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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 1 2018
$12,565
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
174
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 1 2018

About

 

 

Although this campaign is for two different games, backers can support either one or both. Why Kickstart two games simultaneously? The primary reason is to reduce importing fees and shipping costs, savings that are passed on to backers.  

If you're new to Kickstarter or want the nitty gritty details about backing this project, check out Dr. Finn's Kickstarter Guide. It answers a lot of your questions, such as: How do I back? How do I add on items? and more.  

The following video briefly describes  both games.  For more details, check out videos lower on the page. After some introductory comments, the description of Cosmic Run: Regeneration begins at 0:32 and the description of Waters of Nereus at 4:06.  

 WATERS OF NEREUS

In Waters of Nereus, you direct a crew of seafarers on Nereus, an amazing world of vast oceans with highly valued treasures. Sail your ship through the waters, plumbing the oceans for treasures to pay off your crew. The game occurs over 4 "days."  On each day, players choose 4 of their crew cards, one at a time, and performs the crew member's actions. The crew members perform a variety of tasks, such as sailing the ship, picking up treasures, providing income, converting gold to victory points, and more.  The game is beautifully illustrated by Beth Sobel, one of the most talented illustrators in the business.  

 

 COSMIC RUN: REGENERATION

In Cosmic Run: Regeneration, lead a fleet of space ships to discover new worlds. Players not only race with each other toward the planets, but this region of space is dangerously populated with large meteors that frequently hit the planets. If you can be the first to a planet, you can colonize it, erect a force field to protect it, and live peacefully thereafter. On your turn, you roll and place dice to move ships, recruit aliens, and/or collect valuable crystals. Strategically, you can play conservatively or aggressively, both of which can be used effectively to win.  It can be played competitively, cooperatively, or solo.  If you are interested in the co-op variant, watch the review video by Antlab games and the playthrough video by the designers below. The game was co-designed by Steve Finn and his two sons, Seamus and Orion.  It is a highly revised version of Cosmic Run.  

 

 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN REGENERATION AND THE ORIGINAL

Here's a quick description of the major differences between the original Cosmic Run (CR) and Cosmic Run: Regeneration (CR:R).  

  • CR:R has a tri-fold board showing 6 planet tracks.  CR had 5 individual planet track boards.  The 6th planet track has a new mechanism for movement based upon the number of pips on the yellow die.
  • CR:R uses "meteor cards" to determine meteor strikes, as opposed to a dice roll.  This cuts down on the randomness of meteor strikes and ensures a timely game end.
  • CR:R has a new alien, the Dahas.  They allow a player to take a turn with an extra die.
  • In CR:R all alien cards are 1x use. Players no longer need to rotate cards.  Also, alien cards are "retired" during the game to score points, instead of at game end. Sets of cards score fewer points, so there is a race to retire aliens early, adding more excitement and decision-making to scoring points with aliens.
  • The Monashians now all have the same power, i.e., the power of a virtual die.  This streamlines the card powers, making it easier to play.
  • In CR:R, Infodere tokens replace the crystal tokens. Some of these are placed on the board and players can acquire them as they move up tracks. Infodere tokens are also gained by Infodere aliens (similar to CR's crystal tokens for Infoderes).
  • Much of the graphic design elements are updated.
  • The Tech card now just collects crystals, so players do not need to move a marker on the tech card.
  • The Co-op game has been seriously improved with the use of tool cards and some new rules.
  • The solo game has also been improved with new rules.
  • CR:R will be a bigger game in a larger box too.
  • There are some other minor rule changes as well.
  • Watch this video if interested.

Cosmic Run and Cosmic Run: Regeneration share the same basic turn mechanic of rolling and assigning dice, collecting aliens, and collecting point tokens.  

One more point is that Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire is a standalone, 1-2 player, roll and write game that is a completely different from the others.  It is similar in theme and is a dice game, but that is about it. 

 

   

 * Both game boxes are approximately 10.75" x 7.5" x 2.25" - the same size as The Little Flower Shop.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following is not a review, but a play through by the Painted Meeple.

VIDEO OF CO-OP GAME

The following is not a review, but a video of a co-op version of the game played by the designers.

 

For the first time, Dr. Finn's Games is offering "flat rate" shipping, so you pay one price regardless of the number of games. The rate is based on location.  

Backers in the U.S., Canada, EU, and UK will not be charged customs duties, since the games will ship from within those locations respectively.

The images in Waters of Nereus were beautifully illustrated by Beth Sobel, whose board game artwork has received great praise.  Beth and Dr. Finn collaborated with Pencil First Games on Herbaceous and Sunset Over Water. This is the first project that Beth has done for Dr. Finn's Games.

Most of the artwork of Cosmic Run: Regeneration comes from the original Cosmic Run, which was illustrated by Lawrence van der Merwe.  Lawrence provided two new artworks for this game: the artwork for the cover and the Daha alien card.  

Sebastian Koziner is a graphic designer whose worked with Dr. Finn's Games on many projects and he's done a great job on both of these games. His wife, Rocio Ogñenovich, made the main campaign video. Together, they operate OK Art Studio.

Get a fun game (or two) by a highly regarded game designer. All of Dr. Finn's games receive glowing reviews from members of the board gaming community.

Help bring this game to existence. If this campaign does not fund, the game very likely will not be made.

No post-Kickstarter bargain prices. You will not find Dr. Finn's games on sale at online retailers a week (or even months) after a Kickstarter campaign because I do not sell my games to them. I do have my own sales, but I usually wait until the game has been published for a while to do so.  

• Great Add On PricesThis campaign provides an opportunity to get multiple Dr. Finn's games at a great bundle price. Check out the various levels to see the great deals. You can also add games to customize your rewards.

Support an independent game designer. Dr. Finn's Games is not a big company and will only continue with successful crowdfunding campaigns.  

 

 

If you're interested in adding other great Dr. Finn's games to your reward level, there are two ways to do so.   

DURING THE CAMPAIGN: Decide which games you would like to add, calculate the amount and add it to your pledge. After the campaign, you will use a survey to inform Dr. Finn's Games of your add-on choices.  

AFTER THE CAMPAIGN: you can wait until the campaign is over, then decide to add additional items at that time. 

LIMITED QUANTITIES WARNING:  It is possible, though unlikely, that some of the add on games are oversold during the campaign and backers may not receive some of the add on games requested. In this case, backers would receive a full refund on any add on items not received.  Although this is very unlikely, it is a possibility.

*Note: There is a 4-player and a 5-player version of the Little Flower Shop. 

For a more detailed explanation of how to add items or to find out why the add on list is limited to these games, check out Dr. Finn's Kickstarter Guide.  

 

 

Dr. Finn's Games publishes the games of Steve Finn, an independent game designer. Dr. Finn's Games relies almost exclusively on funds raised during Kickstarter campaigns and direct sales to individuals. Thus, your support in this campaign is greatly appreciated. 

Reviews of Dr. Finn’s Games have been overwhelmingly positive. In a recent review, Richard Ham (”Rahdo Runs Through”) dubbed Dr. Finn the “King of the Filler.” In addition to Cosmic Run: Regeneration and Waters of Nereus, other games from Dr. Finn's are available to backers of this project. Many of these games are low in stock, with reprints very unlikely for a long time, if at all. So, if you're interested in other Dr. Finn's Games, now is a great time to pick them up.

Boardgamegeek.com is the best place to do research on Dr. Finn's Games. Click on the name to go to the BGG page: Biblios, Biblios Dice, Butterfly Garden, Capo dei Capi, Cosmic Run, Cosmic Run: Rapid FireForagers, The Institute for Magical Arts, Let Them Eat Shrimp, The Little Flower ShopSlush Fund 2.

 

 

Risks and challenges

Please read carefully before backing this project.

PRIOR KICKSTARTER PROJECTS
All prior Kickstarter campaigns for Dr. Finn's Games have been completed, with the exception of The Little Flower Shop, which is currently being fulfilled.

PRODUCTION RISKS
Game manufacturing and publishing contains a number of risks. For this project, the greatest risks follow from the fact that the games will be manufactured in China and shipped to the U.S. The most serious threat in this regard concerns quality control over the manufacturing. A more likely threat, though less serious, is the possible delays involved. Dr. Finn's can mitigate both of these concerns. First, I will be using a manufacturer who has produced good results on game projects in the past. Second, I have successfully completed almost all of my Kickstarter campaigns right on time or even early (only 1 project was a few weeks late). If any delays do unexpectedly occur, backers will be notified promptly.

MISSING/DAMAGED ITEMS
If you receive any games that are missing items, please contact me at doctorfinns@gmail.com and replacements will be promptly shipped. If the game arrives damaged, you'll receive replacements for whatever is damaged. Please send along a picture, as I may be able to get reimbursed from the shipper. For the past few projects (after switching manufacturers and shipping companies), we've had a very low defect rate (less than 1%).

REFUNDS
Refunds are not usually given, unless there is a failure to deliver the games you've requested. However, if you are completely unsatisfied with any game, please contact me and we can discuss it.

LOW QUANTITY ALERT
Some Dr. Finn's games are getting low in stock and it is not feasible to track add-on items during the campaign. It is possible (but unlikely) that there is not enough of a particular game to fulfill all rewards. If this happens, you will be refunded all expenses related to adding that item on.

DELIVERY DATE
Unlike many Kickstarter campaigns, Dr. Finn's Games has a great track record of being on time. Of course, unexpected things happen and there is chance that the game will not be shipped on time. I will keep you updated if the unexpected happens. Unless otherwise noted, all items will ship with either Waters of Nereus and/or Cosmic Run: Regeneration at the same time.

UNDELIVERED ITEMS
If you provide an incorrect address or fail to update your address and a game is returned, it would be nice of you to pay for the re-shipment. However, I have paid for it in the past, though I think it really should be your responsibility.

SHIPPING
Please read the shipping section above.

UPDATES
Through this campaign you may receive updates on Dr. Finn's Games' other projects. However, such updates will be infrequent.

By backing this project, you acknowledge and accept the risks and challenges just stated.

Thanks! Dr. Finn's Games

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    BONUS: Free early shipping of Foragers and Let Them Eat Shrimp in April 2018.

    Due to limited supplies, this is available for U.S. only. These games might be offered as an add-on item for outside U.S. after the campaign.

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