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Kingdoms of Erden: King of the Mountain is a fantasy strategy card game for 2-4 players. Players age 10+ . 15-45 minutes to play.

Your characters will claim victory over the kings mountain and gain fame and glory for however briefly they can retain the position of victor against future challengers. Use strategy and build a strong faction hand to take the mountain by force and proclaim your chosen factions dominance or simply outlast your opponents.
  In their turn, each player will choose a card from their hand to play and discard. The chosen card must be able to defeat the victor card on the top of the discard pile. Cards with higher number ranking can defeat lower ranked cards. Certain cards have a special ability that may allow them to defeat a particular card of equal or higher rank. 5 wild cards types spice up the action. Draw reward cards for defeating the victor card and for holding your ground as the new "king" of the mountain. Faction Dominance allows the first player who has a 35 faction points for a single color faction in their hand to win the game. If a player has no cards left to play, they lose the game and the remaining players will continue until only one player remains. The victorious player is the last one to place a card on the discard pile.

Unfiltered Gamer Review-tutorial

Hive State Preview - Tutorial

  A Pawns Perspective Preview

 

  Link to Draft of Game Rules.

Quick start Tutorial -Cardboard Stacker.

 

  Here we see the beautiful cover art, a glimpse into the world of Erden. The Kings Mountain summit is a hotly contested site similar to the fountain of youth. Instead of water, this site grants health, gold, fame, glory, glowing skin, adoring fans and bragging rights to the one who plants their feet on that hallowed ground.

  Let's take a closer look at the cards. These cards are from the blue faction known as the Imelridh. Each faction character has a number rank that is shown in the cards upper left corner. That's my face on the blue king.

Blue Imelridh faction character cards
Blue Imelridh faction character cards

 

 

Blue Imelridh Faction Cards
Blue Imelridh Faction Cards

  These cards are from the red faction known as the Carnaros. You might notice that underneath the title of the characters, each character card has a special ability. My brother let me use his face on the red king. He's a really nice guy. (My brother, not the red king.)

Red Carnaros faction character cards
Red Carnaros faction character cards

 

 

Red Carnaros Faction Cards
Red Carnaros Faction Cards

  The yellow third faction, known as the Brigon Empire, also has it's eye on the mountains peak. On each character card, you can see the characters title and faction color & sigil. The sigil color and faction name help you identify the characters faction. You may not defeat a character with a card of the same faction.

Yellow Brigon faction character cards
Yellow Brigon faction character cards

 

 

Yellow Brigon Faction Cards
Yellow Brigon Faction Cards

  There is a fourth faction that may be included in the game, either as an add on or a stretch goal. This Mercenary faction may have the faces of backers who choose the reward tier "Custom Mercenary character card". Choose a character class to customize before it's taken.

Mercenary Knight
Mercenary Knight

 Mercenary Faction Add-On

You may Add-on this faction to your order by adding $10 to your order per copy when you pledge. There is also a pledge reward that for $100 adds your face to a mercenary character card in the game. There are several character classes to choose from. Pick yours before someone else does. This pledge reward also includes a complete copy of the King of the Mountain game with all unlocked stretch goals. (Shipping in the USA is included in the price) This Mercenary faction may have the faces of backers who choose the reward tier "Custom Mercenary character card". Choose a character class before it's no longer available. If when the campaign is over, there are still available slots, they will be filled by the faces of professional models. The Mercenaries are led by a King or Queen. Whichever is chosen first gets the higher rank. So the Mercenaries may be led by a Queen.

The Mercenary character classes are:

King. Rank 8 or 9 - Available  
Queen. Rank 8 or 9 - Available  
General. Rank 7 - Available  
Knight. Rank 6 - Available  
Captain. Rank 5 - Available  
Guard. Rank 4 - Available  
Archer. Rank 3 - Available  
Smith. Rank 2 - Available  
Assassin. Rank 1 - Available  
I will upload pictures of the mercenaries as backers pledge for them.

Wild Cards;

In addition to the faction characters you may utilize for your dominion of the mountain, you may also use other means to secure your place at the top. Wild cards will help you in times of great need. Five different types of wild cards will lend variety and more strategy to your campaign for supremacy.
wild cards.
wild cards.
 

Dwarven & Elven Factions.

Here are two more factions that you may add to your order to accommodate more players in a game. Adding the Dwarven & Elven factions lets you play with two or three more players. And increases your options even when playing with less players.

 

Orange Dwarf faction character cards
Orange Dwarf faction character cards

 

 

Green Elven faction character cards
Green Elven faction character cards

 Check out the reward tiers and pledge for your copy of Kingdoms of Erden; King of the Mountain today! Check out the early bird specials and bundle deals!

The Primary Goal; $500 USD. 36 cards / Core Game

Reaching our primary goal will let us print the decks of 36 game cards (3 factions x 9 characters per faction and a variety of wild cards) and ship them in a customized sturdy, hinged, plastic case with the printed rules and mini poster included. We will also email a digital PDF art-book to all backers.

 Stretch Goal #1; $4,000 USD. The Rioting Villager Character Card will be added to the game.

  The Rioting Villager Character Card will let you temporarily boost the rank of a faction character when you discard them together.  

  Reaching our Secondary goal will let us print the decks of game cards and add the Rioting Villager card to the deck, (3 factions x 9 characters per faction and a variety of wild cards) and ship them in a custom box with the printed rules and mini poster included.

More Stretch Goals are planned...

About Me:

   My name is Timothy. When i discovered Kickstarter, I realized that I could actually design, produce and sell the art and game ideas that have been fermenting in my brain. My years of varied work history has given me many ideas. I love figuring out how to make a board or card game work. I also think art should be functional. My dream is to make a variety of games using the Kingdoms of Erden IP. Sebastian and I have been creating the art assets for Kingdoms of Erden for five years.
  If you have any suggestions or if there is some swag you would like to add to your pledge, please let me know. If you would like to make a quantity order, we may be able to give you a bulk discount.

Kingdoms of Erden Playing Cards

 Creative Minds behind Kingdoms of Erden

  Kingdoms of Erden .com

 

 Kingdoms of Erden Facebook page

 

Crowdcast podcast interview with Tim Olinger
Crowdcast podcast interview with Tim Olinger

 

Risks and challenges

The challenges that come with any card game project include the cost of printing and shipping the product. I will be using MPC.com to print the cards as they have proven their speed and quality to me several times.
I will also be using USPS to ship out the rewards. For all other challenges, I will be using my army and power as King of the Imelridh, to effect a positive outcome for all who back this venture. I'm ending the campaign on labor day as i will be available to oversee the final day of the campaign.

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