Act of Treason is a social game of deception and intrigue for 5 to 10 players. Each player will take on the role of a Royal Advisor, tasked with running a Kingdom in the wake of the Kings death. Players will scheme, deceive and persuade in order to protect the Kingdom, or bring it to its knees.
Act of Treason was inspired by social deduction games like Mafia, Werewolf, and Battlestar Galactica. It takes many aspects of these games and seeks to amplify what makes them so much fun: the social interaction, suspicion and deception! In Act of Treason, the only thing that stands between you and victory is your ability to read, bluff, and persuade others.
Players are given a secret loyalty card, assigning them as a Traitor, Loyal, or the Heir in hiding. Loyals win by rooting out and eliminating the Traitors, or passing five Quests to safely herald in the new King. Traitors win when four Quests fail, or by finding and assassinating the Heir. Players will scheme, deceive, and persuade in order to complete their objectives.
Each round, players contribute Knowledge cards in secret towards a Quest. Knowledge that matches the colour of the Quest will increase the chance of it passing, whilst off-colour cards increases the chance of failure. Players may vie for powerful Court cards, plot assassinations, or simply pass their action while they garner information.
Play continues until the Loyals win and the Heir is safe, or the Traitors win and the Kingdom is left to ruin. As the game progresses, tensions will rise. Players will resort to accusations and assassinations in a last ditch effort to save the Kingdom, or force its destruction.
Edo's Game Previews, Feb 4th 2018
"This has a nice balance of deduction, but also card play... I think it works really well" - Edo, Edo's Game Previews
"I would say Act of Treason is in the middle in a good way. It's not super light. This isn't just a quick play, big group game where you're trying to kill somebody and you're just doing rapid-fire social deduction, and it isn't so meaty and bogged down that it feels like it's a heavyweight experience." - Edo, Edo's Game Previews
Unfiltered Gamer, Dec 19th 2017
"This game is super fun and it kind of throws in a different aspect to the Traitor game" - Ashley, Unfiltered Gamer
"I would definitely buy it. It also has great replay value. Just when we were playing this game a little bit earlier we played it three or four times and the outcome is always different" - Jim, Unfiltered Gamer
"I really like the game. The replayability is great, and I had a lot of fun playing it." - Ashley, Unfiltered Gamer
UndeadViking, 11 Feb 2018
"This is a very worthy addition to be added to your gaming library and I strongly suggest you get it" - UndeadViking
I've received a lot of praise from playtesters about Act of Treason. It's one of the main reasons I've been so motivated to improve on the game and bring it to Kickstarter. Below is a showcase of some of the more candid responses I've received.
Act of Treason has been lovingly crafted over 6+ years. Game play requires a mix of both social acumen as well as strategic wit - easy to learn, yet difficult to master. Act of Treason has been balanced, stress tested, and streamlined to encourage engaging and rewarding play. All players can have influence on the outcome of the game - for better or for worse!
You can read in depth on the design choices behind Act of Treason in the Design Journal Series on the Blog of Treason.
As a designer and a game enthusiast, I know how important clear rules can be. The rules for Act of Treason have been stress tested extensively. A full colour rulebook will ship with the game. In addition, rules are available online for mobile friendly viewing at playaot.com, and a rules video will be created after Act of Treason is successfully funded.
- 1 Game Board, 1 Rulebook
- 7 Examination Protection Tokens, 1 Kingdom Strength Token
- 10 Loyalty Cards, 9 Quest Cards, 18 Court Cards, 119 Knowledge Cards,
- 1 Steward Card (to be replaced with a Steward Token if we hit the stretch goal)
Stretch goals are additional rewards that are provided to all backers if the total amount raised exceeds the Kickstarter funding goal.
I have deliberately left out stretch goals that add additional components or mechanics into the game, as this could unsettle the play experience. I wouldn't want backers to miss out on any components of Act of Treason because we were unable to hit a stretch goal.
Act of Treason has been lovingly crafted as a complete game. I want my backers to enjoy it as such. Because of this, all stretch goals are tailored towards increasing the quality of the components and the art of the final product, rather than changing how the game works.
The shipping for Act of Treason has been streamlined to make it easy.
- United States, United Kingdom: NZ$14
- Canada, EU, Australia, New Zealand: NZ$18
- Everywhere else: NZ$22
Shipping to Russia, Brazil & South Africa are unavailable for this project.
It is possible to purchase multiple copies of Act of Treason and save on shipping. Use the multiple copies pledge level and you'll only be charged the standard shipping for one copy (max 4 copies per customer).
- NZ$ 80 for 2 copies
- NZ$ 120 for 3 copies
- NZ$ 160 for 4 copies
If you're a retailer or wholesaler looking for 5 or more copies of Act of Treason, please feel free to contact me, and we can arrange a bulk buy tailored to your needs.
I am a one man operation with a love for games. I spend a lot of my free time thinking about games, playing games, and developing games. Becoming a game designer and creating a game that I can be proud of has always been a dream of mine. Act of Treason is most certainly a game that I can be proud of and I look forward to seeing how it's received around the world!
Kickstarter allows me to showcase Act of Treason to the public, build a following, and receive feedback before Act of Treason is even officially launched. Backers can support the production of the game ahead of time which greatly helps me in terms of planning the financials and budgeting. Only with the help of my backers could this project become a reality. It would simply not be financially possible otherwise.
Act of Treason is fully complete and stress tested when it comes to rules, mechanics, and design. However the art, and production components are still subject to change.
The images below are the most current prototype of Act of Treason. This is a benchmark for how the final product will look. If you think Act of Treason looks great now, just wait until I'm finished with it.
Art and Design Direction
The fantastic art that you see in our prototypes has been used with the kind permission of Emilien Rotival from www.theartysquid.com. This permission only extends to the prototype, and thus the art is subject to change. But do not fear, I will endeavor to commission beautiful art for Act of Treason along the lines of what you see below.
Emilien is my preferred artistic choice for Act of Treason, and I look forward to working with him should this project receive funding. Emilien's work captures the dark gritty feel that I am aiming for. With more funds, I will be able to increase the art budget, and Emilien will be able to invest more time and effort into creating the best art possible.
Become a Part of Act of Treason!
Have your likeness, or that of a friend captured in beautiful artwork and included in every copy of Act of Treason! There are 10 Loyalty cards and so only ten opportunities to forever become a part of Act of Treason. Get in quick! There are six Loyals, three Traitors, and one Heir - and you could be any one of them!
Select the pledge for the Loyalty card you wish to be, and we will be in touch regarding an image that the artwork will be based on. We will then render an Act of Treason character based on that image who will feature in the game as one of the loyalty cards! You'll also get a high resolution digital copy of your art with rights for personal use. The value of the art is estimated at roughly US$ 300, or more for the Traitor and Heir loyalties.
My name is Tyson Bennett and I am the creator and designer of Act of Treason. You can learn more about myself and my journey through my various writings at blog.playaot.com. Specifically, I have written up a post about myself & my future projects on my blog here for a quick summary as to who I am, and what I'm about.
Still unsure if you want to back this project? Please consider filling out this short questionnaire here to help me understand what may or may not appeal to you about the Act of Treason Kickstarter. (5 Questions; 2 minutes)
Risks and challenges
This is my first board game that I will be releasing on Kickstarter. It was never my intention to run a business and all the things involved with that, including marketing, shipping, organizing art, reviews, budgeting, and the list goes on.
I may be new at this, but I will try to do my best and to bring you the best product possible - Act of Treason has been a passion of mine for several years and I intend to see it through as best as I can.
With all that said, I may still find myself running into unexpected issues here or there when it comes to the production, logistics and shipping. There could be unexpected delays, manufacturing mishaps, or miscalculations.
I will endeavour to keep you informed as best as I can as I find my way through this process. I expect I will be able to ship all copies of Act of Treason before October 2018, but I will keep all backers informed of any delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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