Recommend
9 
 Thumb up
 Hide
8 Posts

BoardGameGeek» Forums » Gaming Related » Press Releases

Subject: Alien Frontiers Launches Kickstarter Project rss

Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
United States
New Hampshire
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Clever Mojo Games, that tiny little up-start in Edmonds WA, is embarking on a new project, or rather, we're seeking funding for a long-time project that is finally ready for production: Alien Frontiers by Tory Niemann. Clever Mojo Games has been working on the project for nearly a year and Tory's been working on it for longer than that.

Alien Frontiers is a retro-future sci-fi board game where players build colonies on an alien planet seeking to control more territory than their opponents. They use their space fleet (colored dice) at orbital stations to gain resources, expand their fleet, discover alien technologies, and build colony domes to land on the planet.

We've play tested it extensively with many people and in many locations and nearly every play tester has enjoyed the game...some rabidly so. The art is by Mark Maxwell, a well known space artist who has done work for NASA, and it looks GREAT!

Clever Mojo Games is planning on printing 1,000 copies of the game and, as you might imagine, it ain't cheap. We're still discussing things with the prospective printers so the final price has not yet been determined, but to help offset the costs, we've started a Kickstarter project.  

Huh?  What's that?

Kickstarter.com is a relatively new service that allows creative people a place to showcase their projects and seek backers to help make the financial end of their dreams come true. You post a description of your project, offer backer rewards for different levels of sponsorship, and then do everything you can to drive people to the project's web page. Backers only pay-up if you reach your goal in the allotted time.  It's an all-or-nothing situation.  

Alien Frontiers on Kickstarter.com

We've set our Kickstarter goal at $5,000 in 60 days.  A $50 sponsorship is the same as a pre-order of the finished game with a few extras thrown in like rocket-shaped scoring tokens and an exclusive Alien Tech card to use in the game. Backing the project at higher levels gets you bigger rewards like a second game, an autographed book of the Art of Alien Frontiers, a signed giclee print of one of the main art pieces from the game, or even an original piece of Mark Maxwell's painted game art.



It would be great if everyone who reads this pops over to Kickstarter and backs us at the $50 pre-order level. It would also help if everyone spread the word about Alien Frontiers and Kickstarter.  The project page has a widget you can post on your own web page or blog and link codes you can post on Facebook and any other social network you're on. The more people that visit the game's Kickstarter page, the more backers we are likely to get, and the better chance we'll have of reaching our goal in the limited time we have.

Thanks!
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Chun Ping
Singapore
Portland
OREGON
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Congrat on you new game. a post to bump up the thread hotness!laugh
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
United States
New Hampshire
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Wow...We've made it onto Kickstarter's Recommended List.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/by/recommended

And we've got 9 backers already. 8 backers at the $50 pre-order level and 1 generous backer at the $200 pre-order and art book level.

Thanks and keep on spreading the word.



3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Nicholas Vitek
United States
Houston
Texas
flag msg tools
publisher
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Hrmm, trying to decide. Are there preliminary rules available for a quick read?

1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
United States
New Hampshire
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Tory has plans to post a detailed rules thread at some point, but perhaps this game overview will serve to whet your appetite...


Alien Frontiers: An Overview

Alien Frontiers is a game of resource management and planetary development for two to four players. During the game you will utilize orbital facilities and alien technology to build colony domes in strategic locations to control the newly discovered world.

The game board consists of the alien planet with eight territories to colonize. Each territory gives a different game bonus to the player who controls it by having the most colony domes on the territory. For example, the player who controls Heinlein Plains has a 1:1 trading ratio whenever they use the orbital market.

Nine facilities orbit the planet and players use these facilities to gather and trade resources, expand their fleet, discover alien technologies, raid their opponents, and build colony domes. Each facility has a limited number of docking ports and a special requirement or cost for use. For example, each new ship docked at the Lunar Mine must be equal to or greater than the highest value ship currently docked there.

Each player has a fleet of ships represented by a set of dice. Each turn players roll these ships and dock them at orbital facilities to accomplish certain tasks. When a player's turn is over their ships remain docked at the facilities until their next turn, possibly blocking other players from using those facilities on their own turns. For example: the Colony Constructor has docking ports for two players to use it simultaneously so a third player could not use that facility while all of the docking ports are occupied.

One of the facilities orbiting the planet is the Alien Artifact and players can dock ships there to obtain Alien Tech cards. These cards have various "rule bending" abilities players can use on each turn to advance their goals. For example, some cards allow a player to change ship values in specified manners, blast ships out of occupied docking ports, or use a ship at more than one orbital facility on the same turn.

Many Alien Tech cards also have a "discard power" that has a more dramatic effect. For example, some cards can move colony domes from one territory to another, block a player from utilizing their territory bonus, or force another player to lose a ship in their fleet.

Winning the game will require careful consideration as you assign your fleet, integrate the alien technology and territory bonuses into your expansion plans, and block your opponents from controlling valuable territories. Do you have what it takes to conquer an alien frontier?


2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
United States
New Hampshire
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I'd also like to point you to a new GeekList that Tory posted last night which gives more background into the history of Alien Frontiers.

Alien Frontiers: Origin, Development, and Kickstarter!
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
United States
New Hampshire
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Alien Frontiers Reaches Kickstarter Goal
I just wanted to let everyone know that the $5,000 goal has been achieved!!!

My heartfelt thanks go out to each and every backer on our project. Your support is incredibly generous and deeply appreciated.

Alien Frontiers WILL get made!

Right now, the printing process and shipping from China looks like it will cost about $15,000, so this $5,000 Kickstarter funding will be swallowed up very fast but it will make the project a reality.

We still have over 6 weeks left before we can access these funds and backers can still jump on any time before June 26th. Remember, every pledge of $50 or more is a PRE-ORDER for the game and will make the bite of the printing costs a little less painful. So if you want to make sure you get a copy of Alien Frontiers and you want to help a budding entrepreneur and a fledgling game designer, please DO join us with your $50 backing pledge.

Thanks again and PLEASE, spread the word to your friends and family.

Here's the link... http://af.4r.st/

.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
United States
New Hampshire
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
.

So, I woke up this morning and saw that Kickstarter has gone from counting down the days to counting down the hours. The fund raising portion of the Alien Frontiers project ends at 3am Eastern Time on June 26th. You'll have to do the math to see when that is wherever you are.

We're sitting just a tad under $13,000. I DO NOT want to appear greedy (too late!) but the total amount on the printing quote (including the horrendous shipping fee from China) is $14,695. Wouldn't it be cool if we paid for the entire printing bill through Kickstarter backing?

If you're a backer already...Thanks!...and tell a friend.

If you're not a backer yet...then please, click here and join us. The $50 pledge is a straight-up pre-order with some exclusive swag thrown in and free worldwide shipping, too!

Since updates look better with pretty pictures, I'm including this iPad wallpaper that I cobbled together from Mark Maxwell's excellent art. I know there's only 3,000,000 iPads out there at the moment but if you've got one, then we've got a new wallpaper for you. Click the pic to get it at full size.



See you on the frontier!

.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls