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A family-style board-game of the global narco-trade, modeled on real-world drug intelligence.
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This game is the product of years spent enmeshed in deadly street-level tabletop research, and decades of interest in the flow of global narcotics. The descent started with drug-transportation films like Scarface (1983), Blow (2001), Traffic (2000), and American Made (2017),  deepening with documentary series like Drugs, Inc. and Hamilton's Pharmacopeia, before finally spiraling into the uncut data of CIA factbooks, international crime statistics, and DoD crop production maps. 

This learning blurred together, revealing the global structure of what  was obviously a massive, geopolitical power game.  This theory was nurtured at gaming conventions and festivals by warping rules from a range of board games, infused with international drug smuggling and opulence, until at last a proper game emerged.

Druglord: Lord of Drugs is intended for those who appreciate dynamic, elegant rules with a realistic balance of strategy and luck.  It is my hope that this game continues to be as much fun to play as it has been to develop.  

Quest #7, Game Masters, on Lore Galore of Morton's List started this journey of invention, growing beyond game mechanics to include graphic design,  illustration, and even motion video and sound editing.  It is now my pleasure to present this fully-realized boardgame to those of discerning gaming tastes. 

Added December 21st:

The above video explains number of players (2), and time (90-120 minutes).  Gameplay is competitive, based on territory control with victory determined by completing the most variable-risk resource trades.     Each game begins with players drawing a hand of 3 randomly-determined connections, each representing some guys on the ground in each corresponding locale.  This empire is shown on a 74-space World Map, corresponding to the Region Cards.

Every turn, some of these guys (or girls, or whatever gender you care to imagine) load up boats, trucks, and airplanes, while other humans are standing by to receive these shipments, before breaking it up for local dealers and dispensaries.  Druglord: Lord of Drugs deals with bulk weight of uncut, weight, right from the forest, growroom, lab, or field, taken to the major drug markets of the world.

Each trade comes with a roulette-like roll of a six-sided die, with a result of 1 always failing.  Some trades are easier than others, and trades can become harder as attention is focused on the players who get busted more frequently. 

Druglord: Lord of Drugs became public in the summer of 2018 on social media, and that is the best way to see more images of the board, box, cards, dice, chits, and pieces (Game parts itemized on corresponding tiers). Druglord: Lord of Drugs website coming eventually. 

www.facebook.com/DrugLordGame/

www.instagram.com/druglordgame/

Ever higher,

R. Jesse Deneaux

Risks and challenges

In August of this year I learned something that I hoped was true, but did not yet know. I discovered an advanced group of players, looking for the very finest in underground board gaming. They were small in number, but their hunger for uncut product could no be ignored. The margins were too slim to make the cut-off back then, but we kept playing, kept evolving, and then revised the shipping costs and made a better, more detailed video for two full minutes of what Druglord: Lord of Drugs is really about. This game is the end result of play-testing across disparate conditions, and shaped by the input of the highest-level nerds of Origins, GenCon, DCGCon, and Michigan.

The January 2019 shipment brings you an American-printed board, cards, and box, each copy of Druglord: Lord of Drugs hand-assembled by laborers who are very rarely abused. We are standing by to order units as soon as the last pledge is tallied on Sunday, January, 13th. When the bulk product arrives in our traphouse some weeks later, it will be unwrapped and chopped up for individual use. Finished games will be mailed by late February to a location of your choosing, via UPS Ground for US-based addresses, and USPS First Class International for everyone else.

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    Board Game, Raw & Uncut Edition

    This edition includes an American-printed 18"x18" gameboard, full-color rules, 74 playable region cards, 42 Baller Move cards, 1 scoop card, 4 bags of substances, 2 dice and a handsome box printed like a briefcase. Elevate your gaming experience with six (6) sets of exquisitely crafted, luxurious plastic game pieces*. This version includes fourteen (14) each of crystal shards, gold bars, silver blocks, sapphires, purple diamonds, and frosty cubes. (*of international origin)
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    Game, Hand Signed & Numbered Edition

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    Custom Gameboard Map With Your Hometown

    This version is truly unique, allowing you to replace any of the map's Regions and corresponding cards with places of your own choosing. Play in a game with your own hometown labeled as one of the major drug hubs of the world. Contact with specific details, and our designers will make it so.
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    Aluminum case, Custom Map, and t-shirt

    Take your game to the highest levels possible with a customized game board as described above, plus the added ballerness of an actual aluminum case, just like those used in actual deals all over the world.
    The case measures 17" width x 12.5" height x 4.4" depth, allowing convenient storage of all game components, and a little extra space for whatever additional flavor you may need to store in a convenient case. Inside the case, the board is packed in a 100% cotton graphic t-shirt, with a selection of stickers. Fully equipped.
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    Steak Dinner Meet & Greet @ Origins, OH

    For those who seek to play beyond the limitation of levels, you will personally meet with the game designer at the finest steakhouse in Columbus, Ohio for an evening of dining and high-level tabletop gaming discussion. The weekend of June 12th-16th will also see you awarded a prestigious guest-of-honor position on the 2019 Druglord: Lord of Drugs World Championship, as well as logo T-shirt and stickers, and of course a signed, metal-case version of the game, complete with customized map and card.

    January 6, 2019 Update: This package includes 4 nights accommodations, and round-trip airfare to and from Columbus, OH as well.

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    Capo Charm + True Player Case

    In collaboration with famed jeweler Alligator Jesus, the Cartel is pleased to deliver not only everything from the True Player Case package, but also a custom, bejeweled Capo Charm or Capo Ring of your own design. You might commission a Druglord logo neckpiece in lustrous gold and diamonds, a sparkling Reefer icon ring with actual emeralds, a set of ruby-encrusted Opiates plugs for your gauged ear-holes, or something else entirely. Whatever you select, all future opponents will know that you are not fucking around in the slightest. Final jewelry details will be finalized with Alligator Jesus on a case-by-case basis, with an guaranteed appraisal value of $5,000.

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