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Cowboys, Magic, Duels! A strategic sci-fi fantasy western where everyone's turn happens at once,  2-4 players.
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Grimslingers: A Card Dueling Game

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You are a Grimslinger, a magically imbued westerner being forced by the mysterious Iron Witch to duel other Grimslingers. 2-4 players, 20-40 minutes, Ages 12+.

Over 100 gorgeous cards!
Over 100 gorgeous cards!

The duel is broken down into 3 phases, which repeat until someone wins. 

Phase One - The Standoff: Sacrifice health for energy, reactivate deactivated spells or use your "surge" ability to power-up your elemental attacks.

Phase Two - The Draw: Everyone picks a spell and a target card and places it face down. When everyone has placed their cards, you shout "DRAW" and reveal them.

Phase Three  - The Aftermath: There is a unique order resolution system to determine who's spell resolves first, which ones fail, or which ones go head to head into a "face-off" mini-game. 

Download the Rules: http://tinyurl.com/ps5xp2y

Or watch this series of short video tutorials explaining the game:

Each player has the same 6 elements spells, each of which have their own unique abilities, strengths and weaknesses.

There are six element spells: Fire, Earth, Water, Ice, Wind, Lightning.
There are six element spells: Fire, Earth, Water, Ice, Wind, Lightning.

Elements are weak or strong to one another. For instance, Ice is weak to Fire, but it is also strong to Wind. When a spell is "weak" to the opposing spell, it will be cancelled out. 

A blackjack like mini-game occurs when element spells are played and do not have a weak/strong relationship. This mini-game is called a "Face-off".

There are only 10 cards in the number deck, making it easy to count cards and judge your odds.
There are only 10 cards in the number deck, making it easy to count cards and judge your odds.

In a face-off, players will take turns drawing cards, trying to strong arm their opponent's spell. The winner's spell goes through, and the losers is cancelled out.

There are 30 unique signature spells which players use to customize their hand.

Signature spells provide a multitude of ways to play mind games on your foes, or strategize with friends.
Signature spells provide a multitude of ways to play mind games on your foes, or strategize with friends.

Your signature spells are unique to you, and you may only have 3. Experiment with different combinations to develop new strategies. All cards/builds are viable, so pick signature spells that you personally find fun using!

Please note that even though the game is nearly complete, I am still fine tuning certain aspects of it. Feedback is always welcome.

Download more than 1,000 times to date! Thanks for the support :)
Download more than 1,000 times to date! Thanks for the support :)
It's ugly, but it's awesome! Can you beat the Coven Overseer?
It's ugly, but it's awesome! Can you beat the Coven Overseer?
Play online with friends or stranger folk worldwide!
Play online with friends or stranger folk worldwide!

All prices are listed in CANADIAN DOLLARS (CAD). You can see conversions listed just below the banner.

Shipping is not included in the price. It is a flat rate of 10 CAD (8 USD / 7 EUR / 5 GBP) WORLDWIDE FOR EACH TIER WITH A PHYSICAL REWARD.

                       

A copy of Grimslingers! Over 100 cards of pure whacky western dueling fun times. 

The Forgotten West is littered with discarded paranormal items. This pack allows you to scavenge for them during your duel to give yourself an extra edge!

A PnP of the Item Pack will be released soon!
A PnP of the Item Pack will be released soon!

Curious about what the items are and how they work? Here is a rundown with every item listed and it's effects described: http://tinyurl.com/octqtzc

 *This Expansion contains 90 cards.

*Not the final box art.
*Not the final box art.

A copy of Grimslingers, all expansions AND VIP access in a rigid, gold foil stamped box with a panoramic illustrated interior wall. 

Room for sleeving your cards or extra expansions later down the road. Also includes an insert to keep everything snug.

Fancy yourself a crafter of legendary, paranormal and magically imbued items?

 *Includes the Collector's Edition.

Interested in making a permanent mark on the Grimslinger Universe? 

I (Stephen Gibson) will personally work with you to create a new character of your *liking, either based on your own self-portrait or your imagination. 

Your character will be put in everyone else's game box so that your legend lives on across the world! You'll also receive a matte poster of your character signed by the artist. 

To top it off, your character will also be available for everyone to use in the Bo's Bluff and Grimslingers apps!

In short, each app is being developed as a cross-platform (iOs/Android) multiplayer free-to-play game slated for release in Q3 and Q4 of 2015. (You can find out more about the apps here: http://tinyurl.com/o7ggq8l).

Ready to make (Grimslinger) history??

*Includes the Collector's Edition.

*Please note that there are certain standards of visual conduct your character must adhere to (i.e. no naked or oversexualized men / women). If you're wondering if an idea you have is appropriate or not, please message me.

A collection of quotes and reviews from players, as well as previews from trusted sources. 

Cloak and Meeple Video Preview:

NVS Gameplays Preview:

Gameosity Written Preview:

"...I think the concept is great, I love the art style, and I’m genuinely looking forward to checking out the finished product once it’s available in March." - Rob Rich

Full Preview: http://tinyurl.com/l8asnl7

The following were collected from the Tabletop Simulator Mod page:http://tinyurl.com/k4l2kjw or emailed to me by the players themselves.

"For anyone who likes mind games, strategy games, card games, and/or games for small groups, I couldn't recommend Grimslingers more." - Corin McDonald (emailed)

Corin's Full In-Depth Review (it's really good!!): http://tinyurl.com/ktafhwr

"You know a game is something special when with just a handful of a cards, that are identical to the ones your opponents are holding, you can feel that your play experience is altered by the cunning and insight you bring and the strategies and gambits you cook up. Such a big sense of drama and gambling in a tight, beautifully crafted package... and dangerously moreish! - Scott McGill (emailed)

"This game is refreshing. It isn't complicated to pick up and play but once you get into the thick of it, it can be a mind battle between you and your opponent. The game has several elements to it that allow for competitive play. The developer is a really awesome guy and I whole-heartily support this game. Cannot wait to see this game on my personal tabletop." - Man of God2 (mod page)

"I just had a game with the creator of this game, really helpful guy. The game is really good and well balanced. The rules are easy to grasp in a few rounds" - Luke Skywalker (mod page)

Add the price listed to any pledge of $19 and up!

PIXEL LOVE! Each character has their own unique skill on the back of their card which can be used once per duel (this replaces the regular "take cover" ability on standard characters). 

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO GET INCLUDED IN EVERY COPY OF GRIMSLINGERS HERE: http://tinyurl.com/n45qezs

FIND THE CONTEST HERE: http://tinyurl.com/px6b3ct

 FIND THE CONTEST HERE: http://tinyurl.com/px6b3ct

Stephen Gibson: Creator, Designer and Artist for Grimslingers.

Stephen has been working on Grimslingers for almost 2 years now and tinkering with concepts and mechanics used for many years prior.

Worked as a concept artist and art director for a small video game studio right out of college before trying his hand at indie game development. Stephen graduated with honors in 3D Animation, Art and Design for TV, Film and Mobile Games from Humber College.

Jeff Faust: Sole Programmer for the app version of Grimslingers. 

Though Jeff isn't directly involved in the production of the physical version of Grimslingers, his work on the mobile app has added countless hours of playtesting and critique for the core mechanics and features that the physical and digital game share.

Jeff's programming career spans 30 years, beginning with high-end CGI and eventually drifting to indie game and middleware development. He is fascinated with the CCG genre and owns the original artwork for MtG card "Giant Tortoise" painted by Kaja Foglio.

Darren Atherton

Although no longer involved with the development of Grimslingers, Darren was extremely instrumental in developing the game in the early days and providing months of playtesting.

ALL OF YOU! 

Grimslingers would be no where without the many dedicated fans offering feedback and support. You know who you are, and I thank you! And I thank all those who may just be joining us now. 

We are a team and Grimslingers is as much a community now as it is a super fun game!

Risks and challenges

Being the designer and artist for the project means that everything needed to finish the game is within my ability. The game is complete aside from a few pieces of art.

As for manufacturing and shipping, I have a streamlined process to ensure there are no surprises. My manufacturer and shipper are well acquainted with fulfilling Kickstarter pledges.

I've prepared as much as I can to make sure there is little to no risk involved in regards to backing this project. Many long time fans of the game should be very familiar with my open communication and diligence towards delivering a solid product and experience.

If you are ever concerned about any part of this project, feel free to contact me. I won't bite :D

- Stephen Gibson

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