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Van Hammock Games llc.By Van Hammock Games llc.
First created
Van Hammock Games llc.By Van Hammock Games llc.
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$3,367
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, August 22 2018 9:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

   With tactical game play and inked illustrations inspired by the old manuals and codices, "Bellum: Of Mutants and Men" is a deep and interesting competitive card game. Each player assumes the role of a commander constructing their own Barracks of Unit and Stratagem cards. They then field, maneuverm and battle their units across the board where the goal is to destroy their opponent's Keep. 

A New Layer of Depth - Bellum's focus on movement and positioning adds a layer depth not often seen in card games. You will need to out wit and out maneuver your opponent in order to achieve victory.  

Hand-size Matters - The number of cards in your hand determines the cards you may play in a turn. Clever hand management is required to stay ahead of your opponent.  

Play It When You Open It - Bellum comes with two pre-constructed decks ready to play out of the box. You may even create your own custom deck by tapping into the pool of “Reserves” cards also in the box.

Portable, Durable, and Machine Washable - The Canvas Cloth Bellum Board is easy to take on the go. With 60 cards(two thirty card decks) and a board you can play Bellum almost anywhere.  

The Mutants and Men - Gobalos and Sapiens respectively. The Gobalos prefer to swarm their enemies while the Sapiens are more likely to stay back and wait for an opening. Your able to mix and match them in your deck to develop unique game play styles.  

One Complete Box - There’s only one Bellum Box and all the cards are in it.. All stretch goals achieved will make everybody's Bellum Box better.

 Bellum Rundown by Unfiltered Gamer

   To be victorious players must master the Stockpile System, a system which utilizes your hand-size for economy. While simple in concept the system provides a remarkable amount of depth to game play and decision making. 

   Will you take sides with the enduring Sapien Kingdoms in their quest to reclaim the lands promised? Perhaps you will ally with the Gobalos Colonies as they seek new territory to support the ever multiplying brood. You might even fill your Barracks with some impious alliance of the two. Battle it out in the world of Bellum!  

 Download the "Print and Play" demo from BoardGameGeek

Bellum Rule Book (WiP)

 Unfiltered Gamer - Quick Review

"It's one I can easily recommend to play over and over again. It's not one you'll get bored with after the first game, you're gonna want to play a second time."  -Unfiltered Gamer

"First played Bellum at Gencon50, and I could not get enough of it. I went back to the playtest hall each night to find the developers and play more of this game. It's a strange mix between chess and deck building. The game has the potential for a huge amount of depth in strategy because it's not just your cards that matter, but how you control the two dimensional area on the board." -PKBigmarsh on BGG

The Archivist

"Bellum: of Mutants and Men has interesting mechanics were you need to manage your hand, position of your units, and think thoroughly of your strategy!" -The Archivist

Unfiltered Gamer Full Review

Other Stuff

CinCityCon Game Design Awards 2017
CinCityCon Game Design Awards 2017

 Instagram: @bellumcardgame 

 Facebook: Facebook.com/bellumgame

Twitter: @bellumcardgame                     

 We've partnered with SFC to handle the fulfillment of Bellum. Copies will be shipped straight from China to partnered fulfillment centers and then to our backers with all VATs and import fees covered. This will majorly cut down on turn around time after manufacturing. All our lovely backers will essentially be getting the game hot off the presses.

Bellum Development Photo Journal
Bellum On BoardGameGeek

Van Hammock Games was founded by Ben Maloney and Ryan O’Leary.  While living in Cincinnati, Ohio, both Ben and Ryan answered their calling to be the best darn servers to ever be employed in a Newport, Ky restaurant. These two handsome fellas took the city by storm when they combined powers and bonded over one really awesome subject, TableTop Gaming. During that time, Ben had actually been working on creating his own game. As a fellow creative genius and game creator, Ryan thought that was pretty cool.  

Years after first meeting and becoming the best of friends (Ryan IS responsible for Ben getting together with his girlfriend. So they’re basically brothers); these boys parted ways for a short time when they both stopped working in that restaurant. While separated, Ben’s creative juices began to slow. When he realized he would need a friend to step in and assist, he knew there was only one man for the job, Ryan O’Freakin-Leary. Was Ryan up for the Challenge?

 -Obviously he was. Otherwise this would be a really bad story- 

Now, a mere 3-ish years later, they have finally committed to making their dreams come true. Bellum has been edited, cut, burned, beaten with a stick, and sent to the depths of the ocean. All of this forged Van-Hammock Games into the magnificent LLC it is today. “But WHY Van-Hammock?” You ask? Ryan is a free spirited handyman who owns a FABULOUS work van. You may have seen it parked on the curb at your local gaming convention. Ryan’s work van is his home away from home. This van doubles as a hotel room, shower, dresser, and workspace. It’s like the TARDIS but it doesn’t fly (We’re working on the Time Travel part). I’m sure you’ve figured it out by this point but, there is also a hammock in this van. So, of course they chose to name their game company after this item. And there you have it! Van-Hammock Games LLC means exactly what it says. There is a Van-Hammock, and these dudes like games.

-Sarah A. Coressel

Check out the other work done by our amazing artists!
Check out the other work done by our amazing artists!
Ross is currently working on the web comic Otaxa.
Ross is currently working on the web comic Otaxa.
                                                              
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Risks and challenges

This is our first major project. Overall, this project has minimal and typical risks associated with game manufacturing, but we've done everything in our power to mitigate them. The game manufacturer is ready to publish and all logistics plans are complete. Art is 90% finalized and any additional cards added through stretch goals will need to be Illustrated.

As a small publishing company, we're relying on Kickstarter backers to supply the capital necessary to meet minimum printing and shipping costs. Your pledges will make this project come to print. We will produce a quality product and it will be delivered on time.

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