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Message from Ian Brody, President of Griggling Games 

 We have some bad news for you all. It doesn’t look like our kickstarter is going to successfully fund, and rather than have it slowly perish, we’re going to be pulling the plug. We’re looking to learn from our experience so we can successfully reboot the kickstarter at a later date. First off, if you want to be kept in the loop for future news about Citadel of the Sky Pirates, you can send us a message through kickstarter or on our contact page: http://www.grigglinggames.com/contact-us/ 

We are going ahead with showing and playtesting the game at Gen Con with three regular LARPing events, and an evening Soiree featuring Magician Michael Mirth. We’ll be joining the Circle City Aerodrome at a party on Saturday night of Gen Con as well, and more, depending on how much I want to challenge myself. (The number one mistake I think we did is try to rush the game to market before we had a chance to send prototypes to steampunk clubs and playtest the game at a bunch of conventions.) In order to get better feedback on our product, we’ve setup a survey we’d appreciate you filling out to get a better sense of how we might make a reboot more successful. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K8YW699 The more you tell us, the better our product will get! In the meantime, we’ll see you at Origins and Gen Con, and more! Check out everyplace we’ll be on our events calendar: http://www.grigglinggames.com/events/ Thank you so much for your support during this kickstarter campaign and look forward to working with you all to make our product better and move it to the next step! Full Steam Ahead! Ian Tell us what you think! Take the CoSP Survey!

What is Citadel of the Sky Pirates?

Citadel of the Sky Pirates (CoSP) - a new way to spread the broads while blowing a cloud with your mates! Play in your setting or ours; CoSP makes Cosplay, Larping, and Interactive Theatre more fun.

In a fizzing new world of gears, barking irons, steam and airships, you’ll meet all manner of dash-fire allies and scurfy opponents - Sky Pirates, Toffs & Twists, Toolers & Duffers! 

Citadel of the Sky Pirates (CoSP) is a Steampunk Cosplay Action Card Game. CoSP is designed to be used with whatever steampunk world you play in! Don’t have one? Play in ours!

If you're someone whose game-time mostly involves sitting, you can also play a simple table top conversion with miniatures.

Build a deck of cards that best portrays your character. While most of the game is live action, uncertainty, like a pickpocket attempt, is resolved through the use of the cards (we really don’t want players actually stealing from each other!). The cards also serve as a catalyst to more exciting play. Appreciate a little intrigue in your game but not quite sure how to make it happen? Play a scandal card! Roll the wrong mark? Well, now you’ve got a bounty on your head! 

CoSP can be played with or without a moderator/gamemaster; it really depends on how you want to play. The Chronicles lay out the backdrop of a scene, and let you know what’s in it for you. Use our Chronicles or write your own!

In the full rules, we describe how to resolve interactions based on your play style. Cosplayers can use the cards to add drama and intrigue; LARPers can use the cards as a complete game system or to supplement their own. Theater groups will find the cards improvisation inspiration. All Steampunks will love the artwork! 

We have been developing and playtesting CoSP for the past year, and now we’re ready to share it with the world. Being discerning individuals, you’ll agree that the game should be beautifully illustrated and packaged. Since the game is most fun when played with a group, we wanted to engage a critical mass of players - that’s why this kickstarter is so important to the game's success.

The launch of the Citadel of the Sky Pirates will be comprised of three different preset 54-card decks, each with different themes: Raiding, Explorer, and Intrigue. Each deck contains cards for 3 pre-constructed 18-card characters, so there will a total of 9 different pre-constructed characters. 

For more options for character customization, you can mix and match the cards from the different decks. Our basic funding goal will have the cards packaged in boxes. Nice boxes. But if we can fund at the $25,000 level, we’ll package the cards in tin boxes - beautifully illustrated Steampunk artifacts you’ll be delighted to own, carry, and show off! Perfect for carrying your deck while playing -but only if we hit the stretch goal! 

Finally, each game will contain a sheet of Celerity (quickstart) rules, an extended rulebook for the particulars, some Chronicles (adventures), background on our own setting, & more!

The game is best played with a group, but can be played with as few as three people. We recommend players be 15 and up. 

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Download Sponsor Details

The CoSP system allows you to portray your character, but some of you will want to make it personal – why not sponsor a card! We’ve decided to allow folks to help design (nearly) every single card. If you are a maker, artist, writer, run a theater group, run a convention, or are just someone who wants to show off their awesome character, you can get yourself in the game. 

Sponsoring a card is a great value for anyone who wants a bit of notoriety. Working with our illustrator, we will put you and/or your gear on a beautifully illustrated card. 

The Illustration Process
The Illustration Process

We’ll also give you credit and there’s space for a URL that will redirect to your site, if you have one, as you can see by clicking on the final image. 

The idea of card sponsorships came about as an exploration of how to ground our project in the Steampunk community. We want to increase the authenticity by directly engaging the artists, makers, and others most committed to the genre. Yes, it helps us meet our funding goal, but understand we really hope to pull a broader community into this project. 

Final Sponsored Class Card
Final Sponsored Class Card

Sponsorship opportunities are available at three levels, depending on if the card appears in one, two, or three of the decks. If there are reprints of this product, you will gain even more eyeballs.

In addition to up front sponsorships, STEAMPUNK CHARACTER, POSEUR PUNK, GEARED UP, EXPLORER, or BON VIVANT backers will have a chance to contribute a photo and vote on which photos will be illustrated and included in the game! We're going to start with two illustrations, and have stretch goals to allow the backers to decide on even more! (Fun!)

How will this work? When you back at one of these levels, you will be asked to send us a photo (in reasonably good taste), which may be turned into an illustration. After the project is over, all of the photos will be loaded onto our site, and all of the backers at these levels will have the opportunity to cast secret votes on their favorites.

In the meantime, we will post the photos sent to our Facebook page, and in backer updates, to help promote your image to your friends and all of the other backers.

Stretch Goals
Stretch Goals

Add-ons

All backers at the STEAMPUNK CHARACTER, GEARED UP, and EXPLORER levels can purchase 18-card pre-release character packs mailed to them. These are the same pre-release packs that will be available at Gen Con 2014; but please note that these will not be identical to the final cards or characters – some artwork may be missing, we may tweak some wordings, cards may be substituted, etc. Two cards per deck will be replaced with Gen Con promo cards. These cards will not be the same quality as the final product. These cards will ONLY be available to Kickstarter Backers and at Gen Con, while supplies last. (Of course, the final game will come packaged with 54 card decks.)

More details to come!

Each player in Citadel of the Sky Pirates starts with an 18 card deck including one Background card. Each of the three decks contains 54 cards, enough for three characters, and each deck has some pre-made characters arranged from the cards, just to help you get going when you’re first learning. The cards represent your gear, your skills, your motivations, and objectives.

Each card has a Vigor value. When players need to resolve uncertainty, they pull one of their cards - the higher the Vigor value, the better. Cards with the most potent game text also have the lowest Vigor values, so players must balance their deck between cards that do cool things with cards that might actually make things happen for you.  

As you play over repeated sessions, your character will advance and add more cards to your character deck.  

Table Top Adaptation

While CoSP is primarily designed to support live action play, we understand that sometimes you need to sit around the table while your characters do the work.

You’ll each need a miniature or some token to represent your character. Use terrain, boxes, a game mat or anything else and setup your rooms on the table. Get a ruler - each step is one inch, and an inch represents about 3 feet (one square per step, on a game mat). Then just play!

We love our retailers. Retailers are eligible for all the swag and goodies. But we need to talk to you. Support us for just a dollar, and we'll get in touch with you to figure out how we can work together. We want to make sure you're happy, give us a try and let us show you how much!

We want you to be able to use the Citadel of Sky Pirates cards in your own setting, but if you're wondering about our setting, I’ll tell you!

In a far distant future, many long years after a man-made cataclysm, a new culture has emerged on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. This minute fraction of humanity quickly lost the large part of the knowledge and technology developed in the previous ten thousand years of civilization.

The equatorial regions were rendered hot, barren wastelands, and little of the earth was habitable year-round. Eventually, society rebuilt itself around the shores of the Arctic, and the people called themselves the Arctici. In the winter, explorers sail south, to find artifacts (especially precious metals and jewels, undamaged by the ravages of time). Little was known of the ancient ones, but all venerated these ancient cultures.

One day, a new treasure trove was discovered by an explorer from the balmy north coast of Isyl (formerly known as Iceland) – the office of an industrialist from northern Europe whose factory was shelled in the opening days of World War I. The contents of the office fell into a large vat of mineral oil; preserved for all those many years. This was the first large discovery of perishable items; they even found a globe – the first complete map of the world seen since the cataclysm, and a catalyst to new discovery.

Though the language was impossible to decipher, the artifacts spurred a renaissance of science, style, engineering, and culture, and a new industrial revolution was born. Corsets and goggles became the rage; steam-powered vehicles dominated the streets.The technological advances over the next two hundred years, based on reverse engineering, made the Iysl Empire the most powerful nation on earth. Their airships were the symbol of the might of the Empire.

As the airships managed to explore hitherto uncharted deserts, eventually crossing to the other side of the Arctic, explorers made contact with a small, largely isolated city-state built on the high slopes of Denali. This isolated society had a deeply developed technology built on springs, gravity, and gears. The initial visit between the cultures resulted in significant technology sharing, and there followed a boom of airship building; for much of the year the only way to or from Denali was by air. The city-state grew prosperous and caught the eye of the Empire. However, when the Empire returned to see about incorporating it into their holdings, they found a people well prepared. The city-state had fortified itself against attack and transformed itself into a sky Citadel. The distance from the Empire’s capital and fierce independence of the citizenry resulted in a different, more diplomatic arrangement. The Citadel was declared to be open city to those who came with peaceful intent – there would be no fighting inside its bounds.

The people of the Citadel learned a lesson from the Empire – a well cannoned airship could earn you a lot more silver than a life of hard work. The no-conflict requirements of the citadel allowed it to become a safe haven for all manner of folk, especially pirates escaping the Empire or others. The city-state became known as the Citadel of the Sky Pirates.

Another destination of exploration for the Empire explorers was Antarctica, to see if any people had survived there. What the Arctici found was a belligerent, autocratic society ruled by a brutal caste system. The backwards Dominion of the Tenebrous Throne captured the Isyl airship, and with their crude resources, built a fleet of submarines and airships on a mission of conquest. Fortunately for the Empire, the Thronesmen were utterly defeated in their assault on Iysl. The Thronesmen learned a valuable lesson, and further forays north have been largely diplomatic, sending Ambassadors to exert influence in every non-aligned power – including the Citadel.

So our world is set – a free city, simmering with hostile foreign diplomats, pirates, outlaws, spurned romantics, and anyone else who needed to get 'lost' for a while. Welcome to a city with no prisons and only one penalty for lawlessness – death. Welcome to a society that permits a great variety of small transgressions, but tolerates no large ones. 

Welcome to the Citadel!

Griggling Games CoSP Team 

  • Nicholas Avallone, Art Director / Lead Illustrator
  • Miriam Ben-Dor, Editor/Wordsmith
  • Ian Brody, President, Griggling Games
  • Lance Meyer, CoSP Lead Designer 
  • Ken Mohler, CoSP Developer
  • David Nelson-Epstein, Videographer
  • Eddie Rodriguez, Director of Sales & Marketing, Griggling Games
  • Karin Weston-Brody, Costumer

Risks and challenges

Citadel of the Sky Pirates (CoSP) faces three challenges: artwork, production, and authenticity. The CoSP system has been written and tested; we are confident we’ve created a mechanic that provides immediate accessibility for all Steampunks. However, the scale of this project has grown quickly.

The first challenge is art. With the core CoSP set having upwards of 100 illustrations, the volume of high quality art needed for producing the game line is daunting – but we want to publish the most amazing looking game that we possibly can, so we are asking for your commitment.

The second challenge is inherent in creating all games; manufacturing, testing, and shipping are huge up-front costs to bear with only a wish and a prayer that you will love the game as much as we do!

The third and most complicated challenge is authenticity. Steampunk has so many variations and offshoots; we really want to make sure that when you see our cards, you say, “Yeah, that’s right!” We discussed, at great length, how we could incorporate the community of Steampunk makers, artists, actors, writers, and clubs. While we have some good ideas about what you’ll want (corsets, goggles, gear-weapons, etc…) we finally realized that the best way would be to engage the community. We know some of you may wonder about having advertising in a game; but we know folks buy really expensive fashion magazines that are almost entirely advertising, for a whole lot more than our game will cost. We know that a lot of you really like looking at the cool stuff Steampunk makers make, and while card sponsorships will obviously rapidly accelerate us to our funding goal, we want you to understand that our primary purpose is to incorporate the Steampunk community into our game in a way that makes it collectively inclusive.

Citadel of the Sky Pirates is the first step in creating a global gaming experience that does not require storytellers to be present at all times. If the CoSP system is successful, we are looking at making a digital version, so thousands of folks can be in game at all times. We’re not talking about replacing the human interaction – just increasing the opportunities for connecting people.

CoSP is about real, tangible Cosplay and this will never change.

We intend to take interactive gaming in a whole new direction and you can get in right on the ground floor by joining us now!

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    IMPRESARIO: Two of us Grigglings will fly to your location anywhere in the continental United States or Canada, and we will run two, half day adventures for you and up to 17 friends. (These can be on the same day or consecutive days. The adventure will be run in English, dates subject to availability.

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