Space Invaders: Das Brettspiel
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It’s hard to believe that SPACE INVADERS entered the world’s arcades in June 1978 and turned forty in 2018! During this time, the game and its brand have become part of modern culture. Its characters have become design icons in their own right and have permeated not only the world of video games, but also the worlds of art and fashion. As long time fans of tabletop games and electronic games alike, we were astounded that, during all this time, nobody had yet developed a genuine SPACE INVADERS board game. We plan to change this now with your help: We are incredibly excited to announce our crowdfunding campaign for…
Our primary goal is to create a fantastic board game experience while remaining true to the original game’s visual presentation and atmosphere. SPACE INVADERS – THE BOARD GAME is a combination of a deck-building card game with a measured dose of board game strategy mixed in.
In SPACE INVADERS – THE BOARD GAME, 2-4 players defend their moon base against the SPACE INVADERS by moving their cannons across the game board in order to gather intelligence about the enemy above them. Destroying SPACE INVADERS provides powerful cards that are then added to the players‘ hands. Gathered intel may be used for targeted research to further enhance the player deck capabilities. The game is driven by a total of 242 Action Cards, energy cards and researchable technologies.
While the invaders are the shared enemy, SPACE INVADERS – THE BOARD GAME is a competitive game of survival. Like in the original arcade game, each player ultimately fights for their own HI-SCORE.
40th Anniversary Emblem
We are equally excited that TAITO is allowing us to create some of the last products to use the exclusive SPACE INVADERS 40th Anniversary Emblem, which all backer rewards available during this campaign will carry.
After June 15th of this year, we will no longer be able to continue to offer these unique game editions anywhere. We think that SPACE INVADERS – THE BOARD GAME will not only entertain you as the great game we feel it is, but the game and our other exclusive backer rewards are sure to become instant collector’s items.
How Does It PLAY?
Before the game begins, all 5 rows of SPACE INVADERS cards are shuffled individually and then placed face down onto the game board, hiding salvageable technology that is later unveiled during gameplay to continually improves the players‘ card decks.
Bunker elements are placed onto the bunker locations and „Extra Life“ tokens are handed to the players. The number of tokens and bunker elements is determined by the number of participating players to ensure a balanced experience.
Players start with an identical deck of cards and draw a starting hand of 5 random cards that provides them with energy and actions. As the game progresses, each player tries to improve their deck in order to increase the number and the power of their available actions, a higher energy output, and ultimately a higher SCORE. When one of the GAME OVER conditions is met – for example, if a player manages to shoot the UFO – the player with the HI-SCORE wins.
The game is structured in turns and each player’s turn consists of four phases:
- I. Research
- II. Action
- III. Energy Transform
- IV. Cleanup
- Phase I – Research
The research phase starts with an optional scan of the area above the player’s cannon. Scans defuse booby traps hidden by some Invaders – but only for the scanning player, and only during the current turn! Scans also award the player with „Alien Intel“ tokens that may be used to research new technologies during the research phase.
Phase II – Action
During the action phase, the active player plays one or more Action Cards from their current hand. Action Cards may allow the player to play and draw additional cards, boost their energy output and gain more transforms – as well as scans and movement for their cannons or the UFO. Action Cards also have many other unique abilities that allow the players to manipulate their own or other players‘ hands and card decks.
Phase III – Transform
During the transform phase, the active player can transform their current energy output (usually once unless additional transforms were gained during Phase II) in order to either shoot the SPACE INVADERS above their cannon position, or invest in one of the available additional Action Cards or Energy Resources that get added to their decks for use in one of their following turns. The remains of destroyed SPACE INVADERS also provide new technologies and get added to the player’s deck. Shooting at SPACE INVADERS also attracts enemy fire from the SPACE INVADER columns to the left and right of the firing player – potentially causing damage to Bunkers or other players.
Phase IV – Cleanup
During the cleanup phase, any cards remaining in the player’s hand are placed on top of their discard pile and five new cards are drawn from their draw pile (if necessary, the discard pile gets shuffled to become the new draw pile). Finally, the current player signals the end of the turn by moving the UFO one slot to the right.
All of the cards and tokens the players hold at the end of the game carry a score value. The player who has the highest total score wins the game.
In SPACE INVADERS – THE BOARD GAME, the players’ cannon position on the game board affects the cards and corresponding upgrades that are available. Not all card types are available at all times. To win, it is important to use a mix of scanning, research, and enemy attacks to acquire the components to build a winning deck.
While we plan to release SPACE INVADERS – THE BOARD GAME to retail sometime during 2020, the rewards available during this campaign are unique and will not be available again after this campaign ends. The suggested retail price of the game is planned to be somewhere around $40 USD and will include content comparable to the standard edition. Compared to the retail release, these are your benefits, if you back this campaign:
- Much faster access to the game
- Around 25% savings compared to retail release for standard edition
- 40th Anniversary emblem only available to Kickstarter backers
- Deluxe Edition only available to Kickstarter backers
Und das sind die Pledges:
SPACE INVADERS – THE BOARD GAME – Standard Edition: 30,00 Dollar
What do you get with the Standard Game?
- 2-piece Game Box
- Game Board
- 55 Invader Cards, sorted into 5 ranks of 11 cards each
- 60 Researched Technology cards, sorted into 12 technologies of 5 cards each
- Punchboards for 40 Bunker slices and 64 Game Tokens
- 4 Cannons, painted wood
- 1 UFO, painted wood
- 127 Resource and Start cards sorted into 50 Dilithium, 30 Thorium, 20 Antimatter, 12 Time Warp and 12 Tractor Thrust cards
- Card Sorting Tray / Inlay
- All unlocked standard edition stretch goals
SPACE INVADERS – THE BOARD GAME – Deluxe Edition: 75,00 Dollar
What do you get with the Deluxe Edition?
- Magnetic Game Box, INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED and SPOT UV COATED
- Rubber Play Mat (Neoprene), ROLLABLE
- 55 Invader Cards on PREMIUM CARDSTOCK, sorted into 5 ranks of 11 cards each
- 60 Researched Technology cards on PREMIUM CARDSTOCK, sorted into 12 technologies of 5 cards each
- 40 Bunker slices, ABS
- 32 Alien Intel tokens, SILK SCREENED ABS
- 32 Extra Life tokens, SILK SCREENED ABS
- 1 UFO, LASERCUT ACRYLIC
- 4 Cannons, LASERCUT ACRYLIC
- 127 Resource and Start cards on PREMIUM CARDSTOCK, sorted into 50 Dilithium, 30 Thorium, 20 Antimatter, 12 Time Warp and 12 Tractor Thrust cards
- Card Sorting Tray / Inlay
- All unlocked deluxe edition stretch goals
SPACE INVADERS DIORAMA: 990,00 Dollar
For the art enthusiasts and serious collectors among you, backers of the campaign will also have the opportunity to select, as their reward, a very exclusive, strictly limited, hand assembled diorama that commemorates the game; The diorama will additionally carry an individual serial number plaque and a printed autograph of SPACE INVADERS creator, Tomohiro Nishikado. Each Diorama includes the Deluxe Edition of SPACE INVADERS – THE BOARD GAME.
Die Kampagne ist bereits finanziert, ab sofort geht es an Stretch Goals. Der Kickstarter läuft noch 30 Tage.
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