Boss Monster is a standalone card game that challenges 2-4 players to become videogame-style villains and build deadly side-scrolling dungeons. Players compete to see who can lure and destroy the most adventurers. But beware! You must make your dungeon as deadly as it is attractive, or the puny adventurers might kill you first! Are you a bad enough dude to become the ultimate Boss Monster?
Boss Monster is designed for anyone who loves classic gaming, from OD&D to NES. The artwork, by talented pixel artists like Katrina Guillermo (Super Apartment Bros) and Kyle Merritt (EvoCreo) is richly detailed and full of geeky pop-culture references. From the game's mechanics to its colorful characters, it combines the best of modern hobby gaming with a potent dose of nostalgia.
Why Your Support Matters
Boss Monster was created by Johnny and Chris O’Neal, two brothers who have founded Brotherwise Games to share their lifelong love of gaming. But to launch Boss Monster and fund a premium-quality print run with Panda Games Manufacturing (Summoner Wars, The Walking Dead Board Game, Pandemic), Johnny and Chris need your support!
We have already exceeded our $12,000 goal, so your pledge is now a pre-order! The basic $20 pledge level gets you the full game (with free shipping in the U.S.) – $5 less than we expect the game to cost at retail! Higher pledge levels let you unlock awesome rewards like bonus cards or the chance to put yourself n the game. As with any Kickstarter project, you're only charged if we hit our funding goal. And with your help, we can!
More About the Game
If you have rules questions, ask in our comments section or at our Facebook page. And if you like what you see, read on for information about pledge levels!
The response to Boss Monster has been amazing! We exceeded our initial goal in just over 26 hours and we keep growing at a steady rate. But to keep things moving, we are introducing stretch goals! As we hit each of these levels, we will provide new rewards to all our supporters at certain pledge levels. You don't need to do anything to add these to your order -- they will automatically be added if you're supporting at a given level.
Our final goal is a true stretch, so if you've already pledged, spread the word! The more people who know about Boss Monster and support it on Kickstarter, the more awesome stuff we'll be able to add to the game -- in this first release and beyond!
Level $20: THE GAME
Pledge at $20 and you get the full retail copy of the game, featuring 148 cards and endless replay value for 2-4 players. The game includes everything you see here, printed on premium-quality card stock, plus full-color instructions. If you live in the U.S., Priority Mail shipping is included in the price! (Outside of the U.S., please add $10 to cover additional shipping costs.)
Thanks to our backers taking us past our $60K stretch goal, the basic game now includes five all new spell cards to torment your foes (for a total of 153 cards in the game). And now that we've reached our $80K stretch goal, ALL Kickstarter backers will receive the The Legendary Edition Gold Display Box Sleeve with their copy of the game, a removable sleeve that pays homage to one of the most iconic retro game boxes of all time. Get your version of Boss Monster here on Kickstarter, and you'll be one of the lucky few displaying this golden goodness on your game shelf!
And thanks to our community-chosen $100K stretch goal, all Kickstarter versions of Boss Monster will include four metal Level Up! tokens to indicate when your Boss Monster has leveled.
Level $25: THE PLAYER'S CHOICE
If you're ready to step up to get the full Kickstarter experience, step up to the Player's Choice bundle. Your pledge gets you the full game, plus the Golden Dragon, a powerful Boss card available only to Kickstarter supporters. You also get something to tide you over while you wait for the game: after the campaign concludes, we'll e-mail you an Official Strategy Guide PDF with details on every card, gameplay examples, Pro Tips, and lore! We'll also send you the Boss Monster soundtrack MP3, a 10-minute track of retro video game music by chiptune artist Lars the Laohu. It's the perfect way to kick off an evening of dungeon-building!
At the $25 level and above, your name will be featured in the "Special Thanks" section of the printed Boss Monster rulebook. And now, thanks to our backers taking us past our $130K stretch goal, everyone pledging at the Player's Choice and above will receive four new Kickstarter exclusive bosses, a digital kit to create your own custom cards, and the "Creator Pack" of four-more Kickstarter exclusive cards:
And now that we've hit $160K, everyone in the Player's Choice level and above will receive these Kickstarter Exclusive Epic Multiclass heroes, the Monster Hunter and the Trap Master:
Level $30: THE POWER-UP
Think you're ready to play with power? For helping to spread the wanton villainy of Boss Monster, you get the Agent of Evil card and five more Kickstarter-exclusive cards!
What happens if we unlock $190K? We're bringing back Holofoil versions of the eight base set Boss Monsters and the Golden Dragon as a Kickstarter Exclusive for everyone at the Player's Choice level and above. That's in addition to the regular Boss Monster cards!
The Agent of Evil is a powerful Spell card, but what are those other cards? It's a secret to everyone. ...Except people who pre-order at the $30 level! This level also includes all the fun digital Easter eggs included the "Player's Choice" level.
Level $40: THE EXTRA LIFE
If you want even more power than the Power-Up Pack can contain, if you want to 1-Up your gameplay experience and become a Boss Monster insider, pledge at $40! You will become a member of the Boss Monster design team, gaining access to special playtester forums at BrotherwiseGames.com. Most importantly, you will receive an advance copy of our 25-card mini-expansion, Tools of Hero-Kind.
And now that we've hit $160,000, that advance copy for Extra Lifers will be upgraded from a non-final prototype into a final production copy. Click here to learn more about Tools of Hero-Kind and its armory of Items, which make Heroes even more challenging to defeat!
Level $80: THE SUPER-SPEED
You want the best, and you want it now. If you want your game delivered faster than a blue hedgehog, we will deliver you a prototype of the 148-card base set as soon as the campaign ends and your payment processes. It's printed on glossy, playable cardstock -- not as premium as our final cards, but still pretty nice -- and it comes in an oversized prototype package. (See here for details.) You also get a copy of the final game when it's ready, and everything else in the EXTRA LIFE pledge level (including an advance copy of Tools of Hero-Kind) ...and all the stretch rewards that have been unlocked so far in the campaign. Look at all this gaming goodness!
We are also making this item available internationally, but the shipping is a total of $55 to cover the additional cost of shipping the advance prototype outside of the U.S. (Unfortunately, less expensive shipping is not available.)
Level $150: UNLIMITED LIVES
If you believe in the future of Boss Monster, then your best value is the Unlimited Lives pledge level. Just as with the Super-Speed pledge level, we will send you advance prototype of the game as soon as the project successfully funds. But the advantage of the Unlimited Lives level is that Brotherwise Games will provide you with a lifetime voucher for a free copy of every new Boss Monster expansion that we release in the future! This includes our first full expansion, Crash Landing, which we will Kickstart in Fall 2013. Finally, you will be credited in the game manual as a Producer and treated as a guest of honor at any Brotherwise Games event.
The voucher for future expansions will be good for the standard version of the game (along with any rewards that would be available to all Kickstarter backers), but in future campaigns we will also provide Unlimited Lives backers with opportunities to receive additional rewards. The voucher does not cover reprints or new editions of Master of the Dungeon, nor does it cover exclusives like retail promo cards or prize cards.
Because of the "in perpetuity" nature of this reward, and the high and uncertain costs of international shipping, we can only offer this pledge level in the U.S.
Kickstarter doesn't currently allow one account to select multiple pledge rewards, but if you want to double-up on a pledge, we can make that happen!
For any non-limited pledge level, just add the cost of that level (including shipping) to your existing order and send us a message. We will add it to your order! Example: If you want two Power-Up Packs, select that option, then pay $60 ($80 if you live outside of the U.S.) and you will get two sets mailed to you!
If you want a Mini 10-Doh, we are adding a new version only available during Kickstarter. This is a limited run that will never be produced again after this campaign ends. Just add $20 to your order ($30 outside of the U.S.) and this awesome figure will be shipped to you! For more on So Analog! figures and to get a look at the limited edition packaging, visit Squid Kids Ink!
Want to show your Boss Monster pride with a custom t-shirt? Please add $20 to your pledge amount ($30 for international backers) and send us an e-mail with the "contact me" button that specifies that you would like a t-shirt added to your rewards and your size (possible sizes include, small, medium, large, XL, 2XL, and 3XL. T-shirts are only offered in smoke grey and all have the image of King Croak on the Boss Monster logo on the chest
The following levels are no longer available. They were awesome, but they went fast. We call them... THE LOST LEVELS.
Level $50: THE HERO [SOLD OUT]
How would you like to really become a part of Boss Monster? Pledge at the $50 level, and we will design one of the game's hapless Hero cards to match your specifications. Whether you want it to look like your longtime D&D character or a pixelated fantasy version of your real-world likeness, we will work with you to create a custom Hero card that appears in every version of the game. (All content is subject to Brotherwise Games approval, but we're open to anything that doesn't totally disrupt the tone of the game.)
And to commemorate your support of Boss Monster, we will give you a Kickstarter-exclusive, limited edition Mini 10-Doh Figure from Squid Kids Ink! These awesome art toys stand 3.5" tall, with a nostalgia-inspiring gray cartridge. Created in special partnership with Squid Kids, you can only get the Boss Monster version by becoming a supporter!
The Hero pledge level also includes all rewards from the "Extra Life” pledge level.
Level $75: THE EPIC HERO [SOLD OUT]
The thing about Heroes is that for most of the game, they're gobbled up by the Boss Monsters with nary a thought. But if you want to name yourself after something a little tougher, pledge at $75 to become a fearsome Epic Hero. You tell us the name, flavor text and description. We'll working with you to design an Epic Hero around the concept!
And if you pledge at the Epic Hero level, you get an even cooler Mini 10-Doh Figure: the black cartridge! As menacing as an Epic Hero, the black cartridge is sure to be a hot commodity among 10-Doh collectors!
The Epic Hero pledge level also includes all rewards from the "Extra Life” pledge level.
Level $245: THE ONE OF A KIND [SOLD OUT]
Don't just play Boss Monster... BECOME the Boss Monster! At this pledge level, you claim sponsorship of one of the game's eight core Bosses: KING CROAK, ROBOBO, GORGONA, CLEOPATRA, CEREBELLUS, SEDUCIA, DRACULORD, or XYZAX. As a true patron of the game, you will receive a prototype copy of that card, signed by our lead pixel artist, Katrina Guillermo. You will also receive a one-of-a-kind piece of original artwork hand-drawn by Katrina on a 2.5" x 3.5" card (also known as an ACEO). This concept art-style image will portray your chosen Boss in all its evil glory.
Both the signed card and the original art card will be framed in an
archival-quality acrylic screwdown frame. You will also have the name of
your Boss reserved as your username for the official Boss Monster
forums, and will receive an exclusive avatar available only to you and
the other "one of a kind" backers. Finally, you will also receive
special thanks in the game manual as the sponsor of your chosen boss.
This level includes everything included in the EXTRA LIFE level, including a copy of the game, a physical prototype of the Tools of Hero-Kind mini-expansion, and official playtester status. If you would like to combine this with either the SUPER-SPEED or UNLIMITED LIVES pledge level, update your pledge to this level (choosing your preferred Boss) and include the other pledge level as an add-on. You may deduct $40 from the combined cost, but please send us a message to clarify what you're doing.
Level $250: THE BOSS [SOLD OUT]
A lot of people talk about being "like a boss," but only a few have what it takes to become one. If you support Boss Monster at the $250 level, you receive everything in the "Unlimited Lives" pledge level, including an advance prototype copy of the game, and you get to work with the artists and designers to create a card that will be shipped with every copy of our first expansion!
Level $300: THE NEW BOSS [SOLD OUT]
Become a Boss on a Kickstarter-exclusive stretch reward card! Want to become a Boss Monster? This level's for you. We'll work with you to design one of the four new Kickstarter Exclusive Boss Monsters that were earned with the $20000 stretch goal. You'll work with us to guide the development of a fantasy-themed image for this Boss and you'll pick the name (pending Brotherwise approval). AND you'll get all the rewards offered at the UNLIMITED LIVES pledge level.
Level $500: THE DRAGON [SOLD OUT]
Become a legend. The most impressive boss in the game – a golden dragon – will be given the name of your choice. (Name must be mutually agreed upon by Brotherwise Games.) From now on, whenever players are lucky enough to draw the Golden Dragon, they will say the name you have chosen.
To prove that you are a Boss like no other, you will also receive a one-of-a-kind Golden Boss Monster 10-Doh by Squid Kids Ink. It gleams with golden plastic goodness, and it's only available to the supporter who pledges at this level. On top of all that, this level includes the full complement of pledge rewards from “The Boss” pledge level. There can be only one Dragon, so act fast!
More on Boss Monster
For more about Boss Monster, including gameplay details and news, read our updates, visit www.BrotherwiseGames.com, and Like us on Facebook. But before you go, don't forget to pledge and tell your friends!
Risks and challenges
Boss Monster is fully designed, playtested, and illustrated (though we will commission additional illustrations to fulfill the Hero and Epic Hero pledge levels). The lead designer, Johnny O'Neal, has five years of experience bringing toy and game products to market for major toy companies, and Brotherwise Games has everything in place to ensure a successful Q1 2013 launch. Our manufacturing partner, Panda Games, has been producing top-quality board and card games since 2007. Our shipping partner, Leader Mutual, will ensure safe and timely shipping of product. We are ready to make this game, and just need your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
If you live outside of the U.S., Kickstarter will prompt you to add a specific amount to your pledge level. This amount is specified in the item descriptions and ranges from $10-$20 depending on the amount of shipping involved. This is a flat rate for all countries outside of the U.S., including Canada.
Yes! We will cover the costs of shipping anywhere in the U.S., including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.
63x88mm. Standard trading card size.
Not including the various promo cards offered here on Kickstarter, the basic game of Boss Monster (currently) contains:
- 8 Bosses
- 75 Room cards
- 27 Spell cards
- 25 Heroes
- 16 Epic heroes
We are continuously play testing the game, and these numbers are likely to change slightly right up until we go to print. And again, this does not include the promo cards offered here on Kickstarter.
The UNLIMITED LIVES pledge level will include every new Boss Monster expansion that we release in the future. In addition to all the rewards of the EXTRA LIFE level, it is guaranteed to include a "super-speed" prototype copy of the game mailed to you before the end of 2012 (a $40 value) and a physical prototype of our first 25-card mini-expansion (Tools of Hero-Kind) in early 2013. Along with the final release of Tools of Hero-Kind (which will be mailed to everyone at the Extra Life level and above), the Unlimited Lives backer will receive additional expansions as they are released. We are committed to Kickstarting a new 150-card expansion, Crash Landing, at the end of 2013. Unlimited Lives backers will receive the base version of Crash Landing, any extras made available to all backers, and the opportunity to buy into higher-level rewards at a discount. While there is some inherent risk in the Unlimited Lives pledge level, and we encourage people to weigh it carefully for that reason, we see it as great value because we want to make at least one expansion per year for years to come!
Unless your shipping address and Kickstarter account information tie to a U.S. address, we cannot make the Unlimited Lives pledge level available. Shipping costs are included in the Unlimited Lives level; international shipping costs are too high and too variable to adequately include in the pledge level. You can still buy into the Super-Speed level to get a prototype copy of the game, but you'll see that the International shipping charges at that level are very high.
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