15th Jun2018

Back This! – Boardgame Special

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting not one but TWO fantastic new board game crowdfunding campaigns…



The Plastic Soldier Company and Richard Borg heads into Space in this exciting new Commands & Colours board game, including two complete fleets of plastic starships – a total of 92 models, and a playmat made of a crease-resistant fabric and measuring approximately 130 x 100 cm!

About the Game:

Red Alert allows two to six players to duke it out in Space using the opposing fleets of the Commonwealth Alliance and Rebel Confederation: battleships, cruisers, and destroyers, backed up by long-range fighters and the Fleet Commander’s all-important flagship. Each unit type has its own special capabilities.

The Red Alert Kickstarter has ALREADY been funded, with backers pledging almost twice the original pledge total and the campaign still has 10 days to go! Which means that the following stretch goals have already been unlocked:

  1. You’ve got yourselves the Vice Admiral Escalation Pack FREE (MSRP: GBP £18)!
  2. And an extra Commonwealth long-range fighter squadron (3 fighters and bases)!
  3. And an extra Confederation long-range fighter squadron (3 fighters and bases)!
  4. And the Carrier Escalation Pack as an optional buy (Kickstarter price £14.50; MSRP £18)!
  5. And the Dreadnought Escalation Pack as an optional buy (Kickstarter price £14.50; MSRP £18)!
  6. And the Logistics and Space Platform Escalation Pack FREE to all backers (MSRP £20)!
  7. New ship designs for the Confederation fleet in the core game!
  8. And the Space Rift Escalation Pack FREE to all backers (MSRP £13)!


If you’ve already played any of Richard Borg’s Commands & Colours games, you’ll be on very familiar ground with Red Alert. If you’ve not…

  • Commands & Colours is an easy-to-learn, card-driven wargame series. It uses a hex-grid game board divided into three sections – a centre and two wings.
  • The command cards in your hand determine which section(s) you can activate units, and how many units you may activate when you play that card. The play of these command cards drives the action and creates a ‘fog of war’.
  • Combat is fast, simple and somewhat deadly. In addition to the hits scored when you roll your battle dice, red alert icons rolled represent non-fatal crises onboard a ship – such as collateral damage, shields going down, and engineering issues – that need to be resolved.

The Perks:

The early-bird pledge level has already sold out (£85 for a copy of the game and all unlocked stretch goals) which menas that now a pledge of £90 gets you one copy of the Red Alert board game and ALL unlocked stretch goals. Meanwhile retaielrs can also pledge £100 to the  retailer exclusive pledge level.

Check out the Red Alert Kickstarter campaign right here.



So Long, My World is a strategy card game with simultaneous action selection for 1-5 players. It comes with a unique art style combined with an immersive and emotive theme. You will need to choose wisely how to spend your final few hours… Will you search to warm your heart or explore the depths of the dark madness by following destructive desires? Beware others are exploring their own madness and may do whatever it takes to obstruct you on your journey. Challenge other players in a competitive multiplayer game or play a campaign specifically designed for 1 player and unveil the truth behind the true nature of humankind.

About the Game:

So Long, My World is a labor of love, our attempt to prove that board games can be art. The result is a gorgeous, limited edition with the finest quality art.

Humanity is dying, and there’s no escaping it. Only a few hours remain before human existence disappears forever. The cause is still unknown, and no matter how you struggle, your life will soon come to an end. With only a few hours before your departure, what are you going to do? A whirlwind of emotions rushes through you, and a glimpse of self-awareness blossoms. Will you be able to discover your true nature, before the End?

So Long, My World goes live on June 19th, in the meantime like the official Facebook page for more info, and check out images of the board game below:





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