About this project
Set in the fantastic steampunk World of Smog created by Panache Animation, On Her Majesty's Service is a stylish board game for two to four competing players. You'll need to navigate the rotating tiles that make up the game board, trading Ethers and Artefacts in order to fulfil the quest set by Queen Victoria, all the while dealing with the Agents of the Shadow Master.
Each player controls a different Gentleman, tasked by Queen Victoria to journey into the Shadow Market and bring her four precious Artefacts.
To do so, they'll need to navigate the underworld of shifting gears that is the Shadow Market, buying and selling the different Ethers in order to have the Coins necessary to acquire all four of the Artefacts. One unique aspect of On Her Majesty's Service is that each player may only interact with the icons that are facing their edge of the board. Since the tiles that make up the board are frequently rotated by the players' actions, the landscape of options available to each player is in constant change. Manipulating the board to one's advantage (and to hinder your opponents) is crucial to victory.
Gathering the different Ethers (mana, blood, titanium and ectoplasm) is also essential to allow the players to activate the powerful Special Action cards they can gain. And more importantly, once they've acquired all four Artefacts, they'll need to have the right amount of each Ether to match their Secret Combination in order to be allowed to leave the Shadow Market through their Secret Gate. Thus, choosing what Ethers to buy and when to sell them is a key factor to making sure your whole plan lines up.
The Gentlemen are not alone in the Shadow Market, however. The Agents of the Shadow Master rule this place, and each of them has a different ability that often hinders (but may sometimes aid) the Gentlemen's progress. Players can pay a tribute to the Shadow Master in order to gain his favour, allowing them some control over the Agents' actions.
Our friends at Jogando Offline accepted the Queen's challenge and sat down for a game of The World of Smog: On Her Majesty's Service. Check out the video below to see how it went.
- Game board with 12 rotating tiles
- 4 Gentleman dashboards
- 4 Gentleman figures
- 6 Agent figures
- 6 Agent cards
- 30 coin tokens
- 30 Hourglass tokens
- 16 Ether counters
- 1 First Player/Shadow Master token
- 24 Special Action cards
- 16 Artefact cards
- 8 Secret Gate cards
- 13 Secret Combination cards
On Her Majesty's Service offers four different Gentlemen with unique figures for players to choose from.
The Agents of the Shadow Master
These six Agents offer a variety of effects that change the dynamics of the game. Since only four Agents are used each game, a variety of different combinations is possible from session to session.
On Her Majesty's Service will launch in retail stores at $60 USD. However, Kickstarter backers who get in at the Early Bird pledge level will only pay $45, while the standard pledge will pay $50.
Also, anything marked with this:
is an exclusive item for Kickstarter backers, with remaining stock available at conventions only.
Your pledge gets you the On Her Majesty's Service core game as well as the Kickstarter exclusive Agent: The Puppet (including figure and card) and any stretch goals we manage to unlock!
Shipping information - Please take note
Based on past experience, we will be charging shipping after the Kickstarter concludes based on the actual costs incurred to ship. We will collect this via our pledge manager after the campaign concludes. This is so we can be fair to all our backers as shipping is rarely one size fits all, and also give you more stretch goodies and possibly a choice of carrier options.
We will ship your rewards at our cost to our international hubs. Depending on where in the world you are, we will either ship you from our hub in Germany (EU backers), China (Asia Pacific backers), Canada (Canadian backers), Australia (Australia and New Zealand backers) or Atlanta (USA and the rest of the world). As a rough estimate, the game will cost about $10 to ship in the USA and to Hong Kong, about $15 to Australia, about $15-$25 in the EU and Canada, all the way up to $50 to Singapore and South America, but this may increase or decrease based on the quantity of stretch goals we might unlock and your carrier choices.
Please note that while we do our best to get you your rewards in a timely manner, you may not necessarily receive your rewards before the product makes it into distribution in your own country or before it's made available in conventions and special promotion oportunities. We hope that the special price and exclusive items you will get during the Kickstarter will make up for any such possible lag. However, if this is something that is not acceptable to you, please do not back this project but instead wait for the retail release. Thank you for your understanding.
Risks and challenges
This is our 13th Kickstarter, and there are some vagaries in terms of timing when it comes to anything produced in China, such as:
The estimated delivery date is June 2015, but keep in mind this is only an estimate. Also, due to the logistics of international shipping, backers in different regions of the world may receive their rewards sooner than others.
We've done our best to minimize this as much as possible, and we are always happy to refund pledges if for some totally unforeseen reason the game can't be delivered at all. Since the game is 95% complete, we don't believe this is in the least bit likely - we've successfully delivered Zombicide, Sedition Wars, Guilds of Cadwallon, Zombicide Season 2, Relic Knights, Rivet Wars, Kaosball, Dogs of War, Arcadia Quest which is halfway through shipping, and will begin shipping Wrath of Kings and XenoShyft soon.
We have three ongoing projects currently: Wrath of Kings and XenoShyft, which are entering the final stages of production, and Zombicide Season 3, which is currently in production.
Please refer to our individual project pages if you'd like to check the progress there. Each project is entirely independent of each other and have completely different development teams and have no effect on the production flow or development of The World of Smog: On Her Majesty's Service.
We can refund you within 60 days (fees included) of the end of the campaign (new Kickstarter feature), and we have a policy of no questions asked refunds after that less Kickstarter and Amazon fees (which we can't get back from them after 60 days) - provided we haven't begun packing your pledge for shipment (usually about 4 to 6 weeks before the actual shipping date). If a component cannot be delivered AT ALL we refund that completely, including fees.
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