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A Cooperative MICROGAME for 1-4 players! Follow-up to the smash hit Tiny Epic Kingdoms! Only $16!! Pledge NOW! Read more

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A Cooperative MICROGAME for 1-4 players! Follow-up to the smash hit Tiny Epic Kingdoms! Only $16!! Pledge NOW!

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After the project is over, learn more about Tiny Epic Defenders and how to order a copy at www.GamelynGames.com

EVERY BACKER MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

"Tiny Epic Defenders is a deck-builder where the deck belongs to the enemy." - Richard Ham

"Packed with meaningful decisions and press-your-luck excitement, Tiny Epic Defenders is not only a clever game, but an amazing cooperative experience!"  - Chris Leder

*Watch a gameplay video below in the Reviews & Videos section*

BASE GAME - ONLY $16! (MSRP=$25)

DELUXE CONTENT INCLUDES

These are mock-up images and not a true representation of the final product. Elements are subject to change. Not to scale.

*Kickstarter Limited Exclusives - VERY limited quantity printed. Will never enter regular distribution channels but may become available via contests, conventions, and/or the BGG store.

  • GENERAL INFO: Cooperative, 1-4 players, 30 minutes.
  • THEME: Fantasy, set in the world of Tiny Epic Kingdoms.
  • HOOK: Fast paced, portable co-op, with a unique turn-deck mechanic.
  • WIN: Defeat the Epic Foe!
  • LOSE: Let the Capital City get destroyed!
  • STORY: After the Great War (Tiny Epic Kingdoms), many of the factions, shattered and defeated, looked for something to cling to. One final hope before the last of their race would flow like the river into the ocean of history, gone and forgotten. It was the sages of the Order of Gamelyn who answered their prayers. They provided a new perspective on unity, and a way of life that would welcome peaceful members of any faction. A utopia for all. With very few options and a will to survive, this world alliance became an inevitable truth in the eyes of many of the factions’ leaders. Even factions who hated one another had nothing left but each other. Under the guidance of the Order of Gamelyn, a Capital City was chosen and factions from all over the world came to call this city their new home. At last, the world was at peace… but not for long. A great storm is coming and in the darkness of the mist, there be demons.

Players are going to be working together, managing threat and attempting to keep up with the evolving Turn Deck. Defending the Capital City is of the utmost importance!

Start by selecting a Hero!

Each Hero brings unique benefits to the party.
Each Hero brings unique benefits to the party.

Then design your World!

Using THIS pattern, players choose the placement of the Outer Regions!
Using THIS pattern, players choose the placement of the Outer Regions!

Next, select your preferred difficulty and prepare your Turn & Horde Decks accordingly.

Both Enemy turns and Hero turns are thrown into the Turn Deck. SHUFFLE and UNLEASH!
Both Enemy turns and Hero turns are thrown into the Turn Deck. SHUFFLE and UNLEASH!

 ...now get PLAYING!

The Horde Deck acts like a timer as it feeds cards into the Turn Deck each round. As the Turn Deck evolves each round, it will be up to players to adapt with it. Learn your deck, win the game!
The Horde Deck acts like a timer as it feeds cards into the Turn Deck each round. As the Turn Deck evolves each round, it will be up to players to adapt with it. Learn your deck, win the game!

As the game continues, each round is getting harder and harder!

As Enemy Cards are drawn, Region threat is increased. Without progressive turn-management they will begin to burn, exposing the Capital City.
As Enemy Cards are drawn, Region threat is increased. Without progressive turn-management they will begin to burn, exposing the Capital City.

The game will continue to evolve as Dire Enemies are introduced.

Dire Enemies bring threatening powers into play but offer great rewards to the Heroes tough enough to defend them!
Dire Enemies bring threatening powers into play but offer great rewards to the Heroes tough enough to defend them!

Acquire Artifacts and you may survive long enough to see the Epic Foe!

Defending a Dire Enemy yields a powerful one-time-use item that can shift the tides of battle in your favor!
Defending a Dire Enemy yields a powerful one-time-use item that can shift the tides of battle in your favor!

So, you've made it! Enter the EPIC FOE!

You made it this far, but do you have anything left!? Now the REAL pain begins!
You made it this far, but do you have anything left!? Now the REAL pain begins!

If you are able to do enough damage to the Epic Foe and kill it, you've just won the game! You are now one-of-a-kind in your gaming group and will surely have a great week!

You can download the prototype rules below. This version of the rules has not yet received the wonderful treatment of the graphic artist.

Click HERE to download the TED Rules of Play (prototype)

NEW Tiny Epic Kingdoms Premium Print 'N Play Add-On! 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Here's how this works, if you wish to add this then you will need to add $8 to your pledge manually. You will then need to send me a message (from within Kickstarter) letting me know that you have selected this add-on! That's it! Super simple. Once the project has concluded, I will send you a message back (from within Kickstarter) containing a link to access the TEK Premium PnP. I will have the link sent to you by the end of July. Please note that the Premium PnP of TED is still slated for an estimated delivery of August.

PS. Players have been raving about the quality of the Premium PnP since its release for TEK backers. It has literally set a new standard for how to issue PnPs. Enjoy!

Like all of our games, endless hours have been poured into Tiny Epic Defenders in effort to make it the best possible game it can be, but with your help it can be even better! 

At $15,000 we are able to produce a high quality board game that is sure to hit your game table time and time again. If we are fortunate enough to raise funds above and beyond that goal we can really improve upon this great little game.

The most effective way to assure we reach these upgrades is to share this project on your social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs, etc. Share this project with EVERYONE!! 

Telling your friends, family, and gaming communities to jump in on this great game will make everyone's game better as all stretch goals are production wide!

Speaking of social media, here is an incentive for getting involved:

SOCIAL MEDIA STRETCH GOAL!

Click to visit Gamelyn Games' Facebook
Click to visit Gamelyn Games' Facebook

Now, onto some other exciting stretch goals!

                                        

We are always working on improving how we do business and our goal from the very beginning has been to make Tiny Epic Defenders as affordable as possible, for everyone! We've worked very hard and are willing to spend extra money to make this project EU-Friendly. We will be sending a container of games to a Europe based fulfillment center. This will eliminate the VAT and customs charges.

International Backers outside of the EU may have to pay all taxes and fees charged by your local government. 

Prior to launching on Kickstarter, we sent out tons of prototypes of Tiny Epic Defenders. Some to established reviewers and some to gamers who like to write reviews. Shortly after, I released a FREE Print 'N Play of the game and within days there were hundreds of downloads! I encourage you to read these reviews and see just what people are raving about!

BoardGameGeek User Reviews

UNDEAD VIKING PREVIEW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG8c1-AihAE

RAHDO RUNS THROUGH TINY EPIC DEFENDERS

"Tiny Epic Defenders is punishing and merciless, with players quickly having their backs to the wall and defeat could come with any card"
"Tiny Epic Defenders is punishing and merciless, with players quickly having their backs to the wall and defeat could come with any card"
                                                               
Indie Cardboard Review of TED! "This game packs a lot of joy into a very little space"
Indie Cardboard Review of TED! "This game packs a lot of joy into a very little space"
                                                                                    
"I really enjoyed Tiny Epic Defenders even when I was losing, and I’m excited to see what the final product will be like."
"I really enjoyed Tiny Epic Defenders even when I was losing, and I’m excited to see what the final product will be like."

Meet designer Scott Almes and publisher Michael Coe in this insider interview with David Lowry.

 More reviews coming shortly!

You've read all about how great the game is, but now let me prove it to you! Follow the link below to find a FREE Print 'N Play of Tiny Epic Defenders. The PnP allows you to play 1-4 players and features the 4 main heroes: Warrior, Cleric, Barbarian and Sorcerer. The rule book is a separate download. 

Click HERE for the Print 'N Play Files

Click HERE for the Rule Book

Second to backing the project, the best thing you can do to help Tiny Epic Defenders get made is to spread the word on your social media sites. Here are some fun social media avatars you can use to help with that:

Why YOU should back Tiny Epic Defenders on Kickstarter:

Besides it being a epic good time, without Kickstarter, and more importantly YOU, the game would not be produced. So waiting around to find it at your FLGS or favorite online retailer would NOT even be an option!

We need people to back it on Kickstarter to get it made. So, here are the incentives we've offered:

• 36% discounted from MSRP (on an already super cheap game). $16 on KS instead of $25 retail.

• FREE US Shipping + Discounted International Shipping

• Get *Kickstarter Limited Exclusive content through the Deluxe Package. Includes extra Heroes, Dire Enemies, Epic Foes and Artifacts!

*Kickstarter Limited Exclusives - VERY limited quantity printed. Will never enter regular distribution channels but may become available via contests, conventions, and/or the BGG store.

Why we use Kickstarter.

We choose to use Kickstarter because of the people. Kickstarter has a very supportive and enthusiastic community that we've grown to love.

Our experience with Kickstarter began as a project creators. I, personally, had not backed a project prior to making my own, that quickly changed. The philanthropy demonstrated by the backers that so generously supported our projects became contagious. We're not just project creators anymore, we are backers now and we love it! Backing a project is a little bit like being Santa Claus in helping make dreams come true! Then getting it in the mail later is a lot like being a kid on Christmas day! It's a win, win.

There's more than one way to fund the publication of a board game and even within the crowd-funding concept there are several options but none that compare to Kickstarter. Without the wonderful community of Kickstarter we would not be where we are today. That is why we feel it is important to give back. Kickstarter has changed our business and our lives in a big way and if we can play a small part in changing someone else's life in a big way we will!

We have worked very hard to bring Tiny Epic Defenders to this point. Many people have put a lot of hard work into this game but entering production is very expensive and unfortunately outside the limitations of our resources. The game has been enjoyed by so many and some awesome memories have been made. With your help, we can make this game a reality and share the unique experience within with a lot of people.

Thank you Kickstarter and thank you backers! If you pledge your support to this project we give you our word that we will respect your efforts and use every last penny pledged to deliver the best possible product we can.

Gamelyn Games, LLC. is a board game publishing company based out of Mesa, Arizona and was founded in 2012 by Michael and Brittany Coe.

Gamelyn Games is dedicated to providing innovative games and accessories that attract players of all ages and interests. We are truly dedicated to creating fun and unique products!

Gamelyn Games has published Fantasy Frontier, Dungeon Heroes (board game and iOS), and the Lords of the Undead and The Dragon and the Damsel expansions to Dungeon Heroes. We have also created the Fantasy Gaming Figures and GIANT meeples products. We currently have Tiny Epic Kingdoms in production, scheduled for a Q4 release. We look forward to many more exciting games and accessories to come.

Both Brittany and I come from a background of service and hospitality. We've learned the most important element in business is caring for your customers and treating them like family.

Here at Gamelyn Games, customers are our #1 focus! You can always count on friendly and prompt service and communication.

Please do not hesitate to email me directly at Michael@GamelynGames.com, contact me on Twitter @Gamelyn_Games, find me on Facebook.com/GamelynGames or send me a message on Kickstarter.

Thank you very much for your support and belief in this project! Please share it with your friends and family.

Sincerely,

Michael Coe, Founder & Publisher

                                    

©2014 Gamelyn Games, LLC all rights reserved.

*Kickstarter Limited Exclusive - VERY limited quantity printed. Will never enter regular distribution channels but may become available via contests, conventions, and/or the BGG store.

Images shown of Tiny Epic Defenders are prototype images. The images and/or components are subject to change per manufacturer's requirements, and the publisher's choice for what is in the best interest of the game.

Risks and challenges

The publication of a board game is a complicated process. It is prone to many mistakes and that does not exclude experienced publishers.

We're proud to say that we are prepared for the task at hand and have experience in successfully fulfilling multiple board game projects.

Here are the steps we are take to prepare and reduce the likelihood of mistakes and delays:

1. We have done significant pre-production. This includes having all the art for the game completed and the graphic art over 75% completed. The production quote is in hand and ready to be initiated.

2. We are proud to be working with Panda Game Manufacturing again, the same manufacturer I have used to create of Rise!, The Lost Dutchman, Dungeon Heroes, Fantasy Frontier, the Fantasy Gaming Figures,the GIANT Meeples and Tiny Epic Kingdoms. We have a great relationship with their entire team. We are familiar with their production requirements, timelines, payment schedules, communication methods and Chinese freight arrangements. Together we have created some great games and products and we hope that Tiny Epic Defenders will be our next!

3. Professional distribution is already in place, and we are proud to say it will be handled by Ship Naked. They were responsible for having fulfilled the shipments of Rise!, Dungeon Heroes and Fantasy Frontier. All were delivered on schedule with professionalism and reliability. Ship Naked also handles our pledge management, as well as defected parts and missing pieces. They have proven to be communicative, punctual and customer service minded when dealing with Gamelyn Games' customers.

Again, this isn't to say that this project won't experience mistakes, they happen to everyone but it does show that this road is familiar to all parties involved.

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Above all, we are dedicated to 100% backer communication. We will be transparent with our process, as to involve our backers as much as possible.

We will be present daily to answer any questions or read any comments and we will provide regular updates and supply photos of the progress when possible.

Thank you for your trust in us! Lets bring Tiny Epic Defenders to the gaming world!

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PREVIOUS PROJECTS' STATUS:
Tiny Epic Kingdoms is currently in production. It is right on track and scheduled to maintain the estimated shipping date. The turkey is in the oven, now we are working on dessert!

Fantasy Frontier, Dungeon Heroes, the Fantasy Gaming Figures and the Mini GIANT Meeple Project have all completed fulfillment successfully. Some backers even received their games and figures early! Backers have since written in with elation about the game, the figures and the management of the project.

Thank you for your support!

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    (ONE) Tiny Epic Defenders Deluxe Package. This package includes a copy of the base game, as well as the Kickstarter Limited Exclusive* Mini-Expansion that introduces the 1 more HERO (Assassin), 1 more DIRE ENEMY (Giant Snake), 1 more EPIC FOE (Sand Worm), and 1 more ARTIFACT (Baal's Bait) to your game. This package also includes the Premium Print 'N Print and the PDF Art Collection.

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    (TWO) Tiny Epic Defenders Deluxe Packages. This package includes a copy of the base game, as well as the Kickstarter Limited Exclusive* Mini-Expansion that introduces the 1 more HERO (Assassin), 1 more DIRE ENEMY (Giant Snake), 1 more EPIC FOE (Sand Worm), and 1 more ARTIFACT (Baal's Bait) to your game. This package also includes the Premium Print 'N Print and the PDF Art Collection.

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    TINY EPIC DEFENDERS x6

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    DELUXE TINY EPIC DEFENDERS x6

    (SIX) Tiny Epic Defenders Deluxe Packages. This package includes a copy of the base game, as well as the Kickstarter Limited Exclusive* Mini-Expansion that introduces the 1 more HERO (Assassin), 1 more DIRE ENEMY (Giant Snake), 1 more EPIC FOE (Sand Worm), and 1 more ARTIFACT (Baal's Bait) to your game. This package also includes the Premium Print 'N Print and the PDF Art Collection.

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    TINY EPIC DEFENDERS x10

    (TEN) copies of Tiny Epic Defenders.

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    DELUXE TINY EPIC DEFENDERS x10

    (TEN) Tiny Epic Defenders Deluxe Packages. This package includes a copy of the base game, as well as the Kickstarter Limited Exclusive* Mini-Expansion that introduces the 1 more HERO (Assassin), 1 more DIRE ENEMY (Giant Snake), 1 more EPIC FOE (Sand Worm), and 1 more ARTIFACT (Baal's Bait) to your game. This package also includes the Premium Print 'N Print and the PDF Art Collection.

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    Honorary Producer

    (ONE) Signed Advance copy of the Tiny Epic Defenders deluxe package and all that it entails.

    This copy of TED is among the first of the entire production and is air-shipped to Gamelyn Games prior to the production being shipped over seas. You will one of the very first people to own TED! This copy will personally signed by Scott Almes, the game's designer, Bill Bricker, the game's artist and myself.

    You will receive a limited and exclusive high quality print of your favorite piece of art from the Tiny Epic series, signed by the game's illustrator Bill Bricker.

    Your name will be listed in the Rulebook of every copy produced for the 1st print run of TED. You will be credited as an Honorary Producer.

    You will receive a high quality Tiny Epic Defenders prototype made from the Premium PnP files using the game's final art. This prototype will include all content and all pieces needed to play Tiny Epic Defenders. This will ship shortly before the Premium PnP is made available.

    Includes ALL Stretch Goals

    You may add additional copies of TED to your pledge using the existing pricing structures. For example, adding (1) deluxe copy would be $24 in the US or $36 for International. These copies will be part of the regular delivery and are estimated to arrive in September.

    Shipping included anywhere in the U.S.

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