We've hit target!!!!! Meet Backer Bot!
(Its card still needs a little tweaking, but it's basically there!)
As a thank you, every single backer will be getting a Backer Bot card. If you've pledged for more than one pack (original or expansion), you'll get an additional copy of the card for each extra pack.
Backer Bot is exclusive to this project, it will not be in the expansion pack.
You will be the only people with this card!
What's so good about its entry effect? Surely I'm just losing a card to another player?! Well yes, but think of the damage you can do by putting a weak card on top of their Stak and then bashing them! It also gets a power boost so is stronger than its rank would normally allow, and if you have no other cards in your hand when you play it, there is no penalty!
For every £300 we make past target, there will be an additional Bot card added to every pack that is sent out.
Like Backer Bot, these will not be included in the normal expansion pack, but unlike Backer Bot they are not exclusive, so eventually they may well make an appearance somewhere else. You just get them a great deal sooner than everyone else!
Once the project is finished I'll put up a list of new Bots to choose from and let you all vote on which you want to receive. The one that gets the highest number of votes will be added to each and every pack. If we have reached enough from pledges, then the top 2 or 3 etc will be included. (If you are getting original packs sent to you as soon as the project finishes, then these additional cards will be sent to you later with the expansion pack, or on their own if you pledged for the original on its own).
I've lined up some great potential Bots for you to vote on, so please keep spreading the word about the game. Remember, the more packs you pledge for, the more copies of each Stretch Goal card and Backer Bot you will receive. :)
Stak Bots is a fun, deceptively simple and sneakily strategic battling card game suitable for all ages.
It can be a quick and casual filler game, or it can take up your evening with repeated battles and customisation.
You can read the instructions here, or there's a 'how to play' video at the bottom of the page.
Each turn you try to do as much damage to your opponents as possible, then leave yourself in a good defensive position for when they retaliate.
About the game:
Every Bot is unique - Some are destructive, some manipulate the other cards. Some are just plain quirky. They all affect the game differently.
It is novel - The game is played vertically; where cards are in the Stak are as important as what the cards are.
You get full control - A fully open turn structure lets you combine and repeat actions as much as you are able to on your go.
You are always involved - Your revealed cards can trigger decisions and you can play from hand to defend yourself, even when it's not your turn.
It is quick to learn - But it takes a while to master how the Bots interact and the shifts in power that they create between players.
It grows with you - As you get more competent you can add more Staks, more rules and more Bots. Play how you want.
There is a lot to discover - After playing thousands of games, I am still encountering new situations, combinations and tactics.
Great multi-player game dynamics - Plead rationally with your attackers, victimise players, bear grudges and expose others' weaknesses.
You can read in more detail about the features of the game on the front page of the Stak Bots website.
Number of players: 1+ players or teams. Play solo, free for all or in teams.
Recommended age: On the box it says 11+, but we've taught kids as young as 5! The younger ones don't necessarily understand the strategies, but they love destroying each other's Bots! There is no upper age limit.
Time to play: 5mins - 20mins per game. Once you are familiar with the game it plays very fast. The more players and Staks there are the slower it will be as the decisions get trickier!
The original game launched in May 2013 at the UK Games Expo.
In the Box:
Everything you need to play, for up to 5 players! 60 x Bot cards featuring the 16 Bots shown above. Full instructions (including game variations, glossary, guide to each Bot)
Here's what the reviewers and bloggers had to say about the original game:
"Stak Bots is a hidden gem that you really should check out. It is a great filler for game nights and fun for families."
"Stak Bots is a quick, fun card game that can be enjoyed by a variety of ages. It is easy to teach and learn and very portable. Plus all the different play modes keep this game fresh."
Player Interaction: 6/6. Overall: 5/6.
"I was pleasantly surprised by this game... It's fast, it's quick, it's really easy to teach and play... It has a good amount of replayability."
"I like Clumsy Bot. Clumsy Bot is my friend."
"Had I not sat down and given this a try I would have missed out on a brilliant strategic yet deceptively simple little card game. I loved this, this is the sort of filler game my group eats up."
"Stak Bots has easily become my filler game of choice"
"The Bots were well-loved by the little geeks who went to war with them again and again."
Child Geek Approved.
"StakBotS is one of those rare games that almost demands to be replayed the minute you have lost."
"This game has already become a firm favourite in a very short period of time, and we heartily recommend it."
"The gameplay is frantic, exciting and engaging."
"There is a delightful element of randomness, but you do have to work out when to play a certain card, when to hold back or even sacrifice a card for the greater good. (Don’t worry, these bot's sole purpose in life is to fight for your own insane pleasure.) Play well and you can unleash a chain of ‘robo fury’ that will decimate an opponent’s deck in seconds."
The expansion set brings 16 brand new Bots! They have been carefully selected and balanced to work well with the original Bots. They can be added one at a time into the original set or thrown in all together for maximum variety. Read more about them here.
They work as a deck on their own, but for new players we would highly recommend playing with the original set first.
With more cards there is also much more scope for deck-building; create individual balanced decks based on the cards' rank value or a point system.
In the Box:
60 x Bot cards featuring the 16 expansion Bots shown above. Instructions (explaining trickier situations, more game variations, guide to each expansion Bot)
If we fund successfully, then there are many, many more unique and exciting Bots waiting for the next expansion (or as stretch goals)!!
The more Bots there are, the more possibilities and combinations there are! Please help by supporting this game.
What the money is for:
The funds will go towards the cost of the expansion print run with Cartamundi UK and then shipping the cards to you, as well as any associated fees.
Get the Original Pack, Expansion Pack or both!
Buy more packs to save money! - Give them to a friend, play with more people or get into custom deck building!
You can also get a signed postcard of all of the Bots (add £3 to your pledge and message me. See further down the page for the piccy.).
Thank you in advance for your support and for helping to make the expansion happen!
The Postcard reward:
Risks and challenges
I have already successfully printed and launched the original set of cards; all that is different for the expansion is the card designs. The new Bots are already designed and thoroughly play-tested. The packaging, cards and insert just need finalising for print and then sending off to the printers.
There are of course always unexpected problems that could pop-up, but I have done what I can to minimise these and I will keep you informed if anything does happen!
- (40 days)