About this project
NEXT STRETCH GOAL:
At 500 Backers every £10+ Backer will receive SIX PIN BADGES!!!
There's more info on the already-unlocked Stretch Goals below!!!
Lords of War is an award-winning, easy to learn/hard to master gateway card game for 2-8 players.
As you can see from our Let's Play video above, it takes 2 minutes to set up, 5 minutes to learn and 20-45 minutes to play.
Don't be fooled by its size - we pack a MASSIVE amount of game into each pocket-sized Lords of War "Core Game" box, including 2 complete armies, instructions and a paper Battle Mat to play on.
This means that even if you pledge for just ONE of our games then you will still have PLENTY of play to be getting on with!
On top of that, with our new Magic and Monsters Expansion Packs - the latest of which this campaign will help us finance, print and ship - the intensity of Lords of War games is kicked up SEVERAL notches with Spell Casting, Flying and Monstrous Creatures and other new cards too!
All of our double-decks also contain scaling rules (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) meaning that whether you are a parent looking for an amazing game to play with your children, a casual player seeking a quick and fun 'filler' game or a hardened strategic gamer sporting for a challenge, Lords of War will offer you great gaming experiences and MUCH MORE!
What do we mean, MORE than a game?! Well, community is SUPER important to us. Our Facebook group is HUGELY active, we try to meet as many players as we can, our Tournament scene is growing fast AND we release tonnes of Lore completely free of charge to ensure that Lords of War feels as full and rounded as it can be.
We know that mums and dads out there read our Lore to their children at bed time. How do we know? Because they have told us, and it's something we are REALLY proud of.
Plus, this our third Kickstarter campaign, with our previous campaigns having been delivered in a few short months to lots of happy customers - we will NOT let you down!
We have worked REALLY hard to keep Lords of War compact, but you can expand the game to an epic scale if you want to.
To see how the game looks and works during a standard game then check out the Let's Play Lords of War: Elves versus Lizardmen video above or check out the VERY FIRST unboxing video which we recorded with prototype cards back in November 2012!
The key things to remember is that this isn't any kind of card game you've played before. It's NOT that mini-game from Final Fantasy VIII, it's NOT another Magic: The Gathering clone, and it's DEFINITELY not Summoner Wars.
All of those games are obviously awesome in their own right, but when you pick up Lords of War you are picking up something truly unique.
Moreover, we are regular people with full time jobs who have made this game because nothing out there quite hit the spot for us.
We wanted a game that was SUPER easy to learn but which offers a LOT more than the big LCGs, CCGs and TCGs already out there, and Lords of War does just that.
Aside from winning the UK Games Expo Award for Best Strategic Card Game, Lords of War has been widely critically acclaimed.
Below we have included a number of testimonial quotes from reviews, as well as video reviews from several online magazines and reviewers:
"This is a great game that is perfect for first timers or hard-core gamers because of the rules, the design, the art and the fun factor. 5/5"
- The Geek Syndicate
"Plenty of tactical depth and oodles of replay value... I can quite honestly say this is one of the best-looking games you'll ever play."
- Beasts of War
"I cannot recommend this game enough. There is a lot of depth to it and by adding in the Terrain and Weather cards you get the feel of a proper tabletop war game without the cost."
- Fanplastic Little Men
"For me, Lords of War has provided many hours of enjoyment and continues to do so every time it is played. Monkeys With Fire highly recommends this game!"
- Monkeys With Fire
"Lords of War is a really great game and it doesn't matter whether you're a seasoned card shark or totally new to gaming. The mechanics are simple enough to learn it quickly but the strategy is complex enough to make you want to play again and again."
- No Pun Included
"Lords of War is shaping up to be one of the best games of the year and is just starting its journey; I suggest you get on board."
- Polyhedron Collider
"It demands a lot more thought than some games ten times the size and four times the price, but one thing you won’t need to consider is whether to grab a copy or not – your answer should be a simple yes."
- The Little Metal Dog Show
"Lords of War absolutely SHINES at what it is trying to be. The design is tight and the restraint shown to keep it simple and fast playing is to be commended."
- Boardgames in Blighty
"There's really quite a lot to the strategy of Lords of War, even though it is pretty simple to learn. It doesn't take long. Definitely check it out. It's a fantastic game."
- How Lou Sees It
Here's a video review from GMS Magazine:
Here's another one from Board To Death:
And here's one from How Lou Sees It:
The Lords of War "core" games come packaged in double-deck packs which contain two Fantasy armies illustrated by the amazing Steve Cox (Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, Roland Rat).
All of our decks are cross-compatible, which means you can play all the factions against one another, with each army requiring a different play-style.
Alternatively, can actually blend the decks together using our Ranking System to deck-build a Mercenary Army that plays exactly how you want it to, without the deck becoming overpowered.
PLUS - with the Lords of War: Magic and Monsters Expansion Packs, you can expand the Core Game to include new Unit Types in your games including new Flying Units, Monstrous Creatures and Magic Units.
You can ALSO add more decks to Lords of War to increase the player count and, with The Lords of War: Weather and Terrain Expansion Pack you can experiment with two new game modes.
On the one hand, you can also play the Lords of War: Terrain pre-building game to create your own custom battlefields and/or you can play with the Lords of War: Weather deck to make your battles (and the game's rules) dynamically change as battles go along!
We have worked as hard as we can to make it as easy as possible to support Lords of War - no matter where in the world you live!
To support us, you must first SELECT THE RIGHT PLEDGE LEVEL for you by picking one of the REWARD OPTIONS from the right hand side of the page.
But don't click that Pledge Level quite yet!
NOTE: THERE ARE NO HIDDEN OR ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COSTS FOR THIS CAMPAIGN!
You should SECONDLY calculate the cost of any of our additional ADD-ONS (see the details below) some of which are Kickstarter Exclusive.
Finally, you should then calculate the TOTAL COST of your Pledge, click the correct Pledge Level for you, and then enter the right amount for that Pledge Level PLUS any of the Add-Ons you have selected.
Once the campaign is over, and provided we fund (oh man, we hope we fund...) NICK WILL THEN MESSAGE YOU TO CONFIRM THE EXACT DETAILS OF YOUR ORDER.
Other than that, please, PLEASE SHARE the campaign - we are a tiny company and need EVERYONE to pitch in and help spread the word!!!
NOTE: ALL STRETCH GOALS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PLEDGE LEVELS - SERIOUSLY, LIKE WE SAID BEFORE, THERE ARE NO HIDDEN OR ADDITIONAL COSTS!
In our previous campaigns we have kind of messed up with our Stretch Goals by... not including them!
This time though, we're going in ALL GUNS BLAZING!!!
NOTE: All Stretch Goals go to ALL £10+ Backers!
That beggars the question as to what we have planned though.
Well, how about:
At 250 Backers we unlocked...
As soon as we cleared 250 Backers, EVERYONE who backs the campaign at the 'Give Me The New Thing' Level or above will get Kickstarter Exclusive General "The Easter Bunny" (who is obviously REALLY angry that we didn't launch the campaign in March...)
And at £10,000 we unlocked...
Then, at £11,000 we unlocked:
And at £12,000 we unlocked:
And at £13,000 we unlocked:
AND at £14,000 we unlocked:
At £15,000 every £10+ Backer ALSO got THIS!
And at £16,000 every £10+ Backer ALSO got THIS!!!
Add £2 for additional copies of ANY BOOSTERS!!!
And with YOUR support there's more Stretch Goals to come!
At 500 Backers!
With another Backer Goal yet to be revealed at 750 Backers!
We have 3 types of Add-On available in this campaign:
- Extra Double Decks
- Shiny Card Sets.
Here is a breakdown of costs:
Lords of War: Orcs versus Dwarves
Lords of War: Orcs versus Dwarves is the original award-winning Lords of War pack. As with all Lords of War core decks, the game is playable out of the box and contains two complete armies - the Orcs and the Dwarves.
The Dwarves are a feisty race full of guts and rebellious tendencies. As a Faction in Lords of War, they are a great place to start, benefitting from fair amounts of defence, a balance of different card types and attacks that pack a lot of punch.
The Orcs meanwhile are a pretty foul and rowdy bunch. As a Lords of War Faction, they are all about sneaky attacks in which they deal tonnes of damage – and they actively enjoy sacrificing lots of Goblins along the way…
Lords of War: Elves versus Lizardmen
Like its predecessor Lords of War: Orcs versus Dwarves, Lords of War: Elves versus Lizardmen is a dual-deck strategic card game for two-plus players. It won the UK Games Expo Award for Best Strategic Card Game in 2013, the year of its release.
In terms of how they play, the Elves' deadly Archer and Cavalry Units form an exciting play style which is all about flexibility, light armour and cunning.
As for the Lizardmen, they are a wild and wily collection of vicious, cold-blooded beasts. Brightly coloured and extremely eye-catching, playing Lizardmen can often require some sleight of hand...
Lords of War: Templars versus Undead
The third in the Lords of War: Fantasy Battles series, Lords of War: Templars versus Undead was funded on Kickstarter and was released in May 2014. It was a nominee for the UK Games Expo Award for Best Expansion Pack last year, along with The Lords of War: Weather and Terrain Expansion Pack.
As for play styles, the Templars are a great deck for beginners. They are tough as old boots and have plenty of card-types which deal heavy damage!
The Undead meanwhile are gruesome, mean and cold to the touch, providing an awesome combination of multi-directional attacking cards, Moving Units and deadly Cavalry.
Lords of War: Orcs versus Dwarves 2 - The Magic and Monsters Expansion Pack
This game-changing expansion was brought into existence at the end of last year by our AMAZING Kickstarter supporters.
As well as expanding Army Decks to 54 cards, this expansion introduced new rules, units, unique spells and special abilities to the the Orcs and the Dwarves, including Fire and Ice-themed magic spells and LOTS more!
Lords of War: Elves versus Lizardmen 2 - The Magic and Monsters Expansion Pack
This is the reason we need your support - we are trying to fund this brand new expansion pack with this campaign. so please spread the word. Every penny matters!
Like the previous Magic and Monsters Expansion Pack, this set will expand the Elves and Lizardmen decks to 54 cards while introducing new rules, units, unique spells and special abilities to the game, including Air and Poison-themed magic spells...
Here we have 4 Spells. On the left, the Elves have the blue shimmery ones while the Lizardmen have the freaky, psychedelic ones.
The Elves spells are:
(The top left symbol) - When an Elven Mage Unit casts Bless, he casts a token onto an allied Ranged Unit. That Bless token enables that Ranged Unit to either Fire Twice in one turn or Fire Once even if engaged by an enemy Unit.
(The top right symbol) - When a Lizardmen Mage Unit casts Poison, they infect one enemy for 1 Damage. Once that enemy dies, that Poison spreads to all of their allied Units along any connecting Attack Arrows.
(The bottom left symbol) - When an Elven Mage Unit casts Air Damage, that Mage leaves 1 Air Damage token on an enemy card, effectively reducing their Shield Value by 1. Air Damage can be stacked and, like all Spells, can target Flying Units.
(The bottom right symbol) - When a Lizardmen Mage Unit casts Paralyze, they effectively immobilize an enemy card. The Spell prevents that card from Moving (even via Berserking) or Retreating.
As was the case with the Orcs and Dwarves, the Elves and Lizardmen can cancel out or 'Cure' each others' Spells - HOWEVER - Orc and Dwarf spells cannot be cured by the Elves or the Lizardmen, and vice versa...
Accessory Add Ons!
The Lords of War Custom Deck Card Tin!
Perfectly sized to fit a fully expanded and sleeved custom Lords of War deck PLUS your Spell Tokens! (Includes worldwide shipping) STOCKS ARE NOW LIMITED!!!
The Lords of War: Weather and Terrain Expansion Pack!
The Lords of War: Weather & Terrain Expansion Pack is compatible with all Lords of War armies and enhances Lords of War play with two new modes:
Weather, which sees players putting their tactics to the test against the changing elements, and;
Terrain, which enables players to build their own battlefields! (Includes worldwide shipping),
A Lords of War Custom Battle Mat!
Our non-slip, foam backed, super-beautiful Custom Battle Mats now come in 7 different varieties including the brand new KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Elves and Lizardmen designs!
NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED A FANCY 'CUSTOM' BATTLE MAT TO PLAY LORDS OF WAR!!! A paper one is included in all "Core" packs,
The Lords of War “War Chest”!
The ultimate Lords of War storage solution with space to contain up to 16 full Lords of War armies - more than we have released by quite a margin!
Coming with 6 oversized plastic Lords of War Deck Separators to keep your factions in order and built of super-reinforced cardboard, it’s VERY robust AND we have sized the box so it will ALSO store cards from other leading card games.
What more could you possible want or need?!?!
The Lords of War Shoulder Bag!
Designed to PERFECTLY fit the Lords of War “War Chest” PLUS multiple Custom Battle Mats, extra decks and more.
With a comfortable, adjustable strap and made of water-resistant material, the Lords of War Shoulder Bag provides the perfect portability solution for any Lords of War fan!
The Lords of War Shoulder Bag PLUS The Lords of War “War Chest”!
Store AND carry your entire Lords of War collection PLUS a bunch of other cool stuff in the most comfortable, stylish, super-awesome way possible!
Shiny Card Add Ons!
For £5 – The Rarer The Better!
4 BRAND NEW Kickstarter Exclusive Shiny Command Cards, including the Elves Standard Bearer Poldarc The Dutiful and the Dragon-tamer Zinnia Elegans PLUS the Lizardmen Standard Bearer The Gesh Acolyte and the mighty pterodon King Ctenoch!
For £5 – All New and Shiny!
The 8 Lords of War Magic and Monsters Expansion Pack Command Cards MADE SHINY! Includes Blark Ironhide, Xnurl Firebelly, Ragar Icebone, Thalin Haddin, Ochrom The Wise, Castanea Solis, Phrynos Chordata AND Mehu Adohi!
For £5 – Because I Missed Them!
The 5 Special Edition Command Cards from our Lords of War: Orcs versus Dwarves 2 Campaign, including the Kickstarter Exclusive General Santa Claus, the Orcs Standard Bearer Fatty Loudmouth, rare Orc Berserker Urgoth Skullsplitter, the Dwarves Standard Bearer Fodrin Rockbeared and the Dwarves shaggy-haired war-bear Bon Bon!
For £5 – Like Gold Dust!
The SUPER-RARE 6 Kickstarter Exclusive Command Cards from our FIRST Kickstarter Campaign – that includes Gastus Vile from the Orcs, Ivana Ironhelm from the Dwarves, Laerto Alfheim from the Elves, King Tetras from the Lizardmen, The Mother Superior from the Templars AND Chancellor Snov from the Undead!
For £20 – The Lords of War: All Star Shiny Deck!
All 36 of the principal Lords of War Command Cards from the Core Packs (Orcs versus Dwarves, Elves versus Lizardmen and Templars versus Undead) in a super-special shiny edition bundle!
For £35 – For Master Collectors Only!!!
EVERY SINGLE Shiny Command Card we’ve made – everything from the All Star deck PLUS those featured in the Like Gold Dust!, Because I Missed Them!, All New and Shiny! AND The Rarer The Better Add-Ons!
The first thing to say is, WE ARE A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS - just Google 'Lords of War' and you will see that the internet is brimming over with reviews that prove the quality of our products (although BE WARY OF THE DICE TOWER REVIEW ON YOUTUBE - TOM VASEL MISUNDERSTOOD THE RULES...)
As for who we are, our team includes:
Dr Nick Street - Operations Director
Apart from designing games (including the very first version of Lords of War) Nick manages the running of Black Box Games in evenings and at weekends; by day he is a high school science teacher!
Nick handles logistics, posting out deliveries, working with distributors and managing the printing and shipping of all of our games.
You can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Vaux - Creative Director
Martin is the co-creator of Lords of War. It is his job to build the decks, write the Lore, manage the website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and keep to the Lords of War universe growing!
By day, Martin works as a school administrator and relief English Teacher.
In his evenings he works hard booking Black Box Games into trade exhibitions, conducting interviews, corresponding with fans and making sure that everyone at Black Box Games is working at maximum capacity!
You can contact him on email@example.com.
Olly James - Sales Manager
Olly helps Nick and Martin in any number of ways, from demonstrating how to play Lords of War at game shows to organizing sales, ringing retailers and helping to facilitate the growing Lords of War League.
Olly splits his time between several day jobs and freelance Graphic Design work.
If you are a retailer looking to stock Lords of War or a gaming club who would like to start running events, please email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darren Green - Kickstarter Comments Manager
Darren works in IT full time, but during our Kickstarter campaigns he mans the comments boards, answering any and all questions he can, and he runs demo games at every show we are at that he can get to.
To contact Darren, leave a comment on this page!
Plus... then there's the rest of "Team Lords of War" which includes Dnyan, Rachel, Gary, Will, Josh, Kevin, Alan, Aidan, Tom, Saz and Niyati.
Without the help of all of these people, and without YOUR HELP in funding our Kickstarter Campaigns, Lords of War and Black Box Games simply would not be here!
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Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is getting the War Chests, Shoulder Bags and Token Bags (the first Stretch Goal) manufactured and shipped out in a timely manner. This will be the first time we've used this supplier!
Otherwise, all the artwork is COMPLETE going into this campaign (unlike last time, or the time before) meaning that we SHOULD be able to get the game printed, shipped and in the post to supporters REALLY quickly.
That is, of course, provided we fund. YIKES!!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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