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Chad Elkins, the creator of 25th Century Games worked for NASA before becoming a game creator thus inspiring his creation of Space Explorers.  Chad has had the opportunity to work for a wide range of companies from large financial institutions and tech companies to small start ups and ad agencies. Almost his entire career was in project management before he started his own game company. He was working for a mobile game studio when he designed a card game version of the mobile game that they were currently working on. The studio wasn’t interested in tabletop games so he decided to publish them himself. And that’s how 25th century games was born.

Chad launched his game Space Explorers on October 2, 2018 and was met with a positive reception. They were 12 hours in and already crossed the 80% funded mark. Chad ran a fun campaign using lingo from NASA and offering Space Explorer badges to all of the backers that were printed by the same company that NASA uses. Chad added interest to his campaign by talking about the first 20 spacecrafts in history, and talking about other fun tidbits that he knew from his time at NASA. His campaign was fully funded by the next day and he started talking stretch goals. His campaign was successfully able to raise $46,701 for the printing of their game.

In the game Space Explorers players are the head of their own Research and Development Hub in a Space Research Center. Their goal is to gather the best and brightest minds humanity has to offer and complete large scale space projects. The game features 20 different  historical spacecrafts, 10 American, and 10 Soviet, covering satellites, manned spaceships, and orbital stations. A wide range of spacecrafts can be found in the game from the golden Age of Astronautics including Sputnik and Apollo 11.

Players can recruit a specialist to their hub to create a team by gaining enough resources. The resources can be gathered by passing tokens to the player on the left as well as returning a specialist car from your hand to the center. Once they have gained the amount of specialists that they need, players can launch a spacecraft project. When the spacecraft has launched then the end game is triggered and players will finish out their rounds and then tally their points. Whoever has the highest total is the winner. To find out more about Space Explorers or how your can play please visit the links below.

Game Information:
Suggested Players: 2-4
Suggested Play Time: 20-40 minutes
Suggested Age: 12+

Included in the box:
4 Two piece hub boards
10 project tiles
60 specialist cards
20 research token
First player marker
4 reference sheets

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: October 2, 2018
Ship Date: June 2, 2019
Website: 25th Century Games