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Asymmetric, card-driven wargame for 1-2 players. Beautifully presented. Streamlined, tense and replayable. War, logistics and politics.
Asymmetric, card-driven wargame for 1-2 players. Beautifully presented. Streamlined, tense and replayable. War, logistics and politics.
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Withstand the stranglehold of the stronghold-like city and give a gallant account of your will, steadfastness, and guerrilla wit. Prove your determination and tactical mastery to entomb your rebellious opponents under the ruined walls of the besieged city and the broken dreams of Freedom! Never has a two-player game been so asymmetrically diversified. Never has a card-driven game allowed you to drive your opponent up the wall so mercilessly. Never has a siege game been so captivating! 

Freedom! is a siege game, a test of will, endurance, and tactics between the besieged Freedom Fighters and the besieging Imperial Forces, who have come to crush the rebellion. This universal contest is presented through a dramatic history of the siege of a Greek Holy City (Messolonghi) by Ottoman forces during the Greek War of Independence (1821-1829).

Game Overview 

Freedom! gives you an opportunity not only to experience the genuine momentum of besieging the city with your infantry and artillery, but also to illustrate and participate in complexity of such a bold endeavor on a much bigger scale. It shows many tactical intricacies and enables you to implement and proceed with various strategic decisions as both imperial forces and city defenders.

To underline this feature, the action cards may be used either to perform a given action from the list of actions (each faction has a different list) or as a one-time action associated with some particular historical event or character. The choice is yours, and the ensuing possibilities and further decisions - abundant. You will maneuver your forces according to ongoing circumstances. 

Due to the fact that the gameplay is highly asymmetrical, each faction is going to approach this task differently. You will experience firsthand all the hardships associated with the siege: the advancement of your infantry, sudden shortage of cannons in your campsite, the city defenders’ raids on your units, not to mention the rejected plea for help form your sovereign (the longer the siege, the more unfavorable his decisions). On the other hand, as a defender you will be exposed to constant difficulties in repairing walls, rationing food supply, and amassing action points to train new troops out of civilians.

Yet there is a whole new dimension to it. Playing the part of imperial forces, you have to build your chain of actions by combining military methods with logistical ones. The battle itself takes place on two maps: one showing the actual city and the forces involved in the siege, and the other with the surrounding areas, highlighting the support that each of them provides to both players. Each area offers different types of supply to either faction. The approach towards the siege varies between both sides of the conflict. Rebellion forces, highly outnumbered and facing constant supply shortages, may wish to reclaim one or more areas on the regional map to improve their resources gain at the beginning of each new round. This, on the other hand, would not only make the imperial forces short on one of their own resources, but also force them to use up action cards which otherwise would have been spent on something else. 

Conversely, the besieging side could focus more on building its strategy to break the city’s defense by drawing the opponent’s attention to something else (e.g. deploy a small amount of units ashore to fake an assault on one of the isles in order to make the defenders regroup their forces and thus less numerous in one particular part of the wall - the place of the real attack).

All in all, the goals are simple: the invaders have to get inside the city before the end of the game or force the citizens to give up by dropping their morale to zero. The defenders, on the other hand, try to withstand the siege and protect the city long enough for the invaders to abandon their attempt either by deciding to leave on their own or by having their morale dropped to zero. Yet, as in everyday life, the ways to accomplish the victory are far from being a piece of cake. Being a loose cannon could end up with your troops becoming cannon fodder. 

So think smart and have your men buckle up their musket straps! Freedom calls!

For detailed gameplay example, please follow this After Action Report, written by Vangelis Bagiartakis!

Previews 

Please take your time to check the previews of Freedom! Please note that the materials presented here are hand made prototypes. All opinions and comments included here are independent, voluntary and not for profit.

Game Rules

Here you can find game rules videos. Please note that the materials presented here are hand made prototypes. All opinions and comments included here are independent, voluntary and not for profit.

English language rulebook is here (beta version).

Greek language rulebook is here (beta version).

Play the Game

Here is a link to the Tabletopia game room for Freedom! You will find the beta game rules there as well: 

Our Goal and Stretch Goals

With this campaign we are back to Kickstarter basics. The design is complete, with 4 years of development and playtesting behind it (please check the designer’s diary here). There will be no rule-changing expansions and stretch goals. We will use them only to improve the components, and to enrich gameplay. We are offering a great product at a great price and a short fulfillment period. There is no hidden agenda. We are offering a great and simple deal.

Support Freedom! now to:

  • Get a Kickstarter Exclusive resin game round marker miniature, inspired by famous Eugène Delacroix’s paint Greece on the ruins of Missolonghi. 
  •  Save 30% off the suggested retail price (60 GBP, 70 EUR, 80 USD).
  • Get for free a Solo Expansion for the base game and save additional £6.
  • Unlock the new components and improve the recent game components.
  • Receive the game before it hits retail distribution.
  • Help an independent publisher design, develop, and publish unique, challenging games.
  • Help the renowned game designer to publish his Labour of Love project.

The game will be published if we reach the funding goal: £20.000. Then we will continue our assault for some Stretch Goals. They are added to every Kickstarter game for free.

Social Goals

During this campaign you have already achieved three social goals. Thank you for your support!

Add-ons

We are offering a number of items that you can add to your pledge. To include add-ons in your pledge, please click on the Manage Your Pledge button. To include any items you would like to receive, simply increase your total pledge for the amount of the add-ons. You will be able to let us know in the Pledge Manager (after the campaign ends) which items you have added to your order.

To include add-ons in your pledge, please click on the Manage Your Pledge button. To include any items you would like to receive, simply increase your total pledge for the amount of the add-ons. You will be able to let us know in the Pledge Manager (after the campaign ends) which items you have added to your order.

The estimated shipping cost of The Magnates is +£8 per item; Germania Magna, Days of Honour, and HUNGER is +£5 per game. Dice Tray Set do not increase your shipping costs. 

You need to purchase at least one copy of Freedom! to be able to include any add-ons in your pledge.

Ongoing pre-order

You can still take part in pre-order of our previous Kickstarter: Nanty Narking and save £20 on this Martin Wallace’s bestseller.

Production and Delivery

Please note that the graphic materials presented here are not yet final and may be changed. The photos are of handmade prototypes of the game. The final production quality will be much, much higher.

The games are produced in the EU, in keeping with the proven high standards of PHALANX. If you back us on Kickstarter, you will receive your copy several weeks before the game reaches any retail outlets! Our goal is to produce Freedom! within 120 days of reaching our funding goal. Kickstarter backers will have their copies delivered no later than October 2019.

Shipping

You will be asked to pay the shipping cost in the Pledge Manager after the campaign. At that time, you will be able to add extra copies of the game and items from our add-on list. Additional items may increase shipping costs. The games will be shipped out from USA, EU, GB (in case of Brexit), Canada, and Australia. The estimated shipping cost is: USA £15 to most states, £30 to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Canada £20. EU £10-12 to most countries (Poland - free). Other European countries £15 - £30. Asia £30, Australia £30, New Zealand £35, Oceania £45, Latin America £45, Africa £45.

You can multiply the Freedom! Pledge to get significant savings on shipping costs. For example: the cost of shipping to most EU countries will be £10-12 for a single game and £15 for 2-4 games, if shipped to the same address. Call your friends and save around £25 on shipping!

International Distribution

If you're a retailer, please contact us at sales[at]vertima.trade to receive an offer. 

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Refund Policy

Please read the information on this page carefully and back the game only if you are sure that you want to get it. We are sure that you won’t regret it, as our previous projects  have received great feedback from the community. Nevertheless, sometimes life is not as good as it should be and you will need a refund. In such case we will refund your pledge, but with a penalty of 15% fees that we are obliged to pay (Kickstarter, Stripe / PayPal and BackerKit fees).

Who are We?

Freedom! is designed and published by people passionate about both the tabletop experience and military history.

PHALANX is an international publisher, known for great quality products and customer-focused service. We work with the renowned designers and help publish great classics (Mark Simonitch’s Hannibal & Hamilcar, Martin Wallace’s Nanty Narking). At the same time we strive to identify and promote new names behind the games and help people live their dreams via publishing their labour of love projects. We at PHALANX just love games. 

Risks and challenges

PHALANX has been publishing board games since 2009.
Our products are known for great quality, just like our customer service. We publish games with the largest companies on the market, like Academy Games, Asyncron Games, Cranio Creations, Crowd Games, Ediciones MasQueOca, Feuerland Spiele, Galapagos Jogos, KOSMOS, Mayfair Games and Stonemaier Games.

This is our fifth Kickstarter campaign: in 2016 we successfully fulfilled the Germania Magna campaign, and Mark Simonitch’s Hannibal & Hamilcar in 2018. U-BOOT is in delivery now, and Nanty Narking is currently in production.
We do not expect delays in production, but unforeseen issues may arise during manufacturing and shipping. We estimate that in the worst case scenario, the production might suffer delays of at most 30-60 days, and shipping & customs may add an extra 15-45 days. We are experienced with large production runs, and we are preparing back-up plans for each step of the project, from production to shipping and final delivery.

By backing this project you agree that our primary responsibility to you is to ship your order as entered into the pledge management system. You are responsible for import or other duties that may be payable to relevant tax authorities. You also accept that you are fully liable for incorrect shipping details and will risk your pledge being undeliverable or lost in transit. We are unable to ship to PO Boxes. We allow a maximum of one delivery location per backer, regardless of the number of pledges /copies ordered.

Please note that geopolitical events not under our control, such as Brexit and the imposition of new tariffs on the access of goods to a country, may change the terms we offer to residents of such countries, even if we guarantee we will do our best to avoid such issues.
If you do not accept the proposed terms, then please do not back this project; wait for the retail release.

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