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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 28 2018 11:09 PM UTC +00:00.

Spidermind GamesBy Spidermind Games
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Spidermind GamesBy Spidermind Games
First created
£28,307
pledged of £17,000 goal
482
backers
7days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 28 2018 11:09 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Elite: Dangerous Battle Cards is the second Kickstarter project brought to you by Spidermind Games, the team behind the successful EDRPG (Elite: Dangerous Role Playing Game). 

Elite: Dangerous Battle Cards is a two player, expandable card game that allows you to battle entire fleets of ships in the Elite: Dangerous universe.

Play is divided up into three zones, each of which has a special mission which alters the flow of battle and your victory conditions. 

Elite: Dangerous Battle Cards is about much more than just fighting, there are also ample opportunities to use industrial ships, such as traders, explorers and miners, in order to influence the battle. You will be making deliveries to shipyards, discovering distant worlds and drilling into asteroid belts whilst under fire. Players who can gain an industrial advantage over their foes will find that they can slowly grind their enemy down, improve their combat abilities, and be able to afford larger and more impressive warships to deliver the final blow.  

At its heart, ED Battle Cards is a deck building game. You will want to build a deck that can adapt to any circumstances the game can throw at you, whether it is a tense escort mission, or an all-out Thargoid invasion. It won’t just be spacecraft you’ll want to stock, Action cards will help give even cheap spacecraft an edge against their foe, allowing you to dodge enemy attacks, power up your ships, or get the drop on your opponent with a sudden speed boost.  

Being able to modify your spaceships is a crucial part of the game. You can include Outfitting cards in your deck that can boost the strength of your ships, provide them with more powerful weapons, speed them up, allow them to attack in other zones, or even allow you to change your ship’s role in the game. Didn’t bring enough mining ships? Attach a Refinery to your Cobra Mk III and get drilling!

Do check out the faq's tab on this page for answers to some of the more common game play questions

New Stretch Goals Added

Our Backers asked for more...

You asked for the Neoprene Battle Map to be available for everyone and to be cheaper. So to celebrate the midway point in the campaign we give you...

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Kickstarter Exclusive - The Danse Macabre - is here!

Well done to all our Backers who have unlocked the Lakon Alliance Bounty Hunter, the Danse Macabre 

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Release the Beast of War at £45k

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Looking for the basics of the game play?

Watch a full playthrough...

Back in May we were invited to join Frontier Developments on their weekly Elite: Dangerous livestream where we go to show off the Battle Cards game to the online community. Watch below to see Elite: Dangerous Lead Designer Steve Kirby face off against Community Manager Will Flanagan.

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See another full play-through, this time live at UKGE, when we invited the amazing folk at Critical Twits to join us for a game.

ED Battle Cards at UKGE 2018
ED Battle Cards at UKGE 2018

Elite: Dangerous Battle Cards is lusciously designed and the cards look fantastic. We hope to have our sets printed by those card masters at Cartamundi, the same company that manufactures Pokemon™ and Magic: The Gathering™. Each card has a beautiful image of the ship, scene or piece of equipment featured. Since the cards are non-random, you’ll be able to choose exactly what cards you need for your decks without having to wait for frustrating ‘ultra-rare’ cards.

When will my items be ready for shipment?

Our current production schedule will see the items being ready for shipment in Q4 of 2018. 

Social Media

Be sure to follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as our own ED Battle Cards blog for all the latest updates

We are Spidermind Games, creators of the Elite: Dangerous Role-Playing Game (EDRPG)

We are passionate Elite: Dangerous fans who enjoy making games for the universe which we love.  

As fans of the product we go to plenty of conventions and other gatherings of like minded folk. We have noticed that the predominant activity that people are engaged in at these conventions is sociable tabletop game play. All the usual suspects are there with the obvious exception that there is no Elite: Dangerous board or card game available.  

We want to change that, and help bring the joy of the ED universe to people who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing it. To bring the game into existence we will need your help.

Our project is extremely ambitious, but we want to mirror the success of the RPG and produce a product that looks great, plays beautifully, is attractive to all card game fans and that will stand out on your gaming shelf!

And don't just take our word for it, critics have already labelled this as:

'probably the most fun offline non digital game I have ever played' - Hutton Orbital Radio

'you simply have to check out Elite: Dangerous Battle Cards' - in2thereview

'In my brief playthrough I got a glimpse of the dynamism the game could offer and appeal to a variety of players' Tabletop Games UK

'It went down a storm at LaveCon'- Lave Radio

'great, great game' - Ocahan

'I’m very interested in as lush an edition as I can get my little gaming paws on' A lovely chap called Marc

Spidermind Games were lucky enough to be able to sponsor LaveCon 2018 and here are Oliver (game designer) and Jon (producer) explaining how ED Battle Cards work.

Spidermind Games at LaveCon 2018
Spidermind Games at LaveCon 2018

From the basic starter set to the full collection there is something for every budget.

Starter Set - £20  

(80 Cards)

The Starter Set contains two decks of 30 battle cards each along with the basic mission cards needed to play any game of ED Battle Cards. 

 All the cards are non-randomised (as they are in every set). For the Starter Set one deck has mostly Federation aligned ships and the other mostly Imperial. 

 The Starter Set contains: 

  • 60 ED Battle Cards 
  • 18 mission cards 
  • 2 Starter deck setup cards 
  • A paper battle map 
  • Game counters 
  • 12 x d6 dice 
  • Rules Booklet

Strike Starter Bundle - £32 

Starter Set with ‘Strike’ Expansion Pack (135 Cards) 

The Starter Set contains two decks of 30 battle cards each along with the basic mission cards needed to play any game of ED Battle Cards. 

 All the cards are non-randomised (as they are in every set). For the Starter Set one deck has mostly Federation aligned ships and the other mostly Imperial. 

The Starter Set contains: 

  • 60 ED Battle Cards 
  • 18 mission cards 
  • 2 Starter deck setup cards 
  • A paper battle map 
  • Game counters 
  • 12 x d6 dice 
  • Rules Booklet 

You will also receive: 

ED Battle Cards 'Strike' Expansion Pack 

The Strike Pack emphasises speed and firepower, to bolster the raw military strength of your decks. 

Each Season Expansion is a pack of 55 non-random cards, unique from the Starter Set. These cards introduce further cards, spread across different point costs, roles and factions as well as introducing new missions.

Escalation Starter Bundle - £32

Starter Set with ‘Escalation’ Expansion Pack (135 Cards)  

The Starter Set contains two decks of 30 battle cards each along with the basic mission cards needed to play any game of ED Battle Cards.  

All the cards are non-randomised (as they are in every set). For the Starter Set one deck has mostly Federation aligned ships and the other mostly Imperial.  

The Starter Set contains:  

  • 60 ED Battle Cards 
  • 18 mission cards 
  • 2 starter deck setup cards 
  • A paper battle map 
  • Game counters 
  • 12 x d6 dice 
  •  Rules Booklet 

You will also receive: 

ED Battle Cards 'Escalation' Expansion Pack 

The risky Escalation Pack allows you to buy cards that call in their own reinforcements, potentially saving you a fortune in Build Points. 

Each Season Expansion is a pack of 55 non-random cards, unique from the Starter Set. These cards introduce further cards, spread across different point costs, roles and factions as well as introducing new missions.

Industrial Starter Bundle - £32

Starter Set with ‘Industrial’ Expansion Pack (135 Cards)  

The Starter Set contains two decks of 30 battle cards each along with the basic mission cards needed to play any game of ED Battle Cards.  

All the cards are non-randomised (as they are in every set). For the Starter Set one deck has mostly Federation aligned ships and the other mostly Imperial.  

The Starter Set contains:  
 
  • 60 ED Battle Cards 
  •  18 mission cards 
  •  2 starter deck setup cards 
  •  A paper battle map 
  •  Game counters 
  •  12 x d6 dice 
  •  Rules Booklet 

You will also receive: 

ED Battle Cards 'Industrial' Expansion Pack 

The Industrial Pack gives you more transports, liners, explorers and miners to allow you to out-produce your opponent and grind them down.

Each Season Expansion is a pack of 55 non-random cards, unique from the Starter Set. These cards introduce further cards, spread across different point costs, roles and factions as well as introducing new missions.

Season 1 Box Set - £50 

(£10 saving from RRP)

The Season 1 Box Set contains the Starter Pack and all three of the expansions for season 1 (245 Cards)  

The Season One Box contains:  

  • 1 x Starter Set 
  • 1 x ‘Strike’ Expansion Pack 
  • 1 x ‘Escalation’ Expansion Pack 
  • 1 x ‘Industrial’ Expansion Pack 

The Season 1 Box Set gives you a total of 245 ED Battle Cards (80 from the Starter Set + 55 from each expansion pack). This number includes 24 mission cards & 2 Starter Fleet setup cards. 

 You also get:

  • Hard backed, 6-fold battle map 
  • Game counters 
  • 24 x d6 dice 
  • Rules booklet

Season 1 Box Set Multi Buy - £200   

4 x Season 1 Box Sets Plus Neoprene A1 rollout battle map (980 Cards)  

ED Battle Card decks can be built with up to four of the same card. For the hardcore deck builder this bundle not only allows you to own four of every card in season 1 but it also gives you one of the incredibly popular rollout neoprene game mats for free.

To add any of these items, just increase your pledge total by the amounts below and you will be ask for your sizes and other specifications at the end of the Kickstarter Campaign.

So you have backed us - thank you...

...Want to know what happens now?

Once you have decided what pledge level you would like to make and if you would like any add ons, you will be invited to enter your chosen payment method by Kickstarter. This amount will not be taken until the end of the campaign and only if the target amount (here £17,000) has been reached.

What will not be taken at that time is any money for postage which will be calculated after the campaign has ended. Please see the guide above

Within a few weeks of the end of the 30 day Kickstarter campaign you will be sent a questionnaire by a company called Backer Kit. They will be sending you this questionnaire on behalf of Spidermind Games. In it they will ask you to confirm your address and other details, give you a chance to increase your pledge and to purchase add ons if you wish to. They will also then calculate and charge you for your postage.

Once all your details and full payment for postage and extras has been processed this information will be send directly to our distribution warehouse. Fulfilment will begin once the manufacturing process has been completed and the unit delivered. Estimated delivery time currently stands at November 2018

For more information and to read some of the most popular questions asked of BackerKit follow this link to their FAQ's page

Elite: Dangerous Battle Cards and Elite: Dangerous Role Playing Game are produced by Spidermind Games under license from Frontier Developments PLC.  

Elite: Dangerous © 1984-2018 Frontier Developments PLC. All Rights Reserved.

Risks and challenges

The Card Game has been designed, the game system is tried and tested and we are ready to deliver the Elite: Dangerous galaxy in an exciting expandable card game format. All we need now is you to help us make this game a real success.

This project has real potential to be massive. Whilst everyone at Spidermind Games, Frontier Developments, all our suppliers and a large section of the ED Community want this to be the case, the bigger the project the more links there are in the chain. With every additional link, there could be additional problems waiting to ambush the smooth planning of this project.

Whilst we hope no problems will occur IF something was to happen we can assure you that we will do all we can to mitigate any delay. This might mean putting more people to work on an aspect of the game that has fallen behind schedule, or re-sourcing an item when a supplier experiences difficulties.

Some difficulties, however much we might want to help, will be outside of our control. Industrial action, acts of god, fire and flood, ash clouds from volcanoes as well as plague and pestilence and alien interdiction are just some of the issues and problems that might occur that we have no control over. Not at least in this universe anyway.

We have already added in ‘stretch’ room, additional time for each section of the project to be completed, and will keep the delivery dates and other deadlines updated on the KS page as well as through our development blog and social media channels. We will work hard to ensure all your queries are answered in a timely fashion.

To be honest and upfront is at the core of this, our second Kickstarter Project. We have chosen a superb team to support us in this project who want this game to become as much a reality as we do. This being said many of our team are sub contractors working for several clients at the same time. Sometimes this leads to parts of our production process working slower than we had planned or forecast. If this happens we will let you, the most important people in this project, know what has happened and what we intend on doing about it.

In essence we commit to keeping our backers updated to any changes or developments when they happen.

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    ED Battle Cards Starter Set

    80 Cards

    The Starter Set contains two decks of 30 battle cards each along with the basic mission cards needed to play any game of ED Battle Cards.

    All the cards are non-randomised (as they are in every set). For the Starter Set one deck has mostly Federation aligned ships and the other mostly Imperial.

    The Starter Set contains:

    60 ED Battle Cards
    18 mission cards
    2 starter deck setup cards
    A paper battle map
    Game counters
    12 x d6 dice
    Rules Booklet

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    Strike Starter Bundle

    135 Cards

    Starter Set with ‘Strike’ Expansion Pack

    The Starter Set contains two decks of 30 battle cards each along with the basic mission cards needed to play any game of ED Battle Cards.

    All the cards are non-randomised (as they are in every set). For the Starter Set one deck has mostly Federation aligned ships and the other mostly Imperial.

    The Starter Set contains:

    60 ED Battle Cards
    18 mission cards
    2 starter deck setup cards
    A paper battle map
    Game counters
    12 x d6 dice
    Rules Booklet

    You will also receive:

    ED Battle Cards 'Strike' Expansion Pack

    The Strike Pack emphasises speed and firepower, to bolster the raw military strength of your decks.

    Each Season Expansion is a pack of 55 non-random cards, unique from the Starter Set. These cards introduce further cards, spread across different point costs, roles and factions as well as introducing new missions.

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    Escalation Starter Bundle

    135 Cards

    Starter Set with ‘Escalation’ Expansion Pack

    The Starter Set contains two decks of 30 battle cards each along with the basic mission cards needed to play any game of ED Battle Cards.

    All the cards are non-randomised (as they are in every set). For the Starter Set one deck has mostly Federation aligned ships and the other mostly Imperial.

    The Starter Set contains:

    60 ED Battle Cards
    18 mission cards
    2 starter deck setup cards
    A paper battle map
    Game counters
    12 x d6 dice
    Rules Booklet

    You will also receive:

    ED Battle Cards 'Escalation' Expansion Pack

    The risky Escalation Pack allows you to buy cards that call in their own reinforcements, potentially saving you a fortune in Build Points.

    Each Season Expansion is a pack of 55 non-random cards, unique from the Starter Set. These cards introduce further cards, spread across different point costs, roles and factions as well as introducing new missions.

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    Industrial Starter Bundle

    135 Cards

    Starter Set with ‘Industrial’ Expansion Pack

    The Starter Set contains two decks of 30 battle cards each along with the basic mission cards needed to play any game of ED Battle Cards.

    All the cards are non-randomised (as they are in every set). For the Starter Set one deck has mostly Federation aligned ships and the other mostly Imperial.

    The Starter Set contains:

    60 ED Battle Cards
    18 mission cards
    2 starter deck setup cards
    A paper battle map
    Game counters
    12 x d6 dice
    Rules Booklet

    You will also receive:

    ED Battle Cards 'Industrial' Expansion Pack

    The Industrial Pack gives you more transports, liners, explorers and miners to allow you to out-produce your opponent and grind them down.

    Each Season Expansion is a pack of 55 non-random cards, unique from the Starter Set. These cards introduce further cards, spread across different point costs, roles and factions as well as introducing new missions.

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    ED Battle Cards Season 1 Box Set

    245 Cards

    £10 SAVING FROM RRP OF £60

    The Season 1 Box Set contains the Starter Set and all three of the expansions for season 1.

    The Season One Box contains:

    1 x Starter Set
    1 x ‘Strike’ Expansion Pack
    1 x ‘Escalation’ Expansion Pack
    1 x ‘Industrial’ Expansion Pack

    The Season 1 Box Set gives you a total of 245 ED Battle Cards (80 from the Starter Set + 55 from each expansion pack). This number includes 24 mission cards & 2 Starter Fleet setup cards.

    You will also receive:

    Hard backed, 6-fold battle map
    Game counters
    24 x d6 dice
    Rules booklet

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    Season 1 Box Set Multi Buy

    980 Cards

    £70 Reduction from RRP when sold separately

    4 x Season 1 Box Sets Plus Neoprene A1 rollout battle map

    ED Battle Card decks can be built with up to four of the same card.

    For the hardcore deck builder this bundle not only allows you to own four of every card in Season 1 but it also gives you one of the incredibly popular rollout neoprene game mats for free.

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