Kleos by Azure Horizon Games

Created by Azure Horizon Games

A contest has arisen among the gods! Card play, tactical hex-based combat, and area control in a board game for 1-5 Greek Gods.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

⚡ It's Time!! EU Fulfillment Begins! ⚡
6 days ago – Sat, Nov 20, 2021 at 09:09:57 PM

⚡ Mount Olympus quakes with anticipation! ⚡

BIG NEWS TODAY!  The EU shipment arrived at the fulfillment center.  EU fulfillment will start next week.


The USA shipment also arrived at port.  That will take a bit longer though.  With current port delays, it is likely going to be at least another week or two before the games arrive at the USA fulfillment center.   Thankfully it is on the East Coast, which is not nearly as delayed as the West Coast.  That said, the time is drawing near!!!

⚡ Hmm, What Could It Be?! ⚡

I have one last small surprise for everyone, but it won't be in the game box.  Keep an eye on your mailboxes over the next couple of weeks!  😊


Note to UK Backers

There is one headache with the EU shipment.  When I chose my EU fulfillment site in March 2021 (post-Brexit), they said it would not be an issue to deliver DDP (Delivered Duties Paid) to the UK with all taxes and duties covered.  It seems that this changed over the last 6-8 months.  I was told at the extreme last minute that while they can still deliver to the UK without issue, they can no longer deliver DDP to cover the duties.  I am not sure if this was complicated by the EU tax & customs changes in July, if the border situation between the UK and EU has continued to evolve since March, or if I was simply misinformed.  I talked this through with their team, and there does not seem to be any wiggle room.  


What I will say is this...I am here to help.  They have assured me that they can deliver to the UK but that there may be some duty charges for backers.  UK backers - Feel free to start a discussion in the comments and/or message me directly.  I apologize for any inconvenience this will cause, and I will work with you to make sure the games deliver properly.

I will be at PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia from December 10-12.  Come say hello!  I'll be demo'ing with Kleos' USA co-publisher, Giga Mech Games, at their booth #3313.  It is our hope that fulfillment will be completed by then and games will be in everyone's hands.  Hope to see some of you there!


USA backers, wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving next week.  To all other Kleos' backers around the globe, I hope you have a nice start to the holiday season.


-Jim ⚡⚡⚡

⚡ Locking Addresses & Digital Artbook! ⚡
about 1 month ago – Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 08:34:47 AM

Hey there fellow Olympians!

Shipping details first, followed by a link to the Digital Art & Mythology e-book below.


Most importantly, I'm going to lock addresses through Backerkit this week.


For the EU, this is on schedule.  For the USA, it is a bit earlier than I mentioned in the last update since I need to lock all the addresses at once.  You will receive an e-mail later today providing 48 hour notice to update your shipping address if needed, along with a link to do so.  This is essential to receive your copy of Kleos!  You can also visit backerkit.com and login with your email address if preferred.  If there is any issue while making updates or after, send me a message on KS and I am happy to help.  


Currently, the EU shipment is expected to arrive at the fulfillment center in mid-November, and the USA shipment is expected to arrive at Bridge Distribution ~November 22nd.  This is subject to change based on customs & port scheduling, but either way, we are currently on track to fulfill these games by the end of the year.  Fingers crossed that it stays that way!


⚡ DIGITAL ART & MYTHOLOGY BOOK ⚡ 

Lastly, here is a Google Drive link to the Kleos Digital Art & Mythology book.  This is essentially a compilation of all the Mythic Monday Facebook posts along with art for each character in the game.  It was a lot of fun putting this together, and I hope you have a nice delve into the mythology behind Kleos.  As a side note...Canva's free service is amazing and made this so much easier than I thought it would be.

 KLEOS ART & MYTHOLOGY - Google Drive Link 

DISCLAIMER:  Please be kind and remember I am not a professional writer.  😅


Enjoy!  Shout out your favorite character or myth in the comments!

-Jim ⚡⚡⚡


⚡ Kleos Shipping Update! ⚡
about 2 months ago – Sun, Oct 03, 2021 at 02:59:31 PM

Hey there fellow Olympians,


Big news today - As of this moment, we have great odds to complete fulfillment this year!   🤩


The EU shipment has left port en route to our EU fulfillment center, expected to arrive by the end of October.  The USA shipment was a bit more challenging, but we booked passage on a ship that is set to depart tomorrow (Oct 4th).  I would expect this shipment to arrive at Bridge Distribution for fulfillment close to Thanksgiving, though freight is still unpredictable.  We should have a better idea toward to the end of October.


Shipping has been...difficult...as you have likely heard from other campaigns.  In my update a couple of months ago, I mentioned that container charges had increased from an expected ~$2,500 to $10,000 (4x).  Well....rates increased to ~$20,000-$25,000 (10x) by the time we were able to book transit.  Rates are not expected to improve anytime soon, especially as we approach the holiday season.  


So...what do these increased shipping rates mean for backers?  Nothing really...I made a promise to deliver your games at the price from the campaign.  Actually, it means that you received a good deal on the game.  Prices will be increasing for board games across the industry due to rising prices of cardboard, logistics, and general labor/utility cost increases for manufacturing.  This means that the MSRP for Kleos will be increasing by at least 10% at retail launch.  Additionally, domestic & international shipping prices have also increased since I set them 15 months ago.


While that means I'll take a hit...that is part of the risk of business in my opinion.  This first campaign was meant to be a learning experience...and I have certainly learned a lot!  That said, these cost increases throughout the process have been substantial.  Please be kind to other campaigns, particularly for heavier /big box games, that might not be in the same situation.  


I am very thankful for Kleos' USA co-publisher Giga Mech Games, and Kleos' fulfillment partner Bridge Distribution.  They have a close relationship with Compass Logistics, who were able to prioritize the shipment and negotiate improved rates.  Giga Mech Games is at Origins Game Fair this weekend (Booth #711), and they have the Kleos production prototype on-hand.  Be sure to say hello if you are attending!


Need to Update Your Address?

Good news, you can change your address at any time by going to backerkit.com and logging in with your e-mail address.  Please be sure to update your address by October 15th if you live in the EU/UK, and by November 1st if you live in the USA.  Feel free to message me through Kickstarter if you have any issue.

Click the image above to preview the Kleos Solo automata!

Okay!  Who is absolutely pumped for the Kleos solo mode!?  I am hoping for additional feedback on the solo automata and rulebook.  If you have an interest to play on TTS and offer feedback, please reply to this update or message me via Kickstarter.  I put a TON of work into this, and any and all feedback would be eternally appreciated!  CLICK HERE or on the image above to check out the solo rules!  


We are near the finish line!  I am very hopeful to see you all enjoying Kleos before the holidays.

-Jim ⚡⚡⚡

⚡ Kleos Solo Mode Reveal! ⚡
3 months ago – Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 04:49:37 AM

Hey there Kleos fans,

Hope you are doing well and enjoying your summer!  Big news today on a couple of fronts (Assembly & Solo Mode).  

⚡ Assembly & Shipping! ⚡

First, assembly of the games should be completed this week - meaning all of the games will be packed and ready to ship.  If you missed my unboxing video for the final production sample, feel free to CLICK HERE and take a peak on the Azure Horizon Games FB page!


We are in the process of securing space in a container for shipment to the USA and Europe fulfillment centers.  The logistics situation has become even more difficult (and expensive) since my last update.  I'll be doing everything possible to have Kleos in your hands and on your tables by the end of the year.  That being said, I am also kindly asking for your patience and understanding since the timeframe moving forward is 95% out of my control. 

Zeus: "Hey, weird fiery werewolf, do you have any shipping containers available?"

⚡ KLEOS SOLO MODE REVEAL! ⚡

Second, CLICK HERE or on the image below for your first preview of the Kleos solo mode!  Any and all feedback is welcome!  I'm also looking for playtesters on Tabletop Simulator to make final tweaks/adjustments to the system, particularly to the difficulty levels.  Feel free to shout out in the comments, reply to this email, or post in the Kleos FB group HERE if you are interested.

Click The Image Above to preview the Solo Rules!

This solo mode has been playtested over 100 times, but only by myself and a small group of experienced players.  I'm hoping to get feedback from new and intermediate players as well!  Interested?  Let me know!


When I first created the solo mode, I was working on scenarios, such as the Perseus story that can be viewed HERE.  It played much differently than the multiplayer game, included a story, and was more of an action management puzzle experience, where you play through stories from Greek mythology.  


Being transparent, it was immediately clear that the community preferred a solo playable version of the multiplayer experience instead of scenarios.  As such, I happily re-focused my efforts, putting tons of effort and hundreds of hours into developing this Kleos solo mode.  


I'm thrilled with how it came together!  Even better, each AI-controlled god has unique scripts, varied setups for each difficulty mode, and its own 'Olympian Offering' mechanic, which leads to different playstyles for each opponent and tons of replay value.   

An actual picture of me the morning after the Kleos production sample was approved.

I missed this acknowledgement on the current solo rules document, though it will be added to the next version.  Giving credit where credit is due, the Kleos' champion from our tournament last year, a fellow game designer, and Kleos backer - Patrick - helped with a lot of playtesting, feedback, and also co-designed Athena's rules & script.  Thank you!!


I hope that you have as much fun with the solo mode as I had working on it over the last 10 months!  Feel free to shout out your feedback, questions, favorite food, or any other thoughts in the comments!

-Jim ⚡⚡⚡

⚡ MASS PRODUCTION COMPLETE! ⚡
4 months ago – Sat, Aug 07, 2021 at 03:44:44 PM

Hey there Kleos backers,

This is going to be a relatively short update, with a larger update coming next week.  I am very excited and wanted to share the news - MASS PRODUCTION IS COMPLETE! ⚡⚡⚡


A final production copy is on its way for review & approval.  Once approved, the games will be assembled and packed, and we will ship product to the EU and USA fulfillment centers.  Fingers crossed that all is well, and we hope to have the games packed and shipped this month!  As mentioned in the last update, ocean freight is a disaster and taking much longer than usual at the moment.  Right now, the goal is to have product at the fulfillment centers before Thanksgiving (Nov 25th for our friends outside the USA 😊).  We are at the mercy of global logistics, so we will see what happens...it could be sooner...it could be later...I will keep you updated either way!


The wonderful graphic design team at Irrgardless also just finished the draft layouts for the solo mode.  As you know, the solo rules & info will be shared free online once complete.  I'll be looking for online play testers soon, probably in the next update once the edits are complete.  Feel free to reply to this update in your email, in the comments, or shoutout in the Kleos Facebook Group if you are interested!


A Chance to Help A Member of the Kleos Community

Many of you likely interacted with Patrick during the Kickstarter campaign, either while playing games on Tabletop Simulator or in the comments section.  He is Kleos' biggest fan, the reigning Kleos Champion, and he has fallen on some very difficult times.  

Patrick and I became close friends through the NJ Board Game Design Group.  Pre-covid we all met weekly to playtest each other's designs and offer feedback.  Whether in that group or the wider online community, Patrick has always been amazingly generous with his time and feedback.  He was also amazingly kind while whooping me at my own game.  😂

He is the type of person that would do anything to help others, but unfortunately he is sick and in a rough situation.  Friends posted this GoFundMe page to help Patrick get back on his feet, avoid being placed into a shelter and separated from his wonderful puppy, Lucy.  I realize that not everyone is in a place to support, but if you are and/or if you know Patrick, I wanted to offer the opportunity.  Feel free to CLICK HERE or on the image below if you would like to view the campaign or offer any support.  Funds will be collected through Monday.

Thank you as well to those that already contributed to the campaign!  Your support will go a long way to help a great person and puppy in need.

This has been an amazingly difficult 18 months for so many people.  I hope you and yours are all faring well!

-Jim ⚡⚡⚡