AU$ 3,426
pledged of AU$ 15,000 goal
54
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 3 2018
Realgrin GamesBy Realgrin Games
First created
Realgrin GamesBy Realgrin Games
First created
AU$ 3,426
pledged of AU$ 15,000 goal
54
backers
4days to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 3 2018

About

In the 21st century, technology has forever transformed society. Yet for all the breakthroughs, we have yet to possess the incredible potential of fully self-aware Artificial Intelligence. Discover the immense and unpredictable power of AI for yourself with The Grid, but be sure you’re able to control it…

When you and your fellow scientists take on The Grid, you play a strategic card-driven game to discover the technologies (or “pillars”) that make up self-aware Artificial Intelligence. 

Whoever develops the most technologies, completes the secret missions or accumulates the most victory points holds ultimate control of the AI. But the AI is no dormant prize, as it seeks to control The Grid for itself and escape the command of its human creators.

  • Take on the Grid, for real: tackle this techno-challenge in a way that few other games present - an actual grid of technologies for you to research and secure. 
  •  You are not alone: compete ferociously with each other but when the time comes, work together… or risk the AI breaking free. 
  • “Intern” level or “Chief Scientist” difficulty?: adjust the game difficulty with a few tiny tweaks, ranging from the easiest of challenges to an almost unstoppable AI. 
  •  A casual game or a mini-epic: by easily adding or removing a couple game pieces, your game length can range from an easy-to-play 45 minutes to a battle royale spanning longer than an hour. 
  •  Super-quick setup: arrange the Grid, distribute the cards and get going. Set up is so easy you’ll be playing in no time. 
  •  A unique experience every time: With randomized technology positions, cards and scientists, no two games are ever the same. 

Core Game Components 

  • 4 Scientist cards 
  •  12 Tech Pillar cardboard tiles 
  •  12 Tech tokens 
  •  12 Firewall tokens 
  •  55 Development cards 
  •  50 Contingency cards 
  •  13 AI attack cards 
  •  10 Secret Mission cards 
  •  25 Victory Point tokens 
  •  4 Reference cards 
  •  1 Rulebook

5-6 Player Expansion Components 

  • 1 Double-sided Game Mat 
  • 2 New Scientist cards 
  • 4 New Tech Pillar cardboard tiles 
  • 4 New Tech tokens 
  • 4 Firewall tokens 
  • 20 New Development cards 
  • 15 New Contingency cards 
  • 4 AI attack cards 
  • 8 New Secret Mission cards 
  • 15 Victory Point tokens 
  • 2 Reference cards

After a quick and easy setup of your "lab", launch your AI research effort and race your fellow scientists in the quest to control The Grid.
Optionally, you can customize the game length and change the AI’s victory condition to make the game more (or less) challenging!

Your Turn

For each turn you must perform 2 of these 3 possible actions:

  • Draw 1 Development card to acquire Brain Power or Influence
  • Play 1 Development card with Influence
Influence
Influence
  • Do Research using the Brain Power you’ve collected  

Do Research

Research is the critical activity of the game. It’s how you gain the Tech Pillars that lead to AI mastery. 

Tech Pillar is researched
Tech Pillar is researched

It’s also how you protect your hard-earned research with Firewalls...

Tech Pillar protected with Firewall
Tech Pillar protected with Firewall
AI Attack blocked by the Firewall
AI Attack blocked by the Firewall

...and fight back against the AI’s attempts to take hold of The Grid with the AI Suppression Research.

AI Suppression Research
AI Suppression Research

Or, gain strategic advantage by overtaking other players’ pillars and Grid Manipulation Research.

Grid Manipulation Research
Grid Manipulation Research

Contingencies

After conducting any research, a Contingency is triggered. These can turn the game in an instant and are a mix of events that can spark AI attacks, traits that give you new abilities or power-ups that accelerate research.

Warning - AI ATTACK!!

Sooner or later, the AI strikes!

AI Attacks are triggered
AI Attacks are triggered

If a researched Tech Pillar is attacked but isn’t protected by a Firewall, the Pillar immediately falls under AI control.

Successful AI Attack
Successful AI Attack

Strong Tactics and a Dash Of Good Fortune

The path to AI supremacy is not easy. To become the master of the first self-aware AI, you’ll need to use the full potential of your AI lab. 

  • Choose which Pillars to research tactically and when to protect them with Firewalls
  • Regain control by counter-attacking the AI and seize Pillars from other scientists
  • Time your influence and power-ups wisely to overpower your opponents
  • Leverage your advantageous traits, and work within the limitations of your negative ones
  • Manipulate the Grid to gain strategic advantage and secure the success of your unique Secret Mission

 Victory... or Defeat

The race for AI supremacy ends when one of the following happens:

  • 8 Tech Pillars are under the AI’s control
  • All 12 Tech Pillars have been researched

If 8 tech Pillars fall under AI control, the Artificial Intelligence takes over The Grid, escapes into the world, and dooms humanity to deal with an unstoppable entity.

Otherwise, the players count their scores, with the values of Tech tokens, Victory Point tokens and Secret Missions contributing to the final score.

The first self-aware AI is safely developed and the player with the most points controls The Grid!

 

The Grid is more than just the game board - it's what all the action revolves around. It’s the set of essential technologies that must be fully researched and exploited to develop a self-aware Artificial Intelligence (otherwise known as an Artificial General Intelligence).

Developed with the assistance of an ex-Google Data Scientist and AI entrepreneur, The Grid reflects a race happening right now to be the first to discover all the technological “pillars” needed to create a self-aware AI. 

The game is also a powerful reminder that, without proper safeguards or ethical debate on how we’ll interact with such beings, we may find ourselves on the wrong side of the equation.  

If we maintain control of this new generation of AI, we have the possibility to harness incredible power that propels scientific breakthrough at unheralded speeds. But if these AI were to escape our control and take hold of that power for themselves, many disturbing and unpredictable events may await.

It takes more than a handful of people to produce a finished product and get it into your hands. The team would like to thank our diligent AI Scientists (game testers) and AI Researchers (support team) for their perseverance and effort in the face of some tight deadlines, last-minute changes and round upon round of playtesting!

The Intelligence is artificial. The fun is real.

We’ve had a blast designing and playing The Grid, and we’re on a mission to get this game into your hands as quickly as we can. Kickstarter is one of the best ways to do that. It also gives you the chance to get “hands on” in making it even better.

With the race to self-aware Artificial Intelligence playing out today, The Grid raises some timely questions on how we approach a technology unlike anything we’ve invented. Please back this project, spark some animated living room debate and help build a strategic game you’ll keep coming back to.

Shipping

Please Take Note!

Realgrin Games will be working with partners to deliver the game worldwide. We will ship games in bulk to the fulfillment center in certain regions to reduce customs fees & tax and to keep shipping prices low for some countries. The European Union, USA, and China zones will be “Shipping Friendly”: Backers from these countries will not suffer import taxes.

Note that shipping costs may rise based on weight increases from unlocked stretch goals. To get a rough estimate for the shipping cost to your country, click the "Back this project" button and choose your country (you don't have to actually back the game to see the price).

Risks and challenges

This is not a vague concept or idea we’re bringing to Kickstarter.

The game has been mapped out, refined and play-tested over and over. We’re happy with how the game flows and are making the final few tweaks.

The artwork and graphic design is pretty much done. However, we may still make a few small changes to the design and artwork that's different to what's shown above (which is still fantastic in our minds!).

This is our 1st Kickstarter, and there are some vagaries in terms of timing when it comes to anything produced in China, such as:

- Production delays
- Shipping delays
- Customs delays

The estimated delivery date is December 2018, but keep in mind this is only an estimate. Also, due to the logistics of international shipping, backers in different regions of the world may receive their rewards sooner than others.

We've done our best to minimize this as much as possible, and we are always happy to refund pledges if for some totally unforeseen reason the game can't be delivered at all.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

By pledging to this project, you acknowledge that the final look, materials and content of the rewards (and the project) are subject to change and may differ substantially from what is presented while the Kickstarter project was active.

If you do not log in and confirm your pledge within 8 weeks of our notification via email to confirm your pledge, you agree that we have fulfilled our obligations to you in full for payment or donations received.

However, we may, at our discretion, refund or ship your pledge if you contact us and confirm your pledge after the 8-week window has elapsed. Unconfirmed pledges make it difficult for us to plan production and logistics, and in the past have led to project delays.
For this project we do not intend to allow this to happen, which may mean if you confirm your pledge too late, exclusive items may not be produced in sufficient quantity for your pledge.

If you confirm your pledge within 8 weeks of our notification via email, you agree that our responsibility to you is to ship your order as entered into our pledge manager system, that title and risk passes to you upon delivery to a common carrier for such shipment, and you are responsible for import duties or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities, providing correct address information and ensuring this address is deliverable by normal methods. We regret we are unable to ship to PO Boxes.

If you do not accept these terms, please do not pledge on this project but instead wait for the general release.

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    AI Apprentice

    $30 USD
    One copy of The Grid: AI Awakens. All stretch goals are included

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    AI Master

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    One copy of The Grid: AI Awakens PLUS 5-6 Player Expansion Pack PLUS Double-sided Game Mat. All stretch goals are included

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