Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 17, 2011.

Update #5

Lyssan - In the home Stretch: 150%? A Video Review


With half a day left to go on Lyssan's kickstarter campaign, we're so very, very close to hitting 150%.

The Goal Line

So what's behind door #3? What happens if we can hit 150%?

Goodbye punch-out castles. Hello 3D fortifications. 

This is something I've wanted to do with Lyssan from early on. Castles are a player's anchors on the board, the hardest piece in the game to take away and the most important for spawning new agents. They cost more than the other pieces, and they behave differently, too. It's fitting that they should look different, that they should stand out from the board. Literally.

Most importantly, it will make the game play better. As the guy who spent months on months on months finding every place the rules of the game could be tightened up and made to sing, I have to tell you, this is what excites me the most. Castles behave differently from other pieces in the game. Giving them their own piece that's structurally different from the agents makes this obvious during play, on a subconscious level. You're not tempted to flip over a 3D castle as you ready your agents at the start of each season like you can be with a punch out castle. It's obvious that you're doing more than flipping over another piece when you complete the construction of a castle because now you're placing a new piece on the board. It cuts several lines about how castles behave out of the rules, because now that's built into the playing piece itself.

And yeah. It just looks better on the board. It's more fun to play with. And that's the whole point, in the end.

Want this to happen?

We're in the home stretch now. To get that last burst of pledges to make the last 4% in these final hours, we need tweets and facebook posts and more. Whatever way you tell the people who love games that there's a game out there they need to check out, send out the word. Just 16 more backers and we're there!

New art! This is the card art for the Quaesitori Garus - the Garic Inquisition. The Quaesitori Garus are wandering priests who sniff out heresy and possession within the flock. And what could be more convenient for a would be ruler than to have the friendship of men who can declare his enemies heretics? The Quaesitori Garus are a vassal faction that gives their player priests and spies.

A Video Review

Lance "UndeadViking" Myxter, a prolific reviewer of board games on has posted a half-hour video review of "Lyssan". He gives an overview of play, and does a really fantastic job of explaining the mood of the game. Of course, my favorite bit has to be in the conclusion where he calls Lyssan "an instant classic". 


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      Creator Lars Hoffmann on August 17, 2011

      Great news! Really looking forward to this game!!

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      Creator Zackary Collins on August 16, 2011

      Awesome; great job on hitting $30,000. Can't wait for this game and the 3D castles.

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      Creator Davi Tassinari de Figueiredo on August 16, 2011

      ...aaaand it's reached!

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      Creator Jacelyn on August 16, 2011

      I've already pledged an extra copy of the game xD!

      You can too!

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      Creator Jared on August 16, 2011

      Come on, everyone, bump up your pledge by a few bucks... $10 anyone?

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