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Lyssan is a board game of strategy, intrigue, and betrayal for two to four players.
Lyssan is a board game of strategy, intrigue, and betrayal for two to four players.
487 backers pledged $31,632 to help bring this project to life.

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Lyssan is an intense board game of strategy, cooperation, and betrayal for two to four players.

You are the one true ruler of the broken Empire of Lyssan, and it's up to you to put the pretenders (the other players) in their place before their endless squabbling tears your nation apart. Command knights and nobles, priests and spies. Prove to the lords of the land that your claim is the only true one, and exile the pretenders to a very comfortable island very, very far away.


What Makes Lyssan Special?

Lyssan has a depth of strategy and diplomacy to rival the classics, with the clean play and elegance of the best modern games.
 

Lyssan rewards adaptability: The victory conditions of the game are different each time. At the start of the game, a row of trophy cards is laid out face down. The winner is the player to take the most trophy cards. Each turn a new trophy is flipped face up, with its own conditions for how it must be won.

Lyssan rewards deep thought: You can look across the board, and know how any confrontation is likely to turn out, because there are no dice in the game. But the game is quite dynamic: each player can perform a few exceptional surprise moves each turn by card play. From a hand of many options, you have to choose the few that help you best: The more powerful a card is, the more others you'll have to discard to play it.

Lyssan rewards diplomacy: This is a game of cooperation and betrayal. Only one player can come out on top, but it's often easier to help others than to help yourself. The winning player knows how to cut deals and minimize their exposure to treachery. You'll also need to bluff your own intentions, and keep a good poker face when you get a sneak peek at an upcoming trophy card.

Lyssan Needs You!

Lyssan is the culmination of hundreds upon hundreds (and hundreds and hundreds) of hours of designing, dozens of art pieces by a team spanning two continents, and the input of countless playtesters. But it won't make it to press without your support.

It's bloody expensive to print a board game. The funding goal for this project covers printing and shipping the first thousand. Things get much more awesome as we overshoot that goal. We don't just get to print more copies; we get to put even more into the game. More tournaments at more conventions. More rewards unlocked on this kickstarter campaign. And then there's that expansion in the works…

Find out more at Lyssan.com!

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    Squire - An invitation to the print-and-play beta of the game and your name & title recorded on Lyssan.com as a founding supporter. Included with all higher levels of support.

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    Knight - All hail! You just pre-ordered the game, plus additional special cards that won't be in the standard edition. You'll have your copy for less than the retail price, and it'll ship out in the very first batch. (Domestic shipping included. International orders, please see the FAQ for details.)

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    Baron - All of the above, plus an 11 x 14 print of some of the best art from the game, signed by the designer and artist. OR a second copy of the game, including the bonus cards. Your call.

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    Sellsword - For the retailer: At least 4 copies of Lyssan. The actual number will be your actual pledge divided by the actual retailer rate. (TBD) As a bonus for being a kickstarter supporter, you'll get the promo pack of bonus cards with each copy to pass on to your customers.

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    Duke - Everything the Baron gets, and I'll ship you a pre-pre-release copy of the game as soon as funding completes. This is a copy like the first-wave beta testers use: The pieces are silk-screened, then laser cut from matboard. The board is silk-screened canvas. It's a few-of-a-kind artifact from the creation of the game.

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    King - As the Duke, plus deluxe wooden pieces for the game. Also adds laser-cut province hexes so you can build your own random maps.

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