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Galilean Moons - A Board Game of Galactic Mining

1-4 players travel to the moons of Jupiter to claim territory and mine powerful gems left in the wake of a cosmic meteor shower.

Galilean Moons - A Board Game of Galactic Mining

1-4 players travel to the moons of Jupiter to claim territory and mine powerful gems left in the wake of a cosmic meteor shower.

NZ$ 22,198
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276
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8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, November 26 2019 1:04 PM UTC +00:00.

About

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At the turn of the 20th century, a meteor storm has covered the Earth with mysterious Gems. By combining different types together, scientists have harnessed the power of this new resource. Technology advances at an incredible rate but the Gem deposits on earth are limited. Several nations launch space programs to search the solar system for a new source.

A discovery has been made on the Moons of Jupiter, now the race is on to settle the Galilean Moons. You command a fleet of mining robots, on a mission to harvest the Gems before they are depleted.

Take control of mining sectors, build your forces and convert your Gems into powerful new Technology. There can be only one master of the Galilean Moons. 

Player Quotes:

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On a turn you will play Cards from your hand to target one of the matching Sectors on a Moon. The number of Cards you play is dependent on which Action you wish to perform. Sectors are randomly allocated during setup so that every game will be different. Each sector has a type of Gem associated with it; some are more common than others. 

To win the game you will need to score the most points - largely by holding control of sectors and mining them to gain sets of unique Gems.

The Blue Player Rigorously Invading Yellow

A variety of other achievements will score additional points and will be totaled up at the end of the game.

One of the interesting parts of the game are the Technology Cards. These give you unique abilities from your opponents and will shape your strategy as you play. Every game you play will be different depending on which Cards you can acquire. You will soon discover the many powerful combos you can create and will want to play over and over again to try out different Technology builds. 

 Actions Summary: Perform any 2 Actions per turn 

  •  Invade - Land a Robot on a Sector to gain control of it.
(occupied sectors cost additional matching Cards).
  •  Rally - Add a second Robot to a Sector you control or remove 1-2 Robots from a Sector you control. 
(Mine faster and make it harder for opponents to Invade you).
  •  Mine - Gain 1 Gem per Robot, on a Sector that you control.
(Gems are needed to Develop new Technology).
  •  Draw - Discard down to 4 Cards or less; then Draw 4 new Cards into your  hand.
(Cards are chosen from the face up display and/or draw pile).

 Things to Consider: 

  •  Gain Technology - This gives you a special player power that you can use once per turn (the cost for a new Technology is 1 Gem per Technology you already have). 
  •  Build Base - You may build a Base for free on any Sector you control where you also control both adjacent Sectors (each Sector with a Base requires 2 additional matching Cards for your opponents to Invade). 
  •  Galilean Sector- One random sector on the board is extra valuable because it  matches any of the three Cards in the face up display. (Whoever controls the Galilean Sector can easily mine a variety of Gems but other players will also have more options to Invade them).  
  •  Wildcards - These match any sector when played and are highly sought after.
Yellow Player Buying Technology

Game End:

Once you have cycled through the deck of Cards three times, each player takes one final turn. Players then calculate their score.

Points are scored for: 

  • Each unique sets of Gems (Set Collection). 
  • Holding majority control of each Moon (Area Control). 
  • The types of Technology you have gained.
  • Every 2 Robots still in your supply.
  • Each Base you control.
  • Each Base you have Invaded.

There are no planned stretch goals for this project...

Galilean Moons will be produced at the best quality affordable - with linen finish Cards, nice thick cardboard Chits & custom shaped Meeples.

If Galilean Moons does well then I will be able to develop future titles and/or expansions in this series. 

I love designing games and there is really no better way to get what I've made out in to the hands of the public. At the moment I can only make games in my spare time but would love to focus more attention on designing games. Hopefully selling this game will enable me to spend more time designing games in the future.

The funding goal is set at the cost to manufacture the minimum order quantity of the Galilean Moons Board Game.

At this stage there are no plans for a retail release of this game so Kickstarter will be the only way to get a copy. If this campaign is successful a retail release may be an option in the future.

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Risks and challenges

This is my first ever KICKSTARTER project (of hopefully many more).
With all projects comes some uncertainty but I am committed to getting Galilean Moons in to the hands of all backers.

I will be using either Bang Wee or LongPack to manufacture the games depending on the quantity I need to print. You can see other games they have manufactured by visiting their web pages.
www.bangweegames.com
www.longpackgames.com

For rewards shipment I will be using either Gamerati Logistics or Funagain Logistics depending what works out best once the final numbers are in. This should save backers from paying extra import fees when receiving their games.
www.funagainlogistics.com
www.gamerati.biz

Having backed poor KICKSTARTER campaigns in the past I know the value of project updates so plan on getting an update from me frequently until the last game has arrived on its doorstep.

I also have great support of friends including Shem Phillips who has run many Kickstarter projects in the past. He is also the Designer of 'The North Sea Trilogy' and Co-Designer of 'The West Kingdom Trilogy'.
www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamefamily/27177/north-sea-trilogy
www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamefamily/53400/west-kingdom-trilogy

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