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 #11 - It kills to live, and lives to kill...
about 2 years 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
about 2 years 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

Lifeform Update #9 - Talking Games!!
about 2 years ago – Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 01:47:27 AM

Howdy you!

How are you? It's Friday so I hope you're feeling fantastic and all set for a weekend of gaming, movies, food, music, dancing, beverages and love!

Stats!!

How are we looking right now?

£46,480 pledged 232% funded 965 backers 17 days to go!!

Thank you again everyone, for your support, your encouragement, your comments, your messages, and for helping to make this amazing game a reality! 

Podcasts!!

In case you missed it here's the fantastic Cardboard Herald's interview with us about Lifeform:

We're Not Wizards actually let us back on their podcast too! Great discussion about, amongst other things, Lifeform, with Richard Simpson, Mark Chaplin and myself:

http://werenotwizards.podbean.com/e/lifeforms/

Wizards they are not
Wizards they are not

Demo Days!!

As mentioned in an earlier update, Mark and I will be demoing Lifeform in Manchester on the dates below, so please come along and support us if you can. But if you can't make it for some reason don't worry too much, because - Wi-Fi willing - we'll try to post  up some Kickstarter Live and Facebook Live updates throughout the days to show you what we can of the demos and what's happening. (Editor's wife's note: Spare a thought for poor Mrs NinjaDorg who will be filming for her life on her I-Phone as well as carrying out her chauffeur duties and doing the sandwich runs.)

Then after being spoilt by the good folks at Fanboy3 we'll be demoing like busy bees the very next day in Travelling Man, Manchester: (Editor's wife's note: so spare another thought for poor Mrs NinjaDorg who will be stuck in Another Day in Paradise filming for her life on her I-Phone, carrying out her chauffeur duties and doing the sandwich runs..)

It would be great to see you there if you can make it. There's still plenty of time to book your flights! :)

Designer Video Diary #3 - The Ship's Cat

Mark Chaplin shares more of his thoughts on the design and unique selling points of Lifeform, this time delving into the much touted secondary role of playing the Ship's Cat, which has proven very popular in play-testing, and 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:

Kicktraq Link!!

Continuing the theme of only giving you one link to share - this got us right back up on the Kicktraq Hotness last time so let's try it again. Please remove any bookmark you have for this project for now and replace it with this link, it will mean one extra click for you when you're checking in but will increase our listing on Kicktraq:

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

Why You Backed??

"Why I backed? Because Alien is in a three-way tie for 2nd favorite movie, because asymmetrical hidden movement is totally my jam, and because Mark designed the only true board game adaptation of one of the other movies in that three-way tie. I'm so excited to have nothing hear me scream" -  Colin Booth

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... Something, something...

Tristan xx