Nemo’s War is a fantastic solo board game from publisher Victory Point Games and designer Chris Taylor, originally released in 2009, but which Kickstarted a breathtaking second edition in 2015 featuring new art from Ian O’Toole. After a successful first expansion last year, which added upgrades to the Nautilus, the publisher has now started a new Kickstarter Campaign for expansion pack #2 Bold & Caring, and #3 Dramatis Personae. In Nemo’s War, players take control of Captain Nemo and his crew from Jules Verne‘s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, exploring the oceans in the Nautilus, fighting war ships, discovering treasures, inciting revolution and overcoming story obstacles. One of the main mechanisms in the game is taking on a motive for Nemo, giving each of these actions more or less weighting in the final scoring. Bold & Caring adds two new motive cards to the game, essentially creating completely new ways to play and score high points. Nemo can now be motivated by Adventure, prioritizing exploration, collecting gemstones and taking further advantage of lull turns.
Alternatively the new Humanist motive gives Nemo a Hospital Machine, and allows “diplomatic attacks” on vessels rather than traditional destruction. Dramatis Personae gives more flavor and abilities to the crew with new adventure cards and a new finale. The Kickstarter Campaign for Nemo’s War Expansions #2 & 3 continues through December 18, and is expected to deliver in April 2019.
‘Nemo’s War by designer Chris Taylor is getting a mini-expansion and a new printing of the Second Edition via Kickstarter. The original printing was extremely successful and is almost sold out almost everywhere, driving up demand (and prices!) on the secondary market. Victory Point Games has added an expansion for both new Little Nemo’s and those who already have the game.
A sign of the popularity of the game, the kickstarter was fully funded in just four hours with over 3,000 backers now having pledged over $100,000 of the $30,000 campaign goal. The campaign ends December 21st 2017 at 7pm MST with an estimated shipping date of December 2018. Simplifying pledge levels, the Nemo’s War expansion pack is available for $5, and the base game with the expansion pack is available for a pledge of $59.
The Nautilus Upgrades Expansion Pack is a small expansion of simply 12 new Nautilus Upgrade cards. The cards include the Clockwork Cipher, the Adventurer’s League, Nemo’s Manifesto, Prize Crew Quarters, and 8 more.
The base Nemo’s War game is a solo board game filled with both undersea exploration and combat. Set in 1870 players will enter the world of Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas. Playing as Captain Nemo himself, players will dive through the oceans in the electric powered Nautilus submarine, traveling the world seeking both knowledge and vengeance.
The newest printing of the Second Edition of the game is described as featuring enhanced production quality, and features of the art and graphics of Ian O’Toole throughout the game.
Prospective backers can read the rulebook here (link) and watch a video introduction to the game here (link).
What’s in the Box?
The Nautilus Upgrades Expansion Pack features:
- 12 New Nautilus Upgrade cards (linen-finish)
- 1 Rules booklet
The Nemo’s War Base Game box includes:
- 1 Game box
- 1 Rulebook (available for download here)
- 1 Epilogues booklet
- 1 17” x 33” game board
- 62 Adventure cards
- 10 Nautilus Upgrade cards
- 6 Character Resource tiles, 2 Motive tiles, and 1 Captain tile
- 220 tokens and markers (ships, gemstones, etc.)
- 12 Uprising cubes (10 black wood, 2 silver)
- 5 dice (3 white and 2 black)
- 1 Nautilus miniature
- 9 co-op game Officer cards
Victory Point Games
Based in a Southern California, Victory Point Games is a small format publisher printing batches of strategy, card, family and casual board games. Primarily a historical war game publisher, Victory Point Games has expanded and released popular titles including Darkest Night, Infection: Humanities Last Gasp, The Lost Cause and more.
Literature fans, solo-gamers, and combinations of the two should take notice. Nemo’s War: Second Edition is on Kickstarter, and has already more than doubled its goal with twenty-five days left. Nemo’s War is a theme-dripping solo adventure game based on Jules Verne’s sci-fi classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This 2nd edition completely overhauls the 2009 title and features new artwork from Ian O’Toole (The Gallerist).
Nemo’s War places you in the titular role of the captain of the Nautilus, an electric-powered submarine. You pilot your vessel around the board battling ships and sea-beasts and attempting to accomplish an array of objectives you choose at the outset of your adventure. Victory conditions and difficulty are variable, making Nemo’s War a replayable solo experience. The game was designed by Chris Taylor (Astra Titanus) and will be published by Victory Point games. For all the details, sail over to the Kickstarter page.