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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, July 19 2014 7:05 PM UTC +00:00
$1,781
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
36
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, July 19 2014 7:05 PM UTC +00:00

About

In a space-based board game played in a fully pressurized, breathable atmosphere...everyone can hear you scream.

In Mission Critical, 2-6 players each take on the role of a single member of the crew of a doomed ship. They must apply their unique abilities as a team to repair the vessel and get it out of danger before it explodes or loses power completely and condemns them to a short life and long drift through space. 

How it Works

Each step closer to fixing the ship requires several different kinds of action, performed simultaneously.

  • The Engineer can perform Engineering actions from anywhere on the ship, but must be in a specific workstation to perform any other actions. He must be in the Medical Bay to perform a medical action. Other characters must be in the Engine Room to perform an Engineering action.
  • The Pilot can perform Piloting actions from anywhere on the ship, but must be in a specific workstation to perform any other actions. Other characters must be on the Bridge to perform a Piloting action.  
  • The Tactical Officer, Captain and Medic work like the Engineer and Pilot, each with his own specialty. All five specialized crew members also have special abilities when at their specific workstation.
  • The Droid can perform any action from any part of the ship, but has no bonus abilities for being in any particular area. 

On each turn, the characters commit to two actions or movements, then carry them out simultaneously. In between those actions, something else goes wrong with the ship.

The players race the ship's deterioration in hopes of fixing it before it explodes. If they make all the original, and new, repairs in time..hooray! They win!  If they don't...

Kaboom.

We're looking for $15,000 to hire artists, create files, produce and distribute the first batch of games. Anybody who wants to can simply pre-order at the $50 mark, but we have lots of fun opportunities for people who want to donate more or less o the cause. 

Risks and challenges

I anticipate three hurdles to producing on time after we get fully funded.

Hurdle 1: Flaky Subcontracting
Part of the goal of this project is to pay a professional wage to artists, game component designers, writers and editors who get involved in the project. If one of those professionals acts less than professionally, we could end up behind schedule.

Solution 1: I will hire only competent professionals with a record of on-time, high-quality performance. I will also keep a "Junior Varsity Team" on tap to save the day if something goes wrong with our key producers.

Hurdle 2: Production Delays
The game publishing service I'm working with has projected shipping well within the timeline I've chosen but there's no end to the things that can go wrong with a process this complex.

Solution 2: I have underpromised on the timeline and may be able to deliver as much as 2 months early if everything goes to plan. That gives me a 2-month "sink" for stuff that goes wrong

Hurdle 3: Overcosting
It's possible the costs of shipping, production, etc will cost far more than projected. This might make completion challenging.

Solution 3: I have built a fair profit margin into this project, but want the game out more than I need to make money off of it. I am fully prepared to eat that profit and put more personal money in to keep the promises made by this campaign.

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    If you love the idea but just can't swing a lot of money, we still love you and want your support! For your donation, you will receive an electronic copy of the Mission Critical logo to post on your webpage, share on social media, or keep to yourself.

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    In nomine grant. Back us at this level and your name (or the name of your choice) goes in the game packaging somewhere. Right now, we're thinking a list of all the names along the bottom of the box but are confirming this with our printer.

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    Game mechanic's special, for folks who want the game are happier building a game out of their own collection of parts. You will receive, shortly after the full game ships, .pdf files and instructions to let you build your own game using card stock and whatever pieces you have at your house.

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    Fictional facts package. Your copy of the game will come with an original novella describing how the heroes of the game got there, signed by the author and game designer (who happen to be the same person).

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    Fanboy Package: You get all of the $1, $5, $25, $50 and $80 backer rewards...plus your copy of the rules booklet is signed by every member of the design team.

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    The Christmas Package: You get three copies of the game -- $180 worth of games for $125. Just in time to spoil your game-loving friends and family for the holidays.

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    Christmas Fanboy Package: You get three copies of the game with the original fiction and the signed rules booklet -- $240 worth of stuff for $175. Just in time to really spoil your game-loving friends and family for the holidays.

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    The Professional. We will include one full-color sheet of advertising inside the game. This level gets you a copy of the game, and a 1/4 page ad on that advertising sheet. Excellent for game shops, artists, writers or anybody else who thinks a motivated gamer is part of your key demographic.

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    The FLGS. Gets you six copies of the game, plus a custom poster to hang in your shop. Good for game shops who want to get a head start on inventory.

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    Remember how we described the game as having six original characters: a pilot, a captain, an engineer, a tactical officer, a medic and a droid? You get to help us name one of the characters. The final decision rests with us, since we don't want you naming somebody "Captain Poopypants" or violating IP. But we'll work it out.

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    The ship needs a name. You get to give it one, in partnership and collaboration with our team so we don't end up with something silly, pornographic or illegal.

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Funding period

- (36 days)