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Shields are down to 40%, Hyper Drive is offline, the captain is out, and an unknown alien vessel is firing on the ship! What do you do?
Shields are down to 40%, Hyper Drive is offline, the captain is out, and an unknown alien vessel is firing on the ship! What do you do?
Shields are down to 40%, Hyper Drive is offline, the captain is out, and an unknown alien vessel is firing on the ship! What do you do?
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Last Day for On Fire Kickstarter

Backers -

I just want to let you all know that today is the final day of the Damage Report On Fire Kickstarter. We have not YET reached our funding goal. Even so, we have enough pre-orders now to get this expansion printing!

Status Dials Included!  

We have been working with several printers in getting pricing together for On Fire. This week we have been able to get the price reduced to where we can now include the Status Dials with all copies of On Fire. The Status Dials will replace the cardboard sliders. The Dials will be clipped together with a plastic fastener, much like the X-Wing or Attack Wing dials used. They will be color, and symbol matched to the module they are associated with. This will make keeping track of the status of modules a lot more reliable. We are really excited to include this. There are a total of 8 dials included for the 8 modules that have status tracks.

The Screaming Skies

Here is the nearly finished art for the scenario. You will note that this is 2 new modules, and we have yet to reveal what will be on the backs of them. Both pieces still have some work to be done before they are complete. However, they are getting very close at this point.

Planetary Flight Path
Planetary Flight Path
Planetary Landing Zone
Planetary Landing Zone

The Scenario- what goes into making it work?  

On Fire will now come with a total of 5 scenarios! As each scenario has as much replay as most full games, it is like getting 5 games in one box! Each scenario is a very different experience, with a different ship lay-out, and different objectives.

We spend a lot of time making sure that the game is balanced, and a lot of fun. Each scenario has scaling options and suggested characters. This allows you to customize the play experience to your crew's play style. It also allows you to add on more players, or even play with fewer. The suggested number of players is just that, a suggestion. You can play a 4-6 player scenario with 3 players, but you may need to add in some of the rules to make the game easier.

Scenario design requires story, mechanics, components, and lots and lots of play testing. Essentially each scenario is like making a complete board game, just a little easier as much of the bits and pieces are there to be used. As a design philosophy we come at creating a game from a place of theme and story, and then blending it with mechanics that make the game FEEL like its theme. Sometimes we end up with an especially innovative mechanic, such as the timing mechanic in Damage Report (which we call the Reality Simulation System). Neither game mechanics nor theme alone drive our design process, we focus on the feel of the game and player experience.

In Screaming Skies - the use of the dice to 'mine' is a new mechanic that had to be developed, and tested, to allow the feeling of looking for something and having trouble finding it. The limit of the number of dice, and having the dice themselves be the actual mineral you are mining also simulates the exhaustion of a vein of minerals. Once you have 3 of the 4 dice locked in as a success, it can feel very stressful continuing to mine to get that last lucky roll. As you need 10 of the 12 dice, at least one of the 3 locations will have to be mined to complete exhaustion. Finding this balance was achieved through play testing. The number of dice, the number of faces, the frequency of rolling - all of this had to be checked out.

The end result is a extremely fun to play scenario that involves mining minerals. Who would have thought!?

We want Damage Report to feel 'open-sourced' so that players feel comfortable taking the lead and designing their own scenarios as well. The modular design, and the vast amount of choices will allow you to tinker, and fiddle with existing scenarios - and maybe, just maybe give you the courage to do your own ship layout, with your own story to tell. Look at all of this stuff! What story could you tell?

On Fire and Damage Report Contents (not shown: 12 dice, 2 new modules, and Deluxe Box)
On Fire and Damage Report Contents (not shown: 12 dice, 2 new modules, and Deluxe Box)

Thank you all!  We will be in touch soon.

Cheers,
Eric Salyers
Break From Reality Games

Damage Report On Fire: An Away Mission!?! Check it out!

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Greetings Backer!

We have just under 2 weeks to go and we have a couple updates for you.

New Away Mission!

The Screaming Skies: A scenario for 3-5 players, 45 minutes, and additional content!
This scenario will be included with both the Deluxe Box backers, and of course the On Fire backers. 

  • 12 Custom Dice 
  • Planetary Flight Path Module - Get from the ship to orbit around the planet. The art for this is in process now... but here is a first pass mock up: 
Planetary Flight Path (concept art)
Planetary Flight Path (concept art)
  • Planetary Landing Zone Module - Finding a clear spot to land is first priority. Once landed - there are several locations nearby the crew can explore to find the necessary minerals. Below is concept art for this module. 
Planetary Landing Zone (concept art)
Planetary Landing Zone (concept art)
  • The mission in Screaming Skies is not for the meek at heart! It is fast paced, and requires splitting the crew to get everything done that must be done. 

What's Included: (for $35.00)

  • 3 all new scenarios + 1 new promo scenario
  • Now 12 Dice, and 2 new modules
  • 6 Robot Character Tokens  
  • 6 Robot Character Cards  
  • 6 Robot AI Cards  
  • 2 Robot Activation Tokens  
  • Alien Entity Token  
  • 7 Plastic Character Stands  
  • 30 Injury/Fire Tokens  
  • 3 Bomb Tokens  
  • Double Sided Dashboard (Alien / Robot Master)  
  • 2 Plastic Fire Extinguishers (red)
  • 2 Plastic Stun Wands (purple)
  • Sand Timer  
  • Rule book

Here are the four scenarios included:

The promo scenario has just been added.  This is an AWAY MISSION!  Players have to take runabouts down to the planetary surface and mine for a needed mineral to restore the energy core.

45 minutes  3 - 5 Players   Includes 2 new modules, and 12 dice

Damage Report On Fire (not final art)
Damage Report On Fire (not final art)

Deluxe Box - $20.00

If you backed at $65.00 or more, you probably have On Fire coming to you.  However, you do not have the awesome new Deluxe Box, or the new promo scenario.  

By backing at $20.00 - you will receive:

  • Deluxe Box - size to be determined, but it will fit both On Fire, and the upcoming Systems Critical!
  • The Screaming Skies Promo Scenario (12 dice, 2 modules)
  • Plastic Resource Trays

Final note - if you want the expansion, and the Deluxe Box - this is $10.00 more ($45).

If you have a friend or family member that has been thinking about picking up Damage Report - now is the time to mention this project. 

Help us make Damage Report On Fire an awesome expansion!

Cheers,
Eric Salyers
Break From Reality Games

Damage Report On Fire is live on Kickstarter!

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Backers -

We just launched the funding campaign for Damage Report On Fire!  We hope you will take a look at the project.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bfrgames/damage-report-on-fire

For clarifications sake - here is a reminder of who has what coming to them:

If you backed between:  $40.00 - $45.00, you are due only the Backer Kit - which you may have, or will be to you in the next week or so. You can back at $35.00 to get On Fire, or $45.00 to get both On Fire, and the Deluxe Box!

If you backed at $65.00 level +, you already have Damage Report On Fire coming to you! However, you may want to support this campaign to get the Deluxe Box, and the over-fund goals.  You can do so for only $20.00.  

Thanks for your support! 

By the way - we are at PAX this weekend!  Come by, meet Alex the designer of both Damage Report, and Damage report On Fire.  We are in room 208 in the Convention Center.

Cheers,
Eric Salyers
Break From Reality Games

Backer Crew has arrived. On Fire launches 8/28! - UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS

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Greetings Backers!

We have some great news today.  We have received Zephyr and Maria, and plan on shipping them out over the next couple of weeks to all backers.  Be sure you update your shipping address on Kickstarter, or email us at info@bfrgames.com.  We will be using the address in Kickstarter, so make sure it is right.  I emailed the $40 & $45 backers this afternoon to make sure you get the address up to date ASAP.  Yours will be mailing first, as this is the last items due to you from the project.

Here are your new crew members:

Backer Crew

Zephyr
Zephyr
Maria
Maria

Damage Report On Fire

We are launching this project next week on 8/28. We are ready to get this printed and into the hands of backers and new fans alike! We expect to have the game delivered to our backers within 6 months of project close.  We have a new printer partner who has been much more responsive, and who actually printed the Backer Crew for us. They are tested and ready to go forward with this next project. On Fire has 3 new scenarios, new tools, and some new mechanics as well. We have a lot planned for the upcoming Kickstarter. 

Of special note - we are also making a Deluxe Box, with new art, and with an insert to fit Damage Report, On Fire, and the upcoming Systems Critical.  The box will be $20 and includes all KS overfund goals, and shipping in the US. 310 of you have this due to your from your Pledge of $65 and above, so you might want to consider getting this box to have a great place to store your game.

The overfund goals include:

  • System Status Dials to eliminate the need for the slider on the system modules
  • Status Dial Tray, that will hold all of the system dials so the entire crew can see the status of various systems
  • Molded plastic resource rooms, to replace the cardboard ones
  • Robot Minis...
  • ...and more!
We also have a new promotional scenario that will be included with On Fire.  This will be announced once we launch next week.
Damage Report On Fire - not final art
Damage Report On Fire - not final art

We will be at PAX Prime this year. Feel free to come by and see us in room 208. We will be there with a couple other local Seattle Publishers. We hope to see you if you are attending!

Systems Critical

Later this year or in early 2016, we plan on introducing our next expansion: Damage Report Systems Critical.  Systems Critical has 5 more scenarios - and introduces ship vs ship combat! We have 4 of the five scenarios pretty well tested, and ready to go.  120 of you have this coming to you... and by no means have we forgotten that commitment.  Backers who backed at $90.00 and above are due this expansion... and we will deliver. 

We hope you all have been enjoying Damage Report! We look forward to getting the next scenarios into your hands!  

PAX PRIME HELPERS?

Finally - if you are in the Seattle Area, and interested in giving us a hand at PAX this year - let us know!  We are looking for a couple folks to help demo Damage Report. What is in it for you?  PAX pass for the day you volunteer & BFR loot. We are looking for volunteers for 6 hour shifts.  Contact me at: eric@bfrgames.com

Questions? Need something? Contact us at: info@bfrgames.com

Cheers,
Eric Salyers
Break From Reality Games
info@bfrgames.com

Holy Cow! A Damage Report update??

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Backers!  I know... its been forever since we last said hello.  We wanted to give an update... actually for several months, and today it finally is happening!

First up - I just wanted to say thanks for all of the positive feedback on the game.  A lot of people genuinely love Damage Report, and are excited for future content.  Thank you again for helping support the game and making it a reality.

Damage Report - On Fire!

We have been working on the finishing touches of the Damage Report -On Fire! expansion, and are ready to see it printed. Many of you (310, so almost half) are owed this expansion (if you backed at the Gamer's Pack or above). We absolutely plan on getting this into your hands - and we know many of you are really looking forward to it! Our original plan for this was a small mini-expansion that was going to include 4 tool, instructions, and maybe even just in a bag. But we think we can do better than that. 

Unfortunately, our funding is not keeping pace with our ambitions. We made Damage Report a fantastic game! We ended up with a game that weighed over 5 pounds of quality components, and cardboard - and even a digital timer.  Retailing at $65.00, there is not a better value on a game store shelf.  This focus on quality and content swiftly ate through our funding... and the ending heavy-weight boxes impacted our shipping costs. Subsequently - we are short on funding to complete the printing of the expansion... as it has come from just a small add on to a full blown expansion of 3 scenarios, 2 new tool types, and additional items including robots! 

To get this properly printed - we think the best way to do this would be to Kickstart the expansion. Once we fund, we can press the 'print' button, and hopefully have the game in hands in record time! We wanted to let you know what our intentions were, and where we are in the development process. Here is a (blurry) pic of the completed prototype. Some of the art is not final... and depending on the success of the Kickstarter, we may even do miniatures possibly for the robots. It is an over fund goal.

Damage Report On Fire!
Damage Report On Fire!

 We will also post an instruction manual soon for you folks to take a look at. The manual will be open to feedback as we will continue to work on it until the week we go to print. When we post it feel free to take a look and email us your feedback. We would appreciate it greatly. 

I know we are really late in getting this done for many of you. This is squarely on us... and attempting to do more than what our team was capable of handling. We are continuing to work on getting better at this. 

I want to thank you all for your patience, and for the kind and exciting feedback we have received about the enjoyment of Damage Report. We have a lot planned for it, and we are glad that it will have a fan base to support those plans.  More details about the Kickstarter will be discussed as we get closer to this.  Right now we are hoping this will be next month.

Backer Crew 

These two characters are due to everyone still from the Kickstarter. We will be delivering this to you as well. These will print with the On Fire Expansion.

Questions?  Suggestions?  Missing something? email us: info@bfrgames.com

Cheers,
Eric Salyers
info@bfrgames.com