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Cakestart this deceptively simple card game for 2 players. Fight and fleece in equal measure to become the next "King of Cakes."
Cakestart this deceptively simple card game for 2 players. Fight and fleece in equal measure to become the next "King of Cakes."
Cakestart this deceptively simple card game for 2 players. Fight and fleece in equal measure to become the next "King of Cakes."
382 backers pledged $18,078 to help bring this project to life.

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Cake Duel: A Light-Hearted Strategic Card Game

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Cake Duel is a fast-paced strategy card game for 2 players. As the commanders of cute (but starving) Sheepie battalions, players take turns bluffing Sheepie cards decked out in RPG gear in order to honorably relieve the other side of all its cakes. Cake Duel is designed to be a short, action-packed experience that can be enjoyed over and over again.

Card-counting, mindgames, and big plays. Cake Duel delivers all of these in a light-hearted setting. 

  • Easy To Learn. It only takes 5 minutes to learn the basic rules! You can watch the how-to-play video below and play along with our demo version, which requires only 2 people, a deck of playing cards, and some coins.
  • Thoroughly Replayable.  A big part of Cake Duel is crafting strategies to adapt to your opponents, which keeps the metagame flavorful after many, many playthroughs. Ever wanted to engage in an arms race of wits with your friends? Cake Duel is your arena.
  • Fully Customizable. Each duel is played with a custom deck, and you can decide to put your favorite Sheepie into it. All Sheepie have unique abilities, and different army compositions result in wildly different games. Can you say fortune-telling assassin? Games are as explosive and as tame as you want them to be.
  • Pocket-sized and Portable. Cake Duel doesn’t require a lot of space to play. It’s perfect for the concert line, the train, or any other place where you have to play the waiting game (why not play a cake-stealing game instead!). We provide a pouch that allows you to carry the entire game in your pocket.
  • Newbie-Friendly. We understand that strategy games might be an intimidating genre to jump into. While we we’ve spent a lot of time building the game’s cognitive depth and ensuring a high skill ceiling, we’ve also worked hard to build a safe place where new players can explore. Even if you’re behind, it never feels as if you’re just playing out your demise; a simple challenge ends the round and you start with a clean slate. 


We've been playing and incrementally improving the game for over a year now, making it as fun and polished as we can. It's gone through loads of design upgrades, balance changes, and playtests. We hope that we have crafted an experience that appeals to your competitive streak as much as it does to your sense of whimsy. Now, we're finally ready to get this game into as many of your game shelves as possible! Our funding goal will allow us to pay the initial cost of bringing Cake Duel to everyone.

Gameplay

Ben from The Board Game Vault made us a great review, which works pretty well as a how-to-play video. You can check it out here:

We made a short commentary segment on a single round of Cake Duel, to show you some of the fancy mental footwork behind the making of a single play.

  • Set Collection: On your turn, you get to play Sheepie troops to steal cakes from your opponent. Play a single Sheepie troop, or save up multiple Sheepie of the same type for a bigger play!
  • Bluffing: Of course, any Sheepie can be claimed as any other Sheepie. However, if you get caught lying, you'll lose the round.
  • Card Counting: If you want to be good, you'll keep track of your opponent's claims — there are only 20 basic Sheepie cards in the deck. Deducing what's in your opponent's hands is key to calling their bluffs. 
  • Deck Discovery: When you think you've fully understood the game, there are 10 advanced Sheepie to keep the gameplay fresh. Discovering which advanced cards are hiding in the deck is a big information advantage over the opponent.
  • Team Bluffing: With the deluxe package, you can play 2-on-2 Cake Duel. Bluffing as a team is a delicate dance of coordination that few master!

Each game set will be packed into a cute Sheepie box. Here are the contents!

As a Cakestarter exclusive, we will be making some super special promo cards, which will be included in each Mini and Deluxe package given to backers. Read on in the rewards section for details!

 

Our Gratitude 

As thanks for your contribution, all backers will receive a PDF print and play version of Cake Duel. This will be available as soon as our campaign ends.

Cake Duel Mini Package- $20

This package will contain all the cards and pieces required to enjoy the standard 2-player game.

Cake Duel Deluxe Package - $40

This package contains 2 game sets, which opens up the possibility of 4 player team duels.

All Cakestarter copies of Cake Duel Deluxe will ship with an exclusive custom playmat. Playing on one of these will make you feel like a true Sheepie commander!




Cakestarter Exclusive - Promo Cards!

The magnificent Sheepie army.
The magnificent Sheepie army.
As thanks for backing Cake Duel's first run, all copies of Cake Duel funded through our Cakestarter campaign will receive a set of 4 (or more) exclusive promo cards.


A new promo card will be revealed each week as we progress through the campaign!

But of course, it wouldn't be a Cakestarter without the chance to get something wayyyyyy cooler from the creators, would it? We're extending the opportunity here for you to design your own special-awesome card.
Ever wanted a pet Sheepie?
Ever wanted a pet Sheepie?

Hand-Drawn Pet Sheepie! - $250

At the $250+ tier, we hand draw you a custom promo card of your own design in the style of all the other cards, for use in your own copy of the game.

Get Your Pet Sheepie In the Game! - $1000

At the $1000 tier, you're practically a producer. If you donate this much, we will put your custom promo card into every Cakestarter copy of Cake Duel. We will help ensure this card is playable, though it can be as crazy as you want it to be.

We will also ship you a surprise cake. A real cake that you can eat. Unless you are allergic to cake. We will work something out.



Sizigi Studios is a team of 3 MIT Alums who played so many games together that one day, they decided to make one. Well, we made many terrible games, to be precise. We wanted to make a game that we ourselves could enjoy over and over again. That was our baseline quality assurance, and as simple as it sounds, that one little specification killed most of our ideas in the cradle. Two years passed, and nothing quite so much as touched our golden standard.

During the long hours of prototyping, we made up this simple game called Cake Duel. We played it because the rules were clean and the rounds were short: a perfect way to cleanse the palate during long stretches of intense mental hemorrhaging against new game ideas.

Yeah, it sounds funny when you write it out like this, doesn't it? At one point, it dawned on us that we were playing Cake Duel every day, and that it was actually getting pretty damn good. We took it to our friends; they liked it. We took it to strangers; they liked it too, and here we are, a year later, at the dawn of our "Cakestarter."

Over the last few months, Sheepie have been travelling all over the United States, from frat houses to trade show floors to the desks of reviewers. We've been working tirelessly to gather feedback from our alpha testers to make sure that what we are shipping is a well-balanced, enjoyable experience that delivers everything that it promises to be.

And now, we are ready to take the quantum leap: the first production run. We're not negotiating the game through a big publisher; we're trying to get the game out directly from us to you. Your contribution here, no matter how small, will be 100% invaluable to funding beloved Sheepie. 

Thank you so much for your support, from the bottom of our hearts!

Sheepie didn't always look this way!
Sheepie didn't always look this way!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • US Backers: Shipping is included in the price of the game (aka free!)
  • Rest of the World: +$6 for shipping, automatically added at pledge time. Games will also be shipped directly from fulfillment centers within each respective region (Australia, EU, Canada) avoiding VAT and other headaches!

 

 

Risks and challenges

Cake Duel is our first physical game, and as such, we’ve prepared as thoroughly as possible before launching this campaign. The testing, art, and design are all done. We have already produced an early run of 50 copies of the game, which we’ve sold to fans at Anime Expo and Gen Con. We have the quotes lined up for the manufacturing of the game based on how many backers we get. We are fully ready to get this game into your pocket!

That being said, there are always risks with getting games manufactured and shipped. Our delivery dates are conservative estimates; we’ve built in several months of padding to ensure that we ship on time. For backers outside the United States, this is our first time dealing with international shipping logistics and we understand that there may be some unexpected delays.

As a pledge to our backers and in the interest of maintaining transparency, we PROMISE to keep you informed. After the campaign, there will be a minimum of 1 update per month updating you our status, or lack thereof. As repeat backers ourselves, we know just how frustrating it is to have project creators go silent for months on end while they deal with delays, and this is our pledge to you that we won’t be one of those guys!

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