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Thanks to everyone who helped make Shadow Throne a reality!
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The kingdom is crumbling. The king maintains his rule with brutal force while the queen leads a rebellion to overthrow him. The princess has disavowed both of her parents and now leads the church.
You and the other players, as members of a secret society, hold sway over the empire, but your job is not to set it right. You just want to be on the winning side when the fighting finally ends. By weaving Machiavellian alliances and determining the outcome of crucial battles, you’ll accrue influence for when the war resolves. In the end, the king, the queen, or the princess may wear the crown, but you will rule from the shadow throne.
Shadow Throne is a drafting, hand management game. Each round is an important battle in the war. Players start the battle by drafting a hand of cards, which represents taking control of characters. Players then play cards from their hands to determine which faction wins the battle. Finally, players on the winning side collect influence points. Once one player has gained enough influence, he or she wins the game!
The expansion will not be included with every copy of Shadow Throne. Instead, unlocking this stretch goal will open up additional reward tiers, letting you get a copy of the expansion with your base game. Read more about this stretch goal!
Written review at Today in Board Games.
Corporate America was one of the San Francisco Chronicle's Best New Games of 2013, made the Game Boy Geek's Top 10 of 2013, and Undead Viking's Top 30 of 2013. Learn more about Corporate America, Nothing Sacred Games' hilarious political satire board game!
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At Nothing Sacred Games, we value transparency and honesty. We shared our experience with Corporate America, and we want you to know how we'll use your money to make Shadow Throne. When you pledge for Shadow throne, here's how your money will be spent:
If you have any questions about how we'll use your money to produce the highest quality game we can, don't hesitate to ask in the comments!
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Learn about the design goals that shaped Shadow Throne.
See how the graphic design of Shadow Throne cards changed over time.
Shadow Throne would not be possible without the generous help of many individuals, and we want to take a moment to thank the following people:
Jonathan Cox, who recorded a wonderful gameplay overview video and suffered through seemingly endless takes of the actual Kickstarter video.
Joel Martin, who helped edit the Kickstarter video.
Logan Stahley, whose dramatic music added a lot to the Kickstarter video.
The countless playtesters who have shared suggestions and offered valuable feedback. Shadow Throne is much better for it!
Finally, thanks to each and every one of you for taking the time to look into Shadow Throne, sharing it with your friends, and offering your support!
Risks and challenges
There are inherent risks whenever undertaking a project as complex and large as producing and distributing a card game, but Nothing Sacred Games has a proven track record. Corporate America, our first Kickstarter, taught us a lot about the board game production process, and we managed to deliver very close to on time (less than a month late, almost unheard of for a board game Kickstarter!).
Shadow Throne is extremely well tested and balanced (but don't take our word for it--try the free print and play!). The graphic design is complete, and the art is nearing completion. We have an established relationship with Panda GM, a high quality manufacturer, and have budgeted lots of extra time in our estimated delivery date for the inevitable delays and hiccups that will come up.
Here at Nothing Sacred Games, we pride ourselves on our transparency, and we will keep you, the backers, up to date on the progress of the project, rain or shine. In the case of unexpected issues, you'll know what's going on as soon as we do. We will rapidly reply to any comments or messages you send us and pledge to keep you updated at least monthly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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