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NOVUS is an exciting new Feature Card Game™ that puts you in control of a powerful Commander and one faction of the ongoing war ravaging across the planet Muruun. Step into your role as a nearly godlike Controller, and determine the fate of entire worlds as you influence Commanders, send your armies to war, and fight for precious resources.

The galaxy is in a state of turmoil after the Collapse - a catastrophic event that isolated the worlds and effectively ended space travel. Now, with limited resources, war threatens constantly on each world. 

NOVUS is medium to expert level card game, designed for two players. Everything you need to get started is in the box - there are no "chase rares" or pack randomization to worry about. Buy once, play forever!

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NOVUS Offiical Rulebook
NOVUS Offiical Rulebook

 Full Video Playthrough (Long)


  • A deep, engaging storyline set in a fully realized universe
  • Open-and-play decks designed to get you in the game swiftly.
  • Jaw-dropping art style brings the NOVUS universe to life
  • Fun, engaging play with intuitive rules 
  • Great for new players but with enough depth for established gamers.
Visual Spoiler - Caeran Imperium
Visual Spoiler - Caeran Imperium
Visual Spoiler - Ereman Republic
Visual Spoiler - Ereman Republic
Visual Spoiler - The Enthirian Collective
Visual Spoiler - The Enthirian Collective
Concept Preview - Ka'al Drone
Concept Preview - Ka'al Drone

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Concept Preview - Ka'al Scout
Concept Preview - Ka'al Scout

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Concept Preview - Ka'al Worker
Concept Preview - Ka'al Worker

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Concept Preview - Ka'al Queen
Concept Preview - Ka'al Queen
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Interview with the Nerd Nighters! They seem to like NOVUS..
 



  • One 50 card pre-constructed deck from each faction - the greedy Ereman Corporate Republic, the overwhelming Ka'al Hive, the militaristic Caeran Imperium, and the brutally efficient Enthrian Collective - 200 cards total.
  • UPDATE: Now includes the Vayen Ascendancy!
  • Two Commanders from each faction - Take control of a new Commander and change up the game! 
  • Illustrated, full color rulebook. 
  • Illustrated deck checklists for each deck. 


Next to gameplay, beautiful, grand-scale artwork is the most important aspect of any tabletop game. That's why we're turning to Kickstarter. With you behind us, we can bring this world to life through the stellar team of artists we have standing by, pencils and Copic markers at the ready.

The only thing standing between us getting NOVUS into your hands is finalizing our artwork. The mechanics of NOVUS are finished and about 65% of the artwork is on the cards. Everything is in place to get the game up and running, but we need your help to cross the finish line and make the dream of NOVUS a reality.

You can be assured that every single dollar invested will go towards the production costs of NOVUS. You are not funding the expansion of our company, nor will we be dipping into Kickstarter funds to "fund our lifestyle". Further, we won't be using this Kickstarter to build a warchest for future productions.

Team Zenion

Damien Lavizzo - Writer/Developer
Phillip Jenne - Graphic Design/Developer
Ryan Haggerty - Playtesting Support

Artists

Jakub Rozalski

Chris Cold

Alex Ruiz

Alexander Trufanov

Richelle Rueda

Bill Kelly

Emmanuel Mardsjo

Production Team

Materials, Printing, and Packaging by: Panda Game Manufacturing

Prototyping by: TheGameCrafter.com

Metal Art Prints provided by: ImageCOM


We've tried to keep our stretch goal targets realistic while still coming up with some amazing offerings. 

Commander Pack - UNLOCKED!
Commander Pack - UNLOCKED!

Stretch Goal 1: Class Rookie - Commanders Pack!

See the new Commanders - click here!

Every Kickstarter copy of NOVUS now comes with a Commander Pack, expanding the number of Commanders per faction and enhancing the customization of NOVUS. You'll also get a deeper look into the various characters that make up the NOVUS universe. At this tier, each faction will get two new Commanders, each with a unique ability and artwork.

(Artwork is still being finalized - we'll update you as this rolls in!)

Free Playmat - UNLOCKED!
Free Playmat - UNLOCKED!

Stretch Goal 2: Class Soldier - Kick it Up a Notch...

Qualifying tiers will receive a NOVUS playmat and "guitar pick" Morale and Energy counters. This is a great way to keep track of the action in game and shows off some of the brilliant artwork that brings the NOVUS universe to stunning life.

NOVUS Playmat
NOVUS Playmat
Kickstarter Exclusive Playmat (Revised)
Kickstarter Exclusive Playmat (Revised)
John Avon Artwork - UNLOCKED!
John Avon Artwork - UNLOCKED!

Stretch Goal 3: Class Pointsman - John Avon Artwork!

At this level, the legendary John Avon joins the team! All the Magic: the Gathering players may have just fainted, but for those of you still with us, John Avon has been bringing Fantasy and Science-Fiction worlds to life for over 30 years. John has graciously agreed to sign on to the creative team and lend his touch to the NOVUS universe if we can reach this goal. John is a personal artistic hero of ours, so our geeky little fingers are crossed that we hit this level! 

Ravnica Forest by John Avon, ©Wizards of the Coast
Ravnica Forest by John Avon, ©Wizards of the Coast

Check out John's work at http://www.johnavon.com/

Vayen Ascendancy Deck - UNLOCKED!
Vayen Ascendancy Deck - UNLOCKED!

Stretch Goal 4: Class Ordant - The Vayen Ascendancy

A new faction joins the fight.

We mapped out a fifth faction that ties in closely with the NOVUS storyline, but couldn't figure out a way to get them in the initial core set and still keep costs down. Hitting this stretch goal will allow us to work them back into the core set without raising NOVUS' MSRP!

Take command of the Vayen Ascendancy and use sheer will and the power of the aether to subjugate the other factions! Featuring dozens of unique characters and close ties to the Ka'al Hive, the Ascendancy seeks to dominate the galaxy and crush the "lesser" races. 

Stretch Goal 6: Class Titan - Resource Upgrade!

The ultimate stretch goal - the packaging for NOVUS will receive a huge upgrade in quality. We've got a great box design with a high quality plastic mold, so you can store your decks and the rulebook while they're not in use. With an elegant and functional box art design by Phillip Jenne, we think you'll agree this would be an awesome tier to hit.

Box Concept Art:

Box Concept Art



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Risks and challenges

NOVUS: Awakening has been a tremendous undertaking and a labor of love for everyone involved. We've made sure to complete almost all of the groundwork before launching the Kickstarter campaign so we can hit our deadlines and get the product out to our fans.

As with any creative project, of course, some of the custom rewards such as backer card designs can alter our timeline, but we've got a great support network in place to keep things moving and get these rewards completed as swiftly as possible without sacrificing quality. We set the highest standards for ourselves and our partners, and as customers ourselves, you can expect clear, steady updates from us as the project progresses.

We're working with some of the best people in the business to ensure a quality product with timely delivery. Our production partners have shown year after year success shipping great projects, so we're confident they'll turn out an amazing product for us as well.

We've agonized over the dollar amounts, making sure to set realistic goals for each backer reward and each stretch goal tier using the best market research we had access to and speaking to everyone we could find who had launched successful Kickstarters. With your help, we'll be ready to deliver a great product.

Thanks in advance for believing in us and supporting NOVUS.

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    THANK YOU: A Team Zenion member will personally text or email you our thanks. If you're local, we may be able to work out some kind of hug exchange.

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    GET NOTICED: Your name in lights! Get your name featured on the official NOVUS website and free digital copy of NOVUS: Echoes, a companion book that takes a closer look at some of the characters that inhabit the NOVUS universe.

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    EARLY BIRD:

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    (NOT QUITE AS) EARLY BIRD: Due to the unplanned popularity of our EARLY BIRD tier, we've introduced a second early backer tier. You can get the game for a bit less money, but not early! No early for you! (Qualifies for all stretch goals).

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    LATE BLOOMER:

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    INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL - This tier is for INTERNATIONAL BACKERS ONLY please. Get a copy of the game and a special "international backer" sticker to show your support for the game. Qualifies for all stretch tiers, and shipping is included!

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    BRICK AND MORTAR: Do you own a retail store? Pick up a few copies of NOVUS for your store while showing your support for the game. Comes with three copies of the game and a promotional package for you to reward your most loyal customers with. (Please contact us before selecting this tier so we can confirm that you're a brick and mortar retailer).

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    ONCE IN A LIFETIME: Get the game plus an exclusive commemorative playmat featuring alternate art for Terra Harper, First Harrier and any stretch goals we hit. The Terra Harper Kickstarter playmat is exclusive to this campaign and won't be resold later - once they're gone, they're gone.

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    ONCE IN A LIFETIME - INTERNATIONAL: Get the game plus an exclusive commemorative playmat featuring alternate art for Terra Harper, First Harrier and any stretch goals we hit. We'll eat the shipping costs on this one to show our appreciation for your support. INTERNATIONAL BACKERS ONLY.

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    METAL MILITIA: This is an ULTRA exclusive tier, get the game, plus get a 8x10 METAL-PRINT of Kailin Caera or Hannah Var. There are only ONE each of these, so it's first come first serve. (This tier also qualifies for all stretch goals.)

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    INTERNATIONAL MINI-BUNDLE: Three copies of NOVUS at slightly lower than MSRP. Please note that this backer level is for backers OUTSIDE of the US. Qualifies for all stretch goals, as well.

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    PLAYER'S COLLECTION: A copy of the core game, two Kickstarter Exclusive Terra Harper playmats, and an 11x14 poster sized print of the artwork of your choice - Terra Harper, Beacon (playmat artwork) or Hannah Var, Force of Nature.

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    LITERAL IMMORTALITY: Name a unique character and get your likeness in the game! Our amazing artists will immortalize your likeness as a character in the NOVUS universe. Ever wanted to be a deadly assassin? A powerful magician? Well, you can't, but at least you can have your face on a card. (Note: Names may be subject to slight changes to fit the lore and mythos of NOVUS).

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    LITERAL ASCENDANCY - Name a unique vayen character and get your likeness in the game! Our amazing artists will immortalize your likeness as a character in the NOVUS universe. Ever wanted to be a deadly assassin? A powerful magician? Well, you can't, but at least you can have your face on a card. (Note: Names may be subject to slight changes to fit the lore and mythos of NOVUS). This tier also comes with a copy of the base game and a free playmat.

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    INTERNATIONAL MEGA-BUNDLE: Six copies of NOVUS, shipped internationally at slightly less than MSRP. Qualifies for all stretch goals, and comes with one commemorative Terra Harper Kickstarter playmat. Please note this backer level is for backers OUTSIDE of the US. Qualifies for all stretch goals.

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    FOR ALL TIME - This tier comes with everything in the ONCE IN A LIFETIME tier AND get your likeness in the game! Our amazing artists will immortalize your likeness as a Commander in the NOVUS universe.

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    THE BEACON: A copy of the game signed by each member of the development team, two Kickstarter exclusive playmats, an 11"x14" poster-sized print, T-Shirt branded with the NOVUS logo, and a 6", full-color bust of Terra Harper in her Harrier Suit. Qualifies for stretch goals. Ships worldwide.

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