Death in Space is two things; it’s a bleak view of life in space powered by capitalism and a work of art. The final blook has a holographic foil as the standard edition and a cloth bound cover as a Kickstarter exclusive.
The team asked Kickstarter to find SEK 50,000 (about £4,100) to fund, and with two weeks still to go, the project has attracted more than SEK 735,000. You can see the latest total and join in from the project page.
Characters are crew in a space station or craft. Their equipment is broken, dirty and dangerous, but society doesn’t care. What matters is securing the next job so you can afford to live and boosting your reputation, so you’re trusted with the next task in the first place.
Engage in power struggles and build your crew’s reputation. Salvage and steal to survive and endure a ruthless universe. And above all, do anything you can to get that next job.
Death in Space will be published by Free League Workshop, which is Free League Publishing’s solution for third-party content creators. In this case, those creators are Christian Plogfors and Carl Niblaeus of Stockholm Kartell. However, MORK BORG co-creator Johan Nohr is a collaborator, and if you got “MORK BORG in space” vibes from this dark future, then that might be why.
I described Death in Space as a work of art because it is packed with visual treats, and the team is making the retail aspect of the game as much as buying art can be. There are gorgeous physical products like maps and stickers to get with the game.
A pledge of SEK 100 (about £9) will get you the core game as a PDF and the digital stretch goals.
A pledge of SEK 280 is enough to add the printed book, with the standard cover, to the rewards, and at the time of writing, nearly 1,000 gamers have taken that option.
Step up to SEK 480, and you get the special edition cover instead. If you want both, pledge SEK 760.
The project is expected to fulfil in January 2022.
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