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A fast-paced game for 2 to 4 players, where you decide the economic fate of Southern Europe under a deep economic crisis.
A fast-paced game for 2 to 4 players, where you decide the economic fate of Southern Europe under a deep economic crisis.
A fast-paced game for 2 to 4 players, where you decide the economic fate of Southern Europe under a deep economic crisis.
123 backers pledged £5,078 to help bring this project to life.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an economic bigwig? Do the economic headlines sound like a foreign, archaic language to you? Do you like social games?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you've come to the right place!

The Lord of the P.I.G.S. is a fast-paced multiplayer economy simulation game set up in the very realistic Republic of Meridia, a melting pot of the southern european countries. You and your friends will take the role of Meridia's bigwigs and will vie for economic supremacy through presentation meetings, voting sessions, public opinion polls, unexpected events and widespread backstabbing.

The Lord of the P.I.G.S. is a game for 2 to 4 players and takes around 20-30 minutes to complete.

Game designer Perepau Llistosella (@Perepau), of Kokorin Games and winner of the 2008 Billancourt prize with Sidibaba, played our game and recommended it! We are humbled!!

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1174850/kbg-design-contest-2014-1600-prize-pool/page/3

"The art on the game keeps the light hearted theme, however there is a serious amount of satire thrown into the mix with an underlying message of what is actually happening in the world around us."

We The Nerdy, an awesome UK website has made an article about our project. You can check it here!

And if you want to know more about our story, you may be interested on the interview by Analisis de Juegos, a reference boardgame youtube channel, made last weekend!

The game revolves around simple yet deep mechanics that mimic how the powerful wheel and deal to mold the economy to fit their interests...while occasionally catering to the needs and wants of the majority of the population.

The Lord of the P.I.G.S. pits 4 players in a free for all race to economic glory.  Each player picks the role of one of the masters of Meridia, all of them very good fellows...

N.B: The depicted art can be adapted to your likeness through "THE HEADMAN" pledge
N.B: The depicted art can be adapted to your likeness through "THE HEADMAN" pledge

The interests of each player are different in nature (for instance, the President is mainly concerned by Public Opinion and Influence), but they are all represented by a 0 to 10 score. The goal of the game is the same for all: 

Get to 10 before anybody else!

You'll be wanting to advance your score by proposing initiatives that affect the economy, and thus the other player's interests and scores. The impacts will be positive, or negative, depending on the nature of the initiative proposed. These initiatives are represented by Action cards, that you play from your hand:

But those initiatives will only be implemented if they get enough votes, which are awarded by the players each turn by discarding an Action card in their hand. So here's where your manipulative skills enter play! You are encouraged to do anything in your hand to sway the votes of the other players…So remember: To navigate the treacherous jungle that is Meridia's economy you'll need finesse, flattery and ferocity, as the occasion demands.

Finesse, flattery and ferocity at work
Finesse, flattery and ferocity at work

But for every action, there's a reaction. Meridia's social stability is also present in the game, as a non playable role with its own score, and is impacted by Action cards too. And you should keep an eye on it, for if the populace is pushed hard enough there will be a Revolution...and the player with less score will be considered by the raging Meridian masses as “the least bad” of the bigwigs and thus will win the game!

But that's not all! To spice things up and to ensure replayability some Action cards have alternate uses, which let you rig the votings in multiple ways…just like in real life. Also there's a deck of Events, that represent occurrences that affect the economy in unexpected and random ways, challenging the players ability to adapt and react to an ever evolving gameplay.

 For detailed information about the rules, click here.

All the pledges below include your name credited as backer. Additionally, as Christmas is around the corner, we'll happily provide you with personalized gift vouchers!

New reward tiers without shipping costs!
New reward tiers without shipping costs!

You can check your pledge price in your preferred currency using this nice real-time web service: XE CURRENCY

Citizen of Meridia (£1 or more)

Welcome to Meridia! With this pledge, you will receive our thanks for your support as well as all of the updates and news about The Lord of the P.I.G.S.! 

Promising Intern (£10)

Start your Career! With this pledge,you'll receive the Citizenship of Meridia and a fully fledged digital “Print&Play” version of the Basic game at the end of the Kickstarter. 

Regional Delegate (£25)

Commence your Rule! With this pledge,you'll receive the Citizenship of Meridia and a printed copy of the The Lord of the P.I.G.S. basic game. This version comes in a box that holds all the contents you need to play, anytime, anywhere:

  • 4 different Action deck of 29 cards (1 for each Character), so a total of 116 cards 
  • 1 Event deck with 20 cards 
  • 5 Scoreboard cards, with 5 score markers 
  • This version doesn't include the extra content unlocked during this Kickstarter campaign
Card backs
Card backs

[EARLY BIRD] Regional Kingpin (£28, limited to 50)

Expand your Influence! With this pledge,you'll receive the Citizenship of Meridia and a printed copy of the limited-printrun Kickstarter-only version of The Lord of the P.I.G.S. This version comes in a box that holds all the contents you need to play, anytime, anywhere:

  • 4 different Action deck of 29 cards (1 for each Character), so a total of 116 cards. The number of cards will be increased if stretch goals are unlocked 
  • 1 Event deck with 20 cards. The number of cards will be increased if stretch goals are unlocked 
  • 1 Scoring board, with 5 score markers 
  •  Plus all the extra content unlocked during this Kickstarter campaign!
Here's the board of the game, done specifically for this Kickstarter campaign!
Here's the board of the game, done specifically for this Kickstarter campaign!

 International Kingpin (£35, no shipping fees worldwide)

Same as Regional Kingpin, with a globalized pricing policy :-)

 [EARLY BIRD] Classy Bigwig (£48, limited to 10)

Rule in style! With this pledge, you'll receive the rewards of the Regional Kingpin level plus a exclusive, sleek, limited edition The Lord of the P.I.G.S T-shirt. 

Choose your color! Red may also be a nice option :-)
Choose your color! Red may also be a nice option :-)

[EARLY BIRD] Wealthy Philanthropist (£58, limited to 10)

Patron the Arts! With this pledge, you'll receive the rewards of the Regional Kingpin level plus a paper copy of the exclusive, beautifully illustrated, limited edition Art book of The Lord of the P.I.G.S. This book depicts the evolution of the arts and designs of the game, from early concepts to final versions, with anotations and comments of the artists and designers. 

Opulent Oligarch (£70, limited to 10)

Flaunt your Wealth! With this pledge, you'll receive the rewards of the Regional Kingpin level plus BOTH the limited edition T-shirt and Art book. 

Lavish Collector (£145)

With this pledge,you'll receive the Citizenship of Meridia and 5 PRINTED COPIES of the limited-printrun Kickstarter-only version of The Lord of the P.I.G.S. International shipping included!

Visionary Strategist (£150, limited to 8)

Realise your Vision for Meridia! With this pledge, you'll receive the rewards of the Opulent Oligarch level and you'll get to work closely with us to design 1 of the extra Action cards for the limited-printrun Kickstarter-only version The Lord of the P.I.G.S. Name and design must be approved and be of a suitable nature. Of course, you'll be duly credited as an assistant designer in the credits of the game! 

Visionary Leader (£200, limited to 5)

Guide Meridia through the Crisis! With this pledge, you'll receive the rewards of the Opulent Oligarch level and you'll get to work closely with us to design 1 of the extra Event cards for the limited-printrun Kickstarter-only version The Lord of the P.I.G.S. Name and design must be approved and be of a suitable nature.  Of course, you'll be duly credited as an assistant designer in the credits of the game! 

The Headman (£400, limited to 2)

Become a Lord! With this pledge, you'll receive the rewards of the Opulent Oligarch level and we'll grace one of the Characters (President, Banker, Director or Tycoon) with your likeness. You will appear on all copies of the game. The characters will be assigned on a 1st come 1st served basis. You must provide 2 photos and likeness is subjected to artistic license. You'll also receive a high quality print of your character signed by the team. 

The 0,1% (£800, limited to 1) 

Become the Lord of Lords! With this pledge, you'll receive the rewards of the Opulent Oligarch level plus your customized 0,1% unique copy of the game, which includes: the likeness of your choosing for the 4 characters and 4 customized cards (Actions and/or Events). You must provide 2 photos per character and likeness is subjected to artistic license. You'll also receive 4 high quality prints of the characters signed by the team. 

ADD-ONS

In order to keep this project as simple as possible, we are providing add-on options. To purchase any of these add-ons, simply click on "manage my pledge" once you are a backer and adjust your pledge by the amount listed for each add-on. DO NOT change your pledge level. Make sure that the add-on is eligible with your pledge level. Once the project concludes, we will sort out your digital add-ons through the backer surveys.

  • Wallpaper Set (£3) : You'll get a set of Wallpapers with the Characters and Logo of The Lord of the P.I.G.S.
  • PDF version (£10) : You'll get the PDF version of the game.
  • Digital Artbook (£12) : You'll get the Digital version of the Art book.
  • Extra copy of the Basic game (£25) : You'll get an extra copy of the Basic version of The Lord of the P.I.G.S. You can only purchase this add-on if you are on the Regional Delegate pledge level or higher. 
  • Extra copy of the Exclusive game (£32) : You'll get an extra copy of the limited-printrun Kickstarter-only version The Lord of the P.I.G.S. You can only purchase this add-on if you are on the Regional Kingpin pledge level or higher.

Although we are convinced that The Lord of the P.I.G.S. is a blast to play as it is, we have planned some exciting stretch goals. The initial ones are below, but there's definitely others to be unveiled in due time...

We want to ensure that we hit every Stretch Goal and that all of our backers are fully satisfied with the end game. As such, we have decided to implement a community system. The system works this way:

(Note that each achievement is cumulative)
(Note that each achievement is cumulative)

This will allow those who have already pledged to the project to help us move closer to our goals by promoting the project via their Facebook page or through forums, blogs, and other media.

The Lord of the P.I.G.S. is being created by a diverse and multidisciplinary team, all deeply commited to the project.

The core of the team are Alvaro Lerma and Jordi Rodríguez. They felt that, given the current times, it would be great if somebody came up with a way to make the inner workings of the macro economics understandable to a wide audience. The approach had to be fun and engaging, like a...game? So they decided to accept the challenge, and they've been working on it ever since late 2013.

Luckily, we are fortunate enough to have the contributions of the following awesome professionals for the technical support, graphic design and the illustrations.

After a long number of months designing and testing our game, we feel that we have reached the point where it is finally ready to be unleashed to a global audience...but to be able to face the production costs we need your help! Also, we would like to be able to give a proper compensation to all the kind-hearted people that has worked with us so far.

Additionally, we've got plans for the game that we think are very exciting. We can't unveil them now but they can be revealed if we reach their corresponding stretch goals.

So that's why we need your help! As the first rule of this project is crystal clarity (unlike the people depicted in the game), here's a breakdown of the costs that we'll have if we reach the funding goal of £5.000:

But we're not only on Kickstarter: Check out our websiteFacebook and Twitter!

Risks and challenges

As this is a 100%-Meridian product, we have the direct backing and moral support of His Excellence the Prime Minister and we'll receive funding through the joint Innovation Programme sponsored by Meridia's Central Bank and Trade Association. In addition, Meridia's Electric Company has accorded us an astounding reduction of 0.05% in our energy bills for the duration of this project! So what could go wrong??

Jokes aside, the design for the game is proofed and tested, and all the steps necessary to print it and ship it have already been planned and accounted for. In fact everything that could be done without the funding that we're expecting to get out of you, dear backer, has already been done. We just need the funding to be able to complete the printing and pay the artist and designers!

Therefore, we don't foresee any substantial problems down the line. The only risk of delay could come down to some of the stretch goals/rewards. They are planned and designed, but some factors are out of our control. We're pretty sure we've got it all nailed down, but since we are not manufacturing all of them, we cannot fully guarantee it. We'll keep you updated of the process and more.

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