About this project
Gulveig is a fast paced card game that focuses on the epic struggle between four divine Viking factions! Gulveig pits a player's desire for power against a wager they may not fulfill. Bidding is intense, the pace is furious and the rewards are great!
Gulveig is the enigmatic Vanir goddess that embodies the spirit of avarice. Through her powerful magic, she has managed to sow dissent within the ranks of the other divine beings. You play cards that belong to four powerful factions: the Aesir gods (such as Thor and Odin), the old Vanir gods (Aegir, Frey...) as well as the fearsome ice giants (Thrym, Hrungnir...) and the deadly fire giants (Surt, Loki and others)....
The game is based on a northern European card game called "Tukstantis". Its tried and tested formula has been an inspiration to create a game that very straightforward and easy to learn. The 4 "clans" have a parallel to classic card "suits" and achieving clan "supremacy" is akin to having a suit being "trump". Drawing these design parallels makes this game accessible to all types of players, from poker players to collectible card game players.
We have searched for a long time to find the right artistic style needed for our very first card game.We're very pleased to have Natasa Ilincic's wonderful talents! Her crisp and evocative style is perfect for a card game that demands vivid visuals!
Gulveig Game Rules
Here is a short video explaining the card anatomy.
Here is a game primer video.
There are some extended optional rules as well. They are there to provide a different dynamic to the base game. These rules also add more "crunch" for those gamers who want more. The first optional set of rules involves alternate versions of certain cards. These alternate versions change the game pace and stir up some of the core conventions. The second set of optional rules involves player "roles". For the duration of one hand, a player may assume a special role with game altering powers. The rune deck is used in order to quickly assign random roles to players. There are 26 different roles, 3 are presented below:
Ordering & Shipping
We had two options when we designed this project. We could have gone with the typical way where you pledge for a reward level and we send you the reward (you pledge the whole amount, it gets manufactured, sent to us, we re-package it and send it to you) or as an alternative: we can have you pledge an amount equal to our margin (cover art and layout) and then you buy it at cost and get it shipped directly from the manufacturer to your door (you pledge the margin, then you get a link to buy it at cost and you cover the shipping).
Here is a diagram that explains the two options.
We have decided to go with option #2 (our model) for some very good reasons:
- You will get the product much sooner
- We will all pay less for shipping resulting in a less expensive final product
- We support local manufacturing and bring you the very best in quality
Manufacturers negotiate big shipping discounts with courier companies because they have large shipping volumes. In this case, their shipping is -75% less than what we pay for shipping! In our model, we pass the savings on to you... so to summarize: "What do I pay?" You pledge $10 for the Kickstarter. Once it ends you get a purchase discount coupon to redeem the deck for $5+shipping. Psychologically you "pay" twice, but you end up saving in the end.
We wish to be 100% transparent with our approach.
The 32 cards are are printed on Arjo-Wiggins Playper 305gsm premium card stock wrapped in a UV resistant black-core layer. The Gulveig cards are poker sized (2.5" x 3.5") layered with an easy shuffle top-coat. They are professional grade, making them moisture and fold/bend resistant.
Costs and Schedule
90% of the funds go towards the art and print layout and the remaining 10% goes to Kickstarter/Amazon. Natasa and our layout technician have been very generous with their time and effort towards this project- delivering almost everything needed prior to the Kickstarter launch! This means that on the day we get the Kickstarter funds, you get the $5 product buy links! Yes, the same day! This will be the quickest possible Kickstarter turnaround possible! Let's repay their wonderful generosity and good-will by supporting the amazing work that has been put together for your gaming pleasure! :)
The 26 card Futhark rune deck is not required for the Gulveig game. However it is a very popular product that we released in 2013 and we think some people may enjoy getting a bundle deal (-50% MSRP) for both sets of cards. Because of the manufacture and shipping process chosen for this Kickstarter, this add-on is a no-brainer! Here are what the rune cards look like (front and back). They were designed by another wonderful artist named Nick Cragoe.
Short of a natural disaster, these cards are getting to your door!
Your support of this project will allow this artwork to be used again in future supplements of Fate of the Norns. The gods and giants depicted would be a really great fit for the upcoming "Gods and Giants" book!
Risks and challenges
Since the project is inches away from completion, risk is minimal to none. We have already delivered a rune deck in order to "prime the pump" for a card game. Most if not all project unknowns have been identified and addressed. At this point, we can state with great confidence that only an act of nature or war would delay this delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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