About this project
Board game blogger Plumpy Thimble released a video review of Ultra Coins. He gave it a great review! If you watch the video, you can see that he stops the coins on the left side of the coin. It actually works better by stopping them on the right side as shown in the rules graphic.
GJJGames gaming blog also did a review of the coins. They didn't have enough coins to play test but rated the quality of the coins as 9 out of 10. George Jaros said, "These coins are fantastic quality, I was very impressed!"
Tim Blackburn of the Kentucky Bored Gamer blog also gave a great review.
Samples were sent to long time Kickstarter backers. The reviews are coming in.
Rod "BaKhan" Mitchell--backer of 53 projects: "The coins are beautiful! The epoxy coating over the artwork was also very impressive, I can see it holding up very well over a long time (my only concern addressed right there). The coin feels good in the hand (it has a good hand feel) both weight wise and texture wise. They are well ballanced and the logo on the bottom side looks and feels great! They spin very well, I was thinking that the addition of a knurled or ridged edge might be nice for folks with slippery fingers, also to guarantee a good spin. I would find myself playing with the coins, spinning them, twirling them through my fingers, etc. They are very addictive, not unlike a top!"
Brian Rayburn--backer of 7 projects: "Just got them. Man, these are swank. I like. My wife, who isn't a gamer, even commented how nice they are." He also said, "If anyone has pledged for just one set, do yourself a favor and up your pledge to get both. This is going to be worth it."
Roland F. Perry--backer of 9 projects: "The first thing you notice about the coins is the weight, they are heavy in a very real satisfying way. The coins are made of brass hence the weight which gives them a solid quality feel second thing you notice is the beautiful artwork. I think it's a going to be a great game very portable and expandable which according to the site will be the point."
Top--backer of 180 projects: He wrote a very detailed review Very positive. The complete review is at the end of this page.
Thanks to our backers Kicktraq estimates we are on track for $25,000 in pledges. However, this is just an estimate by Kicktraq and by no means a guarantee. With this in mind, we want a realistic stretch goal.
If we reach $20,000 in pledges, each backer at all pledge levels (sample, individual armies, complete set) will receive one extra coin free of charge. This coin will be a duplicate of an existing character but will be plated in antique gold. This coin will only be produced for Kickstarter backers. We will never produce this coin again. If we have 300 backers, only 300 will ever be produced. Thank you so much for your support.
Note to Early Bird Special Backers: This is in addition to the previous stretch goal in Update #2 for early bird backers.
Ultra Coins is a unique collectible coin game.
Coins are made of solid brass and are two inches in diameter. The coins are plated with antique silver and the artwork is covered by a clear epoxy coating. The common side has a tip that allows the coin to spin and stop on a number.
Characters are from fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
Each coin is a work of art. There is nothing like them!
We had several goals when we designed this game:
- A modular game where you could have mini-battles with a few coins but could increase the size of the battles as you collected more coins.
- Carry the entire game in your pocket. No board, no dice, no game markers, no pen, no paper. The only thing needed were the coins and you could play.
- It could be played between 2-8 players and accommodate different gaming situations.
- A game where the basics could be learned in five minutes but offered strategic choices during the game. Risk was one of our inspirations. Simple game mechanics but many strategic choices.
- Each coin would be interesting and collectible.
- A game challenging enough for experienced gamers but also enjoyable for younger or less experienced gamers.
Ultra Coins is our humble attempt to accomplish these goals. Here is a general overview of the game play.
Coins represent a player’s army comprised of soldiers and creatures from fantasy, science fiction, and horror. A coin can represent a force of soldiers or a powerful individual. Some coins are stronger than others and each has different special abilities.
There are four types of Soldier coins: Leader, Elite Unit, Regular Unit, and Unconventional Unit. The other type of coin is a Spellcaster.
Players use their Soldier coins to battle other Soldier coins. The mechanics are simple. During a turn, a player gets to spin their coin three times. After each spin they add the resulting attack points.
Before any spin, either player can use special abilities. They can also use their Spellcaster coin to help their soldiers in battle by increasing their attacks, defense, or altering game play in other ways. Every time a Spellcaster is used runs the risk that they temporarily run out of magic.
Once they are taken into consideration, if the total attack points equal or exceed the defense points of the defending player, the defender is destroyed. However, if the defender survives the attack, they get to immediately counter attack and possibly destroy the attacker.
There are various elements that offer additional strategic choices. For example, Unconventional Units get a surprise attack but are weaker when exposed, Leaders can inspire other soldiers to fight harder, and every unit has three different special abilities that they can choose from.
The link below is for the Attack Chart. This shows the chances of certain coin classes defeating other coin classes. The more times you spin in a turn, the greater your chances of success. However, this chart does not factor in special ability influence since that varies with the ability being used.
The initial artwork and the creation of the molds are costly so we are using Kickstarter to fund the production of a "light" army and a "dark" army that can battle each other. Each army consists of six coins. However, the coins in either army can be switched with each other to create several variations. You can also combine elements of both armies to battle someone else with an equal number of coins.
You can pledge for either army. However, if you pledge for both armies you get a discount on the price and the complete set of twelve coins.
We will be releasing more characters as this kickstarter progresses. Of course we welcome suggestions for characters that you would like to see.
Top--backer of 180 projects: "Look and Feel The very first thing you notice is that these are solid, heavy, thick, well-engineered coins. They're BIG..."medallion" might be a better word than "coin." Diameter-wise, they're bigger than two quarters, and heavier than a stack of quarters. Holding them in your hand, there's a satisfying, solid heft and clink. The metalwork is clear and functional, and the numeric values are easy to read even if you have bad eyesight. (The samples I received don't have any text since that was a change made during the Kickstarter campaign.) The raised part (such as the numbers) is smooth, as opposed to the indented background which has a grainy surface, so the numbers are shinier and catch the light better, making them clearly stand out. This is just one of the little touches that show how much thought and care went into the design of the coins. The artwork is fantastic, as you can tell from the Kickstarter page. The artwork part of the coin is covered by a tough epoxy which doesn't obscure the picture at all, though there is some glare if you look at it at the wrong angle. It encourages you to admire the beautiful art up close. There's no chance the artwork could get damaged, though it's possible the resin may get scratched over time if it's handled roughly. For folks that are worried about this, I believe each coin comes with a tough, clear plastic pocket that will easily protect the coins and a flap that will stay closed...no problem with the coins falling out. The back has the cool Ultra Coins logo and motto. The center that the coin pivots on is smooth, so you won't worry that it will scratch your tabletop or game board (though you may want to cover a glass tabletop). Interestingly, the pivot is smooth enough that when you place the coin on the table with the pivot down, none of the edge of the coin touches the table...it balances perfectly on the pivot. Of the two coins I was sent, one balances almost completely horizontally, and the other has a slight tilt. You can even stack up the coins, though due to the pivot the stack could get a bit wobbly.
------------------------- Spinning Now for the fun part. The coins spin beautifully, just like a high-end metal top. Of course they spin great on any smooth hard surface like a wood tabletop or game box. Due to their weight, they spin fast and spin a satisfyingly long time, and they're just enjoyable to spin. Another great feature is they stay in one spot while spinning...they won't wander all over your table like a top, and take very little precious table space. You can even spin it on the gameboard, and not worry that it will knock a token out of place or rattle the game board. They also spin great on the game mats that many gamers use (with the fabric top and mousepad bottom). I prefer spinning on a game mat rather than directly on the table because the coins can make a rattling noise when spun on a hard surface; they're completely silent when spun on a game mat. If you don't have a game mat handy, spinning them on a piece of paper or rulebook almost completely muffles the noise. Of course, you can't spin them on carpet (if you're sitting on the floor), but you can easily spin it on a rulebook, game box, or the game board itself. To be silly, I even tried spinning one coin on top of another coin, though in that case the top coin does wander a bit. The stopping mechanic works great. It's clear and unambiguous, and I never had a problem figuring out instantly what the value was.
------------------------- Usage Perhaps the most promising thing about these coins is how expandable the whole system is. This could be the next big thing. Of course, additional coins can be released with new artwork. Sets of coins could be released with a unifying theme. Custom ultra coins could be made for existing games. Licensing could take this to a whole new level. I myself am a big advocate for making dice versions of these coins. You could have the coins replace any of the standard dice (d6, d8, d10, etc, though d20 may be pushing it); you could also create a custom number of die faces that don't correspond to any standard dice (like a d7). You could create custom versions of these coins for other board games, especially those games with custom dice. They definitely add significant bling to any game. Even the existing coins could easily be adapted to have dice values in addition to the attack/defense values. One suggestion I had in the kickstarter was to replace the border lines between the attack values with dice values (printed in reverse with the numbers inset). Ultra coins come with game rules, but you could easily create your own game rules; for fun I created a solo version.
In summary: these coins are satisfying to hold, cool to look at, fun to spin, very functional, versatile, and have a promising future."
Risks and challenges
We don't see much risk in this project. The pledges are simple and easy to understand. We have a lot of experience in having coins manufactured and shipped. Anything can happen, but overall, there is little risk in fulfilling this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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