NecroVirus Customizable Zombie Game with BoardCraft® Portal
NecroVirus Customizable Zombie Game with BoardCraft® Portal
NecroVirus is a competitive board game built on the BoardCraft® portal that lets you Build, Print and Play your own 2D or 3D games!
NecroVirus is a competitive board game built on the BoardCraft® portal that lets you Build, Print and Play your own 2D or 3D games! Read more
About this project
We're in the last hour of our campaign and want to send out one last THANK YOU to you, our fans and backers, for your support!
We're falling short of the goal, but we've learned a lot from this campaign, and received some great feedback from a number of you that will go to improve our products and future offerings!
Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated!!! We want you to know that we WILL OFFER our products through our company web site storefront! The store will be ready to go as soon as possible, and we want you to visit and get your copy of NecroVirus and Dungeon Tiles there!
PLEASE BE SURE TO SIGN-UP ON OUR WEBSITE SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU WHEN THE STORE IS READY TO GO!!
Thanks again, backers!!!
The BoardCraft Team
LAST DAY, LAST HOURS OF THE CAMPAIGN!
It's the last day and last hours of our campaign! We really appreciate the support you've shown for BoardCraft and NecroVirus over the last few weeks. As you might guess, we realize that we're going to miss our goal. HOWEVER, with the support you've shown and the enthusiastic feedback we've received from our appearances at GENCON, QuakeCon and other conferences, we have a plan to make our products available directly from our website very, very soon!
PLEASE GO TO THE BOARDCRAFT SITE and SIGN-UP for our newsletter!!! That way, we will be able to communicate directly with you about our store and product availability after the campaign ends tonight!
We still believe STRONGLY in our vision and our products, and want to share it with the masses! Thanks again for your support!!
Down to 3 days to go! The final countdown has begun :)
Really appreciate all of you who have backed us so far, we're glad you share our vision for BoardCraft and NecroVirus!! Be sure to check back for more updates as we will give some info on our post-campaign plans!!!
5 Days to go! The Escapist review and Custom Character Giveaway!
Getting close to the end Backers, and wanted to share a great review we received from The Escapist! You can find it here. Good things to say about the game, gameplay and BoardCraft, so check it out!
If you don't know, we initiated a Custom 3D Printed Character Giveaway for the first 250 to sign up, so check it out here! There's still more left to giveaway, so hurry!! All you have to do is share the hashtag #necroviruskickstarter through the website and add your contact info.
NecroVirus and BoardCraft Pledge Level Video
Hey Backers!! We wanted to share this short video with detailed descriptions of the main Reward Tiers that we shot on the floor at RTX Austin! Lots of interest at RTX, playing NecroVirus on the floor, 3D printing Dungeon pieces and showing our amazing stuff!!
NecroVirus Rules Now Available
In case you missed the update, a PDF of the NecroVirus rules is now available. You can access them HERE!
NEW REWARD TIER: $125 NecroVirus 3D Starter Kit
Based on your requests and feedback we’ve gotten at GENCON, we’ve added a new $125 level that gets you a NecroVirus 3D Game Starter Kit! This is a trimmed down (20”x20” instead of 26”x26”) game from the 3D Upgrade Pack that offers an introductory 3D board game experience! You’ll get to enjoy the same NecroVirus 3D game play experience, just on a smaller board! See rewards section for more details.
NEW ADDITIONS to $25, $50, $100, and $250 tiers
With the addition of the NecroVirus 3D Starter Kit, we wanted to show our appreciation to our current backers. Backers at the $250 3D Upgrade tier will receive 2 new 3D buildings AND 2 new vehicles! Backers at the $100 Core Game tier will receive 2 new cardboard building tiles. Additionally, backers at the $25 2D Print tier and $50 3D Print tier will receive digital assets for the new buildings and vehicles.
NEW REWARD TIER AND ADD-ON: $150 Fantasy Dungeon Tiles
Includes over 170 Dungeon Tiles for use with fantasy roleplaying games! Use the modular tiles to create detailed rooms and corridors for your players to explore. Comes with 16 SecureConnect Boards and Strips so nothing shifts during play. See rewards section and add-ons for more details and photos. To add these tiles to your existing tier, simply increase your pledge by $150 and we will confirm your purchase after the campaign ends.
We’re excited to receive coverage in the following news and media outlets!
One Kickstarter: Three Stellar Products
We're here to show the true potential of tabletop and board games. Join us on this revolutionary Kickstarter campaign that offers to expand the potential of tabletop gaming with three different aspects:
- NecroVirus: a fun, apocalyptic 3D zombie game with buildings, vehicles, miniatures, and mission cards that you can customize and print out to personalize the game experience
- BoardCraft: user-friendly software and flexible tabletop system that can be used to create, modify, and print any type of board game using a home or 3D printer
- Theme Tilesets: a variety of 3D tile sets to support different games and genres, all of which are compatible with the BoardCraft ecosystem; includes dungeon tiles for fantasy roleplaying (now available) and to be announced terrain for miniatures games, sci-fi settings, naval settings, and more!
NecroVirus - Survive. Die. Play.
A Truly Immersive Zombie Apocalypse Game
NecroVirus is our flagship game and the first BoardCraft™ compatible game. NecroVirus is a gritty and visually stunning game for 2-4 players that stays faithful to the zombie lore of popular books and movies. Lead your small band of survivors across the post-apocalyptic landscape as you compete against other players to stay alive and complete your mission. The game encourages careful strategic planning, stealth, and resource management, as any wrong move can mean infection and a living death for your survivors.
In this Kickstarter campaign, we offer three choices for the boxed NecroVirus game:
- Core Game: 2D game in the $100 CORE GAME TIER
- 3D Starter Game: entry-level version of the 3D game in the $125 NECROVIRUS STARTER 3D KIT TIER
- 3D Fully Upgraded Game: the fully-packed 2D game made more awesome with all 3D buildings in the $250 3D UPGRADE TIER--plus, we offer reward tiers to have your 3D buildings handpainted by a professional artist or 3D printed in full color
You can access the rules for NecroVirus HERE.
We think NecroVirus is an amazing game, but we also want to give you the tools to customize and change it to suit your clever ideas. That’s where BoardCraft comes in. BoardCraft lets you drag and drop your way to customizing your own games, pieces, buildings, and terrain. You can even use the BoardCraft tools to design your own entirely unique board games!
NecroVirus is just one of several games and tile sets that will be available in the BoardCraft ecosystem. In fact, we recently announced a set of Dungeon Tiles for fantasy roleplaying! By backing NecroVirus, you’ll get access to BoardCraft and a whole ecosystem for tabletop gaming!
NecroVirus - Game Versions
The base game comes with beautiful full color 2D building tiles and counters & 3D road tiles and figurines. There are upgrades available for those looking for a full 3D premium experience as well as a recently announced starter pack for anyone who would like an introductory experience of 3D zombie gameplay.
Note: Components may change during final testing and balance.
NecroVirus Core Game
NecroVirus 3D Upgrade Pack
The 3D version of NecroVirus is the same core game but upgraded for a premium and immersive experience: instead of the 2D flat building interior pieces that come in the core game, the 3D version has full 3D plastic buildings. It will blow away your gaming group! You can paint the buildings if you like or leave them in dark grey for that iconic “post-apocalyptic” feel.
Handpainted 3D Upgrade Pack
Not feeling up to the task of painting all of the 3D buildings yourself? Then why not have a professional artist hand paint them for you? We’ve lined up the services of an expert if you need one.
The examples on this page were done by local and Texas-based artist Martin Jones of Invictus Art Studio. Check out more examples of his work on the Invictus website.
Color Printed NecroVirus 3D Upgrade Pack
Want to tap into the cutting edge of 3D printed technology? Order your 3D buildings in full color sandstone. They cost a bit more, but we think you’ll agree they look absolutely stunning!
NEW $125 REWARD TIER - NecroVirus 3D Starter Kit!
$125 NECROVIRUS 3D STARTER KIT TIER BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Everything in the 3D Print tier and the NecroVirus 3D Starter Kit with 3D buildings and all the components listed above!
The NecroVirus 3D Starter Kit is a great option for the gamer who wants a 3D version of NecroVirus at a lower price point than the $250 3D Upgrade tier. Compared to the core game, it has a smaller play area (20"X20" instead of 26"X26") and fewer buildings and tiles, which makes for a shorter but more intense play experience. The building, interior tiles, and obstruction tiles are all in 3D. Additionally, it comes with upgraded highly detailed plastic chits and markers.
NEW $150 REWARD TIER - Fantasy Dungeon Tiles!
$150 DUNGEON TILE TIER BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Everything in the 3D Print tier and 171 3D Dungeon Tiles to use in fantasy roleplaying games. Tiles are built in 28mm or HEROIC scale with 1"X1" squares suitable for use with most fantasy roleplaying miniatures.
You will also receive 16 SecureConnect Boards and 16 SecureConnect strips to lock all your pieces together so they don't shift during play.
$5 BOARDCRAFT SUPPORTER TIER BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Thanks in credits, able to purchase add-ons, and a backer badge in BoardCraft community forums.
$25 2D PRINT TIER BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Everything in the BoardCraft Supporter tier, access to BoardCraft software, and NecroVirus BoardCraft certified printable digital assets for the 2D version of the game in PNG files and all NecroVirus BoardCraft 2D file stretch goals.
$50 3D PRINT TIER BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Everything in the BoardCraft Supporter tier, access to BoardCraft software, NecroVirus BoardCraft certified printable digital assets for the 2D version of the game in PNG files, and NecroVirus BoardCraft certified printable assets for the 3D version of the game in STL files, including models of all the 3D buildings, zombies, survivors, vehicles, counters, roads, road obstruction tiles and counters – plus all NecroVirus BoardCraft 2D & 3D file stretch goals.
UPDATE: All backers at the 3D PRINT TIER now receive 3D digital assets for Fantasy Dungeon Tiles!
$100 CORE GAME TIER BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Receive the complete boxed game of NecroVirus including all NecroVirus 2D stretch goals plus everything in the 3D Print tier. With your BoardCraft access, you'll be able to expand, modify and upgrade your game with access to a 3D printer, 2D printer or via add-on purchases. For this and all tiers below, shipping of physical goods is charged after the campaign ends (see shipping section for full details).
$250 3D UPGRADE TIER BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: In addition to the Core Game tier, you receive the 3D Upgrade Pack. This upgrade includes all 20 3D buildings, plus generic interior building models, all in monochromatic tones, along with upgraded highly detailed plastic chits and markers. This tier also includes all NecroVirus 3D model stretch goals.
$400 CUSTOM 3D GAME TIER ONE BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Receive everything from the 3D Upgrade tier. Additionally, you'll be able to customize your own copy of NecroVirus for a one-of-a-kind experience. Choose the names that will be printed on all of the buildings and all character models (complete with matching character cards)! If buildings and characters are added via stretch goals, you can change their names as well. Name the Hobby Store after your favorite shop, the bar after your local dive… it is up to you!
$750 CUSTOM 3D GAME TIER TWO BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Receive everything from the 3D Upgrade tier. Additionally, you'll be able to customize your own copy of NecroVirus for a one-of-a-kind experience. Choose the names that will be printed on all of the buildings and all character models (complete with matching character cards)! If buildings and characters are added via stretch goals, you can change their names as well. Name the Hobby Store after your favorite shop, the bar after your local dive… it is up to you! Additionally, choose any four of the buildings to be hand painted by a professional miniatures artist.
$1,000 CUSTOM 3D GAME TIER THREE BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Receive everything from the 3D Upgrade tier. Additionally, you'll be able to customize your own copy of NecroVirus for a one-of-a-kind experience. Choose the names that will be printed on all of the buildings and all character models (complete with matching character cards)! If buildings and characters are added via stretch goals, you can change their names as well. Name the Hobby Store after your favorite shop, the bar after your local dive… it is up to you! Choose any four of the buildings to be hand painted by a professional miniatures artist. Additionally, customize the name and design of one miniature for your game (vehicle, character, or 1X1 building). Our 3D artist will work with your photo-reference, drawing or written description to create a model which will be unique to your game only.
$1,750 HANDPAINTED GAME TIER BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Receive everything from the Custom Game Tier Three. Additionally, every single one of your 3D building models is painstakingly hand painted in full color. This includes any buildings added to the 3D Upgrade tier via stretch goals!
$2,500 COLOR 3D PRINTED GAME TIER BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Receive everything from the Custom Game Tier Three with the exception of the 4 hand painted buildings. Additionally, your 3D building models are each printed in sandstone on a full color 3D printer (Note: this tier does NOT include a set of monochromatic buildings). This includes any buildings added to the 3D Upgrade tier via stretch goals. Your set will be a showpiece, a collector’s edition and a great game to play… all in one.
$5,000 NECROVIRUS DESIGNER TIER BACKERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Receive everything from the Color 3D Printed Game tier. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to help shape the final NecroVirus boxed game for everyone! You'll work with the NecroVirus team of artists and designers to realize a vision for a building and mission that will be integrated into the core game. There are five current buildings which are on the chopping block – just waiting for better ideas from YOU. In the order in which these five pledges are made, you’ll be able to pick one of these five remaining buildings and change it into a 1x1 building that you design! Everyone will then get your new buildings instead of the old design. The five designs on the chopping block are: The Window Shop, The Dentist, Home A, Home B and Home C. Let’s customize the game before it is even made with your clever ideas for a new building and mission! Also, be part of the NecroVirus team for a day and join Todd Porter and team at their headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Visit the studio to brainstorm your building design and mission, and to play NecroVirus with the BoardCraft team! (Travel and accommodation expenses not included).
$10,000 BOARDCRAFT GENRE DESIGNER TIER FOLLOWERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: Receive everything from the Color 3D Printed Game tier. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to work with the NecroVirus team to design a whole new genre for NecroVirus, including buildings, components, tiles, rules, and everything else you'll need for the game. How about a space setting? Western? Tropical? Alien? You’ll then receive a color printed copy of each model from this genre! It will then be available in the BoardCraft ecosystem.
One Bite and You’re Infected
If you get bit, it’s not a matter of IF you will turn into a zombie, but WHEN. The only perk? You have a chance to take down a few zombies before your survivor turns against you.
Keep a Low Profile
NecroVirus’s innovative detection system encourages stealth and careful play, darting from building to building with your survivors, scrounging for supplies, and pursuing mission objectives. Shooting Zombies is a last resort... but one that happens all too often!
Every Bullet Counts
Carefully balance your mix of ammo, rations, fuel, munitions and materials as all these resources are in short supply. Being thrifty is integral to survival… but knowing when to use those precious bullets is key!
Every Game is Different
Customize your Secure Connect board layout for every game. Make a map with wide-open streets for easy movement or crooked alleys with lots of choke points. With an abundance of road tiles and 20 buildings to work with, you’ll never have to play the same map twice. Unleash the power of BoardCraft and your options expand even more to change everything from buildings, terrain, and game pieces to cards and scenarios.
Powered by BoardCraft
We don’t just want to give you just a great zombie game; we want to empower you to tweak it slightly or modify it heavily, or even design your own board game. BoardCraft gives you the tools to flex your creative muscles!
BoardCraft will be based on a piece of software we have already created called Toychest that allows for designing and editing 2D board game components. In fact, we used Toychest while designing NecroVirus. BoardCraft runs on Windows operating systems.
Print on Demand
NecroVirus comes in a version that can be printed on a home printer and a version that can be printed on a 3D printer. We’re offering lots of upgrades that can be added to enhance or supersize the play experience at any time.
Design New Missions
Do you have ideas for some killer NecroVirus missions? Use BoardCraft to make and print out your own professional quality mission cards which you can even share with other players.
Design New Cards
Want to include yourself in the game as a character card? Or maybe you just want to tweak one or more cards in the game? BoardCraft empowers you to design and print out your own cards for use in NecroVirus. We’ll let you know how to find card blanks for your printer.
Mix and Match
Who says your zombie game can’t be set on the high seas or in a dank dungeon complex? All terrain and buildings produced for BoardCraft will be compatible with NecroVirus. See our stretch goals for a breakdown of other genres we’re currently offering and would love to offer as add-ons if we hit our goals.
Create Your Own Board Game
BoardCraft provides you with the tools to create your own board game fully compatible with the BoardCraft ecosystem. Select from the library of 3D buildings, miniatures, terrain, and other components or upload your own files. Lay everything out in the board editor. Design professional quality cards. Then print it all out and start playtesting! You can even create pieces for use with your favorite RPG or miniatures game.
Share Your creations with the Community
Share your creations with the community and tap into the cool stuff other users create. This is the most exciting part for us. We believe in the tenet that when one person creates a piece of new content, it creates a new piece for all of us, and we can’t wait to see what you all come up with!
Not ready for the full 3D game, or perhaps you want to expand beyond a four square feet of board space? Choose from our a-la-carte menu to upgrade and expand your NecroVirus gaming experience!
NEW $150 ADD-ON - Fantasy Dungeon Tiles!
Expand the building blocks of the game with these add-ons, which provide additional Secure Connect Boards, Secure Connect Strips, Road Scrounge Tiles, Road Clear Tiles, Road Obstruction Tiles, Miniatures, Characters, and Vehicles!
Expand and upgrade your game with additional 3D monochromatic, hand painted, and full color buildings!
Once we reach our funding goal, additional money will be used to increase the selection of character, building, and vehicle models included in the base NecroVirus game and the BoardCraft ecosystem. It means more options for gaming, more options for customization, and expands the possibility to build, print, and play your own board game!
Risks and challenges
A project that features both a major board game and a piece of software comes with some risks and challenges, but we are committed to mitigating them as much as possible.
With NecroVirus, we have quotes from manufacturers and we have ensured that if we meet our minimum campaign goal, the costs of creating the games and having them delivered to our warehouse(s) will be fully covered. Furthermore, because this is a game that can be 3D printed, we already have copies of the game that have been playtested for several months, so this is a game we already feel confident is fun, balanced, and engaging.
We may make changes to the game features or components you see on the page as needed due to final design changes or discussions with manufacturers. We will be as transparent and upfront about this process as possible to keep the community fully informed if any changes are made.
Shipping delays are always a risk that come from dealing with overseas manufacturers, which is that path we are taking with the core game and the 3D upgrade pack (the full color 3D version will be 3D printed directly by our company). However, we have given ourselves enough time to work through any moderate delays and are committed to delivering this awesome game no matter what.
There’s always a risk that development of BoardCraft will take longer than initially expected as is the case with any software project, but we’ve already started development on BoardCraft, are basing it on our pre-existing ToyChest program, and feel confident about hitting our promised dates. We promise to be keep the community informed of any delays or snags, if any.
Furthermore, our team is made up of experienced staff with decades of experience in the software industry, so we feel confident about making a high quality and intuitive piece of software. We really do see BoardCraft as more than just a companion piece to NecroVirus and are determined to make this incredible piece of software available to the community!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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