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Black Souls 2.0 - Cheaper. Better. More.
Black Souls 2.0 - Cheaper. Better. More.
Become a Level Designer & design the toughest dungeon crawler - But you must lead a party through that very same level and survive it!
Become a Level Designer & design the toughest dungeon crawler - But you must lead a party through that very same level and survive it! Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
About this project
Wait... 2.0? Where's 1?
Black Souls was first launched on Kickstarter on the 5th of September. Despite getting into the Hotness List of BGG for almost a week, and even holding the esteemed title of Top 2 for a few days, the campaign did not do too well. We recognised that the reason was the extremely high shipping cost. The good news is that some logistics companies have since approached us after noticing our plight, and we are very proud to inform everyone here that we have officially partnered with Quartermaster Logistics! This relaunch is to redress the previous campaign's confusing tier wordings, as well as reduce the shipping across the board - some a little, others more. If you want to know more about the new prices, please read the Shipping section below. Lastly, combined shipping now gives very good savings!
Also, we are adding more components right off the bat into the game - very cool looking and thematic scoring boards that totally look like feedback forms!
THIS SPACE RESERVED FOR THE NEW FREE HIGH QUALITY SCOREBOARDS!
If you wanted to see the updates from the first campaign, here they are: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1898315323/black-souls-the-game/updates
Designer Inc's latest video game title Black Souls has achieved international success! Hailed as one of the toughest digital games ever, it has attracted millions of hardcore gamers. The secret behind this huge success lies not in just making an extremely difficult game. Anyone can do that. The true challenge lies in balancing it to be as difficult as possible, but still fair enough that the very best players can survive to the end. Alas, the game studio is heavily short staffed and the management is looking to hire one more Game Designer for developing more content in Black Souls.
You have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be hired by Designer Inc as a level designer, an integral part of Black Souls' development team! As one of the finalist candidates, you must prove your designing skills under the judging eyes of your future employers in an 'Early Beta Access' trial to create a level that best reflects the spirit of Black Souls - a very difficult, yet fair game. A group of professional playtesters will be sent to try out your carefully designed level, and provide feedback on whether they like or dislike it. If the level is too easy, they would not feel challenged at all. If it is too hard, they would all be killed and find it unfair. Who will be the final candidate to be inducted into the ranks of Designer Inc?
ALL Kickstarter copies of Black Souls will have every single promo featured above for free. These are on top of any stretch goals unlocked during the campaign itself.
In Black Souls, players are candidates vying for the dream job of being a Game Designer on an internationally successful video game. They must design a beta level for the game, balancing difficulty with good matrix. First, they will design their own dungeon crawler levels. Then they will lead a professional team of playtesters through the very levels they just designed. Whether the playtesters like the design or not, depends on how challenging the levels are, as well as if at least one survives the level. The game is played in 2 phases - Design phase, followed by Gameplay phase. During the Design phase, players will play Bid Cards simultaneously to snatch first pick on their tile of choice from a common pool.
Note that Bid Cards also have special abilities that help the players in some way. It is important to play these abilities at the right time, advancing the players in their strategies. Once each player has a tile, they immediately place the tile onto their own individual Design Board. Tiles can be placed on any of 3 levels, but must always fill the leftmost space if it is on either level 1 or 3, and must always fill the rightmost space if it is on level 2.
If players' Bid Cards clash, they go last regardless of their numbers played. Also, their powers do not trigger. However, each player has 2 Hacks which allows them to ignore this penalty.
Once all players have completed their level designs with 12 tiles each, phase 2 occurs and players take on the roles of the professional playtesters sent to test their levels.
On each tile, the party must clear the location by resolving ONE type of hero to die. In the example shown, the party will clear the current tile location by killing just 1 Fighter, or 2 Mages, or 3 Healers. The last value on the tile is the Difficulty rating of the tile and is only used for end-game scoring.
This video was made to teach you a quick overview of Black Souls in just 2 and a half minutes:
Download the Rule Book HERE! (This is NOT final - There are some changes pending!)
The following video is a full playthrough of Black Souls by the Pink Meeple folks. Who do you think got the job in the end?
The following reviews were all made with prototype parts and components. The final game WILL be different (for the better, of course!)
The ultimate test!! We took the game for a wild spin with complete strangers in public at GenCon 50! Check out their unscripted feedback~
And yes, we were one of the featured games on BGG's Live Videos at GenCon50!!
As mentioned on Dice Tower's News at HERE (CLICK)
REVIEW PENDING - STAY TUNED!
"The game’s theme is very unique - That each player can program their own “game” and then run characters through it!" -Jamey, Stonemaier Games, specifically on just the theme of the game.
"The drafting is really clever, the scoring is really clever, the setting is really clever… it’s just clever up and down the street!" -Richard Ham, Rahdo Runs Thru
Rahdo Playthrough Video:
Rahdo Extended Playthrough:
Rahdo's Final Thoughts:
"Black Souls is a fun little "meta-game" for the would-be video game designer in all of us." -David Waybright, Man VS Meeple
"Black Souls is very easy to pick up because of its simple, clean rules. Then you get into a game of it and realize the choices are very interesting!" -Forrest Bower, BGC
The following are the tiers available for the duration of this Kickstarter campaign. Note that the Retailer Pledge tier is NOT available to the general public. Stringent checks will be made to ensure we protect our retailer partners. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS IN SGD CURRENCY - WHICH IS A LOT LOWER IN VALUE THAN USD!
Simply add any of the following items to your pledge rewards by paying the appropriate fees as stated. For example, if you wanted to add a copy of Sweet Spot, just add another $42SGD on top of your pledge tier amount. We will send out a survey at the end of the campaign to check with each individual backer on what their additional money is intended for.
You have already seen the amount of content we are packing into every Kickstarter copy. On top of the promotional items mentioned, we will be revealing even more exciting content to be unlocked! While most of the stretch goals are still unknown, (even to us because these are genuine goals that we throw in at the last minute) we do have 3 KEY numbers in mind at all times.
Continuing the tradition of how we do crazy things for our backers and supporters, we will be looking at 35K, 42K and then 50K SGD. There are 2 mini-expansions and 1 bigger expansion that we have planned for Black Souls when and if it goes to retail. We worked backwards and found that with these 3 figures achieved, we will be able to give these expansions FREE to all our backers during this campaign! Now how's that for entertainment, Solo?
Of course, we won't be forgetting all the other fun goals in between - but do keep these 3 milestones in mind! These expansions will be purchaseable in retail in future, but the upside now is that you will be getting them all FREE if we manage to push it. Let's see if THIS particular party of playtesters can make it through to the end :)
We are always looking to work with our retailer partners as much as possible. If you are a retailer, we have specially made a pledge tier just for you! Please check out the "Retailer Pledge" tier on the right. Do note that this is strictly for brick and mortar retailers, and we will require proof of business license as well. If you have any further questions regarding retailer support, reach out to us via email at Sales@MedievaLords.com
Black Souls will be charging shipping straight off from the campaign itself. There will be no additional cost after the campaign to watch out for - unless you are getting add-ons of Castle Dukes. Thanks to Quartermaster Logistics, we have managed to get affordable shipping! They do not handle the Asia+Australia regions though, so the rates for these places are not going to change too much. We did have a long internal meeting, and decided we wanted everyone to be happy still. So we will also reduce the shipping by just that tiny little bit through our own pockets for folks in these places.
For this relaunch, we also managed to find a way to give great savings on combined shipping, so get a few buddies and pool them together! The minimum for the savings of combined shipping is 3 copies though.
Lastly for Singapore only, we have the luxury of having our headquarters here, so we can allow local pick-up at the Battle Bunker retail shop. If you are fine with doing self-collection at Battle Bunker, there is a special tier just for Singaporeans to do so, and this will then bring your shipping down to as low as what the US backers are enjoying - which is about US$9. There is STILL shipping charge, because we are shipping the games in from China, and they are not manufactured locally.
Battle Bunker Productions:
Medieval Lords will officially be working under the banner of Battle Bunker Productions for this game. The same folks from Medieval Lords that you have come to trust over the multiple Kickstarters will all still be on the team, but with more firepower now that we are part of the Battle Bunker family. Medieval Lords has upheld a strong reputation despite its smaller following simply because we do right by our backers, and we have a track record of delivering our previous KS campaigns EARLY! That's something to boast about!
The Game Design Corner:
As always, following in the tradition of Medieval Lords, we will share the game matrix of Black Souls for the hardcore players who are interested in looking at the balance of the game.
Risks and challenges
Yes!! Our 7th product! Same high quality, same high standards of game play! The risk section - You have probably read this many times over, but it is our obligation to state this down in black and white in all our projects, so please bear with us~
We will not hesitate to inform all backers and attempt immediate rescue actions should we miss a deadline or see a potential threat to having it delayed.
If you have been an ardent supporter of Medieval Lords, you will know we put maximum respect to all our backers and attempt to go every mile for everyone of you. At a 6 to 7 months timeline, we are already providing a very, very short production timeline compared to more than half of other Kickstarter tabletop games out there. On top of that, we have been delivering EARLY across all our previous Kickstarters :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter