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A new tabletop game pitting factions of ghosts against each other. You will either transcend purgatory, or control it.
A new tabletop game pitting factions of ghosts against each other. You will either transcend purgatory, or control it.
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At the mouth of the river of the dead is the mighty city of Asphodel. It is known by many other names, some call it Purgatory some Stygia. Many lives that were cut short by violence or tragedy resume here fighting each other in a nightly battle to gain the strength to move on while fending off the attacks of rival factions. Asphodel is a strategic skirmish game set in the afterlands.

Factions of ghosts fight over locations to gain enough resolve to move on. These locations exist as shadows of places in the world of the living. In the afterlands locations may be adjacent to other places that are actually many miles apart in the living world. Set up -----Each player begins by either choosing or randomly drawing one of the available factions:

The Drowned, whose lives were cut short by tragedy at sea, or perhaps at the bottom of a well.

The Burned, victims of fires, radiation, and explosions. Their connection to the fire has lasted into the next world.

The Gremlins, tinkering souls who lost their lives to the machines they still love.

The Mystics whose pursuit of knowledge and power has become even greater on the shadowy side of the shroud.

And the Poltergeists whose violent brutal ends leave them raging, and lashing out across the asphodel meadows and possibly beyond.

Players take turns moving their Ghosts, who are represented by dice. Ghosts will be banished, and summoned back to Asphodel. Ghosts may find the resolve to transcend this purgatory, scoring points for the player or they may find themselves stuck in Asphodel, wandering the twilight city forever.

The box contains:

25 location tiles

25 dice in five colors

5 Faction cards

and of course the rules, which you can look at here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c9ghgammg8g36mn/AsphodelRules.pdf?dl=0

We also have a few stretch goals to add to the box!

50 Facebook Likes, Facebook likes help spread the word! At 50 likes I will add both two extra Kickstarter exclusive locations to the set and an extra die. The Altar will not be sold outside of kickstarter, and if we can achieve this goal, the Altar and the Ossuary will be available to summon  a non aligned monster die that gets stronger as ghosts are banished.

100 Facebook likes, If we can reach 100 likes on our Facebook page then we will add double sided player aid cards. These should aid in teaching the game and make it more accessible to new players.

$2,000 Funded, This is our base goal for funding this project. It is very exciting to achieve our goal, but there is much more to come!

2,250 We will add Six more locations to Asphodel. These locations are not faction specific, giving new flexibility to your city set up and new strategies for your ghosts.

$2,500 We will be able to add the Lost expansion focusing on ghosts and locations outside the city. If we hit this goal this sixth player expansion will be included in all kickstarter copies of the base game! it will include a sixth faction with a new faction card, ten new locations, 5 more dice and rules to play with a 6th faction in the game.

$2,750 We will be able to add six more locations, to add more variety into your game! Some strange places that may get find there way into your ghostly necropolis.

50 Backers, We will add an achievements card to the game for players to sign when they achieve a new first, like first win of the year, and first win with the drowned. The achievements card will also have a quick set up reference on the back.

$3,000 We will add A new Kickstarter Exclusive location to Asphodel. The Oubliette will not be sold in stores or online!

And from there, who knows? We have lofty goals to stretch to!

Risks and challenges

Asphodel is a fun, easy to learn game, with dark themes, and great replayability. The art is done and playtesting has allowed us to make the game quicker to learn and easy to play. We are confident the game will be both entertaining and look great! We also have our initial stretch goals ready to go. As with any Kickstarter project, unexpected delays could happen, but we are doing our best to ensure there aren't any. We plan to print Asphodel in the US.

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