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$472
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, November 12 2019 5:00 PM UTC +00:00.

Axiom Arena Combat

A competitive and innovative card game which rewards skill over luck. Gameplay focuses on player interaction and strategic movement.

Axiom Arena Combat

A competitive and innovative card game which rewards skill over luck. Gameplay focuses on player interaction and strategic movement.

$472
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
9
backers
29days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, November 12 2019 5:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Looking for a card game without booster pack gambles or terrible starting hands? A game where your skill alone can turn the momentum of a battle? Look no further.

On the far side of the universe the Gira are slowly rebuilding their crumbled empire. Creatures from neighboring planets have noticed this but mostly keep quiet. Those who are not quiet wake up in a space-prison called AX!OM. The AX!OM is a cruel place. Prisoners of the Gira are forced to fight in secret arenas residing in AX!OM's underbelly. If that wasn't bad enough blood-sport enthusiasts have willingly joined in on the fighting. The prisoners' only hope is surviving a newly formed tournament. The winning team earn glory and riches, or their freedom.

Gameplay in Axiom Arena Combat can be swift and brutal. 

Fighters can raise their attack power through many card effects such as Power Cards.

With his attack power increased to his max of 40, Blackjack can severally hurt someone. Then another action is added to him with Jolt. He uses his attack action and the additional action to attack again dealing a total of 80 damage to a doomed soul.

Is "aggro" the only way to play this arena skirmisher? Not at all. The 4 "fighting styles" among the cards give/restrict your options when building a deck.

Player interaction is a big part of Axiom. Most of a fighter's Signature Cards are ways to protect the fighter or mess up an enemy. Sometimes it's both.

In the above scenario Blackjack is moving into an adjacent area. Presumably to hurt someone. Many bad things could happen BUT you have an Argonaut Signature Card in your hand just waiting to played right after Blackjack finishes using his move action.

After your opponent moves Blackjack into the area you play Bass Drop Blast. This card deals 20 damage to Blackjack then moves him to an adjacent area. In the scenario you choose to move him back to the area he moved from. Since his move action has been used he can't move into an area on his own. You could have also moved him into your ally She-wolf's area so your turn you have Blackjack right there for her to attack.

It is the constant engagement and strategy that form the basis of Axiom Arena Combat's skillful gameplay.

Sample of gameplay with representation of the phases.

What rewards do you earn for making a pledge?

Cards with artwork by Moe Balinger and Madison Telles that is only available to backers of this campaign.

Exclusive artwork for Kickstarter backers.
Axiom Arena Combat Starter Kit
Starter Kit 2-sided arena

The Starter Kit includes: 

  • 66 cards 
  • 2-piece fold-able arena mat (2-sided)
  • 4 D6 die
  • 1 D10 die
  • 2 clear plastic deck boxes
  • 12 condition markers
  • 1 user guide
  • 1 deck list for easy deck construction

The Supermax Kit includes everything in the Starter Kit plus 3 additional Fighter Cards and another 2-piece fold-able arena mat.

Supermax Kit gives you 9 Fighter Cards!

The Supermax Kit also includes 9 full-art signature cards. That's 1 full-art signature per fighter.

Exclusive full-art Fighter Signatures.

Are there stretch goals?

Since my team and I strive to make Axiom Arena Combat a high quality and affordable card gaming experience there is only 1 stretch goal. If the campaign gets funded to $40,000 each backer can opt to have the life gems in their rewards customized to match their fighters' fighting styles. In addition to that each reward will have a sheet of special stickers added to it. How are the stickers special? The stickers will be chibi pixel art versions of the original 6 fighters.

Still deadly.

Shipping

Add the cost of shipping to you pledge. After the campaign we will contact anyone who hasn't added the appropriate amount if need be. We want to make sure you can get your rewards. Shipping is $10 US and $40 international except $20 for EU/UK and Canada.

Retailers

Our retailer pledge is only for US, UK and EU based Brick and Mortar stores. The pledge level is at bulk discount and discounted shipping. The pledge amount is in bundles of 4 kits (Starter or Supermax). After you have selected the amount of kits you want and we have verified that you are an actual Brick and Mortar store the remainder of the pledge will be collected in the pledge manager. We will contact you about the balance and shipping.

Previews/Reviews

Board Game Quest review by Tahsin Shamma

 https://www.boardgamequest.com/axom-arena-combat-preview/ 

Tantrum House Preview

About

Spencer Steeves has spent a long time developing the game. It's tough to develop a well-oiled card game as a one man team. Going to college and working didn't make it easy but most good things aren't easy, they take passion and dedication. Those are two qualities Spencer doesn't run out on. Just this past year he managed to pick up two dedicated people to help here and there but here we are. After 3 years Axiom Arena Combat is making its Kickstarter debut.

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Risks and challenges

Thanks for making all the way down here to read this. We greatly appreciate your consideration in the game. The rewards for this campaign are being manufactured in America so turnaround is fast but that doesn't mean something can't happen. If anything goes wrong you will be contacted immediately on the status of your rewards.
For those of you in countries across the globe they delivery times can take several weeks. We want to minimize the wait so reward production occurs as soon as possible after the campaign ends.

As problems arise they will be vigilantly answered.

Like it was stated in the intro video if you are creating a character that takes time and it will get to you sometime spring-summer 2020 but your other rewards can be mailed to you earlier then your created cards mailed to you in 2020 at no additional cost.

Thank you for supporting us and Axiom Arena Combat.
It's appreciated more than you know.

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    Arena Fighter

    Build your own deck!
    Backers will be able to choose 3 fighter cards from the list of 9 for their team.
    Backers get a deck box with 33 cards selected a list of current cards. Plus specific and universal components needed for the fighters like; 3 health/death cards, 3 life gems, (fighter specific) dice for counters, and condition markers.
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    Arena Initiate

    Plunge yourself into the maelstrom with 6 brutal fighters.
    This reward is a great way to learn and enjoy Axiom Arena Combat.
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    Recruit even more of the most dangerous inmates in Axiom Arena Combat. This reward is the Arena Starter Kit amped up with 9 fighters total, an additional 2-sided arena playmat, and 12 more cards. You'll discover new gameplay mechanics and playstyle possibilities with these 9 fighters on your roster.

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    Arena Legend

    Enter the arena with your own Fighter Card and that fighter's 5 Signature Cards.
    Spencer Steeves (creator of Axiom) will work with you to design your character's backstory and appearance to fit within the Axiom Arena Combat universe and balance their gameplay.
    These cards will become part of the official first set of Axiom Arena Combat cards in 2020 unless noted otherwise by the designer.

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