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Sci-fi area control board game for 2 to 4 players with a unique drafting setup mechanism for unlimited replayability!
Sci-fi area control board game for 2 to 4 players with a unique drafting setup mechanism for unlimited replayability!
Sci-fi area control board game for 2 to 4 players with a unique drafting setup mechanism for unlimited replayability!
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Cosmic Pioneers is a Sci-fi board game for 2 to 4 players. It is an area control game in which players try to control planets using their Colonists. Players compete with both the other players and the aliens native to each world for control, upgrading their ship throughout the game to gain new abilities. Each player starts with a ship and a different commander, each of whom has a unique power, helping them in their goal of controlling the Tau Ceti system. But beware! The planets are already inhabited by different types of aliens that do not wish to share their home!

The winner of the game is the player who has the most victory points. Victory points are mainly gained by controlling planets at the end of the game. 

Explore the new system, expand your control of its planets, exploit the vicious aliens, and exterminate your opponents!

Are you ready Captain?

Multilingual Support

The game has a minimum amount of text, thus we will release an online PDF version of the core rules in Spanish, French and German. Inside this PDF you will also find the translations for the Commander's abilities, the Aliens' Abilities and the Scenarios.

With these you will be able to play the game even if you do not speak English!

The PDFs will be released in August 2016.

Special Thanks to Wei-Chun Yang who translated the Cosmic Pioneers Rulebook into the traditional Chinese language! Check out his blog Snoopy Land: http://usnoopy.blogspot.ca/

The first thing you need to do is choose your hero. Each commander has a unique special ability, affecting your game style and strategy and ensuring that no two games of Cosmic Pioneers is the same!

 

Explore the planets of Tau Ceti and face off against different alien species. Each alien species has its own special ability, requiring different strategies to keep your colonists safe from them and also giving different opportunities to players to exploit them and use them against their opponents!

 

What makes this game unique is the board setup drafting mechanism. Every time you setup the board (Hexes) the Tau Ceti system will be different along with the possible dangers that players will encounter.

 

 

 

 Although this game is not "hard-core", that doesn't mean that its pawns can not be really cool! Using the experience we gained with our Centauri Saga miniature production, Cosmic Pioneer's Colony Ships are of equal quality!

 Also, to make the game experience even better, it comes with 44 Custom Meeples (+7 for the Stretch Goal "the Bug").

 

Time to organize a game night for all your friends and family!

Do you want to introduce your kids or your friends to the basic elements and mechanics of "geek" board games? Cosmic Pioneers is the best game for the job!

You can teach the core game mechanics in 10 minutes and, without even knowing it, your friends and family will be playing a game that has:  

  • Area Control
  • Technology Tree
  • Resource Management
  • Basic Strategy and Planning

Play a full game session in less than an hour!

 Click on the image bellow to download our core rulebook:

 

Here is what esteemed board game video reviewers think about Cosmic Pioneers:

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For an extra 55$ USD you can get your hands on the Core Box of Centauri Saga, which was successfully Kickstarted and produced on November 2015. The retail value of the Core Box is 70$ USD.

Centauri Saga is a Sci-fi, 4X, Co-Op board game for 1 to 4 players. Players begin with a mission that defines the setting and their goals and then guide their Armada through unexplored sectors (hexagons) of Alpha Centauri. However, players are not alone. They will encounter various Raiders and Bosses representing a hidden alien menace in the Centauri system.

The "Astral Explorer" pledge includes a copy of the Centauri Saga Core Box. This box includes all the following unlocked Kickstarter Rewards from the original campaign:

  • 1 Extra Co-Op Scenario (for a total of 5)
  • 2 Extra Commanders (for a total of 6)
  • Miniatures: Starbases
  • Miniatures: Bosses
  • Miniatures: XPMs (This Stretch Goal although it wasn't reached during the campaign, we decided to invest ourselves and make it available to everyone)

The final game includes 47 great quality miniatures!

Check out our campaign's page and our official website for more information on this great and unique Sci-fi, Co-Op, 4X game!

Cosmic Pioneers is scheduled for production in June 2016. Please note that the published product may have differences regarding sizes, quantities, colors and layout because of production limitations and/or adjustments. The miniatures depicted in the campaign may undergo changes/adjustment to ensure a quality product.

Miniatures included in the main game and the stretch rewards are single pieces; no glue or assembly is required.

Kickstarter Rewards: Backers of $40 USD or more will receive all stretch goals generated from this campaign. The game itself and any stretch goals will be available in the future as separate products from Vesuvius Media Ltd.

 

We expect to ship the game in October 2016. Please keep in mind though that there is always a chance the production process will be delayed for various reasons.

FREE WORLD-WIDE SHIPPING

There is NO extra cost for world-wide shipping. We have crunched our numbers and have decided to take on the cost of shipping.

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 additional cost. If you have 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 game 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!

Risks and challenges

PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY BEFORE PLEDGING TO THIS CAMPAIGN.

PRODUCTION RISKS

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.

MISSING/DAMAGED ITEMS

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, 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.

DELIVERY DATE

Our current estimation for delivery is October 2016. 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.

UNDELIVERED ITEMS

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.

DELIVERY ADDRESS

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).

SHIPPING

Please read the Shipping section above.

ORDER FULFILMENT

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 countries postal service sort-and-dispatch system.

UPDATES

Through this campaign you may receive updates on Vesuvius Media's other upcoming projects. Such updates will be rare.

BY PLACING A PLEDGE ON THIS CAMPAIGN, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THE RISKS & CHALLENGES STATED IN THIS SECTION.

Thank you very much,

Vesuvius Media Ltd.

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