Victoriana- A cooperative game of intrigue and investigation
Play as famous characters from Victorian literature and history as you try to stop a conspiracy that threatens Queen and Country!
Victoriana is a cooperative board game for 1-4 players. In Victoriana, players take the role of famous Victorian characters. Following a trail of clues through sprawling 19th century London, these characters must investigate a dire conspiracy that threatens Queen and Country. If all three elements of the conspiracy- Mastermind, Plot, and Locale- are discovered before Big Ben chimes midnight, the players have a chance to engage in a climactic confrontation for the fate of the British Empire. God save the Queen!
Tension that builds throughout the game: As the three elements of the conspiracy are revealed, so are Agents of the Mastermind. This results in a game that gets more challenging the closer you are to victory.
Time made tangible: Each time the clock advances a quarter hour, all the Leads in play physically turn a quarter turn clockwise. If a Lead ever returns to the 12 o’clock position, it is lost forever. Players use this visible timer to prioritize their actions.
Multiple resources that need to be managed: Players must balance abilities, movement, and trauma in order to stop the conspiracy before time, the most limited resource of all, runs out.
Fantastic variety: With more than 100 unique Leads, 20 possible Plots, 13 fearsome Masterminds, and the whole of 19th century London as the setting, Victoriana will never play the same way twice.
Engaging theme: Combining characters from Victorian literature with real-world scientists, politicians, occultists, and more, Victoriana offers a rich, exciting world for players to experience.
The Goal of Victoriana
- Discover the three elements of a vast conspiracy that threatens London- Mastermind, Plot, and Locale- before the clock strikes midnight!
The Gameplay of Victoriana
- Investigate Leads: Lead cards represent information on the conspiracy! Spend your political, scientific, underworld, and occult resources to collect these leads. But hurry- take too long to investigate a lead and it will go cold!
- Discover the Plot: Spend leads to eliminate plot cards. Players are rewarded for each plot they eliminate, but beware- a dangerous agent of the conspiracy lurks in the plot deck as well.
- Reveal the Mastermind: Each mastermind is protected by three henchmen. Spend leads to put these villains away for good.
- Traverse London: Avoid sinister agents! Collect help from Scotland Yard! Explore the darkest corners of London until you have revealed the conspiracy's locale!
- Foil the Conspiracy: Once all three elements of the conspiracy are revealed, gather your investigators for a final confrontation.
Check out Update #2 for a more detailed look at the gameplay of Victoriana, check out the playthrough videos to see these features in action, and check out the rules for a complete how-to-play!
Playthrough Part 1: https://youtu.be/HI5UtCbIwF8
Playthrough Part 2: https://youtu.be/RUj83lL_y2s
Playthrough Part 3: https://youtu.be/OdA4HOVCQtI
Rulebook: While the layout, editing, and art is still in process, the rules are finalized. Follow the link below to check them out!
Great Price without Sacrifice: We’ve set the basic pledge level at $49, $11 below MSRP. That means Kickstarter backers will get a board game with high-quality components, stellar art and graphic design, and engaging gameplay at the best possible price.
Stretch Goals for Everyone: There are no Early Bird pledge levels, no add-ons or day 1 expansions, and no extra money required to unlock stretch goal rewards. Every stretch goal we unlock will be included for every backer at the $49 pledge level and above, for free.
Backers First: We will ensure Victoriana backers receive their games before a single extra copy is sold. In the meantime, we’ll be asking for your opinion on potential component upgrades and expansion ideas to make sure you get the game experience you’re most interested in.
We Need You!: The game is ready, the art is looking great, but we can’t finish the production of Victoriana without your support. Help us make Victoriana a reality.
$1: Every little bit helps! We truly thank you for your support. We'll continue to update you on Victoriana's progress!
$49: Every pledge at this level or above receives a copy of Victoriana. Not only is the $49 level a significant discount, but you get ALL unlocked stretch goals- new investigators, extra content, component upgrades, the works. Retail consumers will have to pay extra for these add-ons; you get them for free and earlier than anyone else as our special "thank you" for helping make the game a reality.
$69: As Victoriana is inspired in part by the literature of the period, why not create some literature of your own? Write the flavor text for one card that will be included in every copy of Victoriana. We'll give you the name of the card and you supply the reaction of our Investigators! You'll also receive credit in the rulebook for your contribution plus a copy of the game with all the unlocked stretch goals.
$149: Ever wanted to try your hand at game design? Join us in creating a Lead card that will be in every copy of Victoriana. You come up with the name, effects, and flavor text of the card, we test it to make sure it's balanced, and you receive credit in the rulebook for your creation. Not to mention a copy of Victoriana and all unlocked stretch goals, of course!
$240: SIX copies of Victoriana plus all unlocked stretch goals- a deep discount. Suitable for group buys, gifting, and people who have a compulsive need to buy things in sixes! You'll save on shipping, too.
$249: What good is a Mastermind without their Henchmen? Work with us to design one of these bothersome cards, a copy of which will be included in every copy of Victoriana. You'll receive full credit for your creation, a copy of the game plus all unlocked stretch goals, and the ever-lasting hatred of your friends for creating such a devious impediment to their success.
$499: Now for the SERIOUS design business. Work with us to create one of the most fearsome and challenging cards in Victoriana- an Agent of the conspiracy. These Agents have distinct personalities and far-reaching effects on gameplay. Are you up to the challenge? If you are, you'll receive full credit, a copy of Victoriana plus all unlocked stretch goals, and the terrible knowledge that you may have created the card that eventually costs you the game.
$1000: Are you a die-hard fan of Gothic literature? Love the idea of a protagonist with intelligence AND anger issues? Help us create a new Investigator that embodies both- the strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Create unique abilities, resources, and even drawbacks that will bring this classic character to life for Victoriana gamers across the world. You get full credit in the rulebook, a copy of Victoriana plus all unlocked stretch goals, and the truly unique opportunity to help embody the forces of good- well, at least mostly good.
Please add the following shipping fee to your pledge level.
UNITED STATES: No shipping fee!
CANADA, UK, and EU: $15 for one copy, $50 for six copies.
REST OF WORLD: $25 for one copy, $75 for six copies.
Good news, though- thanks to our shipping partners, we are pleased to announce that...
- $42,000- FUNDED! Victoriana is a reality, thanks to your support.
- $44,500- NEW ART! Setback and Advantage cards now feature individual illustrations- 24 new pieces of art in total.
- $47,000- MINIS! 3D Printable miniatures for the four Investigators.
- $49,500- NEW INVESTIGATOR! A brand new Victorian character joins the fight against evil.
- $52,000- COMPONENT UPGRADE! Participate in our poll to decide which upgrade gets unlocked first.
- $54,500- NEW INVESTIGATOR! A brand new Victorian character joins the fight against evil.
- $57,000- COMPONENT UPGRADE! Participate in our poll to decide which upgrade gets unlocked second.
- $59,500- NEW INVESTIGATOR! A brand new Victorian character joins the fight against evil.
- $62,000- COMPONENT UPGRADE! Participate in our poll to decide which upgrade gets unlocked third.
- ...AND MORE TO COME!
Risks and challenges
While Victoriana is fully developed and playtested, there are potential challenges in the production of the game. Finalizing the art could take longer than anticipated. Printing and shipping could be delayed by forces outside of our control. We trust our production partners and ourselves to finish Victoriana in a timely fashion, but the unexpected may occur.
In order to solve these issues before they occur, we have taken every opportunity to research the production process in order to build a realistic timeline for delivery. We have purposefully limited pledge options to simplify the fulfillment process. Not only that, we have included in our timeline a generous buffer in case of unexpected delays. We would MUCH rather ship you Victoriana a month or two early than have to write you the email all Kickstarter backers dread receiving, informing you of delays. We believe our timeline to be realistic and achievable.
- (30 days)