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Can war be avoided? Can the people of yet another British colony find a peaceful solution to their quest for true democracy, or will the Empire prevail? Find out in this gripping new game of political brinkmanship that embroiled Lower Canada in the 1830s.

The British Loyalists may have the backing of an Empire, but the people of Lower Canada are faithfully represented by charismatic Patriote leaders, who remain, to this day, some of the most influential figures in the history of the Quebec province.

As the Patriote player you must galvanize your constituents across the wide-open rural counties of Lower Canada, attempting to unify them to your cause, county by county, outwitting your opponent through clever political maneuvering and wrangling. But you must never neglect the urban centers of Montreal and Quebec, for without these essential poles your cause will be lost. You must also worry about holding troublemakers at bay as they seek to foment the people and call them to a hopeless uprising against the British army. Do your best to guide this colony into the future - peacefully or painfully.

As the Loyal player, representing a loose coalition benefiting from the system in place under the British Crown, you have a solid foothold in the two cities and it is from this base that you will launch your political campaign. The Patriotes will dominate the far-flung rural areas for a time, but you must use your financial edge and the threat of army retaliation to stymie self-rule and freedom. Let the seeds of violence slowly take root as you steer people towards the status quo and quench their thirst for a fairer political system.

Wedged between the American Revolution and the subsequent Revolutions of Europe (the Spring of Nations), the inhabitants of Lower Canada voiced their demands for greater power for elected officials and the recognition of the Canadians' rights. What started as an ideological conflict eventually turned to something much uglier, as hundreds died on improvised battlefields.

"Prelude to Rebellion" depicts this conflict of ideas in an exciting new card-driven game using key historical events of the 1830's to drive a rich and colorful narrative.  

 Game Components:

 

1 Mounted Map Board Depicting Lower Canada
1 Mounted Map Board Depicting Lower Canada

 

147 Event Cards split into 4 decks
147 Event Cards split into 4 decks

 

2 Player Mats for Special Actions
2 Player Mats for Special Actions

 

4 Custom Scoring Dice - 14mm with printed faces: RC = Rural Counties,  EI = External influence, O = Organizations,  UC = Urban Counties
4 Custom Scoring Dice - 14mm with printed faces: RC = Rural Counties, EI = External influence, O = Organizations, UC = Urban Counties

 

100 Die-Cut Markers
100 Die-Cut Markers

 

275 Red and Green Cubes - placed on the board as a result of card-play, showing levels of support
275 Red and Green Cubes - placed on the board as a result of card-play, showing levels of support

 STRETCH GOALS:

Goal #1 - $8,500 - Dice and Cube Bag
Goal #1 - $8,500 - Dice and Cube Bag

 

Goal #2 - $12,500 - BIGGER DICE - Increase the size of the 4 Custom Scoring Dice With Printed faces from 14mm to 16mm
Goal #2 - $12,500 - BIGGER DICE - Increase the size of the 4 Custom Scoring Dice With Printed faces from 14mm to 16mm

 

Goal #3 - $17,000 - ENGRAVED DICE - Upgrade the 4 Custom Scoring Dice to include ENGRAVED 16mm faces
Goal #3 - $17,000 - ENGRAVED DICE - Upgrade the 4 Custom Scoring Dice to include ENGRAVED 16mm faces

INTRODUCTORY VIDEO:

ADDITIONAL TUTORIAL VIDEOS

Tutorial #1 - Mobilization: https://youtu.be/ma5SjlgNMco

Tutorial #2 - Scoring: https://youtu.be/y8duX2gYsLw

Tutorial #3 - Key Rules: https://youtu.be/ULZ8KmAxLJU

 

Risks and challenges

We have 13 years of game production experience. All board game production projects have associated risks. This is not our first project and we have successfully produced custom card decks, mounted maps and special dice in our Commands & Colors Tricorne game. This encompasses the various board game production disciplines found in Prelude to Rebellion, so we are confident we can produce a world class game.

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