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NODD StudiosBy NODD Studios
First created
NODD StudiosBy NODD Studios
First created
$12,285
pledged of $77,000pledged of $77,000 goal
85
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, September 28 2018 1:59 PM UTC +00:00.

About

* The images above is an original prototype set. The manufactured sets will differ due to mass production efficiency as represented in the "What's in the core box?" section below. 

TradeWarz is an epic style empire building strategy game that caters for all personality types daring to take a seat at the helm of a fledging kingdom as you try to carve out an empire for your nation. There are many ways to win, be it by military might and aggression, expansive economic hoarding, a cautious defensive approach or a combination of these strategies. You are the king and you are in control of your clan’s destiny as lady luck takes a back seat to strategic planning and player cunningness. TradeWarz is an epic experience as you assume control over your kingdom and its armies. 

This game is easy to learn yet challenging to master as players need to remain flexible yet firm to try to achieve victory on this vast untamed continent of Xadlagon, where you RULE…because you CAN!

 Base painted on the left, and ink-washed on the right

                  

Click on the image above to access a copy of the rulebook. 

FRENCH

Êtes-vous intéressé par un livre de règles traduit en français? Si tel est le cas, nous sommes heureux de faire une traduction avant que nous expédions les récompenses en juin 2019.

GERMAN

Interessieren Sie sich für ein deutsches Regelwerk? Wenn ja, machen wir gerne eine Übersetzung, bevor wir im Juni 2019 Backer Belohnungen versenden.

SPANISH

¿Estás interesado en un libro de reglas traducido en español? de ser así, nos complace hacer una traducción antes de enviar las recompensas de los patrocinadores en junio de 2019.

ITALIAN

Sei interessato a un regolamento italiano tradotto? se è così, siamo felici di fare una traduzione prima di spedire i premi dei sostenitori a giugno 2019.

We have also put a lot of time and effort into producing rule videos as a reward to make it as easy as possible for everyone to learn the gameplay of TradeWarz. We know that TradeWarz can look a bit intimidating at first glance due to its many components, however it is quick to grasp and easy to learn, especially with the rule videos. Please refer to the Rulebook if more info is required. The Rule videos can be accessed by clicking the image below:

 Preview by Undead Viking

TradeWarz is an epic style empire building strategy game that caters for all personality types daring to take a seat at the helm of a fledging kingdom as you try to carve out an empire for your nation. There are many ways to win, be it by military might and aggression, expansive economic hoarding, a cautious defensive approach or a combination of these strategies. You are the king and you are in control of your clan’s destiny as lady luck takes a back seat to strategic planning and player cunningness.

If you like 4X games you are very likely to love this 5X game. If you have never thought of playing this type of game, beware! TradeWarz could get you hooked.

The TradeWarz game experience is very versatile as game duration and victor condition can be adjusted to suit a quick play scenario or to have a drawn out game that would keep players occupied for a while. Victory conditions can be set for:

Time priority – choose time available, set a timer i.e. 90 min. The player with the most Xadla coins (“victory points”) at the end of the time period wins. Xadla coin priority – Choose a number of Xadla coins to be obtained. First player to do so wins. Victory as part of an alliance. Most victory points when a marathon length game is played. The versatility in gaming experience is not only limited to victory condition but also to the unlimited board setup possibilities with a randomized board that changes the landscape and strategies required to achieve victory every new game. Due to the nature of TradeWarz, a political and diplomatic side forms automatically as players negotiate and deal with rival kingdoms and empires as they forge their own destiny through fire and blood, war or diplomacy or strong-arm economics.

TradeWarz is an epic experience as you assume control over your kingdom and its armies. This game is easy to learn yet challenging to master as players need to remain flexible yet firm to try to achieve victory on this vast untamed continent of Xadlagon, where you can rule!

The supporter card initiative was created to show our appreciation to our first ever backers by rewarding them with a card that would have a reward entailed saving them cost on any purchase of TradeWarz/Xadlagon products. We have a number of expansion lined up in the near future as well as add-ons to enhance the Xadlagon culture we are creating, the discount would apply to all of these product. The cards will be numbered starting at 1, according to the order of backing (the first backer would get number 1 where the 12th backer would get number 12, for example) in line with the requirements stated below: 

Requirements - Needs to make a minimum core box pledge ($ 75) 

Rewards 

- $ 3 credit to be used for our Add-on product purchases made on CrowdOx 

- 5 % discount on our product purchases made on CrowdOx or our website after our campaign has ended. 

TradeWarz is available for testplay on Tabletopia, have fun trying it out.

The TradeWarz game design project started off as a fun challenge to see whether we as Nodd Studios could develop our own strategy game from scratch and what such a project would entail. The goal was to create an epic strategy game that is easy to play, well-balanced and likeable by die-hard and average gamers alike. A critical part for this game was to reduce the element of luck in the gameplay mechanics and how the winner of TradeWarz is determined at the end of every game.

TradeWarz was the brainchild of Freddie Mitchell, an economist and sports coach by trade. He has a fascination with history, great empires and strategies in both economics and war that forged some of the greatest empires and civilizations across the world throughout history. This passion for history, empires and war time strategy is also shared by Ruark Swanepoel, long-time friend and mechanical engineer and 3D specialist.

These two friends sat down for a coffee one afternoon after playing a couple of tabletop games during the weekend. Freddie was unhappy about the luck rather than strategy element in most of the so called “strategy games” they played during that weekend that determined the victors in most of these games. This luck rather than strategy element in these games acted as the catalyst to inspire him to create an epic strategy game that is well balanced, where less luck is involved and players “live and die” by their choices throughout the game. Ruark was a tad more sober about this kind of undertaking as he took a sip of his coffee and peered over the edge of the mug, pointing out that this was a long and arduous journey awaiting them. Freddie didn’t believe in pessimistic view and argued that this journey couldn’t be THAT arduous, it’s just a game after all ...

And so the journey of creating TradeWarz began.

The foundation was laid, rules and game mechanics drawn up and graphic ideas were starting to take shape. But neither Freddie nor Ruark was up to the illustration task ahead of them in bringing this epic game to life, and the search for a third co-designer was kicked off. Nodd Studios needed someone that would “fully buy into” the TradeWarz concept idea and that would also be willing to join them on this epic game creation journey for the seasons to follow…

And so the search began…

Freddie identified a prime candidate and after many coffees and some persuasion Gerhard Du Toit, a graphic designer and artist, decided to join Nodd Studios on this project as chief graphic designer and art director. The artwork and graphic design on the TradeWarz project is truly breathtaking as Gerhard captured the very essence of the game with the look and feel. After a couple of really tough seasons, filled with lots of early mornings, fuelled by oil tankers of coffee supply, tons of test play, the journey continued …

But that was not the end in finding the right person to finalize this epic journey. Nodd Studios needed the expertise of someone that had already gone the distance before, someone that had been around the block a couple of times with various projects ... and so our paths crossed with Chandler Copenhaver.

Chandler has the experience and expertise to help this project (TradeWarz) move in the right direction as seen with his involvement with the hugely successful campaign of Boxthrone that has sourced a substantial amount under his guidance. He is joining the Nodd Studios group as Project Administrator and his experience makes him an invaluable asset that Nodd Studios will rely on for this campaign...and campaigns to come.

Nodd Studios can finally bring you this epic strategy boardgame called TradeWarz, to be played on the continent of Xadlagon where players write their own history.

Freddie Mitchell: Game engine and rules

Gerhard Du Toit: Art Director

Ruark Swanepoel: 3D Design and conceptualisation

Chandler Copenhaver: Project Administrator

Risks and challenges

Without a successful Kickstarter campaign, TradeWarz board game's chances of becoming a reality are extremely dim. We have been working on TradeWarz for five years running to ensure we have covered all our bases and to deliver a smooth experience. During this time we had many discussions with other game designers of games that have already been established and have learned from their experiences. We have also been studying Kickstarter campaigns to learn from their risks and challenges to ensure we also cover those bases.

Our Art Director has ample experience in the printing and manufacturing arena which provides NODD Studios with an extra edge to ensure that the artwork and game components are print and production ready by the time our Kickstarter campaign is launched. The only outstanding items will be the minor adjustment in artwork to compensate for the "Pledge of remembrance".

We have been communicating with our manufacturer on a regular basis to ensure that we are ready to go once our Kickstarter campaign is successful, to ensure that we are 100% able to fulfil our pledges at the end of our campaign.

Artwork preparation delays, insufficient cost analysis, production and shipping appear to be the areas where most of the Kickstarter projects experience challenges.

We have covered the first two bases successfully. Shipping appears to be the one area where most project owners have the least amount of control. International shipping is a new area for us and we have therefore gone the extra mile to do our research to ensure we provide our backers with a good fit and to do 100% of what is in our control and not leave anything to chance.

There is always a slim chance for unforeseen production, shipping and/or custom delays, however we pledge to do everything within our power to avoid delays and have calculated a bleed in our timeline to compensate for unexpected delays.

Upon completion of our Kickstarter campaign, please check the updates section where we will be posting regular updates on the progress of TradeWarz. Also note that this is not a pre-order of the final product and might slightly change in the process or even get delayed. NODD Studios are fully devoted to create an epic game experience, knowing that every choice we make will be aimed at delivering a quality game into your hands.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By pledging to this Kickstarter project, you acknowledge that the TradeWarz game will not be produced with painted miniatures due to the extra cost involved in the manufacturing process, however every piece will come in a playable colour to ensure players can play TradeWarz without having to paint it. Our aim is to publish videos in the near future to provide owners of a TradeWarz board game set, with methods of reproducing the look of our hand painted plastic pieces. By pledging to this Kickstarter project, you also acknowledge that the final look, materials and content of the rewards (and the project) are subject to change and may be substantially different from what is presented while the Kickstarter project was active.

If you do not log in and confirm your pledge within 8 weeks of our notification via email to confirm your pledge, you agree that we have fulfilled our obligations to you in full for payment or donations received. However, we may, at our discretion, refund or ship your pledge if you contact us and confirm your pledge after the 8 week window has elapsed. Unconfirmed pledges make it difficult for us to plan production and logistics, and in the past have led to project delays. For this project we do not intend to allow this to happen, which may mean if you confirm your pledge too late, exclusive items may not be produced in sufficient quantity for your pledge.

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. Unfortunately we are unable to ship to PO Boxes.

If you cannot accept these conditions, we advise that you do not back this project.

REFUND POLICY

NODD Studios offer a full refund, including fees, up to 14 days after the project ends. After 14 days and until we pay the production agreement with the manufacturer, we offer a no questions asked refund minus the Kickstarter and payment processing fees (which we cannot recover). Once we pay the production agreement with the manufacturer, we do not offer a refund. If we fail to fulfil your game you are entitled to a full refund, at NODD Studios’ discretion.

All refunds after 14 days may be processed via PayPal or the payment reversed through Stripe to your credit card at our discretion. Refunds within 14 days are issued through payment reversal via Stripe to your credit card.

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