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Introducing my Kickstarter...Expansionist

How do you announce the launch of a Kickstarter? Well here goes…let me introduce Expansionist.

This is what I have working on for the last six months and it’s now on Kickstarter here:

Yes, it’s a tabletop game where you build settlements and expand beyond the mountains placing hex land tiles and event tiles to either upgrade your own settlements or download grade your opponent’s. Its evolution began with my map drawing at Dark Realm Maps. I’ve always drawn a wide range of maps and one of my ideas saw me creating land tiles. They seemed to spark people’s interest and I thought how cool this would be as a board game.

I’m going to talk more about the Event Tiles in a later post, but I came up with a mechanic which was based around them. On the face of it, it was straight forward but threw up a deep cycle of positive and negative placement tiles that quickly grew a matrix of the maps I so love drawing.

Expansionist is a game that draws upon many influences from computer games like Sid Myers Civilization to Settlers of Catan, from Zombies!!! to my RPG experiences, not to mention the hundreds of maps I’ve drawn and published over the last few years. Yet, it is none of these and I feel we have created an original game in Expansionist based around my own map style that has inspired many people and has the support of a community devoted to gaming.

One of the core aims of this game is to design something that played for about an hour. I wasn’t interested in creating something that was overly complex, as I have talked about in previous blog posts here. It can also accommodate many players, more than what the Base Box sets out to begin with. It truly has an epic scale.

If you have any questions, please let me know down below.

Plenty more to follow...



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