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Can you defend the Galaxy! Battle against friends or team up in this fast-paced space adventure!
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Updated Rewards! Let's make this game the best it can be! As an added Bonus when we fund I will upgrade the cards to 300gsm and a linen finish! The booklet will also be full-color!

Here I am demoing Neptune to Chevee Dodd (Designer of Scallywags-Gamewright Games) and Matt Worden (Designer of the Traditional Game of the Year Award Winning Jump Gate). Both are now backers!

Venture forth and explore the depths of outer-space with your foes while trying to avoid asteroids and other hazards at the same time in this fast-paced trick-taking card game! NEPTUNE combines the elements from classic trick taking games like Hearts, Spades, and Black Maria and infuses a rock-paper-scissors mechanic for the trumps and a unique victory point scoring system that will have you both scratching your head and licking your lips. This game has a broad appeal and is enjoyed by young and old, and by novice players and hardcore players alike. A single round can be played in less then 10 minutes making it a fantastic filler game! It can also be enjoyed for an entire evening with a few friends and a couple of drinks!

Instead of using 4 suits, Neptune uses 3, and each is able to trump the other and is at the same time susceptible to being trumped by the other using a rock-paper-scissors trump mechanic! In addition Neptune uses a unique scoring system where winning tricks with higher valued cards will garner the player fewer victory points. Players are rewarded for winning tricks using the lowest card they can. Lastly, instead of just cutting tricks with other suit cards, players can unleash Asteroids, Black Holes, and other monstrosities on other players!

Check out the rules here: 

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Neptune shares the same core mechanics with one of our other games, Plague the Card Game, but adds a few twists and streamlines the game. With that in mind, here is what some of the top critics said about Plague.

 "Cruel surprises frequently lurk in this novel card game. A sense of humor is essential." - John J. McCallion - Games Magazine

"A simple yet unique take on the standard card game. I played several hands and I enjoyed it!" -The Dice Tower Review

"Easy to transport, easy to teach, fun to play. Isn't that pretty much exactly what you are looking for in a game?" -The Gamers Table

"This proved to be exactly what I was looking for in a card game as it gave me a good deal more to think about and play with." - Father Geek

"I just played Neptune from Grey Gnome Games. Wow! I love trick-taking games and I am all over this one!" Chevee Dodd - Game Designer

"A lot of the special cards really turn the trick-taking genre on its head and can provide easy wins for those that know how to use them the right way." Ben Haskett - Baldrick's Tomb - 5th Street Games

"To my mind, it is a modern classic, a game likely (or at least, deserving) to continue to see play when many of today's favorites have disappeared from both print and memory. This may be because it draws from classic trick-taking games of the past, and expands on them in a logical, and yet inventive, manner." - Duncan Wright

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If you are interested in adding an "Add-on" to your pledge, simply add the dollar amount listed next to the item/s to your pledge. When we email out surveys we will gather the information needed from you in regards to your selections! Thanks and enjoy!

Neptune-Bidding Wars is an add-on for Neptune that allows players to set the trump via the roll of a trump dice! It also introduces a bidding mechanic for scoring that can be used instead of the standard score cards. In addition it comes with full-color instructions and a fantastic retro robot figure to use as the dealer marker! This expansion is not necessary for play, but simply allows players to turn Neptune into a more traditional trick-taking game with ease. In doing so it raises the replay value even more! Bidding Wars includes:

  • Full-color Instructions!
  • Trump Dice!
  • Retro Robot Dealer Marker!
  • 60 Energy Bidding Gems!

Save some cash and combine both the Roll-up mat add-on and the Bidding Wars add-on for only $25!

Add 1 copy of Zogar's Gaze with all the Kickstarter Stretch Rewards for only $28. That includes 162 cards, 12 jumbo cards, 5 Chessex Phantom Green Dice, the Reference Mat, and more!

All cards are Jumbo cards that measure 4.75" x 2.75". Sleeves can be found for this size and the box will accommodate sleeves. These larger cards really give the game a designer feel and are made of the highest quality materials.

  • 10 Blue Solar System Jumbo Cards 
  • 10 Green Solar System Jumbo Cards 
  • 10 Red Solar System Jumbo Cards 
  • 3 Asteroid Jumbo Cards 
  • 1 Stationfall Jumbo Card
  • 1 Black Hole Jumbo Card
  • 1 Jump Gate Jumbo Card
  • 4 Score Tracker Mats
  • 8 Wooden Score Markers (2 pink, 2 blue, 2 green, 2 yellow)
  • Booklet & 2 Part Setup Box

Receive all the print and play files in full-color, including all materials added with stretch goals!

Receive 1 retail copy of Neptune including all stretch rewards that are unlocked!

Receive all the print and play files in full-color, including all materials added with stretch goals!

Receive the Kickstarter Exclusive Round Tracker with black rocket, promo button, and 8 additional rocket upgrades for the score tracker!

Receive 1 retail copy of Neptune including all stretch rewards that are unlocked!

Receive all the print and play files in full-color, including all materials added with stretch goals!

Receive 2 copies of Neptune including all stretch rewards that are unlocked!  

Receive all the print and play files in full-color, including all materials added with stretch goals!

Save $5

Receive 2 sets of the Kickstarter Exclusives! 2 Round Trackers with black rockets, 2 promo buttons, and 2 sets of additional rocket ship upgrades for the score trackers!

Receive 2 copies of Neptune including all stretch rewards that are unlocked!

Receive all the print and play files in full-color, including all materials added with stretch goals!

Save $15

Receive 1 copy of Zogar's Gaze including all of the stretch rewards from the Kickstarter!

Receive the Kickstarter Exclusive Round Tracker with black rocket, promo button, and 8 additional rocket upgrades for the score tracker!

Receive 1 retail copy of Neptune including all stretch rewards that are unlocked!

Receive all the print and play files in full-color, including all materials added with stretch goals!

Receive 1 Collector's Edition of Neptune! This includes a signed and numbered custom imprinted metal box! Inside is housed exclusively designed cards with customs backs and custom borders on the faces! Also included is a Collector's Edition Round Tracker and 9 Retro Ships! The Collector's Addition will also come with two grey velvet pouches to keep everything in order inside the box! In addition you will receive the Collector's Edition Button!  

Receive all the print and play files in full-color, including all materials added with stretch goals!

Receive 5 copies of Neptune including all stretch rewards that are unlocked!

Receive all the print and play files in full-color, including all materials added with stretch goals!

Save $20

Receive 5 sets of the Kickstarter Exclusives! 5 Round Trackers with black rockets, 5 promo buttons, and 5 sets of additional rocket ship upgrades for the score trackers!

Receive 5 copies of Neptune including all stretch rewards that are unlocked!

Receive all the print and play files in full-color, including all materials added with stretch goals!

Save $50

*EDIT! Backers at this level may swap out one standard copy of the game for a Collector's Edition copy at NO CHARGE! Enjoy!

Help design one of 10 planets in the green solar system! You name the planet! ( Name it after your spouse, child, uncle, or your pet goldfish). You decide its color, size, and number of moons! You get a fantastic certificate showing you named a planet! Not a real planet, but still.... If you are interested in this reward please private message me with your name to make sure it is okay. Must be 9 or less characters.

Receive a 4x6 metal print of the planet card that you helped to design! This sturdy metal print is extremely vibrant and 1mm thick! 

Your name will also be included in the instruction manual as a contributor!

Receive 2 sets of the Kickstarter Exclusives! 2 Round Trackers with black rockets, 2 promo buttons, and 2 sets of additional rocket ship upgrades for the score trackers!

Receive 2 copies of Neptune including all stretch rewards that are unlocked!

Receive all the print and play files in full-color, including all materials added with stretch goals!

Below we list the stretch rewards that will be added to every copy of Neptune!

$10K - We Fund! We Have decided to make funding a bit more exciting! All cards will be upgraded to 300gsm Linen card stock! This means they will be slightly thicker and a bit more sturdy! The Booklet will also be full-color!

$11K -  Three Bonus Special Cards! Space Bandits! Plasma Shield! and Proximity Mines! Use these to give your game even more strategy!

$12K - At this level we will add the 5th player expansion! This will include 1 new red planet, 1 new blue planet, 1 new green planet, 1 new asteroid card, 1 new score tracker, and 2 additional score markers!

$14K - 5 player reference mats will be added to the game! They all will have custom art on one side and information on what each special card does on the other!

$16K - ?

What have previous backers said about Grey Gnome Games?

"This is a truly classy move. You continually do right by your backers, and I say thank you! Can't wait to play!!"

"You were great with Zogar, and that is why I wanted to support Tasnia. Very classy move to give the Garden expansion! Thank you."

"This is why you are so successful, it is not all about money, it is about giving the people who back you their monies worth. Thanks Jason"

"Just arrived an hour ago and everything seems perfect! It amazes me how everything fits perfectly into all your games."

"Mine came in Saturday - have already had some games in with my boys. Love it! We had a blast playing - thanks, Jason, for the amazing work you did on this campaign, and on the game."

"This campain was one of the best i ever backed : good communication, clear explanation of the game, and consideration for backers from the project's creator." 

"Got my copy of Zogar's Gaze today - congratulations Jason, in my past 12 months of Kickstarter projects, you're the FIRST to get me the physical product!"

Risks and challenges

Challenges often can spring up during any project and our method of dealing with such obstacles is twofold.

1. Prep Work. We have spent a lot of time preparing for this campaign and have options in place for just about any scenario. Most issues will spring up in regards to fulfillment, and we realize this, so we have a few different manufacturers on standby dependent on the number of copies we need to produce. We are very proactive. If an issue does arise, we will react.

2. Communication. We also emphasize communication with our backers via frequent updates. An informed backer is a happy backer. We want to share with you all that is happening behind the scenes, because this is a team effort and a team project.

We also have experience with Kickstarter, having run 3 successful campaigns for Plague the card game, Zogar's Gaze, and Tasnia. Plague and Zogar's Gaze both have already been shipped out and Tasnia is in manufacturing. We feel that this experience gives us a good advantage if and when any issues arise.

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    Early-bird EXPLORER - Receive 1 copy of the retail version of Neptune + stretch rewards. Receive Kickstarter exclusive items: 1 Round Tracker, 9 Rocket Ship Tracker Upgrades, and 1 Promo Button Pin! All items shipped FREE to anywhere in the U.S. Add $10 to ship to Canada and $18 to ship International.

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    DOUBLE EXPLORER - Receive 2 copies of the retail version of Neptune + stretch rewards. Receive 2 sets of the Kickstarter exclusive items: 1 Round Tracker, 9 Rocket Ship Tracker Upgrades, and 1 Promo Button Pin! All items shipped FREE to anywhere in the U.S. Add $10 to ship to Canada and $20 to ship International.

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    ZOGAR'S CHOICE - Receive 1 copy of the retail version of Neptune + stretch rewards. Receive Kickstarter exclusive items: 1 Round Tracker, 9 Rocket Ship Tracker Upgrades, and 1 Promo Button Pin! In Addition you will receive 1 copy of Zogar's Gaze with all the Kickstarter Stretch Rewards! All items shipped FREE to anywhere in the U.S. Add $12 to ship to Canada and $24 to ship International.

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    CAPTAIN'S COLLECTOR'S EDITION - You will receive a KS exclusive and limited Collector's Edition of Neptune! This designer copy has custom backs and face borders and includes a Collector's Edition Round Tracker, 9 Retro Ships, and a Collector's Edition Button. All of this will be housed in a signed and numbered custom imprinted tin! All items shipped FREE to anywhere in the U.S. Add $10 to ship to Canada and $20 to ship International.

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    EXPLORER X5 - Receive 5 copies of the retail version of Neptune + stretch rewards. Receive 5 sets of the Kickstarter exclusive items: 1 Round Tracker, 9 Rocket Ship Tracker Upgrades, and 1 Promo Button Pin! All items shipped FREE to anywhere in the U.S. Add $20 to ship to Canada and $35 to ship International.

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    ADMIRAL - You get to name and help design your own planet that will be used in the game! I have left one solar system (10 cards) blank for backers to design! We must agree on the design and name, but I am pretty open to your ideas. You will also receive a certificate stating your planet's name to show off to your friends! You will also get a 4x6 metal print of the card you helped to design! Your name will also be added to the instruction booklet as a contributor! In addition you will receive 2 copies of the retail version of Neptune + stretch rewards. You will also receive 2 sets of the Kickstarter exclusive items: 1 Round Tracker, 9 Rocket Ship Tracker Upgrades, and 1 Promo Button Pin! All items shipped FREE to anywhere in the U.S. Add $10 to ship to Canada and $20 to ship International.

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