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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 2 2016
CA$ 3,019
pledged of CA$ 20,000pledged of CA$ 20,000 goal
69
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 2 2016

About

 

Into the Black: A Game of Space Piracy is a space pirate themed, semi-cooperative, tile laying, exploration game with a traitor element designed by James J Campbell and published by I Will Never Grow Up Games

You and your crew mates are a fierce band of space pirates who have boarded a star ship with the ultimate goal of taking control of the bridge, and thus the ship herself. Along the way you will reveal the often sprawling layout of the ship, encounter multiple enemy defenders and potentially lethal events, and loot a plethora of helpful (or not so helpful) booty. 

Beware; One of your crew mates just might be a traitor, out for personal glory at everyone else's expense!

Pre-release prototype pictured in mid-game
Pre-release prototype pictured in mid-game

 

With your help we can make this game a reality! 

We're almost there. The game is in a playable and well tested state as it is. We just need to finish a very small portion of the fantastic character and loot card artwork (we are footing the bill for that as the campaign progresses). Most of all we need to pay for manufacturing and shipping costs; That's where you come in!

100% of your pledge will go towards manufacturing and freight charges in order to get Into the Black to your tabletop sooner rather than later.

We are subsidizing the first $15 of the shipping costs and all taxes and import fees during the campaign. That translates to roughly a 30% discount from retail pricing overall for backing us on Kickstarter!

 

*Contents subject to change based on funding and stretch goals.

*To add one additional copy of the game onto your pledge, manually add the $49 amount during the project. There will be no added shipping charge for a second copy.

We don't use a 3rd party pledge manager, so all pledges must be made in full by the time the campaign closes to get what you want.

We have already included a LOT of stuff in the box and made sure to use high quality components materials wherever possible while also making smart concessions to keep the price as low as we can. 

If we surpass our initial funding goal, we would like to start adding a little something more and improve the games contents and material quality where possible. 

 

 

 

Into the Black: A Game of Space Piracy is a semi-cooperative, tile laying, dice rolling, exploration game with a traitor element. 

To win, your primary goal is to seek out the bridge of an enemy star ship and defeat her crew while simultaneously completing your own personal secret objective, before reaching any one or a combination of loss conditions. 

Players will lose the game if;

  • The Apprehension Track reaches 24 before capturing the bridge
  • The Morale Track reaches 0 before capturing the bridge
  • Players do not achieve their Personal Objective before the end of the game (individual players may win the game if they have completed their personal goals and the bridge crew has been defeated)
  • The Traitor plays their completed Personal Objective card
  • Players run out of Character Boards to choose from in the event of characters being defeated

On each turn, player's activate their character to perform up to two actions, moving them through an enemy star ship, discovering the ships layout as they go, encountering enemies and disastrous events along the way. There is potential danger around every corner!

Turn Sequence:

  • Place new tiles - New corridor and room tiles are placed based on the position of player's meeples.
  • Enemy Movement - Enemy meeples in corridors roam around the ship seeking out the intruders.
  • Check for initiative - The player whose character has the highest leadership value goes first. Other players have the chance to steal first turn from them.
  • Choose and resolve actions - Move, Attack or Retreat, Search, Trade or Discard items, Equip items - Each player may take up to 2 actions per turn.
  • Resolve Events - Whenever a player's meeple enters and reveals a room a number of event cards are drawn and resolved. Added to this, if a player spends too long in one room, enemies may appear!
  • Increase Apprehension Track - At the end of each turn, the Apprehension track goes up. If the apprehension track reaches 24, all is lost! 
  • Check for Win/Loss conditions 
  • Repeat

Game play is fast and there is very little downtime between players!

Every game will have a new layout, partly dependent on the player's movements and partly dependent on the randomness of the tiles pulled from the deck.

Enemy defenders may be found roaming the corridors seeking out the intruders, guarding sensitive areas or at work within any number of rooms throughout the ship. Combat against these enemies is conducted with a combination of dice and bonuses or penalties from equipped loot items, special events and each Character's unique special abilities. 

Players have the ability to influence the results of dice rolls, events and other parts of the game by expending their pirate's reputation.

We welcome you to check out the rules PDF for Into the Black before you decide to back us!  *this is a document in process and is still going through editors for spelling, grammar and layout - further examples and pictures of the game are still to be added*

Into the Black has been extensively play tested, internally, externally in controlled groups and through numerous blind play tests; well over 300 total games played to date! Through all of that play testing we have continually listened to our testers and made countless adjustments (and thorough play testing of every one of those adjustments) throughout the year long development of Into the Black.

" I finally got a chance to play Into the Black and I had a blast with it! It's definitely doing to be one of my favorite games as I LOVE modular exploration games. I can see so much potential here for variants or expansions. It's just WONDERFUL!" -  The Kentucky Bored Gamer

 

We are including $15 towards the cost of shipping for all backers in the pledge amount.

Rewards will be shipped from regional warehouses so no VAT or extra fees will be due on delivery! The amount you pay through Kickstarter is all you have to pay!

  • We like to support retail game stores around the world by offering the KS versions of the game to retailers. If you are a verifiable retailer, contact James at sales@iwillnevergrowup.com during the campaign to discuss pricing and to manually enter your pledge in full through Kickstarter.

    After the campaign you can request retail copies of Into the Black by contacting us at sales@iwillnevergrowup.com

     

            

 

       

Last, but definitely not least, let's not forget our play testers! You spent hundreds of tireless hours (Over 300 play sessions logged to date) playing and breaking this game in order to help us make it what it is today! We thank each and everyone one of you for the effort and time you put in to helping iron out the issues during the development of Into the Black. Without you there would be no game!

  

 

 

Risks and challenges

Everything, from getting the game manufactured all the way to the moment it will hit your doorstep has been quoted extensively, and the reward tiers and goals meticulously poured over and set so that if we do fund, we will be able to fulfill all backer rewards.

We have chosen a reputable game manufacturer that is experienced in the field and even have a backup manufacturer just in case!

We have chosen a reputable fulfillment company that is experienced in fulfilling Kickstarter funded games!

We already have great relationships with our artists, so finishing up the art that is left is not a big deal... In fact, we're having them do more as the campaign progresses! So there really is no risk there.

A major fluctuation in the value of the Canadian dollar could cause a slight hiccup in our plans, but this is a low possibility and would require a massive drop in the value of our dollar over the US greenback. If this is to happen before the end of the campaign and it will have a serious negative effect, we will consider cancelling the campaign and restarting when the climate normalizes. If this is to happen after funding, we will STILL fulfill all pledges, it just may take longer than anticipated.

Basically, unless something huge happens like the world financial markets collapse all at once and people everywhere begin rioting, burning down our manufacturer and shipping companies, everything should go smoothly!

If Into the Black is funded, it will be produced and delivered in a timely manner. Some of the stretch goals may increase production time slightly but the majority of the pre-manufacturing work has already been completed.

Yes, things like manufacturing delays can happen, but we have a buffer built into our schedule to reasonably account for these types of delays.

You are in good hands!

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    One physical copy of INTO THE BLACK: A Game of Space Piracy, all stretch goals and the digital PnP shipped directly to you!

    In addition, you will work with the designers and illustrator to to create a new character to be included in the game, including stats, special abilities and more!

    $199 CAD = $150 USD = 140 Euro (approximate as of the KS launch dates exchange rates)

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    One physical copy of INTO THE BLACK: A Game of Space Piracy, all stretch goals and the digital PnP shipped directly to you!

    In addition, you will work with the designer and illustrator to turn a picture of YOU into one of the existing Characters included in the game!

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