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Planet Apocalypse

A project in Rockwall, TX by Sandy Petersen

Status: Active

An exciting co-op board game in which post-apocalypse heroes confront the hordes of Hell.
Backers: 1533
Average Daily Pledges: $14,865
Average Pledge Per Backer: $194

Funding: $297,293 of $100,000
Dates: Jan 29th -> Feb 26th (29 days)
Project By: Sandy Petersen
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Universal Head's Version of Troopers + Hero Sheet

February 17th - via:
We contracted Universal Head to revise our Trooper cards (again), and to also look at improving our hero sheets (plus everything else - which we'll show early next week).  A note from Universal Head about the new Designs:Greetings fellow gamers!... (Read More)

How to Play Graphic!

February 16th - via:
How to Play!The KS page used to have 3 different graphics (spread throughout the page!) each talking about different aspects of the gameplay. However, I don't think they really served a good purpose. After reading a particularly insightful comment... (Read More)

Heroes of the Void Pack

February 16th - via:
Hero - Dorothy Hall . Dorothy Hall is (a bit) based on a combination of several of my nieces. She has a puny starting toughness of 1, and low health of 4. Her attack is an average 1d6, but she does have 7 Luck. When she’s alone, she is quite... (Read More)

Lord Asmod and Lord Procrustes (Final 2 "independent" Lords)

February 15th - via:
The Lone LordsAny Lord(s) can be used on any map (some maps use more than one Lord). However, each of the three "big" expansions - Void/Dragon/Pit - comes with 2 Lords. But, as special publisher Exclusives, we also have the five "lone" Lords to... (Read More)

ProTips for Winning + Final Playthrough (Vatican) + NEW layout design coming!

February 15th - via:
Final Sandy/Link video This is the Final Video in our short Insiders Look video series. In case you missed any, here's the full list: The Making of a Demon Secrets of Designing PA Hero Backstories + Miniature Sizes Secrets of Playtest and Balance... (Read More)

The Demon Gate

February 14th - via:
I'm posting this update without my campaign manager's permission, so let's hope for the best! One of the perks of the Hellhound pledge is that you get a plastic gate model. What does it do, besides looking cool? Well most obviously, you can use it to... (Read More)

INFERNO: Final Battle Map!

February 14th - via:
Map – InfernoThis is the end! [click here to see the Penultimate Map, Purgatory] Hell, pushed off Purgatory’s mountain, has returned briefly to Hell, to plan its new assault. Before this is accomplished, the heroes are sent directly into the jaws... (Read More)

Purgatory Map

February 13th - via:
The Story So Far...Well, links to it. Click the links below to see the story/maps in order so far in case you missed any: INVASION   DOOMGATE   LAUNCH SITE   MOON BASE   DRAGON BACK   DRAGON GUTS WASHINGTON + VATICAN Now that the heroes have... (Read More)

Pack of the Pit video + Washington + St. Peter's Maps!

February 13th - via:
Sandy talks about the Pack of the Pit: . Missed our heroes adventures up to this point? Here's a list of all the updates for all the Maps up to now:INVASION  DOOMGATE  LAUNCH SITE MOON BASE DRAGON BACK DRAGON GUTS Read on for the next two:... (Read More)

New Heroine - Cissy!

February 12th - via:
Spotlight on Cissy Salem . Cissy is intended to be a typical goth girl. No doubt she was a big fan of Behemoth and Pallbearer back in the day, got a pentagram tattoo (which she now regrets, like everyone else who gets a pentagram tattoo), and wore... (Read More)

Sandy’s Design Corner – Legions!

February 12th - via:
Sandy’s Design Corner – Legions! Planet Apocalypse has a lot of little aspects that make every playthrough different. One of these is the Legions of Hell. I’ve named all the rivers after various rivers or cities or alternate names of Hell. The... (Read More)


February 12th - via:
SOMETHING HAS COME THROUGH THE GATE! . HELLHOUND (ALL-IN) PLEDGE AVAILABLE:557 usd worth of Apocalyptic Glory for only 299!For those of you who dislike math, that's $258 OFF, or nearly 50%!   What does this have? Well, it has: ALL 13 products (plus... (Read More)


February 12th - via:
Lord Jabootu Note: Lord Jabootu is a Petersen Games Exclusive: we will only sell him directly to customers, and not via distribution. We had discussed whether or not to have a special “early bird” bonus for this campaign. Some people love them.... (Read More)

Early tooling pics of Pulgasaur from Factory

February 12th - via:
I was planning on putting these in the last post - when Sandy and I were in China last week, we got a look at an early pre-tooling stage for the Pulgasaur. This is really early, and any errors you see will not be in the final version, it's just... (Read More)

New Lord: Pulgasaur!

February 12th - via:
Lord PulgasaurNot interested in Lady Scylla? Try LORD PULGASAUR instead! . Another PG Exclusive!As with Lady Scylla, we will only offer Lord Pulgasaur directly, and not via retail or wholesale.  . The Pulgasaur is one of our few entities not based... (Read More)

New Demon Lady: Scylla!

February 12th - via:
Lady ScyllaYet another ancient Greek-themed creatures. Scylla is a multi-headed horror, with a central womanly body from which serpentine forms emanate. . Lady Scylla is a new PG Exclusive expansionLady Scylla, like Lord Jabootu, is a "Petersen Games... (Read More)

Tardigrade Spotlight!

February 12th - via:
Fourth Circle Demon – the Tardigrade . Personal note from Sandy: When I was in my early teens, one of my favorite activities was sitting down with my grandfather’s microscope and perusing tiny life-forms. I used to make hay infusions, gather mud... (Read More)

Secrets of Playtesting and Balance Video

February 11th - via:
A new Video from Sandy and Link!    (Read More)

Secutor; Mandrake; Magdalene - 4th Circle Demons of the Void Pack

February 11th - via:
With all the activity going on, I have not been able to post all of Sandy's design corners for the units of the game. I've gotten through all the heroes and demons of the core game, as well as all of the stretch goal units (except the Tardigrade,... (Read More)

Dragon Guts Map!

February 11th - via:
Map – Dragon GutsWhen the Cathedral and the Lords on top of the dragon are defeated, the Dragon seems to remain alive. We knew that it was a construct- not truly alive – and thought it was being controlled by the demons crawling over its body.... (Read More)

Painted Resin Pictures (Chase Norton) + Female Troopers!

February 10th - via:
Painted ResinsOur friend, Chase Norton, was provided with resin prototypes of several miniatures before the campaign. Below are his AMAZING paint jobs. These really highlight the stunning detail, in my opinion. Thanks, Chase!   the hellhound in... (Read More)

New Trooper Card Look

February 9th - via:
In case you missed it, please read my introduction (the previous update) to this by clicking here. Current Version of Trooper Cards!These are NOT final (there are even a few errors in the text, etc.), and we may tweak it. But this is the basic new... (Read More)

Hell Time Tile + Why are there two art styles in one game?

February 9th - via:
The Hell Time tile!  . This is a very large game piece, made out of 3mm die cut (punchboard) material, intended for when your heroes enter Hell Time. When a hero goes into the Lord's area (or an area where the Lord has been, leaving his shadow), he... (Read More)

Dragon Back Map + Full Playthrough

February 8th - via:
The Hell Dragon's Back MapFrom the moon, our heroes can look back at earth, and see, to their horror, a huge monster crawling along the surface, leaving a miles-wide swatch of destruction. In the middle of the Thing’s back is a structure, like a... (Read More)


February 8th - via:
While on the Moon Base we saw the miles long Hell Dragon destroying the world..  . This is a new add-on with 2 new Heroes, 3 new fourth circle Demons, 2 new Lords, and 2 new maps!  . How do I get the Dragon Pack? The Dragon Pack is purely an... (Read More)

Baphomet Spotlight!

February 8th - via:
Lord BAPHOMETYou can ONLY win Planet Apocalypse by killing the Lord. The core game’s Lord is Baphomet. Unlike some other co-op games, you’ll want to attack the lord several times during the course of the game. If you wait till the end, then gang... (Read More)

Sandy Design Corner - Secrets of Designing PA video

February 5th - via:
Secrets of Designing Planet Apocalypse    (Read More)

Hero Spotlight - Naomi!

February 4th - via:
Naomi JoslynNaomi Joslyn is a determined, even fanatical, opponent to the demons. She is a terrific all-round hero. She is the character whose initial figure was misprinted by China, so I now own a giant action figure of her, which I love. In her... (Read More)

Hero Spotlight: Prof. Maxwell

February 3rd - via:
Prof. Maxwell Professor Maxwell is an older man, an academic. (In my head I picture him as 63 years old, because he is based on a friend of mine, also an academic, who is that age.) He is wise, but physically perhaps not in the peak of condition.... (Read More)

Spotlight on Doc Hunter - our latest Stretch Goal!

February 3rd - via:
Doc Hunter Doc Hunter, our latest stretch goal, is an MD who has been living on the road since the apocalypse. When he saw the horrors advancing towards his hospital, he went to the pharmacy, grabbed all the drugs and medical gear he could cram onto... (Read More)

The Hellhound! - Spotlight

February 2nd - via:
The Hellhound Fourth Circle demons only spawn when the Lord track has cycled back to 1. This takes anywhere from 9 to 4 turns, depending on how many players are in the game. Sometimes it takes slightly less or more time, depending on certain gifts or... (Read More)

Watch a LIVE playthrough tomorrow!

February 2nd - via:
Watch Planet Apocalypse Play through live . will host a live play through of Planet Apocalypse Saturday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m. PST using actual figures and actual maps!   (Read More)

Hero Spotlight: Tarang

February 2nd - via:
Tarang!Tarang is an Indonesian transfer student with martial arts training.  . Tarang’s AbilitiesHis start attack is 1d6. Toughness is 2 and starting luck 3, all average. Health is 6, nothing too amazing, but certainly enough to let him stand in... (Read More)

Hero Spotlight: Cindrew

February 1st - via:
Spotlight on Cindrew! Cindrew Putorious is a nurse (RN) with a trained pet ferret, named Fidgit. . Cindrew’s AbilitiesHer start attack is 1d4, which is terrible. Her toughness is 2 and starting luck 3, both average. Her health is 6, which is pretty... (Read More)

Hero Spotlight: Hannah Hazard

February 1st - via:
Hannah HazardHannah Hazard is an Israeli-trained sniper:  . Hannah’s AbilitiesHannah’s start attack is 1d6, with a toughness of 2, starting Luck of 6 (!), and a mere 4 health. That health is bad, and keeps her out of the front lines, but her... (Read More)

Moon Base Map + 2nd Playthrough Video! (Void Pack)

February 1st - via:
The Moon Base MapAfter defeating the Launch Site, you get rocketed to the Moon. This is a technological wonder set up just before the Demon uprising. It features two rail guns, normally used to fire cargo to Earth, but now they are suborned by the... (Read More)

Bellatrix next [Warning: Slightly NSFW]

February 1st - via:
I know, the Venus de Milo, which the Bellatrix believed would entice human lust is a great classic sculpture and isn't really NSFW, given it's likely displayed in high school art classes. But at first glance, it could be misconstrued as such!  . .... (Read More)

Launch Site Map (Void Pack)

February 1st - via:
Launch Site MapThe demons were performing some kind of ritual with the Doomgate map just previous. That ritual resulted in Something Bad, but it’s not clear what, exactly. The few authorities left have noticed two things – first, all electronic... (Read More)

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: 'Planet Apocalypse'

February 1st - via:
Planet Apocalypse is an asymmetrical co-operative strategy game for 1 to 5 players, in which you assemble a ragtag team of humans to drive the demons back to hell. It is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter with pledge levels of $99 and $159. (Read More)

Sandy Design Corners: Why do Demons have Faces Everywhere? + LEVELING UP!

January 31st - via:
2 Sandy Design Corners for the price of one update! Why do the demons have faces disturbingly everywhere?Conceptually and artistically, the concept of demons having faces in their stomachs, butts, and elsewhere is highly medieval. Look at these... (Read More)

Doomgate Map + What's in the Void Pack? Video

January 31st - via:
The Doomgate MapThe second map included in the core game is the Doomgate map. This map is ring-shaped, and so the Lord’s initial area and the hero’s start area are adjacent. Don’t worry though, the demons that spawn in the Lord’s area move... (Read More)

Lord Geryon!

January 31st - via:
. Lord GeryonGeryon is of course named after the three-bodied herds-thing of Greek myth. But our Geryon is an entity of terror. All the demon lords ostensibly came about by the transformation and inversion of one of the fabled occult heroes,... (Read More)

Invasion Map!

January 31st - via:
The core game vanilla map: Invasion MapPlanet Apocalypse has a series of maps, each carefully tested and balanced, and arranged into a campaign that tells a story. Despite this campaign-like feature, each map can be played and replayed dozens of... (Read More)

Sandy Design Corner: Basic Demonology

January 30th - via:
Basic DemonologyPlanet Apocalypse classifies demons into Circles. These do not correspond precisely to Dante’s Inferno, but represent increasing degrees of threat. How demons spawnThe Limbo, First, Second, and Third Circle demons spawn by rolling... (Read More)

The Catoblepas!

January 30th - via:
. Fourth Circle Demon - the Catoblepas!The Catoblepas is the bringer of death and plague. If you look at its miniature, it seems to be slumping and falling apart, or possibly being created, as it moves. Its anatomy is odd – looking more like a... (Read More)

John Dark!

January 30th - via:
. Our first stretch goal unlocks John Dark, as a new and useful hero. John Dark has an exceptionally dire backstory. Before the apocalypse, he was interested in the occult. During the lead-up to Hell’s rising, he managed to make contact with a... (Read More)

Thank you! + Sandy Design Corner: Co-op Games!

January 29th - via:
original Arkham Horror The Stars Align Today!Planet Apocalypse launches as the sky moves in synch. Today the Blue Moon, the Blood Moon, and the Super Moon all combine for the first time in over a century. The Blue Moon occurs when two full moons... (Read More)

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