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
$13,201.00 / 3,056 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Wooden bits poll results
16 days ago – Fri, Feb 02, 2018 at 08:32:59 PM

You have spoken loud and clear! Heiko and I are proceeding with Option A, the "old-school" TVs with the antenna stubs. And it wasn't even close.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll and gave excellent feedback!

Survey lock reminder for base game, Executives rulebook almost done, and wood bits poll!
18 days ago – Thu, Feb 01, 2018 at 12:01:22 AM

Hi Networks backer!

Just a reminder from the previous update that if you pledged for the base game or ordered it as an add-on, to please fill your survey out by tomorrow, February 1, at about noon EST! I will lock them then. Click here for more info.

Executives rulebook almost done!

Heiko and I are almost done with the rulebook! I wanted to share our current draft with you. We have a few changes still to make; for example, it still says "Page X" in a couple of places instead of referring to a proper page number, and the image on the front cover of the rulebook will change. 

But I'd like you to look through the rulebook and let me know if everything looks good. We don't have a lot of flexibility to add paragraphs of text or large diagrams, but we could add a word here and there to make things clearer. And of course, let me know if you see any typos or incorrect/misleading diagrams!

Click here to check out the latest rulebook draft. And let me know what you think via direct message, or in the comments below!

There's also a message towards the end of the rulebook about some future Networks projects we'll be working on. More details on that coming soon! :)

Wood bits poll

Heiko and I are now designing the wood bits that we unlocked in our stretch goals. We're set on the design of the remote control turn order markers and the TV tower for the season marker, but we can't decide on the scoring marker we prefer. Here's what we have.

You can see the remote (in red, but it'll be in the other colors too) and the TV tower in the bottom-left. But for the scoring markers, should we go with the "A" design of old-school, rounded TVs with little antenna stubs? Should we go with the "B" design of a more modern TV with sharp corners?

There's a third option - we could go with a "C" design of a flatpanel TV. These tokens would not be as thick as A or B. But perhaps you'd prefer a thinner scoring marker?

Which do you like? Let me know by voting here! I will close the poll on Friday, February 2 at about noon EST, so please be sure to vote before then.

Thanks as always for your help and feedback!

Base game pledges locking soon!
25 days ago – Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 08:38:03 PM

Hi Networks backer!

The Networks base game has been reprinted and is currently on the boat (on a couple of boats, technically) to my fulfillment centers. They should be ready to ship by the end of February.

If you have the base game as part of your pledge (e.g. you backed at the $75 level or higher), or you ordered at least one copy of the base game as an add-on, your survey will lock on February 1. You'll get a warning about this 48 hours beforehand. I'll charge your credit card around that time as well.

Of course, if you do not have the base game as part of your pledge, your survey will not lock yet. That will happen in a few months, once those games are in transit.

So, for those of you who asked for the base game: please be sure to check BackerKit to make sure all your information there is okay! You'll have one more week to make sure everything is correct.

This is a good time to remind you: you do not need to order the replacement Network Cards as an add-on unless you need extra copies of them! If your pledge level comes with the base game, the replacement Network Cards are now part of the game. If your pledge level does not come with the base game, you'll automatically get a set of them in your shipment, one for each copy of Executives that's coming your way.

In other news, Heiko and I are finishing up the Executives rulebook. We'll post a version for you to check out soon; I'd love your feedback on it. 

February is Chinese New Year, and most manufacturing shuts down for a good chunk of the month. We're going to have our Executives graphic design done by the end of January, but unfortunately, the plant will only start working on it in March. 

Thankfully, I estimated that this delay would happen, so I baked it into the schedule and promised fulfillment in July. So right now, we are still on schedule for an on-time delivery.

Thanks everyone! It's because of you that all this exists. And we're getting ever so much closer...

Base game shipping soon!
about 1 month ago – Mon, Jan 08, 2018 at 11:13:24 PM

Hi Networks backer!

The base game reprint is all manufactured! It's my largest print run yet, and I couldn't have done it without your help. 

The games will get loaded onto a boat from China this week. We're looking at them hitting my warehouse in mid-February. So that puts fulfillment of the base game in early March, assuming no customs or logistical delays.

Here's what this means for you:

If you did not fill out your survey yet, and you have the base game coming to you, time is running out! I will lock surveys for backers at the $75 level and up, as well as $2 retail backers who ordered the base game, around the beginning of February. (Of course, if you did not back at one of these levels, your survey will not be locked for another few months.)

If you did not back a level with the base game or order it as an add-on, and you're thinking of changing that, time's running out! You can change your pledge level in BackerKit. If you've already answered the survey, just return to BackerKit using your link, click on your reward level at the top of the page under "Your Pledge Level," and you'll see a link that will let you change your pledge level. You'll be able to do this until the end of the month. Once I lock the surveys in February, you won't be able to add the base game to your pledge. (Sorry, it would make logistics too difficult!)

We will have similar news for Executives (and On the Air, and stretch goals) soon! Chinese New Year is coming up, which means that, effectively, there is no manufacturing in China during the month of February. (Of course, that's not 100% true, but it's the approximation I go by to make things easier for me to estimate.) Thankfully, I've accounted for this in my schedule, so I'm not anticipating a late delivery for Executives. We're hoping to start manufacturing sometime in March.

That's all the news I have at the moment. Hope you're having an excellent 2018 so far!

In case you don't want to create a new login...
about 2 months ago – Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 04:26:26 PM

Hi Networks: Executives backer!

I released PNPs yesterday; check your email for links. Don't forget that Networks Executives' PNP will change over the next few weeks as we finalize the rulebook and a few remaining cards.

Some of you expressed a preference for a download alternative, where you don't have to create a new login. So I've created an alternative place to pick up the files. 

I don't have as much control over this login as I do with, so I'm only going to give it to people who request it via Kickstarter direct message; I can't guarantee a quick response to people who request via comments. 

I can't guarantee that this other link will stay updated, or even available, for as long as the link will. So if you can use the link you got in your email, please do that! I ask that you only request the alternative link if you're dead-set against creating a new login.

To recap the important points:

  • I have an alternative PNP download location for people who don't want to create another login.
  • Send me a Kickstarter direct message (not a comment) if you want the link.
  • I can't guarantee that the files in this location will be updated at the frequency of the files, although I'll try my best.
  • I can't guarantee that this location will remain available for very long.
  • Please download from if you can.

Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding!