The Titan Series is a line of gateway games—casual, family-friendly tabletop games—being created by some of the best game designers (“Titans”) in the world. Each a legend within the gaming industry, these Titans are responsible for such wildly popular games as Magic: The Gathering, King of Tokyo, Shadowrun, MechWarrior, HeroClix, Quarriors!, Risk Legacy, and many more.
Now Calliope Games is harnessing the talents of the Titans to create games you can play with anyone, regardless of age or skill level. Not only will you be able to play Titan games with your regular gaming group, but your friends and family—who might rarely touch a die—will also love playing them!
By popular demand each backer at the Muse, Titan, and Mt. Olympus levels will now receive games printed with exclusive Kickstarter box art.
We’ll be releasing a minimum of nine gateway games over the next three years. Once per year a package of three games you helped create will be delivered to your doorstep. Though each game is expected to retail for approximately $30, backers of this Kickstarter can get them for just $16 each. As an added benefit, you won’t have to wait for the games to arrive to enjoy them—you’ll be an integral part of the creation process: honing rules sets, choosing art and art styles, identifying themes, and voting on game titles and character names. As a backer, you’ll get the opportunity to help shape different parts of the series all along the way.
The Titans are already hard at work crafting these tabletop experiences. Our goal is to offer games that fall within different categories: a party game, a word game, a worker placement game, a light strategy game, a dice game, a game of luck, a card game, and more. We anticipate releasing the first set of games within 12 months of the Kickstarter funding. Current games include:
Zach & Jordan Weisman: This clever worker placement game finds players carefully bidding to earn items and vying for prestige. Bluffing and deduction come into play as prices for needed items are driven up by competitors. Players must decide when to go after items and when to profit off the actions of other players. The player to score the highest ranking sets at the end of the game wins!
Paul Peterson: This unique risk management game challenges players to carefully maneuver their dice from one side of the board to the other, where locations of different point values await. Players move and manage dice along passageways according to their rolls, all while trying to stay on the best path. Event cards provide even more excitement by helping or hindering players’ movement. Navigate the board, risk dice along the way and gain victory points at the end of each round. The player with the most points at the end of three rounds wins!
Richard Garfield: How well can you link minds with your fellow players? This hilarious, thought-provoking party game invites players to think as one when responding to queries. Players receive points for responding the same way as other players—regardless of whether the other players provide a correct response. The players with the fewest points receive strikes – collect enough strikes and the game ends!
Each of the games is intended for adults, but will be accessible by children as young as 8. Most games will support 2-6 players (sometimes up to 8), play in 60 minutes or less, and be packaged in boxes similar to our previously released games Tsuro (9"x9"x2") or Tsuro of the Seas (9.5"x9.5"x3").
Our plan is to release games by Eric Lang, Seth Johnson, and Mike Selinker in year two. Games by Mike Elliott, Rob Daviau, and Mike Mulvihill will follow in year three. Beyond that, we’ll see where our stretch goals take us!
“What I really enjoy about tabletop games is how each time you play through a game, it’s a unique experience. It’s not just who wins and who loses, but what happens along the way, and the stories of those games that are told for years afterward.”
—Seth Johnson, Titan Series game designer
Legends within the tabletop gaming industry, our Titans are what make this project so exciting. Chances are you’re already familiar with their work; they’ve provided us with some of the most successful hobby games ever produced, including the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Smash Up, Brave New World, and Kill Doctor Lucky. Learn more about the Titans and their backgrounds, inspirations, and shared passion for the games they create and play below.
• Peggy Brown: Buzzword, Backseat Drawing, Qbitz, and many more!
• Rob Daviau: Betrayal at House on the Hill, Heroscape, Risk Legacy, Axis and Allies: Pacific, and many more!
• Mike Elliott: Dice Masters, Quarriors!, Thunderstone, Battle Spirits, Duel Masters, and many more!
• James Ernest: Kill Doctor Lucky, Lords of Vegas, Lord of the Fries, Pairs, Unexploded Cow, and many more!
• Matt Forbeck: Marvel Heroes Battle Dice, Brave New World, Descent: Journeys in the Dark Quest Compendium, Space Hulk: Genestealer, Monster Rancher, and many more!
• Richard Garfield: Magic:The Gathering, King of Tokyo, Netrunner, RoboRally, The Great Dalmuti, and many more!
• Seth Johnson: HeroClix, Golem Arcana, Double Double Dominoes, and many more!
• Eric Lang: XCOM: The Board Game, Quarriors!, Marvel Dice Masters, Kaosball, Warhammer 40,000: Conquest, and many more!
• Mike Mulvihill: BattleTech, Shadowrun, Pirates of the Spanish Main, Golem Arcana, Mage Knight Dungeons, and many more!
• Paul Peterson: Guillotine, Smash Up, Pairs, and many more!
• Mike Selinker: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Axis & Allies, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Lords of Vegas, Maze of Games, and many more!
• Jordan Weisman: BattleTech, MechWarrior, HeroClix, Shadowrun, Golem Arcana, Mage Knight, Tsuro of the Seas, and many more!
• Zach Weisman: Golem Arcana, Got ‘Em!, and more!
Brilliant gameplay deserves beautiful artwork. To help craft the look of the Titan Series, Calliope has recruited world-renowned artists such as:
Join Calliope Games and the Titans as we try to expand the tabletop gaming hobby we all love. Pledge today, have fun, and get involved with the Titan Series! Can’t pledge now? No problem—please tell a friend instead.
Calliope Games and the Titans thank you for your support!
Stretch goals are an integral part of the Titan Series. Each stretch goal that we reach unlocks a new game by the listed designer, and allows you to choose from more games. Once unlocked, a stretch goal game can be substituted as one of the games in any reward level, or added on as an additional game to the reward as outlined in its description. We have several more designers that are interested in participating as stretch goals. Let’s unlock them all and see what they have in store for us!
Titan Gear add-ons are available to all Titan Series backers! Show your support for the Titans and your love for tabletop gaming with these stylish accessories and apparel. Simply add the cost of the desired item to your pledge.
Want to get involved? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how the Titans Series can support you.
Kickstarter exists to support and fund creative projects. It is a platform where dreams are made reality; where those launching creative endeavors can access a community with similar interests that can assist in bringing recognition to and raising funds for a project. Many times, traditional funding for these projects is inaccessible due to risk, lack of experience, knowledge, or simply not having access to the right banks and/or angel investor.
The Titan Series is a creative project. We have some of the game industry’s most creative minds all agreeing to design gateway games for us—games they don't typically have the opportunity to do. We also have extraordinary artists willing to help bring these games to life. It’s important to note here that Calliope is not utilizing Kickstarter as pre-order system for finished games; we actually need the funding to make the Titan Series possible. As an added benefit to our backers, Kickstarter provides a platform to keep early adopters (you) engaged in the design process. We'll provide you with a unique opportunity to view and participate in the development of the games through updates, surveys, and interviews. The end result will be games that you, your family, and your friends can play long after the Kickstarter has finished.
With your support, we can bring the Titan Series to fruition and expand the gaming community. You’ve helped us before by backing Tsuro of the Seas and Roll For It!—both award-winning titles that have earned a place on Wil Wheaton’s TableTop, along with our award-winning game Tsuro. Please help us continue our quest to make great games by pledging to the Titan Series Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
The Titan Series is similar to a Kickstarter project for a digital game. We have solid game mechanics and the talent to bring the games together; however, the code is not complete. We feel the Titans' skills and our experience make this a very feasible project. Like all game production, time and scheduling may slip due to extended playtest periods, art creation, and editing.
The biggest foreseeable risks relate to manufacturing and shipping. These can be minimized by leveraging existing relationships with experienced factories, which are familiar with our procedures and standards of quality. Our shipping needs are handled by world-class freight forwarder Sentek International. We expect to be able to anticipate most issues and react nimbly to mitigate them.
We’re also experienced enough to know that unforeseen issues sometimes crop up. We’ve built a safety margin into our costs of goods sold to prepare us for these. To date, we've launched seven titles under the Calliope Games brand and avoided having any major production issues associated with any of them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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