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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 11 2015
$5,287
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
68
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 11 2015

About

Game Components
Game Components

As a backer, not only do you get a great game with all the shiny stuff shown above, you will also receive the Kickstarter exclusive 8-page graphic novel for Gangster Dice!

In Gangster Dice, each player starts with a set of dice that represents the evidence against them. You win the game by getting rid of all your evidence to prove your "innocence". To do this you will compete with the other players for control of four tokens that will let you gain, lose, or otherwise manipulate the dice. But be wary of losing too many dice too quickly, as you may find yourself stuck with the rest!

Gangster Dice is very easy to learn and very quick to play, and on the surface it seems like a simple dice game with minimal strategy. However, as you play a few games you will notice there is much more going on than simply rolling dice. You must anticipate what the other players will do and think several turns ahead to give yourself the best shot to win.

Two Face Timmy Green
Two Face Timmy Green

So what's in the box?

27 custom dice, printed (engraved if we meet our 3rd stretch goal!)

16 Bid cards

42 Favor cards (50 if we meet our 1st stretch goal!)

9 Character cards

Special Character card, Stink Eye Steve, if we reach our 2nd stretch goal!

4 Influence Tokens

8-page Rulebook

Kickstarter exclusive 8-page graphic novel

The Speakeasy
The Speakeasy

Gameplay

The full rules for Gangster Dice may be found in PDF form here: https://pdf.yt/d/LJzi3XwbQT61kRHw. This is the prototype rulebook and the finished copy of the rules will include examples, artwork, and a more professional-looking format.

Additionally, images of the bid cards may be found here if you wish to follow along with the example above: http://imgur.com/DNJKOnl,drCbB6H,eYVie4e,6UllTYw

When we first started working on Gangster Dice we were trying to fill a gap in our collection. We didn’t have any games that were both quick to set up and play when we only had a few minutes, and yet still fun even after we had played them lots of times. We tried many games, and although there are a lot of quick and simple games out there we found that most of them lacked enough depth and replayability to keep us satisfied.

Gangster Dice was designed to fill this void. You can teach it in 5 minutes and play it in 15, yet even after hundreds of test plays we are still discovering new strategies and paths to victory.

Gangster Dice uses a unique bidding mechanic where the total of your dice plus the value of a hidden card allows you to compete to win one of 4 tokens each round. Because the dice are visible but the cards you play to choose your bid and boost your score are not, players are able to make educated guesses about what other players will do, but they cannot be certain. This allows you to try to grab a token you think will be uncontested, attempt to block another player from winning a specific token, or even gamble and try to win a token you aren't sure of.

There are also two resources you must manage during the game. First are your Favor cards, which have values from 0 to 4. You must decide when to use your big favor cards to win an important bid versus saving them for later in the game. The other resource is the dice. You must get rid of all of your dice to win, but as you lose dice it will become harder to win future bids. Because of this, much of the game revolves around manipulating the tokens and modifying your dice pool and favor cards to try to set up as strong a finish as possible.

Baby Blue Nancy Hughs
Baby Blue Nancy Hughs

Reviews

Of course we're going to toot our own horn and sing the praises of this game we made, but what do other people think? Check out what these independent reviewers thought of Gangster Dice!

Bower's Game Corner

"I liked Gangster Dice a lot because it didn't feel like any other dice game I own."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6dsz4X1PDo

Guild Master Gaming

"The components were well done with visuals that set the mood for the setting. The play of the game is quick and easy to learn, with enough variability to provide good strategic play from one game to the next."

http://guildmastergaming.blogspot.com/2014/10/gangster-dice-game-review.html

Board Game Brawl

"Most new dice games rely on the 'Yahtzee dice rolling mechanic'. Gangster Dice is bucking this trend and treating the dice rolling as part of a bidding mechanic as you try to influence people and places of power."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY7vaWOSDoM

User Ratings on BoardGameGeek

"This games rocks! A must have if you like the gangster theme."

http://boardgamegeek.com/collection/items/boardgame/166977?rated=1

Kickstarter Badger

We were rated the #1 project of the week for December 7-13!

Daniel Zayas ~ "All in all this game looks like one of those rare great dice games."

http://meeplemechanic.com/kickstarter-badger/top-4-kickstarter-games-december-14-2014/

The Streets
The Streets
We want to make this game as awesome as possible so that we can give you as much cool stuff as possible. Please spread the word early and often!

The big reward here is the engraved dice replacing printed dice at $12,000. But the favor cards and special character give us all something to root for along the way!

Risks and challenges

To be perfectly honest, we are a new game company that has never published a game before. However, we have done huge amounts of research and preparation and we have received some invaluable mentoring by experienced professionals in the industry.

To show you that we have done our homework on the economics and production of our game: http://spidergoatgames.tumblr.com/

Since our artwork is mostly done thanks to our amazing artist, our main task will be manufacturing. To meet this challenge we have a company lined up in China, King How Limited, which has produced numerous board games in the past.

Our second task is shipping the game to the USA, specifically to our home in Tucson. This is dependent on freight schedules at time of production, but shipping from China to San Diego should take no more than 3 weeks. 500 games works out to about 1.3 cubic meters, so from here we can simply put the games in my truck and drive them home to Tucson.

As you can see we have thought this through as best we can. But the best assurance I can give you that we will deliver on our promises is that we at SGG have dreamed of producing games for years, even decades, and in order to make this dream a reality we need to deliver our game to your door. We will do everything we can to get the best game to you that we can make, and when the campaign is over and production begins we will send out a weekly email keeping you up to date with our progress.

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    Big Shot - So you're a big gangster, huh? Do muggs fear you and molls want you? This reward level includes all Chopper rewards plus a full size poster of your favorite character from Gangster Dice, signed by the artist and creators! Additionally, you will have your name mentioned in the credits of the rulebook as one of the big shots who helped make it all happen.

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    Sheik - That's gangster speak for good looking. Send us a picture of yourself and our artist will make you a character in the New Blood promo pack! Also includes all Big Shot rewards.

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