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By Jonny Hinkle
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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 four 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!

Battle For The Universe: Slab City Beatdown currently has 4 Pre-Constructed decks, and extra cards so that you can make your most interesting teams. (With the Stretch Goals and Promo cards, this will be 300+ total CARDS!!!)

The 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 a rich story driven world, and while it isn't Brooklyn, Slab City is the starting point in which the setting unfolds.  

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!  

Components Include:

  • Game Box
  • Rulebook
  • Quickplay Sheet
  • 4 Pre-Constructed Decks
  • D6
  • Tokens
  • Game board

Enjoy some of the artwork I myself, with the help of my amazing creative partner Raciel Avila Silva, have worked on for the project: 

Commander Canada and Mapleleaf
Commander Canada and Mapleleaf

 

Clover Kidd
Clover Kidd

 

The Greaser
The Greaser

 

Hourglass
Hourglass

 

Tickles
Tickles

 

 

Quickplay Sheet
Quickplay Sheet

 

Quickplay Sheet Side B
Quickplay Sheet Side B

 

 

Demo Images
Demo Images

 

  Above is a demo video of some gameplay and basic mechanics. This used an older prototype, but the basics are still there. If you would like to see more gameplay videos, make sure you visit our Facebook page!                                    

Click here to try the Tabletopia Demo!!!
Click here to try the Tabletopia Demo!!!

 

  

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

http://blogcritics.org/card-game-review-battle-for-the-universe/

Click the Banner to watch our Unfiltered Gamer Review!
Click the Banner to watch our Unfiltered Gamer Review!

 

Click the above Banner for our Initiative Tabletop Review!
Click the above Banner for our Initiative Tabletop Review!

 

Click the Banner for our Popwrapped Review!
Click the Banner for our Popwrapped Review!

 

 

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

Hector Herrera - Kuur
Hector Herrera - Kuur

 

Hector Herrera - Tundra
Hector Herrera - Tundra

 

Brian LeBlanc - Goldfinch
Brian LeBlanc - Goldfinch

 

Brian LeBlanc - Hungry Man
Brian LeBlanc - Hungry Man

 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!

Click the banner for a link to our current Rulebook!
Click the banner for a link to our current Rulebook!

 

Card Examples
Card Examples

 

Icons
Icons

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, depicting art from Thanathorn Yantaporn...Tiger anyone? Tora is only available after the stretch goals, so let's make those happen!

Thanathorn Yantaporn - Tora
Thanathorn Yantaporn - Tora

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?

Team Symbols - Including the Stretch Teams
Team Symbols - Including the Stretch Teams

 

 

 

Heroes!
Heroes!

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

Villains!
Villains!

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

 

  "Battle For the Universe" A comic themed card game. Tentatively, this project will be released late 2017, early 2018. (With the hope of releasing earlier.) That is where YOU come in. If you help us get the game paid for, then you are helping to create a new game for the market that is sorely needed.

 As of right now, Battle for the Universe is a member of the Indie Game Alliance, and as such, we are utilizing the companies that are helpful for us as Indie creators!

We have a quote from Longpack Games for manufacturing of the game itself. They have been quite helpful in all of our needs and questions, and we feel that they will be a great source for printing the game!

Click the Logo to see Longpack Games Website.
Click the Logo to see Longpack Games Website.

 

For Shipping, Storage, and Fulfillment, we have gotten quotes from GamesQuest, and will be able to ship worldwide! Because of this, the shipping fees are included in the basic reward tiers!

Click the Logo for the GamesQuest Website!
Click the Logo for the GamesQuest Website!

 

 

                                                                 

 +$5,000 - For EVERY 5k over our initial funding goal, Up To the next stretch goal, we will add a new team to the core box. These teams REALLY NEED to be in the core set, and add a completely unique dimension to the game. As we begin to unlock these you will get to choose the order in which these unlock, choosing from the 4 known Teams. The 2 final teams will unlock after the first 4 are chosen.

      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

      The Renegades: Led by the Greaser, these street monsters, anti-heroes, and scorns of society have tired of evils clogging their streets. The Greaser and his band of misfits are at odds with their heroic counterparts, because unlike them, the Renegades have no trouble "greasing" their enemies for good. 

 Difficulty: Easy

      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

       The Crew: Led by Division this rag tag group of criminals and bank robbers has come together for one purpose...to make money. With a leader that can multiply and divide himself, a shapeshifter, a master of teleportation and more, no safe is safe from these money obsessed get rich quick schemers. 

  Difficulty: Easy

      Unknown Hero Team: Get us this high and we create an entirely new Hero team for use in the core set. 1 Base, 5 characters, 1 Special Object.

      Unknown Villain Team: Get us this high and we create an entirely new Villain team for use in the core set. 1 Base, 5 characters, 1 Special Object.

 

Click the Banner for a link to their other work: Elders of the RuneStone
Click the Banner for a link to their other work: Elders of the RuneStone

 

$75,000 - You love comics, we love comics, and what better way to tell the Story of Slab City than with a comic detailing everything that transpires in Slab City. With this Stretch Goal. We have found a DYNAMIC comic duo for you.

Writer: Quinn Johnson, known for his work on TMNT, Megamind, Kung Fu Panda, and work on Disney Infinity. He is also co-creator of Elders of the RuneStone!

Artist: Robert Atkins, known for his work on G.I. Joe, various Marvel Titles including The Amazing Spider-man, Venom, and Heroes for Hire. This guy is amazing, and is also co-creator for Elders of the RuneStone!

The comic will be colored by my creative partner Raciel Avila Silva...Let's make this HAPPEN!!!

$100,000 - Wow!!! You guys are AWESOME!!! With this you ensure the next expansion comes out for Battle For the Universe, which will include unique characters, locations, and playmats/boards...BftUBombing in Bakerstown here we come! 

$1,000,000 - Well, you have officially made our game company a thriving reality. Not only will we establish a true game company dedicated to everything BftU, but we will begin work on a city wide, mass battle videogame based in the world of BftU! We will develop an RPG based in the world of BftU, we will create a miniatures game, and much, much more. This stretch goal is for the most wide spread gamer, who loves tabletop games and videogames alike. You all win the day!

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Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges for BftU:

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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