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A 1-5 player sci-fi board game. Harness your alien abilities, adapt to a collapsing economy, & lead your civilization to Enlightenment!
A 1-5 player sci-fi board game. Harness your alien abilities, adapt to a collapsing economy, & lead your civilization to Enlightenment!
A 1-5 player sci-fi board game. Harness your alien abilities, adapt to a collapsing economy, & lead your civilization to Enlightenment!
1,512 backers pledged $105,673 to help bring this project to life.

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Both versions of the game and add-on content is available for pre-order on our website, for a limited time.

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Cetizens, we are forever grateful for the amazing support you have shown us during this campaign! We are so excited for the journey ahead, and can't wait to get TAU CETI: Planetary Crisis in your hands!

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"I really dug Tau Ceti for so many reasons, it's not like any other 4X game I've played. If you're a fan of the genre you're really going to like it as well." - Lance Myxter (Undead Viking)

"For anyone who is a fan of sandbox games with a space opera setting, offering multiple paths to explore and strategies to tackle, this is one to definitely back!" - Maurice Fitzgerald (Club Fantasci)

8 custom engraved 16mm Alien Dice are inluded with every game!
8 custom engraved 16mm Alien Dice are inluded with every game!

TAU CETI: Planetary Crisis is a 1-5 player competitive game centered on an economic engine, asymmetric powers, and strategic manipulation. TAU CETI tells a story of a newly formed alliance between several alien factions in a time of galactic declension, who compete for influence as they lead their civilization through a crisis-ridden star system.

With multiple paths to victory, you are free to: explore the mysterious outer reaches of the star system for knowledge, recruit specialists to help you resolve crises, exploit opportunities through trade, buy/sell commodities as the market fluctuates across planets, complete missions for money, build orbitals and defend them against enemies, acquire exotic technologies, and upgrade your starship's systems for greater advantages as you navigate the cosmic environment. 

TAU CETI has all the elements of a 4X game, but allows you to advance at your own pace with à la carte advanced rules, and can be played in less than 2 hours.

You may download the rules below. 

Want to try out the game? Feel free to download the free Print & Play and Solo Variant

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Prototype

Everything you need to play the game is already included in both versions, though some backers like to have extra components for various reasons. So we have made the following add-ons available.

To add-on items to your pledge, manually add the $ amount to your pledge. We will be using a pledge manager, so you can conveniently verify your add-ons after the campaign.

If you want to order an add-on without the game, you can do so via the $1 pledge, but you will need to add an additional $6 for shipping (for anywhere in the world). If you order more than one add-on (combinations are fine) without the game, you only need to pay the $6 shipping charge once.

Custom designed starship minatures (included with the Premium version), which reflect the background and level of technology of each alien faction. Each starship miniature base is 35mm, with a height of 28 - 32mm.
Custom designed starship minatures (included with the Premium version), which reflect the background and level of technology of each alien faction. Each starship miniature base is 35mm, with a height of 28 - 32mm.
Player Board (Interface) example, where each player manages their resources, actions and starship's  systems
Player Board (Interface) example, where each player manages their resources, actions and starship's systems
TAU CETI can be arranged in many different ways. The modular hex system adds to  the strategy of the game, and creates a high level of replayability. All hex tiles and cardboard tokens are double sided, and 2mm thick!
TAU CETI can be arranged in many different ways. The modular hex system adds to the strategy of the game, and creates a high level of replayability. All hex tiles and cardboard tokens are double sided, and 2mm thick!
All stretch goals have been play tested, planned and budgeted for.
All stretch goals have been play tested, planned and budgeted for.

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"I like how all the different aspects work together in this game. All in all, this was a really fun experience, and I think this is a fantastic venture and awesome game." - Michael Forder (NVS Gameplays)

"I really dug Tau Ceti for so many reasons, it's not like any other 4X game I've played. If you're a fan of the genre you're really going to like it as well." - Lance Myxter (Undead Viking)

"I like the options, I like how the game can fluctuate and turn on you each Cetian Cycle" - Joshua Thomas (Failroad Express)

"It feels like I was playing a game that had 3 or 4 expansions added on to it. It's going to be a long time before anyone can actually say, I'm done with that game. This game comes with so many things, you could probably cut it in half and it would still be a great value." - Christopher Lachey (Failroad Express)

Benjamin Törck - (Brettspielblog) German review below

"For anyone who is a fan of sandbox games with a space opera setting, offering multiple paths to explore and strategies to tackle, this is one to definitely back!" - Maurice Fitzgerald (Club Fantasci)

"If you're into sci-fi at all, this game will hit your hot buttons. This game has a lot of different ways to play it, including solo play, so I'm going to say there's lots of replay value." - Mac Senour (Game Rustlers)

"I think it's really exciting! I like the color scheme, I love the hexagon based maps, I like how you build the map together.. the dice are beautiful." - Brawling Brothers Podcast

"It’s an advanced take on the 4x genre, but allowing you to play the game at your own pace." - Maero Effendi (The Final Roll Podcast)

"The 4X genre is a bit of a niche. All of the usual trappings are present here, with the standout elements being custom starship miniatures — because who doesn't like toys — and the addition of rules for solo play."- Dustin Schwartz (BGG News)

"Enter the science fiction world of TAU CETI. Interact with aliens and strange environments. Make the decisions that will save the human race from extinction!" - Ben Bova (award winning sci-fi author)

"I have been in the gaming industry for decades, from retail to playing, collecting, play testing and developing other titles.. I recommend this game, as it will improve your collection! With great design, graphics and reasonable game time it is sure to be enjoyable to all that love space themed games." - Frank Muscarella (former game store owner, collector, developer)

TAU CETI was voted as one of the "Top 10 Most Anticipated Game of 2016" on Board Game Geek, in multiple categories.
TAU CETI was voted as one of the "Top 10 Most Anticipated Game of 2016" on Board Game Geek, in multiple categories.
The "Living Starship" NPC, included with the Premium version (designed by Charles Oines)
The "Living Starship" NPC, included with the Premium version (designed by Charles Oines)

You can download the complete Multiplayer Rules, Solo Rules, and NPC Rules if you'd like to learn all the details about the game. 

Game Play Video

Solo Variant Video

TAU CETI has been in development for 2 1/2 years, and play tested over 200 times by 50+ individual play testers from around the world.

To everyone who play tested TAU CETI, thank you!

Our play testers found the following aspects of TAU CETI to be the most fulfilling:

  • Asymmetry with pairing factions, alien character abilities, specialists, and unique starships create a high level of variability and replayability.
  • Manipulation in TAU CETI is ever-present, with freedom in decision making, which allows you to plan secret agendas and strategies.
  • Fun Scientific flavor text and unique backstory painted over a solid Economic engine, creates realistic experiences in a sci-fi world.
  • Solo Variant designed to mimic the multiplayer game, the solo variant includes multiple AI's which react to your decisions, creating a unique and unpredictable experience with each game.
  • Unique Battle Mechanics between starships, which utilize 3 different systems (weapons, shields, computers), combined with a bit of luck, and calculated decisions involving placement of shields and utilization of Specialists. Battle is quick, engaging and satisfying!
Alien dice!
Alien dice!

Advanced Specialist Promo Pack (36 unique cards) will be included with every Kickstarter copy of the game, for free. These Advanced Specialists feature a variety of abilities focused on Trade, Military, and Science. You may utilize their abilities when they become a part of your crew, via the Recruit action.

These are not Kickstarter Exclusive, and will be available for an additional cost to those who discover TAU CETI after the Kickstarter campaign.

A few examples of the Advanced Specialists cards
A few examples of the Advanced Specialists cards

Each Advanced Specialist is unique! A Signal's Analyst, Biochemical Engineer, Commodities Broker, Counterplot Expert, Cryptologist, Customs Officer, and Accelerator Physicist are among the variety of Advanced Specialists included.

A special thanks to Joe Pilkus for coming up with, and developing all of the Advanced Specialists.

Prototype
Prototype
24 Orbital Miniatures (4 of each color) in Premium Edition
24 Orbital Miniatures (4 of each color) in Premium Edition

We will be using the Stonemaier method to ship games in bulk to fulfillment centers around the world, so backers in the U.S., Canada, European Union, and Australia can avoid customs fees & VAT.  Shipping is FREE to the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan & TAU CETI. 

Backers are limited to 2 games per pledge (a mix of both editions of the game is fine; only pay the shipping fee once per pledge, not once per game). To add a second game (or add-ons), manually enter the $ total when making your pledge or click the blue "Manage" button next to a previously made pledge.  If you'd like more than 2 copies of Tau Ceti, or more than 3 copies of Premium Tau Ceti, please email us.

Are you a backer from a country where shipping is more expensive?  If so, you can save on shipping by connecting with a local group of backers and ordering a bundle of 3 games (bundle of 3 is only available for the Premium Edition), but only pay shipping for one game. Since we save money when shipping multiple games in a carton, we wanted to pass those savings on to you. We have set up a forum on BoardGameGeek here, where you can find other backers in your area to form groups of 3.

US fulfillment via Fulfillrite, Canadian fulfillment via Snakes & Lattes, European fulfillment via Happyshops, Tau Cetian fulfillment via Wormhole
US fulfillment via Fulfillrite, Canadian fulfillment via Snakes & Lattes, European fulfillment via Happyshops, Tau Cetian fulfillment via Wormhole
Prototype
Prototype

We love to support games stores around the world!  If you're a retailer, please contact Stan at info@outerlimitgames.com during the campaign for pricing information.

A few of the Interplanetary Mission cards!
A few of the Interplanetary Mission cards!
  • We Need You: My dad and I have invested thousands of hours of our time, and thousands of dollars on art and development for TAU CETI over the past 2 1/2 years. The game has been fully play tested and the art is over 95% complete. But now is when we need your help, we cannot manufacture and ship TAU CETI to you without your pledge.
  • We Communicate: As a backer, you are extremely important to us, and we will always respond promptly to any questions or feedback you may have. That is our promise.
  • Free Promo Content: 18 "Advanced" Specialist Promo cards (with up to 18 more added as we unlock social goals) will be included for free to those who pledge during the campaign, but will be sold at a cost after the campaign.
  • Discounted Price: based on the estimated MSRP with the addition of the Promo content, Kickstarter backers get roughly 30% off.
  • Money Back Guarantee: If you don’t like TAU CETI for any reason, you may return it within 30 days of receiving it for a full refund of the version you pledged for. You will just need to provide the return postage.

Stan Strickland is the co-designer of TAU CETI, and co-founder of Outer Limit Games.  Stan's background is in Meteorology and business, and he was a Science & Math teacher for 25 years. He designed, self published and marketed his first board game in 1988.

Mike Strickland is the co-designer and graphic artist for TAU CETI, and co-founder of Outer Limit Games. Mike's background is in Business and Computer Information Systems. He is a graphic/web designer, electronic music producer and a regular contributor to the Designer's Corner Vodcast.

Custom designed wood starships, included in both versions of the game
Custom designed wood starships, included in both versions of the game

A Special Thanks To Our Creative Team!

Joe Pilkus is the developer, editor, and lead Ambassador for TAU CETI. Joe is responsible for the Advanced Specialist promo cards, and an array of other cool ideas we have implemented over the past 6 months. With his Masters Degree in International Relations, over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, and having developed nearly four dozen war games, Joe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table!

Santiago Reinoso Muñoz is our lead illustrator and artist, and also contributed to some of the graphic design and 3D modeling for TAU CETI. Santiago is a graphic designer and professional illustrator with more than 25 years experience. He is also a realistic digital and traditional painter, video game artist, comic creator, and 3D modeler/sculptor. Santiago does it all, and we are proud to have had the opportunity to work with him on this project, as his technical and artistic expertise has been an integral part of the development of TAU CETI.

Mechanoid is a 3D modeler for TAU CETI. She designed the starships for the Xunons, Zorhkonians, Azars, Qyarians, and Terrans. Her unique vision enabled her to conceptualize every detail in her designs with passion and meaning. She interpreted the design of each star ship precisely in a way that encompasses the essence of each alien race, their technology, and planetary environment.

Charles Oines is a 3D modeler for TAU CETI. Charles designed the starship for the Triolors, as well as the NPC starship. With 25 years experience, Charles has worked for many world renowned companies including Viacom and Microsoft. He is known in the community for his vast portfolio of star ship miniatures designs, with an emphasis on detail an high end 3D modeling.

Ivan Deng is our sales engineer for WinGo Games, our manufacturer. Ivan has years of experience on both the production line and international trading field, and his professional and prompt communication has been a true asset to this project. We are proud to have him as a part of our team!  

Knowledge cards and Galactic Point tokens
Knowledge cards and Galactic Point tokens

A Special Thanks To The Following People

Whether you went above and beyond to contribute your time to offer feedback and advice, were a contributing editor or reviewer, or helped orchestrate a playtesting event, we really appreciate you!

Richard Gardner, Ed.D., Ben Bova, Jamey Stegmaier, Maurice Fitzgerald, Lance Myxter, Michael Forder, Joey Vigour, Paul Barrett, Tom McGreevy, Frank Muscarella, Dirk Mushenko, Justin Egan, Peter Blackwell, Josh Willhite, Josh & Amy (Dungeon Games), Zachery Tracy (2 Drop Game Shop), Andrew Brown (Budget Friendly Games), Chris Peach, Jason Meyers.

Major thanks to all our stellar play testers! You're all awesome!

Based on our projected Order Quanity, Production Lead Time for WinGo is estimated between 35 and 40 days.
Based on our projected Order Quanity, Production Lead Time for WinGo is estimated between 35 and 40 days.
TAU CETI: Planetary Crisis will be manufactured by WinGo Games
TAU CETI: Planetary Crisis will be manufactured by WinGo Games

Risks and challenges

First and foremost, we recognize that there is always risk in choosing to back a new publisher, and so we appreciate you having faith in our ability to deliver on our promise, and allowing us the opportunity to earn your trust.

In order to prepare for the task ahead of us, we have spent the past 2 1/2 years studying Jamey Stegmaier's, James Mathe's, and many other successful Kickstarter project creator's blogs on how to successfully launch, execute, and deliver using Kickstarter.

Together, my dad and I have successfully started and managed service and retail oriented businesses. We understand the responsibilities and dedication that is required to run a business, and are ready to tackle any unforeseen challenges that could occur along the way. Our primary risks at this point lie in manufacturing and shipping.

We have established a solid relationship with WinGo Games, a reputable manufacturer that is trusted within the industry. We have ensured that all of our questions have been answered ahead of time, so we know exactly what to expect from WinGo, and WinGo knows what to expect from us as well.

We will work diligently on our end to ensure the final art and graphic files are completed and delivered on time, and according to WinGo's specifications as to avoid potential delays and other issues. There are some things that will be out of our hands during the manufacturing process, such as labor force fluctuations, Chinese holidays, etc. We have taken those things into consideration, and have given ourselves an extra cushion of time for things that could occur beyond our control.

We have carefully planned our logistics, and have established correspondence with fulfillment companies around the world, which we feel confident in handling our shipments from the factory to your doorstep when that time comes.

Getting this game in your hands and in perfect condition, within the stated delivery time is our primary focus and concern. We will work swiftly to resolve any issues in manufacturing and shipping, should they occur. We will be transparent with you at all times, and let you know right away when an issue occurs, what that issue is, and how we intend to resolve it. That is our promise to you.

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