A 'fun' and 'exciting' new card game of intrigue, danger and interstellar backstabbing journalism.
In space, no-one can hear you plagiarise..
Welcome to News Desk: Zeta, the first game in the 'News Desk' series, where you take the role of an aspiring news reporter hell-bent on gaining fame and fortune while thoroughly destroying the careers of your rivals.
Each game set will consist of 128 full-colour poker-sized game cards, 5 character cards, and a rule sheet. This will be everything you need to start playing! We have aimed to make the game as easily-accessible as possible while still being complex and tactical enough to keep playing time after time.
Playing the game couldn't be simpler! Each player must use 'subject' and 'action' cards to make the best (or most amusing) headline each round and win prestige. Be careful, though, as event and item cards can be used against you by your bitter rivals, various cards carry special abilities and you'll have to think both offensively and defensively to come out on top!
There isn't much to say about us. We love card games and board games, we're arrogant enough to think we can pull this off, and we need your help!
WHAT'S THE STATUS OF THE GAME?
News Desk: Zeta has been printed and playtested to death by a lot of groups now, so it's mostly good to go. The only thing we desperately need is artwork, and the funds to print it professionally enough to retail. And that's where you guys come in!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The kickstarter goal of £3500 gives us the funds we need to complete the project.
The most important cost we face now is in hiring a few artists to help us with sketches for the game, as each card needs to be individually drawn up. In all, the art should cost us around £500 (if we're lucky).
A further £500 goes toward design costs for the cards themselves and for box art. Some of the work has been kindly provided in advance, but designers crave things like shelter and food, so we're told we have to give them money for this, soon.
The costs of professionally printing 200 copies of the game comes to about £2000
The remaining £500 is needed for various administrative costs, like paying kickstarter fees, retailer fees and buying a nice (gross) bottle of (tesco value) whisky for our staff writer (but not really.)
From this breakdown, you can probably see that not a single penny of your money is being wasted or collected frivolously (except for the tesco value whisky. Which, again, doesn't exist). We're all doing this for the love of the game, and to bring you an exciting, entertaining product, as well as a chance to get in at the ground-floor for awesome rewards.
The first copies to be produced will be signed, numbered and personalised, before going to all those who pledged at the senior reporter level, and as soon as they have been posted, the PDF files for the print and play version will be sent out to all those who pledged at the Staff reporter level.
Due to increased interest from non-UK potential backers, we can proudly offer updated shipping charges of £8 for non-UK backers!
If you are thinking about backing the project and need a postage estimate, feel free to message us on kickstarter, or to email us at: DieAloneGames@gmail.com!
Indeed we are! As you can see from the risks and challenges section, we have £500 (and maybe a little more) set aside for artwork, and are looking for three artists to cover the work.
If you want to be considered for this, then send one or two samples of your work to DieAloneGames@gmail.com, and we'll consider you for one of the positions!
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