Aether Captains

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This is the second campaign for the Aether Captains game and this time around they easily hit their goal on the first day and are on their way to unlocking some nice extras.

Aether Captains is a steampunk one vs many game where one player takes on the role of the Arkady Navy to defend their homeland and the remaining players take on the roles of pirating war captains.  The Navy player gets control of the very imposing ships HMS Dominion or Dauntless , both represented by custom dice, and work to maintain order by destroying the war captains as they come out onto the board.  Since the government is helping the Navy player there is not much need for resources, but they will need to defend the cities on the board or liberate them if they have been taken over. They can also recruit new crew to help make their job easier but essentially they are on a seek and destroy mission against the pirates.  The war captains have a little more variety in their objectives because they are randomized on cards at the beginning, they could be things like occupy a city, attack other players, or some other variation making their end goal hard to tell at the beginning.  But since the war captains are pirates, they will have to pillage the towns in order to have the resources to go up against the the much bigger Navy ships.  Whoever achieves their goals first is the winner of the game.

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The game looks great with custom dice representing all the ships on the player boards while on the main board they are designated with minis.  Also available in the campaign are two expansions for the game adding either more content for the Navy or more content for the war captains.  Either way if this campaign sounds interesting head on over to the Kickstarter page to pledge for your own copy.

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One player commands the mighty naval zeppelins of the Grand Compact: Dauntless and Dominion. As Commander, you have been tasked by the Emperor to defend the Grand Compact and Arkady from the merciless sky pirates. With your staunch crew of steam welders, engineers, navigators and gunners, you fly with honor to confront the pirates threatening Arkady.

The remaining players command waves of attacking sky pirates, each with their own unique objectives which may pit them against any player when it results in the greatest profit for themselves. Infamous and feared, you have risen through the cutthroat cadres to become a War Captain. You swear to never rest until you control the skies and the Grand Compact falls!

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Mage Company is proud to announce their Kickstarter for Aether Captains, an asymmetric steampunk board game for 1-5 players of villainous sky pirates and heroic naval zeppelins in epic conflict above the skies of Arkady.

From the Kickstarter project:
[In Aether Captains,] one player commands the mighty naval zeppelins of the Grand Compact: Dauntless and Dominion. As Commander, you have been tasked by the Emperor to defend the Grand Compact and Arkady from the merciless sky pirates. With your staunch crew of steam welders, engineers, navigators and gunners, you fly with honor to confront the pirates threatening Arkady.
The remaining players command waves of attacking sky pirates, each with their own unique objectives which may pit them against any player when it results in the greatest profit for themselves. Infamous and feared, you have risen through the cutthroat cadres to become a War Captain. You swear to never rest until you control the skies and the Grand Compact falls!

This is the first project featuring the combined efforts of Mage Company and Ninja Division through their recent distribution agreement.  This Kickstarter project has a single pledge level for the game, with shipping to anywhere in the world.  If successful, the project will fund on February 25, 2016.  For more information on the game and to fund the project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

MAGE Company has released its December 2015 News bulletin with the following items of interest.

January 18, 2016 Kickstarter Announcement

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MAGE Company will Kickstart an old print-and-play game by Todd Sanders, Aether Captains.  This steampunk themed, scenario-based, asymmetric board game for 2-5 players pits one player, the commander of the mighty zeppelin fleet, against the many waves of marauding sky pirates.  You can preview the upcoming Kickstarter project here.

New Partnership

MAGE Company has partnered with Ninja Division, and the above Kickstarter of Aether Captains will be an immediate product of this partnership.  Below is MAGE Company’s official announcement:

MAGE Company has proceeded to a partnership with Ninja Division known for Ninja all Stars and Super Dungeon Explorer games. The board game publisher best known for its titles 12 Realms, Raid & Trade and Res Publica: 2230AD, has now entered in a publishing agreement with Ninja Division, to make its products widely available to the North American and Canadian markets. New distribution partners will begin production of 12 Realms and Raid & Trade soon and they are expected to start distributing early in 2016. 

MAGE Company also has announced two new supplementary game products:

New Box and Foam for 12 Realms: Bedtime Story

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The production for 12 Realms: Bedtime Story, the 2nd big expansion for 12 Realms is also moving along, with the box and foams of the game being the last production update by MAGE Company. The board game box measures 31*31*10 cm and comes with 3 foams to protect the miniatures from ALL the 12 Realms boxes. The foams can accommodate both Heroes, and Dark Lords, while they also come with custom holes to fit the buildings and other bigger sized minis.

Premium Square Sleeves Now Available

The 53*53mm premium sleeves are now available for pre-order in the MAGE Company online shop! MAGE is the only one producing premium quality sleeves of this size. The re-production is now finished and the estimated time of arrival of the sleeves to the German warehouse is December 20th. These premium quality transparent sleeves can be used in games like Raid & Trade and 12 Realms, as well as fit other games with 50*50mm cards, like Kingdom Death! Check it out at www.magecompany.com