News + Announcements

Hello and welcome to the home of Synergy Studios! Synergy Studios is the boardgame design and development studio of Oliver Kiley.

We create innovative, different, and exciting boardgames for a wide range of audiences.  We craft games with compelling themes that are engaging and rewarding for novice and veteran board gamers alike.

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Below you will find the latest news and updates regarding our current game projects.

Hegemonic - 4x Space Board Game -- Kicktraq Mini

Hegemonic Hits Kickstarter!

posted Dec 28, 2012, 7:49 AM by Oliver Kiley

The Kickstarter campaign for Hegemonic's publication by Minion Games launched on December 26th, 2012.  After nearly 48 hours we have already met over 50% of our funding goal.  Whow!
Please head over to the Hegemonic Kickstarter page and support the project with a pledge or help spread the word (or both!).  Cheers and happy new year!

Big Game Theory! Design Skunkworks

posted Dec 3, 2012, 12:52 PM by Oliver Kiley

Last year I made about post covering the current state of my various game design projects and where they stood. I thought it would be interesting to circle back again this year and see what ended up being worked on and what other ideas are on the cooker. Also – I can’t help this feeling that my designs and concepts are just a hare late to the party – that some idea I have ends up gelling in my mind at the same moment someone else releases a game aiming at something similar, either thematically or mechanically. Who is scanning my brain waves while I sleep? Reveal yourself!

Anyway, onto the business at hand.

Minion Games Picks up Hegemonic for Publication!

posted Nov 11, 2012, 9:39 AM by Oliver Kiley   [ updated Nov 12, 2012, 10:09 AM ]

Good news for those who have been following the progress of Hegemonic’s design + development, the game has been picked up for publication by Minion Games!

Minion Games has released some great games, mostly recently The Manhattan Project, and I feel they will do a great job with Hegemonic. I will continue to be involved throughout the process of finalizing the design and other aspects of the production, which Minion Games and myself are both very excited about. Nothing is set as far as release a date goes, but we are aiming for somewhere in the latter half of 2013.

For the time being, I want to thank everyone who has given their input and feedback throughout the design process. The game would not be where it is today without your enthusiasm and encouragement, so please stay tuned for more updates and details in the months ahead!

I will be posting some updated information on this website and on BoardGameGeek as the development and publication processes continues.  Thanks for your support!


Blog "Big Bang Theory" Mirrored

posted Nov 11, 2012, 9:35 AM by Oliver Kiley   [ updated Nov 11, 2012, 9:37 AM ]

My blog I've been running over at BoardGameGeek, Big Bang Theory!, will now be mirrored here at the Synergy Studios website as well.  The blog has been running for over a little over year and has generated a strong following, but even more importantly, some great discussion!

Topics of interest include game design concepts and development experiences, boardgame "theory", boardgame criticism and commentary, and general reflections.  Please check it out here or at BGG.

Hegemonic Development Update

posted Feb 24, 2011, 11:14 AM by Oliver Kiley

Hegemonic is a new game being designed and developed by Synergy Studios.  Alex Skinner is providing some wonderful graphic flare and space artwork to the game.  Here's a brief description:

Explore. Build. Fight. Plot.

Hegemonic is a game of galactic exploration, conquest, and intrigue for 2-6 players in under 2 hours. Players assume the role of different leaders in a futuristic society expanding their reach across the dark void of intergalactic space to stake their claim in a new galaxy.

Will you exercise your power through industrial monopoly or solidify your empire by military force? Or will you win the hearts and minds of the galaxy using political means? How you establish control in the new galaxy will require careful planning and a well-timed execution as other players will strive to undermine you at every step in the race to achieve hegemony.


Hegemonic is being developed firstly as a Vassal module, which will allow you to playtest the game over the internet.  We'll keep you informed of updates!

Shifters - Final Testing Underway!

posted Jan 18, 2011, 7:10 PM by Oliver Kiley   [ updated Jan 18, 2011, 7:15 PM ]

Shifters, the fast playing card-game that's all about shapeshifting and outwitting your opponent, is currently under the final stages of play-testing and proofing before going to printer.  Thank you to all who have contributed to making Shifters an awesome game!  If you haven't had a chance to try it yet there is still time to grab the latest print-n-play files and create your own copy of the game.  Please contact us to request a copy of the game.

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