Gameplay video is now updated. Please check it out. You can see the basics of a group enjoying TAU, and how far out into left field it can wander. Thank you so much to everyone who helped out!
The Good Stuff
TAU is a standalone card game played with a standard-number/suit deck in three distinct phases: A
trick-taking phase, similar to hearts or spades; A character phase,
where players dig through their winnings to quickly create a character;
and a Roleplaying phase, where the Dealer runs the group of resulting
characters through an (admittedly lethal) adventure.
TAU is mechanics-lite, and each
round can be quick and simple, or more detailed and lengthy. Everyone at
the table gets a chance to be the Dealer/Storyteller and stamp their
own imprint on each round of the game. It can be used to fill 15 minutes while waiting
for that perpetually late member of a gaming group, or it could be the single focus of a Family Game Night. While fantasy-based, it is only limited by your
imagination, and no previous roleplaying experience is necessary.
These pictures show one of our playtest decks in action. Video of actual gameplay to come!
This project grew from the seed of a writing assignment I gave myself. It was a speculative-fiction/science-fiction piece about how social classes/castes would play the same game, in wildly varying ways. I was creating a fictional card game for use in my writing and it stopped being fictional in my mind. "Tau" is not the exact game I set out to create for my story. However, it is the end result of some very fun, critical and creative playtesting by some of my favorite tabletop gamer guinea pigs.
The KickStarter funding will be used to make an initial print run of decks, pay back the graphic designers who have, up until now, been donating their time, and help with marketing and possibly some Con exposure or Demos. The print run is pre-ordered, and is contingent on the KickStarter funding!
Any over-funding will be used to grow the print run (increasing inventory), as well as start the process of creating expansion decks.
When we get to ~33% of our funding goal, we will switch out the intro video for one showing some actual tabletop gameplay!