Outer Earth: A Strategic Space Development Card Game

Created by Paul Tseng

Outer Earth: A Strategic Space Development Card Game
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483 backers pledged C$26,763.77 on Kickstarter

Establish yourself as one of the leaders in the terraforming industry by buying, building on, and selling planets for human habitation.

Raised in Kickstarter
C$26,763.77 / 483 backers
Raised in BackerKit
C$1,510.00 / 478 backers

Learn About Our Project:

“I don’t think there is anybody who has seen more of these kind of games than I have, this is all new.”
- Mike Selinker President, Lone Shark Games

“The design is really strong and I think it really helps me understand why everything is here and how to use it.”
- Max Temkin Co-Founder, Cards Against Humanity 

“The mechanics just worked extremely well, it’s one of those rare cases where they just married up perfectly.”
- Sean Howard host of Gamers Remorse

"This jumps out because it’s not a generic sci-fi style of art."
- Chris Rowlands Host, NPCCast

"What eurogame has paddles and pipes."
- Mike Trotzke Co-Founder, Sproutbox | Founder, Red Army Games

The terraform era has finally dawned on mankind.

In Outer Earth, each player controls a development company trying to establish themselves as leaders of the terraform industry by buying, building on, and selling planets for human habitation.

To turn opportunities into profitable victory points, players must practise lean resource management, shrewd strategic planning and gutsy foresight. The game ends when either the planets or bonus opportunities run out. 

The player with the most victory points wins.

  • Variable Game Length: At the beginning of the game, players can set up the game to be either a short (10min per player) or normal (20min per player) length game. The short game is great for new players to get familiar with the game.

  • Simultaneous Bidding: Players bid against each other in the galactic market to obtain the rights to build on planets. Planets have different attributes that affect company abilities and development capacities.

  • Dual Purpose Cards: Development cards are used for both buying and building on planets.

  • Pipeline System: All developments played on planets must connect to each other by following the cascading pipeline system.

  • Company Boost: Some planets provide additional benefits to company stats after they are sold. These benefits include either 1. an increase in the draw, build and/or launch attribute, or 2. a temporary worker.

"It's good to see Outer Earth's game designer intent on providing an excellent rulebook by getting a professional editor to take a look at their rules. I can guarantee you will be receiving a game with a quality rulebook that you can use to learn and start playing right away!"

      - Erik Capps from Rulebook Review


A disclaimer that the game and component have changed (and improved) since this preview video. The most recent version of Outer Earth can be found in the rulebook above.

Orbital ($200) and Universal ($500) components:Limited-edition plywood Company Boards (engraved with your logo/name!) and Bidding Paddles.

 3D-Printed space cow that is hand painted and finished.

$70 - Grid Poster

We ship a poster with all 30 of the illustrations in Outer Earth laid out in a matrix grid. It will have the designer and illustrator's name + the Outer Earth logo.

 $65 Level - Single Poster

You will get to pick ONE of the 30 images and receive a 16x16 poster with the selected image. There will be no branding of the Outer Earth logo or creators on this poster.

Can I add a poster to any pledge level?
YES! To add a poster to your existing pledge, increase your pledge level according to the type of poster (single or grid) and the number of posters you want. At the end of the Kickstarter, I will send out a survey verifying your order.

Example: If you have an Art Direct pledge ($150) and want 2 single posters (2 x $30) and 1 Grid poster ($35), your pledge would be 150 + 30 + 30 + 35 = $245

What is the poster quality?
The posters will be printed on an archival, acid free heavyweight matte paper stock.

Are there any additional shipping costs?
Since I will be using a Print on Demand service, you might have to pay customs fees on orders outside of the United States. However when pledging for a poster, everyone (US, INT', EU) pledges the same amounts ($30 and $35).

How are they shipped?
They will be rolled up and shipped in super-durable tubes!

The Kickstarter goal will fund an initial print run of 1000 units for Outer Earth. It includes shipping, basic distribution (in Canada + US), artwork and mandatory fees.

To ship Outer Earth, we will use a service called ShipNaked (a service used by Game Salute) and distribute the game through two different warehouse locations.

The first location will be in the US (that will ship worldwide excluding the US).

The second location makes the game EU friendly by shipping within the UK.

When adding an additional game to your pledge, add $35 for each additional copy of the game for a maximum of 10 games.

When the Kickstarter ends in November, we will have the resources to begin the completion of the digital files of Outer Earth. We will send and approve final proofs from prospective manufacturers by the beginning of 2015, allowing us to initiate production in March 2015. For optimal distribution to backers, the game will ship to two different warehouse locations. We expect the game to be in your hands by Early Fall 2015.

I started developing Outer Earth when I first heard about Cards Against Humanity's 2013 Tabletop Deathmatch. After being selected as one of the 16 finalists, I went to GenCon in the hopes of getting Outer Earth published.

While I did not get selected to win, the whole experience of meeting people in the board game industry was powerful and inspiring. It gave me incredible motivation to continue developing the game. Since GenCon 2013, every game element has been scrutinized, playtested and redrawn multiple times. Though the game has truly evolved from its humble beginnings, the essence of the game has not changed. The result? Outer Earth finally plays like the game I envisioned it to be a year ago, and it's much simpler and better than before.

My intentions are to keep improving Outer Earth up until the files are sent to the manufacturer. Although things might shift around ever-so-slightly until the very end, I am fully committed to delivering the best version of my game, Outer Earth, to you.

To provide the illustrations for the game, I have collaborated with Daniel Orellana; a friend, illustrator and a budding game developer (like myself!). He has been a part of the Toronto indie videogame development scene for a while, and Outer Earth will be his first illustration job for a boardgame. Working side-by-side with Daniel, we have created a utopian futuristic setting to bring to life the realities of terraforming to the game.

Check out a sample of the awesome game art below!

If you want to test out the game before committing, try the Print and Play found below. Watch the video below for instructions as to what you need and how you assemble the PnP. Some features include:

  • Runs perfectly with the latest version of the rulebook.
  • Designed for ease of cutting and assembly.
  • Optimized to reduce ink coverage.

Rulebook for digital viewing
Rulebook for double sided booklet printing
Print and Play file

The physical copy will include a rulebook in English, however there are a few backers that are willing to translate the rulebook into different languages. All of these translations will occur AFTER the Kickstarter is done and the rulebook is finalized.
We currently have these languages lined up:

  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Even though I (Paul Tseng) attempt to do most if not all of the avenues of Outer Earth myself, I have realized that there are three people that have helped me tremendously and I consider them a part of the team.

Whenever I need help in video, copywriting or general game design, I know that my sister (Fei-Ling Tseng) is there to bounce ideas off.

My girlfriend (Justine Wong) has endured my year long endeavour, supported me at GenCon and motivated me to make the best game possible.

My fellow friend and game designer (Daniel Orellana) has brought an artistic style to Outer Earth that really brings the game to life.

We are all based in Toronto, check us out below :D

Paul Tseng
Website | Twitter  Game + Graphic Designer

Daniel Orellana
Twitter  Illustrator

Fei-Ling Tseng
Website | Twitter  Helper #1

Justine Wong
Website | Twitter  Helper #2

BoardGameGeek Entry
Facebook Group

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Stretch goals, roll out!
about 1 year ago – Sun, May 15, 2016 at 10:52:22 PM

Stretch Goals are being prepared for liftoff!

It took longer than expected (and I apologize for that) but it was important to get everything finished at the same as some people got more than one stretch goal.

For people who are expecting stretch goals, ETA: June!

In other news

  • We now have both Italian and German translations for the rulebook.
  • Outer Earth is being sold in multiple locations in Toronto and on
  • I got a job at an awesome 3D Scanning Start-up! With it I hope to learn and perhaps incorporate some 3D components in my next boardgame when the time comes.

As always, stay crispy and play more boardgames :D


Post Fulfillment Update + BoardGameGeek Thumbs Up!!
almost 2 years ago – Mon, Sep 07, 2015 at 07:43:02 PM

All the games have been shipped!!

Just to let everyone know, you should either have already received your game OR it should arrive within the beginning of next week! I am super happy to say that everything has so far been going well with the fulfillment.

If there are any issues with your copy of Outer Earth of if you haven't received your copy by the beginning of next week, please contact me with a Kickstarter message.

Gotten a chance to play Outer Earth?

If you have had a chance to play the game and have a BGG account, please give it a thumbs up on BoardGameGeek and perhaps even a rating :D

If you have any rule questions or game thoughts, don’t be shy and send me a message.

Posters, Cows and Company Boards

As for the rest of the rewards I am in the process of setting up a coupon system with Mailbox Games Shop so that everyone with additional pledge rewards like posters can select their preferred illustration and get it shipped. There are also additional options now like Tees that you may want to use your coupon value towards.

I will make a separate update with the additional pledge levels in the coming weeks.

On another note, Happy Labour Day :D

Don't let gravity pull you down,


Fulfillment + Digital Capsule + more
almost 2 years ago – Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 08:02:42 PM

Fulfillment has begun!

Great news, the EU and CA fulfillment centers have received the copies of Outer Earth and are in the process of making the shipping labels and stuff!

As for the US fulfillment, Amazon is in the process of receiving the delivery. Once they have received the whole order, I will upload the mailing list of all the US backers and the fulfillment will begin! This will happen by the end of this week.

PnP + Artbook Update

Initially I wanted to finish these together with the "how to play" video, however there is a slight delay in the video and I have decided to release the PnP + Artbook by the end of the month, separate from the video.

Space Cows, Posters and Lasercut boards

The space cows are nearly all painted and ready to be sent out.

The lasercut company board + paddle files are all ready to be lasercut, which is something I need to get going!

I have also set up a system with the posters where you will get credit on in order to select the poster illustration you want!

Everything is slowly but surely coming into place and I thank you for all the patience throughout this whole Kickstarter ordeal :D



Address Changes + GenCon Pickup + Mailbox Games + More!
about 2 years ago – Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 04:22:14 AM

Hey all, We have a lot of news to go through so lets get the most important stuff out of the way.


As things stand now, the games are currently being trucked from LA to Buffalo. From Buffalo the games will be sent to the two fulfillment houses and GenCon. I was hoping to ship out the games BEFORE GenCon but sadly enough things did not turn out that way.

Address Changes

I have already locked down all the addresses on BackerKit, however if you forgot to change your address or know that you will be in a different address by the end of August, please send me a message through Kickstarter with your old and new address. I will make the changes to your pledge personally!

GenCon Pickup

Since I might be seeing some backer’s at GenCon, I have decided to allow people to pick up their games at GenCon. If you are an International backer and pick up your game at GenCon, I will reimburse your shipping fees! To my US backers, since the shipping price is already included in the price, you will get a pretty sweet high five for your efforts :D

If you are attending GenCon, regardless of if you are picking up a game or not, drop on over to booth #2820 and say hi (+ get some pretty sweet (and free) stickers :D).

Outer Earth Pricing

The price of Outer Earth at GenCon will be $35USD (which turns out to be $45 CDN). I mention this because I want to reassure you that the price paid during the Kickstarter is the cheapest price Outer Earth will ever be!


The booth at BitBazaar
The booth at BitBazaar

Yesterday (July 12th) I participated in Bit Bazaar that was located at the Ontario’s Celebration Centre. It was a great experience where I talked to people and showcased Outer Earth. It was ALSO a great way to prepare myself for the madness that is Gen Con at the end of July!

Extra Backer Rewards

Space Cow lineup!
Space Cow lineup!

I have been working on the backer levels and have gotten some good headway on the space cows. Most of the painting was done during a cottage trip by the waters. Cottaging + mini painting = Amazing!

Other News

I have been working on establishing Mailbox Games, an umbrella that I want to keep publishing games under. The website still needs some TLC but it will eventually act as a shop where you can buy any games + swag from the Mailbox Games lineup!

Check out this cool logo stamp and stickers I made!

Meet me at GenCon and get some free stickers!!!
Meet me at GenCon and get some free stickers!!!

I hope to see many of you at GenCon!!!

Stay crispy,


Manufacturing + Shipping + Digital Capsule + Gen Con
about 2 years ago – Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 12:14:15 PM

Manufacturing = DONE!!

There is exactly 1008 copies of Outer Earth that are eagerly waiting for their respective owners! I am glad to say that we are on track (perhaps even a bit early) with our August/September 2015 deadline :D

Shipping Changes (again...)

In my last update I mentioned that we had decided to ship directly from China. After more research (and properly learning about import costs), we have reverted back to our initial plan, which included shipping the games over seas to the US for fulfillment.

Due to the cost of Outer Earth, a big chunk of you would have to pay import tax if I shipped directly from China (which is why I decided NOT to do it). I was thinking of perhaps refunding that import tax but I didn't like the extra hassle it created for everyone...

So in the end, using SendFromChina is something I will take into consideration for my next game since it is an overall cheaper shipping alternative IF you manage to create a product that is lower than $20ish per unit (to avoid import tax).

So where are the game copies right now?

912 of the Outer Earth copies are currently in transit (by sea freight) and you can track the boats location if you want to :D The 96 remaining copies are still at the manufacturers waiting for the green light to be shipped to the UK for EU friendly fulfillment!

Digital Capsule

Initially I wanted the Digital Capsule sent out by March 2015, however the game files kept on changing with minor tweaks to both the rulebook and graphics so I decided to delay the files until everything was solidified. Ever since I pulled the trigger on the manufacturing, I have slowly been developing the Print & Play + Artbook so expect the digital capsule together with next months update!

Going to Gen Con this year?!

This year I will be sharing a booth with Jason Wiseman (creator of Drinking Quest) and The Flux Capacity (a Canadian publisher that has released games like Gone Viking! and Khrysos Hunters). Stay tuned for more information on this in our next update!