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Mob Ties is an abstract strategy and negotiation game for three to six players.  Vote for the Don, elude the Feds, and feed your friends to the pigs!
Mob Ties is an abstract strategy and negotiation game for three to six players. Vote for the Don, elude the Feds, and feed your friends to the pigs!
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Thanks for taking the time to look at Mob Ties, our board game… our baby… three years in the making. We’re close, so close, to making it a reality.

The cost of over seventy custom illustrations has completely depleted the initial capital we raised for the project. Having completed the design aspect, prototyping and playtesting, we now lack the requisite capital to actually get the game manufactured and printed. .

We love Mob Ties, and we think you will too. We'll be making a PDF of the official rules available soon, so take a look and let us know what you think. Even better, help us out by making a pledge.

And take some time oggling the card illustrations on the website for the game, http://www.fedtothepigs.com. We think they’re pretty fetching.

Overview of the Game

Mob Ties™ is a board game of negotiation, intrigue and revenge for three to six players. During the course of the game, players assume the roles of mob bosses vying for control of a small city. Moving the members of their families between various locations on the game board, players attempt to collect cash and intimidate or work with other players’ family members to gain respect and protect their assets.

Players are dealt favor cards at the beginning of the game that include attack cards, defense cards, weapon cards and specialty cards. Each turn during the action round, players may play any or all of the cards in their hand, attacking other players’ family members in locations where they also have family members, or defending their own game pieces from attacks.

Each round, cards are drawn from the Fed Deck which determine how many and on what location Feds will be placed. If a location is surrounded by four or more Feds, the players must either defend themselves using weapons to remove one or more Feds, or vote for one among them to be pinched. If a player’s game piece is pinched by the Feds, the game piece is placed in the Prison location on the game board.

To win the game, players must successfully avoid the growing threat of the Feds and defend themselves from the encroachments of other mob families on their territories. As more family members are killed or pinched, the Heat Meter rises, eventually reaching its highest level and signaling the end of the game. Players then count their remaining game pieces and the cash they have accumulated during the course of the game and the player with the most wins.

A Few Words from the Game Designers

We are a group of friends from Lexington, KY who decided to create a board game over three years ago. Since that time, Mob Ties has grown from a game that we played among ourselves to a fully developed product. We were originally inspired by other board games we enjoyed playing that were heavy on player interaction (negotiation, intimidation, deal making, voting, etc.), and so we hired an artist to take our design to the next level. What we ended up with was more than we could have ever hoped for… the custom illustrations by John S. Jamtli, an artist and graphic designer in Oslo, Norway, are beautiful, violent, and completely capture the mood of the game’s setting and theme.

We’ve worked hard to make a game that friends and family will love to play, again and again. One of the most important and enduring aspects of Mob Ties is that it’s very re-playable. No two games will ever be the same. Alternate and advanced rules will also be available to give experienced players the opportunity to explore deeper aspects of strategy and game play. It’s been our goal all along to give players a rich, intense and incredibly fun gaming experience.

We need you to spread the word about Mob Ties on Facebook, Myspace and any other social networks, and among your gaming groups and family and friends. With your help, we can bring Mob Ties to the public. Support us by pledging now.

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    A pledge of $1 or more will get you a coupon for $10 redeemable for the purchase of a copy of Mob Ties after the pre-order period on Kickstarter ends (it will not, however, apply to pre-orders during the Kickstarter fundraising period; backers who have pre-ordered or pledged any other level of support will receive the $10 redeemable coupon which can be used for the purchase of any additional copies after our Kickstarter fundraising has ended).

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    UPDATED - The $75 pledge has been added for international pre-orders due to higher shipping costs. At the $75 level, international backers will receive a copy of the game, the "thank you" credit in the appendix to the official game rules, as well as the limited edition "Kickstarter" favor card. If you are located outside the U.S., please use this pledge and reward level to receive a copy of the game. Thanks for your support!

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    At the $100 level, you will receive a copy of the game, the limited edition "Kickstarter" favor card, the "thank you" credit in the appendix to the official rules, and also a poster with the Mob Ties illustration of your choosing.

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    At the $150 level, in addition to all the rewards at the $100 level, one of the two copies you will receive will be a custom, hand-made game in a themed box/container (i.e., briefcase, torturer's bag, a dirty cop's gym bag, etc.) with polaroids and items related to the "Who Killed Tommy Toledo?" online narrative game that we'll soon be launching in association with Mob Ties: The Board Game.

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    At the $250 level, in addition to all the rewards at the $100 level, one of the streets on the printed final game board will be named after you. You can be forever immortalized in a board game played by your family and friends.

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    A pledge of $2,000 will get you one of two custom board games... that will be packaged inside a car. Both vehicles run and, upon closer inspection by you or the authorities, will contain: millions of dollars of Kitty Cash, a cache of weapons*, a car bomb+, hookers in the trunk++, evidence of a mob hit+++, and complete game components concealed in various parts and areas of the car. Drive away your very own custom board game today (limit 2 backers)

    * Not actual weapons.
    + Not actual car bomb.
    ++ Not actual dead hookers.
    +++ Not actual evidence of mob hit
    ++++ Not applicable where prohibited by law; full disclaimer available upon request.

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