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What will your strategy be to survive as a microorganism? Hunt & Gather, Evolve, Mutate, Proliferate, or die trying!
What will your strategy be to survive as a microorganism? Hunt & Gather, Evolve, Mutate, Proliferate, or die trying!
What will your strategy be to survive as a microorganism? Hunt & Gather, Evolve, Mutate, Proliferate, or die trying!
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Microvores: A Game of Parasites

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Microvores: A Game of Parasites, is a 2-4 player action/strategy game (for ages 13+) that takes about 5 minutes to learn and about 45 minutes to play.  In a randomly generated world, players assume the role of Microbes and attempt to achieve victory either by proliferation (first to 5 Units) or by eradication (first to eliminate an opposing species).  To do so, every turn  players will make strategic decisions including:

  • Hunting & Gathering (moving, eating, and/or attacking),
  • Evolving (selecting abilities),
  • Mutating (increasing attributes), and
  • Subdividing (cloning for additional lives, options, and as a path to victory). 

Most of the abilities and concepts were derived straight from a microbiology text book, so the game is educational and intuitive, as well as entertaining.

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Extra Miniatures:

1x Miniature*: Add $6.00 each. (Choice - Message Me)

4x (or more) Miniatures*: Add $5.50 each. (Choice - Message Me)

*Includes U.S. Shipping if you also pledge for at least one Collectors Edition or Standard Edition copy of Microvores, and you want them shipped together.  Otherwise, if you just want Extra Miniatures, or want them to ship separately (Estimated Delivery is June 2015), please add an additional $6 for U.S. shipping and handling of the Miniatures. 

Note: The Miniatures are too big to use with the Micro-Edition Game Board, but they will work with the Print and Play versions.

10 Inch Tall Collectible Virus Model Kit:

Add $65.00 each.(Includes US Shipping - Ships Separately from other rewards). Estimated Delivery is Feb. 2015. 

This is for an unpainted and unassembled Virus Model Kit (with Instructions) cast with Smooth Cast 300.

Sculptor's Recommendations: Soapy wash to remove casting release spray, dry, assemble with super glue (or epoxy), let dry, grey prime, let dry, and then paint with enamel or acrylic paints.

 www.facebook.com/WendigoPublishing ("LIKE" it STRETCH GOAL)

http://www.microvores.com/Microvores.html

A PDF of the Rules can be downloaded at the link above. 

Why only a $3,500 Goal?

Why Limited Quantities?

Why quick Estimated Delivery Times?

Unlike many games on Kickstarter, we will actually be "self-manufacturing" copies of Microvores in the United States rather than overseas.

We will be using the patented system, Insert Imagination (TM), in order to do our self-manufacturing.Insert Imagination allows us to essentially "print on demand," so there is no huge minimum order required (1,500 to 2,500 copies), which is usually the reason other games on Kickstarter have much higher funding goals (usually in the $15,000 to $40,000 range).As such, we are able to set our funding goal at only $3,500 which will allow us to take advantage of economics of scale in acquiring our materials.

Remember, as you start acquiring your Insert Imagination (TM) components, they will be re-usable towards other Insert Imagination compatible games.  Ideally, you will be able to purchase print and play versions of such games, print the media, and then insert such media into your Insert Imagination components to quickly and easily assemble a physical copy of the game. 

Please check out www.InsertImagination.net for more information and additional components available for purchase.

Traditional overseas manufacturing usually takes at least 90 days to turn around a production order before the product is even ready to begin distribution to backers.However, since we are self-manufacturing domestically in the United States, we will be able to deliver our games much sooner.

That said, our games will be produced in smaller batches and distributed as they are completed.To be conservative and not to over-extended our production capabilities, we have limited the quantity for each production batch to 50 copies per edition for a particular Estimated Delivery Time.As reward level quantities are exhausted, we will simply add another identical reward level, and merely adjust the Estimated Delivery Time.For example, once the Standard Edition 50 Quantity is exhausted for Estimated Delivery of January 2015, we would add another Standard Edition 50 Quantity Reward Level with an Estimated Delivery of February 2015, and so on.Of course we don't want to overpromise, but we will make every effort to deliver our first batch of Standard Edition in December 2014.

Essentially, the earlier you order, the sooner you will receive your copy of Microvores.

One exception though is for our Collectors Edition of Microvores.Since it contains miniatures produced by a third party, we have to allow for their production time.

AS Seen on Fox35 Orlando's News:

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/clip/10899500/microvores-a-game-of-parasites

As seen on the Dice Tower 2014 Convention Coverage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZApNogJWcBA

As seen on The Meeple Mechanic's Foxhole Fiver by Daniel Zayas:

http://meeplemechanic.com/foxhole-fiver/brian-fiore/

As seen on The Vacuous Grimoire blog by Brian Berg:

http://www.vacuous-grimoire.com/2014/11/why-kickstarter-is-so-important-and.html

As seen on the Table for Two Show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDGk2RO3Yqs

As seen on the King One Eye Blog:

http://king1eye.blogspot.com/2014/07/dice-tower-game-on.html

Risks and challenges

This is our second Kickstarter which means we have already successfully navigated the Kickstarter process and met our funding goal once before. Our first Kickstarter involved the electronic distribution of rewards (which are nearly completed and being delivered according to schedule), while this project involves both electronic and physical reward distribution. As such, this project is more involved and has different risks and challenges than our first. The most probable risk involves delays in distribution of the reward levels due to suppliers delivering their products in an untimely fashion. Additionally, there is the ever present risk of market price fluctuation between now and fulfillment. Much of the market risk, however, will be mitigated by our limiting reward level quantities to 50 at a time. Close monitoring of market prices will allow us to make adjustments as necessary to avoid disruption in reward fulfillment.

Moreover, there are also the normal boiler plate risks which include, but are not limited to: Acts of God, Natural Disasters, Acts of Terrorism, War, Political Revolution, and injury or death of key persons (Me - Yikes) associated with this project.

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