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Harvest ingredients, brew potions and cast spells in this light, fun and highly interactive game (2-5 players, 60-90 minutes, ages 11+)
Harvest ingredients, brew potions and cast spells in this light, fun and highly interactive game (2-5 players, 60-90 minutes, ages 11+)
Harvest ingredients, brew potions and cast spells in this light, fun and highly interactive game (2-5 players, 60-90 minutes, ages 11+)
962 backers pledged CA$ 32,167 to help bring this project to life.

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LAST STRETCH GOAL! If we hit $32,500 - box material gets upgraded to premium linen finish! Let's see if we can get there to make Cauldron better for everyone!

Cauldron is a board game of competitive alchemy for 2 – 5 players. It’s a potent brew of the things we love most in a game – simple but highly strategic game mechanics, lots of variability, some chance, all presented  beautiful artwork. We love the folklore around potion brewing, and our passion shows in the little things that make this game so enjoyable. Please help us make it happen!

Choose to play as one of seven aspiring brewers, and battle to become the Grand Infusionist. 

Every Grand Infusionist takes a different path to victory. Will you grow your magik or spend it? Will your potions prove powerful enough? Can you slow down your enemies with a well-timed spell?

  • Simple yet deep - Cauldron is simple enough for new gamers, yet rich enough for seasoned veterans.
  • Highly interactive – Ignore your opponents at your peril. To win, you must watch them, anticipate their moves and thwart their plans.
  • Exciting and fun – We have play-tested Cauldron for more than a year to ensure that perfect balance that makes a game, above all else, fun to play every time.

If you enjoy the resource collecting mechanics of Lords of Waterdeep mixed with the wacky take-that of Munchkin - you will love Cauldron.

 Check out the Reviews and Impressions section below for full reviews.

Check out this hilarious and informative overview of Cauldron by the amazing Chaz Marler with Pair of Dice Paradise.

 Every copy of Cauldron comes with the following components:

  • 44 Field tiles (2.5 mm thick)
  • 132 Ingredient tokens (2.5 mm thick)
  • 202 cards (57 Potions, 87 Spells, 46 Omens, 12 Cellars)  (300 gsm)
  • 7 Character cards and 7 Character Tokens 
  • 3 Reference Cards
  • A Magik track 
  • Rulebook 
  • 5 six-sided dice
Upgrades to the component quality will become available if we start reaching some of our stretch goals! Check out the components overview in the video below from our friends from BoardGaming.


Check out the full review from Geek Dad writer, Rob Huddleston.

 Check out the full review from boardgaming.com  

Check out the full review from Father Geek.

Check out the full preview from iSlaytheDragon.

Check out the full preview from Club Fantasci.

Check out the full preview from BoardGameQuest.

  • A carefully crafted balance of strategy and luck
  • Countless playtests that helped create a perfectly balanced gameplay
  • Asymmetrical characters that provide seven unique paths to victory
  • Easy-to-learn gameplay that’s friendly to younger players and those new to the hobby
  • Plays fast, with games lasting just over an hour
  • Endless variety, with randomized events each turn that require you to change tactics on-the-fly
  • Victory points are also currency, so winning requires knowing when and how much to invest
  • A customizable experience - make the game less luck-dependent or less complex using built-in variants
  • It’s a labour of love created by board game fans, for board game fans like you

We are excited to be able to offer Cauldron to our Kickstarter backers at a discounted price. We are able to do so because this is a non-profit project for us - moreover, the art, design and marketing costs have already been covered.

Would you like to own a piece of the original Cauldron art? Pledge at the GAME+ART level to receive an original sketch for one of Cauldron characters. If you wish, it will be signed by the design team, thanking you for your generous support. 

Are you a store or cafe owner interested in picking up several copies of Cauldron? Please contact us to discuss the cost savings we can achieve through shipping multiple copies.

 Shipping

Shipping costs within U.S., Canada and China are included in the base price. Shipping for other regions carries an extra charge. Shipping surcharge for UK, AUS and EU countries ranges between $12-18 - the specific number will be displayed once you select the country. Worldwide fulfillment will be done directly from China. You will receive a tracking number to follow your copy's progress.

                                                                                                                                  
    Love over money. We sat down to make an amazing game, not to make money. We love games, and this project is a dream come true for us. We just want to share what we’ve worked so hard to create with people who share our hobby. Every effort has been made to keep the price as affordable as possible.

Inclusion and openness. We’re here to make a great game for everyone to enjoy equally. After much discussion, we’ve decided the most-inclusive path is to not offer Kickstarter exclusives or early-bird discounts.

Participation. We’re proud of our game, and are happy to provide free, downloadable versions of the rulebook and the FULL print-and-play version of the game, right now. We’d love to hear your thoughts, and promise to seriously consider all suggestions for improvement. We’re also excited at the prospect of hitting those stretch goals, to allow our backers to make real contributions to the game.

If we’ve made it, you get it. We offer one version of the game, and it includes everything needed for a complete gameplay experience. Any changes unlocked through stretch goals won’t fundamentally change the game. They’ll be either component upgrades we couldn’t otherwise afford, or small additions that we welcome from our backer community.

Ready to brew. We’ve worked hard to bring the game’s graphic design to 100% completion. Every component and game piece is ready to be sent to our printer. The entire graphics package on our end will be ready to go within a month of funding. We hate waiting just as much as you do.

Money-back guarantee. We hope you love Cauldron, but you’re welcome to return the game within 30 days of receiving it, for a full refund. We’re confident in our game, and want you to share that confidence before you offer your valuable support. We would even pay for shipping - that's how certain we are that you will enjoy Cauldron.

                                                                                                       
 
 

Want to showcase your potion-brewing commitment? Consider using these avatars on your social media to let people know that you are a proud cauldron supporter!

Alina Marchewka - Lead Graphic Designer, portfolio.

Polina Radtchenko - Lead Illustrator, blog.

Christina Simmons - Additional illustrations, wordmark, portfolio.

Jacob Atienza - Cover artwork, portfolio.

Tuan Doan Anh - Additional illustrations, gallery.

George Kuznetsov - prototype manufacturing, website.

Peter Alexander - copy-editing.

We are a proud member of Indie Game Alliance.

Special thanks to Alex K, Igor P, Eric M, Andrew T, Devin H, Jamey S, Dustin S, David L, Mark M, Matthew M, Ben G, and all of the amazing Team Cauldron.

Risks and challenges

Should the project fund - we have absolute trust in our contractors to manufacture and deliver an excellent game well within our estimated timelines.

Every step of the process will be communicated to backers through updates.

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    BREW WITH US - Support the project. Includes a full print and play version of Cauldron.

    If the project funds we will make a pot of soup with every $1 backer suggesting one edible ingredient. I will then have some on camera. Add $1 to your pledge on higher levels to reserve the right to suggest ingredients.

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    GAME - (US $24/ €22/ £16) Receive Cauldron board game containing all unlocked stretch goals (MSRP $45CAD). Includes free shipping in Canada, US and China.

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    GAME + ART - (US $49/ €43/ £31) Receive Cauldron board game containing all unlocked stretch goals (MSRP $45CAD) and an original sketch of Cauldron character art, signed by the design team (if you wish). Includes free shipping in Canada, US and China.

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    NAMER - ($83US/ €72/ £53) Receive Cauldron board game (MSRP $45CAD) AND customize one of the potion or spell cards that come with every copy of game. That card will carry a fantasy name of your choice (perhaps a reference to your own name) as the potion or spell's author.

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