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Tavern Masters Card Game - Run the best fantasy tavern in the village! Entertain the patrons! Earn the gold! Awesome new game from DKG! Now Available In Game Stores World-Wide! The Tavern is open!
Tavern Masters Card Game - Run the best fantasy tavern in the village! Entertain the patrons! Earn the gold! Awesome new game from DKG! Now Available In Game Stores World-Wide! The Tavern is open!
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 Hey there friend, my name is Dann, and thanks for coming to check out my new game Tavern Masters

I've been working hard play-testing and fine-tuning the mechanics on this card game for the past three years now. I've taken it around to game shops and conventions for fellow gamers to play, brought it to share with friends, sent it off for others to kick around, and the response has been overwhelming! Everyone loves Tavern Masters! One of the first things I usually hear is them asking where they can buy it! Well, now thanks to the magic of Kickstarter, they can pledge for their copy, and you can too!

Late last year, lots of backers like yourself helped work with us to bring Tavern Masters to life! In November 2016, Tavern Masters was not only fully funded, but a number of exciting Stretch Goals and bonus Exclusives and Promos were unlocked! The most exciting part was that we didn't even have any money for advertising; our success was based entirely on social media and word-of-mouth about our project and our games thanks to amazing backers like yourself, some of  whom have been following our work for years!

Fast-forward to this January; as I'm getting all the print files together, I finally get the AMAZING news that we have been accepted by one of the only two main consolidators, Impressions Game Distribution, who can help us get Tavern Masters into all the major distributors, and hopefully then onto the shelves of your local game store! This is of course a HUGE break for DKG, and could help us grow to where we can not only keep supporting our current games, but also be able to release more and more and more of our exciting games as time goes on!

Of course, we are extremely lucky to have this opportunity, as there are literally thousands of new games coming out through Kickstarter every year, so all of the distributors and even the two main consolidators are fully saturated, and generally don't take on any new clients. This is a BIG chance for us, and we have to help it succeed any way we can!

The only obstacle now is that Impressions needs at least another 500 to 800 copies of Tavern Masters, but our initial print run was only planned for 1000 copies, and most of those are already pledged for. So now, since we were able to leverage for some proper advertising, we are doing an extended run campaign to help us raise enough funds to get the extra copies printed. The best part is, by the time this campaign ends, the first copies will already be rolling off of the manufacturing line, so it won't be long before your own copy is in your hands!

On top of that, we already unlocked some awesome Exclusives and Promos, as well as a few Expansions and an awesome Metal Coin set, so those will already be available to you! In addition, we will be offering a special NEW Promo card as a reward for funding, and possibly more as Stretch Goals depending on how quickly this campaign grows. These bonus Promo cards will not only be included with your pledge rewards, but also with the pledge copies of all the previous backers, just as you'll be receiving the extras they unlocked! Everyone wins!

First New Promo Card For This Campaign!
First New Promo Card For This Campaign!

 

As of the writing of this (02/25/17), we have been finishing up all the art and getting everything in place for print! We will be going to print around the same time as this Kickstarter project launches, printing through our printer partner Whatz Games, who have done excellent jobs on such other games as King Of Tokyo7 Wonders DuelHeroes Of NormandieAssassin's Creed: The Board Game, and many others.

Multiple Ways To Play!

So many gamers crave a game that adapts to their play style, that they can share with both beginner gamers and experienced card-slingers, and that can be played not only with friends but solo.

Now, after years of work and preparation, I am pleased to bring you the opportunity to own this fine game, crafted with love for all things fantasy, manufactured with the benchmark of quality and beautifully illustrated by the amazing Galen Ihlenfeldt.

Thanks, of course, to the DKG War Council, who helped me make this game as truly awesome as it is! Special Thanks to Heads vs. Wall for being awesome gamers and helping us to test this during the Beta phase! Special thanks to you as well for checking out this campaign! I know you'll love this game as much as we all do!

 

 

 Tavern Masters is the exciting new tableau-building card game of tavern-running fun by Dann Kriss Games! Each player is a new tavern owner, setting up shop in a thirsty village full of thugs and soldiers, mages and nobles! There are multiple ways to play Tavern Masters:CompetitiveCo-Operative, or Single Player

Competitive Play: Each tavern owner in the village of Redstaff is in a race to buy the village's coveted Royal Tavern license from the King's tax collector. The license fee is 20 gold, but the player who can bribe him the most wins!

Co-Operative Play: The tavern owners must protect the village by earning enough gold to pay off a nearby Warlord in time to stop him from raiding the village. Each player must raise at least 20 gold within the number of rounds selected from the Challenge Chart for all the players to win!

Team Play: Local tavern guilds are at war for the Patrons of the village of Redstaff. They can buy their guild exclusive rights to sell in the village, but only if they can bribe the tax collector enough! Once any player has 20 or more gold the game ends, and the team with the most gold wins! 

Solo Play: The tavern owner must raise enough gold to pay off the King's tax collector in time before the tavern is closed for good! The player must have at least 20 gold within the number of rounds selected from the Challenge Chart for the player to win!

 The game has three phases: Day PhaseNight Phase, and Counting The Till.

During Day Phase, players purchase Goods and hire Staff from the cards they hold with their Gold. Players can trade Goods and Staff from their hand or their Tavern with other players.

Examples of Drinks
Examples of Drinks

 

Examples of Foods
Examples of Foods

 

Examples of Games
Examples of Games

 

Examples of Staff
Examples of Staff

 During Night Phase, players play Patrons from their hand which want something in their Tavern. Patrons leave and are discarded at the end of the round, except when your Tavern has something they like to keep them there.

Examples of Patrons
Examples of Patrons

 

Examples of Nobles
Examples of Nobles

 During Counting The Till, players count up the Gold they earn for the round, then discard any Patrons who aren't staying. Each Patron pays 1 Gold, except Nobles which pay 2 Gold. Some Goods and Staff also provide additional Gold under certain conditions.

 One key feature in this game is Trading. Players can trade goods and staff cards from their hand or their tavern, which adds for both a fun game dynamic and great player interaction.

Another fun dynamic is that turns are taken simultaneously during each Phase, so there is no "player down-time". Also, there is no "player elimination".

Deck Backs
Deck Backs

 In the base game of Tavern Masters, there are no "take that" cards, or cards which would negatively impact another player directly. This makes for less tense game-play for players who do not enjoy looking over their shoulder each turn at who will attack or betray them.

For players who do enjoy more of the "take that" card play interaction, there is the Dirty Deeds Expansion, which adds in nasty tricks to play on the other tavern owners. The Dirty Deeds Expansion is mainly intended for Competitive Play mode.

Example of Dirty Deeds
Example of Dirty Deeds

 Check out more of the awesome game art over on our Pinterest board!

YOU CAN READ THE FULL RULES HERE

We have an awesome video review by Undead Viking! Check it out!

Now we also have a great 2-player game play and review by Ant Lab Games! Here it is!

 

I also did a fun interview with Jeff Beck from "Your Table's On Fire" about the history of Tavern Masters, how I approach game design, and some other fun tidbits! Check it out here!

We also made our own How To Play video for you to learn more about Tavern Masters! Give it a watch!

 

 Tavern Masters, the Dirty Deeds Expansion, and all other planned Stretch Goal items are going to be manufactured by Whatz Games, who have done excellent jobs on such other games as King Of Tokyo7 Wonders DuelHeroes Of NormandieAssassin's Creed: The Board Game, and many others.

Each card is printed on 300gsm black core with an aqueous coating and a linen finish. Each game comes packed in a 9" x 9" x 3" custom box with the same aqueous coat and linen finish, with a custom molded plastic insert tray to keep all the game components organized and in place. Each game comes with the following components:

  • 70 card Tavern Deck
  • 75 card Patron Deck
  • 60 "Gold piece" chipboard tokens
  • 10 "Gold Dragon" coin chipboard tokens
  • 3 chipboard Round Marker tokens
  • 1 Server token
  • 1 Rules Book
  • Custom-molded plastic insert tray

 For this Kickstarter campaign, each copy will also come with a bonus Promo Pack contains all 20 new unlocked Tavern Masters cards, nine of them being Kickstarter Exclusives!

 

  

Bonus 20-Card Promo Pack
Bonus 20-Card Promo Pack

 

 

Each copy of Dirty Deeds comes in a custom tuck box, and includes:

  • 48 card Dirty Deed Deck
  • 6 new Tavern cards
  • 10 new Patron cards

 

 

 

Each copy of the Games Of Chance Mini-Expansion comes in a blister pack on a custom hanger card, and includes:

  • 1 pair custom Tavern Masters dice (Color Randomly Selected)
  • 6 new Tavern cards
  • 10 new Patron cards
  • 4 new Dirty Deed cards

 

 Originally, the Tavern dice were going to be wood-toned brown, but now we have unlocked three additional colors: Green Gold, Purple Gold, and Blue Silver! As we hit further Stretch Goals, still more colors may be unlocked!

Tavern Dice (Original and Newly Unlocked)
Tavern Dice (Original and Newly Unlocked)

   The color of dice in a pack of Games Of Chance is randomly selected in pairs (i.e. 2 Brown, or 2 Gold Green, etc.), so there's no way logistically to let you select which color dice you want in your pack. However, because I know that some of you out there are collectors like me, I have decided to also let you pledge for loose pairs of dice of the color of your choosing as Add-Ons!

 

We are also offering a set of metal Tavern Masters coins, for a more immersive Tavern-running experience, plus they make for great fantasy gold to use in other tabletop and role-playing games! These coins are minted in electroplated zinc for outstanding quality and detail while making them easy to use in play! Each set comes with 30 Gold Pieces of Elderon (25mm), and 5 Gold Dragons of Elderon (38mm).

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Tavern Masters, the Dirty Deeds Expansion, the Games Of Chance Mini-Expansion, the coin sets, all promo cards, and basically all Tavern Masters materials are beautifully illustrated by the talented fantasy artist Galen Ihlenfeldt, who has been working tirelessly on getting all the art done for this exciting game. The art is designed to herald back to the olden days of role-playing, for a new yet familiar experience!

Here's Galen painting the Pit Fighter card art in a time lapse video!

 

  

Print & Play Pledge Level
Print & Play Pledge Level

 

 

Tavern Masters Game Pledge Level
Tavern Masters Game Pledge Level

 

 

Tavern Masters Extended Game Pledge Level
Tavern Masters Extended Game Pledge Level

 

 

 

Tavern Masters x2 Pledge Level
Tavern Masters x2 Pledge Level

 

 

 

Collector's Level Pledge Level
Collector's Level Pledge Level

 

 

Deluxe Level Pledge Level
Deluxe Level Pledge Level

 

 

Tavern Masters x6 Pledge Level
Tavern Masters x6 Pledge Level

 

 

 

Tavern Masters - Extra Copy Add-On
Tavern Masters - Extra Copy Add-On

 

 

Dirty Deeds Expansion Add-On
Dirty Deeds Expansion Add-On

 

 

Games Of Chance Mini-Expansion Add-On
Games Of Chance Mini-Expansion Add-On

 

 

Kickstarter Promo Pack - Extra Copy Add-On
Kickstarter Promo Pack - Extra Copy Add-On

 

King's Treasury Metal Coin Set Add-On
King's Treasury Metal Coin Set Add-On

 We've even offered a special two-pack price in case you want two sets, to give you the full normal game set worth of coins!

 

2x King's Treasury Metal Coin Set Add-On
2x King's Treasury Metal Coin Set Add-On

 

Tavern Dice (Original Brown)
Tavern Dice (Original Brown)

 

Tavern Dice (Green Gold)
Tavern Dice (Green Gold)

 

 

Tavern Dice (Purple Gold)
Tavern Dice (Purple Gold)

 

Tavern Dice (Blue Silver)
Tavern Dice (Blue Silver)

 

Tavern Dice (Black Gold)
Tavern Dice (Black Gold)

 

 

 

 

 

Archivist (Patron)
Archivist (Patron)

 

Tavern Dice (Purple Gold)
Tavern Dice (Purple Gold)

 

 

 

 

 

Elven Seer (Staff)
Elven Seer (Staff)

 

 

 

Adventurer (Patron)
Adventurer (Patron)

 

Tavern Dice (Blue Silver)
Tavern Dice (Blue Silver)

 

 

 

 

 

Elven Hunk (Patron)
Elven Hunk (Patron)

 

 

Tavern Dice (Black Gold)
Tavern Dice (Black Gold)

 

 

 

Cultist (Patron)
Cultist (Patron)

 

$100 Dice - Free pair to any Pledge over $100
$100 Dice - Free pair to any Pledge over $100

 

 

 

 

Free Shipping to the USA

Only $10 extra to any other Worldwide destination for most Pledge Levels

Of course, when we say "Free Shipping to the USA", it doesn't mean that we have somehow sweet-talked our local Post Office to benevolently send out all our domestic packages for free!

Each Pledge comes with around $10 allocated for dealing with shipping charges. This same $10 has been applied to the overall cost of international shipping. These games are already bulky (compared to, say, a card deck or some dice), and shipping has become rather costly over the last few years, but we want our backers, especially our international brothers and sisters, to be able to play this fun game as well without it costing twice as much.

Thanks to Stuart at Red Dice Games, we are now able to offer EU Friendly fulfillment! For you EU backers out there, we'll cover all the VAT and fees, you just enjoy your product!

We will be using multiple shipping locations worldwide to help keep our shipping costs as low for backers as possible. If we can manage to ship from warehouses inside regional shipping areas to help avoid costly taxes, we will try to make that happen. If not, then we will do our best to help keep any local fees and charges as minimal as possible. However, given the constant high price and global rise of international shipping costs, we have to make sure to charge enough to ensure that we can successfully ship the items without any complications.

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"Worlds Of Adventure"
"Worlds Of Adventure"

 

 Dann Kriss Games, LLC is a small publishing company in the back woods of southeast Texas dedicated to publishing the various games and gaming accessories designed and developed by Dann Kriss.

Dann has been designing games since his early teenage years, and decided to found DKG in order to help share his games with his fellow gamers, dreamers, families, and friends all over the world.

We create games that we like to play, finding a perfect marriage of fun and exciting mechanics to fit our richly detailed thematic designs, and manufacture with quality and endurance in mind, developing the kind of components and accessories that we feel makes each game the best it can be.

We will always do our best to give you the best experience possible, from the moment you hear about our products until the very last time you roll some dice or shuffle a deck.

Risks and challenges

This is our sixth Kickstarter project, and we have worked hard to make sure that all of the details have been worked out to ensure a smooth project from launch 'til the final rewards package is delivered. We have learned many lessons throughout our past campaigns, sometimes the hard way, and we have double- and triple-checked our data to avoid repeating any past difficulties. That being said, every new product is a new challenge, and comes with new obstacles to face and new situations to handle; however we have built a network of support in our time on Kickstarter, and feel confident that we can face any obstacle, weather any storm, and still provide our backers with a quality product and a quality experience in the end.

We are planning to use multiple shipping firms worldwide for fulfillment to help keep our shipping costs low, and any possible taxes or fees low, or if possible removed, for our international backers. We want to make Tavern Masters affordable for everyone to enjoy! We have not personally worked with some of the shipping firms before, but each one has come highly recommended by other Kickstarter creators who have used them successfully for multiple projects in the past year.

Signed items will have to be shipped to me first, so those pledge level rewards may take slightly longer to ship out to their final destination, as they will have an additional stop in their journey.

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    Receive one signed copy of Tavern Masters and the Kickstarter Promo Pack, one signed copy each of the Dirty Deeds & CoG Expansions, one King's Treasury Metal Coin set, and one random signed card from the original DKG play-testing deck, as well as the Print & Play Download and Desktop Backgrounds, with free shipping to the USA

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    DELUXE GAME LEVEL

    Receive one copy of Tavern Masters, two copies of the Kickstarter Promo Pack, one copy of both the Dirty Deeds & CoG Expansions, and two packs of the King's Treasury Metal Coin set, as well as the Print & Play Download and Desktop Backgrounds, with free shipping to the USA

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    • Tavern Masters Kickstarter Promo Pack
    • Tavern Masters: Dirty Deeds Expansion
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    TAVERN MASTERS x6

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