Boss Monster is a dungeon-building card game that challenges players to become the ultimate villains: video game bosses. Thousands of players around the world have enjoyed the paper version of the game, but now Brotherwise Games is partnering with video game developer Plain Concepts, creators of Wave Engine, to bring Boss Monster from the tabletop to the digital world!
A little under two years ago, we started Brotherwise Games with the launch of Boss Monster on Kickstarter. That successful campaign ignited a spark and Boss Monster has gone on to continued success in game and hobby stores across North America.
One thing we have heard over and over from fans of the game is, "give us a video game version of Boss Monster!" Maybe you'd like to play the game solo against a computer AI, or maybe you'd like to be able to find opponents at anytime online? Whatever your reason, if you're a Boss Monster fan, old or new, we hope you'll help make this version of the game a reality.
What is Boss Monster?
If you've ever wanted to stomp on an upstart plumber or send your goblins and ghosts out to haunt some heroes, then Boss Monster is the game for you. Sporting beautiful retro-inspired pixel art, and paying homage to classic video games and geeky pop culture, Boss Monster immerses you in the role of the video game boss as you use Room Cards to build a dungeon which must entice worthy heroes, then slay them.
If you've never played Boss Monster, a good place to start is by watching this video from the magnificent team at Watch it Played!
If you're looking for a quicker overview of the game, check out Boss Monster in 60 Seconds.
What Will the Digital Version Be Like?
This successful campaign allows us to build a digital version of Boss Monster for PC, Kindle, iPad & Android tablets. Digital Boss Monster will mimic all the gameplay available in the tabletop version while also taking advantage of the digital format to enhance your play experience.
What are some of the features you'll see?
- Play against up to three AI opponents in solo play.
- Challenge other human opponents via pass and play or online through Steam, Apple Game Center or Google Play.
- Explore new "digitally-enhanced" cards: four rooms, three new Bosses, and a new spell that all take advantage of the digital platform, allowing stats and treasure values to change as you play.
- Top-notch music and retro-inspired sound effects by Power Up Audio.
- Play with ALL of the bosses, rooms, and spells available in the base game, and let the app do the math for you as you take advantage of rapid readout treasure counts in your and your opponents' dungeons.
Here's a closer look at the current interface for the app. This is just a prototype, but already does a great job of showing how the final game will play.
Our campaign is now fully funded, and we've achieved all our stretch goals for this campaign!
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! All backers will receive a downloadable pack of DRM-free digital goodies including wallpapers, an MP3 soundtrack, a 50-page PDF Strategy Guide, and a Print-and-Play Card Creation Kit with PDF and Photoshop card templates! Backers at the Extra Life level and above will receive a new digital card, The Princess.
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! We will add digital copies of four preview Boss cards from Boss Monster 2 to the Extra Life pledge level. All backers will receive access to a Print-and-Playtest copy of Boss Monster 2! (This is a bare-bones printable Beta of the 160-card expansion, which will allow you to test and submit feedback on our 2015 card set.)
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! Since our campaign hit $120K, we online multiplayer will now allow matching across all available platforms. If you have an iPad and your friend has an Android tablet, you can still play together... effectively doubling the number of potential opponents you'll face!
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! This is the big one, guys and gals! You pushed us over the top and we are now officially unlocking the PC version of Boss Monster! It will be available on Steam and will include online multiplayer compatibility with the tablet version. Be sure to spread the world about this awesome last-minute unlock!
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! Bonus Stretch Goal! Our awesome backers surprised us by pushing straight through $130K, so we put together one last stretch goal. We will add two physical cards (The Princess and the new Boss created by our $1,000 backer) and Kindle Fire HD compatibility. This is a great last-minute bonus thanks to our dedicated backers!
Choose Your Pledge Level
If you're ready for tactical dungeon-building fun at your fingertips, get ready to choose your pledge level!
With a successful campaign, you'll get your KEY TO THE DUNGEON. Receive one PC, iPad, Kindle Fire or Android tablet app key for the base version of Digital Boss Monster for less than your friends will have to pay after the app launches. This core purchase gives you the full 155-card version of Boss Monster -- everything you need for endless hours of dungeon-building fun on your tablet. (Each device you add requires an additional app key. See "Add-Ons" below for details.)
Ever hear of those Kickstarter Boss Monster Promo cards that are now impossible to get? Well, upgrade to the PLAYER'S CHOICE and you'll get an 11-card digital mini-expansion that includes seven Boss cards, three challenging Epic Heroes, and a game-changing Spell. These cards will never be printed again, so these digital versions are the only way to play with them if you weren't able to get the originals! The Player's Choice level will also get you access to exclusive downloads during the campaign, including print-and-play preview cards from Boss Monster 2!
For less than ten dollars you'll get everything from the Player's Choice pledge level AND early access to the POWER-UP PACK, a second digital mini-expansion of 12 cards. It includes 5 more promo cards, PLUS a set of 7 never-before-seen cards designed specifically for digital play!
For twelve dollars, THE EXTRA LIFE gives you everything from the Power-up Pack AND access to the digital version of Tools of Hero-Kind. This digital conversion of our 26-card expansion makes heroes doubly dangerous with magical items and weapons. But if you defeat these pumped-up Heroes, you can claim their Items to use against opponents! At this level, you're getting EVERYTHING currently available for the tabletop and digital versions of the game.
Serious Boss Monster fans, PAPER AND PIXELS is the pledge level for you! Get everything from the Extra Life level AND early access to hard copies of the new digitally-enhanced cards being made specifically for Digital Boss Monster. In addition to your app rewards, you will be shipped a physical pack of 14 cards: two copies of four Room cards, three Boss cards, one Epic Hero, and one Spell. These cards are optimized for digital play, so the paper versions will require the use of tokens and dice. Shipping is free in the U.S. *Note that Canadian backers should use "The Canadian Version" to avoid shipping charges.
What, you've never played Boss Monster? Don't worry, PRESS START TO PLAY and we'll give you everything from the Paper and Pixels pledge level PLUS a copy of the original tabletop version of the game at a considerable cost savings to buying the game elsewhere. Shipping is free in the U.S., and we'll ship as soon as the campaign closes. *NOTE that physical copies of the game will ship in September 2014, NOT September 2015 as is listed in the rewards column.
THE COMPLETE PACKAGE includes everything in the Press Start to Play level AND a hardcopy version of Tools of Hero-Kind, Boss Monster's first expansion. Shipping is free in the U.S., and we'll ship as soon as the campaign closes. *NOTE that physical copies of the game will ship in September 2014, NOT September 2015 as is listed in the rewards column.
If you want to make a true impact on the development of digital Boss Monster, we invite you to JOIN THE PARTY. You will receive TWO copies of everything included in the Paper & Pixels pledge level, allowing you to share the digital Boss Monster experience with a friend. More importantly, you will have exclusive access to one Beta Key. That means you'll be playing the game ahead of its App Store release, you'll have inside access to private Beta Tester forums, you'll be able to participate in two developer chats, and you'll be credited in the game as a Beta Tester.
If you would like to Join the Party but also want physical rewards, you can add printed copies of both Boss Monster and Tools of Hero-Kind to this level. Select this level and add $29 for both (plus $23 to ship outside the US).
Note that there are separate pledge levels for Android or iPad Beta Keys. Due to Apple restrictions, the iPad version of this level is limited to 90 backers.
All Gone! For years a quiet group of mysterious heroes has labored in the shadows of Arcadia's dungeons. They've taken the quests others wouldn't take, slain the most terrifying monsters, braved the most gruesome traps. These Hidden Heroes have done Arcadia's dirty work, and now their time has finally come. An unlockable set of alternate Heroes will be appearing in digital Boss Monster, and 40 lucky backers had the opportunity to help define those characters. For more info on this sold-out pledge level, click here.
*To maintain the thematic integrity of this hero set, all content, including art design, hero theme, and flavor text, is subject to Brotherwise Games approval.
All Gone! In addition to receiving everything in the Complete Package, one high-rolling backer has taken the chance to BECOME A LEGEND. They will personalize one Boss card that will appear debut in digital Boss Monster. This card will become available in-game to everyone who pledges at the Player's Choice level and above. This backer will work with us to immortalize yourself in the card's name, mechanics, and artwork. The backer will be credited as an Executive Producer of the app and treated as a VIP at all Brotherwise events. Finally, the backer will receive twenty physical copies of this card, including signed copies from Brother One and Brother Two!
Unlimited Lives Rides Again
This pledge level is ONLY for those backers who backed the original Boss Monster campaign at the UNLIMITED LIVES level and above. With this pledge level, you have two options: you can just send us a direct message and we'll put you down for a free copy of KEY TO THE DUNGEON, or if you pledge $7 we will give you all digital rewards plus the PAPER AND PIXELS physical reward. To access that level, pledge $7 but do not select a pledge level ("No Reward"). At the end of the campaign, we will send you a survey which will give you a chance to verify your identity and specify your reward.
If you want to add any of the following rewards to a pledge level, you can include them in your pledge as Add-ons! To include an Add-on, just click on Modify Your Pledge and add extra dollars without changing your pledge level.
- Legendary Edition (Kickstarter-exclusive skin pack): Add $2
- Key to the Dungeon (extra PC, iPad or Android app key): Add $5
- Player's Choice (app key with 11 extra cards): Add $7
- Power-Up Pack (app key with Player's Choice + 14 extra cards): Add $9
- Extra Life (app key with both promo packs + expansion): Add $12
- Paper & Pixels (all of the above + physical 12-card pack): Add $16 (plus $5 to ship outside of the US and Canada)
If you pledge at the Join the Party level, you can also add the physical game and expansion for $29 (plus $23 for International shipping).
Once the campaign closes, as long as you've pledged the right amount of money, you'll be able to indicate your desired rewards during the post-campaign survey. (For example, if you pledge $32 and select Paper & Pixels you can say "I want a second copy of Paper & Pixels" in the post-campaign survey.) Feel free to ask in the Comments if you have any questions!
Risks and challenges
We've worked hard to reduce the risks to you, the backer, in sponsoring this project.
Our partner, Plain Concepts is an established video game and app developer with a number of launched products under their belt (http://www.plainconcepts.com). They've already produced a proof of concept version of the game that has demonstrated Boss Monster is playable in digital form, looks great, and has a capable and challenging computer AI.
Brotherwise Games designed the tabletop version of Boss Monster and has worked hand-in-hand with Plain Concepts to make the digital version as faithful to the tabletop version of the game as possible, while taking advantage of the digital environment.
Together, we've priced out a minimum Kickstarter level that is guaranteed to allow us to make the game, and a set of stretch goals, that if exceeded, will only serve to enhance it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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