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Time is running out... the fate of the innocent is in your hands.
Time is running out... the fate of the innocent is in your hands.
Time is running out... the fate of the innocent is in your hands.
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Great! You're here! Now, the next thing we share with you may scare you away, but just hear me out...

Hostage Negotiator is a Solitaire (yep 1 Player) game. Still with us? Good... because this game is your gateway to the wonderful world of Solitaire gaming.  If you have never tried solo gaming and are willing to try just one game, make it this one. Interested in helping us bring this game to life? Read on!

If this were a store you'd probably look at the back of the box right? Let's take a look!

We wanted to make sure you had the critical information such as player count, length of play, recommended minimum age, and, of course, what comes in the box!

Object of the Game: Your goal as a Hostage Negotiator is to save the hostages and have the crisis end with the Abductor’s capture or elimination. To win, at least half of the hostages must escape with their lives AND the Abductor must be captured or eliminated.

Here is what the game looks like set up on your table...

The Game plays over multiple turns with each turn being comprised of 3 phases.

1. The Conversation Phase - this is where you play and resolve conversation cards from your hand by making a Threat Roll to influence the Abductor's Threat Level, earn Conversation Points, and save hostages. Thematically, this phase represents the back and forth dialogue between you and the abductor. Perhaps a calm conversation... or... a tense and heated exchange depending on the cards played and the results. It could also represent actions such as sending in a field team to extract some hostages while you occupy the abductor. 

2. The Spend Phase - this is your chance to spend any Conversation Points you may have earned in the Conversation Phase. Similar to a deck building game you will buy cards from the available area on the table, but in this game all the cards you buy go directly into your hand for use in the next or another future turn. Thematically this represents the conversational equity you've built up with the Abductor by influencing him (or her!) and/or keeping him on the phone longer so you and your command can plan a potential use of force!

3. The Terror Phase - this is where you will draw and resolve a Terror Card. In general, bad things will happen putting pressure on the Threat Level or worse... losing one or more hostages. Thematically this represents the Abductor's (or sometimes another individual such as a hostage's) actions between conversations. Maybe the Abductor decides he/she is angry or that you are not listening to his demands. Or maybe a hostage attempts to escape! The number of cards in the Terror Deck are limited to represent the ticking of the clock... after all, the Abductor has only given you a limited amount of time to meet his/her demands!

The above is only a general summary of play, but we hope it gives you a good idea of the game. There are other details not discussed here such as Demands, the Pivotal Event Terror Card, the 2nd in Command, and more! We strongly suggest you take a look at the FULL RULES for the game by clicking the image below.

CLICK ON THE RULEBOOK BELOW TO READ THE FULL RULES!

Hostage Negotiator has received a ton of support from the 1-Player Guild and the SGoYT (Solitaire Games on Your Table) community over on BoardGameGeek.com

Chief among these supporters is Mikolaj Laczynski, whom has been involved  with the project from the beginning. Despite having never met him in person, I am proud to call him a friend and also Lead Playtester for Hostage Negotiator. Mikolaj has played Hostage Negotiator over 100 times! You can read about many of his plays as he has chosen the game  for a 100 play challenge! He is a very well respected member of the solitaire gaming community.

Mikolaj 100 play challenge

Mikolaj Hostage Negotiator tutorials and playthroughs

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Ricky "Box of Delights" Wilkins does stellar videos of games. He was kind enough to put together this EXCELLENT Game overview and review:

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Tracy Baker writes a fantastic blog called the Lonely Meeple. I sent him a copy of Hostage Negotiator and you are really going to love his overview and commentary. Read it now by following the link below.

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1202173/lonely-meeple-reviews-hostage-negotiator-back-or-m

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Morten Monrad Pedersen writes the blog "Thematic Solitaires for the Spare Time Challenged" and is a highly respected member of the solo gaming community. He took Hostage Negotiator for a test drive and here is what he thought... 

Part 1

http://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/32095/first-impressions-hostage-negotiator

Part 2

http://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/32262/when-mechanics-support-theme-thematic-look-hostage

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Albert Hernandez 1p Podcast interviewed me about Hostage Negotiator. If you are a solo gamer and you don't already listen to his podcast you really should!

http://fractaloon.podbean.com/e/1p-061-rorys-story-cubes/

 This Kickstarter project may be a bit different than what you are used to, but just being totally candid and honest, we aren't totally sure how a pure solo game will be received by the KickStarter community. We are quite optimistic, but also want to be cautious and our number 1 goal is to get this great game into the hands of gamers interested in solitaire play.

So with that said, there will be a base funding level that will provide the game with good quality components, but basic packaging. Then there will be improvements for funding at higher levels and ultimately we want to provide the best components and packaging we can, but need economies of scale to do so. 

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Base funding level - ACHIEVED!

This is the absolute minimum we need to produce the game. At this level, the game will come packaged in alternative packaging. This isn't ideal, but what comes inside is most important and we hope once you play it you won't be too concerned.

Cost will be a primary consideration, but we also want you to get the best quality we can give you. The cards and components will be of good quality. Good card stock and colored wooden cubes for the pieces.

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Rigid Two-Piece Box funding level - ACHIEVED!

This is really where things start to get good and while we'll be satisfied with funding, it will be a little disappointing if we don't hit this level. At $10k the game will come packaged in a rigid two-piece box much like you are used to with most board games.

The cards and pieces will be of equal or slightly improved quality compared to the base funding level above.

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Instant Reward #1 ACHIEVED!

See Update #5 for more info!
See Update #5 for more info!

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Custom Dice funding level - ACHIEVED!

Now we get to some customization! All 5 dice will be custom printed!

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Custom Hostages funding level - ACHIEVED!

All 15 hostage tokens will be meeples or some equivalent person shaped pieces!
 

*example image only - actual pieces may vary

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Instant Reward #2 - ACHIEVED

Custom Conversation Point Marker

Conversation bubble wooden piece to track conversation points.

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Abductor Pack 2 delivered with base game - ACHIEVED!

For those that pledge for the Abductor packs you will receive both not only Abductor pack 1, but also Abductor pack 2 with the base game! That's 3-6 months before the public release of Abductor pack 2!

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Instant Reward #3 - ACHIEVED

This one is brought to you by a $200 backer!

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Upgraded Threat Marker - ACHIEVED!

The last component upgraded from a generic cube to a cool red abductor meeple used to track the threat level!

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Instant Rewards #4 and #5 - ACHIEVED!

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Dice Upgraded to Embossed! - ACHIEVED

We've already got the custom dice, but if we get to $30k we will upgrade the dice to be engraved as opposed to screen printed. This will result in even better custom dice of very high quality!

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Instant Rewards #6 and #7

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Instant Reward #8 - ACHIEVED!

Instant Reward #9 - ACHIEVED!


Final Goal Quality upgrade - $45,000

The final reward will be quality upgrades to both the base game AND Abductor packs. The box, tableau, and cards will all get treated with a nice linen finish that really adds a bit of a luxury feel to the game.

PLUS, ALL of the Abductor Packs will get custom packaging as opposed to a basic plastic wrap pack. Not only a cool touch that improves the quality of the product you will receive, but this will be a big help to the potential retail success of the game making the packs look attractive to potential buyers!

Abductor packs

You can get all 4 optional Abductor packs by adding $15 to any pledge level

What is an Abductor pack? At set intervals following the official release of the game, we will release Abductor packs that will serve to add more variety to the game and provide new challenges. Abductor packs will contain a new Abductor with his/her own Demands and other game content such as new Terror Cards or other surprises. Each Abductor pack will add 15 (or so)* cards to your Hostage Negotiator experience.

Kickstarter backers can get the first Abductor pack along with your main shipment - well before it is publicly released! Each additional Abductor pack will be sent to you just prior to its public release.

*exact number of cards subject to change

Abductor pack #1

For only $5 you can add Abductor pack #1 to your pledge (estimated release date in Q1 2015).

The CEO of a billion dollar company just watched his empire crumble around him and the company stock plummet. Now the board of directors has just informed him that hes is being "asked" to step down. The CEO does not have decisions such as this made for him. He's decided instead that the Board members will stay in the boardroom until they have come to their senses... or lost them forever.

Abductor pack #2

For only $5 you can add Abductor pack #2 to your pledge (estimated release date Q2 2015).

What is more dangerous than a dangerous abductor threatening the life of hostages? Two of them. Double your pain, Double your misery. Don't let dealings with these twins turn deadly. Abductor pack #2 will introduce a "Decide" mechanic inspired by the popular board game - Robinson Crusoe!

Abductor pack #3

For only $5 you can add Abductor pack #3 to your pledge (estimated release date Q3 2015).

When hostages are taken at 30,000 feet extraction options are limited or non-existent. Calming this abductor to a peaceful ending will be a major challenge.

Abductor pack #4

For only $5 you can add Abductor pack #4 to your pledge (estimated release date Q4 2015).

What do you do when a long time cop takes hostages? You are going to have to get real and no funny business.Stockholm syndrome will be introduced in this Abductor pack

*Abductor pack concepts and contents are subject to change if necessary.

If I'm Going Down...

SOLD OUT

***Special Note - IIGD is about sold out at the distributor level and there are no plans currently for a reprint. When they're gone they're gone!***

For 1 to 2 players, IIGD is set in a world overrun by zombies. Unlike virtually every other Zombie game YOU WILL DIE. Your goal is not to survive, but to kill as many zombies as possible before you die, which results in very engrossing solo or 2 player cooperative play.

Tessen

Add $12 to your pledge per copy

Tessen is a 2 player card game that is simple to learn and plays incredibly fast. Players must manage a hand of cards and collect animals, all while using their warriors for attacking and fending off their opponent. In a game of Tessen, players will have to move fast and think even faster!

We really believe in Hostage Negotiator. So, we are going to back it up with a Money Back guarantee for our Kickstarter backers. If you pledge to support Hostage Negotiator and you decide the game isn't for you within 30 days of receiving it, you may return it for a refund.

Risks and challenges

Van Ryder Games has successfully funded and fulfilled two previous projects - our zombie game "If I'm Going Down..." and the real time card game "Tessen" set in feudal Japan. We learn more and more with each experience and improve each time. All art is complete and files will be provided to the printer directly following the end of a successful campaign. Our goal is to get the games to you, our supporters, as quickly as possible. EDIT 7/29: I want to be clear here so I want to add that with the custom dice, Negotiator Cards, and Abductor packs there will be some additional art needs before providing files to the printer. Thanks - AJ

There are the usual risks of printing, shipping, customs, and other unintended delays, but you can be sure we WILL deliver the games to you as promised.

A few remarks we want to share with you regarding our approach for this project.

1. Communication is of the utmost importance to us. Please ask any and all questions and we will answer as quickly as possible.
2. We have planned out the goals for this project, but feel strongly about not overextending ourselves for the sake of more $. If we are so fortunate to run through our planned stretch reward offerings prior to the end of the project we will not add more on the fly. This will help us stay within our capabilities, our budget, and the timeline for delivery. You don't have to look far for other projects that overextend; which only ties up more backers' money and delays delivery.
3. Your comments and feedback are REALLY important to us. If you have an idea, concern, or compliment, please share it with us! We can't promise to implement every idea that comes our way, but we will certainly consider each one!
4. We pledge to keep a positive attitude regardless of the success or failure of this project.
5. To have fun! Kickstarter projects can be stressful, but Hostage Negotiator is a game and the most important thing is to have FUN!

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    Female Negotiator Sponsor. You don't necessarily have to be female to pledge for this level, but the Negotiator card you sponsor will be. There are absolutely female negotiators and they should be represented in the Negotiator pack, thus I've broken out the $200 reward level. You still get the game and Abductor packs shipped anywhere in the world.

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