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Martial Arts: The Trading Card Game brings real martial arts to you in this fast paced card game of action, strategy, skill and speed.
Martial Arts: The Trading Card Game brings real martial arts to you in this fast paced card game of action, strategy, skill and speed.
84 backers pledged $8,138 to help bring this project to life.

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It was already difficult enough finding card games that say they use "real" martial arts, but after playing a bunch of terrible games that made no sense, it was time to do martial art fans and card game players some kind of justice. 

That's where we got the idea to incorporate actual martial arts from around the world, to be represented in a game that was easy to understand, quick to play and made you feel like you were a conditioned fighter specializing Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Grappling, Aikido, Boxing, and more! We wanted to have all the moves, the philosophy, and the techniques all out there for your to mix and match to form your own style.... to give your friends a beatdown they'll always remember.

GAME SETUP:

This is the basic setup of the game. For the Official Rules, please check out our website.

DIFFERENT CARD TYPES:

Although all 4 decks vary in moves, they will all have Attack, Defense, Strategy, and Event Cards. This video highlights these card types.

GAME PLAY TUTORIAL/DEMO:

To give you a better idea on what to expect with the gameplay, here's a tutorial of a few rounds of the game. 

We are introducing 4 unique decks based on different styles of martial arts with completely different gameplay. Each deck will have 54 cards and are playable against an opponent right out of the box. The great thing is your ability to mix and match cards from the decks or from expansions to find the martial arts combinations that make you the master!

*** FREE SHIPPING: On all reward tiers in the United States! ***

As a fan, you’ll be rewarded one of our four playable Promo Cards! Each promo card is a Kickstarter exclusive and are powerful in the game. The 4 cards will highlight: Tae Kwon Do, Sambo, Tai Chi, and Sholin Kung Fu!

You will receive TWO Starter Decks of your choice (54 cards per deck) and TWO of our four Promo Cards! The decks to choose from in any combination are: King of the Ring, Master of 8 Limbs, Ume and the Blade, and Enter the Phoenix

You will receive: ALL FOUR Starter Decks and ALL FOUR Promo Cards! (Backers this level and up get Knockout Goal Rewards!)

You will receive: (1) All 4 Decks (2) All 4 Promos PLUS: (3) A 30 Card "Sparring Pack" Exclusive to Kickstarter!

You will get (1) All 4 Decks (2) All 4 Promos (3) The 30 Card "Sparring Pack" PLUS: (4) An Awesome Playmat with art by Solomon Au Yeung (5) One Kickstarter "Exclusive" Strategy Card (6) And one of four Avatar Cards!

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS ONLY: A great way to avoid huge shipping costs is to band together with 2 friends and get this reward as a group! You will receive THREE SETS of all 4 decks (12 Decks in total) AND Free International Shipping!

You will get (1) All 4 Decks (2) All 4 Promos (3) The 30 Card "Sparring Pack" (4) An awesome playmat (5) One Kickstarter "Exclusive" Strategy Card PLUS: (6) Four kickstarter “exclusive” Finishing Move cards (each designed specifically for each of the four decks) (7) Two Avatar Cards (8) And an Autographed Card card from our “Sparring Pack” Expansion!

You will get (1) All 4 Decks (2) All 4 Promos (3) The 30 Card "Sparring Pack" (4) An awesome playmat (5) One Kickstarter "Exclusive" Strategy Card (6) Four kickstarter “exclusive” Finishing Move Cards (7) An Autographed Card PLUS (8) A beautiful 80 page Paperback Book of the artwork from all four decks (9) Three Avatar Cards (10) AND you will design a LIMITED Arena Playmat with us and we will create an Event Card that reflects your arena, exclusive to ONLY YOU. (Limit 4)

You will get (1) All 4 Decks (2) All 4 Promos (3) An awesome playmat (4) One Kickstarter "Exclusive" Strategy Card (5) Four kickstarter “exclusive” Finishing Move Cards (6) An Autographed Card card from our “Sparring Pack” Expansion (7) Custom Heavyweight T-Shirt PLUS (8) A Complete Playset of all 30 "Sparring Pack" cards (meaning, 4 of each card in the “sparing pack”) (9) A 115 page Hardcover Art Book of all the cards in the first series (10) AND all four Avatar Cards!

You will get (1) An Awesome Playmat (2) An Autographed Card  (3) A Custom Heavyweight T-Shirt (4) A 115 page Hardcover Art Book (5) All four Avatar Cards PLUS: (6) Four of EVERY card in the decks, expansion, promos, and kickstarter exclusives (that's 372 interchangeable cards!) (7) AND Signed Original Artwork by Solomon Au Yeung! (Limit 2)

You will get (1) An Awesome Playmat (2) An Autographed Card (3) A Custom Heavyweight T-Shirt (4) A 115 page Hardcover Art Book (5) All four Avatar Cards (6) Four of EVERY card in the decks, expansion, promos, and kickstarter exclusives PLUS: (7) You will work with us in creating an “Illegal Move” that will be used in one of the 4 starter decks in our "Series One" set for production. You will be titled as “Developer” on those cards. (Limit 4)

You will get (1) An Awesome Playmat (2) An Autographed Card (3) A Custom Heavyweight T-Shirt (4) A 115 page Hardcover Art Book (5) All four Avatar Cards (6) Four of EVERY card in the decks, expansion, promos, and kickstarter exclusives PLUS: (7) You will work with us and design a 10 Card Weapons Set of your choice for the Series 2 "Weapons Expansion Pack" (8) You will receive this weapons pack at least 6 months before retail production! (Limit 2)

You will get (1) An Awesome Playmat (2) An Autographed Card (3) A Custom Heavyweight T-Shirt (4) A 115 page Hardcover Art Book (5) All four Avatar Cards (6) Four of EVERY card in the decks, expansion, promos, and kickstarter exclusives PLUS: (7) You will team up with us on choosing the martial arts style, moves, and story-line of a deck for our "Series Two" set. You will also be credited as the “legendary developer” on all the cards in that deck (8) AND you will receive your copy of the deck at least 6 months before retail production! (Limit 1)

You will get (1) An Awesome Playmat (2) An Autographed Card (3) A Custom Heavyweight T-Shirt (4) A 115 page Hardcover Art Book (5) All four Avatar Cards (6) Four of EVERY card in the decks, expansion, promos, and kickstarter exclusives, PLUS (7) you will work with us to design an entire deck and storyline (for series 2), 1 finishing move, A 10-Card Weapons Set, AND will will incorporate your face in the artwork of one of the cards that you've designed and your name will be credited on all your designed cards as the "Mythic Developer" (8) You will receive your new deck at least 6 months before retail production! (9) International shipping is FREE and included with this reward! (Limit 1)

Everyone at "Fighter" Level and up will receive these reward. If we hit the $15,000 mark, then all "Early Bird" backers will also receive the Knockout Goals. And if we hit $25,000 all "International" shipping is FREE! 

We need your help to bring Martial Arts: The Trading Card Game from just an exciting idea to a reality. We will use the funding from Kickstarter to complete the artwork for the rest of the cards with Solomon Au Yeung, a popular Hong Kong Game Developer/Artist (Stormriders, Dragon Tiger Gate, Magic: The Gathering). 

Following, we will begin our official print run of the game and get these in your hand, while having enough games to introduce more player to during GenCon 2013 and beyond.

We brought the fight to Kickstarter. Together we can win it.

Risks and challenges

In all honesty, the biggest risk and challenge is not getting the backing this project needs to happen. This is the second run we're doing on Kickstarter and we've learned so much since the first time. We are very thankful for all the successful campaigners as well as for great people on the Board Game Geek community who have helped guide us into realizing that this campaign isn't just about this game... it's about you.

This time around, we are spotlighting you. And because of our success in finding great production vendors, we're able to reward you in a way where we want you to sincerely know we appreciate your support. Without our backers, we're just a game and an idea. You are the soul of this project so let's join the fight together, and bring Martial Arts: The Trading Card Game to your tabletops!

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FAQ

  • One of the most frequent question we've had on forums, facebook, and on Kickstarter was if we were a Collectable Card Game and if randomized booster packs were something to be expected. To clear things up, we aren't planning on releasing random packs with different rarities.

    Our goal for the game is to release 4+ decks per series that feature different martial arts styles. The decks are playable by themselves or can be mixed and matched with other decks so you can truly customize a martial art style you feel comfortable fighting with. At the same time we release a deck series, we will also release Expansion Packs that can expand on the decks you already have.

    For example, if in our second series we have a deck that is themed after wrestling, jujitsu, judo, or something along those lines, we might introduce a "Grappler's Expansion" which would have a short run of about 30 cards. We would at the same time release other expansions like a "Strikers Expansion" that focuses on more boxing, kung fu, and karate striking moves. These expansions will not be random and the cards will be well balanced, yet offer extra dynamics to your current deck. And don't worry, it wouldn't be necessary to get them for deck advantage, thought it would definitely make your styles more versatile, depending on how you play.

    We dubbed this game a "Trading Card Game" since it wasn't about rarity and it would be ok to trade with your friends. We didn't realize that there was a really thin line between that term and "Collectable Card Game" making it even more confusing for people at first glance. Please let people know if you notice they're a bit unsure since it may be one of the reasons that they're hesitant in joining our fight on Kickstarter.

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    THE FAN ~ As a fan, you'll be rewarded one of our four playable Promo Cards!

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    THE PRACTITIONER ~ Your conditioning and training paid off! Now, you're ready to spar 1 on 1 with TWO Starter Decks of your choice (54 cards per deck) and TWO of our four Promo Cards!

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    THE EARLY BIRDS ~ To kick things off to a right start, we're rewarding backers who want to train early by giving you ALL 4 Decks and ALL 4 Promo cards. Get here before anyone else!

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    THE FIGHTER ~ Wow! You're now ready to take the fight to your friends with ALL FOUR Starter Decks and ALL FOUR Promo Cards! Mix and match your moves to find your true martial art style!

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    THE STUDENT ~ Now you're TOTALLY dedicated! Customize your decks with 30 MORE cards in our "Sparring Pack" in addition to all 4 decks and all 4 promo cards.

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    THE TEACHER ~ When the student becomes the teacher, you will receive everything above PLUS an attractive Custom Playmat with art by Solomon Au Yeung AND one kickstarter "exclusive" Strategy Card that will give any deck an advantage AND one of four "exclusive" Avatar Cards!

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    THE WORLD WARRIOR ~ The journey has just begun! To help fight off those terrible overseas shipping costs, we'd like to help you and 2 of your friends by offering you a group reward. THREE SETS of each of the 4 decks, meaning 12 decks and FREE International Shipping! That's right, we just did a roundhouse kick to the ridiculous shipping costs with this tier, just for you!

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    THE CHOSEN DISCIPLE ~ You will be taught something only a select people will ever learn. For this, you will receive everything above PLUS Four kickstarter "exclusive" Finishing Move cards (each designed specifically for each of your decks) AND Two Avatar Cards AND an Autographed card card from our "Sparring Pack" Expansion!

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    THE TRUE HEIR ~ We will pass down to you, all of the above PLUS you will work with us and create a "Custom Arena Playmat" for you (made of a high quality eco-rubber material) and an Event Card we will design specifically matching the arena you create (meaning, you will be the only person who will have this card since it is specific to you.) AND you will get 3 Avatar Cards AND a beautiful 80 page Paperback Book of the artwork from all 4 decks! (This "custom" arena playmat is only available in this tier.)

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    THE MASTER ~ Taking martial arts to another level, your mastery has earned you all of the rewards above PLUS a Playset of all 30 cards (meaning, 4 of each card in the "sparing pack") AND a 115 page Hardcover Artbook of all the cards in the first series AND all four Avatar Cards!

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    THE GRAND MASTER ~ You have broken the limitations of martial arts and are now seeking to create your own perfect style. To do this, we will give you 4 of EVERY card in the decks, expansion, promos, and kickstarter exclusives, PLUS the Hardcover Artbook, Autographed Card from the Sparring Pack, Custom Playmat, Custom Heavyweight T-Shirt, all 4 avatars, AND Signed Original Artwork by Solomon Au Yeung! (Limit 2)

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    THE HONORED HERO ~ From fan to hero there are only a few that can reach this level of martial arts. Not only will you receive everything from above (minus the limited stuff), your name will be etched in history as you work with us in creating an "Illegal Move" that will be in one of the 4 series one starter decks for production. And yes, your name will be on that card as "Developer". An honor indeed!

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    THE CHAMPION ~ Your dedication and deep understanding of martial arts has opened the opportunity to work with us in creating a 10 Card Weapons Set of your choice! We will work with you in creating a set of Attacks/Defense moves for your choice weapon and this will be added to our Weapons Expansion set with your name as the "Champion" designer on each of the 10 cards! Of course, you will get your copy of this set as well as all the previous non "limited" rewards!

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    THE LEGEND ~ There can be only one. You are now one of the greats that will always be known as the legend who worked with us to design the next starter deck in our series 2 set! Yes, you will team up with us on choosing the martial arts style, moves, and story-line of that deck and be credited as the "legendary developer" on all the cards in that deck. And of course, you will receive your copy of the deck before it even hits our production line!

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    ANOTHER LEGEND ~ There can be only one. You are now one of the greats that will always be known as the legend who worked with us to design the next starter deck in our series 2 set! Yes, you will team up with us on choosing the martial arts style, moves, and story-line of that deck and be credited as the "legendary developer" on all the cards in that deck. And of course, you will receive your copy of the deck before it even hits our production line! PLUS, FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING with this tier!

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    THE MYTH ~ Your name will be heard among all fighters and warriors around the world. This reward tier takes you to the highest level as you will be working with our team to do the unthinkable. You will design 1 complete deck with us in our series 2 set, 1 finishing move, a 10-card weapons set, AND your face will be designed in one of the cards that you design, making you permanently part of the fight. And with EVERY card you design, you will be credited as "The Mythic Developer" so people know who designed it when playing with your cards. You will also receive your deck at least 6 months before mass production! PLUS international shipping is completely free with this reward tier!

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    THE SECOND MYTH ~ Your name will be heard among all fighters and warriors around the world. This reward tier takes you to the highest level as you will be working with our team to do the unthinkable. You will design 1 complete deck with us in our series 2 set, 1 finishing move, a 10-card weapons set, AND your face will be designed in one of the cards that you design, making you permanently part of the fight. And with EVERY card you design, you will be credited as "The Mythic Developer" so people know who designed it when playing with your cards. You will also receive your deck at least 6 months before mass production! PLUS international shipping is completely free with this reward tier!

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