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$14,957
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
249
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 9 2014

About

An 18th century German village, terrorized by werewolves.

Black Forest is a board game that involves worker placement, card drafting, and a hidden traitor.  Players are ostensibly working together to improve their village in the hills of Black Forest Germany, and prepare for the harvest every spring and autumn.  However, one player is secretly controlling werewolves, working against the other players. 

In Black Forest, each player has a number of Villager tokens, used to take actions on the various tiles that comprise the village.  These actions are executed in the Day phase.  Afterward, players draft cards from the Night deck, to determine who is attacked by the werewolves. 

What Games are Like Black Forest?

The "worker placement" works a little like it does in Agricola or Stone Age.  Each player has Villager tokens that are placed on the different locations in the Village.  Each location performs a certain action or gives a benefit.

The "card drafting" is similar to 7 Wonders.  Each player is dealt a number of cards one higher than the number of players.  They choose one card, then pass the rest clockwise.  Another card is chosen, and the cards are passed again, etc.  Each player will see some of the cards the player before him or her could have chosen but didn't, and this can help players deduce who the werewolf is (although the werewolf player has some tricks he or she can perform to keep the others guessing).

The "hidden traitor" is much like the experience in the Battlestar Galactica board game, or Shadows Over Camelot.  Players won't be sure who they can trust, and must use their ability to read people, find clues in the Night phase, or visit the Seer to have visions on the other players in order to sort out who is who. 

What comes in the box
What comes in the box
Each 4"x4" tile is two-sided (start side, and upgraded side)
Each 4"x4" tile is two-sided (start side, and upgraded side)
Some of the cards in the Market deck.
Some of the cards in the Market deck.
Art for the Role cards
Art for the Role cards

http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/102264/black-forest-rules-beta

Note the rules are still in "pre-print" version and will have a slightly different layout, as well as background art and more example images. 

Print and Play documents available here:

http://redamedia.com/redagames/pnp/

Graphics in the PnP are not final, and some of the Market cards are not included.  PDFs include the 12 Village tile, Market cards, Night cards, Seer cards, Barricade tokens, Harvest board, and Role cards.  Last pdf has the back art.

Also check out the series of blogs I have written on the development of Black Forest, as well as how the mechanics work.

http://boardgamegeek.com/blog/3139/black-forest-design-and-development

Rewarding the community for their support is definitely mutually beneficial.  Here are some of the upgrades and add-ons that can become part of the initial release:

1- Add a 6th Player.  Tokens, Night cards, and some new Roles to choose from will be added if this goal is met.  Additionally, all of the components for Black Forest will be printed with the highest quality possible.  The color used for the 6th player will be voted on by the backers.  40,000

2 - Additional Art.  Currently there are 10 Upgrade cards in the Market deck that use the same image, and 12 Quiet Night cards in the Night deck using the same art.  If this stretch goal is met, I will commission unique art from the artists for every card, as well as the 2 Villager and 2 Werewolf Roles.  The quality of art has been a very high priority, and being able to bring more of it would be fantastic. 45,000

3 -Player Aids.  This goal will include a player mat for each player that depicts a Coat of Arms and player color on one side, and the reverse will have a player aid that has call-out boxes for important and/or infrequent rules, like "What to do if the last two cards you have to draft are both Werewolf Attack".  Another promo card will also be issued.  50,000

Other upgrades will include:

- Additional Roles (Wolf Man, Masons, Travelers, and more). 
- A "Bone" die to replace the normal six-sided die.
- Metal coins to replace the Coin tokens. 

There are other ways you can help support this Kickstarter.  Please visit the Black Forest Facebook page and like it, share posts, and tell the gaming geeks in your life about it.  https://www.facebook.com/blackforestgame

Visit the BoardGameGeek page and "thumb" the images in the gallery: http://boardgamegeek.com/images/boardgame/128484/black-forest

Risks and challenges

Any project of this kind will have risks, but I can confidently tell you that the funding goal is realistic and will cover the cost of printing, delivery to the US, shipping of products to the backers, and commissioning the remaining art. I am in a financially stable household, so there's no worries of me needing to use some of the funds to pay off gambling debts, buy a new car, or make mortgage payments.

I am a long time gamer (dare I say "fanatic?"), and I love and play a wide variety of games. I've been an active member of the BoardGameGeek community for about 8 years (Geek of the Week 180!), and I am committed to designing interesting and fun games (that I would want to play).

I am hopeful that gamers everywhere will help back Black Forest. I appreciate the support!

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    HAND DELIVERED. At this level, Jack will personally deliver 5 copies of the game to you, anywhere in the continental US. Jack will personally teach you and your friends how to play. You will also receive a shipped copy of the Village Elders expansion when it becomes available, and the "Little Red Cap" promo card. You may also be part of the beta test team for "Hellscape", the next game Jack is designing, and a playtest copy of that game will be sent to you if you wish to participate.

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