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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 13 2014
Last updated October 7, 2014

ERA: A New Civilization Game (Canceled)

A 30 minute empire-building card game for 2 players. Choose from 8 eras. Includes 400+ cards--Only $45 (msrp $60)!

ERA: A New Civilization Game (Canceled)

A 30 minute empire-building card game for 2 players. Choose from 8 eras. Includes 400+ cards--Only $45 (msrp $60)!

$8,716
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
121
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 13 2014
Last updated October 7, 2014

About

ERA is a brand new strategic card game for 2 players that introduces a whole new way to experience historical conflict. Players will choose 1 of 8 historical eras, with each era consisting of a deck of 60 cards. The first player to lead their Era to 15 progress points or deal 3 devastation cards to their opponent, wins!

Will you plunder gold from the Aztecs with your Spanish Conquistadors, invent the light bulb with Edison and Tesla, or destroy the British army with George Washington? Each deck is loaded with dozens of personalities, events, units, and technology that made that period of history unforgettable.

ERA is a big civilization game in a tiny package--play through your favorite periods of history in less than 30 minutes!

Era is a no-text, symbols-only game system that allows for quick and effective game play. The symbols in the game represent key variables throughout history that have shaped civilization time and time again. These 8 key symbols give you everything you need to develop your resource engine, manage threats, field new cards, and climb your tech tree!

Era's symbol-only system translates into streamlined and elegant gameplay!

In ERA, there’s no time travel, so you won’t be confronting your opponent directly. Instead, each era deck comes with red-bordered conflict cards that represent the actual negative events your era faced, such as disease, invaders, or riots. 

At the beginning of the game, your era’s conflict cards are given to your opponent, and they give you theirs. These cards are then shuffled into your decks for you to play against each other!

Every deck in ERA tells an unforgettable story of survival, courage, or innovation.  Choose any 1 of these 8 exciting eras--from favorites like the Egyptian Empire, to courageous cultures like the American Indians--to lead your era to victory!

In most card games, a player has 1 pile of cards they are drawing from each turn, but in Era you will be managing 3--your build pile, conflict pile, and play pile

Cards committed to your build pile help you pay for the cards in your hand. Cards committed to your conflict pile help you win conflicts, and the cards you committed to your play pile you can flip over, look at, and play that turn.  

There's no limit to the variations you can use with this system!  

RULEBOOK LINK HERE! (Prototype Only): http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/100767/rules-print-and-play


PRINT AND PLAY FILES HERE! (Prototype Only):http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/155582/era

UNDEAD VIKING REVIEWS ERA!:

  • "THIS IS A REALLY AWESOME GAME !"
  • "THE MECHANICS ARE SLICK AND I LOVE THE THEME."
  • "I JUST DUG THE WHOLE IDEA."
  • "EACH OF THE DECKS HAS ITS OWN FEEL AND STRATEGY. THE GAME IS A LOT OF FUN...ALWAYS CHANGING, ALWAYS DIFFERENT."
  • "EVERYONE SAYS THEIR GAME HAS LIMITLESS REPLAYABILITY...BUT I CAN SEE THIS GAME ACTUALLY HAVING TONS OF IT!"
  •  [THE GAME] POSED IMPORTANT DECISIONS EACH AND EVERY TIME." 
  • "A REAL PLEASANT SURPRISE."
  • "IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A REALLY COOL, HEAD-TO-HEAD GAME WITH A TOTALLY NEW THEME I'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE, I URGE YOU TO CHECK OUT THIS GAME. I THINK YOU'LL ENJOY THE HECK OUT OF IT."


Undead Viking Review! (Prototype Shown):

                          ALL REWARDS ARE KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE!

  (SEE THE REWARD DESCRIPTION SECTION AT THE BOTTOM FOR REWARD DETAILS)

 (SEE THE REWARD DESCRIPTION SECTION AT THE BOTTOM FOR REWARD DETAILS)

 (SEE THE REWARD DESCRIPTION SECTION AT THE BOTTOM FOR REWARD DETAILS)

 (SEE THE REWARD DESCRIPTION SECTION AT THE BOTTOM FOR REWARD DETAILS)

 Reward Descriptions:

                           ALL REWARDS ARE KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE!

  • Art Card: A full-art card of your choice (Tesla, JFK, or Ramses!). Each card is fully-functional and can replace 1 basic card of that same name. These will be specially commissioned and absolutely beautiful!
  • "Awestruck" Culture Cards: 30 cards that add 2 all-new symbols to the game--beauty and knowledge!  These cards will bring a whole new dimension to the game and will replace existing cards in your era decks.
  • Commemorative Skull (2"): A hefty, highly-detailed decorative skull perfect for your desk or board game shelf! Not so large as to take up too much space, but just big enough to impress!
  • Counters Upgrade: 5 wooden, specially printed Devastation skull counters to replace the basic skull cards in your game. These look absolutely gorgeous and will really make your game complete! 
  • Design Vote: Have a say in how the game and components will ultimately look before it reaches your doorstep, as well as influence which eras we choose next! (Cold War? Vikings? WW2?) The more votes you have, the bigger your say will be when we do a poll!
  • Industrial Titans Era Bonus Deck: 60 all-new cards to add your game, including Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Railroads, Factories, and Union Strikes!
  • Mayan Era Bonus Deck: 60 all-new cards to add your game, including Jaguar Warriors, Ziggurats, and Sacrifices!
  • Strategy Cards: A random micro-strategy guide (1 card, front and back), of 1 era, outlining key cards, opening plays, and strategy paths to help you maximize your wins! Get all 8 at the $100 pledge level!

                 ALL STRETCH GOALS ARE KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE!

At $25,000, all backers will receive 3 additional cards to add to various Era decks, each being a famous traitor or enemy from history!
At $25,000, all backers will receive 3 additional cards to add to various Era decks, each being a famous traitor or enemy from history!
At $30,000, all backers will receive the Neanderthal Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $30,000, all backers will receive the Neanderthal Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $35,000, all backers will receive 3 additional cards to add to the game (in various Era decks), each being a famous weapon or military unit from history!
At $35,000, all backers will receive 3 additional cards to add to the game (in various Era decks), each being a famous weapon or military unit from history!
At $45,000, all backers will receive the Roman Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $45,000, all backers will receive the Roman Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $60,000, all backers will receive 3 additional cards to add to the game (in various decks), each being a unique invention or discovery in history!
At $60,000, all backers will receive 3 additional cards to add to the game (in various decks), each being a unique invention or discovery in history!
At $75,000, all backers will receive the World War 1 Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $75,000, all backers will receive the World War 1 Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $90,000, all backers will receive the Samurai Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $90,000, all backers will receive the Samurai Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $100,000 all backers will receive a free IOS version of the game! This is such an exciting stretch goal for us!
At $100,000 all backers will receive a free IOS version of the game! This is such an exciting stretch goal for us!
At $125,000, all backers will receive the Wild West Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $125,000, all backers will receive the Wild West Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $150,000, all backers will receive the Renaissance Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $150,000, all backers will receive the Renaissance Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $175,000, all backers will receive the Al Capone Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $175,000, all backers will receive the Al Capone Era Deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $200,000, all backers will receive the Computer Titans Era deck (60 all-new cards)!
At $200,000, all backers will receive the Computer Titans Era deck (60 all-new cards)!

A Note from the Designer

Our Company--World Within

World Within is dedicated to bringing you medium-weight strategy games that ignite your imagination and transport you to an exciting world or time. Our games blend the thematic strengths of domestic games with the elegance and control of European games.

The lamppost in our logo represents an invitation to cross the boundary of everyday reality into unexplored lands and opportunities. What lies beyond the lamppost of your imagination?

Open our games...and explore the world within!

Risks and challenges

I am so pleased and excited to announce that ERA will be World Within’s first published game. I am so proud of the team that put together this product for you, and believe that our continued hard work, preparation, sense of urgency, and commitment to constant communication with our supporters will make this game—and many more in the future—a true success!

I understood far before launching this Kickstarter that the role of a game publisher is not an easy one and involves many unforeseen challenges. We have already poured a massive amount of investment into the campaign you see here, and we are determined and excited to continue this drive for excellence until this game arrives at your doorstep.

To ensure that ERA is delivered to you with high quality standards and in a timely manner, I have prepared our team for the likely challenges our company will face in each step of publication—from pre-press preparation, proofing, actual manufacturing, overseas shipping, distribution, and customer service. I have made every effort to network with other start-up publishers in the last year or so to see how we can thrive in each of these steps rather than sink into easy pitfalls.

I am scheduling all the art, graphic design, and layout files to be complete within 5-6 months, leaving an additional 6 months for manufacturing and delivery. During this time, additional playtesting will be ran to further ensure every component and mechanic in the game is 100% balanced and contributes to an exciting, highly replayable game. When all is said and done, I am confident that ERA will be a game that you’ll be proud to have on your shelves and will look as good as any of the games made by the industry’s best manufacturers.

This time is an exciting one for our company and I hope you will cheer us on to the finish line as we bring a truly unique and exciting game to your gaming table!

Sincerely,

The World Within Team

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    STARTER DECK: 2 ERA decks (Plagues and Crusades, Bells of Freedom, 120 cards total) in tuck boxes, with all components needed to play. Does not include stretch goals. (Shipping: $5/$10/$25 US/CAN/INTL).

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    1 EXPANSION + GOODIES: Our Kickstarter-exclusive “Mayan Blood” add-on ERA deck (60 cards, including jaguar warriors, ziggurats, and sacrifices!), 1 copy of the game, 1 limited edition full-art card of your choice (Tesla, JFK, or Ramses!), 2 random micro-strategy guides (1 card, front and back, with strategy tips for 1 specific era deck), 1 design vote for our next expansion, plus all our fantastic stretch goals! (Shipping: $5/$10/$30 US/CAN/INTL)

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    2 EXPANSIONS + MORE GOODIES: Our Kickstarter-exclusive "Industrial Titans" add-on ERA deck (60 cards, including Carnegie, Vanderbilt, railroads, steel factories, and union strikes!), the Mayan Era bonus deck, 1 copy of the game, 2 limited edition full-art card of your choice (Tesla, JFK, or Ramses!), 4 random micro-strategy guides (1 card, front and back, with strategy tips for 1 specific era deck), 4 design votes for our next expansion, plus all our fantastic stretch goals! (Shipping: $5/$10/$30 US/CAN/INTL)

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    3 EXPANSIONS + ALL GOODIES: 30 Kickstarter-exclusive "Awestruck" Culture Cards Cards that add 2 CULTURE symbols to the game (beauty and knowledge!), plus our 2 Kickstarter-exclusive Mayan and Industrial Titans bonus decks (120 cards), 1 copy of the game, ALL 3 limited edition full-art cards (Tesla, JFK, and Ramses!), ALL 8 micro-strategy guides (1 card, front and back, with strategy tips for 1 specific era deck), 4 design votes for our next expansion, plus all our fantastic stretch goals! (Shipping: $5/$10/$30 US/CAN/INTL)

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    ULTIMATE UPGRADE PACK: 5 Kickstarter-Exclusive wooden Skull Counters (replacing the 5 basic devastation cards), a 2" hard resin Kickstarter-Exclusive Commemorative Skull (heavy!), a FRONT-PAGE producer credit in the rulebook, a 6"x10" SIGNED art print, 30 Kickstarter-exclusive "Awestruck" Culture Cards that add 2 symbols to the game (beauty and knowledge!), plus our 2 Kickstarter-exclusive Mayan and Industrial Titans bonus decks (120 cards), 1 copy of the game, ALL 3 limited edition full-art cards (Tesla, JFK, and Ramses!), ALL 8 micro-strategy guides (1 card, front and back, with strategy tips for 1 specific era deck), 8 design votes for our next expansion, plus all our fantastic stretch goals! (Shipping: $10/$20/$40 US/CAN/INTL. Shipping increase for added weight).

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