About this project
We Are Now Euro-Friendly!
After dozens of emails, we have unraveled the mystery of getting Phantom Leader Deluxe to the EU! If you pledge, you will not be charged VAT or import fees. We are bulk shipping the games into Germany, and from there they will be shipped throughout the EU! This has allowed us to reduce the EU Shipping price all the way down to $35. :)
Why the Kickstarter?
We first printed Phantom Leader Deluxe a few years ago, and it quickly became one of our most popular Leader games, and sold out within a year.
Being a small game company, we rely on pre-orders to pay the printing fees for our games. There is a substantial gap of about 5 months between the time we must pay the printer, and the time we start receiving payments for the games. To bridge this gap, we do our best to raise the funds with Kickstarter campaigns powered by your support for our company.
What is Phantom Leader Deluxe?
Phantom Leader Deluxe is a solitaire board game where you build and command a squadron of fighter aircraft flying the hostile skies of the Vietnam War.
You can command a US Navy or US Air Force squadron. We have provided a complete set of campaigns, aircraft cards, and weapon counters for both service branches.
Marco's excellent video below does a fantastic job of explaining the differences between the first generation "Phantom Leader", and the new "Phantom Leader Deluxe" as well as how to play the game. I heartily recommend his youtube channel as a source for tabletop game reviews.
Here are a couple more excellent overviews of the game...
Is This Game For Me?
If you like aircraft and always wanted to play an Air Combat game, this might be the game for you. By watching one or two of the above videos, you'll know everything needed to play the game.
Phantom Leader also has the huge advantage of being a solitaire game. This means that you control your aircraft and the game system controls the enemy forces with simple rules and die rolls.
Phantom Leader can also be player cooperatively. You and a friend can divide up the forces and then make mutual decisions for which aircraft to send on missions and how you're going to attack the targets.
Phantom Leader also offers a unique military role-playing aspect. Each pilot in your squadron earns experience and skill upgrades with every mission they fly, but they also suffer stress. This places you in the position of deciding which pilots to send on missions. Ideally, you'd always like to send your best pilots, but if you do, they will soon become too fatigued to fly. On the other hand, if you send your green pilots on missions, they won't do as well, but they will eventually build up the experience needed to improve their skills.
Phantom Leader is as much about resource management as combat. To do well, you must make solid tactical as well as strategic decisions to do well in each campaign.
$25 Miniatures - Add-On!
We have teamed up with Pico Armor to Add-On a set of 28 unpainted Aircraft miniatures with your pledge.
If you would like to Add-On a set of 28 miniatures, please add $25 to your Pledge amount for each set you'd like. Once you pledge for Phantom Leader, you can then manually adjust your pledge amount to any value. When we send out the Surveys, add a comment listing the miniature's Add-On. We'll ship them all in the same package. Your Add-Ons will not increase your shipping cost. We will cover the extra shipping charges.
Here are the links to the Pico mini's pages...
The set includes...
If you would like to Add-On any of our other DVG games, please add the following amounts to your Pledge amount. Once you pledge for Phantom Leader, you can then manually adjust your pledge amount to any value. When we send out the Surveys, add a comment listing the games you Added. We'll ship them all in the same package. Your Add-Ons will not increase your shipping cost. We will cover the extra shipping charges.
Field Commander Alexander - $45
Down In Flames - Aces High - $40
Down In Flames - Aces High - Extra Cards - $10
Modern Naval Battles - $40
Modern Naval Battles - Ship Expansion #1 - $15
Modern Naval Battles - Campaign Expansion - $15
Modern Land Battles - $40
Battle For Stalingrad - $30
Field Commander Napoleon - $80
Hornet Leader - $75
Thunderbolt-Apache Leader - $75
Kill Shot - $10
Fleet Commander Nimitz - $80
Fleet Commander Nimitz - Mounted Battle Board - $10
Field Commander Rommel - Deluxe - $40
Down In Flames - Wingmen Expansion - $15
Rise of the Zombies! - $20
The Cards of Cthulhu - $20
The Cards of Cthulhu - Bonus Pack - $10
The Cards of Cthulhu - Veil Expansion - $30
The Cards of Cthulhu - Coin Pack - $15
Warfighter - $50
Warfighter - Reloading Expansion #1 - $15
Warfighter - Stealth Expansion #2 - $15
Warfighter - Support Expansion #3 - $15
Warfighter - Bonus Bullet Dice Expansion #4 - $5
Warfighter - Speedball Expansion #5 - $15
Warfighter - United Kingdom Expansion #6 - $15
Warfighter - Russian Federation Expansion #7 - $15
Warfighter - Eastern European Adversaries Expansion #8 - $15
Warfighter - Footlocker Storage Case #9 - $40
Tiger Leader - $70
Set of 5 DVG Deep Dish Counter Trays - $15
How to add Add-Ons...
Let's say you pledge for Phantom Leader for $70 and you live in the US. Your cost is $85. If you do not add any Add-Ons, you're done. You don't need to do anything else.
But, let's say you also want a Field Commander Alexander ($45), a Warfighter ($50), and 2 sets of Aircraft Miniatures ($25 + $25). You would go into your pledge and change the pledge amount to: $215
Risks and challenges
Dan Verssen Games (DVG) has the knowledge and skills to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. We have published dozens of games. If you have any questions or queries, the people at DVG will be here to assist you as quickly as we can. If you would like to see the quality of the games we publish, please visit our website:
With several Kickstarter campaigns behind us, we are able to professionally deal with setbacks while keeping you, the backer, informed with what's happening every step of the way - and not just while the campaign is running. When funding closes and production starts, we aim to provide the most up-to-date information possible regarding each stage of the game's journey to your tabletop.
We believe that honesty is as important as regular contact with our backers. You can expect the very best from us, no matter what. As part of our honesty pledge, please be aware that we do not offer refunds after a Kickstarter campaign closes. We need the funds to pay the printer and to purchase the add-ons and stretch goals people have earned during the campaign. If you pledge, and later change your mind, that's okay, but you need to cancel your pledge before the campaign ends.
By working with high quality production facilities that we've dealt with during previous campaigns, we are confident that we'll be able to deliver the game in a timely manner. Our exacting standards mean that you're guaranteed to get a great game.
Our Kickstarter History for funded games...
Rise of the Zombies... Published!
Battle For Stalingrad... Published!
The Cards of Cthulhu & Booster... Published!
Warfighter & Expansions Wave #1... Published!
Fleet Commander Nimitz… Published!
Tiger Leader... Published!
Warfighter Expansions Wave #2... Published!
The Cards of Cthulhu Expansion, Beyond the Veil… Published!
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