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About

It's spring break in Arthursburg, a time when kids set out on heroic quests of excitement and imagination. But this year, the danger and magic are real - the residents and wildlife around town have been transformed into evil monsters bent on total destruction!

Only you and your friends have the power and wits to rise up and save your loved ones from this unknown evil.

To defeat the monstrous hordes that are spreading chaos and evil everywhere they go.

To become the legendary heroes who will save the people of Arthursburg.

THE GUARDIANS!

The Guardians - Artists: Alayna Lemmer & Diego Almazan
The Guardians - Artists: Alayna Lemmer & Diego Almazan

Game Overview

The Guardians: Explore is a strategic deck refinement game for up to six players. Monsters have taken over the city while you are on spring break! Working with your friends if you are able to fight through the waves of monsters and defeat the final boss, Arthursburg is saved! But who the mightiest champion? Then you compare hidden quest achievements and trophy piles to determine who is the True Guardian!

The game takes place over two game chapters. In the first chapter, the Warm Up, you choose thirteen guardian cards to supplement your seven generic cards. These will drive your strategy for the second game chapter. In the second chapter, the Battle, your party has three rounds of fighting monsters in the city, then you group up for a mini-boss. After that the second wave of monsters attack the city and you have three more rounds to fight them. Then the final boss attacks and hopefully the team is strong enough to come out of the Battle victorious!

Check out this review!

Check out this review at Epic Slant!

Zoo - Location - Artist: Casie Trace
Zoo - Location - Artist: Casie Trace

Stretch Goals

All backers will get their name added to the rulebook, thanking them for making this game possible!

Why Kickstarter?

This Kickstarter campaign is raising money to fund the completion of the artwork for the project and ordering the first print run. The first print run will require $15000 which is where the majority of this funding is going to go to. Once the games are produced and shipped to all the Kickstarter backers I will be sending demo copies to various game stores across the US and working with distributors to get copies on shelves in stores near you!

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Workshop - Location - Artist: Chris Anderson
Workshop - Location - Artist: Chris Anderson

Where the Game Development Stands

This game has been really enjoyable to play for everyone I have shown it to and they want to play it again! The Guardians: Explore provides an almost infinite amount of replay value. The artwork for most of the game is at a milestone two phase, which means it has a sketch or line art completed. Over the course of the next couple months, I will hire artists to finish the artwork, I just need kickstarter's help to finish financing that. 

Kiara, The Orc Chieftain - Boss Monster - Artist: Diego Almazan
Kiara, The Orc Chieftain - Boss Monster - Artist: Diego Almazan

Art Direction

While designing the cards for this game I directed the artists to make  the various “sets” of cards create a single composition if laid next to each other.

Knight skills laid next to each other - Artist: Alayna Lemmer
Knight skills laid next to each other - Artist: Alayna Lemmer

What's in the box?

Each The Guardians: Explore game box will include the following:


How to Play Walkthrough

If you would like a walk through on how to play check out this video:

Alpha Instructions!

Below is a visual layout of how part of the game would unfold. After drafting your cards in the first game chapter, The Warm Up, everyone proceeds to the second game chapter, The Battle. In the battle players turns will resemble something like this:

Playtesting

In order for a game to become balanced and polished it needs to be played over and over again. I have run multiple playtests with frequent board game players in Madison, WI, St. Paul, MN, and in Austin, TX, including several who play Magic: The Gathering competitively. 

Additionally, I sought industry feedback, playtesting with employees from Steve Jackson Games, Team Weasel Games, Cool Stuff Games Inc., along with over 20 different playtesters from BioWare, including game designers, producers, and quality assurance testers.

Practice Swing - Generic Guardian Card - Artist: Daniel Kershner
Practice Swing - Generic Guardian Card - Artist: Daniel Kershner

What is left to do for The Guardians: Explore?

  •  Finish the artwork, which just requires the funds from kickstarter.
  •  Order the first print run, which just requires the funds from kickstarter.
  •  Final touches on the game design and mechanics, this has been done! Although with any project with the intention of competition there will be ongoing tweeks until it hits the manufacturing floor!
  •  What about expansions? There are plans for expansions for up to 6 players. Also, to add more skills, items, familiars, super cards, monsters etc so that players can swap out some like you would in Dominion.
Explore - Generic Guardian Card - Artist: Diego Almazan
Explore - Generic Guardian Card - Artist: Diego Almazan

WHO ARE YOU, TO MAKE THESE PROMISES?

I am a gaming industry veteran with half decade of experience making games, and a lifetime of experience playing them. I am extremely confident that, with your help, my art team and I can create something entertaining and beautiful.

I got into the industry initially by designing and art directing the widely successful mobile game Parallel Kingdom. After that I went on to work on Thor and Captain America cinematics creating 3D environments, vehicles, and skyscapes. Currently I work on Star Wars: The Old Republic creating a variety of planets and environments!

Risks and challenges

I am experienced with delivering high quality content by a deadline after working in the video game industry for four years. I will fulfill all rewards of this Kickstarter Campaign. I have personally met with and made plans with a high quality manufacturer so the risks and challenges are very small. I have also met with distributors to get the game on shelves after creation! Pledge with confidence knowing that you will receive a high quality product at a reasonable rate. All while supporting an indie game developer!

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    Explore - You will receive a signed card from the Alpha version of The Guardians: Explore thanking you for your contribution! You'll also be added to the email list to be kept informed on all updates!

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    True Guardian - You will receive a copy of The Guardians: Explore! You will receive 3d printed figurines of the four guardians to use instead of the punch out versions with stands. Including the Treehouse Location and a promotional card that is only available through this Kickstarter!

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    Knight - You will work with me to create a promotional card that will be included in all Kickstarter Editions! You will receive a copy of The Guardians: Explore! Including the Treehouse Location and the promotional card, you help design, that is only available through this Kickstarter!

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    Party of Guardians - You will receive five (5) copies of The Guardians: Explore! Including the Kickstarter exclusives!

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    Arthursburg Guardians: Available to Retailers Only - You will receive 10 copies of The Guardians: Explore. As well as one free Demo Copy to add to your store's library!

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    Fancy True Guardian - You will receive a copy of The Guardians: Explore! Not only will you receive 3d printed figurines of the four guardians to use instead of the punch out versions with stands, but I will professionally hand paint them so they are fully colored! This also includes the Treehouse Location and promotional cards that are only available through this Kickstarter!

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    New Kid - With the game supporting up to 6 players, and the first stretch goal calling for more guardians there are some new guardians that need to be designed... You may send me a picture of yourself, a family member or a friend and I will have one of the new guardians look like them! You will receive a copy of The Guardians: Explore! Including the Kickstarter exclusives.

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Funding period

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