Berserk is a tactical card game of skill and strategy. Created and developed in Russia, Berserk was first published in 2003. Over the years it has been hugely successful in Russia and more than 20 expansions and over 4000 different cards were published. We enhanced the basic rules of the game, chose the best illustrations and mechanics, and now we are planning to launch it worldwide.
Why is the game called "Berserk", what does it mean? Berserk - is a fierce warrior who fights in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury, feeling neither pain nor mortal wounds. We thought the name is a good fit for the game.
Berserk is a wargame where players use cards istead of miniatures. This simplifies and speeds up the game considerably: no need to refer to charcater manuals.
Both players deploy the cards on the battlefield face down. Thus the opponent cannot see the other player´s army. Then both players turn their cards over and the battle begins!
Casual game-play video:
The world of Berserk consists of 6 realms, featuring different playing strategies. Here is a brief overview of the decks that come in a game set.
In the swamp deck you will meet the Mermaids. The longer they stay alive, the better the chance that the opponent's army will die from poison. Mermaids use poisons like no other creatures of Laar.
The Draconites are creatures of fire and their scales are an excellent armor. The fewer lives a Draconite has, the more difficult it is to harm him. The only thing you need is to keep’em all close to each other for defense.
In the deck of darkness you will meet the Demons. What can be said about demons? They like to die and then come back from the dead stronger than ever. If you want to see your opponent suffer then this is the deck for you.
The Dwarves rule the mountains and this is their deck. They are great at holding their ranks. If you enjoy strategically manipulating and positioning your army in order to win, then try the mountain deck.
The forest deck is the deck of the Elves. If you like to shoot at your opponents without getting too close – this is the deck for you. Elves also have the best healers in Laar. Finally, their swords are almost as deadly as their arrows. This is the really balanced army.
Last but not least there are the Orcs. Orcs, they are... hmm... orcs. Lots of lives, strong in attacking, very few brains, you know... They are easy to command – just send them to battle and hope they destroy the opponent with brutal force.
Also we would like to present you these additional cards of the Deluxe Edition ($50 pledge).
Also there are additional cards, that don’t belong to any of the realms. They are called neutral cards. They are usually supporting cards and balance the decks without adding any additional realm. All these cards have their unique abilities when fighting the other realms.
The last types of cards are the Multi-element cards. In terms of costs, these cards are very strong. They belong to 2 or more realms and are usually combined with your cards. They are used when you upgrade your deck and try to play with 2 or more realms. Deck building is one of the most interesting parts of the game. Adding multi-element cards allows you to experiment with building 2, 3 or even 6 realm decks.
Dear friends, from now on you have the option of ordering additional Berserk goodies, and useful game components. It will also bring us closer to fulfilling our next stretch goals!
Additional Dice: For and additional $5 you have the option of getting a set of 4 additional dice. Now you can play a draft tournament for 8 players.
Draft rules: combine and shuffle all cards from War of the Realms. Each player takes 10 cards and the draft begins (take one card, pass the rest to a player clockwise). The draft continues, until all 10 cards are taken. Then take another 10 cards and go on with the draft. And then – a final 10 cards, which will give you a deck of 30 cards to play with.
"Heroes of six realms"
Each of the 6 realms has 4 cards that do not belong to any class and give you a lot of flexibility in using them! And the final 5th card for each realm is a new class card the "Hero". These heroes bring you a new game variant. With this version of the game each player has a Hero, who comes as a 16th card to your hand, and he or she will lead your troops to victory!
For an additional $15 we will send you a T-Shirt with a print that you like. Since we have A LOT of prints to choose from, don’t stop at one shirt, order more! We will make all the sizes from S to 3XL.
Duel Deck "Knights and Villians"
Duel Deck "Knights and Villians" Surprise! We decided not to wait until we reach 60.000$, and make the Russian fantasy set Knights vs. Villains available now! This set is based on the Russian folklore, which are pretty cool. The cards of this expansion have a special design. Some of them took part at the Boardgamegeek contest. (link) This expansion contains two decks of 30 cards, +4 Kickstarter exclusive cards. If you wish, you may combine duel decks with the War of the Realms base set.
The cards in Knights vs. Villains are a bit more simple than in the base set, but it does not mean that it is less interesting to play with them. This set would also make a great gift for your friend, whom you would like to teach to play Berserk. Knights vs. Villains also could come in separate box and in this variant it is an independent expansion, you do not have to have War of the Realms to play with it. This expansion also contains rules of the game, counters, and dice.
Additional Deluxe version. Additional Deluxe bid, which will have the same contents as your copy.From now on, both your friend and you can create your own decks idependently from a collection of cards that you possess
A5 in size and 100 Pages full of illustrations! There you will find most interesting character from Berserk Universe, most scenic locations and most spellbinding art made by dozens of russian artists
More add-ons will be later.
For $40 you’ll receive a full game of «Berserk: War of Realms». Six ready to play decks each with 30 cards. The game also includes a how-to-play comic strip, comprehensive rules, cardboard counters, and 2 unique dice.
This is the Deluxe Edition of the game. It contains all the material of the Warrior of Realms plus an additional 63 cards (neutral + multi-element). They help you to upgrade your decks or to build new ones. Also, we added 2 hard-cover game boards and 2 more dice. Try the new game mod with 2 additional dice allows up to 4 players to play simultaneously.
This is our Art Bid. It has everything from the Battlemage bid + you will receive 3 original posters singed by the creators of the game and one unique t-shirt of your choice.
Yep. This is an Axe. There are only 10 of them. Nope. The blood is not real. Once a year we present 3 of these axes to the best players of the game. A few facts about the Axe: It is almost 2 feet high and it weighs more than 6 pounds (made of artificial stone)! Wanna see some photos of the Axe? Click here or here.
Do you want to become a part of the game? Send us your photo and after the Kickstarter campaign is over, we’ll talk about the features of your future character.
This card will be made by artists, then manufactured and included in the Deluxe Edition for free.
We will work out the card specifics together with you.
Hurray, we have managed to get 15000$. We would like to congratulate our team and all those people who have supported us! On this occasion we have prepared a surprise for you! We hope that it will be the first one among many of them. We have added 7 new cards exclusively for Kickstarter and those who pledged for Deluxe version and higher will get them for free.
As you have already noticed we decided to animate the creatures from the box :) . Moreover, these cards have very peculiar abilities and each deck now will be able to play in a new way.http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.370360109742296.1073741831.326936797417961&type=3&uploaded=7
For each creature type in each realm, we designed a unique Area card. Every Deluxe Version or better will receive 6 unique Areas
Each Area card may increase the defense or attack skills of your army. Some Areas inflict damage to your army. How? We´ll see after we collect $25 000. This stretch goal is Kickstarter exclusive.
It is not a secret that Angels have the most beautiful illustrations of the game. The secret lies in the abilities that flying gives to these charming creatures. This stretch goal is Kickstarter exclusive.
We decided to design a brand new art book with the best illustrations of our game. The illustrations will also come with interesting facts about the characters. You may add 25$ to your pledge and we will sent it to you.
The Plague is coming to Laar and it looks like some powerful force is guiding it... Do you have the strength to stop the invasion? If we reach this stretch goal, you will have a separate option of ordering Laar's Destiny.
New Sleeves and deck boxes.
Hobby World is the leading Russian board and card game company. Hobby World was founded in Moscow in 2001.
Hobby World publishes many famous board games in Russian, including Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Munchkin, Dominion, Power Grid, and Citadels.We are partners of European and American leaders of the hobby games industry, like Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro, Games Workshop, Fantasy Flight Games and many others.
Hobby World also develops its own games. One of them, Berserk, became the most popular card game in Russia, and more than 20 expansions of Berserk have been published since 2003.
Here are all the decks and packs we made for Berserk in Russia in 2012. There are booster packs, intro packs, duel decks and the Russian version of War of the Realms.
Every week, there are Berserk tournaments in over 50 cities in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.
Four novels about the game have been released in Russia!
Two digital games based on Berserk exist, as well. “Berserk Cataclysm” and “Berserk Universe”. These games use Berserk artwork, but they play differently, than the original game. Berserk Cataclysm is completely different, Berserk Universe is similar with slight differences.
Risks and challenges
We have over 100 different games in our portfolio, and therefore should not experience difficulty in production or printing.
However, we would also like to develop the game further and our biggest challenge would be creating a community of gamers in the United States and Europe. We hope that we will overcome this challenge, and that after the first edition of Berserk, many expansions will follow.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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