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Strategic, quick, and with an awesome submarine theme. Pocket Sub brings a brain burner game, into a small handy sized box!
Strategic, quick, and with an awesome submarine theme. Pocket Sub brings a brain burner game, into a small handy sized box!
Strategic, quick, and with an awesome submarine theme. Pocket Sub brings a brain burner game, into a small handy sized box!
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Pocket Sub - a quick abstract game of nautical warfare!

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  • Submarine theme

While there are quite a few nautical themes, there aren't that many submarine games! 

  • Submarine meeples!

Because, who wouldn't want cute little submarine meeples!

  • An abstract nautical game, that is pocket sized and quick to play

Everyone has their go to filler game. We felt that the game hits the right spot in terms of a strategic game, but a filler that plays so quick. The game can take as little as 5 mins to play once setup.

  • A brain burner, without the space requirements and low price

The game is completely open information, and as such making the right moves count. Therefore for players who like to plan ahead and get "that buzz" of completing an awesome move will get the same, playing Pocket Sub. Even better it is only $14/£11!

  • Planning ahead is more critical
The whirlpool tokens rotate the tiles, meaning that you must be able to predict where your submarine will end up when it is your turn to play and/or defend itself!

  • Extra manoeuvrability without extending game time

The intelligence reports, maps and strong current tokens mean that if you use them at the right time, you can make a critical hit/mine laying even more sweet, especially if your opponents weren't expecting them!

  • Kickstarter exclusive command centres!

You will also get awesome command centres (aircraft carriers) as wooden meeples!

Players can play against one another, or if playing with 4 - play as teams of 2 v 2!

Setup the tiles using the introductory or standard game modes. Each player places their 3 submarines on the board and their command centre.

During each turn, players must move one of their submarines, use exactly 3 movement points (movement allowed based on the terrain) and plant a mine on an exited space. In the example above, the player uses 2 movement points to move onto rocky terrain, places a mine, and moves into an empty adjacent region for their last movement point. 

As the oceans get increasingly cluttered with mines escape/movement becomes increasingly more difficult. Hence planning ahead pays heavily in this game! The player with last remaining submarine wins!

 

  • Receive a copy of the base game, including the ocean tiles, tokens and submarine meeples! 
  • Dice Hospital backers (only) also receive the Dice Hospital Medical Officer promo card for free! Please message us to let us know you were a Dice Hospital backer.
  • Add £9 for a discounted copy of Cauldron Master or £17 for a copy of Cauldron Master + the magical mayhem expansion.
  • Receive a copy of the base game
  • Receive the Captain's mini expansion pack including extra tokens for different game modes. 
  • Includes the kickstarter exclusive command centre wooden meeples which replace the tokens from the base game. 
  • Add £9 for a discounted copy of Cauldron Master or £17 for a copy of Cauldron Master + the magical mayhem expansion. 
  • Dice Hospital backers (only) also receive the Dice Hospital Medical Officer promo card for free! Please message us to let us know you were a Dice Hospital backer.
  • Receive a discounted deluxe copy of Pocket Sub
  • Receiva retail copy of Dice Hospital! Shipping rates for this tier is slightly higher due to Dice Hospital being much heavier than Pocket Sub alone - however we have still subsidised the cost. 
  • Add £23 for the deluxe add-ons box for Dice Hospital (this is having a limited retail release). 
  • At this tier, each backer will receive the Dice Hospital Medical Officer promo card for free!
  • Add £9 for a discounted copy of Cauldron Master or £17 for a copy of Cauldron Master + the magical mayhem expansion.

We always offer excellent rates for retailers around the world. If you are a retailer, please send us a message with your store email address and we will send you our rates!

For groups of 10 or more people, we are happy to provide group pledge discounts, as long as the games are sent to a single location. Prices will severely vary between location (due to shipping and customs) so please PM us for rates.

  • Sabrina Miramon - Dice Hospital and Photosynthesis artist

We have a great relationship with the Dice Hospital and Photosynthesis artist: Sabrina Miramon - and also doubles up as our Art Director since she lives nearby to us! Sabrina did the art for the tokens and ocean tiles and we love them!

  • Piotr Forkasiewicz - Historic war artist

We envisaged the front cover being bright and beautiful yet capturing the war spirit of the game. We therefore asked Piotr to do the front cover for us and we were blown away by the results. Piotr is usually commissioned for historic war pieces, such as by magazines and websites and is actually his first attempt at a board game cover. We were so happy with the results, and Piotr was a blessing to work with.

If you back at the admiral tier (or if you previously backed Dice Hospital*) you will automatically* receive the "Medical Officer" dice hospital specialist promo card in the game. We are currently deciding between two actions this specialist card does, as well as making sure it is balanced and playtested. *Please message us if you did back Dice Hospital to guarantee you this promo card, otherwise it is not guaranteed. 

 

£5000 = Unlocked! Improved graphics on the back of the tiles. This will help during setup to pick the right tiles quickly.

£9500 = Unlocked! A yellow submarine added to each game! This will be used as the "hero sub" for the first player to receive one.

The yellow submarine meeple is now unlocked!
The yellow submarine meeple is now unlocked!

 £12500 - TBC!

Click here to download the basic Pocket Sub rulebook
Click here to download the basic Pocket Sub rulebook

 

The rulebook also contains rules for the captain's mini expansion pack. 

Download a basic Print and Play file for Pocket Sub
Download a basic Print and Play file for Pocket Sub

 

 Download a basic PnP with simple artwork so you can try it yourself.

Below, please watch the reviews of an early artwork prototype of the game. The meeples the reviewers received were final, however artwork on the tiles and tokens are representative of an earlier version of the game and not what backers will receive!

Ed Baraf:  "This has a good mid to late play in terms of interesting decisions. It's a cute little theme and I like the execution"

Tantrum House: "I like how the tiles are modular and you can also build your own map, which makes each game feel completely different"

Board Game Closet: "This would be a great game to play with someone who likes movement games, loves the theme of submarines and wants to play something relatively quick!"

Below are pictures of the white copy of the game (i.e. a sample with all the tiles and rulebook before printing onto it).

How the game compares to other small popular games
How the game compares to other small popular games

 

It is literally a "handy" sized box!
It is literally a "handy" sized box!

 

Current contents of Pocket Sub - Subject to change
Current contents of Pocket Sub - Subject to change

 

The finished submarine meeples up close!
The finished submarine meeples up close!

 

 

Back at the admiral tier to receive a slightly subsidised captain's tier copy of Pocket Sub and a retail copy of Dice Hospital!

  • Add £23 to your pledge to receive the Dice Hospital deluxe add-on box which includes 5 miniatures of ambulances, the mini expansion pack and upgraded wooden tokens.
  • Please message us if you add this on - so we can make a note.

One of our previous games: Cauldron Master is available at a now discounted price as an add-on. It raised £13,000/$18,000 on kickstarter in March 2017.

Add £9/$12 on any tier to receive Cauldron Master (shipping included in your tier). 

Or

Add £17/$23 for Cauldron Master + the magical mayhem expansion pack.

Please message us when you add Cauldron Master!

  • Transparency guarantee  

Just like our previous games which we kickstarted: Dice Hospital, Lab Wars and Cauldron Master, we kept backers informed of any problems, issues, and of course good news we had along the way to fulfilling the game to backers. We don't believe in updates for the sake of them, but we try to do an update twice a week during the campaigns, and once every 2-3 weeks after the campaign is over as a minimum. 

  • Delivered on time  

Lab Wars and Cauldron Master, our first two games were delivered on time and before retailers received their copies. In fact, Cauldron Master was delivered 2 months before our expected delivery date! Dice Hospital is completely on schedule and will be fulfilled in a few months time. We are running this campaign since we are simply waiting for the manufacturer to manufacture Dice Hospital :)

  • World class manufacturing

For this project and for our previous project: Dice Hospital, we are using Longpack which has produced a wide array of games including Unfair, Robinson Crusoe, and Queendomino. We have already received an early white copy prototype of Pocket Sub from Longpack and the standard of this was excellent. Their communication has been great as well as having been recommended by other world renowned creators.

  • Shipment and Fulfilment 

GamesQuest will ship the games from China to the UK, however, when they arrive in the UK at that point we will take over and handle the fulfilment of Pocket Sub in house as we have a UK business Royal mail account. We used this method very successfully with Lab Wars and Cauldron Master. Since the price of the game is so low, it will be internationally customs friendly. In the event this campaign gains over 1500 backers, we will bring on board an international fulfilment partner to help us out. This will most likely be GamesQuest based in the UK who we already have a fantastic relationship with.

An optimistic prediction of the timeline:

  • Beginning of April: Submit Files to manufacturer
  • Beginning of May: Manufacturing completes
  • Mid May: Shipping from China to the UK
  • Mid-late June: Arrives in port
  • Early-mid July: Fulfilment commences
  • End of August: Fulfilment completed and most backers should have their copies. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: If there are any delays it could push this back to October for completing fulfilment , as the above is an optimistic prediction. We always put a worst case scenario on our tiers - as delays do happen for usually, unforeseen reasons.

 

 

Risks and challenges

As always with our campaigns, we cannot prevent "god like" failures such as thunderstorm, hurricanes etc.

We can promise you though that we will do everything in our power to keep everyone updated as well as stick to the original plan as possible.

You can rest assured that since this is our 6th campaign, (if you include the Bios:Genesis campaign we ran for Sierra Madre Games) that we are a capable and knowledgeable company. Customer service has always been our number one priority.

We are a very open company and welcome feedback, suggestions and comments either publicly or privately!

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    4 Map tokens
    4 Strong current tokens

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