About this project
Ingenuity, adventure and a sense of wonder are some of the things that makes steampunk so much more than clockwork and sepia tones.
Incredible Expeditions is more than a solid card-based strategy game that pairs fantastic storytelling with making tough decisions in the face of the bizarre and dangerous. It's a collaborative art project.
Over the past year, with the help of many talents, friends and friendly strangers, I've playtested the heck out of Incredible Expeditions and collaborated with artists of every stripe. I've reached out to create a game that is too beautiful and too engaging to stay on the shelf. Manufacturing is expensive; but with your support, Incredible Expeditions: Quest for Atlantis will make the journey to your home.
"The game is super fun. I really like the mechanics that have gone into this game... I love what the designer has done with this." -Zach Marcello of GotGameTesters.com (click link to see full review)
"Gorgeous, sometimes funny art and a lot of variable options add to the impression that this is a carefully designed, smartly realized game with depth." -gameological blog (click link to see full review)
"Incredible Expeditions is one of those games I really enjoy playing...it made us want to go home to Print & Play our own version later." -Tiffany, game journalist at PAX (click to see full game preview)
"Incredible Expeditions is an excursion into the fantastic! Having played the game several times now, each time is a completely unique experience, and it always gets heated since it comes down to the wire. This game definitely tests your cunning, foresight, ability to handle pressure, and your willingness to push the boundaries." -Daniel S. (playtester)
"One of the many great things about Incredible Expeditions is having the freedom to customize your deck with every turn. Being able to make these decisions adds a ton player choice not seen in many board games and truly affects the outcome of every encounter!" -Matthew G. (first impression of prototype at Industry Board Game Night)
Beginning at the Port City location, each Expedition Leader (player character) equips their unique ship with the Crew and Resource cards they'll need to make their way to the Drowned City of Atlantis.
As each new Location is discovered, Encounter cards are drawn to reveal challenges the Expedition Leaders must defeat using the skill of their Crew and their Resource cards at hand. Encounters that prove too harrowing will leave your crew weakened, or worse, Cursed! The expedition only moves on once a Location's Encounters have been defeated.
Race against each other to be the first to uncover the secrets of the last Location, the Drowned City of Atlantis, or band together to use your combined strength to face down Lovecraftian horrors and test your mettle against the hazards of expedition. Basic play is competitive, and single-player and cooperative play modes are in playtesting now.
Incredible Expeditions combines deck-building mechanics with exploration and resource management to create a game that ends gloriously, whether your Expedition succeeds or goes down in flames. There are no victory points here. Help or hinder other players by Acquiring and playing cards on them. Create new challenges with different Locations laid in one of a multitude of different patterns each time you play.
- 235 Bridge size playing cards (57mm x 87mm) and 25 tarot size cards with over 90 unique pieces of artwork
- 5 Cardboard player boards to hold crew and track Money, Heroism and Skullduggery used in the game
- 150 Translucent plastic tokens
- 5 custom molded art nouveau resin dice
- 5 unique plastic miniatures of the Expedition Leaders' ships
Special release! The Grand Tour Edition features the ship miniatures from the basic game, plus these premium components:
- All cards are upgraded to silver foil-faced premium cardstock (which is not only shiny, but makes the colors of the print really *pop*)
- A custom-printed, vegan-leather-bound campaign case with antiqued brass hardware
- 100 Glass tokens for Heroism and Skullduggery
- 50 Bronze Coin tokens for Money
- 3 Velvet bags
- 5 limited edition color custom molded art nouveau resin dice
- 5 Digitally-printed, upholstery-weight canvas boards (9 oz weight with a rolled hem)
Each copy of Incredible Expedition will include 5 different plastic ship miniatures, one each for the Expedition Leaders (playable characters). Three of the ship designs are below, which will be digitally rendered for 3D printing the high-fidelity acrylic "greens" for producing final molds. The result of this process is that we can produce miniatures with very high detail and can easily adapt each model until it is perfect. Each miniature will be approximately 40-45mm long.
The Collectors Editions includes components handmade by the game designer and a cadre of Seattle steampunk makers. There will be exactly 42 made. It includes the dice and ship miniatures from the regular edition of the game, plus:
- All cards are upgraded to silver foil-faced cards on premium cardstock
- Hand-finished and numbered laser-engraved wooden box with antiqued brass hardware signed by the designer and a number of the artists, models and makers who contributed to the project
- 100 Glass tokens for Heroism and Skullduggery
- 50 Bronze Coin tokens for Money
- 3 Velvet token bags
- 5 Digitally printed heavyweight canvas player boards (9 oz, upholstery canvas)
- 1 Resin hand-cast and finished art nouveau die
Add Ons are available to any pledge levels of [The Game] or higher. Please add the total amount for all Add On rewards to your total pledge. For example, if you'd like to receive the game plus the canvas boards, simply click on [The Game] pledge level and enter $75 or more for your pledge amount ($50 for [The Game] plus $25 for the canvas player boards).
...and more to come...
Risks and challenges
Developing a tabletop game is a complex process and things can go horribly wrong, up to and including kraken attack (but that's what shipping insurance is for).
Art production is about 50% complete at this point and well on track to complete on schedule. With so many talented artists (over a dozen, at last count) contributing to the project, delays in specific art elements can be covered by other artists.
Manufacturing of different components for the basic game will be done by top quality factories in China, well known for their European game quality standards and reliability. Counting printed materials producers in China alone, I've received quotes from 8 different factories, at last count, to ensure we can produce Incredible Expeditions at the best quality and won't be taken by surprise by prices.
To be sure everything runs smoothly, we have budgeted for an experienced independent Quality Assurance agent to monitor the production process to minimize errors. Most of the special components for the Collectors Edition and add-ons are manufactured in America and problems can be quickly resolved. In all cases, we've put allowances for extra production time should little things go wrong (as is almost inevitable).
Though this is our first game to be produced and sold on the mass market, I've worked with the tabletop games industry for years. I've been involved in the game design and publishing process from playtest to distribution and retailing for several successful games for various Seattle area companies. They've been very supportive on this project with advice and answers to our questions on publishing a hobby game. With a degree in Apparel Manufacturing and years operating my own small clothing company, I have both knowledge and experience sourcing goods manufactured in China.
I'm happy to answer any questions regarding our production schedule, budget and shipping plans. Feel free to email me with your questions.
Last, but not least, if I should be dragged into aether by nefarious dimension-hopping game-haters, all the game production files and contacts (backed up physically and in the cloud) can be taken up by my successor.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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