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ILIOS - Raid, surround, and plunder in this addicting abstract strategy game played in under 30 minutes.
ILIOS - Raid, surround, and plunder in this addicting abstract strategy game played in under 30 minutes.
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Available at PlayfordGames.com
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The game ends when all tiles are scored and the board is filled with claim disks. Highest score wins! The player whose disk is on a tile when it's surrounded scores the plunder. That means that other players can score on your turn!

Players take turns placing starter Iron Weapon plunder tiles during setup, making each game unique. Games last about 10 minutes per player (20-40 minutes). Variant rules are available for more challenging perfect information play. 

Rules

Click here to download a PDF of the ILIOS rulebook.

What about the board?!

Over the 5 years we've been playtesting ILIOS, we've played on boards sized from 4x4 to 10x10! It turns out that ILIOS can play on just about any size or shape board with a grid on it!

The 4x4 was good for learning the game or playing with younger kids. Someday, we might do a 10x10 board, but that requires over 100 tiles!

We came to the conclusion that a 6x6 board was the ideal size to keep the price affordable while still offering great quality components and a good game length.

If we can, though, we want to give our backers MORE. This is what led to the 7x7 game board stretch goal (see below). In it, we include more pieces and an inset 5x5 board. That way, you can choose your game length. Want a quicker game? Play on the 5x5. Have more time? Play 7x7. And you can still play a 6x6 game on the 7x7 board if you like.

We think this strategy provides the best value while also offering the chance to give our backers even more game at the same price if we reach our stretch goals!

 Check out this great video preview by Sit Down Standard!

       

Find out what players said at our recent game cafe event:

Check back for more reviews, coming soon!

Choose from the First Edition (MSRP $45), the Premium Edition (MSRP $75), or Deluxe Edition.

Please note: Shipping costs are included for U.S., EU, and Canada for all Pledge Levels. All other countries pay an added fee for shipping.*

For EU backers, product ships from within the EU.

*If your country requires an additional charge for shipping, it will be listed in the shipping manager when you make your pledge.

All photos and videos feature pre-production printed wood tiles. The cardboard tiles will have the same art, and be made of high-quality cardboard.

First Edition includes:

  • Game board - 6x6 cardboard game board
  • Tiles - 39 cardboard tiles in 6 designs
  • Wooden Claim disks - 96 total disks, 24 each in 4 colors
  • Rulebook
  • Zip top bag(s) to contain disks and tiles.

This edition is the same as the First Edition, but with wood tiles for a more luxurious gameplay experience. These tiles really feel good in the hand, have a nice weight and sound, and a semi-gloss finish that looks great without glare.

Premium Edition includes: 

  • Game board - 6x6 cardboard game board 
  • Tiles - 39 wooden tiles in 6 designs
  • Wooden Claim disks - 96 total disks, 24 each in 4 colors
  • Rulebook
  • Zip top bag(s) to contain disks and tiles.

This edition goes above the Premium Edition, with a wood board, glass disks and a silk lined bag for an even higher end experience! The glass disks look like jewels on the board, and have received raves from players at gaming conventions. The wood board truly raises the gameplay experience to a new level!

Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Game board - 6x6 wooden game board 
  • Tiles - 39 wooden tiles in 6 designs
  • Glass claim disks - 96 total disks, 24 each in 4 colors
  • Rulebook
  • Silk lined cloth bag to contain disks or tiles.

Please note that the elements shown in the photos and videos are pre-production items. The final parts for all editions may vary from what is displayed here. However, the art is very close to what we intend to produce.

We also welcome anyone who wants to pledge $1 (or more) to show support for our game! By doing so, you will obtain updates on the progress of the game, and have our thanks!

Tell your friends, or add to your pledge to increase our total pledge amount, to help us reach our Funding Goal!

Beyond?

If we achieve our funding goal, we'll be truly grateful! We may add stretch goals as a thank you to all of our backers who spread the word about ILIOS!!

For ILIOS, Playford is including all shipping costs in pledges destined for the U.S., Canada, and the E.U.! And because we are shipping E.U. orders from within the E.U., all customs costs and VAT are already included as well! That means what you pledge is what you pay!

For backers outside of these areas, a modest fee will be added when you make your pledge. Any additional taxes or custom charges will be the responsibility of the backer. 

ILIOS began as a design exercise for a 6-player version of Reversi (Othello). But as I started the process of building a demo version of that for myself, I realized I had a chance to create a new game with all of the things I love about abstract strategy games, but with new challenges. Through various iterations over 5 years, that original idea became what you see today! Below is just a sampling of the various versions that this game has gone through!

As the game was adapted to become ILIOS, we discovered that there is famous ancient art depicting heroes from the Iliad actually playing a board game. Here in this video from Khan Academy, you can learn about how this pottery was designed, and the story that inspired it:

Different scholars list the game played as being pure abstract, or a game including dice. ILIOS plays upon this idea, but instead of dice, the random tiles include a form of luck that changes the game each time. That randomness represents The Fates, who sometimes would set the future in stone, but other times would be capricious and unpredictable.

ILIOS wouldn't be possible without the help of hundreds of playtesters, over a thousand players, friends, fellow game designers, the great people at Playford Games and their previous Kickstarter experience, but especially, YOU!

Your pledge will bring the dream of ILIOS to reality, and only with your efforts to share this Kickstarter with your friends who love games will ILIOS achieve the goal of a published game!

As a designer, I want to personally express my gratitude for all of the help I've received over the last 5 years of development of ILIOS.

Please don't forget to share on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and wherever you share your love of board games. You can find us online here:

@ILIOSGame on Twitter
Facebook
YouTube (for progress vlogs and more video!)
Playfordgames.com
BoardGameGeek

Once again, thank you for taking time to look at our Kickstarter, and we hope to see you enjoying this and other great games in the future!


Sincerely,

Eliot Hochberg
Designer, ILIOS

Playford Games produces a number of great games. Their flagship product is the Moral Conflict series of games. Playford also handled the production and shipping of Cartography by Jon Adams. Through that process, a lot of lessons were learned, which they will use to insure a successful, timely delivery of ILIOS.

Risks and challenges

As with any Kickstarter project, there are risks.

For board games, the standard risks are problems with shipping and customs, issues with production quality, problems with rules translations, accidental destruction of product, etc.

For ILIOS, there is a proven track record, in that I've partnered with Playford Games, publisher of Cartography by Jon Adams. Having been through the process of successfully delivering that game, Playford has the knowledge to ensure the best possible time frame and results for ILIOS.

Additionally, our selected manufacturer, Ludo Fact Germany, has extensive experience producing tabletop games, and has made a commitment to ensuring this Kickstarter delivers as close to our schedule as possible. Its German location also helps us with delivering to European backers.

Finally, I have done my utmost to make sure that everything is ready for publishing the moment we confirm funding for ILIOS. After my first successful Kickstarter for my mini-doc, "The 99% Declaration: Snapshot of Democracy," I studied everything I could find on Kickstarter best practices, and how to avoid the pitfalls that can haunt Kickstarter campaigns.

Also note: having backed over 140 projects on Kickstarter for everything from games to wallets to shoelaces and more, I know how it feels to be on the backer side of a Kickstarter. Your confidence is my primary concern, to ensure that this Kickstarter will reflect my commitment to a good customer experience.

I make this pledge to you: we will do everything possible to stick to our schedule, and if anything happens to change that, I will communicate with you so that you are always informed of the current status of the project.

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