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Nasty Dragon GamesBy Nasty Dragon Games
First created
Nasty Dragon GamesBy Nasty Dragon Games
First created
$5,671
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
117
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 21 2015 4:48 PM UTC +00:00

About

Welcome to the Kickstarter campaign for Warlords & Sellswords, an army building card game for 2-5 players. Spend resources to hire mercenaries or promote existing ones to higher ranks, and use crafty items and spells to weaken your opponents' army and bolster your own! The most powerful mercenaries won’t always be the most versatile, and you will have to balance a card's abilities versus its sheer power.

We are Nasty Dragon Games, INC and this is our company's first production card game. NDG started as three college friends with a passion for gaming, and after a few prototypes and concepts we began work on Warlords & Sellswords.  We have been developing and playtesting Warlords & Sellswords for more than 2 years now, refining core the core mechanics and incorporating feedback from playtesters.  We know that Warlords & Sellswords is a fun, quick to learn, exciting, and innovative take on the strategy card game.

We have a ton of great rewards, promos, and stretch goals for those who pledge to back us. Warlords & Sellswords is packed with exciting gameplay, challenging decisions, and amazing original artwork.                 

In Warlords & Sellswords, players assume the role of a Warlord tasked with building a mercenary army to impress the King. At the game's end, the strongest Warlord will earn a lucrative contract from the crown to fight in the looming war. You will compete against other players for soldiers, wizards, and resources to outfit your own armies. The King has outlawed open combat between warlords, but that won't stop you from murdering, robbing, and sabotaging the other armies to make yours look the mightiest. 

When playing W&S you will "hire" or "promote" mercenaries to build your Army. Hiring allows you to build a larger and more expensive army, while Promoting allows for a smaller, less costly army. This will often be a challenging decision, and striking a subtle balance between the two is the key to victory. Players familiar with deck building games will quickly learn Warlords & Sellswords. 

Unlike traditional deck building games, however, players will be able to utilize all of their cards at any time. Cards in play will continually offer their power and abilities, and all other cards possessed by the player are kept in hand, allowing elaborate strategies to be executed over multiple turns, rather than a constant shuffling of a personal deck. Resources, found randomly hidden throughout the game deck, are held in hand and must be carefully spent when the time is right.  Wizards and soldiers represent different paths to victory, with a mix of the two being most common. Low rank wizard cards allow players to discard cards in hand, turning them into resources to hire other mercenaries. Soldiers tend to have high power scores, but few abilities, while wizards are weaker, but possess many abilities.

Victory is had by balancing the two types of mercenaries. Decisions are intentionally tough in Warlords and Sellswords!   

Interested in learning the rules?  Take a look at our Rulebook and tell us what you think!

Play testing at PAX East 2014
Play testing at PAX East 2014

Rather than present you with a number of strange reward tiers with arcane numbers attached to them we have opted to let you decide how you want to support us. 

For $1 you will have our eternal gratitude; here, in print, and online.  We'll keep you up to date with the status of the project and any special promotions that come along.

For $5 you get a 1/2 page print of one of our card arts signed by our artist.

For $15 we will ship you one playmat of the three options below. If you would like to have us make a custom playmat for you of any of our artwork add $20 and let us know what art work you would like. 

For $30 we will ship you one copy of Warlords & Sellswords for you to enjoy.

For $45 you get the game, a playmat (your choice of three) and a signed art print. 

For $300 you will be immortalized as one of the king's advisors as part of the base game.

For $1000 we will work with you to design a new card  from scratch that every Kickstarter backer will receive!  If we reach our $20,000 Stretch Goal you can decide to create a card as part of the new mechanics as well.

Add-Ons

As part of any reward tier you may always add on additional items to your pledge. If you would like to add any of the following items to your pledge just increases your pledge by the following amounts: 

- A signed Art print $5

- A playmat $15 ($35 for custom artwork)

- An additional copy of the game $30

We are excited to offer Kickstarter exclusive promo cards as a part of our campaign. These cards are sure to add further strategy and chaos to your game. The different stages of backer unlocks represent different production thresholds, and as we get more backers we can offer more content to everyone.

When we receive 200 backers, the exclusive “Commendation” card will be included in every box. This item will make your soldiers and wizards worth more power and substantially harder to kill. 

 At 400 backers, the “Turncoat” card will be included in every game, a mighty solider who will join any warlord for a price.

 At 600 backers, we’ll add the “Circlet of Majesty,” a powerful item to attach to your wizards. We’ll also throw in an exciting mystery card, also exclusive to Kickstarter. 

We have multiple release candidate copies out to reviewers, we will update this section as they come in.

2nd Opinion Productions Review 

Would you like a review copy rushed to you?  Email nastydragongames+reviewer@gmail.com with a link to your blog/twitter/twitch and we'll send one your way!

The original artwork for Warlords & Sellswords was created by Wi Waffles. She is a very talented artist who we crossed paths with while playing card games in the Deep South. Like us here at NDG, this is Wi's first card game but certainly won't be her last. Wi is an avid gamer and fantasy enthusiast herself, and her vision and creative direction provided W&S a life and style we never imagined possible.   

To find out more about her and her other work check out her tumblr: http://wiwaffles.tumblr.com/   

You can watch her work in this time-lapse video as she completes a painting for the game.   

Patrick Crowe, Richard Pavis, and Alex Gray
Patrick Crowe, Richard Pavis, and Alex Gray

Warlords & Sellswords has been in active development for more than 2 years. We've playtested it at many conventions including GenCon, PAXEast and the Boston Festival of Indie Games.  

We started Nasty Dragon Games INC as just few friends who bonded over a shared love of board games, and decided to turn that passion into something tangible.  After enough discussions about "Wouldn't it be cool if.." and "Hey I had an idea for a game..." we decided to go for it.  We prototyped a number of games with core mechanics that eventually grew into what we have now in Warlords & Sellswords.  We all have day jobs, but we all spend our nights playing games, be it board games, Magic the Gathering, Hearthstone, or some other game we can't stop talking about.  We are Nasty Dragon Games and we want to play this game with you.

Play testing at GenCon 2014
Play testing at GenCon 2014
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Risks and challenges

With every project on Kickstarter there are risks, whether they are clearly listed or not. This project is no different. While the game is completed and the art is mostly done, there is some fine detail work left to be finished before we can print.

By backing this Kickstarter you are putting your faith in us to deliver a card game to you. We promise that whatever happens in that process, we will be honest with you, we will communicate as much as possible, and we will work tirelessly to deliver Warlords & Sellswords to your satisfaction. We have secured quotes at multiple production scales, investigated shipping domestic and abroad, and removed unpopular reward items. We have enumerated a number of these points in this section for completeness, and transparency.

PRODUCTION RISKS
Even though we do our best to ensure a quality product and a fast production, there is always the risk of delays. Examples of such delays could include supplier shortages, inclement weather, and unforeseeable technical difficulties. We have budgeted in extra time knowing that these sorts of manufacturing delays do occur, and will do our best to meet all deadlines, but anyone who has created or backed a boardgame Kickstarter will tell you that these sorts of delays are common and uncontrollable.

COMMUNICATION
We do our best to respond to all communication within 48 hours. If there are a lot of comments or messages on the project and you're concerned that yours got lost in the shuffle please email us directly at nastydragongames+support@gmail.com.

DELIVERY DATE & ORDER FULFILLMENT
Our current estimation for delivery is November 2015. We are optimistic that this campaign will be delivered ahead of that schedule. This time of year is much slower for this kind of manufacturing as we are out of the holiday season, and even with some production delays we will be able to ship on time. However, history has shown that no matter how well you plan ahead, there is always a chance of delays caused by third parties or unforeseen circumstances. Please understand that we want your orders to be delivered quickly as much as you do. Please note that some of the promo material may be delivered separately on a later date due to production time needed.
Please note that your order may be delivered in multiple packages. This is done due to weight limitations for group shipments and a production completion time of different components.

UNDELIVERED ITEMS & REFUNDS
If a package is not delivered due to a backers error (wrong address given, backer did not claim the delivered package from their post office, etc) , the backer may be requested to pay additional shipping fees for the item to be shipped again. In addition, if your address changes in the time between you filling out the survey and the time we ship, please email us at nastydragongames+support@gmail.com and inform us as soon as possible so we can ensure your package reaches you safely.
If necessary to issue a refund for any issue caused by the backer or a third party, any known fees will be deducted from the refunded amount. If the issue was caused by Nasty Dragon Games INC, a full refund will be given.
Refunds will be given based on inability to ship rather than delivery window.

BY PLACING A PLEDGE ON THIS CAMPAIGN, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THE RISKS & CHALLENGES STATED IN THIS SECTION.

Thank you very much,

Nasty Dragon Games, INC

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