Francis Drake is the second (following Triassic Terror) in the series of "Big Box Games" from Eagle Games and Kayal Games.
In Francis Drake, players are Elizabethan privateers attempting to emulate the feats of Francis Drake on voyages to the Caribbean heart of Spain’s New World. There they acquire Gold, Silver and precious gemstones. The fabled treasures of Cartegna, Havana, Panama and Veracruz are ripe for the plucking. Time is of the essence, since initially this is a race to provision ships and get out of Plymouth Harbor first. Once ready, each player must then chart a course on the Spanish Main and complete 3 missions. The riches of the Aztec and Incan Empires await these swashbuckling captains. But many tough decisions must be made before each voyage:
How many crew members, guns and trade goods will be needed?
What supplies will be needed to reach deep into the Caribbean?
Will a stronger Galleon be needed to attack and attach the Treasure Fleets?
Will the Queen or rich investors back the voyage?
What information can The Informer give?
Will Drake himself be available to guide the voyage?
Who will get the use of the Golden Hind?
Who will be the first to raid Panama and Cartegna, or to find the great Treasure fleets bound for Spain?
Careful planning of your missions, the correct acquisitions, clever tactical manoeuvers, setting sail on the first available tide and a touch of Drake’s guile will lead to success over your rival captains. So journey back to Plymouth in 1572 and follow in the wake of Drake. Collect the largest fortune and sail home to England first and receive a hero’s welcome from both Queen and country!
UPDATE ON EUROPEAN SHIPPING as of May 7, 2013
We are pleased to be able to announce that we have worked out a shipping deal with a warehouse in Holland for the Francis Drake game!
Currently we have rates only for the following countries (in USD and for one copy only):
France and the UK $25.
Italy and Spain and Greece and Scandinavia and Poland $30.
We are paying to send these by ship over to Holland. If there is enough demand, then we will send a full pallet in this manner directly from China to Holland. I cannot be entirely sure of the delivery date but it is likely to be not later than mid-September and it might be as early as late August (we expect them in the US in mid to late August as well) if we have enough demand for a full pallet. If not, they will travel through the US first and it might be a month later.
Quotes to other countries (and for greater quantities) are obtainable on request but I think that they will all be in the range of $25-$30. as well.
I hope to have news of a shipping reduction in Australia and New Zealand within the next 24 hours as well.
I am hoping that with these savings many of you who have been waiting to pledge can do so now and that we can raise another $10,000 in the next week and include both expansions to all of you as well.
Thanks for spreading the word about this for us!
Many thanks to all of you for your support and interest and special thanks to Dominik Matthieu for pushing us on this matter.
Best regards--Rick, for Eagle Games
UPDATE regarding Shipping Rates to Australia--May 7, 2013
I am pleased to tell you that it looks like we can get a pallet or two of the Francis Drake game Down Under for a reasonable sum. We will plan on that and this means that we can lower the shipping rate internal to Australian backers to $22. That is less than half of what we had previously quoted to you at $45 if sent directly from the US. This rate is for one game. I do not yet have information for greater quantities or for New Zealand but I am still working on that.
So please let others know this as well and let's see if we can't get the pledge levels for this terrific game up over $30,000 in the next 5 days and include both expansions with the base game for all of you!
Thanks for your interest--Rick Soued, for Eagle Games
Production Sample Photos
Because Francis Drake is such an involved game with many bits from many different factories, we decided to spend a bit extra and put together two production samples (one is with the designer in Australia and the other is in the US), where we have recently been able to play it lots of times at Alan Moon's Gathering of Friends event (last week). Here are a few photos of the production sample of this game:
• 1 Rule book
• 1 two-sided Game Board (English & German)
• 1 Voyage Marker and 1 Die
• 5 Frigates and 5 Galleons
• 5 each: Ship Logs, Treasure Chests, Scoring Markers & Investor Tiles
• 30 Mission Discs (6 x 5 colors) and 50 Player Discs (10 x 5 colors)
• 1 Plymouth Harbor Chart
• 3 sets of 16 Location Tiles
• 21 Supply Barrels, 33 Treasure Stones, 64 Cubes (black, gray, purple)
• 4 sets of Commodities and 1 set of stickers (+ spare set)
• 15 Counter Tiles
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people who buy Francis Drake receive a game that is well made and will
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PLEASE NOTE THE UPDATES dated May 7, 2013 related to European and Australian shipping above! You may adjust your pledge to the stated shipping amounts if you have already paid more than these rates, and you may make a new pledge using these amounts instead of those quoted below for the pertinent countries!
We will ship internationally to select countries on the following list. 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 game to be sent (this game weighs over 4 kg (nearly 9 pounds). For multiple copy shipping rates you will need to contact us and let us know your country and quantity.
FOR CANADA ONLY -- please add $25 to your pledge for shipping
Australia now changed to add $22 for shipping.
Germany, Holland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Norway, Luxembourg, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the UK all have lowered shipping rates as well--please consult the chart above on this page.
For all of the countries on the following list, please add $45 to your pledge for shipping: Argentina, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
Eagle Games, and its sister company Gryphon Games, have participated in 18 successful Kickstarter projects completed in 2011, 2012 and 2013. All of our projects have shipped out either in the same month we originally projected (16 out of 18) or within 30 days thereafter (2 projects). Even so, there are always unpredictable events which 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. 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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