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Monster Derby

Monster Derby is the full contact road race where you pick the winners!

The monsters will be beating on one another and some might not survive to the finish line.  All monsters have special powers. The attack and defense powers only take effect in a combat when the wacky die comes up with the sword or shield symbol (or both!).  Record hits by sliding marker clips up and down the monster card's hit point counter.

Monsters have to go forward, but if you are moving a monster you don't like, you can have it waste movement by zig-zagging off into non-native terrain instead of sprinting along the clear path toward the finish. You can also have the monsters beat on one another. Did I mention that already?

You can play a quick game in half an hour or load up more boards for a marathon of mayhem!  This isn't your average race game where you move your piece and I move mine. Each player has a hidden agenda for how they want the monsters to finish. Players take turns moving whichever monsters are available.

I originally published a version of Monster Derby with Gamesmiths in 1995. In addition to some new kick ass art by Neal Von Flue and production value upgrades, there are some key design innovations that make this the best version of the greatest monster road race ever! 

Game Play Summary

Everybody gets an agenda card that assigns a value to the colors of the card stands for the monsters. On every turn of the game, each monster gets to move and act once. On your turn, you get to move any of the monsters that haven't yet moved or you can claim the starting player marker if it hasn't yet been claimed this turn. If you are moving a monster you like (has a high value on your agenda card) you want to zip it along toward the finish. If you don't like it as much, you might squander its movement to end in front of an enraged dragon or something. After the first three finishers, the game ends. Add up the points on your agenda card for those three monsters so even your least favorite monster gets you one point.

Preview the rules here:

siadek.com/monsterderbyrules.pdf

Components

The game will ship in a bookcase box along with the following components:

25 Monster cards 

Sample Cards
Sample Cards

8 double sided full color map boards (2 each of 4)

Oasis board
Oasis board

5 attack dice (red six-siders with three blank faces and 3 "X" faces)

1 wacky die (six-sided with three blank faces and a sword, shield and both)

1 regular die for movement

24 agenda cards

Sample Agenda Card
Sample Agenda Card

9 plastic stands

20 marker clips

Kickstarter Exclusive

Every backer of Monster Derby will get an extra attack die and an extra wacky die with their boxed set award!

ADD - ON AVAILABLE!

25 card monster expansion pack. I was hoping to get this as a stretch goal but things are looking grim for our monster heroes! I'm throwing in the 25 monster expansion pack for the low add on price of $10. I just can't bear the thought of any monster left behind.

Add $10 to your pledge level to get the 25 monster expansion pack.

Here's a screen shot of some of the monsters we might be getting:

screencap of potential derby lineup
screencap of potential derby lineup

Here's a link to the 7 minute video of Neal Von Flue illustrating the Ettin Card.

Click for a 7 minute video of Neal Von Flue illustrating the Ettin.
Click for a 7 minute video of Neal Von Flue illustrating the Ettin.

Stretch Goal $15k
Add 10 more monsters!

Stretch Goal $20k
10 more monsters!

Stretch Goal $25k
3 more attack dice!

Stretch Goal $50k

Plastic monsters in the box!  I don't know how many yet, but if we get to $50k, I'll put plastic monsters in the box.  If I can't get them done by Christmas, I'll send them to backers separately.

Game in Progress
Game in Progress

Here's a list of the monsters that might make it into the box:

Angel, Basilisk, Bigfoot, Boogeyman, Centaur, Chimera, Cyclops, Djinni, Doppleganger, Dragon, Ettin, Gargoyle, Ghost, Giant, Golem, Gorilla, Griffon, Hare, Harpy, Hellhound, Hydra, Imp, Leprechaun, Mammoth, Manticore, Medusa, Mermaid, Minotaur, Monster, Mummy, Pegasus, Phoenix, Pixie, Roc, Sea Serpent, Siren, Skeleton, Snake, Sphinx, Spider, Stegosaurus, Tortoise, Treefolk, Troll, Unicorn, Vampire, Werewolf, Wraith, Wyvern, Yeti, Zombie

Kick it forward

I'm pledging to give 5% of my profits to future kickstarter projects. This is a no brainer because I love to back projects anyhow. Learn more about kick it forward here:

http://kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges

Making a game is hard but I've done it before. This is my third Kickstarter so I know what to expect. My "Deep Black" novel and "World Conquerors" boardgame both funded successfully and shipped to happy backers. I'm planning on using the same printer I've used now for 6 years and a dozen projects. Whatever unexpected troubles surface can be handled.

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    Just the Dice. You get one each of the special wacky die and the attack die. Why you'd want just the dice instead of the whole cool game is beyond me but go ahead.

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    Monster Derby!
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    Race Sponsor! You get your name (subject to approval and availability) on the monster card of your choice.
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    Local Race Official - I'll come to your house or a local game store and run a Monster Derby game for you and your friends. Must be within 100 miles of L.A and subject to scheduling restrictions.
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