About this project
Add-ons: To add-on extra copies of Fidelitas, simply multiply your location's base pledge level by the number of copies you'd like!
All 8 Stretch Goals Unlocked! Thank You!
Unlocked: Everyone who pledged $19+ gets a FREE Print and Play of "Santa's Summer Break", the kids game by Jason Kotarski that inspired Fidelitas.
Unlocked: The $32K funding level every backer who pledged at the $19+ levels will get 2 new promos!
This time, we're adding a couple Missio cards, new goals to add some variety by transforming the Tavern locations into opportunities for scoring! The Barkeep isn't a part of a Guild so there is no Virtus Card for this character. But crafty folks in the city can gain his trust by keeping his bar stool filled with thirsty patrons. And you can hold sway over the Tavern by making sure it's standing room only!
Like the other promos, these cards will initially only be made available through this Kickstarter until a future time when they may become available at conventions or through other outlets. But before all that, they are for you first! Let's make the last few days count! Please keep sharing the project far and wide!
Unlocked: The Party Pack Promos will now include 5 cards with two new versions of The Chiseler and The Herald with art by Jaqcui Davis! And the photo cards will still be included, too!
The Bloody Butcher removes 3 cards to the discard pile and will probably give you nightmares! The Chiseler looks vaguely familiar and will chisel away at other player's hands. And The Heralds? They must be some sort of messengers, gathering lots of folks at the Tavern to share the latest news and get new information flowing. The one on the right sure is handsome!
Like the Candlestick Maker Promos, these promo cards will not be included in the retail version and will initially will only be made available to Kickstarter backers. To be clear, this is not a Kickstarter Exclusive as these cards may be made available in the future at conventions or through other channels but not for a while.
Unlocked! All backers at the $19+ tiers will receive the Candlestick Maker Promo Cards; a new Virtus Card and a new Missio Card!
These promo cards will not be included in the retail version and will initially will only be made available to Kickstarter backers. To be clear, this is not a Kickstarter Exclusive as these cards may be made available in the future at conventions or through other channels but not for a while.
Unlocked- Every copy of the production version of the game will come with a Wooden Start Player marker.
While we don't have the final art yet, it will look a little something like that grey shield pictured above. This marker will be given to the first player so that when ever the game end is triggered all others players are given one more turn to prove their worthiness in the cause against the corrupt crown!
Unlocked- We have great playtesters and backers and we heard your request loud and clear! Some of the Virtus Cards refer to the "Castle" and "Harbor" locations which are indicated on the locations cards by small signs pointing to the space next to the play area. For some people these signs were difficult to see and keep track of so we've decided to add two new cards to Fidelitas that can be placed to help these locations to be more clear. While players won't actually play to these locations but rather at locations next to these cards, we thought it would be helpful to make them stand out a bit more than they do in the current format. See the variant possible with these new cards herehttp://www.phantasiogames.net/2014/08/fidelitas-stretch-goal-2.html. This goal is unlocked and every copy of the game will include these cards right in the box!
Unlocked- Meet the Brute, the Commander, the Scribe, and the Monk! Manu Forti is Latin for "with a strong hand" and these cards add new actions, new missions, new members of the least represented Guilds, and new ways to score. These new Virtus Cards can be played as an action or scored by gathering specific types of cards into your hand! These advanced cards provide an added layer that sows confusion and mistrust while providing another route to gain points that pave the way to victory as the leader of the revolution! This goal is unlocked and every copy of the game will include this expansion right in the box!
In Fidelitas, players take on the role of faithful citizens in a medieval city exerting influence in order to gain the credibility needed to lead the charge against the corrupt crown. Players play character cards to various locations that make up the city in order to meet conditions of hidden objectives. Each type of character card is associated with a unique action that manipulates cards in the game; use the Butcher to bully other characters to new locations, use the Student to gain more cards, use the Soldier to keep the peasants from loitering too long.
In this game where keen maneuvering is key, attentiveness to the opposition may uncover hidden motives that seek to foil your bid for power. The first player to gain a certain number points depending on the number of players is determined worthy to lead the revolt, and also wins the game.
Fidelitas is a game for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up and plays in 20-30 minutes. The game is designed by Jason Kotarski (The Great Heartland Hauling Co.) and Philip duBarry (Revolution!, Courtier, Canalis, Kingdom of Solomon).
Watch Rahdo's Gameplay Runthrough here:
Welcome to Fidelitas! In a city you’ve never heard of that’s far too difficult to locate on a map, during a time long before you or anyone you know were born, a cohort of faithful citizens gathered to put plans in motion to take the power back from the political elite whose so-called “leadership” led to nothing more than inequity and discontent among the people. But instead of formulating a plan for revolution, they drank too much ale and forgot what they were gathering for in the first place.
But thanks to their digression, now it’s your turn to pick up where they left off…before the over-indulgence, of course!
Fidelitas is a card game with a small footprint that packs a big punch!
Fidelitas will include:
- 50 Virtus Cards (characters)
- 20 Missio Cards (hidden goals)
- 5 Location Cards
- Full-color rulesheet with illustrations and examples
All this will fit in a small, rigid two-part box for maximum portability! (Think No Thanks! or Coloretto)
Please visit the Fidelitas page at BoardGameGeek for more info and reviews! Your comments and thumbs are much appreciated as they help people learn more about all the fun we're having!
"With the art by Jacqui Davis and graphic design by Darrell Louder, it looks really sharp, even in prototype form. What really matters, of course, it how it plays—and I’m happy to report that Fidelitas is fun, with a good mix of luck and strategy." -Jonathan Liu from GeekDad
"I'm a hot mess, but the game itself is very cool...it's so fast and fluid and fun!" -Richard Ham, Rahdo Runs Through
"Jason and Philip have given us an evocative, light card game you could play anywhere, with anyone." -Scott Firestone IV of Theology of Games
"Fidelitas is a lightweight hidden-agenda game that doesn't go easy on the fun! It looks amazing, it plays great, it's not fiddly, and offers tons of decisions without inflicting analysis paralysis on even the newest of gamers." -Jeremiah Isley of Theology of Games
"This is truly a great filler, the ideal candidate for your table when you’ve got twenty minutes or so to spare and feel like playing something that will tax your brain a little. Not too heavy, but not feather light either, Fidelitas will be making it into the Best of the Year lists of a fair few gamers when the time comes around." -Michael Fox of Little Metal Dog
"I love games with secret missions... and light-hearted backstabbing and deduction... and fun characters... and short play times... and.. wait... you didn't make this game specifically for me did you?" -Andy from The 20 Minutes of Filler Podcast
"This is one of those games where we played and turned around and played again." -Jeff from All Us Geeks
"This game serves a lot of purposes. Gateway. Light. Going fast enough to be a filler...This is a very fun game." -Jordan from All Us Geeks
"The simplicity of the mechanics end up bringing a lot of strategy to the game because as one player tries to tweak and manipulate the characters moving around the locations their opponent will often come in and and completely undo the move they just made. So although it isn't a “take that” kind of game it has a gruffness that involves a lot of social gaming without actual being a social game." - Scott from ScottKing.Info
Check out Philip's interview with JR from The Nerd Nighters:
"For anyone looking for a short length game which offers fun and engaging decisions in a small package, look no further. The stunning art, simple mechanics and tactical gameplay make Fidelitas a worthy addition to your filler game collection. Viva la Revolution!" -The League of Nonsensical Gamers
"Every decision you make in Fidelitas is an interesting one."- Tiffany Bahnsen, The Socially Inept Gamer
As we get closer to our funding goal, we'll be announcing some sweet STRETCH GOALS to keep the party going. We have plans to add value to Fidelitas that we think you will really appreciate. We're not talking about "doo-dads" and "whatsits" here. WE ARE TALKING ADDED VALUE!
We have several stretch goals in mind that have been developed and tested. And we hope to hit them all! But know that if we do, we won't likely be adding more just to add more. We believe that more isn't always better, especially if it holds up production and delays delivery.
That being said, we'll be listening close to your feedback and ideas and will carefully consider all the brilliance that comes our way.
We need your help spreading the word far and wide so we can continue hitting our goals!
If you've checked out the videos and read the reviews and still want more info, you can check out the Rules PDF RIGHT HERE! We're currently editing the rules to make them as clear as possible before sending them off to our brilliant graphic designer who make them look super snazzy. But in the meantime, this rough draft rule set will give you a better feel for the ins and outs of Fidelitas.
The rules are hosted on BoardGameGeek and will require a free account to download. But if you like games, BGG is the place to be so head over there now to get plugged into the world-wide gaming community!
If you've read the rules and are still on the fence pledging $5 or more will gain to you early access to the Print & Play version of Fidelitas! This way, you can try the game out and if you like the experience then come on back and adjust your pledge for a full production copy!
We believe in this game and know that if you give it a chance you'll see the love and attention we've put in to developing it for game tables around the world. So get on board and give it a go! See for yourself if Fidelitas is for you.
Fidelitas is available world-wide! Take a close look at all of the pledge levels and choose the tier for your home location. Shipping is already included in the price for each level!
Note: International Backers will be responsible for any import fees, brokerage or delivery surcharges, or applicable taxes that may be levied after we have shipped your package. The low price point of this game should keep these charges to a minimum.
Jason Kotarski and Philip duBarry are game designers from the Midwest who met on the internet. They thought it would be cool to work on a game together. Neither of these stand-up-fellas had ever designed a game in collaboration with another designer before. And even though it can be difficult to give up some control in order work with another human being, it seemed like a good idea at the time. They probably learned something in the process. It may have even been kinda fun. Fidelitas is the result of more than a year of emailing, developing, and playtesting. They'd love it if you'd pledge your support for the fruit of their labors.
Jaqui Davis is an illustrator from the U.K. who's done beautiful work in the tabletop game space that includes contributions to: Belle of the Ball, Euphoria, Epic Resort, and Skyway Robbery.
Darrell Louder is a graphic designer living in Delaware. He also designed a game for Dice Hate Me Games called Compounded. It's kind of a big deal.
Green Couch Games is a new company founded by Jason Kotarski to release great little games that make great big connections. Jason is also a game designer and co-host of 20 Minutes of Filler, a Dice Tower Network podcast.
We know that you have lots of games to choose from and there aren't enough ways that we can express our gratitude to all of our supporters. It's backers like you that are helping to make this new company a reality. It's backers like you that are bringing this dream to life. And for that, we say thanks. We hope you enjoy the little games that we contribute to the gaming community that we love so much!
Thanks for your pledge and for helping us spread the word! Sharing about the project on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Reddit, and other networks you are a part of goes a long way!
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Risks and challenges
This is the first Kickstarter project for Green Couch Games and I know with all new things comes a learning curve. With that in mind, I have been making plans and doing my diligence to do as much of the work upfront as possible! My hope is to avoid delays and common pitfalls by paying special attention to the following areas and building on previous experience:
Art and Design. The art and design for the game is 95% locked so we'll be ready to print shortly after the close of the campaign. Since I am a new publisher I wanted you to know what you are getting into by showing you the whole darn thing!
Playtesting and Reviewing. Fidelitas has been tested by many different group and has been played at Unpub and Protospiel. I have sent out more than 30 prototypes to reviewers around the world. I want to earn your trust by providing you with a solid product that has been thoroughly tested and reviewed by folks from varying backgrounds and perspectives.
Past Experience. While this is the first Kickstarter I've run for a game project, I have helped with several other successful campaigns. Also, having spent many years working in retail and customer service, I understand the importance of treating backers with respect and following through with projects.
Of course, there are always unexpected circumstances that pop up, but I PROMISE to communicate every step of the way and do my best to use creative problem solving meet the challenges head on.
Thank you so much for giving Green Couch Games a chance. As a brand new company, I truly can't do this without you. I will do my best to thank you by creating great little games that you love to play.
Jason Kotarski, game designer and founder of Green Couch Games
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