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Castle Toppe - “The Game of Sovereigns”™ (2-4 Players, Ages 10+, 60-90 minutes)

This Kickstarter Campaign will allow the bringing of Castle Toppe to market, the strategy board game with custom game pieces and made right here in the U.S.A. Come out and play at Origins Game Fair, 6/12-6/16!

To win, you must rule Medieval Europe: expansion, conquest, trade and defensive building are all part of this fun strategy board game.

The conquest of medieval Europe is one which embattles kings and countries to dominate these lands through trade, attack, defense, strategic placement, movement and expansion. One requires the strategy of planning for successful offensive military execution as well as for defensive gameplay, and while the roll of the die may determine specific results, both bold offensives and conservative defensives shall impact the overall outcome. Only with banners held high and rule held sound would the victor reign medieval Europe!

  • Board - 1 Game Board (28"x22")
  • Dice - 1 regular 6-sided die (1d6), and 2 12-sided dice (2d12)
  • Pieces (4 players in Red, Blue, Green and Yellow-Orange) - 20 Castles (5 ea. player), 100 Armies (25 ea.), 8 Knights (2 ea.), 24 Forts (6 ea.), 8 Boats (2 ea.), 8 Ships (2 ea.), 4 Mercenary Armies (2 offensive and 2 defensive) 
  • Cards - 58 Event Cards, 100 Resource Trading Cards, 4 Reference Cards 
  • Game Rules - 1 booklet (in color)
Stretch Goal Pieces: while these 3d rendered models look perfectly shiny, actual manufactured plastic tones and resolution may differ.
Stretch Goal Pieces: while these 3d rendered models look perfectly shiny, actual manufactured plastic tones and resolution may differ.

Object of the Game

To rule medieval Europe by first earning five banners (obtained through building castles and ships) and maintaining castles in at least three separate countries.

This game is inspired by some of our favorite games: Warcraft II - Tides of Darkness, The Settlers of Catan, and Risk! The Game of Global Domination (trademarks and copyrights of their respective owners).

In Castle Toppe, there are 5 resources:  Mineral, Wheat, Lumber, Oil, & Cattle.  These are used to trade during your turn for 3 essential activities:  building, upgrading, and expansion.

Every turn in Castle Toppe is "pulsed" with anticipation of the Event Card. The potential of receiving one of the 3 princesses (e.g., the Hawking or Wheat Princess), or say, a Defensive Mercenary card is part of the thrill of Castle Toppe.

[ Click here for the Castle Toppe Rulebook 06/05 ]

(design is a work in progress)
(design is a work in progress)
Count - this special reward includes the exclusive preview of The Castle Toppe Card Game for 2 players (20-30 min; you can take it with you!) Includes the Stretch Goal rewards.
Count - this special reward includes the exclusive preview of The Castle Toppe Card Game for 2 players (20-30 min; you can take it with you!) Includes the Stretch Goal rewards.
  • Stretch Goal #1:  Success of the Project - cool pieces manufactured similar to the 3d models shown

  • Stretch Goal #2:  (300 Likes/Shares) Country Resource Cards - Additional Cards for the Event Deck which advantage the occupier of the same with resources (+27 Event Cards).

  • Stretch Goal #3:  (TBD) Alliance Expansion Pack - Makes Castle Toppe a game for up to 6 players. Includes pieces, rules & card additions for an exciting Alliance Variation (Rulebook variation, +6 Alliance Cards, +2 Sets of player pieces in Light Blue and Lime Green).


(Count Reward Only) This 2-player card game for ages 10+ takes about 20-30 minutes and is a card game equivalent of a simplified board game. The same Resource Cards and Event Cards are utilized from the board game, with the addition of Player Cards which allow a shortened play but still played with strategy and manner of the board game. It's an exciting and fast-paced card game, and you can take it with you to your local cafe!

After the success of this campaign, we'd like to bring the card game to market, but for now, this is an exclusive Kickstarter Preview at this reward level only.

Name, content and trademarks are © 2013 by Richard Alvarez. All rights reserved.

Some artwork is inspired by public domain artwork. The Domesday Book is also in the public domain: The Domesday Book from Andrews, William: “Historic Byways and Highways of Old England” (1900)

Risks and challenges

- The game would be made here in the USA and the pieces based on the designed 3d models shown in the video (The Swan and all single games above) and though we're new to this arena, it's all good.

- timely delivery of the game with respect to force majeure events or circumstances

- Our international shipping estimates are based on USPS, and if it grossly differs at the point of significant loss because of an obscure address we may need to work something out, but we really want to get you the game!

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