Build your team of specialists and launch historic spacecrafts into orbit! A retro themed space race game for 2-4 players.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 25 2018 3:00 AM UTC +00:00.
Space Explorers is a tableau building game for 2-4 players, ages 12+, and plays in about 20-40 mins. It is designed by Yuri Zhuravljov, best known for designing Viceroy, and is illustrated by Alexey Kot.
Players are the head of their own Research and Development Hub in a Space Research Center. Your goal is to gather the best and brightest minds humanity has to offer, and complete large scale space projects.
Space Explorers features 20 different historical spacecrafts, 10 American and 10 Soviet, covering satellites, manned spaceships, and orbital stations. A wide range of spacecrafts can be found in the game from the Golden Age of Astronautics including Sputnik and Apollo 11.
As Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin said aboard the Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961, as he was positioned on the launchpad poised to be the first human in space..."Let's Go!"
There are 10 Project Tiles with 2 different projects on each side of the tile. You'll find 10 US and 10 Soviet spacecrafts to choose from, all based on actual historical projects like Sputnik, Voyager, and Apollo 11!
The painted wood resource tokens and first player marker will be made by Meeple Source. The wood tokens are 4mm thick. Both the tokens and play mat will NOT be included in the base game box nor will they be available for purchase in retail stores.
Shuffle and deal 6 cards into the middle of the table along with a number of spacecraft project tokens equal to the number of players plus two. Each player receives one of each Resource token type, Hub divider, Reference card, and a Specialist card from the deck.
On your turn, you may perform one of the following two actions:
- Take a Specialist card from the Center or draw deck
- Recruit a Specialist from the Center or your hand into your Hub
To recruit a Specialist into your Hub, you must have enough Resources. The Resource cost can be found in the lower left corner of the card. Abilities of the Specialist are in the lower right. The Division in your Hub that the Specialist can be placed is located in the upper left corner.
Resources to recruit a Specialist can be acquired by passing those tokens to the player on your left as well as returning a Specialist card from your hand to the Center (counts as two wild resources). Some of your recruited Specialists in your Hub can even count toward Resource requirements, depending on their specific abilities.
After you’ve recruited a Specialist or taken one into your hand, you can check to see if you have the necessary Skills from your Hub Specialists to launch a spacecraft project. Check to see if the Skill requirements on the Project token total the number of the same Skills in your Hub. If so, you may launch that project by collecting the spacecraft token, only launching one even if you qualify for more than one on a single turn.
When a player has recruited their 12th Specialist into their Hub or the last remaining project has been launched, the end game is triggered. Players will finish out the round so that every player has an equal number of turns. Project points and Specialist card points are tallied and the highest total is the winner!
This custom embroidered mission patch will be made by the same company who has been making the NASA mission patches for 50 years! It will be 4 inches high and wide which is the same size created for NASA astronauts. They even designed the patch! Since we met our mission objective my funding the game during the first 48 hours, EVERY backer who joins the campaign will receive the mission patch.
The designer of Space Explorers, Yuri Zhuravlev, has created a solo variant ruleset. We will print a separate rulebook for the solo rules as well as a cardboard mat that players will need as a tracker during solo play. These will not be included in the retail game box, so this is a stretch goal for backers of the project only. They will be available later to PNP and any extra overrun copies will be available to purchase from us directly at conventions or our website. VIEW THE RULEBOOK ON BOARDGAMEGEEK
Both the $30k and $35k stretch goal will add new promo spacecraft projects to the game. Yuri is putting the final tweaks on the resources and victory points to make sure they are balanced. Alexey is also in the process of illustrating the four spacecrafts. We will modify the page here and in the and backer updates when the final token artwork is finished. These four spacecraft projects will not be available inside the retail box. They will be shipped separately to backers of the KS campaign. We will also have the overrun copies available for purchase after the campaign directly from us at conventions and through our website.
We are subsidizing some of the shipping cost to get the game in your mailbox with as little out of pocket expense to you as possible. For US shipments, the charge will be $5 for the regular pledge level and $10 for the deluxe. The rest of the world will be $10 on the regular tier and $15 for the deluxe.
The plan is to ship all of the games from fulfillment centers in the US, Canada, and the EU. This should help backers in those countries avoid VAT. Please keep in mind every country is different. If this could be a concern for your situation, investigate the policies for your country.
MESSAGE FROM 25th CENTURY GAMES:
"Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our campaign page. I hope you will join us on this journey as we help bring this wonderful game to the English market. The space race era was such an amazing period in the history of mankind. When I first saw the art and gameplay, I immediately knew that I wanted to be involved in publishing it. Not only is this a passion project for me based on the historical focus, but I also spent a few years working at NASA as the shuttle program was winding down. I hope you along with your friends and family get as much enjoyment playing this game as we have." - Chad Elkins, founder 25th Century Games
Risks and challenges
This will be our fifth product to manufacture and fulfill to backers. We have run three successful campaigns here on KS and one on Indiegogo.
We have already established contractual relationships with our manufacturers (both game and additional items), fulfillment partner, and pledge manager. This will help us to hit the ground running immediately after the campaign ends.
All campaigns are unique and will present their own challenges along the way. We vow to handle them quickly and with the best interest of our supporters in mind.
The game was originally published in Russian and will be available soon in both French and Polish.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter