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Robert Cain Jr.By Robert Cain Jr.
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Robert Cain Jr.By Robert Cain Jr.
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$2,021
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About

The Book of Secrets

Tonaba is a strategy card game where two or more players take on the role of "Authors" who are competing to write their version of the story. Players use Ink to scribe cards onto the page, creating minions and sending them on raids to steal precious Ink from their opponents, and ultimately claiming victory when they have enough ink to drown out the competition.

This unusual story accompanies a unique gameplay concept: each player builds a deck of 14 cards, and throughout the game plays copies of those cards, balancing using and saving Ink. This is a sharp contrast to standard collectible card game practice of shuffling and drawing cards at random, and strips the majority of luck out of the game’s mechanics.

This Kickstarter will fund the creation of the first set of Tonaba cards, Core One, which features 148 unique game cards, each showcasing beautiful art. Also available to backers are official Tonaba playmats, featuring art from the game and printed zones to help keep track of where on the page your cards are situated.

The Cards of Tonaba

Here's a brief rundown of the anatomy of a Tonaba card:

Tonaba cards come in four flavors: “Minions”—the living beings you’ll use to fight and defend yourself; “Actions”—sudden events that have immediate effects; “Constants”—permanent events that continue to affect the page as long as they’re in play; and “Augments”—cards that change the wording of other cards in play.

Augments are the centerpiece of Tonaba’s gameplay. Have a look at Orbor Corpsesmith, below:

This card accepts the two most basic types of augments: a target augment, and a number augment. Played as it is, it will do exactly what it says. However, when you first scribe it (play it), you could augment it with Fear:

Fear adds +1 to a number augment "slot" on any card. On Orbor Corpsesmith, Fear will make the target resistant 3 instead of resistant 2. Target augments allow you to change the target of a card or its abilities; you could make Orbor Corpsemith target any minion (instead of just a beetle minion), or even every minion you control!

Now let's have a look at Lukine Feathermage. She doesn't have any number or target slots, but she does have attack and utility augment slots:

In the first set, there are five types of slots like these: attack, defense, utility, trap, and reserve. An attack augment can only be scribed on a card with an attack slot. They each have their own rules—attack augments are only active on the front line, traps and reserves are played face-down—and they each allow you to create a variety of different effects using a small couple handfuls of cards.

Orbor Corpsesmith and Fear are both Death cards, and Lukine Feathermage is a Spirit card, as indicated by the symbol to the left of their card types. There are eight elements in Tonaba, in four pairs of contrasting elements: Calm and Motion, Substance and Ruin, Life and Death, Spirit and Void.

Elements can be mixed and matched freely, combining into a single spell. If a card says it cannot be affected by Death, any spell containing a Death card will not be able to affect it.

You'll also notice that the borders have varying colors and designs. These designs are an optional "alignment" rule. Lukine Battleborn has a grey border that indicates neutral alignment; Orbor Corpsesmith and Fear have dark, spiky borders that indicate evil alignment; and Lukine Feathermage has a light, pillar-like border that indicates good alignment. When playing with this optional rule, good and evil don't mix—that is, good cards cannot augment evil cards and vice versa. Good and evil cards also interact with each other in special ways.

Cards come in three tiers, with higher tiers costing less Ink than lower tiers with similar abilities. Higher tiers tend to have more interesting and unique abilities as well. Each Tonaba deck must have exactly two Tier 3 cards, four Tier 2 cards, and eight Tier 1 cards, for a total of fourteen cards.

How to Play

UPDATE: We've posted a free print-and-play demo of the game. Just download this PDF, click "print", and you'll have the rules and all the cards you need to try the game out for yourself. Have fun!

The goal of Tonaba is to be the first player to have at least 50 ink in your inkwell. Playing Tonaba involves juggling the ink costs of spells you need to protect your reserves, and stashing away ink to attempt to win.

Tonaba is played first by constructing a deck of 14 cards exactly: eight Tier 1 cards, four Tier 2 cards, and two Tier 3 cards. In each game, seven cards go in your hand and seven in your Notes pile, and you can swap them out at the beginning of your turn.

Players take turns playing cards—"scribing spells onto the page", in Tonaba terminology—by "burning" unneeded cards for ink and then using that ink to mix and match the remaining cards in their hands. During each turn, players may shift their cards from the rear line to the front line and vice versa, and send minions in the front line on raids to try to steal ink from their opponents; their opponents may defend against these raids using minions in the rear line.

Trap and reserve cards present an opportunity for strategic, opportunistic surprises that keep opponents on their toes. Actions can be played at almost any time, and Constants have a perpetual effect on the game. All of these elements mingle to create a game that presents a very balanced and engaging play experience.

Backer Rewards

Every card printed for Kickstarter backers are Founders' Series cards. What does that mean? It means these cards will be printed with the artists' signatures on the face, a unique feature that will never be printed again, making them valuable collector's items. In addition, with the exception of the $10 reward, all rewards allow you to choose which Tonaba cards you want to receive. Even the starter decks!

Here's what you can get for backing Tonaba:

Simulated packaging; final product may not perfectly resemble depictions

Volumes come individually shrink-wrapped for protection.

A special note to our supporters outside the U.S.: Due to high shipping costs and huge variety of customs regulations, we do not feel that currently it will be expedient for you to acquire your cards from us individually or even in small batches, so we are not offering these rewards outside the U.S. To accommodate you, we will make the full set available outside the U.S., and we encourage you to pitch in together with some friends to acquire the box set to share.

Pricing

Tonaba cards are sold in "volumes": one card plus eight tokens or counters. Tokens are copies of the card, marked with a token symbol, that you put onto the page (see How to Play below). Some cards do not need tokens because they do not stay on the page; these cards come with counter cards to mark damage and other effects.

Every volume in a tier costs the same:

  • Tier 1: $1.50 per volume
  • Tier 2: $2.50 per volume
  • Tier 3: $4.00 per volume

A full deck purchased this way costs $30, regardless of which cards you put in it. Starter decks for the same price will be available, but unlike other collectible card games, starter decks are not preconstructed. Instead, you choose to purchase a starter deck, select which cards to put into it, and then choose a box design; your starter deck will be delivered with a rules booklet as well in case you can't access the rules documents online.

Cost Overview

Here's a quick breakdown of how this Kickstarter will be put to work making Tonaba a reality.

As you can see, the big costs are easily commissioning artwork for cards and marketing, and printing the cards.

Because we sell individual cards, and not randomized packs, it is more difficult to keep items in stock, as most printers do not support short runs; we have dealt with this challenge by turning to print-on-demand services ("POD"), which can supply us with both bulk orders and short runs. The printing cost is a bit higher this way, but it makes the marketing model possible.

The remainder of costs are, essentially, setup costs: purchasing a website and setting up a shop to sell the cards from; acquiring equipment to repackage the cards we order into a final product; paying for shipping just to get the product to you; and of course Kickstarter fees and just a little bit of wiggle room to account for margin of error or unforeseen challenges and difficulties.

Card designs, symbols, and artwork ©2013 Arcanym Games. All rights reserved.

Risks and challenges

The biggest obstacle to overcome at this point is funding. Business relationships have already been forged with printers, shop providers, artists, and so forth. Being able to pay these people for their services remains our top challenge. That said, there are still ongoing tasks that will be performed right up until the game is printed and shipped in December.

On successful completion of the Kickstarter, the artists will have a deadline to produce the art required for the game. It is completely possible that an artist may, by circumstances out of their control, be delayed, or in a worst-case scenario, unable to complete their contracted work. Minor delays we can be lenient with, but we do have a few backup artists to turn to in the event of total inability to complete.

Our current printing company is working with us to provide services that are uniquely tailored to our sales model. In the unlikely event that they become unable to provide service, we have one or two other companies we can turn to for printing as a backup.

We have been in contact with the store solution provider Shopify, and a highly qualified team of Shopify experts, to provide a shopping experience tailored specifically to Tonaba and its unique sales model. We believe this storefront will serve as an attractive and intuitive headquarters for all Tonaba acquisition needs.

Most of the hurdles to make this a reality have already been jumped, so we're in the final stretch! With your help we can make Tonaba a reality.

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    You'll receive a digital Founders' Pack, consisting of a complete spoiler, several wallpapers for PC and tablets, and the Tonaba theme song (as heard in our Kickstarter video). All rewards levels come with this pack.

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    You'll receive a Limited Founders' Series Starter Deck, PLUS a Limited Founders' Series Playmat!

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    You'll receive the full Core Alpha Limited Founders' Series set—that's right, every card in the game, with tokens and counters for all! With this set you'll be able to invite your friends over for a game of Tonaba whether they have a deck or not!

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    RETAIL LICENSE
    You'll receive the official Tonaba retail license, a unique identification number that enables you to order Tonaba cards from us at wholesale, and gives you the ability to synchronize your sales with our online database. You'll also be able to purchase your first 7,500 volumes at cost!

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