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This action-packed sci-fi blockbuster won't be played in cinemas. It will be played on a tabletop near you. Get ready for Roswell 51 - the board game that plays like a movie!
This action-packed sci-fi blockbuster won't be played in cinemas. It will be played on a tabletop near you. Get ready for Roswell 51 - the board game that plays like a movie!
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THANK YOU BACKERS! THE 7K & 10K STRETCH GOALS ARE UNLOCKED!
THANK YOU BACKERS! THE 7K & 10K STRETCH GOALS ARE UNLOCKED!

Shuffling Horror: Roswell 51 is ready for production. Once funded, we hit the ignition button and blast off! What's even more exciting is that Roswell 51 is also the premiere of our Shuffle Board - the deluxe Shuffling Horror playing board!

Shuffling Horror: Roswell 51 game contents are: • The Roswell Movie Deck (56 cards)  • The Shuffle Board, a large tri-fold gameboard (20 x 30 inches)  • 2 Rule Reference cards • 2 End Game cards • 2 Bonus Popcorn Cards • 54 Survivor Point tokens • 8 Sanctuary tokens • 4 Item tokens • 10 Countdown tokens • 4 Reel tokens • 1 Fade Out token • (2) 16mm White Dice • (2) 16mm Black Dice • The R51 Rulebook (12 pages) • Game Box: 10.5 x 10. 5 x 2 inch box • Sturdy center well for storage of game components. ***ITALICS INDICATE STRETCH GOAL UPGRADES***

This game will be printed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA.

The game of Shuffling Horror delivers thrills and chills in a retro cinematic style. The game's fast-paced action is played over the course of four reels (rounds). Each reel is represented by a number of cards from the deck. Reel 1 is ten cards, representing the first ten minutes of the movie. As these cards are played on the movie screen, the players are confronted with terrible risks, plot twists, and the movie’s menacing aliens. When a reel concludes, the deck is shuffled and the next reel begins.

The Time: 1951. The Place: Roswell. The Problem: Aliens.
The Time: 1951. The Place: Roswell. The Problem: Aliens.

In Roswell 51 one player is the Director who deals the movie and controls the aliens. All other players are the Roswellian citizens who must make it to the end of the movie and save the world! But this won't be easy - this movie features the mightiest mash-up of aliens ever to invade the silver screen: blobs, pod people, giant mutant ants, tentacled horrors, and an army of menacing aliens (with super advanced technology, of course).

The game typically has a 75 - 90 minute playing time (about the length of a movie really); the more experienced the Director, the quicker the action. Alternate rules allow a Director to add new strategic challenges to keep the players on the edge of their seats.

Roswell 51 will never play the same way twice. The game has three unique twists:

  • Players are never out of the action. Eliminated players return to the game as alien pod people and join the Director's efforts against the remaining players.
  • The game can be played with up to 13 players (a lower player count is best until the Director masters the art of dealing the reels).
  • Players can join the game even after it starts, introducing new characters as the action unfolds. Have friends that always show up late to game night? No problem!

The role of the Director is perfect for the gamer who loves entertaining their friends and is ready to conquer their world as the Alien Warlord. The Director will need a good understanding of the rules to do so; however, the other players need no experience at all. None. Zippo. Zilch.

Players control the movie's heroic survivors. Each survivor’s capabilities are based on their stat scores (listed on the bottom of each card). For example, running away from an alien is based on the hero's Speed score. To succeed, a player rolls a pair of six-sided dice; the result must be less than or equal to their mark. Rolling higher is a failure - dread consequences await. It's "Roll High & Die!" simple.

Players also start with survivor points (spoints). These are spent to negate damage from alien attacks. Spoints can also be used to increase a stat score or damage totals. The tension in the movie mounts as players run low on spoints.

Roswell 51 is the second release in our Shuffling Horror series. The premiere release was Pittsburgh 68 (2012) - an homage to the classic zombie flick, Night of the Living Dead (which established Pittsburgh as the zombie capital of the world). For those of you who love shuffling zombies, we offer a pledge level that bundles both games. Our Shuffle Board is designed for all Shuffling Horror releases. In fact, Pittsburgh 68 plays even better than before (thanks to new streamlined rules)!

 

All pledge levels include our cosmic thanks, access to our updates, and backer-only Sneak Peeks. Via post-production backer updates, you will be the first to hear about our future projects, too. 

Director (USA + International). $39 + shipping. You receive (1) Shuffling Horror: Roswell 51 game which includes the Shuffling Horror Shuffle Board, and all stretch goals. The pledge amount is discounted from our suggested retail price ($39.99), too.

Double Feature (USA + International). $61 + shipping. You receive (1) Shuffling Horror: Roswell 51 game which includes the Shuffling Horror Shuffle Board, (1) Shuffling Horror: Pittsburgh 68 game, and all stretch goals. This bundle saves you approx $4 off the suggested retail price, too.

***USA Retailers only*** Limited Release (51 Stores). Includes shipping. Be one of a limited number of stores to offer Roswell 51 before it hits the street - and at a great price! Your store receives (3) Shuffling Horror: Roswell 51 games (includes the Shuffling Horror Shuffle Board and all stretch goals) and (2) Shuffling Horror: Pittsburgh 68 games. Total retail value of pack is approx $170. The MSRP for Pittsburgh 68 is $25 and Roswell 51 is $39.99. Anticipated street date is Sept 30, 2016.

International Hobby Shop Owners: We are very interested in getting our games in your store. If you are interested, please contact me at "wick at gamewick.com".

Our prime directive is to deliver this game to you in the time promised; For this reason, we are limited to add stretch goals that will not cause delay (none of us want that). The stretch goals we have in mind will be upgrades to components and enhancements to product quality. Our first goal is the 7k mark.

As each stretch goal is attained, we will reveal our surprise! Check the UPDATES section for information on each unlocked level.

 

OUR AUDIENCE

Enthusiasm for Roswell 51 and our Shuffle Board has been building for some time. Our initial playtesting began in 2014 and continued straight through to April of this year at PAX East. The game has been played as scheduled events at Gen Con, Origins Game Fair, Gary Con, WittCon, DexCon, Dreamation, and many other regional cons. One of the greatest aspects of this project is the game progressed from clip art prototypes to final form with the help of the friends and fans who played with us at these cons.

The culmination of playtesting happened at Gen Con last year at our Science Fiction Double Feature. For those of you who will be attending Gen Con 2016, we are running this special event again, along with many other Shuffling Horror sessions (full list of our events found here). Seats are filling up fast. Please join us if you can!

SHUFFLING HORROR REVIEWS

Roswell 51 is for gamers who love the thrills and chills of classic space invasion flicks. It has an entirely different vibe from our Pittsburgh 68 zombie-fest, though it shares the same core ruleset. Pittsburgh 68 has enjoyed many good reviews, and we offer a compilation here on our website. These will certainly give you some insight of the game's playing style. Some of our favorite review quotes:

The Big Screen PDF

The Big Screen pdf guide (found here) shows the original tabletop layout for Pittsburgh 68 play. This board was the inspiration for our new (and amazing) Shuffle Board. The pdf guide highlights the card set-up and provides a super overview of the game's unique cinematic flow. This guide will quickly give backers insight to how Shuffling Horror is played. We have also have a convenient list of our other Shuffling Horror intro guides here on our blog.

The Shuffling Horror Trailer

An overview of the Shuffling Horror system, future releases, and the Shuffle Board in action. Narrated by that groovy ghoul, the Midnite Shuffler.

The Heart of Tabletop

A spirited Shuffling Horror review that revels in B-movie glory!

Roll and Move Reviews

A review shot on location where Night of the Living Dead was filmed!

 

This project has been taken beyond my wildest dreams by four amazing artists whose talents are simply out of this world (links that follow lead to their personal sites or blog).

Stephen Blickenstaff (Alien Art) is a master of creepy cool monsters. He's the man behind The Cramps iconic "Bad Music For Bad People" album cover. He illustrated our first game, Pittsburgh 68 (read about that here). He plays a wicked theremin with the Atomic Mosquitos, too!

Donald David (Character Art) and his amazing talent brought all of the Roswellian survivors to life. Each character is wrapped in shadowy film tones and dramatically poised for action. Check out Donald's portfolio!

Mike Saputo (Shuffle Board Art) illustrated the vista of horror depicted on our game board. A huge fan of horror films and pop culture, his retro movie poster designs are amazing to behold. See Mike's poster art!

Ben Crenshaw (Graphic Design) took all of the components and made this game simply beautiful. He designed the card layout, the colorful tokens, the stylish fonts, and our creepy box cover. Check out Ben's designs!

We are committed to reasonable shipping/handling charges. We have provided discounted rates for all backers. For our international friends, we will fulfill the rewards from distribution centers in Canada, the EU, and Australia (which will alleviate customs and VAT charges).

Beyond VAT, local taxes/tariffs may apply for certain countries, which the recipient may be responsible for at the time of delivery. Each backer must provide an accurate address to ship to; delivery failures due to incorrect address info may result in secondary shipping charges at the backer's expense. If you have any questions in this regard, please contact me directly.

If your country is not within these areas, please contact me and I will explore options with the fulfillment centers we have selected.

The sheer cost of creating a game is daunting, especially as an indie endeavor. Kickstarter funding is a great way to make this cash hurdle less challenging. I have already paid for many of the upfront expenses to get the game to this launching point; the support of our friends and fans will help us take Shuffling Horror to the next level.

All funds raised here are dedicated for the printing expense for the game and its contents, the game board, and the manufacturing/tooling of the box. A portion is committed to Kickstarter processing fees. Over-funding will be used to defray additional freight, shipping, and warehouse expenses. Any remaining funds will cover the game's upfront art, layout, and design costs.

But your participation is not just financial – your support validates the project itself. I truly hope that you like what you see here.

All product images and logos on this Roswell 51 kickstarter page are the trademarks and copyrights of GameWick Games LLC, 2016.

Risks and challenges

This game has a tight production schedule – but we are ready to enter production as soon as we fund. I have been working on Roswell 51 for over two years; the layout and design wrapped up earlier this year. Two years of playtesting helped to fine-tune the flow of the game beyond what I thought was possible.

This is not the first game I have produced and know what to expect from a production standpoint. I am working with the same game production facility that I used for Pittsburgh 68 and have a very high comfort level with their capabilities and craftsmanship.

All printing/packaging will be in the United States; the delivery of this product will not encounter international freight delays (for our US backers). We will also have more control over shipping to our international fulfillment centers.

If things go amiss with our schedule, I won't blame gremlins or some other mischievous force.

You will know what’s up with GameWick every step of this journey.

Larry Wickman & GameWick Games

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