About this project
This game is not just for fun…
It’s the year 2022 and humanity has finally created a true, fully virtual reality. Of course, the first thing this new technology would be used for was playing games! So, the first “VRMMORPG” (or “Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game”) was born: Sword Art Online, called “SAO” for short.
Kirito was one of the ten thousand lucky players who were able to log in on the first day of the official release of SAO, and was happily exploring this virtual world when the Game Master revealed the horrible truth: dying in this game meant dying in the real world, and the only way to log out—to escape—was to finish the game…
The true weight of SAO dawns on Kirito, and he throws himself into a desperate battle that appears to have no end…
The Sword Art Online Board Game: Sword of Fellows is a cooperative, dice-based battle game. You will take on the role of one of six different characters who are trapped in SAO. Team up with your friends or go solo and face a series of obstacles which you must overcome in order to defeat the game and escape back to the real world.
Play time: 30 minutes Players: 1- 4 Age: 10+
Each character in the game has their own unique fighting techniques called “Sword Skills”. You will use your Sword Skills and other abilities to defeat the enemies you’ll encounter as you explore the world of <<Aincrad>>. But like any good MMO, you cannot defeat your enemies alone. That is too dangerous! Instead, you must use your Sword Skills in tandem with your allies to launch powerful chain attacks!
Combat in the game is resolved by rolling dice. You and your partner both roll your dice, using rerolls and character abilities to manipulate the results to maximize damage and chain attacks. Defeat your enemy, and you can advance deeper into the cruel and unjust game of SAO.
If you can manage to survive long enough to face the final fearsome foe, you will have a chance to beat the game and earn freedom for you and your friends. But if you are not strong enough… well, let’s just say that losing this game could have serious real-world consequences…
Big thanks to Board Game Geek for taking the time to chat with us about Sword of Fellows at GAMA Trade Show!
The Sword Art Online Board Game: Sword of Fellows comes with these awesome components:
The cards and other components feature the fantastic artwork of the original Sword Art Online animated series!
How does it work?
1. Each player chooses a character, then the world of <<Aincrad>> is constructed.
2. Kirito takes the first turn, choosing a partner to help him face the first challenge.
3. Both players roll 3 dice. They can reroll dice up to two times, and use their abilities to change the results.
4. Once the dice results have been finalized, Kirito can use the dice to trigger his Sword Skills and deal damage to the enemy. If he can use all the dice, his partner can launch a “Switch” attack, leaping into the next turn before the enemy can counterattack. If not, then the enemy gets to strike back against Kirito and his friends!
5. After any possible counterattack, if the enemy is reduced to 0 HP, it’s defeated.
6. After Kirito’s turn is done, his partner takes the next turn, picking a new partner, rolling dice, and so on. The players keep taking turns until they defeat the Final Battle and win the game!
Why back the Sword of Fellows campaign?!
- Early delivery to your door! Backers will receive their rewards several weeks before the release date!
- EU and Canada friendly shipping! Get Sword of Fellows for reasonable shipping costs anywhere in the world!
- Fun Add-Ons! Add-ons will be available to Kickstarter backers but they will only be available in limited quantities!
- The Deluxe Edition will only be available through Kickstarter and Japanime Games directly. Be one of the first to get this awesome new dice game from famous designer Seiji Kanai!
A few weeks after the campaign is complete, you will be sent an invitation to Pledge Manager where you can add items to your pledge, change your address or upgrade your pledge. Email email@example.com for assistance or with questions!
There are two awesome options for you to delve into the world of <<Aincrad>>!
Comes with all components!
Comes with all components, with upgraded Foil Cards and a Special Edition box!
Add-on these game enhancements to complete your Kickstarter package!
Canada AND EU Friendly Shipping! Your shipping will automatically calculate for you when you pledge. When finalizing your pledge on Kickstarter be sure to check if any of your add-ons require extra shipping.
*We cannot ship to China or Japan
Due to our licensing agreement for Sword of Fellows, production will be handled by our partners at Kadokawa. All translations have been completed and approved by Kadokawa, Arclight and Japanime Games. Add-ons will be produced by Japanime Games and Kadokawa under a very strict schedule in order to meet our ambitious deadline!
We will do our best to post regular up to date information on the status of production from our partners, but we do not expect delays. Should delays occur for any reason, we will notify backers as soon as we are able.
Japanime Games is dedicated to bringing you the finest games from Japan and beyond! It's our goal to import and translate the best games from Asia to bring those great games to a wider audience. Our games feature some of the finest art that can be found along with engaging gameplay and quality components. We are committed to great customer service and have hundreds of thousands of happy customers. For more information about Japanime Games, see www.japanimegames.com.
Arclight Games publishes excellent Japanese Games including Barbarossa (2010), El Alamein (2010), Dynamite Nurse Returns (2011), Tank Hunter 2nd Edition (2014), Tank Hunter 2nd Edition: Jaeger (2015), Tank Hunter 2nd Edition: Commander (2015) http://www.arclight.co.jp
KADOKAWA is publishing a wide range of books and content, including but not limited to novels, light novels, comics, business books, practical books, and children's books.As one of the leading publishers of light novels and comics in Japan. Also as a pioneer of the media mix method of making films and animations based on books and comics, we will accelerate the development of high quality content through various medias.
Risks and challenges
Japanime Games is dedicated to improving our process with every Kickstarter. We know that delays are a big concern for our fans so here is the situation regarding production:
Our licensing agreement on Sword of Fellows dictates that the licensor will produce the game and promo cards. Kadokawa has mandated a very strict timeline for production and release. We do not expect any delays to occur for this reason. If we encounter any delays, we will let backers know as soon as possible and provide as much detail about the situation as we can!
One other thing to mention: While we are always open to your input and suggestions regarding both our Kickstarter management and the game itself please keep in mind: we are publishers, not the game developers or designers. This means that we do not control the game content. Art, components, add-ons and game-play are finalized. Please keep that in mind when suggesting new promotional items and ideas.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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