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Who will be first to lose their head? Once the axe swings, not even the Overlord is safe! KTO is a party game for 4-8 rapscallions. Read more

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Who will be first to lose their head? Once the axe swings, not even the Overlord is safe! KTO is a party game for 4-8 rapscallions.

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Project Update - 6/23

With just a few hours left, I want to remind people that by adding $7 to any pledge level you can get a 3rd Kickstarter-exclusive character card, and a 3rd full set of characters (non-exclusive). Brad tells me this set will be Renaissance-themed, with plenty of deal-making and backstabbing. Because the characters from the first two sets don't do enough backstabbing?

And when we hit the $10K goal, everyone gets the 2nd Kickstarter-exclusive character card, and the 2nd full set of characters.

So by default, all backers will get 2 Kickstarter-exclusive character cards, and 2 full sets of 8 characters. Backers that pledge $7 extra will get the 3rd exclusive card and full set.

Project Update - 6/20

Check out the latest project update - Stretch Goals Available as Premiums for information on how to add to your pledge to get the stretch goal characters.

Game Overview

It’s good to be the Overlord. You have your subjects to grovel at your feet, limitless wealth, and absolute power over all the lands. But your subjects are plotting —they envy your wealth, and hope to steal it for themselves—specifically by removing you from the picture.

So you’ve decided to secure your power and eliminate these individuals by sending your executioner out with orders to kill the first person he meets. Unfortunately, your Executioner is a gullible fellow who is extremely enthusiastic about his job—easy to dissuade and misdirect, if you’re clever enough. 

Who will be the first player with no excuse to miss his own funeral? Once the axe starts swinging, not even the Overlord is safe!

Kill the Overlord is a light hot-potato-passing party card game for 4-8 scoundrels.

Ready for Press

Kill the Overlord is finished and ready for press. We've gotten bids back from printers here in the U.S., which will significantly decrease turnaround time over printing in Europe or Asia.

Game Contents

  • 8 tarot-sized character cards
  • 1 tarot-sized execution order
  • 44 plot cards
  • 8 cardboard die-cut execution order tokens
  • cardboard die-cut money tokens
  • rulesheet

Pledge Levels

Here's an in-depth description of the available pledge levels.

$5+ - Anarchist
We'll send you an Anarchist Kickstarter-exclusive character card. The Anarchist is the lowest rank, and the unlucky player pays 1 gold to the Overlord each turn. On the plus side, if you have no red plot cards in your hand (shield cards) you can play any book card as though it were Revolution (all players switch character roles and the Execution ends). This is not only a great way to improve your position, but also certainly ruin other players' days.

We understand that no card is worth $5 by itself, so we also thank you for your support.

We'll ship the card free to you anywhere on planet Earth via First Class Mail in a letter envelope.

$20 - OverlordThe Overlord level gets you 1 copy of the Kill the Overlord game shipped free in the U.S. Additionally, backers get 1 copy of the Anarchist character role card.

We ship free in the U.S. Everyone else pays just $5.

$38 - Advisor
This level works just like the $20 - Overlord level except backers get 2 copies of Kill the Overlord and 2 Kickstarter-exclusive Anarchist cards.

Shipping is free in the U.S. and $8 internationally.

$114 - General

This level works just like the $20 - Overlord level except backers get 6 copies of Kill the Overlord and 6 Kickstarter-exclusive Anarchist cards.

Shipping is free in the U.S. and $20 internationally.

$500 - Captain
Here's a chance for you to build your own KTO character. You supply a character name, rank, income and special ability, and we get the esteemed Tori Parker to do male and female versions of the card.

This will ship closer to the end of the year, as it will take time for backers to create their card and for Tori to create the art. Hopefully you'll get it on time to enjoy it for a few days before the Mayan calendar runs out and the world ends.

All backers will have the opportunity to purchase these custom cards for an additional $7 to their pledge level. 

This level also includes one copy of Kill the Overlord and one Anarchist card. Free shipping everywhere in the world.

Stretch Goals

Thinking optimistically, we've come up with a couple stretch goals in the event we hit the $6K level.

$8000 - Conspirator
If we reach $8000 we'll print up a special card for all participants titled Conspirator.

At the start of each Execution, all other players close their eyes and raise their hands if they have a key card in their hand. Knowing who has key cards will help you figure out who can help the Conspirator when the time comes at the end of the Execution. 

Backers at all pledge levels will receive the card at no additional cost.

The art for this card is complete, and it will ship with the rest of the production run.

$10000 - Tyrant
This level is an entire set of 8 new character cards. Instead of using the Overlord and the rest of that rabble, you can instead play with the Tyrant and his band of misfits and rogues.

This level also includes additional plot cards (exact plot cards to be included are TBD).

Backers at any level get as many copies of this new card set as the number of games included in the pledge level they backed at FOR FREE! Yup, free.

This set is NOT Kickstarter-exclusive. If we hit this level, then all published games will include this card set. (You'll notice that the rules on our website already include rules for the Tyrant cards).

The art for these cards is complete, and they will ship with the rest of the production run.

FAQ

  • The art and cards are completed for the basic game and through the $10K stretch. I hope to have the game sent out to Kickstarter backers prior to Gen Con in August. Any new cards and art will obviously be sent out subsequent to the initial release.

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  • The game will ship in a 7ish"x4ish" 2-piece setup box similar to the FFG Silver Line games.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    1 backer

    ANARCHIST: 1 copy of the Kickstarter-exclusive Anarchist character role card. Shipping is free world-wide.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $20 or more

    315 backers

    OVERLORD: 1 copy of Kill the Overlord, along with the Kickstarter-exclusive Anarchist character role card. Free shipping in the U.S. International orders add $5.

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    Pledge $38 or more

    33 backers

    ADVISOR: Get 2 copies of Kill the Overlord and save a buck on each. Also get 2 Anarchist Kickstarter-exclusive cards. Free shipping in the U.S. Everywhere else add $8.

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    Pledge $40 or more

    8 backers

    As per the $20 backer level, with the addition of a PDF of all 9 of the characters (8 basic characters plus the Anarchist).

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  • You selected
    Pledge $58 or more

    3 backers

    As per the $38 backer level, with the addition of a PDF of all 9 of the characters (8 basic characters plus the Anarchist).

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  • You selected
    Pledge $114 or more

    5 backers

    GENERAL: Get 6 copies of Kill the Overlord and save a buck on each. Also get 6 Anarchist Kickstarter-exclusive cards. Free shipping in the U.S. Everywhere else add $20.

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    Pledge $134 or more

    0 backers

    As per the $114 backer level, with the addition of a PDF of all 9 of the characters (8 basic characters plus the Anarchist).

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    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (8 left of 8)

    CAPTAIN: Build-a-Char. Each backer at this level can design a character - giving it both a name and a special ability (due to final approval by the publisher). The card will be illustrated on both sides by the wonderful Victoria Parker. Depending how many backers we get at this level, all backers will have the opportunity to purchase these cards. This level also includes 1 copy of KTO and 1 Anarchist card.

    Shipping is free worldwide.

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Funding period

- (21 days)