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Gruff is a unique evolving card game using mutated monster goats to crush your enemies. For 2 to 4 players and plays in 20-45 min.
Gruff is a unique evolving card game where you will use your customized team of mutated monster goats to crush your enemies. For 2 to 4 players and plays in 20-45 min.
Gruff is a unique evolving card game where you will use your customized team of mutated monster goats to crush your enemies. For 2 to 4 players and plays in 20-45 min.
1,768 backers pledged $65,465 to help bring this project to life.

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Gruff: The Tactical Card Game of Mutated Monster Goats

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Gruff is a tactical card game that can be learned in a few minutes but has a tremendous amount of depth. Find your strategy, customize your team, build your combos, and crush your enemies!

A completely new combat system- Gruff's combat mechanics create a constant state of counter-play. When an enemy attacks, you have your entire turn to dodge out of the way, mount your defenses, and launch a counterattack!

It's is all about the goats!-  Create a team of three goats that begin the game in play and stay in play throughout the game. They are your source of damage, defense, and resources.

Evolving Battles- Each turn your goats can mutate. They get Meaner, Weirder, and Fatter; rapidly raising the stakes of the game. Each decision can be the the difference between life and death as the pace of the game builds up to a crisis.

A more thematic card game experience- Each goat in Gruff brings a distinct set of cards. You shuffle them together to make your deck. This creates an experience where everything in your deck feels like it belongs with the team that you built. 

Rapid Customization- Gruff's deck-building style makes customizing your deck extremely fast.You can rebound from a loss with a new strategy within seconds by swapping out a goat. Instantly find inventive ways to punish your foes!

Concentrated Drafting Fun. One of the best ways to play Gruff is to gather a group of friends and take turns choosing Goats and Shepherds to build decks. You can run an entire tournament in the time it takes other drafting games to pass around the cards! 

Gruff is complete! The game has been in development for over 3 years and is polished to glorious luster! We are very pleased with it, and are excited to get into your hands!

"Well, this is it. The very first 10/10 we have ever given, and probably one of the only ones. I have never fallen so hard and so quick for anything other than my wife and son in my life. This game was dynamic, fun, entertaining, and just all-in-all one of the more fun times I have ever had playing a game." -Adam Atkinson AROTDREVIEWS

"Guys, if you're in to card games, check out Gruff from our good friends at Studio Woe! Virginia Critchfield Arthur Brent Critchfield Awesome folks making awesome stuff!" -Joe Madureira Creator of Darksiders, Battlechasers, and Co-Founder of Airship Syndicate

"Brent and Virginia are an amazing team, and I can't think of a better reason to support a game!" -John Mueller Co-founder of Skyshine Games, Art Director of Warhammer 40,000 Dark Millenium Online, Author and Illustrator of "Oink: Heaven's Butcher"

"Gruff is wickedly funny and insanely entertaining. The gameplay is smooth, fast and deep. You can’t ask for a better combination. The artwork is superb, coming from some of my favorite artists of all time (Avery Coleman & Virginia Critchfield). I can’t wait to get my hands on the full version of this game!" -Magic the Gathering National Champion, and Game Designer Bo Bell

"It is one of those games that goes into my bag and stays there. Just because of the fact, if I have 25 minutes and I'm eating a sandwich, why not play a game of mutated goats battling for supremacy at the same time?" -Undead Viking Videos 

"Mutated goats + insane shepherds + crazy awesome artwork = one great time. Personally, “Gruff” is a great addition to anyone’s game closet, young or old." -Brandon Ramirez, Noobsource.

"Gruff is a ton of game in a small package - radical art, customizable teams, epic battles, and a quick play time." -Tim Fowers, the Designer of Wok Star, Paperback, and Burgle Bros.  

"Having a small retail space I need to pick and choose the type of games I want to keep in stock. After playing Gruff, I know it is the type of game I want to carry on my shelves." -Dae Kim co-owner of Fire and Dice

"This is a simple yet strategic game that looks absolutely gorgeous and plays quick, sign me up." -Tabletop Jungle.

"It's Baaaaaa-d Ass!" -George "Fruitstrike" Skleres, Game Engineer, Video Game Developer.   

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This game is absolutely fantastic, I can't wait to own a copy -Frank Zazanis, General Nonsense Games.

"Gruff’s art is spectacular. It’s cartoony yet dark, and just really captures a great mood for the entire experience."-COGgaming.net.

"I had a chance to play a prototype of Gruff at Strategicon in Los Angeles in February and loved it - It's a great game with just the right amount of strategy for newcomers and seasoned gamers alike, it plays in around 30 to 40 minutes and is easy to pick up and learn. Gruff is also a great looking game the card illustrations are beautiful. I saw couples and kids and their parents playing Gruff so it's well balanced and fun for all ages" -Brian Kumanchik, Game designer.

 You can get an extra physical copy of Gruff, the Gruff sketchbook, or the Gruff playmat by adding $25 per item to any tier at the $25 dollar level or higher! To do so, just follow the instructions below.

Follow these steps to add to your pledge

  • Press the blue "Manage" button. If you have not yet pledged the button will say "Back This Project" instead
  • Increase your pledge amount by $25 for each extra add-on you would like. In the US Shipping is included. For international shipping, add $5 per item to EU or Canada and $10 per item to the rest of the world
  • Fill out the survey you will be sent at the end of the campaign. There you can specify how you would like your money to be assigned. 

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 ...In the darkest of ages, hideous trolls blockaded the way between our world and the next; until one day three billy-goats knocked them into The Betwixt, toppling their reign forever. Since that time, those who would shepherd their way across the void have weaponized their flocks into monster goats called gruffs.

You are one of these shepherds. Using foul science and forbidden magic you have bred the meanest, weirdest, and fattest goats that your world has ever seen. Your journey across The Betwixt will be perilous. Other shepherds, driven insane by their herds, will try to block your way. Trample them under hoof and conquer the grass knolls that lies beyond!

Game Tier $25-  Full retail copy of Gruff! Featuring 168 cards: 10 goat character cards, 4 shepherd cards, and 150 ability cards. It also contains a rule-book with a turn-by-turn demo walk-through that will get you playing Gruff within minutes. This tier includes all stretch goals unlocked during the campaign. Tasty.

USA shipping is included. International shipping is $8 extra to Canada and an extra $15 for the rest of the world.

Artist Tier $50-  The "Art of Gruff" sketchbook including previously unseen development artwork for Gruff, and preliminary artwork for future projects. 80 page, softcover, 8x5 inches. Also, receive the full retail copy of Gruff, including all stretch goals unlocked during the campaign!

 USA shipping is included. International shipping is $8 extra to Canada and an extra $15 for the rest of the world.

Collector Tier $75- Celebrate your excellent taste in mutated monster goats with a signed limited edition Gruff poster, a limited edition playmat, 3 Kickstarter Exclusive alternate art Gruff Cards, and an original hand drawn Gruff sketch! Also, receive the "Art of Gruff" 80 page Gruff sketchbook, and the full retail copy of Gruff, including all stretch goals unlocked during the campaign!

USA shipping is included. International shipping is $10 extra to Canada and an extra $25 for the rest of the world.

Painter Tier $500- Receive one of the original watercolor paintings created during the production of Gruff! Done on heavy weight illustration board. Also includes a signed limited edition Gruff poster, a limited edition playmat, 3 Kickstarter Exclusive alternate art Gruff Cards, the "Art of Gruff" Sketchbook, an original hand drawn Gruff sketch, and the full retail copy of Gruff, including all stretch goals unlocked during the campaign.

If you live in the USA shipping is included. International shipping is $10 extra to Canada and an extra $25 for the rest of the world.

Shepherd Tier $1000- Collaborate with the Studio Woe team to create a Shepherd based on your name and design to appear in a future expansion of Gruff and a design credit in the game! Also included is an original Gruff watercolor painting, a signed limited edition Gruff poster, a limited edition playmat, and 3 Kickstarter Exclusive alternate art Gruff Cards, a copy of the "Art of Gruff" sketchbook, an original hand drawn Gruff sketch, and the full retail copy of Gruff, including all stretch goals unlocked during the campaign.

 USA shipping is included. International shipping is $10 extra to Canada and an extra $25 for the rest of the world.

Studio Woe Brent and Virginia Critchfield have over 20 years of combined game development experience, including work in the worlds of Warhammer 40k, Darksiders 2, and Disney franchises. They have joined forces to create a new type of combat card game, Gruff.

Gruff is our flagship project. It aligns with our mission by taking aim at the world of combat card games. Without regard to tradition, or expectation, we have torn down the genre to it's foundations and built something new in it's place. We hope you will enjoy the results as much as we do. 

History We've always been excited about playing and developing card games. In 2012 we decided to make this passion a reality. Now three years later, and through extensive testing, our project evolved into this crazy game called Gruff. The game is now complete and in the final stages of preparation for manufacturing. We are seeking support from our Kickstarter campaign to bring this game to players and help build its community.

Risks and challenges

Gruff has already been designed, play-tested, and laid out.The biggest risk with a project like this is getting through the manufacturing and distribution phase in a timely and efficient manner. We are very fortunate to have several friends that have gone through this process and have been happy to share their advice and experience. We have a solid plan to fulfill all of the commitments that we have made to our backers.

The estimated delivery of Gruff is 6 months after the end of the Kickstarter campaign. If for some cataclysmic reason, Gruff can’t be delivered at all, then we will promptly refund your pledge, including fees.

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    SHEPHERD TIER: You will collaborate with the Studio Woe team to create a Shepherd based on your name and design to appear in a future expansion of Gruff. You will receive a design credit in the game. You will get a copy of the Art of Gruff Sketchbook, a physical copy of Gruff, including all stretch goals that are unlocked during the campaign, plus signed limited edition Gruff poster. Also, you will receive an original watercolor created during the pre-production of Gruff!

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