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A thrilling stealth board game for two to four players. Will you take on the role of ninja or guard in a game of Rise of the Kage?
A thrilling stealth board game for two to four players. Will you take on the role of ninja or guard in a game of Rise of the Kage?
A thrilling stealth board game for two to four players. Will you take on the role of ninja or guard in a game of Rise of the Kage?
1,112 backers pledged £105,147 to help bring this project to life.

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US Backers - Worth noting Red Alert is actually $143 not $150 (courtesy of www.xe.com 4/10/14) 

In a game of Rise of the Kage, 2-4 players can choose to play as the ninja of the shadow wind clan. Deadly warriors, tasked with a variety of missions all ultimately focussed upon taking down the Takashi clan, the Jwar Isles' ruling family. Or you can choose those that have sworn their lives to protect their Daimyo; the brave guards of the Prefecture of Ryu.

The ninja squad play cooperatively discovering weapons from shuriken to poisoned rice, dispatching guards as they seek to complete their goals.

The guard boss employs all the resources at hand to bring their deadly foe to a halt. If they can hold them off until sunrise or raise the alarm then all will be safe for another night.

Ninja or guards, players face difficult decisions. Do the ninja recklessly force their way through their opponents whilst undoubtedly raising the alarm level, go too slowly and stealthily though and they face losing the advantage that night brings, dawn ultimately bringing an un-reckonable force down upon them. Do the guards throw themselves in the way of their more deadly rivals or strategically attempt to slow them down? Rise of the Kage offers a great blend of sneaky skills and gobsmacking kills.

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 Many Stretch goals have now added to the following...

 

44 fully assembled models as well as...

  • 16 D6 dice
  • 2ft x 2ft highly detailed game board
  • 3 game decks including:
  • 90 card Guard deck plus 12 Kenta Boss cards, 36 card Ninja deck (12 pieces of equipment), 16 card mission deck (12 missions and 4 escape cards)
  • Made up of full colour high quality game cards
  • An array of tokens including caltrops, alarm bells and more
  • 16 doors and stands
  • Full colour rules book

 Designer Walk through

Click HERE to read the TGN review. What's more one person that comments in the reviews comments section will WIN their Red Alert level pledge cost reimbursed! Winner will be drawn when the campaign ends so there is still time.

Designer Notes

A look at the guards

A look at the ninja

We have made the pledge levels as simple and easy to understand as possible. We have an Amber and a Red Alert pledge level, both will have stretch goals available as we gain support but the Red Alert will really ramp up as we go along and have lots of exclusive and extra items. 

On each new stretch goal you will see the Amber and or Red Alert symbols indicating which backers will receive that item, in addition some items will have a pound value indicating its cost as an Add on.

This will gain backers a complete copy of Rise of the Kage including an initial 44 miniatures. You will also see this pledge increase in value as Amber stretch goals get added.

The sweet spot, Red Alert pledges will see the most bang for your buck and will gain you all Amber stretch goals as well as Red stretch goals.

Rise of the Kage is set in the Jwar Isles the world first introduced through Bushido our 32mm Minaiatures Oriental Fantasy Skirmish Game but the links do not end there. The ninja of the Kage Kaze Zoku the Shadow Wind Clan will be a playable faction in Bushido. Backers of this project can add £4 to get the Bushido Profile add on, this comes with 19 profile cards for Bushido and includes all the ninja profiles as well as 13 profiles for the guards. The rules are free to download HERE (also available in French, Spanish and German) or alternatively the gorgeous hard copy can be bought HERE. Almost two games for the price of 1!

Find out more about Bushido here:

A list of the initial possible stretch goals as we start breaking them we will put the next stretch goal at the top of the page. We have also included some link goals in between the stretch goals squeezing out every last drop of value we can for you...

Ghost brings the total in the game at Red Alert level to 6 and the total model count to 50. Read update 7 for more about Ghost.

New Novice = New play options

All guards have their own profile cards and will play differently to the existing models allowing you to tweak your force when recruiting guards.

New Boss!

Minato brings with him different skills to stop the ninja in their tracks this comes in the form of the guards he can recruit, his own fighting style as well as his own set of boss cards to add to the guard deck.

  Have your say HERE or thumb the ideas that you like the sound of.

Lets see how we get on with these and who knows what might sneak in...

 

These are the ninja of the Kage Kaze Zoku entrusted with the clan's most important of missions. Three and only three, one from each house, are selected from the Shadow Crows to form a squad. Up to three players work together as a team to cooperatively complete their mission.

The ninja can utilise a weird and wonderful assortment of items to defeat the guard player from shuriken and throwing darts to blinding dust and caltrops.

Many of you will no doubt, like us, have fond memories of luring away greedy guards with poisoned rice from popular video games and you will not be disappointed.

The ninja play very differently and taking control of a new ninja will bring new strategic challenges that players will have to adapt their plans in order to succeed. Also with stretch goals we will release new ninja allowing ninja players to bring new forces to the table to take down the Takashis.

These are the guards of the Prefecture of Ryu, tasked with the safety of the Daimyo and his estates. They will risk life and limb to fulfil their duty to their lord in the name of Bushido. A single player takes on the role of the guards, attempting to stop the ninja players in their tracks.

They control their guards via the guard boss, a warrior of some renowned. The state of calm Kenta achieves in battle is admirable and will be essential in the coming weeks. From a small and obscure family living in the Takashi's allies lands of the Hare clan, Kenta's skills come from his training under Takashi Akio an opportunity that he will forever be grateful for. Kenta's allegiance to the Takashi's Dragon clan is unquestioned and his management of the guards under his command unparalleled.

With your support we will reveal new Boss guards that bring different elements to the game like recruiting new guards to thwart the ninja, having different abilities in their guard deck to throw problems into the path the path of the ninjas. They will also have a different guard boss character with different martial ability, some boosting their guards more than others or some leading the way for the guards, hunting down the ninja from the front.

We also have new guards in the stretch goals, these will have different profiles and play differently in game allowing the guard player to assemble his force at the start of the game and crucially deciding which guards to recruit to suit your current play style.

Shipping information - Please take note

We will be charging shipping after the Kickstarter concludes based on the actual costs incurred to ship. We will liase with backers to establish the price and payment method after the KS.

This will ensure we can get the best price for all our backers as shipping will vary based on the nature of different pledge levels and locations, it will also let us completely understand the costs involved allowing us to provide you more and better stretch goals.

We are looking to ship your rewards at our cost to our international distribution partners to, where possible, reduce the price to you. We have estimated shipping for these regions:

US $11

UK £5

EU €12 

Canada 17-27 USD$

New Zealand 20-30 AUD$

Australia 15-25 AUD$

Please note these are estimates and they may increase or decrease based on the quantity of stretch goals we unlock, final box size and weight and also the current postal prices at the time of shipping.

The project will also be shipped from our international partners in Canada, US and Australia meaning no customs or extra charges for backers in these locations, you just pay the shipping.

 Show Pick up (once produced - Aug 2015)

Fans that can make it to these shows that GCT Studios (once the game is ready to be fulfilled) will be able attending can arrange a free pick up if they want to:

  • Spiel Essen
  • Gen Con
  • Salute
  • UK Games Expo
  • Kuala Lumpur (Not a show but still pick up, but pledges can be picked up from the awesome Meeples cafe)

Shipping to Asia

See Update 35 for more details.

Simply add the value of the items listed below that you want to add to your pledge and we will take your options when the Kickstarter closes. For example, if you want a metal copy of each of the initial three ninja then go to your pledge manager in the top right and add £17 to your pledge level to claim them. We will ask for your choices once the campaign ends.

Want more than 10 metal models? Simply add £5.50 for each extra model after 10. Want 12 models for example then add £66. Want one of each, that's currently 20 models and that's an extra  £110 to your pledge.

This will include a profile for every model in the kickstarter (except the Princess Hostage).

 A pack of Special Cards for the Shadow Wind Clan faction. These are for use in a game of 'Bushido' and provide lots of options when fielding the ninja.

A new boss guard model and profile, adding a whole host of options to the Guard player's options. 

 Each 10 models come in one state, we will ask you for your options after the campaign.

Extra info - These are an existing Bushido product the custom dice set for the Prefecture of Ryu, perfect for those that will give the guards a dabble in Bushido and some (not all will be used) can be used for the guard rolls in Rise of the Kage.

All images contain game components during development and are subject to change. The miniatures previewed in this kickstarter are all metal versions. Rise of the Kage will be supplied with unpainted but assembled plastic miniatures. Metal miniatures are available as add ons and will be supplied unpainted and unassembled, requiring assembly and preparation before painting.

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Risks and challenges

We have worked furiously behind the scenes to ensure this project will proceed without a hitch, from having as much prepared as we can, before your support, to working with partners who we trust and who have an excellent reputation and track record in the industry. We have always delivered what we have promised and if any slip ups happen along the way you can rest assured we will dedicate all the resources at our disposal to meet our goals. We have developed a reputation over the last three years for sticking to our pledges, reflected in our track record of releasing a model for every faction of Bushido on a regular two month cycle without fail or delay.

We are going to produce Rise of the Kage in China and it is possible that delays outside of our control may occur. For this reason we have factored possible problems into our delivery date and therefore it is also possible that we could deliver before our projected dates all things going smoothly.

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