von BK-Nils | 25.02.2015 | eingestellt unter: Brettspiele, Kickstarter

Thunderbirds: Kickstarter gestartet

Der Kickstarter zum Ko-operativen Brettspiel The Thunderbirds von Modiphius ist gestartet und bereits erfolgreich gefunded worden.

Join International Rescue, avert disasters, and foil the Hood’s evil scheme in THUNDERBIRDS, the new co-op game from Matt Leacock

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Welcome to the Thunderbirds boardgame Kickstarter by Modiphius Entertainment!

Set in the year 2065, Thunderbirds follows the exploits of International Rescue: a secret organisation committed to saving human life, secretly founded and funded by the millionaire Tracy family. International Rescue has a host of technologically advanced land-, sea-, air-, and space-rescue vehicles and equipment ready to launch at a moment’s notice.

To bring the ultimate Thunderbirds experience to the tabletop, Modiphius has partnered with Matt “Brains” Leacock, designer of the hit games Pandemic, Forbidden Desert, and Forbidden Island.

We have been designing the game since the Spring of 2014, we have the sculpts and graphic design for all the components and after extensive playtesting the game is almost ready to go into production. We are now raising funds to pay for the print run and to help cover the cost of the expensive plastics tooling for the cool ships and characters in the box. Since we are so well prepared the game will go into production in April.

The Thunderbirds the Co-operative Board Game will then ship in August 2015 and be released in retail in September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cult TV show. The game will feature the detailed plastic models of the iconic Thunderbirds machines and a high octane world full of disasters for players to come to the rescue. You can expect the usual high quality design and components that fans of games produced by Matt Leacock and Modiphius have come to expect.

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If you select the option with Gen Con, Essen Spiele or Dragonmeet pickup, you will be be able to collect the core box and any completed expansions. Any expansions which are not due to be completed by these shows would be shipped and charged at cost to you.

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As we raise more money, it helps us fund and unlock more cool stuff for you. Our first goal beyond the target of £20,000 is to give every boxed set a bonus set of Disaster that will be later available through BoardgameGeek, at Conventions or on our webstore. We will be adding more upgrades to the box set as well as unlocking Expansions.

Brains & Tracy Island is unlocked which means we can reveal the next goal is Parker & Fab 2! Yes he lost it in a Poker game but what would have happened if Lady Penelope had rescued her prized yacht! Stretch Goals graphics will be updated early in the morning!

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  • 4 Reference Cards & 6 Character Cards
  • 47 Missions Cards, 18 F.A.B Cards, 8 Event Cards, 20 Disaster Cards
  • 30 Bonus Tokens & 10 Pod Vehicle Tokens
  • Game Rules Booklet
  • Game Board
  • 6 Character Pegs
  • 6 Thunderbirds models
  • Hood Figure
  • 2 custom six-sided dice

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Here’s the characters in the base set – the pegs sit in the different vehicles and the Hood stands on the Scheme Track

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Here’s some example cards from the game; a Lady Penelope’s character card, a Mission Card for the classic Trapped in the Sky Episode, and an Event card The Hood Interferes. We’ll be showing off more in updates.

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To add any of these to your pledge just click the green button at the top right and add the cost to your Pledge amount. We survey you on which Add On’s you chose after the Kickstarter.

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Thunderbirds is a cult 1960s British science-fiction television series, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. It was produced using a combination of marionette puppetry and scale-model special effects, which was dubbed “Supermarionation”. Two series, totaling thirty-two 50-minute episodes, were produced, along with a film using the same techniques. Check out the trailer.

Racing to the rescue from a secret island base beneath the luxurious home of the Tracy family somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean, International Rescue defies government spies and criminals who want the secrets of their incredible machines for their own. To combat this threat, Lady Penelope, International Rescue’s aristocratic English secret agent, and her chauffeur Parker lead a network of agents to uncover those behind the disasters caused by deliberate sabotage.

A criminal mastermind known as “the Hood”, operating from a temple deep in the Malaysian jungle and in possession of strange powers, often engineers events to allow him to spy on the Thunderbird machines with the goal of selling their secrets to the highest bidder.

The iconic Thunderbirds are designed by the Tracy family’s close friend “Brains” and are assigned to each of the five Tracy brothers:

  • Thunderbird 1, piloted by Scott Tracy – a hypersonic rocket plane used for fast response and rescue-zone reconnaissance, and as a mobile control base.
  • Thunderbird 2, piloted by Virgil Tracy – a supersonic, VTOL carrier which transports their major rescue equipment in detachable pods.
  • Thunderbird 3, piloted by Alan Tracy – a single-stage, vertically launched spacecraft
  • Thunderbird 4, piloted by Gordon Tracy – a utility submersible for underwater rescue, launched from Thunderbird 2
  • Thunderbird 5, manned by John Tracy – a space station in geostationary orbit that monitors calls for help from across Earth.

Finally, Lady Penelope has the iconic FAB 1

  • FAB 1, driven by Parker – a pink, amphibious car

Thunderbirds™ and © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1964, 1999 and 2015. Licensed by ITV Ventures Limited. All rights reserved.

Der Kickstarter wurde bereits gefunded und es gibt bereits erste Updates

UNLOCKED – Upgraded Components! NEXT: Tracy Island & Brains!

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Well this has been a busy day – you guys are keeping us busy!

It’s great we unlocked the Upgraded Components, it means we have the budget to go for some more costly versions of printed components with the factory, and commission some new art for the board as well as the expansion boxes.

Our next Stretch Goal is the first part of Expansion 1, adding Brains and Tracy Island. Brains will be a playable character and this adds him in to some of the Mission requirements with replacement cards. Brains also comes with the awesome Tracy Island to hang out on, which features six locations for characters to rest up at. This is pretty useful as if you need to leave a character behind (to co-ordinate with another pickup) when you race off on a rescue mission you now have somewhere to put them, plus there’s more to be unveiled!

Remember, if you’re at the £65 Thunderbirds Board Game & Expansions Pledge you will now be getting the Brains and Tracy Island models and cards in the same delivery.

We’ll be adding in some video updates from Matt in the coming days to tell you more about the project. Right time for a game of Thunderbirds with our team!


Die Kampagne steht aktuell bei 45.627 GBP und läuft noch 31 Tage.

Quelle: The Thunderbirds bei Kickstarter

Link: Modiphius


Nils, Redakteur bei Brückenkopf-Online. Seit 2001 im Hobby, erstes Tabletop: DSA Armalion. Aktuelle Projekte, Eldar für Warhammer 40.000, Imperial MoW für Warzone, ein bisschen Shadespire und zu viele unbemalte Modelle.

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