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Spread agents across the galaxy, and scheme your way to becoming the new Phoenix Syndicate, from the ashes of the last one...

Spread agents across the galaxy, and scheme your way to becoming the new Phoenix Syndicate, from the ashes of the last one... Read More
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This project's funding goal was not reached on May 5, 2012.

About this project


Thanks for stopping by our campaign to bring The Phoenix Syndicate to the world.  This game will be a "real box" game, which requires up-front funding to produce and create excellent art for.  We've hired Evan Derrick (of BSG Express fame) to do the design for the final print run of the game.  The art you see in the video (Except for the cover) and in the examples is prototype art, created by me!  It's not bad, but not nearly as awesome as what we want, and what Evan can provide.  We'll be showing off samples of his ongoing work on the game as the campaign goes on.

As with Fealty and Innovation, I helped develop The Phoenix Syndicate.  The designers of the game are Ted and Rebecca Vessenes, local friends of mine from the Boston area gaming crew!

About The Phoenix Syndicate

Legend tells of the daring exploits and relentless greed of The Phoenix Syndicate, that rose to power and created a galactic regime. But the old order has lost its fire and become bogged down with the affairs of the masses. It is time for a new syndicate to rise from the ashes of the old...and make a tidy profit along the way. 

The Phoenix Syndicate is a game about building a network of agents on planets spread across the galaxy. Every time you play, a new galaxy is created by randomly arranging the galactic hexes. You will claim contracts over the course of play, each specifying planets you may want to bring into your network. The better you can fulfill these contracts, the more lucrative the deal is and the more credits you will gain. Connecting planets to your network will require resources, which, of course, you “acquire” from the planets where you already have agents. 

Read the complete rules here: 


I describe The Phoenix Syndicate as a Gateway++ game.  Many games are bunched under the "Gateway" game tag, the sort of game you can show to someone who's a non gamer, to try and lure them in to our excellent hobby.  So what does Gateway++ mean?  This game has the perfect sort of mix that adds a little bit more strategy and decision making to simple mechanics.  It's not too complicated, not too simple.  


The video features our prototype art (created by me!  I'm decent but not that great).  Evan has started working on art for the tiles: 

It's not finalized yet, but it doesn't hurt my feelings at all to know how much more awesome the game will look with a real artist!


  • The Phoenix Syndicate will come with six punchboards containing the 27 hex tiles, agents, victory point chips and the guild board. Also included will be over 100 wooden resource cubes, and the 90 card mission deck. It will come in the standard square full-sized euro game box.

    The planned retail price for the game is $55. So we hope $45 with free shipping is a pretty good deal!

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    Pledge $1 or more
    About $1.00 USD

    1 backer All gone!

    Shipping to the US is included. For shipping to Canada, add $10, and for elsewhere, please add $25 to your pledge. It's the pirates. They are expensive!

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    Pledge $45 or more
    About $45 USD

    96 backers

    A copy of The Phoenix Syndicate, delivered to you! As a bonus, we will not turn you over to the intergalactic authorities for your upcoming criminal enterprises.

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    Pledge $85 or more
    About $85 USD

    4 backers

    2 copies of The Phoenix Syndicate, with guaranteed zero asteroid damage. [Note: Extinction-class asteriods not included in this guarantee. Sorry, dinosaurs!]

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    Pledge $125 or more
    About $125 USD

    10 backers Limited (10 left of 20)

    2 copies of the game, a signed print of game artwork, and a personalized deed for one of the 20 planets (First come, first pick). Your ownership of planet will be recorded in the rulebook for posterity. Crown not included!

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    Pledge $200 or more
    About $200 USD

    1 backer

    A case of 6 copies of The Phoenix Syndicate, including two signed prints of game artwork.

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    Pledge $750 or more
    About $750 USD

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    A case of 6 copies of The Phoenix Syndicate, 2 signed prints of game artwork, and I will spend a day helping you develop your game idea into an awesome game! In person if local, or via skype/etc if remote.

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