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Girl on Fire :)By Girl on Fire :)
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Girl on Fire :)By Girl on Fire :)
First created
$1,210
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
18
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 7 2013

About

Imagine the world is void and without form.  It is a massive pool of ocean waves and swells when suddenly a piece of land is exposed.  As life does, it forms itself on the land.  As the land expands so does life until civilization develops.  You are there at its creation.  You have the power to pull souls out of the well of doom and they will populate, live in and experience your utopia.  However, Fate, Destiny and the planet itself are working against you to crush your lands and to send your people back into the pit to suffer and roil.  If that weren't enough, time is being marked as death wanders the border of the planet to its eventual end.  When death reaches the reckoning, the game is over.  Souls in purgatory get flushed into oblivion.  Souls that survive on your land receive salvation.  But only one land can win, the land with the most survivors. 

We have literally spent years developing this game, from design to mechanics to game play and strategy.  We wanted to offer something that could be enjoyed by all sorts of people with all levels of skill.  Kind of like a chess game, the pieces all work the same way, but depending on the players it becomes more or less challenging to win.  We've allowed some of our work to slip to the public to get feedback and response and we've even approached a few large game companies to produce our game to no avail.  Games like this one and other Euro-Style games are expensive to make and because of their detail/complex nature appeal to a very specific high end board game market.  But we've made it.  The game plays well, is suited for human beings ages 8 to 80 and is unpredictable, unforgiving and ultimately unavoidable.

The base game is designed for two players.  Each are granted 5 land tiles to start.  Some land tiles are base CIV(ilization) such as food, water, law, health..., some are just terra firma.  Either way, one land tile can support one or more souls.  The goal of course is to pull as many souls as you can out of Purgatory.  (Also known as the 'well of souls' or the 'pit of doom').  At the start of the game the death pawn starts moving toward the world's eventual end.  With every roll of the dice the death pawn moves.  Eventually death will reach the end of the cycle, when he does, the game is over.  Game times run 45 - 60 minutes depending on how many actions each player choses to make.  This is a turn based game with actions and resources and can be played with or without attacking your opponent.  Live and let live, or conquer and submit.

Box contents:  Board, Civ Tiles, bag for Civ Tiles, Development Tokens, Soul Tokens, Death Pawn, 6-sided dice, 20-sided dice, Destiny Cards, Fate Cards, World Status cards and rules.

See the video in the introduction of this product to see some game play.  Please forgive us if we don't give too much away as you may (or may not) know, game mechanics in the US cannot be copywritten and so can be reproduced.  We'd rather not give away two years of work to design this game if we can help it.

The Expansion Pack  

The expansion allows for more tiles, more cards and more land mass and lays on the outside of the existing gameboard. You can add an addition player or two making the game more complex and fosters alliances to help take down land areas you want. The additional players are added with a fold out extension of the game board (an overlay). You will have to corral your won souls in front of you instead of in the 2 player marked spots. 4 players is much more challenging and there are many opportunities to allie against the others, to wage war more often... and to back stab your former allies!

There are three decks - Destiny, Fate and World Status. 

The Destiny cards are pulled and played at every turn.  Based on the card and the roll of the dice, the player may take certain actions.  Add more land tiles, develop CIV tiles, take an action against an opponent or meet misfortune yourself.

The Fate card is played when the death pawn lands on a marked space or when another card calls for it to be played.  Played similarly to the Destiny cards, these have much more severe consequences and typically leave the civilizations and souls in turmoil or descent.

World Status.  There are things the planet does to rid itself of the parasites that crawl all over it.  Floods, hurricanes, drought and more can reak havoc on the land and the population.  World Status cards are drawn when the death pawn lands on a marked space or when another card calls for it to be played.

What is CyBox?

Cybox is a laser cut wooden iris gear that mounts to the top of the game box.  When the iris is open it exposes the "pit" which is a cup inside the box that holds the resource pieces (souls).  It's cool to use it in game play as well.  It is an add-on to the game itself, and we must say it's exceptionally cool.  Please forgive poor photography, we are game makers not photographers. ;)

Cybox with upgraded Death Pawn
Cybox with upgraded Death Pawn

Cybox - what?  We didn't know what else to call it.  It is a very cool wooden iris gear that is affixed to the lid of the box.  Kind of like a cyclops.  When you turn the gear to fate or destiny the iris opens to reveal the pit of doom or locks the pit closed. Check out the video:

Super Components - want to upgrade your cardboard souls for wooden ones?  Add $6

Pewter Death pawn - We love a realistic antagonist so upgrade your death pawn to the Grim Reaper miniture figure.  Add $10

Metal dice - Dice are cool.  Deadly dice are awesome.  Coming soon, metal dice.

It's a strange concept for most people pledging on KS to NOT include shipping in your pledge.  It's to benefit you as well as us.  First, when you add shipping costs, it skews how much money was raised to actually produce the game.  We have a set goal that can cover fees, taxes, production and local shipping and have trimmed it down to the lowest point possible to ensure success of the project.  Second, when you pledge an amount to include shipping dollars, part of those dollars go to KickStarter and Amazon...and trust me they are not helping with the shipping.  Finally, we have shipped internationally for 10 years and are quite adept at getting the most competitive overseas rates and then passing that on to the buyer.  What we do is just before shipping we will invoice you the actual shipping cost and then you can pay through Amazon or Paypal.  Not too complicated.  If you want to get a range of cost, you can go to www.usps.com and calculate shipping from Pennsylvania, US to your country for a package weighing approximately 5lbs.  (If you get the Cybox it will be 10lbs). 

Risks and challenges

Depending on how well funding goes we have two options for production:
1. We work with previously identified vendors to supply components and our own team will assemble everything into a box and ship, or
2. We have identified two full service vendors who will do all the fabrication and ship it to us and then all we have to do is ship it to you. We chose two with good reputations and that have been used by other larger successful Kickstarter projects and depending on pledge levels we will choose the best quality for the money, we are willing to sacrifice profit over performance.
Otherwise our work is done. Please note: All Cyboxes are hand assembled right here in Pennsylvania and production on those take a little longer (3 weeks).

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    Cybox version. A cool working iris gear opens and closes to give you a vision into the pit. Made with wood parts, the unique box construction is built and physically attached to the box lid. Quite possibly the coolest game box you'll ever see! Purgatory the eventual game. Free shipping in the US. All stretch goals apply. For international shippers, please see chart.

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    Cybox and Expansion pack included with Purgatory, the eventual game. Cybox is a cool working iris gear which opens and closes to give you a vision into the pit. It is make with laser cut hardwood and will be physically mounted to the game box. Free shipping in the US. All stretch goals apply. For international buyers, please see chart.

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