Fun & exciting new cooperative board game where up to 4 players, controlling different fantasy races, work together to Storm the Castle
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Hi everyone! First thank you for taking the time to check out this project. I’m very proud and excited to share this new project with you. I also personally invite you to *watch the video* (pardon the prototype quality of the game) and learn more about Storm the Castle!, a cooperative board game where up to four players control unique fantasy armies (dark elves, undead, orcs & goblins, and the arcanists), work together to storm the Fantasy Defender’s castle.
We’re looking to raise enough funds to produce and market this game and start making additional expansions and new games.The *RETAIL* cost of the game will be about $55.00 so get it much less on KickStarter with promotional items AND shipping is included!!
How Funds will be Used
All funds will go to the production of the game, pay artists, and marketing of the game. Additional funds from me will be used as the production costs will run quite high. If we raise more than $20,000 I will begin offering additional bonuses to those who fund (details to come!).
The more we raise the more copies we can order which will reduce the per-unit cost. These savings will allow me to add more quality components, begin on the 2 planned expansions, market the game, and make more promotional give aways (I really want to make some t-shirts!).
Storm the Castle! Game Summary
Players must reach the castle tower by the end of the 8th turn or they lose. Though the players are working cooperatively to win as a team, an individual winner is possible by whoever reaches the center first with one of their units!
Players have to plan carefully on when to *strike* and when to *betray* to ensure victory for their army.
Number of Players and Play Time
Solo and from 2-4. Quick set up (10-15minutes) and 1-2.5 hours game play.
Components (updated 6-19)
The game will be made using only the highest quality components. Cards will be made of thick card stock for long life and be in full color. A game not only has to play great but look great! All the artwork (that you've seen so far) will continue being amazing.
Each of the 4 dark forces armies will have 4 unique units with 3 copies each, 1 unique battlefield location upgrade each, and 1champion. Each army also comes with a power/magic deck (20-30 cards) and morale track (4), and reference sheet (4). The overlord deck will have 20-30 cards.
Fantasy defender units (6 unique units with 3 copies each), 3 fantasy defender heroes, fantasy defender event deck (40), 4 castle building upgrades(4), castle building upgrade deck (4), fantasy defender spell deck (6), reinforcement deck (15).
Full color board (which will be professionally done and made on thick card stock), full color rulebook, 40 gold coins, 20 magic tokens, hit tokens, 16 walls (looking into wood pieces), battle deck (40) , and equipment tokens.
I was debating having plastic miniatures to represent the units (I’d love that) but I want to keep the cost of the game low. Minis may come in a future premium expansion or if much more is raised I may switch to minis. Final components may vary.
My design philosophy is to create quick to-set-up games with streamlined rules where novice players can jump right in, but provide enough diversity, re-playability, and options that allow experienced players a unique and deep game experience each time. It is also important for me to have games be within a reasonable time frame as we all got busy lives. Expect game times to be between 1 and 2.5 hours. Many factors will determine game time length. The game is great for families, gaming groups, and experienced players. But most important of all its WIFE FRIENDLY!
Each turn, players collect gold & magic, purchase units, draw unique army power cards (magic spells, special powers, etc), build their battlefield upgrades, move their pieces, equip their armies, place ladders to climb over walls or destroy the walls should you prefer. Turn orders are decided on a bidding system. You'll have to balance your options of going earlier than another player, as bidding costs gold (which buys units, plays cards). Players will also vote each turn on who will be the overlord for the turn. The overlord is the “boss” of the turn in which that player gets unique and deadly cards from the overlord deck that can dramatically improve their chances of winning with special bonuses and increased gold and so on.
Depending on how strong the Fantasy Defenders are, they draw special event cards that tells the “game” what to do. For example, some cards can add reinforcements to the Castle defenders (i.e. draw 2 from the reinforcement deck - this would summon two units to help defend the castle), make the defender's units move and attack, send out a knightly charge, build castle buildings such as the wizards academy, repair damaged walls, pour burning oil etc. Players not only are racing against time, but need to also destroy as many walls to weaken the defenders. Now each castle wall that is destroyed reduces the Fantasy Defenders play options and moves, and serves as battlefield trophies players can use to vote to be the overlord, break ties etc.
If certain conditions are met, your team may have to face the Fantasy Defender’s mighty hero who just happens to show up to save the day. A mighty paladin, grand wizard, or arch priest could turn the tide against your team so plan carefully with your teammates!
Combat is quick! Essentially each unit has a strength that let’s them draw that many times from battle deck to determine the damage they inflict. This can be anywhere from 0-3 damage with one of those cards in the battle deck being a critical hit. The critical hit destroys anything regardless of the units or structures health and also causes the battle deck discards to be reshuffled back into the battle deck. If the amount of damage drawn equals or is greater than the health of the unit or structure, then it is eliminated. Now this is a simple version explanation but with all the spells, power cards, unique unit abilities, and equipment provides a varied combat system, simple yet elegant.
There are special locations such as the mill, town, and mine that if players can conquer, will provide additional bonuses to their draw, hand size, gold and magic income.Sometimes the dark forces will fight each other for these precious resources!
The Dark Force Armies
At the start of each game, players choose which army they wish to play. The four different armies have different strengths and weaknesses and game play styles. Each army has four different units to summon, a deck of unique powers to play, , and deadly champions to summon to give extra “umph” in the battle. The players can also build a special battlefield location unique to their race. For example, the dark elves player can create the Portals which allow them to deploy one space closer to the castle while the Undead’s graveyard lets them raise fallen units anywhere on the map.
The Dark Elves: Are masters of ranged combat, treachery, and battlefield tactics. Though the players are working together to beat the fantasy defenders, this army has special cards to “cheat” to be the winner among the other players. Units include Dark Elf Archers, the Dragon Ballista, Dark Miners, and Infiltrators. If you like being sneaky, use ranged attacks, and keeping the other players guessing what you’ll do next, play this army.
The Green Tide (Orcs and Goblins): Are masters of overwhelming the Fantasy Defenders defenses and employing experimental weapons, equipment, and tactics (like launching your units from their catapult over walls with unexpected results). Units include Orc Pirates who get stronger with more ale they drink, Mean Ole’ Giants, Rock Lobber Catapults, and suicidal Goblin Sappers who don’t mind a huge bomb strapped onto their back. Play this army if you like taking risks and fielding a lot of units.
The Arcanists: Are masters of magic and screwing with the rules of the game. Though their magic costs quite a bit to play their arsenal of arcane is impressive and deadly. Units include the Magenaught (a steam punk mechanical and magical wielding titan), Witchlings, Twilight Mages, and Arcane Warriors. Play this army if you like using magic and making life uncomfortable for not only the Fantasy Defenders but your team mates!
The Undead Horde: are masters of taking a licking and keep on ticking. This army uses fear and unique units such as Ghost Lords which can pass through the Fantasy Defender’s walls. They also utilize “spook” magic to augment their strength and strike terror into the hearts of their enemies. Units include the Skull Battering ram, Zombie Horde, Bone Men, and Ghost Lords. Play this army if you’re a fan of all things unnatural.
Plans are already in development for at least two additional Storm the Castle! expansions. Expect, new races, new dark forces units (such as playable dragons), more power cards, more Fantasy Defenders and their heros, event and overlord cards, new castles to siege and much more.
There are also 2 other games in development that will be announced on KickStarter. But first thing’s first with Storm the Castle!
If you’ve read all this then a big thanks! Any funding contribution is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting Giant Goblin Games and our first of many releases Storm the Castle!
Storm the Castle!™ (all rights reserved) Giant Goblin Games.
We're looking at $55 - here's a chance to get it for much less.
Looking at October 2011!
Explain more about the promotional cards (i.e. dark forces power cards, fantasy defender event cards, etc)
Each dark forces army has their own unique deck of power cards/spells. These promotional power cards (all cards mentioned in this FAQ) will not be released with the base set but may appear in a future expansion. These cards will give your army a unique edge against your opponents. The Fantasy defender event card is a special deck that cards are drawn from to determine what the Fantasy Defenders do - these promotional event cards will make it much harder for you to win (and I love it!) The promotional Overlord cards will give the player some very unique advantages that either help their specific army or their team mates.
If you pledge $500 or more you will receive dark force champion units (1 from each army) that will not be included in the base game release (but may appear in a future expansion). In the game, you can summon your champion that have unique powers - these champions will be much more deadlier. In the base game, the Fantasy Defenders can summon one of either a Arch Priest, Master Wizard, or Paladin. This new hero will offer unique challenges to your games.
Yes unless your an international pledger (please see the info at the very top for international).
**NOTE ON NON-USA SHIPPING** Shipping internationally will be an additional between $20-30 dollars which includes any insurance/tracking applicable. Canada will be $15-20. You may have to pay any taxes/tarffis etc for importing games. Costs may be more if you get multiple copies. You will be sent the final shipping price when the game is ready to be delivered.
We have two on the drawing board and in play test now. These will be great!
YES! There is a unique deck-building game in development along with 2 others. We will launch them on KickStarter!
The success of a game is built around a community. KickStarter offers indie publishers the perfect way to fund games with people like you.
Yes. Facebook.com/giantgoblingames or Twitter.com/giantgoblingames or GiantGoblinGames.com
Oh I have a surprise or two up my sleeve. I would love to produce promotional additional units for each army and (censored). ;)
No! We will be creating a professional game board with top quality components, the video was just our prototype :)
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on July 18, 2011.
Jun 17, 2011 - Jul 18, 2011 (31 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Hey even 1 dollar helps :) It's a quick way of helping where you can. *Please note ALL pledges INCLUDES shipping* *Pre-order to save (Retail cost $55.00)* International pledgers please read FAQ - thanks!
Pledge $5 or more
Get your name credited as a “Baby Goblin supporter” on our website and it’s your way of saying great idea and good luck with your game!
Pledge $10 or more
Get your name credited as a “Whelp Goblin supporter” (name in rule book print credits and on website) and it’s your way of saying great idea and good luck with your game!
Pledge $40 or more
1 copy of Storm the Castle! A set of 2 *Promotional* dark forces power cards not included in the base game! These are *EXCLUSIVE* cards that may not be printed again or released in future expansions. Imagine this on eBay in a few years (hey don't do that)!
Pledge $50 or more
(Show your love) 1 *signed copy* of Storm the Castle! A set of 4 *Promotional* dark forces power cards (1 from each army) not included in the base game! These are *EXCLUSIVE* cards that may not be printed again or released in future expansions. PLUS *your name* is put permanently in the “Little Goblin supporter” section of the printed rule book!
Pledge $65 or more
(Get the hottest new game)1 *signed copy* of Storm the Castle! A set of all 8 *Promotional* dark forces power cards (2 from each army) not included in the base game! These are *EXCLUSIVE* cards that may not be printed again or released in future expansions. PLUS *your name* is put permanently in the “Growing Goblin supporter” section of the printed rule book!
Pledge $90 or more
(Best offer package!) 2 *signed copies* of the game mailed to you FIRST, before release. Take one for you and one to give as a gift! You get 2 FULL sets (16 total) of the promotional dark forces power cards and 4 *Promotional* Fantasy Defender Event Card not included in the base game and 1 of 4 *Promotional* Dark Force Champion unit not included in the base game! These are *EXCLUSIVE* cards/units that may not be printed again or released in future expansions. PLUS your name is put in permanently in the “Crazy Goblin supporter” section of the printed rule book!
Pledge $150 or more
(Mega Bundle Deal!) You’ve reached the big leagues with this one. 5 *signed* copies of the game. Give em' to your friends! You'll be the coolest cat in town. 5 full sets (40 total) of the promotional dark forces power cards and 4 *Promotional* Fantasy Defender Event Card cards and 4 *Promotional* Overlord cards not included in the base game! Plus 1 of 4 *Promotional* Dark Forces Champion Unit not included in the base game. These are *EXCLUSIVE* cards that may not be printed again or released in future expansions. AND plus *your name* is put in permanently in the “Nasty Goblin supporter” section of the printed rule book!
Pledge $200 or more
(Annihilate them all!) 6 *signed copies* of the game. 6 full sets (48 total) of the promotional dark forces power cards and 3 Sets of ALL 4 *Promotional* Fantasy Defender Event cards and 3 SETS of ALL 4 *Promotional Overlord cards not included in the base game! Plus 2 of 4 *Promotional* Dark Forces Champion Units. AND a signed Giant Goblin Games Mascot Goblin Sapper Poster (the artwork you see on this page)These are *EXCLUSIVE* cards that may not be printed again or released in future expansions. Plus your name is put in permanently in the “Big Goblin supporter” section of the printed rule book
Pledge $500 or more
(Unleash your inner coolness and be known!) 8 *signed copies* of the game. 8 full sets (64 total) of the promotional dark forces power cards and 8 Sets of ALL 4 *Promotional* Fantasy Defender Event cards and 8 SETS of ALL 4 *Promotional Overlord cards not included in the base game! AND 8 signed Giant Goblin Games Mascot Goblin Sapper Posters (the artwork you see on this page) PLUS 8 sets of all 4 Special Edition Dark Force Champions, 1 from each army. These are *EXCLUSIVE* cards and champion units that may not be printed again or released in future expansions. Plus a **Special YouTube video** to be put on our website personally thanking YOU. Plus your name is put in permanently in the “Giant Goblin supporter” section of the printed rule book!
Pledge $800 or more
(Giant Goblin Fan Club) Get all of the $500 tier rewards and become a life time subscriber to Giant Goblin Games Storm the Castle line and all future Giant Goblin Games releases. Get one signed copy of each future Storm the Castle release (2 expansions currently planned) and all the promotional items (all the heroes, all the champions, all the units, and all future promotional releases) that will come with them. PLUS one copy of each future game release from other games we'll releases. And we’ll send you a t-shirt once we get them.
Pledge $1,000 or more
(Be Unique) Stand back! 10 signed copies of the game *blessed* by the Giant Goblin himself! Collaborate with me on the future release of a dark forces unit, power card, spell, dark forces champion, or fantasy defender unit or hero for the next expansion. Help with the naming, art direction, and background story. You will be *credited* as an *assistant game designer* in the rulebook! 10 full sets (80 total) of the promotional dark forces power cards and 10 sets of all 4 *Promotional* Fantasy Defender Event cards and 10 sets of all 4 *Promotional Overlord cards not included in the base game! PLUS 10 sets of all 4 special edition Dark Force Champions, 1 from each army not included in the base game. And a *NEW* Fantasy Defender Hero, to hack your units to pieces, not to be released in the base game! These are *EXCLUSIVE* cards and champion units that may not be printed again card or released in future expansions. PLUS a *Special YouTube video* to be put on our website personally thanking you. Plus your name is put in permanently in the “Giant Goblin Master supporter” section of the printed rule book!
Pledge $2,000 or more
(Release your inner creativity!) I will work with you to create your very own, one of a kind card (unit, power, spell, event, hero, champion, etc, you decide which one) that will have your name on it (or you can name it a fantasy name) and CUSTOM art of your likeness and direction should you desire, that you will keep. This unit will also be produced in very limited numbers and given away as a special promotion at special events in your honor! And you will get your own signed copy of your card. You will be *credited as an assistant game designer* with special mention of your contributions in all future Storm the Castle expansions. 10 signed copies of the game *blessed* by the Giant Goblin himself! 10 full sets (80 total) of the promotional dark forces power cards and 10sets of all 4 *Promotional* Fantasy Defender Event cards and 10 sets of all 4 *Promotional Overlord cards not included in the base game! PLUS 10 sets of 4 special edition Dark Force Champions, 1 from each army. And 10 sets of all 4 *NEW* Fantasy Defender Heroes, to hack your units to pieces, not to be released in the base game. These are *EXCLUSIVE* cards and champion units that may not be printed again card or released in future expansions. PLUS a *Special YouTube video* to be put on our website personally thanking you. Plus your name is put in permanently in the “Giant Goblin Grand Master supporter” section of the printed rule book!
Pledge $3,500 or more
(Leaving on a Jet Plane!) – Everything from the $2000 level plus, I will fly out anywhere in the US and run a Storm the Castle game for you and your friends as many times as you want that day, sneak preview of upcoming games in development, and take you and one of your friends to a great tasty dinner on me. Or I can fly you out to SLC, but you have to take care of hotel costs and I’ll take you out (on me) to La Caille this French medieval restaurant that is unbelievable and expensive! This will be a great brainstorming session, get your opinions, get to play personally with me, and a great way to help contribute to future expansions and new games from Giant Goblin Games. You will also be credited in EVERY single game/expansion that comes out. It's also a great way to visit SLC and go on a mini vacation!