Defend against waves of horrific aliens in this beautifully illustrated, base defense, deck-building game for 1 to 4 players. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 18, 2014.
About this project
"One of the most fun co-op games I have played in a long time!" - Tom Vasel (The Dice Tower)
"The enemies are just monstrous and difficult!" - Rodney Smith (Watch it Played)
With each pledge you currently receive everything in the NorTec Commander banner below:
We also offer a number of optional buys for you as well. If you'd like any of these just add their amount to your pledge and we'll sort out which items you want after the campaign ends.
In XenoShyft Onslaught players take on the role of a commander in the NorTec Corporation. You're tasked with defending your division of the NorTec base as wave after wave of horrific aliens attempt to destroy the base and end NorTec's strip mining operation.
XenoShyft Onslaugt is a base defense deck-building game for 1 to 4 players. Using a wide array of troops, weapons, armors, and technology cards, players must last 9 rounds as the alien hordes bombard the NorTec base in increasingly difficult waves.
XenoShyft Onsluaght has many deck-building elements, but plays more like a table top version of the base-defense game genre made popular on mobile devices.
- 1 - 4 players - Single player compatible, fully cooperative gameplay.
- Strong focus on coordination and strategic planning - to overcome the game's intense difficulty players will need to work together.
- 60 Minute game length
- Base-Defense with deck-building elements
- Incredible art - Illustrated by three amazing artists, XenoShyft features beautiful and consistent art. All of which creates one cohesive and frightening universe.
- Inventive and exciting armor and weapon upgrade cards - You'll need to outfit your troops with the best equipment if you hope to survive.
XenoShyft Onslaught Game Play Mechanics Video
Leif Paulson, a development member for XenoShyft Onslaught, walks us through an introduction to the unique and intuitive mechanics featured in the game. Please note that the cards used in this video were prototypes and may change before the game's release.
Full XenoShyft Gameplay Video
Tom Vasel (of The Dice Tower), Rodney Smith (of Watch It Played!), and Steve Avery (a veteran Game Designer) sit down to run through a full game of XenoShyft: Onslaught. Will they survive? Click below to to find out!
XenoShyft Alpha Rulebook
Here is a link to our Alpha Rulebook, containing everything you need to know to play. Do take note that, being an Alpha, images, rules, (and typos!) are subject to change.
Already well-known and respected for our ability to bring big box games to the market that feature dozens upon dozens of highly detailed miniatures, XenoShyft Onslaught represents a new direction for CoolMiniOrNot.
With XenoShyft CoolMiniOrNot wanted to create a deck-building style game that task players with working together rather than defeating one another. This goal lead to the development of an outstandingly brutal card-based game that played more like a tower defense game then your standard deck builder. Furthermore this focus made the game not only a great cooperative experience, but also allows Xenoshyft Onslaught to function as a single player game.
One of the most appealing aspects of all CoolMiniOrNot games is our ability to consistently make some of the best miniatures in the board game market. However, being a card based game, XenoShyft Onslaught has no miniatures, not including the Ajax First Player token only available to Kickstarter backers. This allowed our art direction team to use their keen eye to create one of the most beautiful card games ever made. We brought on three amazingly talented artists to create all the cards for XenoShyft Onslaught.
Thanks to this, all of the art in XenoShyft Onslaught is cohesive, beautiful, and, most importantly, creates one horrifically realized science fiction universe.
- Over 400 beautifully illustrated cards
- 1 Large fold-out poster gameboard
- 1 Rubber backed playmat
- 2 D10 dice - for tracking base health points.
- 20 Cardboard wound markers
- 20 Cardboard ability markers
- 1 Specially designed Vacuum formed tray - designed to organize and hold all your cards, both with and without sleeves.
- 1 Rule book.
The XenoShyft Onslaught core box is a huge value for players already familiar with the card game genre. The game contains: over 400 cards that feature the best art seen in an original I.P. game. One large fold-out poster gameboard that is a great way to learn and teach the game because it clearly displays where all cards go. A rubber-backed play mat that duplicated the center of the poster gameboard, perfect for organizing the resource pool an for players who utilize a smaller gaming space. 2 D10 dice, 20 cardboard wound markers, and 20 cardboard ability markers, for tracking base health, damage on NorTect Troops and Hive Aliens, and used or exhausted abilities. Finally, we've spent a great deal of time designing the vacuum-formed tray that players will find inside the XenoShyft Onslaught core box. We've taken great care to make sure the tray holds all 400+ cards, with separate slots to organize the cards, so the different card types will all have their own unique space for easy storage and retrieval. Best of all, all slots are wide enough for the cards to be sleeved if the player chooses to do so.
NorTec Commander Early Bird!
This level includes: the XenoShyft Onslaught core game, which will retail for $59.99, 4 folding lane boards, which will retail for $15, and the Kickstarter exclusive Ajax First Player Token. Plus $5 off the normal reward price as a thank you for being an early backer!
This level includes: the XenoShyft Onslaught core game, which will retail for $59.99, 4 folding lane boards, which will retail for $15, and the Kickstarter exclusive Ajax First Player Token.
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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), or Atlanta (USA and the rest of the world). As a rough estimate, the game will cost about $11 to ship in the USA, about $20-$25 in the EU (due to VAT), and $11 to Hong Kong all the way up to $39 for Australia, but this may increase or decrease based on the quantity of stretch goals we might unlock and your carrier choices.
All Health and Ability Markers will be upgraded from cardboard to plastic for all boxes!
All boxes will get a Spin Down Life Counter instead of the 2 D10 dice.
All boxes will get the Command Center Divsion Card!
All boxes will get the Barracks Divsion Card!
A unique Wave 1 Hive Boss Card will be added to every box of XenoShyft Onslaught! This little roach really ratchets up the difficulty!
Every Nortec Commander level pledge will receive the Kickstarter Exclusive foil alternative art version of the Nortec Hero Captain "Blitzkrieg" Echo! This hero is not available in the core game of XenoShyft Onslaught!
We're adding 1 Wave 2 Hive Boss card and 1 Wave 3 Boss card to every box of XenoShyft! These bosses are both original, unique aliens that are not currently found in the core box. These bosses will make the XenoShyft Onslaught game experience even more challenging and brutal!
We've unlocked a Kickstarter exclusive booster pack for all NorTec Commander level backers! This booster pack has 5 unique foil Hero Cards. Made up of the toughest heroes in the NorTect private security force, this booster pack might just even out the odds sice we've unlocked tougher and tougher Hive Bosses. This NorTec Hero Booster Pack is exclusive to Kickstarter backers and contains 5 original troops each with their own original artwork.
All NorTec Commander Level backers will receive 1 of each of the cards shown above. These deadly additions are Foil, Kickstarter Exclusive promos and will not be available anywhere else! This Experimental Booster Pack contains five Item Upgrade cards each with their own unique art!
Experimental Item Pack 2 has been unlocked for all NorTec Commander Level backers, which includes 1 of each of the above cards.
Experimental Item Set #3, containing 1 of each of the above-shown item cards, has been unlocked for all backers!
Reinforcements Pack #1 has been unlocked! All backers will receive 1x RDM "Nano-Surge" Injection, 1x Experimental APS "Flashbang" Armor, 1x Prototype "Medusa" Turret, 1x LRT "Responder" Dropship, and 1x "The Lone Survivor" Militia Hero, as well as 9x Scout Sniper cards! These cards are foil and will not be available until future expansions outside the Kickstarter.
Reinforcements Pack #2 has been unlocked! Which contains one of every above-shown card, with the exception of the NorTec Field Commander, whom every backer will be receiving nine copies of!
Reinforcement Pack #3 has been unlocked, featuring one of each of the below Item Cards and nine of each of the unlocked Troop Cards!
For our final thank you to everyone who participated in this Kickstarter, every backer will receive a full Foil Set of Extended Art Boss Cards, including the following:
-Eater of Hope
-Kickstarter Created Boss Monster (Codename: ONSLAUGHT)
This add-on pack gives you everything you need to bring your copy of XenoShyft Onslaught from 4 maximum players to 6 maximum players! The 6 player add-on pack contains:
-2x Fold-Out Lane Boards (Just like the 4 Set all backers are receiving)
-1x Full Set of Tokens (That's right, you're getting 20 extra Wound Tokens and 20 extra Ability Tokens!)
-8x NorTec "Militia" Cards
-Enough extra "Xenosathem Ore" to fulfill the needs of 5-6 players!
Just add $15 to your pledge for now, and once the campaign ends we'll sort out the specifics in our Pledge Manager.
For the price of $35 you're going to get enough card sleeves (plus a few extras) to house every card, including unlocked Stretch Goals and purchased expansions. This should work out to around 50 Wave 1 Sleeves, 50 Wave 2 Sleeves, 50 Wave 3 Sleeves, and 400 or so NorTec Sleeves. So 500+ custom-art Card Sleeves for $35. It is important to note that, as previously mentioned, our specially designed vacuum-form tray is not only designed to sort your cards, but fit them in card sleeves as well (not saying it doesn't work with just the cards, but we've made sure they have room for the sleeve as well!)
In this mini-expansion for XenoShyft: Onslaught, players will receive the following: 1x Grafting Laboratory Division Card 30x "Grafting" Item/Upgrade Cards (5 copies of 6 different Grafts)
Psychogenics, the research into the untapped potential of the human mind. Through the latest advancements in technology we have begun to better understand the deeper powers of the human mind, including psychokinesis, pyrokinesis, and bio-manipulation. Though this science is still in its infancy, we believe we are on the verge of unlocking a vast new arsenal of abilities and skills for our troops and shareholders.
The Psychogenics Research Expansion contains:
1x Psychogenics Research Division Card30x "Psychogenic" Upgrade/Item Cards (5 sets of Six Unique Cards)
Risks and challenges
This is our 11th Kickstarter, and there are some vagaries in terms of timing when it comes to anything produced in China, such as:
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 we have a lot of experience delivering Kickstarter projects, we don't believe this is in the least bit likely - we've successfully delivered Zombicide, Sedition Wars, Guilds of Cadwallon, Zombicide Season 2 (first wave), Rivet Wars (first wave), we are currently shipping Kaosball, Zombicide Season 2 (second wave), and will begin shipping Relic Knights soon.
We have three ongoing projects currently: Wrath of Kings, which is entering the final part of production, Arcadia Quest, which is currently in production, and Dogs of War 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 XenoShyft Onslaught.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
How do I get the optional items? How do I tell you what options I want? Can I get multiples of the NorTec Commander pledge?
Just add the appropriate total to your pledge. If you want, for example 2 NorTec Commander pledges with all the stretches, just pledge $100 and choose the NorTec Commander pledge level.
We have a Pledge Manager which is basically a shopping cart that we will give all backers access to after the campaign completes.
From there you can pick and choose the items you want, as well as top up via Paypal for additional items that you would like at that time.
We base it on how much it cost to ship our past box game projects, such as Zombicide and Rivet Wars.
In the USA, this works out to about $11 per package when shipped via Fedex Home
In Europe, costs increase the further you go out of Germany. The base cost is around 5 Euros for import and logistics fees, with actual shipping in Germany at under 5 Euros (so 10 Euros total), France, and UK at 12 Euros (17 Euros total), Italy and Spain at 17 Euros (23 Euros total). This is for shipment via the very reliable courier service rather than national post. We'll accept shipping payment for European backers in Euros instead of US$ so as to avoid double conversion fees (your Euros to our US$ to our shipper's Euros... madness!)
In the Asia Pacific region, the base cost is $3, and shipment increases the further out from Shenzhen it is to ship. Hong Kong will be under $10 and Singapore under $20. This is via Fedex international - Australia is particularly expensive for Fedex but we're investigating China Post if you are willing to take the risk of the public post losing your item.
Closer to the ship date, once we have all the weights and box dimensions of unlocked add ons we'll be able to give you all a very clear idea of how much shipping will cost, but we don't expect it to deviate very far from this unless there's a major change in courier rates.
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 (for example, on our previous project Relic Knights painted sets because Worthy Painting, the contractor supposed to paint, closed its doors), we refund that completely including fees.
All refunds after the 60 days close of the campaign are processed via Paypal only. Within 60 days refunds are reversed either to your credit card or Amazon Payments account.
The mats are 24x14, the standard size of most card-game play-mats on the market.
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NorTec Commander Early Bird! - XenoShyft Onslaught core game (MSRP $59.99) + 4 folding lane boards (MSRP $15) + Kickstarter exclusive Ajax First Player Token + all applicable stretch goals.
*Shipping charged after campaign endsEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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NorTec Commander! - XenoShyft Onslaught core game (MSRP $59.99) + 4 folding lane boards (MSRP $15) + Kickstarter exclusive Ajax First Player Token + all applicable stretch goals.
*Shipping charged after campaign endsEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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