U-BOOT The Board Game

Created by PHALANX

UBOOT The Board Game is a real-time tabletop game of WW2 submarine warfare. An underwater cooperative war thriller that allows 1 to 4 players to assume the roles of the Captain, the First Officer, the Navigator, and the Chief Engineer on board of a type VIIC U-boat. The game is enhanced by a companion app, allowing for an unprecedented level of realism, as well as a challenging enemy A.I. which will push your skills to the limit. The action unfolds both on the strategic and the tactical scale, always demanding teamwork, efficient crew management, and quick situation assessment.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

The Pledge Manager is open!
12 months ago – Wed, May 30, 2018 at 11:32:58 PM

Hello everyone,

It is Wednesday, and we are proud to announce the official opening of our Pledge Manager!

Pledge Manager

The Backerkit Pledge Manager (PM) is open, and you should receive an email invitation soon. If not, please check your SPAM folder. If you still can’t see the invitation, please go directly to https://uboot-the-board-game.backerkit.com/ and use your Kickstarter e-mail to get your invitation.

When you click the invitation link, please select "Switch Your Pledge Level" and select the pledge level and language edition you want to to receive. If you want to switch your pledge level to ALL-IN PLEDGE, please do this in this step. This will help us determine the correct shipping costs for your language edition and location. Then continue with the survey, enter your shipping address, pay for shipping, and click "Place Order" and you'll be all set.

Please note that the free Wooden Plotting Tools for backers #1-#5900 will be added automatically to your order. If you take more than one copy of the game in your pledge, we will add the extra copies of the Tools manually upon closing the PM.

After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys and get our final counts. If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://uboot-the-board-game.backerkit.com.

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://uboot-the-board-game.backerkit.com/faq.

If you have any questions about the PM or how your order is processed, please make sure to contact Backerkit Support first, as the tool is very user-friendly and has a solid helpdesk. If they can’t help you, please contact Michał Parma, our Logistics Manager: michal.parma[at]phalanxgames.co.uk.

Click here to enter Pledge Manager!
Click here to enter Pledge Manager!

Pre-orders

The PM is open for everyone who would like to join and get the game along with the Kickstarter backers. Here is a link to the preorder page (it works like a normal web shop): https://uboot-the-board-game.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/.

Please note that the Giant Playmat (latex) is sold separately (as an add-on), as it was free only for Kickstarter backers. Everything else is the same as in the campaign, so you will receive the same game as Kickstarter backers (including all stretch goals, etc.).

Click here to enter Pre-order!
Click here to enter Pre-order!

Production

We are still on track with design and production. Our graphic studio is working hard on all the in-game images. Here are some new faces on deck.

Please note that these images are still work in progress, that is why the ‘Kriegsmarine’ inscription on one of the sailors’ hats is mirrored out.

And some new images of our boat’s compartments:

Please bear in mind that this is also a WIP version, and it will be vastly improved before the material goes to the printer.

App development

While the map and the in-game world are still being polished, there is already a lot of work being done on all the ship models that you will find in the game. All of them are being modeled in 3D, and you can see their silhouettes for the Identification Sheet below:

Of course, their in-game appearance will be much more sophisticated (with textures, shading, and all), but you can already get an idea of how visual identification will work. The First Officer should have plenty of fun determining the best targets, especially in the rain, at night, and from awkward angles ;)

Plastic piece samples

You have already seen the pre-production pieces in our previous update (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/phalanxgames/uboot-the-board-game/posts/2196732), but we have decided to share some photos of these item attached to our old, worn-out playtest model. This is how the resin pre-production sample pieces and paper pieces look together. The overall feel is fantastic, and we can’t image playing the game without them anymore :) We would like to thank you all for reaching all these fantastic stretch goals!

As you can see, the resin pieces are bent here and there, but don’t worry - we will be using the HIPS hard plastic for all the components with long and thin elements, so bending should not be an issue.

Language editions

We are proud to announce that the German edition of U-boot will be published by the renowned Pegasus Spiele! What is more, there will be an eighth language edition of the game (Brazilian Portuguese) by Galapagos Jogos! With eight editions secured, our game will have a safe harbour on every continent. We would like to thank you for this tremendous amount of trust, and we will do everything we can to bring you a game that you wish for.

Please note, that the Brazilian Portuguese edition copies will be shipped to Brazil only. Similarly, the Russian edition copies will be shipped only to Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

UK Games Expo

We will be difficult to reach online over the next five days, as we will be participating in the UK Games Expo fair. Please visit us at booth 1-H14, so that we can have a chat or play a demo game of U-boot. You will also have the opportunity to get a premiere copy of Hannibal & Hamilcar Rome vs. Carthage! We will be there from Friday till Sunday, so let’s meet in Birmingham this weekend!

Happy gaming,

Iron Wolf Studio and PHALANX

BackerKit surveys are coming!
12 months ago – Wed, May 30, 2018 at 01:01:24 AM

Hello Everyone!

Soon, you’ll receive an email from us with a special link to your BackerKit survey. It’s important to respond to your survey as quickly as you can since we need this information to fulfill your rewards.

You will receive an email with a unique link to your survey.

When you click the link, please select "Switch Your Pledge Level" and select the pledge level and language edition you want to to receive. If you want to switch your pledge level to ALL-IN PLEDGE, please do this in this step. This will help us determine the correct shipping costs for your language edition and location.

Step 1:

 Step 2:

Step 3:

...Continue with the survey, enter your shipping address, pay for shipping, and click "Place Order" and you'll be all set.

You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like. You don’t have access to this survey link yet, but it will be available soon via email!

After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys and get our final counts.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://uboot-the-board-game.backerkit.com.

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at https://uboot-the-board-game.backerkit.com/faq.

Thank you, and happy gaming!

IWS & PHX

Memorial Day
12 months ago – Tue, May 29, 2018 at 02:06:44 AM

Hello Everyone!

Due to holidays in the US, we have no choice but to postpone the launch of the pledge manager until Wednesday. The long weekend in the United States has thrown a spanner in our works regarding system implementation, as BackerKit HQ is located in the US. Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

To make it up to you, we are sharing the contents of the parcel we have just received. We will post a longer update on Wednesday, together with the launch of the pledge manager.

Pre-production samples: pencils and cloth bags.
Pre-production samples: pencils and cloth bags.
Pre-production samples: Wooden Plotting Tools box..
Pre-production samples: Wooden Plotting Tools box..
Pre-production samples: Wooden Plotting Tools.
Pre-production samples: Wooden Plotting Tools.
Pre-production samples: Crew miniatures (1).
Pre-production samples: Crew miniatures (1).

Please note, that these are the Navigator's miniatures, so their bases will be green.

Pre-production samples: Crew miniatures (2).
Pre-production samples: Crew miniatures (2).

First Officer's miniatures, with blue bases.

Pre-production samples: Crew miniatures (3).
Pre-production samples: Crew miniatures (3).

Chief Engineer's miniatures - their bases will be brown.

Pre-production samples: Crew miniatures (4).
Pre-production samples: Crew miniatures (4).

The Captain's miniatures. Their bases must be white. :)

Pre-production samples: Order token and tactical display miniatures.
Pre-production samples: Order token and tactical display miniatures.
Pre-production samples: And last but not least - Guns & Periscopes!
Pre-production samples: And last but not least - Guns & Periscopes!

There are few small issues with these prototypes, but they can be easily fixed. Overall impression is fantastic. You will be able to see them at UK Games Expo this week (stand 1-H14)!

Happy gaming!

IWS & PHX

P.S. Many of you have emailed us saying that you got interested in the game because your grandfathers either served on U-boats or fought them. These were very moving stories. Let us live our lives so that neither us, nor our children will ever have to die for their country. Wars are best fought on the board.

WOLFE "The battle of the Atlantic"
about 1 year ago – Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 02:21:34 AM

Hello everyone,

One of our backers, Roberto Sanchez from Scale75, is running now a Kickstarter campaign that you may find interesting. Please check WOLFE "The battle of the Atlantic", if you are interested in historical or modelling aspects of German World War II submarines.

The campaign is already funded. One of the future add-ons is a 1/72 scale u-boot conning tower crew, that may be complementary with our U-BOOT model.

Happy gaming!

Iron Wolf Studio & PHALANX

Some of the tweaks that we have applied.
about 1 year ago – Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 01:45:32 AM

Hello everybody,

Here is the latest news update straight from our shipyard.

Language editions

We have already concluded contracts with the publishers of the French, Spanish, Italian and Russian editions. The English and Polish editions will be published by PHALANX. We have already finalized negotiations regarding the German edition and we will be signing the deal within the next few days. All in all, it seems that U-BOOT will have a total of 7 different language editions. We would like to thank you very much for your support, as it would not have been possible without you!

Pledge Manager delayed

The opening of the pledge manager has to wait until the aforementioned contract is signed. It does not affect the lead time of the project in any way, it will simply put the pledge manager launch a tiny bit back. The products have already been configured and all that is left to do is to seal the deal on the German edition. We are also awaiting final shipping quotes from local markets. According to our current estimations, we should be able to launch the pledge manager in the first half of May.

 Game development

In our last update, we said we would reveal more information on game development. As promised, we carefully studied all the feedback that we had received and focused our work on a few specific areas. Below are just some of the tweaks that we have applied.

First of all, we have improved the Order/Morale track mechanic. The way it works now allows for a more balanced distribution of orders between the first and the second watch. It also gives the Captain yet another layer of strategic planning, as the new rules for resetting the order track allow them to maintain better operational capacity by keeping away from the end of the Order Track.

What is more, we have taken a close look at the Chief Engineer’s role in order to increase the number of interesting choices they can make with their repair crews. The Chief Engineer will be using a completely new resource type, allowing them to approach each repair situation from a couple of different optimization perspectives. The hull breach puzzle mechanic has also received a few finishing touches and will require careful management of supplies to make the best of the bad situation.

We are also finalizing our tests with the new Morale, Event, and Captain’s cards. When designing them, we focused on bringing in more variety, but also a bit more control over how the situation develops.

Last, but not least, there are a few changes in the core rules to improve balance and gameplay experience. One of them is a simplified watch change variant that will make for easier and smoother transitions between the watches. The final version of the game will also give players more opportunities to control their sailors’ activation levels, so that they don’t end up completely exhausted just when you need them most. So, how about getting out of that bloody can for a quick smoke? After surviving a long depth charge attack, some of your men may really need this to regain their composure. Unless you never get back to the surface...

All in all, we are conducting tons of tests and the rulebook is nearing completion. The rules are undergoing a major rehaul too, but not as much in terms of big changes, as when it comes to better organization, clarity, etc. They also need to incorporate all the new features unlocked during the campaign, all the graphic examples need to be redone, and there will also be a few designer notes here and there to explain certain details. The rulebook is almost ready, and we hope that it will serve you well.

App development

As you already know, the app is being rebuilt from the ground up. The map we will be using in the final game is much bigger, and so the game ‘world’ needs to be resized. All the distance, time, and speed variables are being calculated once more to make sure they reflect real world data as much as possible. Another reason we are starting from scratch is that we are introducing a genuine real-time mode. Time compression will still be an important part of the game, but we are rebuilding the app with the 1:1 time mode in focus so as to allow for more strategizing as well as smoother introduction for new players.

The final reason for such a thorough rebuild of the app is that we really had to make serious sacrifices in order to fit the preview version of the app in the initial budget and project timescale. Now, thanks to Kickstarter funding our IT team has doubled and we can finally explore certain possibilities that we had to skip on while preparing the preview version of the game.

First of all, the app will calculate the relative positions of all objects in full 3D. The preview version still worked somewhat like a board game, with the submarine ‘submerging’ due to a simple algorithm along the lines of a card effect ;) The hit probability of a depth charge attack was calculated with a template, quite similar to what you would find in, say, Warhammer. There was no land, no day and night, and no weather conditions.

The new version of the app will be much more advanced. We are already working on visible land and on reimplementing the game mechanics in three-dimensional world. All the explosions, sonar beams, and other area effects will be fully modeled in 3D, allowing for more realistic combat simulation. I guess it is already safe to say that you won’t recognize the new app once you see it. Everything from the interface to ship models will receive proper treatment and the app will finally begin to look the way it was meant to be :)

Production

Production is going according to plan. The final layout of the punchboard is ready, and we will soon have the first metal punching die to test on the material that we intend to print the U-boat hull on. It will allow us to see how the material takes it and if it behaves as expected. If it is anything less than perfect, then we will improve the design, rinse and repeat. However, as we are working with a highly experienced team, we hope that corrections won’t be necessary. As soon as we receive the model, we will share photos and our impressions with you. This is a laser-cut version of the recent U-boat model, waiting for final approval before we produce a metal die:

Crew tile artwork is moving forward, and here are a few new sailors in our happy bunch:

As you can see, a few youngsters have joined our crew, as promised before. Please note that these images are still work in progress, that is why the ‘Kriegsmarine’ inscription on one of the sailors’ hats is mirrored out.

3D model artwork is also nearing completion. We are waiting for the final design of the punching die to compare it with the artwork, apply corrections where necessary, and print the first prototype to see how a printed, punched out model looks like. Here you can see the control room’s floor and walls:

We are still working on player panel and token art.

As we have already finished designing all the plastic pieces, they are currently with the producer and are being prepared to meet production specifications. Moreover, the producer is already making prototypes of all the plastic bits in the game, so we should be able to show you their photos in our next update. We will also bring them to UK Games Expo to let you have a look for yourselves.

As for the other minis, then we already have the first resin miniature prototypes. Here are their first photos (3D prints and resin prototypes):

Hope you like them!

As a small bonus, here’s what you can achieve in one evening using the simplest painting techniques:

Alright, that’s all for the latest update. As you can see, everything is going smoothly and we are focusing all our efforts on keeping it that way :)

All best and happy gaming!

Iron Wolf Studio and PHALANX