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A strategic 4X war game that turns the dice you own into a fleet of ships to conquer the universe. Seize the Stars!

A game of cards, dice, and interstellar conquest.

PREMISE

Two fledgling empires stare across the void at one another.

The Terran Alliance explores space eager for new frontiers and resources to exploit.They are a cantankerous collection of conflicting factions united only in their refusal to accept any limitation to their individual ambitions.They are at their strongest, and happiest, when challenged.

The Alpha Centauri Regime advances into space to meet the alien threat and eliminate it.They are a single people united under a single banner.The State gives every citizen a purpose, and every citizen gives their all to the State.Anything less is unacceptable.

Now aware of the existence of the other, both sides advance eagerly for the conflict to come.The one thing they share is an appetite for war.

GAMEPLAY

In the standard game, each player takes on the role of an intergalactic empire in a head to head battle for domination.A field of cards between the players represents the space that separates the two homeworlds, with every card offering a potential threat to overcome or resource to conquer.Each player uses the resources of the homeworld and conquered planets to construct ships in the form of polyhedral dice.The number of facets determines the firepower and resilience of the ship, while the color dictates its armaments and special functions.Purple royal crafts inspire greater production from the colonies they control, while the gray stealth ships advance upon the enemy unseen.

The growing fleets explore space and claim worlds, fighting the enemy whenever they make contact.All ships attacking a contested card roll to determine the effectiveness of their assault.The defending ships roll and pair off the highest roll against the highest attacker, then the second highest, and so on until all ships are paired.The higher roll of each pair survives while the lower falls as a casualty.If any defending ship survives the onslaught, the attacker is repelled.

The game continues until an empire loses its homeworld for three turns, is crushed entirely, or suffers unbearable losses to its fleet represented by 100 facets worth of ships destroyed.

A game play video that should help you visualize the circumstances of play.

For more Information about game rules check out the Kickstarter updates or on the website.

FEATURES

  · Every die you own is a potential ship waiting to help you conquer the Universe.

  · Add new ships to your fleet throughout the game to counter enemy strategies.

  · Variant rules for 3 and 4 player games.

   · Customize your deck to fit your strategy, using negative value cards to make room for advantageous cards.

Follow the developing NEARSPACE Universe and join in at the SPARTACUS PRODUCTION BLOG, Twitter, Google+, or Facebook

NEARSPACE

The NEARSPACE game. 98 unique cards including Homeworlds for the Terrans and Alpha Centauri. The initial release of the game will have enough sectors, mine fields, asteroid fields, space monsters, events, strongholds and more to keep players busy. Easily enough cards to build two distinctly different decks. A great 2-player starter with an suggested retail price of $25.00. Don’t want to share your cards, or cannot decide who gets to include New Terra in their deck. You can purchase two of the basic set and save on shipping. If we can hit the stretch goals defined below this basic starter will grow into a large number of cards. Also included is a ZERO CARD, Unique to Kickstarter only backers of the campaign will receive this card. A zero card is just what it sounds like - zero; it is deck vapor. It costs nothing and cycles out of your hand for free. A very powerful, if subtle card.

THANKS!

Join the conversation. Let us know what you think. Our thanks for supporting a great game and your name enshrined on the Spartacus Publishing website. See your name emblazoned in lighted pixels!

THE DICE BAG

These drawstring dice bags have long been a prestige item amongst gamers. No matter your opinion on their source it is hard to argue with swaddling your dice in velvet comfort

The History of the Purple Bag
To celebrate the maiden visit to Canada of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England, Seagram’s Chairman Samuel Bronfman developed a unique whiskey of refined smoothness for the occasion. But he needed something to present this crown jewel in. Something regal. Something luxurious. It was decided this special whisky would be housed in a velvet bag of purple — since ancient times the color reserved for royalty — with drawstrings of gold.
- from Society of the Crown

RETAILER REWARD LEVEL

Brick and Mortar stores who have a B2B account with Studio 2 Publishing may choose this reward level. You will be guaranteed any and all extras generated by this Kickstarter. Ten copies of the game (SRP $25.00) may be purchased through Studio 2 Publishing at your standard discount when they become available up to one month before general release. We will label all games purchased through this campaign with a sticker so that your customers know you have supported the Kickstarter and have gotten them goodies exclusive to backers

GAME STORE LEAGUES

The best part of a new game is playing it with others. At this rewards level you will receive a physical copy of the retail release of NEARSPACE and any extras generated by this Campaign delivered to your Favorite Local Game Store.  For every three copies of NEARSPACE delivered through a verified brick and mortar location we will include an additional copy of the game for the retailer. Game stores supporting the program can be found on this list. Don't see your Favorite Local Game Store? Have the store owner or manager contact Spartacus Publishing and get on the list league@spartacuspublishing.com
Also, our thanks for supporting a great game and your name enshrined on the Spartacus Publishing website.

PLAYTEST DEMO SET

As soon as we are able a POD set of 54 cards will be prepared for playtesters. This reward will ship in September of 2013. You will also be invited to the NEARSPACE playtest Facebook Group to voice your opinions for this and future releases.

EXPLORER

At this reward level you will receive a copy of the NEARSPACE game and the right to name a sector card for the initial release of the game. The name you choose will need to meet with standard guidelines.

FOUNDER

At this reward level you will receive a copy of the NEARSPACE game and work with our design team to develop a card for the game. The card will be released as soon as possible and will need to meet with standard guidelines.

T'MML

At this reward level you will receive a copy of the NEARSPACE game and be the sole distributor of 500 copies of a unique space sector named by you. These cards will be game legal and will not see distribution except via your activities. (We will keep some for our own use but they will not be released to the public.) The name you choose will need to meet with standard guidelines.

BRUDIN

Sole distributor of 500 copies of a unique asteroid field named by you. These cards will be game legal and will not see distribution except via your activities. (We will keep some for our own use but they will not be released to the public.) The name you choose will need to meet with standard guidelines.

KATRK

Sole distributor of 500 copies of a unique mine field named by you. These cards will be game legal and will not see distribution except via your activities. (We will keep some for our own use but they will not be released to the public.) The name you choose will need to meet with standard guidelines.

You can also pledge for more than a specified reward level and receive one or more of the following add-ons.

$5
THE DICE BAG : Velvety goodness for the dice of champions.

$10
PRINT AND PLAY DEMO SET : A PDF copy of the rules and the 54 card demo set will be prepared and sent to you. You will also be invited to the NEARSPACE playtest Facebook Group to voice your opinions for this and future releases.

$20
PLAYTEST DEMO SET : As soon as we are able a POD set of 54 cards will be prepared for playtesters. This reward will ship in September of 2013. You will also be invited to the NEARSPACE playtest Facebook Group to voice your opinions for this and future releases.

$20
ADD TO YOUR DICE COLLECTION
Straight from the playtest lab at Spartacus Publishing. We will send you a collection of  about 30 dice. Maybe they will roll better for you than they ever have for me.

$13,501+
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: COLONY WORLD
As a Thank You to the backers of this Campaign we will include a Colony World Sector Unique to Kickstarter with the NEARSPACE retail release.

$15,000+
MORE CARDS
We will increase the number of cards in the basic set of the retail release by 5 more cards.

$17,500+
COUNTERS
Chipboard counters, 2-sided full color chits used to denote your presence in sectors with the NEARSPACE retail release.

$20,000+
EVEN MORE CARDS
We will increase the number of cards in the basic set of the retail release by 5 more cards.

$22,500+
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT
We will have a resource tracking and deck building app constructed and distributed free to all backers.

$25,000+
THE T’MML
We will release a sample of an upcoming expansion for NEARSPACE. The mysterious gray aliens who have haunted the space lanes for  millenniums are revealed as a playable race. 20 cards that expand the game and include hints of other empires waiting in the wings.

$30,000+
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: SPACE
We will include a Space Sector Unique to Kickstarter with the NEARSPACE retail release.

$35,000+
YET EVEN MORE CARDS
We will increase the number of cards in the basic set of the retail release by 5 more cards.

$40,000+
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: MINE FIELD
We will include a Mine Field Unique to Kickstarter with the NEARSPACE retail release.

$50,000+
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
We will release a sample of an upcoming expansion for NEARSPACE. 20 additional cards that expands on basic set with an emphasis on color and facets; introduces pre-game cards, and Nebulas. These will be included at no charge in the Kickstarter retail release.

$60,000+
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: ASTEROID FIELD
We will include a Asteroid Field Unique to Kickstater with the NEARSPACE retail release.

So we are looking at raising $13,500. Is that enough to get this game printed? Not really but that is the amount we need in addition to the funds we have set aside for the project. We have committed $8,000 of our own money into the project but we need your help to close the gap.

So what will the funds from the Kickstarter be used for?
55% to the physical production of the game
20% of the funds will go to the artists who made this possible
12% for postage and shipping of rewards
8% is estimated to go for fees and credit card services
5% set aside for Kicking it Forward Pledge

A GREAT IDEA THAT I CAN'T TAKE CREDIT FOR

Brian Fargo, Wasteland 2 Kickstarter Campaign, has formalized the idea of keeping the crowd source funding rolling into more projects. Check out his website http://kickingitforward.org for more information. For my part I will gladly make the pledge of putting 5% of this projects profits back into the Kickstarter community.

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with every project, we run the risk of natural disasters and other cataclysmic events interfering with manufacturing and shipping schedules. A delay in delivering NEARSPACE is likely to come from one of 3 main sources, artwork, manufacturing quality control, and freight logistics. We have taken steps to ensure that delivery will be on time, but that cannot always happen. We will always strive to make sure that our backers are kept aware of any circumstances that would affect prompt delivery of the rewards.
We have published over a dozen role-playing games and supplements. Though this is our first card game we are familiar with the process and are capable of ensuring completion.

FAQ

  • This is a very good question. Many companies that have no intention of entering into the commercial market place will price their offerings below the "retail" value. Obviously this resets the suggested retail price in the eyes of the consumer and the retailer. We are encouraging retailers to support this product and the first step in that direction is protecting the retail value of the product. As to the money above and beyond the retail value, that is set aside to counter the ever growing postage rates. Many Kickstarters have been successful only to see fulfillment of the rewards destroy the creators and any chance of future projects. We are in this for the long haul and I want to be able to provide you with expansions for NEARSPACE for years to come.

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  • It is just a deck of cards and rules. One of the beauties of the game is that it allows you to play with almost any die you own, or purchase. We are looking at including more goodies as we progress.
    We have positioned yourselves to be comparable to FFG's Silver Line, Munchkin, and other "small box" games. Since the box set comes with no duplicate cards there is a slightly higher cost of creation and production. We hope that you understand and support this great game.

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  • Well you do need dice of your own but you don't need a huge amount. We are looking at the regular gamer as our primary customer. A group of people who typically already possess a good number of dice. At bare minimum you can play a fun and competitive game of NEARSPACE with a minimum of 3 polyhedral sets. (2 polyhedral sets and a brick of 6-siders allows you to flood the board with gunships.) You may not be able to respond to everything a well equipped opponent can accomplish but you can make a run for the win.

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