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About this project

Note: We've cancelled this campaign early (see our update for more details). However, we're still continuing War Co. and plan on coming back stronger. You can keep tabs on us on our website, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

War Co. is an expandable card game about war, scarcity, and making hard choices. The objective: run your opponent out of cards. You can win with raw muscle, unpredictable traps, or plain old patience. You can play with two to six players.

War Co. plays like a trading card game, but a little different. There are no rare or perfect cards – just good ones played at a smart time. There are 300 cards in the game and they’ll be divided into six starter decks: Bruiser, Conspirator, Guerilla, Militant, Trickster, and Wildcard. You know exactly what you’ll be getting in the box. If you want that extra competitive edge, you can mix and match cards from different starter decks to make your own.

These are the abridged rules. The full rules can be found here, as well as strategy guides that I've been working on.

When you order a deck, you will receive one starter deck: Bruiser, Conspirator, Guerilla, Militant, Trickster, or Wildcard. Each deck will contain 50 cards and come in a tuckbox. Physically, there's not a lot to it, but which of the six decks you pick will change the way you play.

Early versions of this idea have been in my head since I was 11. I created a card game based on my understanding of trading card games from the Yu-Gi-Oh! cartoon, which I distributed to neighborhood kids on cut up pieces of printer paper. I revamped this when I was 16, again when I was 19, and now once more at age 22. The difference this time: I've played more games, studied game-making theory, and tested hundreds and hundreds of times.

We’ve spent hundreds of hours perfecting the gameplay and creating artwork that you’ll love. We’ve completed the art on 120 cards out of 300, but we still have about 180 to go. We should be completely ready to print cards by late May and ship them to you in July.

Every card in the game has its own story. All the stories connect to each other like a dystopian future Wikipedia. I update the website every week with a new "artifact" found from the War of 2620. This is the lore mentioned in the rewards - and you can be a part of that!

In summary:

  • Game itself: Done (but we can still apply changes if we like)
  • Overall game look: Done
  • Game lore: At least 60,000 words, and growing weekly
  • Game Art: 40%
  • Print Logistics: Quoted from 3 places, not yet committed. Budget based on highest quote.

I’ve already paid about $2,500 myself for what’s already here and we’re going to keep working on artwork while this campaign is running. This campaign will ease the burden of what’s left AND answer the question of “how many people care about this crazy thing?”

Art: We’ve got about 180 images to go.

Initial Printing: Assumes 1,000 decks based on my quote research, which includes shipping fees. If we need to order more, the cost per deck goes down significantly.

Rewards: Helps me pay for the cost of getting rewards to you nice people :)

KS & Bank Fees: Kickstarter takes about 5%. Bank transactions take 3-5%.

Safety Margin: Life can be weird, so let’s make room for that before making promises.

  • $10,000 - Original art on website artifact articles for one year
  • $15,000 - Art on remaining website lore
  • >$15,000 [Locked!]

Risks and challenges

I’ve already begun detailed research into printing and fulfillment costs. The budget leaves room, but even with extra money and time, a lot of unexpected factors can come up during shipping and fulfillment. It's notoriously tricky.

Shipping costs are accounted for within the reward prices. I've got you on that. Customs/import costs are not. They vary by country, and are usually paid by the backer. Watch out for that. If you live in the USA, this won't be an issue.

I have not chosen which printing company we will print with yet, though I do have several candidates. I am most strongly considering Guangzhou SeSe Printing Co., Ltd., who I found on Alibaba. I have a specific quote from this company and two others. Still, I need to do more research before making a commitment. I'm going to be very informed before choosing a printing company.

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