Debtzilla (Cancelled) (Canceled)
Wall Street inspired Superhero Co-Op Board Game that pits money strapped heroes against monsters of financial mass destruction
We are extremely reluctant to cancel this project but we are realistic that this project will probably fail to fund. We have made many mistakes during the course of the project and you can read about our story here.
Meanwhile, we have set up a Board Game Geek evaluation poll and post to gather feedback from the community on the reasons behind. Please help us to complete the poll so that we can re-launch in the future with a better product and campaign.
We will like to thank all our backers here who have supported us and gave us encouragement during the entire campaign. We know that we have a fantastic product, after all the validation from reviewers and our backers and we will make sure to do everything our ability to bring Debtzilla to life. We hope that you will come back again to support us when we re-launch. Meanwhile, do sign-up for our newsletter or like our facebook page for any latest development on our re-launch.
Debtzilla is a 2 to 4 player, cooperative board game where you take on the roles of financially strapped heroes working together to protect ordinary Citizens from being scammed by villains and their big bad boss: Debtzilla.
In the land of Banana Republic, an incompetent and corrupted government has caused a wave of crime and lawlessness in the Republic. A few brave souls showed up and decided to take on the mantle of Heroes - to combat the Villains who are scamming the hard-earned savings of ordinary Citizens. However, beneath every Hero lies a hard working citizen, who needs to work, save and borrow money in order to finance his crime fighting career. Yet, little did they know that their credit card bills are feeding the ultimate monster of mass destruction: Debtzilla.
Debtzilla uses a combination of simplified deck building, simultaneous turn order, dice placement and dice manipulation mechanics to create an easy to learn and challenging game with high replayability and zero player downtime.
In Debtzilla, your objective is to defeat all the financial villains and confront Debtzilla before it can awake from its slumber and trigger a Debt Apocalypse. Debtzilla will become harder to defeat as it feeds on the debt incurred by you and the bankrupted citizens. Once Debtzilla's life reaches 100, you will lose the game.
Pick from a roster of Heroes inspired by financial titans of our own universe who have played a big influence in the world of finance. Each Hero has vastly different powers and strategies have to be adapted in order to bring out the best of the Heroes.
To gear up, you will need money. Unlike many comic book heroes, Heroes in the Banana Republic need to work and save up in order to finance their vigilante lifestyle. You will first draw your salary by opening 5 cards from a deck of 10 predetermined cards and draw the resources from the opened cards.
After collecting your resources, you can choose to draw a card from a pool of income cards or repay your debt. What kind of cards you draw will is based on the strategy you want to take. You can take the conservative route by saving up and by slashing spending and interest payments, or go on a debt fueled spending spree to power up your hero quickly. But be warned that every loan that you take out will feed Debtzilla directly, pushing the world closer to destruction.
There is a variety of gadgets which can be purchased and getting the right combination of gadgets will eliminate lady luck from your dice throws. Gadgets can be used to modify your dice and your allies' dice and can help improve the chances of defeating Villains tremendously.
You can buy as many gadgets as you want, but you can choose to equip one of the Gadget base on the situation required and the Gadgets will stay with you permanently throughout the game. Before you can confront Debtzilla, you will need to take out the Villains who are scamming the Citizens of the Banana Republic.
To stop the Villains, you must roll the numbers which correspond to the numbers of the Villains' weak points. Every player will start off with two dice. At the start of the game, you will find yourself weak and at the mercy of luck while confronting the Villains. Defeating Villains will become exponentially easier as you gear up during the course of the game.
You can also make use of your hero's abilities to turn the course of the battle. Tweetman is an anti-hero, whereby he can damage the citizens to manipulate the dice or takes the money from the citizens before the villains can get their hand on their wealth. Hey, it's better to use the money for greater good than letting the wealth fall into the wrong hands... right??
Once all the Villains are defeated, you will need to face the ultimate challenge of defeating the final boss. How powerful the boss will be, will depend on how much health Debtzilla has. Stacking up too many Citizen bankruptcies and Heroes' debt will make Debtzilla almost impossible to defeat.
Confront an alternative and more difficult boss, Inflationsaurus! Unlike Debtzilla which grows on interest, Inflationsaurus feeds on your luxury expenses instead. The more you spend, the more powerful it will become!
Important Notice: US backers will see the project in US$. All other backers please note that the amounts reflected are in Singapore Dollars. Rate at S$100 = US$72
Wouldn't it be amazing if people can learn about principles of personal finance through games and social interaction? We have invited top financial bloggers to try out Debtzilla and here is what they have to say about the game.
Capital Gains Studio has been publishing finance based games and books for the last three years. Our games have been used in classrooms and workshops throughout South East Asia with astounding success. If you are looking to understand the financial principles behind our games, check out our other products and free to download ebooks.
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.
The expected delivery date of Debtzilla is July 2018. Global shipping is a complex affair and may lead to unexpected taxes and fees. If you do come across these issue, do drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take care of it.
Xeo Lye is the lead developer behind the games produced by Capital Gains Studio and he spend his time spreading the joy of board games to his friends, when not working on a new project.
Andy Choo As a top comic artist in Singapore, Andy 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.
Additional Graphic Design: Wong Chunxi
Video: Regina Lai
Consultant: Eddie Ching, Shawn Chan
Capital Gains Studio Team - Sam Chiang, Ashley Woo, Chia Chong You, Aw XiuXing, Yvonne Lai
Risks and challenges
We are an experienced game design studio and publisher, and have experience working with manufacturers. We are therefore confident of our capabilities and timeline. Two years of hard work, including extensive artwork and graphic design and numerous playtesting, have been invested into this project. We are nearly done with our project and we cannot be more proud of the end product.
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. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. Thank you.
Thank you in advance for believing in us and supporting Debtzilla.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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