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It has become an unfortunate trend amongst the ruthless aristocracy of Otravia to assassinate their rivals by poisoning during the toasts at their formal functions. In an attempt to discourage this, an elaborate and bizarre etiquette has developed around these toasts. However, this has only succeeded in weeding out the less cunning, ruthless and lucky, with those that remain being true masters of this deadly sport....
Toast! is a quick and casual social deduction game designed for the start or end of an evening's board gaming, or as an after dinner game. It features elegant and tactile components - goblets, napkins and glass pebbles representing wine and poison - to set the scene for a very civilised party game of deception and death!
In a round of play, goblets are arranged in a circle in the middle of the table, one in front of each player, such that players can’t see their contents. Players take turns to secretly place wine, poison or antidote tokens into the goblets, switching the goblets around, or using their characters special abilities. Each player has a target, and their aim is to ensure that, when the round is ended by someone calling for the Toast and the players all ‘drink’, their target’s goblet is poisoned and theirs is safe!
Thanks to these fine previewers who took the time to try out Toast!
"One of the coolest, most evocative games I've played" - Ed Baraf, Edo's Game Reviews
"I think this game is going to be wildly popular, I really like it" - Patrick Siebert, Just Got Played
"I love this game, great with a good group that really gets into character" - Brian Everett, Cloak and Meeple
"Toast manages to blend bluffing, deduction and three card monte into a boisterously evil game of poisonous dinner guests. Cheers!" - Steve Tudor, Polyhedron Collider
"Toast thrives in large group of people and a bustling social atmosphere. It would be a great addition to any LARP or Murder Mystery as the game only gets better with more theatrics." - Nicole Jekich, Across the Board Games
Each round, players draw a number of tokens (wine, poison or antidote), which they keep hidden under a napkin. They pick one of the other players as their target for the round.
In each player's turn, they have a choice of actions:
- Pour: Secretly place a wine token from your napkin into any goblet.
- Peek: Test the bouquet. Look into your own goblet to see what's in it.
- Rotate: Rotate the goblets one place clockwise or widdershins.
- Swap: Swap your goblet with that of another guest.
Once a player has used all their tokens, they can instead call the Toast...at which point the nobles 'drink' from the goblet in front of them. If there is more poison than antidote in your goblet, you're toast! You get victory points for surviving and if your target is poisoned, with a bonus if you manage both.
The challenge lies in balancing playing your tokens, learning about what's in the goblets, and wanting to position the goblets the way you need them for the Toast. That and trying to keep track of what you know as the goblets move around!
The game supports 2-12 players. The main rules are for 4-6 players, there are special rules to extend up to 12 players (where pairs of players play as a noble and their wine-taster), and there is a separate game mode for 2-3 players (a sort of Russian Roulette with goblets).
The full rules are available for download from the below link. And if you want to play before you pledge, a Print and Play version is available from the minimum reward tier.
Rules download (pdf): http://tinyurl.com/z8sjqzg
If you've got ten minutes to spare, here's a video demonstrating a round of play:
Introducing the nobility of Otravia, each of whom has developed a special ability to sway the odds in their favour...
- 6 plastic goblets
- 6 printed card 'napkins'
- 6 character cards
- 6 target cards
- 31 glass pebbles in four colours
- Cloth drawstring bag
- Victory point token sheet
- Rules pamphlet
This special edition of the game, exclusive to Kickstarter, boasts the following upgraded and additional components to enhance the theme and tactility of the game!
- 30 (approx.) stamped metal coins replace Victory Point tokens. In three different colours of metal for Victory Points and 'Etiquette Breach' penalty!
- Large stamped metal coin to denote the current Master or Mistress of Ceremonies.
- Printed punchboard daggers (approx. 8cm long) to replace target cards.
- Linen print finish for napkins.
- Cards upgraded to 310gsm ivorycore cardstock.
- Foil/UV printing for box.
To upgrade to this reward tier, press the blue Manage button next to your current pledge at the top of the project page, then Change your pledge, and switch to the Opulent Edition reward tier. Don't forget to add on the amount for any add-ons you also wish to receive.
Foreign Dignitaries are coming to the court of Otravia! Enhance your game with Toast: Ambassadors, an additional character pack featuring Grand Vizier Halak, Tsarina Zmeya and Admiral Wolfsbane. Add on for £5 ($7 / €6.50).
To include the Ambassadors Pack in your pledge reward, press the blue Manage button next to your current pledge at the top of the project page, then Change your pledge, and increase the pledge amount on your current pledge tier.
If you'd like a second copy to give as a gift, fantastic! As a bonus, one copy of the Toast: Ambassadors add-on (£5 / $7 / €6.50 value) will be included for free in any multiple order!
To add an extra copy to your reward, adjust your pledge (via the Manage button at the top of the project page) with the additional copy, including any shipping supplement. The updated reward will be clear to us from the increased pledge amount, but we'll message you too just to confirm.
We intend to use Panda Game Manufacture, based on recommendation from some of the luminaries of the Kickstarter board game publishing community.
We have had a manufacturing quote from them based on their minimum order quantity of 1500, and they have been really helpful in providing the advice and information needed to prepare this project.
We intend to ship most copies of the game from China using Send From China by tracked air mail. SFC have a close relationship with PandaGM which should make for efficient and low-risk manufacture and shipping.
The value of the standard game for the purposes of import duty and VAT (which excludes the cost of delivery) is comfortably under the thresholds for most countries. For shipments to Canada and the few EU countries with particularly low thresholds (primarily Denmark, France, Greece and Sweden) we will use Friendly Shipping.
As for packaging, given a choice of bubble wrap, double bubble wrap, or an outer box, we intend to opt for the box. It doesn't add much compared to the costing of the shipping itself, and we feel the game box will be large enough to worry about crushed corners otherwise.
Tim Page | Creator of Toast!
By day, I'm a video game developer with 20 years experience across all manner of platforms and genres, currently Technical Director of a UK games studio. But by...um...by evenings, weekends and lunch times, I'm an avid board game player, with a penchant for 'fixing' a game with house rules until I can win.
I'll play literally anything (except Quidditch - that game is broken beyond repair), but what I want to create are accessible, elegant and social games, but with a bit of depth and cleverness behind the scenes. So, 'Smart Casual'.
Nick Miles | Artist
Nick is a concept artist in the video games industry, who has worked on major brands such as Nickelodeon, Dreamworks and Disney.
Moxie Creative | Creative Energy
At Moxie we believe in getting projects off the ground and flying and bringing all our energy to everything we do. We work with charities, schools, big and small businesses, artists, authors and many more to find creative solutions for their ideas. Whether you need film, print, web design, packaging solutions or copywriting - if you can imagine it, we can make it happen.
We love what we do and we love making things happen for other people.
The Kickstarter gives you the chance to get hold of Toast! first, and at a price lower than we would expect to charge at retail. There's the opportunity to access additional content like the Ambassadors Pack and, together, to unlock stretch goals and make the game better for everyone.
Getting involved in the Kickstarter also gives you the potential to feed back and help perfect the game, before it's set in stone.
But of course Kickstarter is primarily about getting great ideas off the ground. We've already put a fair amount of money and a huge amount of time into Toast! because we earnestly believe that it is a high quality game with a broad appeal. If you agree with us, we invite you to be part of creating something with the potential to bring together regular gamers and casual non-gamers alike!
Whether or not you back us, it would be extremely awesome of you to share the project to any board gaming chums you think it might appeal to. We dearly want Toast! to become a real thing, and your help in getting the word out will help immensely.
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Enormous thanks to the team for getting the project this far, the various board gaming groups who kindly play-tested Toast!, the Kickstarter board game publishing Community for their sage wisdom, and to the fair lords and gracious ladies who appeared in the promo video!
Risks and challenges
This will be my first published board game, so there will inevitably be unexpected things I'll discover along the way. However, I'm well accustomed from my day job to handling technical, creative and financial challenges and, armed with advice from published friends and the amazingly supporting Kickstarter board game publisher community, I should be able to avoid the seriously dumb pitfalls!
A good amount of the project is already behind us. After wide play-testing, I'm confident in the game design, and I am lucky enough to have talented and professional partners for graphic design and illustration, so the remaining risks I see are to do with production and shipping. The choice of established companies such as PandaGM and SFC aims to reduce this risk.
I've been deliberately conservative with the shipping dates, to minimise the chance of the inevitable production/shipping complications throwing the project behind schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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