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We need game testers! We're giving away 1,000 copies of the 1st Edition of Marauders, you just pay shipping!
We need game testers! We're giving away 1,000 copies of the 1st Edition of Marauders, you just pay shipping!
772 backers pledged $14,506 to help bring this project to life.

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QUESTION: "OH NO! IT LOOKS LIKE ALL THE GAMES HAVE BEEN GIVEN AWAY! WHAT DO I DO?"

ANSWER: CLICK THE GREEN "BACK THIS PROJECT" BUTTON AT THE RIGHT AND PLEDGE THE MINIMUM $1. YOU'LL BE ON OUR LIST TO RECEIVE SPECIAL OFFERS ON THE 2ND EDITION, AND THERE'S STILL A CHANCE YOU MAY GET A 1ST EDITION!

Hi everyone, you may have noticed that the backer rewards are almost out! You may also have noticed that we only gave out 900 games through the backer rewards, which means we still have 100 games in reserve. We are going to hold on to these extra games until after the campaign closes to accomodate any unforseen issues during shipping. However, after all the current reward backers have their games, we will give out any remaining games to everyone who pledges $1 or more, in the order the pledges were made. So for example, after we know how many games are left, we will email each $1 backer in order from first to last and ask if you would still like the game, at the same price as the current campaign ($15 US, $25 International).

In addition, anyone who pledges $1 or more is considered to have "backed" this project. All backers of this project will receive special, discounted rates on the 2nd Edition when it is ready.

Thanks everyone for your support!

HELLO BOARD GAMERS!

We recently self-published the 1st Edition of "Marauders", an adventure-strategy game that will appeal to those who enjoy games like Settlers of Catan, Risk, Battleship and Clue. If any of you have ever invented a board game, you know the long journey we've been on.

Now we need game testers! Through this Kickstarter campaign, we are giving out 1,000 copies of the 1st Edition. We need you to play the game, give us feedback, and help us make this the absolute best pirate themed board game ever!

BRIEF GAME OVERVIEW

In the game, you and your opponents have just arrived on a distant island, filled with valuable treasure. Each of you are in search of an ancient artifact, rumored to be buried somewhere on the island, and worth more than all the other treasure combined. Your task is to collect the land's resources and work with other players to open treasure chests, collect jewels, and unlock the clues that reveal the location of the artifact. Trouble is, only one player can win, and treachery, deceit and dead ends are behind every corner!

Download a PDF version of the full Rule Book.

Marauders can be played by 2, 3 or 4 Players. 3 or 4 Players are recommended.

What makes this game unique:

  • Simple game mechanics, but complex and fun decision making.
  • The game area is completely customizable every time you play. No two games are ever alike.
  • There is no "point system". The game is simply won by the first player to find and recover the artifact.
  • Everyone is in it until the end! No one is eliminated. Everyone has a chance at winning until the absolute last turn!
  • A unique trading mechanism forces players to form and dissolve partnerships and alliances throughout the game, ensuring you never really know who you can trust. (The partnerships and alliances work especially well in 3 and 4 player games).
  • Relatively short game play: 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Intense! Intense! Intense! Even you'll be surprised at what you are willing to do to win. (As one player writes, "If you have any extremely competitive people who carry grudges...do not play this game with them.")

SAMPLE PLAYER COMMENTS

(Gathered from emails from 1st Edition game testers over the past several months.)

  • "We introduced this game at our family reunion a few weeks ago...we played 7 times in the first night!!! Here's a picture of what we all looked like in the morning."
     
    "I wanted you to know that we played Marauders this weekend. Andrew was here. He is a big gamer and plays all those award winners from Germany. I am glad we have your game! We voted to play it again, and will! (Although I don't think Abby will ever be trusted again to form an alliance with.)"
     
    "Finally, a really fun pirate game that makes you feel like a pirate!"
     
    "The Marauders cards are a brilliant addition, it really keeps you on your toes, I've never seen a concept like that. Really fun, and really nerve racking."
     
    "I loved how the game forces you to interact with other players. You're constantly deciding whether to be someone's friend or enemy, and you know they are thinking the same thing. You can never be 100% confident what someone else is going to do, and that keeps things really interesting."
     
    "Okay, so we played the game last week. I think the best part of the game is how you can't predict the winner. So many times I play a game and you know who's won in the first five minutes, but not in this game. It came down to the very last move! We've played 3 times since then, and every time it comes down to the wire. Very cool game design."
     
    "Settlers of Catan is quietly collecting dust on the shelf. This is our new go to game!"
     
    "Gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, hidden treasure, secrets, lying, cheating, stealing...what's not to like about this game???"

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

We started designing the game two years ago. After a lot of testing with people in our own network, and a lot of positive feedback, we decided to go ahead with a limited print run of the 1st Edition. This first edition includes all the prototype artwork and game pieces.

Anyone who has designed a game knows that objective game testing is critical. So critical, in fact, that we are willing to give these games away in exchange for your feedback. You pay shipping, we'll send you a game, you play the game, then voluntarily fill out a short survey or send us an email with your feedback. (The survey will be sent to you by email after the games are shipped and will consist of basic questions about your game experience). We will use your feedback to improve the game and prepare for an even larger print run of the 2nd Edition!

Help us get the games into as many homes as possible by ordering multiple games and giving them away to your family and friends as Christmas presents, birthday gifts, or door prizes at your next party. Sell copies to your local gift shop, or donate games to a favorite cause. Order 6 or more games and we'll sign some of your copies and include a CD filled with over an hour of cool pirate music you can listen to while playing the game!

EXTRA REWARD UPDATE

  • In our original post, we included an extra reward to give out additional signed copies of the game if we hit a certain number of backers before the campaign ends. Apparently, the wording was confusing to some of you. For now the extra reward is on hold. We'll post an updated reward soon. Thanks for your patience!

NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPERS

Since this game is free, it is a gift. We will mark the appropriate label on your shipment.

IMAGES & MORE

Photos below, including pictures of the 1st Edition, which is also featured in the video. Please spread the word and visit our website www.maraudersgame.com. Thank you all for your support!

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    1 Game with US Shipping: Receive one (1) FREE copy of the 1st Edition of Marauders, already in print (your pledge covers shipping cost in US). Games ship middle of October 2012. Test the game, provide voluntary feedback via our online survey, and help us make this the best pirate-themed board game ever!

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    1 Game with International Shipping: Receive one (1) FREE copy of the 1st Edition of Marauders, already in print (your pledge covers international shipping cost). Games ship middle of October 2012. Test the game, provide voluntary feedback via our online survey, and help us make this the best pirate-themed board game ever!

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    3 Games with US Shipping: Receive three (3) FREE copies of Marauders (your pledge covers shipping cost in US). Test 1 game, and give the other games to your friends. Encourage your friends to give us feedback, too!

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    6 Games with US Shipping: Receive six (6) FREE copies of Marauders (your pledge covers shipping cost in US), including 2 signed copies and a CD filled with over an hour of cool pirate music to listen to while you play the game! Give your extra copies of the game to friends and family as birthday and Christmas gifts!

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    3 Games with International Shipping: Receive three (3) FREE copies of Marauders (your pledge covers international shipping cost). Test 1 game, and give the other games to your friends. Encourage your friends to give us feedback, too!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    12 Games with US Shipping: That's right, you can order 12 games! (Our games come from the manufacturer boxed in sets of 12. In business terms, this is the same as ordering a "case"). We'll sign 4 copies of the game, and also send you a CD filled with over an hour of cool pirate music and give you priority status on updates, rewards and offers during our development of the 2nd Edition. With all your extra game copies, you'll always have the perfect Christmas or Birthday present on hand. Take extra copies to game night. Or, make a business out of it and sell, barter or trade the game with others! We just want to get the game into as many people's hands as possible!

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    Pledge $110 or more About $110

    6 Games with International Shipping: Receive six (6) FREE copies of Marauders (your pledge covers international shipping cost), including 2 signed copies and a CD filled with over an hour of cool pirate music to listen to while you play the game! Give your extra game copies to friends and family as birthday and Christmas gifts!

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    Pledge $180 or more About $180

    12 Games with International Shipping: That's right, you can order 12 games! (Our games come from the manufacturer boxed in sets of 12. In business terms, this is the same as ordering a "case"). We'll sign 4 copies of the game, and also send you a CD filled with over an hour of cool pirate music and give you priority status on updates, rewards and offers during our development of the 2nd Edition. With all your extra game copies, you'll always have the perfect Christmas or Birthday present on hand. Take extra copies to game night. Or, make a business out of it and sell, barter or trade the game with others! We just want to get the game into as many people's hands as possible!

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