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A tactics card game of deck-crafting, commanders, & tactical prowess.
A tactics card game of deck-crafting, commanders, & tactical prowess. Lead the Charge! Stop the Cataclysm!
A tactics card game of deck-crafting, commanders, & tactical prowess. Lead the Charge! Stop the Cataclysm!
283 backers pledged $39,153 to help bring this project to life.

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You haven't missed out, don't worry, there are still plenty of ways to show your support & join in on the fun on our new website!

Find out how to get a game box, cards, and enjoy learning more about the game, the lore, the art and more!

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...and plenty others!
...and plenty others!

"The game really only takes 10-15 minutes to learn...I really can’t wait to see the final product once the project is funded."
- Robert Kalajian, Purple Pawn

"This thing is amazing. I am 100% behind this game. It is wonderful...and I highly encourage you to check it out."-John Adams, SuperAwesomeGeekShow

"Deeply satisfying play for lovers of both CCGs and strategy games."
- The Care and Feeding of Nerds, Boston FIG Round-Up  

"Very easy to learn...it's a really good tactical game." (Ep. 88)
"I really dig this game...there's plenty of varied gameplay." (Ep. 89)
- Dan of The Geek All-Stars  

"A game that rewards multiple plays...and lives up to the description 'Magic the Gathering meets Final Fantasy Tactics.' Anyone who is a fan of either of those games will enjoy this one." -Tiffany B, "The Socially Inept Gamer" via The League of Nonsensical Gamers

"It's a card game, but with a minis feel to it." (Ep. 51)
"I love the tactical gameplay." (Ep. 88 of The Geek All-Stars)
- Marty of RollingDiceTakingNames

"I was absolutely loving the time I spent with the game.  It feels really fresh."
- NVS of NVSGameplays (hear more impressions at 20:20):

...and gamers like you in 300+ playtests have been saying...

"Anything can happen. ... This combination of chess & cards is excellent."

"[It has] tons of strategy, ... it was so much fun and I feel like there were so many combos I want to try out!" 

Worlds are dying, as if someone is toying with fate itself, shredding the very fabric of the universe. This spectre does not distinguish between gods and men, all are crushed beneath the feet of what can only be called...The Cataclysm.

Five great beings have formed a Covenant to halt the devastation.

Battle rivals to prove that you’re a commander that The Five need in order to stop The Cataclysm and earn your place amongst their great champions.

What's in the box?

Here's a look into what tools you (and friends!) will have in the box to start with.

  • 4 pre-constructed decks, so you can get to playing right out of the box - or make your own custom deck!
  • A full-art battlefield gameboard, updated and re-designed for smooth, excellent gameplay.  Durable, stable, and easy to pack up.
  • 2 Trackers with custom-designed resource-tracking dials.  Equally durable as the gameboard and easy to use.
  • A full-complement of specially-designed tokens are also at your disposal, including Exert tokens, Damage tokens, Shield tokens, and Status Effect tokens.
  • An illustrated manual with diagrams, puzzles, and full ruleset.  It's been called "amazing" and "really easy to read" because you learn as you go!
  • Quick-reference guides to help you learn, and for convenience during play.

Phoenix Covenant plays like your favorite rules-are-on-the-card-game played out on a tactics board, but it's more than that.  The game has familiar elements, like turn-based play, resource management, card-draw, and power-curves; and position, space, and force mitigation that are key in tactics games.

But Phoenix Covenant blends these to make a powerfully strategic - and impressively tactical - experience.

It's mental fencing.

The Basics:

Interplay & Advanced Tactics:

Feel free to learn more from our manual and on our site!

A campaign's not complete without rewards, so let's talk loot to woot aboot.  As gamers ourselves, we wanted to offer some nice, high-quality, and fun rewards for all backers!

  • Everyone - yes, everyone - pledging at or above the PLEDGED level gets the core game box for our 1st edition print!
  • We're offering a great puzzle-based print-n-play for you to check out now, and all backers at the FORERUNNER level will have access to our sweet complete print-n-play as soon as it's available.
  • There are even more things to discover in our stretch goals, let's find new treasures in the Game Design Dungeon!
note: WARRIORS versions of other levels (marked with * above) available.
note: WARRIORS versions of other levels (marked with * above) available.

 And head on over to (KS-Funded) Dog Might Games and check out the Custom Phoenix Covenant Dice Chest! (at bottom of Dog Might's page)

Demo Style.  Final will be a dark finish & higher quality; it'll hold multiple decks, tokens, and dice!
Demo Style. Final will be a dark finish & higher quality; it'll hold multiple decks, tokens, and dice!

Stretch goals are fun for many, many Kickstarter campaigns. We're making them an adventure.

We've tried to make these goals with you in mind, so we're including new factions, higher quality game materials to allow for the optimal gaming experience, and getting expanded game modes!

There are 3 Goal Tracks for you to conquer, so prepare your strategy, skill tree, and let's prepare for a stunning series of discoveries in...

The Game Design Dungeon!

Click the header image above to learn more about our studio, Hikari Games, and our team.  We're all dedicated gamers who care deeply about making great games for great people.  All of us have been playing games of all sorts since we were tiny, like teeny-tiny.  So click the image above (or below) and let's chat!  You can reach us all at info@hikarigames.com or find our personal contact info on our site!

Because we love the community.  Most of us have been fans of KS since the start and we've all come to respect the power of this community and the people who use it as a launching point for great projects.

We want to hear from you.  We want your feedback.  Without it, we wouldn't have gotten this far and we know Phoenix Covenant will be the best it can be with more of your input and insight.

We'll keep you updated now and in the future; we'll try every way we can to reach out & keep you in the loop.

We're here to make a great game and make some great friends out of all of you; friends to celebrate the day with when we release & ship this game!

Risks and challenges

The primary challenge that we face is making sure that we can ship on time or as close to our goals as possible. On part of this is for our manufacturing vendors to supply us with both high quality and timely production of the cards, gameboards, and all promised components and rewards.

Another significant challenge is handling shipping and fulfillment. Ensuring worldwide distribution has been tricky, but we've found incredible resources and make amazing connections who have been able to walk us through the process - with some tips & tricks along the way.

As backers of projects ourselves, our whole team has been very, very aware of how these challenges could affect our backers.

Even when there are problems, we promise you that we will keep you updated at every step because we value your time, support, and hard-earned money that you've contributed to make this game a reality.

We are always happy to hear from you if and when you have any questions or concerns.

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