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This Kickstarter campaign aims to expand Albedo - a space-themed deckbuilding game. The base game is required in order to use the expansion. Therefore, this Kickstarter campaign also offers the Albedo base game in the reward levels.
This expansion retains Albedo's innovations, for example space ship cards that can be rotated to retrofit them or the extra decision layer at each planet. Albedo's simultaneous action selection results in minimum downtime and a uniform game length. In addition the expansion includes new planet cards, a new type of card, and a new faction.
Here are a few how to play videos about the base game as well as a short explanation with images. The expansion adds a new playing style for the new faction, but the core mechanisms remain the same.
DRAW 2 PLANET CARDS (3 PLANET CARDS WITH 5-8 PLAYERS)
DRAW 6 UNIT CARDS
EVALUATE THE PLANETS
CONFIGURE YOUR UNITS
SECRETLY ASSIGN YOUR UNITS TO THE PLANETS WITH THE NAVIGATION CARDS
ONCE EVERYONE HAS ASSIGNED THEIR UNITS, RESOLVE THE PLANETS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE PLAYER ABOVE MIGHT FACE OTHER PLAYERS AT PLANET 1:
PLAYER 1 HAS 7 SPACE COMBAT (ACE PILOT 3 + FIGHTER 2 + SECONDARY LAYOUT FIGHTER 1 + SECONDARY LAYOUT FIGHTER 1) WHEREAS PLAYER 2 HAS 8 SPACE COMBAT (FIGHTER 2 + FIGHTER 2 + FIGHTER 2 + SECONDARY LAYOUT FIGHTER 1 + SECONDARY LAYOUT FIGHTER 1)
PLAYER 2 GETS THE FIRST PICK OF PLANETARY LOCATIONS.
AFTER PLANET 2 HAS BEEN RESOLVED AS WELL, PLAY CONTINUES WITH THE NEXT ROUND AND 2 NEW PLANETS.
THE GAME HAS A SET LENGTH OF 7 ROUNDS, AFTER WHICH THE PLAYER WITH THE MOST POINTS WINS THE GAME.
Sean and Ronan from the Gamepit podcast produced one of their Pit Stop videos to concisely explain how Albedo works:
Toucan Play that Game also produced a How to Play video about Albedo:
The expansion consists of a box, a rule book, and 100 cards: the new faction takes up 56 of those cards. There are also 16 planet cards and 20 "secret" cards (see explanation below). That leaves 8 cards, which are going to be used for additional copies of the Aerospace Fighter unit from the base game.
As a new catch up mechanism, whoever has the least amount of victory points at the end of rounds 2-6 is dealt a secret card. If players are tied for the lowest victory point total, then each of the tieing players receives a secret card.
There are 5 different secrets, which are duplicated thrice for a total of 20 cards. Each secret is worth 1 victory point. Instead of taking a victory point a secret can be played for its card effect. Here is a selection of three of the five cards. However, their layout and wording might change slightly.
Praise for the Albedo base game and the Albedo Space Pirates! expansion:
Fellow game designer Robert Seater, who triggered the idea for the Yggdrasil alien species with his forum question "Can I play as a fungal or plant-like alien race?", has this to say about Albedo and its first expansion on BoardGameGeek:
Here is a blurb (click the image to see their review) by Fiona and Amy from the Game Shelf about the Albedo base game:
The Cardboard Cultist made a timelapse video about Albedo:
Herbert and Philipp of the "Nerds-gegen-Stephan.de... caught in play, der nerdige Trashtalk" podcast talked about Albedo in one of their earlier episodes (in German).
Elea and Philipp of the "Nerdige and niveauvolle Trashtalk" talked about Albedo in their latest episode, which was recorded on the 6th of July 2019 (in German). You can find the relevant section at the 8 minute 45 seconds mark.
Holger Christiansen of the Teilzeithelden also reviewed the Albedo base game. You can read the full review here (in German).
Lee from GeekCityUsa.com posted a video "how to play" and review of Albedo. He only had the first edition available, but apart from cosmetics the first and second edition are functionally the same:
Last, but not least, I was a guest on the We're not Wizards podcast and talked about the Albedo Yggdrasil campaign.
BoardGamePrices.com gave a shout out to Albedo Yggdrasil in their News & Features section!
If the base level funding goal is exceeded, additional promo items are added for free as stretch goals to the reward tiers that contain the expansion.
Promo items may appear at different occasions (for example at a trade show), but Kickstarter backers have early access to these promotional items.
Once a stretch goal is reached, the next stretch goal is going to be revealed.
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.
As with all Kickstarter campaigns that have physical rewards, one of the highest costs is shipping, which is about €9,- for most countries.
In order to reduce the cost for backers, I am going to subsidize the shipping cost and cover a portion of the shipping cost myself. Therefore, there is a flat shipping cost fee of €5,- for everyone instead of different shipping costs for different regions.
Since the game is produced in Europe, distribution within the European Union is not going to incur additional duties.
Please be aware that there might be duties in your country (USA, Canada, Australia, etc.) if you are not residing within the European Union.
The EU-friendly shipping image was downloaded (with implicit permission as per their blog post) from Stonemaier Games.
Risks and challenges
With the experience of previous Kickstarter campaigns and two completed board games ("Das Katastrophenspiel" and "Albedo") I do not expect any unsolvable difficulties. However, if any unforeseen challenges do arise, I am going to notify the backers immediately.
The first edition of the base game already sold out at SPIEL 2017 and the reprint was sold at UK Games Expo 2018. The expansion is already finished and playtested, but has not been printed yet. Therefore the risk of not finishing the project is significantly reduced and only pertains to the fabrication side.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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