April 19th, 2016
This blog post comes as an official date announcement. Our Kickstarter will commence on the Tuesday April 19th! Be there on day one and help us get a great start to this awesome new expansion for Helionox.
The Core Set and the Expansion
Helionox is a movement based deck building card game that offers variable unique player powers, worker placement options (in the form of mobile space crafts), and now, with the addition of Mercury Protocol, an interplanetary pick up and delivery system!
The Mercury Protocol Expansion is completely integrated with the original core set (The Last Sunset). It will bring you more reasons to travel the solar system, picking fights with nasty events, and delivering much needed cargo to the Interworlds! It offers several new card types including four unique ships each with different abilities.
Mercury Protocol Backstory
The Helionox is a solar event that takes place over the course of thousands of years. As the sun slowly dies, the Interworlds (the planets within our solar system) begin to feel the negative effects. Cold snaps and solar flares become more and more common which causes all manners of civil unrest. One of the greatest catastrophes thus far is the ruin of Mercury, a once colonized settlement of the Interworlds. Lashed by solar flares, Mercury burnt to an orbiting husk in a matter of hours. Most of Mercury’s inhabitants were unable to escape the devastation.
Mercury itself began as a penal colony, run by a group of fringe scientists. Its close proximity to the sun allowed for experimentation that would have been impossible anywhere else. As the generations passed, people born on Mercury developed strange genetic abilities as a result of these experiments. These abilities manifested as both physical and mental enhancements.
As the refugees from the Mercurian catastrophe spread out across the solar system, the Interworlds governments were faced with serious political questions. Could they bring these strange, other worldly beings into their worlds – into their communities? These questions eventually led to the Mercury Protocol – a strict policy banning Mercurian tech. For many Mercurians, however, their tech was integrated into their genetic make up. In some cases it even kept them alive.
With the Mercury Protocol expansion we hope to further develop the world of Helionox, exploring many new characters and new tech that survived the catastrophe on Mercury and the political dilemma it created for the Interworlds.