Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Defeat massive titans in a beautiful, updated edition of this empire-building game by Ryan Laukat.
Defeat massive titans in a beautiful, updated edition of this empire-building game by Ryan Laukat.
Defeat massive titans in a beautiful, updated edition of this empire-building game by Ryan Laukat.
4,458 backers pledged $234,948 to help bring this project to life.

About

The Ancient World (2nd Edition) project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

The Ancient World (2nd Edition)

$234,948

4,458

This updated edition of Ryan Laukat's 2014 design includes new cover art, updated components, revised and new titans, and expanded gameplay! 

We will send a survey to the email associated with your Kickstarter account using the CrowdOx pledge manager system. You will be able to choose add-ons and provide your shipping information at that time. If you change addresses before we ship your rewards, you will be able to access your survey at this link (after we have launched the pledge manager): https://app.crowdox.com/retrieve/953146955/the-ancient-world-2nd-edition

What special bonus do you get if you back?

We're including a beautiful set of metal coins with each copy of The Ancient World (2nd Edition). These coins will be sold separately in the future, but they will not be included in the retail version of the game.

These are the coins from Near and Far, but they give you an idea of what the Ancient World coins will look like. We'll have a production sample soon!
These are the coins from Near and Far, but they give you an idea of what the Ancient World coins will look like. We'll have a production sample soon!

What is new or special about The Ancient World (2nd Edition)?

This gorgeous update to Ryan's design features:

  • Numbered, limited edition boxes
  • Designer's signature printed in metallic ink
  • Revised and new titans
  • Larger, revised player boards
  • Expanded game play, including a new resource: AMBROSIA
  • Titans now attack YOU!
  • Updated district and empire cards

What's inside the game box?

In an ancient world forgotten by time, enormous titans terrorize the land. Five tribes have been fleeing from the titans for centuries, but things are about to change. Growing city-states pledge to end the reign of terror, determined to take on the titans and make the world a safer place for all. Each city-state competes to attract the tribes, eager for the strength of the combined peoples, with the hope that the titans can be defeated once and for all. 

In The Ancient World, players compete to grow the largest and most influential city-state by managing citizens, treasury, and military and by defeating titans. Players take turns sending citizens to take special actions or using military cards to attack titans. One of the actions a citizen can perform is to build Empire cards, which give more citizens, money, and abilities. A city-state's influence in the world is measured by sets of tribe banners that it owns. Each Empire card has one or more tribe banners, and tribe banners can also be gained by defeating titans. Players gain victory points (VPs) for sets of tribe banners. After six rounds, the player with the most VPs from sets of tribe banners wins. 

What are people saying about the 1st edition?

Mina's Fresh Cardboard

Mina's Not-So-Mini Review - Ancient World With 2 

"The beautiful artwork, the brisk pace of the game, the engaging decision-making, and the bit of luck pressing all contribute to creating a thoughtful and engrossing experience. Love it!"

Dan Thurot of Space-Biff!

The Ancients Had No Turnips (a Space-Biff! review) 

"All in all, The Ancient World has quickly become my favorite of Ryan Laukat’s designs other than Eight-Minute Empire: Legends. It’s definitely something to look out for."

Rewards shipping to addresses within the US, EU, and Canada will be shipped from within the US, EU, and Canada.

International Shipping: As per Customs law, we cannot label the game as a gift for shipping. International shipments will be subject to customs charges depending on the country to which you are shipping.

Retail Version: The standard retail version of The Ancient World (2nd Edition) will have an MSRP of $59.99. It will not have metallic ink and not be numbered. It will include some stretch goals we reach here, but it will not include the metal coins.

Upgrade Pack: The upgrade pack gives you all components necessary to update the game play of your 1st edition of The Ancient World. It will include a complete set of new cards, new players boards, rule book, and ambrosia tokens. This upgrade pack does not include the metal coins but those will be available as an add-on in the pledge manager. This upgrade pack does not upgrade the board, box, dice, or original tokens, (otherwise, an upgrade pack would not have been feasible). 

IMPORTANT NOTE: When playing with the 1st edition board, you will need to ignore the old placement rules and symbols. These symbols are minimal and are only there to remind you of the rules, so it shouldn't affect game play in any noticeable way. 

Rulebook: WIP released soon.

Changing Backer Levels: For this project we are unable to change or accept alterations to the backer level rewards. After the project ends, backers can add additional copies and a few other limited Red Raven products to their rewards through the pledge manager.

It is possible that this game will be printed later by international publishers in various languages. Please take this into consideration when deciding if you would like to pledge. However, we currently do not have plans to license or translate this game.  

Risks and challenges

This is my fifteenth Kickstarter project, and with each project, I could not have printed and produced them without the support of Kickstarter backers. This game is almost ready to be printed, but it won't see the light of day without much-needed funding.

There are many other challenges to making sure this project is successful. Because of occasional unforeseen events, it is common for board game production to be delayed. I've done all I can to ensure that this game will be delivered on time if funded. Of course, delays can happen, but most of my projects have been delivered early.

Another challenge is making sure that all the files and rules are correct when sent to the printer. I've done the graphic design and artwork for many games. My experience helps me ensure a smooth pre-production process.

With your help, we can have the funds to print the game, overcome the various obstacles that are in the way, and make sure you are delivered a quality product.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    UPGRADE PACK for Ancient World 1st Ed.

    All components necessary to upgrade the game play of your 1st Edition copy of The Ancient World to 2nd Edition rules. Includes 4 player boards, complete set of new cards, rule book, and ambrosia tokens. Does not include metal coins. (Metal coins are available as an add-on in the pledge manager.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    589 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    The Ancient World (2nd Edition) w/ COINS

    One copy of The Ancient World (2nd Edition). Includes all stretch goals and a set of 64 metal coins!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3,572 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (17 days)