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Diplomatic and military maneuvering in Napoleonic Europe. 1-6 players. No downtime. No risk, just fun.

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The French Empire Strikes Back!
about 1 year ago – Fri, Jul 02, 2021 at 07:09:05 AM

Hello Everyone!

Salut! Our last three updates were heavy on the Raison d’Etat standalone expansion. Today we want to go back to basics by introducing for the Daily Bonus a new variant on the solo mode for Coalitions, and more details on how to use the Soldiers of Fortune.

 Daily Bonus: Levée En Masse Expansion! 

In the basic solo mode for Coalitions the player takes control of all European nations except France and tries to defeat Napoleon. With this new expansion, it’s the other way around!

Levée En Masse Expansion introduces a new, alternate solo mode that allows you to take on the role of Napoleon himself and use the might of his French Empire to dominate Europe! The AI cards in this expansion dictate the moves of the five other nations. They will try to do everything in their power to curtail the Emperor’s ambitions...

This exciting alternate solo expansion is entirely free for all Coalitions Core Box backers! And if you don’t like the idea of playing as Napoleon, you can always use the standard solo mode – it’s still very much a part of this game.

More details on the Soldiers of Fortune Expansion

As you might recall we announced the Soldiers of Fortune expansion in Update #9. It is free for all Coalitions backers, and comes with six non-aligned generals who can join your nation provided you’ve conquered the territory they’re controlling.

Meeples representing these generals will be shaped in such a way as to fit all historical periods covered by the Coalitions Core Box, as well as the Ancien Regime and Raison d’Etat. Using Soldiers of Fortune generals in any of these games is however optional, as they may change the balance of play to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the scenario.

Since it’s important to keep track of which Soldiers of Fortune generals belong to which territory on the map, each of them will be marked differently. We’re still working on the best solution in this regard and testing all the available options to make it as clear as possible.

The phrase ‘soldier of fortune’ has a long history, though its first known literary usage in English dates to the middle of the 17th century. It’s a poetic description of a mercenary, a military adventurer ready to serve anywhere and anyone for an adequate pay.

 El Rey Planeta

Yesterday we took a quick look at Pursuit of Victory and today it’s time to do the same for El Rey Planeta, a game that incidentally deals with the same time period as the Raison d’Etat Expansion. This time however players take control of one specific country, Spain, and try to lead it through numerous conflicts and calamities, but also magnificent opportunities of early and middle 17th century.

El Rey Planeta is a fast-paced event-driven strategy game for 1-2 players who need to skillfully navigate the troubled waters of global politics, economy and conflicts while trying to manage the complicated affairs of court and heart of El Rey Planeta, the Planet King – Philip IV of Spain. The game is played on a map representing Europe and Spanish-Portuguese colonies and can take from 2 to 6 hours depending on the scenario. What’s more, El Rey Planeta can be played solo, cooperatively or semi-cooperatively, all with an aim of surpassing the historical result achieved by King Philip IV!

In each of the 8 turns (in a full scenario) players build four separate decks: one for Event cards, and one each for three different types of characters: Nobles, Ladies and Geniuses. Events are resolved one after the other and shuffled among them are 7-8 Action Cards. These cards allow players to make four types of actions: Royal, Political, Government and Simple Actions. In a two-player game the first two actions are the prerogative of the King and deal with his personal happiness as well as appointing or removing all three character types. The latter actions are decided by the Valid (King’s favorite, a de facto prime minister) and concern military matters, recruitment and exploration. In this mode each player builds his own legacy and receives Victory Points separately.

Keep a close eye on our Facebook page and join PHALANX Club, our dedicated Facebook Group, to find out more about El Rey Planeta. We’ll be posting more details about the game in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! For now, you can take a look at these marvelous cards straight from El Rey Planeta!

Make Game Happen!

Stay safe!

Srdjan, Adrian & PHALANX Team

Fortune favors the bold!
about 1 year ago – Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 12:51:06 AM

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday's announcement of the Raison d’Etat standalone expansion seems to have garnered quite a bit of attention! And since some of you have asked us for more details about the expansion, we hope this update will satisfy at least a part of that thirst for knowledge.

Daily Bonus: Soldiers of Fortune Expansion!

This free for Kickstarter backers expansion introduces 6 special non-aligned generals who broadly represent the rulers of minor non-playable European kingdoms and duchies. These generals control certain scenario-designated territories at the beginning of the game. Any nation who captures one of these territories will be able to employ its general as if it were their own – at least as long as the said territory is garrisoned by that nation.

The expansion could potentially change the balance of power in Europe, granting nations such as Prussia or Austria access to additional and much-needed generals. But will that be enough to offset the French military superiority? Quite possibly!

The Soldiers of Fortune Expansion is completely free for all Coalitions Core Box backers, including the Core Pledge, Deluxe Pledge and Group Pledge (x6 of course). It’s also fully compatible with Coalitions core game, the Ancien Regime Expansion and the Raison d’Etat Expansion.

More details on the Raison d’Etat Expansion

As we mentioned yesterday, Raison d’Etat is a standalone expansion. That means you won’t need the Coalitions Core Box – the Raison d’Etat box will contain all the components necessary to play it, including the expansion-specific tokens, cards and meeples. It’d be historically inaccurate to play Raison d’Etat with Coalitions core components and we certainly wouldn’t want that. After all, there is a gap of at least a hundred years between the two historical periods.

There are seven nations in the Raison d’Etat Expansion and two of them are completely new. You’ll be able to play as Spain, France, Austria, Britain, the Ottoman Empire, Sweden or Poland. In the 17th century both Poland (more specifically the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth) and Sweden were major European powers, no less influential than western nations, and with vast territories under their control.

The Raison d’Etat Expansion is based on two lengthy conflicts, the Polish-Swedish Wars and the Thirty Years’ War. Tomorrow we’ll briefly summarize the former conflict and today we’ll focus on the latter one. It was a religious-political war between the Protestant powers on one side and Catholic powers on the other fought mostly in Central Europe, on the territories of present-day Germany, Austria and Czech Republic. The first phase (1618-1635) of the conflict was limited and involved the Holy Roman Emperor and his German Protestant enemies, but the second phase (1635-1648) engulfed most of the European powers. The war ended with the Peace of Westphalia which generally favored the Protestant cause, led to the independence of the Netherlands and the enlargement of France and Sweden.

To add Raison d'Etat Expansion to your pledge simply edit the details of your pledge or increase your pledge manually with the price of the expansion.

Social Goal needs a final push!

The Duke of Wellington grows impatient. How is he supposed to defy Napoleon without your support? ;) You only need 10 more shares either on Facebook or Twitter (that counts too!) and you’ll unlock the following goals:

- A different shade of red for Wellington’s meeple.

- A special rule concerning how Wellington supports other generals in battle.

Live presentation of Coalitions in Katowice

We’re very sorry we’re unable show you our games live in the United States and United Kingdom due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions – we hope the situation will eventually improve, the restrictions will be eased and we’ll once again be able to meet you and have a lot of fun playing our games together.

For now, however, we’re only able to operate in Poland. Last weekend we managed to play a few games of Coalitions in Katowice, at a gaming cafe called Ludiversum. This is what some of the players said about the game after the event:

- Coalitions promises to be an awesome game. I’m eager to find out more about other mapboards and scenarios!

- It was great, I didn’t think I’d like a game about negotiations so much! I highly recommend Coalitions.

- This is a really good game. I recommend it!

A French preview and a German review

Coalitions is going to be published in French and German, so it’s only right to show you the game in these languages.

The French ParadoxeTemporel has published a preview of Coalitions showcasing the most important elements and mechanics of the game, including the Wheel of War.

At the same time, the German BoardGameMonkeys have thoroughly reviewed Coalitions and it seems they like the game quite a lot. If you know German, this is a perfect opportunity to know more about Coalitions!

Stay safe!

Srdjan, Adrian & PHALANX Team

A new century of struggle – and fun – awaits you!
about 1 year ago – Tue, Jun 29, 2021 at 02:28:47 AM

Hello Everyone!

Another week and we have five new daily bonuses lined up for you. Even better, we have prepared something extra special for you today to help get over those Monday blues. But first, the daily bonus:

New standalone expansion: Raison d'Etat!

Welcome to the 17th century! You didn’t expect that, did you? The Coalition's game system is incredibly versatile, allowing gamers to battle it out for European dominance through diplomacy, alliance, betrayal and arms across multiple settings – and Raison d'Etat proves that perfectly.

This exciting large expansion is all about the word “new”, for this will be in fact an entirely different and fully standalone game based on two long 17th century conflicts: the massive Thirty Years' War and the Polish-Swedish Wars!

Raison d'Etat will come with a new: box, rules, mechanics, battle cards, meeples, tokens, board, coalition system (based on Catholic-Protestant struggle), Wheel of War and most importantly, two playable nations – Poland and Sweden. Same as with the Ancien Regime Expansion, Raison d'Etat will also be a game for up to 7 players.

More details soon! 

To add Raison d'Etat Expansion to your pledge simply edit the details of your pledge or increase your pledge manually with the price of the expansion.

Daily Bonus: the 1809 scenario!

The setup for this scenario echoes the beginning of the War of the Fifth Coalition and as such it favors France more than any other nation in Coalitions. Napoleon is in control of a number of regions in Spain, Central Europe and Italy and Austria is about to launch all of its armies against him. Russia is facing the Ottoman Empire in Bessarabia and Georgia, Britain holds powerful armies in Oporto and Lisbon, and Prussia is neutral following its near-complete destruction in the previous war against France.

Will Napoleon crush the Austrian forces and hold the British advance in Spain? Or will we see a completely different outcome? It’s all up to you!

All the add-ons of the world

Raison d'Etat is the juiciest of all our add-ons, but it’s obviously not the only one. Let’s look at what else we’ve announced to date (and there's more to come!):

- Cardholders

- Metal Coins

- a Giant Mat (1260x840 mm!)

- the Fortresses Expansion Miniature Set

- the Deluxe Miniature Set (for those of you who want to enhance the Group Pledge or simply add another set to your collection)

Support Coalitions and receive free rewards & bonuses

While we’re still a couple of days from hitting the campaign’s halfway point, we’d already like to thank you for the support you’ve provided in making this game and believing in its potential. By supporting Coalitions you also get to receive rewards and bonuses, so let’s make a list of what our backers are getting in this Kickstarter campaign entirely for free:

- Ancien Regime Expansion (with a new game board and a new nation to control)

- Daily Bonuses (only some of them will be available in retail)

- Diplomacy Miniatures (Kickstarter Exclusive; they’ll never be available in retail)

- Fortresses Expansion Miniatures Set (one free set for our Deluxe Pledge backers)

As with add-ons, there’ll be more to come before this campaign is over!

Make Games Happen

We’ve opened several new Make Games Happen preorders these past few weeks. What’s that? It’s a special preorder program we’ve established to help us gauge your interest in our projects. And it’s simple: we get 200-300 of your votes (depending on the game) and we produce the game!

The Make Games Happen program features: Pursuit of Victory (another Napoleonic game, but this time for two players), 1920 (a hex and counter wargame covering the Polish-Soviet War), Iron, Blood, Snow & Mud (a 60-minute simulation of the WWII Eastern Front), El Rey Planeta (a 1-2 player game depicting the times and deeds of King Philip IV of Spain) and Freedom! (a reprint of the Golden Geek Award-nominated siege game). If you’re interested in any or even all of them, visit our store and register your vote to show us you’d like to help us Make These Games Happen!

Shipping Stretch Goal Unlocked

While this campaign relies heavily on Daily Bonuses, we do have classic, if comparatively minor Stretch Goals – and the first one has just been unlocked! You’ve collectively pledged £60,000 and that means each backer will have £1 less to pay for shipping. Good job!

At the same time we’ve unveiled a second Stretch Goal, very similar to the one just unlocked. If we reach £80,000 you’ll get a further reduction of shipping costs – you’ll have £2 less to pay!

Stay safe!

Srdjan, Adrian & PHALANX Team

Viva España
over 1 year ago – Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 03:44:10 AM

Hello Everyone!

If you’re a football fan from Spain or simply root for La Roja, you’re undoubtedly rejoicing in the fact that the Spanish national team has just entered the knockout phase of Euro 2020. Congratulations! We’ve got even more good news for our Spanish and Spanish-speaking friends, but this time of course concerning Coalitions.

The update also features other news and a Daily Bonus as usual, so let’s get to it!

Spanish Edition of Coalitions

Your requests for the Spanish version have been heard loud and clear. In light of Ancien Regime Expansion and the fact we’re adding Spain as a playable nation through it, we’ve decided to approach the subject the same way we did with the Italian version of Coalitions. If we manage to secure 150 backers from Spain and Spanish-speaking countries, we will develop and print the Spanish edition of the game! So it’s all in your hands!

Daily Bonus: new illustrations on cards!

The Napoleonic era was filled with soldiers, especially cavalrymen, wearing sophisticated and colorful uniforms. It’d be a shame not to show more of those splendid uniforms and men who unfortunately had to wear them (as you can imagine, these uniforms weren’t exactly comfortable). From now on our battle cards will feature more illustrations to add greater variety to the overall visual design of Coalitions!

Another exciting PHALANX project – The Planet King

In keeping with the Spanish theme of today's update, we wanted to give you a sneak peek of something special we have planned for future release. From time to time we come across game designs that simply enchant us – that was the case with Coalitions and that is now the case with The Planet King. Some of you will probably recognize that rather odd-sounding name as an epithet of Philip IV, the King of Spain from 1621 to 1665.

The Planet King is a game for 1 to 2 players depicting the times and deeds of Philip IV. Players have to guide the Spanish Empire through troubled waters of geopolitical struggle, turn the king’s court into a splendid center of culture and arts, and... satisfy the king’s personal needs, including the need to perpetuate his dynasty with a male heir!

This game will be released separately to Coalitions, rather than as an add-on. So keep a look out for further updates!

Social Goal is still on!

Don’t let the Duke of Wellington down, he can’t take Napoleon on by himself ;) Share this post either on Facebook or Twitter (that counts too!) and you’ll unlock the following goals:

- A different shade of red for Wellington’s meeple.

- A special rule concerning how Wellington supports other generals in battle.



Stay safe!

Srdjan, Adrian & PHALANX Team

A Game of Infinite Possibilities
over 1 year ago – Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 11:52:43 PM

Hello Everyone!

History is a series of events that almost didn't happen – and nothing exemplifies this better than board games based on history, games such as Coalitions. While you can try to recreate some of the events that took place during that entire era, you’ll never get them exactly right. And that’s the beauty of it! In this update you’ll see the starting point of one such event…

Daily Bonus: 1756 scenario for Ancien Regime Expansion

The Ancien Regime Expansion is partially based on the Seven Years’ War. The 1756 scenario was devised to recreate the initial stages of that great conflict, with a large body of Prussian armies under Frederick the Great poised to strike at Austrian-controlled Silesia. In this scenario Britain starts the game as a Prussian ally, while Austria is in a coalition with France and Russia, and Spain as well as the Ottoman Empire are neutral.

Historically Ottomans took no part in the Seven Years’ War... but what if it did? And what if Spain joined the conflict not in 1762, but a few years earlier? Ancien Regime Expansion will allow you to test these fascinating what-ifs like no other game!

An interview with Andrew Rourke

Andrew Rourke, the designer of the game, was recently interviewed by The Player’s Aid. If you want to know how the game came to be, or simply learn what each of the game mechanics represents, this may be an excellent way to find out. Who better to explain the concepts of the game than the designer himself?

Social Goal still to be unlocked!

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and “the conqueror of the world’s conqueror” is still waiting to be elevated to the next level – maybe not Napoleon’s level, but close enough. Share or interact with this Facebook post and you’ll unlock the following goal:

- A different shade of red for Wellington’s meeple.

- A special rule concerning how Wellington supports other generals in battle.


Stay safe and take care of yourself!

Srdjan, Adrian & PHALANX Team