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For two years I have been looking for a great dice game.
DRAGON SLAYER is that game.
Dragon Slayer has everything I wanted in Indie Boards & Cards' first dice game:
It's fast playing, games take 15 minutes, so you can play while waiting for friends to arrive, in line, or over and over again all night long.
It has dragons that you are trying to kill.
It has dragon dice, dragons that are trying to kill you.
It's a "press your luck" classic, roll till you stop, go too far and you'll die.
Did I mention that your friends are trying to get you killed?
That’s right, it is a dice game with a twist – real player interaction! Think your friend pressed his luck too far – challenge him to keep going. If he does, he can score big – but if he fails or worst yet doesn’t take the challenge, he’ll lose points and you get some.
Dragon Slayer plays 2 - 5 players, but we are including everything you need to play with 6 in the box.
Fast, Fun and Full of spite – what more could you ask for?
Dragon Slayer is a great game, but you can’t know that yet. So if you are getting a reward from our recent Coup Reformation project, then we can add Dragon Slayer to your Reformation rewards and pass along the combined shipping savings to you. A great game at a fantastic price is good deal for everyone. Didn’t back Reformation? Dragon Slayer is still a great game, and you can add extra copies at the same price. And you’ll help us reach our stretch goals.
It’s a dice game with 12 custom dice, nice art, detailed rules and six challenge tokens for 7 bucks – so you know that we can’t get crazy. But I would like to give backers a few extras in addition to a fantastic price. And since this is mass produced, we need to make a minimum number to be able to offer special items.
So stretch rewards are based on number of backers (not counting those that aren’t getting rewards, just counting those that are in at the $7 level and above)
1000 Backers – Metallic Ink Dice: It looks cool, it is cool. Everyone will know that you got the special edition as soon as you take them out.
3000 Backers – Foil Box: We all like shiny, and a nice shiny game box is a great way to get your friends to play. We can’t understand why, but we all know that it happens. So help us get more backers and we’ll get a box that screams “Play Me!”
4,000 Games - Battlemat: The Battlemat is a convenient way to track your turn during the game. It's been designed to help you quickly learn and teach the game by emphasizing the core game rules and steps in your turn.
5,000 Games - Score tracker: a compact scoreboard with small cubes to track each player's progress and tokens to remind everyone what color they are!
6,000 Games - Score tracker for 6 players & and a 2nd copy of the Battlemat: Even though we are listing the game as supporting 2-5 players, there is no theoretical maximum number of players. We are including challenge tokens to support up to 6 (or have an extra if you lose one), so it makes sense that we could also include scoring markers for that 6th player as well. If we get 6000 committed games in this project, we will include the 6th player in green.
ALL STRETCH REWARDS UNLOCKED!
Note - These stretch goal upgrades won't be included in the retail version of the game that is sold via distribution.
Nick Hayes (a full time game designer, as well as a illustrator & graphic designer) did a great job on the box and game component art as you can see here:
As you might have expected in a PYL (push your luck) game, there are dice! 12 dice, 10 different with only the 3 warrior dice repeated. Each of the dragon dice have different head, wing and tail designs that really add to the "wow" factor. And yes these are molded dice - not silkscreened, so they will be durable. Also in the box are the challenge tokens - enough to support games with up to 6 players, though we are listing on the box that this will play 2-5.
Game designer David Mortimer really made this game shine - creating a new PYL game is a deceptively difficult challenge, and he did this one right. The rules can be found here. Like all great PYL games, the rules are simple, format of repeating the Dragon Hunt until you decide to stop. The very interesting twist is the player challenges. The ability to challenge, and rewards for passing or failing when challenged, add a dimension to everything that you do on your turn. What order do you go after dragons? When do you stop? When do you challenge? Who do you challenge? How do you get others not to challenge you?
Don't get me wrong, it is still a classic PYL game with rules that are easy to learn and teach - it is just that the challenges really do add something very interesting to the genre and nicely complement the rest of the great design ideas that David has incorporated in Dragon Slayer.
I really wanted to be able to get a lot of little extras made for the biggest fans of the Indie Boards and Cards, and be able to offer this fantastic deal to those that helped us blow the roof off the Reformation project. Kickstarter really is a great platform to do that through.
Thank you for supporting us!
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 it is 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, all of which have been well received by critics and fans alike. Our biggest seller has been The Resistance - a game of secret identities, deception and deduction that is now or will soon be available in 20 languages around the world. 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 2012 we released the humorous game of certain death - Gauntlet of Fools and in 2013 we added Coup and Snowdonia to our portfolio. 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 currently has another project that is due for deliver (Coup Reformation expansion), that game will be produced at the same time as this game. As the artwork is already done for both games this should not present a great risk.
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 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.
Have an issue? Send me a note - and please don't support us if you aren't satisfied with what the project is returning to you. Nothing would make me happier than having 100% of my supporters be 100% satisfied with their pledge rewards!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The intent is to ship all EU backer rewards from the EU, with items clearing customs prior to being shipped to you. This should make shipping charges as low as possible for you.
The intent is to ship all Canadian backer rewards from Canada, with items clearing customs prior to being shipped to you. This should make shipping charges as low as possible for you.
We plan to debut Dragon Slayer at Gen Con this year, and if you are going you can get a copy of the kickstarter edition at the show - all you have to do is sign up for our Gen Con email list by giving an email address: http://eepurl.com/RzSlX
Shortly before Gen Con we will ask you what you would like to pre-order for Thursday pick up at the show. All the specials & promo items will be available - your support is very valuable to Indie Boards and Cards and we look forward to seeing you at the show.
Do not pledge to this project for GenCon pickup!
We haven't forgotten you - all you have to do is sign up for our Essen email list by giving an email address: http://eepurl.com/RzQE9
Shortly before Essen we will ask you what you would like to pre-order for Thursday pick up at Essen. All the specials & promo items will be available - 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.
Do not pledge to this project for Essen pickup!
Based on past experiences shipping to these three countries are at a higher risk of either lost or significantly delayed shipments. To protect you and myself all shipments to these countries need to having tracking numbers and will therefore be sent by USPS at a higher cost.
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