Exploriana - The board game of exploration and discovery.

Created by Team Exploriana

Exploriana is a tense, exciting push your luck game. Set during the Victorian age of wonder, it's easy to learn & packed with strategy!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Stands, Samples, and Surveys!
22 days ago – Sat, May 04, 2019 at 03:33:48 PM

Welcome back! As promised, we’re back a little sooner than usual, with a big bumper update for you all! We’ll be looking at our first sample of the game, letting you all know about our plans for the UK games Expo, and clearing up any lingering confusion with pledge managers and surveys!

An ample sample!

The first thing we have to say is that apart from a couple of tiny issues, we’re really happy with this! The cards look great (these were not linen finished, although the cards in the full game will be), and all of the artwork really pops! The player pieces have a really nice finish, and the colours are exactly what we wanted. 

There are a couple of issues, mainly to do with some of the lost explorer tokens being offset, but otherwise, we’re happy that this set has been a success and we can proceed without expecting any delays! 

UKGE

Seeing the sample has made us even more excited to head to the expo, we can’t wait to show off the game and get you guys playing! There’s been such an evolution of the game since its first expo three years ago, it’ll be fascinating to hear what you guys think of the developments and if you guys love them as much as we do! 

We’ll be in Hall 1 with plenty of tables free, and the whole team there, ready to teach you the rules and get games underway quickly! We’ll also have display tables set up so that if you’ve got a packed weekend of gaming planned, you’ll still be able to pop by and check out the game without it taking too much time!

Investing in a large stand was a big decision, and with this in mind, we’ve managed to secure a limited number of copies to sell on the stand. They will be standard retail copies only. The version that all our backers are receiving will include the Kickstarter exclusives and to be clear the deluxe edition is still being made so these will only be ready to send to backers after UK Games Expo.  We’ve made this decision purely to cover the costs of being at the expo, which are not insignificant. It was a decision not made lightly, and we hope you can understand the reasoning behind it.  We are still on schedule to get your copies to you earlier than planned, and will continue working hard to keep this the case. If you see us at the stand, feel free to come have a chat and get a progress report in person, we’ve really appreciated your support, so it’d be nice to throw a couple of personal thank yous your way! 

Survey Solutions

We’ve had a couple of people asking about changing addresses, you’ll be able to do this until we lock the addresses at [approximate date]. We’ll be sure to give you guys plenty of notice before that happens.

For any other problems regarding surveys and pledges, let me know via Dicky@countersout.com and we’ll attempt to resolve them as quickly as possible. 

Just a small one
about 1 month ago – Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 09:34:39 AM

Hi there, 

As the title suggests, this is just a quick update as we'll hopefully have a bigger one next week! We're in a bit of a lull at the minute waiting on our manufacturer, but we're also gearing up for a busy few months! 

We expect to see samples very soon, and then assuming they're ok, it's all go from there! There'll be much more on this in the next update. 

In other news, I'm sure that loads of you will be getting very excited with the UK Games Expo coming up! I'm very excited to announce that the whole team will be there in force! We'll be demoing the game, we'll have loads of tables set up so that you can play, we'll basically be letting the world know about this game of getting to know the world! We look forward to seeing you all there, the Expo has a special place in our hearts, because we always get such good feedback from you guys, it'll be nice to see some familiar faces and great to welcome some new ones to the Exploriana family!

See you there, Dicky


The Exciting Part!
2 months ago – Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 12:08:27 PM

Apologies for the lack of updates recently, but it's been a frantic month of proof-reading, editing, dotting Ts and crossing eyes! 

The Good News

Richard got all of the art done, and we can say it looks fantastic! We're so happy with the work he's done, and the mini-expansions add so much character into the game, it'll be tempting to play with them all at once! That's for experienced adventurers though, which is why each game will include an expansions dice! Roll it once or twice to choose which expansions you'll play with this time round! Serious thanks go to all of you for unlocking these fantastic stretch goals!

Macaw
Macaw

The Even Better News

Robin has done a fantastic job with the graphic design, and we hope you'll agree that they're clear, with easy to understand symbology! We've worked really hard to make sure that every little detail is thought of, and that the symbols are intuitive. We've had to use some text on the expansion cards to make sure they're clear, but have again paid attention to making it clear and concise. 

Biologist
Biologist
Guiding Plight
Guiding Plight

The Best News

All the print files are at the manufacturers, so the process has begun! We'll obviously have more to tell you as we go through the days and weeks, but we can say we're very excited to finally have it underway! This is well on schedule for us, and we're optimistic that everything will go without a hitch!

So to sum up, there's been no bad or ugly news so far, which is the way we'd like to keep it! We'll keep you updated on all the developments as we have them. 

Thanks, Dicky

Rules are made to be broke-in!
3 months ago – Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 01:30:10 AM

Hi everyone, 

We have something exciting to show you guys, and we want your honest opinions! The final rulebook for Exploriana is here, and we need you guys to tear it apart! We've already been through with a fine tooth comb, but we know the game inside out, and that sometimes leads to us assuming something just makes sense. There is no one more qualified to proof this rulebook than the people who'll be playing the game, and if you have a spare bit of time in your week we'd really appreciate your feedback! 

Rulebook
Rulebook

You can find the link here, and we really appreciate this, you guys are like family to us, which is why we have no problem asking you for favours! Send all feedback to Dicky@countersout.com 

In other news a whopping 81% of you have completed your backer surveys! Thank you for getting this done so quickly, it means we can get you your games and add-ons nice and promptly. Those of you who haven't, you've got until the end of February to get your surveys in, it is an email that goes to a lot of people at once, so it may have found its way to your junk box, or have been listed as a promotional email. You'll be getting individual reminders fairly regularly, so do look out for them, and if you haven't seen one by the end of the month, please do get in touch so we can fix this for you. 

We're desperate for everyone to get their games, but this is really tough for us without your addresses. With this in mind, we'll be locking addresses when we hit March, so for those of you moving, do try and update your address if necessary. 

Thanks, Dicky!

It’s going to be pledgendary!!
4 months ago – Mon, Feb 04, 2019 at 11:36:57 PM


What is? Well, we’ve got exciting things to tell you about the pledge manager, but patience, we’ll get to that! There’s exciting things about the game to tell you first!

Intrepid Explorers!
Intrepid Explorers!

We’ve only got a few pieces of art left before the game is complete, and a massive thank you to our Intrepid Explorers for letting us show you their portraits! As I think you’ll agree, they’re a great addition to the explorer deck, and all look suitably intrepid! If you’ve kept an eye on our social media, then you might have seen our other addition, Osa Johnson, who is our final famous explorer! A renowned naturalist, and pioneering film-maker, she inspired many young minds, and is a fitting addition to our deck of lionhearted individuals! Click on the link to learn more! 

Osa Johnson
Osa Johnson

Now, onto the bit you’ve all been waiting for! You’ll receive an email with an invitation to the pledge manager within the next five days, all you’ll need to do is click the link and it’ll take you straight there. Keep checking your inbox, and do let us know if you haven’t received it by then. If you’ve already pledged for add-ons, then your balance should reflect this, and you’ll be able to add those items to your basket. If not, then don’t worry, you’ll still be able to add items to your pledge! 

The available add-ons are:

  • Extra copies of the standard or deluxe version
  • The Risks & Rewards expansion pack
  • The Auction Deck
  • Extra Trailblazer packs

Once you’ve decided what you want, put in your address, confirm the order, and then sit back in the knowledge that all is once again right with the world! Prices for shipping can be found below. We’ll be closing the pledge manager at the end of February, so do try and complete your survey as soon as possible. For anyone changing their address between then and May/June time, you’ll still be able to change your details on the pledge manager, and we’ll give you a warning about a week before addresses are due to be locked. Once the pledge manager is closed, we’ll keep you updated with details of shipping via these updates. 

Shipping Prices
Shipping Prices

As always, giving us a rating or becoming a fan on BoardGameGeek would be massively appreciated, and you can always get more information via Facebook or Instagram

Thanks, Dicky