About this project
Centauri Saga is a sci-fi adventure board game that supports a 4X and co-op game play style for 1 to 4 players. Recommended ages 13+. Playtime: 60 - 90 minutes.
After the successful Kickstarter last year, we are back with an extreme expansion that brings a LEGACY campaign to the Saga of Alpha Centauri.
In a future where the Solar System is ruled by a tyrannical government, a band of outcasts escapes to a star system light years away. There they discover an ancient human colony with a dark secret that threatens to destroy the Earth itself. You are all that stands between the Earth that abandoned you and it’s total destruction.
Take command of a ragtag space fleet and fight to save the Earth with nothing but a handful of outcasts and your ingenuity. Build, explore, and fight as you try to survive long enough to warn the Earth of the coming menace.
With this campaign we are trying to enhance our game even more. So, as a reward all backers will receive for FREE the Upgrade Pack v1.5 + Stretch Goals, which includes all of the following:
- New and updated rulebook. We will split the rulebook into two. One for the Core Rules and one book for the Scenarios. We will be adding an index, an appendix giving more detailed information on some cards and we will be moving things around to make them easier to be found. We have also integrated all the comments we received during the last year, and we adjusted the core rules to make the game more strategic and less based on the dice rolling.
- Updated Cards. You will get reprints of the cards that we have upgraded based on playtests and the requirements of the future expansions. These cards include Actions, Events, Units and Power Ups.
- 5-6 Player Upgraded Components: If you get the 5-6 Player Addon from this campaign or you already own it from the previous campaign, this pack will contain the extra upgraded components for that add on too.
- KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: Two new special events available only to kickstarter backers
For a more in-depth analysis on the changes, please visit the relevant thread in BGG:
Check out the cool Ravager miniature that is included in the Upgrade Pack!
What is a Legacy Game?
From BGG: "Legacy games are board games that change over time based on the outcome of each game and the various choices made by players. Players will often make physical changes to the board game by marking the board/cards and placing stickers over the board as well as often destroy components. The changes made in a Legacy game are always permanent, so what is done can not be undone."
By Constantine Kevorque
“The main asset of the a Legacy game is the story. You need to have a world where everything is happening, and then create a base story with various smaller scenario arcs which, when combined, take you through a really good adventure. We are fortunate to have based this game on the digital game Universe-Online, which has a very elaborate sci-fi lore.”
“The next step was a no-brainer, we hired a professional story writer to help us out. We gave him the existing lore, guidelines on how the story should go, and we let him work his magic.”
“Our main advantage while designing the Legacy campaign was the existence of the core game. Given its nature, and the ability to support various scenarios with completely different gameplay, we already had a very good foundation for our Legacy game. By incorporating all the comments from the community after the initial release of the project and by making certain changes to mitigate the luck factor. We removed most of the difficult balancing problems we had and ended up with a stable mechanism."
“So, the Legacy campaign uses all the core mechanics, and spices them up each session with specific variations, similar to what scenarios do. During each session, you will read an introductory story that will set the stage, and then you will be given specific instructions and rules that will set the gameplay and objectives. Sometimes there is only one objective, sometimes there will be sub-plots too.”
“When playing a Legacy game, you are expected to perform certain permanent actions that modify the components of the game in such a way that you can not go back. Our game requires 8 successful sessions for you to finish the storyline. To make sure that you have at least two tries for each session, we have limited the Legacy actions at the beginning < during the Setup Phase> and the end of each session < during the Resolution Phase>. This makes each session replayable on its own.”
“For example, you may open a box at the beginning of a session, which will add new components, and you may use components and mechanics at the end of each session to save your progress and apply permanent changes. Because you will be using components from the core game, all permanent changes have been designed to affect only the Legacy components. In case we need you to apply a permanent change to an existing core component, we will be giving you a duplicate of that component.”
“Just like the scenarios, each session might have a completely different gameplay than the previous one. Each secret package may add any combination of cards, tokens, hexagons, stickers and of course miniatures <!!!!> to the game. When you finish the Legacy campaign you will also gain access to two scenarios that you can play over and over again using those revealed components and miniatures.”
“Each session is playable by 1 to 4 players. You can play one session with 4 players and the next with 2 or whatever combination you like. The game scales automatically without any issues, and it takes 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the number of players.”
In a nutshell...
We can NOT disclose the contents of the Expansion since that would be a huge spoiler for the campaign, but we can tell you what our plan for this expansion is going to be:
- Affordable Legacy Games! Since the "Legacy" part of the game is an expansion, the cost of each season will be half the usual price of Legacy games.
- Many hours of gameplay. This Legacy Campaign can be played from 8 to 16 sessions of 60 to 90 minutes each.
- SOLO Legacy Mode. Our campaign can be played solo. In addition, you may play ANY of the sessions with 1 to 4 players. No matter whether you played previous sessions with more or less players, each session will adapt to the current number.
- Added Value. As soon as you finish the Legacy Campaign, you will gain access to two scenarios that you can play over and over again, which will also use the hidden "stuff" that you will unlock during the Legacy Campaign. So, each Legacy Season will always extend and add to your core game!
This addon includes enough sleeves for everything in the Core game, the upgrade pack and the 6-player addon. We will make sure you receive enough sleeves even if we unlock many stretch goals.
Note: The 5-6 Player addon applies ONLY to the core game, NOT to the Legacy. The Legacy Campaign is playable only with 1 to 4 players.
Spice up your gameplay with this new expansion for Centauri Saga. This Expansion works for 1-6 players, the Arena Scenarios and the Legacy Expansion!
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Click on the image bellow to download the rulebook for the CORE game. To avoid spoilers we will NOT be releasing the rule book for the Legacy Expansion.
Here is what esteemed board game video reviewers think about Centauri Saga:
Follow the URLs bellow to see the Gameplay and Extended Gameplay Videos:
Unboxing Video of the Kickstarter 1st Edition Core Game:
Centauri Saga is scheduled for production in August 2017. Please note that the published product may have differences regarding sizes, quantities, colors and layout because of production limitations and/or adjustments. This includes any type of the game's components (e.g. cards, miniatures etc).
All backers will receive the "Upgrade Pack" for the 1st Edition, and all Stretch Goals unlocked during this campaign.
The game itself and any stretch goals will be available in the future as separate products from Vesuvius Media Ltd.
Based on past experience, we will be charging shipping after the Kickstarter concludes based on the actual costs incurred to ship. We will collect this via our pledge manager after the campaign ends. Shipping costs vary widely based on where you will receive your reward and a one-size-fits-all price just isn't reasonable.
We will ship your rewards at our cost to our international distribution centers. Based on your delivery address we will either ship to you from our hub in the UK, Germany, China, or from USA.
Following is a list of rough estimates for shipping of the various pledge levels. Please keep in mind that these are just estimates, and costs may rise based on weight increases from unlocked stretch goals and any optional add ons you choose. All prices are listed in US dollars.
ASTRAL GUARDIAN (Core + v1.5 + Legacy = 4KG)
- USA: $13 - $18 most states, $30 - $40 for Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
- Canada: $20 - $25
- UK & Germany: $13 - $18
- Rest of Europe: $15 - $25
- Asia: $30 - $40, Hong Kong: $12 - $15, China: $12 - $15
- Australia: $35 - $45
- Latin America: $25 - $35
- Rest of the world: $30 - $60
ASTRAL EXPLORER or ASTRAL WARRIOR (about 2KG)
- USA: $9 - $12 most states, $20 - $30 for Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
- Canada: $20 - $25
- UK & Germany: $9 - $12
- Rest of Europe: $10 - $15
- Asia: $15 - $25, Hong Kong: $10 - $12, China: $10 - $12
- Australia: $20 - $25
- Latin America: $20 - $25
- Rest of the world: $30 - $40
Our current shipping solution does not offer tracking to keep the cost as low as possible. If you require order tracking please contact us at support [at] vesuviusmedia.com. Be advised that this may incur some additional cost. If you have any concerns regarding customs and import taxes for large cost orders, please contact us at support [at] vesuviusmedia.com and we will try to offer some advice.
Vesuvius Media is a small (but mighty!), Canadian, indie development company. Starting off by producing online strategy games, Vesuvius Media has branched into new areas of production and currently boasts online games, mobile games, graphic novels and board games in its portfolio.
What makes Vesuvius Media different from all the other studios? Vesuvius Media is community-driven. Whether online or on the table, its game designers and developers interact with players, listen, debate, and continually gather feedback. Its community of players help shape the future of its games!
To date, Vesuvius Media has successfully Kickstarted and fulfilled three board game projects: Centauri Saga, Cosmic Pioneers and Dwar7s Fall. The first game's delivery was delayed by one month, while the second and the third games were delivered one month early! We learn from our mistakes, we listen to your suggestions, and we strive to become better!
Risks and challenges
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY BEFORE PLEDGING TO THIS CAMPAIGN.
Even though we do our best to ensure a quality product and a timely production, there is always the risk of delays. Supplier shortage, holiday traffic and weather conditions are just a few of the reasons a production could be delayed. Vesuvius Media Ltd should not be held responsible for delays caused by third parties. In addition, some of the items shown might differ from the final product due to supplier/manufacturer error.
When dealing with a large number of orders, there is always a chance that errors will occur. If after you receive your order, you find that there are items missing or they are damage, please contact us at support [at] vesuviusmedia.com, and we will send you the missing items as soon as possible.
If your package arrives damaged, please take a few photos of all damaged items and email them to us at support [at] vesuviusmedia.com. We will send you replacements for the damaged items as soon as possible. The games shipped through this campaign will be sent out in a larger and stronger package, which will better protect the contents against damage.
Our current estimation for delivery is October 2017. We want your orders to be delivered on time as much as you do; however, history has shown that despite the best laid plans there is always a chance of delay.
If a package is not delivered due to a backer's fault (wrong address given, backer didn't claim the delivered package from their post office, etc), the backer may be requested to pay additional shipping fees for the item to be sent out again.
As soon as this campaign is over, you will be requested to complete a survey through which you can let us know which items you have ordered as well as where you would like us to ship your order. Keep in mind that your order may be shipped sooner or later than the estimated date. Please give us an address that will surely not change (If for example you think that you may be moving to a new house around October, please give us the address of a friend or relative to ensure a successful delivery).
Please read the Shipping section above.
Please note that your order may be delivered in multiple packages. This is done due to weight limitations for group shipments. Even though the items you ordered will be shipped at the same time, there is always a chance they will arrive to you several days apart. This may occur due to each country's postal service sort-and-dispatch system.
Through this campaign you may receive updates on Vesuvius Media's other upcoming projects. Such updates will not be frequent.
BY PLACING A PLEDGE ON THIS CAMPAIGN, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THE RISKS & CHALLENGES STATED IN THIS SECTION.
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