Gauntlets & Goblins is the result of my nephew's desire to play the kind of games that mommy, daddy, and his uncle played. I took the concepts of conventional RPGs and boiled them down to the absolute simplest form. As a result, G&G has all the essence of a full fledged experience in a package that a six year old can understand.
Gameplay: We use cards and symbols to make the game as manageable as possible for young players. Dice mechanics are simple, roll a set amount and count your successes. Spellcasting is a breeze with easy to grasp, conceptual spells like fly, enlarge, or disguise. Combat is engaging and exciting, but not overly threatening. If you run out of heart cards, you just fall down until it's over.
Game will contain:
Four character classes, warrior, thief, mage, and cleric. Each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
Equipment cards of three quality levels. Swords, spell books, holy symbols and more.
Magic item cards to enhance your adventuring experience.
Spell cards that grant you magic that can be used as much as you like.
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- Digital P&P: You will receive a PDF delivered through drivethrurpg. This will include the rules along with all the card art so you can print them out on card stock using your home printer.
- Physical: You will receive the rules along with professionally printed cards from drivethrucards. Ships free to US residents, intl shipping $15.
- Iconic Class: You will work with us to create the look of the characters that will represent each of the classes in the game. (Remember that this is a product that is intended to be kid-friendly. Characters will need to look human/elven)
- Glittering Gold: You will work with us to create a magic item to include in the game. You tell us what you'd like to see and we'll work to create mechanics that work with our game and seem fair compared to everything else. (All items must be kid-friendly)
Add-on Items (Through Backerkit)
- $15 Digital Coloring Book - A pdf of the line art from the game. Print out and color!
- $30 Extra Set - You get an additional set of cards and rules.
- $50 Creator Session - We'll set up a session for you +1, and other backers (4-6 players total). Games will be run by the creator over roll20.net using webcams and mics.
- $80 Custom Character Card - If you missed out on grabbing an iconic slot and the ability to be immortalized in the game for everyone, this lets you at least get one all to yourself. You'll send in a photo and/or description to our artist and we'll send you a special character card. Intl shipping $10 (ships separate from physical edition)
- $8,000 - Full box edition: We will upgrade the physical set from professionally printed cards only to a full box with printed instructions from boardgamemanufacturing.com.
Example of play.
GM: As you walk through the old stone crypt, you come to a moss-covered door. It’s locked.
Gwen (thief): I can pick it! (She rolls 3 dice for her mask score and counts the number of dice with results more than 3) I only got one.
GM: That’s good enough, you jimmy the lock and it clicks open. Inside the room, four skeletons turn to meet you, their empty eye sockets glowing red. Billy, you’ll start since you’re to my left.
Billy (warrior): Ok, I run into the room and attack the first skeleton. (Billy rolls 3 dice as indicated on his sword card) All three!
GM: Wow alright, the skeleton crumbles to dust beneath your mighty blow. Sandy?
Sandy (cleric): I’ll step into the room and use my spell card to make Billy grow giant. GM: Ok, Billy is now about 12’ tall and quite imposing. Jason?
Jason (mage): I’m just going to shoot one of the skeletons from out in the hall. (He rolls 2 dice as indicated on his wand card) Got one.
GM: (Flips one of the heart cards face down for the skeleton Jason indicated) A bolt of magic strikes the creature and dislodges a few rib bones, but it’s still up. Gwen?
Gwen (thief): I’ll creep up and stab the skeleton Jason shot. (She rolls 4 dice, since her dagger lets her attack at the same time as her sword) Two!
GM: Bones crack and it drops to the floor. Now it’s their go. The first swipes a clawed hand at Billy (He rolls 3 dice for the skeleton) It got two, go ahead and roll for your shield, Billy.
Billy (warrior): Ok. (He rolls the 1 die on his shield card) Yeah! Got one.
GM: Ok, that reduces the damage to 1 (Billy flips on of his heart cards face down). Then the second attacks Gwen (He rolls 3 dice) Two damage, Gwen.
Gwen (thief): Do I get to roll to defend myself? GM: Only if you have a shield equipped, but you liked the sword and dagger combo. Billy?
Gwen (thief): Oh, right. (Gwen flips two heart cards face down)
Billy (warrior): So I’m big now, so I get an extra die on my attack! (Rolls 4 dice this time) Aw yeah, three!
GM: Another one bites the dust. Sandy.
Sandy (cleric): I’m going to go to Gwen and heal her. (Sandy rolls 3 as indicated on her holy symbol) Three. (Gwen flips her two heart cards face up, see no third to set right, she nods and smiles to her friend)
GM: Jason, your turn.
Jason (mage): I use my spell card to Hold the skeleton.
GM: Ok, Gwen? Gwen (thief): I stab him more! (Gwen rolls her 4 dice again) Two.
GM: Ok. (He flips two heart cards face down) The skeleton is held firmly in place. Billy?
Billy (warrior): I’ll finish it off (Billy rolls 4 dice since he’s still large) Aw, none above a three.
GM: Heh, you trip over your shoelace, maybe. Sandy? Sandy (cleric): Hm, I’ll cast Enlarge on Gwen this time.
GM: Ok, Gwen is big now, but Billy shrinks back to normal size since you can only have that cast on one person at a time. Jason.
Jason (mage): I’ll go with the wand again. (Jason rolls 2 dice) One.
GM: Right. (He flips one heart card face down) Gwen?
Gwen (thief): Ha ha, let’s do this, puny bone guy. (Gwen rolls 5 dice now that she’s big) Two!
GM: Very good. The last skeleton crumbles. Everyone flip all your remaining face down heart cards face up since the fight’s over.
Risks and challenges
Although I've been designing games since I was young, this is my first commercial project. I know people who have been down this road before, and have had conversations about the challenges that need to be overcome. While we have a fantastic artist on board, the standard delays associated with procuring art are something to keep in mind as well as potential problems with manufacturing. The budget is built to absorb any overruns, so barring something truly catastrophic, the project is only at risk of when.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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