Choose the side of heaven or hell, and battle over the souls of humankind in this epic medieval card and dice game. Read more
This project was successfully funded on February 1, 2013.
About this project
The reviews are unanimous!
"This is a game that I find absolutely amazing!" -Larry Fettinger, InD20 Group
"There are elements of Poker, of Euro-game resource management, and Ameritrash area control. There is risk management and bluffing, misdirection and subtly. Victory is only obtained through diligent focus and strategic game play. Every game I have played is close, heated, and hard-won. This is a game worth playing and enjoying, as a game player and as an art lover. Stunning artwork graces each card, making them not only easy to the eye, but compelling to the mind." -Father Geek
"Battle for Souls is a mechanistically intriguing struggle for the fate of humanity. I really loved the use of balance, not only as a thematic base, but as an integral part of achieving one's goal." -Ryan Metzler, The Dice Tower
"Battle for Souls is a solid game: unique theme, beautiful art, tight gameplay, and significant, challenging decisions." -Marc Specter, Dice Hate Me
Check out the game in more detail over at Board Game Geek.
Or check out the rules.
Battle For Souls is an epic medieval card and dice game for 1 to 4 people ages 13 and up. The game allows players to choose the side of heaven or hell in a fight over the immortal souls of humankind.
The side of darkness can coax souls to hell by playing Temptation, Sin, Devil and Unholy Relic cards, while the side of light can help souls to heaven by playing Virtue, Intercession, Archangel and Holy Relic cards. Souls are worth victory points and when the last soul is reaped, the player with the most victory points wins.
Battle For Souls features an 8-step turn order, and a unique hand reward system that allows players to influence the moral decisions of man.
As souls add holy or unholy points they become easier to control, and players can choose to spend the influence gained on them to purchase special cards that provide unique abilities. Guide a soul to sainthood or complete darkness, and you will earn a new archangel or devil to help the cause. But beware, mortals are fragile. If a Reap card shows up, all souls in play die and are judged based on the holy or unholy points they hold at that instant.
The paths to victory are many, but good hand management and risk management skills are essential.
Which side will you choose?
Of course, the main reward you can receive for helping Battle For Souls become a reality is a copy of the game itself. Choose from a single copy reward or team up and save money by pledging for three copies or five copies.
The First 200
The first 200 people who pledge for a copy of Battle For Souls at $28 or more will receive a signed card from the very first prototype we ever had printed. In addition to being very rare, these cards are clear evidence of why graphic designers are so important!
Pledge at the $50 level or higher and we will give you a credit in the rulebook. Your name will appear in every copy of the game printed, for all eternity! Choose a heavenly virtue or mortal weakness under which your name will appear.
Limited Edition Kickstarter Promo Cards
We will be printing four Kickstarter-exclusive promo cards for this campaign, the holy relic, "Shroud of Turin" the unholy relic "False Idol", the Sin card "Cannibalism", and the Intercession card "The Holy Eucharist". These cards will NEVER be reprinted in the future and are only available to those who support this Kickstarter campaign. These extremely rare cards are included with pledges of $50 or more.
Personalized Soul Card
Pledge at $70 and your reward package will include a personalized soul card! You send us a digital photo, and our graphic designer Christian Reuter will create a one-of-a-kind soul card that we will print and you can battle over in your games! If you pledge $500, your personalized soul card will be included in EVERY copy of the game ever made!
The Robert Burke Games Collection or a Prototype
Pledge $175 and get Battle For Souls, all the cool extras, PLUS a signed copy of every game that Robert Burke Games has created to date! Includes Cartoona; awacky creature-building, tile-laying game perfect for the whole family, the Cartoona Expansions box set, and Gnomes: The Great Sweeping of Ammowan; a storytelling game built to ignite the imaginations of children. Or if you're impatient, choose the $150 reward to have a signed prototype copy of Battle For Souls shipped as soon as the campaign ends so you can start playing right away!
If we reach $28k in pledges we will upgrade the box to be of the very highest quality. The thickness will move from 800 GSM to 900 GSM and the finish will be upgraded to linen.
If we reach $30k in pledges all backers who pledge $28 or more will receive their choice of 2 promo cards. Choose either a set of "serious" Sin/Intercession cards (Murder and Nurture) or choose a set of comic relief relic cards (The Holy Hand Grenade and The Bridge of Death). Get all four by adding $5 to your pledge.
If we reach $31.5k in pledges all backers who pledge $28 or more will receive the following promo cards for free. The "serious" Sin/Intercession cards (Murder and Nurture) AND a set of comic relief relic cards (The Holy Hand Grenade and The Bridge of Death).
At $35,000 we will upgrade all the cards in the game to the absolute top of the line.
Currently we plan to use 300GSM Graycore, which is high quality, but if he hit the $35k goal we will go to 310GSM Blackcore and move to a linen finish. If we hit this, "high quality" would be a serious understatement.
$40,000 = Influence Token Expansion
At $40,000 we will include with EVERY copy of the game you receive, an expansion that adds new gameplay, and new components! It will include 7 Archangel tokens and 7 Devil tokens that correspond to the archangel and devil cards. When you play with this expansion you will take a corresponding token every time you earn a new Archangel or Devil card. During step #1 of the turn order you then have a choice of using the +1 ability, or you can place the corresponding token on a soul in play. Each token provides a different unique ability.
1200 Facebook Likes = Player Mats
If we reach 1200 Facebook likes we will add player mats to every copy of Battle For Souls. These mats will make set up a breeze and help you keep your cards organized during the game. BGG Link Facebook Link
We will add more rewards as new goals are achieved.
Add the amount listed to your pledge to get the item shown.
$20 (US) $24 (Outside the US) each
$20 (US) $28 (Outside the US) each
$50 (US) $55 (Outside the US) each
A 1 hour Skype conversation with designer Robert Burke, who will teach you how to play the game, listen to your pitch for a board game idea, and/or provide advice on how to use Kickstarter.
7 Archangel cards
7 Devil cards
21 Soul cards
10 Reap cards
45 Temptation cards
45 Virtue cards
10 Temptation Victory Point cards
10 Virtue Victory Point cards
14 Sin cards
14 Intercession cards
10 Holy Relic cards
10 Unholy Relic cards
3 Custom Dice
20 Marker cubes
4 Reference cards
1 Full Color Rulebook
Risks and challenges
The funding goal for Battle For Souls has been set to ensure that we have enough capital to print the minimum amount of copies required with a reputable, high-quality game manufacturer.
The biggest risks to delivering the game by the deadline include:
-Unexpected product redesign due to regulatory, manufacturing quality or copyright issues
-Being held up in customs
-Being selected for random product testing
-Shipping and logistical issues
-Natural disasters / acts of God
-Unexpected issues with our manufacturer or distributor
What are the heavenly virtues and mortal weaknesses that I can pick from for my own personalized Soul card?
The mortal weaknesses are:
The corresponding heavenly virtues are:
Any pledge of $28 or more is eligible for any and all stretch goals.
Pledge $1 or more
You have our undying gratitude, regardless of where your soul spends its eternity. And that's a long time.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
Print and Play: You will receive the digital print and play files. Print the cards and rules yourself. Just add 3 six-sided dice, some markers, and you're ready to play. You may add $10 to any reward level to receive the print and play files.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $28 or more
100 backers All gone!
Early Bird Special: By supporting the project early you'll help us get the visibility we need to reach our funding goal, and you get a copy of the game. Includes shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
The Game: You get one copy of Battle For Souls. Includes shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
The Game Plus: You get one copy of Battle For Souls, both Kickstarter-only promo cards, and your name in the rulebook. Includes shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $60 or more
34 backers Limited (1 left of 35)
The Game X 2: You get two copies of Battle For Souls, 1 copy of both Kickstarter-only promo cards, and your name in the rulebook. Includes shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $68 or more
75 backers All gone!
The Game Plus X2: You get TWO copies of Battle For Souls, TWO copies of both Kickstarter-only promo cards, TWO copies of any stretch goal rewards and TWO names in the rulebook. Get a copy for yourself and a gift for a friend that includes their name in the rulebook! Includes shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $70 or more
Save Your Soul: You get one copy of Battle For Souls, both Kickstarter-only promo cards, your name in the rulebook, and a personalized soul card. Send us a photo of yourself and we will create a one of a kind soul card with your name and picture on it! Includes shipping in the US. Add $20 for each additional personalized soul card, if you would like more than one.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
Trinity: You get three copies of Battle For Souls, three copies each of both promo cards, and your name in the rulebook. Includes shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
Patience is a virtue: You get one copy of Battle For Souls, both Kickstarter-only promo cards, your name in the rulebook, a personalized soul card PLUS a signed prototype version of Battle For Souls that will arrive at your door within 3 weeks of the campaign's end. (Prototype will include standard dice) Includes shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $175 or more
Robert Burke Games Collection: You get one copy of Battle For Souls, both Kickstarter-only promo cards, your name in the rulebook, a personalized soul card, a signed copy of Cartoona, a signed copy of the Cartoona expansion set, and a signed copy of Gnomes: The Great Sweeping of Ammowan. Includes shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $275 or more
The Relic: You get five copies of Battle For Souls, five copies each of both promo cards, five personalized soul cards and 5 names featured in the rulebook.
Includes shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
6 backers All gone!
Epic Soul: You get five copies of Battle For Souls, five copies each of both promo cards, 5 names featured in the rulebook, 5 personalized soul cards, PLUS and an epic soul card featuring your name and image will be included in every copy of Battle For Souls ever made. Please note that we have the final say on what images are acceptable and will work closely with you to ensure quality. Includes shipping in the US.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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