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The Guardians: Explore - a card based adventure game to save Arthursburg from a monster invasion and crown a True Guardian.
The Guardians: Explore - a card based adventure game to save Arthursburg from a monster invasion and crown a True Guardian.
433 backers pledged $21,981 to help bring this project to life.

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The Guardians: Explore was created by Jonathon Ruland (Parallel Kingdom, BioWare) and tested over two years by BioWare designers, Magic: the Gathering players, and convention gamers. Players have quickly informed us how much they enjoy the game and look forward to playing it more! Now that we've had another year of play testing and all the artwork finished, the game looks better than ever. That's why we're coming back to Kickstarter with the remastered version, we can't build this without you.

So if you're into card drafting, magical familiars, or vanquishing monsters, please help us make this game a reality. We know you'll love it as much as the play testers and all of us do.

Let's party up,

- The Guardians Team

How to save Arthursburg.

You can also check out the instructions here: INSTRUCTIONS!

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How are people reviewing the game?

"If you like thematic games with heroes and monsters, where the odds of winning seem overwhelmingly poor, and the only way to be victorious is to work together – but only to a point – then do sit down and play The Guardians: Explore. I’ve really enjoyed it and I bet you will, too."  - Father Geek

"I love card drafting, and when you combine it with a theme that makes sense, that inspires my imagination and tells me a story as I play...I have a decidedly good time playing The Guardians." - Undead Viking

"This game has amazing artwork, the game mechanics are solid and fun. All this game needs is exposure to be a hit." - All Us Geeks

"The Guardians: Explore is an original, beautiful, enjoyable and playful debut game from a very talented game designer. This game's appeal is undeniable, and the artwork throughout the game does an exceptional job of portraying the setting, personality and subject of each card." - Pyrofrog from Epic Slant Press

"A very thematic experience with an interesting twist on the fantasy genre, and unique deck-construction gameplay that's accessible and strategic." - Board Game Brawl

"If you like a game that not only feels different each time you play but also is going to have asymmetric powers this one fits that bill!" - Bower's Game Corner

"Who doesn't like to fight monsters? This is a great game that I've enjoyed teaching to others. Several of our friends have asked to play it again. There is a bit of a learning curve with the deck creation. But once you get the right cards, it's exciting to combo a bunch of cards for 30 to 40 attack power." - Tantrum House

"Being a player who doesn't typically play deckbuilding games this game really drew me in and gave me something relate to. You should play this game even to experience the world. Deckbuilding aside, I can ignore that and have a great time in this world."
"Guardians Explore is more than just a deck refinement game. It is an experience. The artwork is amazing. The card combos are fun. It fills a niche that no other deck building game does." 
- Pub Meeple

"Limitless deck creation, Modular board and tons of monsters to fight makes this every GNU Crew's dream game!" - Gaming Nonsense Uncensored

"The Guardians: Explore takes familiar themes and familiar mechanics and gives them juuuuuust enough twist to make them feel fresh. There was drafting before 7 Wonders, but 7 Wonders made drafting a THING. Dominion fathered a genre that has since seen many evolutions (and a few evolutionary regressions). This game feels to me like one of the good evolutions of these mechanics, and a solid hybrid." - Pretty Sneaky, Sis

"The Guardians is my kind of fun! Grab a character and go kill some monsters." - Board Game Closet

"Scratching and clawing and tripping your friends as your trying to get the most points to win." - Cloak and Meeple

"The Guardians: Explore is designed in such a way that failure simply results in fewer points rather than being crushed by the game." - Indie Cardboard

"The Guardians Explore is a gorgeously illustrated game that turns deckbuilding on its head. The two-phase game lets you create a custom deck through a drafting phase and then requires you to carefully add to and constantly refine your deck throughout the battle phase of the game. This interesting mechanic takes a while to wrap your head around, but once you do you find an incredible amount of depth to the card interactions and game strategy." - GJJ Games

"Anyone that has ever run through the neighborhood with friends during the summer fighting viscous imaginary monsters in order to protect their family and friends, and you have a passion for card drafting then you must check out Guardians Explore. This innovative take on the card-drafting genre is something that everyone can relate to in one way or another. To top off the game-play there is fantastic artwork that really pulls the players into the game. Do yourself a favor and check it out!" - Big Game Reviews

"The Guardians Explore is a unique game that incorporates semi-coperative play with secret missions in a fun little package including great artwork with a great thematic feel!" - Club Fantasci

"This game has already got lots of great reviews from lots of reviewers. This is one that should not be missed. Fans of deck builders and exploration games will absolutely love this one. I guarantee it." - Gaming Bits

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For more information about the game: http://www.TheGuardiansExplore.com

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Risks and challenges

Production of the game will not be difficult: We've been working with The Game Crafter's pipeline for the last two years to manufacture the high quality prototypes you see in the game reviews. We are already working with the team at Cards Against Humanity to make sure that no matter how many people pledge, everyone gets a copy of The Guardians: Explore quickly after the campaign ends. We will be using Ship Naked for fulfillment. We don't want this to be like some of the other campaign's we've backed where you keep getting updates about delays, we're gamers as well and want to play games we back. If you back this project, we want you to be confident you can start defending Arthursburg as fast as possible. This is why we're only offering a few reward tiers and keeping it as simple as possible: support this project and in return we'll send you the balanced and re-playable game.

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    THE GUARDIANS: EXPLORE GAME

    One copy of The Guardians: Explore.

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    I DUB THEE KNIGHT...

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    WHO IS THAT SNEAKING AROUND...

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    A WIZARD ARRIVES PRECISELY...

    One copy of The Guardians: Explore PLUS you choose the name of the Wizard guardian. This will be incorporated into the lore going forward.

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    WHO HAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL VOICE?

    One copy of The Guardians: Explore PLUS you choose the name of the Bard guardian. The Bard will be a player option in the base game but will get her skill cards showing up in the first expansion. This will be incorporated into the lore going forward.

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    TRUE GUARDIAN OF LEGEND

    Everything from the RUSH GAME reward PLUS design a custom card to be included in every copy of the game. This includes custom artwork that can be made to look like you. ALSO your copy will be signed by the creator.

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