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Six invading players attempt to take down Vlad Dracula in this fast and tense Cooperative Board Game.
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What is it?

Forest of the Impaled is a Cooperative Board Game where up to 6 Muslim players invade and attempt to conquer Romania.  Heavily outnumbered, the Dracula player fights with his Christian army to defend his country and survive.

It is loosely based on the historical campaign of Vlad 'Dracula' Tepes in 1462.

This is a game that both serious, strategic players and casual, social gamers can enjoy TOGETHER.

To defeat Dracula, the Muslim players must cooperate closely as a team BUT they can ONLY communicate IF their HQs are in the same area.  This results in hysterical fun.  Miscommunication and confusion reign as Dracula picks off his enemies in detail.  

Players: 2-7  

This game makes a good 2 player strategy game but is incredible with more players. 

Epic Multi Player Interaction

This is an example from a game we played:

Passet and Gabe are both very smart and love playing strategy games like Risk, Axis & Allies and Hearts of Iron. Jacob hates all these games and anything like them. Jacob is all about social interaction and goofing around, not carefully plotting perfect mathematical moves.  

What I often see happen in games like this, is that the brainiacs tell everybody else what to do. If you don’t make the ‘perfect move’, they are all over you. It ends up not being very much fun for players like Jacob.

I was Dracula. Passet was the Sultan.  He gave Jacob a small army so he couldn't do too much damage.  

Passet, Gabe, then Jacob on the Right.
Passet, Gabe, then Jacob on the Right.

As they advanced, Jacob started to make a….  not so wise move. =)   Passet and Gabe both immediately jumped on him. Trying to tell him why that was a bad move and what he should be doing.  

Jacob's risky attack
Jacob's risky attack

Guess what? That is against the rules! I immediately pointed out the violation and took 2 re-roll tokens as a penalty. Passet and Gabe were horrified. 

Then something very special happened. Jacob started laughing. His eyes lit up with confidence. “Well, see?” he said, “Looks like I can do anything I want!” Jacob proceeded with his ‘bad move’. It was very risky but guess what? He got the luck he needed and took out the capital:  Targoiste.

Jacob's Victory
Jacob's Victory

Jacob beamed with delight and chastised Gabe and Passet for costing the team 2 penalties.     

Gabe and Passet attacked with their ‘perfect’ moves next but half their armies ran after encountering Impalements. It happens. The half that didn’t run got trashed by Dracula.

Passet storms Valcea
Passet storms Valcea

 

Half his army runs and he suffers heavy losses.
Half his army runs and he suffers heavy losses.

 

Gabe attacks Dracula in the valley
Gabe attacks Dracula in the valley

 

Half his army runs from the Impalements.
Half his army runs from the Impalements.

 

Dracula retreats, leaving Gabe with only 2 troops.
Dracula retreats, leaving Gabe with only 2 troops.

The next turn, Jacob moved first. (players move by random chit pull)  Jacob ran over and picked up all the stragglers from Gabe and Passet’s armies! They could say nothing and do nothing to stop him. They weren’t in that area. 

Jacob gathers the Stragglers and Storms Castle Dracula.
Jacob gathers the Stragglers and Storms Castle Dracula.

To Gabe and Passet's shock, Jacob launched his big army into a reckless assault on Castle Dracula. To their amazement and Jacob’s delight, he took the Castle and shattered Dracula’s last key defense. Jacob won the game for his team.   

Jacob said it was one of the best games that he’d ever played. He loved it. Everybody had a good laugh, even Gabe and Passet.     

Though this happened months ago now, everybody still remembers this game and exactly what happened. Everybody STILL talks about it! This has gone down as one of the most memorable gaming moments of our lives.  

How Does It Work?

How Can Dracula possibly win outnumbered 6:1?

This Blog post on our website walks you through a detailed example of movement and combat:

Dracula Strikes

Dracula's Advantages

  • Home Field:  Dracula doesn't need supply and he can easily recruit where he fights.  
  • Castles:  Dracula can defend in Castles forcing the Muslims to lay Siege (costing time) or Storm (costing lots of troops). 
  • Impalement:  Dracula can impale the dead and even his own troops!  Groups that fail morale checks must run, leaving only the unfortunate brave to face Dracula.
  • HQ Rating:  Dracula has a better HQ.  This means he can often move when he wants.  This also allows him to form bigger groups with his army and Search / find the enemy easier before battle.    

My Muslim army just got whacked by Dracula!  Am I out of the game?  What can I do?

No!  You are NOT out of the game.  You have several options:

  • Return to Rumelia, Recruit a new army, march back to help finish off Dracula.  
  • Go meet up with another player and convince him to give you some of his Troops.  
  • Go around and form a new Muslim army by rounding up stragglers that ran from Dracula's Impalements. 

What it is made out of?

The pieces are custom painted and cut hardwood blocks.  There are a few stickers with some light assembly.  

We print our maps on luxurious, museum quality canvas.  They are beautiful, durable and waterproof!  They lay flat and smooth with no seams or folds like cheap cardboard maps.

Dragon Dice

Muslim Dragon Dice, only in some rewards
Muslim Dragon Dice, only in some rewards

 

Christian Dragon Dice, only for some rewards
Christian Dragon Dice, only for some rewards

 

Black Velvet bags, only for some rewards
Black Velvet bags, only for some rewards

    

  

Here is a sample of the Award Ribbons.  They will come distressed and antiqued like this on 2 sheets of paper.  YOU have to cut them out by hand.  

You will be able to copy and print these yourself to make more.  If you want to go through a few extra steps, we can tell you how to antique them like this.  It does look very cool and isn't too hard to do on your own.  

We like to give these out at the end of every game as mementos to players.  It is a great little token to remember the adventure you had together!     

Award Ribbons, only for some rewards
Award Ribbons, only for some rewards

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge remains block painting. We have some new ideas on industrial painting equipment that could greatly streamline and speed this process up. In fact, we are hoping that this Kickstarter will give us the funds to get this gear together.

Worst case scenario: This fails and we end up with big volume. Our backup plan then is China. We already have a good connection to get the pieces done there. The only down side is that getting supplies from China delays the time line.

I'm also a little concerned that China may not be able to get the same shade of bold, bright red paint. We went through about 10 different paint manufactures that can't make that color. Apparently, it is very rare and hard to do.

So be forewarned. IF we have to go through China, the red will likely be a little darker and more subdued shade for the wooden pieces. It should still look good and play great though.

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