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Thank You and Upcoming Relaunch

With only 2 hours to go, it is apparent that the campaign is not going to get funded this time around (it is currently at €2039 of €5000 with 52 backers). Nonetheless, I am very happy at the significant interest in the game - thank you all for backing the campaign!

Looking ahead, I plan to relaunch a campaign early next year (February or March 2018) after reassessing and incorporating everything I have learnt during this campaign.

Here are a few points that I want to address with the next Albedo campaign:

A) New campaign video
B) Improved shipping options
C) Adjusted funding goal
D) Tabletop Simulator version
E) Miscellaneous other points

Again, thank you for your support and hopefully I'll see you during the relaunch.

All the best,

Kai Herbertz

About

Albedo is an 8 player* non-party game deck builder with minimum downtime due to simultaneous action selection. (* 2-4 players with one game box and 2-8 players with two game boxes)

Update

Latest update: 26.11.2017

* added the Thank You and Upcoming Relaunch section.

Why Kickstarter?

Even though the game is completed and currently being sold at the SPIEL games fair, only a small print run exists. After selling the initial copies that are for sale, I want to do a larger print run with this Kickstarter campaign.

The Kickstarter campaign also provides an opportunity to rework the card faces: the artwork was done by professional artists, but the card faces (how the artwork is arranged, borders, layout, etc.) can be improved. Therefore a professional artist/layouter is going to be commissioned to improve the card faces once the campaign is funded.

If the funding goal is exceeded, there is also the possibility for an improved quality of the cards via stretch goals.

Artwork

Aerospace Fighter by Yanni Davros.

Cruiser by Can Başdoğan.

Tank by Christian Schob.

Contents

Inside the box you are going to find:

110 cards: 20 Fighter, 12 Infantry, 4 Ace Pilot, 12 Navigation, 18 Planets, 7 Heavy Fighter, 8 Aerospace Fighter, 7 Robotic Infantry, 5 Tank, 5 Power Armor, 4 Minelayer, 4 Destroyer, 4 Cruiser.

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Sample Cards (Old Card Faces)

Here are a few cards of the first limited edition of Albedo. Once this Kickstarter campaign is funded, the card faces are going to be redone by a professional artist/layouter.

The Heavy Fighter has a space combat value of 3, but it can be retrofitted for ground combat. In that case, it would lose some armament against other spaceships, but would be equipped with bombs. This is done by rotating the card 180°. In that case the Heavy Fighter would have a space combat value of 2 and a ground combat value of 1.

The robotic infantry is more reliable and better armed than regular infantry, which is represented in the game by its higher ground combat value of 3 (as opposed to 2 of the infantry).

Below you can see a sample planet card. The Albedo value, which is used as a tie breaker, is in the upper right corner.

There are three locations on the planet. The location in the upper left corner yields 2,4, or 6 victory points, depending on how many points of ground combat value are available.

The lower left corner is an industrial complex. Capturing it with 4 or more points of ground combat power allows a player to acquire either a Tank (ground combat 5) or a Power Armor (space combat 1 ground combat 4) from the industry deck.

Finally, in the lower right corner, there is a location that enables players to get rid of cards or to acquire a Heavy Fighter card (see above).

Videos

The Game Pit Podcast released a "Pit Stop" video about Albedo:

Here is the Boardgamegeek video from day 5 of the SPIEL17 games fair (Sunday the 29th of October):

 

Languages

The game itself is language independent, since it only uses symbols and numbers.

Right now there is an A7 format (74 mm x 105 mm) rule book, which contains both the English and the German rules.

There is an extended A4 (210 mm x 297 mm) rule book as a free download (see section "rules" below). At the moment it is only available in English, but there is going to be a German translation as well.

Additional languages of the rule book are planned as stretch goals.

Rules

The rules are available as a PDF file here.

A quick summary of a game round is shown below:

 

Reconfiguring the space ship cards works by simply rotating them. Here is an example for the Ace Pilot card:

Tabletopia Version

Here is a link to the Tabletopia version of the game.

Tabletopia does not allow rotation of cards while they are in hand. Also, when playing cards face down on the table and rotating them, they lose their orientation after adding them to a stack...

In order to circumvent this, I added 6 dummy cards and 6 "consider the next card to be rotated" cards for every player, so that each player can build a stack of 14 cards (2 location, 6 units, 6 dummy/rotate orders). It's not as elegant as the original physical copy of the game, but it is at least playable

On testing this, I noticed that if the game creation is stuck, then you need to enter the URL manually again.

Team

Several people helped to create Albedo. I am very grateful to all the awesome artists including the font designer and the icon designer, who all did an exceptional job.

The playtesters, who are not individually listed here, have my gratitude as well, because they helped to significantly improve the game play during its many iterations.

Game Design:

Kai Herbertz

Art:

Can Başdoğan

Christian Schob

Yanni Davros

Title Font:

Ozan Korkut

Icons:

Michael Brown

Stretch Goals

Let's reach the funding goal first, but if we do happen to exceed it by a good margin, there are going to be more stretch goals mostly dealing with higher production quality, but depending on how the campaign progresses perhaps even additional cards.

10 000 €: the cards are going to be produced with die cut, so that the card art can be stretched to the edge of the card and the white border around the cards is removed.

Press

Bower's Game Corner did a short interview about the game at the SPIEL Essen Neuheitenschau.

On Sunday the 29th of October 2017 I was live at BoardgamegeekTV from 11:10 to 11:20 CET to present Albedo.

The Game Pit Podcast looked at a few games before Essen and Albedo was one of those that was deemed a "treasure" by both of them. I am looking forward to hearing their thoughts, once they have had more time to take a closer look. Click this for a link to the section about Albedo.

Boardgamegeek listed Albedo in their Crowdfunding Round-up blog post.

Retailers

If you are a retailer and are interested in Albedo, please get in touch via e-mail (info at hespiele dot de) to discuss specifics.

Notes

Since the game is going to be produced in Europe, distribution within Europe is not going to incur additional duties.

The EU-friendly shipping image was downloaded (with implicit permission as per their blog post) from Stonemaier Games.

Shipping

The shipping charges are as follows:

Germany: €6
Rest of the World: €9

Risks and challenges

With the experience of previous Kickstarter campaigns and two completed board games ("Das Katastrophenspiel" and the "Albedo" limited edition) I do not expect any unsolvable difficulties. However, if any unforeseen challenges do arise I will notify the backers immediately.

The game itself is done and a limited edition is being sold at the SPIEL games fair right now as this Kickstarter campaign is starting. Therefore the risk of not finishing the project is significantly reduced and only pertains to the cosmetic changes that are planned within this campaign.

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