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It's the crew of the T.C.S. Brown vs. the monstrous bioengineered Specimen in this two-player card-driven board game of sci-fi horror.

"Gamer Geeks, this game is going to rip you a new one, in a good way!"
- Father Geek

"Overall, this game is just phenomenal. It brings a fresh type to the table top and hours of replayability. I cannot wait to be playing the finished product in my living room." - Demo Player Richard Nava

"I'm not a game player in general and I was surprised how much I got into (Specimen), playing the first time. I was PISSED when my flamethrower was going to be used against me. PISSED. And I was thrilled for the player next to me when she went for a move that was balls out ballsy…these guys are the real deal…FUN STUFF, FOLKS!" - Demo Player Rebecca L

Deep Space – Echo Quadrant 3H-8 – The fully loaded commercial freighter T.C.S. Brown, its seven-member crew in suspended animation, is making the return run to Earth. In the cargo hold lies Dr. Viktor, also in suspended animation, and the mysterious specimen containers that came on board with him.

The Crew of the T.C.S. Brown plan their next move.
The Crew of the T.C.S. Brown plan their next move.

Awoken from their slumber to repair the damage caused by a meteor collision, the crew discover to their horror that Dr. Viktor has been killed and one of the mysterious specimens is loose as a result of the damage. It is a life form that will stop at nothing to survive. The seven astronauts have only the tools and resources on board to subdue and kill an organism never before encountered. An organism that evolves quickly into a nearly-unstoppable predator. Now, a simple repair job becomes a desperate struggle for survival.

SPECIMEN is a card-driven two-player board game. Each turn comprises four action rounds, in which each player can perform one of several possible game actions. The Specimen’s movements are hidden from the Crew player behind a game screen, and the Specimen’s location is only revealed when the Specimen attacks…or if the crew is lucky (or unlucky) enough to find it!

As the Crew:
• Search the ship to find the Specimen

• Construct weapons to fight the Specimen

• Consult the ship’s computer for tactical information

• Repair the damaged ship

As the Specimen:
• Build your creature choosing from over 20 different offensive, defensive and special attributes

• Move in secret through the ship

• Stalk the crew and attack out of the shadows

• Destroy the ship by damaging it section by section

GAME CONTENTS
•    22" x 34" Ship Map
•    90 strategy cards (45 Crew cards, 45 Specimen cards)
•    7 Crew Character Cards
•    25 Specimen Attribute Cards
•    8 dice
•    Over 50 1" Counters
•    Over 50 1/2" Counters
•    Specimen Game Screen (to hide Specimen movement)
•    2 Reference Cards
•    8 1" cardboard pawns and plastic stands

Read the Entire Father Geek Review of SPECIMEN Here

Download and read the Rules

Here's a glimpse at B-Deck in Specimen. This is still a work in progress, but we think it's pretty amazing!
Here's a glimpse at B-Deck in Specimen. This is still a work in progress, but we think it's pretty amazing!
Sample Specimen cards, markers, playing pieces, and game map section. Artwork not final.
Sample Specimen cards, markers, playing pieces, and game map section. Artwork not final.

Specimen is the first game I've ever designed. I wanted to build a game that incorporated a lot of the ideas and concepts from the popular sci-fi and horror fiction that I love from the past 100 years. For the past three years I've been designing, play testing, re-designing, and tinkering with the game, trying to come up with a final product that I think is fun and exciting to play. 

Once playtesting had progressed to a point that I was happy with the game design, Joe and I hired a costume director, a photographer, and six actors, and started building props. The end result was a nine-hour photo shoot that produced some amazing pictures. We're now working with our graphic designers to develop a final look of the game.

You can read about some of our playtesting experiences on my blog.

So, why Kickstarter? Three reasons:

- First, the response to Specimen has been beyond my expectations so far. All of the blind playtesting we've been doing at area conventions and game stores has yielded glowing praise (Including several folks begging to buy the prototype game right there on the convention floor!). Despite that, we were not reaching our pre-order goal. We can't get the message out to enough of you and let you know about this cool game. So, we've decided to launch a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. With Kickstarter, we can reach a lot more of you quickly and easily and hopefully get you as excited about Specimen as we are!

- Second, we believe in the Kickstarter community! We've participated in many Kickstarter campaigns for films and products that we believe in. We know what an awesome community this is, and if the Specimen is going to be born, this is the place for it.

- Third, with Kickstarter we can have stretch goals. All through the design process we've come up with a lot of cool components and improvements that will make Specimen even better than it is now.

Our funding goal is $30,000. If we can reach that, we can get the Specimen printed and available!

And some of the support levels are intended to let you guys get into the game. Everybody who pledges on Kickstarter will be acknowledged both on our website and in the rules. At higher levels, you can adopt a card, have you and your gamer friends become the crew, or even get to name the rival corporation that can appear in the game!

So please support us. Help us get an old-school serious sci-fi/horror board game out there for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you. It means a lot to me to be able to do this, and with your help, I can.

- Steve Baldwin

NORTH AMERICA

Domestic (US) shipping is included in all supporter levels. If you live in Canada, please add $10 to your pledge.

INTERNATIONAL

We know that shipping overseas is VERY expensive. But we want to make the game available for you folks too. The best shipping rate we can find is $60 through the United States Post Office using their flat rate box. The Air Vents reward level is set up for International gamers.

Check out these videos to get insights on the game as well as a glimpse into the universe of Specimen.

Your name in the Special Thanks section of the Specimen Rule Book and on the Toxic Bag website.

You will receive a PDF copy of our Specimen lobby cards and movie poster, plus your name in the Special Thanks section of the Specimen Rule Book and on the Toxic Bag website.

You will receive everything in CARGO HOLD TWO plus a pdf of the Print & Play version of the Specimen board game.

You will receive everything in CORRIDOR TWO plus a copy of the printed, boxed Specimen board game. You pick up the game in the Chicago area and save shipping costs. We plan on having several gaming events next year where you can pick up your copy of the game. Steve may even autograph it for you if you like. Getting to Chicago is your responsibility.

You will receive everything in CORRIDOR TWO plus a copy of the printed, boxed Specimen board game. Shipping is included. Domestic gamers only. Canadian residents please add $10 to your pledge.

You will receive everything in the ENGINE ROOM plus a DeLeo-Kaga t-shirt - just like the Crew of the T.C.S. Brown wore! Shipping is included. Domestic gamers only. Canadian residents please add $10 to your pledge.

The DeLeo-Kaga t-shirt. Your reward shirt will come with sleeves.
The DeLeo-Kaga t-shirt. Your reward shirt will come with sleeves.

For our Overseas Customers! You will receive everything in CORRIDOR TWO plus a copy of the printed, boxed Specimen board game. We know that shipping overseas is VERY expensive. But we want to make the game available for you folks too. Shipping is included; the best shipping rate we can find is $60 through the United States Post Office using their flat rate box.

For all of our local retailers. If your store is located within 50 miles of Chicago, we will deliver 4 printed Specimen games to your store. You don't have to pay for shipping! (Must provide proof of retailer status and location.) Add $25 to your pledge for each additional game (Limit 10 games total per Kickstarter rules).

You will receive everything in the ENGINE ROOM plus a second copy of the printed, boxed Specimen game - that makes one for you and a gift copy for a friend. Designer Steve Baldwin will personally wrap your gift copy. Sorry, Steve will choose the wrapping paper... Shipping is included. Domestic gamers only. Canadian residents please add $15 to your pledge.

You will receive everything in CORRIDOR ONE plus we will send you a personalized phone greeting/voicemail message from Second Engineer Booth (Actor/Voiceover Artist Alan Vuchichevich). Shipping is included. Domestic gamers only. Canadian residents please add $10 to your pledge. LIMITED REWARD; ONLY THIRTY AVAILABLE

For all the Retailers out there. Get 4 printed Specimen games for your store. That's $25 each for a $50 MSRP game plus shipping. (Must provide proof of retailer status.) Shipping is included. Domestic retailers only. Canadian retailers please add $20 to your pledge.

You will receive everything in CORRIDOR ONE plus a set of the three embroidered patches as used on the uniforms of the T.C.S. Brown crew (Corporate, Ship, Mission) Shipping is included. Domestic gamers only. Canadian residents please add $10 to your pledge.

Here's your chance to adopt a card! You will receive everything in CORRIDOR ONE plus your surname will appear on one of the Crew character cards as the name of a ship that character served on previously (If your surname happens to be "Brown," we'll make other arrangements). Shipping is included. Domestic gamers only. Canadian residents please add $10 to your pledge. LIMITED REWARD; ONLY FIFTEEN AVAILABLE

For all the Retailers out there. Get 6 printed Specimen games for your store. That's $25 each for a $50 MSRP game plus shipping. (Must provide proof of retailer status.) Shipping is included. Domestic retailers only. Canadian retailers please add $10 to your pledge.

For all the Retailers out there. Get 8 printed Specimen games for your store. That's $25 each for a $50 MSRP game plus shipping. (Must provide proof of retailer status.) Shipping is included. Domestic retailers only. Canadian retailers please add $20 to pledge.

You will receive everything in CORRIDOR ONE plus a set of custom character cards. Send us digital pics of you and 6 of your friends and we will make you the crew of the T.C.S. Brown. (Character Cards only. Doesn't apply to strategy cards.) Shipping is included. Domestic gamers only. Canadian residents please add $10 to your pledge. LIMITED REWARD; ONLY TWENTY AVAILABLE

For all the Retailers out there. Get 10 printed Specimen games for your store. That's $25 each for a $50 MSRP game plus shipping. (Must provide proof of retailer status.) Shipping is included. Domestic retailers only. Canadian retailers please add $20 to pledge.

You will receive everything in CORRIDOR ONE plus an Officer's jacket. Choose from Captain, First or Second Officer jackets complete with rank pips and embroidered patches. Shipping is included. Domestic gamers only.

You will receive everything in the INFIRMARY plus naming rights of the rival corporation that can show up in the game. (Subject to approval, nothing political, racist, pottymouthed, copyrighted or trademarked. Come on guys, let's be real.) Shipping is included. Domestic gamers only. LIMITED REWARD; ONLY ONE AVAILABLE

Doctor Viktor has survived the meteor impact. But will he help the crew hunt down the Specimen? Or will he be reluctant to destroy his own horrific creation? This expansion explores these questions. Includes: Dr. Viktor Character Card and Playing Piece, 10 New Strategy Cards, and rules addendum. Available to everyone who pledges at the Corridor One level or higher.

More Unlockable Goals to come...

FAQ

  • The current version of the game is for two players. We’ve explored optional rules that would make the game for 8 players (one person would control each crew member and the monster.) The biggest obstacles are distributing the cards and the fragile nature of the crew. We haven’t worked out a system that would give every crewmember a card or two to play each turn that we like. Also, crewmembers die very easily, and we're not sure how excited you folks would be if your character died 15 minutes into a 3 and half hour game.

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  • We are targeting $50 for the MSRP. So, for participating in the Kickstarter campaign you can get a copy of the game shipped to you for only $5 more than that! If you live close to the Chicago area, for $40 you can skip shipping and pick up the game next year!

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  • Print and play is a digital version of the game. Basically we send you pdf files of everything in the game: cards, markers, rules, reference cards, screen, and the game map. You would then print it out on your own, and play. The printed, boxed version is the physical game that we hope to get produced by our printer.

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  • Each Character card has some background info on the character like age and previous work experience. With this reward level we will name one of the ships that a character has served on after you.

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