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A fast paced card game for 1-4 players. Enjoyable by casual and strategic players. Expandable to 8 players. ~20 minutes
A fast paced card game for 1-8 players. First Mexican boardgame successfully funded.
A fast paced card game for 1-8 players. First Mexican boardgame successfully funded.
703 backers pledged MX$ 429,900 to help bring this project to life.

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Tricksters - Meet the mischievous Annukuh

MX$ 429,900

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This project's currency is MXN. When converting to USD, you will find that the numbers are much more lower than what it initially looks like!

We are very proud to be the 1st campaign with the Mexico-Friendly Shipping logo (designed by William Burgos) and are looking forward for more creators, shipping within Mexico, to use it.
We are very proud to be the 1st campaign with the Mexico-Friendly Shipping logo (designed by William Burgos) and are looking forward for more creators, shipping within Mexico, to use it.

 Tricksters is great to introduce your friends to the vast boardgame world!

By using two copies of the game, up to 8 players can join the fun!
By using two copies of the game, up to 8 players can join the fun!

In the game, players must seek and absorb only light or only dark energy. If a player would gain the other type of energy, they get farther from winning; but either side can win. Energy is obtained by deciding which race of Annukuh - the creatures of the game - you want to favour each round.

All placed in a general pool made by all players and revealed once each round. So, the longer the game, the fastest the Annukuh will collect energy.

Teamplay mode is available in the instructions!

For press releases click on the image above
For press releases click on the image above

 

Inside this portable and colorful box you will find:

Some of this components were unlocked by Stretch Goals thanks to you!
Some of this components were unlocked by Stretch Goals thanks to you!

We are giving the Print and Play file for free so you can try the game! Rather than offering you a money-back guarantee that involves lots of time and trouble for both sides, we want you to try the game as soon as you wish so you can make up your mind right away if this is a game for you!

 

So go ahead and if you like the game, the art, or both, please consider joining to our campaign and get involved with the final design, art and gameplay decisions!

Basic Mechanics

Effects & Tiebreakers

Instructive

Below you can find the rules of the game. English and Spanish were available in the beginning of this campaign. We are very grateful for having kind backers translating to French, German and Italian. And many backers helping with proofreading.

 

 
 

Shout-out to Tanguy, Jerthael and Ruddy for translating.
Shout-out to Tanguy, Jerthael and Ruddy for translating.

 

Shout-out to Domenico and Andrea for translating.
Shout-out to Domenico and Andrea for translating.

 

Shout-out to Anja, Markus, Joe and Max for translating.
Shout-out to Anja, Markus, Joe and Max for translating.

 

Reviews

All reviewers used a Hand-made prototype which does not reflect the final quality of the product. We will keep adding reviews as the campaign progresses. Click on the images to see the full reviews.

 

 

 

Español
Español

 

 

There are many reasons for which we need your help and we are grateful for the trust you deposit in us. As backers, we have enjoyed many Kickstarter campaigns and shared the joy with the creators. As creators, we want to offer a very enjoyable campaign to all our backers.

From Elan Lee (from Exploding Kittens & Bears vs Babies) we have learned that Kickstarter shouldn't be used as a store, but as a bridge where creators and backers get involved in the making of an incredible product. So, we want to know YOUR thoughts about card/tokens design, gameplay and new artwork to make this game the best it can be, together.

In exchange for your support and your trust, we are offering the following rewards:

Each pledge level above is cumulative with the previous ones, so, for $76 you would get all of the above
Each pledge level above is cumulative with the previous ones, so, for $76 you would get all of the above

  - Short story written by Hugo Huesca. Author of Rune Universe and Journey Back to Mars.

- For the Video, we have 2 options

Backers will vote at the end of this campaign.
Backers will vote at the end of this campaign.


- 2-Pack was added by popular demand to make it easier for backers to pledge for 2 copies of Tricksters (up to 8 players can join)
- 6-Pack is intended for retailers or grandparents with many grandchildren.

Gold backers and Fan #1 will be able to playtest our next game and we will fly to your location to spend an evening or two, playing games.

Fan #1 will receive the first official prototype of Tricksters with a letter of authentication. 

We are very glad to announce that the Fan #1 reward was taken by the team of: What's on the Shelf? 

And don't forget the Add-ons! If you would like some of this, just click on the blue button that says 'Manage your Pledge' on the top right corner of your browser and add the corresponding amount of those that you would like to receive. Alternatively, you can wait for our BackerKit survey for a smoother process.

Extra shipping fee for this items (the extra weight they add to your package) is already considered in these numbers, but you still need you to consider the base shipping to your country.

Example: For a USA-citizen pledging for an Early bird Game and wishing a 2nd copy of the game, it would be $300 MXN (Pledge) + $120 MXN (Base shipping) + $390 MXN (Extra game add on) = $810 MXN (~$40 USD)

 Pledge + shipping + Add-on (The shipping for Add-ons is already included)

With the last Stretch goal, you made possible for us to model all 3 basic Annukuh. If you are interested in getting all of them, check the FAQ for some useful info.

Thanks to all of you, our components-related stretch goals have been unlocked within 1 week!
All Artwork Stretch Goals were unlocked with 4 days left!
And the last Stretch Goal was unlocked with 1 day left! 

ALL 13 STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED!
ALL 13 STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED!

THANK YOU! Tricksters will be so much better thanks to all of you!
 
We want YOU to be part of the creation by voting and commenting on the updates of each extra piece of artwork/component design.

Thanks to your support many sketches and additional artwork were made and we will be able to produce a physical artbook with author's notes after the campaign. (We will let you know about any news regarding it)

Right now, you can also get the digital art compendium as an add-on :)

You can find us anywhere as @AetherTower

 

We are including the following achievements for all backers who want to contribute but for any reason can't submit any drawings, props or mischiefs:

In the game, players must choose an Avatar to favor a particular race of Annukuh, the mischievous creatures from Tricksters.

During this campaign, backers will also favor a particular Annukuh breed to complete certain mischievous tasks for each race.

The art used for each add-on will be defined according to the amount of posts for each race. Some Add-ons are Kickstarter exclusive.

With 5 Achievements completed, we will send a backer-exclusive, full-art (no symbols) signed-card (behind it) to all backers in any pledge level.

With 12 Achievements completed, that card will be oversized too!

The art will be that of the Annukuh race with the most posts.
The art will be that of the Annukuh race with the most posts.



Choose your Avatar!

Mountain Annukuh
Mountain Annukuh

 

Water Annukuh
Water Annukuh

 

Jungle Annukuh
Jungle Annukuh

 (You may use any of these images as your profile picture, although it is not obligatory to participate in the Achievements)

 We are shipping worldwide with Wayland Games as our fulfillment partner. This time we are going to help you in 3 different ways:

Surveys will be handled with BackerKit in order to give you confidence about the management of your pledge. 

And in case you decide to increase your pledge or include some of the Add-ons after the campaign is over.

 Æther Tower was born on December 2014, since then William Burgos, Juan Ramos and Hugo Thomas Huesca had been creating all kinds of things to follow their dream. It's always good to have noble and VERY talented friends like Jaime Hernandez, Irene Aretia and Dominic Goyzueta. Surely, this is just one of many projects to come.

Axolote Gaming will be modelling the 3D miniature (add-on). He is a good friend and has already ran a successful Kickstarter campaign. Irene and Jaime are very close to him so you can count that the model will be exactly as the illustration.

Keep in touch!

http://www.twitter.com/aethertower
http://www.facebook.com/aethertower
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqNMCSz6mIuWtPBQ993vhuw
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/205604/tricksters

 

 

Risks and challenges

EXPERIENCE
This is our second Kickstarter campaign. We have learned a lot from our previous campaign, from Jamey Stegmaier, from Elan Lee and from many other big influencers in the boardgame world. We are very proud of having the opportunity to apply that know-how and keep learning in each campaign.
SUPPORT
The product can be great, but like every other Kickstarter campaign, we need people to support it, and this time we are very interested in having our backers involved with the creative process. Why? We want a fun and enjoyable campaign for everyone because we have also been backers many times.
With the passing of stretch goals, additional art pieces will be produced during the campaign. Even though we planned a bit spare time for it, we are going to focus on the feel of the game and declare the artworks finished until they deserve to be, so this might delay our original schedule, (March 2017) then again, that's why we gave it a little extra time for delivery.
PRODUCTION
The game will be manufactured locally, we are going to supervise our manufacturers until we are sure it reaches top quality like the boardgames we all like. We have been researching a lot to make sure that we can produce a game with excellent quality.
DELIVERY
Let us share something with you: when we sent the prototypes to the reviewers, we hired a company with low prices, that's because there were few packages and yes, to save expenses. Turns out that the company had a terrible confusion and delayed the packages. Although we are terribly ashamed with the reviewers, we learned that 'cheap becomes expensive'. We cannot allow us that kind of failures with our backers so we decided to work with a professional for the fullfilment, and that's why we decided to go with Wayland Games. To keep shipping fees affordable to you, we are subsidizing part of it.
TRANSPARENCY
Some campaigns hide their stretch goals until they see how far the momentum gets. We are not going to do that, because we strongly believe that we must be fair and transparent with you, specially because you deposited your trust in us.
That been said, we offer you complete honesty in case something goes wrong during production or delivery, but let it be known that we will not rest until you are satisfied, because we want this to be just one of many other campaigns to come.
Thank you for your trust!

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    Thank you for the support, everything counts! Starting with this pledge level, you can get involved in this project with the final decisions concerning new art, card design and gameplay! Also, you will have access to all updates and add-ons!
    (To include an add-on, just add to your pledge the amount in MXN corresponding to the add-on you want).

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    Thanks a lot for the extra support! Check the campaign to know more about the epic video that we are preparing and also about the short novel written by Hugo Huesca.

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    Thanks a lot for the extra support! Check the campaign to know more about the epic video that we are preparing and also about the short novel written by Hugo Huesca.

    Includes:
    • Access to Add-ons, Updates and Voting
    • Tricksters
    • All unlocked stretch goals
    • Digital short novel of Annukuhia
    • Credit on webpage and in epic video
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    2 Pack + Superbacker

    By popular demand we added this reward tier. For those who want two copies of Tricksters. Now groups with 5 - 8 friends can play together!

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    • All unlocked stretch goals
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    6 Pack

    For big groups of friends, retailers or for people with a lot of grandchildren!

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    • Access to Add-ons, Updates and Voting
    • Tricksters
    • All unlocked stretch goals
    • Digital short novel of Annukuhia
    • Credit on webpage and in epic video
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    Gold Backer

    (~290 USD)
    THANK YOU! We would like to deliver your rewards personally and we will fly to Florida and spend the rest of the day with you playing Tricksters or any other game you want (pizza is on us!). Also, become a playtester of our next game.
    Your credit will have a SPECIAL mention on the official webpage and the thank you video because it's amazing that we will get to meet you!

    NOTE: This reward is limited to Florida. If you want this experience, look at the "Fan #1" pledge level.

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    • Access to Add-ons, Updates and Voting
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    • All unlocked stretch goals
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    • Special credit on webpage and in epic video
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    Pledge MX$ 16,500 or more About $796

    Fan #1

    (~817 USD)
    You are AMAZING! You just unlocked a Stretch Goal by yourself for everyone!! Officially the fan #1 of Tricksters! And because of it, in this level you will get one copy of EACH add-on AND the 1st official prototype we used in all our playtests with a certificate of authentication! Your game (and everything else) will be delivered personally by team members Juan & William, who will fly to your city and spend the rest of the day with you playing Tricksters and any game you want (pizza is on us!). Also, become a playtester of our next game, and of course, your credit will have a very SPECIAL mention on the official webpage and the thank you video.

    NOTE: This reward is intended for backers in North America (Canada, USA and Mexico) but if you are outside of it, send us a message and we will figure out how to cover extra expenses.

    Includes:
    • Access to Add-ons, Updates and Voting
    • Tricksters
    • All unlocked stretch goals
    • Digital short novel of Annukuhia
    • Special credit on webpage and in epic video
    • Become a playtester of our next game
    • Spend an evening with the creators of Tricksters
    • One copy of each Add-on
    • 1st prototype of Tricksters with letter of authentication
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