++++ Received: 24/09/2195++++
++++Mayday, Mayday! Systems failing, crew missing! Alien lifeform seen! Request urgent assistance! Oh God! Two dead, two still missing. Self destruct activated. It mustn’t get back... Save our souls!! ++++
From the award-winning team behind Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game and 1066, Tears to Many Mothers, and from the maverick minds of Toby Farrands and legendary designer Mark Chaplin - creator of Revolver and Invaders - Lifeform is the ultimate experience of gruelling terror in the darkest, most forbidden reaches of deep space!
Lifeform is a game of survival horror for up to 4 players. One player is an unstoppable, utterly hostile alien. All other players are the crew of the doomed mining starship Valley Forge. Lifeform can also be played alone with the solo expansion Dragon's Domain where the player fights to survive against the game itself.
Racing against the self-destruct timer, the crew must search their labyrinthine ship for weapons and supplies to load onboard the escape shuttle, whilst the alien lifeform ruthlessly tears the crew apart one by one...
No marines. No power armour. Just terror...
Lifeform is a standalone, diceless game that tells the tale of twelve commercial astronauts working on a battered mining starship, far away in space and time, who encounter an awesome galactic horror.
With an innovative self-destruct timer, unique hidden movement rules, and alternate playable endings, Lifeform delivers a tense, suspenseful adventure every game.
In the vast, forbidden seas of space… terror stirs.
A Right Royal Playthrough!!
We are extremely pleased and honoured to welcome boardgaming royalty on board. Sir Ricky Royal from Box of Delights has filmed a 2 part playthrough and preview of the solo expansion. This is fantastic for us and we are extremely honoured and grateful to Ricky!
Here's a full run-through of the multi-player game hosted by designer Mark Chaplin:
Preston Gamers Guild were kind enough to have the legendary Paul Kellett summarise their experiences of the game in an excellent article about Lifeform:
Giles Pound of Both Sides of My Table also travelled a huge distance to come and check out the game with us:
And here's a review by play-tester Aleksis Williams:
Players can choose from up to 9 unfortunate crew members faced with the impossible task of survival against overwhelming odds...
Each crew member has their own unique set of skills to help them survive...
That board!! At a mammoth 40 x 20 inches the ship blueprint really puts the board in board game. With over 80 beautiful chambers it really is a labyrinthine ship unlike anything we've ever seen in a board game before. When it's laid out on the table for demos people just stop and stare...
Let's start trying to blast through the next security door...
You will now be able to order your game in German or English in the pledge manager as we work closely with our awesome international partners to bring you multinational Lifeform:
The cards for the crew and for the Lifeform use an elegant sequence of icons to describe what actions you can perform by playing the card:
Search, move, run, hide... survive at all costs! Use shock-prods and fire flamethrowers!
The lifeform stalks the starship, hides in the vents, cocoons and evolves, and mercilessly slaughters the crew!
You can download the rulebook here:
Dragon's Domain - the solo mode for Lifeform - is a totally unique, bespoke experience for the solo player with extra rules, components and thematic card decks. This expansion sees the player take on the unstoppable Lifeform single-handedly in a desperate battle for escape and survival. You can add this unmissable solo expansion to your pledge by selecting the Starbeast pledge.
Here'a solo play-through video with the designer himself:
For a super in-depth interview with co-designer Mark Chaplin about the solo mode design - including a play-through session of the solo game experience - check out Both Sides of My Table's excellent article here:
Solo Play is the first consideration for most of our games. In fact, here's an article we published about the value of Solo Play for the UK Games Expo magazine:
Having smashed the £50K stretch goal we have now unlocked the second expansion for Lifeform, the awesome "13th Passenger":
The 13th Passenger expansion for Lifeform is a totally optional modular, plug-in expansion for hardcore players who want even moar! Two new characters join the Crew team The new rules for asteroids add a yet another terrifying threat to the already beleaguered Valley Forge star ship And the extra Remora shuttle board provides a brand new and unique endgame showdown experience. You can add this brilliant but totally optional expansion to your pledge by simply increasing your pledge total by just £9 GBP (rrp £12)!!
Mark Chaplin is kindly putting together a series of video diaries to articulate his thoughts on the game design, which we're sharing in the Kickstarter updates. Here's a selection for your delectation:
For rules questions, advice from the experts, photos, session reports, sneak previews and more, make sure you join our official chat group here:
“Backed because it reminded me of movies like Alien and Event Horizon and the soundtrack gave it a cool eighties horror vibe...the mechanics looked cool as well” - Michael Harrington
“No space marines, battle ships, laser blaster... screw that, just get the f out of here and live!!! Also, good call for not going full plastic £200+ game as this is becoming more and more ks bg standard” - Earthslug
“Survival games are a staple of my gaming collection whether it is surviving a shipwreck, a war torn city, etc. Lifeform gives me the chance to try to survive unimaginable horror against the backdrop of space” - Nick "Grand Vizier of Kilforth" Hughes
“Why I backed? Because Alien is in a three-way tie for 2nd favorite movie, because asymmetrical hidden movement is totally my jam, and because Mark designed the only true board game adaptation of one of the other movies in that three-way tie. I'm so excited to have nothing hear me scream” - Colin Booth
“Playing a Mark Chaplin game feels like having a conversation with someone who loves all the same movies that I do. His enthusiasm for gruesome sci-fi horror drips from every component and rule” - Azilut
“I definitely backed because I love the concept. No space marines. No power armour. Ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. My favourite kind of horror. I also appreciate that the crew appear to be regular people dressed appropriately for their job and the situation” - Darren Pleavin
We've been reading the excellent "Why You Backed" stories in the comments section. If you'd like to share too, just post your reason(s) in the comments - it can be as serious, funny, obsequious, insulting or insane as you like - just pop your stream of consciousness ramblings into the comments and share your own story!
Mark Chaplin (@Yugblad): Mark Chaplin (b. 1971) was born in Portsmouth, England, and has since lived all over the country - now residing in Nottingham. An avid player of Dungeons & Dragons, and Tunnels & Trolls, he developed his first boardgame at the age of eleven, based on Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. He is the designer of the award-winning card game based on John Carpenter's The Thing, but is best known as the creator of the Wild West card game Revolver, and the alien invasion game Invaders. Mark actively works as a game designer, miniature painter, and as a model maker.
Tristan Hall (@quahogmire): Award-nominated game designer Tristan Hall has been designing thematic games since childhood. After his fanmade scenarios and mods for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game and the Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System games received 50,000+ downloads Tristan launched his own epic fantasy adventure game Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game, which successfully funded on Kickstarter (twice), followed by the equally successful history-based card game 1066, Tears to Many Mothers. He also hosts the gaming podcast #BoardChitless, devoted to Chit Chat about gaming and interviews with the biggest names in the industry.
Francesca L Hall (@Ninjadorg): Having played the piano since the age of four, Francesca has composed numerous soundtracks including short films exhibited at Raindance, Edinburgh and Cannes film festivals, and the award winning film 'Detention'. Her second piano album Lost has been received to critical acclaim, and following her incredible sound track to Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game, Francesca has now experimented with new and authentic sounds mixed with ambient atmospherics to deliver another beautiful audio soundscape for 1066, Tears to Many Mothers.
Víctor Pérez Corbella (@VictorPCorbella): (Action deck card art) Very talented freelance illustrator with over 10 years of experience working on board games, role-playing games, miniatures, and video games. Some of his other work: Space Hulk Death Angel, Shadowrun Crossfire, Warhammer Conquest, Samurai Spirit, Champions of Midgard, Pathfinder, Smash Up, In the Name of Odin, BattleCon, HEX: Shards of Fate, Werebeasts and many more.
Chechu Nieto (@Chechuns): (Box cover, card graphic design, & crew portrait art) Graphic artist and Art teacher who has already worked on more than fifty board game projects: Twilight Struggle Collector's Edition, Core Worlds, Dominant Species, GMT Games COIN series, Dungeon Raiders, Feudalia and, in close collaboration with nice fellow Mark Chaplin, the wonderful games Revolver 1 & 2 and Invaders.
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We also now have the experience and contacts to work with local distribution centres to bring the costs of shipping down as much as possible.
At Hall or Nothing Productions Ltd we are dedicated to delivering world-class, high quality, thematic games where quality cannot be compromised.
Our first sell-out game, 'Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game' was in the official Top Ten Games of the Year as voted for by Tabletop Gaming Magazine and is undergoing its second reprint complete with expansions.
Our second title, the historical card game '1066, Tears to Many Mothers' was nominated for a Golden Geek Award and an Origins Award. 1066, Tears to Many Mothers has already gone to the printers and will be delivered this summer. Here's a detailed breakdown of where we're up to with our projects and what's coming down the pipeline:
Risks and challenges
This is the fourth project for Hall or Nothing Productions. Thanks to the thousands of generous backers who successfully funded Gloom of Kilforth originally, as well as its reprint and expansions, along with our second game 1066, Tears to Many Mothers, we have learnt a huge amount about the development process, design and file submission for the printers, and we will be working again in close partnership with our factories and fulfilment agencies to ensure the smoothest delivery of your games.
Production of the cards and game boxes will take a couple of months.
This will only be possible once all the art for the game has been turned in, but we have ALL of the art for this project completed ahead of time! This means we only have to finalise the graphic design and manufacturing files which should only take a couple of months. This means we'll be able to submit the game files to the printers in record time (for us)!
The final hurdle will be overseas shipping and customs and any delays which might be caused by this process will unfortunately be outside of our control. But as with our other campaigns when this project funds we will keep you posted every single step of the way, and you will get your game.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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