UPDATE (2/28): Get instant access to the Preview, listen to new podcasts and read more reviews -- all in our Updates section!
UPDATE (2/20): We've got another great review, a podcast interview, more art updates and opportunities to become a part of the game! Heroes of Metro City is having a great campaign! What kind of hero will you become?
UPDATE (2/17): We've already hit TWO of our Pre-Funding goals! That means that we'll be adding 22 extra cards (10 Super Strength, 10 Blazing Firearms, plus 2 randomizer cards) into the Deluxe Kickstarter Edition of the Expansion! See below for details on more funding goals.
Ever wanted to make your OWN Super-Powered Hero from the ground up? In Heroes of Metro City, YOU get to pick your Hero's powers, craft an origin story and then start kicking some evil villainous butt! Make a hero in just a few minutes and start battling an Archenemy and his army of henchmen who are out to destroy your beloved city.
The original Heroes of Metro City Core Game (available here as a reward), which was successfully funded right here on Kickstarter, contains more than 400 cards, 4 Dry-Erase Player Boards, a marker, dice and a board for your Archenemy and his horde of minions. Because the game scales so well from 2-4 players, and because the theme and narrative arc of each game is so strong, Heroes of Metro City has become a favorite with both families and tabletop gaming groups.
In the new Deluxe Kickstarter (KS) Edition of the Sidekicks & Storylines expansion, we add 160 new cards into the mix. There are 7 new Power cards, such as the electrifying Charged Grip which delivers more damage the more you build up your Energy first. It also contains 3 new Energy Sources, such as Metamorphosis, which rewards you with Plot Points (the game's currency) when you use energy-supplying Power cards (like Martial Arts Mastery or Accelerating Superspeed). Perhaps you're looking for more Archenemies to fight? Sidekicks and Storylines has three new terrifying masterminds of evil, including the murderous Killswitch Supreme, a cold fusion-powered cyborg who is only weakened when the Heroic team (that's you) fights as one. Only the Deluxe KS Edition will contain the 3 new Archenemies and the 1 new Villain -- THE RETAIL VERSION WILL NOT. Backing this project now gets you more cards!
ALL NEW: SIDEKICK POWER CARDS. In addition to Melee, Ranged, Travel and Wild powers, the new fifth power card type is called Sidekick Powers. Sidekick powers allow you to gain the benefit of a helpful sidekick (you can pick their name too!) or act as a sidekick yourself. Take advantage of the experience of a Wise Mentor, the reliability of a Trusty Assistant, the plucky wit of a Kid Genius, or offer your own assistance with some Tag Team Tactics or even change your team's fate with Luck Control. Many of these Powers now have "Persistent" abilities which help you on your turn AND your allies on their turns, making your super-powered team even stronger! There are 7 new Power cards in the expansion with which you can customize your Hero.
ALL NEW: THE STORYLINE STACK. The Storylines part of the expansion adds an all-new feature as well! We're replacing the stack of Origin Story cards in the City Supply with a random assortment of 7 All-New Storylines (35 cards total) to enhance your Hero's backstory and personality. Maybe you're a millionaire playboy who can prove it with the Massive Family Fortune card. Or maybe you take Military Connections to show that you have ties to a shadowy government agency. Are you a undercover reporter for the Metro Daily News? Then you might want to pick up the Media Insider Storyline card. Storyline cards now add a lot more than Plot points to the game!
Want your game of Heroes to be: (1) EASIER, (2) HARDER, (3) FASTER, or (4) PROVIDE YOU WITH UNIQUE POWERS? Try one of our alternate or advanced rules. Have your game go much faster and easier with the Ultimate Heroes mode, where all players begin the game with more Starting Plot Points to spend. Want a harder game? The Ultimate Villains rule lets them have a chance to Destroy more cards each turn. Want your own private set of powers to build your Hero? Try the Unique Heroes alternate rule that allows each player to set aside a stack of powers that only they can Develop.
UPDATE (2/19): Listen to the House Rules podcast from the Giant Fire Breathing Robot to learn more about how we designed the expansion and about the new elements it brings to the game!
We have also included pledge options for two different BONUS CARD PACKS (pictured below), which are now available to help us all achieve our funding goal and drive us toward our STRETCH GOALS! Choose either one for $20 or get both for $30!
Risks and challenges
While our last project was successful, we learned a lot of valuable lessons during that time. We learned how to budget better, which companies are best to work with (and which are not). We realized it's best to avoid a lot of physical extras outside of the actual game (like T-shirts) -- to instead focus on more game components (like quality game boards, and a larger variety of cards). And we learned the real costs of shipping -- both in getting game made and shipped into the USA and out to you.
It was not an easy set of lessons, nor were they cheap lessons to learn. Production on the original game, for instance, was delayed because of the complications of designing a card tray that would hold both unsleeved and premium-sleeved cards. This time around, we have a simpler design that avoids all of the back-and-forth and still accomplishes the goals of flexibility for the consumer and organization of the box.
Because of these experiences, we're now confident that this Kickstarter project for Sidekicks & Storylines benefits from our successes and challenges in equal measure. Should you ever have any doubts, questions, wishes, or suggestions, we are always ready to hear them. Perfection is a journey, not a destination. We will always be learning.
You may notice that many of the cards above (indeed, all of the cards from the expansion) do not have any artwork in them yet. That's because, like our previous Kickstarter project, your pledge helps to pay for talented professional artists like Jason Engel, Alayna Lemmer, Chris Miscik, Adam Van Wyk, Ron Wagner and many others. Only a first-rate product will satisfy us. We will also continue to ask for fan input on the artwork for the game. We were successful once before and we're going to do it again. With the amazing support of you and Heroes like you, we're going to do even better.
Thank you, truly.
David & James
3Some Games, Inc.
- (33 days)