EVERDARK: a rotating maze strategy game for 2-4 players

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EVERDARK: a rotating maze strategy game for 2-4 players

Everdark is a mid-level rotating maze strategy game for 2-4 players. With the Everdark closing in, can you survive long enough to rule?

EVERDARK: a rotating maze strategy game for 2-4 players

Everdark is a mid-level rotating maze strategy game for 2-4 players. With the Everdark closing in, can you survive long enough to rule?

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About

The City of Phos as it is plunged into the EVERDARK
The City of Phos as it is plunged into the EVERDARK

Designed by Ed Harrison, Everdark is the first game launched by Edventure Games with beautiful supporting illustrations by Flilipe Ferreria.

Everdark is a 2-4 rotating maze strategy game where teamwork is encouraged but by no means guaranteed. It is a mid-level game taking from 1-2 hours to play however the length of the game can depend on the rule variation used by players. The key reasoning for that, is that the use of the timer (whilst recommended), is not compulsory. This, among other rules, allows flexibility among players to play Everdark in a way of their own choosing.

Layout of the board
Layout of the board
Map of Phos
Map of Phos

EVERDARK GAMEPLAY

The main feature of EVERDARK is the ability to rotate the board to create new paths to locations in the city. With your 4 actions per turn, you can both twist the city rings and move to new locations. However all players have this ability, and so creating a path for yourself can often help or hinder your opponents. The same can be said for their actions too. What starts off as an unintentional result, can quickly result in feuds and alliances as players try to disrupt the leader and rivals in a bid to save the move civilians possible! 

DICE MODIFICATION

While there is an element of luck in rolling dice, the more power you have, the better chance you have of overcoming this problem. The randomness of the dice was chosen to represent the variable outcomes in desperate situations. EVENTS do not always go to plan, and in the heat of the moment, anything can happen. An ambush from behind can take even the most powerful Guardian by surprise. However, a more powerful Guardian can also turn that situation to their favour.

In comes the Light Crystals. They are a way to measure how much power/Light a Guardian can channel through themselves. They can use this power to tip the balance of a combat in their favour.

ADDING TO A RESULT

If a Guardian faces a more challenging EVENT, they can use more power to increase their standard attack, and overcome the obstacles. They can add +1 per crystal to their roll, overcoming the situation and saving more survivors.

 This will drain them and mean that the next EVENT they attempt might be more difficult, however that's the risk they are taking.

RE-ROLLING DICE

If a result was not to their liking, and adding more power is not an option, they can instead try a different attack. They can spent 1 crystal to attempt to re-roll to a more favourable outcome. This can sometimes backfire to a worse result, but it can also lead to a more favourable outcome.

COMBINING STRATEGIES 

A Guardian can combine their strategy by using crystals to re-roll an attack, and then boost the attack by adding to the new result. While more costly, the gains can often outweigh the cost. It depends on each player, and all will ultimately be part of their gamble to save as many civilians as possible!

WARNING: THE NEXT IMAGE IS KINDA TEXT HEAVY :)

If you feel like a bit of a read... here is some of the story behind the game. 

For some of the encyclopedia of the game lore etc, click here and spend some time learning about the world.

Zatu Games

Prototype Review

Q&A with Ed Harrison

Polyhedron Collider

Prototype Review

PCGamer Top 10

Illustrators and Designers from the Project

Please check out the work of both Filipe and Rodolfo to see what other fantastic creations they have created!

FILIPE FERREIRA

Examples of Filipe's work
Examples of Filipe's work

RODOLFO HERNANDEZ

Examples of Rodolfo's work
Examples of Rodolfo's work

VIDEO MUSIC

Mattia Cupelli Music

Song 1 - Dark Tension Rising Music

Song 2 - Dark Dramatic Music

Risks and challenges

KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN RISKS:
With Everdark, I was set to launch a year ago and was going to use the funding to finish off any outstanding parts of the game. However, I took a step back since then and decided to fund the development of the game using my own savings and abilities to produce the game to its current state. This is a game that has been worked on passionately. Below are the potential risks and how they have been addressed.

PROTOTYPING AND DEVELOPMENT RISKS:
Everdark's prototyping, development, testing has all been funded and paid for my myself and with generous donations from family members who believed in me (love you all!).
There is some additional artwork to pay for, this will be a minimum of 3 more illustrations and will be from a very small portion of the funding.

FINAL VERSION OF THE GAME:
If the minimum amount is raised, then the basic version of the game will be funded and this will cover the tool setup, manufacturing, VAT, shipping and delivery of all the games. There will be some additional testing which I will explain below.

MINIATURES RISKS:
These have been developed for the game already and have been printed and tested on the board. That said, they have yet to be mass manufactured and tested on a large scale. This can bring unforeseen complications, but the amount raised to reach this development stage will cover the development and testing of these pieces. They will be continuously tested until we are satisfied that the quality is acceptable and ready for you.

FINAL TESTING:
The game will require some minor testing on a few of the final card values. This should only take another month of play testing before I am happy with this. For this, I am going to set aside some time to refine the rules on this and make sure that it works as well as possible.

MANUFACTURING AND SHIPPING RISKS:
Once the game is submitted for manufacture, the games will be shipped from China by Games Quest to their fulfillment centre. They will handle the shipping of all pledge levels, and money will be kept aside to cover any potential complications.

FULFILLMENT RISKS:
Shipping using GamesQuest will also allow me a reliable and dedicated team to get your games to you. Please visit their site for additional information.

https://www.gamesquest.co.uk/

Having discussed with them the risks of shipments, 5% of the kickstarter pledges will be used to cover any problems, allowing me to ensure that you will get your games!

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    First order of the Light

    Early bird: EVERDARK - get 1 copy of Everdark , including all stretch goal rewards.

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    Lokhagos of Phos

    Everdark: get 1 copy of Everdark, including all stretch goal rewards.

    Plus receive a copy of the Artbook & Short Story telling of the Story of the Everdark.

    PLUS put yourself into the artwork of the game by having your own Everdark character which will have a role/profession picked by you to be written into the short story.

    PLUS Artwork printout for you to do with as you please.

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    The Lightbringer

    Everdark: get 1 copy of Everdark, including all stretch goal rewards.

    Plus get digital copies of all the Artwork, copies signed by the wonderful illustrator - Filipe Ferreira.

    Plus receive a copy of the Artbook & Short Story telling of the Story of the Everdark.

    PLUS put yourself into the artwork of the game by having your own Everdark character which will have a role/profession picked by you to be written into the short story.

    PLUS a 3D printed miniature of that character for you to play with and a character board to match. I will discuss with you what type of pose you wish to take for the model. Model size is roughly 35mm x 20mm.

    PLUS Artwork printout of your character for you to do with as you please.

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