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Recreate Alexander's invasions of the Persian Empire using the Battleground Fantasy Warfare system.
Recreate Alexander's invasions of the Persian Empire using the Battleground Fantasy Warfare system.
191 backers pledged $14,103 to help bring this project to life.

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Take up the mantle of command of the most famous war in history.  Become Alexander as he conquers the largest empire in the world or lead the mighty Persian army in hurling back that upstart princeling from a backwater kingdom.

Alexander vs Persia is the second historical expansion for the award-winning Battleground system.  This product include two new factions:  Alexander's army of Macedonian pikemen, cavalry, & Greek allies vs the Persian forces levied from every corner of the empire.  Each faction has its own units, unique faction abilities, and a deck of Command Cards.

Alexander vs Persia is fully compatible with all Battleground historical and fantasy armies.  Hannibal's infantry can face Alexander's Companions to see which is history's greatest general.  Bring the thousand nations of Persia crashing down on Scipio's legions.  Or have Alexander's army invade the Dwarven homelands and battle the nightmarish Undead hordes. 

 We are using this map of Alexander's conquest to chart the progress of our Kickstarter.  We'll update the map and the text below as we reach each milestone.  If we reach our funding goal, then each milestone will represent stretch goals included for all supporters of Foot Companion ($25) level or higher.

Progress:

 We're off to a great start!  One-third of the way there!  Thanks to all our supporters!

Wow! We're almost funded in the first day!  A big thank you to all of our supporters!  Just a little bit more and we'll achieve our Early Success goal, which means everyone who pledges at Hypaspist ($45) level and higher will get either a free Terrain Pack or an additional Basic Game!

WE DID IT!  We're fully funded!  And we achieved our Early Success goal.  This means that everyone who supported at $45 level or higher receives an additional reward!

Hypaspist, Chronicler, and Historian level backers will receive a free Terrain Pack.

Historian Deluxe Package and Bundle Pack level backers have a choice:

  • An extra Basic Game for Alexander vs Persia or the Punic Wars. Perfect for that friend who needs a little push to get into Battleground.
  •  Any published Fantasy faction (except Hawkshold; sorry sold out!). You get the complete faction: Starter & Reinforcement deck.

And remember Our Flexibility Guarantee:  you can swap out Historical sets for publish fantasy factions!

Thank you for making this project a success!

Our first Stretch Goal has been unlocked!  Foot Companion level ($25) or higher level supporters will receive the following promotional unit cards:

  • 3 Companion Cavalry unit cards depicting Alexander.
  • 3 Thessalian Cavalry unit cards depicting Parmenion.

These cards will let you visually represent the Alexander faction’s special ability!

Second stretch goal achieved!  Foot Companion level ($25) or higher level supporters will receive the following promotional unit cards:

  • 3 Foot Companion unit cards depicting Nikanor.
  • 3 Hypaspistes unit cards depicting Nikanor.

A big thank you to all our supporters!

Our first week in and we've reached our third stretch goal! Foot Companion level ($25) or higher level supporters will receive the following promotional unit cards:

  • 3 Thessalian Cavalry unit cards depicting Alexander.
  • 3 Hypaspistes unit cards depicting Alexander.

We're planning more stretch goals as we speak.  Tell your friends, post our project on Facebook, let's keep this rolling!

Fourth Stretch Goal Unlocked!  All Foot Companion ($25) or higher level supporters will receive 4 promotional Foot Companion unit cards printed on a single double-sized card!

Also, note our new Stretch Goal #7:  a third Historical faction! 

Stretch Goal #5 Unlocked!  All Foot Companion ($25) or higher level supporters will receive the following promotional unit cards:

  • 2 additional Foot Companion units printed on a single double-sized card.
  • 3 Agema unit cards depicting Nikanor. 

We're also only $7,500 away from producing a third Historical faction:  Greek City-States! 

Stretch Goal #6 unlocked! 

Foot Companion level ($25) or higher level supporters will receive the following promotional unit cards:

  • 3 Sarissophoroi unit cards depicting Alexander.
  • 3 Agema unit cards depicting Alexander.

With 4 days left to go, we're within reach of our most ambitious stretch goal yet:  the Greek City-States faction, a third Historical faction!

In the final hours we broke the $14,000 level!  Although it doesn't look like we'll unlock the final Stretch Goal, the level of support and enthusiasm means that we'll take a very serious look at adding them to our product roadmap.  

A big thank you to all of our supporters who pledged, blogged, tweeted, or otherwise supported our first Kickstarter project!

About Alexander vs Persia

Alexander vs Persia will be released in two box sets:  the Basic Game and the Reinforcements box.

The Basic Game will include everything you need to play both factions:

  • 18 unit cards and 30 Command Cards for the Alexander faction.
  • 18 unit cards and 30 Command Cards for the Persia faction.
  • 2 Movement & Combat modifier cards
  • 2 cards detailing the special faction abilities and quick start armies for Alexander and Persia.
  • Comprehensive rulebook for the 3.1 edition of Battleground.

The Reinforcements box includes additional units for both factions, plus unique units not found in the Basic Game:

  • 50 unit cards for the Alexander faction.
  • Unique Alexander units:  Agema and Cretan Archers.
  • 50 unit cards for the Persia faction.
  • Unique Persia units:  Royal Guard and Saka Horse Archers.
  • A scenario booklet detailing the major battles of Alexander's conquest, plus design notes for the two factions.

In 334 BC, a young king of Macedon crossed the Hellespont with the insane goal of conquering the largest empire in the world.  At Granicus, his army forged a swollen river fighting uphill against the pride of Persian nobility.  At Issus, Alexander led his Companions on a daring flank attack that ended the battle before it began.  At Gaugamela, Alexander refused to flee in the face of an army twice the size of his.  Alexander's ambition drove him to the very edge of the world, carving out an empire that stretched from the Balkans to India.

The Alexander faction has massive blocks of pikemen to pin the enemy down while the hard-hitting cavalry smash their flanks.  It can have generals such as Alexander or Nikanor lead from the front, granting permanent benefits to a unit.

At its height, almost half the world's population lived under the rule of the Achaemenid Persian king.  A multi-ethnic empire, Persia was renowned for not only its wealth but its prudent laws.  Although its kings were now administrators and not warlords, the might of the Persian empire was not to be mocked.  With a standing army of Immortals, a battle-hardened core of aristocratic cavalry, and seemingly inexhaustible levies, Persia seemed invincible.  Defeating Persia was such a feat that Alexander's name is remembered two thousand years later.

Persia has an eclectic mix of native soldiers, mercenaries, and wonder weapons of the ancient era (such as the Indian Elephant and the Scythed Chariots).  A Persian player can sacrifice Command Actions to gain additional points to build your army, allowing you to swamp your enemy with sheer numbers.

About the Game

Battleground is a point-based miniatures game – but without the miniatures!  Battleground uses cards rather than painted models to represent your forces. But don’t be fooled – this is not a “light” war game or a CCG. Battleground is a tactical wargame that will challenge you at every step, from army design and deployment to decisions of maneuver and command until battle’s end.

When you play Battleground you take the role of a general, mustering and commanding your units in battle.  Unlike most tabletop wargames where you have complete control over every soldier’s actions, in Battleground each unit has a written order given to them by you at the start of the game.  Your loyal men will follow those orders, even if it leads them to their demise, until you give them new commands.

Click here for a Battleground tutorial.
Click here for a Battleground tutorial.

During play you will have a limited number of Command Actions each turn – one for every 500 points available for building your army.  These Command Actions represent what you can do as a general.  You can spend them to change a unit’s orders or take direct control of a unit for a turn, rally routed units, draw cards that can provide small combat bonuses or to use your special army ability.

Reviews

We think Battleground is great, but don't just take our word for it!  Here's what other people think about our game:

Tom Vasel The Dice Tower:  "Why didn't anyone else think of this before?"

Matt Drake of Drake's Flames: "Battleground: Fantasy Warfare is just about perfect for me."

Mark Rivera, Boardgames in Blighty:  "I can’t wait to play again!"

Pulp Gamer:  King's Court Podcast.

Marco Arnaudo's video review of the Punic Wars.

Paul Springer's (hilarious) video review.

Rewards

Click here for our Update on EU Shipping.
Click here for our Update on EU Shipping.
  

Add-Ons

These add-ons are available to Foot Companion ($25) level or higher supporters.  International customers who buy add-ons should increase their shipping cost to the same $25 charged for all backers at the $45 level or above but shipping never goes above that level no matter how much you order.  (That includes the guy who is ordering the whole product line!)

 
Our Flexibility Guarantee

Want to play Historical and Fantasy factions?  No problem, we want you to do that too!  Supporters at any level can swap out a Basic Game or reinforcement box for any published fantasy faction. Just email us when you make your pledge.

For example, want to support us at $85 (Historian) level, but you'd prefer to have Dwarves and Orcs instead of the Punic Wars. Send us an email and we'll send you the entire Dwarven faction and Orc faction (Starter and Reinforcements) instead!

Note:  sadly we cannot offer the Men of Hawkshold faction at this time.  They've proven so popular that we're all sold out!

Early Success Promotion

Instead of the normal Early Bird rewards, we're doing something different.  If this project funds by Tuesday, June 3rd (11:00pm EST), then every backer at the $45 level or higher will receive a free reward!

Hypaspist, Chronicler, and Historian level backers will receive a free Terrain Pack.

Historian Deluxe Package and Bundle Pack level backers have a choice:

  • An extra Basic Game for Alexander vs Persia or the Punic Wars.  Perfect for that friend who needs a little push to get into Battleground.
  • Any published Fantasy faction.  You get the complete faction: Starter & Reinforcement deck.

These rewards will be available even to those who pledge after June 3rd, so long as the project funds by that date!

Why Kickstarter?

We've been self-publishing for years, so why do we need help now?  Simple: cash flow and a convergence of products.  In addition to Alexander vs. Persia we have another Battleground fantasy set (Wuxing, inspired by the terra-cotta warriors of China) ready to go to print.  We also need to reprint Battle for Hill 218 and, if that wasn't enough, it's sequel -- Battle for Sector 219 -- is also ready to print.

If we print all of these products at the same time we can save money and get them to our players sooner.  But to do that requires a bump in cash flow, which is where Kickstarter comes in.  We're planning small Kickstarter "asks" for Alexander vs. Persia, for Wuxing and for Hill 218/Sector 219 to give us what we need to get all these products out now.  (Of course, if any of the projects fail we'll still print all the successful projects together.)

This is why our target is low compared with most game projects.  We've already paid for the art and graphic design work and have most of what we need for production.

Risks and challenges

Fortunately this is not our first Battleground product. We've been producing factions for years and our timeline gives us a sensible cushion to complete the art and for printing and shipping. Although the unforeseen can always happen, we feel confident that we can overcome any challenges that arise.

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