Bow Down : A Take-That Battle Card Game
A fantasy battle card game.
Bow Down : A Take-That Battle Card Game
A fantasy battle card game.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, August 20 2019 12:11 PM UTC +00:00.
"Bow Down" is a take-that style party game with cards for up to 8 people. The set up of the game takes less than a minute and the rules take up to five minutes to grasp. The game is recommended for everyone from ages 10 and up.
The goal of the game is to make all other players Bow Down to you by having the strongest hand. Each copy of “Bow Down” consists of 72 cards, two Scrolls: one for Rules and one for Lore, all within a Special Box.
The focus of the entire experience is on accessibility and portability: fast setup, simple rules and addicting game play anytime, anywhere, with anyone.
The game is inspired by party games, which don't take hours to explain or finish. New game group? No problem! Old friends? Still fun and addicting after hours of play! "Bow Down" aspires to be a strategic and fun experience that you can rely on.
It's a fast-paced game, during which players race to amass the strongest army, while deceiving their opponents, in order to conquer the Realms!
We were inspired to create a game with rules that take just several minutes to explain, so everyone can proceed to playing instantly. This allows you to truly play anywhere, anytime with anyone. The thrill of realization, when you finally have what it takes to say "Bow Down" will get you hooked!
The presentation is focused on portability – the box design and simple rules allow you to bring the game along with you to any party, group or event.
One of the players takes the deck from out of the box, shuffles it well and then places it somewhere, where all players can freely reach it.
Done! You're all set to play.
The most honorable of the knights at the table goes first and the game rotation is clockwise.
Each player draws 3 cards - no more, no less. The player who goes first can perform every in-game action from their first turn onward. The game actions are as follows:
- Drawing a Card (but discarding one as well, if their hand size will become greater than 5)
- Declaring an Attack
- Using an Ability Card
- Triggering the End of the Game
You can only perform one of these actions per turn!
An important rule to remember is that lying is absolutely forbidden during the game!
But bluffing isn't! Use that to your advantage, as you are not required to prove anything.
A player chooses another player and announces their attack. At that point, the two players must convey to one another who of them has a stronger hand - without revealing the hand, or any useful information to the other players. Whoever has the Strongest Army - the sum of all points that are granted from cards in a hand, wins the battle. The winner then discards a card from the loser's hand without looking.
At some point during, a Clash might happen - two players having an equal Army Strength! At that point, both players discard one card from their opponent's hand until they are not equal. The victor discards yet another card from the loser's hand.
There are several card types, which grant special abilities upon use. Their conditions and consequences are explained in great detail in the Rules Scroll. Тo sum things up, if you have an ability card, you can use it on your turn - you place it on the field, announce it's action and you choose a target player. Then you simply execute the rules!
The goal of the Game is to make everyone Bow Down to you, via any of the win conditions:
Using the phrase "Bow Down"
At any point during the game, on your turn, you may use this phrase to trigger the end of the game. At this point, you may perform no other actions. All other players have one more turn each, to try and surpass you (or sabotage you). When this last rotation is done, all players reveal their hands. The player with the highest Army Strength score wins and is crowned King of the Realms!
Someone is holding on to the Dragon Wielder card!! That player has managed to hold on to a very powerful force all game long, without getting noticed. If any player manages to pull through on such a task and not loose the Dragon Wielder, then at the end of the game, they are the true victor. The Dragon Wielder is a unique card in the entire deck - make sure you play around him carefully!
To play the game again, simply shuffle the deck and start anew! Keep in mind that there are still a few more rules and special conditions that might occur during the game. For clarification, consult your Rules Scroll. We would love to hear back from you in regards to any suggestions in ways that we can improve rules clarity (see contacts section)!
You can view the current Rules Scroll via the link bellow:
Keep in mind that this Rules Scroll is temporary and will not represent the final one, which will be included in every box. We promise it's going to be awesome, but we don't want to spoil anything just yet!
One copy of “Bow Down” contains:
- A Tube Box
- Rules Scroll
- Lore Scroll
And a 72 Card Game Deck:
- 12x Villager Cards – 1 Point
- 10x Pikeman Card – 2 Points
- 10x Bowman Cards – 2 Points
- 8x Knight Cards – 3 Points
- 7x Mage Cards – 4 Points
- 7x Wizard Cards – 4 Points
- 4x Griffin Cards – 5 Points
- 4x Spy Cards – Special Card
- 4x Assassin Cards – Special Card
- 5x Troll Bridge Cards – Special Card
- Dragon Wielder Card – Win Condition Card
It is our goal to deliver only the best to our Backers. Each and every one of you is special to us, thus we are proud to announce:
All cards are 80x120mm in size and are made from high quality cardboard with a matte finish.
Includes one copy of "Bow Down" along with all Unlocked Stretch Goals!
Includes one copy of "Bow Down" along with all unlocked Stretch Goals, a Stainless Steel medallion and an A3 Art Poster!
Includes two copies of "Bow Down" along with all unlocked Stretch Goals, two A3 Art Posters and a limited-edition Stone Battle Mat! (more info on Battle Mats bellow)
Includes 8 copies of the game along with all unlocked Stretch Goals at a discounted price!
The Bow Down Kickstarter-Exclusive Battle Mats are made from a waterproof material and in A2 size (~42x59 cm). They offer you a wide space to play on, without worrying about spilling something on them.
Our Stretch Goal is the inclusion of two copies of two new cards to the deck, making it consist of 76 cards in total!
The first card is called The Mist. When it is played, the mist clouds judgement. It negates all other actions, besides drawing cards, until the end of this rotation.
The second card is The Wall. It's a fine and sturdy wall! It will protect whoever played it against all attacks until the rest of this rotation!
"Bow Down" is Shipping Friendly and the Team are dedicated to delivering the best possible experience to you, safely at the most convenient rate!
MoonCraft Games is an indie studio with just a handful of people, dedicated on bringing inspired and inspiring games to people who want to have fun!
Choc's Game Corner:
"Easy rules, quick play and we laughed to tears. Really cool game, I can recommend it!"
The Friendly Boardgamer
"Set up is quick and simple meaning that you can easily get another game going straight away. Due to its quick playing nature you can get a few games in whilst waiting for a game night to start or as a filler in between other games."
Thanks for sticking through to the end! You have proven that you are a valiant knight and thus you have earned the right of starting first on your next game of "Bow Down"!
Risks and challenges
The minimum number of components in “Bow Down” allows for easy tracking over production. We’re working with local, established print studios, so we can keep a close eye on everything.
In terms of shipping, we’ve chosen to work with Bulpost, which is a long-standing partner of DeutchePost. We’re confident that they can bring the finished product to you in a fast and safe manner.
We know that asking for trust is asking for a lot – especially for first-time creators such as us. But we are really passionate about what we do and we promise that we will always strive to do everything in our might to do right by you – the ones who invested trust in us, before anything else.