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Last updated July 6, 2014

Fleets (Canceled)

Fleets - An intense and exciting boardgame about war and diplomacy in the Pleiades - the future home of humanity.

Fleets (Canceled)

Fleets - An intense and exciting boardgame about war and diplomacy in the Pleiades - the future home of humanity.

$3,410
pledged of $6,000pledged of $6,000 goal
56
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 6 2014
Last updated July 6, 2014

About

In 3400 AD, mankind has colonized the Pleiad star cluster where mighty corporations vie for control and influence. Each player equips fleets with escort ships and upgrades, and uses them to control star systems for VPs. Diplomatic leverage, cunning, and brute force will determine the victor.

Just when you thought you'd seen them all, here comes yet another space conflict game. What makes this one different from the rest? A lot, as you will see.

In Fleets, each player buys unique mother ships with spaces for upgrades and escort ships. These can be organized in different ways, and your choices will determine the outcome. Do you want a strong, aggressive fleet, a diplomatic fleet, or maybe a resource extractor fleet?

 Once your fleets are constructed, they are deployed to star systems, where they will engage in diplomatic actions and battles. At the end of the round, all surviving fleets on the game board will receive rewards. Any fleet that is the sole controller of a system scores 1 VP. First player to reach 7 VPs is the winner.

NEW: Game Tutorial

We have received requests about a walkthrough of the game, so we've made one to share the game experience with you all. Follow Enoch and Jonathan through the first 2 rounds of gameplay and get an overview of what it contains. Enjoy!

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 We also want to add a few notes:
1. What you've just seen is a 2-player game. The game is playable with 2-4 players, where more players make the strategy a lot more complex.
2. We are using a prototype to play. The printed version will look slightly different.
3. In the tutorial, we don't use any action cards at all. In a normal game, cards will play a big role, both in the diplomacy phase and the battle phase.

With this link, you can access a preliminary rule book for Fleets. Some adjustments will be made before print, but this is essentially the final product. It also contains a lot of flavour for the game.

Fleets - Rulebook (pdf - 1,7MB)

  • Equip your fleets: Each fleet is unique and can be customized in a great variety of ways. 8 types of escort ships can supplement the fleet and upgrade cards make them even more unique.
  • Placement: Different star systems have different actions and different rewards. Placing your fleets in the right systems while at the same time avoiding certain opponents is essential.
  • Diplomacy: Political maneuvering can often be used to surprise your opponents and foil their plans.
  • Battle: Your ships may only fire once during the battle, and only according to their initiative value, so plan carefully and use your cards and abilities to gain the upper hand.
  • Rewards: All surviving fleets gain rewards depending on which star system they occupy. 

These five core mechanics just happen to be the phases of the game.

 This is what the game contains:

 1. 20 Fleet boards, each a unique fleet with a corresponding fleet marker.
 2. 32 Upgrade cards.
 3. 4 Player boards.
 4. 8 System tiles, each a unique system with its own abilities and rewards.
 5. 4 Player order tiles. No easy clockwise order in this game.
 6. 60 Action cards.
 7. 80 Escort ships to customize your fleets.
 8. 60 Markers to use on resource parameters and as damage tokens.
 9. 20 Dice to use in combat.
Not shown in the picture:
10. 1 Rule book.
11. 2 Rule sheets with game summary and ship overview.

(This project is EU-friendly. All rewards will be shipped from within the EU).

To the right you can see the different pledge levels. Our main reward is a copy of the game itself. With the $50 pledge, you get the game at a discount price (+ free shipping!), since the calculated price in stores is around $70. As a backer, you also get the game before its planned release (except for pickup in Essen).
The $250 pledge includes miniatures. We thought you might wonder what "miniatures" means in this case? Well, it means Daniel, the designer of the game, sculpted them with similarity to ships in the game, made a mould which he used to produce these tin spaceships, and then painted them himself. That's what "miniatures" means, and this is how they look;

 They come in three different sizes, and the set contains 3 large ships ("Valiant" models), 4 medium ones ("Cruiser" models), and 5 small ones ("Fighter" models). The miniatures are not for use in the game, they're just awesome decorations. Having them beside your player board is mainly for the psychological advantage.
The $400 pledge level means that your photo will be immortalized in the game. You send us a photo, and Daniel - the game author and artist - will produce a science fiction version of the photo for the game. How might that look? Here is an example, our brother Thomas transformed into the dreaded Commander Nimrod:

 Another example is Enoch, who is portrayed as the pilot Eagle Eye:

 With this pledge, the image produced from your photo will exist in ALL printed games of the first print run. Pretty awesome, huh?

Even though this is our fourth published game, we are still a small family business. As we approach this project - our largest yet - we need all the economic support we can get. Our vision is to release a beautiful, high quality board game, and this is of course expensive. The funds we receive from this campaign will go solely to the production of the game (and pledge fulfillment).

Out of 10 brothers, 4 joined forces to establish FryxGames. Although all of us have been contributing to the games, we four brothers were the ones with the passion and ambition to deliver them to the world market. We are:

Jacob - Truly a veteran gamer and responsible for much of the gaming influence in the family. A great game designer who is mainly focused on card games.

Enoch - Enoch is the smooth voice and pretty face of the company. With the job comes dealing with all the small day-to-day issues of running a company. Will he ever have time for gaming himself?

Daniel - This little man creates new boardgames every month – and we can’t make him stop! His prototypes and miniatures are the pride of the company. He is the authour of Fleets.

Jonathan - Multi-creative-ever-positive little brother is the one that translates our games into computer files, graphics and webpage. And a good game designer as well…

Risks and challenges

Shipping is - as always - complicated and takes time. We try to find the best solution to reach all our backers as fast and safely as possible. The games will be printed at LudoFact, Germany, and hence good quality is guaranteed. From there some will be shipped to the individual backers directly. For US backers, we will ship the game in bulk to be distributed by one of our partners.

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    FAMOUS ADMIRAL! Designer's exclusive!
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