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Scotland's tragic attempt to found a New World colony; an extraordinary game experience. Can you defeat the Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Scotland's tragic attempt to found a New World colony; an extraordinary game experience. Can you defeat the Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
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In 1698 the people of Scotland invested their nation's wealth in sending an expedition to the Isthmus of Panama. Their aim: to found a great trading colony. Alas, they were beset by disease, shortage of supplies and conflict with the Spanish empire.  Hundreds died; few were left to tell the story. 

Darien Apocalypse  explores the theme using four quantum worlds - success and failure will vary from world to world. The calamitous events are represented by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. How will you fair against these infernal forces ? 

In this game for 1 - 4 players you will make the arduous journey to Darien and attempt to survive all that the Horsemen can send against you. 

Darien Apocalypse can be played cooperatively or competitively; succeed against the Horsemen with or in spite of your fellow adventurers – you choose. The fate of a nation rests in your hands!

Playing time - 2 hours.

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Thanks to Rick Royal at Box of Delights:

 

Click to access the rules for Darien - Apocalypse
Click to access the rules for Darien - Apocalypse

 

   

Each player is a leader of the expedition.
Each player is a leader of the expedition.

  

Horsemen appear according to an Apocalypse card drawn each turn.
Horsemen appear according to an Apocalypse card drawn each turn.

  

Actions are made; silver and shares collected.
Actions are made; silver and shares collected.

  

Shadows and Calamities torment the brave Scots.
Shadows and Calamities torment the brave Scots.

 

Terrain is explored.
Terrain is explored.

  

The Scots construct buildings in each colony.
The Scots construct buildings in each colony.

 

Victory will go to those who can best control events.
Victory will go to those who can best control events.

  

Base game wood Horsemen
Base game wood Horsemen

 

Beware the stretch goal Horsemen!
Beware the stretch goal Horsemen!

 

Especially if painted ..... by Pete Woods.
Especially if painted ..... by Pete Woods.

 

Our ongoing aim is to make our games affordable!
Our ongoing aim is to make our games affordable!

Target and Stretch Goals

After falling short of our original target we have re-set at £10,000 and adjusted the Stretch Goals as follows:  

 What else has changed?

After listening to comments from supporters and trusting our gut instincts, we decided that reducing the cost of rewards would encourage more people to back this project.  We have been able to do this by reducing the game weight meaning post and packing costs will be less. The weight difference (we're aiming at 2.5 kgs incl. packaging) has been achieved by slightly reducing the overall size of map, hex tiles, buildings and arrays. We don't feel this will spoil the game experience; on the contrary we believe the game will sit better on the table and mean that more players will get to enjoy this unique playing experience.

We will require some 250 backers to achieve our goal, but feel confident this can now be realised. Please help. As ever, we count on your support.

Steve, Phil, Gary

Risks and challenges

It's nearly thirty years since we produced our first game (Angola), but rumours of us retiring from the hobby have been exaggerated. What keeps us going is the desire to be innovative and to keep pushing the boundaries of game design. In Darien Apocalypse we have taken the story of Scotland's ill-fated endeavour and used a quantum multi-world approach to make a novel exploration of positive as well as tragic outcomes.

Ragnar Brothers is an independent games company and we have successfully completed six previous Game projects on Kickstarter. As usual we have fulfilled our commitments on our previous project before embarking on this one, We are confident that we can deliver Darien Apocalypse at the quality you expect and on schedule (May 2018). .

We are grateful to all our supporters without whom our games could not be produced. We are trying our level best to reach out to more gamers around the world and do our best to keep a tight rein on shipping costs.

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