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Last updated March 24, 2015

Duels For the Iron Staff (Canceled)

Aspiring wizards take to the battleground to win the newly vacated seat and control of the Iron Staff! (and bragging rights of course)

Duels For the Iron Staff (Canceled)

Aspiring wizards take to the battleground to win the newly vacated seat and control of the Iron Staff! (and bragging rights of course)

$5,143
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
116
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 2 2014
Last updated March 24, 2015

About

(all other packages will ship from the US)

This project has a DELIVERY GUARANTEE:

If we don't have your product postmarked by the end of April 2015 you will have the option of getting a full refund (minus KS fees). This is our way of letting you know we are prepared to get this moving as soon as we're funded.  

This is a promise to you written in black & white right here. You can back us with confidence knowing that we're going to do our best to not just meet, but beat, our expected delivery date.  



In Iron Staff you take on the role of students at the Kaqul School for the Gifted. The headmaster, the Great Master Zin, has reached his 100th birthday and decided to relinquish his position.  

In traditional fashion, someone must prove themselves worthy to fulfill his seat. Each of the students have trained for years at the school and wishes to show their worth. Not only does the winner get the seat, but they also gain the respect that comes with control of the Iron Staff of the Ancients.  

With the mechanics in Iron Staff we tried to bring in some of our favorite game elements. We realized that might get convoluted, so we set a goal for ourselves. What's the most we could do with the fewest rules. It was a bit of a challenge, but we believe things turned out great.  

*not final box art
*not final box art

Duels For the Iron Staff will be packaged inside of a single 8" x 6" x 4" storage box with a flip top front and plastic handle. There will be two rows. This will leave you with plenty of room to sleeve your cards, carry extra game pieces or parts, and have room for future expansions.

This nifty box includes:

8 oversized wizard cards with sliders
8 oversized wizard cards with sliders
74 Action cards
74 Action cards
56 spell cards
56 spell cards
65 component cards
65 component cards
Card backs for Component deck and Spell/Action deck.
Card backs for Component deck and Spell/Action deck.

On your turn you can do the following actions in any order:

- Play up to two action cards
- Put spells into your station (three maximum)
- Acquire or discard two components from the component row.
- Discard up to one card.

When a spell has all of its required components, you are free to cast it during your turn, or to save it for strategic purposes.  Damage done by spells is done to all opponents, while specific effects are targeted. Damage is indicated inside the red circle on the upper right side of the spell card.

At the end of the turn, you reconcile your hand to five cards (draw or discard as needed).
You may play Defensive Actions at any point during your opponent's turn, if applicable.

The game is won by being the last player whose HP remains above 0.

It all sounds nice and simple, but your opponents will be standing in your way destroying your spells, manipulating the draw pile, or even reversing spells that you're attempting to play. The cards in Iron Staff allow lots of craziness to happen, while remaining a balanced and entertaining game to play.

The game play was designed to play quickly. It allowed us to close the gap between players who enjoy fantasy dueling card games and those who enjoy the fun quirkiness of multiplayer "screw your neighbor" style games. We've also built in some decision making through acquisition choices, and the ability to choose to cast a spell or to save it for a later turn. This creates an environment that's fun and strategic, while also being familiar and interesting.

As much as we wanted a fun theme to build from, we also wanted enjoyable game play with lots of replay value. We tried to make all the mechanics intuitive, but also fit thematically and have a proper play and use within the game.  This is a game that should be easy to pick up for nearly any gamer.

Duels For the Iron Staff is designed for players ages 10+.  It accommodates fun play for 2-4 players.  Standard game time is 30-45 minutes.  

 


Link to Duels For the Iron Staff - Extended Rulesheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kSdaQ-7PbzxtBQmkKW_s4_yD1gV5Woi5E8cCOj5Xlq4/edit?usp=sharing


PRINT AND PLAY FILES
These files are what we used for our demo copies.  They don't have final art or layout.  Card backs are different.  Some cards will have updates and editing changes.  However, the these do work for playing the game and learning it as people have loved playing our demos with this version so far.

With these files you need to print 2 each of the Air, Liquid, Earth, and Fire component sheets.

If you want card backs, print the component backs 9 times and spell/action back 16 times.  
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oqn3xc4ayiqqmoc/AAC-y6MykJH_1GoOFqEV4iAra?dl=0





Here's one of our test playthrough videos. This particular game took a bit longer as we were trying to over-explain things and be a bit more deliberate for the video.

Iron Staff went through five major rules changes. Cards got tossed while new ones got created along the way. There were endless hours typing Google docs.  There was even a lot of plotting and planning in regards to the packaging.  We definitely put time into this game.   

We made sure to test this game on a large variety of gamers. We had casual board gamers play it as well as competitive card gamers in our independent testing. 

REWARDS:

All backers will be listed in our rulebook as initial supporters.

Helping Hand - $1+
You can pledge any amount you want here.  Just a minimum of one dollar.  

Quick Study - $10
You'll get full color, complete art, edited PnP files.  Complete final version. These files will be similar to what we send off for production.

Loyal Student - $29
This gets you one physical copy of the complete game, custom box and all.  Includes all stretch goals.

Overachiever - $39
You'll get a copy of the PnP files early, when we send them to the printer and you'll get one physically copy of the game as well and all stretch goals.

Head of the School - $119
his gets you SIX copes of the physical game as well as all stretch goals. This is a retailer level.  Verification of retail ID will be required.  Items will ship same time other levels ship.  Your store will be listed by name and location in the rulebook.

Teacher's Pet - $149
You'll get to help create and action or spell card that will be included in the game.  You will receive a design credit.  You'll also receive the physical game, PnP files, and all stretch goals.

Avatar - $349 ****SOLD OUT***
Your likeness will be included as a wizard in the game.  You'll receive a copy of the physical game, PnP files, and all stretch goals.

Popular Kids - $499
Due to popular demand, we opened up two more levels to get your likeness on a card. Your likeness will be included as a wizard in the game. You'll receive a copy of the physical game, PnP files, and all stretch goals.

ADD-ONS:

Add the following amounts to any pledge level.  We will send surveys after the campaign to verify what add-ons you got with each reward level.

+ $10  Limited Edition Bonus 3-Pack 
(limit 2 per reward level)
 We'll be printing a limited number of these packs.
Each pack will include 1 Wizard, 1 Action, and 1 Spell
These will be printed in a quantity of 400 or less.  These will only be available via this Kickstarter campaign and special promotional and demo events in person after the campaign.

@ $14,000

Two more wizards get added to the game to bring the total up to 10.

@ $17,500

We'll add an additional 20 special cards to the game.  We were going to save these for an expansion, but you'll get them in the first run instead. 

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More fun stuff to be revealed as we raise more funds.




SHIPPING:

PRICES ARE FOR ENTIRE ORDER, REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF COPIES.

United States                 $0
Canada                          $10
UK/European Union       $15
Rest of the World           $20

More info & Social Media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artsybrain

Boardgamegeek: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/167691/iron-staff


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We're also glad to let people know that Iron Staff is utilizing a production company based right here in the US. This will allow us to get the games to you with a quick turnaround time and lessens the risk of any major issues in transit.





Fun, short interview with Josh Williams from Point Zero games on Youtube:

Reviews:

"The two-action and two-component limit each turn leads to interesting choices about how and what cards to play each turn. Many spells provide additional benefits (like taking extra components) that, if done in the correct order, can combine for awesome turns. It's enough to reward players for thinking deeply about what's happening without requiring that they do so to have a chance to win....." - JR Honeycutt, The Nerds' Table
(full article is here)


Interview with Meeple Mechanic:
http://meeplemechanic.com/foxhole-fiver/dequan-watson/

Artsy Brain Games is run by two people: DeQuan Watson and Galen Ihlenfeldt. They are both avid gamers and have a wide range of preferences within the industry.

DeQuan Watson
DeQuan Watson

DeQuan is a long term veteran of the game industry.  He has owned a game store for 15 years (The Game Closet) in Waco, TX.  During that time he's also worn several hats in the industry as a writer, organizer, judge, and a semi-pro gamer. He's also worked on previous game projects such as WWE Raw Deal, among others.

Galen Ihlenfeldt
Galen Ihlenfeldt

Galen is a master of the visual arts.  He has been a professional artist for the past 14 years. Galen has done artwork that ranges widely in variety and medium. His artistry is fantastic as he's done everything from award winning tattoos and etched granite portraits, all the way through traditional artwork such as oil paintings, down the line to Magic the Gathering alters and even animating an 8-bit music video for  the Crayondroids.  He's most recently done artwork for Novus (another Kickstarter project), and is currently doing illustration work for a handful of other upcoming KS projects. 

We want to take the time to thank each one of you that backs our campaign. We also want to thank each of you that doesn't back us, but has still taken the time to check out our project and let others know about us.

Getting a project like this done from start to finish is a big deal. It's not easy. Lots of time and effort has gone into this. We obviously couldn't do it without a lot of support.  

We want to thank out friends and supporters. Those of you that have given us advice and those of you that helped us test the game as well as gave us design input.

Our wives deserve a huge bit of thanks, because they put up with this project taking time away from our family lives, and are prepared to deal with the enormous amounts of shipping we'll (hopefully) be doing shortly. :)

The players at The Game Closet, the members of DFW Nerd Night, and everyone that gave us great feedback at WaCon. Too many people to list individually, but we do thank you all.

Music Credits:

"The Complex" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)



NEW INFO/UPDATES:

Dinzi is the rebel of the school.
Dinzi is the rebel of the school.
Jaryk, wizard bad boy
Jaryk, wizard bad boy
Master of studies.
Master of studies.
Q'el, unconventional evasiveness.
Q'el, unconventional evasiveness.

Here's what it looks like to see a wizard being created:

 
This is what the final box design will look like.

sample box
sample box

Risks and challenges

There are always risks with projects like this. However, having done lots of shipping for our business previously we're aware of how to manage such things.

We've also done some Kickstarters before and we've dealt with stuff from the consumer end as well as the creator end, so we know what people expect as far as service.

We've taken the time to get just about everything in place for the previous three months leading up to this campaign. All we need now is the funding.

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