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Bob WestBy Bob West
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Bob WestBy Bob West
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About

As The Great War turned catastrophic for Russia, Tsar Nicholas II made the desperate decision to leave Saint Petersburg and lead the army from the front lines. It was an unexpected and unpopular move, made solely on the advice of the mysterious mystic Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin.  With Russia teetering on the edge of anarchy, a cabal of nobles, politicians, and patriots decided that Rasputin's ever-growing influence made him a greater threat to the empire than the combined Central Powers, and sent four assassins into the Winter Palace simultaneously, each working independently with one common goal in mind… Kill Rasputin! 

Rasputin is a two to four player game that plays in forty-five to seventy-five minutes. Although all players share the same target, this is not a cooperative game and your opponents will prove to be an even greater threat than Rasputin’s personal guards. 

Each player starts with a matching deck of fifty cards from which he must choose the twenty-five cards he will use in the game. Your cards determine which abilities you have available to you at any given moment, as well as your strength in individual combat against Rasputin and other players. Success in the game relies on your ability to balance the cards in your hand versus the board positions of yourself, your opponents, the guards and Rasputin. 

Rasputin is a self-contained game. Everything needed for four players is included, and there is nothing being held back for “expansions”. Rasputin has been in development for five years, going through numerous revisions and refinements after a litany of private play-test sessions, blind play-tests, Protospiel West 2011, and events at the Orc-Con, Strategicon and Game-X gaming conventions.

The complete rule-book is available for online reading and download here:  http://www.viewdocsonline.com/document/s28fdi

Rasputin will be printed in two versions.   

- The standard version of Rasputin. -
- The standard version of Rasputin. -

The full-color STANDARD VERSION has a cardboard game box, pressboard game-board, and fiberboard tokens and pawns, just like most board games you can think of. 

- The wood version of Rasputin. -
- The wood version of Rasputin. -

The Kickstarter exclusive ALL WOOD VERSION has a wood game box, wood game-board, and wood tokens and pawns. While this version looks gorgeous as raw wood, it will look even better once you customize it with your own paint, wood stain, ink, or anything else your inner artist can dream of.

Inside the delivery box you will find:

The Rasputin Game Box – 6”x9”x2”, with room enough for the entire game, even when the silhouette pawns are assembled.

13 Silhouette Pawns – 1 Rasputin pawn, 8 Guard pawns, and 4 Assassin pawns. Each laser-cut pawn has a two-part base that when assembled makes it free standing and approximately 1” wide by 2” high.

The Rasputin Rule Book – 20 full-color pages of the complete rules, an illustrated example turn, a glossary, an FAQ, strategy tips, and a concise player aid on the back cover for quick in-game reference.

236 Cards – Four complete player decks of fifty cards each, differentiated by the colors of the card backs, and 36 Fate cards.

The Game Board – To fit in the box, the board comes in six separate interlocking sections that assemble to create a 14.5” square board.

4 Concealed Markers – You can’t stand out as a respectable assassin without the ability to disappear into your surroundings. Concealed markers allow you to go into hiding without having to worry about forgetting where you are next turn.

24 Fire Tokens – What fun is infiltrating the Winter Palace if you can’t burn the mother down?

1 First Player Marker – Yet another piece of laser-cut goodness to indicate who goes first in any particular round.

In order to control production costs and production time, Rasputin does not come with plastic miniatures.  But fear not, oh lover of miniatures! The Rasputin game board has been designed to work perfectly with any of the 1” base miniatures that you already have on hand. (Including, but not limited to: Pathfinder, D&D Minis, Star Wars Minis, and just about anything on a 25mm or smaller base.)

Got a bunch of friends who love games but hate shipping costs?  Plot in secret with them and back Rasputin at the $300 or $425 level for six complete copies sent to you with all shipping included!  

Want to order more than six but less than twelve copies of the game?  Send me a note via the Contact button on the right column of this page and I'll get back to you with the math!  

This is a video of a complete game of Rasputin (using prototype components) to give you a better idea of exactly how the game works.

Risks and challenges

Barring some sort of attack by a giant fire-breathing lizard, there is not much that can derail the completion of this project. The game is designed. The rules and the rulebook are finalized. The board art is finished. The card art is finished. The components and the cards are all being produced in Southern California, freeing us from the worry of slow boats from China.

Now, all of that being said, actually producing copies of the game isn’t financially viable without the economy of scale that Kickstarter provides. Only by reaching the funding goal will we be able to order enough copies of the game to get the cost per unit in-line with normal retail prices.

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