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The Terminator™: The Official Board Game

Created by Space Goat Productions, Inc.

The Terminator™: The Official Board Game
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2,126 backers pledged $220,456.00 on Kickstarter

An asymmetrical strategy game played across two boards based off of the iconic 1984 James Cameron film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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$220,456.00 / 2,126 backers
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$102,932.50 / 2,039 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Production Schedule & Calendar
12 days ago – Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 12:25:15 AM

Hey, Backers-

Our last announced delivery date for The Terminator was in December of this year—next month. We apologize for the lack of communication of the details of production leading up to this announcement: The Terminator will not be arriving next month. The calendar below is a broad overview of our production schedule moving forward.

 

As this calendar only covers general phases of production, I'd like to break down the timeline it's based on. Here are the steps we're working on and about how long we expect them to take, starting with the receipt of final graphic design files earlier today.

Stress Testing & Preparation

We received final working files for 2D assets today. This was from our second graphic designer, who had to recreate the design from flattened and broken files. We'll be taking about three weeks to proof and edit all of these assets.

The following three weeks will be spent making prototypes of everything, including 3D printing all figures here in our office. Sometimes minor changes are necessary to fit our custom sizes for prototype printing.

Once prototypes are made, we'll spend the next six weeks stress testing the heck out of the game and sending prototypes to trusted beta testers to do the same. The game is solid and complete as it is now, but it's always necessary to get as many critical eyes as possible to correct every little loophole, typo, and smudge before manufacturing.

All the while, we'll be working with our lead sculptor (not the one that caused delays on Evil Dead 2) to optimize all figures for mold production. We have a solid professional history with him, so we do not anticipate any surprises during this process.

The above accounts for just over half of the blocked out time for this phase. We've included generous buffer time in case anything major is discovered along the way. While we don't anticipate any such errors, they are called "unforeseen" for a reason. The last couple weeks will be working with the manufacturer to make everything as easy and smooth as possible for them to start on.

Manufacturing

The first five weeks of manufacturing is just the creation of the metal molds for the figures. This is an intensive process that's important to get absolutely right. 30 days is the average time mold creation takes, but we've rounded up since there are quite a few large and complex figures in this game.

Once the molds are made, we have about two weeks of testing and proofing. This includes work for both us and the manufacturer—and sending materials back and forth.

With everything looking good, mass production begins and runs for about seven weeks. This step is almost entirely in the manufacturer's hands, but communication will remain regular to discuss progress.

It takes about two weeks to assemble and package all the components once they're made. Between the core game, the expansions, and all the accessories and optional buys, there are a lot of boxes to pack right.

After the tally of these steps, there's still about five weeks left aside for holidays, conventions, delays, or anything else that might pop up along the way. Again, this is time set aside for factors we can't identify at this time, but would be unwise to not account for.

Shipping

We've set aside two months to get all the games out of the factories to our order fulfillment partners, who will deliver them to all of you. Our estimates have games arriving early to mid November, but I blocked out the whole month to match the rest of the calendar.

 

While going through the design files, I decided this time to highlight the gorgeous art we were able to get our hands on for this game. The above are illustrations mostly by Dave Youkovich, exclusively for this game, with a few from Dark Horse Comics. We're really happy with how this game look and we're excited to walk it through the steps above to bring it to you all.

Towards the future!

Team Space Goat

Expansion Highlight: System Upgrade
about 2 months ago – Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:51:52 PM

Attention Resistance!

Today's transmission (which our recon officer apologizes for the delay of) is a special one: The System Upgrade Expansion.

 

This expansion greatly enhances the Terminator experience by adding a whole new level of combat with upgradable abilities and gear. Skynet also gets a new boss figure: the Mainframe and Turrets. Let's take a closer look!

Skynet systems online...
Skynet systems online...
Evil mountain lair: Complete.
Evil mountain lair: Complete.

 

The extra wide 5-inch figure has a special two-level base that matches the thickness of the game board. The Mainframe sits halfway off the edge of the 2029 board, so this notch allows it to sit evenly on the table. This massive AI computer is nestled in the future Californian desert, boosting and supporting Skynet troops.

The two tandem turrets add an extra layer of security for Skynet, making a siege on the Mainframe a daunting mission for only the bravest Resistance soldiers.

What expansion would you like to see opened up next?

Over and out:

Team Space Goat

Corrected Rules & Expansion Mini-Update
2 months ago – Tue, Oct 03, 2017 at 01:10:38 AM

Attention Resistance Soldiers:

We apologize for the broken link last time. The below has an updated link, directly to where the rule book is stored on Drive. Please check it out and let us know what you think! Kickstarter DMs will be the best way to make sure we hear your feedback.

This one definitely works!
This one definitely works!

 

We'll be getting our final expansion box art in very soon—I was hoping to have those all in for this update, but alas—so in the meantime, I have a different treat from the expansions:

You goin' my way?
You goin' my way?

 

The Road Rage mini-expansion features the above vehicle (please note this base is not final) which has a particularly cool feature. The passenger jeep is a fleet, light gunner, but carries some special cargo: a bonus unit. A Resistance troop (Soldier or Heavy) can fit in the back and ride along. The bed of the truck is big enough to literally fit the piece, so the unit can actually ride around and still act per usual. If the passenger jeep is destroyed with a troop still on board, it's 50-50 whether they'll survive or go down with the ship. Just one more exciting way to shake up your gameplay!

Over and out, troops!

Team Space Goat

Incoming: Rulebook & Box Design
3 months ago – Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 11:23:39 PM

Attention Resistance Soldiers:

Incoming documents from the graphic design division...

This isn't the type of design we want to keep a lid on.
This isn't the type of design we want to keep a lid on.

 

Here is the flattened, print-ready version of the game box—it should look pretty familiar. We made the decision to alternate the side panel art. While it may look odd seen from this angle, it allows the box to be stacked horizontally or vertically on your shelf. With all the components kept snug by a custom-molded plastic tray, you don't have to worry about any shift no matter how you stack it.

I can't come up with a pun for this caption... Guess I'm no good at thinking outside the box.
I can't come up with a pun for this caption... Guess I'm no good at thinking outside the box.

 

The next big thing we want to share is a PDF of the rulebook. This downloadable version, linked through the picture below, is a near-final draft. It'll go through intense review here at the Space Goat HQ, but we'd also love all your feedback as well!

We hope you think this game rules.
We hope you think this game rules.

 

Please send your comments, questions, and notes via Kickstarter DMs so we can make sure to receive them all. While we may not be able to fully respond to each one as it comes in, we'll be taking everything into consideration.

Have a good weekend!

Team Space Goat

Design Update: Box Back & Rules
4 months ago – Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 12:13:44 AM

Attention Resistance Soldiers:

The design team is closing in on final print files. First up, we have our fancy back of the box! Once we get final specs on box size from the manufacturer, then we'll set up all final sizes. Confirming box size is just one of those weird little things that you want to quadruple check in order to make sure all stretch goal and final contents fit—but don't rattle around in too much empty space. For now, here's the draft of the back:

 

We'll be posting a full copy of our rules in a future, so that anyone who wants to can comb through and ask questions. It gets to a point when we read these words so many time, we become legally blind for a few minutes. Opening it up to backers, you all get to be editors and an extra line of defense to make sure this all makes sense. Here's a couple pages to show off design for now.

As seen on the last update, now with real images.
As seen on the last update, now with real images.

 

Just a quick look at components (and no, not everyone plays as Kyle Reese).
Just a quick look at components (and no, not everyone plays as Kyle Reese).

 

Behind the scenes, we're also working on figure optimization. We have a lot of different pieces and we want to make sure each one ends up as high quality—detailed, durable, and cool—as possible.

Over and out;

Team Space Goat