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Play a dragon in this fantasy card game. Collect sheep to buy treasures while battling knights, wizards, and angry mobs.

Dragon's Hoard is a card game where each player plays a dragon hunting for treasure. Collect sheep from the farmers' fields and spend them to buy treasures, but watch out! Other players will play angry mobs and wizards your way to stop you. Defend yourself and battle your way to riches. At the end of the game, the player with the most victory points from treasures and bonuses wins the game.  

Game Content: 

Dragon's Hoard comes with a two piece box, 95 playing cards plus 5 kickstarter exclusive unicorn cards, and a small rulebook. The cards will be printed on 305 black core card stock with a plastic coating. 

The Cards:

Why should you back Dragon’s Hoard?

Dragon's Hoard is a fun interactive game where players get the chance to be immersed into a fantasy world where the roles are reversed. Instead of fighting a dragon, players play as a dragon. You will find a sense of satisfaction when you play Dragon’s Hoard, and you will want to play it again and again. It’s a beautifully illustrated game with a unique theme that is intuitive. Each player is searching the deck for valuable treasures. Drawing a beautiful damsel or a powerful wizard is exciting. Acquiring an expensive treasure is difficult, but rewarding. You will need to battle your opponents keeping them from playing actions against you. If you lose a treasure to an opponent, you will find yourself trying desperately to get it back. If you succeed and play the treasure as your own, it will be the talk of the game. When the game is done, you will sit with your friends and family, and everyone will want to share their experience of the game. Dragon’s Hoard is a fun card game you can take anywhere. It is full of strategy, and very easy to learn. It is a great game to add to your collection.

Written Review by Cardboard Republic:

http://www.cardboardrepublic.com/preview/dragons-hoard

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Where is the Money Going?

Printing: Most of the money raised will go to the printing of the game. I have contacted over a dozen card manufacturers, and have received numerous sample cards to ensure the highest quality. 

Final Artwork: Some of the money will be used to create a breathtaking cover for the game box itself, illustrated by the gifted artist, Jonas Akerlund.

Shipping and Supplies: Shipping supplies will be an additional expense, and so I have factored in the materials I will need to ship my backers their rewards in top condition.

Kickstarter Rewards: A portion of the money will be put into special Kickstarter rewards, and additional enhancements to the game. 

Beautiful Damsels and Princes for Dragon's Hoard: If Dragon's Hoard raises more than the pledged amount, I will hire my artist to paint four new illustrations to enrich the game. At least one of the paintings will be of a prince. I would like to have several of the damsels in strong female roles as well, such as, warriors and rulers. Having unique illustrations will add to the value of winning each lovely damsel, and prince.

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Five Ferocious Dragons for Dragon's Hoard: Once 14,000 dollars is raised, three new dragon illustrations will be added to the game. These additional dragons are destined to add fire to the magical world of Dragon's Hoard.

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Kickstarter Exclusive Unicorn Card: I would like to give my Kickstarter backers an exclusive card for their support. If we raise 15,000 dollars, I will add the unicorn card to the game. The unicorn allows a player to stay safe from actions like wizards, knights, and angry mobs for an entire round, and aids in the acquisition of a highly valuable treasure. 

Five Beautiful Lairs for Dragon's Hoard: When $18,000 is reached I'll have my artist paint four new lair illustrations. Lairs are valuable cards which give players bonus points at the end of the game. Having unique lairs will enhance the appeal of having multiple lairs, and will better shape the world of Dragon's Hoard.

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Two Piece Box for Dragon's Hoard: When Dragon's Hoard raises 22,000, every game will come in a strong two piece box. Not only will it improve the look of the game, but a two piece box will not break down as fast as a tuck box, and it will also protect the cards better. Below is an example of the box.

Card Design Improvement: If Dragon’s Hoard raises $30,000, I would like to rework the layout to make each card clearer, more beautiful, and shine in the fantasy universe. I believe the layout can be better, not only for those who struggle with color blindness, but for those who want to show this game to their friends and family for years to come. I will work with Jonas to bring the same quality of the illustrations to the card design.

Place Holder Image
Place Holder Image

Start Card + Four Player Reference Cards: I want to add a total of five new cards. One will be a start card with the ending the game rules on the backside. Four of the cards will be player reference cards with unique dragon illustrations from the game on one side, and the action card descriptions on the other side. Adding these five cards will do two things. One, it will give the start player a new beautiful illustration to look at, and it will also make remembering who started the game apparent. Adding the player reference cards will not only allow the action cards to be text free, but will also give a dragon illustration to each player that may represent which dragon they are in the game. There will still be symbols on each action card in the game that clearly describe the action of the card.

Thick Durable Cards for Dragon's Hoard: My goal all along has been to continue making improvements to the game, so all who play it will enjoy it more. Printing the cards on 305 black core card stock with a plastic coating will strengthen the cards so you may play Dragon's Hoard more with less ware.

Not a stretch goal.
Not a stretch goal.

I want you all to know how much I appreciate your support. So, I've decided to send each and every backer a kickstarter only 3.5 by 5 inch card with a new unique illustration saying thank you for backing Dragon's Hoard. Again, my deepest thanks to all of you for supporting this project.

Sincerely, Nathanael

Finished Illustrations:

Illustrated by Jonas Akerlund
Illustrated by Jonas Akerlund

A Word from the Designer:

I love the way board games bring people together. I enjoy testing new game mechanics and have a deep appreciation for this developing art form. This is my first game, and a dream come true. I have worked with artists who have manifested my ideas into gorgeous artwork, designers who gave the artwork structure, and countless people who tested my game hundreds of times, refining it to perfection. 

All that remains is to raise the funds needed to print the game and ship it to my backers. With your help, we can make Dragon's Hoard a reality. I worked hard to incorporate all my favorite attributes into this game. I have put all my cards on the table, and am sincerely grateful for your support.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As all the artwork is complete except for one Kickstarter exclusive character portrait and one cover illustration, I expect there to be few complications finishing the last illustrations. Jonas, the games illustrator, is simply amazing, and I do hope to raise more than the pledged amount so we may add some new illustrations to the game.

As for getting the game printed and shipped to each backer, I can't wait for that day. I have done a lot of research, and have sampled many cards from different manufacturers to ensure good quality components. I have, as well, several backup printers on my list should complications arise. I am, however, confident that once the game is backed it will be a smooth transition from printer to backer.

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