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Oligarchy is a card game for 2 or more players.  Align to your chosen factions and fight for supremacy in a dark and desperate future.
Oligarchy is a card game for 2 or more players. Align to your chosen factions and fight for supremacy in a dark and desperate future.
213 backers pledged £11,336 to help bring this project to life.

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WELCOME TO THE DYSTOPIAN WORLD OF OLIGARCHY

A huge thank you from Entropic games to all the wonderful people who helped make the project successful. We know you'll love the game!

All backers should click here after the campaign ends to complete their order and arrange delivery for when it's ready to ship. In the mean time you can also add-on extra boosters etc. by following the same link.

For those who missed the kickstarter but are still looking to get a copy of the game - click here to enter our pledge manager and grab yourself a bargain. It's never too late. You can also pre-order from our website www.oligarchygame.com


OVERVIEW

Oligarchy™ is a card game based in a dystopian near future.

You will play the role of a powerful Oligarch. Cunningly use the resources, items, and personnel at your disposal to crush your opposition! Set your allegiance to one or more of the 8 powerful factions and experience the reality of power struggles, hideous comebacks, desperation moves and GLORIOUS VICTORY!

The world of Oligarchy™ is tough and brutal; with many different card types including, characters, scenarios, incidents, items, professions, and resources; the possibilities are almost endless!

Will you be the lone survivor or a footnote in history? Let the games begin!

REVIEWS

What are the professionals saying about Oligarchy™ ?

NOW WE'RE FUNDED LET'S DISCUSS STRETCH GOALS

GAMEPLAY

Oligarchy™ is a game for 2+ players.  For each additional player you should add 20 minutes to the game time, so a 4 player game would likely take just over an hour.   The game is played like many trading card games with each player taking their turn, deploying their cards and trying to take down their enemies by various means.

In Oligarchy™ you choose to align 12 points of 'Power base' to one or more factions.  Cards will have faction requirements on them to show you their allegiance, this helps your decision making when preparing your decks for battle.  Rarer cards sometimes have no faction requirement so you can play them in any deck you make. 

Cards are played by spending your amassed Affluence and Influence points.  A card's cost is found in the bottom purple and blue circles.  All Power, Affluence, and Influence points are tracked with the supplied spinners to keep your game tidy and fun.

The game is played with a simple turn structure detailed here:

Let's look at an example game layout.  You might choose to start the game and masquerade as a corrupt politician with 6 points of Power in the Government faction and 6 in the Crime faction (Player 1).  Your opponent may have chosen to moonlight as a TV evangelist type with Religious and Media Power base (Player 2).  The narrative gives the game its gritty charm so have fun with the stories you create.  After the game gets underway a play example might look like this:

More information and videos on gameplay can be accessed via our website www.oligarchygame.com

KEY PLEDGE LEVEL

With each new stretch goal unlocked check back to see how much better your rewards have become. The first couple of stretch goals are open to all backers 'Initiate' level or higher, but some later unlocks will only be available to Oligarchs and above.

 

FACTIONS

Central to the game are the 8 powerful factions. Players create their decks from cards aligned to their chosen factions and battle for supremacy. The last player standing has wiped out their opposition and wins the game with the dominant Oligarchy!

So let's have a look at the factions to see the types of power you want to wield.

You can choose to align yourself to one or a combination of factions, so explore their differences and discover the combo potential. With 310 individual cards, the combos are there for you to exploit and use to crush your enemies!

LET'S LOOK AT THE CARD TYPES

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT'S IN THE CORE GAME?

This 'back of the box' image shows you what the core game contains:

  • 4 Ready to play decks, each containing 50 cards from 2 factions.
  • 8 Faction spinners to track your power levels.
  • 4 Status spinners to track your Affluence and Influence.
  • A Game Manual and Quickstart guide to get you started.
  • An assortment of tokens and dice to support your game.

WHAT'S IN A BOOSTER BOX?

36 Individually wrapped booster packs each containing 15 cards to add to your potential.  Cards are packaged randomly (just like other trading card games) to give you that awesome sense of excitement when you open a pack and get a powerful card you needed for your deck!  For example, a faction leader or a formaldehyde Camel!

 

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RETAILER PLEDGE LEVELS

We wish to support and encourage retailers to stock and promote Oligarchy™ from its inception.  In that spirit, we have contacted many UK retailers already to advertise the game and the great pledge level rewards seen here.  There will also be retailer specific stretch goals to encourage more and more of you to pledge, these will be announced once we have 5 retailer backers.  You don't have to be a retailer to back at these levels so if you want to club together as a group and take advantage then feel free!

 

 

Oligarchy™ has been designed, tested, polished, and our test audiences (over hundreds of players) have given an overwhelmingly positive response to the game with a 93% approval rating.  That is to say 93% of players who tried Oligarchy™ said they would buy it to play with their friends and soon-to-be enemies.

We seek funding to produce the game in bulk and get it distributed.  The game is complete so the burden of development cost was on us, not you wonderful backers.  This has made for, what we think, is a very good value campaign for both players and retailers alike.

RETAILER STRETCH GOALS

 For our suppliers we have exclusive benefits to encourage you to stock Oligarchy, the more the merrier so let's set up a network ready for launch and reward you for doing so.

Kickstarter exclusive items are for Kickstarter backers, but remaining stock may be available through conventions and special promotions.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

If you do not log in and confirm your pledge within 8 weeks of our notification via email, we will treat it as abandoned and we will not refund or ship the products to you except in extreme circumstances at our sole discretion.

* All delivery fees will be at the cost of the backer. We plan to charge the cheapest and most efficient delivery methods to manage your expectations favourably. Your shipping will be managed via a post-kickstarter pledge manager. Overseas backers should have realistic expectation of delivery costs being much more expensive than UK mainland backers.

By pledging to this Kickstarter, you acknowledge that the final look, materials and content of the rewards (and the Kickstarter) are subject to change and may differ from what is presented while the Kickstarter project is active. You agree that our responsibility to you is to ship your order as entered into our pledge manager system, that title and risk passes to you upon delivery to a common carrier for such shipment, and you are responsible for import duties or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities, providing correct address information and ensuring this address is deliverable by normal methods. We regret we are unable to ship to PO Boxes.

If you do not accept these terms, please do not pledge on this project, but instead wait for the general release.

MISSED THE KICKSTARTER?

We will have a pledge manager in place if you missed the campaign.  Check back for the link once it is all over.

More information and game play videos can be found on our website www.oligarchygame.com

 

Risks and challenges

Production of the game will involve manufactured prototypes. Full testing of durability and quality of game cards and components. Finally ending with full manufacture and shipping. We anticipate fulfilment in December 2016 to ensure we get the game to the quality standards we insist upon.

The games will be sent to us via shipping containers and, whilst insured, any freak accident could potentially delay the project as well as customs delays or any other unforseen circumstances.

We are a very small team so we are working hard and taking time to ensure the product is as good as you wonderful backers deserve. If any of these potential risks give you pause then do not back the kickstarter, and wait for the general release.

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    RETAIL TIER 1: 6 copies of the core game and 2 retail booster boxes of cards, each containing 36 randomised packs. Plus all applicable RETAIL stretch rewards. Includes free shipping to UK mainland only. Retail backers from elsewhere are subject to usual shipping costs.

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    TYCOON: The core game, a booster box containing 36 booster packs, and your likeness made into a character in the game. Includes all stretch rewards.

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    RETAIL TIER 2: 12 copies of the core game and 4 retail booster boxes of cards, each containing 36 randomised packs. Plus all applicable RETAIL stretch rewards. Includes free shipping to UK mainland only. Retail backers from elsewhere are subject to usual shipping costs.

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    WORLD LEADER: The core game and a full playset of every card in a presenation folder. Oligarchy has 310 cards so this level includes 930 cards (3 of EVERY card making a complete collection). Includes all stretch rewards. Folder will NOT be branded and is for illustration purposes only.

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    ÜBERMENSCH: The core game, 2 booster boxes containing 36 booster packs, and the game designer will come visit you for an evening either at your home or a local gaming venue of your choice - we will teach you how to play, take some pictures to put on the Official Oligarchy website (with your permission), and bring your rewards. Includes all stretch rewards. UK mainland only.

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    RETAIL TIER 3: A whopping 24 copies of the core game and 8 retail booster boxes of cards, each containing 36 randomised packs. Plus all applicable RETAIL stretch rewards. Includes free shipping to UK mainland only. Retail backers from elsewhere are subject to usual shipping costs.

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