Shores of Heaven(TM) Ethereum is a new game with the same characters introduced in Shores of Heaven. Through played missions, the stories of this universe unfold.
Akzinal - Brilliant thieves on a race against time to rescue a world from implosion.
Felian - A brutal race hell-bent to control the galaxy.
Homin - An evil force has destroyed the home world of Erychosia. Can they find the key to time travel and stop the disaster before it happens?
Morph - Shape-shifting people seeking to develop their civilization through technology.
Ralyk - Fighting "the madness", a terminal disease, the Ralyk try to improve their genetic codes and overcome the disease by stealing genes from other species.
Varpor - Fed up with the wars, kidnappings, thieveries and utter violence that has overtaken the galaxy, the Varpor, and their liveship Sunrays take it upon themselves to police the galaxy and restore order.
Wallaboo also make an appearance in the form of a powerful ally.
Aside from missions, Ethereum adds worlds into play. Trading is introduced as a playing mechanic, and civilizations develop by developing technologies that will help each to fulfill their story. Each world has a unique power, and when the powers collide, the battles are certain to be epic.
This is, at this time, a print and play game. The rule set, all cards and sheets are provided on this site for your printing and reference.Again, the rules are quite simple, and play should begin perhaps less than 10 minutes after resources have been printed. Though cubes can be purchased for easier game play, scratch paper works as well.
This is NOT an expansion. This is a completely new game with the same incredible characters. This might be compared to a much easier way of learning a thematic game like Twilight Imperium or Galactic Emperor. And thank you Christian Peterson and Adam West for your incredible contributions toward playing mechanics and story-based game play.
This is much different than the original Shores of Heaven. Shores of Heaven was originally based around ships, and characters doing certain simple things. Ethereum tries to go beyond the idea of Characters trying to destroy other characters, or stealing treasures, or searching for some Menace, and gets to the real story behind Shores of Heaven.
Now races are trying to save worlds, and learning to better themselves, and fighting to cure illnesses and trying to restore order to a galaxy that war has brought to ruin. Then, of course, there is still the 2-Dimensional villain known as the Felian Imperium. The Felian don't have a positive reason for doing what they do. They want to destroy their enemies. They want to dance on the faces of their most hated foes. And they want to beat into submission anyone who tries to stop them. The Felian are not nice or friendly. In fact, what the Felian accomplish is to give every other race in the game an Arch-Foe.
What is nice about Shores of Heaven is it has stories that are complex, but can be played simultaneously or not at all and a game that is played with 3 players will have nearly all of the intricacies of a game played with 6 players. (Certain character objectives will not be as balanced with fewer players; see Ethereum for 3 in the core rules.) Players have the option of using every card in the deck, or reducing the card deck where certain players aren't in play to speed up game play and get to the meat of the story. This game likely still won't be played in under an hour, at least at first, but it strives to be an exciting hour for all involved.
Speaking of games in general, the best game for a larger party of players is a game that gets them all involved, or at the very least has short player turns. That said, the mechanics of Ethereum are simple, easy to learn.
For those of you considering building a board game, who are just starting out (like myself), keep in mind that the key to success in a game like this is the story. Develop a good original story. Play a lot of board games to learn different playing mechanics. The rest comes to you. But the story should come first, because that is something that no one can accuse you of stealing. That in mind, I want to thank the people behind Marvel Heroes (TM), Twilight Imperium (TM), Dominion (TM), Race for the Galaxy (TM), Galactic Emperor (TM), and of course Risk (TM). Combining an assortment of playing mechanics along with experimenting with a few of my own allowed me to stick close to story and embellish with game play.
This game has progressed a lot in the span of 6 months. It started to develop shortly after the original Shores of Heaven was submitted to BGG. I wanted to consider why each character was doing what he did, and what became of this exploration-turned-to-board game should be very enjoyable. The original Shores of Heaven was a game that I noticed had quite a number of views in a short span (for which I am very greatful), but which I am not aware ever got played. This in mind, please, if you do play this game, and especially if you enjoy it or need help playing it, send me an E-Mail. You'll find the address at the end of the Core Rules file.
Thanks for playing Shores of Heaven (TM) - Ethereum.
RECOMMENDATIONS: To play Ethereum, you will need: D4, D6, D8, D10, D12. You may also benefit from purchasing cm cubes (Black, White, Red, Blue, Yellow, Green): about 50 of each should be sufficient for even a 6 player game.
This is a New Cooperative Game based on Shores of Heaven & Ethereum. It also features Secret Opponents and an All-VS-1 variant. Defenders of Light works on a dice allocation system;
This file includes 5 pages of printable components and 4 pages of rules. To play the game you will need a D4, a D6, and you may also need a D8 or D10 (depending on number of players).
This game can play in about 20 minutes once learned, and can play with 2-9 players.
This is the newest version of the Discovery Deck/Political Cards. This deck has been adjusted the following way: Atronium cubes have been highlighted with a blue glow to separate them from the starry background.
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