The Networks: Executives

Created by Gil Hova

The Networks: Executives
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3,063 backers pledged $142,022.00 on Kickstarter

So you’ve proven your worth in the past. We know you can run an ordinary TV network. Big deal. We have a bigger challenge for you. Here are 12 unique Network Executives, each with their own weird characteristics. Every Executive has powers, but they also have significant liabilities. Can you master each Executive’s idiosyncrasies, draft the best Season 0 cards, claim your true status as a Mogul, and come out on top? The Networks: Executives is an expansion to the hit board game The Networks. You must have the base game The Networks in order to play it.

Raised in Kickstarter
$142,022.00 / 3,063 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$25,003.00 / 3,144 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

More about Telly Time, detailed pre-order instructions, and alternative pre-orders opened for locked-down backers!
about 1 month ago – Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 10:17:54 PM

Hi Networks backer!

I'm very glad that I was finally able to share Telly Time with you! But of course, I've been telling people at two different conventions in the past week about it, and I've neglected to explain it online. 

So I took some time to write up a blog post about Telly Time - what it contains, what it does, and how it works with Executives. Here it is.

How to pre-order Telly Time

If you're a little confused about how to actually do the pre-order, here's a step-by-step guide. Thanks to Chris and Morten for figuring this out!

First, when you log into BackerKit, you'll see a "View Confirmation" box at the top-right of the screen. Click it.

A new screen will load that summarizes your pledge. Look in the bottom-left for a button that says "Edit Add-Ons". If you see it, click it. You'll be able to pre-order Telly Time, and anything else from the project that you'd like! (If you don't see it, keep reading...)

Help, I don't have an "Edit Add-Ons" button!

A bunch of you were not able to pre-order Telly Time on BackerKit because your pledges never got unlocked. It turns out that waiting a few hours did not resolve the issue, so I've set up an alternative location (a service called Celery) in which you can make a pre-order. 

You'll have to re-enter your credit card number into Celery. But the good news is that Celery is a trusted solution that a bunch of other game publishers use. And like BackerKit, I will not actually charge cards until we're close to delivery. 

I hope this isn't too much of a pain in the neck. I realize I'm asking some of you to enter credit cards in 3 different places, which is very far from ideal! But I really appreciate your patience as I look for ways to make sure everyone can have a shot at pre-ordering Telly Time.

Here's the alternative pre-order link again. Thanks again for all your patience!

Base game on its way, pre-orders for Telly Time are open, and UnPub 8!
about 1 month ago – Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 07:20:37 PM

Hi Networks backer!

I'm very happy to hear of backers receiving their copies of The Networks base game. If you haven't received your copy yet, it will arrive soon!

The Executives is in prepress now at the printer. We're still expecting to start fulfillment in June.

So, now onto the big news: pre-orders are now open for Telly Time, my new mini-expansion for The Networks! It is $15 USD, plus $3 shipping ($2 in the US). Note that shipping will be much higher for harder-to-reach spots in the world.

To pre-order, simply go to BackerKit, navigate to the "Add-Ons" page, and add Telly Time to your order. I've unlocked all pledges for the base game, so even if you already had your order locked previously, you will be able to pre-order in BackerKit. As per standard pledge manager procedure, your card will not be charged until a few weeks before everything else ships.

UnPub 8

Oh hey, if you'll be at Unpub 8 in Baltimore this weekend, head over to table D3 on Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm to give Telly Time a try! It'll be my last bit of stress testing for the expansion before I give the okay to send the game to the printer.

Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm about Telly Time! It's come together really quickly, and I'm very happy with the result.

Your copy of The Networks will look like this very soon!
about 1 month ago – Wed, Mar 07, 2018 at 10:17:07 PM

Remember our $80k, $90k, and $100k stretch goals? The proofs for the custom scoring tokens, turn order tokens, and season marker came in, and I think they look wonderful!

Here's how they might look in the middle of a game...

If you're going to be at Granite Game Summit this weekend, you'll be able to check out these fine bits in person yourself!

What do you think? Do they meet your expectations?

Networks: Executives graphic design almost done, base games almost at the warehouse, and Bad Medicine on Kickstarter!
about 2 months ago – Tue, Mar 06, 2018 at 12:22:20 AM

Hi Networks backer! Some big news in this update, unlike last time. :)

First, after several playtests to make sure everything is as balanced as I can make it and that the rulebook is as clear as possible, Heiko and I are done with graphic design for Networks: Executives! We may make some tweaks here and there during the prepress process, but the rules are locked and graphic design is complete.

Once the prepress is done and any final tweaks made, I'll update the PNP with the final graphic design elements.

Meanwhile, the base games are almost all at their fulfillment centers! Backers in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia should start getting their games in the next 2 weeks. US and UK will likely get fulfilled in 2-3 weeks, and Canada in 3-4 weeks. Again, this is for the base games. Expansion fulfillment should happen around June, as scheduled.


As my work for Executives winds down and we start to play the waiting game during the manufacturing process, I've posted another game on Kickstarter. This is for a second edition and expansion for my first self-published game, Bad Medicine. It's quite different than The Networks in that it's a party game instead of a strategy game, but it's got a similar kind of biting wit (or so people tell me).

So please take a look at it! I'd also recommend you watch the campaign video. It's the most epic campaign video I've ever done, and it features my Brand Ambassador, Clucky the Angry Chicken. 

(Perhaps someday Clucky will endorse The Networks, and that will be a frightening day.)


 Finally, for those of you in the New England area of the United States, I'll be at Granite Game Summit this week! It's my first time at that convention, but I'm really excited to go there. I'll have a "Designer Table" at 5 pm on Friday, showing Bad Medicine: Second Opinion. But I will also have my copy of Networks: Executives and Telly Time on me, so come grab me for a game of that!

Quick note on US fulfillment and Funagain news
about 2 months ago – Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 09:06:30 PM

I received word earlier today that Funagain, the outstanding fulfillment service I use for the United States, is closing their online store and shipping services to focus on brick-and-mortar operations. This means they will no longer be fulfilling products past June.

US folks, all this means is that you'll likely get your copy of Networks, Networks: Executives, and other related items from a different fulfillment center. I'm weighing several options right now, and I will announce my decision in a week or two, when it comes time to deliver the Networks base games. 

In the meantime, here's to Funagain, one of the best partners I've ever worked with. I wish them the best of luck with their new brick-and-mortar focus!