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Research! Explore! Colonize! Survive! Oh yeah, and save the planet if it is profitable. A Hex tile space exploration game!

Just a note of thanks to all of our new Penny Arcade fans!

http://www.penny-arcade.com/

For those new to, or unfamiliar with it, Kickstarter funding is All-or-Nothing. That means that you can pledge the amount you wish to now; no money will change hands, and you will not be charged until June 18th. Learn more about Kickstarter here: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics#HowItWork.

Operating Manual Cover Art!
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Reviews:

Big thanks to everybody for reviewing the game.

http://tinyurl.com/dlreview1 - Julia Z. on BoardGameGeek

http://tinyurl.com/dlreview2 - Vincent P. on BoardGameGeek

http://tinyurl.com/dlreview3 - GeekDad on Wired

http://tinyurl.com/dlreview4 - Kent O. on BoardGameGeek

Over-funding Goal: #5 - ACHIEVED!

XENO-POLITICS: All backers at the $50 level and above will receive a copy of the Disaster Looms! Expandalone due out in Q1 2013, Xeno-politics. Xeno-politics is playable as a 2-6 player standalone game, or can be incorporated into your copy of Disaster Looms! to add additional strategy and depth. Xeno-politics introduces a semi-random set of alien races with which the survivors of Earth's Cataclysm must deal, as well as introducing a new currency - Influence, earned by purchasing politicians and used for playing Politics cards. Xeno-politics also includes new exploration tiles and technologies compatible with the Disaster Looms base game.

Note: This product will ship separately from all other funding rewards, and is slated for release in the spring of next year.

EARLY FUNDING CONTEST: 

UPDATE:  CONGRATULATIONS TO JULIA Z!  She will be contacted by our artist Jules to pick her colors!  She won a custom 2- or 3- color lanyard from Knitted Steel!    

 The Earth is probably doomed, and rumors and speculation run rampant. Newspaper headlines from across the globe stir the populace to desperation: 

"MELTING POLAR ICE CAPS" "RISING SEA LEVELS" "POLLUTION!" "OVERPOPULATION!" "NUCLEAR WINTER?" "RAVENOUS BLACK STAR GOATS?" "WILL METEORS STRIKE YOUR CHILDREN?" "DISASTER LOOMS!"

The race to escape Earth has begun! With the world's nations in decline, powerful corporations now stand as humanity's last hope. Take the reins of one such corporation, as CEO, and venture out into space. With your mission in hand; build ships, collect resources, research technologies, survive the dangers of space exploration, and, while ticket sales hold steady, preserve the human race. Remember to stay a step ahead of competing corporations, which can use slick marketing campaigns and 10 cent tchotchkes to buy the loyalty of the people you just saved from certain doom! 

http://www.facebook.com/BreakFromReality

5/31 thru 6/3 - Origins Game Fair - Columbus, OH - Open Demo!  Booth 853

6/7 - Private Event - on campus of Microsoft! - Seattle, WA (Gamers Club)

6/10 - The Dreaming Comics and Games - Seattle, WA 12-5 PM - Open Demo!

Players are rewarded points for building colonies and saving colonists. As a CEO you are also rewarded points for filling the Corporate treasury, and building the company's value proposition by retaining rights to the best technologies. Game play is fast and engaging. As you explore space, unforeseen hazards will keep you on your toes, while special events will keep your underlings busy with paperwork for decades to come! The Galaxy Map is tile-based, and constructed as you explore. This makes each game unique and provides excellent replay value.

Here we are playing the first phase of the game at high speed:

Check out our video preview with Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower:

57 Exploration Tiles
55 Technology Cards
90 Customer Tokens
100 Resource Tokens (60x 1, 20x 5, 20x 10)
48 Corporation tokens (12 of each color- Red, Yellow, Blue, Black)
16 Space Ships (4 colors, 4 unique sculpts) (prototype ships pictured)
6 Warp Gate Tokens
6 Warp Gate Token Stands
4 Orbital Platform Tokens
1 Earth Starting Tile
1 First Player Token
4 Player Dashboards (prototype art pictured)

While the prototype shown does not contain all of the final art, consider it representative of the box contents.  The Dashboards will be fully re-designed in the coming weeks, and we will post art once complete!


Add this set of 12 Exploration tiles (now 18!) to your copy of Disaster Looms! These additional tiles can be used to add a bit more game length, or to add additional replay value, length, or mystery to the treasures - and dangers - that space has to offer. These 18 tiles will add 2 additional events and four more region tiles per game phase.


These are the 4 different sculpts we have produced for the 15 prototype games we produced of Disaster Looms! Embrace the retro styling.  These will NOT be what is included with the game.


Rather than choosing generic game pieces for Disaster Looms! we made our own. Three of the four final designs are complete #1 and #2 and shown above, as painted by our friend Zack Smith (back at $100 to get a set painted by him!  More of his work: http://daybydayminis.blogspot.com/). Hand-sculpted and cast in resin, these little  beauties are a work of art that can be used in other games as well. The final products will be mold-injected plastic. As soon as the final ship design is complete, we will post the new image!  These ships are what will be included with the production game. See Ship #3 and #4 Below:

Production ships in blue
Production ships in blue


Every Over-funding Goal will also include new A La Carte options to customize your reward.

Every copy of the game will include a SPECIAL EDITION metal-cast First Player Token as a big hearty Thank You! to all of our backers.

We will also release an art-light Print and Play version of our minigame expansion Ricochet Rock Jockeys via BFRGames.com. Ricochet Rock Jockeys is an extremely fast-paced 2-6 player party game where players take on the role of the Unmanned Trading Probes making deliveries to the colonies of Earth - at any cost. We hope to have this available by the end of June.

Every copy of the game will include also include a copy of the Ricochet Rock Jockeys minigame. (Rules and art previews coming soon)  Hooray!  Asteroid mining!

Every copy of the game comes with our 5 & 6 player expansion - The Captains of Corporations!  This expansion includes: two additional player sets, new technologies, 21 new exploration tiles, and a set of CEOs and Corporations with unique advantages, disadvantages, and goals of their own. This is a full expansion for the game, and provides more than enough for the additional players - while also allowing greater flexibility and randomness in game play at smaller sizes as well.

You have unlocked early access to a Print & Play version of the next game set in the Disaster Looms! universe: Damage Report, designed by Alex Barbieri. Damage Report is a modular 2-8 player simultaneous, real-time cooperative game where you and your friends take on the roles of a starship crew faced with making constant repairs to your damaged ship in the midst of a catastrophe. Unlike many cooperative games, the simultaneous, real-time nature of the game helps prevent groupthink. This forces players to make decisions with minimal feedback and prevents one player from simply running the show.

Damage Report is due up on Kickstarter in August, and takes 30-45 minutes to play, with more time given to fewer players. The Print & Play version will come with the first scenario: Save the Meteora, and will allow you to play more scenarios as they become available for testing.

XENO-POLITICS: All backers at the $50 level and above will receive a copy of the Disaster Looms! Expandalone due out in Q1 2013, Xeno-politics. Xeno-politics is playable as a 2-6 player standalone game, or can be incorporated into your copy of Disaster Looms! to add additional strategy and depth. Xeno-politics introduces a semi-random set of alien races with which the survivors of Earth's Cataclysm must deal, as well as introducing a new currency - Influence, earned by purchasing politicians and used for playing Politics cards. Xeno-politics also includes new exploration tiles and technologies compatible with the Disaster Looms base game.

Note: This product will ship separately from all other funding rewards, and is slated for release in the spring of next year.

Working on details now...  

Add the following amounts to your backer award - when the survey comes out we will ask what options you have selected.  This is very simple, if you want the $90 option to choose your ship colors, but can't decide on the 4 colors ... you can pay $10 extra (as listed below) and get a fifth set of ships, for a total of $100.  You must select a $50 or higher funding level to shop from the A La Carte Menu.

  • $7 - Art of Disaster Looms! 12"x18"  Poster (signed if you wish)
  • $10 - Extra set of 4 ships (you may choose ship style and color)
  • $15 - Extra Kickstarter Exclusive Tile set
  • $4 - Promotional 1" button pack - including the Xeno-Domestication 3Cow (art pending)
  • The 5-6 Player Expansion is no longer available via the A La Carte menu. It will simply be included with every copy of the game being shipped to backers.

NEW:

  • $20 - 24" Double Sided Anti-Slip Mat!  Printed on one side, black on the other - perfect for any tile laying game. Retail price $25.

Sample Art, final design may vary.

Space - Vote for this image by following this link and clicking the green Thumbs Up in the Recommend Box to the left of the image.
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All shipping for backers of this project is free within the United States (even our friends in Alaska and Hawaii!). Shipping costs are per package, not per copy. For other locations, see below:

  • US Shipping - No charge! (rate is $11.35 though USPS)
  • Canada / Mexico add $15 (rate is $35 through USPS) 
  • Non-North America add $25 (rate is $47.95 though USPS)


We at Break From Reality want to make high quality, fun, timeless games that are easy to grasp and pass on. In order to achieve this, we need the funds to publish our game. We have so far invested over $12,000 in development, testing and events. Now we need your help and support to move this game from Cool Prototype to AMAZING REAL THING. Only you can make Disaster Looms! a reality. Without the Kickstarter community's support, the game could be delayed for years..


Break From Reality Games would like the to make the following commitments to our customers, retailers, and distributors. We appreciate your support, and want to return your trust with the following:

  • Disaster Looms! Will be produced, boxed, and shipped as fast as possible, while maintaining quality of production and materials
  • Post-Kickstarter we will not sell direct to consumers less than MSRP of $60 - we value our retail and distributor partners and want to reward their loyalty and trust with no less than the respect they deserve
  • We will post regular communication during the entire Kickstarter project before - and after - funding, and will keep our backers informed of time-lines for delivery
  • As we are a benefactor of the amazing service Kickstarter provides, we want to encourage others to pursue their dreams.  Thus we will take part in Kicking It Forward.  

Art!  Some of this art will end up in our instruction manual.  Our team of illustrators and artists are busy at work - night and day - creating the background and images to tell the story of Disaster Looms!

A few enterprising CEOs:

FAQ

  • Of course! Predictably, we are more than happy to sell more copies of the game. At that point, though, it is probably best that you email us directly at breakfromrealitygames@gmail.com. We will do what we can to accommodate you.

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  • This was a previous business name that was changed during the development process of Disaster Looms! We are working with http://Amazzon.com to get this corrected. Unfortunately this takes time apparently.

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  • We have worked for several months now to come up with a manufacturing plan that allows us to produce everything but the ships in the US. Thus, over 80% of our games costs will be kept and spent with US suppliers. The manufacturer we have chosen works with Mayfair Games substantially here in the US, and Panda Games in China.

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  • Select the reward level you want, then manually change the pledge amount to reflect North America shipping (Canada / Mexico) or international shipping.

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  • If you pledge at a level without the option to choose colors, you will receive the following player colors: Red, Black, Blue, and Yellow.

    If we over-fund at $40k, and add the 5-6 player expansion, the standard colors will be White and Purple.

    The 10 colors to choose from: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black, White, Pink, and Silver!

    If you fund at the $90, or $160+ levels you will get to choose all your ships colors, including the 5-6 player expansion.

    We will be including the correct color tokens for the ship color choices.

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  • The best comparison games would be Merchant & Marauders from Z-man games, or any of the D&D series of games. We have decided as a company to only provide components and pieces that we would be happy with at game play ourselves. Nothing will be skimped, and no corners will be cut!

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    Break from Reality Chairman's Club First - thank you for considering this! At this level you will receive a copy of Disaster Looms, with one of each extra included. Additionally, you will receive a copy of every game we produce for life. After Disaster Looms! is published we are pursuing 2 previously untouched IPs and creating games around them. I can only tell you that they are sci-fi series of books, and have lasting popularity. We are also producing family games - we have 1 in play test, and a 2nd is just past the concept phase. We also have non-sci-fi strategy, miniatures, and more on the docket. We will be releasing at lest a few titles though KS - and hopefully be able to stand on our own 2 feet after this. In addition to receiving games from BFR for life, we would like to meet each of you at conferences we will be attending throughout the year - and will plan a party for everyone attending Origins, GenCon, and several smaller conferences this year as well! You also can be a contributor to our success - as we will ask these members to be as active as they would like in our play-test program, and provide candid feedback and direction for games in production ... and future games that we should be making!

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    Chairmen of the Chairman's Club Wow! We just decided to see if someone was so blown away by Disaster Looms! that they gushed cash at us. :) If you back this level ... we'll talk. You also will get a copy of Disaster Looms! and all the other goodies promised at lower funding levels. This level will enable us to move part-time employees to full time! Our Lead Game Designer, and our Creative Lead will be BFR's first full time employees. They thank you profusely. And the entire gaming community does as well - because we will be making games at an expedited pace.

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