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About this project

 

Into the Black: Boarding Party is a semi-cooperative space pirate dungeon crawling game with a traitor element.

Play as a fierce band of space pirates who have boarded an unknown enemy vessel, set on accomplishing their primary mission while each pirate has their own secret goal to fulfill. 

Explore the ship one section at a time, loot the vessel of its bounty, fend off a seemingly unending wave of enemy defenders and encounter a potentially lethal series of events around every corner; All while keeping morale high as the clock ticks down to your potential capture. 

Be wary of the the traitor among you, out for personal glory at the expense of the rest of the crew!  

Will you make it off the ship with all of your goals accomplished and your crew intact? Find out in Into the Black: Boarding Party!

 

 

 

 

 

Each player randomly selects a Character Board to represent the crew member they are playing, equips that character using loot cards and selects their personal goal (deal 2 goal cards to each player and they may select one, returning the other to the box).

The players may choose to select or randomly draw a Primary Mission for the group to complete cooperatively (in addition to each players secret goal).

Place the Airlock and initial set of corridors and rooms and you are ready to play!

Example of a 2 Player Setup
Example of a 2 Player Setup
  • In each round players take turns determined by the leadership value on their character board.
  • Select up to two actions (Move, Search, Equip/Trade items or Use Items) on their turn. Each character also has their own special abilities to utilize!
  • Any time a player moves in to a new room the tile is flipped face up and a number of events cards are drawn and resolved.
  • When a player encounters enemies their turn ends and they will enter combat with those enemies after all players have taken their actions for that round.
  • At the end of each full round the Apprehension Track is moved up by one, new corridors and rooms are placed and the enemy defenders will move about the ship seeking out the intruders!
Gaming Knights have published a Kickstarter Preview and Play Through of their Preview Copy of Into the Black: Boarding Party;
 
To win, as a group you must meet the requirements of the Primary Mission and each player must meet the requirements of their own personal, secret goal. Even if the Primary Mission is successful, you may still lose while others have won if you have not completed your personal goal!

Just like the cold, dark emptiness of outer space, Into the Black: Boarding Party is harsh and unforgiving;

If, at any time during the game, the apprehension track reaches 24, morale reaches 0 or there are no more character boards left to select from the game ends in a loss for all of the players.

If, at any time during the game, the traitor completes and plays their personal goal, the traitor has won the game and all other players have lost!

Movement, Revealing Rooms and Resolving Events
Movement, Revealing Rooms and Resolving Events

 

End of Round Expansion
End of Round Expansion

SEMI COOPERATIVE

Attempt to accomplish your groups primary mission while simultaneously completing your own personal, secret, goal, both before reaching any one or any combination of loss conditions at the end of a round of play.

One of those personal goals may be a traitor goal, throwing a wrench into everyone's plans!

Simply remove the personal goals for a fully cooperative or solo-play game!

DICE AND MITIGATED LUCK

The success of combat and search actions are determined through the use of a set of custom dice based on the character board being used and a number modifiers added throughout the game by loot cards or special character abilities.

Custom Threat Level Hit/Miss Dice
Custom Threat Level Hit/Miss Dice

We welcome you to check out the rules PDF for Into the Black before you decide to back us! (to be finalized prior to production)

 

 You can also check out the full Print and Play (Preview Version) files below and try before you buy! Just add a few physical components!

Check out the Preview Version Print and Play Files (subject to change)!
Check out the Preview Version Print and Play Files (subject to change)!

 

  
             
4 Player Game going well at Round 6
4 Player Game going well at Round 6

  

 

 

 

               
"This is a fun game with a creative setting. On the grand scale, it is moderately complex and requires a read through of the rules before sitting down to play."
"This is a fun game with a creative setting. On the grand scale, it is moderately complex and requires a read through of the rules before sitting down to play."

 

Full of surprises as the ship progresses, as well as those brought about by personal objectives. It does not suffer from any repetitiveness, while benefiting from a strong cooperative aspect.
Full of surprises as the ship progresses, as well as those brought about by personal objectives. It does not suffer from any repetitiveness, while benefiting from a strong cooperative aspect.

 

 

Searching through the unknown is a big part of this game and, fortunately, one I like. Throughout the game, tiles are continually added to expand the starship in which the pirates lurk.
Searching through the unknown is a big part of this game and, fortunately, one I like. Throughout the game, tiles are continually added to expand the starship in which the pirates lurk.

 

"There's a lot of stuff here that you're juggling, which is awesome!"
"There's a lot of stuff here that you're juggling, which is awesome!"

 

             

"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

 

As a small indie game publisher, without the support of the community this project won't become a reality!  With your support we can get this game to your tabletop!

Pending 2 more pieces of character art and a final editing pass on the rulebook, Into the Black: Boarding Party is ready to manufacture! Your pledge, on top of what we have put in at I Will Never Grow Up Games, will help pay for manufacturing and fulfillment!

We are heavily subsidizing the shipping costs during the campaign and providing a discount over Suggested Retail Price. That translates to roughly a 30% discount off MSRP for backing this project on Kickstarter! 

Plus, your pledge will help improve the quality of components as we reach stretch goals!

Pledge Rewards destined for North America will ship from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. All other rewards will ship through GamesQuest Fulfillment Services out of the United Kingdom.

 We are happy to support retail game stores around the world by offering the full Kickstarter versions of the game direct to retailers.

If you are a verifiable retailer, contact James at sales@iwillnevergrowup.com during the campaign to discuss quantity pricing and how to manually enter your pledge in full through Kickstarter. Your retail pledge will help fund this project!

Last, but definitely not least, let's not forget our play testers! You spent hundreds of tireless hours playing and breaking this game in order to help us make it what it is today! 

 

Risks and challenges

Everything has been quoted extensively, and the reward tiers and goals amounts meticulously poured over and set so that when we fund, we will be able to fulfill all backer rewards.

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

We have spoken with reputable fulfillment companies that are experienced in fulfilling Kickstarter funded games and will make use of their services when the time comes!

We already have great relationships with our artists, so finishing up the minor bit of art that is left will be short work... In fact, we're having them do more as the campaign progresses!

A major fluctuation in the value of the Canadian dollar could cause a hiccup, but this is a low possibility and would require a MASSIVE drop in the value of our dollar over the US dollar. 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, as we are already putting several thousand dollars our own money into the process; it just may take a little longer than anticipated.

When Into the Black: Boarding Party 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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