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A timeless, innovative abstract strategy game for two players, 
based on the trench wars of WWI, by Rui Alípio Monteiro.
A timeless, innovative abstract strategy game for two players, 
based on the trench wars of WWI, by Rui Alípio Monteiro.
A timeless, innovative abstract strategy game for two players, based on the trench wars of WWI, by Rui Alípio Monteiro.
464 backers pledged $23,679 to help bring this project to life.

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We would like to sincerely thank our backers (Soldiers, Captains and Generals) for your passion and support for TRENCH!!!

If you missed the campaign, you will be able to pre-order the game and TRENCH merchandise for a limited time via our online store.

Designed by Rui Alípio Monteiro, TRENCH debuted in Portugal in 2013 where it's made a splash in the strategic board game scene. It's not only been recognized by NATO generals for its take on trench warfare, it's also been featured in the Mind Sports Olympiad and is taught at Universities, and now, you can own it too!

The 8x8 grid board is diamond-shaped; each player sets up his army on opposing sides of the "trench", which divides the board into two. As hostilities between the armies commanded by the players grow, each attempts to seize control over the trench in order to take full advantage of its strategic potential, hoping thus to breach the opponent's defenses and capture the most valuable and important pieces.

From the Soldiers to the General, each piece being subject to specific maneuvers all will have to cooperate in order to occupy the trench, invade the enemy's territory, and vanquish the foe. The army that manages to survive after two battles wins the game!

TRENCH Rules

The TRENCH rules are available to download in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and we'll soon be adding Italian!

Download the rules here.

 

Why TRENCH?

  • With its innovative algorithm, TRENCH realistically reproduces the movements of each military rank, making the game scalable in its degree of difficulty and making it almost impossible for the game to end in a draw.
  • With the synchronicity between the game rules and the war theme, the game is intuitive and easy to grasp, making it a useful and valuable tool in education and training environments.
  • The TRENCH (Premium) pieces are innovative. There is no other board game anywhere in the world with plastic injection in 2 colors and bi-matter, making its components exclusive from any other game.
  • The game itself is 100% language independent.
  • TRENCH Premium is made in Portugal with the highest quality and attention to detail.
The black and white represent the dichotomy between light and darkness, good and evil, sound and silence, life and death.
The black and white represent the dichotomy between light and darkness, good and evil, sound and silence, life and death.

 

TRENCH has managed to link beautiful design, a rigorous mechanism, the evocation of history, and the challenge of strategy to the addictive pleasure of creative leisure!

 

 

TRENCH is more than just a game, it is also a timeless piece of art as well as a tribute to an important moment in human history, all of which are a representation of the TRENCH brand. To compliment the brand, we want to offer you an exclusive selection of TRENCH merchandise.

To add-on additional copies of the game or any of the following items, simply add the amount to your pledge. You'll be able to select the items you want in the pledge manager after the campaign ends. Please note: there will be a small shipping charge per item if ordered without a game. Items ordered without a game will be delivered April 2018.

This hardcover Strategy Guide features over 100 pages and provides the road map for the best strategies in the opening, middle, and end of the game, contains a history of the game, and more. The preface was written by General Loureiro dos Santos - full Professor and recognized Specialist in Strategy.

Be one of the first to own it, and learn the secrets of TRENCH!

A game of TRENCH goes best with a glass of Port wine - though if you prefer another type of drink we won't hold it against you! The TRENCH coasters come as a set of 2, to utilize for you and your opponent's gaming drink of choice. Choose between glossy acrylic and black acrylic.

The TRENCH dice (which is included in the General pledge level) is used to decide who starts the game by playing the black pieces, however it also makes a great add-on for dice collectors with its unique design.

 

We want to support game stores around the world by offering the Kickstarter versions of TRENCH to retailers during the campaign. We treat retailer backers just like other backers in that they receive their rewards before we release regular retail games into distribution.

If you're a retailer, please contact Mike at info@outerlimitgames.com during the campaign for pricing information.

 

The basics of TRENCH

1. Each player takes his turn moving 1 piece.

2. Each piece has a rank, which has restrictions on its movements, and on the number of squares it can advance each move (as highlighted in the animation below).

The trench adds another layer of strategy and depth, where each piece that occupies the trench has two advantages and two restrictions.

3. The player ends his turn after moving a piece, or when that piece captures an opposing piece. When capturing an enemy piece, place that piece in the square the enemy occupied.

4. The first player to capture opponent's pieces worth 25 points wins.

 

The next two videos are in Portuguese, with English subtitles.

 

TRENCH is available on Google Play and Tabletop Simulator/Steam. We encourage you to try it out in digital form! 

 

Each edition of TRENCH is already fully upgraded using the highest quality materials and includes everything you need for the full game, which is why we do not have stretch goals.

Click here to visit the BGG page and become a TRENCH fan!

Share this post on Facebook to unlock the Movement Tracking Sheet.

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Shipping is VAT-free, as we absorb those costs for you. Backers in the US, Canada, EU, and Australia will receive games shipped from fulfillment centers within those regions.

All About Shipping

Shipping is FREE to the US, Canada, UK & Germany if you pledge for the Soldier, Captain or General reward level.

Soon after the campaign is over, you will receive an email from Backerkit that directs you to a pledge manager where you can confirm or upgrade your pledge, and add games, or other “add-ons.” If you are in a country other than the US, Canada, UK or Germany, your shipping will automatically be calculated at that time. Backerkit turns overpledges into a credit that you may use in the pledge manager.

Shipping Estimates

The rates below are good faith estimates of 2018 carrier rates plus freight.

Purchase up to three copies of the game (any version or combination) and only pay shipping once (or free shipping if in the US, CA, UK, DE). For example, if you live in Brazil and order three copies of the General, you would only pay a total of $11 for shipping.

*Add-ons include: Coasters and TRENCH dice

*Add-ons and Strategy Guide include FREE shipping if purchased with a game.

 

 

 

 

Golden Geek Nominee for Best Abstract Game
Golden Geek Nominee for Best Abstract Game

 

 

 

Wargame Reviewer video review in Spanish (below)

Cidade Curiosa video review in Portuguese (below)

 

Over the past few years, TRENCH has been taught in schools and Universities, and played in National Tournaments.

TRENCH can be an excellent didactic and pedagogic tool for use in the classroom, sharpening memory, activating concentration, stimulating logical reasoning, increasing self-confidence, exercising patience, promoting imagination and mental discipline, and developing good judgment in decision-making.

University of Minho and Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal.
University of Minho and Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal.

 

Photo credit: David Lowry
Photo credit: David Lowry

TRENCH has been included in the Mind Sports Olympiad in London for the past few years, which also hosts international tournaments for games such as Agricola, Carcassone, Chess and GO!

TRENCH Champions at the Mind Sports Olympiad
TRENCH Champions at the Mind Sports Olympiad

 

 

Though TRENCH has already been well received by many, its first production run was limited, and it was primarily marketed in its country of origin, Portugal, by the designer Rui Alípio Monteiro and his wife Maria. They have done an amazing job for the past few years, but they took it as far as they could. As the new publishers, our goal is to make TRENCH more accessible to the board game community and give it the exposure it deserves.

Manufacturing is expensive, and we need Kickstarter in order to produce the new edition of TRENCH as well as Rui's Strategy Guide. Through Kickstarter we can also raise more awareness for TRENCH. We would like to be able to organize and run international TRENCH tournaments in the future, and eventually develop a full tournament-style website similar to Chess.com. We have very high expectations and faith in TRENCH, and your support will allow us to take it to the next level.

TRENCH - Play With Art!
TRENCH - Play With Art!

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have experience running Kickstarters, and through that experience we have gained a better understanding of the complexities involved in this process, and all the unexpected road bumps along the way that can cause delays.

Most of our manufacturing will be done in Portugal, and the factories there have already proven their ability to deliver high quality games on time. They already have experience producing TRENCH, and the molds and tooling are ready to go. Our production manager, José Dias, understands the complex design of TRENCH better than anyone, and will oversee the production and QA.

We have established partnerships with freight and fulfillment companies around the world that we trust. Through our past experience, we have had the opportunity to learn and understand their processes, and they understand our expectations, both of which are paramount for navigating the complexity of international logistics.

It is our highest priority to deliver your reward to you on time and in perfect condition, and if we run into any issues during production or shipment, will we let you know right away. Most of all, you can expect free-flowing transparency and communication from us, and of course, lots of positive energy!

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    SOLDIER

    TRENCH - includes a tri-fold board with notation, 32 wood game pieces, and two movement reference sheets, all in a compact box. Includes all unlocked Social Goals.

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    PREMIUM TRENCH - includes a premium black/white serigraphed game board and 32 premium Op Art style game pieces. Includes all unlocked Social Goals. Made in Portugal.

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    PREMIUM TRENCH SET - includes a premium black/white serigraphed game board signed by Rui, 32 premium Op Art style game pieces, Rui's Strategy Guide, 1 TRENCH dice, plus 2 TRENCH Dog Tags. Includes all unlocked Social Goals. Made in Portugal.

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