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SPECIMEN: When the experiment ends, the terror begins.

Toxic Bag Productions announced today the beginning of their Kickstarter campaign focused on the creation of their unique horror board game SPECIMEN. The company began as a way to bring a more cinematic experience to tabletop gaming via sound effects; this new creation is the next stage of evolution for the company. In that same vein, live action photos are now accenting their fright filled card-driven ride into Deep Space where players can take the role of crew or space alien. Rewards range from basic copies of the game to naming the rival corporation in the story.

Visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/toxicbag/specimen-board-game?re... to donate to the kickstarter.

“This was a game that I really wanted to play, and it wasn't out there. So we decided to make it,” explained Steve Baldwin, creator of SPECIMEN. “The game has been extensively playtested for three years. Players from all over love it and people have routinely asked to buy our demo copies. The game is ready. It's time to unleash SPECIMEN onto the world. And with your help, we can do that!”

The Story of Specimen:

Deep Space – Echo Quadrant 3H-8 – The fully loaded commercial freighter T.C.S. Brown, its seven-member crew in suspended animation, is making the return run to Earth. In the cargo hold lies Dr. Viktor, also in suspended animation, and the mysterious specimen containers that came on board with him. Awoken from their slumber to repair the damage caused by a meteor collision, the crew discover to their horror that Dr. Viktor has been killed and one of the mysterious specimens has been let loose as a result of the damage…and it is a life form that will stop at nothing to survive. The seven astronauts have only the tools and resources onboard to subdue and kill an organism never before encountered. An organism that evolves quickly into a nearly-unstoppable predator. Now, a simple repair job becomes a desperate struggle for survival.

SPECIMEN is a card-driven two-player game. Each turn comprises four action rounds, where each player can perform one of several possible game actions. The Specimen’s movements are hidden from the Crew player behind a game screen, and the Specimen’s location is only revealed when the Specimen attacks…or if the crew is lucky (or unlucky) enough to find it!


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About Toxic Bag Productions: It was the mid-90s. We were playing our games. We had the visual aids – the maps, the props. We had the soundtrack to the GM’s favorite horror movie playing in the background, when it suddenly hit us: hey, we’re sound designers, we oughta be able to make this game more cinematic with some sound effects. So, after all the characters were dead or insane, we headed down to the studio to see what we could come up with. In 1996 our groundbreaking line of sound effects CDs introduced game masters across all role-playing genres to the possibilities of adding ambience to their games with sound and music.

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Joan Thalamus
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Steve -

Great video, and I'm excited by the game! Gotta get in on this one. So tell me: What level would you recommend to ensure acquiring all stretch goal bonuses as they come up?

$55 $70?

You'll have stretch goal bonuses, right? Maybe at $35k, $40k, etc. Might consider a stretch goal that adds some dressed up components, such as upgraded card stock, etc.

Joanie.

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Pock_Suppet wrote:
Steve -

Great video, and I'm excited by the game! Gotta get in on this one. So tell me: What level would you recommend to ensure acquiring all stretch goal bonuses as they come up?

$55 $70?

You'll have stretch goal bonuses, right? Maybe at $35k, $40k, etc. Might consider a stretch goal that adds some dressed up components, such as upgraded card stock, etc.

Joanie.



Joanie,

I'm glad you're excited! Thanks for your interest!

I would recommend pledging at least at the $55 level to ensure reaching the unlockable goals. (Of course, if you want to drop 2K to name the rival corporation, that would cool too!)

And yes, we do have a bunch of upgrades set up!

Things like:
Sculpted plastic miniatures
Upgraded Card Stock
Custom Dice
A Custom Plastic Game Screen

And some others, how much and how many we can get too will be driven by the pledges.

Thanks again!

Steve
 
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UPDATE:

We've added two new videos to our Specimen page! Now you can see the entire photoshoot day in timlapse and Game designer Steve Baldwin talks about Specimen Strategy card #21 'Burial in Space.'

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/110787/specimen


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/toxicbag/specimen-board-...

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