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Shadowfist, the Hong Kong action movie card game, is back with brand new pre-constructed starter decks for the first time in a decade!

History and Intent

Shadowfist goes all the way back to the first generation of CCGs, in the mid 90s. As the Hong Kong Action Movie Card Game, it's stood the test of time and continues to be enjoyed by gamers worldwide. Afterall, what's more fun than cyborg monkeys battling Confucian monks in downtown Kowloon while truck-driving heroes set booby traps for evil, squeaky-voiced sorcerers? 

Inner Kingdom Games wants to use this Kickstarter campaign to bring Shadowfist to a new generation of gamers and action movie fans with a great new entry-point product: The Combat in Kowloon preconstructed starter deck release.

About the Game

Shadowfist is the mile-a-minute, sword-clashing, butt-kicking, Uzi-spraying, boat-exploding, car-chasing, monster-crunching, Hong Kong cinematic action card game that is so epic it would take fourteen John Woos to film and a cast the likes of Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh. And that's just in the first five minutes!

It's widely considered one of the finest multiplayer card games ever made, with a balanced, fun and fast-paced rules set. Combat in the game is played out realistically and all players are always in the game! Unlike other card games, multiplayer Shadowfist is not about elimination or scoring points. Players only leave the game when they run out of cards and the comeback potential is unlike any game you've ever played! 

In Shadowfist, players vie for global domination, by harnessing the chi, or life force, of the world. They who control the chi flow, control life and with it, the world. Chi flow is harnessed through control of Feng Shui Sites. Like the ancient Chinese system of geomancy to help one improve life by receiving positive chi, Feng Shui sites enable their controller to influence regional dominance. This is conveyed in Shadowfist through the win condition of controlling five Feng Shui Sites to win a multiplayer game.

Combat in Shadowfist is an exciting and dynamic experience, with options for the third player to engage an ongoing attack by either joining in against the target or intercepting and supporting the defender. With such constant player interactions, Shadowfist is a wonderful game of politics, deception and misdirection. 

What the Kickstarter Game Includes

The basic game includes everything a new player needs to jump into the world of Shadowfist, including:

1) Four preconstructed starter decks. One each for the Dragons, the Guiding Hand, the Ascended and the Eaters of the Lotus.

2) Poster playmats to help new players learn the layout and turn sequence of the game.

3) Stone counters to help keep track of damage, bonuses and power.

4) Comprehensive and easy-to-read rulebook, perfect for someone just jumping into the game.

At the same time, Inner Kingdom Games is releasing the first expansion to Combat in Kowloon, titled Back for Seconds. This expansion will feature two additional preconstructed starter decks, one each for the Jammers and the Monarchs.

These decks include a balance of classic, favorite cards and new, flavorful cards, in a glorious game setting where there's no such thing as first turn win and the women kick as much butt as the men!

What's next for Shadowfist

Future expansions will be released as non-randomized packs of 50 cards featuring all six factions delving into new themes and conflicts within the game storyline. Existing cards for Shadowfist will always be welcome in open formats, and players are free to engage the new environment in the non-collectable model at their leisure.

Whether you're a returning player, back from a long hiatus; a veteran Mr. Suitcase who's been playing since 1995 or a new visitor looking for a great new card game where Brass Monkeys face-off against Tech Squads and Temple Guards, this release has something for you!

Rewards

Explore the reward levels for the right one for you, and if you're looking to start off with a great collection, consider supporting the campaign at multiple levels! Just total the amounts of the levels you like and pledge that amount, then shoot me a note letting me know which levels you wish to receive.

For example, if you wanted three copies of the game, plus the exclusive t-shirt, the promos and the expansion: You want two Netherworld Outcast ($55 for game plus promos) levels, one well-dressed agent level ($60 for game plus t-shirt) and one Netherworld walker ($60 for game plus expansion), You would pledge $175, then shoot me a note indicating that you'd like Netherwold Walker Netherworld Outcast and Well-Dressed Agent (or just list the items).

Thank you for your support!

Daniel Griego
Inner Kingdom Games

UPDATE! (13 AUGUST 2012)

The support from the community has been amazing! I'm pleased to announce that less than halfway through the month, we're already just shy of the goal of $20,000!

Time for what everyone has been waiting for: Stretch Goals!

If we reach $25,000: Inner Kingdom Games will release a Kickstarter-Exclusive promo for supporters of this project. The promo will be a unique, non-aligned character playable in any deck. The character will remain exclusive to Kickstarter supporters for no less than one year. After which time, it will become available to the general public in a limited capacity (NOT POINTS FOR PROMOS). Supporters will receive one copy of the promo for supporting at the $45 level, two copies for supporting at the $90 level, five copies for supporting at the $220 level and eight copies for supporting at the $350 level or above.

If we reach $30,000: Inner Kingdom Games will release a Kickstarter-Exclusive poster to ANYONE who contributed at least $15. We will print exactly 1,000 posters and distribute all of them to kickstarter supporters, after which, the image will be retired as a poster graphic. We will distribute all 1,000 copies of the poster proportionally to all supporters according to number of supporters and amount of their pledge.

If we reach $35,000: Official Shadowfist Card Sleeves for supporters of at least $45. Each pack of sleeves will contain 50 sleeves and feature a gray scale flying kick Ting Ting image over the iconic Shadowfist fist. Supporters will receive one pack for $45 of support, two packs at the $90 level and five packs for $220 or more of support.

If it looks like we'll approach $40,000, I'll update with more stretch goals to reward our awesome supporters!

~Daniel Griego

FAQ

  • YES! Depending on how far above the goal we get, stretch goals may include a Kickstarter-exclusive promo, official Shadowfist card sleeves and official Shadowfist 660-count card boxes (perfect size for three to fit into the Shadowfist messenger bag!). More details to follow as the goals are reached!

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    Blue-collared Hero. This reward level entitles the recipient to one promo card for each of the six factions of the game going forward: Ascended: Shang Bojing Dragons: Open a Can of Whupass Four Monarchs: Wedding Gifts Guiding Hand: Yung Chang Jammers: Machine Warrior Lotus: Xin Ji Yang

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    Secret Warrior. A copy of the Combat in Kowloon stand-alone game, featuring the starter decks of the Dragons, the Eaters of the Lotus, the Guiding Hand and the Ascended! This level also includes an official copy of the game in PDF for you to use prior to the game being printed.

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    The Well-Dressed Agent. This level entitles the supporter to the Secret Warrior level plus a limited-edition Shadowfist t-shirt available ONLY to kickstarter supporters at this level. The shirt design will not be available in the Shadowfist.com store and it will not be available later on. Final design will be influenced by you, the Kickstarter supporters! This will be a fan-driven product only for supporters at this level!

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    The Collector. Secret Warrior level, plus a random uncut sheet from throughout the Shadowfist catalog, from Throne War to Empire of Evil. Uncut sheets are large factory card printings before they are cut up and placed into card packs. Sheets make great wall art and are organized according to rarity. That is, you'll receive either a sheet of rare cards, a sheet of uncommon or a sheet of commons, from the expansion in question.

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    OVERSEAS SUPPORTERS. Netherworld Collector level for any supporter outside of North America. That's a copy of the base game, a copy of the first expansion and a booster box of Seven Masters versus the Underworld!

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    THE BIG ONE. This level entitles the supporter to three copies each of the basic game, the expansion "Back for Seconds" and the set of six faction promos. This ensures a solid playset of all new cards, back-ups of the reprints and enough trade bait to keep your playgroup salivating for ages!

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    MASTER OF THE WORLD. Two copies each of the base game, the "Back for Seconds" expansion and the set of six faction promos. PLUS: A random uncut sheet from Throne War through Empire of Evil, a booster box of Seven Masters versus the Underworld, the exclusive Kickstarter Shadowfist T-shirt AND the PDF of CiK & BfS.

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    THE BIGGER ONE. For the player who absolutely, positively must be able to play ANY deck conceivable. This level features FIVE copies each of the basic game, the expansion "Back for Seconds" and the set of six faction promos, PLUS: the PDFs of both releases.

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    RETAILER ONLY Ten copies of "Combat in Kowloon" plus ten copies of the two-deck expansion, "Back for Seconds." Your store name will be in the list of supporters. NOTE: We will call, and/or confirm with distributors to verify that you are a genuine brick-and-mortar store. Any unverified supporters at this level will receive four copies of the game and nothing else, so do NOT choose this level unless you can prove that you are a real, currently operating, brick-and-mortar retailer. NOTE ALSO that this has to ship to an address in the continental US, but the store itself does not have to be in the US.

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    RETAILER ONLY. Fifteen copies of "Combat in Kowloon" plus fifteen copies of the two-deck expansion, "Back for Seconds." Your store name will be in the list of supporters. NOTE: We will call, and/or confirm with distributors to verify that you are a genuine brick-and-mortar store. Any unverified supporters at this level will receive four copies of the game and nothing else, so do NOT choose this level unless you can prove that you are a real, currently operating, brick-and-mortar retailer. NOTE ALSO that this has to ship to an address in the continental US, but the store itself does not have to be in the US.

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    This level features everything from THE BIG ONE (three copies each of Combat in Kowloon, Back for Seconds and the set of promos), PLUS: Your likeness will be featured on one of the six new unique characters in the first non-starter, non-randomized, 50-card booster pack that kicks off Shadowfist as a Dynamic Card Game! Each faction will get a new unique character, so if you're keeping track, there's one faction missing from the number available. The sixth slot for this promotion will be featured on the Kickstarter-exclusive stretch goal poster, below...

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    MASTER OF THE NETHERWORLD. This level expands on the current "collection"-style level of MASTER OF THE WORLD and features even more goodies from Inner Kingdom Games! This level gets the supporter three copies each of Combat in Kowloon, Back for Seconds and the 6 faction promos. PLUS: A booster box each of Seven Masters versus the Underworld, Empire of Evil, Critical Shift, Shurikens and Six Guns, and Netherworld 2. PLUS: A Shadowfist Coffee Mug, an Army Green Shadowfist T-shirt, a Shadowfist Messenger Bag, a complete set of all 10 big buttons, a complete set of all 10 small buttons, "Monkey" counting cards, a Can of Whupass, a Shadowfist Playmat by Drew Baker and the Zombie Dash Board Game (ten available).

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    This level is the same as the $620 supporter level above for likeness artwork on the forthcoming expansion (three copies each of Combat in Kowloon, Back for Seconds and the set of promos, PLUS: Your likeness will be featured on one of the six new unique characters in the first non-starter, non-randomized, 50-card booster pack that kicks off Shadowfist as a Dynamic Card Game!) PLUS: That card image in your likeness will be featured on the Kickstarter-exclusive poster given to all kickstarter supporters and hung everywhere for players to bask in your awesomeness!

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    This level features everything from THE BIG ONE (three copies each of Combat in Kowloon, Back for Seconds and the set of promos), PLUS: Your likeness will be featured on the unique character card of the Kickstarter Exclusive Promo, playable in any deck and distributed to all Kickstarter supporters!

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    MASTER OF ALL WORLDS! Everything from Master of the Netherworld, plus one copy each of EVERY PROMO EVER PRINTED (not counting reprinted promos, so a White Ninja is a White Ninja, as with Open a Can of Whupass, etc), plus a booster box of the Original Netherworld and Standard Editions, plus an original "Open a Can of Whupass" promo in its unopened red can! (two available)

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