About this project
Statecraft is a game of political strategy for 2-6 players.
Build your own political party and develop a manifesto of winning ideas to gain as many supporters as possible. You are going to need to use everything you've have got - sabotage, slander and subterfuge - to survive the political chaos and dominate your opponents.
Just like real-world politics, you'll probably end up with u-turns, contradictory policies and scandals abound. How will you fare when assassination hits, or an international emergency throws your well honed plans into disarray?
Check out the how to play video, courtesy of Off the Shelf Board Game Reviews, read the fancy digital rules booklet or check out the summary graphics below to get a feel for how Statecraft works.
The Statecraft Playmat
A preliminary design for the Statecraft Playmat, featuring all the content of the points tracker mat, as well as a card organising system to keep your manifesto neat and tidy!
The playmat has a rubberised bottom and cotton-finish top meaning that managing your manifesto is even easier, as the mat is slightly squishy, making picking up cards quick and easy.
The Statecraft Collectors Box
A preliminary design for the Statecraft Collectors Box, a deluxe carry case included in Presidential Candidate and Embalmed Dictator pledge levels, as well as available as an add-on!
With durable corrugate construction from Legion Supplies, the Collectors Box will have space for 400+ sleeved cards for all of the core Statecraft set, and many expansions to come!
Check out the Statecraft Review playlist below! Casual gamers, teachers, students, hardcore gamers and political scientists have all enjoyed Statecraft, see what they've got to say below.
Want to feature us on your blog/website/magazine/channel? Check out our Press Release
- Read Filip's full written review HERE
- Read Iain's full written review HERE
- Listen to Drew & Erins podcast HERE
- Read Rachel's Blogpost HERE
Featured at the UK Games Expo
Want to trick out your copy of Statecraft, or just buy an extra set for a friend? Check out add-on options below! For instructions on how to manage your pledge to include add-ons, see below.
All Add-ons include shipping!
To get an add-on, you'll need to manage your pledge, to do that click the blue button next to your pledge amount at the top of the campaign page, it looks like this:
Once you've gone there, you can change your pledge level selection or edit the amount for your chosen pledge level manually. If you're not sure exactly, let us know by Kickstarter message, twitter @itbboardgames or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to add-on stuff that comes to £20, just add £20 to the amount. All Add-ons include shipping :)
Need help with the maths? Check out our pledge calculator!
The more people pledge for copies of Statecraft, the cheaper they are to produce. Normally companies would just soak up this extra profit, but we want to celebrate making this game together, so every time we hit one of these goals, we're going to add more stuff for all of you, for free.
Don't worry about extra shipping costs from being heavier, we got that covered too. We've only revealed a few of the stretch goals we've got planned out, as we want to make sure that you have a say in the direction that Statecraft takes, which aspects of the game do you want to bolster next?
Want to contribute to what we unlock next? We want to hear from you! Leave your suggestions and ideas by clicking on the comments box below and we'll use them to determine the next stretch goals!
We've put together a prototype print and play for you to download and play at home to get a feel for the game! Bear in mind many revisions have been and will be made to the final game! The files are in A4 paper format.
Tabletopia is a fantastic online platform that lets you play your favourite tabletop games online with friends and foes alike! Click below to play Statecraft on Tabletopi
We love playing games, and we love playing them with new people, which is why we're doing what we can to support retailers and board game cafes who are the nexus of so much of our community.
See below for the things that we're doing to help you out!
We're always keen to run demo sessions or events at game stores and game cafes, so if you want us to come along and do something with Statecraft, or any of our other games, we'd love to hear from you! Let us know on email@example.com
Pledges will be shipped from distribution centres in the USA, EU, Canada and Australia, so backers from those areas will not have to pay additional fees or taxes!
Note we are unable to ship to the following countries at this time due to unpredictable customs clearance and excessively high taxes.
Argentina, Brazil, Brunei, Columbia, El Salvador, Indonesia, Iraq, Malaysia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Syria, UAE, Uruguay
If you're in one of these countries but REALLY want Statecraft, we recommend asking a friend outside of these areas to order your game and to send onto you.
We also aren't able to ship to North Korea, despite an offer to embalm Kim Jong-Un.
We're actively looking for distribution and licensing agreements, so if you're a representative of a board games distribution or licensing organisation, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
All shipping has been reduced due to secret back-room handshakes with customs officials. We've got great shipping deals with partners in all 4 regions, with high quality service and great packaging.
Check out the Designer's Diary for Statecraft, where we talk through the process of making the game, from initial inspiration right through to this campaign!
We've made a huge number of improvements to Statecraft since our initial launch, find out more about what we've done to improve the project.
We're Inside the Box Board Games LLP, a partnership of board games enthusiasts who design and publish tabletop games. We started our adventure in 2015 publishing Molecular, the Strategic Chemistry Tile Game right here on Kickstarter, and now we've got even more happening! Check out the website for more about us.
As well as publishing the games that we've designed ourselves, we're now working with nearly a dozen games designers to bring their ideas to life, by providing the business infrastructure to support their project.
If you want us to publish your game, let us know!
We'd like to say an enormous thanks to all of the people that backed us on our original campaign, the dozens of playtesters, pledgers at the UK Games Expo, our helpers at the Expo, Thirsty Meeples for helping us out early on, and everyone else who has been involved in the process of taking Statecraft from a few scribbles to this point.
A massive shout out to the UK Board Game Kickstarters and Tabletop Kickstarter Advice groups on Facebook, without who's never ending enthusiasm and kindness, we'd never have got this far. Big shout out to fellow UK projects Lab Wars, Highwaymen and Deathwish all live now!
Click below to download loads of cool Statecraft badges, banners and more to help us spread the word far and wide! Let's get the grassroots campaign going!
Risks and challenges
All design work for the core game, the National Politics expansion, the box and all the other bits is all finished and ready for the printers. Any additional artwork needed for custom pledges will be directly added to print-ready files, so no delays!
Board games are complex projects to manufacture, so we've factored in 2 months of extra time into our timeline to account for potential delays in getting the games manufactured and to our fulfillment partners.
We've also built in time for the distribution centers to ensure that everything is packed correctly and safely. We're working with industry leaders to get your games to you swiftly and in good condition
RISK OF BEING PUT ON GOVERNMENT WATCHLIST:
As we're producing a satirical politics game, there's a chance that our benevolent overlords will revoke our freedom and send us to some kind of gulag in the Highlands of Scotland. If this happens, there may be a short delay in delivering your game.
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