Elementor #602

SPIEL 2019, Essen + High Frontier 4 All

The ION:SMG team attended Essen SPIEL 2019 between October 24th – October 27th and we got the chance to meet some of our backers and customers in person. Thank you for all the love and encouragement you shared about the game. 

During SPIEL 2019 we also launched High Frontier 4 All on Kickstarter. The campaign was funded in just 4 minutes 🙂 See link to the campaign

Here are some images from our time at Essen Spiel last week.

Expedition Zetta Teaching & Play-through by Heavy Cardboard

Heavy Cardboard play-throughs starts to roll out. A rough order have been set for our games to be featured in Heavy Carborad’s live-stream Teach & Play-Through on youtube. This is very preliminary but the order will probably be 

  • Expedition Zetta 
  • Pax Emancipation
  • Pax Transhumanity 
  • Bios:Origins
  • High Frontier
  • Bois:Genesis 
  • HIRÞ 
  • Greenland
  • Neanderthal
  • Pax Porfiriana

First out was Expedition Zetta on June 29th, see link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMJr-GpJk7c

Table Top Game Expo 2019

For the the first time Table Top Game Expo 2019 was held in Stockholm, Sweden, between May 11 to May 12. Ion Game Design had a booth at the expo where we had play testing and sold our games. On Saturday Jon Manker, lead game designer, also participated in a panel discussion about game board design and on Sunday, Jon together with Besime Uyanik, CEO, had a presentation about EXPEDITION ZETTA- As a  Snapshot of Today’s Indie Boardgame Publishing Processes.

It was a nice weekend were we had the chance to meet with board game enthusiast 🙂

One year anniversary

Ion Game Design’s collaboration with Sierra Madre Games is now soon reaching the one year mark and it as been an interesting year 🙂

During this year we have had two successful Kickstarter campaigns, published three games Neanderthal, Greenland and Pax Emancipation and have five games that are being manufactured. The five games are Pax Transhumanity, Bios:Origins 2 and re-prints of Pax Porfiriana, Bios: Genesis and Bios:Megafauna. They are available for pre-order on the website until beginning of April. And at this very moment we have also started working on the highly anticipated game High Frontier 4 edition. The date for the launch of this game on Kickstarter is set to October 24th, 2019, so save this date 🙂


Bios:Origins (second edition), Bios:Genesis, Bios:Megafauna, Pax Transhumanity and Pax Porfiriana is now available for pre-order. Estimated delivery for all five games is May 2019. For pre-order visit our web store.

About the Bios:Origins and Pax Transhumanity

Our new Kickstarter for Bios:Origins (second edition), Pax Transhumanity and Pax Porfiriana is now live. Click here if you want to back it 

Bios:Origins 2

This is the 3rd and final game of the Bios trilogy. We have reworked the game Origins from ground up, keeping its bottom-up feel, but with new features to integrate it with the predecessor game Bios:Megafauna. Also the dice are gone. The classic map is retained, as well as a variable hexsheet for cratons imported from Bios:Megafauna.  The technology tracks are retained, and one new one added. The cards have been sorted in categories of Culture, Politics, and Industry, and a Market has been added. Designer Phil Eklund.

Pax Transhumanity

The latest game in the Pax saga sets you as a startup entrepreneur in the not-too-distant future.  Your financial agents indicate how much of your assets are in capital, wealth, and debt, and which can be utilized in other ways such as employees, patents, and syndications.  Maneuvering these agents generates money for your actions, including syndicating ideas in the market, commercializing them to startup companies or solve problems, hiring employees, importing ideas from other spheres, placating outraged activists, and researching ideas to gain patents and reveal new ideas. The spheres include the first world, developing world, the cloud, and space. Designer Matt Eklund.

Continue reading “About the Bios:Origins and Pax Transhumanity”

New KS campaign with Sierra Madre Games

Ion/SMG’s new Kickstarter campaign starts when Essen fair “Spiel 2018” ends. This campaign will feature the third part of the Bios-trilogy – Bios:Origins 2 – as well as the next Pax-game – Pax Transhumanityand a highly requested reprint of Pax Porfiriana, which will be a collector’s 2nd edition.

The campaign will be launched on October 28th, 2018 at 2.15 PM CET
(note that this is the day we move from CEST to CET). Stop by booth 4D124 to help us celebrate!


SPIEL 2018, Essen

Sierra Madre Games and Ion Game Design will as usual attend SPIEL 2018 in Essen, Germany. The fair runs between October 24th and October 28th. If you are at the fair, please stop by our booth 4D124 (same place as last year).

You can help us a lot by clicking the “thumbs up”-icon and “Interested” or “Must Have”-button on the BGG Essen 2018 list. See the links below. If you follow them, do the clicking and also share them in your network it would mean a lot.  If you are interested in joining any of the playtests, you may come to the booth at the fair and reserve a seat. The spots are limited so you can also reserve a seat in advance using the links to the right below:


GAME Link to help us on BGG Link to Playtest reservation
Pax Emancipation Help Pax Emancipation Reserve for Pax Emancipation
Expedition Zetta Help Expedition Zetta Reserve for Expedition Zetta
Greenland Help Greenland Reserve for Greenland
Neanderthal Help Neanderthal Reserve for Neanderthal
Pax Transhumanity Help Pax Transhumanity Reserve for Pax Transhum.
Bios:Origins 2 Help Bios:Origins 2 Reserve for Bios:Origins 2
Heroes of the Board n/a Reserve for Heroes of Board
HIRÞ n/a Reserve for HIRÞ


At our 6 tables at Spiel Messe Essen you can try all the games for sale or on the new kickstarter: Neanderthal, Greenland, Pax Emancipation and Expedition Zetta, Pax Transhumanity (prototype) and  Bios:Origins 2 (prototype). In addition to this, there will be an opportunity to playtest HIRÞ – The Viking Game of Royal Conflict and an early prototype of a future game that we are working on: Heroes of the Board (working title, early prototype).