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The Borderlands adds new cards to Villagers & Villains—a humorous fantasy game where you build a village on the edge of civilization. Read more

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The Borderlands adds new cards to Villagers & Villains—a humorous fantasy game where you build a village on the edge of civilization.

About this project

The Borderland Expansion

For those who have played the game, you know the fun comes in the variety of how the game will unfold with 100 unique cards (plus 15 other cards). The unusual card combinations, and diverse ways to score, make each experience feel fresh and the path to victory different each game. The Borderlands expansion provides 26 (22 in package + 4 bonus cards exclusive to KS BACKERS!) additional unique cards to bring even more variety to this favorite fantasy town building game. 

Some new features include: 
• Cards that bring back other cards from the discard pile (hello lost pairs!)

• Cards that can pair 2 times for double the pairing bonus! 

• Challenges that might help you (and in some ways hurt you). 

• Some mild "take that" cards to annoy neighboring towns.

• New ways to make money for your town (some rather risky).

• And much more!

What is Villagers and Villains?
(Critic Reviews from Tom Vasel & Chez Geeks)

As the mayor of a frontier town, you stand in the center, eyeing the roads for talent and trouble. Will you take on challenges or hire help, develop your town or command its heroes? Your strategies, risks, and fortune can transform your village into a thriving city or forgotten ruins.

Villagers and Villains is a card game with over 100 unique cards. The game is played over several rounds. Each round has 6 distinct Phases. During each Phase, all players (Mayors) have a chance to take specific actions. The Mayor who builds the most successful village wins. 

Game play: Villagers & Villains is a town-building game played in turns of 6 phases. In the 1st phase each player recruits cards from a common pool for all players. Four classes of cards could appear in the pool: Challenges, Citizens, Buildings, and Heroes. Each card has different game play applications and different outcomes on the final score. In the 2nd phase each player has a chance to defend their town from Challenges. In the 3rd phase challenges loot towns left unprotected. In the 4th phase each town earns money. In the 5th phase money can be spent to expand a town by hiring Heroes and Citizens or creating Buildings. The final phase resets the board for a new round of phases and the starting player changes. The rounds continue until a town reaches a fixed size. At that time the game is scored.

Goal: In the end, the town with the highest score wins. Points are based on a variety of facets. Players learn to assess which facet(s) will score the most points as the game is played, and as circumstances dictate.

Features: The Villagers & Villains game contains a basic game for novice players, an advanced version for experienced gamers, and special 2-player game rules. In the advanced game, players gain access to the King’s Favor, special card powers, and pairing options for final scoring. In addition, the rules and instruction page offers several variations to the game play. While chance plays a part in the game—via die-rolls for certain elements—skill plays a large role in recruiting, deciding how and when to use card abilities, managing town resources, and selecting which options will earn the most points. 

What do some of the new cards look like?

Here are some sample illustrations for The Borderlands cards:

Use the Necromancer to bring HERO CARDS back from the discard pile.
Use the Necromancer to bring HERO CARDS back from the discard pile.
The Stable gives you more chances to recruit what you need.
The Stable gives you more chances to recruit what you need.
The Hustler tempts you to trick neighboring mayors.
The Hustler tempts you to trick neighboring mayors.
Capture the Wanted Men challenge for double the victory points!
Capture the Wanted Men challenge for double the victory points!
Use Bureaucracy to build a better town—if you can afford it!
Use Bureaucracy to build a better town—if you can afford it!
Nothing completes a town like kids. . . oh but did we mention—they take your money.
Nothing completes a town like kids. . . oh but did we mention—they take your money.
The Shanty, cheap housing, LOTS of room, and none of the glamour.
The Shanty, cheap housing, LOTS of room, and none of the glamour.
The Caravan Trader gives your town a citizen with "teeth"!
The Caravan Trader gives your town a citizen with "teeth"!

Stretch Goals

Hamlet: $7,500 Everyone will get a print-n-play version of 6 Different Village Mat Boards. These hold your town goods, and will be important in future expansions. In addition, print-n-play components will be added to play the game with 6 players.

Town: $15,000 The above mentioned Village Mats Boards will be printed on quality chip board for gaming and sent to everyone when the expansion ships.

Five identity mats. One for each town mayor. Size: 5" x 7"
Five identity mats. One for each town mayor. Size: 5" x 7"

Burg: $17,500 and beyond and everyone will get the a choice of 1 of the 2 Treasures & Traps upcoming expansion packs: Expanded Realms 2 or Random Encounters. This will be shipped with the Borderlands Expansions.

City: $25,000 and beyond and everyone will get both upcoming Treasures & Traps expansions.

Risks and challenges

Overall, this project is low risk. In case of any unexpected delay with the printer, delivery, shipping or otherwise, we will notify backers and do EVERYTHING possible to accelerate the process. We believe that communications with all our backers provides both the information and clarity necessary for project success.

Since I am both the designer and artist, reliance on others is kept at a minimum—making delays far less likely. Each game is edited and tested by others to maintain strong game mechanics and a comprehensive set of rules. A high-quality game printing company creates and ships the finished product to us.

Once we receive the finished product, we use a high-quality international fulfillment house for delivery. They have over 30 years of experience and have been very professional with previous deliveries, with no complaints from us or our backers and game recipients.

Using KICKSTARTER for this project is helpful because we are facing a small financial hurdle to print our initial run. We already have 80% of the resources necessary to complete this project making this an even lower-risk for you.

In addition, this is not a new process to us. We have created 4 previous game products and 2 campaigns on KICKSTARTER. All have been successful. In our campaigns, we actually completed and delivered ahead of the estimated delivery time.

Thanks for your support!
C. Aaron Kreader

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FAQ

  • Hey, if you pledged, I'll let you tag in ONE or TWO games or expansions at these special rates (assuming there is no level to accommodate your options.) Because you are shipping already, we don't need to add more for that. (These were not made into various pledge levels because that would have created almost infinite combinations of options.)

    (another) The Borderlands Expansion: --+7

    Treasures and Traps-- +13

    Expanded Realms: T&T expansion --+6

    Villagers and Villains-- +23

    Hero Versus Guardian-- +25

    NOTE: Send me a MESSAGE and inform me of your add on.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $12 or more

    94 backers

    THE BORDERLANDS EXPANSION: You get The Borderlands expansion. (Get this level if you already own the base game).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    62 backers

    THE BORDERLANDS AND BASE GAME: You get The Borderlands expansion and the Villagers & Villains base game.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $70 or more

    3 backers

    STORE LEVEL: (for retailers) You get 8 packs of The Borderlands expansion and a copy of Villagers & Villains, plus our other games and expansions, which includes: Treasures & Traps and it's 3 expansions, and Hero Versus Guardian. PLUS: You also get 8 sets of an EXCLUSIVE PROMO pack featuring 4 unique cards for Villagers & Villains. This is $146 SMRP worth of goodies!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $100 or more

    17 backers

    THE BIG BOX: You get one of everything from Studio 9 Games. Villagers & Villains, The Borderlands expansion, Treasures & Traps, it's 3 expansions (2 are coming out in JUNE), and Hero Versus Guardian!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $115 or more

    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    CUSTOM TOWN OPTION: You get The Borderlands expansion and the Villagers & Villains base game. PLUS you get the print-n-play Village Board Mats, the 6-player print-n-play mayor and angry mob card and rules. In addition, YOUR 6th player Village Board Mat is customized to your name, as is the name for the 6th player Deputy Mayor.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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