Lifeform

Created by Tristan Hall

Lifeform is a game of survival horror for up to 4 players. One player is an unstoppable, utterly hostile alien. All other players are the crew of the doomed mining starship Valley Forge.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Lifeform Update #14 - Get away from her you b... bloomin' alien monster!
over 1 year ago – Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 12:35:03 AM

Look out - it's behind you!!

Oh no, it was just the cat messing with the heat scanners...

How are you feeling today? And if in the UK how many burgers did you manage to tuck into this weekend in those brief moments of sunshine? 

Stats!!

£55,293 pledged 276% funded 1,094 backers 7 days to go!!

Bloomin' awesome - we absolutely love you for bringing us this far, and we're delighted with the progression of the campaign. We can't wait to see what you have in store for us at the end of all things and where we'll finish as the campaign wraps up! :D

And of course this means that you've unlocked the Evolution tokens, which give the Lifeform more flexibility to inflict mayhem and carnage and add even more to the replayability of the game...

In Mark Chaplin's own words: "The Evolution tokens are for optional use against an experienced, tough crew. A random selection of these are seeded on the Cocoon tracker. When the lifeform 'evolves', she gets to choose an evolution token - giving the star-beast an additional one-off piggyback action like 'spinal horns'."

 In other words, #juicyminingcrewsandwiches.

Off the back of the weekend the Preston Gamers Guild were kind enough to have the legendary Paul Kellett summarise their experiences of the game in an excellent article about Lifeform. Please be so kind as to head over to BGG and lend them your thumb when you get chance:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1980313/lifeform-alien-survival-horror-game-first-impressi

Giles Pound of Both Sides of My Table also travelled a huge distance to come and check out the game with us, and was then kind enough to write up his own take on the game too - please take the time out to give it a read and a share when you get chance too:

https://bothsidesofmytable.com/of-a-travelling-man-and-a-lifeform-plan/

Demos!!  

We had a brilliant weekend of demoing and geek chat at Fanboy 3 on Saturday and Travelling Man on Sunday. Thank you so much to everyone who came along to have a nosey at and chat about the game, and especially to those of you who were able to sit down and have a full play-through with us. I apologise to anyone I played against as the Lifeform - my genuine intention was to pull my punches a little and show you how the game plays demo-style, but once we got started I got so caught up in it all that I played as mercilessly as I could... At least it was cinematic...

Live video feeds!!

We tried some live feeds over the weekend. We discovered that, for example, Kickstarter Live is a big old bag of bobbins, so we switched over to Facebook live, streaming from our Facebook Lifeform group, then opening it up to the public from my own profile page, and then from the Hall or Nothing Productions Ltd Facebook page. We had phone battery failures, wi-fi hiccups and even an 'I'm so excited I knocked the phone off the table mid-stream' moment!  But here's some of the videos from the weekend in case you missed em - just click the links for the different feeds:

https://business.facebook.com/hallornothingproductions/videos/1745266372163278/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/155718195082705/permalink/177587479562443/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/155718195082705/permalink/177572392897285/

Interview!!

I was recently interviewed by the lovely @Tompetgames about Lifeform, 1066 and GoK - you can check it out here:

Hall or Nothing in the 1 Player Guild Gaming Awards!!

I'm honoured to be nominated for two awards from the very welcoming 1 Player Guild which now has over 9,000 members on boardgamegeek - the 1PG guild is here if you'd like to join:

https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/1303

Best Solitaire Game of 2017

My first game Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game has been nominated for Best Solitaire Game of 2017 - if you'd like to show your support for my game please feel free to go along and click your thumb here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/238826/item/6085591#item6085591

Hall of Fame (Game Designers)

I've also been nominated for the Hall of Fame of Game Designers - so again, if you'd like to show your support, please bob over and pop your thumb here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/238833/item/6085485#item6085485

There are lots of other cool games and designers too so even if you don't vote for us be sure to check out the other games and designers on the lists!

One Link!!

If you haven't already followed our company on Facebook please feel free to throw us a Like over here to stay abreast of all things Lifeform and all of the other games we produce:

https://business.facebook.com/hallornothingproductions/?business_id=102311620324952

Why You Backed

"I was seriously thinking of backing Nemesis, another "alien horror in a spaceship" game. It looked very attractive, with cool minis, a modular board, great looking cards, fun gameplay, guns, armor, and so on. Then I discovered Lifeform. It had no minis, a large dark board that would always be the same every time you played, what looked like dark, sinister, gory cards, no minis, no guns, no armor, did I mention no minis? My game budget being what it is, I could only buy one. I had to choose. And frankly, it was no choice. I love minis and modular boards, but Lifeform captures the essence of the situation. It's not a "bug hunt." It's survival, it's being trapped in a haunted house, it's fear, it's terror, it's inevitable death, it's no hit points! I've got other bug hunt games. Nemesis appealed to my eyes, but Lifeform appeals to my imagination. It's no contest" - David Spangler

We've been reading the "Why You Backed" stories in the comments section. If you'd like to share too, just post your reason(s) in the comments - it can be as serious, funny, obsequious, insulting or insane as you like - just pop your stream of consciousness ramblings into the comments and we'll be sure to read them all! 

Catch you next time peeples, take care, and remember:

In the vast, forbidden seas of space... Terror stirs...

Tristan xx

Lifeform Update #13 - In a world where the wind blows cold...
over 1 year ago – Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 09:04:58 AM

Happy Saturday Everyone!!

How are you all doing? If you're in the UK I hope you've been enjoying a nice BBQ and taking advantage of both of those degrees Celsius that came out today. It was practically street parties in Manchester!

So we smashed out the expansion stretch goal and a gigantic thank you to all of you who've pledged for the Thirteenth Passenger already, we've been overwhelmed with the demand and we're really excited to bring the new crew and perils to the game. Following your requests we've also added a Creature pledge level for you to add in the expansion to make it easier for you so thanks to those of you who've already done that. Don't worry if you haven't opted for Creature but you have added £9 - you'll be able to select your rewards in BackerKit after the campaign anyway. Now let's have a look at the stats and start prepping that next SG image...

£53,200 pledged 266% funded 1,061 backers 9 days to go!!

Pretty impressive guys, let's keep it up - we still have 9 days left to blow the roof off!

Ricky Gameplay Video #2!!

Our hero Ricky's back in action and busting out the second video for Lifeform, this time focused on the gameplay:

We love his work!

Fanboy 3 Demo Day!!

We are exhausted from demoing all day at Fanboy 3 - thanks to Dave Salisbury and Fanboy 3 the gang for hosting us, and huge thanks to everyone who came along to play the game and meet the designer - Mark was delighted to meet you all too. Here are some photos from today:

It always begins so innocently...
It always begins so innocently...
That's one happy Lifeform player!
That's one happy Lifeform player!
Board state
Board state
It's not looking good for the crew - it rarely is...
It's not looking good for the crew - it rarely is...
Designer Mark Chaplin on the left coaches the Lifeform player on best kill practices...
Designer Mark Chaplin on the left coaches the Lifeform player on best kill practices...
DAT BOARD!!!
DAT BOARD!!!
Mrs ND spots her first crew victim
Mrs ND spots her first crew victim
Poor Mark spent eleventy-sixtible hours putting stickers on mdf tokens for the prototype
Poor Mark spent eleventy-sixtible hours putting stickers on mdf tokens for the prototype

And you can see loads more on the Facebook group including a couple of videos from the event (of varying levels of shoddy internet quality):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/155718195082705/

Travelling Man!!

But if you missed Fanboy 3 don't forget you can still catch us at Travelling Man tomorrow too!

Come on, come on, come on, come on down
Come on, come on, come on, come on down

Why You Backed!!

"Theme, the game just drips with theme, utterly hostile Alien Lifeform aboard the ship, entirely invincible. All we can do is get the gear, and hope its still where we remember it and get off this tomb. The cards reflect this theme and don't hold back. The gameplay videos look great and with Hall or Nothing you know Solo is not just tacked on" - Chris Pearson

We've been reading the "Why You Backed" stories in the comments section. If you'd like to share too, just post your reason(s) in the comments - it can be as serious, funny, obsequious, insulting or insane as you like - just pop your stream of consciousness ramblings into the comments and we'll sift for gold as and when we get chance.

Today's Gif!!

Editor's Note - Game does not come with flashing LED lights!!
Editor's Note - Game does not come with flashing LED lights!!

Keep on Clicking!!

We are still worrying the Kicktraq hotlist above even bigger games and that's all thanks to you guys, so as we said last time this is brilliant and really helps to raise our profile and introduce Lifeform to new backers, so please click on the following link before you come back to our Kickstarter page:-

http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/tristanhall/lifeform-the-sci-fi-horror-board-game-for-1-4-play/

Okay, that's all for now, we're going to catch some kip before tomorrow's return to epic Lifeform sessioning.

And remember:

In the vast, forbidden seas of space... Terror stirs...

Tristan xx

Lifeform Update #12 - Twelve Dreamers. One Nightmare. The 13th Passenger.
over 1 year ago – Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 07:53:54 PM

Good Evening you delectable dudes you!  

Stats

£50,313 pledged 251% funded 1,042 backers 10 days to go!!

The Countdown is in progression. We are into the final 10 days of the campaign.  We can't believe how fast it has gone!  We will be relying on all you lovely peeps to help us in the final furlongs by spreading the word and recruiting as many crew members as possible so that we can slay the lifeform aka the final pledge total. Bring back life form, priority one, all other priorities are rescinded!!!

£50k stretch goal unlocked!!!! 

Wowsers! This is absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much for all your pledges and support. We are so grateful to all of you brilliant people for supporting us throughout another amazing campaign and being such a fantastic community. As you have now unlocked the Add on Expansion featuring new cards, tokens, shuttle board and 2 new crew members please feel free to add £9.00 to your pledge if you wish to obtain the expansion. Please remember that this is a completely optional add on so please pledge responsibly...

The 13th Passenger!!

Lucky for some. No, wait...
Lucky for some. No, wait...

The 13th Passenger expansion for Lifeform is a totally optional modular, plug-in expansion for hardcore players who want even moar! 

  • Two new characters join the Crew team
  • The new rules for asteroids add a yet another terrifying threat to the already beleaguered Valley Forge star ship
  • And the extra Remora shuttle board provides a brand new and unique endgame showdown experience. 

You can add this brilliant but totally optional expansion to your pledge by simply increasing your pledge total by just £9 GBP (rrp £12)!!

Meet the Designer- Lifeform Demo Days

Mark and I will be heading into Manchester city centre this weekend to demo Lifeform and try and entice new victims (backers) to the cause. We will be at Fan Boy Three on Saturday and Travelling Man on Sunday. If you are in the area it would be great to meet you and play some Lifeform and please spread the word if you know of anyone who you think would be interested in coming down to meet Mark and have a peek at the game. We will be doing live feeds over the course of the two days on Facebook and Kickstarter so if you are unable to be there in the flesh please look out for those.

A Right Royal Playthrough

Exciting news! We are extremely pleased and honoured to welcome boardgaming royalty on board. Sir Ricky Royal from Box of Delights has filmed a 2 part playthrough and preview of the solo expansion. This is fantastic for us and we are extremely honoured and grateful to Ricky. Part 1 is available to watch now:-

He's Gif Gif Crazy, He's Gif Gif mad...

Mark has been having a lot of fun giffing about lately and we've been enjoying the results:

All you're gonna do is make it angrier...
All you're gonna do is make it angrier...

Why You Backed

"The reason I backed; as many have said - the strong theme. When you sit down to play this, you know exactly the situation you're in and exactly what you need to do! In many ways; the game reminds me of Escape from Colditz (players try to escape a prison whilst one player tries to stop them) except the pesky luck of the dice roll is eradicated for a more strategic escape. What finally convinced me to back was the extra detail - secondary roles for dead players (as the game host; I hate to see a fellow player have to sit and watch) and a clever solo expansion. I can't wait to bring this game out to my group." Kris Burgess

We've been reading the "Why You Backed" stories in the comments section. If you'd like to share too, just post your reason(s) in the comments - it can be as serious, funny, obsequious, insulting or insane as you like - just pop your stream of consciousness ramblings into the comments and we'll sift for gold as and when we get chance.  

Here kitty, kitty, kitty...

There's been a lot of discussion and talk about the ship's cat.  Let's end the speculation now. Trust...noone...

Credit: Instagram/moviecats
Credit: Instagram/moviecats

 Keep on Clicking!

We are back up to number 4 on the Kicktraq hotlist.  This is brilliant and really helps to raise our profile and introduce Lifeform to new backers.  Let's try and get back up to number 2 or even better aim for the top spot!  Please click on the following link:-

http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/tristanhall/lifeform-the-sci-fi-horror-board-game-for-1-4-play/

That's all for now folks.  Thanks so much for your support so far.  We cannot stress how much we value each and everyone of you. Into the final days of the campaign we go...We'd better get back (now) 'cause it'll be dark soon and they mostly come at night. Mostly.

And don't ever forget...  

In the vast, forbidden seas of space... Terror stirs...

Tristan xx

Lifeform Update #11 - It kills to live, and lives to kill...
over 1 year ago – Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 03:47:40 PM

Wotcha Harry!

Is that a new hat?  Cos you are looking swish indeed! Speaking of swish let's check out the...

Stats!!

So how are we doing today?

£48,583 pledged 242% funded 1,010 backers 13 days to go!!

Squeaking ever closer to that £50K mark. I know you're all out there, keeping us in suspense as to whether or not you're gonna smash the next stretchie - yeah, I've seen your tricks before and I know your game! I'm just going to have to hold my breath and stay patient and celebrate...

1,000+ backers!!!

Yes! That is truly epic. Over a thousand connoisseurs of gaming hoisting us upon their shoulders to march us down to the printers and simply demand that this game get made asap. It's a stirring sight and a worthy endeavour and I continue to be so proud to be a part of all of this. As does another man who is equally delighted with the campaign so far...

Lifeform Designer Diary #5 - Unique Aspects

Lifeform game designer Mark Chaplin gives us some design insights and his thoughts behind the unique aspects of the game. Grab a brew and put your feet up once again and join Mark for this Designer Diary.

Podcasts!!

Why don't you try and shut us up??  You can't can you - and if there's one thing we love to yak about it's great games! Boardgamers Anonymous sat down to grill us about Lifeform in the Every Night is Game Night podcast, check out their latest episode - Lifeform featuring designer Mark Chaplin and Tristan Hall:

http://boardgamersanonymous.com/engn-ps-25-lifeform-tristan-hall-mark-chaplin

Great enthusiasm for Lifeform on the Lollygaggers Podcsast too (at around 26,15):

http://lollygaggerco.libsyn.com/episode-002-all-manner-of-space-aliens?tdest_id=698377

One Link To Rule Them All!!

Continuing the theme of only giving you one (or two) link(s) to share - please help us out on BoardGameGeek today! We are sorely in need of thumbs and attention and cuddles but mostly your green thumb clicks. If you can bob over and just pick a couple of your favourite images and show them some love by clicking the green thumb - and maybe even dropping in a comment or two if you feel like it - it helps keep us near the front page and in everyone's minds:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/155065/lifeform/images

Thanks for all your helpages guys!

Why You Backed??

"I love sci-fi horror and while I'm no Alien universe expert, I enjoy the movies. This game really evokes that feeling when I look at it and how the mechanics work. Also, it reminds me of when I try to play Alien: Isolation and spend a lot of time hiding in cabinets and lockers, only to get grabbed by the alien because I let my character breathe too soon" - Mary McMurtrey

We've been reading the "Why You Backed" stories in the comments section. If you'd like to share too, just post your reason(s) in the comments - it can be as serious, funny, obsequious, insulting or insane as you like - just pop your stream of consciousness ramblings into the comments and we'll sift for gold as and when we get chance...

That's all for now, and remember...

In the vast, forbidden seas of space... Terror stirs...

Tristan xx

Lifeform Update #10 - In space no one can hear you scream
over 1 year ago – Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 12:14:10 PM

Whassup??

Hope you had (and that you're still having) a wonderful weekend. We had a brief window of sunshine in Manchester yesterday which meant a race to get the BBQ fired up and some sausages, burgers and cocktails on before the inevitable relapse into overcast misty gloom. Whilst it lasted it was quite glorious indeed. Here's a pic of me igniting the barbie:

Fetch the ketchup please Mrs NinjaDorg, this looks ready now...
Fetch the ketchup please Mrs NinjaDorg, this looks ready now...

And here's our house shortly afterwards:

Wait - you thought the Lifeform was the only problem aboard the Valley Forge??
Wait - you thought the Lifeform was the only problem aboard the Valley Forge??

Stats!!  

So how are we looking right now?  

£47,208 pledged 236% funded 976 backers 15 days to go!!

Okay, so picking up again after a slower weekend but still nicely on track at this point in the campaign, and we still have a few cool surprises before this thing is over. So let's tighten our seat-belts for now and hope that the escape shuttle's plotted course won't leave us floating in space for 57 years, like a certain kickass female lead who was taking cheques and showing us how it's done decades before Gal Gadot was being shown the ropes by Chris Pine...  Um.  Where was I? Oh yeah...

Lifeform Designer Diary #4 - The Mainframe secondary role

Lifeform game designer Mark Chaplin gives us some design insights and his thoughts behind the Mainframe Computer secondary role, one of the cool roles that a crew player can take on should they lose their humans to the Lifeform's insatiable hunger - this is such a cool and clever alternative to dealing with player elimination. Grab a brew and put your feet up once again and join Mark for this Designer Diary.

Calling all Redditors - Reddit Links!!  

Continuing the theme of only giving you one (or two) link(s) to share - please help us out on Reddit! We don't have much of a presence there but we'd be happy to get involved with an AMA or wear a trilby or something similar - message us or comment if you think you can help us out, and in the meantime here are the Reddit links that our champion backer Nick Hughes posted up for you to share:

Reddit Link (r/Crowdfund Boardgames):

https://www.reddit.com/r/CrowdfundedBoardgames/comments/8bmxjs/lifeform_the_scifi_horror_board_game_for_14

Reddit Link (r/kickstarter):

https://www.reddit.com/r/kickstarter/comments/8bn0de/lifeform_the_scifi_horror_board_game_for_14

Why You Backed??

"The ships cat and SIS-TER were the tipping point for backing this project. Seeing the play-through multiplayer and solo play helped, but possible player elimination rested like a subconscious seed of doubt. Listening to Mark's designer commentaries, his enthusiasm and thoughtful design choices added more weight to the choice to back too. Can't wait" - Solar

We've been reading the "Why You Backed" stories in the comments section. If you'd like to share too, just post your reason(s) in the comments - it can be as serious, funny, obsequious, insulting or insane as you like - just pop your stream of consciousness ramblings into the comments and we'll sift for gold as and when we get chance...

That's all for now, and remember...  

In the vast, forbidden seas of space... Terror stirs...

Tristan xx