Era of Tribes

by Arne Lorenz

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    1. Arne Lorenz Creator on

      Done ;-)
      Thank you very much Morten !!

    2. Morten Maansson on

      Re: Game length and player count.

      I missed this info as well. I think you should repeat it with the text you have later.

      “2-4 Players. Approx. 30 min. per player.
      The game can be adjusted according to the number of players and the desired game lentgh

    3. Arne Lorenz Creator on

      Hi Mighty. The playtime is mentioned on the very first picture in the story. But maybe it is too small ;-)

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      Mighty on

      Arne, that looks interesting, but you should put the playtime more on top, I only found it by scrolling down the whole page.

    5. Arne Lorenz Creator on

      I am starting now with the gameplay videos... hope the people will not laugh too much about my english ;-).
      I changed the description of the SG. Thank you!!

    6. Jan De Leersnyder on

      Thanks for the feedback. I think it might be best to also make the streth goal a bit more clear then, so people don't think they'll get the Kings Edition with a normal pledge.

      Been going over the rules and TTS module and I have some questions about them. I'll post these on BGG. Those gameplay-videos would also be very interesting, looking forward to them.

      I hope this campaign works out for you!

    7. Arne Lorenz Creator on

      Hej Jan, thank you for your feedback. We will have to put all of this into the FAQ. I am preparing some videos for gameplay and so on at the moment.
      To your questions: For the bigger editions I have to be sure, that there will be a number of backers that will back them, so I can´t unlock them from the beginning. I will make them visible but they will have a later starting point during the campaign and I will unlock them, if the stretchgoal is reached (otherwise I will delete them, but I hope this will not happen, bcause they are really nice).
      If you already backed the core edition, you can delete this one and reback the bigger pledge.
      ... TTS is available now!

    8. Jan De Leersnyder on

      I would be very interested to back your project, seems amazing. The campaign looks good as well, but I'm a bit confused by the pledge levels.

      You can pledge for the kings edition, but the edition wil not be available until that stretch goal was reached (what if the stretch goal is not reached?)?
      Or does the pledge only become available when the stretch goal is reached?
      Or do all backers get the kings edition when the stretch goal is reached (making the kings edition useles at that point)?
      I can't seem to get my head around it. I think this might be confusing to other people as well. Might be better to put them as pledge,stretch goal or addon only.

      Anyway, looking forward to the kickstarter! Might get a game in on TTS beforehand as well.

    9. Arne Lorenz Creator on

      Hey Michael, thank you for this nice feedback. I am happy, that you do not have to buy a new table ;-). And I hope the calculation will fit, because I count with higher funding at the end, when it is funded within24 hours, so it will -hopefully- work ;-). I backed chronicles also and yes, the stretch goals could be more and even better.... but it will be a great game anyway I think.
      When You find something to be improved, please let me know and thank you for your wishes!!

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      Michael Below on

      Hi Arne,
      since my last visit you changed several things.
      I really like the what is in the box part.
      Now I have a real good understanding on what will be delivered.
      I must admit I was not aware of the real size of the board.
      I just checked. Our table is big enough.

      I hope your calculation still fits with the decreased stretch goals.
      Anway I like that the steps between each stretch goal is not that big.

      I backed Glen More II and over there the gap between the third and fourth stretch goal is too big with 35000 Euro.

      All in all the whole campaign looks good to me.
      English is not my first language. Therefore I can't tell if all the text is in proper English.

      All in all the whole campaign looks good to me.

      I hope and wish a successful campaign.

    11. Arne Lorenz Creator on

      Ah! Okay. That´s cool!
      Thank you Nicolai!

    12. Nicolai Broen Thorning
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      on

      I usually do it in batches, hence eventually. :)

      But either add it yourself, once live, or send me a geekmail once live to remind me. That said, I have saved the campaign, so Kickstarter will also tell me. Since I intend to back and want it to do well, I shall do my best to get it done right away. :)

      https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/250813/2019-crowdfunded-games-shipping-within-european-un

    13. Arne Lorenz Creator on

      Hi Nicolai. That would be great! How could I make a "sure" out of "eventually" ;-) ?

    14. Nicolai Broen Thorning
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      I run an EU-friendly list on BGG. Once you go live I will eventually add the game to that list. :)

    15. Arne Lorenz Creator on

      I added -or asked for adding- in a few more lists. Is there another special list I should be in? .... There are some of them, but not all easy to find 😲

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      Jim Maher on

      That's the one I must have missed the initial posting🤔

    17. Arne Lorenz Creator on

      Hi.
      I am already on this list:
      https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/192002/prelaunched-kickstarter-board-game-projects/page/3?
      Are there more lists I should be on?

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      Jim Maher on

      Hi Arne there is also a prelaunch Kickstarter list on BGG you might consider adding the game to

    19. Arne Lorenz Creator on

      Sorry, it was a mistake. I will change it to pledge levels.
      Thank you Nicolai!
      Thats what I thought too, do not make to much levels ;-).
      Will have to add three, that will work, I hope.
      What are your other thoughts on the campaign (videos and previews will come!!) and the game?

    20. Nicolai Broen Thorning
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      The Kings and Landscapers add-on do not make sense to me.

      Since you can only pledge once on KS, I cannot see anyone going for those levels, unless they own the game already. Plus, it seems they are to be opened by way of funding levels, then just treat them as add-ons that backers can add to existing levels, or, once unlocked, then you can add a new pledge with these incl.

      Beware though of too many pledge levels. I also despair when I see a KS with too many levels. It makes it complicated for you and for me.

    21. Gert Breugelmans on

      I totally agree with the opinion of Jim Maher ... BGG is the place to be concerning boardgames.

      The feedback I had when I shared the pics of the game & the box was that the artwork of the box isn't professional enough to stand out. Pretty dark also.
      If you check out the artwork of other games today on kickstarter that go well or on fire, you will see that the artwork is half of succeeding of failing on KS.
      I think you have primarly concentrate on that part.
      Nowadays looks are very important ... you know the first impression ;-)

    22. Arne Lorenz Creator on

      Hi Jim!
      Thank you! I didn´t notice the message to me on BGG -thought, I should get a note, when there is one, but I didn´t; a problem, I will have to fix in someway. I will get the prototypes of the game soon and will then put a lot of new pics in BGG. Maybe put some of the pics out of the KS in BGG these with the tribes maybe?

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      Jim Maher on

      Hi Arne, I first came across the game and played it with you at Essen 2017. I was very interested in it and constantly checked in on BGG over 2018 as to progress but there was nothing there. I discovered at Essen 2018 that you had taken back control of the game. Here is my point it was only by chance that I came across your Facebook page for the game. Again today I looked at BGG and there has been no activity except for the fact that somebody made an enquiry about the game a few days ago but has had no response. Here is my point BGG is the primary source of information on games for gamers. In my opinion without significant presence on the site it is very possible that the game will fly totally under the radar. That would be a great pity as I certainty will be backing it. Others may disagree with my view but I offer it to you in the spirit of having a very successful project.

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 "Era of Tribes"   is an asymetric civilisation workerplacement strategy game for 1-4 players from 14  years+, where your goal is to develop, expand, discover, and interact  with your fellow players in Europe from the Neolithic period to the High Middle Ages. You have ten unique tribes with each special benefits or punishments, different starting conditions, several ways to end the game, real civ-feeling and all this with a playtime of round about 30 minutes per player.

You can download the rules here (or from bgg of course):

 Download English Rules from dropbox

 Download German Rules from dropbox 

And you can find some more information and discuss here with me.

Tabletop Simulator is available  for free. 

 The Game will be produced by Gameland in China; a company which -among others- produced too many bones or raiders of the north sea, so quality will be great for sure. Austrian Boardgamer thankfully allowed to link his video in german and english. This will allow you to get an idea of the nice quality you will be able to anticipate.

This  video will give you an idea of what the components will look in real. Hope we can make it in this quality or even better.

 When we reach the funding goal within the first 24 hours, I will give this reward to every backer! 

The board shows the map, where you spread with your vassals (and collect luxury goods and food, fight the barbarians and your opponents), the abilities of the barbarians, the influence modifiers, the improvement tree, your morale and something more. It is a mounted  23.3 Inch x 33.1 Inch rich illustrated board.  

There are ten different tribes in "Era of Tribes" of which everyone gives you special abilities or -sometimes- punishments. So the board has totally asymetric starting conditions in relation to the abilities and the landscape surrounding your tribe. We introduce the tribes dispersed on this presentation or you look here. 

For each tribe you will have a "Tribal Action Board" which allows you to choose your actions -independent from those your rivals choosed- and immediately execute them. Every box can be choosen at any time on your turn with one -or more- of your leaders, but only once during a turn, so choose wise the order you take your actions!

On the back of each TAB, there will be a "Sequence of Turn" overview in English.

To always have an eye on what happens next, there will be "Sequence of Turn" overview where you can also see the "End of Game Conditions".  

How does battle work?

Era of Tribes has a novel combat system. The attacker and the defender each get one die. The novelty is that the dice faces are distributed anew for each combat. During each battle round both players throw “their” combat dice. Then you check which player gets one damage. This can even be a damage on your side and represents fortune, tactical errors, external influences and everything else that makes the outcome of a battle not predictable. This way you can try to influence the chances of a battle in your favor, but you never can be a hundred percent sure. 

 “Era of Tribes” has a special Improvement Tree, made out of six branches. Your improvement markers stay within their branch and they are moved into the center when you achieve a new improvement. For each leader placed here you can get one improvement. This gets more expensive the closer to the center the improvement is.

The basic costs you can see on the improvement pioneer track. The “discount” for stragglers you find on the right. Each improvement is based on one of the two branches below it (overlapping improvement fields). If this improvement has not been achieved the costs increase.

There are 11 different influence cards. At the beginning of the game each player chooses one influence card before he decides to choose a tribe that fits in with the card. Each of the influence card provides you with a special (and secret) task that needs to be fulfilled.

Beside this personal influence card – which can only be fulfilled by its owner – there are also face-up influencecards which can be fulfilled by all players.

After funding the campaign you can reach the following stretch goals. There will be more, don´t be afraid.


Game night at Michaels home and in boardgame cafe 2017.

Nice essay in WESER KURIER in  german. 

Let´s play with Andreas and Daniel 2017 (German-2017 version of the game).

Presentation in Essen 2017 with Chris (German-2017 version of the game). 



 Shipping will be charged in the pledge manager to make it most fair as possible.


Hi, I´m Arne, the designer of "Era of Tribes",

a 4x game hopefully coming soon to your home. I was born in 1975 and grew up with all these great heavy boardgames and pen&paper and I loved playing civilization games for years, but -as you maybe know from your own experience- it became more and more heavy to find the time -and the people- for one of the big everlasting games. So I started working on this game years ago; working it over and over, again and again to improve and make a game for you that gives you the feelings of a REAL civ-game, of have the reins of your own unique tribe in your own hands in a normal length of gameplay of about 30 minutes per player.

Why did I choose Kickstarter and not the "normal" way?

I had a publisher once ago and we worked together very well, but everything was going on to slow and so I decided to take back full control of my game (that was no problem, because all the arts, designs and ideas were my own or my property). Now, it´s up to me, what materials to use, how many cards to take, whether to design own wooden components or not... and I did. I want to make the game as I want it to be. With material as nice and great as possible and I can make a price, I couldn´t make, if I wanted to get "Era of Tribes" into retail. I am so excited about what happened the last two years, all the nice people supporting me, all the fans already existing from all over the world. That´s amazing!

 First interview about era of tribes (in German) 

Risks and challenges

After campaign ends, you will be able to vary your pledges or add ons in the pledge manager. Also shipping will be calculated and quoted then. Production will start in June and last for at least 2 months. So shipping will start in August/September. We will work for shipping with fulfillment centers, where it is possible and useful to keep shipping costs down.
Everything is almost ready for production and I will send all the stuff to you this year! ...hopefully before Essen Spiel, if everything in the production works well. As you are know, we are all just men and women, so things can happen, but we will not need a year or something like this for sure!!

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    Give a toast to me and allow me to buy a nice bottle of single malt to toast to everyone of my vassals. Cheers!
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    Chieftain Edition

    One copy of "Era of Tribes" including all unlocked stretch goals. Over 300 wooden parts, big mounted map and over 200 strong cardboard tiles.
    Please back this one first and do NOT wait for Kings, Landscapers or Emperors Edition. You can cancel this pledge and upgrade to the bigger one (you can also do this in the pledge manager of course!).
    I decided not to make an early bird pledge but give everyone a better price because I do not want to punish anyone who maybe just haven´t heard early enough about the campaign.

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    Play "Era of Tribes" with up to 6 players with 2 additional sets of wooden components in white and green.
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    If we reach more than 500 "Kings Edition" rewards, the add-on will come in a seperate box.

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    Landscapers Edition

    Make "Era of Tribes" a real 4X game!
    Get 30 extra strong cardboard tiles to create your own world. Thousands of millions of possibilities to arrange.
    Build your own world for singleplayer modus to stand the hordes of barbarians or grow the land during expansion with other players from different corners of the map.
    The add on will come in a seperate box and will be unlocked during campaign as a stretch goal.

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