Stak Bots Battling Robots Card Game - Purple Set (Canceled)
THE BOTS ARE BACK! A brand new set of 60 cards to fuel this strategically chaotic fun filler game with tons of variations!
The Stak Bots are back with 16 brand new Bots across 60 cards and some exciting new 2 player specific strategic game modes: Upgrade Mode and Split Draft Mode! The new Purple set has a strong focus on controlling and targeting cards at the bottom of the Staks, and it mixes in perfectly with all of the existing card sets.
Check out a nice in-depth review by clicking the quote below!
We need your help once more to get this new set into print (and hopefully get some bonus stretch goal Bots unlocked...)
We're also offering an exclusive card to backers who create and share online Bot content and an extra-special card for our favourites!
If we hit our funding goal so we can get it printed, the Purple set won't then be released for sale until the UK Games Expo in June 2019, so you'll have exclusive early access to play the game as backers. We're aiming to get you the game in January 2019, but we've said March to allow for any printing and shipping delays.
If you know the game already and can't wait to meet the new Bots, scroll down to the bottom!
Players take it in turns to try to destroy each other's Bots. These usually start off face-down but by smashing your way through or sneakily moving them you slowly reveal the rest. The more you know, the better you can plan how to dispose of them.
Some cards will let you manoeuvre or affect other cards; use these in collaboration with cards that have an effect when they damage or attack to set up combinations and chain reactions.
An open turn structure allows you a lot of control on your turn to adapt to the other cards in play; build-up your Stak or desperately hunt down through it for that perfect card, then when you have all of the cards on the table set up perfectly from using your entry effects, attack your enemies directly and decimate them using your damage abilities.
With more than 2 players, do everything you can to bluff and bargain your way to victory; always make sure that someone else's card is a better target for attack and try to plan ahead for what each opponent might do.
Stak Bots has over 50 variations, so it can grow with your ability, it will always stay fresh and gives an amazing amount of play time from a pocket sized game.
Want more reviews? - Visit the Stak Bots Review Page
Watch the short video below or view the instructions as a webpage here.
Depending on how you like to play, 50+ different game modes and toggles allow you to change the game from a casual surprising filler game with plenty of player interaction, to a perfect information tactical exercise.
The new UPGRADE MODE sees you and your opponent purchasing your army, reacting to which cards they buy.
Each round you will have points to spend to upgrade your army and build your deck, adjusting your team based on their performance.
The new SPLIT DRAFT MODE is a very quick way of setting up the game with balanced decks. Each player will know half of their own deck and half of their opponent's, but the rest remain a mystery.
You can see the other existing game variations from the previous three sets here and check out an animated GIF of a few setups below:
Simply choose how many packs of Stak Bots you would like on the right, then when the campaign finishes we'll ask you which packs we should send you. If you want a different quantity from those specified, please send us a message and we'll advise! We've kept it down to just a few rewards for clarity's sake.
Each set of Stak Bots has 60 cards featuring 16 unique Bots to master. The more Bots you have, the greater the number of combinations to encounter and the more options for deck-building.
Every set comes with instructions on how to play as well as a number of different game variations and info on the different Bots in the set (please note the expansion sets only contain variation and Bot instructions, but the original rules are available online as a PDF here).
They can all be played stand-alone, but if you're new to the game then the Original Grey set is the best place to start. Once you're familiar with the core mechanics, you can start adding in extra cards from the other expansions.
As well as the sets of Stak Bots, you can pledge extra to get your very own custom designed Bot card, or a copy of our award-winning and Mensa-nominated game 'Colour Chess + Lure' at a bargain price.
(Picture below a bit small? You can see all the existing Bots in full size here)
The Original (Grey) Set
A great stand-alone set that contains everything you need to play the game of Stak Bots with up to 4 players.
The Yellow Expansion Set
If you want some more variety to add to the original set and to try out some ridiculous cards like Greedy Bot or Nano Bot, then you'll want to add this expansion to your collection.
The Red Expansion Set
This set is affectionately known by some as the 'Chaotic Set'. It has a number of cards that affect multiple cards or Staks at once, so creates a lot of chain reactions.
The Purple Expansion Set
This set turns the game on its head, putting the focus onto the bottom card of the Stak, with cards that specifically target or place cards there. Careful control of the base will lead to victory.
Get your very own unique Bot made up! It can be anything (within reason!), be it a game mechanic or just something... strange.
You will get 4 copies of your card design sent out with your pledge. We are happy to work with you to make your design. (Please note that these cards will be slightly shinier in appearance due to the short-run printing method used).
Here are a few examples of previous custom cards to get you thinking:
(representative image, final product may vary slightly)
Get yourself a lovely purple Stak Bots t-shirt featuring all 64 Bots from the standard sets.
They did such a great job of making them last time for us, that we've approached the lovely couple at Genki Gear to make the new ones.
There are Gildan Ultra Cotton Unisex (S > 5XL), Ladies Softstyle (S > 2XL) and Russell Children's Classic T-Shirts (XS > 2XL) available.
Add £12 per t-shirt to your pledge (£10 for kids size).
Colour Chess + Lure
You can also get copies of our other game, the award-winning and Mensa-nominated 'Colour Chess + Lure' at a bargain price. Just add £19 to your pledge for each copy of Colour Chess you would like sent (this price includes the additional postage the big box adds).You can read more about it here.
Want to get yourself a bonus exclusive card?
By creating some Stak Bots related content and posting it up on your favourite sites, you can earn yourself a special card!
You can always post more than one thing, because our favourite ones will receive an additional special card...
Step 1: Create some content!
This could be a blog post about the game, some drawings of your favourite Bots, a story about them, or a silly video like the one below. Anything really!
Upload it somewhere with the link to this kickstarter and the tag #tabletop.
If you need them, here are some Bots to cut out and play with! (Right-click on one of the Bots and save the image, it's one big picture with a transparent background).
Step 2: Let us know!
Just send us a message through this Kickstarter linking to your content online so we know to take a look!
Step 3: Get your cards!
Any bonus cards will be sent out with your pledge.
We reserve the right to judge whether content is of a sufficient level of effort to warrant receiving a card.
These will be added once we near our target, but expect some additional exclusive cards to be included with your packs!
You will get one of each stretch goal for each pack of Stak Bots you pledge for.
We don't want you to have any nasty shipping cost surprises after the campaign's finished, so your shipping is added onto your pledge. This costs us a little bit more (as it counts towards our funding goal and therefore kickstarter's % fee), but it means you know what you're paying.
For the US and Australia, to help avoid customs charges games will be shipped via the fulfilment company Gamesquest who we have worked with before. We'll be shipping from the UK, so no customs charges for EU customers.
Baa Bot - A very powerful card if set up correctly! Make sure there are no negative entry effects in play before you bring out the Baa!
Bag Bot - These are perfect for building up your Leader Bots or desperately hunting for a card that might save you!
Boomerang Bot - Use it to temporarily remove threats, destroy weak but dangerous cards or chump out players with very few cards left. You could even turn it on itself to get the card below back in your hand, but that might be a little too sneaky...
Buck Bot - Featuring a new mechanic, this ability triggers at the start of your turn, but only if it is the top card. Try and predict how far your opponent can get through your Stak on their turn by defending above it appropriately, or add it to your Stak last-minute during reactive play.
Bull Bot - This is another new mechanic, a damage ability that only triggers if the card is attacking. Combined with its entry effect, this card is devastating against red Bots.
Buzzsaw Bot - Giving you the ultimate in control, separate a Stak in two and switch the parts over. Remove threats, expose weaknesses, uncover attackers, boost Leaders. It does everything.
Chop Bot - Although it didn't quite make the box cover, this Bot has the new mechanic that a lot of the deck is built around. When it attacks, it won't fight the top card but will instead battle the one at the bottom. Do whatever you can to manipulate weak cards down to their base, then repeatedly attack to hack down their Stak. Just be careful of things like Bash Bot, as you'll still suffer their effects if they damage you.
Fatalephant Bot - A deadly card with the power to destroy anything it touches... apart from tiny cards which will instantly force it to lose. We all have our weaknesses...
Freeze Bot - This is unofficially the most strategically fun Bot. Use it to reset entry effects, shrink Leaders and change the victim of Chop Bot.
Nibbly Bot - Great for clearing the field of tiny Bots after a chain of manipulative entry effects to create a monster. The only downside is if it triggers when there are no weaker Bots around, it will eat itself. What a waste.
Shunt Bot - An amazing card for both temporarily removing threats and revealing more of your opponent's Stak... and smashing everything in its path.
Slide Bot - Although it will drain your hand pretty quickly and leave you defenceless, it will aid you greatly against Chop and Bash Bots.
Smug Bot - Smug can't help but goad other Bots into attacking it. It's a perfect front for setting up traps for stomping Bots.
Sniper Bot - No card is safe. Use it to remove weak targets for Nibbly Bots so they can eat something more worthwhile!
Turtle Bot - Careful positioning and timing of this card can leave you temporarily invincible, as long as your opponent has more cards face-up than you when they attack. Very handy when combined with a Slide Bot.
Vandal Leader Bot - Used correctly, this card will empty your opponent's hand, whether by force or because they play all their cards so they don't lose them.
Please help support this project, so that we can get the next set into print and carry on working on new games and taking them around to conventions to share them with more lovely people.
Risks and challenges
DogEared Games has been running since 2013 and this will be the 3rd Stak Bots expansion as well as Colour Chess + Lure that we have funded through Kickstarter.
All our projects have been delivered in a timely fashion and we do what we can to make sure our backers are happy.
The main difficulties we have experienced are delays during printing and shipping, so we have factored in plenty of time to resolve anything that occurs.
We will keep you up to date through each step of the process.
Aside from printed tabletop games, we have an outstanding project for a Stak Bots app that we are still trying to get sorted (we have been let down by a string of developers).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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