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A bluffing card game that captures the adventure of a co-op fantasy RPG with the competition of a fast, fun card game.
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What is next for Dubious Alliance?

Now that funding goals have been achieved, I will focus on building over 50 Player Vanity Cards, 8 ImmOrctal game cards and a dozen new game cards designed by Warchief Backers. I expect this will take most of the summer. Once all the new cards are added in, its off to the printer and distribution. My goal with shipping and redistribution (and stickers!) is to have your game in hand no later than Orctober. I will make sure everyone gets updates and several sneak peeks of the upcoming art.

There are more plans for Dubious Alliance. I am determined to create the next Adventure Path, The Lair of the Lich King. Just when you though the realm was spared from the Colossal Dragon, a new, hideous enemy emerges. Level Drain anyone?

Future story paths will require new art, new funding and hopefully another Kickstarter full of Orc worthy loot!

Until then, please share your game play stories or post a "Tusk's Up" photo on Facebook/DubiousAlliance.

And dont forget to make our website a new favorite so you can watch for information about what is planned later this year for the HolOrcDays. 

Until then, “Tusk's Up!”

  www.dubiousalliance.com 

What is Dubious Alliance? Dubious Alliance is a fantasy bluffing card game where players race to gather weapons & magic items, survive monsters, avoid traps, gain treasure and win before someone gets killed. Features that make this a game you will play again and again include a familiar fantasy game world, the Cooperative Backstabber concept, classic RPG style illustrations, unique game mechanics and easy rules that permit complex behavior.

For 3 - 7 players ages 12+ and takes less than an hour to play.

How to win... or lose.

Click to Learn How to Play in 144 Seconds.

Dubious Alliance is a 'cooperative backstabber'. Players lie, negotiate and plot against each other to find weapons, horde treasure and be the first to gather enough Prestige to win. At the same time, Players must work together to survive deadly traps, brutal monsters, horrific events and more. If any Player is killed the game ends and everybody loses! Who better than Orcs to teach us how to both work together to survive AND cheat each other for the win?

To learn about A Band of Orcs and more, listen to this PodKastle interview.

THE BASE DECK

The base game contains 112** game cards and more have been add with unlocked Stretch Goals

Every card is unique. This game is loaded with illustrations and popular fantasy content. The Base Deck includes everything you need for a 5 Player adventure

- 5 Player Cards with 5 exclusive Trade Tracker cards**

- 6 unique Player Item cards featuring A Band of Orcs

- 1 game play summary card

- 83 unique game cards full of weapons, traps, monsters, magic and more

-  ** TWELVE additional cards (including 2 additional Player Cards) have been added through stretch goals! All games now include 124 total cards!

-  Adventure Pack #1 - The 12 card Colossal Dragon story cards. "Snarl the Colossal Dragon has ruled the land long enough! Can you gather the tribe in time to overthrow the Dragon?"

Vanity Player Cards

You are as tough as any ol' Orc, so step into the action and join the alliance! Exclusive to Kickstarter Vanity Card backers, I will use your photo or favorite illustration to create a personalized Player Card for your game deck. Your Vanity Player card will include the Player 'Name' and any 'Character type' you submit. 

Vanity Player Card backers will receive a Minion level (easier to win, easier to get killed) Player Card with an assigned Player ability. WARCHIEF and IMMOrcTAL Player Cards will get a Warchief level Player Card (20 Survival/15 Prestige) and will select their Player ability from a list of abilities they will help create. 

All backers may add a second Vanity card (and both Vanity cards will be upgraded to the Warchief level 20/15 stats) to create a 7 Player game. Limit 2 Vanity Cards per backer. Submitted images must be personally owned, in high-res, Photoshop friendly format (ex.JPEG). All Vanity Card images and content requests are subject to approval. 

Boost your Adventure!

Add Ons - You can change your pledge to include Booster Cards at any time. Simply add the dollar amount for add-ons you want to your base pledge amount and you will receive these additional game cards (Warchief backers already include all unlocked Stretch Goals):  

  • The Vault 7 card Booster Add $2 
  •  The Throne Room 7 card Booster Add $3 
  •  The Ring of Mind Reading 6 card Booster Add $4 
  •  The 7 card Wandering Monster Booster Add $6.

Although the base deck is highly re-playable, sooner or later a hero must seek new adventures.  Booster Cards introduce new items, enemies, magic and more. Each Booster includes a new theme and at least one unique 'rule twisting' card. Adventure Pack cards will offer new equipment and perils, and introduce a new story path.  See the Stretch Goals to find which unlocked Booster Pack Cards to add to your pledge.

Funded! (UNLOCKED) A free Character Sheet style PDF. battle mat for all backers. "A printable scoring sheet that adds to the role playing game feel of Dubious Alliance"

1300 (UNLOCKED) - A minion level 6th Player Card will be added to all Base Decks and Booster #1- The Vault is unlocked for just $2. "Skeletal minion Yardbone escapes a watery trap and leads the Band to a hidden Vault door... do you dare open it?"

1350 (UNLOCKED) Free Card-  In honor of the Chieftain of the Tribe, an extra game card featuring Gogog Bloodthroat and his ability to Intimidate other Players is add to all Base Decks.

1400 (UNLOCKED) - A minion level 7th Player Card added to all Base Decks and Booster #2- The Throne Room is unguarded for a mere $3. "Blix the Goblin Lackey discovers a secret passage to the Throne Room. Can you best its guardians and seize power?"

1450 (UNLOCKEDFree Card- A new game card featuring Cretos Filthgrinder added to all Base Decks. The tribe's sword master will demonstrate a special combat move. 

1500 (UNLOCKED) Booster #3- The Witch's discover their magnificent Ring of Mind Reading is missing ($4 add on). "The coven lost its prized magic item. Can you survive their spells, find the ring and learn what your allies are really plotting...?"

2000 (UNLOCKEDFree Card- New game card featuring Gronk! added to all Base Decks. The Tribal Shaman will unleash the power of his Orc deity.

2500 (UNLOCKEDFree Card- A new low level game card will be created and added to all base decks. This card will be determined by the WARCHIEF backers! The Warchief's will create a 'mundane but useful' game card to add to all Base Decks. 

3000 (UNLOCKEDFree Card- New game card featuring Hulg E.L.F.Ripper added to all Base Decks. Raised from death by Gronk!, Hulg the Orc Zombie is resilient to most anything... 

5000 (UNLOCKEDBooster #4- Wandering Monsters are released by the Warchiefs. Roll a d8...

Notice that something is missing? That's because the 7 new Monster cards will be designed by Warchief backers! BONUS- All backers will have the 8th Wandering Monster revealed by the Warchiefs added to their Base Game!

5500 (UNLOCKED) Free Card- A new game card featuring Oog Skullbasher added to all Base Decks. Oog the War Drummer unleashes a brutal sonic attack.

6000 (UNLOCKED) Free Card- A new Advanced level magic card is created and added to all base decks, decided by the WARCHIEF backers. Warchief backers will propose and select a new 'high level' game card to add to all Base Decks.

6500 (UNLOCKED) Free Sticker & Screen Saver- Proudly declare you are Orc enough to join the Alliance with a sticker and screen saver featuring this iconic image of a lone Orc facing Snarl the Colossal Dragon

7000 (UNLOCKED) Free Card- The Warchiefs unleash a Major Curse. Your Band celebrated too soon! Warchief backers will design a game changing, horrific new game card.

8000 (Locked) Free Card"Tusk's Up" collector card added for all backers. The tribe's signature gesture is given to you to celebrate a successful campaign... Translate it at http://www.dubiousalliance.com/orcish-sign-language.html

9000  (Locked) packaging upgrade for all backers and Adventure Pack #2- "The Lair of the Lich King" is discovered. 

  • All backers will receive an upgraded game storage box with room for all unlocked game cards... and future Booster and Adventure Packs. 
  • In "The Lair of the Lich King" story path Players enter the Crypts in search of new adventure under the shadow of a powerful undead wizard. 
  • Adventure Pack #2 will introduce 17 new game cards to replace the Dragon Adventure Pack. The Lich King also introduces a new, deadly game mechanic; the Undead Life Drain ability! Finally, WARCHIEF backers will help define the artifacts, denizens and more in this new story path. 

Gather the Horde! Invite your friends to discover Dubious Alliance

Risks and challenges

makeplayingcards.com is all set to print the Base Deck. Collecting and formatting (hopefully many) Vanity Card and Immortal pledge images will add some illustration and graphic design time, not a big hurdle. Ideally we will unlock numerous stretch goals so all backers will add many new cards to their base deck. Depending on how many stretch goals are unlocked, this will add time as new cards are decided by the Warchief backers and new art is produced. Fortunately, I have 7+ artists to assist me, so a highly successful funding campaign will simply engage more great illustrators. I also hope to run some 'fan art' contests to stay true to the game's table top heritage. Once, printed, delivered and sorted (including Vanity cards to correct addresses) Dubious Alliance will be in your hands!

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    TUSKS UP! Cretos Filthgrinder will email you the secret 'Tusk's Up' gesture so other Orcs know you are a friend of the Gore Stained Axe Tribe. You may still be captured, but at least you'll be spared...

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    DUBIOUS ALLIANCE BASE DECK -
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    Complete 112 card Base Game including;
    - 5 Player Cards
    - 5 exclusive Trade Tracker cards
    - 6 unique Player Item cards
    - 1 game play summary card
    - 83 game cards full of weapons, traps, monsters, magic and more
    - The 12 card Colossal Dragon Adventure Pack.

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    VANITY CARD! - BASE DECK with a personalized Player Card
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    Your pledge will include the DUBIOUS ALLIANCE BASE DECK and an additional Player Card starring you (or your favorite character). Submit your photo or illustration, "Character name" and "type" and it will all be printed on an additional Minion level Player Card with a unique player ability. See the Vanity Card section for more info. [Add +$10 USD to this pledge for a second Vanity Card, limit 2 per backer].

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    WARCHIEF - BASE GAME DECK, VANITY CARD, All unlocked stretch goals & secret game developer status
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    Be the Orc to rule them all! This pledge begins with the 112 card base game deck and will include ALL unlocked stretch goals. Next add 1 high level Vanity Player Card [+$10 USD for a 2nd] and you will choose your Player Ability. Finally, Warchiefs will help develop the game through exclusive surveys to determine new player abilities, new game cards, Adventure Packs, 'boss monsters' and more.

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    IMMORcTALITY! Your image or illustration will be featured on a game card. Includes the WARCHIEF pledge level
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    Choose how to be immortalized!

    Option 1- Submit a photo of yourself and we will have your image drawn in classic 'pen and ink' style and featured on a game card.

    Option 2 - Select from a limited number of cards needing images and submit your own 'pen and ink' illustration. Dubious Alliance loves classic gamer art! If you can draw a simple potion bottle or an epic battle scene, we want to feature you.

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