EXO: Mankind Reborn is a fully cooperative survival game where players will take their heroes on a series of quests to bring back the human race onto the surface of the world. Play two different campaigns designed for 1-2 and 3-4 players, and discover the cause behind the disasters that forced humanity to shelter underground for centuries.
At the turn of the Millennium, humankind was racing towards an unimaginable convolution of natural disasters: tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, heat waves... The Earth, we realized, was coming to an end.
The brightest minds united to find solutions for the problems of of the energy crisis and to attempt to restore the balance of the world. After years of research a new source was discovered: Exoenergy. But in the meantime the energy dependency of the nations has lead to an irreversible situation.
Spread over vast distances, several research teams each specialized in a different aspect of this new energy form. But before they finished their work a succession of great cataclysms, with unknown cause hit humankind in an all devastating blow. The world as we knew it has ended and forced humanity to take refuge in isolated underground cavern systems, organizing themselves in “tribes”.
Over hundreds of years in deep isolation from the ravaged surface of the Earth, something started to changed. Each tribe, under leadership of the old researchers and their descendents, started to form a symbiosis with native animal populations and the Exoenergy itself. The shape of human and animal had changed and became advanced by the united affords of the last of us.
But we could not endure forever in the darkness deep below. Old technology broke, resources were slowly consumed, and in the year 2950 the council of the elders had decided to ascend once again onto the face of the planet to ensure the survival of humanity.
But we were not the only one who changed in all that time... new and wild species have conquered and dominated the world while we were gone: bugs.
OUR SPECIES LAST HOPE
EXO energy reserves are about to run out and selected heroes from different parts of the world unite on an expedition to guarantee the future of humanity.
EXO is not a miniature game. This is a game with miniatures in which resource management and the depth of the mechanics bring it closer to a Eurogame.
Each game round consists of four phases: Disaster, Resource, Production, Action and Night. We will explain them briefly below…
- Disasters – During this phase, we will determine with a dice roll how the climatology will affect the environment, how the environment’s fauna will behave, and also how the climate will affect our Exoanimals. All this will be detailed in quick reference tables for each mission.
- Resource Production – During this phase players will produce exoenergy and a variety of resources. To do so our heroes will be able to assemble different buildings that will be represented by extraction tiles. At the beginning of the turn, each player will take a resource off each tile he has on the board and store it, if possible, in his backpack if they are resources, or in the exoenergy pool of his/her exoanimal, in the case of exoenergy.
- Actions – During this phase, players must decide which actions they will be performing both with their heroes and with their exoanimals. There are common actions to be carried out by both characters and others specific to each one. For more information, please take a look at EXO Rulebook in the links below.
Here you will find a sample of the rulebook. Keep in mind that this is just a draft and not the final layout.
English rulebook: https://bit.ly/2rlRJtS
Spanish rulebook: https://bit.ly/2KwqNka
EXTREME WEATHER & TREACHEROUS TERRAIN - EXPLORATION DECK
As our heroes advance in their expedition, they will find out that the environment has changed, becoming an inhospitable place. Sandstorms, blizzards and many other weather disasters will hinder their progress by testing their survival.
36 exploration cards are provided with the game although this number might seem restrictive at first, you will find out that there are many possibilities of exploration in the game. Let’s see the impact in game terms:
When revealing the card you will discover what kind of region it is:
Here you can see a brief description of the card elements:
- 1. Card name: determined by the name of the place or by a weather phenomenon affecting the region.
- 2. EXO & resources: the type of EXO and resource that this region produces.
- 3. Effects: depicted with different icons.
- 4.Narrative text.
- 5. Reference number.
After the draw, the card effect is applied to your hero. From now on, this region cannot be explored again. According to the deployment of the heroes in the tiles, there can be up to 15 regions to be explored. That leaves another 21 options in the deck! So one region won’t be the same as another even though you play the same mission repeatedly… This will offer you a renewed game experience every time you play!
Death is not an option. If any of your heroes dies, the game will come to an end. So you better gather resources to keep you alive while fulfilling quest’s objectives!
How To Play - Learn the mechanics in just 8 minutes. Video from Sulker:
Now let us explain each section of the mission:
In the upper part of the mission you will find its name and a narrative text that introduces you to the scenario. Here you will find background information about the mission and details regarding the plot of the story.
In this section you will see the tiles setup and the heroes’ starting areas. Depending on which mission you are playing this setup may vary. Here you can see some examples:
Next we have the mission objective part where we describe the objectives that are necessary in order to complete the mission. For those of you who love challenges, you will find an “achievement”. If you accomplish this “achievement” while playing the game you will earn some rewards in following missions.
Just below the objectives there are the special rules for the missions. There will be some scenarios that have special rules such as “no harming any bug”, or not being able to leave an area if there is a bug alive in it.
In all missions you will have to roll the dice to determine the fauna behaviour and the environment changes. For these you must check the results on the tables below.
And finally, there’s the last part that shows the outcome of the mission. A narrative text shows the way to the next mission. Sometimes you may come to a crossroad where you will need to decide which path to follow. This means that some missions will only not reveal all the story options, so if you want to complete the full story you will have to replay the game.
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Brettspiel Heroes EXO - Prototype Review:
World Introduction with our art director, Luis Marco. Video from Beasts of War:
“Roundup Breakdown” Video from Beasts of War:
"Let's Play" Video from Beasts of War:
Preview video at the spanish youtube channel Análisis-Parális:
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Improved Game - With each stretch goal unlocked, the overall quality of the game will be improved for all gamers.
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Below are our initial rough estimates for shipping the core game (2.5kg dimensional weight). These are just estimates - costs may rise due to weight increase as more items are unlocked via stretch goals and optional purchases you choose.
“Roundup Breakdown” Video from Beasts of War
Risks and challenges
We are an experienced company in the terrain industry for wargames with 7 years of experience, and we have the means and tools to embark on this adventure that is the development and production of board games.
The main risk factor being this our first Kickstarter Campaign, which can always happen, is a delay in delivery which might occur due to unforeseen circumstances during production. For this reason we will inform you with any news that we find during the production process of this game in order to maintain a honest communication.
Although our goal is that every single backer receives their core & rewards before the game hits retail, production and shipping delays can lead to delivery at the same time or following the retail release.
This product will be produced in Europe, which means that there won't be long waiting times to receive the components from our suppliers.
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