Battle for the Universe - A Competitive Heroic Experience

by Jonny Hinkle

Jonny Hinkle wants some feedback on this project. What do you like? What could be better? Anything missing?

    1. Jonny Hinkle Creator on February 12

      So are you thinking we need an early bird special at all? And if so we need an early bird for the full play sets?

    2. Christopher Vogler
      Superbacker
      on February 12

      the first KS had early bird for one starter but no early bird for the two starter full set

    3. Jonny Hinkle Creator on February 2

      Updated!

    4. Jasco Games Collaborator on February 2

      On your rewards, you should list out each of the individual team boxes. This will make your life easier in the pledge manager afterwords as you know exactly how many of each you need, and shows the customer more value.

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About this project

 
Battle For the Universe
is a competitive, two-player card game, where players construct decks to prove they lead the ultimate super powered team in Slab City! The players choose Heroes, Villains, or anything in between, along with locations where they can square off to display their prowess or save the day.
 

Slab City Beatdown is the core set for Battle For The Universe, introducing players to a world in which the characters interact. Will Slab City be ruled by one Villain? Will the Heroes rescue enough civilians to save the day? What secrets are hidden in the city streets? The fate of Slab City is in your hands!

  • In this game, players will create a unit of 54 cards. They will choose a Base, which will detail the team the player has chosen. They will choose an Objective, which tells them if they are heroic or villainous, it also determines the goal in which they need to accomplish to win the game. They will create a 40-card play deck, with characters, objects, and one-shot single use action cards. Lastly, they will choose a 12-card Location deck to represent where the epic battles in Slab City will take place.  
  • To help you get started, we've created two pre-constructed deck templates to choose from. Once you get the hang of the game, swap out some of the extra cards and customize your deck to suit your play style!

Battle For The Universe Has multiple paths to victory, and not all involve killing your opponent. Some players may opt to rescue civilians. Others may try to amass wealth or simply beat and bring opposing characters to justice. All of these goals are possible, and more!

The 2 Player Core Starter is Battle For The Universe: Slab City Beatdown and has everything you will need to start playing a game with a friend! For a more competitive experience, add in the Team Boxes and another Core Starter to make every deck possible!

  • This game focuses heavily on player creativity, in that YOU construct your decks, YOU choose how you play the game. We provide the pre-constructed decks to give you an easy way to start out! After that it is up to you on how you play. Do you farm resources? Do you maximize your battle capability? Do you rush the enemy base? All of that is up to how you make your deck!

The world of Battle for the Universe is deep and rich, allowing players to impact the world through game play, this is the ultimate story driven card game. 

  • Right now, the future is uncertain. That, in part, is because players (through tournament play) will actually be able to influence the world, the canon, the characters, and more in huge ways! Your creative minds will have a portal through which you can be involved directly with the creation of the Universe itself!

Core Starter Components Include:  

  • Game Box
  • Rulebook
  • Quickplay Sheet
  • 254 Cards, including 2 pre-constructed decks
  • D6
  • 60 Tokens
  • 2 Game boards


Team Box Components Include:

  • Tuck Box
  • 55 Cards thematic to the Team
  • Each Team Box has a unique Base, Objective, Team Leader, and other cards that make each Team Box add something new to the game.
Click here to try the Tabletopia Demo!!!
Click here to try the Tabletopia Demo!!!

 

  • Tabletopia offers a way to demo the game before it hits the shelves, and we have created a Demo Version pitting Project Canada vs. The I.C.S. so that you can try the game out for yourself, right now!  

We know you love reviews! Check out some of the reviews we have had so far:

 

 

Click for our current Rulebook!
Click for our current Rulebook!

 

We have chosen to make the best, most immersive game we can! Here are some pages from the rule book, where you can see some of our sample cards and icons for the game itself!

Icons
Icons

 We made a Demo video with our last set of prototype cards (They have been updated since then) But the rules still apply. For more videos, makes sure to check out our FB page.

Above is a Demo Video of some game play and basic mechanics. If you would like to see more game play videos, make sure you visit our Facebook page!

We would like to thank those of you who have backed us financially so far!!! Battle For the Universe - Slab City Beatdown: You Decide their fate! Which team will you lead to victory in Slab City?

Project Canada: Led by the giant monstrosity Commander Canada, and the mouthy but lovable Mapleleaf. Project Canada has entered Slab City after hearing about the relocation of their creator and arch nemesis Dr. DNA Phineas Phibes. With their strength, cunning, and charisma Project Canada plans to win the hearts of Slab City's people, and put an end to the evils of their nemesis once and for all.  

  • Difficulty: Mid

Urban Parasites: Led by Clover Kidd, The Urban Parasites were almost all changed into super powered heroes over night by the Light Bloom that centered on their Apartment complex in Slab City. This group of friends has only recently developed all of their unique abilities, and only time will tell how much they will grow.  

  • Difficulty: Easy

Red Tape: Led by 51, the cyborg attached to the all secret Area 51. Red Tape is America's covert super team. Under direct orders from 51, Major Victory leads his team of Patriotic Heroes and their government goons against the villainous world of Super Powered Evils. Who are they? The Men in Black, Spin Doctors, Cleaners, and Agents that keep America safe!  

  •  Difficulty: Mid

 

 

 

I.C.S.: The International Crime Syndicate is led by the group's founder, the Obsidian Jaguar. They have come together in Slab City as criminal masterminds hailing the world over for one purpose, to rule the Earth and everything in it.  

  • Difficulty: Easy

Hourglass: Led by their namesake Hourglass, these individuals have arrived through the time stream in their mile spanning ship, The Sands of Time, for unknown reasons. All the world knows, is that their ranks seem to be filled with people of different times and places...  

  • Difficulty: Mid

Shogunate: Led by the Daimyo, the Shogunate has claimed a stake in Slab City, competing with the ICS itself as the criminal force to be reckoned with. Using the very spirits of the earth, the Daimyo plans to subjugate the world and everyone in it.  

  • Difficulty: Mid

 

 

 

Shipping will be Collected and handled after the campaign to ensure that everyone gets a fair chance at getting the game to them safely and securely.

Below are a few rough estimates of what Shipping could be before additional add ons and stretch goals! These are subject to change as costs, weight, etc changes, but should stay in this range!

  • USA - $15

  • Canada - $20

  • Mexico - $35

We know that we have many fans outside of these counties, and we would love to be able to ship directly to you on this Kickstarter, but for now we are shipping to North America backers only. However, with Jasco as our publishing partner, we will be able to ship and distribute worldwide with any product overage we receive! 

I am an artist and Illustrator myself. Please enjoy some of the artwork that I, along with my creative partner Raciel Avila Silva, have done for the game!

Commander Canada and Mapleleaf
Commander Canada and Mapleleaf

 

Clover Kidd
Clover Kidd

 

The Greaser
The Greaser

 

Hourglass
Hourglass

Here are some of the AMAZING works that our industry artists have already provided for the game.

Tundra - By Hector Herrera
Tundra - By Hector Herrera

 

Kuur - by Hector Herrera
Kuur - by Hector Herrera

 

51 - by Dennis England
51 - by Dennis England

 

FSV 002 - By Dennis England
FSV 002 - By Dennis England

 

Goldfinch - by Brian LeBlanc
Goldfinch - by Brian LeBlanc

 

HungryMan- By Brian LeBlanc
HungryMan- By Brian LeBlanc
  • Paying these artists is no laughing matter. To get art this good means to pay artists their rates. 
  • With 250+ cards in the base set, let's strive for those stretch goals to get the best artists we can!

Hopefully now we've got you! We can be two friends, ready to play each other. But, if you are still unsure...we heard you like CATS and KITTENS!!! So enjoy this amazing card art, depicting art from Thanathorn Yantaporn...Tiger anyone?

Tora - Thanathorn Yantaporn
Tora - Thanathorn Yantaporn

 

UFS: Promo Card with BftU Character

BftU: Reese and Nehtali Promos

Blain Promo - "The Edge" by Marvin Wynn
Blain Promo - "The Edge" by Marvin Wynn

 

Fans of Marvin Wynn's "The Edge" Rejoice! For he has given us permission to include a BLAIN Promo Character Card in the core set as a Kickstarter Exclusive! (For more information about "The Edge" Click the Blain Card.)

13th Son Promo - Kelley Jones' "The 13th Son"
13th Son Promo - Kelley Jones' "The 13th Son"

 

The Amazingly Talented, and outright incomparable Kelley Jones (One of my personal Idols) Has gifted YOU with a chance to get his character "The 13th Son" as a Kickstarter Exclusive Promo Character! This character is truly an alignment ambiguous card in the game indicating that the 13th Son can be played as either a Hero or Villain! (If you want to learn more about Kelley Jones, or his character "The 13th Son" click the 13th Son Promo Card.)

Clownface and Panda - Jason Pearson's "Body Bags"
Clownface and Panda - Jason Pearson's "Body Bags"

 

Indie Comics Fans, have we got a treat for you! Ever wanted to see Clownface and Panda from Jason Pearson's comic "Body Bags" in a card game? Well, now you can! These two bring a very unique aspect to the BftU, being assassin's for hire, they present a whole new way to play! (If you want to learn more about "Body Bags", or Jason, he just finished up his own Kickstarter and successfully funded a brand new "Body Bags" book, click the Promo and find out!)

After the kickstarter, the main way players will be able to impact the canon story of the game, create their own characters, and truly make a mark on the world of Battle for the Universe will be through Tournament play! 

  • Players will play in smaller regional tournaments, making smaller world impacting votes for the different factions throughout the year.
  • Two to three times a year players will be able to play in world championship tournaments and directly impact the story, the characters, and the feel of Battle for the Universe.
  • We will work closely with our friends over at Jasco to help us create organized play events, and we have already established tons of promos for use in your local weekly events!

1) "Funded" 

2) Renegades Team Box

3) The Crew Team Box

4) Colored "Team" Tokens

5) BftU Comic Book

6) Team Leader "Minis"

Social Goals:

"Twitter Bird" alt art Goldfinch (Twitter 500 Followers)

"Face on a book" alt art SpellBook (Facebook 1200 Followers)

"BGGeek Glasses" Alt Art Night Vision Goggles (500 BGG Fans)

We would like to once again say thank you to everyone for Backing us, with your help, this game will be amazing!

Tickles
Tickles

 

Follow us on FaceBook
Follow us on FaceBook

 

Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Twitter

 

 

Look for us on Boardgamegeek.com
Look for us on Boardgamegeek.com

 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenges have been procuring the needed artwork for the game, and the marketing for the game itself.

I may be an artist, but a game of this size benefits from MULTIPLE talented artists, and as you can see, we are trying to get the best!

The Risks involved are that we have dedicated so much of our life to making this project, that we risk having lost all of the time and money we have already dedicated to it if it isn't a success. As a new father, I have poured my heart, soul, time, and money into bringing you this game...for my baby girl, and myself!

With your help, we can make this a major success! With your help, you can create the UNIVERSE!

We would like to offer a Special thanks to Kalomika Films for helping us create the cinematic!

http://www.kalomikafilms.com/short-films

A huge thank you to my good friend Earchiel Johnson who dedicated some of his busy schedule to help me put all the video footage together.

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