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A project in Rockwall, TX by Sandy Petersen

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An asymmetric 4X game from award winning designer Sandy Petersen
Backers: 3222
Average Pledge Per Backer: $189

Funded: $609,763 of $50,000
Dates: Jan 29th -> Feb 21st (24 days)
Project By: Sandy Petersen
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8 Great Games You Can Still Late Pledge For on Kickstarter!

June 3rd - via:
Late pledges are a great way to get Kickstarter games from campaigns you've missed. We show 8 amazing games that you can still pledge for using this method. (Read More)

THANK YOU ALL, also a Sandy's Design Corner

February 21st - via:
Thanks so much! You all have made Hyperspace my second-most-successful game, which is pretty great, when you consider my first-most-successful game has been around for 4 years already. Perhaps someday Hyperspace will surpass Cthulhu Wars. If it does,... (Read More)

The Future of Hyperspace

February 21st - via:
Pledgemaster will be accessable a little while after Kickstarter releases our funds, which in the past has happened 10-14 days after the campaign's end.  We will be able to take and upgrade pledges in Pledgemaster for several weeks. Eventually we'll... (Read More)

Where’s the big last day reveal?

February 21st - via:
Yes, we DO have another Hyperspace ... thing for you. Let me explain - for the last two years, we've done a one-day-long April 1st Kickstarter, for fun. And we're planning one this year as well.  But, our the April 1st 2019 kickstarter is going to... (Read More)

Sandy's Design Corner: the first prototype

February 21st - via:
Where do you get your ideas? Of course I get asked this - usually not by gamers, though. My answer is always, "Ideas are a dime a dozen. It's actually turning the idea into reality that's hard." And it is. Look, imagine that I locked you - yes you -... (Read More)

Sandy's Design Corner: alien stereotypes

February 20th - via:
I spent a lot of time building and balancing these civs, and I tried hard to NOT use any of the normal science fiction stereotypes. What? No lizard men?  okay. Maybe ONE lizard man. No stereotypes?! I don’t have a “super-smart” mega-brain... (Read More)

Which Extras (particularly civs) should I pick?

February 20th - via:
 Galactic Overlord For you, the task is done. It’s all on its way, including optional extras such as the neoprene mat, dice, and art book. If Petersen Games decides on any last-minute extras, you’ll get those too. I look forward to seeing you in... (Read More)

Which "Extra" is in each pledge level? PLUS ART BOOK PREVIEW

February 19th - via:
Which "Extra" purchase is in each Pledge Level? Many folks have asked in the comments, and I've been privately requested by some backers and friends to show this info graphically. So, Tony whipped this up: . Also, note that the three of y'all who are... (Read More)

Possible Solitaire Hyperspace and Sandy's Design Corner

February 19th - via:
What?! How is that even possible? Well, I'll tell you. This campaign has been doing great, and the interest in this has been so strong that it's inspired me to make the following pronouncement.  First off, Hyperspace isn't really designed for solo... (Read More)

How to lose at Hyperspace

February 18th - via:
I got inspired to put this together based on some comments by a playtester on Saturday. No, he wasn't playing Hyperspace - that game needs no further tests. Our Galactic Overlords will be playing not-yet announced games of mine, but if they want to... (Read More)

Updated Rulebook + The Stasis box, and more

February 18th - via:
The Updated Rulebook Draft We have uploaded a new version of the Rulebook to show the final look. It is still a draft, as it will have a few more examples, an index, and the main text is still in final proofreading.  The Stasis Box . Let's talk... (Read More)


February 18th - via:
 HUMANS! The Secret Civ . Hyperspace has a backstory, partly revealed through Aurora Ultraviolet's journal. If you’ve read them (look here, just scroll down and click the portraits), then you already know that Earth was conquered by the Starspawn,... (Read More)


February 17th - via:
The Zevolt  I wanted a naturally aristocratic species, who were obviously superior and could make a case for their natural dominance and fitness for rule.  Of course, this doesn't mean we have to give in to them. I had them be dragon-like because... (Read More)


February 16th - via:
The Zepzeg  The Zepzeg were one of the very first species I developed for Hyperspace, and in fact were originally in the core pack. I won't say who "bumped" them because I don't want to start a discussion about how the heck Sandy could have wanted... (Read More)


February 15th - via:
The Yithians Yithians, more grandiosely referred to as the fabled Great Race of Yith feature in one of Lovecraft's best-loved tales - The Shadow Out of Time. Despite the difficulty of figuring how they'd ever interact with humans, I included their... (Read More)

The Monolith

February 15th - via:
It is with regret that I come to our last pre-planned gift to you. I am so grateful for all the support you have given Petersen Games on this project. It has succeeded beyond our expectations, and one result of this is that we should be able to... (Read More)

The Yaddith Love You!

February 14th - via:
The Yaddith on Valentine's Day  . This is a milestone for me. As far as I can tell, Lovecraft's sorcerous inhabitants of Yaddith have never been portrayed as a figure, and only rarely otherwise. So I am excited to add a new creature to the panoply.... (Read More)

The Civ Sheets

February 13th - via:
A lot of people have asked about the civ sheets, and I notice that for some reason this hasn't been responded to specifically. So let me do it now.  1) we priced Hyperspace based on having die-cut cardboard civ sheets, just like our planet tiles and... (Read More)

The Giant Claw

February 13th - via:
 Here we go with a monster which is pretty much the exact opposite of Startropolis, but which is also the source of interesting tactical decision-making. The Giant Claw. We’re convinced it originates from an antimatter galaxy countless light years... (Read More)

Son of Xk-13

February 13th - via:
  Ugh. So apparently my son and I were writing the Xk-13 update at the same time, and his overwrote mine or something, so though you may have gotten an e-mail with the below text, you'll see that "update 35" is just a bunch of pictures.... (Read More)

The XK-13 for February 13!

February 13th - via:
The XK-13 You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 . . .  (Read More)

Sandy Design Corner: the planet tiles

February 12th - via:
Hyperspace includes 38 planet tiles. As an interesting aside, originally we were going to have just 26 tiles in the core game, then add 12 more as stretch goals in the Stretch Goal box. When we decided to make our Leap o' Faith and eliminate our... (Read More)

The Vorck

February 12th - via:
The Vorck The Vorck are bio-engineered worker drones, designed to exist and labor in space. They don't spend 100% of their time in space, and probably can't, needing to occasionally pull back into a pressurized environment. Though the Vorck have a... (Read More)

Twitch Live Stream on YouTube plus Survey!

February 12th - via:
 For those who missed the Twitch Live Stream, I've uploaded it to our YouTube channel: . Please Take this Survey! It will help us refine our games and projects for FUTURE Kickstarters. We are not using the results to make any changes on Hyperspace,... (Read More)

The Von Neumann Beast

February 11th - via:
 Hyperspace has several references to machines that can duplicate themselves – one of the nightmare World's End scenarios posited by some scientists. The Gray Goo secret, of course, references this, as does the Nano-Janitor tech, a super-efficient... (Read More)

What will be available after the campaign?

February 11th - via:
A lot of people have asked what happens post-campaign. So let's talk about that. First off, when it ends, the factory is going to begin tooling the molds (some are already finished, but plenty remain). Only then will they start producing the figures.... (Read More)

Double Spotlight: URUMAK + VALKAR

February 11th - via:
The Urumak The square-cube law is a real thing. It means that any living creature has to adjust its metabolism and anatomy depending on its mass and volume. It is often misconstrued as a limit on size. It's not necessarily a limit - just something... (Read More)

Follow up on Civ Difficulty

February 10th - via:
Because questions arose, let's briefly revisit the topic of civ difficulty. All the alien civs of Hyperspace are categorized by difficulty - either normal, advanced, or hyper.  Normal A Normal civ is marked by a green light on its randomizer card as... (Read More)

A new gift for everyone!

February 10th - via:
And this gift is genuinely new - as in we put it together AFTER the kickstarter began. I guess you could consider it a "stretch goal" of sorts, though it wasn't tied to a particular monetary goal. It's more just an exuberant expression of... (Read More)

How Sandy Playtests

February 9th - via:
As you know, I build asymmetric strategy and co-op games. Maybe "asymmetrical" is the wrong word for my co-ops, but what I'm trying to say is the various heroes act really differently. And in the strategy games, such as Hyperspace, the factions... (Read More)

The Thoth

February 9th - via:
The Thoth  In a tabletop RPG of my own invention that I ran a campaign in for a while, I had a species called the Thoth which I'd intended as a mysterious species difficult for humans to interact with. They dwelt in mausoleum-like shelters, and wore... (Read More)

The Starspawn!

February 8th - via:
The Starspawn . According to Lovecraft, the starspawn are extraterrestrials who plunged to Earth long ago. Their alien life cycle means they slumber, as if dead, at times, and awaken, ravening and dire, at others.  Cthulhu, their poster child, is... (Read More)

The Cosmic Cloud

February 8th - via:
Some of our two revealed monsters, the Space Amoeba and the Galaxy Eeel, are pretty clearly beings. Others, such as the Crystal Entity and Startropolis, are possibly not truly alive – perhaps some kind of hyper-complicated chemical reaction? The... (Read More)

Civilization Sheet Tour

February 7th - via:
Guest Post by our Graphic Design Lead, Tony Mastrangeli (editors note: For those who saw the Livestream yesterday (which we'll upload to Youtube soon), Tony is the guy who evilly won the game as the Venge). You can't have a 4x game without a... (Read More)


February 7th - via:
The Salps . You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 . A long time ago I was reading a short fable written in the 19th century about the weakness of scientific prediction. In that... (Read More)

Hyperspace - Sandy Petersen Goes to Outer Space

February 7th - via:
Hyperspace, Sandy Petersen (Read More)


February 6th - via:
 Some of you may be familiar with our earlier game Startropolis, funded this summer and coming out soon. This game is about building a space station, and is in fact set in the Hyperspace universe. It’s unique because though you are all building... (Read More)

Live Game with PG Staff now!

February 6th - via: (Read More)

The Old Ones

February 6th - via:
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 . Ah yes, another species invented by Lovecraft. In his story, At the Mountains of Madness, the Old Ones (aka Elder Things) are probably... (Read More)


February 5th - via:
I realized that we hadn't done a cool civ spotlight on the the four core Broodmaster, Fungi, Skith, and Venge. So here they are, all at once.  Here are the core game civ spotlight videos, as the first four of the full playlist: . We could only fit 4... (Read More)


February 5th - via:
NOMIA! . Civ Spotlight Video: You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 . Pests and disease organisms are terrifying, and outer-space plagues feature in a lot of science fiction... (Read More)

The Crystal Entity

February 4th - via:
The Entity is unusual, because it actually can benefit its victim. When it arrives in a system, a new organic resource is placed on each of that planet’s continents. Its only malignant effect is that you can’t use the Salvage act in that system,... (Read More)

Sandy live chat tonight

February 4th - via:
At 20:00 hours (8 pm), United States Central Standard Time, Sandy will be chatting live on the Petersen Games Facebook page. Show up, ask questions, jeer, or cheer. It's up to you. JOIN USSSS  (Read More)

Meet the Mendeku

February 4th - via:
The Mendeku got their origin in part from the work of Jean-Henri Fabre, a French author who wrote absolutely entrancing books about insects. I recommend them highly to anyone who has the least desire to have insight into an alien world.  Love this... (Read More)

The Glazaqtoq

February 3rd - via:
Glazaqtoq The Glazaqtoq are another alien from my childhood. At one point, my friend and I decided to conquer the galaxy. Well, we needed some oppressive enemy to rule the galaxy before us - someone to battle and overthrow. These were the Glazaqtoq.... (Read More)

Civ Spotlight: Daldath PLUS Live Stream of Hyperspace with the PG Team!

February 2nd - via:
Hyperspace Live Stream: Four members of the Petersen Games team will be playing Hyperspace on Tabletopia, and live streaming this game via Twitch on: Wednesday, February 6, at 1pm CST (GMT-6). Twitch Channel Link: (Read More)

Civ Spotlight: the Dacians!

February 1st - via:
The Dacians!  Space Vampires! But not like the ones from Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires.   . Civ Spotlight Video: When I was a kid, I really liked science fiction. I came by it honestly though - my dad had been a fan since the 1940s, and my... (Read More)

Petersen Games Starts Campaign For 4X Space Epic Hyperspace On KS

February 1st - via:
Petersen Games and designer Sandy Petersen (Cthulhu Wars) have a new asymmetric 4X space game on Kickstarter, Hyperspace. Hyperspace is designed to be a fast moving (1-2 hours), 2-4 player space epic with little downtime, selling itself as having no upkeep phase, keeping everything continuous actions until the end of the game. Players have 3 actions on their turn, choosing from move, build, battle, produce and research. The base game comes with 4 very unique aliens, each with its own weakness, bonus super ability, super tech, super unit, and a victory ability just for that species. (Read More)

The Collectors revealed

January 31st - via:
Here is their "Collection", complete with an editing mark.  You just pile your captured units right there in the Museum, gaining rewards as you get more and more.  A question worth answering is "Are Native Aliens and Space Monsters collectables?"... (Read More)

Civ Spotlight: Azota!

January 31st - via:
Here's a closeup of the Extinction track. It doesn't come with a token - instead you just put your rival's permanently-destroyed Colonies directly on the track, organized from top to bottom.  The Extinction track. Probably going to be slightly... (Read More)

Sandy Petersen Announces 'Hyperspace' Board Game

January 31st - via:
Famed game designer Sandy Petersen has announced a new board game that puts players in charge of rival alien empires striving to conquer a new sector of outer space. Hyperspace is billed as an asymmetric board game for 2-4 players designed the exploration and conquer of a newly discovered sector of outer space. Each alien civilization has its own path towards victory, which allows for radically different play styles during each game. Players can either choose to peacefully co-exist with each other on planets or battle against each other. The board is made up of different tiles, allowing for a different experience every time you play. (Read More)

The Galaxy Eel!

January 30th - via:
 The Galaxy Eel is our second gift to you – another cool space monster. We are giving you this because we are so pleased with the progress of our campaign.  The Galaxy Eel, like the Space Amoeba, comes with a card that’s shuffled into the... (Read More)

Sandy's Design Corner: Civilization Colors

January 30th - via:
 When I first started designing Hyperspace, in September 2016, my plan was to follow the usual Petersen Games system. Each civ would have its own unique color. I had eight civs planned, and hoped to expand it to 12. But it was kind of tough to... (Read More)

Sandy's Design Corner: Interaction and Diplomacy in Hyperspace

January 29th - via:
 Hyperspace has no formal alliances, no enforceable treaties. And it’s a zero-sum which only one player can win. Is it a Hobbesian universe? War to the hilt?   By no means. Hyperspace has numerous opportunities to interact with the other players,... (Read More)

Civ Spotlight: The Automata PLUS The Explore Track

January 29th - via:
Civ Spotlight: The Automata . Part 1: the Explore Track Hyperspace features a Progress Board, which contains 4 tracks. The biggest track, along the top, shows each civ’s earned Victory points. The other three show the players’ progress for... (Read More)

All About Shipping!

January 29th - via:
Shipping Costs Lots of backers (particularly those in the EU) have commented on the shipping prices for Hyperspace.  We've decided to go with a somewhat unusual strategy as compared to many other KS projects. But it is luckily very straightforward... (Read More)

The Native Alien Figures (PG Exclusives!)

January 29th - via:
Every Pledge Level gets 8 unique sculpts called the "Native Aliens." These are "Petersen Games Exclusives" meaning we will sell them directly, but never sell them to retailers and distributors. Exploring Planets When you explore a new system in... (Read More)

The Space Amoeba?!

January 29th - via:
The Space Amoeba is our first gift to you. It’s intended as a hearty thanks from us to you for helping us fund our product so quickly. All backers at the Corvette Pilot level on up will be getting a free Space Amoeba with their pledge.  It is also... (Read More)

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: 'Hyperspace'

January 29th - via:
Deep in space, far from our own home, alien civilizations have arrived at a new star system, and each one is interested in establishing dominance on its many planets. Prepare your engines for the leap into Hyperspace! (Read More)

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