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Heroes Wanted is a tactical board game for 1-5 superhero hopefuls eager to join The Champions of Zeta City.
Heroes Wanted is a tactical board game for 1-5 superhero hopefuls eager to join The Champions of Zeta City.
Heroes Wanted is a tactical board game for 1-5 superhero hopefuls eager to join The Champions of Zeta City.
1,912 backers pledged $137,945 to help bring this project to life.

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As soon as you saw the ad in today’s Tribune, the certainty flooded over you. At last, this is your chance, the reason for all your training! All that work waterproofing your utility belt and practicing your one-liners will finally pay off. You call into work sick, feed the cat, and turn on your police scanner, waiting nervously for the first call–or at least, the call that’s close enough for you to get there first. You’ll stop at nothing to join your heroes, The Champions of Zeta City, and woe to any wannabe crime fighters who stand in your way!

Heroes Wanted is a tactical board game for 1-5 superhero hopefuls, attempting to fulfill their dreams of becoming a member of Zeta City’s exclusive crime fighting super team: The Champions of Zeta City. Each time you play, you will create a unique superhero comprised of two hero cards. You will then choose a scenario and face a different villain (or villains), but the objective remains the same: gaining as much fame as possible by KO’ing minions, completing headlines, and thwarting the villain. At the end of each game, the superhero with the most fame is the winner and joins the prestigious ranks of The Champions of Zeta City.

Tired of the wannabe superhero circuit? Then this is just what you need! Play as five of The Champions of Zeta City, harnessing their awesome powers to defeat the machinations of the most heinous and vile Masterminds imaginable in this fully co-op variant. Feeling dangerous? Then go up against the Masterminds in the regular game for an oh-my-what-were-we-thinking difficulty level!

Extra, Extra adds 50 new cards that expand, expound, and explore the multitudinous possibilities of powers, diabolical masterminds, and fun within the world of Heroes Wanted. To order Extra, Extra choose the reward level that bests suits you and add $10 to your donation. When we send out the backer survey, simply note that you gave an extra $10 to receive this expansion and we will ship it to you with your game.

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  • As lifelong gamers, we know what makes a game not only fun but worth playing. Heroes Wanted was designed and thoroughly tested over the last year to ensure the most awesome game experience possible. Whether from fellow designers, knowledgeable reviewers, or players like you, the feedback is universal: this is a fantastic, unique game with wide appeal and an insane amount of replayability.
  • We have put together the best team possible. Travis R. Chance's first published game Infamy was recently released and lauded as a Top 10 Game of 2013 by Dice Tower's Dan King. Nick Little was the key developer of Infamy and is the designer of the forthcoming game Abracazebra.  Additionally, we have a roster of talented artists, as well as creators of other successful Kickstarter projects such as Grave Digger and Henchmen. Our collective understanding and insight into all elements of project production ensure not only the highest quality product, but also that Heroes Wanted will be print-ready and manufacturing will begin immediately after our Kickstarter ends.
  • The game is full of original, incredible character and board illustrations by the very talented Ryan Howe and Christopher Byer.
  • As backers, you will be the very first to receive Heroes Wanted.
  • All backers will receive any over-funding goals we achieve throughout the campaign (and we have some cool ones in store).
  • A print and play download version of the game will be provided to all backers at the end of the campaign. This will be BYOM (bring your own meeples... and pawns... and dice.)
  • The game and art content is already designed, now we need the capital to manufacture and ship the game to awesome backers like you!

 DESPITE WHAT THE GRAPHIC SAYS, WE HAVE LOWERED OUR $150K STRETCH GOAL TO $140K!!! LET'S DO THIS, CITIZENS!

  
     

With over 1,000 possible superhero combinations, four different scenarios, and over 100 potential villains, no two games will ever be the same! Whether you are playing solo, in campaign mode, or duking it out against other eager crime fighters, Heroes Wanted offers a near limitless amount of replayability and customization.

Watch our gameplay walk-through video for a taste of the Heroes Wanted experience:

Heroes Wanted utilizes a unique hand management system that presents players with interesting, tactical decisions each turn. Players will use powerful cards for a variety of actions, allowing them to move, attack, and defend from not only villains and minions, but also each other. These actions vary based upon your hero type: Cosmic, Mutant, Tech, and Vigilante. Each hero type has access to specific special action cards, mechanics, and strategies.

Heroes Wanted is not just about beating up the bad guys. Each hero is more than just cards and mechanics. Quirks immerse players into the personality of their hero using an innovative, modular game feature that adds hilarious interactions to each game. Quirks represent the, well… quirky aspect of your particular hero. Sure, you want to be in The Champions of Zeta City, but on your terms! The more accurately you portray your hero, the more fame you score at the end of the game.

Extra, Extra adds 50 new cards that expand, expound, and explore the multitudinous possibilities of powers, diabolical masterminds, and fun within the world of Heroes Wanted. To order Extra, Extra choose the reward level that bests suits you and add $10 to your donation. When we send out the backer survey, simply note that you gave an extra $10 to receive this expansion and we will ship it to you with your game.

Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every month, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to creative projects in dozens of categories.

A person who supports a project is called a "backer." The process of giving money to this game is called a "pledge."

In return for your pledge, we (the creators of the campaign) are able to offer "rewards," depending on the amount you pledge.

For example, if you pledge $60 to help back the project - we'll offer you a copy of the game along with any over-fund goals we achieve as soon as it is manufactured. You'll get access weeks before it's made available to everyone else!

Pledge levels vary from just $1 to several hundreds of dollars. And each different level opens up a new, creative reward. (For a full list, check out the right side of the page - or scroll down the page a bit more).

You can become a backer in just three easy steps:

  • Step 1: Read through the pledge levels and rewards we're offering in the right sidebar of this page.
  • Step 2: Click the large, green "BACK THIS PROJECT" button to the right of the trailer video at the top of this page. 
  • Step 3: Enter your pledge amount - and complete the steps for filling in your information. This process takes just a few seconds!

That's it! It's really that simple!

Thank you for backing - once you've backed, be sure to share on Facebook, Twitter, and tell your friends. Also be sure to like Heroes Wanted on Facebook and follow Action Phase Games on twitter for real time updates.

Citizen (Pledge $1 or more) - Every contribution counts! The Champions of Zeta City thank you, citizen!

Sidekick (Pledge $50 or more this early bird special. This level will close at 11:59PM EST of February 7, 2014.) - By being one of the first backers on the project you pay a discounted price on 1 copy of Heroes Wanted with all of the stretch goal content included. Free shipping in the US. (Please see our section on shipping details if outside of the US.)

Crime Fighter (Pledge $55 or more. This level will be available from 12:00AM EST of February 8, 2014 until the end of the campaign.) - 1 copy of Heroes Wanted with all of the stretch goals included. Even if you missed out on the early bird specials, it's not too late to be a part of Heroes Wanted. Free shipping in the US. (Please see our section on shipping details if outside of the US.)

Defender (Pledge $98 or more this early bird special. This level will close at 11:59PM EST of February 7, 2014.) - Get in on this level early to receive 2 copies of Heroes Wanted with all of the stretch goals at $49 a copy. Free shipping in the US. (Please see our section on shipping details if outside of the US.)

Champion (Pledge $105 or more. This level will be available from 12:00AM EST of February 8, 2014 until the end of the campaign.) - 2 copies of Heroes Wanted with all of the stretch goals included. Free shipping in the US. (Please see our section on shipping details if outside of the US.)

BECOME A VILLAIN (Pledge $300 or more.) - At this level, you, a friend, or loved one will be an actual villain in Heroes Wanted! Torment the denizens of Zeta City as a diabolical mastermind.  We will decide the name and abilities of your card. Your image will be used on a Villain A card by submitting a photo and completing a brief questionnaire immediately after the project ends. You will also receive 1 copy of Heroes Wanted and the expansion Extra, Extra. Free shipping in the US. (Please see our section on shipping details if outside of the US.)

BECOME A HERO (Pledge $300 or more) - Do you have what it takes to be a hero? Then prove it by having your image used on a Hero A card by submitting a photo and completing a brief questionnaire immediately after the project ends. We will decide the name and abilities of your card. You will also receive 1 copy of Heroes Wanted and the expansion Extra, Extra. Free shipping in the US. (Please see our section on shipping details if outside of the US.)

Shipping to US backers is included in your pledge! If you live outside of the the United States, please add the following amounts to your pledge in order to cover international shipping.

  • United States - Free!
  • Canada - please add $10 USD to your pledge for the first game and $5 for each additional game.
  • Europe and Mexico- please add $20 USD to your pledge for the first game and $10 for each additional game.
  • Anywhere Else - please add $25 USD to your pledge for the first game and $20 for each additional game.

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Risks and challenges

While we have experience as published game designers, Heroes Wanted is in fact our very first foray into the world of self-publishing. But rest assured: we have done extensive research. We've talked with many existing publishers, game designers, and successful Kickstarters all with the single aim of bringing the best quality product not only in play but also in production. We've spent thousands of hours designing and playtesting over the past year with strangers, friends, and family of all ages and gaming demographics. We've spent months planning the manufacturing and deployment of Heroes Wanted, developing relationships and contacts in China so that we will be prepared to upload files and begin printing immediately following this campaign. We are as confident that we will be able to get this game in your hands promptly and at a level of quality that exceeds your expectations as we are that you will love it.

Our biggest obstacle right now is quite simply funding successfully. Despite a very saturated hobby market where new games emerge weekly, we are confident that Heroes Wanted is not only a game worth backing, but one that gamers will keep in their collections for years to come. What we lack in custom plastic minis, we make up for with dynamic mechanics, tons of replay value, fantastic art, and as much fun as you can possibly pack into a box.

There are, of course, unforeseen issues that can impede any project like this. As we are having the game manufactured in China, it will be in a container being shipped across the sea. Issues with international customs could delay shipping, despite our legwork. And, while we have spent months cultivating relationships with these manufacturers, it is important to remember that this is our first game as publishers. Despite our lateral experience as designers, it is important to remind our backers of this fact while reinforcing that Heroes Wanted has been a labor of love for us for this last year. We have put in all of the necessary work, attention to detail, and passion to make sure this game is a success in every way possible.

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