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You, the roaring twenties, dames, dough and danger! Extortion! Vice! Politics! Bootlegging! Gambling! And... Murder!

King of Crime is set in the roaring twenties, a world of dames, dough and danger! Your "family" is at war with the other mob bosses over the "rackets" of the city. Extortion! Vice! Politics! Bootlegging! Gambling! And... Murder!

CRIME IN DECEMBER!!!  If we make funding, we will have the sets to you in early December, not January as was previously thought! These will be great holiday gifts, and with the added DOUBLE OR NOTHING incentive, you will get 2 of whatever you have funded...see updates for more information. The quicker we make funding, the earlier I can start the printer...please spread the word, as of this note, we have 15 days left!!!!

NEW TOM VASEL PREVIEW OF KING OF CRIME VIDEO!!!

http://youtu.be/RnxvZWKqQFQ

Samples of the different cards in King of Crime-Boss, Bookie, Torpedo, Thug, Racket, Racket Round and Family cards.
Samples of the different cards in King of Crime-Boss, Bookie, Torpedo, Thug, Racket, Racket Round and Family cards.

King of Crime is a traditional 100 card game for 2-4 players. It takes about 20 minutes to play. All of the cards text gives you the feeling of the characters and situations you control, their personalities, their strengths and weaknesses.

The gameplay consists of recruiting "mugs" into your family, playing of FAMILY cards to solidify your position while undermining the opposition. (Let's not beat around the bush, whacking those mugs!) Ultimately controlling the rackets in the city.
 
In the center of all this is the HIT die. When this is rolled during a RACKET ROUND (Fighting for control of an available racket.), mugs get "rubbed out". Yours, theirs, everybody is a target. When the smoke clears, will you still have the right people alive to control that racket?

A mock up of the box and it's contents, cards, dice and cheatsheets.
A mock up of the box and it's contents, cards, dice and cheatsheets.

Who am I?-

Wikipedia

My name is Dan Smith, aka Smif. I have been a notable fixture in gaming since the 1990's, having done illustration work for a number of game/ non game companies in the past.

 By day I am a graphic designer, illustrator and... wait for it...card and board game designer. (I create engines for other creatives and companies.)

I created the Origins nominees for best traditional card game Battle of the Bands:Encore Edition and Backstage Pass for best traditional expansion. Some reviews for my games:

Battle of the Bands

http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/10/10510.phtml

Backstage Pass

http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/9/9208.phtml

Portable Adventures Set 1: Lair of the Rat-King

http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/9/9482.phtml

Portable Adventures Set 2: 8th Grade

http://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/10/10044.phtml

Since then I have been making card games for fun and family, and now, with  you, we can get some of them out to the world. King of Crime is my favorite card game, regardless that I made it. It has moments during gameplay that make the table "explode" with laughter, dismay and triumph!

My philosophy about game design is this: Gaming is primarily a socially shared experience, physically being across from an opponent is key to a fun time.
There are so many other outlets for your time, that playing with the sole intent of "crushing" your opponent seems one sided in the end.
Someone is going to win, but having fun has always been the prime motivation behind my games. If a passerby, hearing the game being played, doesn't stop and want to be in on it, I haven't done my job.

Here are some of my sites:

www.dansmith-smif.com

https://www.facebook.com/#!/KingOfCrimeCardGame

https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Blue-Knights-Comic-Book-Series/272201802830717

Why Kickstarter?
I love games! I dream about them, I talk about them, I love playing them and I love making them.
 
That you love games, too, is obvious...you are reading this. :) With Kickstarter, you also will have a hand in creating and being a part of this game, some of the rewards include you being a character in the game, as a thug, bookie or torpedo! And for those who like to get your hands dirty in the process, create a card for the game!

Download the 2 player demo game, print it out, put the cards in sleeves with backing...play the game! There is no guessing if you will like it or not, I'm that sure of this game! (And it will set you thinking of what I may have missed as a great card, or what kind of character you would want to be!)

Download a 2 player demo version, learn the game, support the game, be the BOSS!
Download a 2 player demo version, learn the game, support the game, be the BOSS!

IF YOU CANNOT DOWNLOAD THIS, EMAIL ME/MESSAGE ME AND I WILL SEND YOU THE FILES.

The game is done, the art is done. It's been playtested extensively, and ready for print, all we need to do is pay the printer and the postal service.

The delivery date will be January.  I am printing this in the USA, making the initial goal more than what it would be if I were printing in China. it's important to me to keep the jobs in America and to print locally, I hope you understand. It also allows for close quality control and the ability to get the personal cards done quickly without any problems. (My printer is fantastic!)


This will be a 30 day Kickstarted campaign, PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS THAT LOVE TO GAME ABOUT THIS PROJECT. My updates will be about the great things that I can show about the game during the campaign.

Any reposting help is always appreciated, and will help us make the stretch goal below (Martian King of Crime Mini set) possible for everyone involved!
(I want to own this stuff too!)

Rewards-

Look to your right for the specific levels...

With this game, I have some special opportunities for kickstarters including  inclusion into the game!  These include:


You can own original black and white artwork from the game.

character sheet 1
character sheet 1
Character sheet 2
Character sheet 2
Character sheet 3
Character sheet 3

If you are interested in this reward, please be ready with your first 3 choices, first come, first served.

You can have special personalized Boss cards for you and your group.

You can have a special set of infamous bosses for you game!

Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, George Moran and Charles Luciano.
Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, George Moran and Charles Luciano.

You can be a character in the game as a thug, bookie or torpedo!
(limited amount of slots available!) I will draw you in the KoC style, your name and something witty for text and everyone will fight to have you representing their family for that battle over Bathtub Gin! (You also get the framed, signed, original character art, too!) And you will get name credit on the card!

You can design a FAMILY card or a RACKET ROUND card! You will get the original signed art as well as card designer name credit on the card (for your resume!)!

If the goal is exceeded by  certain amounts, it will allow for the printing of a special "mini" expansion at the time of KoC printing. (No wait time, you will receive this with your KoC shipment.)


MARTIAN MINI SET

Martian King of Crime mini set samples.
Martian King of Crime mini set samples.

At 150% of the inital funding, the MARTIAN KING of CRIME MINI SET will
be printed up and everyone who has ordered KoC will receive an amount equal to the KoC sets they purchased of this mini set. These promos will not be reprinted. The overage made will be in circulation, but no more will be made. Ever.(If there is an interest in a supplement of Martian King of Crime, these cards will NOT be included.) 20 cards of the martians getting into the game, with special RACKETS, FAMILY, BUSINESS and MUG cards! H.G. Wells has nothin' on me.

THE RED SPECTRE FAMILY UNIQUE CARD

The UNIQUE card for Kickstarters only! You will receive (2) for every set you order.
The UNIQUE card for Kickstarters only! You will receive (2) for every set you order.

If we reach 200% of the initial funding, I will print the RED SPECTRE FAMILY card, a UNIQUE card, available to Kickstarter funders only! Every funder at $25+ will receive 2 of these cards for each set they have purchased. (If you want to sell one, that's your business.)  JUST ADDED: THERE WILL BE 4 MORE UNIQUE CARDS AVAILABLE ALONGSIDE THE RED SPECTRE, EACH BASED UPON A FAMOUS PULP CHARACTER-USUALLY FIGHTING THE MOB!!!

This just in: KING OF CRIME TURN MARKER stretch goal
I have a cool poker chip I drew on that I am using for a turn marker (After all of the mayhem, it's easy to forget who started the racket . Who's turn is it? the guy who has the chip!!!) and if we reach 200%, not only will we get the PULP HERO mini set, I'll have the KoC turn marker made with the KoC logo on it...BLACK CHIP with WHITE LOGO. (I get goosebumps just thinking about it!)

Limited edition box cover REALISTIC Mr. Piano!
Limited edition box cover REALISTIC Mr. Piano!

If we reach  300% of the initial funding we will print the ALTERNATE BOX COVER This is the limited printing of 100 sets of the REALISTIC MR PIANO box! Every unit of the original KoC set that is purchased will get ONE Alternate box KoC!  Only 100 will be made!

And because my ego is so huge, there are the crazy rewards.
You can have me show up at your convention/store/home/whatever... (2 days) and we can game KoC, BotB, PA, or anything you want to. (I won't play RISK, sorry.) (I'll bring the NDAs and you can game some of my upcoming games in progress-playtester status! And if you contribute to the gameplay...partner percentage? (We'll talk.)
We can discuss gaming, comicbooks, art, music, movies, planet of the apes (the original)...I will doodle, you can try and beat me at pool (Heck, I'll even let you win!), the possibilities are (almost) endless. (Crimes will only be committed on the gaming table. ;).)

If you actually go for any of these life changing rewards, you will automatically be a character in King of Crime! Perks, perks and more perks!

If you liked the video, here is the man to see, VIXFLIX.

My printer is the fantastic PRINTING CONNECTION.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risks and challenges of this venture is low. (Barring acts of God.) I have been doing this for a very long time, I know what to do, how to do it and whom to help me get it done. There is no chaos factor here, folks, just the hurdle at the end when the check is due.

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