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Dark Lord: the Board Game is a 2-4 player, card-based tabletop.
Dark Lord: the Board Game is a 2-4 player, card-based tabletop.

Dark Lord: the Board Game is an independent, card-based tabletop game for 2-4 players. The game features 470 cards, 3 character classes, 12 playable characters, a blood and mana resource system, several different physical unit types, a 25''x25'' board map, and provides hundreds of hours of entertainment, frustration and truly epic moments.

The goal of the game is simple: Destroy all enemy units on the board through clever card plays, unit battling, and intense strategy.

We are an independent game design team in Illinois and spent the last 15 months developing Dark Lord: the Board Game in our dining rooms and garage in our spare time. Now, the game is finished and we seek funding through this Kickstarter campaign to self-publish and market 1,000 copies. Our manufacturer is ready for production, we just need the funding to pay for the first run.

 

For a good look into the mechanics and gameplay of Dark Lord: the Board Game, check out this video:

Set out from one of four Keeps that surround The Land. Build an army by exploiting the many resources The Land has to offer and expand your Lord's power. 

Nearly every tile on the map grants resources to the player that controls the tile at the beginning of their turn. By controlling resource tiles, players can gather Blood and Mana resources, and summon Minion and Demon units on the tiles to build power. Owning resource tiles is key to winning against your enemies.

At the center of the map is the Eye, a powerful tile that grants Mana and Demons. When a player musters up enough confidence to become the biggest threat, he/she will move into the Eye to claim it as their own.  But just remember, you better have the right strategy and ability to adapt in order to keep control of the Eye.

Dark Lord features 470 playable cards with a wide variety of uses. Summon powerful Creatures with Summon cards, hinder your enemies with Spell cards and grow your power with Utility cards. 

Every deck is made of the above mentioned cards, making players equally strong on a foundational level. But in addition to basic cards, players also choose one of three classes to play as. After selecting a class, the player also adds the second half of their deck wholly made up of cards exclusive to their chosen class.

Each class makes use of Class cards specialized and specific to that class's unique strategies:

Choose between three unique classes, Blood Mage, Liche and Revenant that encourage different styles of play. Each class features 4 different Lord characters to choose from, each with a special skill, specific to that character, that subtly alters the state of the game. 

The battle between good and evil has resolved, and evil has won. All good has been wiped from existence, leaving only darkness to swallow the Land.

By the time the war had resolved, the Dark Lord had been destroyed, leaving evil without a ruler. The Dark Lord’s puppets now aspire to the Dark Throne.

Twelve powerful Lords now rise to the challenge in a new war to determine The Land’s ultimate ruler.

KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE PROMO CARDS: For backing us at this level you will receive the two promotional cards - the alternate Morningstar Lord card and the Keep Protector.

This reward will be included in all other Tiers as well. 

These cards can be used in any game of Dark Lord. These cards are exclusive to Kickstarter backers and will not be reproduced. This alternate Morningstar Lord card, "Morningstar Rising" can be used as normal as a player's chosen Lord. The "Keep Protector" Summon card can be added to a player's deck at the beginning of any Dark Lord session. 

ONE COPY OF DARK LORD: For backing us at this level, you will receive one copy of Dark Lord: the Board Game for a cheaper price than everyone else!

We greatly appreciate all of you who choose to back us and to show our appreciation we want to make available a discounted price for the first fifty backers at this level. 

Backers at this level will also receive the Tier One Kickstarter-exclusive promotional cards!

ONE COPY OF DARK LORD: For backing us at this level, you will receive one copy of Dark Lord: the Board game. 

You will be one of the first people in the world to own a copy of Dark Lord: the Board Game and you will have a copy in your hands before the general public. Become a true Dark Lord fan before anyone else. 

Backers at this level will also receive the Tier One Kickstarter-exclusive promotional cards!

CREATE A PLAYABLE CARD: For backing us at this level, you will have the opportunity to work with us at Dystopic Entertainment to create a card for use within the game, as well as receive a copy of Dark Lord: the Board Game.

You will work directly with the Dystopic team and our dedicated artist to create a playable card graphic and description. These cards will be passed out at demo events and used to promote Dark Lord (and you'll get one for yourself as well). 

Backers at this level will also receive the Tier One Kickstarter-exclusive promotional cards!

CREATE A LORD: For backing us at this level, you gain the opportunity to work with us to create a new Lord for use within the game and will also receive one copy of Dark Lord: the Board Game.

You will work directly with the Dystopic team and our dedicated artist to create a LORD character card, graphic, skill and lore. These cards will be passed out at demo events and used to promote Dark Lord (and you'll get one for yourself as well). 

Burn your name into the Dark Lord legacy. 

Backers at this level will also receive the Tier One Kickstarter-exclusive promotional cards!

                  
                                                                                 

Co-founders Matt Alden Brown and Bobby Dillon are the main masterminds behind Dystopic Entertainment and Dark Lord: the Board Game.

A special shoutout goes to the following people that made Dark Lord: the Board Game a reality. These amazing individuals dedicated countless hours into the game during its premature stages, participating in game testing, card creation, general idea generation, and other supplemental game development. Without huge help from these people refining the game during its various stages of development, Dark Lord: the Board Game would not have become a reality.

These people are: Gary Lawson (lead alpha tester), Johnny Miller (lead beta tester), Dale Goodall (game tester), and Bear Wolf (owner of New Game in Town and our main game shop sponsor).

Also, we would like to specially thank the dozens of random guests that have played Dark Lord: the Board game, both at game shop demos and the many game nights we hosted in our studio/garage every weekend.

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge facing us at Dystopic Entertainment is getting Dark Lord into people's hands. As we mentioned in the video above, if money weren't an obstacle there would be no question about whether or not Dark Lord would be a major hit. Since we live in the real world, putting together enough money to produce a board game with as many components as ours is always an obstacle, especially for a small team of rural Illinoisan game developers without the marketing power of big companies. We genuinely believe that Dark Lord is a game worthy of your money and attention and the biggest challenge we face is getting it to your tables.

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