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Indie Boards and Cards is very excited about our collaboration with Rikki Tahta and La Mame Games as we announce the first game set in The Dystopian Universe - Coup: Rebellion G54!
G54 is the exciting sequel to Rikki's award winning game, Coup. G54 is completely stand alone - Coup is not required to play nor do the two games work together. To celebrate the successes that Coup has had and the bright future we anticipate for G54, we are very excited to launch a special, Kickstarter edition of G54 with many promo items and planned "You are Awesome awards" that won't be found in the retail version.
G54 uses the same lightning fast rules found in Coup - claim, counter, challenge and bluff - and then adds an exciting strategic layer via character selection. Before each game starts, five character roles are chosen randomly from 25 different cards. Each of the five characters has a unique ability - the combination of abilities and interplay between them makes each game unique. There are over 5,000 different ways to play!
For more details on game play, please see this video of Rikki explaining the La Mame Edition at Essen Spiel 2014. Note - this is the older art and box/storage, not what you will get by backing this kickstarter.
These written reviews are also available on reddit & boardgamegeek:
Speaking of storage - we've put a lot of thought into how to best handle the randomized set-up of G54. We are designing the game box to have tray that is customizable and works with both "natural" and sleeved cards. We have also included dividers to make organization easy - reducing set up and clean up between rounds. Each of the 25 roles has 3 playing cards, a randomizer/rule card and a divider sized to fit in the uniquely designed insert:
As a special reward for our early adopters, all the games sent as rewards to backers of this project will be the Kickstarter edition and include promo items that won't be included in the retail version of G54.
Foil coins - these have been a very popular promo item in the past, and we are very excited to include both silver (value 1) and gold (value 3) foil coins in the Kickstarter Edition of G54. We hope you like these coins and the new design for the currency of our dark, dystopian future.
A full set (25) of extra player cards - enough to play up to 8 players, or spares in case you ever damage one. While we don't always recommend Coup with more players, it can be fun some times to indulge in a massive game of treachery and deceit!
To thank you for helping spread the word about this project and your support in the past, I excited to announce that our first "You are Awesome Reward" is an Alternative Art/Role promo for Coup. The Jester can be used as a substitute for the Ambassador and has the "Disorder" ability of taking a card from the Court Deck and a card from another player, then returning a card to the Court Deck and a card to the other player. It is a very fun card, and works great in Coup. Every copy of G54 Kickstarter Edition will include this promo item for Coup.
We made a change to the Crime Boss art, and will include two sets of dividers, 4 of each role card, and rule cards with both art for the Crime Boss and let you make the decision on which set to use.
We are also including corrected player Aids for Coup: Reformation.
And we have added an additional Coup promo - the Bureaucrat. The Bureaucrat replaces the Duke, and has the Cooperation ability of the Farmer in G54. Cooperation lets you take 3 coins from the Treasury, but you must give one of those coins to another player. A great example of the many interesting twists on the Coup mechanics that G54 contains, and with this promo you can play Coup in a subtly different way.
STRETCH GOALS - Are you Awesome?
If you participated in some of our more recent projects, you will be familiar with our extra promos that we add during the project called "You are Awesome Rewards". If you aren't you can read all about them and why we are changing away from more standard "stretch goals" by CLICKING HERE. "Sharing" the project on facebook or via kicktraq, giving us thumbs up on BGG, posting threads & positive comments on reddit's r/boardgames and articles on your blogs or in other gaming websites are all great ways to help this project get more visibility - and show that you are investing more into this game than a simple financial transaction. The more that you are awesome, the more promos that I will add to the rewards!
Each copy that you pledge for on this project will come with these promo items and all the "You are Awesome Rewards" added during the project period.
Thank you in advance for your support - we are super excited to be able to bring another great title to your gaming table and get you all the promo items that you want!
Indie Boards and Cards
In the not too distant future, the government is run for profit by a new “royal class” of multi-national CEOs.Their greed and absolute control of the economy has reduced all but a privileged few to lives of poverty and desperation.Out of the oppressed masses rose a rebellion, an underground organization focused on overthrowing these powerful rulers. The valiant efforts of the rebels have created discord, intrigue and weakness in the political courts of the noveau royal, bringing the government to brink of collapse.But for you, a powerful government official, this is your opportunity to manipulate, bribe and bluff your way into absolute power.
To be successful, you must destroy the influence of your rivals and drive them into exile.In these turbulent times there is only room for one to survive.
Coup is a lightning fast game of bluff and manipulation for 2-6 players - the game play of Coup is used for Coup: Rebellion G54 with the added strategic layer of variable card set up - making every game a unique challenge. But G54 doesn't replace Coup! I suspect that many people will want to have both - Coup for fast, fun times and G54 as a "gamers" game. If you are not already familiar with Coup - here is a quick overview and review from Tom Vasel, an industry leading reviewer:
ADD - ONS
Add-ons: As a special reward for kickstarter backers and as a result of the advances we’ve made in reducing shipping costs, we are able to offer great prices when adding some of our older titles when you pledge for Coup Rebellion G54 Kickstarter Edition. After this project is closed, we will open Add-ons via paypal for backers. DO NOT ADD $ TO YOUR PLEDGE FOR ADD-ONS. Add-ons are for retail editions of the games listed below (no promos included) and will be sent with your rewards from this project (in September).
PLEASE READ THE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING NOTES BELOW IF YOUR ADDRESS IS OUTSIDE THE US & CANADA.
All of the games that we offer in the add-on program are available right now at your local game store:
- Coup: Reformation (Coup Expansion)
- The Resistance
- The Resistance: Hidden Agenda (Resistance Expansion)
- The Resistance: Hostile Intent (Resistance Expansion)
- The Resistance: Avalon
- Flash Point Fire Rescue
- Urban Structures (Flash Point Expansion)
- 2nd Story (Flash Point Expansion)
- Extreme Danger (Flash Point Expansion)
- Dangerous Waters (Flash Point Expansion)
- Veteran & Rescue Dog (Flash Point Expansion)
- Dragon Slayer
Our plan is to have Coup Rebellion G54 Kickstarter edition ready in time for GenCon and available at Essen. It may be the case that we have games at GenCon several weeks before the kickstarter backer copies are sent. It may also be the case that we are unable to get games to GenCon or Essen in time. If you want GenCon or Essen pick up - DO NOT PLEDGE FOR THIS PROJECT - all you have to do is sign up for our GenCon email list by giving an email address here: http://eepurl.com/RzSlX or sign up for our Essen email list by giving an email address here: http://eepurl.com/RzQE9. Shortly before each event, we will ask you what you would like to reserve for Thursday pick up (note we can not handle prepaid reservations or hold items past Thursday). All the specials & promo items will be available in the games we bring to GenCon/Essen - your support is very valuable to Indie Boards and Cards and we look forward to seeing you again this year with lots of great new games.
Unfortunately international shipping is costly, takes time and is open to a number of potential issues and delays. While we try to use shipping service providers that are both effective and cost efficient, we are not in the shipping business and must rely upon outside providers and postal services to get games to you. After several years of using a more complex series of international shipping locations, we have had to make some hard decisions that affect international shipping - especially to the EU. As always we plan to have this game at Essen (see above for details, so that might be a better option for those in the EU.
International shipping will be made from the US or Canada - we will post the declared value of the games less shipping, handling and administration fees in an attempt to reduce or remove any fees, tariffs or other costs, but take no responsibility for any taxes, tariffs, fees or other charges that are made by your governments, postal service or other agencies.
The international shipping service we use does not have tracking information - if you want to have end to end tracking information, please have your rewards sent to a US address and use a parcel freight forwarder. They will be able to provide end to end tracking, but be warned such a shipping service is very expensive ($150+).
While average shipping times are 2-3 weeks for most international destinations - you must plan for up to 6 months for items to arrive. That means you'll need an address that remains valid for an extended period of time to ensure that items arrive. If you desire faster shipping method or aren't confident that you will have a stable shipping address, please have your rewards sent to a US address and use a parcel freight forwarder that offers a faster (and significantly more expensive service) or ability to hold packages and send when you request.
Combined vs Individual Shipping
If you select combined shipping level, then all your rewards for this project and several planned projects with Sept 2015 shipping dates will be sent in one package. This lets you save money by reducing rates on multiple games in one package and you can take advantage of special add-on rates for past games from Indie Boards and Cards and perhaps an add-on rate for a future project. But if you select "combined" shipping and then want to change, there will be a $25 special handling fee to switch to individual shipment - so please choose wisely before the project ends.
I know that some countries have hefty surcharges for items above a certain threshold - for those that want items sent in individual packages we offer a second level of shipping to help avoid those surcharges. If you select the individual shipping level, each game sent to you in it's own box. Unfortunately this precludes you from taking advantage of add-ons, or from getting special add-on rate for future projects planned for later this year.
International Shipping Service
While we have found these services to be suitable for 99% of our past backers, but for customer service reasons there are a number of countries that we are no longer shipping rewards.
Countries that we will ship to are: Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
Please ensure that your shipping location is on our list of countries that we provide service to, those countries that are excluded from this offer have the ability to use one of many parcel freight forwarders that will take delivery in the US and send to you via the shipping method that works best for your final destination. Specific Countries that we have had significant customer service issues with, and will no longer be able to provide service directly include: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay. Please understand that I have no negative feelings to people that live in these countries, however I am unable to provide you directly with the quality service that you deserve at a reasonable price. As an alternative you can always use the services of a parcel freight forwarder that will provide you with a US address and work with you to bring rewards into your country.
Three reasons really. First – while I am very optimistic about this special edition of Coup Rebellion G54 - I am only able to offer it (with all the extra costs that it has) if I get a minimum number of committed backers.
Secondly, it is all about cashflow. The time between when I pay for games (now) and when I get paid for them is upwards of 7 months, and that is in the best of circumstances. That takes a lot of money sitting in inventory, and that isn’t something that we have a lot of at this time of the year.
Thirdly, I really wanted to be able to get a lot of little extras made for the biggest fans of the game. Kickstarter really is a great platform to do that through.
What are Kickstarter Funds used for?
Your pledge dollars go directly into making the pledge rewards, and shipping them to you. We have invested in getting the project to this point where its ready, your support ensures that we have the cash to pay our printers to make the games - the most costly part of game production.
About Indie Boards and Cards
Indie Boards and Cards started in 2009 as an independent publisher of great game designs. In 2010 we released three games (The Resistance, Haggis and Triumvirate), all of which have been well received by critics and fans alike. In 2011 we released Flash point: Fire Rescue, which has also been very well received and now available (or soon to be) in 10 different languages. In the following years we have released many more games and expansions to our best selling Resistance, Coup and Flash Point series. Be sure to look for all these great games wherever you shop. If your favorite game store doesn’t carry our games, please ask them to!
Risks and challenges
Indie Boards and Cards recently completed a kickstarter project for ONR, that project is scheduled to be delivered in September of 2015. We have a track record of delivering multiple projects in a timely manner and do not foresee any issues with doing so again.
Indie Boards and Cards has successfully delivered a number of previous kickstarter projects to thousands of supporters. We expect that our previous experiences will enable us to also deliver this project on time. That said there are always complexities and considerations in a project of this scope that may cause delays. Indie Boards and Cards will use contract manufacturing to make this game, freight forwarders to get games through customs and 3rd parties like Amazon, the US Post Office and FEDEX to ship the games to you - we don't control everything and there are lots of opportunity for delay. Other conditions may also cause delays - earthquakes, alien invasions, asteroid attacks, zombie plague are but a few of the myriad of reasons we may not be able to deliver this project in a timely manner.
This is a first edition of the game - by pledging to this project you are agreeing to be an early adopter and the extra promo items that are included in this edition (that aren't in the retail version) are your rewards and incentives for being an early adopter. But even with multiple edits, and constant proofing there may be minor typos, or grammar usage that is annoying to you in your rewards or other little things that would have been nice to have avoided but don't affect how the game is played. Mistakes that materially affects game play will of course be addressed but sometimes there are are minor errors that might be distracting but do not affect game play that I can't justify correcting. So if minor errors get under your skin and make it itch then you probably don't want to be an early adopter and are better off waiting till you've had a chance to see the final product and then buy it in your local hobby store. Kickstarter is not for everyone and I leave it to you to decide if you should be getting in on a first edition of this expansion.
My pledge is that I will deliver what I said and have written this project page as concisely and clearly as I can. So please read everything on this page - every kickstarter project is unique, and the commitments I am making to you regarding this project are completely defined here.
A particular challenge to a project like this is negativity - I love your input, and really enjoy all the great suggestions that come from the large majority of our supporters. I can't include all the suggestions that I get, nor can I give you specific feedback other than noting that I do read all the comments and messages sent to me. So think before you post - threats, ultimatums and entitlement are unlikely to get you what you are asking for, and very likely that everyone else (myself included) will get less.
Refunds - things happen and sometimes you need to get your money back. If you ask (before it's been submitted for shipment to you) , I'll refund your pledge less 20% to cover the costs that I can't recoup and costs of processing that refund. So think before you pledge - you can of course always remove your pledge before the funding deadline - but don't expect to get a 100% refund just because you forgot to remove your pledge before the project end ;)
Changes - Images shown here are of the final art - however while it is not expected changes may be made before final production both to the art work and game contents. Variations in the production process and monitor calibration may cause alternations from the screen images to what appears in physical form.
Production variability - While efforts are made to ensure that all versions of games are compatible with previous versions and expansions, there is no practical way to ensure that this happens. Variations in the production process can result in differences in colors, textures and materials between print editions and occasionally within a single print run. Some variation should be expected that may necessitate that measures such as using card sleeves be used to hide these minor production variations.
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