Derbalan Shuffle is a deck-building roleplaying game made of candied awesomeness! Your abilities are listed on cards that you draw, and you can customize the the deck you draw from to suit your character and your tactical desires.
Maybe you'll be a Cat Burglar, specializing in theft, deception, and stockpiling cool items. Maybe you prefer to be an elementalist and master the three elements of reality: rock, paper, and scissors.
My name is Cameron Miller. I've made roleplaying games for almost a decade. Many of them were bad, some of them were decent, and I've finally got one that's awesome: Derbalan Shuffle. It's time to publish it and I need your help to do that. I've written out most of the game materials and formatted them, and all I need to do now is pay an artist to supply me with more of the wonderful artwork you see on this page. That artist is Jarod Marchand.
Jarod is a fantastic visual artist. I've worked with him on a previous game and he was my first pick for this project. This game will be twice as awesome with him behind it. He's fired up about the project, but I want to make sure he actually gets paid. Which I would do if I had money. I've already gotten some freebies from Jarod. But once this Kickstarter funds, I'll pay him and he'll finish the art. And then the most awesome game the world has ever seen will be unleashed!
How awesome can it be, you ask? Here's some of the finished cards:
And Now Some Hypothetically Asked Questions (HAQ's)
What's a Deck-Building Roleplaying Game?
A roleplaying game is an interactive story experience. Dungeons and Dragons is the most famous roleplaying game. Deck-building games like Magic: The Gathering and the Pokémon Trading Card Game let you strategically create decks with cards that give you minions or powers to you beat your opponent. In this game, you roleplay your character whose abilities are written on the cards you choose for your character. And unlike most deck-building games, each pack or set you buy is complete, so you know exactly what's in each pack.
Why Are You Only Asking for $2,000?
I can do all the writing and formatting myself. I only need to pay Jarod, and then another $50 or so to cover expenses.
Why Not Just Invest Your Own Money if It's Just $2,000?
Can You Use More than $2,000?
Oh, yes! Any overfunding can quickly be turned into expansions. I have plenty of stretch goals I can do. In addition to the core classes I could add the Cosplayer, who dresses as allies or fallen foes to unlock their abilities; the Mastermind, whose brilliant strategies reshape the battlefield; the Rockstar, whose magical songs assist allies or hinder foes; the trickster ninja, whose pranks bring honor to her and dishonor to her foes; the high mage, who uses natural herbs on spiritual quests; or the spooky mage, master of curses and necromancy. Add to that extra loot cards, monsters, and adventurer cards and this game could be huge.
How Sure Are You That You Can Complete This Game?
I could not be more sure. The game will have 180 unique cards in it, of which over 2/3 are already written and formatted. Several dozen of those already have artwork attached to them as well. The manual is 90% finished and only needs final editing. The game has already gone through playtesting to work out any bugs with the rules. I suppose the game could be halted by sudden asteroid impact or rebel insurrection, but I think I could still work around difficulties like that.
Risks and challenges
This project is low-risk. I've never known Jarod Marchand to flake out on a project, but I suppose there's a first time for everything. Or he could suddenly be devoured by rabid squirrels. If something like that happens, I'd have to find a new artist, and that could cause delays. If someone actually funds at one of my upper-tier rewards I might have a heart attack and die, and the backer money would have to be refunded. It's print on demand publishing through the game crafter, a reputable company. Should the company be destroyed by ninjas I can work with another card maker.
And yes, this is my first Kickstarter. I realize that means it's a bit harder for me to earn your trust. But I also realize that if I mess this up my reputation on Kickstarter is shot. That's why I'm going with a smaller project that I've done a lot of work on so I do everything I can to make sure I fulfill all my promises if not exceed them. I take my word seriously, and so when I say I will follow through on this I mean it.
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