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A unique and thematic miniatures board game featuring tribes of endearingly quirky creatures called Occulites!
A unique and thematic miniatures board game featuring tribes of endearingly quirky creatures called Occulites!
220 backers pledged $50,008 to help bring this project to life.

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Upcoming Stretch Goals:
$55K - Unique Event Card Pack A
$60K - Unique Event Card Pack B
$65K - 8 Puscual figures included
$75K - 12 Nymphlet figures included

Here is a Pledge Table which will help show you what is included at each pledge level, what can be added on that is not included at any level and our upcoming Stretch Goals. Full Add On list is found further down.

Thanks for your support in helping Dawn see the light of day!

Dawn: Rise of the Occulites is the first game in the Rise of the Occulites Saga. The Saga covers the evolution of the Occulites from small tribes fighting for survival to great civilizations with massive armies spreading out across and ruling the world.

Dawn takes place at the very beginning of the Occulite’s evolution. At this time, the Occulites roam the lands in small tribes, moving from cave to cave, collecting the precious Sungems to keep them warm during the Long Dark. They fight over territory and resources in the struggle for survival.

I wish you as much pleasure playing this game as we had creating it. Welcome to Dawn.

- Ben Boersma, September 2013

Introduction to Dawn

Dawn: Rise of the Occulites is a miniatures board game. Each player chooses an Occulite tribe and competes against each other, whether by recreating pivotal moments in their short history, or by leading the tribe through its evolution, watching it grow and advance over a series of games. Based on the information gathered by the honorary professor Charles-Darwin over thirty-odd years, this game recreates the struggles that the Occulite Tribes faced in their early days, when they were still small and scattered across the land.

NOTE:  Most cards have been redrawn with new and improved artwork and layout in the past 60 days!  So if you think you've seen it all before, look again!

4 Minute Designer Video

An Overview of this Kickstarter Project

This Kickstarter project is best thought of as having two distinct goals. Our first goal is to raise $25,000 as soon as possible and get started on the molds and printing needed for the basic game. With this $25,000, we will be able to produce the basic two person Dawn game which will have a total of 28 figures, including 15 unique sculptures: 5 unique figures of each of the Palaudis and Hydris tribes and 5 unique Luftles (there are 18 total Luftle figures). The figures in the basic game, which you will receive for your pledge at the Tribesman levels, will be solid-colored, paintable PVC plastic (the Palaudis are green, the Hydris blue and the Luftles brown).  Your pledge at the Tribe Chief levels will get you the basic game, described above, with all 28 figures painted, as pictured below. The basic game is just full of components.  Check out the list below.

The second goal of our Kickstarter project is to raise (at least) another $20,000, or a total of $45,000 if possible! This will give us the funds needed to produce the next three expansion tribes: the Floris, Ignis and Nimbus. We will create add-ons as we reach the plateaus of $35,000 (and add the Floris tribe); $40,000 (and add the Ignis tribe); and $45,000 (and add the Nimbus tribe). Each tribal expansion (see their contents in the lists below) adds the possibility of playing with another player, or having even greater two-player choices. When we reach $45,000, we will create two new pledge levels so that you can obtain these three new tribe expansions in either painted or unpainted forms.

Showing both Prototypes AND factory-painted figures of all tribes
Showing both Prototypes AND factory-painted figures of all tribes

Note that the above photo shows all the prototype figures that designer Ben Boersma obtained and painted a year ago (they have the bigger, more fully-rounded bases in the back row) compared to the figures that our factory prepared and painted during the past 2-3 weeks (in the middle row with the less well-rounded bases).  The middle and front row left pieces represent the pieces you will obtain if you pledge for painted figures (eventually there will be 5 different members of each tribe plus 5 different Lufltes--pictured in the front row).

Lots more information is available below but this covers the basics. We really appreciate your interest and support for Dawn: Rise of the Occulites.

FREE to all who pledge at the Tribesman Level or higher--The Timed Release Wymbrix Scenario--

The World of Crepusculum: A setting as similar to Earth as it is different .............

Crepusculum (Latin): Partial Light; Dusk; Twilight

The World: Crepusculum is a vast, ancient world, covered in everything from steamy jungles and arid deserts to verdant fields and snowy peaks. Its climate is varied but not radically different from our own. Theories of pockets and irregularities in the atmosphere’s ozone layer could help to explain the radically different environments existing in close proximity. This means that you may have jungles only several kilometers away from vast tundra, or wetlands only a stone's throw from ochre-colored deserts. The cycle of day and night on Crepusculum is very different from our own. Due to the planet’s orbit around the Occulites' sun, a day lasts around one hundred earth days, as does a night. Because of this, during the nights it grows bitterly cold. So cold, in fact, that all living things must find shelter, including not only the creatures of the world, but also its plantlife. I can hear you asking, "But if the night is so long, how could any plant survive without sunlight?" Well, my friends, though Crepusculum is similar to Earth, it is still very different.

Components of the Basic Game  (reached at our goal of $25,000):

  1   64 page Rulebook for all basic and advanced game play
28   Miniature Figures:  10 Occulites and 18 Luftles
  1   36" by 30" Game board
18   Terrain Overlays
  1   Natural Selection Deck (108 cards)
10   D10 Dice numbered 0 through 9 (0 counts as zero)
12   Sungems (Red Acrylic Crystals)
10   Individual Character Boards
50   Pegs (25 each in Green and Blue)
  2   Tribe Reference Boards
10   Tribal Tokens (5 cardboard disks for each tribe)
18   Luftle Reference Cards
20   Luftle Health Tokens (10mm)
  1   Condition Track Marker (Orange Acrylic Crystal)
81   Tokens
  6   Nymphlet Directional Tokens (Triangular Colour Wedges)

Contents of Each Expansion Tribal Set (now that we have reached our secondary goals of $35K, $40K, and  $45,000):

Floris Tribe Expansion (add-ons added at $35,000):
1 Tribal Rulebook + 2 new scenarios
5 Miniatures ( 5 Floris Occulites )
2 predator tiles
3 Terrain Overlays
5 Individual Character Boards
25 Yellow Pegs
1 Tribe Reference Board
5 Tribal Tokens

Ignis Tribe Expansion (add-ons added at $40,000): 1 Tribal Rulebook + 2 new scenarios,  5 Miniatures (5 Ignis Occulites), 5 Heat Tokens,  2 Terrain Overlays, 5 Individual Character Boards,  25 Red Pegs,  1 Tribe Reference Board,  7 Tribal Tokens

Nimbus Tribe Expansion (add-ons and "official" pledge levels added at $45,000):  1 Tribal Rulebook + 2 new scenarios, 5 Miniatures ( 5 Nimbus Occulites ), 2 Terrain Overlays, 5 Individual Character Boards,  25 purple Pegs, 1 Tribe Reference Board,  5 Tribal Tokens

Note that all Miniatures come pre-assembled!

SUNMASTER LEVEL (official  now that we have reached $45,000). These are the overall contents if you choose to paint your figures at the SUNMASTER LEVEL:

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Rules:

Click here to view the complete rules

Gameplay & Review Videos!

Click here for the Background Story

Core Rules Gameplay Video

Advanced Rules Gameplay Video

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Painted Prototype samples (yours will be painted the same way if you choose the painted option)
Painted Prototype samples (yours will be painted the same way if you choose the painted option)
Painted Prototype samples (yours will be painted the same way if you choose the painted option)
Painted Prototype samples (yours will be painted the same way if you choose the painted option)

These Additional Tribe Expansions (Floris, Ignis, and Nimbus tribes) will become available to add to your pledge if/once the below funding goals are met:

Available!

Prototype sample -- available as an add-on when we hit $35,000
Prototype sample -- available as an add-on when we hit $35,000

 Available!

Prototype sample -- available as an add-on when we hit $40,000
Prototype sample -- available as an add-on when we hit $40,000

  Available!

Prototype sample -- available as an add-on when we hit $45,000
Prototype sample -- available as an add-on when we hit $45,000

 ADD-ONS start here (NOTE: Add-ons 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B are all figures only, no game)

 Inclusions at Pledge Levels

To try and avoid confusion, we have included this graphic to demonstrate what each main pledge level includes.


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$30,000 -- UNLOCKED!  

This stretch goal is 20 cards (10 for each tribe) of extra Objective Cards! These modify all existing scenarios with the possibility to complete mini objectives for boosts within the game or if you complete the objective and don't use the boost, you get a bonus for the campaign.

$35,000 Stretch Goal -- UNLOCKED!

This stretch goal is 20 cards (10 for each tribe) of the Tribe-Specific Natural Selection Deck! A separate Deck which players can draw upon during the game giving card effects that are specific to their Tribe. Once these cards are used, they are gone for the rest of the game. Limited opportunities to draw these as they are very good.

$40,000 Stretch Goal -- UNLOCKED!

Advanced Natural Selection Deck Cards (for use with Advanced rules - a set of 12 cards). New Natural Selection Deck cards that are shuffled into the deck for advanced players or variety (they are marked on the card front for easy inclusion or removal from game to game. They possess Card Effects that utilise the more advanced features of the game (Hiding, Awareness Tests, Denying Break Aways, Climbing, the use of Luftles etc...)

$45,000 Stretch Goal -- UNLOCKED!

More advanced Natural Selection Deck Cards (for use with Advanced rules - a set of 12 cards). For a description see the above details under the 40k stretch goal.

$50,000 Stretch Goal -- UNLOCKED!

Extra Luftle Pack (comes with 9 Luftles as listed below). These will NOT come painted. You may add $20 to your pledge to get this one pack of 9 Luftles painted.) Extra packs are also available as an add-on. Extra Luftle Pack (comes with 9 Luftles: 1x Luftle Chiefs, 1x Luftle Drummers, 3 Luftle Grunts, 2 Luftle Scouts, 2 Luftle Guards). 

$55,000 Stretch Goal -- LOCKED!
$60,000 Stretch Goal -- LOCKED!

10x Unique Event Cards (Pack A @ $55K and Pack B @ $60K).

These Stretch goals both allows us to include 10 Unique Event cards at each Stretch goal (Pack A @ $55K and Pack B @ $60K) which can be randomly shuffled into the Natural Selection Deck. Unique Event cards when drawn trigger an immediate event which is separate from the Event cards used for Scenario purposes. This means that a number of these cards can be added in to modify any existing or future scenario. Included for free with all pledges of Tribesman or above.

$65,000 Stretch Goal -- LOCKED!

3D Molds for the Puscuals. This stretch will allow us to create 3D molds of one of the Occulites predators, the fearsome Puscual! They are much more formidable on the board when they are not flat cardboard tokens! This Stretch Goal will replace the 4 tokens in the game with 8 Puscual figures!

$75,000 Stretch Goal -- LOCKED!

3D Molds for Nymphlet Miniatures. This Stretch goal will allow us to create 3D molds of the beautiful and nourishing Nymphlets for your Tribe members to chase around the board. These will replace the card discs for a total of 12 Nymphlets (2 in six different colours).

RETAILERS and DEDICATED FLGS customers:

We recognize that there are many loyal customers who want to patronize their local game stores to help ensure that those stores will stay in business. Local game stores provide unique insights into which games to buy, and they frequently offer play space in those stores to play games. We applaud this dedication, and we want to support it. We have created a RETAILER only level as part of this Kickstarter project. Kickstarter limits the number of games that any given retailer may purchase. For this project, that limit is one case. More can be purchased directly from Eagle Games. When you pledge, please contact us to go over purchase and shipping details. You may have found this Kickstarter project on your own, or your customers might have alerted you to it. In either case, please pledge at the retailer level and let us know who you are. If you want us to, we will add your name to a list that we will create right HERE:

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Your customers can tell you that they would like to pre-order the game and have the credit for the sale go to you (WITH any and all of the Kickstarter goals and benefits shipping out to you as well). Of course you will need to apply to be a member of the FRED network of stores and go over purchasing and shipping details with our staff. Please give us feedback on this new pledge level and this attempt by us to include retailers in this project in a meaningful way. Thanks!

Eagle & Gryphon Games are committed to producing games of the highest quality, both in production and game play. We feel it is important that people who buy Dawn: Rise of the Occulites receive a game that is well made and will be in playable condition for many years. Dawn: Rise of the Occulites will be produced using the best printing, box and game components available.

Thanks for your support of Dawn: Rise of the Occulites! Please direct any questions to: customer-service@eagle-gryphon.com

International Shipping:

The following shipping terms are pertinent to shipping ONE game of Dawn: Rise of the Occulites only. For anything other than one game of Dawn: Rise of the Occulites, you will need to contact us and let us know your country and what you would like us to ship to you. We will give you a $15 credit (mentioned below) towards all international shipping.

We will ship internationally only to select countries on the following lists. We are subsidizing this shipping by $15 which is reflected in the amounts quoted below. This is the amount we are subsidizing for "free shipping" in the US. Please add the amount indicated below to your pledge depending on the country you want us to ship to. The amounts quoted are for only one Dawn: Rise of the Occulites game to be sent to you (this game weighs approximately 8 pounds). For multiple copy or "Bundle" shipping rates, you will need to contact us and let us know your country and what quantity and games you are pledging for.

Keep in mind that bundles and greater quantities will always save you money on international shipping. It is typically the first game that is expensive, and the "add-ons" are not nearly as expensive on a per game basis.

FOR CANADA ONLY -- please add $30 to your pledge for shipping

FOR AUSTRALIA ONLY -- please add $35 to your pledge for shipping

For all of the countries on the following list #1, please add $25 to your pledge for shipping to: Belgium & the Netherlands

For all of the countries on the following list #2, please add $35 to your pledge for shipping to: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, & The United Kingdom

For all of the countries on the following list #3, please add $40 to your pledge for shipping to: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, & Sweden

For all of the countries on the following list #4, please add $45 to your pledge for shipping to: Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Taiwan, & Thailand

For all of the countries on the following list #5, please add $50 to your pledge for shipping to: Norway & Switzerland

Others in countries not on this list might consider using a US freight forwarder address in the US and we will ship to that US address for free.

For multiple games or if you have questions about shipping internationally, please contact us at: customer-service@eagle-gryphon.com

Risks and challenges

Eagle Games has participated in 20+ successful Kickstarter projects completed in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and all of our projects have shipped out either in the same month we originally projected or within 30 days thereafter. Even so, there are always unpredictable events that can occur that might delay our projects. We will do our best to avoid them, but there is always the risk that the project might be delayed. Shipping can be a particularly difficult challenge when it involves destinations outside the US (and sometimes even within the US as well). We will obtain tracking information when it is possible, but sometimes it is not. We cannot guarantee that there will not be shipping problems, as we cannot guarantee the service and reliability of the various postal services involved around the world. You will have to assume that risk along with us. We have been producing board games for over 10 years and we have a good reputation for the quality of our productions because we visit and choose our Chinese partners/factories carefully. However, mistakes happen occasionally that we cannot control--such as missing or defective components and hang-ups in Customs. When they do, our customer service department will work with you to take care of production problems that might arise. Please contact us with regard to any such issues within 90 days of receiving your copy of the game at www.customer-service@eagle-gryphon.com.

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    ADOPT an Occulite--You will receive your very own PAINTED Hydris or Palaudis Tribe Member. There are five of each--as you can see in the pictures to the left. You choose the tribe, and we choose the actual figure. ( Because we must produce all 5 at the same time the way the molds are configured, there will be equal numbers of each and ALL will need homes for adoption.) We will paint them just as they are shown. A great stocking stuffer for the Occulite lovers in your family. Each Occulite tells its own story (of course they are quite shy and have very small voices so it might be a distinct challenge for you to hear that story). But they sure are cool to look at anyway. Shipping is $5 anywhere in the world, but free if you are adding this to any larger pledge level. Just tell us in the survey at the end of the project that you have added $8 (just like any other add-on) if you simply want to add this to your pledge.

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    Early Bird--Puscual Hunter Level--A Show Of Faith in the future of DAWN -- IF WE REACH $45,000 this level will become effective. If we do not reach $45,000 we will Update you in plenty of time so that you can reduce your pledge to the Tribesman or wherever you would like. IF WE REACH $45,000 you will receive the full, unpainted version of Dawn: Rise of the Occulites with all 5 tribes! PLUS, to reward your show of faith we will throw in a complete set of 9 unpainted Luftles and a new exclusive release Narrative Scenario!

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    Early Bird, Tribe Chief -- You will receive one copy of the base game of Dawn: Rise of the Occulites, PLUS get the Palaudis tribe, Hydris tribe, and all 18 Luftles PRE-PAINTED! FREE shipping in the US. For Canadian, EU and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    Tribe Chief -- You will receive one copy of the base game of Dawn: Rise of the Occulites, PLUS get the Palaudis tribe, Hydris tribe, and all 18 Luftles PRE-PAINTED! FREE shipping in the US. For Canadian, EU and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    Early Bird, Eagle Games Gold Package -- You will receive three fantastic expandable board games and help support the release of Dawn: Rise of the Occulites at the same time! At this level you will receive Dawn: Rise of the Occulites (base game), Defenders of the Realm (base game), & Railways of the World (base game). SAVE A BIG $125 -- $80 off MSRPs and $45 off shipping in the US! You will also get FREE shipping in the US. For Canadian, EU and select international destinations, please refer to the shipping terms at the bottom of the page.

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    Early Bird--SUNMASTER LEVEL--A Show Of Faith in the future of DAWN -- IF WE REACH $45,000 this level will become effective. If we do not reach $45,000 we will Update you in plenty of time so that you can reduce your pledge to the Tribesman or wherever you would like. IF WE REACH $45,000 you will receive the full, PAINTED version of Dawn: Rise of the Occulites with all 5 tribes! PLUS, to reward your show of faith we will throw in a complete set of 9 PAINTED Luftles and a new exclusive release Narrative Scenario!

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    Almost the Early Bird--SUNMASTER LEVEL--A Show Of Faith in the future of DAWN -- IF WE REACH $45,000 this level will become effective. If we do not reach $45,000 we will Update you in plenty of time so that you can reduce your pledge to the Tribesman or wherever you would like. IF WE REACH $45,000 you will receive the full, PAINTED version of Dawn: Rise of the Occulites with all 5 tribes! PLUS, to reward your show of faith we will throw in a complete set of 9 PAINTED Luftles and a new exclusive release Narrative Scenario!

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    SUNMASTER LEVEL--A Show Of Faith in the future of DAWN -- IF WE REACH $45,000 this level will become effective. If we do not reach $45,000 we will Update you in plenty of time so that you can reduce your pledge to the Tribesman or wherever you would like. IF WE REACH $45,000 you will receive the full, PAINTED version of Dawn: Rise of the Occulites with all 5 tribes! PLUS, to reward your show of faith we will throw in a complete set of 9 PAINTED Luftles and a new exclusive release Narrative Scenario!

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    Warchief [RETAILERS ONLY] -- You must register and be approved as a FRED Distribution retail network member to qualify for this level. You will receive six copies of the base game of Dawn: Rise of the Occulites. Standard FRED shipping terms apply. Send an email to us at customer-service@eagle-gryphon.com for more information.

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