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A Game for 2 Players — 30 minutes — Ages 12+

In the game of CASTLES, two players compete across the gaming table to build a Kingdom of cards. 

As each player takes a turn drawing from the deck, you'll seek to gather the support of Dukes, Counts and Barons, and attract Champions and Wizards to your Court. As you rise in power, your Nobles acquire Lands and Serfs, you'll add a Wife and Heir to your throne, and move slowly toward becoming the most powerful Kingdom in the land. But wait... your opponent works to undo all you've built, and you face opposition from his Minions and Magick spells, and are forced to Wage War with your Generals and Arms to seal your legacy in stone.

In the end, only one CASTLE can prevail! 

Fast paced and fun, the game is quick to learn but challenging to play. While a session can be over in as little as 30 minutes, aggressive play and thoughtful strategy will keep you on the edge of your seat in game after game. 

Inside the box you'll find a 6-panel, full-color rule sheet, a red vacuum-formed tray, and a deck of 168 high-quality full-color mini-cards. The mini-cards are 1.75 x 2.5 inches in size. (See all of the cards here.)

ABOVE: A Kingdom in CASTLES.
ABOVE: A Kingdom in CASTLES.
3D renderings of the CASTLES box, tray, and mini-cards.
3D renderings of the CASTLES box, tray, and mini-cards.

CASTLES is a deceptively simple game. What may at first blush seem as basic as WAR quickly evolves into a stimulating strategy game with many different angles and upsets. You're always on the edge of your seat looking for ways to turn a little luck into the opportunity you need to win. You can get a look at CASTLES in action by watching the following video, and you may DOWNLOAD THE RULES HERE. Visit the AAIIEEE.com website for more details about the game!  

CASTLES is the first release from AAIIEEE! Games, but we're not new to publishing. Dan Zimmer, the founder of AAIIEEE!, is the publisher of Illustration magazine, and published or co-published magazines such as HorrorShow, ILLO, and more. He has also produced art books on illustrators such as Norman Saunders, Reynold Brown, and H.J. Ward. We're bringing CASTLES to Kickstarter with the hopes of introducing gamers to our new company and concepts, and to assist us in raising funds to help bring CASTLES to life.

Our goal at AAIIEEE! is to create entertaining, innovative, and challenging games, and CASTLES is just the beginning. Our Kickstarter goal is set at $6,000, but this only covers some of the costs related to the manufacturing and distribution of the game. If we're fortunate enough to receive additional funding, your generosity will help offset more of these costs and enable us to share CASTLES and all of our future games with even more people.

Thank you so much for your support!

Unlike some other games, CASTLES doesn't benefit from expansion sets or add-ons like figurines, additional cards, or dice. It's a complete game as it was designed. We thought of adding t-shirts, ball caps and so on, but instead of all of that we're keeping it simple and focusing on the game. If you like what you see, you'll receive this game when you pledge your support!

Risks and challenges

Any project that involves the printing and packaging of an item overseas, to be delivered on a boat to a port in the U.S., is bound to run into a few delays along the way. Fortunately, the folks here at AAIIEEE! have had many years of experience working with Chinese manufacturers, and have imported tens of thousands of copies of books and magazines without a hitch. We have long standing relationships with our suppliers, and a proven track record of producing high quality products on time and under budget. This project is in capable hands.

CASTLES is completely designed and ready to go to press today, so once the funding is in place we'll be off to the races! I hope you will consider supporting our first effort, and with any luck there will be many more games to come in the months and years ahead!

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    BARGAIN CASTLER: Pledge $1.00 or more and receive our heartfelt thanks for your support, and a shout-out on the AAIIEEE! website in the CASTLES game section. Your support counts!

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    U.S. CASTLER: Pledge $20.00 or more and receive one pre-order copy of CASTLES delivered anywhere in the U.S. (Add $15.00 to this level to receive another copy of the game.)

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    KING CASTLER: Pledge $1000 or more and you will receive 10 pre-order copies of CASTLES delivered anywhere in the world, PLUS the ORIGINAL card deck used by Dan Zimmer in designing, refining, and playing the game hundreds of times. The art on every card in this deck is completely different from the current game, and the deck has been quite worn out from shuffling! You will also receive another deck of cards featuring completely different MAGICK and SERF card art, used in the second phase of play testing and development. As a final bonus, the designer Dan Zimmer will personally watercolor an 11 x 14 inch print of any THREE cards used in the game. Pick your favorite MINIONS or NOBLES, and Dan will create paintings of them, suitable for framing!

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