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A hand-building game for 2-4 players of daring heists and corporate swindles set on the fringes of the Dystopian Universe.
A hand-building game for 2-4 players of daring heists and corporate swindles set on the fringes of the Dystopian Universe.
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Indie Boards and Cards is very excited to be working with designers Jake Tlapek and David Fulton and their unique game - Grifters.  Jake and Dave were demoing this game at GenCon last year, and everyone was really enjoying the new "hand-building" mechanics. 

A great game, that plays quickly, has real player interaction and features a truly unique & innovative mechanic?  This was a perfect game for Indie Boards and Cards.  I am very glad that Jake & Dave agreed and we are now able to offer this game for your support via kickstarter.

Grifters is a hand-building game that has all the fun of deck-building games, without the deck. Players take on the role of powerful crime bosses, building their criminal organizations by carefully recruiting new operatives with specialized skills and directing their team’s nefarious deeds. All of your specialists are either in play or in your hand, ready to be used as you command. This unique hand-building mechanic gives you total control of your strategy.

Grifters is all about stealing as much money as you can - from the corrupt government, malicious corporations and your rival players. Each player starts the game with a hand of 6 Specialist cards, each with unique abilities. Your objective is to use this team of 6 Specialists to recruit more criminals, complete jobs, steal from the government coffers and swindle your opponents.

Each specialist has a special ability and skill.  On your turn you can play a single specialist to perform their ability, or you can play a team of specialists to use their combined skills to complete a job.   This means every specialist is a valuable asset to your criminal enterprise - earning immediate benefit through abilities and valuable end-game bonuses by completing jobs against the same target. And because all the cards in your deck are always available, you decide how to maximize your play.

Grifters uses a unique card "cooldown" system to control the use of your cards. On your turn, you play one or more specialist cards into the first "Night" of your hideout. If you already have a specialist card, or a team of specialist cards, in night one those cards advance to night two and push other cards through your hideout.

When a card is pushed out of the third night of your hideout it enters the refresh area. Any cards in your refresh area will return to your hand at the end of your turn.

The game ends when the coffers run out of money, there are no more jobs left to complete, or if there are no more specialists cards left for recruiting. End game bonuses are calculated for completing multiple jobs against the same target.  The winner is the player with the most money.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE COMPLETE RULES

Grifters comes with everything you need to play - this is a completely stand alone game and does not directly interact with the other great games set in the Dystopian Universe.  The box is the same size as The Resistance, Avalon & One Night Revolution and includes:

  • 12 Ringleader Specialists cards
  • 48 Specialist cards
  • 20 Job cards
  • 75 Mega ISK tokens
  • 4 Player tableaus
  • Rule book

As a special reward for our early adopters, all the games sent as rewards to backers of this project will include promo items that won't be included in the retail release of the game.

Upgraded player tableaus

Each copy of Grifters backed on this project will feature upgraded player tableaus.  A thick chipboard tableau with linen finish will replace the cardstock tableaus found in the base game.  This is a nice extra touch to show everyone that you supported this great new game from the beginning.

New "Ringleader" cards


Every copy of Grifters received as a reward for backing this kickstarter will include a set of Informant cards.  Informants are a new ringleader (every player starts with one of each of the ringleaders) that add an element of bluff and deception to the game. 

With Informants in play, you can play any card face down and take the Informant action.  Any other player may challenge the Informant. When challenged, the active player reveals the card that was played. If that card is the Informant, the challenger must give the active player 2M ISK. If that card is not the Informant, no payments are due from any player to the active player, the challenger steals 2M ISK from the active player and gets to take the action on the card that was played.

Informants are a really fun addition to the game and totally fitting with the Dystopian Universe.

You are Awesome - Bonus #1: The Security Specialist promo

You are Awesome - Bonus #2: Crooked Warden promo

You are Awesome - Bonus #3: Veteran promo

You are Awesome - Bonus #4: Underboss promo

You are Awesome - Bonus #5: Negotiator promo

Every copy of Grifters received as a reward for backing this kickstarter will include a set of these promo specialist cards.

We want to give you more promo items that will make backing this project even more special!

If you participated in some of our more recent projects, you will be familiar with our "You are Awesome Rewards" and why we are changing away from more standard "stretch goals" linked directly to $ targets, to a system that truly rewards you for helping to promote our project. "Liking" the project on facebook or via kicktraq, giving us thumbs up on BGG, posting comments 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!  And remember, promos are special and will not be included in the retail version of the game!

Achieved! You are Awesome - Bonus #1: The Security Specialist promo

Achieved! You are Awesome - Bonus #2: The Crooked Warden promo

Achieved! You are Awesome - Bonus #3: The Veteran promo

Achieved! You are Awesome - Bonus #4: The Underboss promo

Achieved! You are Awesome - Bonus #3: The Negotiator promo

Audacious Stretch

When Jake & Dave launched their kickstarter project for You Dirty Rat (now know as Grifters), they had a popular $25 option to have the four player tableaus printed on mouse pad materials. We'd like to upgrade the already upgraded player tableaus included in this kickstarter, for everyone at no additional cost. But to do that we need to meet the manufacturer's minimum order quantity of 3,000 units.

So our super stretch goal - if this project gets pledges for 3000 (or more) copies then everyone will get these upgraded player tableaus included in their rewards package.

Three reasons really. Firstly, I am very optimistic about Grifters and the unique new mechanic of hand-building and want to make a special first edition for those that share my enthusiasm.  But, 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 with the support of kickstarter backers we are able to reduce the amount of money sitting in inventory and make more games sooner as a result.

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 - without kickstarter we could really only offer these promo items to the limited number of people that attend big events like GenCon and Essen.

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's ready; your support ensures that we have the cash to pay our printers to make the games - the most costly part of game production.

As a special reward for kickstarter backers and as a result of the advances we’ve made in reducing shipping costs within the US & Canada, we are able to offer great prices when adding some of our older titles when you pledge for Grifters. Note - we are no longer able to support Add-Ons outside of US & Canada.

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).

All of the games that we offer in the add-on program are available right now at your local game store:

  • The Resistance
  • The Resistance: Hidden Agenda (Resistance Expansion)
  • The Resistance: Hostile Intent (Resistance Expansion)
  • The Resistance: Avalon
  • Coup
  • Coup: Reformation (Coup Expansion)
  • Coup Rebellion G54 (Stand Alone Game)
  • One Night Revolution
  • Melee
  • 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)
  • Haggis
  • Dragon Slayer
  • Roar-a-Saurus

Our plan is to have Grifters ready in time for GenCon and available at Essen. While our current production schedule looks like kickstarter rewards will ship out well before GenCon, it may be the case that we have games at GenCon 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.  I wish we were able to absolutely guarantee results - but we simply know that we can't make such commitments when so many other parties are involved in the process.

If you want GenCon or Essen pickup - 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 cannot 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.

We are very excited to be continuing our international partnerships with Snakes & Lattes and BoardGameGuru to offer Canadian & EU Friendly shipping options. And we have added Australian Friendly Shipping options as well!

For most of the rest of the world we will offer two levels of shipping services to give you options between cost, speed and success.  Unfortunately, international shipping is costly, takes time and is open to a number of potential issues and delays. While we try to use shipping services 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.  This year we offer either ECONOMY or PRIORITY shipping choices - please be sure that you read the significant restrictions that come with each option!

We also realize that for many international backers our best option will be to buy the retail edition of this game when it arrives in your local game store. It may be the case that everyone is happier and enjoys our great games without having endured the hassles of international shipping ;)

ECONOMY Shipping

For several years we have sent international packages by FEDEX International Mail Service (FIMS).  FIMS items are packed in the US, sent to Sweden on a space-available basis and then sent to the postal system in your destination country, again on a space-available basis.  This has been reasonably reliable, and an inexpensive service, oftentimes items arrive in as little as 2 weeks.

However, delivery times and success rates can be highly variable.  In 2015 we had a much higher rate of delay and missing packages - though 90% of the packages still arrived within a reasonable time period and many of the items that were initially reported as lost were later delivered.  So while it is not perfect, it is cheaper than other options.

If you select this option you are agreeing to these conditions:

  • There are no tracking numbers, or individual shipping confirmation emails.  While I will notify you that your items have been sent, you are agreeing to my commitment that these items are sent as there is no verifiable confirmation of shipment.
  • Expected delivery time is up to 6 months after shipment.  You are signing up to having a delivery address that is fixed for a long time frame.  You are also agreeing in advance to being extremely patient and acknowledging that it is very likely that the retail version of this game (without the promos) will be available in your local store before you receive your kickstarter rewards.
  • There is no guarantee of delivery.  If your items do not arrive within 3 months (which is the case 5-10% of the time) you can have items resent via USPS Priority Mail, paying the full shipping and handling fee for the item (about $60), to the same address you submitted in the kickstarter survey for this project.  That is the only option for items not received - there are no other options that will be available to you.
  • If these conditions are not legally binding in your country, then you are not eligible to select this level of service.

I know that these restrictions are hard, that is why I am making them perfectly clear as I intend to uphold them.  If you don't agree to these shipping restrictions, please either 1) choose the PRIORITY shipping service offered, 2) use a parcel freight forwarder to have items sent to a US address and then to you or 3) wait for the retail edition of this game to make it to your local game store.

PRIORITY Shipping

This is a higher cost service that offers shipping confirmation, tracking numbers and delivery confirmation via the US Postal Service's Priority International Mail.  Delivery can take as little as a week after shipment - but depends largely on the custom processing times in your country.

While this shipment service offers many benefits over ECONOMY shipping, it does still have restrictions:

  • Expected delivery time is up to 2 months after shipment. You are signing up to having a delivery address that is fixed for that period of time.
  • You provide your address to me and confirm that it is both a valid address and safe for packages to be left.  You are responsible for items that are sent to an old address, returned as undeliverable or unknown address, unclaimed items when required to be picked up at the post office, or items that are marked as delivered but not received.  In these cases these items will only be resent at your expense.

If you don't agree to these shipping restrictions, please either 1) use a parcel freight forwarder to have items sent to a US address and then to you or 2) wait for the retail edition of this game to make it to your local game store.

Risks and challenges

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.

Have a question? Be sure to "Contact Me" to get an answer >>>>> While I do read the comments, I will not answer questions nor post into the comments section. The comments section(s) may, in fact I can guarantee that it will, contain inaccurate information. It is very easy for you to ask me a question and get an email response, so please do.

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 opportunities 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 affect game play will of course be addressed but sometimes there 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 game.

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. If you don't see that I have made a commitment to do something, then I haven't committed to do that - please don't assume that I have. You can always send a message and ask me.

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 the 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 alterations 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.

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 100% satisfied with their pledge rewards!

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