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Intense, fast-paced starship combat in a tiny $1 package. Now with solo play!
Last call for orders before Stellar Armada is unavailable! Click the button. You know you want to. Intense, fast-paced starship combat in a tiny $1 package. Now with solo play!
Last call for orders before Stellar Armada is unavailable! Click the button. You know you want to. Intense, fast-paced starship combat in a tiny $1 package. Now with solo play!
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Stellar Armada - $1 board game for 1-4 players

$22,885

2,142

This is your LAST CHANCE to back the game that reviewers are calling "light, fast gameplay at a ludicrously low price", "a very clever idea" and "super-cool little game!" 

Kickstarter creators are saying, "[this] is exactly the kind of clever game I wish I had designed" and "a goto game to grab as you're heading out the door."

Backers are saying, "I'm extremely excited about [Stellar Armada]!!! And I don't even like space games", "I know a good game when I see it", "came for the solo, stayed for the gameplay", and "this is the greatest customer service I've witnessed." (What will you say?) 

So whether you're grabbing the $1 version or following reviewer's advice to "...splurge on the deluxe version", Stellar Armada is sure to delight!

4 Player Deluxe - KS Exclusive content locked
4 Player Deluxe - KS Exclusive content locked

Ever wanted to play a space war-game but don't have time or energy for all that hex-map maneuvering? What if a game eliminated the maneuvering and focused only on the combat? 

Stellar Armada is an exciting microgame of starship combat! Each player controls a powerful star cruiser with numerous systems and weapons. Players can fire missiles, recharge shields, repair damage, maneuver to avoid attacks, and more. Fight your ship to its last breath even as reactors blow and oxygen streams into space! As the commander of your ship, it's up to you to out-think your opponent, take risks, and emerge victorious.

4 Player Standard - Extra card with solo on front / 4 player rules on back
4 Player Standard - Extra card with solo on front / 4 player rules on back


My Commitment to You

As the game's designer I feel compelled to communicate a very important point about the game: Stellar Armada is a real game. No gags. No gimmicks. Whether you purchase the $1 standard edition or the $5 deluxe edition, I am proud of the work that has gone into the final product. Regardless of how big or small it is this is the game I wanted to make. 

If you back this project and are unhappy with the delivered product for any reason, simply return the game for a full refund. (Including shipping!) That's right, I am offering a No Questions Asked, Money Back Guarantee on a $1 board game! As crazy as that sounds, I want you to be as happy with the final result as I am!


Components

The game consists of two player mats printed on a poker-sized card. Markers are used to track player damage. Dice are used to determine if players' attacks hit home.

The Standard Edition comes with:

  • 2 player mats (poker-card sized)
  • 14 recycled cardboard markers
  • No dice included

The 4 Player Standard Edition comes with:

  • 4 player mats (poker-card sized)  
  • 28 recycled cardboard markers  
  • Solo / 4 Player Rules
  • No dice included

The Deluxe Edition comes with:

  • 2 player mats (poker-card sized)
  • 14 gem markers in red, blue, yellow, green, and pink
  • 3 red dice
  • 3 blue dice
  • Tuckbox 
  • Solo Rules

The 4 Player Deluxe Edition comes with:

  • 4 player mats (poker-card sized)
  • 28 gem markers in red, blue, yellow, green, and pink
  • 6 red dice (3 dice - alt. color LOCKED Stretch Goal!)
  • 6 blue dice (3 dice - alt. color LOCKED Stretch Goal!)
  • 2 Tuckboxes (New artwork - LOCKED Stretch Goal!)
  • Solo / 4 Player Rules


Gameplay

Players take turns managing the systems of their Star Cruisers. Each player chooses to spend reactor energy on firing weapons, recharging shields, repairing damaged systems, and taking evasive maneuvers. 

The play-mat serves two purposes. The first is listing systems. By looking at the play-mat players can quickly figure out what systems are available and how many of each system exists. 

The second is damage tracking. As ships take damage or exhaust missiles each player can track what systems remain for combat and survival.

Games are fast-paced with most games completing in about 10 minutes of game time. 


Rules

  • Complete Rules Preview [ English ]
  • Minimized Rules Preview [ English ]
  • Four-player Rules Preview [ English ]
  • Solo Rules Preview [ English ]


Print and Play

If you don't want to bother waiting for a game to ship to you, you can opt for the Print and Play option. Print and Play includes three different formats:

  • Full page print
  • Head to Head
  • Playing Cards

Full page print: Anyone can handle this one! Each player mat takes a full page of paper. Coins can be used as game markers. No fuss, no mess. Literally print and play!

Head to Head: A full page print with a separator down the middle. Play against each other on a single sheet or cut to separate into two player mats. Either attach to a cardboard backing or print on card stock to get a quality result. Requires appropriately sized game markers such as euro-cubes, pawns, or small dice.

Playing Card: Wish you could have the actual game? Well you can! This print and play allows you to use the same technique used for prototyping to create high quality playing cards of your own! All that's required is four index cards, a glue stick or spray-on glue, and scissors. Add a craft-shop cornering tool for that super-slick professional look! 

With the Tuckbox Stretch Goal unlocked, the Print and Play package will also include files to print out your very own Tuckbox! (Watch this video to see the PnP tuckbox in action!) 


Four Player Game

Just in time for the Kickstarter campaign, fellow board game designers helped make four player gameplay a reality! Not only did they enjoy the game in four player mode, they actually demanded that four player be an option in the campaign!

Carl, Michael, Daniel, and Warren... this one's for you!


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International Shipping

International Backers can get the Standard Edition game by pledging for "The Game + Print and Play" for $2 + $1 s/h. This tier was chosen to absorb some of the shipping cost into the Print and Play offering and give you a better deal! Extra copies are charged at $1 + $2 s/h.

Single physical copies of Stellar Armada Deluxe Edition are only available inside the United States. International backers in Australia, Canada, UK, and EU can back the 4 Player Deluxe Edition for $10 + $8 s/h. New Zealand backers can obtain the 4 Player Deluxe Edition for $10 + $10 s/h.

 

Couldn't decide on one so I chose them ALL!!!
Couldn't decide on one so I chose them ALL!!!


Domestic Shipping

Each copy of the standard game requires $0.50 shipping and handling. This was to account for the cost of a US Postage stamp. 

Unfortunately, Kickstarter's platform discourages projects from using anything other than whole dollar amounts. Thus the standard game is $1.00 shipping for a single copy. Two copies is still $1.00 in shipping. Three copies is $2.00, four copies $2.00, so on and so forth.

Deluxe editions require $2 s/h + $1 s/h per extra copy. 

Shipping table is for United States only
Shipping table is for United States only


Extra Copies

US Backers: Each copy of the standard game is $1.00 plus the s/h shown above. Each copy of the deluxe game is $5.00 plus the s/h shown above.

Canadian & EU Backers: Both the $1 game and the $10 4 player game are available. Add $3 ($1 for the game + $2 s/h) for each extra copy of the standard game you want. Add $18 ($10 for the game + $8 s/h) for each extra copy of the 4 player deluxe game you want. Keep in mind that the 4 Player is basically two copies of Deluxe. So going up to $36 gets you 4 copies of the game!

New Zealand Backers: Both the $1 game and the $10 4 player game are available. Add $3 ($1 for the game + $2 s/h) for each extra copy of the standard game you want. Add $20 ($10 for the game + $10 s/h) for each extra copy of the 4 player deluxe game you want. Keep in mind that the 4 Player is basically two copies of Deluxe. So going up to $40 gets you 4 copies of the game!

Other International Backers: Only the $1 game is available at the moment. Back at the $2 "Game + Print and Play" to obtain the game with the special discounted $1 shipping. Add $3 ($1 for the game + $2 s/h) for each extra copy you want.


Stretch Goals

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It's unlocked. Click through for the instructions!
It's unlocked. Click through for the instructions!

 


The Story of Stellar Armada

The inspiration for Stellar Armada started with The Obligatory $1 Pledge Level Game. The designer stated that he wanted to create "...a REAL game with components and everything. Challenge accepted!"  

Unfortunately the project was more of a gag than a real game. Which got me to thinking: could I create a "real" game for $1? Was it possible to make something that players would want to play? And not just want to play, but something they would keep coming back for?

Around the same time I was working on modernizing a classic space war game from 1979. Starfire was one of the original microgames released after the 1977 landmark Ogre. Both of these games shared the concept of hex and counter gameplay that could easily be packed into a ziplock bag. While this was amazingly good for the late 1970s, the design does not hold up well to modern standards.

Even worse for Starfire is that its system of pencil and paper damage tracking is increasingly obsolete in a world where handwriting is going the way of the dodo. Thus I spent quite a bit of time attempting to massage the game's original pen and paper mechanics into modern play-mats, markers, and resource tracks. 

Click for the full story!
Click for the full story!

 

As I considered the problems of modernizing a hex and counter game and creating a $1 board game... something clicked. I realized I could create a game around the best part of war games: Shooting stuff! Pew-pew!

If the idea worked it would result in an incredibly small, lightweight, and fast-to-play game that would be both affordable and fun! 

I quickly sketched a design on an index card and Stellar Armada was born...

 

 

Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter project. As such there are bound to be unexpected issues and delays despite my best preparation and efforts.

Furthermore, I have no sense of how big this project will turn out. Fulfillment could be slowed significantly if this project is unexpectedly successful.

To mitigate these issues I've done as much up-front planning as possible. Vendors have been identified for very small print runs, very large print runs, and everything in between. With quotes in hand, I know that your game can be produced whether we hit 500 or 5000 backers!

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