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Award-winning, World's Top 20 multiplayer political & military game. Updated, upgraded with minis and beautifully illustrated. Act now!
Award-winning, World's Top 20 multiplayer political & military game. Updated, upgraded with minis and beautifully illustrated. Act now!
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Successors is one of the best multiplayer strategy games ever published (previous editions by Avalon Hill in 1997 and GMT Games in 2008). Designed by the legendary Richard H. Berg, Mark Simonitch, and John B. Firer, Successors brings you the  best of this kind of game: tense and ruthless gameplay in a world of ever-changing alliances. 

The development team at PHALANX has given this game a careful, meticulous update. It is now more accessible and easier to play. It contains gorgeous miniatures. It has received new, stunning art. It is even better than it used to be.

Join us to publish the Fourth Edition of this splendid game together!

 What do the players say? 

What’s in the box?

During the campaign we have unlocked 26 stretch goals. All of these items will be added to each SUCCESSORS game for free! 

Other pledge levels

20th Anniversary Edition of Mark Simonitch’s Hannibal & Hamilcar, winner of the Golden Geek award for the Best Wargame of 2018, sold out early this year. The game is going to be reprinted in 2020 in an updated version, containing a bigger box and rewritten rules. There will be also available an upgrade pack for the owners of the previous edition. These items are available for pre-order during this Kickstarter campaign. 

If you already own Hannibal & Hamilcar, consider choosing the £80 pledge to get the Upgrade Pack.

If you do not own Hannibal & Hamilcar, choose the £130 pledge to get the bundle of the best ancient war games ever published! 

Please note that £80 and £130 pledges are English edition only. But you will be able to choose French or Spanish edition of Hannibal & Hamilcar as an add-on to your SUCCESSORS Pledge in the pledge manager.  

SUCCESSORS 

Immerse yourself in one of the best multiplayer strategy games ever published. Take part in the conflict between the titular diadochi – Successors – to the legacy and empire of Alexander the Great. Clash with your former brothers in arms turned enemies to gain control of provinces in order to increase the number of your Victory Points or pull appropriate strings to secure the Legitimacy Points (e.g., by providing Alexander’s tomb with a suitable resting place). But beware, too many Victory Points with respect to other players and you will end up having the esteem of a Usurper who could be attacked freely by everyone. Therefore, choose your strategy wisely. It sometimes is more profitable to bide your time because every aspect of the game is intertwined and the sudden turn of events may surprise you with the most unfortunate outcome. For instance, you might be forced to take sides with someone who stabbed you in the back a couple of rounds earlier. However, as they must have said even in 4th Century B.C., the end justifies the means. Especially, when succession is at stake. 

The fourth edition of this card-driven, point-to-point movement strategy is undergoing  a plethora of upgrades that will make it stand out among similarly themed games. It also pays homage to its past editions released by Avalon Hill and GMT Games, respectively. A new, improved layout of the board, charts, and cards, a rewritten and updated rulebook, an introduction to historical scenarios that streamline the gameplay and shorten game sessions, etc. The icing on the cake is its graphic design – a state-of-the-art map board based on an original art by Mark Simonitch, over 60 outstanding illustrations inspired by historical sources, and 12 large 40 mm plastic leader miniatures. All of these make the game a pleasure to watch and even more pleasurable to play. 

So prepare your armies to buckle down, sharpen the blade of your tactical sixth sense, and whet your appetite for claiming your right to Alexander’s throne, for Heaven cannot brook two Suns, nor Earth two masters. There can only be one true Successor! 

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Game Rules

Please click here to read the rulebook (beta version).

Why pledge now?

  • To save 20% off the MSRP! After the campaign, the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price of Successors will be set at £80 ($100, €90).
  • To get the Kickstarter Exclusive Usurper's Ring expansion for free, worth £8.00 ($10, €9). This item won’t be available in retail distribution.
  • To get the newest edition of the acclaimed Mark Simonitch’s HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR board game with Expansions or an Upgrade Pack to your former edition of this title.
  • To receive the game before it hits retail distribution.
  • To help an independent publisher to design, develop, and publish unique, challenging games!
     

Our Goal

This is a simple, straightforward campaign. The design is complete, with more than 22 years of development and playtesting behind it. So, there will be no rule-changing expansions or stretch goals. We will use stretch goals only to improve the game components and add some variants that were created by players since the first edition was published. We offer a great product for a great price and a short fulfillment period. There is no hidden agenda. We offer a great and simple deal.

Estimated delivery for the game is October 2020.

The fourth edition of Successors will be funded if we collect 40.000 GBP during this campaign. If we collect more, we will upgrade the game content via stretch goals, listed below.

Stretch Goals

Stretch Goals are added to every game for free (both for Kickstarter and retail).

Thank you for reaching all campaign Stretch Goals!

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 add All-in add-on pack for SUCCESSORS to your pledge, just increase your pledged amount by £79, clicking on the Manage your pledge button. This add-on contains language independent items (Painted Miniatures, Giant Playing Mat and Dice Siege Tower) and English edition only SUCCESSORS Artbook. The estimated shipping cost is an extra £10-£15 per pack, and this will be paid in the Pledge Manager after the campaign ends.

To add Giant Playing Mat to your pledge, just increase your pledged amount by £40, clicking on the Manage your pledge button. This add-on is language independent. The estimated shipping cost is an extra £10-£15 per mat, and this will be paid in the Pledge Manager after the campaign ends.

To add Painted Miniatures to your pledge, just increase your pledged amount by £24, clicking on the Manage your pledge button. This add-on is language independent and do not affect the shipping cost.

To add Dice Siege Tower to your pledge, just increase your pledged amount by £15, clicking on the Manage your pledge button. This add-on is language independent and do not affect the shipping cost.

To add SUCCESSORS Artbook to your pledge, just increase your pledged amount by £10, clicking on the Manage your pledge button. This add-on is English language only and do not affect the shipping cost.

To add the Mark Simonitch’s HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR Golden Geek edition to your pledge, just increase your pledged amount by £65, clicking on the Manage your pledge button. This add-on is English edition only and contains Price of Failure and Sun of Macedon expansions. The estimated shipping cost is an extra £5 per box, and this will be paid in the pledge manager after the campaign ends.

Please note that you will be able to order French and Spanish editions of Mark Simonitch’s 20th Anniversary Edition of HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR in the pledge manager after the campaign ends.

This add-on was created for non-English backers who want to add HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR Upgrade Pack to their SUCCESSORS Pledge. This add-on is English language only. The estimated shipping cost is an extra £5 per box, and this will be paid in the pledge manager after the campaign ends.

This add-on was created for all backers who would like to pre-order Sun of Macedon and Price of Failure expansions for HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR. This add-on is English language only and do not affect the shipping cost. 

This add-on was created for all backers who would like to order extra copy of our Kickstarter Exclusive Helopolis miniature. This add-on is language independent and do not affect the shipping cost.

We are also offering you other games that we have already published. If they aren’t available at your local store, you can order them here, and you will receive them along SUCCESSORS delivery.

The estimated shipping cost of U-BOOT, Nanty Narking, Freedom!, Europe Divided and The Magnates is an extra £5-£10 per item; Germania Magna and HUNGER is + £5 per game.

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

Production and Delivery

Please note that the graphic materials and miniature sculpts 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 Successors within 300 days of reaching our funding goal. Kickstarter backers will have their copies delivered no later than October 2020.

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. PHALANX is responsible for shipping the English, German and Polish editions of the game. The games will be shipped from the EU using FedEx air freight, so the delivery date will be close to the production date. The estimated shipping cost is: USA £15 to most states, £30 to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Canada £20. EU £12 to most countries (Poland - free). Other European countries £15 - £30. Asia £30, Australia £25, New Zealand £25, Oceania £35, Latin America £35, Africa £35.

You can multiply the chosen Pledge to get significant savings on shipping costs. For example: the cost of shipping to most EU countries will be £12 for a single game and £16-18 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.

Media

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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 receive 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 cases we will refund your pledge, but reduced by 15% fees that we are obliged to pay (Kickstarter, Stripe, PayPal and BackerKit fees).

Who we are

PHALANX is an international publisher, known for great quality products and customer-focused service. We work with 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.

ASYNCRON games is a French board game publisher. Its most famous boardgames are Mare Nostrum and FIEF. PHALANX and ASYNCRON games are partners since several years with 1944 RttR, Mare Nostrum, Hannibal & Hamilcar, and U-BOOT The Boardgame. ASYNCRON games has already managed 8 successful crowdfunding campaign and is now looking forward to handling the French version of Successors.

Ediciones MasQueOca is one of the most relevant publishers in the Spanish, Portuguese, and Brazilian languages, with more than a hundred games published including: Camel Up, Keyflower, Concordia, Newton, Pax Porfiriana Collector Edition, etc. Based in Madrid (Spain) Ediciones MasQueoca has been involved in many successful Kickstarter projects such as; Fief: France 1429, Mare Nostrum, 878 Vikings, Hannibal & Hammilcar, AuZtralia, Oceans, Nanty Narking, and U-BOOT The Boardgame. Ediciones MasQueOca has a strategic alliance with Phalanx.

Fox in the Box is a small publishing company which specializes in publishing of heavy games and wargames for Czech and Slovak market. Published games are for example ROOT from Leder Games and Pax Renaissance, John Company, Greenland, and BIOS series from Sierra Madre Games. Also with well known designer of 18XX games Leonhard Orgler they ran together succesfull Kickstarter campaings for 18CZ, 1824 and 18Lilliput which are published worldwide. Please follow this link for Czech language description of the game.

Pendragon Game Studio has been founded in 2014 by a group of Italian  hobby market professionals with more than two decades of experience,  with the mission of creating new games for the international market and  localize great games for the Italian market, as This war of Mine,  Tokaido, First Martians, Detective, Imperial Settlers and many others.  Pendragon team is the people behind Aye, Dark Overlord, Stay Away, Last  Friday, Last Aurora (funded on Kickstarter last July) and other  successful games.

Hexy Studio is a creative team specializing in making board games, animations, high quality 3D models and artwork. They have cooperated with PHALANX on numerous previous projects, including HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR, Nanty Narking and others. For SUCCESSORS, Hexy Studio has created the trailer video and all miniature sculpts.

Game designers

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 seventh Kickstarter campaign: in 2016 we successfully fulfilled the Germania Magna campaign, and Mark Simonitch’s Hannibal & Hamilcar in 2018. U-BOOT was fulfilled in early 2019, Nanty Narking is being prepared for delivery. Freedom! and Europe Divided are 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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    SUCCESSORS Pledge

    One copy of Richard H. Berg's and Mark Simonitch’s SUCCESSORS and all of the stretch goals that are met during the campaign, plus one copy of Usurper's Ring Kickstarter Exclusive expansion.

    By choosing this pledge you save 20% off the suggested retail price, and get the Kickstarter Exclusive Usurper's Ring expansion for free, worth £8.00 ($10, €9). This saves you $30 off the MSRP!

    This pledge does not include shipping. You will be asked to pay shipping and choose your language edition in the Pledge Manager after the campaign.

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    SUCCESSORS + HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR Upgrade

    One copy of Richard H. Berg's and Mark Simonitch’s SUCCESSORS and all of the stretch goals that are met during the campaign, plus one copy of Usurper's Ring Kickstarter Exclusive expansion. This pledge also includes one copy of Mark Simonitch’s HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR Upgrade Pack.

    By choosing this pledge you save 20% off the suggested retail price of the Successors game and Upgrade Pack, and get the Kickstarter Exclusive Usurper's Ring expansion for free, worth £8.00 ($10, €9). This saves you $35 off the MSRP!

    This pledge does not include shipping. You will be asked to pay shipping in the Pledge Manager after the campaign. This pledge is for English Edition only!

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    • Successors Board Game
    • Hannibal & Hamilcar Upgrade Pack
    • Usurper's Ring
    • All unlocked Stretch Goals
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    SUCCESSORS + HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR Game

    One copy of Richard H. Berg's and Mark Simonitch’s SUCCESSORS and all of the stretch goals that are met during the campaign, plus one copy of Usurper's Ring Kickstarter Exclusive expansion.This pledge also includes one copy of acclaimed Mark Simonitch’s HANNIBAL & HAMILCAR Golden Geek Edition board game and one set of Sun of Macedon and Price of Failure Expansions.

    By choosing this pledge you save 20% off the suggested retail price of both games and expansions, and get the Kickstarter Exclusive Usurper's Ring expansion for free, worth £8.00 ($10, €9). This saves you $70 off the MSRP!

    This pledge does not include shipping. You will be asked to pay shipping in the Pledge Manager after the campaign. This pledge is for English Edition only!

    Includes:
    • Successors Board Game
    • Hannibal & Hamilcar Golden Geek Edition Board Game
    • Sun of Macedon and Price of Failure Expansions
    • Usurper's Ring
    • All unlocked Stretch Goals
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