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A resource management, universe creation, stellar destruction, brain melting adrenaline rush of a strategy game (with explosions) FUN!
A resource management, universe creation, stellar destruction, brain melting adrenaline rush of a strategy game (with explosions) FUN!
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Player Tutorial and Eon cycle example video Posted!

LIVE CHAT WITH DEVS! (3/17)  Join us for a live-chat simulcast with the game developers AND planned special guests, THIS SUNDAY NIGHT, 8:30pm CST!   Ask your questions about the game, and share in the celebration as we count down the last 90 minutes of the kickstarter!  Join us and live chat, here.

CO-OP Rules and Discussion (3/13)

PLAY TEST HIGHLIGHTS!  (3/10) 

Reaper Miniatures to Create Hand Sculpted Pewter Pieces for Limited Edition Collector Set (3/3 - Scroll to Bottom)

RULES ARE FINAL! (3/11)

EONS Featured by Noted Author Wayne Basta (3/4)

Lead Designer Featured by The Gaming Security Agency (3/1)

EONS Featured in Noted Blog Site Pretty Sneaky, Sis (2/26)

UPDATE! Podcast Chat with Developers Released Here (2/24)

EONS Featured in DM Fiat Blog (2/18)

Funding the Dream - Neutron Stars Unlocked!  On the way to the co-op community site!
Funding the Dream - Neutron Stars Unlocked! On the way to the co-op community site!

“Nothing cannot exist forever.” - Stephen Hawking

After the Big Bang, things moved quickly.  So did you.  Players in the game of Eons take on the roles of universal architects competing to shape the universe on a cosmic scale by gathering elemental building blocks to create stars, planets, and other cosmic phenomenon.  In a strategy game like no other, the architects engage the laws of the cosmos, using stars to forge more complex elements and form other heavenly bodies.

Players must spend their own essence to marshal these elements, carefully gauging their resources and the benefits received from their planets and stars, as they guide the formation of their cosmos eon after eon; working to achieve the most victory points through a variety of strategies and hidden agendas to achieve their version of the universe.  Because eventually, the universe will end, and only one player will be victorious...

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known...” - Carl Sagan

Game Summary

An alpha prototype of EONS, this is not final artwork!  Just gives a sense of the look for the game and how the board set up with three players.
An alpha prototype of EONS, this is not final artwork! Just gives a sense of the look for the game and how the board set up with three players.

Eons is a strategy game for 2-5 players, where each player takes on the role of a universal architect competing to create and form the universe on a cosmic scale.  Players will create stars, planets, and other cosmic bodies using elemental building blocks and their own “Essence”.  These cosmic bodies will generate more Essence for their architect and more complex elements to be used.  Cosmic bodies award their owners Victory Points, but each player is also working towards a unique secret agenda, which can add or subtract additional Victory Points at the end of the game.  The players must ensure the universe meets their version of events the closest, before entropy takes hold and the universe dissipates away.

Each player begins the game with a small pool of resources and a hand of cards.  As the turn cycle progresses, players can use their Essence to purchase additional elements from the cosmic stockpile and build stars, planets, and other cosmic bodies from their hand.  Players will reap regenerated Essence and Victory Points from the cosmic bodies they control, and guide fusion within their stars to create more complex elements to add to their resource pool.  But players must be careful, and judge their fusion accordingly, as other players can force cosmic events that send their stars into supernova or destroy Essence and Victory Point rich planets.  Each destroyed star or planet counts down the entropy clock, and when a certain threshold is reached, the universe comes to an end and the game is over!

Game Contents

- A Game Board:  Used to track the Victory Point totals for each player, the Entropy Scale and provide eon cycle and fusion information for the players.

- 5 Reference Cards:  a reference card for each player, providing the eon cycle and fusion cycles for easy review.

- 147 Cosmos Cards:  The draw deck of Eons, consisting of cosmic bodies (such as stars and planets) and cosmic events (such as Life, Supernova, and Cosmic Collision).

- 90 Resource Cubes:  cubes that represent the 5 periodic elements used in the game.  (25 Hydrogen, 25 Carbon, 18 Oxygen, 12 Iron, and 10 Uranium.)

- A Sheet of Essence Tokens:  Tokens that represent the players’ Essence in both 1s and 5s

- 5 Player Tokens:  Tokens for each player that are used to track Victory Points on the game board.

- 5 Focus Tokens: Tokens for each player to use in setting their focus to allow a cosmic body to be immune from other player card based effects.

- 2 Entropy/Phase Tokens:  Tokens used to track the Entropy Scale on the game board and to track which phase in the EON the game is in.

Would you like to know more?

By downloading the rules, you can get a feel for the game, the mechanics and what to expect playing a game of EONS with your friends. Rule Sheet Layout is final.  If we have an issue develop in play testing, we will address it.  These are the rules going to the printer on Monday!  

50% Week 1 Promise

Well, I said I gave everyone homework, and although we did not get 50% in one day, we got there in 2!!!  So here you go.  This custom avatar can be used to proclaim your backer-ness in EONS!!  Wear it proudly on the forum and blog of your choosing!  Put it on facebook and twitter!!  Go forth Gamer Nation!

Display Proudly, the EONS kickstarter backer avatar!
Display Proudly, the EONS kickstarter backer avatar!
WHEN DO I GET THE BAG?

Many of you have asked if you receive the satin bag as levels higher than $45, and yes, you do.  We regret that the higher levels were not clear, but everyone from $45 up to the Architect will get a game bag, as shown below.

The Satin Game Bag, by Gamer Nation Studios
The Satin Game Bag, by Gamer Nation Studios

EXTRA COPY of EONS - $30 Get additional copies of the game by simply adding $30 to any pledge amount. International backers, please at $40 per title to account for shipping.

CARD SLEEVES - $5 Protect your Eons cards during play. Receive 200 card protection sleeves by adding $5 to your pledge amount.

PRINTED CO-OP RULES - $8  We will print the cooperative rules and the first 5 scenarios for play with EONS and include it in your shipment of the game.  If you choose to get both CO-OP Rules AND Secret Agenda Cards, you can get both for $12.

SET OF 16 SECRET AGENDAS - $8  Thanks to your playtest feedback, we followed your requests to remove secret agendas from the game, taking the time to revamp them as a more balanced and fluid mechanic for a future expansion.  But we found a way to print them much later in the production cycle, after our rules finalization, and will include a set of 16 optional secret agendas with your game, along with a rules card or two to show you how they work.

COLLECTOR CARD - $10
One of a kind card that resemble the cards from the game, but personalized with whatever you want on them!  Want to name a Supernova after yourself, or maybe a black hole?  Do it.  This card will be printed in the USA by a different manufacturer, will be a little thinner and is not suitable for play as it is easily identified.  It is a neat way to commemorate your star or planet, or to simply have a piece that you can display.

Collector Card - Display Your Support!
Collector Card - Display Your Support!

UPGRADED PLAYER TOKENS - $30
Gamer Nation Studios Partners With Artisan Dice!
Artisan Dice is the leader in the hand-made exotic wood dice and is entering the market of game tokens by producing a set of 5 Exotic Wooden EONS tokens.  The woods featured will be Bois d'Arc which is yellow; Purple Heart Oak; Lignum Vitae which turns green over time, Bloodwood and American Holly.  Pictured below are sample prototypes.

Etched Exotic Wood Player Tokens
Etched Exotic Wood Player Tokens

Limited Edition EONS Set by Reaper Miniatures - $100

Yes, it is an expensive Add-On, but let us tell you what you get.  First, your game will be upgraded to a Limited Edition, with over 160 all-pewter pieces.  Each piece has been sculpted, molded and manufactured by our fine friends at Reaper Miniatures.  All 90 Element Cubes will now be three dimensional pewter pieces, all the essence tokens will be small pewter coins.  The focus tokens and entropy counter will also be pewter tokens, and the best part is that each player token will be a brilliantly sculpted figurine, and if you know Reaper Miniatures, you know the quality that they produce.  If you are a painter, you can make the player figures shine with colorful brilliance and paint your focus token to match!  Take a look at some of the raw Alpha pieces we produced over the weekend.  These will be refined and perfected over the next 4 weeks until they are pristine!  You will still get all the components of the base game, with the pewter pieces added in addition to your base set.

Cthulu-esque Player Miniature - Prototype Sculpture
Cthulu-esque Player Miniature - Prototype Sculpture
Alpha Prototype Pewter Pieces for the Limited Edition
Alpha Prototype Pewter Pieces for the Limited Edition

Also included with the Limited Edition is an individually numbered certificate, signed by the designers of the game.  These certificates will never be included with the game again, making this a truly limited edition.  Now, for a laugh, see what Dave, who is not what anyone would call a painter, did when he got home last night....

Is that Orange?  DAVE!  Orange is not in the game!  Well, I guess any color is in the game if you paint your own minis!
Is that Orange? DAVE! Orange is not in the game! Well, I guess any color is in the game if you paint your own minis!
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$21,000 - Red Dwarf Overfund Goal - NEBULAE FUSESPANSION
Nebulae Fusespansion is UNLOCKED!
Nebulae Fusespansion is UNLOCKED!

At this level, we will introduce Nebulae into the game! Nebulae allow the player to build a non-cosmic body that generates Essence and Victory Points for them, even if everything else in their universe gets destroyed.  Due to the success of the game, each nebula card will be unique!

$27,500 - Yellow Dwarf Overfund Goal - NEUTRON STAR FUSESPANSION!

Neutron Stars have been unlocked!!!
Neutron Stars have been unlocked!!!

At this level, we add the Neutron Star to the mix.  Neutron Stars and Pulsars, born from decaying stars, will add a new mechanic to the game that allows their owners to transform elements from their resource pool directly into essence during the FUSION phase.  

The Nebulae, Planetary variants and Neutron Star cards!
The Nebulae, Planetary variants and Neutron Star cards!

$30,000 - Blue Dwarf Overfund Goal - Co-op Rules and Community Environment!

At this level, we will make the full co-op rules available as a pdf download to augment the game. If we hit $42,000, we can actually print the rules and place them inside the box. They are in alpha testing now, but we have a big vision for this, if you can help get us there.  We will establish a community for people to develop their own co-op scenarios and submit them to be published as regular content on our EONS site. This, in effect, makes co-op play limited only by the minds of our players.

$35,000 - White Dwarf Overfund Goal - Blank Cards

At this level, we will make the co-op rules available as a pdf download to augment the game.  At the next overfund level ($42K), we can actually print the rules and place them inside the box.

$42,000 - Blue Giant Overfund Goal - BIGGER GAME BOARD and CO-OP RULES!

At this level, we will be able to print a larger board and print a variant of the rules that will allow for cooperative play vs. the game.  The entropy counter will be on a constant march, and every supernova simply accelerates that counter as it races to 0.  Meet the objectives laid out for the team and win!

$50,000 - Red Giant Overfund Goal - GALAXY EXPANSION!  

At this level, we will be able to produce our fist expansion!  This is the Galaxy expansion and will introduce new mechanics such as Galaxies, Quasars and Moons, but will also introduce a new element - Silicon.  Professor Hawking theorized that silicon based life forms may exist in extreme environments, and so it shall be with EONS!  The expansion will be available in Feb. 2014 and we will communicate how backers are able to get the expansion when we hit the $50,000 mark.

$67,000 - Yellow Giant Overfund Goal

Well, now we are into crazy talk.  We have plans!  BIG PLANS!  Our game will expand with the universe to horizons not yet seen!  Chart the course, first star to the right....and straight on 'til morning!

"This was a fun resource management game that reminds us that everything was once stardust, and the endgame is an exciting descent into entropy as chaos spins out of control!  I had a blast playing it." 
    -Kat Boulware, ENnie Awards Judge - GENCON 2012 

"Dude, this was awesome, and you know...fusion...it's, like, the next big thing!"
    -Sam Witwer, Actor (Aidan - "Being Human"; Vader's Secret Apprentice - "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed")

"You've done a great job of making the mechanics make sense thematically. Having the fusion converting materials, entropy working against the order you create, etc. Just brilliant. I'm really looking forward to the game."
    -Michael King, Salt Lake City, UT

"Unique strategy game that I could use in the classroom that is scientifically sound and fun to play.  Geektastic!"  
    -Zach S., Astronomy Teacher, Plano, TX.

"If this game does not get nominated for an Origins Award or some other award, I am going to burn a hobo!"
    -A Gentleman Who Asked to Remain Anonymous, Denton, TX.

"The fact this might be educating on how stars are made and how you can participate is really exciting for me."  - Amy, DM Fiat Gaming Blog
As Featured in DM Fiat, Gaming Blog on Feb 18, 2013.

"Players need to know when to get into markets and get out, and when to burn stars and not...you will be pleased with the level of scientific accuracy in the game." - StuThomas, Pretty Sneaky, Sis Blog
As Featured in Pretty Sneaky, Sis - Nerd Blog of Tomorrow on Feb 26, 2013.

Risks and challenges

There are always risks to the supply chain. Working with overseas companies, we have been able to anticipate many of these problems and have selected vendors that ensure quality and deliver product in a reasonable time. We are proud to say that we have selected Panda Game Manufacturing, based in Vancouver, for our production of EONS. They have a long history of producing quality games such as Pandemic, Ultimate Werewolf and Pandemic: On The Brink, just to name a few of the games you know and love. Rest assured, we will have a quality product. We have planned for the time frame required for overseas shipment and also have additional time allowed for delays in production, making sure we will meet the GENCON delivery deadline.

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