About this project
27th Passenger: A Hunt On Rails is a unique deduction game for 3 to 6 players that plays in 30-45 minutes. It was designed by Christos Giannakoulas and Manolis Zachariadis (a.k.a. Goblins on Board) and features the beautiful art of Manolis Frangidis.
BoardGameGeek Entry: Click here.
1920s, New York City. Rumor has it that some nights, at the abandoned railway connection from Manhattan to Staten Island, the train tracks are warm. You have found a note in the pocket of your coat, specifying a time and a place. “Another job”, you thought.
They offered you a place to play. A bunch of other players, sharing your reputable professional qualifications, would be getting offers too. You will all get on a train from Manhattan, along with several folk that have no idea what they’re stepping into. Only one - or maybe even none - of the players will be getting off at the last stop at the far end of Staten Island.
Gather information to identify your opponents, use your scheming techniques to find out who’s just an innocent passenger and don’t forget to keep a low profile, as others will be looking for you, too. Once you 've found an opponent you can take him out, but be careful; kill an innocent passenger and you’ll be sleeping with the fishes.
What’s in it for you if you win? Money? Connections? They wouldn’t say. It doesn’t matter, you accepted anyway. “Good”, they said, “detailed instructions will follow”.
Click here to download the detailed instructions of the game (a.k.a. the Rulebook!)
Along with your train ticket, you will receive:
27 Unique Passenger Cards:
A Double-Sided Game Board:
Support us now:
- to help us make the boardgame 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails a reality! Without your support this game may never reach its audience. We have covered the cost of graphic and art design; back us so that we can produce the game and ship it everywhere.
- to benefit from the EARLY BIRD prices for both 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails and Intrigue City, our first published boardgame. Your help is deeply appreciated!
- to benefit from the Lower Shipping Costs. As your reward will be shipped along with all the other rewards, we are able to provide you with a cost-efficient shipping solution.
- to receive Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE Pledge Levels, Stretch Goals and Add-Ons! See below to discover, among others, unique linocuts, beautiful posters and the opportunity to become the 27th Passenger!
- Video Review & Playthrough by Undead Viking:
If you already know how to play the game, you can just check Undead Viking's opinion about it at 22:10.
- Video Review & Playthrough by NVS Gameplays:
If you already know how to play the game, you can just check NVS Gameplays' opinion about it at 24:10.
- Michael Fox, The Little Metal Dog Show (Click here for the full review):
"Where many other games will see you trying to work out a mystery by eliminating clues, 27th Passenger flips things around by involving everyone sat around the table – you may be hunting down a killer, but you’re also being hunted."
- Board Game Maniac (Click here for the full review):
"27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails, refreshes the genre with its combination of mechanics, true film-noir atmosphere and heightening tension."
- Base the Bass, BoardGameGeek User (Click here for the full review):
"The narrative is very strong, has the feel of a 1920's newspaper text and succeeds in conveying the discourse of the era."
- E & E's Spellenmolen (Click here for a review in Dutch)
EARLY BIRD: A copy of 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails at Early Bird Price + ALL Stretch Goals achieved! For shipping fees, see "Shipping" section below.
SIGNED COPIES: Would you like a signed copy of 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails by the game designers "Goblins on Board"? ALL Stretch Goals achieved will be included! For shipping fees, see "Shipping" section below.
ALL ABOARD: A copy of 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails + ALL Stretch Goals achieved! For shipping fees, see "Shipping" section below.
PURPLE PACK - EARLY BIRD: Get, at an early bird price, both 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails and Intrigue City (plus the Mini-Expansion Intrigue City:The Bank Conspiracy), the first published game by Purple Games! ALL Stretch Goals achieved will be included! For shipping fees, see "Shipping" section below.
Intrigue City BoardGameGeek Entry: Click here.
PURPLE PACK - ALL ABOARD: Get both 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails and Intrigue City (plus the Mini-Expansion Intrigue City:The Bank Conspiracy), the first published game by Purple Games! ALL Stretch Goals achieved will be included! For shipping fees, see "Shipping" section below.
Intrigue City BoardGameGeek Entry: Click here.
KS Exclusive - LINOCUT PRINT: A limited numbered, hand crafted, collector's signed work of art! Receive a linocut print (size: 7'' x 10,2'' / 18 x 26 cm) created by the game artist, Manolis Frangidis. Linocut will depict the "Investigator" or the "Detective". A copy of 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails will be included + ALL Stretch Goals achieved. For shipping fees, see "Shipping" section below.
Description of Linocut: Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric.
KS Exclusive - Become the 27th Passenger: Make your game UNIQUE with YOU as one of the passengers! Choose a passenger from the passenger list below, send a portrait photo of yourself and our artist, Manolis Frangidis, will transform you into a noir character straight from the 1920s! You can then replace your portrait card with the corresponding one from the basic game. In addition, you will get a poster of yourself (size: 7'' x 10,2'' / 18 x 26 cm). A signed copy of "27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails", along with ALL stretch goals achieved, is included. For shipping fees, see "Shipping" section below.
Choose from the The List of Passengers above, where each passenger has a unique combination of three traits (Looks, Scent and Voice), send us your photo and become the "27th Passenger"!
Our artist, Manolis Frangidis, has already done this for himself as the Bartender, as he always likes to mix his own drinks at parties. See below a casually dressed, perfumed version of himself with a deep voice:
KS Exclusive - Live Action RPG: (Only for Europe residents) Purple Games gives you an opportunity to meet the publishers and the designers of 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails and get to know Thessaloniki's culture and history through this Mediterranean noir story, designed and customized for you by Goblins on Board. "Mediterranean Noir" is a live action role-playing game, where you, the hero, roam the streets of the city and try to solve a mystery. You will interact with people and work out answers to puzzles, as the story evolves in a non-linear way according to your decisions. "Mediterranean Noir" includes flight tickets to Thessaloniki and back, accommodation for 2 nights, breakfast and lunch. Exact dates for the game will be arranged between you and the organisers. The story of the game is going to be customized to your preferences and personality, so you will need to fill in a questionnaire in advance, regarding some details about yourself.
You will also receive a copy of 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails with a special dedication to you!
The more people who join the project, the more things will be in the game box! These stretch goals will be included in all backer and retail boxes, unless stated otherwise.
UNLOCKED! $6000: The game gets funded! Thank you for your support!
UNLOCKED! $8000: Two new Skill Cards will be added to the game!
$10000: Three new Event Cards will be added to the game, one for each type of train route (green, yellow, red).
$12500: Six Deduction Screens will be added to the game.
$15000: A small metal train figure will be added in each box! Feel free to use it as the round token.
$18000: The cart tray of the game box will be beautifully illustrated by our artist Manolis Frangidis.
$21000: Hopefully we will reach that far, we have dozens of ideas to be revealed... :-)
Spread the word about the game and more things will be added as a great thank you for your help!
UNLOCKED! 250 shares on Facebook: .Two New Skill Cards will be added to the game.
UNLOCKED! 700 Facebook Page Likes: Six Player Aids will be added to the game!
Click here: Purple Games Facebook Page
You can add any of the following Add-Ons to any Pledge Level. Just increase the amount of your pledge accordingly.
A set of 6 Deduction Screens for those of you who need to keep all their notes carefully and meticulously! The screens will be beautiful and of great quality, since they will be made of extra thick paper!
Please keep in mind that the screens are not essential for the game. However, they can make note-taking easier and they will keep your precious information away from the indiscreet eyes of extra ruthless opponents!
You can have a look at the outer side of the Screens below. Inside there will be a description of the basic actions of the game and some… dirty tips for winning the game. :P The 6 Deduction Screens will be foldable in two and will cost you an extra $10 (no extra shipping costs will be required).
KS Exclusive - Posters: (size: 7'' x 10,2'' / 18 x 26 cm) Choose among the 12 posters below, showing some of the 27 Passengers riding the secret train route. Worldwide shipping is included.
Intrigue City: Get the first published boardgame of Purple Games, which was officially released in Essen Spiel 2013. Worldwide shipping is included.
Intrigue City: The Bank Conspiracy - Mini Expansion: Get the Mini-Expansion of Intrigue City offering more re-playability. Worldwide shipping is included.
Purple Games - Publisher
Founded in 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece, Purple Games grew out of the love for board games shared by the two founders, Maria–Olga Raimondo and Evi Tsirogiannidou. Maria–Olga, a dice-rolling spell-casting astronaut always plays with blue. Evi, a wooden cube juggler and leader of meeples always plays with red. Hence purple, the combination of blue and red; the color of imagination, balance and mysterious candy.
Purple Games published their first game, Intrigue City, in 2013. Designed by Goblins on Board, Intrigue City is a game full of shady guilds, machinations and, of course, wooden cubes. In 2014 Purple Games is on their way with a new game, 27th Passenger: A Hunt On Rails. Get on board and you will find yourself on secret train routes, looking for clues, firing or dodging bullets and interrogating strangers.
When they 're not playtesting games or doing whatever it is that board game publishers do all day, they try to shake off the reputation of a dark-themed company by ordering colorful fruity milkshakes at really girly places.
Goblins on Board - Designers
Manolis Zachariadis and Christos Giannakoulas are a creative game design team from Thessaloniki, Greece. Also known as Goblins on Board, they have designed Purple Games' first published boardgame, Intrigue City. When they are not digging holes to reach the center of the Earth and cut down that big annoying Tree, they love designing games and spend all their free time doing so. They hope that when they grow up they'll be able to make up games full-time.
27th Passenger is a game inspired by the love Manolis and Christos share for Agatha Christie's stories as well as the deduction games they played as children. Classic deduction games are not as popular as they once were among gamers, so Goblins on Board hope that 27th Passenger will cause a small spark that will once again bring more gamers to this special game category.
Find more about Goblins on Board on their website.
Manolis Frangidis - Illustrator
Illustrator of “27th Passenger” (editor of the teaser above and cover artist of the previous Purple Games board game “Intrigue City”), Manolis Frangidis began his carrier as an aspirant Medicine student but after a twist of fate graduated with honors in 2007 from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Thessaloniki. In 2010 he got his postgraduate degree (again with honors – talkin’ about a hell of an honorable guy here!) from the Faculty of Technology of the same university. He has organised and taken part in art and comics exhibitions, theatrical and film productions and comics publications both in Greece and abroad. He has been working as an art professor and illustrator since 2010. He is also a Ph.D. Candidate, a theme gamer, an avid reader, a total failure of an archer, a mediocre rune caster and a busy fellow in general!
Other members of the team:
Eleni Chalati - Rulebook Graphic Designer: An architect by day and a graphic designer by night, Eleni has become the right hand of Purple Games for anything related to graphic design. Her ambidextrous qualities allow her to design luminous interiors with one hand and illustrious rulebooks with the other. Recently she has started experimenting with the use of meeples as model inhabitants for her house designs.
Alessandro Raimondo - Boardgame Scouter & Session Gamer: Alessandro is a diagnosed rule addict and a studier of game mechanics. He has been seen reading game rules while waiting at queues, on the bus and while sleepwalking. In the real world he is a pharmacist. Since his affiliation with Purple Games, his customers have occassionally complained about strange wooden cubes in the secret powders and magic potions he makes for them.
Nikos Tryfonidis - Flavor Text Author & Session Gamer: Nikos writes small goofy texts for Purple Games. Rumor has it that he is part of a secret research project that investigates the effects of caffeine on cognitive function. In real life you will mostly find him listening to music, turning the pages of Physics books looking befuddled, or trying to fix segmentation faults. But then again, rumor has it that all those CDs, books and laptops are just coffee coasters in disguise.
We, Purple Games, fell in love with 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails at first sight. As a relatively short in duration deduction game with a strong party game feel, we think that it is a truly original game that will be enjoyed by a wide range of board game fans.
This is our first Kickstarter campaign, though we have created one very well received title - Intrigue City - that was released at Essen 2013. By reaching our funding goal, we will be able to produce 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails and make it available worldwide. So far, we have invested our own money in the game artwork, prototype printing and all other associated costs of creating the game.
But now we need your help! We still need to cover the costs for printing, packaging, shipping and so on. You can be of great help by backing this project or by spreading the word for our campaign through Facebook, Twitter or any other way you can think of. We deeply appreciate your support! Thank you!
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Backers should receive their games in December 2014.
Depending on the total number of backers, the shipping to the US and Canadian backers will be done either from within the US (bulk quantity to a warehouse in the US and shipping from there) or from Greece (via the Postal Service).
The shipping to the EU backers as well as the shipping to all other international backers will be done from Greece via the Postal Service.
The shipping fees are as follows:
U.S.A. and Europe:
- $12 for 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails
- $27 for Purple Pack (27th Passenger + Intrigue City + Mini-Expansion)
- $15 for 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails
- $35 for Purple Pack (27th Passenger + Intrigue City + Mini-Expansion)
All other countries:
- $17 for 27th Passenger: A Hunt on Rails
- $45 for Purple Pack (27th Passenger + Intrigue City + Mini-Expansion)
Our current shipping solution DOES NOT offer tracking.
Risks and challenges
There are always complexities and considerations in a project of this scope that may cause delays. As far as we control the process, we can guarantee that there are not going to be any delays. Our experience from the production of our first boardgame "Intrigue City" has been a great lesson. We're still learning of course, but we're not inventing the wheel this time around.
Fortunately the risks involved in completing and fulfilling this project are minimal since the artwork is almost complete, the game is finished and we already have established a close personal relationship with our print house. In any case, since the game consists of standard sized playing cards and no strange bits and pieces, there shouldn't be any nasty surprises along the way. Please note that the published product may have differences regarding sizes, quantities, colors or layout due to production limitations/adjustments.
Our goal is to work hard and have you, our precious backers, 100% satisfied with your rewards!
Our current shipping solution DOES NOT offer tracking. For all we know from our past experience with our postal office, the % of lost items is VERY small. However, if you require tracking for your order, please contact us and let us know. Please note that you will be requested to pay additional shipping costs since your order will have to be handled separately from our group shipping solution.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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