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Dustin RuckmanBy Dustin Ruckman
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Dustin RuckmanBy Dustin Ruckman
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About

Game Overview
Game Overview

Brutal: The Board Game is based on the Pen and Paper RPG system Brutal RPG. Where Brutal brings you into a world of huge battles with simple rules for rapid action battles, Brutal: The Board Game brings you a world of non-stop action on a smaller scale.

Traditional Role Playing Games concentrate on character building by allowing the player to build and grow with their persona. Game mechanics are built around the idea that players will "level" up to a nice old age and carry their character into many quests. Brutal: The Board Game does not. Your character is not an epic hero on a single handed quest to slay some random Red Dragon. You play an average adventurer just looking for a little .... well .... adventure.

Brutal: The Board Game pits your adventurers against hordes of heart stopping, heavy-hitting, hack-and-slash action unlike any other board game. This game is not for sissy players who do not want their adventurers to die. For in Brutal your adventurers will die...often. In Brutal, survival is a pure testament to its name. Learning to flee or stand your ground will mean the difference between a sigh of relief or choking on your own blood in this game's intense and fast-paced combat system.

Brutal's innovative combat is built on the Fourth Edition rules by David J. Stanley. Complex enough to simulate the chaos of a truly brutal battle, yet simple enough to be learned by our younger players. If you would like to know more about the Role Playing Game base that Brutal: The Board Game is built from please look into http://www.brutalrpg.com.

Game Play

The game is played with several sets of decks, a pile of hex tiles, and lots of dice. To simplify the action dice are limited to 6 sided dice only and most complex calculations are reduced to simple addition and subtraction. A basic game requires two (2) players, one (1) to act as the Game Master and one (1) to control the actors. The core box set includes enough setup to handle four (4) actors. Each actor can be controlled by a different player so that up to five (5) total players can play at the same time. 

Each actor comes pre-created as a "normal" person. At the start of the game each player can spend a little time to customize their actor. There are a limited number of points to spend to increase the actors abilities to help the player survive.

A game starts with the Game Master drawing a Quest Card. This card will have a small story as to why the actors are going into the dungeon. It will also layout a few extra rules for the Game Master to follow while setting up the adventure. Next a random Start Tile is selected and placed on the play field. The Actors choose the order they will take their turns (normally clockwise away from the Game Master) and will place their pawns on the starting tile.

The players take turns moving their pawns on the board until they reach the edge of a passable area, such as a doorway, cave entrance, or stairs. At this time the Game Master will draw a map tile at random and place it at the path being opened. A tile setup card will be drawn and the Game Master will setup creatures on the new map tile. Each creature is drawn from the Monster Deck and a pawn is placed at the hex where the creature is standing. Once a tile is setup the players, and Game Master will take turns moving, attacking and defending. Once a tile has been cleared the players will have a chance to bind their wounds, spend experience on new skills and search for loot. 

Samples of Cards and Tiles

Sample Item Card
Sample Item Card
Sample Map Tile
Sample Map Tile

 What do I get?

Depending on the level of pledge you will get the following:

Pledge Tier 1 : $3

At this level you get our gratitude for helping us reach our goal. As a bonus you will also receive printable PDF files that will allow you print your own copy of the game. We do recommend printing on card stock, and hope that you enjoy playing Brutal: The Board Game.

Pledge Tier 2 : $20 ($15 Early Bird)

At this level you get to pick one of the two expansions. Or Pledge twice and get both of them. The expansions are built in such a way as to enhance the game play of the core set. While the core set will provide thousands of random game setups, it never hurts to have a little more variety in the game. Each expansion includes 109 cards to add to the core set.

Items and Specials Expansion adds additional items, item bonuses and special encounters to the core set. Adding a variety of different weapons and armors along with the addition of magic bonus cards increases the randomness of the game play so that each match is exciting and unique. Special encounters occur based on the actions the players take.  Also, having additional cards in the pool assists in keeping the action going and reduces the feeling of repetitiveness. 

Undead Onslaught Expansion the core games come with the Undead Horde. This expansion adds additional cards and new creatures to the Undead Horde game path. It also includes additional Boss Creature and End Map Setup cards.

Pledge Tier 3 : $35 ($30 Early Bird)

At this level you will receive the Map Expansion. The game plays on a set of Hex shaped tile pieces. Additional Hex Tiles increase the game play and allows for larger maps to be created. A larger pool of tiles also has the benefit of making the game more random and increases its play-ability. This expansion includes 20 Map Hex Tiles, 4 Map Starter Tiles, and a 54 card deck of Tile Setups. The map tiles for the game are randomly selected from a pool of 70 tile designs and 30 start designs. Each expansion will be slightly different, so pledging more than once is encouraged.

Pledge Tier 4 : $70 ($55 Early Bird)

Get Brutal: The Board Game core set. This includes everything you need to play the game. 19 Map Tiles, 1 Starting Tile, Rule Book, 100 dice, 12 pawn tokens, 25 "Gem" tokens, and 198 deck cards. It's a massive box set that will bring you hours of quality game play.

Pledge Tier 5 : $120 (Limited)

Get everything at once. For your pledge you will get the Core Set (Tier 4), the Map Expansion (Tier 3), and both expansion decks, Items and Specials and Undead Onslaught (Tier 2). This is the best deal for Brutal: The Board Game, but there are only 100 being offered at this price so act quickly.

Pledge Tier 6 : $200 (Limited)

If you would like to get your hands on more than one copy of the Core Set this is the way to do it. At this pledge level you will get 3 complete ready to sell (or play) copies of the game. Great for shop owners looking to add something new to the shelf, or for the Game Master that wants to entertain a larger group of players.

Pledge Tier 7 : $1000 (Only 1)

First, THANK YOU!! We can't express how much we appreciate the support your pledge offers. To that end we would like to offer you the game (of course), all the expansions listed here : Items and Specials,  Undead Onslaught, and Map Expansion (all 70 Tiles), but you will also receive the Orc Horde and Orc Onslaught expansion that will introduce additional monsters.

Additionally, you will receive one of the play test sets we used while creating the game. It's our way of saying thank you for believing in us, and we hope that you will get the same feeling of joy from the collector set as we did making it.

Who we are

Dustin Ruckman : Software Developer and avid game player. Over 20 years of experience playing table top RPG games including 3 of his own custom rule sets. He is the main creator of Brutal: The Board Game and Lead Artist at Twisted Burrito Game Studios.

David J. Stanley : Creator of the Brutal rule system. Over 20 Years creating the system starting in February 1988. He began a personal quest to design a role-playing game that delivers fast-paced, action-packed battles. To this end Brutal was born and version 1 was released in May of 1997. Since that time 3 additional releases came out with the latest, 4th edition, being released in December of 2013.

Ricky Chance : Player and Tester of Brutal: The Board Game. He has been instrumental in the creating of the board game providing support, feedback and assistance every step of the way. Many of the game play styles of the game, such as the "Deck" concept was due to input from him. Lead Player Tester at Twisted Burrito Game Studios.

Expected Delivery Date

We are expecting to go to print in January 2015. At the time that all art is completed and the print ready proofs are created anyone that pledged at the Tier 1 level will receive an email with the download link to the PDFs in a single zip file. We will then order the games to be printed to fulfill the other pledge levels, we expect the order to process in 3 weeks and will ship the games in February 2015. There are a lot of factors that go into this deadline being met and while we will do everything possible to meet this goal, we do ask that you offer a little understanding if we run late. We will be as transparent as possible and will keep you up to date on progress and any set backs we encounter.

Thank you,

for taking the time to look at this project and your pledge.

-Dustin Ruckman, and the rest of us at Twisted Burrito Game Studios

Risks and challenges

Currently our greatest challenge will be finishing the art work. Much of the design is completed but we need to hire an artist to assist in bringing our vision to print. With the funds generated by the KickStarter we will be able to overcome this obstacle.

As with any project like this the challenge of producing the actual game in it's physical form will be our second challenge. We have a plan to bring the game to print and with the minimum amount of sales from the KickStarter we will be able to secure bulk pricing to increase the profit to the point of overcoming our art cost burden.

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