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Artipia Games proudly presents New Dawn. A game by the Greek designers Konstantinos Kokkinis & Sotiris Tsantilas set in the Among the Stars Universe. The game features the art of Antonis Papantoniou.
STORY: Many years have passed since the formation of the Alliance. However, the glorious future that was promised has yet to arrive. In the aftermath of the Purge all the races vowed to cooperate towards a common goal. But as time went by, working together proved to be more difficult than expected. On top of that, the construction costs of new Stations kept rising. With the future of the Alliance hanging in the balance, it was decided that the countless destroyed worlds, remnants of the War and the Purge, should be revived. The facilities, laying there forgotten, could help in the improvement of the economy. Failure could mean the end of the Alliance and the disruption of peace. It is a desperate hope for a galaxy still haunted by its past, a final effort for a New Dawn.
New Dawn is the thematic sequel of Among the Stars. In New Dawn, players take the role of Alliance officials, belonging to different races, sent on a mission to explore and revive a part of the Galaxy. Each game lasts 5 rounds during which, players can explore regions, establish bases, seize control of facilities, send ambassadors, produce resources and send aid to the Alliance.
GAMEPLAY: At the beginning of each round, in clockwise order, the players get resources from their established bases and draw new Facility cards. They use them to explore new regions by placing them on the board and performing the action written on them.
After all players have explored new Facilities, they have the chance to acquire new Technologies from their race deck - each one with its own advantages. In the move MHQ phase, players can move one of their Mobile Head Quarters to another region. MHQ allow each player to establish Bases on adjacent regions and increase his combat strength by allowing him to use additional dice with different values on them. The next phase of each Round is the Action phase. Each player performs 3 actions which are done one-at-a-time in clockwise order. In this phase players can establish new Bases on Facilities by paying credits, seize control of facilities through combat, use Ambassadors for various actions and buy new MHQ to improve their power and expandability. By placing a base on a Facility through the Establish Base or the Seize Control action, a player will score Victory points at the end of the game He can also acquire additional benefits based on the orientation he chooses. Each Facility has a number of arrows on it, indicating the number of benefits its controller can acquire. The game comes with 8 Base benefit cards, 4 of which are randomly chosen for each game. At the end of each round, players have the chance to send aid to the Alliance, by dispatching large cargo ships filled with resources that will score them additional victory points at the end of the game.
112 unique Facility cards, 8 Base Benefit cards, 8 Ambassadors, 8 Alien Races each with its own Technology deck and unique ability offer a huge amount of options, strategies and replayability.
As time passes by, allies become enemies once more and unless the Alliance maintains control, war seems inevitable. All everyone can hope for is a new beginning... a New Dawn.
You can download the New Dawn rulebook by clicking here .
Our main goal is to gather the funds needed to produce a first limited print run of the game. This will allow us to also have it available at Spiel 2014 in order to make it more popular and arrange deals with co-publishers in order to plan a much larger production, most likely within 2015. You can support us by ordering it or by spreading the word about this campaign on forums and social networks.
New Dawn features the artwork of Antonis Papantoniou. www.GameImager.com
New Dawn is scheduled for production in August-September 2014 at Germany's largest game manufacturer, ensuring high quality materials.
Please note that the published product may have differences regarding sizes, quantities, colors or layout because of production limitations and/or adjustments.
IMPORTANT: New Dawn is scheduled to be released at Spiel 2014 in Essen-Germany in October 2014. Even though we will do everything in our power to deliver the game to you before our current estimation (November 2014), the only guaranteed way that you will be among the first to get the game is to select an ESSEN-PICKUP pledge level. Since this is a Spiel 2014 release, several customers and retailers may purchase the game from the fair which means they will get it before our group shipment goes out to backers. Please back this project only after taking this information into account.
Backers should be receiving their order within November 2014. We will do everything in our power to deliver your orders sooner than November 2014 (especially for items already in stock that are not part of group shipping). However, we state November 2014 as the delivery estimated period because there is always the chance of the production process getting delayed for various reasons.
Our current shipping solution DOES NOT offer tracking. From past experience we already know that the % of lost items is VERY small. However, if you require tracking for your order, please contact us and let us know. Please note that you will be requested to pay additional shipping costs since your order will have to be handled separately from our group shipping solution.
Almost all orders will be shipped from Greece. A few orders may be shipped from Germany. If you have any concerns regarding customs and import taxes for large cost orders, please contact us at email@example.com and we will assist you on that.
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Risks and challenges
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Even though we do our best to ensure a quality product and a fast production, there is always the risk of delays. Supplier shortage, holidays and weather conditions are just a few of the reasons a production could be delayed. Artipia Games should not be held responsible for delays caused by third parties.
When dealing with a large number of orders, there is always a chance that errors will occur. If after you receive your order, you find out that there are items missing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the missing items as soon as possible.
If your package arrives damaged, please take a few photos of all damaged items and email them to us at email@example.com . We will send you replacements for the damaged items as soon as possible. Our previous packing solution was over 99.5% damage-proof. However, there were a few cases where the packages were hit so hard that damage was caused to the games’ boxes. Replacement were sent to the backers who received damaged boxes. The games shipped through this campaign, will be sent out in a larger and stronger package which will better protect the contents against such damage.
Our current estimation for delivery is October-November 2014. We are optimistic that this campaign will be delivered sooner than that. However history has shown that no matter how well you plan things, there is always a chance of delays caused by third parties. Please understand that we want your orders to be delivered quickly as much as you do. Please note that some of the promo material may be delivered separately in a later date due to production time needed.
If a package is not delivered due to a backers fault (wrong address given, backer didn’t claim the delivered package from their post office, etc) , the backer may be requested to pay additional shipping fees for the item to be sent out again.
As soon as this campaign is over, you will be requested to complete a survey through which you can let us know which items you have ordered as well as where you would like us to ship your order to. By keeping in mind that your order may be shipped sooner or later than the estimated date, please give us an address that will surely not change. (If for example you think that you may be moving to a new house around June, please give us the address of a friend or relative to ensure a successful delivery)
Please read the Shipping section above.
Please note that your order may be delivered in multiple packages. This is done due to weight limitations for group shipments. Each game or expansion ordered through this campaign will most likely be delivered on a separate package. Even though the items you ordered will be shipped at the same time, there is always a chance they will arrive to you several days apart. This may occur due to each countries postal service sort-and-dispatch system.
Through this campaign you may receive updates on Artipia’s upcoming projects. Such updates will be rare and will mostly evolve around Among the Stars Universe.
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No. New Dawn is a completely different game that continues the story told in Among the Stars. The only thing the two games share is the thematic universe in which they both take place.
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