and White Print and Play: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1aff3ebwelmdfxf/UR-PNP-092916-1.pdf?dl=0 

Rules: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4ffcja87qlscusc/UniversalRule-Rules-101116.pdf?dl=0

Rules Clarifications: https://buttonshygames.com/pages/universal-rule

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkRQPgbulvY&feature=youtu.be 

http://www.theindiegamereport.com/universal-rule-preview/

https://theboardgameshow.com/2016/10/24/big-4x-feel-in-16-card-universal-rule-card-game-a-preview/

https://geekdad.com/2016/11/universal-rule/

http://www.clubfantasci.com/universal-rule-button-shy-games-kickstarter-preview-maurice-fitzgerald/

http://trollitc.com/2016/11/universal-rule-a-4x-game-in-a-tiny-package-that-gets-the-job-done/

$1 - Board Game of the Month Club Rate - Join our Board Game of the Month Club to get promo cards, exclusive microgames, and special rates for our Kickstarters and website sales. Details at https://www.patreon.com/buttonshy

$3 - Print and Play - Print your own copy of Universal Rule using our full bleed, full color, press quality Print and Play files. You can also add-on any other print and play from our library for just $3.

$10 - Universal Rule - One copy of Universal Rule with free US shipping and reduced international shipping. Add additional copies of Universal Rule for just $9 each.

$13 - Universal Rule Plus The Trackers Bonus Pack - One copy of Universal Rule with the Trackers Bonus Pack and free US shipping and reduced international shipping. Add additional copies of Universal Rule for just $9 each.

$13 - Universal Rule Plus The Alien Homeworld Bonus Pack - One copy of Universal Rule with the Alien Homeworld Bonus Pack and free US shipping and reduced international shipping. Add additional copies of Universal Rule for just $9 each.

$16 - Universal Rule Plus Both Bonus Packs - One copy of Universal Rule with the Trackers Bonus Pack and the Alien Homeworlds Bonus Pack and free US shipping and reduced international shipping. Add additional copies of Universal Rule for just $9 each.

$25 - Entire Pocket Universe Collection - One copy of Universal Rule, one copy of Pod-X and both Twin Stars scenarios: Escape the Brig and The Quark Star. Free US shipping and reduced international shipping. Add additional copies of Universal Rule for just $9 each.

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Chip Beauvais started designing games in 2006, and hasn’t been able to stop. He has a Masters degree in Mathematics from Tufts University. He lives in Maynard, MA with his wife, daughter and a bunny. This is Chip's second Button Shy Wallet Game, his first was Smoke & Mirrors. You can contact Chip on Twitter @the_FlyingSheep.

Button Shy is the little guy in the big competitive board game world. Instead of trying to compete with the many great publishers out there, we decided to do things our own way. We order Wallet Games in parts and assemble them here in the US. It's an old fashioned mom and pop style operation, releasing high quality, yet personal little games.

We release a new game each month and have a great following of repeat customers. As a result, we've built the Board Game of the Month Club, a subscription service where you receive unreleased microgames, promo cards, a newsletter with interviews and game-related comics, and big Kickstarter discounts.... every month.

http://patreon.com/buttonshy

 

Risks and challenges

We've done our homework and have as much ready as possible before even launching the Kickstarter, but there are always challenges once it's completed. There may be factory delays or errors, which can cause delays for fulfillment. We've had this issue previously and managed to turn it into a positive thing by providing extra content in the final version of the product.

All of our previous projects have been fulfilled as close as possible to the intended date, they have either been on time, within one month of the delivery date, and some even early.

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