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Exploration

Created by Ply Games

Join the new Space Race in a space themed game with innovative orbital movement mechanics for 1-5 players.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Panda Game Manufacturing official statement
almost 3 years ago – Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 11:52:00 PM

Hello all!

At first I would like to apologise for long time without any update. I had a car accident caused by a drunk driver, but thankfully no one was hurt. This is an extremely difficult start of the year also beacause of other reason. Most probably all of you heard about Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Until now the total number of confirmed cases exceeds 70.000 people living in the Mainland China. You can follow the current status here. Due to coronavirus outbreak, Chinese government decided to extend the Chinese New Years holiday up to February 10. Unfortunately, the situation in China has still not been resolved, which is why PGM decided to extend the holiday period. Now I would like to share with you two official statements from PGM. 

#1 Official statement from 10.02.2020

"Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation in China, our factory  operations were suspended last week, and our workers remained on a  government-mandated Chinese New Years holiday extension.

 Today, we have made the difficult decision to postpone factory  operations for 1 additional week, with factory operations now scheduled  to resume on Monday February 17.

 This additional week is not government-mandated, but we made this  decision to protect our workers and reduce the chance of an outbreak.  Many of our workers are just recently returning to Shenzhen, and one of  the characteristics of the Coronavirus is that sometimes people are infected without immediately showing symptoms. We have a  social obligation to provide a safe and comfortable work environment for  our staff, which includes taking precautions to give each individual  the confidence that they are not being exposed to a health risk at work.

 During the week of Feb 9 to 16, our workers will undergo quarantine  procedures, and their health and temperature will be monitored.

 We have also established a task force to specifically tackle the  Coronavirus and ensure that government regulations and health guidelines  are strictly followed. Our workers will wear surgical masks, follow  best practices for personal hygiene, and our factory will be regularly disinfected.

 We realize that this additional week delay will have an impact on your  production schedules, and for this we sincerely apologize.

 We will continue to provide regular updates as the situation changes.

 Thank you for your patience and understanding.
 Panda Game Manufacturing"

#2 Official statement from 17.02.2020

"Due to the escalation of the Covid-19 Corona Virus situation, our  production facility in Shenzhen will remain closed for an additional 2-3  weeks, likely until early March.

 This precautionary measure is being taken to reduce the chance of an  infection happening to our team which could have much longer term  consequences.

 Stopping the spread of the virus is a global issue and the local  government has put in place a number of policies aimed at preventing the  further spread of the virus including halting public transportation  from affected areas and also asking companies for their cooperation in facilitating health checks for their staff.

 Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
 Panda Game Manufacturing"

#3 Charging cards for shipping

It is not the best situation to speak now about shipping but you must know the clear information. My proposal is following: we will fix the date of charging cards to April 2. If someone needs to do it faster, please send your requests via Kickstarter private message.

At the end, once again I would like to apologise you for this situation. Most probably it means the delay in delivery. We will now analyze the situation and the possibility of speed up mass production and shipping. I will inform you as soon as the situation is clear.

We'll use the factory shutdown time for double checking the Exploration components and rulebook polishing.

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

Spaceships have landed!
almost 3 years ago – Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 01:34:26 AM

Hello all! We received a great Christmas present from Panda Game Manufacturing. Let's start with the next update.

#1 Miniature prototypes

Sorry, for a low quality of the image but in reality the miniatures looks outstanding.  I'm proud of them.

#2 Rulebook and cosmetic changes

From the beginning of our campaign, I was receiving a feedback from you about "one point, one spaceship" restriction rule. Indeed, this principle suppresses immersion in the space theme of this board game. The new rule allow players to have more than one spaceship at the same point on board. This rule is called Formation and it is descibed in the latest version of rulebook.

#3 Kourou color change

Purple is best suited to the player's 5th spaceport. Please take a look at the updated Kourou design. I like it a lot. You also?

Finally, I wish you a merry Christmas and a lot of fun with board games (especially Exploration) in 2020!

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

The manufacturer is...
about 3 years ago – Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 09:43:14 PM

Hello all! It's been some time since our last update. We were at Essen Spiel 19', but only as a visitors. In addition, we sent files to prepare a pre-production prototype, but let's go step by step.

#1 Manufacturer

Exploration will be prepared by Panda Game Manufacturing! I think that I don't have to intorduce them to you. Over the years they manufactured a lot of top games for example: Scythe, Root, Wingspan, Hell Boyt and much more. You can find more about their works here.

PGM both at Essen'19

#2 First samples

I received first samples from PGM. It was only a plastic cubes and plates for color check.

 As you can see there is almost no difference in color between Xichang and Kourou when we will use translucent cubes. What do you think about using opaque cubes? 

Opaque cubes samples

#3 Miniatures adjustments

We had to make some changes in thickness and shape because of possible problems during injection molding, but I think these changes have no impact on the final appearance of the miniatures. 

The Shield spaceship was not strong enough, We had to increase the thickness.
The Destroyer's miniature had certain shapes that will be problematic when removed from mold.

#4 Language independency

Honestly speaking I'm a fan of language independent games. This kind of game has two advantages. At first it is easy to understand, according to the adage "A picture is worth a thousand words". Secondly you don't have to remember all things, becasue it is easier to add some guides on game components. Of course Exploration cannot be 100% language independent because we don't want to lose immersion in our space theme. Below you can see examples of changes made.

Asteroid card before and after language independency activity

#5 Rulebook

Thank you for submitting your revisions and thoughts about rulebooks. We are still working on it. There is also a small delay in design preparation. I will share with you the latest version of the rules once we will have a design.

Within next two weeks I should receive first samples of miniatures, fly stands and dice, so this will be the content of the next update. In summary, the project is proceeding according to schedule, but there are some concerns about the rulebook preparation. 

At the end a small update about pre-orders. Our store on BackerKit is still active, so If someone was unable to support Exploration during the campaign, they can use the following link to order the game now

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

Project schedule
about 3 years ago – Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 11:37:11 PM

Hello all! Finally I have chosen the manufacturer for Exploration. In my opinion they are one of the best manufacturer in board games industry! We are after Kick-off meeting and everything looks very promising.

#1 Project schedule

As you can see in October we will work mostly on files preparation. It means that we will check all titles, headers, vocabulary on every game component. We also need to prepare all components according to the manufacturer's requirements (colors, cut patterns, etc.). 

#2 Rulebook issues

Works on the instruction are carried out in two ways. We finish the graphic design and we are improving the content of the rulebook, which is extremaly difficult for French, German, Italian and Spanish. The plan is to adjust proofread versions to the graphic design. In the meantime, I came up with idea how you can support rulebook writing. If you want to support, please download the rulebook, write the comments in documents and send it back in .doc or .pdf format to our email pl.yteam@outlook.com. Backers with the best support will receive free upgrade to all-in gameplay or Collector's pledge. After sending us your thoughts, our writers will take them into account when they adapt the text to the graphic design.The deadline for sending files is 27 October. I hope you will like this crowdsourcing event!

#3 BackerKit pre-order

At the end I would like to inform you that tomorrow we will close our pre-order store on BackerKit. There are still 82 surveys missing, so if someone has not yet received any information, check your email and private mailbox at KS.

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

Pledge manager closed and...
about 3 years ago – Mon, Sep 09, 2019 at 02:25:54 AM

Hello all! As I expected first month after campaign will be very though, with low progress. We had to clarify taxes, payments, negotiations with manufacturers and design improvements.

#1 Pledge manager

Currently I received 1049 completed surveys. Thank you very much! Unfortunately there are still 139 missing surveys... 21 of missing pledges are from backers who made a full pledge on Kickstarter. We will continue to contact with all of you via private messages and emails.

#2 Locking orders

At first I would like to apologise you for inconvenience and clarify the situation with shipping. Before the start of campaign we planned to charge you for shipping on February 2020 and this remains relevant. In pledge manager we made PayPal payments available. After payment by PayPal your account/card was immediately charged.

So, we will keep our initial plan as we promised, but if you care about speed up with payment, we can do it. Please just contact us.

#3 Component samples

We received blank samples from manufacturers. Base on them we prepared Exploration specification sheet. Please take a look at it here.

If you have any kind of suggestions, please let me know.

#4 Design improvements

We have started design improvement activity. We neeed it to make the rules easier to understand. The best example are Lagrangian points. From the beginning I had a problem with explanation how special module drops on Lagrangian points works. Instead of text we plan to add icons or symbols. For example instead of writing on card "you will receive 4 credits per turn" we will put there the icon. All icons will be explained in rulebook. Soon I will share more details and examples.

#5 Rulebook languagues versions

French

German

Italian

Polish

Spanish

As I mentioned on the beginning there are no spectacular news. The most important information is that we are on schedule, but there is still a lot to do. Next update is planned after we will order game manufacturing (around beginning of October).

Kind Regards

Damian Korus