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A casual card game about collecting paintings and outwitting your opponents.
A casual card game about collecting paintings and outwitting your opponents.
35 backers pledged NZ$ 1,726 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi, I'm Joseph Barber and I have been developing the game Auteur Designs for the last six months. Now, after numerous play-tests and changes I'm ready to share it with people. I would like to do a small print run of the game and the easiest and best way to do that is through Kickstarter. 

Auteur Designs is a set collection game designed for 3-5 players that takes 30-60 minutes. It is low on complexity while still allowing for strategic plays, bluffs, and tactics. The cards themselves are paintings, derived from nine different eras spanning the history of Western painting. Each card is unique, offering brief glimpses into the styles and artists of the past. The ultimate goal is to have the grandest art opening three times and prove that you are the best curator of taste. 

Setup for Auteur Designs is very simple. Depending on the number of players you remove some of the more modern eras of cards, and a couple of the special cards. Then each player is dealt five gold, and five paintings. Play begins with the player who most recently created a work of art.

What's in the box
What's in the box

The starting player chooses whether they would like to bid on the central painting, or pass. The next player must then bid higher, or pass, and it continues until everyone has passed. Whoever bid the highest gets the painting, then has to trash one of their others. They then reveal the top painting, and bidding continues with them starting.

Resolution, the middle player wins as they have four of a kind
Resolution, the middle player wins as they have four of a kind

The round ends when no one wants the painting up for bid. Then there is a final auction of a single painting from the trash, and judging follows. Each player reveals their hand, and then whoever has the most coordinated gallery wins, and is given a certificate of success. The paintings are then reshuffled into the deck, and a new round begins. The first to win three of these certificates wins the game.

For the current full rules you can read them here.

With the money for this Kickstarter I would like to create a small print run of the game, which I will largely be assembling myself. Most of the expenses comes from printing high quality cards which are the most important component. Below is what the money would go to.

If we reach 2000 NZD then I will be offering an expansion to everyone, free of charge that will raise the player count from 3-5, to 3-7.

If we make 2500 NZD I will be able to offer an alternate art version, with you folks having the choice between either.

At 3000 NZD and above I will be able to offer even more options, including alternate box art or unique tokens.

As a supporter of the project you will get the following things:

  • A digital art book containing all the paintings used in the game as well as some facts about the eras and some individual artists.
  • Your name in the thanks.

For those at the Artist tier and above you will receive:

  • The full game including custom made box, cards, and hand painted tokens.

Finally anyone at the Curator level will receive a physical art book, identical to the digital one.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge in many of these kinds of projects is finding a cheap and effective distributor and printer. Luckily I've done similar projects to this before and have reliable sources in both. In addition I have looked into the cost of all the components and have done the necessary calculations, so it all should add up.

The next biggest concern would be legality. I do not own these images, and the artists who made them are all long dead, due to that their works are in the public domain, and are freely available for this project, or any, to use in a reasonable way.

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    Multiple games and a physical art book.

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