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Vindication (formerly Epoch: The Awakening)

Created by Orange Nebula

Vindication (formerly Epoch: The Awakening) is a highly strategic tabletop board game for 2-5 players. The main mechanic is action selection with advanced resource management and an optional focus on area control. Game play generally takes 15-30 minutes per player.

Raised in Kickstarter
$211,643.00 / 3,308 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$119,739.95 / 3,937 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Vindication Update #36: Fulfillment Details + Surprise Teaser
6 days ago – Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 01:04:51 AM

Hey, friend. Your game is almost here. #fistpump

Ships are on the water. For real.

“Wait your place in line,” they said.

“Don’t you know who we are!?” we said.

“No.” they said.

“OK!” we said.

Bottom line: things slowed down for a bit. Now things are un-slowed down. The games will be making landfall on your landmass in October and to you as soon as possible after that. Boosh. The pre-alert for the incoming AU lane has already been issued and others are due any second.


What you need to know

It's late. We all know this. Keep in mind that we're treating all KS backers and pre-order customers as investors and we chose to protect your investment over the timeline. In the investment world, timelines are important, but not nearly as important as the quality of the product and the eventual return on that investment.

Did this take longer than we were anticipating in our last update? Yuuup. Some of the delay was due to our being cautious, some was just things flat taking longer than we had projected. “Peak freight season” combined with chatter about increased tariffs means freight companies, ports, shipping lanes — they've all been slammed. And then there were hurricanes. Typhoons. Whatever. They may have slowed us but they could not stop us.

We’ve been approaching every aspect of this learning process with consideration and mindfulness, making careful decisions and, when in doubt, pumping the brakes until we’re comfortable and confident. Things are solid. More than that...things are AWESOME.

The Fiddly Details

USA : Quartermaster Logistics (Jacksonville, Florida)

  • Vessel: OSAKA EXPRESS
  • Departed Shanghai:  SEP. 14
  • ETA : 21-28 Days

AUSTRALIA : Quartermaster Logistics (Sydney, AUS)

  • Vessel: LLOYD DON PASCUALE
  • Departed Shanghai: SEP. 14
  • ETA : 14 Days

USA : Orange Nebula (Portland, OR)

  • Vessel: APL YANGSHAN
  • ETA : 21 Days
  • Departed Shanghai: SEP. 17

EU : Quartermaster Logistics (Southampton, England)

  • Vessel: AL NEFUD
  • Departed Shanghai: SEP. 17
  • ETA : 24-30 Days

If you need to make a last-second address change, please send an email to groundcontrol@orangenebula.com and we'll make sure it gets handled.

Final Assembly (Early August)
Final Assembly (Early August)
Prepping for freight (August)
Prepping for freight (August)

Throughout everything we continue to be blown away by the crowd of amazing people we have somehow been gifted by the great community cosmos. The character and care that are being manifested in the Kickstarter comments, on social media, on BGG – we cannot tell you how grateful we are for each and every one of you. THANK YOU.

Please know, if you ever have any questions or concerns – reach out to us. We are accessible, we are welcoming, we are restless and not in bed when we should be. Find us on social, find us on OrangeNebula.com. We mean it when we say we are all about our community – take us up on that.

Do you dare take the Guild Assessment Quiz?
Do you dare take the Guild Assessment Quiz?

Pop quiz, hotshot (with Giveaway!)

How about more guild shenanigans? How about some quality swag? How about both? Yeah, we think so too. We’ve put together a little lark where your response to a scenario suggests which of the island’s secretive guilds your temperament may align you with. Why? Because FUN. And we're giving away a swag/merch pack to one participant. Could it be you?

“What's this? I'll get a bonus entry for every user that clicks and enters from my shared link?”

That is affirmative! Head thisaway to check that out. (Easter Egg alert! The whiteboard in that video is LOADED with spoilers for the upcoming cooperative space game which is definitely not titled Flippin Bizarre Space Thing).

More Awesome Things

You have all been so wonderful, we figure it’s only fair we share a little fresh teaser of our next game. No deep dives yet — but there are some little bits we have ready and we think you’ll enjoy them. Check these out and let us know in the comments what types of mechanics you think you’re seeing here! 


Once again everyone – THANK YOU. For your support, for your patience, for your cheerful spirits, for your enthusiasm. We have so many ideas for new and different experiences we want to share with you – we’re so excited to continue with you all on this journey.

Much love and many bad dance moves,

Your otherworldly peeps at O-NEB.

orangenebula.com

Vindication Update #35: Oceanbound
about 2 months ago – Thu, Aug 09, 2018 at 01:23:45 AM

Super-Quick Update:

We're wretched. We're keeping the KS updates brief and to the point. We just sent out a detailed email blast with all of the details of what's going on with Orange Nebula, notes about fulfillment, rulebook translations, and a few other items. Look for that in your inbox if you're signed up. To the point...the good news you've been waiting for...

Blah, blah blah, where’s my game?

 
Manufacturing: complete
Assembly: complete
Loading Ships: currently in progress
Ocean Transport: imminent <---------------------

Your game will be ocean-bound any day now. Customs on both sides needs to take place, and we can't give you an exact day when the game will arrive on your porch, but nobody—NOBODY—is as eager as we are.

Our advanced copies of Vindication were on display at GenCon...did you swing by?
Our advanced copies of Vindication were on display at GenCon...did you swing by?
Yes, those individual player trayz are looking pretty amazing with the metal coins...
Yes, those individual player trayz are looking pretty amazing with the metal coins...

We had one final snaggly-detail with the plastic coin holders not holding the gorgeous player medallions well enough to meet our standards, so we had to re-make them. It was a microscopic issue, and the manufacturer handled it immediately and without question. As you know, we're not willing to rush through those details just because we're all eager. This game is worth it, and more importantly, you're worth it.

The vision for Orange Nebula is so much more than we’ve had an opportunity to express thus far and we cannot wait to share more and more of our passions with you all. Stick around and join the conversation - this is your community.

Much love, Marc, Lacey, and Big Tom Casual

P.S. — Wanna see the new site? How does it look on mobile? Give us your feedback!

www.orangenebula.com

Vindication Update #34: Progression / Advancement / Headway
2 months ago – Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 09:55:05 PM

TL:DR 103-second update with Lacey the Untamed

Hey there Orange Nebula fam!

It’s getting super close now. Can you feel it? We can. We are absolutely aching to get this game into your hands. Seriously. Aching.

Getting the game:  so where are we on that?

Here’s the short(ish) version: there were more speed bumps than a neighborhood with an elementary school, but everything has been handled swiftly. All manufacturing is complete—all of the complexities of the metal coins, miniatures, dice, wooden components, printed matter—all of it. And the containers are scheduled to be loaded onto the ships within the next 15-18 days.

We’re at the mercy of the manufacturer on that timetable but it’s a solid estimation from a reputable and very experienced outfit. We’re super happy with the product and with their professionalism and communication at every step along the way. This is the game we've all been dreaming it would be. It’s more actually. 

Uncut cards. Shut. Up. We Wants It. We Needs It.
Uncut cards. Shut. Up. We Wants It. We Needs It.
Die-cut cards. They just want to share their glittery magic.
Die-cut cards. They just want to share their glittery magic.
Once the cartons are loaded onto boats they set off across the big blue, bound for fulfillment centers in Australia, Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States. From there they’ll continue forward onto trucks/vans/bicycles/pigeons/whatever for their final journey to your door. If yours shows up on a pigeon - you’re welcome, that was incredibly expensive to arrange but we knew you’d think it was cool. And it is, very very cool. You’re worth it.

Exactly when this glorious day of game-in-hand will actually occur depends on how long things take in customs and the country you reside in. We are estimating that most copies will start shipping from fulfillment centers to backers in late-August but yours could possibly arrive in September. We’ve greased all the right palms, burnt the right offerings, and sure, done all the paperwork. The game is coming, we couldn’t stop it if we wanted to.

Looks like standard punchboard, but can you sense the dense black core within?!
Looks like standard punchboard, but can you sense the dense black core within?!

Until then we’re in constant communication with everyone involved, whether going over the fulfillment plan for the hundredth time or sorting the details of a revision to the packaging, we are putting everything we have into guiding this in as safely and smoothly as possible. Part of that attention to detail is an unwavering commitment to making sure the game arrives in great condition. To that end you’ll notice some creative differences to your game packaging when it arrives: the extra-thick punchboards will be wrapped to the back exterior of the game box. To us, it looks like bonus content packaged together with the game. Keep in mind that our regular punchboards are thicker than most games' dual-layered punchboards. They're really that thick. No, really. Stop grinning.

We discovered that the lids to the boxes were sitting just a tid bit cattywampus after all the content was packed in at the factory. We engineered the Gametrayz and the box to make the best-possible use of space, meaning not a bunch of useless emptiness inflating the size of the product and taking up your precious shelf room. We wanted everything to fit with just the right amount of snuggliness once the punchboards were all punched and the pieces packed into the trayz, which meant that in unpunched brand-new copies the punchboards would ship atop the trays and cause the lid to sit a little high on the box. No biggie - a common practice.

But...what we found was that we weren’t happy with how the lids ended up sitting with this setup. There was just enough of an angle to it that we worried about damage in transit. That seemed like a risk. We’re not into that. So, we put our heads together with the factory and came up with a solution - pull the boards out, wrap the heck out of them to keep them safe, then wrap them to the back of the game box so nothing weird happens during shipping - carry on with peace of mind! Enjoy — it's just another special little moment from this campaign consistently full of them.

Oh Ronak - don’t even front. *Rumble Rumble*
Oh Ronak - don’t even front. *Rumble Rumble*

Thank you for your steady support throughout this process. We are continuously humbled and amazed by the community that has formed around this project and it has bolstered our resolve to deliver the absolute best possible version of this game and make sure you’re ecstatic about what you receive. We have every confidence that you will be. We can’t wait to meet more of you, talk to more of you, and (in the not to near future) hear each of your epic stories of Vindication.

-Big Tom and the O-Neb out.

Oh we see you there flappy wings. We see you.
Oh we see you there flappy wings. We see you.


P.S. — French, German, Spanish translations complete

Translations are complete, and the content has already been flowed into the visual guide's native InDesign files. They are awaiting final review and design edits from Marc. Then, downloads will immediately become available.

P.P.S. — New Orange Nebsite coming soon

Just what you need -- more coming soon notices for awesomeness. But hey, this one is truly for you, and our new website — it's being designed from the top down from content flow to development for you and this amazing community. Be on the lookout for this in the coming weeks.


P.P.P.S. — What's the news on the new game?

We do have some significant progress on the new game, which is a fully collaborative experience that focuses on interdependence and opportunity management. It has a large dose of “action selection” set in a progressive, bizarre and wondrous unexplored sci-fi solar system. The mechanics are pretty unique, and we feel this game's multiple environments will inspire and delight. Would you believe we're already more than a year into development on it? We are, and it's going to pay off.

To be honest, we've focused our extra time and firepower on getting Vindication details managed and the game to your door. Expect huge updates on the new game once you're spellbound by Vindication as it plays on your table.

As always, we are humbled by your support and #grateful as all getout. I'll be at GenCon with one of the advanced (finished) copies on Thursday and Friday. No booth this year, but we'll put together a brief schedule for the main play room—I'd love to meetup with you and swap secret guild handshakes.

-Marc

Vindication Update #33: RELAX—All is Well
4 months ago – Sun, Jun 03, 2018 at 01:34:38 AM

TL:DR – everything is on schedule for July.

TL:ReadAnyway

Beloved Vindicated, I'll keep this brief. We're going as fast as we can without sacrificing quality. This is what we know you want. Yes, there was a delay with the coins. Yes, we added GameTrayz to every game for free, which took a little time. We're cruising now. June is out, but we are on track for July. Based on where you live, we don't know exactly when this will arrive at your doorstep, but we'll keep you updated during every shipping / fulfillment step.

Our last update was an 11-minute video update intended to be super-transparent about where we're at and why we're doing what we're doing so that you can be a part of it all. More than a few people expressed their desire for us to simply get to the point. Cool. Kickstarter updates will be brief -- starting now. If you want all of the glorious flavor and background and thinking that is going into our decision making, sign up to get the email updates. The next one goes out tomorrow, so jump over to orangenebula.com and get in on this.

Final Manufacturing Step : GameTrayz

All of the stuff in the box is being churned out as I type. Coin issues: solved. Dice, cards, and all of that juicy wonderful-ness is dialed and in production right now.

The last piece is getting it all to fit in the large box. Here are some very raw images from the manufacturer for the incredible game tray system designed for us by GameTrayz. Noah is making some final edits to drop the miniatures cozily into the tray cavities, these will get pumped out, and then your games will be loaded onto ship for the fulfillment centers. Have a great rest of your day. You're awesome.

Table tray lid : holds mastery tiles during game play for easy access
Table tray lid : holds mastery tiles during game play for easy access
Table tray : holds community items such as proficiency tiles, dice, treachery tokens, etc.
Table tray : holds community items such as proficiency tiles, dice, treachery tokens, etc.
Player tray : holds personal influence blocks, player medallion and stand, guild favor token, speed tokens, and the character tile
Player tray : holds personal influence blocks, player medallion and stand, guild favor token, speed tokens, and the character tile
Main tray : holds sleeved cards (separated by set icon/type), hex tiles, miniatures, and dashboards. Those minis on the right don't fit well, so we'll tweak and finish production. Done.
Main tray : holds sleeved cards (separated by set icon/type), hex tiles, miniatures, and dashboards. Those minis on the right don't fit well, so we'll tweak and finish production. Done.
Rough mockup of how it all fits into the box
Rough mockup of how it all fits into the box
Your table will look like this soon. Ah yeah.
Your table will look like this soon. Ah yeah.

 As ever and always, we are #grateful.

—Marc, Big Tom Casual, and Lacey the Untamed.

Epoch Update #32: Vindication
5 months ago – Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 01:44:42 AM

 TL:DR -- Watched instead. #grateful