Vanagard is a collaborative table-top story telling game.
When the world was young, the Vanir gods explored the world tree and established their home in Vanagard. Freya, goddess of life and death gave birth to her Vanfolk- anthropomorphic animals with amazing talents and unbridled curiosity.
The Vanfolk come in many forms: wolves, bears, ravens, rabbits, among many other shapes and sizes. Their home is known as Phantom-Wood and many memorable stories can be forged within this mystical glade.
More often then not, Vanfolk curiosity and wanderlust lure them beyond the boundaries of their home. As they explore the world tree Yggdrasil, adventure is sure to find them.
When faced with challenges, the Vanfolk collaborate in order to persevere. Their teamwork forges their legacy as one of the most amazing creatures to inhabit this brave new world.
To get more of an idea of the possible stories, you can visit: Vanagard Stories
Vanagard is a collaborative story telling game that utilizes some role-playing and board-game elements. At its core, it's a game of exploration, teamwork and adventure.
2-6 players will take turns revealing story cards and weaving a continuous story that will take their Vanfolk on an unforgettable adventure. While one player weaves a tale inspired by the story card, the others will play their Vanfolk, overcoming the challenges presented. Each player at the table will get a chance to reveal a story card and will get to spin their portion of the story. If you like the stories of Narnia and Red Wall, this game is for you.
The simple core mechanics ensure that Vanagard is playable by a wide range of player, from age 7 to 77. There are 6 talents in the game, and they appear on both Nature cards and Talent cards. These talents are used to overcome the challenges presented in the scene. Runes are drawn to set type and difficulty of the challenge.
Players may create their Vanfolk characters as they play, ensuring that you can jump right into the action from the moment you open up the box.
EXTEND the game with new card decks. As the Vanfolk increase their level, add-on decks present a natural evolution to the rules. These add-on decks include magic items (relics), spells, profession cards and other goodies that evolve the Vanfolk as they embark on a series of adventures.
Add-on decks will also include new tools for the story-teller, in the form of challenge decks, story plots and many more interesting features. All of these are optional add-ons allowing you to tailor the game experience to your personal taste.
You can check out an example of BETA play on our youtube channel: Example Play
and Kids at Play
We will be uploading more videos during the kickstarter, so stay tuned!
If you've seen our previous books/games, you'll know that we strive for aesthetic beauty (Denizens of the North book) and fun game-play. Vanagard is no exception, the box includes:
- Deck of 24 large Story cards
- Rule-book & map
- 10 large Nature Cards
- 36 Talent cards
- 6 basic Challenge cards
- 6 Relic cards
- 6 Spell cards
- 26 wooden runes in a cloth pouch with drawstring
Pretty much all work has been done, just the polish remains. Polish on the rules presentation and editing, artwork refinement, icons, etc.
We will be offering 3 shipping options for the game: Canada/US Post, FedEx and local shipping in the EU via ShipNaked for European backers. Pendelhaven has FedEx discounts using due to the volumes we already ship on a monthly basis. ShipNaked is also one of our partners for warehousing and shipping. We will contact all backers after the Kickstarter and will provide multiple quotes as options. You will choose which you would like.
If you plan on playing with more than 6 friends and family, the game can be extended with more decks and runes. Simply increase your pledge by the amount of the extras. The exact extras you picked will be itemized during the survey stage of the Kickstarter,
- +$10 for an additional deck of Talent cards
- +$20 for an additional set of wood Elder Futhark runes
- +$40 for an additional set of metal Elder Futhark runes
- +$35 for a copy of the Illuminated Edda (Pocket edition)
- +$25 for a copy of Gulveig
- +$35 an extra copy of Vanagard (must pledge for at least 1 copy)
- +$100 for a poster sized linen tapestry of Yggdrasil or Midgard (you can only get these during Kickstarters).
Unless noted otherwise, all stretch goals are free to all backers of the physical game.
- $14,000 Multi-lingual support
- $15,000 Everyone gets 12 advanced Challenge cards included in the game. These cards weave a story and choices into the challenge, instead of just having a talent listed.
- $16,000 TBD- stay tuned!
- Gulveig is a fast paced trick-taking game where you bid, bluff and score your way to victory.
Risks and challenges
This is our 10th Kickstarter, and we've seen it all with our previous projects. Some were late, while others were ahead of schedule, but most were right around the planned date. When we have delays we are very diligent in keeping our backers up to date every month on our progress. We always strive to overdeliver, making sure our backers keep coming back for more Viking mayhem. :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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