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King Torg (ALL HAIL KING TORG!) wants lunch. Can you eat a delicious sammich before being eaten by your friends or worse... King Torg?!
King Torg (ALL HAIL KING TORG!) wants lunch. Can you eat a delicious sammich before being eaten by your friends or worse... King Torg?!
King Torg (ALL HAIL KING TORG!) wants lunch. Can you eat a delicious sammich before being eaten by your friends or worse... King Torg?!
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Knuckle Sammich - Kobolds Ate My Card Game!!!

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KING TORG IS SO HUNGRY! All Hail King Torg!

Uh-oh! You’re late! Lunch is nearly over and the sandwiches are running out!  It’s time to put some sandwiches in your belly and fast - before King Torg and the other Kobolds eat ’em all (or worse yet, eat you). You may just have to make your own lunch with some KNUCKLE SAMMICHES!

Knuckle Sammich is a fast playing game of take-that shenanigans*, occasional yelling**, and delicious sammiches*** for 2–8 players. 

*If you are not a fan of shenanigans, then you probably don’t want to play this game.
**If you don’t think its fun to shout silly things, then sadly, this game is not for you. We thank you for your patience up to this point.
***The sammiches included in the box are made out of cardboard, please don’t eat them.

KNUCKLE SAMMICH - A Kobolds Ate My Baby! Card Game is an original game from the designers and publishers of KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY! The Original Beer and Pretzels RPG and SCHRÖDINGER'S CATS. First released as an ashcan edition in 2013, the game has evolved from a silly micro-game into a full sized card party game of sandwiches, strategy, and eating your neighbors. The rules are accessible to gamers of all skill levels, and feature scalable maturity and complexity levels making it a perfect choice for family or party gaming occasions. Using a familiar draw one card play one card mechanic, Knuckle Sammich is quick to learn but offers a fun challenge and great replayability with entertainingly ridiculous card abilities.

Kobolds are furry, little, doggy people. They aren’t good at much except cooking and, ironically, they are delicious when cooked. King Torg (All Hail King Torg!) is the biggest and hungriest of Kobolds, and he demands to be fed - if the Kobolds fail to feed him, he’s more than willing to just eat them. Did we mention that Kobolds are damn tasty?

Kobolds are the stars of the eponymous, cult-classic, role-playing game KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY! created by Chris O’Neill and Dan Landis which features the art stylings of John Kovalic!!! This is the Kobolds’ first card game.

For more about The Kobolds and the Kobolds Ate My Baby! RPG, click here.

 

 

KNUCKLE SAMMICH is super easy to play. You have a card in your PAW* that tells you your MEAT and what you TASTE LIKE. On your turn you get to draw a new card, and then choose which of your two cards you want to PLAY. You play a card face up on your PLATE. Some cards have an effect WHEN PLAYED, others while they are ON YOUR PLATE, and a few while they are IN YOUR PAW.

*Kobolds have paws, not hands.

Some cards get you a SAMMICH, some cards give sammiches to King Torg (All Hail King Torg!), and some cards let you EAT other Kobolds (both gaining you a sammich, and putting them out for a round). When all the sammiches are gone, the game is over, and the Kobold with the fullest belly wins.

CHECK OUT THE RULES or a LOW RES PNP

You can download the current complete rules to KNUCKLE SAMMICH here (rules not final and have not yet been through layout).

You can also download the low-res black & white PNP version to try the game out.

 

 

The boxed game will contain: a rule book, 60 delicious Sammich Tokens (see below), a King Torg card, a Hungriest Kobold card, and 34 KNUCKLE SAMMICH cards in SIX* DELICIOUS FLAVORS - Kobold, Pretzel, Chicken, Baby, Bacon, and Beer.

*Well, seven if you count EVERYTHING - which technically is every flavor, but Kobolds are super bad at counting.

FAMILY FRIENDLY - The Beer “suit” features the craziest, loopiest cards - that might be a bit much for the kiddos. However, the Beer suit is optional; you can take the entire suit out when you play with younger players, as it makes the game easier to understand and play.

(NEW - Added 6/1) - MEEPLE SOURCE UPGRADE KIT

For the most discerning connoisseur of tabletop games*, we are pleased to announce a Knuckle Sammich UPGRADE KIT from those Wizards of Wood, the Thaumaturges of Tokens, the Sorcerers of Specialty Swag – THE MEEPLE SOURCE.

You can add this upgrade via the new PLEDGE LEVELS, or via add-on later in BackerKit (Retail Price $12.00, during the Kickstarter $10.00). This upgrade kit replaces the tokens from the KNUCKLE SAMMICH with wooden bread meeples – a whole wooden loaf of them! UPGRADE KIT includes: 24 bread meeples, 10 bread meeples with crust, and an EXCLUSIVE CARD and rules insert.

*And nerds with swagger everywhere.

 

Thank you for being part of our club! We promise to ask King Torg (All Hail King Torg!) not to eat you.

You will receive 1 digital "Print and Play" copy of the Knuckle Sammich card game, as well as all unlocked digital stretch goals.

You will receive 1 physical boxed copy of the Knuckle Sammich card game as well as all unlocked physical and digital stretch goals.

Add $20 to your pledge for each ADDITIONAL COPY of Knuckle Sammich that you want (you will save on shipping costs). These add-ons will be handled as part of the BACKERKIT after funding.

You will receive 1 physical boxed copy of the Knuckle Sammich card game, one Meeple Source Upgrade Kit, and all unlocked physical and digital stretch goals. 

The complete KOBOLDS SUPER SPECIAL PACKAGE - 1 physical copy of Knuckle Sammich (the boxed card game), 1 physical copy of Kobolds Ate My Baby! In Colour!!! RPG (full color book), and 1 physical copy of Even More Things to Kill and Eat (full color book). All unlocked physical and digital stretch goal rewards as added.

As the KING TORG SPECIAL above, but also includes the MEEPLE SOURCE Upgrade Kit. A truly majestic deal!

9th Level has used BACKERKIT for their last 2 Kickstarter campaigns, and will be using it again to provide PLEDGE MANAGEMENT, SURVEYING, and ONGOING SUPPORT for the campaign. In addition, you will have the ability to get great 9th Level Games add-ons, like the Kobolds RPG books, Schrödinger’s Cats card game and more!

You can add funds for these as part of your Kickstarter pledge (the additional funds will appear in your BackerKit basket), or you can add funds later when you complete the BackerKit survey.

  • Additional Copies of KNUCKLE SAMMICH - $20.00
  • Kobolds Ate My Baby! In Colour RPG - $20.00 (MSRP $23)
  • Even More Things to Kill & Eat - $20.00 (MSRP $21)
  • Schrödinger’s Cats Card Game - $20.00
  • KOBOLD Dice! - 3 for $5.00
KAMB Dice - King Torg, Kobold and Chicken
KAMB Dice - King Torg, Kobold and Chicken
     

SO WHAT IF I AM A RETAILER AND I WANT TO SUPPORT YOUR COOL GAME?! 9th Level Games hearts retailers - but we understand that most retailers are running a business, and would rather get their product through their established channels (at their established discounts!) - as long as they can get it in a timely manner. 9LG is an established game company and all of our games are available through distribution. So, don’t worry, Knuckle Sammich will also be available through all of the game distributors that you currently do business with - please ask them about it!

If you have any questions about ordering any 9th Level product (of if you want to do something fun at your store), we love talking with retailers - please contact us directly at AllHailKingTorg@gmail.com

The goal for this campaign is to produce a high quality, boxed version of the greatly enhanced KNUCKLE SAMMICH Card Game. We have set our goal at the minimum rate needed to produce the game. If we exceed that goal, we will fulfill some awesome stretch goals and do as much cool stuff as possible.

 

UNLOCKED!  FUN-DEAD! > Basic funding level, 9th Level Games makes KNUCKLE SAMMICH and does the happy dance. You probably* get a copy of the game in a few months, and then do a happy dance.

*Assuming you backed at Tea Sammich or above. Thanks, friend! We SUPER appreciate it.

 

UNLOCKED > At this level, we will increase the overall quality of the materials in the game. This will include thicker components and higher quality card stock for the cards.

UNLOCKED > Everyone really liked it when we did this for SCHRÖDINGER’S CATS - so we thought we would do it again! At this level, we will include a STICKER SHEET in each copy of the game so that you can deface, errr... enhance your surroundings with tiny, sticky backed, Kobolds!

LOCKED > AN EXCLUSIVE CARD JUST FOR KICKSTARTER BACKERS....the almighty PICKLE!

 

These goals are based on Social Media activity and are not connected directly to the performance of the Kickstarter campaign. You can help the campaign out by sharing, re-tweeting, and liking 9th Level and our games across your social media stream. #AllHailKingTorg is always active.

Hit us up on Facebook and join King Torg's royal guard @ Facebook public figure, King Torg. (All Hail King Torg!) 

Hit us up on the Twitter and don't forget to #AllHailKingTorg - Twitter @AllHailKingTorg

If we can get to 1000 Twitter Followers ( @AllHailKingTorg ) - You get a Free 9th Level pico-game* “THE CHICKEN GAME", featuring the ancient enemy of the Kobolds, “the Chicken.” We will create and provide “The Chicken Game” to everyone (digitally).

*Nerds like us really like to measure things. While we call Knuckle Sammich “a game”, we will gleefully argue with other nerds that it should more properly be categorized as a micro-game, a mini-game, or a nano-game. THE CHICKEN GAME is a pico-game which is way smaller than a nano-game. Like unbelievably small. We can’t wait to make a femto-game!

If we can get to 1500 Twitter Followers ( @AllHailKingTorg ) we’ll give you another 9th Level pico-game* “KOBOLD PHILOSOPHY", featuring the ancient enemy of the Kobolds, “Thinking”. We’ll create and provide “Kobold Philosophy” to everyone (digitally).

 

If we get 750 Likes on Facebook for good old KING TORG (All Hail King Torg!), EVERYONE will get a free digitial copy of KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY! Print and Slay Minis Set #1 - a complete set of print and fold paper minis, including everyone’s favorite tiny despot - KING TORG! All Hail King Torg!

If we get 1,000 Likes on Facebook for good old KING TORG (All Hail King Torg!), EVERYONE will get a free digital copy of KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY! Print and Slay Minis Set #2 - a complete set of print and fold paper minis, featuring the Kobolds in adorably fashion forward outfits.

9th Level Games has been making fun and funny* games since 1997, including KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY! The Original Beer and Pretzels RPG, Cthulhu for President (for Chaosium), Ninja Burger, and Schrödinger’s Cats.

*Much harder than it seems. Funny is relatively easy. Fun is not that hard. Fun and funny...devilish.

With the help of cartoon superstar JOHN KOVALIC, 9th Level Games ran a shamefully successful Kickstarter back in 2013 to resurrect the fan-favorite RPG KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY with an all color* edition. In 2015, the team had another successfully funded and delivered Kickstarter for the pseudo-scientific fun of SCHRÖDINGER’S CATS, a delightful romp through cat based physics!

*Specifically, the IN COLOUR!!! edition - to differentiate it from Original, Classic, 2nd Edition, Third Edition, SUPER DELUXX, and Electric Edishun which had come before.

9th Level Games (from left to right):

  • Dan Landis - 9th Level Ranger, King Torg's Master of Coins and Shiny Baubles, owner of The Invisibility Jacket.
  • Heather Wilson - 9th Level Hunter, King Torg’s Slayer of Bad Grammar and Unnecessary Punctuation, Knitter of The Vorpal Scarf.
  • Beamish - 1st level Kobold Adventurer, Minor Drinking Problem.
  • Heather O’Neill - 9th Level Scout, King Torg’s Mistress of Sheets and Spreads, Wielder of the Talking Map.
  • Chris O'Neill - 9th Level Wizard, King Torg's Shouter of Great Things, Inventor of the High Four!
  • John Kovalic - 900th Level Artist, not appearing in this photo.

Extra Special Special Thanks to the lords and ladies of WARPCON, but most especially to Anna Ahern, Anna Spies, and Hugh Murphy who grace the video of this very Kickstarter. These lovely peeps donated a bunch of money to sick kids for this "honour". They are super rad!

Super Thanks with a cherry on top to Game Makers Guild of Philadelphia for play testing, poking, and continuous process improvement. Most especially to Anthony Amato, Jr. and Nicole Kline of CARDBOARD FORTRESS for being so damn cool. Also thanks to Redcap’s Corner for letting us use their cool space for the GMG! A ton of playtesting on Knuckle Sammich happened here - so thank you all.

Risks and challenges

Knuckle Sammich is complete. The game is designed, play tested, laid out, and illustrated. The rules are written and even the box art is complete! However, there may be tweaks to the final layout (as a result of working with our printers) and there will always be more edits.

PROVEN TRACK RECORD
9th Level has successfully funded and delivered two great projects through Kickstarter - Schrodinger’s Cats (2015), a complete boxed card game like this one, and Kobolds Ate My Baby! In Colour!!! (2013) which included 2 full color books, fan club cards, art, a ton of pdfs, dice, minis, a plushie, and more.

MINIMAL PRODUCTION RISKS
There is a minimum order quantity for the game, which means we have fairly high production costs. We have set our goal amount to cover the base game with basic components. If we fund into stretch goals, we will have some additional costs and more time could be required to update to new components.

DELIVERY AND SHIPPING RISKS AND CHALLENGES
As with any physical product, there is always a risk of delivery delays due to production issues or overseas shipping. However, we already have an established relationship with our manufacturer and our artwork is in their hands and ready to go. After this campaign is complete we will modify our production run to accommodate any stretch goals, accept the final layout, do final final final edits, and determine our final production quantity.

Knuckle Sammich’s estimated production time after all artwork is approved is about 3 months, with overseas shipping adding another 2 months. Shipping is always a risk - both financially and time wise. WE DO NOT CONTROL THE OCEANS! Another challenge is the recent massive spike in US POSTAL SERVICE shipping costs. This makes shipping more costly and international shipping even more of a hassle. That being said we are happy to announce that international shipping is available to ALL countries.

OUR COMMITMENT TO THE PROJECT AND OUR BACKERS
9th Level is committed to doing this right! Our goal isn’t just to make a game, it’s to make the best damn game we can make. As a backer, you will be kept abreast* of our progress with regular updates, and you should feel free to drop us a line with questions or concerns at any time.

Thank you for your support!

*Heh… made you think about chicken!

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    The King Torg Royale. You will get 1 physical, boxed copy of Knuckle Sammich, and the Meeple Source Upgrade Kit, plus all digital and physical rewards as added - and you will get a copy of the KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY RPG and EVEN MORE THINGS to KILL and EAT! supplement books.

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