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It's the 1930's, and the town is wide open! Murder, mayhem, moolah and your "family" are going to help you become the KING OF CRIME

We are now on our way to the MARTIAN FAMILIA mini expansion set!
We are now on our way to the MARTIAN FAMILIA mini expansion set!
We have been invaded! What we need to help defend the earth are...ZOMBIES (?)!!!!
We have been invaded! What we need to help defend the earth are...ZOMBIES (?)!!!!

It's the roaring twenties and thirties, there are rackets to be controlled and mugs to whack. And here you are, with a brand new violin case full of trouble...

The basic premise is simple, you build your "family" with Thugs, Bookies and Torpedos (collectively known as Mugs.) that will help you gain and keep control of rackets. The hook with this game is the HIT DIE system. When you roll your dice, characters die. And everyone is rolling HIT DICE, so you need to protect your Mugs or you will lose your rackets.The game gets, shall we say, "dicey"? And there are risks you can take, cards or options played at the right time that allows you to win BIG.

The goal: 2 of the same racket type or 3 different type rackets win the game.

And there are 120 cards of strategy so every game is different!

It's a traditional card game for 2-6 players, with the addition of expansion cards, you can have up to 8 players. It takes about 20 minutes to play with 4 players.  All of the cards have the game rules on them, so there is not a lot of "stopping the game to look up a rule" moments.

SAMPLE BASIC GAMEPLAY:

I outlined the opponent's die results to your "family", your die roll probably affected your opponent's "family", as well as your retaliation roll. I just went straight to the tallying of the remaining point totals of both players for the final result. Check out the video below for another example of a racket round being played.

Who am I?

 Skip this if my pedigree doesn't matter to you and it's the game you are interested in...---------------------------------

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Smith_(artist)

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, as well as my own company.)

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 "free" time, that playing with the sole intent of "crushing" your opponent seems one sided in the end. They aren't smiling after it's over.
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

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Why Kickstarter?


I love games! I dream about them, I talk about them, I love playing them and I love making them. And you don't create games in a vacuum. Kickstarter is the new hub of game creators.
 
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!

EMAIL ME and I will send you 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 kind of character you would want to be!)

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 June at the very latest, barring any g-man interference.

Because I am printing just down the street from me, the turnaround time should be really fast...I am saying June when it will probably be May or sooner. But I always expect red lights while delivering the games to the post office. ;)


This will be a 30 day  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 goals below, many are special mini expansion sets and cards...plus, if we get our goals high enough, everyone will get the full 60 card MONSTER KING OF CRIME EXPANSION- 1930's monsters joing your "family" to carve out a new racket-TERROR! 
 

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.

original art page 1
original art page 1
Original art page 2
Original art page 2
Original art page 3
Original art page 3
Original art page 4
Original art page 4
Original art page 5
Original art page 5

If you are interested in this reward, please be ready with your first 10 choices, first come, first served. (Caveat: Some of these characters are in expansion sets found in the stretch goals and if we don't fund that high, you will own a character you may not be represented in the game. Just sayin, folks.)


You can have a special sets of infamous BAD GUYS, GOOD GUYS and some really cool cards called THE BLACK HAND! And, if you want them all, they will be grouped together along with some cool necessary cards in the WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE 54 card expansion


You can be a character in the game as a thug, bookie, torpedo and there is room for 1 BOSS! (limited amount of character 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 as well!

NEW REWARD- look in the reward section for details!
NEW REWARD- look in the reward section for details!


 WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Our basic goal allows us to have the game in a tuck box. As we progress higher up the funding ladder, those funds will allow us to upgrade to a sturdy, full color, 2 piece nestled box which will allow for holding up to ALL of the expansions as sleeved cards as well as the dice needed for play. Upgrades for the Racket round token and other sundries as they come up in the campaign.  And of course all of the printing and packaging of all the rewards and stretch goals. (Funding will also cover the extra shipping charges that will occur if we start hitting the upper stretch goals, escpecialy for our international funders.) If I make some money for all of the hard work that went into designing the game, laying out the cards,and packaging, drawing and coloring the art, etc, that would be nice too.

TOM VASEL looked over the pre production version of King of Crime last year.

http://youtu.be/RnxvZWKqQFQ

Get in the expansions!!!
Get in the expansions!!!
when we fund, you will get your card!!!!
when we fund, you will get your card!!!!
Everyone gets called by C'thulhu!!!
Everyone gets called by C'thulhu!!!
The martians are 'a comin'!!!!
The martians are 'a comin'!!!!
Zombies and cheerlea...er, dames!
Zombies and cheerlea...er, dames!
Boo! I dare ya to make it to this level!!!
Boo! I dare ya to make it to this level!!!

Add ons to your funding

Takes the game under the table...18+ only.
Takes the game under the table...18+ only.
I like this one, personally...I'm getting 2 myself.
I like this one, personally...I'm getting 2 myself.
Keep cool in any situation with this bold fashion statement.
Keep cool in any situation with this bold fashion statement.
Subtle, when a tee shirt is too much for the norms,  this shows your BOSSness! Play it like a BOSS!
Subtle, when a tee shirt is too much for the norms, this shows your BOSSness! Play it like a BOSS!

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 videos, here is the man to see, VIXFLIX.  He has the talent and the equipment!   http://www.youtube.com/user/vicvinson

King of Crime is printed in the USA.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risks and challenges of this venture is very 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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    FAMILY MAN/M'AM LEVEL! You've made the big time, you will receive one KoC card game and recognition in the big rulesheet, the other families will know with whom they deal with...Signed games upon request-no extra charge for my ego boost. ;) Subsequent copies are $20. (Add $6.00 for Canadian shipping, $12 for International shipping no matter how many sets you fund!)

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    THE GOOD GUYS LEVEL! Life isn't hard enough for you as the head of a crime syndicate, you need a challenge and these cards will give you what you crave-conflict! This set consists of 1 KoC game plus the GOOD GUYS expansion below-14 cards. THE F.B.I. GROUP: J. Edward Hoover! Eli Ness! Revenoorer's, too!! (I don't want to get sued, you know whom I am referring to...) and a slew of law enforcement cards to slow your competition down! Amp up the game with this 7 card mini set! THE PULP HEROES GROUP: They know what you're up to! They have sworn oaths to stop you! This set of 7 "famous" vigilantes will add a fear level to your game! Examples: The Potato Bug and Kevin will join your enemies family and dismantle it from within! (Green Hornet and Kato) Doc Bronze will reform higher ups and weaken a family's power structure! (Doc Savage). A 1930's staple, don't miss out!

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    THE BAD GUYS LEVEL! It's the post office wall set consisting of 1 KoC game plus the BAD GUYS expansion below-14 cards. THE BIG BOSS GROUP: All of the stars are here: Scarface, Bugs, Lucky, etc. Control your family with panache with this mini set of 7 BOSS cards! THE THUG HALL OF FAME GROUP: 7 of the most notorious "THUGS" from history: Bonnie and Clyde, Machine Gun Kelly, Ma Barker, etc. Each of these THUGS have special attributes that sets them apart from the rest of the mugs!

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    THE BLACK HAND LEVEL! Everyone needs an edge, this expansion allows you to tighten your fist around the other families and squeeze. With this, you get 1 KoC set plus the BLACK HAND expansion below-14 cards. THE HOSTAGE GROUP: These special cards give your family an edge when an "opportunity" occurs and a RACKET becomes available... you have someone they want. Alive. 7 cards in the set, and they will help you turn the tide during the battle! Limited sets available. THE TRIGGER GROUP: These are the upgrade cards that allow THUGS to control a specific RACKET. One card for each racket + 1 for ANY racket, these are invaluable when every one of your higher eschelon is dead. Limited sets available.

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    ART COLLECTOR LEVEL! You got style, class, all the makin's of a boss... You will receive 1 copy of the game plus a signed original "character" illustration from the game! (Please indicate 10 characters which you would like to own, (in the order you want them in) First come first served. Once we're funded, we'll go down the list. If your art is not available, you can choose another set of 10 characters for us to choose from, or I can draw another version of any character you want. Additional characters are $20 each.

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    The WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE COLLECTION LEVEL! Winner takes all with this stack of cards! All of the mini sets, THE GOOD GUYS LEVEL, THE BAD GUYS and THE BLACK HAND are here! Add to that a satchel of cool cards (including the REDEEMED card!!! What is that, you ask? Don't ask, just get this set!) and you have 54 cards of 23 skidoo!!! Envy will burn in your enemies eyes! Comes with 1 copy of KING of CRIME, this will be the version to own. Add an original signed art piece from the game for $30 more!

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    SHOTGUN LEVEL! You are going to use both barrels! You get 2 copies of the game and 2 copies of WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE...1 for you and 1 for "a friend of ours"!! Add an original art piece for $30 more.

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    RETAILER 5 SETS. 5 copies of both King of Crime and WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE as well as promotional posters for your store. (plus an equal amount of stretch goal goodies if they are available!) Must show proof of retail status.

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    RETAILER 10 SETS. 10 copies of both King of Crime and WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE as well as promotional posters for your store. (plus an equal amount of stretch goal goodies if they are available!) Must show proof of retail status.

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    YOU DA THUG LEVEL! You will receive 2 copies of the game, 2 sets of the WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE expansion plus you will be on a THUG card IN THE GAME! You will email me a photo of you and what you want to be called on the card. You will have name recognition on the card as well. People will want you to help them take over the town! AND you get to own your original art, signed and framed by the artist! (Heck, I want this!) Shipping charges above apply to this level of funding.

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    YOU DA CAPTAIN LEVEL!!! You will receive 2 copies of the game, 2 sets of the WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE expansion plus you will be on a CAPTAIN card IN THE GAME! (That is so cool!) You will email me a photo of you and what you want to be called on the card. You will have name recognition on the card as well. People will want you to help them begin the game in style and power!! AND you get to own your original art, signed and framed by the artist! (Smelling salts, please!!!) Shipping charges above apply to this level of funding.

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    YOU DA BOOKIE LEVEL! You will receive 2 copies of the game, 2 sets of the WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE expansion plus you will be on a BOOKIE card IN THE GAME! (These are the brains of the outfit, you like that about yourself.) You will email me a photo of you and what you want to be called on the card. You will have name recognition on the card as well. People will want you to help them control the rackets! AND you get to own your original art, signed and framed by the artist! (The bee's knees, my friend!) Shipping charges above apply to this level of funding.

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    YOU DA TORPEDO LEVEL! You will receive 2 copies of the game, 2 sets of the WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE expansion plus you will be on a TORPEDO card IN THE GAME! (The guys you don't want mad at you, actually, you don't want them to know you even exist!) You will email me a photo of you and what you want to be called on the card. You will have name recognition on the card as well. People will want you to help them control the rackets! AND you get to own your original art, signed and framed by the artist! (The cat's pyjamas, my friend!) Shipping charges above apply to this level of funding.

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    YOU DA BOSS LEVEL! You will receive 2 copies of the game, 2 sets of the WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE expansion plus you will be on a BOSS card IN THE GAME! (It's all about you.) You will email me a photo of you and what you want to be called on the card. You will have name recognition on the card as well. People will want you to help them control the rackets! AND you get to own your original art, signed and framed by the artist! (Worth the dough!) Shipping charges above apply to this level of funding.

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    CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES TURF WAR LEVEL 2013! (+ CHARACTER CARD IN THE GAME!) You are a mad man! You have plans within plans and you need me to help! You will receive 10 units of the game,10 units of the WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE expansion as well as a like amount of every stretch goal available! And if this weren't enough, You as Bookie/Torp card + signed framed original art. And I come out to play with you for a weekend, play the game, play other games, I'll bring my games in progress (with NDAs of course), if you bring fire to them, we'll work out a designer deal/percentage...who knows? I'll bring some cool promo stuff to hand out or help move your games... In any event, be it convention, store appearance or just an extended game night, we'll have a blast, guaranteed!

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    EARTH DOMINATION LEVEL 2013! (+ CHARACTER CARD IN THE GAME!) You are the FORIEGN mad man! (Well, to me, anyway...) You have plans within plans in a language that is either slightly askew or full blown unintelligible. and you need me to help! You will receive10 units of the game, 10 units of the WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE expansion as well as a like amount of every stretch goal available! And if this weren't enough, You as Bookie/Torp card + signed framed original art. And I come out to play with you for a weekend, play the game, play other games, I'll bring my games in progress (with NDAs of course), if you bring fire to them, we'll work out a designer deal/percentage...who knows? I'll bring some cool promo stuff to hand out or help move your games... In any event, be it convention, store appearance or just an extended game night, we'll have a blast, guaranteed!

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