About this project
Welcome dear Battalians!
Last year we introduced our board game Battalia: The Creation to the Kickstarter community, and after a very emotional and successful campaign we delivered on time a top quality product to our backers, without any compromise. The game gained a lot of popularity, and got high average rating on BGG. We are proud to have the most dedicated supporters and here we want to thank everyone of them for their enthusiasm and effort to help us in our journey. And after the first challenge is completed, we are ready for the next adventure.
We are happy to announce our first BIG! Expansion for Battalia the Creation. Here you will have the opportunity to get your copy of Battalia: The Stormgates, Crowdfunding Edition (CEdition). For newcomers in our universe there is a second chance to lay hands on the base game Battalia: The Creation, Crowdfunding edition or directly on a big combo package including both of them :) .
Important note: NO RETAIL version of the Stormgates CEdition expansion box is scheduled for next year and in our general plans. For now we prefer to work only for the Kickstarter community due to many meaningful reasons and the only one not to call the whole box officially Kickstarter exclusive is that we will distribute some minor quantities of games to some loyal retailers due to the round up needed to produce a reasonable number of this edition in the planned print run. Those will be only insignificant numbers and for sure it will be very unlikely to distribute them overseas due to some logistic and other issues.
The game concept
BATTALIA: The Creation is a medium weight strategy game for 2-4 players, ages 13 and up. It combines the mechanics of map construction, deck building, hero and area control and neat calendar mechanics.
In this game of creation and conquest the players will send their heroes on an epic journey to explore new territories and take control over neutral or enemy cities. They will hire battle units, and acquire useful artefacts, with the greater goal to create mighty nations and unbeatable armies. Every player will construct roads to gain access to new map areas and will build or upgrade cities, in order to expand his domain and to earn victory points. Battalia: The Creation can be won through intensive development and growth of your own city system, or through aggressive play of war and conquer, capturing opponents settlements.
Base Game Features:
- Language independent
- Basic game mode
- Advanced game mode for experienced players
- Alternative game scenario - The Bleading horn of destiny.
- Modular map, built during the game
- Highly detailed big scale miniatures
- Unique calendar mechanics
- Unique cards purchase mechanics
The game rules are available in 15 languages. Click on the flags to navigate to the rules section on our website.
If you want to check our previous campaign, click on the logo below:
You can try the demo of the game on Tabletopia.com. The website doesn't support all browsers, so you need to use Mozilla or Internet explorer. You will also need to install Unity Web Player. Click on the image below to navigate to the game.
Find more information on battalia.eu: rulebooks and reviews, discussion forum and interesting details about the whole Battalia universe!
The expansion Battalia: The Stormgates includes the following new features:
- Components for 5th and 6th player.
- Team play - shortens the downtime and makes the game even more dynamic. Brings new strategies for the players.
- King and Queen cards - units with higher battle strength, capable of upgrading your level 4 cities.
- Capitals and royal residences - cities with higher defensive strength, giving more victory points.
- Stormgates - portals which transport your heroes to distant locations on the map.
- Stormevents - adventure element in the game. Different effects triggered when heroes pass through a Stormgate.
- Metamorpha - character with big impact on the game. Provides a lot of new opportunities for development, depending on the terrain it stands on. Speeds up the game flow.
- Bilkarr O'The mountain people - another character, providing new strategies. Herbalist, travelling around the world, selling special potions. All potions have different effect, which boosts the players' powers.
Here is a link to the expansion's rulebook. Please note that this is only a beta of the rules, that haven't been edited yet. Final rules will contain all the components, unlocked during the campaign.
Base game contents:
- 80 Unit Cards
- 80 Supply Cards
- 84 Artefact Cards
- 5 Great Artefact Cards
- 28 City Cards
- 48 Road Cards
- 1 Ruins Card
- 1 Game Board
- 1 Sun Oracle
- 8 Hero Figures (2 per player/faction)
- 79 City Level Tokens
- 4 Reference Sheets
- 1 D6 Die
Crowdfunding Bonus components
- 8 Additional Unit Cards (The Unbound, 5th universal faction for custom games only)
- Volcano Cards (Bonus terrain cards for custom scenarios only)
- 5 Extra Great Artefact Cards
- 1 Extra Ruins Card
- 4 Player Dashboards + 4 Victory points marker cards
- 4 Battle Bonus Cards (mark the bonus strength in battle)
- 12 Ring Markers
- 4 Time Markers
- 1 Almanac (story and art book)
- 3 Special Cards - 1 Volcano ruler card, 1 Unbound Buff master card
BIG!Expansion Box contents:
- 2 new factions: The Wolfsclan and The Sunblessed complete gameplay material for the new faction: - 40 units, - 42 artefacts, - 38 terrain, - 40 supply cards and - 32 city tokens
- 2 new pairs of miniature heroes for both factions (male & female version as always)
- new units with higher ranks: Kings & Queens - cards for all 6 factions in the game
- new tokens with higher city levels: 6x level 6 for all faction capitals and 12x level 5 for summer and winter residences
- 6 new Stormgates cards
- 6 Stormevent cards
- 6 Heroic mode tokens
- 6 Potion special tokens
- 10 Battle Bonus Cards
- 24 additional Ring Markers
- 10 Time markers
- one game board Extension: 7x4 grid
- one additional NPC figurine: Bilkarr O'the mountain people
- another additional NPC figurine: Metamorpha
- one D4 directional Die
- a Rulebook for the expansion
And here is an overview of some of the expansion's components.
The base game and expansion boxes offered in this campaign are complete products, providing hours of excellent gaming experience at a premium price. Not a single game component had been subtracted from the original content with the intention to be offered as a stretch goal.
All stretch goals listed below are completely new game modules offering new strategies and expanding the variety of the game play. This means that no matter how many stretch goals will be unlocked by the end of the campaign, you will receive a full game with many additional components, and not something uncompleted.
The total retail value of all miniatures, included in the stretch goals section is the same as the value of the expansion itself, so that is why the stretch goals reach such high levels.
Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter finishes based on actual volume to ship (depending on the size and number of all possibly unlocked stretch goals) and is collected via our pledge manager system. This allows us to charge more individual and fairly for all backers and avoid a 'one size fits all' mentality to shipping.
Based on our previous experience with direct shipping, we've decided to have a different approach this time. We are working on building up of two shipping hubs at least in the US and Europe (calculated on the base of our previous campaign). Depending on the number of backers an Asia and Australia hubs are in consideration. For all overseas and faraway countries with lower number of backers we will deliver directly per courier. Exact calculations are possible after campaign ends.
Below are our initial rough estimates for shipping for your convenience* :
- US & CA & EU : $10-$15
- BG: free pick up or $3
- Rest of the World : $15-$20
- US & CA & EU : $10-$15
- BG: free pick up or $3
- Rest of the World : $15-$20
- US & CA : $20-$25 / EU : $15 -$20
- BG: free pick up or $5
- Rest of the World : $25-$30
ALL COHORT Pledges
- US & CA : $50-$60 / EU : $15 -$25
- BG: free pick up or $8
- Rest of the World : $60-$90
- All destinations fixed: $1 - flat rate per unit!
Please note that the shipping may vary from the numbers above and cannot be fixed yet as a final price, because of the unknown number of unlocked Stretch goals.
All calculations are based on volumetric weight for the different pledges. These are just estimates - costs may slightly rise due to weight increase as more items are unlocked via stretch goals.
Add-ons are subject to different treatment on our campaign, compared to pledges and stretch goals. We've decided to make it more user friendly and convenient for you and charge just $1 per unit. This flat rate system allows us to set up easier our pledge manager system and is more comfortable for you to calculate. Just add +$1 per unit later through the pledge manager.
If you add extra games to your pledge the $1 shipping cost does not apply. The game box is big and heavy (about 2.5 kg each) so in this case we need to charge for than $1. One extra game box is not going to double the cost of the shipping, but it is going to increase the shipping cost by some percentage. The increase will be different according to your location and will depend on the number of unlocked stretch goals.
Please add NO SHIPPING COSTS NOW, no matter if for pledges or for add-ons! Please use later our pledge manager. Thanks for your support and understanding!
Risks and challenges
This is not our first rodeo, ok it's our second :) ... But just take a look at our first campaign and the feedback after it and after delivery... I would say that nobody could complain about what we've shipped as a final product. Despites some small delivery difficulties in the horror "just before Christmas period of the year", everything else went well and on time. All backers received their products in less than 6 months after campaign's end. The game itself was produced in Germany covering highest manufacturing standards and the quality of all miniatures and materials is just awesome.
About the gameplay you can read all over the internet, but here a short list with reviews and other worthy stuff on our home page: http://battalia.eu/reviews/ - it speaks for itself.
I would add only that our average BGG rating for the basic game is about 8.0 (or more) since the beginning...
On one hand we are just a small company and this is our second Kickstarter project, but on the other we have been publishing board games for the past six years now. We are cooperating with more than 30 famous publishers like FFG, KOSMOS, Hans im Glueck, AMIGO, IELLO and others. During this time we have published Bulgarian localized editions of many worldwide popular board games such as “Game Of Thrones: The Board Game”, “Sid Meier’s Civilization”, “The Legends Of Andor”, “Ubongo”, “Carcassonne”, “Wizard”, “Atlantis”, “ King Of Tokyo”, etc… This means a lot of EXPERIENCE on our end! Our production sites are located mainly in Germany, US and China, so international logistics are not an obstacle for us and meanwhile we know very well how to play the “big game” called PUBLISHING.
Please note: the estimated delivery date is June 2017, but please keep in mind that this is only an informed guess. Also, due to the logistics of international shipping backers in different regions of the world may receive their rewards sooner than others. We will do our best to minimize this as much as possible, but if for some totally unforeseen reason the game can't be delivered at all, we are always ready to refund pledges in full.
Of course, there are risks with every project, but we hope that our track record in publishing and our commitment to do everything as good as possible will gain your trust in us.
Production shipping or customs delays are always possible, but since our game is 90% complete, a small delay is probably the worst thing that could occur on this project. The most sophisticated part of our project is probably the production of the Battalia heroes and NPCs. Yes, exactly – these large and beautiful, but really complicated for production figurines. They are expensive, the process takes a lot of time and commitment, but the result is really worth the effort. To ensure a smooth and accurate production and delivery, we are cooperating with an old partner who is among the best production factories in Germany - a renown specialist in the board game field with really high quality standards for everything they produce – miniatures, game material, game board, boxes and so on…. They produce also for CMoN and many other renown publishers. This should put everyone's minds at ease, regarding quality and delivery schedule!
We have no reason to expect that something could go terribly wrong, but in case that this happens, please check our refund policy.
We can refund you within 60 days of the campaign’s end, charges included, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. After this period a refund without any explanation is still possible, though that’s minus Kickstarter and Stripe payment processing fees (as we will not be refunded by them after this 60 day period).
However, once we’ve begun packaging and preparing your rewards for shipment (usually 8 weeks before the actual shipping date), refunds are no longer possible. This means that we will reject any refunds after end of March 2017.
Important: If a game or component cannot be delivered at all (which is very unlikely), at your wish we will refund you the full amount, including fees, or we will try to work with you per e-mail and find a satisfactory solution for your individual case.
Please note: All refunds requested during the original 60 day period are returned to your credit card via Stripe. Refunds requested after this period will be processed via PayPal only!
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