Grave Robbers from Outer Space the Resurrected Edition
A reboot of the cult hit B-Movie card game. With all new art, a new look, improved game play and never before seen cards!
Freddie, Dracula, the Blob... the bad ones always come back. They never stay dead for long. Someone always resurrects them, and that’s what we aim to do. The cult hit Grave Robbers from Outer Space, THE B-Movie card game, is dead, but with your help, we can make it live again in a new and improved Resurrected Edition!
"I have lots of great memories playing Grave Robbers with friends while travelling on the convention circuit and I'm looking forward to digging in with this new edition."
- Jim Zub, Comic Writer (Samurai Jack, Conan-Red Sonja, Dungeons & Dragons)
"I love this game. My deck is well worn from hours of gameplay :)"
- Lar deSouza, Comic Artist (Least I Could Do, Looking for Group)
"Glad to see it coming back! I loved the original!"
- Jonathan Gilmour, Co-Designer of Dead of Winter
Fifteen years ago, the original Grave Robbers was nominated for an Origins Award, spawned nine sequels, and sold tens of thousands of copies. Now Tassie Game Studios wants to dig up the corpse, jump start its electrodes, and bring the game back for a new generation of B-movie fans.
We need $30,000 to make this resurrection possible, but that is just the beginning for the return of the B-Movie card game series! TGS owns the content of the game, but Z-man (the original publisher) still owns the art assets, so in addition to the printing and shipping costs, the $30K will pay for the entire graphic redesign of the game cards and packaging and brand new art.
But there is more to this project than just giving Grave Robbers a facelift! The game mechanics are getting a facelift, too. Games have come a long way in the last fifteen years and TGS has upgraded the rules to provide a more strategic game experience. Diehard fans of the original will still be able to play the game using the Cult Classic Rules that will be included, but for those who need more than just an awesome theme to enjoy a game, the Resurrected Edition rules will give players significant choices to make during play.
Players start by determining the name of the movie they are competing to make. The bottom of each card has a “title word” on it. Draw six cards and arrange the title words into a movie title that all the players agree on. Feel free to pluralize the title words, verb them, or add any prepositions or conjunctions you need to make the title work. For example, the title words Night, Evil, Sorority, Demon, Clutches, and Part IV could become Sorority Night Part IV: Clutches of the Evil Demon. It could also be Clutches of the Evil Sorority of Night Demons Part IV, and so on.
Shuffle the title cards back into the deck and deal eight cards to each player. Players draft their starting hand by selecting a card, and passing the rest around the table. Once all players have drafted their eight cards, each player puts all their character cards into play. These starting characters are free.
Players take turns in clockwise order. Each player goes through the three phases of a turn in order:
1) Draw. Fill your hand to eight.
2) Play. Play any cards you desire, being sure to pay the cards’ popcorn cost (shown in a strip below the main text of the card). Popcorn is generated by discarding cards from hand or activating cards in play that have the popcorn bucket icon. Players may add new characters to their movies, play locations into their or another player’s movie, give their characters props, and attack other movies with creature cards.
3) Discard. After playing all the desired cards, if you are above your hand limit, you must discard the excess. Your turn is now done.
During your turn, other players are welcome to play any FX they can afford.
When attacking a movie with a creature card, compare the strength of the creature (as modified by any FX cards or other effects) with the defense score of the target movie (total of all characters, props and the location with possible modifiers from FX cards and other effects). If the attack equals or exceeds the defense, the attacking player chooses a character in the target movie to be discarded.
The game is over when the deck runs out or a player plays a Roll the Credits card. Players score points equal to the defense of their movie plus 5 bonus points for each of the title words in their possession. Highest score wins.
There’s more to it than that, but that’s the gist of the game.
The lovely people at Ask Lovecraft made some videos showing how the original game is played. While these videos won't reflect the changes made in the Resurrected Edition, they do show some people having a great time playing Grave Robbers from Outer Space!
TGS has teamed up with Toronto-based electro-funk powerhouse Tupper Ware Remix Party to make Grave Robbers from Outer Space a multi-media experience. Their next EP will be an original soundtrack to the game and it will be made available as a digital download to all backers at the Wardrobe Supervisor level or above.
Listen to TWRP’s current repertoire at twrplive.com. This album of songs inspired by the B-movie sci-fi/horror classics of the ‘50s-‘80s is included in the base funding – it isn’t a stretch goal, that’s how awesome it’s going to be!
And speaking of stretch goals...
If we get beyond the base funding goal of the project, we have an assortment of exciting stretch goals planned. The money we raise will allow us to make the game bigger than the original, as well as funding the testing and production of not only two mini-expansions to add new levels of strategy to the game, but a fully independent sequel, Return of the Grave Robbers from Outer Space, and the "expandalone" game GROS: Genre Blender, which will combine the best elements of the original game's sequels (Bell-Bottomed Badasses on the Mean Streets of Funk, Kung Fu Samurai on Giant Robot Island, etc.). And even that is just the tip of the iceberg – more stretch goals will be revealed as the campaign goes on.
As every movie lover knows, you can't eat your popcorn by throwing back your head and pouring the whole thing into your salivating mouth; you eat it by the handful. With that philosophy in mind, our stretch goal to super-size the Resurrected Edition is coming at you in bite-sized handfuls! Each bundle of bonus cards will contain six cards from the Print 'n' Play that will make it into the game if their individual stretch goals get met.
Grave Robbers “I Resurrected It” t-shirts will be available to backers at most levels. They are 50% Polyester, 50% cotton and 100% guaranteed to prevent nudity (when worn properly). They will be available in black, men’s & ladies’ sizes S-XXL. Larger sizes may be available at a slight increase in price.
Geek & Sundry
Grave Robbers from Outer Space is number two on Geek & Sundry's 10 Great Games for TableTop Beginners!
The original Grave Robbers from Outer Space was nominated for the Origins award for “best new card game” in 2001 and the Resurrected Edition will do nothing but improve on the game play.
The Dice Tower
The GROS sequel, Cannibal Pygmies in the Jungle of Doom, made Tom Vasel’s list of Top Ten Funniest Games in 2002. Humour has always been the cornerstone of the B-Movie Card Game line, and the Resurrected Edition will absolutely carry on the tradition.
TV Trops & Wikipedia
Rue Morgue Magazine
Below is a review of the original game from Rue Morgue Magazine, who reviewed it for its connection to the horror movie industry. We are confident that Rue Morgue will find the Resurrected Edition worthy of equal, if not increased praise.
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Risks and challenges
As many of you know, this is actually our second campaign to resurrect Grave Robbers from Outer Space. The first was launched in March, but after an encouraging start, we realized that mistakes had been made and key components of a successful campaign were missing. So we cancelled that campaign before things went too far, and we took time to correct the mistakes and fill in the gaps. Resurrecting Grave Robbers is Tassie Game Studios' first Kickstarter project, so it isn't surprising that, in our eagerness to get moving, we overlooked some important things. We think we've got everything lined up this time, but it is going to take a lot of work to ensure that this project is successful. We aren't going to just throw the project up on the web, sit back, and watch the money roll in. Tassie Game Studios is going to be on top of this project the whole way, listening to the backers, and doing everything we can to make sure that Grave Robbers from Outer Space the Resurrected Edition gets funded, and delivered promptly to our backers.
Steve Tassie has been a part of the gaming industry since the mid '90s, but it's always been on the design end of things, not the production and marketing side. So the first challenge will be finding the right printing company to make the game to our standards at a price that is reasonable to consumers. We have been in negotiation with the same company that does the printing for Indie Boards and Cards, and are confident that they will be able to produce a top notch quality product for us at a reasonable rate. Even at a competetive rate, the printing costs will be one of the biggest expenses in this project.
The second business challenge will be to properly harness the success and fan base of the original game to ensure that this resurrection is even more successful.
The entire game needs a full graphic redesign. Due to legal reasons, the art from the original edition does not belong to us. All the art and even the graphic layout needs to be redone from the ground up. The process of finding the right artists to do this has already begun and some very talented artists are lined up. They key is going to be to keep the flavour of the original, without being just a cheap clone. This is going to be the single most expensive part of the project.
Mechanical tweaks are needed to improve the game play. The challenge will be to fix the complaints that some players had with the original and update the game play to be more in line with modern gaming ideals, without losing the elements that made the game so popular in the first place. While the idea of popcorn as a resource is firmly part of the Resurrected Edition rules, some tinkering with the final costs of cards is going to be required to ensure the most satisfactory game play.
Finally, shipping will be a challenge. Snakes & Lattes will be handling our shipping fulfillments. They are experienced with Kickstarter fulfillments in Canada, having completed the shipping for Cards Agains Humanity, Coup (& Coup: Reformation), and numerous other successful Kickstarter products. We hope that they will be able to efficiently satisfy US and International shipping as well.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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