Blueshift is the epic sci-fi board game with a quick set up, a fast learning curve, and deep strategy. Compete to explore the depths of space, conquer new worlds, and construct fleets to advance your interstellar empire! As your empire grows, your armada will grow alongside it, and soon your ships will blanket the galaxy. The first few planets may seem easy to take, but as the game progresses, players will need to make daring maneuvers to ultimately win.
Each of the six species has unique strengths and abilities. Every setup is random so there is almost infinite replayability.
Recommended for 2-6 players.
Everything that comes in the game:
- 57 hexagon tiles, including 28 unique planet tiles
- 2 Kickstarter-exclusive hexagons
- 6 unique armadas, each containing 7 unit types
- Deck of 60 action cards
- 6 species player boards
- Coin and other tokens
- 1 Instruction Manual
- 8 six-sided dice
All components are made of premium quality materials, and are beautifully illustrated by Kyle Merriman.
Take a look at the video below to see what the gameplay of Blueshift looks like! Ben Stenquist, game designer of Blueshift, walks through the basic rules, components, several turns, combat, and victory conditions.
Blueshift is a “4X” game meaning "exploration", "expansion", "exploitation", and "extermination."
We designed Blueshift with 3 major goals in mind:
1. High amount of strategy with minimum complexity
2. High player interaction
3. High replayability
Each turn, players can explore space, take over planets or forge trade alliance, build up their fleet, and engage in combat with other players.
Mechanics involved: Each player starts with 1 planet, 2 ships. Everything else is flipped over; you don’t know what is there. As you go through turns you flip over hexes which are different planets or events. As you take over territory you get more and more income. As you build up your economy you get more ships and so you can take over more planets. Eventually you bump into other players and must combat to keep your territory. The game ends when someone gets 16 points (earned by gaining territory), and holds them for an entire round.
Over the course of 7 years, we worked to ensure that every game is unique. There are dozens of different planets available to play with and countless map configurations. The dynamic of the game is different every time.
Many scenarios will be up on our website, and we will be posting fan-made and backer-designed scenarios as we receive them!
In addition, here is a link to download the manual to learn more about the gameplay:
"Yes, Blueshift is the real deal. It covers everything any space saga would want from space battles to trade agreements. The game feels streamlined and flows well. The space battles are exciting, exploring is all kinds of addicting, and the subtle nuances of the game make it one I’ll be playing for a long time hereafter." -EverythingBoardGames.com
“This game heartily rewards strategic thinking, but still throws in moments of unpredictable chaos to keep things hilarious and interesting. Whether you dominate the galaxy through brilliant trade moves or an unbeatable armada, you will be guaranteed an experience that is rife with shady diplomacy, explosive combat, and good old fashioned interstellar backstabbing!" -Tanner
“Explore space, build up your fleet, and watch as massive fleets slam together for complete and total annihilation!” -Owen
"Simply put, Blueshift has everything I want from a board game. First, the basics of the game are simple to learn, but it has a lot of room for complex strategy. This along with the modular game board means that you will never play the same game twice! Second, it has an engaging narrative. Each playable faction has their own backstory and strengths that add rich flavor to every adventure as you grow from a single planet scouting the mysteries of void to an empire set on galactic conquest. Third, the game is just gorgeous! Each faction has uniquely designed, full colored game pieces. If you love engaging, well-designed board games, Blueshift should have a spot in your collection." -Nate
“Blueshift is a fun, easily scalable game that packs a surprising amount of strategic depth into a relatively light-weight package. With a much shorter playing times than similar games and high replay value, Blueshift is that rare game that is both accessible to novice players while deep enough to remain interesting to veterans. Highly recommended!" -Brian
“Blueshift is an awesome blend of discovery, politics and combat. Because the planets are shuffled and placed randomly, the game board is never the same - making for a new strategy every time you play! The game also has six different races to choose from. They range from hyper-aggressive militant teams to strategic defenders that depend on placement and zone control. You also have to interact with other players during the game, which is one my favorite things about it. Whether it is convincing your opponents to attack others, or outright destroying them to get your victory points, you will have to deal with every player in the game to be successful. From the exploration, to the combat, to the social emphasis, this game is just plain fun.” -Mark
Players have six asymmetric alien species with their own strengths and weaknesses to choose from:
- Alpha Primarus Coalition - A loose network of human factions trying to regain their former glory. Adept at spy networks and inhabiting new planets. Player Profile: Tools
- Marrow-Kir - Feared reptilian warriors that tend to process disagreements with their magma blades rather than rational discourse. Their weak economy is made up for by their fierce combat. Player Profile: Did I mention that they like fighting?
- Xan’il - The most technologically advanced of all the species. Equipped with a larger hand size for action cards than other species, as well as valuable cloaking technology. Player Profile: Sneaky little buggers.
- Android Tribunal - 01100011 01101111 01101111 01101100. With their machine-like efficient economy, the Android Tribunal excels at invading planets. Player Profile: Plain awkward
- Tivare - Merchant race that excels at forming trade alliances and the logistics of moving their fleet around the board. Can often be found saying tactful things like “give me a trade alliance or die, maggot!” - Player Profile: Devious and plotting
- Hivemind - We tried asking them what their strengths are, but they ended up eating our co-designer. We think they are good at colonizing planets… and just generally being savage. Player Profile: Devours first, asks questions later
We have some exciting stretch goals that will allow us to upgrade various components of the game and introduce new components!
We would love for as many retailers as possible to be involved in this campaign. For retail-specific pricing and terms, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the term "Retailer" in the subject line to help us more quickly respond to you.
About the Creators
Blueshift is designed by Ben Stenquist, a long-time board game hobbyist. Ben has loved creating his own games since he was in elementary school. Now he is fulfilling his dream of launching a game for everyone to enjoy! He has extensive knowledge of product development from his time as a tech product manager for Fortune 100 companies.
Seven years ago, Ben was struck with the idea of making a space-themed version of a Pirates of the Caribbean PocketModel game. Using sticky notes, he made the original version on a grid of sticky notes. His friend’s cousin loved it so much that they kept playing it and developing it. Over the next years Ben’s hobby would result in nights of play-testing with different people in different venues. The game underwent numerous iterations and at least 5 major overhauls. While it no longer looks anything like that original game on sticky notes, Blueshift is finally perfected and ready to go public.
The amazing graphic design was done by Adam Stevens, who is a co-founder of Nebulous Games. Adam has a knack for elegant visual design, and does this professionally for a Fortune 100 company. Adam has an intensely competitive spirit when it comes to playing games.
Kyle Merriman is the artist responsible for the beautiful artwork you see on this page, including the box cover, species ships, and planets. He brought his brilliant imagination and vivid artwork style to Blueshift.
Everyone's favorite topic! We at Nebulous Games have decided to subsidize part of the shipping for all backers, regardless of where they are located. Because shipping is very expensive, we will be charging a small shipping fee to all backers. Detailed shipping charges can be found after you have selected your reward level.
We are partnering with well-known fulfillment companies across the world to provide the best shipping experience possible. We will be shipping from within both the US and the EU for these corresponding backers. This means that shipping will be customs and duty free.
Risks and challenges
As many of you know, manufacturing and distributing a board game is a complex process, with many areas for potential hang-ups. We are confident that the precautionary steps we have taken will mitigate any issues. We commit to being transparent and to communicate frequently regarding any issues that arise. Here are a few steps we have taken to mitigate risks:
1. We have built in a reasonable buffer into our timelines to account for variability and small errors that may arise.
2. We have completed a lot of pre-production. All of our illustrations are complete, the manual is 95% complete, and we have established relationships with manufacturing and fulfillment partners.
3. We are partnering with well-established manufacturers and fulfillment partners, which we are confident will deliver a high-quality product and that can handle the volume of a Kickstarter project.
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