Taking of Taidian (Canceled)
Taking of Taidian (Canceled)
A deck-building game for 2-6 players. It is character based and set in the near future. The game where table talk is encouraged.
A deck-building game for 2-6 players. It is character based and set in the near future. The game where table talk is encouraged. Read more
About this project
Welcome to Taking of Taidian! This exciting deck-building game is for 2-6 players, ages 13+. A complete game takes approximately 45 minutes to play.
Taking of Taidian (pronounced Tie-Dee-N) is character based and set in the near future. Throughout the course of a game, players are given a plethora of exciting choices. This makes Taking of Taidian unique and highly replay-able.
The game is designed to encourage table talk and group strategy. Build your own deck while keeping your eyes open to what others are doing. Each player starts with a deck of cards that represents their life and personality. Individual cards have specific properties that become increasingly important throughout the game (e.g. defense cards will keep you alive, while energy cards allow you to power-up). As the game progresses, players have the ability to buy new or better cards.
The goal of the game is to be the last person or team standing. Table talk and trash talk are not only allowed but encouraged. Have fun while making your friends hate you.
Why did I design this game?
The short answer is because I love games. The longer answer is that as a teacher I was looking for a way to encourage one of my classes to do their homework. I wanted characters they could upgrade and buy things for. I also wanted the characters to have interesting backstories.
Why a deck-builder?
I really enjoy deck-building games. I like the way that deck-building mixes strategy and chance. One problem I found with some of the deck-building games I played was that the games tended to be very self-focused. You might play with a group of six people and no one says anything except, “It is your turn.” or “Drop a card.” In Taking of Taidian you need to pay attention to what others are doing and you might need to talk your way out of tight situations.
Why is table-talk so important?
In the U.S. and around the world it seems there are huge holes in our communication. We have all these awesome new ways of communicating, but it seems many of us have lost the ability to listen. People often simply talk over one another. All you need to do is watch the U.S presidential debates or read about Brexit to see that people are not hearing each other. I am not so naive to think that this game, which if I am really lucky will be played by a few thousand people, is going to change the trend. But maybe if we can get more people learning to disagree, make strategies, talk trash and work things out in the safety of a game maybe just maybe people can start hearing each other in other areas of life.
Doctor Williams, while looking for a way to use lightning as a renewable energy source discovered a way to fuse the energy with the human body, radically improving abilities of those who used his method. Williams quickly saw the potential to help others, but he also knew that his research could be used as a weapon if it fell into the wrong hands. Williams code named his project Taidian, after the Chinese word “POWER,” and secretly set up a lab in northwestern Venezuela. Despite his best efforts, Williams could not keep Taidian a secret. Several governments and private organizations learned about Williams’ research and sent their best people to take the doctor and his research. Choose one of ten different characters as they attempt to gain energy and eliminate the competition. Win as a team or take everything for yourself.
Here is a short excerpt from the story...
The sky turned blood red the night Renan was born. Of course, it had nothing to do with his birth, but that did not stop his mother, a devoted Catholic and disciple of signs, from believing that it had everything to do with her son. She told Renan that God had sent him into the world to spill the blood of the godless leaders of the world. She told him that the world had started to build a new tower of Babble and God had chosen him to stop them. She said that he, Renan, would bring a flood of wrath and blood down on the enemies of God.
Renan did not believe that God had sent him. When he was just six years old he learned that the sky had turned red that night over Brazil because of the of the bombs that had exploded high above the country. Renan loved his mother, but he did not believe in the signs and wonders of God. Floods and blood did not interest him, at least not yet.
~From the Undead Viking
~From Board Game Brawl
Note: My two-year-old does not really know all the rules
Music by Alex Lisi
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Music for the video by
Ross Bugden "Shoot on Sight"
Risks and challenges
If everything runs smoothly, games will be delivered in August. As this is the first game we have published, there are things that may take longer than expected and unforeseen obstacles that may crop up and cause delays. The good news is that we have been working on this game for over a year and a half. We are very invested and will work through anything to make sure we get our backers a quality game that they’ll enjoy playing over and over again.
Although the stretch goal artwork isn’t quite finished, our artist works quickly and is committed to the project. If we reach our goals, he will be sure to deliver great looking art in a timely manner.
The complete backstory is still only a rough draft. The length after editing should be around 150 pages/ 60,000 words.
We are in contact with our manufacturer and should have a final draft soon.
We are excited to get Taking of Taidian into your hands!
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