Warring States is a strategy game for two playable in twenty minutes or less, set in the Japanese medieval period.
Japan 1560. The Ashikaga clan has not had the strength to control Japan in over a century. Battle and lawlessness sweep the countryside. Nobody knows if or when a clan will rise to claim the shogunate, the military and political seat of power. Will it be now? ....Will it be you?
Warring States is a two player strategy game that I've been working on and tweaking since 2007. Its primary design goal was to create a fast strategy game--playable in under 20 minutes--based on bluffing and reading your opponent.
The basic idea is simple: players take turns secretly sending units to strategically important Japanese cities. When both players have units at a location, a battle can occur, revealing the units. Normally, the side with the stronger forces will take the location. However, some units have effects, which can change the tide of battle all over the map. These include:
1) The Ninja, who can assassinate any unit
2) The Yamabushi, who can ambush your opponent
3) The General, who can move your units around
4) The Geisha, who negates the effects of your enemy's units.
The money from this project will go toward the cost of hiring an artist for the game. As epic as my skills as an artist are, the cards I've produced just aren't going to cut it. I've found a wonderful artist, and you can see lots of her artwork here.
If you're interested in learning more about the actual gameplay, the rules and the awesome original card art is available for you to download here. You can print out and make your own copy to try without paying me a dime.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $250 goal
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Jan 23, 2011 - Feb 22, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
A zip file containing all of the cards in the game, as well as all of the artwork. Perfect for printing your own copy of the game if you don't want to buy the full version, or making backgrounds.
Pledge $25 or more
The $10 reward, plus a real copy of the game itself, shipped to you. You can choose from either the ridiculous art I've drawn or artwork that was produced by a real artist. International Backers: please contact me beforehand for prices for shipping to your country.
Pledge $50 or more
The above rewards, plus two more copies of Warring States. I will also give you the GIMP card image files, so you can edit them and make your own version of the game.
Pledge $75 or more
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The above rewards, plus I will completely re-theme one or more of your copies of the game! Send me photos or your own artwork.
Pledge $100 or more
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The above rewards, plus, I will teach you Physics or Astronomy. Yes, that's right! I will give you up to 5 hours of my time either helping you study, or answering any inane questions about either. I will even answer questions about the Mayan calendar.