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A hand-management strategy game of spying, hoarding, deceiving, stashing & sneaking, all as the last seconds of the universe tick away.

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Thank you for an amazing campaign!

We are amazed at the huge response to our project, and truly thankful for the support of all of our friends, family, and the Kickstarter community!

All boxed copies of the game will contain the following stretch goals:

  • Thicker Playing Pieces
  • High Quality Bluecore Cards
  • 10 Player Shields
  • 10 Planet Effect Tokens
  • Squeeze Trap Card
  • Modular Board
  • Dimension Rip Card
  • Tertalje & Vlachlos Aliens
  • Barren Planet Hex
  • C Wormhole Tiles
  • Singularity Gate Hex
  • A History of the Biocosm
  • Dark Resonator Card
  • 6 game variants including Counterfeit Ovoid, which adds 3 new cards

“Social deduction upgraded to a true strategy game.” - LordRahvin

“It tells a story. It's gripping. It's something you talk about long after you've played it.” - UndeadViking

“The most fun I have ever had playing a board game.” - The Nerdburger Podcast

"The guys from Mirror Box Games made a miracle...a completely new game system." - Kitanota

Chaosmos is a 2-4 player card-driven strategy game with miniatures, playable in 60-90 minutes.

In Chaosmos, you are an alien on a desperate quest to find and secure the most important object in the history of the biocosm – The Ovoid. You'll traverse the galaxy, exploring planets and battling other players to build up a strategic hand of cards.

As you progress through the game, you'll gather weapons and tactical equipment that help you discover, gain control of, and protect The Ovoid. This mysterious artifact is your civilization's last hope for survival, and you will have to use deception, misdirection, and strategy to outwit your opponents and possess it at the exact moment the universe collapses! By carefully balancing your hand of cards, spending your turn actions wisely, and cleverly using your alien powers, you'll maintain a grasp on the state of the game while plunging everyone else into chaos.

Rulebook: http://mirrorboxgames.com/ChaosmosRules1-5.pdf

Print & Play: http://mirrorboxgames.com/ChaosmosPnP.pdf

Quick-Start Rules (on BoardGameGeek): bit.ly/1bqESda

New Strategy Video!

• New Mechanic - Area-Specific Envelopes: Chaosmos uses a unique system in which each of the planets on the game board has a corresponding envelope of cards. When you land on a planet, you can take any of the cards there, leave behind cards you don't need, and hide cards for later. Special tactical cards can be left face-up to protect that planet from your rivals.

• Alien Powers: Each player controls an alien character with powerful unique abilities that reflect their culture and personality. Atturnuk the Brutal may bludgeon enemies, while Drusu the Scryer can use telepathy to scout the Ovoid from afar. 

• Open World: Chaosmos is a sandbox-style game that gives you the freedom to explore many paths to victory. Each turn you can move in any direction, exploring new planets and choosing how to adapt your strategy as you discover new equipment. You can test out cool gadgets, protect caches of items, stock up on weapons, or anything else you can imagine.

• The Ovoid: All players are vying for control of one singular victory card - the Ovoid. You'll have to carefully time your strategies to hold the Ovoid in the final turn to win.

• Card Interaction: Cards will move organically around the planets, as players find uses for them. Most cards go back to your hand after you play them, allowing you to use them multiple times. By paying attention to what your opponents play, you can pick up cards that counter their strategies, giving you an edge the next time you encounter them.

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More information about each alien can be found in the print-and-play pdf linked at the bottom.

Tom Vasel Video Review:

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Crits Happen Video Review:

"I don't know that I've ever played a game like this before! The Ovoid... is awesome." – Tom Vasel

“The best space game I have ever played.” – Ryan B. (BoardGameGeek)

"The guys from Mirror Box Games made a miracle...a completely new game system." - Kitanota (Boardgamegeek.com)

“The most fun I have ever had playing a board game.” - The Nerdburger Podcast

“It tells a story. It's gripping. It's something you talk about long after you've played it.” - UndeadViking

“Lots of intrigue, surprises, and trickery!” – Bryan Pope (Designer, Mage Wars)

“You get that Magic: The Gathering mind game feel without having to learn a ton of cards.” – David W. (BoardGameGeek)

“We are battling, exploring planets, laying traps, teleporting, cloaking, slingshotting things around the universe, all while trying to keep our opponents off-balance... Can you tell I’m a fan?” - LordRahvin (BoardGameGeek)

“The game system is amazingly unique. Players will have a blast outmaneuvering each other with deception, and melting each other's faces with plasma weapons!” – Doug Malewicki (Designer, Nuclear War - Game Designer's Hall of Fame)

"Chaosmos, a sci-fi time travel deduction board game that cannot wait to amaze the world.” - Ta-Te Wu (Designer, Di Renjie, The Battle of Red Cliffs)

“Chaosmos is a game about deceit, treachery, lying, backstabbing, all the other fun things you can think of, in an evening with your friends... The most fun really comes at the end of this game, where you start to realize what you thought you knew, you didn't know! - CritsHappen

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Joey Vigour is the Lead Designer at Mirror Box Games, and has edited over 1000 videos for Discovery Channel and other major networks. He is the producer and editor of the feature length documentaries The Inventor and the Daredevil and Pauly Shore Stands Alone. He loves games, and has designed and refined over a dozen card games, board games, and RPGs. Chaosmos is his dream project, and the response to it inspired him to start Mirror Box Games.

Matthew Austin is the Lead Developer at Mirror Box Games. He developed the navigation iPhone app Falcon, which has successfully partnered with Insomniac Events and UCLA to provide walking navigation to festival attendees and incoming students. Prior to working on Falcon, Matt started and ran a successful home improvement company.

Danny Vigour is responsible for the graphic design of Chaosmos. In the past, his mixed-media short films have earned him awards from companies as diverse as Sony Creative Software and Lea & Perrins Steak Sauce. Danny offered his help long-distance initially, but once the project got serious enough, he moved to California to join the team.

Sam Vest defines himself as a "Freelance Videographer by day, artist all the time." He started as a Chaosmos play tester, but eventually became the demo runner at conventions, recognizable from a distance thanks to his signature top hat.

Chaosmos began as a personal project for me many years ago. I've completed several finished game designs, but this one is special to me. The response to the game convinced me that it was worth spending months testing and balancing, and ultimately publishing.

In January 2013, I decided to produce the game with my friend Matt. Old friends came out of the woodwork with endless love and support for the project, and my brother Danny moved to Los Angeles to work on it with me. We met with three major publishers at the Gama Trade Show and Gen Con, but ultimately decided to form a company and self-publish.

For a detailed history of the origins of the game, click here.

We've invested our own money into producing the prototypes and reviewer copies. With Kickstarter, we will have the flexibility and support we need to finish our art and components, and to deliver Chaosmos in a way that will stay true to our vision and make our fans proud.

-Joey

                                                                                                                               

Rulebook:http://mirrorboxgames.com/ChaosmosRules1-5.pdf

Print & Play:http://mirrorboxgames.com/ChaosmosPnP.pdf 

Low Ink Rulebook: http://www.mirrorboxgames.com/rules.html

Press Kit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0gy6rau6ij3hvft/hCuieoI6sX

Disclaimer: Art and design for Chaosmos is not final and is subject to change. Kickstarter video directed by Sam Vest. Music in the Kickstarter video by Kevin Mcleod. Some art licensed under Creative Commons by Torley and Sweetie187. Character Art by William Tombs, 3D models by Bob Gallagher and Danny Vigour. Special thanks to Cam Montgomery Jr. for providing his voice over services free of charge. Thank you to playtesters Cameron Riddles, Mike Chapin, Sam Vest, Ben Pamintuan, Kathleen Smith, Evan Baker, Halley Kim, and everyone who helped us get this far. We love you.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our biggest risks lie in our manufacturing, shipping, and delivery chain. We will be working with a reputable manufacturer, but delays in the production process may occur on our side (due to timing of art completion or game specifications) or on the side of our manufacturer (due to scheduling, labor force fluctuations, or other events).

We are being mentored by established game designers/publishers including Jeff Siadek (Battlestations, Lifeboat), Doug Malewicki (Nuclear War), and Bill Eberle (Cosmic Encounter, Dune), and we've spent 6 months researching the production process and learning about our supply chain.

We are prepared to meet any obstacles that arise, and will tackle them with a level head and open communication to our backers. Matt and Joey have successfully started and run companies in the tech, energy, and television industries, and we aren't strangers to the pressures of delivering on a schedule.

We promise full transparency as any issues arise throughout the production process, and will make sure Chaosmos is delivered to our backers as promised.

FAQ

  • Yes! You can order your copy of Chaosmos on our website here:

    http://mirrorboxgames.com/buy.html

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  • All you need to do is increase your pledge amount. Click "Manage Your Pledge" at the top of this page, and then increase your pledge by the amount of the shipping and/or add-ons you're purchasing.

    Kickstarter doesn't have an interface for add-ons or shipping yet, but they do allow us to send out a survey after the campaign ends to find out which items you've purchased.

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  • Shipping is free to the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, and China. Add $10 for shipping to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, or Sweden. Otherwise add $25 to ship anywhere else in the world.

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  • Yes! The envelopes are designed to fit cards with any standard card sleeves.

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  • Add-Ons are available at all physical reward tiers – Chaosmonaut and above.

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  • Chaosmos is designed to play best with 2–4 players, but if you want to play with a fifth, you can pledge at the Master of the New Universe tier or get the extra equipment deck add-on.

    The Master of the New Universe comes with six limited edition bonus cards for the fifth player.

    The Equipment deck add-on includes all 70 of the cards in the base game, which you can use to add duplicates of your choice and play with a fifth player.

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  • Unfortunately, no.

    Since Norway is not part of the European Union, our shipping costs are much higher.

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  • The Chaos Clock will be made from three separate layers of thick cardboard, punched out and assembled with a rivet. This adds plenty of heft to it, and allows the clock to be rotated freely.

    The final product will work similarly to the battle dials in REX, but will be thicker due to the third layer.

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  • Yes! Some of our generous supporters are already working on translations to German, French, and Dutch. PDF versions of the rulebook and card lists will be available for our release. If you're interested in proofreading translations or in helping us translate into a new language, please send us a message.

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  • Our hexes will be very large – 5 inches across!

    For comparison, Settlers of Catan hexes are about 3 inches across, and Twilight Imperium hexes are 4 inches across.

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  • We love the original board for Chaosmos, but the modular board has so many benefits it's just a much better way to play. With the modular board, you'll be able to:

    - Customize the arrangement and layout of the board for infinite replayability
    - Easily store the board and take it with you on the go
    - Match the original board configuration perfectly, allowing quick and easy setup
    - Reduce or increase the number of planets based on the number of players
    - Add new planets and aliens to the board when expansions are released

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