About this project
Baldrick's Tomb at 5th Street Games: http://www.5thstreetgames.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=29785
Baldrick's Tomb at BGG: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/126340/baldricks-tomb
Thanks for having a look at Baldrick's Tomb, the Roguelike Board Game by Ben Haskett! Baldrick's Tomb is for 1 - 4 players, plays in 30 minutes, and is for ages 8+.
GOALS AND OVERFUNDS
Print 'n' Play! UNLOCKED! Backers can get it here!
Bonus Card Overfund Sneak Peek! UNLOCKED! Backers can get it here!
Sneak peek PnP of the Open For Business expansion! UNLOCKED! Backers can get it here! (It's a second zip file.)
FUNDED! Backers get their copies of Baldrick's Tomb!
Roguelike Player Mat! Every copy will come with a solitaire mat that turns Baldrick's Tomb into a TRUE roguelike. UNLOCKED! Backers can get a sneak peek here!
Baldrick's Curse! Every copy will come with the Baldrick's Curse mini-expansion. UNLOCKED!
Necromancer's Last Stand! Every copy will come with the co-op scenario Necromancer's Last Stand. UNLOCKED! Backers can get a sneak peek here!
Open For Business! Every backer will receive the 54-card Open For Business expansion FREE. UNLOCKED! Backers can get a sneak peek here!
Open For Business: Extended Hours! Every copy of the Open For Business expansion will include three copies each of two additional wares cards! UNLOCKED!
HOW TO PLAY (courtesy of Ryan Metzler of Dice Tower)
Setup and play (courtesy of Tim Norris of Grey Elephant Gaming)
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Baldrick’s Tomb is a lot of fun for the whole family. It plays fast and furious, captures a lot of that dungeon crawl feel while still being highly accessible to young players. It straddles that line between fun for kids and engaging for adults quite well, as do many of the games from 5th Street Games." - Ben Gerber, Troll In The Corner
"Overall I think it’s a pretty fun dungeon craw that’s fairly easy to learn and teach; it’s nice to have a game with this theme but has cartoonier art that is kid-friendly, even though the game can still be fun to play with older audiences." - Jonathan Liu, GeekDad
Grey Elephant Games review:
"I would recommend this game to anyone who loves a simple down and dirty dungeon crawler. It's quick to learn, lots of fun, looks great, and has plenty of replay value." - Jason Tagmire, Championland.net
"If you are looking for a very well written, semi-cooperative, fantasy dungeon exploration game with game play that allows for (but does not require) strategy and tactics, do seek out a copy of Baldrick’s Tomb. It is a game well worth finding." Father Geek
The Gamers' Table review:
Ben Haskett also won The Game Crafter RPG Game Contest with Baldrick's Tomb. GameCrafter Interview
Differences of the new rules from the old rules
A couple of reviews above were under an older ruleset that differ from today's Baldrick's Tomb. The main differences are:
- Every character has a move of 4.
- Every character has 6 HP.
- The game introduced poison as a knockout condition.
- Every character has three random skills instead of one set skill.
- Combat is more streamlined by using a 'swing gauge'.
- There are a variety of variants to make the game easier or harder to a given player group's liking.
ABOUT THE GAME
In Baldrick's Tomb, players explore several floors of a randomly generated dungeons searching for treasure...
Of course, the dungeon is also home to a variety of monsters and nasty traps. You never quite know what lies in wait... will it be a huge pile of gold? Or a Werewolf out for a stroll?
As players explore, they have to keep an eye out for the exit to the next floor. You see, the dungeon is really old. "To the point of collapsing" old. Any player that doesn't reach the exit in time will fall through the floor and lose half her treasure!
Once every floor has been explored, the player with the most gold declared the top adventurer and wins the game!
You can check out the rules here: Baldrick's Tomb Rules
IN THE MEDIA
Grant Rodiek of Hyperbole Games interviewed us!You can read here
Troll in the Corner is hosting Ben Haskett's Designer Diary for Baldrick's Tomb. You can read here.
Troll in the Corner interviewed Phil recently for its Indie Talks Podcast. You can listen here.
KICKER PAKS - Want more mayhem for your Baldrick's Tomb? Add on any of these Kicker Paks for more monsters, traps, scrolls, and treasure! Each one is $5, or $20 for all five. Each kicker pak will come with three or four copies of each card, depending on what it is.
Direct message me with the ones you wish to add OR nab them all by backing at the KICKER PAK PARTY level. The artwork for the Kicker Paks will be by the talented Derek Bacon and be printed by DriveThruCards (the game proper will be printed by QPC).
- CURSE PAK Four curses: Teleport Curse, Reflex Curse, Poison Curse, Scroll Curse .
- UNDEAD PAK Three monsters: Zombie, Skeleton, & Lich. Trap: Dubious Coffin. Scroll: Quick Mastery.
- DRAGON PAK One monster: Dragon. Three treasures: Life Chalice, Unerring Arrow, Mechanical Bird.
- GOBLIN PAK Two monsters: Goblin Shaman, Goblin Warrior. Scroll: Chaos Whirl. Trap: Spore Cloud.
- TEMPLE PAK Three traps: Tar Pot, Canned Dragons' Breath, Rolling Boulder. Treasure: Magic Carpet.
DELUXE TOKEN SET - Want an extra bit of shine for your copy of Baldrick's Tomb? This $20 add-on includes plastic and acrylic pieces to make your copy extra fancy.
The rubble tokens are replaced with plastic coins and accompanying stickers just like the pics from the review copies, while the acrylic counters will be laser-cut shapes for hp markers and such. The add-on will include:
- Full set of 19 plastic rubble tokens and matching stickers, including the Exit, Baldrick's Gem, and the Goblin Shopkeep.
- Custom set of acrylic tokens for Baldrick's Tomb that will include 4 HP markers, 4 poison markers, 6 monster hit markers, 1 impending doom marker, 1 depth marker. Each token will be between 1 and 2 cm.
DELUXE COIN SET - Want better gold tokens? This $15 add-in will give you 42 plastic yellow coins and stickers to mark them in the proper denominations (20 '1', 10 '5', 8 '10' 4 '25').
MORE WARES - In anticipation of hitting our $20,000 overfund, we're offering a Wares Kicker Pak for $5 that adds four new wares: Dwarven Axe, Shield, Scary Mask, and Teleportation Rune. This Kicker Pak is NOT included in the Kicker Pak Party Edition and must be added separately.
5TH STREET TITLES - Want to nab other 5th Street titles? No problem! You can add them to your reward level by raising by the following amounts and Direct Messaging me to notate your account:
- Castle Dash - $20
- Crow & the Pitcher - $10
- Farmageddon - $12
- My Happy Farm - $17
- Jungle Ascent - $25
International backers: please add an extra $5 per game for shipping.
ART IN PROGRESS
The ever-talented Erin Fusco is revising all the art for the base game as the project continues. The four adventurers, that Werewolf up there, and a few other beasties are finished right now; we'll share her new illustrations for the spells and traps as they finish.
Skills (there'll be 20 total):
The Overfund Dungeon Crawl
We have lots of fun bonuses planned for you with Baldrick's Tomb! Every floor reached in the Overfund Dungeon Crawl will unlock more goodies for everyone!
$12,000 - Roguelike Player Mat
This player mat will include extra rules to play Baldrick's Tomb as a solo player Roguelike. Instead of going for Baldrick's Gem, you delve as far as possible before being knocked out by the denizens of the dungeon, buying more skills as you go and getting as much treasure as possible before the inevitable knockout occurs. How deep can you go?
$14,000 - Baldrick's Curse mini-expansion!
There's more stuff we wanna include in the base game, and this would allow us to do it. More monsters, scrolls, traps, and the mini-expansion: Baldrick's Curse!
The Gem is still worth 5 gold at the end of the game, but does horrible things to you every turn you have it. Of course, you can always pass the Gem to someone else to carry it for you...
$17,000 - The Necromancer's Last Stand co-op scenario!
Every copy will come with the Necromancer's Last Stand co-op scenario!
A necromancer has been frequenting Baldrick's Tomb with aims of resurrecting Baldrick for nefarious purposes. It's up to your team of adventurers to put a stop to it once and for all!
Players work together to find and defeat Harek the necromancer by floor 4. It won't be easy, though; Harek is fleet of foot in the early floors, but becomes more aggressive the deeper you go. He can even turn your fallen comrades into zombies! Can you defeat him in time?
$20,000 - Open For Business expansion!
Every backer will receive the 54-card Open For Business Expansion FREE!
A goblin shopkeep has set up shop in Baldrick's Tomb to sell useful equipment to adventurers braving its depths!
Players will be able to visit the shopkeep every floor to buy equipment to aid in their quest for Baldrick's Gem. The Open For Business expansion will also include more monsters, traps, scrolls, and treasure that can either be used for a bonus or kept until the end of the game for gold!
$23,000 - Open For Businss: Extended Hours!
Every copy of Open For Business will include two additional wares (3 copies of each):
- Lantern: For one move, you can peek at all adjacent facedown rubble tokens.
- Blink Stone: Discard to roll the dice and place your character in that space.
Avatars! Download them here: Baldrick's Tomb Avatars
Clark Powell, clarkpowell.bandcamp.com
Risks and challenges
The main challenge is accurate forecasting for the time it takes for fulfillment of backers' rewards. With this being our sixth project, we have a good feel for how long things take in terms of production, packing boxes, and getting them out the door.
It is possible for delays to occur in three places: art assets taking longer than expected to create, production taking longer than estimated, or a longer trip overseas from China than estimated. Should delays occur, the backers will be kept in the know as to what's going on and why there's a delay.
Principle art is being finished by Erin Fusco, with several excellent backup artists ready to be brought in should it be necessary.
Shipment time by boat can be imprecise due to waiting for a container to fill and weather, both of which are out of 5th Street's control. However, potential shipment delays are accounted for in the expected delivery dates above, and backers will be kept informed of any such delays and any updates about them.
With it not being Chinese New Year, we do not foresee any production delays.
Unique overfunds may provide unforeseen challenges, as well. Currently, every piece has been sourced, from the keys to the dice, and backups are available should they be required due to a supplier discontinuing business or running out of stock.
Our previous project, Jungle Ascent, will return from production mid-April and will be fulfilled during this project. While the fulfillment will take time to perform, coordinating the artwork and pre-production process for Baldrick's Tomb during that time will be manageable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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