An innovative semi co-op Fantasy board game for 2-5 players. Fast paced Euro game infused with a unique Dungeon crawler.
Last Update: Karez will rise again!
In Fallen City of Karez, each player will take the role of a lord of one of the guilds who seek to tighten their grasp on the rising city. The players will strive to maintain a balance between keeping the city safe for its citizens by sending exploration parties to defeat any threats, and at the same time attracting to the emerging city new adventurers wishing to fill their pockets with fortunes and their names with glory.
New Father Geek Review:
"This is truly a “gamer’s game” and the semi-cooperative element was a big hit"
"Fallen City of Karez is a big game where strategy and mental stamina is essential".
Read through the full review here.
A Dice Tower preview - with Tom Vasel:
Our company has developed the game to a point where we are ready to produce it. As this is our first published game board project, our initial capital is very limited and we need your help to get a better production value for the game. Each backer can literally make the game better by allowing us to invest on more luxurious components than our very limited budget can support.
A successful campaign will also allow our designer to push forward additional game designs towards publication. Please visit our site to find out more.
We are starting with straight forward, easy to reach stretch goals so that every new backer will make a huge contribution to each copy of the game, thus making it better for all.
New Treasure Dice:
Each copy of the game will receive 5 new unique molded cast Treasure dice instead of the current sticker dice.
New Acrylic Gem tokens:
The cardboard Gem tokens will be replaced by beautiful "real" Gem tokens.
New custom made meeples: 15 Citizens and 7 Adventurers 16mm meeples.
"Alliances" is our next upcoming game and we proud to include it as a bonus with any copy of "Fallen City of Karez". So you get 2 games with 1 pledge!
Alliances is an innovative trick taking war game for 2-4 players and it will take about 45 minutes to play. you can read more here.
The art of Karez:
As an emerging publishing company we like to get our production values to the highest quality we can. We hire the most talented professionals in order to make this game a total experience, not only by its great gameplay but through every card and token a player holds in his hand. Here are some examples of our quest to excellence:
You can find more art drafts and developments at our art gallery or you can scroll down to the bottom of this page .
What's in the box?
This is the updated list of components:
5 Guild of Karez cards
12 Hero cards
51 Encounter cards
53 Item and Instant mini-cards
16 Building tiles
14 Adventure mini-cards
23 Quest mini-cards
26 Dice: 12 blue, 5 red, 4 green and 5 treasure (TBD)
23 Wooden people tokens: 15 white (citizens) and 8 black (adventurers)TBD
52 Wooden cubes: red (threat), blue (valor) and yellow (gold)
7 Cardboard Gem tokens (TBD)
40 Guild tokens: 8 of each guild
20 Level up tokens: 10 attack and 12 defense
5 Private dungeon mini-cards
6 Rest tokens
3 Monitoring markers
Tutorial Video : Part 1 - Basic Overview
Here is our first instructional video that will cover most of the concepts,components and the first phases in game play (taking actions and activate them).
Tutorial Video : Part 2 - Adventures and Combat
Print and Play Adventure
You liked the game and wish to try out before pledging, no problem! I designed a solo adventure where you can print 1 page only and you will be able to experience encountering monsters and surviving deadly traps in our unique combat system. You can download the adventure here or over BGG.
Pledge Level rewards:
1 Beautiful background of Karez art for your PC.
3 Beautiful backgrounds of Karez art for your mobile devices.
Essen Spiel pick up! I copy of the game + all stretch goals
1 Copy of the game + Free shipping to the U.S.
1 Copy of the game + Golden Dragon Guild House + Free shipping to the U.S.
1 Copy of the game + Golden Dragon Guild House +collector's dice cup + Your name written in the chronicles of Karez section in the rule book + a signed collector's scroll of Karez.
Double of everything in the "Adventurers of Karez" + Free shipping to the U.S.
You will be the 1st player to receive a copy of the game (a pre-release version!) as early as this September! The rest of the "Heroes of Karez" rewards will ship freely to anywhere in the world on the formal release date.
For all international backers a value bulk purchase for the base game: 6 copies of the game + all stretch goal that come within the game box + free shipping world wide!
In addition to the "Heroes of Karez" rewards you will get your own house on a unique building tile custom made for you!
6 copies of the game + 6 promo kits + the name your shop in the "Traders of Karez" section of the rule book + a beautiful giant ad poster for your shop!
All "Heroes of Karez" rewards + your photo will be remastered into a new Hero card. You will receive the card along with the rest of your perks, while the rest will get it in the (spoiler!) upcoming expansion to FCoK!
All "Heroes of Karez" rewards + your own Guild House card with special starting possessions and new ambitions!
This new guild house is available with the "Adventurers of Karez" pledge level and up. The Gold Dragon will come with a guild house card, 8 matching tokens and 1 private dungeon mini-card.
The Golden Dragon Guild is one of the oldest guild houses in the known world, its mysterious demeanor and deity fed the rumors tying them to the destruction of Karez. The player who controls the lord of the Golden Dragon guild will conspire to destroy the city of Karez! If Karez does not become a City by the end of the game, this player wins the game and all the other players lose.
As the king leaves Karez to its ruins, the Golden Dragon's worshipers can finally construct their secret temple and resurrect their beloved deity.
How the game plays
FCOK offers a unique set of actions and intriguing strategic possibilities throughout the game.
Each player takes the role of a guild house lord, and starts with different initial possessions and owned buildings. In addition to the common goal of raising the city, each house also has some unique goals (ambitions), which will eventually determine the sole winner.
The players will have 8 turns to reach their goals, each turn is divided into several phases:
1. Action phase: Players can assign 2 citizens or 1 adventurer to act on their behalf in the various buildings of Karez, send an exploration party to remove any threats that lurk near Karez, or buy new equipment to reinforce their parties of heroes. Some guild houses may choose to erect their own private Dungeons (!) in an attempt to inflict havoc and dismay on the other houses.
2. Activation phase: Players perform their assigned actions.
3. Adventure phase: Exploring parties must encounter any threat dispatched by their targeted Adventure.
4. State of Karez: In this unique phase the players must check the effects of their actions on the migration to Karez. The results of this phase will reflect on the growth of Karez towards a city state, which is the common aspiration of all players.
5. Turn end and replenishing: Players setup the upcoming turn by revealing new adventures and arranging the new turn order.
For more in depth game play you can download the game rule book at BGG or directly here.
Latest art development:
Shipping and handling fees updates:
EU shipping zone will include these countries:All 27 EU states, UK, Switzerland,Turkey and Russia.
Many thanks to all contributors for your interest and support of our project.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $20,000 goal
Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 13, 2012.
Jun 28, 2012 - Aug 13, 2012
Pledge $1 or more
"Fans of Karez.": For your kind support we will reward you with a magnificent desktop background for your PC.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $5 or more
"Followers of Karez": You will get a desktop background and a set of 3 backgrounds for your iPhone/iPad/Android portable device.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $39 or more
8 backers All gone!
"Beta Testers of Karez": All confirmed Beta testers will get the "Heroes of Karez" pledge rewards at this low price for their contribution in making the game better for all of us. Thank you! Shipping and handling is free to the U.S (pledge +5$ to Canada, +10$ to EU, +15$ to the rest of the world).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $44 or more
6 backers Limited (194 of 200 left)
"Booth for Karez": Essen booth Pick up! you will get a copy of the game + all stretch goals rewards. +10$ for the mini expansion or + 20$ for the "Heroes of Karez" rewards.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $49 or more
"Citizens of Karez": You will get 1 copy of the game + every stretch goal reached. Shipping and handling is free to the U.S (pledge +5$ to Canada, +10$ to EU, +15$ to the rest of the world).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $59 or more
"Adventurers of Karez': You will get 1 copy of the game + 1 Promo mini expansion (Golden Dragon Guild House) + all stretch goals reached. Shipping and handling is free to the U.S (pledge +5$ to Canada, +10$ to EU, +15$ to the rest of the world).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $75 or more
"Heroes of Karez": You will get all of the "Adventurers of Karez" pledge level rewards +collector's dice cup + your name will be added as a "Hero of Karez" in a special section in the rule book + a signed collector's "Scroll of Karez". Shipping and handling is free to the U.S (pledge +5$ to Canada, +10$ to EU, +15$ to the rest of the world)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $110 or more
"Party of Two": Double of everything that comes with the "Adventurers of Karez" pledge level. Shipping and handling is free to the U.S (pledge +10$ to Canada, +15$ to EU, +20$ to the rest of the world).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $150 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
"Scouts to Karez": You will be the first one to hold a copy of the game (pre-released copy!) signed by our designer! Shipping and handling is free of charge! (you will get any other stretch rewards + all "Heroes" level perks at the normal production pace).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $249 or more
"Caravans of Karez": 6 copies of the game shipped freely world wide!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $250 or more
1 backer Limited (6 of 7 left)
"Founders of Karez": You will get all of the "Heroes of Karez" pledge level rewards and you will get a one of a kind building tile (hand made and signed!) for the game with your house illustration on it! Shipping and handling is free to the U.S (pledge +5$ to Canada, +10$ to EU, +15$ to the rest of the world).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $300 or more
0 backers Limited (13 of 13 left)
"Traders of Karez": 6 copies of the game + 6 promo kits+ a signed poster for your store + a special mention of your shop in our dedicated "Traders of Karez" section in the rule book... Shipping and handling is free to the U.S (pledge +15$ to Canada, +20$ to EU, +30$ to the rest of the world).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $300 or more
0 backers Limited (6 of 6 left)
"Legends of Karez": You will get to be an illustrated new Hero of Karez . You will be one of the new heroic races in the Karez expansion (spoiler!) expected in Q1 2013! You will receive your Hero card with all of the "Heroes of Karez" pledge rewards. Shipping and handling is free of charge!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $300 or more
0 backers Limited (9 of 9 left)
"Lords of Karez": You will get all of the "Heroes of Karez" pledge level rewards and you will own a new Guild House card along with 8 matching tokens and a private dungeon mini-card! Shipping and handling is free of charge!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012