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HK$ 18,665 pledged of HK$ 30,000 goal
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Samurai Vassal is a fast-paced simultaneous action card game for 2-6 players. Each player plays as a samurai to propose policies to the daimyo in order to win his trust. The first player who gains 12 trust points from the daimyo wins. In this game, you get a taste of what it's like to be a samurai in the warring states of Japan: you can form an alliance with other players, strategise your moves, or even deceive your allies to win more trust points!

 

 

Let’s see what other game designers are saying about Samurai Vassal!

 

 

 

 

 ...AND MORE in stretch goals! 

Download our game rules here.

 

 

Since this is our first time on Kickstarter, it is hard to predict the success of our project to commit to a logistic company that requires a large shipping commitment. So we have decided to work with the local Hongkong Post for all our shipping needs. Luckily, the cost of international shipping is quite low in Hong Kong relative to other locations, so the shipping rates are the lowest possible we can get at the moment. 

 

Hi everyone, we’re IceMakes, a young, vibrant game design company that is based in Hong Kong. We love playing board games and to take our passion to the next level, we started designing our own games. Since 2014, we’ve collaborated with several local non-profit organisations to start publishing our dreams. 

Growing up playing countless board games and video games, we particularly enjoy games that are set in Japan’s Sengoku period. The chaotic warring states provides a perfect background for a game story. And after designing quite a few board games ourselves, we’ve decided it’s time to create a simple but strategic card game that is easy to learn and fun to play. Combining the two together, is how Samurai Vassal came to life. 

We’ve been brainstorming and playtesting the game for a year to refine the game mechanics to ensure high replayability. We’re happy that our friend Kwong-shing Lau, who is a brilliant artist, offered to help with the artwork of the game. Every character on the cards were hand-drawn and all the Japanese calligraphy was done by him. With the beautifully-designed characters and the gameplay that’s been tested over and over again, Samurai Vassal is a fun, fast paced card game that we hope you’ll enjoy with your friends and family.

You can find all of Shing's brilliant art work here: https://cowcowtony.wixsite.com/shing. Hire him to do your art!

 Your help means a lot to us! 

 

 

 

Why Kickstarter?  

Ever since Kickstarter was launched in 2009, it has changed the way how games were published. Bringing a game to life is no longer something that can only be done by major game publishers. Now, game enthusiasts can also share their creations with other like-minded board game fanatics around the world. And because of that, we think Kickstarter is a perfect platform for us to share our passion with everyone. We would love to get your feedback and comments here on Kickstarter before we publish it, so that we can make sure the game that is delivered to your hands is the best version that it could be.

 

Risks and challenges

Even though this is our first Kickstarter project, we’ve brought several games to life on our own and with different organisations (visit our website for the games that we’ve created: https://www.icemakes.com/). For Samurai Vassal, most of the artwork, card box, and game rules are ready. We’ve also lined up our publishing and shipping channels so that when the campaign ends, all we need to do is just finalise a little bit of the details and everything is ready to print and shipped to you.

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    Pledge HK$ 10 or more About $1

    Thanks + Updates

    ~US$1.30
    Thank you for believing in us! You will receive all the updates from us like the other samurais and a huge THANK YOU on our website.

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    Digital Samurai

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    Print & Play!
    You will receive a PDF version of the basic game (excludes stretch goals). Just print and cut out the cards, then let the games begin!

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    Pledge HK$ 130 or more About $17

    Real Samurai

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    You will receive the full Samurai Vassal game with all unlocked stretch goals.

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    Pledge HK$ 600 or more About $77

    Your Face on a Card!

    ~US$77
    You will receive 1 unique Character Proposal Card (using a profile photo of your choice - it doesn't have to be you!) and the basic deck plus all the unlocked stretch goals.

    You can choose between a choice of male or female samurai for the unique card. The card is already preset with specific strategies and convincing level.

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    Pledge HK$ 1,100 or more About $141

    Merchant Samurai

    ~US$142
    Have 10 times the fun!
    But you are most likely selling these in your retail store. This reward includes 10 full sets of the Samaurai Vassal game, including all unlocked stretch goals except for the Kickstarter Exclusive cards.

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    Pledge HK$ 3,000 or more About $384

    Design Your Own Card

    ~US$387
    It's your opportunity to leave your name in history!

    You will receive 1 personalised Character Proposal Card and the basic deck plus all the unlocked stretch goals.

    There will be a Skype session with our creators and artist to discuss how you want your character to be like: the look, the pose, the strategies, basically everything!

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