exodus: proxima centauri

Exodus: Proxima Centauri (2012) is a well loved 4X (Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate) space empire building game for 2-6 players by designers Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac, as well as a recipient of a Dice Tower Seal of Excellence. NSKN Games has just launched a massive reboot of this classic game along with its two expansions, Event Horizon and Edge of Extinction, on Kickstarter. The new Exodus Chronicles, designed by Rainer Ahlfors and Andrei Novac scratches all the right itches, with 6 different player factions, a robust tech tree system, 45 custom dice, 350 wooden cubes, 280 acrylic gems, 33 large sector tiles, hundreds of tokens and cards, and over 130 detailed ship miniatures. Exodus uses a lead-follow action system, minimizing downtime, while still competing with other well known space opera 4X games such as Twilight Imperium or Eclipse, often in a shorter time frame. This time tested game system keeps improving with each iteration, and Exodus: Chronicles is no exception, keeping the game tight, modern and involving. The Kickstarter for Exodus Chronicles continues through April 12, and the game is expected to ship to backers in April 2020. For more information, check out the live Dice Tower playthrough of Exodus Chronicles here.

Board & Dice, who recently merged with NSKN Games, made several expansion and reprint announcements recently. One of the company’s recent hot games (BGG #223) is Teotihuacan: City of Gods, an impossible to pronounce, but critically acclaimed rondel-driven worker placement game in the Aztec Empire by designers Daniele Tascini and Dávid Turczi (Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar). Just announced is Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period, a modular expansion coming at GenCon 2019. This expansion adds asymmetric player powers, a 4th temple which unlocks powerful abilities, seasonal effects before eclipses, and new variants of some of the rondel boards.

Dice Settlers, the recent dice driven civilization building game by designer Dávid Turczi, is also getting a modular expansion – Dice Settlers: Western Sea. This expansion adds 17 new custom dice, envoys, enclosures and advisors to the game. The advisors are particularly interesting, as each one adds its own unique die and special ability. As the name implies, Western Sea also allows players to sail and fish along the shores. Look for this expansion at Essen 2019.

Finally, Board and Dice are coming out with Exodus Chronicles by designers Rainer Ahlfors and Andrei Novac, a reimplementation of their popular space opera game Exodus: Proxima Centauri (2012). Proxima Centauri is a 4X game complete with all that entails – hidden movement, bidding, tech trees, politics, and engine building both literal and figurative. Exodus Chronicles promises to be a new streamlined design, not simply a reprint, yet still including the two expansions Edge of Extinction (2015) and Event Horizon (2017). Look for Exodus Chronicles later in 2019.

Exodus: Proxima Centauri was designed by Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac, and released in 2012 by NSKN Games. Both Sam and Tom listed it in their Top 10 Space Games of 2018.

Now the game is being released in a digital form on Steam on August 17th, 2018.

“And so the Exodus began… after a war that lasted only 83 days, Earth has been reduced to a nuclear wasteland. Nine factions fled the planet in search of a new home among the stars. Only six survived the journey before encountering the Centaurians, an advanced alien race, who guided the remains of humanity to safety in the Proxima Centauri star system. Now each faction vies for control, exploiting resources and Centaurian technologies, and battling each other to become the leader of the next chapter for the human race.” [source]

Players take control of one of 6 factions and try to grow their empire. The game progresses through a series of turns where players seek to take control of planets and resources, sometimes through direct confrontation. Exodus Proxima: Centauri is a 4x game which includes elements of eXploration, eXtermination, eXploitation, and eXpansion.

The digital game, developed by Offworld Games, will be available on Windows and Mac systems via the Steam store with fairly low system requirements.

Related: The Dice Tower videos and podcasts featuring Exodus Proxima: Centauri

NSKN Games has launched a Kickstarter for the final chapter of the Exodus: Proxima Centauri saga; Exodus: Event Horizon. The expansion adds 13 unique planet tiles, 12 leader cards, 6 players boards, and much more!

Rule the stars and redefine your game with Exodus: Event Horizon! Return to the distant star of Proxima Centauri to experience the Exodus you know and love like never before. Shape the game into a unique experience with a grand modular expansion. Write the final chapter of tomorrow’s saga and unlock the secrets of the Event Horizon, making your Exodus collection finally complete!

Exodus: Event Horizon requires the base game, Exodus: Proxima Centauri, and is also fully compatible with the 2015 expansion Exodus: Edge of Extinction.  The expansion supports 1-6 players and is recommended for ages 13 and up.

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This press release, from NSKN Games was of particular interest to me. NSKN is partnering with Offworld Games to produce a digital version of Exodus Proxima Centauri. Here’s the official press release:

Offworld Games and NSKN Games partner for Exodus: Proxima Centauri digital adaptation.

San Francisco, CA – July 21, 2015: Offworld Games and NSKN Games proudly announce a joint partnership today to develop and publish a digital adaptation of “Exodus: Proxima Centauri” for PC, Mac, and iPad platforms. Together they will launch a Kickstarter in October for the project as well as a board game companion app for iOS in September.

Exodus is the type of game we’ve been building toward since our company’s beginning,” Offworld Games CEO Conlan Rios reflected, “and we’re excited at the prospect of adapting this amazing game for its hard core fans as well as a whole new audience of 4X players.

Exodus: Proxima Centauri is a space exploration and combat board game for one to six players. Published in 2012 by NSKN Games, players will need to manage negotiation, bidding, fleet construction, technology research, and a lot more, in order to win.

About Offworld Games
Established in 2010 and originally developing for iOS, Offworld Games LLC is dedicated to creating immersive strategy games that truly let players venture into the unknown and explore the furthest reaches of their imagination. From Legion of the Damned’s unique storytelling of its licensed universe, Finest Hour’s permadeath tank dynamic, to their fresh take on Reiner Knizia’s The Confrontation, they’re constantly exploring new ways to develop strategy games for players around the world. For more information, visitwww.offworldgames.com.

About NSKN Games
NSKN Games is a team of creative people who enjoy inventing interesting strategy board games. Inspired by historical characters, events or locations, or reaching far into the world of the fantastical, the range of games by NSKN caters to different gamers: from the more casual, family player to the hardcore gamer looking for the ultimate gaming experience. For more information, visit www.nskn.net.

Contact
Offworld Games
Conlan Rios
CEO and Game Developer
email: conlan@offworldgames.com

NSKN Games
Andrei Novac
Executive Manager
email: andrei.novac@nskn.net

 

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NSKN Games has announced the releases of two titles.  Exodus: Edge of Extinction is the sequel to Exodus: Proxima Centari.  You can see our story covering the games initial announcement here.  This will released at Gen Con 2015 for the north american market, Essen 2015 for the european market, and made available through the hobby game store market in November 2015.

Exodus: Edge of Extinction expands each faction in Exodus: Proxima Centauri, bringing asymmetric powers, a new array of unique technologies and new game play options, making an epic empire building game even more immersive.

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They have also announced the release of Mistfall which we covered here.  This will be released at Essen 2015 and likely released through the game store market shortly after.

Mistfall is a fully cooperative adventure game set in a fantasy world of mystery, eldritch powers and high adventure. With decks of equipment and power cards, players embark on a dangerous journey through a set of monster-ridden locations. Each hero comes with a pool of advanced abilities that can be added to their basic deck during the game to customize and expand their powers. A variable board setup, randomized encounters and enemies and a simple but robust monster AI make Mistfall a varied and challenging experience.

For more information you can head over to NSKN’s website here.

Passport Game Studios has announced three titles will be released at Gen Con 2015 in Indianapolis, IN.  Exodus: Edge of Extinction, Pocket Imperium, and Warehouse 51.

Publishers description below.

 

Exodus: Edge of Extinction

Exodus: Edge of Extinction is the first expansion to the critically-acclaimed Exodus: Proxima Centauri, and is already enjoying a rating of 9.1 out of 10 on BoardGameGeek.com. Edge of Extinction continues the base game’s wide-spread conflict, as six splintered factions of humanity race against time and each other to develop new technologies and forge questionable alliances. Fleet commanders will be able to command larger fleets and implement new strategies in their efforts to assert their superiority. Of course, they’ll also have to watch out for the new strategies implemented by their foes!

Exodus: Edge of Extinction gives players dozens of additional cards, as well as new card types, including “Combat Cards.” These add a new layer of strategic depth to the game, allowing for more intricate strategies than in the base game alone. The game’s designers, Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac from NSKN Games, will be at the Passport Game Studios booth throughout the show to demo the expansion and base game.

Players: 2-6
Ages: 14+
Time: 120 minutes

Pocket Imperium

Pocket Imperium is a pocket-sized 4x space conquest game from Passport Game Studios partner LudiCreations. With a box measuring in at 5” x 7”, this game may be small, but it packs in a lot of strategic choices. A massive print-and-play success, the fully published version will be available for sale for the first time at Passport Game Studios’ Gen Con booth.

In Pocket Imperium, players represent the leader of one of four different spacefaring races. They will have to compete against the other races to explore the galaxy to find resources, expand their fleet with newer, stronger, and faster ships, and ultimately conquer their foes by engaging in open warfare. But the other leaders will work against them, claiming planets for themselves as they ready to topple empires and claim space for themselves. Pocket Imperium is a 4X microgame, where each phase of the game is, in itself, a game. This allows for games to move quickly, and players who can avoid extermination will last the longest.

Players: 2-4
Ages: 10+
Time: 30 minutes

 

Warehouse 51

Warehouse 51 is a brand-new game from designers Bruno Faiduitti, Sergio Halaban, and Andre Zatz. Co-published with partner FunForge (Tokaido, Samurai Spirit, Quantum), Warehouse 51 is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated games of Gen Con 2015.

In Warehouse 51, players represent multimillionaires hoping to add artifacts from the now-broke US Government’s Warehouse 51 to their private collections. Things aren’t always as they seem, and those wishing to own these ultra-rare items may not know what they’re getting themselves into. After all, there’s a reason why the government kept these items locked away in a nondescript warehouse for so long…

Warehouse 51 pits players against each other with a cutthroat auction mechanic. The millionaire who can accumulate the most valuable items, while avoiding the perils that accompany these mythical artifacts, will come out ahead.

Players: 3-5
Players: 10+
Time: 30 minutes

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Over at their official blog, the folks from NSKN games have pulled back the curtain on their manufacturing process to show us how they’re taking their recent kickstarter game Exodus and making it a reality.

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After the files are delivered to the printer, it’s waiting time. Before anything is produced, we have to approve the preliminary printouts to be sure, that the final product is up to our and your expectations. From the rulebook and the box, to cards and punchboards, everything needs proper scrutiny and approval before it goes into production.

From proofing and printing to quality control, you can see the whole process here.

blackwater

NSKN Games posted its final faction preview for Exodus: Edge of Extinction, the upcoming expansion for space 4X game Exodus: Proxima Centauri. This time they spotlight Blackwater, a dangerous faction focused on war and all out aggression.

“Blackwater is the most conflict oriented faction in Edge of Extinction. Their whole existence revolves around a single goal – their total domination over mankind.”

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They have the technology to back it up with EMP Cannons, Interceptors, Phasium Alloy, and other intimidating upgrades. The article includes a detailed description of Blackwater, noting their economic prowess, disinterest in humanitarian laws, and their relentless pursuit of corporate power.

“Blackwater is a goal oriented faction – perhaps even the single most objective-focused one in this new world – and the goal is to make the final transition from an almost all powerful organization to a truly omnipotent one.”

Blackwater joins the Sirius Theocracy, Arctic Dominion, Han-Xia Dynasty, Titan Diarchy, and Confederation of Sol bringing the new faction count to six. Check out NSKN’s blog post for more details, and watch Dice Tower’s review for our opinions on Exodus: Proxima Centauri.

exodus expansion

Exodus:  Proxima Centauri is a space-themed game published by NSKN Games in 2012, and they had previously announced an expansion that has been in the works for almost two years now.  NSKN essentially has everything needed to bring this new addition to the base game…except a name.  This is where you come in.

According to the official blog, NSKN has created a poll with five options just waiting to be voted on.  You can find the poll at their site as well as links to more information about the new unnamed expansion.