A story told between both a card game and a novel that explores a plot to assassinate the king.
Masquerade is a two pronged project that includes a deep story with a slew of interesting characters told through both a card game and a novel. There is a dark plot to assassinate the king of Avalot, and no one knows who is involved. In the game, you may protect the king or join in the murder, while in the book the conspiracy goes deeper than it appears on the surface.
The Masquerade card game is a party game for those who enjoy mayhem and fun. The Masquerade novel offers a larger perspective on the seemingly nonsensical entertainment. Both mediums offer surprisingly vast themes. Everything, from the art, design, and writing, has been done by one man, Michael Bujtas (age 21).
Why Support Masquerade?
Masquerade is a one-of-a-kind idea created by me, young game designer Michael Bujtas. My determination to complete the project has led me to require funding for printing both the book and the game.
About the Game
Curious about how the game plays? Here’s a typical playthrough with some eager players!
If you’re wondering about the rules of the game, check out the rulebook.
Peasant Prize - $5
Even a peasant's salary will carry Masquerade a long way! Donating at least $5 will earn you the right to have your full name printed in the final version of the rulebook within the thank you section. Unless requested specifically by email, your name will be printed as listed in Kickstarter. No shipping required!
Squire Prize - $20
Being a loyal squire means you get to reap the rewards. You will receive the full Masquerade card game plus your name in the rulebook. The Masquerade game includes 60 unique cards, the box, and the rulebook. Estimated to be completed sometime in March 2013.
Instead of taking the card game as your prize, you can choose the book. This option is available if you enjoy reading more than playing card games. For more details on the novel, see the Guard Prize below.
Guard Prize- $35
Including the game and your name in the rulebook, you will also get the final printed paperback version of the Masquerade novel when it comes out. Follow the dark plot and intricate story surrounding the world of Masquerade featuring favorite characters from the card game, like Gunter Newgate and King Alric. Check out a sample chapter of the manuscript here.
The novel has been written and is in the process of editing but it should be ready for shipping with the game by March 2013. There are currently 125,000 words in the Masquerade story, numbering at 49 chapters.
Knight Prize - $50
By proving yourself a loyal knight of Avalot, your book and card box will be personally signed by Michael Bujtas. Finally, as an added bonus, your name will be given a Special Thanks mention in the Masquerade blog as a knight in the Nobles Court.
Lord/Lady Prize - $100
Lords and ladies of Avalot will get all of the prizes mentioned so far as well as a full hand-drawn map of Avalot and its provinces, signed by the creator. Also, lords and ladies may lay claim to certain unmanned parts of the world as part of their 'land.'
Baron/Baroness Prize - $200 (Limit 5)
Along with all the prizes so far, barons and baronesses will get their names specifically printed on one card in the Masquerade card game. An official decree will be sent to you along with your other rewards stating your position in the Noble's Court.
Members of the Court of Nobles will have the power to help influence important decisions for the future of the Masquerade project.
The King Prize- $300 (Limit 1)
The king gets a kingly gift indeed from the creator of Masquerade. One person will get every single prize so far (excluding the Baron/Baroness prize) as well as the ability to help design the 61st card in the first edition Masquerade card game
If that weren't enough, it is guaranteed that your name will appear at the end of the Masquerade book. You will become an official part of Masquerade lore.
The King must collaborate with Michael Bujtas in order to acquire all this information, however. An email or means of contacting must be sent.
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Besides the fact that Masquerade is a story told through a card game and a book, it is unique in the fact that all the work involved with it has been done by only one person. Everything from the card design, art for everything you see so far, the writing, and even web design is the original work of me, Michael Bujtas. As a result, there's a lot on my plate.
But one thing I have is determination to complete this project. I can see this entire world in my head and I've gotten this far already. I won't stop until I see Masquerade published and printed.
The book and card game have both been completed and are in the process of being edited and tested. With your support, we can see this idea become a reality and make this look incredibly professional. You have my word: no matter the obstacles, I shall see this through, and we will see Masquerade on the shelves of stores.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.