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About this project

 

Super Powered Smash Masters is a great way to share your nerdy interests with your friends and families, and then humiliate them with your superior smash mastery. 

A game of Super Powered Smash Masters captures the feeling of classic comic book battles, with attacks and counters, superpowers, crazy plot twists, cosmic mayhem, and huge reversals of fortune. Just when things look their bleakest, a player can rally and pull off a big surprise win. Games are always full of upsets, face palms, and animated sounds of anguish. 

Super Powered Smash Masters is bursting with fun characters, great artwork, and LOLs that might actually make you laugh-out-loud. How do we keep our costs down? We’ve injected our cards with really awful puns, and that’s the cheapest kind of humor there is!

 

 

*Disclaimer: card rules and card art not final and subject to change in the final product.

Ready to see some actual smashing? Are you nodding? Spiffy! Check out the gameplay video to see the game in action.

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These folks learned how to play Smash Masters... and you can too!
These folks learned how to play Smash Masters... and you can too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Origin Story

We are Dark Unicorn Games, a small team of creators with decades of game development experience, and we've also created independent comics. As comic fans and parents, we were inspired to create a collectible card game that would appeal to EVERYONE, while at the same time furthering our secret agenda of sharing our love of comics and card games with our families. 

We gathered in secret within our secret lab and set to work. We would design the superhero collectible card game our troubled world so desperately needed, a game that would protect the weak, cherish the love, and bring the painful fist of justice to the wicked world of collectible card games! It would be full of humor, with streamlined gameplay to appeal to kids and newcomers, and a range of deeper strategies to engage grown-ups and collectible card gamers. -

The basic design was really coming together, but then... something went horribly wrong! There was a mysterious explosion at the lab, and at exactly the wrong moment, our experimental cards were bombarded by cosmic zomg-omega rays! 

Our intentions were good. We set out to bring something positive and fun and wholesome into the world. 

 Instead...  

 

The Future...

If we get the funding we need, we have some super massive plans for what comes next. We're thinking about the long game, folks. Our ambitious eyes are trained on a distant horizon a hundred years into the future, a time when calling someone a “Smash Master” is not only un-derogatory but synonymous with “total hottie”. In this future world, not only does everyone cosplay as their favorite SPSM heroes, but they also coswork and cossleep in the same non-derivative hero costumes we all love. 

 How do we bring about this utopia? Baby steps, dear friend! We've already started designing expansion packs for Super Powered Smash Masters. The world of SPSM is growing! 

SUPER POWERED SMASH MASTERS is a true deck-building collectible card game, and we're ready to feed your hunger for new cards -- yummy, trans fatty, sugar-coated cards. 

And of course, we want to take the team on the road and do the whole convention circuit, and we hope to run into you there!

 

Shipping charges will be determined after the campaign concludes. Your location and the weight of your final order will have an impact on the final cost. 

We know it's a bummer to see additional charges after your initial order, and Dark Unicorn Games is very grateful for your understanding and patience. If by chance we're able to hire a teleporter mutant during the campaign, your delivery will be free of charge. 

Here are some rough estimates global shipping costs for a single reward item:

  • USA: $8-$15, $25-30 to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico 
  • CANADA: $15-$20 
  • UK: $10-$20 
  • LATIN AMERICA: $40-60 
  • EUROPE: $10-$40 
  • ASIA: $25-$30 
  • AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: $20-$30
*We will update this section when we receive new estimates from the printer.




Risks and challenges

The design of our first series is complete, and we've entered our final testing phase. We already have some great card illustrations “in the can”, but there are many more cards yet to complete.

We hope to bring you gorgeously-illustrated cards from a truly amazing assortment of talented comic book artists. As you might guess, professional artists are always in high demand, so it’s difficult to predict scheduling issues that we might run into before we go to print.

Also worth mentioning: the potential "risks and challenges" (i.e. apocalyptic chaos) of dealing with printers and all the sundry shipping woes that all Kickstarter campaigns face.

Know this: we are passionate, we love you, and we are highly motivated to get those SPSM cards in your hands so that you can start clobbering your friends, level entire cities, and DESTROY THE UNIVERSE!

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    THANK YOU!

    All you are saaaayiiiiiing is give smash a chance! You believe in our game, but you don't have the fundage. What does 1 buck buy you? It buys you love, friend. Love, and our thanks, and... love and thanks!

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    FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

    As a special thanks for your support, you just earned yourself two rockin' Super Powered Smash Masters theme songs on MP3, composed and performed by our own smash-maestro David Joseph Wesley!

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    EARLY BIRD STARTER DECK

    This limited edition 1-player deck includes 66 cards, 10 Hero cards, 10 Supers, a guaranteed 4 rares, plus 1 playable Kickstarter-exclusive card and 1 commemorative card signed by the team.

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    STARTER DECK

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    EARLY BIRD TWO-PLAYER DECK

    A limited edition set that includes 132 cards, with 20 Hero cards, 20 Super cards, 8 guaranteed rares, plus 2 playable Kickstarter-exclusive cards, a commemorative card signed by the team, and a sketch card with an original sketch. Plenty of cards for a two-player game!

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    TWO-PLAYER DECK

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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION BOX SET

    Contains dangerous levels of amazing! Also includes 200 cards, with 40 hero cards, 40 Super cards, 12 rares, plus 3 playable Kickstarter-exclusive cards, a commemorative card signed by the team, a sketch card with an original sketch, and a Super Powered Smash Masters Kickstarter backer t-shirt.

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    GAMMA TESTER PACK

    Because beta testing doesn't give you super powers.You will receive an early test deck and help us playtest pre-release versions of the game. Your feedback will help us improve the game and polish it up to a heroic sheen. Your name will be credited as "associate designer" and immortalized on the Dark Unicorn Games website.

    Once Super Powered Smash masters goes to print, you can put aside those test cards, because you'll receive an EARLY BIRD TWO-PLAYER DECK!

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    CHOOSE YOUR OWN MISADVENTURE

    Work with the team to design a new story card. Your name will be credited as "associate designer" and immortalized on the Dark Unicorn Games website.

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    DESIGN A HERO

    Work with the team to design a brand new hero to add to the game! You probably have a dream superhero idea that you always wanted to see professionally illustrated and made into a playable card, right? Well, please keep that one to yourself, because we'll own whatever you submit.

    On the plus side, your name will be credited as "associate designer" and immortalized on the Dark Unicorn Games website.

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    THE MEGAFAN

    You will receive 1 Collector's Box Set, a Kickstarter-exclusive card, a Gamma Tester reward, a Choose your own misadventure reward, a Design a hero reward, and an original signed sketch by Ben Lichius. Whoa, this package is worth over $1200!

    And OMG you rock!

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