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$2,012
pledged of $60,785pledged of $60,785 goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, October 17 2015 12:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

What is this game?

The Heroes’ Journey is an expandable, customizable card game with a game engine flexible enough to mix and match characters from different works. Its first set draws from characters and locations inspired by Homer’s The Iliad and L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The distribution model is designed to allow players the ability to build all possible decks for at least one literary universe (in the case of the $40 MSRP basic starter) or both literary universes (in the case of the $80 MSRP deluxe starter) right out of the box. We've included in the rulebook suggested deck for beginning players to construct.

How do players get started?

Each player begins by first selecting a card representing the item or object necessary for their Hero’s quest (this is called a Quest Need).

Players then build a draw deck (or use one of the pre-built draw decks) containing an equal number of Campaign cards and Adversary cards. Campaign cards are the companions, possessions and other things that will help the Hero overcome obstacles and complete the quest. Adversary cards are the minions and such that you will play against your opponent’s Hero to try to stop them.

And, finally, players will also build an adventure deck consisting of 9 site cards, which represent the lands and locations their Heroes will travel through to complete the quest.

Who can play?

As long as each player has a deck, there’s no maximum number of players—just a minimum of 2. Indeed, one of the highlights of the game engine is how well and easily it translates from 2 players to more while maintaining a fun experience.

What makes this game different from others?

All the players play both the “good guys” and “bad guys.” During your turn, you play the Hero while the other players play the Adversaries. Once your turn ends, the player on your right takes his or her turn as the Hero while you—and whoever else is playing—are now that player’s Adversaries.

This also leads to one of the great balancing aspects of the game—the cards that you play to help your Hero add tokens to a single, common resource called the Menace Pool, representing the growing menace that opposes your Hero. When your opponents pay for the Adversary cards that will oppose you, they have to remove tokens from the Menace Pool, and if there aren’t enough tokens to pay for an Adversary card’s cost, then it can’t be played. So, if you play a lot of powerful but expensive cards, you can expect to do battle with powerful minions!

Your Hero and his/her party does battle with their adversaries first in ranged combat, then in melee combat. And, once combat is finished, the party may move on to another Site, which can bring out all sorts of different effects!

How does a player win?

Your Quest Need has information on the back telling you how you can win. In general, this involves reaching site #9 (which is the final site) and keeping your Hero from being killed or falling into despair. If you manage to eliminate all other players by killing their Hero or driving it into despair, that’s another way to win the game.

You can check out the rules of the game here.

What does the future hold?

We already have plans to expand both the Iliad and Oz sets with additional characters, sites, and even another Quest Need in the near future with small, less expensive expansions for the base set. We also have plans to incorporate other works into the game, such as The Odyssey, The Aeneid, and the Oz sequels.

We also plan on incorporating the game community into the decision-making by allowing players to vote on which projects they’d prefer we work on next!

Risks and challenges

This is our first time printing a card game, so we're working with a printing company that we haven't used before. If something goes wrong with them, there could be a delay, but we also have a back-up printing company so that even if something catastrophic happens to the first printing company, we can still complete the project. Also, we have several artists working on the project. If something goes wrong with them, that could cause a delay, but we also have other artists that we can contact so that even if something catastrophic happens to one or more of our artists, we can still complete the project. Bottom line: if this project gets funded, it will be completed and we believe our time estimate is a good one, but we have to admit the possibility of it taking longer than we estimate.

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