We are exploring if we should manufacture Debtzilla miniatures as a project add-on. Backers, please visit https://www.wongamania.com/poll to vote on the poll and indicate your interest!
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Have you ever wanted to be a seemingly ordinary person with a superhero secret identity, just like what you see in a superhero movie?
Now you can enjoy the that experience on a revolutionary superhero board game!
Debtzilla is a 2 - 4 player, cooperative superhero board game that puts you in the nation of Banana Republic, where the incompetent and corrupt government has unleashed a wave of crime and lawlessness. You play as an ordinary citizen with a superhero secret identity, working with other superheroes to patrol the streets at night and battling villains. Debtzilla awaits you and your team as the final boss at the end of the game and defeat him before he can destroy Banana Republic.You and your team must learn to manage both your ordinary citizen and secret superhero identities well, in order for you to beat this challenging and addictive superhero boardgame.
Can you save the world from Debtzilla before it's too late?
- Board game for 2 to 4 players
- Plays between 60 - 90 mins
- Ages 14 and up (Family mode: Ages 8 and up)
- Cooperative simultaneous gameplay
- Variable character powers
- Deck building mechanism
- Dice battle, dice manipulation and dice placement
Man vs Meeples produced a concise 15 mins walk-through of Debtzilla. Check out the video for a quick understanding on how Debtzilla works.
For an in-depth walkthrough of the game, check out the 30 mins game walkthrough by Undead Vikings on how to play Debtzilla.
Debtzilla is a fun cooperative Superhero board game where players have to work together to achieve victory over Debtzilla and its villains. To achieve victory, players must power up their heroes and defeat all the villains and confront Debtzilla as the final boss before Debtzilla grows too powerful and initiates the Debt Apocalypse or when all the citizens are bankrupted. Each superhero has a different playing style and hero synergies are important in beating the game.
A turn is played over the following PHASES:
The key to winning the game is to find the balance between powering up your heroes and preventing Debtzilla from becoming too strong:
- Powering up your heroes too quickly by over borrowing money to buy gadgets will allow you to defeat Villains quickly and prevent citizen bankruptcy. However, your borrowings will grow Debtzilla's power more, speeding up Debt Apocalypse.
- Powering up your heroes too slowly by saving money conservatively will allow villains to run rampant and bankrupt too many citizens, leading to defeat as Debtzilla will quickly wipe out the few surviving citizens
To win the game, all heroes are to work as a team and take on the below duties to maximize the chance of killing the ultimate boss - Debtzilla :
- Early Game hero - Borrows money aggressively and buy gadgets early to prevent villains from running rampant.
- Late Game hero - Starts slow but build up a strong cashflow to buy powerful Gadgets to take out difficult villains and Debtzilla later in the game.
- Support hero - Focuses on slowing down Debtzilla by paying down debt and buying team support gadgets. Generally weak during fights.
- Specialist hero - Specializes in clearing difficult villains with weak points such as "0" and "7" that is outside of the normal dice range.
Once you have taken out Debtzilla, challenge a even more difficult boss: Instead of debt, Inflationsaurus feeds on luxury spendings and team discipline is key in defeating it.
Debtzilla was initially conceptualized during our design of Wongamania: Banana Economy. At that point of time, we wanted to present the 2007 financial debt crisis in a more creative manner and we got our inspiration from Godzilla. Godzilla is a fearsome Kaiju that feeds on nuclear power and is a force that destroys both friends and foes. Debt has the same double edged sword effect as nuclear power and hence Debtzilla is born as a representation of the destructive power of the growing debt problem around the world.
Debtzilla, was well received after Wongamania: Banana Economy is launched and many people asked us, "Why is Debtzilla only represented by a card in the game? We want to fight Debtzilla!" Hence the idea of turning Debtzilla into a standalone board game was conceived. At that point of time, there was a lot of discussion about Spiderman as a result of the reintroduction of the character back into the Marvel universe. We were inspired by the struggles of Peter Parker as a financially strapped young man, trying to juggle between school work, part time jobs and vigilante activities.
That's when the key design concept of Debtzilla was born: Players get to role play as a secret identity superheros dealing with problems as a salaryman and as a vigilante. And if that's not bad enough, we have Debtzilla as the final boss lurking in the background feeding on the very financial woes of the superheroes. We shared the theme and concept with many people and the idea received universal thumbs up and hence, Project Debtzilla is born....
Check out our designer diary and find out more about the design and production process of Debtzilla!
Are you in Singapore? Interested backers can check out our 'live funding' booth at the We The People Store at Millenia Walk, Level 2. You will get a first-hand experience of the game.
Xeo Lye is the lead developer behind the games produced by Capital Gains Studio. Previously, he spent a decade in the financial world managing money, authoring financial books & blogs and giving public talks.
Andy Choo is a top comic artist in Singapore and pokes fun at some of the social issues and weird quirks of Singaporeans, helping people to laugh at some of the silly things that they do.
Alan Bay is an illustrator and comic artist from Singapore and has worked on video game titles like Dynasty Warriors and Ghost Recon previously. Latest projects include own titles ChewyToon and Atlas Realm, available on Webtoons and Tapastics.
Chin Kee Yong is a design and art student at the National Technological University of Singapore who is passionate about games.
Wong Chunxi has been drawing stuff since young. Aspiring writer, creator, artist, and full time dreamer. Likes computer gaming and painting miniatures, and getting inspired by others."
Video Animation: Regina Lai
Consultant: Eddie Ching
This project is US-Friendly and EU-Friendly, and therefore no additional charges or fees will apply due to taxes or customs. If you do come across issues on tax and custom fees, do drop us an email and we will take care of it. We apologize that we are unable to extend the shipping friendly status to Australia and Canada, but if you have a solution for us to help our backers from these two regions, please drop us a message.
Debtzilla will weigh around 1.5 kilos and Capital Gains Studio will be subsidizing a large portion of the shipping as a promotion for our campaign.
We also reserve the right to decline any shipping to countries with an active armed conflict or a country with a high chance of non-delivery. We will refund any pledges made in this case after a review with our logistics partners.
The expected delivery date of Debtzilla is August 2018.
Risks and challenges
Debtzilla is our 4th game and our 2nd Kickstarter campaign. By now, our team has a solid grasp on the process of designing, developing, manufacturing and delivering a high quality tabletop game. When it comes to a project like this, there are always certain risks regarding production and delivery that are beyond our control and may cause delays. That said, the Aug 2018 delivery deadline is a safe estimation that we are confident we can keep.
As with any foreign production/logistics, we may still be faced with unforeseen circumstances such as manufacturing and shipment delays or errors. If we were to meet with an issue, we promise to keep everyone updated and will share details of the problems and our solutions. Check out our previous campaign on the kind of communication you can expect due to any manufacturing issues or shipping delays. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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