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Update #62 - For backers only

Our Digital, Item-Filled Future

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Update #61 - For backers only

Press Start to Continue

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Update #60 - For backers only

Shipped!

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Update #59

Playing the Game

This was a big week for Boss Monster. Working with our fulfillment partners, we made a huge amount of progress on shipping. As of today, we've shipped most of our domestic units and we've completed pre-shipment processing for international orders. By Monday, we'll have shipped all domestic units and the first batch of international units will be in the mail.

We're now starting to hear from backers who say they've received the game. For those of you who have it, play it and show it off! Arrange a game night, post about Boss Monster on Facebook, or talk about it on Twitter using #BossMonster and @BossMonsterGames tags. Here's one fine gentleman doing it right:

A quick tweet or post like this might not seem like a big deal, but it means a ton to us. Every new person who tries Boss Monster gets us one step closer to the new expansions and new games we want to make. Besides, this is the perfect excuse to brag about your sweet new game!

Playing the Game

Whether or not you'll get to play this weekend, this is a good time to brush up on gameplay. One easy way to start is by watching the gameplay demo we made during the campaign. But because that video doesn't cover all the details, we've also made the full rulebook available to the public:

Boss Monster Rulebook

Our hope is that you'll find the rules pretty intuitive once you've played the game, but here are reminders of some points that can be a little trickier to remember:

  • For your starting hand, draw 5 Room cards and 2 Spell cards. Then discard two cards. This gives you the chance to start tuning your dungeon from the beginning.
  • During the pre-game Set Up, each player builds one Room. During every subsequent turn of the game, players have the option to build a Room before Heroes enter dungeons. That means the first time a Hero shows up, you'll have had the chance to build two Rooms.
  • Whenever you build a Room, place it face-down. Once everyone has picked a spot, simultaneously reveal your Rooms. This keeps your opponents from reacting to you "bid" for a particular treasure/hero type.
  • The maximum dungeon size is five visible Rooms (not counting your Boss card).
  • Spells can be played in the Build and/or Adventure phase, as specified by the icon on the card. Room abilities can be played during either phase.
  • When resolving a Spell or Ability, the "active player" always gets priority. During the Build phase, the "active player" is the one who's currently deciding where to place a face-down room. During the Adventure phase, it's the player who currently has a Hero entering his dungeon.

If you're a detail-oriented person, or you know you'll have a "rules lawyer" at your gaming table, the most detailed resource available is our FAQ at the official Brotherwise Games forums:

Boss Monster Rules FAQ

A Few More Tips

The first time you play, we find it's nice to start with a 2-player game to get a feel for the rules and the dynamics. Then it's on to the fun of 3- and 4-player games!

Spells can be a scarce resource, so look for opportunities to draw them. Err on the side of keeping both Spell cards in your starting hand, and pick up Mage rooms that let you draw Spell cards.

Don't be shy about luring Heroes, even early in the game. The player with a couple of Wounds in the early game is often the one who ends up winning, because it means he's building an attractive dungeon. Remember: every Hero in your scorekeeping area is one not counting toward your opponent's Soul total.

Draw lots of cards! As with almost any card-based game, "card advantage" is a winning strategy. Boss Monster rewards flexible tactics more than rigid long-term plans, and your flexibility depends entirely on how many choices you have in your hand. Keep an eye on Spells and Rooms with "Draw a card" effects, and use them as often as you can!

Thank You

As we ecstatically watch Boss Monster backers beginning to receive the game, we're reminded that it's you who made this possible. At a time when a lot of the top Kickstarter projects are coming from creators who have an existing fan base, we still feel like our campaign is one of the best examples of backers supporting a couple of totally unknown designers. Thanks for taking that risk, and we hope you'll feel it was worth it when you see your copy of the game!


Update #58 - For backers only

King Croak has left the building!

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