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By Jeep Barnett
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About this project

Ahoy, me hearties, landlubbers, and carousers!

7 Seize is a speedy battle of pirate wits that's been designed from the start to be freely available. Anyone can play with common bits & bobs found around the home along with a standard deck of cards. The goal of this project is to produce a small run of polished sets and introduce 7 Seize to rapscallions around the globe.

There's a simple twist to 7 Seize; the heaviest collection of booty wins! Weighing loot on the rocking balance not only makes scoring effortless, but performs an entertaining spectacle for everyone. Players love tossing pieces on the scale one at a time to see when it tips in their favor.

It only takes a minute to learn the rules (even for tiny swabbies and knaves 3 sheets to the wind), but the strategy is deep and nuanced. It's all about predicting your opponents' moves and seizing opportunities. Sometimes the most enticing pieces on the table are a fool's errand and it's best to target an uncontested stash of booty. Any card can be a dud or clean house with keenest of plotting.

Reddit r/BoardGames AMA:

https://www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/50n488/im_jeep_barnett_designer_of_the_portal_board_game/

It's not just a box... this vessel transforms into a balance scale to weigh your loot!

It's also a handy container for passing around the Captain's loot pile during the game. On the shelf it neatly stores all the game components:

  • 54 cards
  • 49 pieces of booty
  • 2 measuring trays

Each card has its actions printed on the face for easy reference and features beautiful pirate art, hand painted by spicy print artist, Andrew Wilson.

 

The booty is a collection of polished stones, each one a unique shape and size. They're specially picked for each set to ensure a fun and fair distribution of weights. You can also mix up the challenge by grabbing meeples and other game pieces!

 

In each round players draw 3 cards and simultaneously reveal a wager for the powerful role of Captain. This prevents the game from bogging down with a traditional turn order.

The Captain divides some booty into 2 piles, optimizing for their remaining cards while concealing their intentions. Everyone simultaneously reveals another card and seizes loot in order of rank.

Ace and Face cards seize first and have special abilities such as stealing pieces. But they're limited to a single action while Number cards can repeatedly seize from a stash until it’s depleted.

After 7 rounds players compare their weight on the balance scale, knocking out the lightweights until one player remains victorious with the heaviest load.

http://geekdad.com/2016/08/7-seize

http://www.dadsgamingaddiction.com/press-release-7-seize-seeking-support-on-kickstarter/

Whether this project succeeds or not I'll make 7 Seize available to everyone for free. I'll post the rules and instructions for creating a balance scale from common household materials, and with a standard deck of cards you're good to go!

Every doubloon you contribute to this project shows that you support independent game creators and handcrafted tabletop games. Experience 7 Seize the way it was meant to be plundered with a classy set for your board game night! The funding goal will cover the cost prototyping, finishing the art, and producing the first run of games.

Your support could potentially lead to wider distribution, future expansions, and heaps of other fun stuff. And of course let's not forget your backer rewards. Help us fly the banner on this indie pirate ship and you'll get your share of the shiny booty! (Each reward tier includes all of the previous non-limited rewards.)

NOTE: These addition rewards have been added to the MASTER GUNNER ($107) reward tier:

  • Felt Mustache courtesy of Welovefine
  • Extra deck of playing cards with just the images and card symbols — no text covering up the art

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Shipping

The scourge of the international seas that can bilge any ship is... well, shipping. It's a hardship for privateers and picaroons alike. The full game weighs 1lb 12oz (0.8kg) and transport can be expensive.

When you pledge, the estimated shipping cost for your region will automatically be added ($14 to USA, $17 to Canada, $22 to Mexico, and $25 across the ocean). The cards-only pledge level (Cabin Boy) is much lighter with an estimated $2 to $6 in shipping fees. Collector's Edition rewards will be shipped separately at no additional charge. A hearty thanks for understanding and weighing this in to your pledge.

Risks and challenges

Production and distribution for the last commercial tabletop game I designed, Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game, was handled by Cryptozoic. This will be my first time handling this aspect of game creation and so I'll be learning as I go.

The production company I've been using to create prototypes has been very patient with me so far. But if they suddenly gave up on me placing a bulk order I'd have to find a new manufacturer. This could delay production by several months.

Andrew is a perfectionist with many concurrent art projects. We've scheduled plenty of time, but you can't rush quality. It may take longer than expected to complete the paintings.

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    SWABBIE

    Jury rig your own 7 Seize set now with DIY instructions and rules! No 3D printing required. Also get an early behind-the-scenes look at how the game evolved and I promise not to spam you with update emails.

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    POWDER MONKEY

    Belly laugh as I do a push-up in your honor while shouting your name. These reward push-ups will be compiled into a YouTube video. (Includes previous reward tier.)

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    CABIN BOY

    A deck of 7 Seize playing cards featuring original pirate art. They can also be used as a standard 52 & 2 Jokers deck for playing other card games. (Includes all previous reward tiers.)

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    MATEY (limited - early bird)

    Get 49 pieces of sweet, sweet booty and the balance scale to weigh & store it. Now you have everything you need to play! (Includes all previous reward tiers.)

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    SALTY DOG ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Replacements for a few cards true to the original paintings. The base cards have kid-friendly cover ups while these keep any 'booty' in tact. (Includes all previous non-limited reward tiers.)

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    SPOONY BARD

    Set the mood with a full length mixtape (CD) of pirate-ish tunes I've hand selected and DJed. (Includes all previous non-limited reward tiers.)

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    CARPENTER & SURGEON

    Spruce up your cabin with a signed 8x10 print of a card of your choice. Card option previews will be provided at a later date. (Includes all previous non-limited reward tiers.)

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    MASTER GUNNER

    Mark the current Captain and share your conjunctivitis with a 7 Seize eye patch. (Includes all previous non-limited reward tiers.)

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    CHANDLER (limited)

    Stock your friendly local game shop with a motherload of 7 full copies and combined shipping! None of the fluff from other tiers included. I'll also host a map to your merchant port on the website.

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    BOATSWAIN (limited)

    Request your own quote, flavor text, and/or name to be immortalized on one of the Number card for all to see. Must be concise and approved. (Includes all previous non-limited reward tiers.)

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    COXSWAIN (limited)

    Claim an original, signed, hand-painted art piece used for any face or ace card! First come, first pick. Your name will be inscribed on that card for all players to dread. (Includes all previous non-limited reward tiers.)

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    BUCCANEER (limited)

    Bling out your kit with dat Collector's Edition booty! 49 quality pirate-themed pieces and a numbered certificate of awesometicity. I'll also throw in a 7 Seize branded thumb drive with exclusive art, photos, models, and documents from the every stage of development. (Includes all previous non-limited reward tiers.)

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    FIRST MATE (limited)

    Lollygag with us at PAX Prime 2017. Let's sing chanteys and play some games! Test out whatever new games I'm working on next year and plunder my stash of prototypes. Request custom sexy sketches from Andrew. We'll help you invent a personalized drink recipe and share it on our website. Travel, ticket, and other expenses not included. (Includes all previous non-limited reward tiers.)

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