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Runes & Bones is an easy to learn game in which players gamble their precious bones, laying the right runes to take the pot. Read more

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Runes & Bones is an easy to learn game in which players gamble their precious bones, laying the right runes to take the pot.

About this project

Runes and Bones have been sources of power and divination for Tribal Orc Spirit Talkers for countless generations.  As the wisdom of the few remaining spirit talkers fell to the blood lust that consumes the race, the Runes and Bones once used to guide the strategy of the warriors now serve only to entertain them.  What once was an honored system of divination, now serves as a campfire game for Orcish warriors everywhere.

Runes and Bones was created in the summer of 2006 as I was preparing for a 10 day trip to meet up with my Orcish horde for Ragnarok XXI.  Ragnorok is the most popular annual event for Dagorhir Battle Games Association.  It is a week of camping, characterization, and warfare.  I wanted something that felt tribal and could accommodate many players, thus, Runes and Bones was born.  I have created many sets since then for other camping trips and cons.

We have discovered that large scale is the only affordable way to manufacture 110 bones, 2 bags, and 60 runes per set.  Rather than trying to fund a full production that we believe is unrealistic as we build a following, we are hand crafting 30 sets to offer to people with the goal of generating interest and spreading the word.  

Our goal is set at $500 because although we would love to create these for any amount of people who would like a set, it takes two of us about 20 hours per set to craft, so we have to somewhat limit the hand crafted sets. At this time, we are  intent on creating 30 sets, but this could change if there is overwhelming interest.  The primary goal for us is to share a game we love. As the demand increases with exposure, we will manufacture in bulk - hopefully later this year. 

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Risks and challenges

There really are no challenges. We have already made several sets of the Zero Edition. They look great and we can't wait to get them out for people to start playing.

The card rewards will be printed by Drive Thru Cards which does not require a minimum order. We have had great service from in them making Goblin Pit Fight available.

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    Thanks and Recognition - All backers will be listed in the Runes and Bones Rulebook, Fantasy Roleplay Suppliment, and Orcish Wisdom

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    Paper and Pennies - Receive 3 pdfs; Runes and Bones to print and play, The Orc Rune Caster rules to use Runes and Bones as a fantasy role play supplement, and Orcish Wisdom - how to use Runes and Bones set as a divination tool for your personal battles. I feel that something is missing without the clink of the Runes and the rattle of the Bones. However, you can enjoy the game at a very low cost.

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    Runes and Bones (Card Version) - Get a card version of Runes and Bones and all three pdf's. This will be a limited run of cards only available to Kickstarter backers.

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    Runes and Goblins - Get a card version of Runes and Bones, a copy of Goblin Pit Fight (our previous game), and all three pdf's. This will be a limited run of Runes and Bones cards only available to Kickstarter backers.

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    You and Your Game Store - Get a card version of Runes and Bones and all three pdf's. This will be a limited run of cards only available to Kickstarter backers. Choose a local game store and they will receive a Zero Edition set for their game night library.

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    Runes and Bones Edition Zero - Get the game the way it has been played since it's inception in 2005... handmade with clay bones. You will also receive all 3 pdfs.

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    Runes and Goblins Edition Zero - Get the game the way it has been played since it's inception in 2005... handmade with clay bones. You will also receive all 3 pdfs and Goblin Pit Fight.

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    Runes and Bones Zero Deluxe Edition - Since we sold out in less than 48 hours, we are adding 10 sets with an August delivery date. These will be the last additions of hand made sets to the project. We simply don't want to over commit. These sets will come with everything the Zero Edition qualifies for plus hand tooled leather bags by amazing leather worker CJ Remmo. (See update 3 for some sample images of his work.)
    They will also come with a clay bowl to hold the bones in the pot with a raised center where the winning rune is placed. The key for resolving runes will be painted around the base of the "pot". All of this will be shipped in a wooden rune covered box to store the game in. Backers at this level also will receive both sets of cards and any stretch goals that go with them.

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