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Rock out and capture your audience in this dice rolling deckbuilder game set in the Tessandor universe.
Rock out and capture your audience in this dice rolling deckbuilder game set in the Tessandor universe.
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 What is Battle of the Bards? 

Battle of the Bards is a competitive 2 to 4 player dice rolling game with aspects of deck-building. Throughout the game players manage a troupe of bards trying to capture the audiences as they travel throughout the Taverns of Tessandor for the annual performance competition. 

Each round, players will have three of their bards take the stage. A fourth bard will take a supporting roll while it remains in your hand. These bards will provide the player with additional dice, and will have a large variety of special abilities that can be used in many strategic ways. 

Players will also create performances, reroll dice,  capture audiences and hire (and fire) bards in their troupe. Each captured audience provides victory points and a passive bonus.  The game ends with a special Encore round where each player’s most heart-melting face-melting bards will return to the stage once more to gain additional points.

I designed Battle of the Bards with these three principles in mind:

  • Roll LOTS of dice, and have plenty of ways to spend them.
  • Players will need to use their resources strategically to solve the 'puzzle' of their turn.
  • Resonate with the rock vibes of your bards’ soulful tunes down to your very core.

Quality:

Junk Spirit Games has established a reputation for high-quality components and gameplay as a cornerstone of our business. Battle of the Bards will be no exception in component quality and attention to detail. Justin Hillgrove’s imaginative vision brings the game’s family-friendly theme to life in vibrant color 

Additional Free Content and Upgrades have been unlocked in Stretch Goals. Check out the Stretch Goals section for more information.

Battle of the Bards is a heavy dice rolling game with light aspects of deckbuilding which we  call "deck nudging." The changes to your deck occur in small increments, making each choice much more strategically meaningful.  

Ryan made an excellent How to Play video below:

The Rules

For a PDF of our current DRAFT of the rules, check out this link on our website HERE.

The Card Expansion 1 shown above will be a fixed (not randomized) pack that contains additional Veteran Bards, Leads and Audiences, increasing the variety and replayability of your games. 

To purchase Add-Ons, just adjust your total pledge by the amount shown for the items you'd like below.  

The Add-Ons above are shown in à la carte fashion, check the chart below to see which tiers already have a desired item in them.  If your pledge tier does not include an item you wish to add, simply add that amount to your pledge.

For specific information on our Stretch Goals, check our updates.

Since we funded on the first day (Thanks to all you awesome backers!)- We will add a dice bag to all copies of Battle of the Bards: 

Junk Spirit Games has successfully delivered three games through Kickstarter.  We had a fun time creating, playtesting and producing our previous games but the real fun comes when we reach out to the community to share our passion for gaming.  The reception we've received has been overwhelming and we are excited to continue our work in this industry.

David Gerrard owned and operated a brick and mortar game store for a number of years and has always had a good eye for game balance and design. He has worked with Sabertooth Games and Microsoft in the past and brings his experience and pragmatic dedication to this project.

Justin Hillgrove has been able to do a lot of amazing things as an artist – he has painted murals for Facebook in Seattle and London, worked on toys with The Coop, Rampage Toys & Funko, and created covers for Cartoon Network‘s “Adventure Time” comic, in addition to all of his own well-known creations and exhibitions. Justin’s art has a lot of whimsy and humor making it very approachable and relatable. To learn more about Justin and Explore his paintings, sketches, toys and more, check out his site here.

Travis Torgerson, our graphic designer, has worked in licensed product development for brands like Adventure Time, Star Trek, and The Walking Dead. He loves typography, playing card games, and drinking copious amounts of black coffee. 

 Shipping:  

We will be using multiple fulfillment centers in key areas of the world for shipping Battle of the Bards.  By shipping this way, your game will likely be sent to you from within your region, eliminating the need for you to pay taxes or VAT fees.  Keep in mind that Battle of the Bards will likely weigh around 1.4 kilos (~2 pounds).  

Junk Spirit Games is paying a portion of the shipping as a promotion for our campaign - including any price increases in shipping between now and when we deliver your game.

Here are your costs for shipping:

  • USA - $7
  • Canada - $13
  • EU - $17
  • AUS + NZ - $20
  • Rest of World - $27
  • South America + Russia - We're sorry, we are not accepting orders from these regions.  If you back Battle of the Bards we will need to issue you a refund at the end of the campaign.

Note that there will be a break on shipping for ordering extra copies, which will be done through our pledge manager at the end of the campaign. For each copy that you would like, please add the reward tier cost to your pledge. 

Retailers:

During our previous campaigns we have seen some.....disheartening.... things that retailers had to deal with when trying to carry our games and as a previous store owner I feel your pain.

We are dedicated to helping retailers out.  We've created a separate reward tier for you to pick up Battle of the Bards and you will receive the game directly from us, with additional free Promos and demo copies as needed.

Just jump in that Retailer Only Pledge level and we'll contact you after the campaign ends!

Risks and challenges

This is our fourth game and our fifth kickstarter campaign, we are confident that this campaign to release Battle of the Bards will result in a high quality and fun game on your table. Our team has years of experience in creating toys, art, books and games. In many kickstarter campaigns in which I have been involved, the one thing that brings me almost as much happiness as delivering the final product being fully engaged with our backers during and after the campaign. By now you may have had some good and some bad experiences on Kickstarter. Please know that our foremost commitments are accountability and transparency.

As with turning any idea into a physical product, any number of problems can arise. While we can’t control every element of the process, we can promise constant communication with our backers. And while we don’t expect any delays or date changes, and indeed have a history of faster-than-industry-average fulfillment, our backers will be the first to know if there are any unforeseen issues.

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