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Ironrise is a co-operative team v. team adventure style board game that involves narrative progression through head-to-head challenges with hidden card play and the wagering of assets.
Ironrise is a co-operative team v. team adventure style board game that involves narrative progression through head-to-head challenges with hidden card play and the wagering of assets.

A play-through testimonial on BoardGameGeek can be found HERE

The full Bell of Lost Souls Review can be found HERE.

The Nerdarchy overview can be found HERE

The Ironrise setting is a dark fantasy world, fully developed independent of the board game
The Ironrise setting is a dark fantasy world, fully developed independent of the board game
Most of what you'll find in the Ironrise box
Most of what you'll find in the Ironrise box

1 Game Board, 6 Player Sideboards, 22 Character Cards & Tokens, 18 Endeavors, 11 Schemes, 40 Torments, 75 Side Quests, 180 Asset Cards, 160 Chips, Tracking Dice, a Turn Counter, and 2 Quick-Reference Guides.

Each player has their own character and sideboard from which to operate
Each player has their own character and sideboard from which to operate

Four years of development and testing have yielded the final rule set. You can find the full RULEBOOK on our website. We also have a page for tutorial videos, which include a full run through of the rules, as well as a turn summary video. Immediately below you can find a video of a live play through we did with some friends at the OneShot Podcast studio in Chicago.

Ironrise is turn based, but players are engaged throughout the entire turn round, as they can influence not only the play of their ally, but also of their enemies.

The game works with a team of Hero characters playing together against a team of Villain characters in a series of head-to-head challenges. The challenges are played using face down cards, wagering, asset management and manipulation.

Players act as managers of the doom of their opponents, and this is expressed directly by way of the "challenge." The challenge involves head-to-head concealed card play, expressing battles of martial prowess, savvy, ingenuity, and evasion. A challenge is the chief way any given encounter or quest is resolved. 

Two player sideboards opposite each other for a Challenge
Two player sideboards opposite each other for a Challenge

Heroes and Villains have their boards set up in opposite configurations, so they oppose each other across the table. A player's challenge slots (Martial, Savvy, etc.) will line up with their opponent's.

From a Hero's point of view, a basic Challenge would progress as follows:

Cards are laid, chips are wagered, and eventually there's a reveal. The winner is determined by the opposing card and chip values, as well as indirect effects in play.
Cards are laid, chips are wagered, and eventually there's a reveal. The winner is determined by the opposing card and chip values, as well as indirect effects in play.

Ironrise is set in a steampunk fantasy world created for a tabletop role-playing game five years ago. You can find a primer for this world (Spirel) on our World Anvil page. 

World Anvil hosts all of the information on our world.
World Anvil hosts all of the information on our world.

This chronicled background allows you to delve deeper into the backstory of the locations, events, and characters that make up the Ironrise world of "Spirel," should you decide to. 

The artwork and stories on World Anvil can give larger context to the quests in the Ironrise board game
The artwork and stories on World Anvil can give larger context to the quests in the Ironrise board game

Below, you can find an interview done for "For Your Consideration," in which co-creator Chris discusses passion and procedure for bringing our world to life. 

In Ironrise, you will play as either a Hero or Villain character. Each character has a different set of stats, resources, and special abilities which will impact your game play and strategy. 

Everything you need to play is listed on the front of a Character Card (Mary Coldridge - Hero)
Everything you need to play is listed on the front of a Character Card (Mary Coldridge - Hero)
Back sides offer a small glimpse into that character's backstory (Polly Plank - Villain)
Back sides offer a small glimpse into that character's backstory (Polly Plank - Villain)

Ironrise offers a unique replayability, in that not only do the two opposing sides (Heroes vs. Villains) operate differently, but each of the 11 playable characters on each side operate in different tactical niches. 

There are a total of 22 characters to choose from. 11 Heroes, 11 Villains.
There are a total of 22 characters to choose from. 11 Heroes, 11 Villains.

We are hoping to fund to the point where we can at least run a minimum print run (1000 units) of a game that we've put four years of effort, frustration, and love in to. We need to raise an additional $20,000 for this print, on top of what we already have. 100% of the money is earmarked towards our first print. 

Our project has only one product, and there is nothing that we are withholding as a component add-on. All Kickstarter copies of Ironrise will contain everything developed to date. 

We don't see any need to hold any of the characters or cards back to create the illusion of adding elements that wouldn't already exist. However, we would love to better the quality of the components at higher funding levels. These upgrades are as follow:

A homemade prototype laid out
A homemade prototype laid out

We have priced our shipping costs as listed below. We have priced assuming a UK warehouse, so the UK and EU shipping is lower, getting around VAT and becoming "EU Friendly."

 

Thank you very much for your time, and we greatly appreciate your help in making our dream come true. See you in Spirel!

Risks and challenges

This is our first game on Kickstarter! However, we've been careful not to rush (4 years production), and have aligned ourselves with many helpful game designers in Chicago who are successfully published.

Furthermore, there is nothing left in need of funding besides the minimum print run allocation. All expenses so far have been out of pocket, and we are not earmarking any incoming funds to pay ourselves back for those fees. Art, design, consultation, absolutely everything has already been covered.

Quality of Product: Ironrise has been meticulously tested at conventions, gaming events, and focused play runs. Rules and card text have been proofread several times over several years, and all artwork is complete. Once the campaign finishes, we will be ready to send files to the manufacturer, and begin production.

Production Time: Conventional wisdom dictates about an 8 month turn around for shipping. Since we have completed all aspects of the game, and only need to green-light the production, we don't anticipate going too far outside of that time frame. But as you know, this is Kickstarter, so delays could happen.

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