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The second deck in the series! The fast card game of dueling and combat. Easy to learn, fun to master!
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The Vitruvian Man is a world-renowned drawing created by Leonardo da Vinci circa 1487. It is stored in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, Italy.
The Vitruvian Man is a world-renowned drawing created by Leonardo da Vinci circa 1487. It is stored in the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, Italy.

So why the old drawing? Why are we using Leonardo da Vinci?

We wanted to make something that was fun and had a little history involved. Not so much you were worried about a pop quiz later, but enough that it might stick with you. Also, the game is about the math of the body in motion, the art of form and its relationship with the world around us.... And the guy you are trying to stick with a sword...

We could not think of anybody we would rather pay homage to, the image is public domain, but we still want to pay attention and respect to one of the people that inspired us.

Yes I know we said this last time, but the guy was seriously awesome, it is only honest to pay homage each time...

This is our second deck, neat huh?

We are very proud of the last successful Kickstarter, English Longsword. We are still just a little gaming company run out of our house, but it is a real joy to share gaming ideas & creative Geekery with all our fellow gamers out there. So thanks for letting us fulfill a dream! I will try to keep this short so we can get on with our lives, so here we go!

What is different with the new deck?

The system is the same, the rules are the same, but the style of fighting with the French Rapier is very different from other weapons, like the longsword. Damian did a good deal of work, he used his personal experience and several actual martial manuals to find the best way of representing the style as best we could. I am happy to say it came out fantastic! I am lucky to know a few people that fence and they have given it the thumbs up for representing it with respect.

So the new deck beats the old longsword deck, right?

If you play it right. We have tested both decks in many variations, they both have the same chance to win. Again its all how you figure out your opponent. Longsword vs Rapier is very quick and deadly. Rapier on rapier can turn into quite a fencing match.

Can I mix the new deck with the old one?

There are rules for carrying more than one weapon to the fight. It is very simple to switch weapons, but also very dangerous. Just like real dueling. That is something that will be easily explained in an update. Can you bring more than one weapon to a fight, and switch,  yes, can you use them at the SAME time, no. Not yet anyway.

You mentioned a model for this game?

We are very proud of our first model Roxana Hire. We are new to the model scene and she is a good soul and a great lady. If you get a chance take a look at her work. She is awesome! I will be honest, it was a bucket list item to be able to work with a model this professional for our game. If you are looking for a model, hire her, she is the best!

https://www.facebook.com/roxana.hire

We have a new artist, and we are really proud of her work!

http://emilynguyenart.deviantart.com/

Our previous artists were awesome, we just want to try to get a new artist for every deck if we can, so each one has it's own look for the illustrations. We found Miss Nguyen and we where very happy with her work. Check her stuff out! Better yet, get an original work of art by this amazing artist! We have some very great options right here in this kickstarter!

One of the companion cards that come with this set. Amazing work!
One of the companion cards that come with this set. Amazing work!
One of the new status cards.
One of the new status cards.

I saw something called a Courtesan Card and Playmat?

Yes, it is a special card & Playmat that is the medieval version of the pin-up bombshell. Yes, busted, you got us. We are using pretty ladies to sell our game. If we get enough interest, we WILL have the gentlemen as options too, but ladies first. You will be able to play the special card and the playmat in public, but I wouldn't buy it for young children (thus the opt out exchange in the upper pledges). It is a classy pinup version of the Roxanna character with a card to go with it, she promised to sign them with a kiss, how cool is that?! 

What are the new hero cards and Companion cards?

The Status cards are still good and can be won at tourney, and played as normal. We wanted to add some cards that you can play pickup games or adventures. Heroes take the place of status cards when played as a single (like a Noble for those honored few). Companions can be played as an additional character to accompany a hero or status card in pickup games.

New Mat?

I looked, this kickstarter is a higher cost then the last one?

Yes, correct. Several reasons. We are printing entirely in the USA so that we can get the work done quicker and fill your order as soon as possible. Another is we under-priced last one, we still made it, but phew, it was close. And lastly we wanted to offer more with some color work and more mat options. 

To wind up

I will probably add more as I think of new things to write but this is a good start. Thanks for looking, we appreciate your interest.

Your money too, that would help.

Be Well

William W. Refsland

Lexicons of Dueling


New Milestone Rewards!

$6,701 Our thanks!

Just for reaching our goal. Our thanks to you. Every pledge of $20 dollars or more will get our first Companion card. Glasya Blackheart. This is the first of its kind, and will be a limited run during this kickstarter only.

$7,500 Gentleman Hero

We can afford some short goals once we get our numbers! We will have a new character card designed, illustrated and printed to be added to your collection. Each character adds a new option to duels in the future. They will be a part of the game forever and you can have your chance at the first editions (probably the ONLY editions) of these cards. Every pledge of $50 dollars or more

$8,500 Lady Hero! 

We will have a new character card designed, illustrated and printed to be added to your collection. Each character adds a new option to duels in the future. They will be a part of the game forever and you can have your chance at the first editions (probably the ONLY editions) of these cards. Every pledge of $50 dollars or more

 $9,500 Gentleman Companion!

We will have another new companion card designed, illustrated and printed to be added to your collection. Each companion adds a new option to duels in the future. They will be a part of the game forever and you can have your chance at the first editions (probably the ONLY editions) of these cards. Every pledge of $50 dollars or more

 $10,500 Lady Companion and extra blade!

We will have yet another new companion card designed, illustrated and printed to be added to your collection. Each companion adds a new option to duels in the future. They will be a part of the game forever and you can have your chance at the first editions (probably the ONLY editions) of these cards. In addition, we will give each pledge of $50 or more one more rapier deck for their armory or ally, with a single set of status cards that matched the level of their pledge!

 $11,500 Lady Hero!

We will have a yet another new character card designed, illustrated and printed to be added to your collection. Each character adds a new option to duels in the future. They will be a part of the game forever and you can have your chance at the first editions (probably the ONLY editions) of these cards. Every pledge of $50 dollars or more

 $12,500 Gentleman Hero!

We will have a one final new character card designed, illustrated and printed to be added to your collection. Each character adds a new option to duels in the future. They will be a part of the game forever and you can have your chance at the first editions (probably the ONLY editions) of these cards. Every pledge of $50 dollars or more

 $14,500 The NEXT LEXICON! Two Handed Scottish Claymore!

It is a little more than double, because we still have to pay for all the new artwork, design and previous stretch goals. If we achieve this goal, we will need a few more months to assemble the next deck & art, but, we will send each pledge matching awards for this deck also! Any pledge of $15 dollars or more! This would be the coolest! Thus, If you ordered 3 decks (Party Peasant), you also get three decks of the Two Handed Scottish Claymore, with all the status cards that go with it! If you ordered a Castle Keep Pledge, you will get the new elite character designed for the Two Handed Scottish Claymore release as well, including the new matching Playmat! Same with the Courtesan pledge version! If you ordered a Noble Lord/Lady you will have a choice of a second Noble/character/Companion Card to accompany your pledge also illustrated! If you chose one of the Named heroes, we will work with you to make something very cool! In other words, You get the next release at the same level you pledged for in this Kickstarter, with identical rewards, for this single pledge! How much would that rock!

Risks and challenges

We are happy to say we made a quality game last time and can repeat that again with confidence.
We fulfilled our promises of delivery to our Pledges on time. Yes, its true, the game was delivered on time! We are very proud of that.
We priced our game reasonably. So even the top Pledges are within reach of our supporters.
We are a tiny company, but we deliver.

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