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Build robots! Upgrade them! Then send them off to attack your friends in an easy to learn card game of skill and luck!
Build robots! Upgrade them! Then send them off to attack your friends in an easy to learn card game of skill and luck!
Build robots! Upgrade them! Then send them off to attack your friends in an easy to learn card game of skill and luck!
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What are robots for if not competitive combat? Take the role of a master builder and square off against fellow scientists and engineers in a battle of robo-supremacy in KILLBOTS!

 There's a small catch though...

Each robot has a positive and negative action. Every time a robot attacks it could deal damage, heal a fellow robot, or even steal another player's cards. But maybe something will go wrong and your robot will attack you, or switch sides, or simply explode. Robots are unpredictable - they're more of an art than a science, really. This element of chance keeps the action dynamic and unpredictable, as well as leveling the playing field a bit for new players. Players able to better manage their robots in play and anticipate these events will ultimately come out on top!

 

 

 

Killbots is a competitive tabletop card game for 2 to 6 players where each player builds and controls an army of imperfect killer robots. The functions of each robot are determined by a custom 8-sided die - effectively making all moves calculated (or uncalculated) risks and keeping gameplay fresh. With over 150 cards included in the base game alone, prepare to amass a robot army ready to be assembled by you and your enemies!

 

As you've already seen examples of, Killbots features a boatload of painstakingly hand-drawn artwork (over 60 unique illustrations) in each standard deck, hand rendered in dazzling 2D! Each card's artwork is the result of hours of loving labor - it's like a tiny art gallery you can play with!

 

Let's take a closer look at everything you'll find when you open up the box:

 

 

 

 

Killbots is easy to learn, but offers lots of depth and room to formulate your perfect strategy. It has elements that might be familiar to anyone who's played competitive trading card games, but simplified down to their core ideas. No small novel to read before getting started - just a quick and easy set of instructions and you can get going building your friendly death machines.

Basically what players will do, step-by-step:

1. Each player begins with 20 health points, represented by a persona card of the player’s choice.
2. At the beginning of each turn players will make sure they have up to five cards in their hand from the main deck; if not, players draw up to five.
3. Players will also get to draw two parts cards from the parts pile at the start of their turn.
4. After drawing their cards, the player begins the build phase, playing as many cards as they want as long as they have the parts to afford putting the cards in play.
5. Following the build phase, players enter the battle phase; players choose which robots will attack the opposing player of their choice.
6. The attacking player looks at their attacking robot(s) noting the function, highlighted in green, and the malfunction, noted by the red “X” marker. Players then roll the 8-sided die to see the outcome of their robot’s attack. Attacks can be successful, unsuccessful, or malfunction completely.
7. The opposing player chooses to either have a robot defend the attack (if successful) or take the damage themselves.
8. Play continues until only one player is left alive!

Check out this short "How To Play" video for a taste of the game:

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Killbots has been tested and tested again, and while we’re still tweaking a few things, it’s nearly ready! The one thing we really need in order to get Killbots into your hands is your support.

With your help, not only can Killbots finally take over the world, but your support could make the final product even better. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Plush toys and mini-figures will each be modeled after either the Basic Killbot or Clockwork Unicorn (The design for each will be voted upon by you, our backers!) Each is guaranteed to make your desk or shelf at least slightly more robotic. (See Pictures Below)

Basic Killbot
Basic Killbot

 

Clockwork Unicorn
Clockwork Unicorn

I'm already hard at work making new cards for the Killbots expansion. Take a peek below and see how the artwork for a typical card is made!

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Risks and challenges

The design of the core Killbots game is already done! I've spent months testing and fine tuning a lot of variables and getting everything just perfect. All the future obstacles have to do with the most important part - getting the game into your hands. Packaging still needs to be finalized, and final arrangements need to be set in stone with all the different vendors, and shipping needs to be handled in some organized way. Everything is ready to go with most of the suppliers, but I am waiting for final numbers for who wants to buy the game.

If enough people show interest in my project, then the big hurdle will appear: finding someone to help pack and ship all the boxes!

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    Nanobot Level

    Apart from my undying gratitude (a $10 value at least) you will receive a real slick-looking Killbots sticker to put on your laptop, Trapper-Keeper, face, etc.

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    Print and Play Level

    Maybe you want to get in on the action but don't want to wait for shipping - or you live on a secret evil moonbase where we can't ship, but it's still got a pretty decent printer. Good news! For $10 we'll send you a printable version of the game so you can play Killbots with your lunar henchmen all you want!

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    *EARLY-BIRD* Killbot Level

    What better way to show your interest in the Killbots card game than by grabbing yourself a copy of your own? This level will get you just that: one copy of the first edition of Killbots, plus the prizes mentioned in the Nanobot Level. Special discounted price for the first 20 pledges.

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    Basic Killbot Level

    What better way to show your interest in the Killbots card game than by grabbing yourself a copy of your own? This level will get you just that: one copy of the first edition of Killbots, plus the prizes mentioned in the Nanobot Level.

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    Super Killbot Level

    The easiest way to make Killbots even better is by the addition of yet more robots! By pledging at this level, you'll receive a limited edition expansion pack which will feature a collection of 15 new unique cards (Unlock the super expansion stretch goal and more cards will be added - see stretch goals). This pack will not immediately be available for general purchase so this is the best way to get it.

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    Double the Killbots

    Buy two copies of the game to turn it into a massive party game, or give one as a gift, or keep one under your bed to ward off evil spirits!

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    ALERT International Super Killbots ALERT

    ALERT ALERT ALERT ALERT INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING PLEDGE TIER! The easiest way to make Killbots even better is by the addition of yet more robots! By pledging at this level, you'll receive a limited edition expansion pack which will feature a collection of 15 new unique cards (Unlock the super expansion stretch goal and more cards will be added - see stretch goals). This pack will not immediately be available for general purchase so this is the best way to get it.

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    Killbots Komplete!

    The easiest way to make Killbots even better is by the addition of yet more robots! And now even more robots! Even soft ones! Some you can cuddle, just don't throw them or they could disappear and that wouldn't be good. By pledging at this level, you'll receive a limited edition expansion pack which will feature a collection of 15 new unique cards (Unlock the super expansion stretch goal and more cards will be added - see stretch goals - WE DID THIS!). This pack will not immediately be available for general purchase so this is the best way to get it. But wait, there's more! Not only that but you'll receive the base game, stickers, a stuffed plush of your favorite Killbot, a Mini figurine to use in the game or even have it take over other games (because you know Robots are good at taking things over so be careful) and a sticky sticker!

    Are you ready to be a Komplete Killbot?

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    Super Double International Killbots

    By request, this tier will get you two copies of the Killbots base game, two copies of the expansion pack (and a sticker) with more affordable shipping to our international friends. Rejoice!

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    Krazy Kompletionist Killbots!

    The easiest way to make Killbots even better is by the addition of yet more robots! And now even more robots! Even soft ones! Some you can cuddle, just don't throw them or they could disappear and that wouldn't be good. By pledging at this level, you'll receive a limited edition expansion pack which will feature a collection of 15 new unique cards (Unlock the super expansion stretch goal and more cards will be added - see stretch goals - WE DID THIS!). This pack will not immediately be available for general purchase so this is the best way to get it. But wait, there's more! Not only that but you'll receive the base game, stickers, a stuffed plush of your favorite Killbot, a Mini figurine to use in the game or even have it take over other games (because you know Robots are good at taking things over so be careful) and a sticky sticker!

    BUT WAIT THERE IS EVEN MORE! You'll get a few extra dice and even a super awesome shirt!

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    Killbots Retailer + Expansions

    If you're a retailer interested in selling Killbots through your business, here's where you can get in on the ground floor. With this level you'll receive 10 copies of the main game as well as 10 copies of the expansion pack.

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