- Dark Venture is an adventure card game for 1-4 players
- Play competitively, cooperatively or solo, a short game or long: 20 or 40 minutes / player
- A post-apocalyptic fantasy world brought to life with striking artwork
- Develop a hero by discovering new weapons, armor and magical items
- Large 108-card deck featuring 22 locations, 29 characters and 57 items
- Complete quests to win: 20 unique Main Quests and 30 Side Quests
- A creative and intriguing story that unfolds differently every time you play
- The map builds as you play and is never the same layout twice
- Learn to play quickly, discover a satisfying depth
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- Deep yet easy to learn gameplay!
- Hours of adventure and exploration at a low price!
- All the elements of a role-playing campaign packaged into a bite-sized, quick experience! Play a full game in under an hour, or play longer!
- Varied locations, events, quests and characters make each game a completely different experience every time!
- Amazing Stretch Goals! - Your pledge will help add more greatness to the game!
- From designer and artist Robert Lemon creator and publisher of Galactic Keep, the critically acclaimed, digital role-playing game!
The Dark Venture box is PACKED with gaming goodness: rule books, several decks of cards, hero dashboards, character record cards (to track your characters), a quest point track, a round track, a deck mat, an abundance of tokens and cubes, and several shiny, red dice! Read on as we dig into each game component while explaining how these parts work together to create the game as a whole.
A Universe in Three Books: Three GUIDE BOOKS tell your story and govern the world of Dark Venture. The Core Rule Book explains the rules of the game (20 pages). The Location Guide describes each location as it is played, setting the stage for players to make grave decisions (20 pages). The Actions book outlines choices that the players must make and the outcomes of their decisions (20 pages).
Choose your Hero, Begin Your Quest: Players choose a hero, equip them with weapons and armor, draw a main quest and side quests, and then embark on their journey. Quests may call for your hero to rid the land of a rampaging evil, pledge knighthood, close a temporal rift, search out arcane artifacts or complete some other grand and noble deed. Play competitively, strategically defying other players's quests. Play cooperatively, working with other players to complete your quests together. Or play solo. It’s up to you!
It’s in the Cards: There are three main game decks in Dark Venture: LOCATIONS, CHARACTERS and ITEMS. Playing location cards builds out the map. Game events can then be activated, giving players choices. When triggered by game events or played from a player's hand, character cards are used to populate the map locations. Other characters become friendly assets or obstructions to a hero’s quest. Players discover various item cards on their journey, equipping their chosen hero with weapons and armor, or bolstering them with potions and magical baubles.
A Story Discovered Through Exploration: When playing location cards, the LOCATION GUIDE may trigger a positive or negative story event that will befall the first player’s hero to enter the location. Events on a location may also lead to activating story entries in the ACTION book, which may in turn lead to several other options to choose...and so it is that you tell your hero's story!
All in a Day’s Work, for a Hero: On this day, your hero has devoted their focus to completing QUESTS. To track their progress, heroes score QUEST POINTS when they complete Main Quests and Side Quests. As they gain Quest Points, they advance on the HERO QUEST POINT TRACK towards victory! While doing so, the SUN is advancing on the DAY TRACK, counting the hours until the end of the day and the end of your game!
Keeping Things in Order: Players use HERO DASHBOARDS and WOODEN CUBES to organize their heroes' and track their evolving statistics. Hero stats are referenced often, during game story choices, when searching locations for new items, when engaging in combat, and in various other game events. CHARACTER RECORD cards track the stats of other characters that join the game, like FOLLOWERS, ITEM TRADERS and CREATURES.
Extra Bits: CHARACTER TOKENS represent heroes, followers, friends, and enemies that become part of your game on the game map. Along with Armor and Attack Bonus tokens, search tokens and the sun token used on the Day Track, there are various other 3/4" tokens used in Dark Venture.
If you’ve backed games on Kickstarter before, as we have, you know that shipping can be expensive. To help share this cost and lessen the impact, we have included discounts to ALL SHIPPING RATES!
Rewards shipping to addresses within Australia, Canada, the EU, and the US will be shipped from within those countries. International shipments may be subject to customs charges depending on the country to which we are shipping to.
Dark Venture is an adventure, story-based game that can be played competitively and cooperatively by up to four players or solo. To begin, each player chooses a hero from those available. Next, players draw QUESTS from their decks. With each completed quest, heroes gain QUEST POINTS. The game takes place over the course of ONE DAY, 12 game rounds.
Players maintain a hand of LOCATION, ITEM and CHARACTER cards, playing them on their turn by spending ACTION POINTS. LOCATIONS are played and attached to the map. Then descriptive story entries trigger actions and player's must make decisions. ITEMS, including weapons, magical artifacts, armor and potions, can be placed from a player's hand into their heroes inventory for them to use. Players may want to play other CHARACTERS from their hand to complete a quest or thwart an enemy.
In the game's COMPETITIVE mode, players try to gain the MOST QUEST POINTS over the course of that day, tracked on QUEST TRACK. A game can take about 40 minutes to 1 hour. Players take turns trying to complete their quests for points before any other players (or by themselves, solo) all the while thwarting enemies and engaging in the story-based encounters that the game throws at you.
In the COOPERATIVE mode, players work, fight, move, and complete their quests together to each get a set number of quest points before the end of the day, in 12 game rounds.
In the SOLO mode, players can choose a short game of 6 game rounds, attempting to win a set number of quest points before lunch, or a full game of 12 game rounds, attempting to gather even more quest points before the end of the day.
We’ve expanded upon some of the key game concepts in more detail below: Starting the game, story and combat!
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The Dark Venture Website: http://www.gildedskull.com/darkventure/index.html
Dark Venture Boardgamegeek Page: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/228412/dark-venture
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May we all continue to bring fun, exciting and peculiar things into the world for the benefit of everyone!
Last Design Note
All images above are of the Dark Venture prototype game. The components and game mechanics that are shown here are subject to change based on publisher needs, player testing and manufacturer requirements. We want to make the best game possible and the game elements could be edited or revised to assure the highest quality.
Risks and challenges
We promise to be thoroughly transparent about our process, development, production, manufacturing and shipping. We will do our very best to create this game at the highest quality with the quickest turnaround possible and do everything we can to make sure that we deliver Dark Venture within our timeline.
We have established strong partnerships to help us to handle each game development stage from printing to fulfillment and shipping. All of the Dark Venture artwork, illustrations and game files are complete and are ready to send to the printer who we have been in communication with for months now.
The game has been thoroughly tested and we will continue to test it, balancing the characters and events while configuring the rules, to create the best play experience possible, right up until we do send all of our files to the printer.
We are committed to getting you the best possible game, no matter what. We understand, from backing games ourselves and following the development of countless other games, that we will need to work hard to get it into your hands. We will honor your pledge to us and will make sure that if fulfillment issues arise we will remain focused on delivering this awesome game to your doorstep!
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