Prepare for the Siege!
over 1 year ago
– Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 11:58:29 PM
We’ve just entered the second week of our campaign! Hurrah! We’re very excited to share with you all the content we’ve got prepared for Coalitions - and today is a good day on that front!
We have news on new rules and accompanying miniatures for fortresses, and special rules and a unique meeple for Napoleon’s ultimate nemesis, the Duke of Wellington, that you can unlock through a little social media posting and promotion of Coalitions.
Daily Bonus unlocked: the Fortresses Expansion!
Warfare in the age of Napoleon wasn’t just about daring maneuvers and grand battles, sometimes fortresses needed to be built - or captured. And this is where our Daily Bonus comes in!
Today we’re announcing a new addition to Coalitions - fortresses! Each Coalitions core box will now include fortress tokens and new rules regarding their usage in battles.
In addition to that, each Deluxe Pledge backer will receive the special Fortresses Miniature Set (with 6 miniatures) completely for free! You’ll not only have miniature generals to play with, but miniature fortresses as well.
This is an exciting new development for Coalitions that will further enhance gameplay and enjoyment.
Add-on: Fortresses Expansion Miniature Set
The Fortresses Expansion Miniature Set will also be available as an add-on for £10 (MSRP £12) for the Core Pledge or any other pledge.
Our First Social Goal: Wellington
The French have a special rule for Napoleon (and a differently shaded meeple), so we thought it only right that we do the same for his ultimate conqueror Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington. But first, you need to unlock Wellington. To do this is simple: share or interact with one of our Facebook posts (visit our Facebook page to check out which one!) 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. If you want to know more about this rule, well... unlock the goal ;)
Deluxe Miniature Set Pledge
Some of you have asked us to open a pledge for just the Deluxe Miniature Set. We think you would be a little crazy not just to back the whole Deluxe pledge, but how could we say no to you? You can still buy the set as an add-on to other pledges, but from now on you can also buy the Deluxe Miniature Setseparately!
The shipping cost for the Deluxe Miniature Set Pledge is the same as with Coalitions Core Pledge.
Stay safe and thanks for your support!
Srdjan, Adrian & PHALANX Team
(Russian) Winter is Coming
over 1 year ago
– Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 04:13:29 PM
Why would we ever write about winter in the middle of a summer heatwave (at least for those of us living in central Europe – and yes, Russia as well)? I’m sure some of you, if not most, have already figured it out. Today of course marks the 80th anniversary of the ill-fated German invasion of the Soviet Union. Sounds familiar? It should, for Napoleon attempted an invasion of Russia with pretty much the same effect more than a century earlier... And you may be surprised, but in this update we’ll deal with both invasions, at least in a way.
Daily Bonus Unlocked: the 1812 Scenario!
While most of our basic scenarios start with a smaller or greater semblance of balance for all players, so that everyone can have an equal chance of winning, this one is slightly different – as it should be.
The setup for this epic scenario reflects the opening stages of the French Invasion of Russia. Napoleon and the generals of his Grande Armee are massing on the Russian border. With Austria and Prussia reluctantly allied to France, Britain engulfed in their own struggle with France in Spain and Ottomans remaining resolutely neutral, the Russians have to weather the storm alone... But what happens next is all up to you!
Meet Your Diplomats
Each and every Kickstarter backer who chooses the Core, Deluxe or Group pledge will receive 5 Diplomacy Miniatures for free. These beautifully sculpted miniature busts are Kickstarter Exclusives; they won’t be available as an add-on, in late pledge or in retail, so this is it. You can only get them here and now!
Diplomacy Miniatures represent the historical figures featured on the covers of both Coalitions and its Ancien Regime Expansion. And these are:
· Duchess Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz - Prussia
· Prince Klemens von Metternich - Austria
· Empress Catherine the Great - Russia
· Sultan Mahmud II - the Ottoman Empire
· King Ferdinand VI - Spain (for the Ancien Regime Expansion)
Since Britain and France can’t change their diplomatic status in either the core or the expansion game, they don’t need their own Diplomacy Miniatures.
Solo and Co-op Modes
Solitaire mode for Coalitions is elegantly simple. The player takes control of all nations opposing France and tries to capture Paris before Napoleon gains 40 Victory Points. Napoleon’s moves and conquests are determined by the 12 AI cards, so you can never be sure where he’s going to strike.
This mode can be easily expanded to play Coalitions as a fully cooperative game! Instead of playing all the nations, two or more players can take control of a number of European nations and coordinate their actions to topple the French Empire.
Iron, Blood, Snow & Mud
This is what we had in mind by saying “both invasions”. Now that you know you can attempt to outdo Napoleon in Coalitions, how about trying to do the same with Germans on the Eastern Front of World War II?
Iron, Blood, Snow & Mud, a quick 60-minute two-player game, is the way to do just that. The game is already available for pre-order. However, since it will be released at a different date than Coalitions or Pursuit of Victory, we can’t guarantee the shipment of both games at the same time. If such an option becomes available, we’ll contact anyone interested in both games individually.
Have a good day and stay safe,
Srdjan, Adrian & PHALANX Team
A Midsummer night’s dream? Almost… it’s a bumper Coalitions update
over 1 year ago
– Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 12:42:52 AM
We hope you thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and managed to play a few of your favorite games. Today marks the Midsummer, and to celebrate the occasion we’re going to let you in on more about what you’ll get when you back Coalitions, including our second daily bonus. We also have news about an exciting new add-on for you.
The Coalitions’ game board - even more board for your buck
As you know, we are committed to innovation and providing backers with as much value as we can. So we thought to ourselves, why waste a perfectly playable surface on the back of the game board? Let’s make the board double-sided! Today we can reveal that each side of the Coalitions’ game board will feature its own map, which can be used for different scenarios. With a two-sided board, plenty of scenarios to choose from and six nations to control, you’ll never get bored playing Coalitions!
New add-on! Metal coins from the British mint
Metal coins are a great way to enhance a game. That’s why we’ve just added a set of 30 metal coins to the list of available add-ons for this campaign! These beautifully produced coins come in three denominations and replace the cardboard components from the Coalitions’ core box. Now you can hear the clink and feel the weight of British largesse...
The Ancien Regime: no mere expansion
The Ancien Regime Expansion has its own distinct game board, inspired by a major conflict predating the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars – the Seven Years’ War. The expansion will also add a 7th playable nation to the mix, the Kingdom of Spain. And remember, all nations and all territories on the board are always in play regardless of the number of players, the same as in the Coalitions’ core game.
But that’s not all. You’ve continuously asked about it and now we can officially announce it – the Ancien Regime Expansion will feature a solo mode too!
Pursuit of Victory and the Deluxe Miniature Set
Those of you who’re interested in both Coalitions and Pursuit of Victory, the other Napoleonic game we’re offering, should definitely consider taking the Deluxe Pledge– the Miniature Set included in it is fully compatible not just with Coalitions, but with Pursuit of Victory as well! The Deluxe Miniature Set will replace the cardboard tokens used in Pursuit of Victory, representing generals and leaders of all the major powers of the Napoleonic Wars like they do in Coalitions.
Daily Bonus unlocked: Custom meeples
Nation-specific colors simply aren’t good enough for our meeples – time for them to become what they truly deserve to be. Each of the seven nations (yes, we’re including the Ancien Regime Expansion) now has a custom, distinct meeple design!
In addition, there’s one French meeple that stands out from the rest. That’s right, it’s Napoleon, identifiable by his own distinct shade of blue. Vive L'Empereur!
Spanish overview of Coalitions
Since Spain features so prominently in the Ancien Regime expansion, it would be remiss of us not to mention a certain YouTube video. Julius Fairfax explains in Spanish all the Coalitions’ rules, the Activator mechanics and the Wheel of War. Enjoy!
Stay safe and stay tuned for more!
Srdjan, Adrian & PHALANX Team
Funded quicker than Battle of Nations lasted!
over 1 year ago
– Sat, Jun 19, 2021 at 02:49:06 AM
We’ve made it! Thanks to you we managed to fund Coalitions, the Ancien Regime Expansion, and on top of that unlock the first daily goal...! Wait, what? Already? Right away? Yes, as promised, once funded, each working day will mean something amazing for each of the backers! Something that will be included in the game (or expansion) box and you will receive it as a thank you for being with us, supporting our project and believing in it as much as we do!
The game has been funded. What now?
This is far from the end. Your support can help us a lot. The more money we can raise, the better targets we will unlock. And the more of these goals we reach, the more improved the game will be! How about when we raise £60,000? The shipping cost will be £1 ($1.4) cheaper? That's an example of one of our stretch goals, completely independent of the daily goals that will be unlocked each business day.
How can you help us? All you have to do is share the campaign!
Daily Goal: Actions on the cards
How about an even more interesting and strategic battle? Now each type of card (there are 4 of them) has a special action that works in a certain way, or if a certain condition is met. Of course, this is a gameplay variant, at first you can play without it, ignoring the symbols. And what do the symbols mean?
Want more Napoleon? That's absolutely fine!
You might be interested in our other new Napoleon's game.
Pursuit of Victory is a two-player game of military conquest and diplomatic realignment, of bold action and meticulous planning, a low-complexity innovative grand strategy game playable in a couple of hours. Napoleon will have to face an ever-shifting combination of European continental powers of Austria, Prussia and Russia, consider the fate of the Spanish and Polish people, and keep an eye on the small, but mobile British forces. Britain will have to contain Napoleon’s ambitions, stoke the fire of Spanish insurrection, contend with and subsidize their wavering allies, and wait for an opportunity to strike a crucial blow against the French Empire.
Are you interested? Take a look at our store for more information. This is a pre-order, so we will only charge your cards if the funding goal is met. And we will take into account the lessons we've learned from the premature charging cards for Fire in the Sky, which we intend to sent out during the campaign of Coalitions.
So, you can sign up for the Pursuit of Victory, and if the game does not reach its pre-order target then you lose nothing. But if it does reach its goal, then help us release another great game!
What's more, the Deluxe Miniature Set from the Coalitions campaign is compatible with Pursuit of Victory!
Pre-orders for the game are ongoing on a separate collection. It will not be possible to add it as an add-on, as Coalitions and Pursuit of Victory will be released on two different dates.
Adrian & PHALANX Team
One pledge - two games! And more!
over 1 year ago
– Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 09:01:11 PM
Thanks for your support! We hope our campaign continues to gain momentum every day, but especially today – we have some really amazing surprises and new, juicy details for you!
What's so special about this game? Why have we decided to develop it and offer it to you?
First of all, the gameplay and the strong diplomatic aspect, often a key to the victory, are incredibly fun. But what enchanted us the most were the Activator system (related to the movement of the army) and the Wheel of War (a rotating action “rondel” that makes all players perform different actions at the same time, and which completely minimized downtime).
Everyone who decided to support our campaign will also receive the Ancien Regime Expansion. But what exactly is this expansion all about? The basic rules are anchored to the reality of the Seven Years' War, an earlier, but no less dramatic conflict. . But that's not all! The expansion box will contain a veritable treasure trove of components: a new, large board, a new playable faction (Spain), a set of tokens and meeples for this faction (the expansion allows 7 players to play!), new mechanics (e.g. imperial election), a new Wheel of War, a new solo variant and completely different gameplay dynamics! Expect even more asymmetry! In point of fact, that’s not just an expansion – it’s a NEW game, one that wonderfully complements the Core and Deluxe Pledge!
Deluxe Miniature Set
Perhaps some of you supporting the Deluxe Pledge are wondering why the Deluxe Miniature Set is available as an add-on? The answer is simple - you can order a second or even a third set of miniatures for the game. They are compatible with our other game (Pursuit of Victory, a 2-player Napoleonic game), but you can use them however you like. Want to make a Napoleonic diorama for yourself? You've got it. Need period miniatures to simulate the Napoleonic Wars? You've got it. Collecting miniatures? Well... you've got this too! The Deluxe Miniatures Set has multiple uses 😊 But remember, the Deluxe Pledge already includes one Deluxe Miniatures Set!
Some of you are wondering why the Russian faction in Coalitions is green. Well, there’s a simple answer to that. Many games that feature Russia depicts it in red... but our game doesn’t feature Soviet or post-Soviet Russia. In Coalitions, Russia is ruled by the Romanov dynasty, and the uniforms of the Imperial Russian Army at that time were... green! So, naturally, Russia is green in the game.
Do you want to try out the game?
We have launched a module for Coalitions on Tabletop Simulator! As of today, you can try your hand at it with friends, or even face the Corsican Ogre (that’s Napoleon) all on your own! Just follow the instructions and start playing! And soon you’ll be able to join the designer on Discord, where he'll present the game!
Giant Mat and Cardholders
I hear you're looking for a new rug for your living room, so our Giant Mat will be just the ticket, right? 😉 Well, okay you might want to use it for playing the game too. We've launched options for those who prioritise comfort and atmosphere in their games. Two new accessories have appeared in the add-ons: a set of 7 Cardholders (to keep your cards easily displayed in front of you and still hidden from the other players) and a Giant Mat (size). Just add them to your pledge now and enjoy even more possibilities! 😊 Yes, the Mat will be double-sided too!
Adrian, Srdjan & PHALANX Team