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$6,940
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56
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 17 2019
Last updated May 17, 2019

Ninjas!! The Stealth Assassin Showdown (Canceled)

A strategy and deduction board game by Double Exclamation Games

Ninjas!! The Stealth Assassin Showdown (Canceled)

A strategy and deduction board game by Double Exclamation Games

$6,940
pledged of 12 000 $pledged of 12 000 $ goal
56
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 17 2019
Last updated May 17, 2019

About

Welcome to the Kickstarter for NINJAS!! The Stealth Assassin Showdown, the first published board game project by the Seattle-based game designers, Double Exclamation Games. The short-term purpose of this Kickstarter is to launch and pre-sell our new board game--which is already in its printable, playable form, and is being enjoyed by friends and strangers alike. The long-term purpose is to build our brand (Double Exclamation) so that we can continue to produce expansions to NINJAS!! and other exciting board games and social games.

We hope you are as excited as we are to check out this project, to play your first round of NINJAS!!, and to find out what we are planning next.

 What is NINJAS!! all about? 

NINJAS!! is a deduction game, in which 2 to 4 players play as hidden ninjas who move and attack in a shared arena. The mechanics are relatively simple, but the strategy is dynamic and can be as complex as the players want it to be. What sets NINJAS!! apart from other search-and-destroy games is the simultaneous turn structure, the semi-secret gameplay, and the 12 Styles of Ninja: 12 cards that each offer a slight variation or advantage to any Move or Attack. Each high-stakes hide-and-seek match can be played with a differently set up board and with a few different win conditions. Regardless of the game mode you choose, you will have to outsmart your opponents and strike them before they can strike you.

If you like games that include deductive reasoning, risk-taking, suspenseful or unknown elements, trying to outsmart or evade your buddies, and being a ninja, this is probably a game that you would enjoy.

Most of the backing tiers will include a copy of the game, which will be printed and sent out after the kickstarter concludes. Each game of NINJAS!! contains the following game contents:

  • The game box,
  • The game board (18" by 18"),
  • 4 player decks of 12 cards apiece (48 total in standard poker size),
  • 4 sets of 5** player tokens (20 total as two-sided, circular discs under 1 inch in diameter),
  • 20 wooden dividers (1-inch sticks),
  • A booklet of NINJAS!! Notepads**,
  • The Rulebook.

**As certain stretch goals are reached, additional quantities or new items will be added to this list. 

These images are the from the current prototype copies. There may be some minor, non-substantive changes in the final design by the time the orders are shipped.
These images are the from the current prototype copies. There may be some minor, non-substantive changes in the final design by the time the orders are shipped.

In our backing levels and stretch goals, you will see that some are for the BASE GAME only, which includes everything listed in the contents above. Higher funding tiers give backers the COMPLETE NINJA and feature additional items and content, including additional additional stretch goals and one guaranteed expansion: "The 13th Style".

Why are we using Kickstarter?

We are launching through kickstarter because, as a new company, we need to have enough pre-sales to do a large-scale print run of the game. It is also a tried and true method for building interest and support in new board games in an online forum that is not dependent on us to be physically present at every location at once. 

That being said, we are stopping into as many board game cafes as we can along the West Coast of the United States, to generate some in-person hype through game demos. If you want to know more about our calendar and where we will be for the next couple of months, visit us on our website, de-games.net, or on our Facebook page, @DoubleExclamation. Wherever we are from here until the end of the campaign, we will be carrying tiny rubber ninjas, and inviting people to participate in our Rubber Ninja Photo Contest for a free copy of the game. The details of the contest are on our Facebook page, and a rubber ninja is yours to pose wherever you may find us. 

Tiny Rubber Ninjas in Central Oregon, Western Washington, Northern California, and Hiding in Plane Sight!! Join the Rubber Ninja Photo Contest and make your own rubber ninja art.
Tiny Rubber Ninjas in Central Oregon, Western Washington, Northern California, and Hiding in Plane Sight!! Join the Rubber Ninja Photo Contest and make your own rubber ninja art.

We set a fundraising goal of $12,000 because that is the minimum amount we need for a commercial print run and the costs of prototype and initial production. This figure is enough to launch the one game and get it into your hands, but ideally, we are shooting for at least $25,000 so that we can print more games at a cost-effective rate and invest some of the funds into the expansions. Also, the more backers and followers we have, the more stretch goals we'll unlock, which include things like higher quality materials, expansion packs for the very adaptable NINJAS!! base game, and other fun bonuses.

What is "Double Exclamation"?

Double Exclamation Games is a company created by Mike Jack Stoumbos and Morrigen Stoumbos. Both are board game aficionados who enjoy cooperative storytelling, intriguing game mechanics, and opportunities to be cheeky enough to use exactly two exclamation points!!

In many ways, the creation of this first board game has been a family venture: with Mike Jack as the game creator and graphic designer, Morrigen as the company's general manager and producer, and Jake Stoumbos "Stoomby" as the illustrator--but, really, it takes a village to put together a project like this. From the support of friends who have Kickstarted before us, to design help, to legal and advertising advice, to video editing, to play testing, to you who are viewing/sharing/pledging to our kickstarter, we have a lot of people to thank. We thank you today, and we'll be thanking you for a long time to come.

 How did NINJAS!! come to be the board game it is today? 

This Kickstarter is the last step in the process from idea, to prototype, to increasingly better prototype, to published product. 

NINJAS!! was first developed as a concept and pen-and-paper prototype several years ago in an attempt to make a hide-and-seek strategy game with no random number generation but a lot of variation and replay value. The first game of NINJAS!! not only went surprisingly smoothly, but it also struck an unexpected chord with the players: 

"There was a sense of childhood nostalgia to the gameplay, and a really fun mix of suspense and silliness. The first time I played NINJAS!! felt like the elation and terror I used to get while playing "GoldenEye 007" on the old N64 console, in one-hit-kill mode. This feeling has not gone away." ~ Mike Jack Stoumbos, Game Creator

All set up and ready to play!
All set up and ready to play!

In the last two years, a lot more playtesting, design work, and a business plan were added to the already promising game. A formal prototype was created, and the Rulebook was rewritten (and rerewritten) to make it as easy as possible for a new group to jump right into a game. The marketing process and the social media campaign has been a bit of a blur as the Kickstarter launch date has approached, but it has given some great opportunities for positive commentary and helpful feedback.

Review of NINJAS!! 


Hungry Review and Walk Through 

G33K-HQ Review

Review of Ninjas!! The Stealth Assassin Showdown from the awesome people at G33K-HQ. 

Molten Meeple Review and Walk Through

What's next?

While making the base game of NINJAS!! game-store-shelf ready, the creators have continued to develop expansion sets for the game, many of which have already begun or gone through playtesting, and some of which will be included in stretch goals. These expansions include things like additional cards (or new Styles of Ninja!!), different board layouts and sizes, terrain pieces to help and hinder sneaking ninjas, and fifth and sixth player decks.

The first mini-expansion, The 13th Style of NINJAS!!, gives players three new Master styles to choose from to add to their player decks. These will be included in The Complete Ninja!! pledge level and higher. Other expansions have gone through the design stage and are into protoyping; how quickly they go into production (and whether or not they will be included in backer rewards) depends on how much this project funds beyond its Kickstarter goal. Some of these expansions will be posted as the momentum for the project grows, and an additional backing tier The TRUE NINJA MASTER!! will be added in order to work towards our most ambitious expansion idea.

Double Exclamation Games has many goals beyond the conclusion of the Kickstarter. Along with expansions for NINJAS!!, game designer Mike Jack Stoumbos has developed several other board games and social games. The next stand-alone board game project Double Exclamation plans to launch is the science fiction survival game It's On The Ship!!, which is actually the game that gave the company its name.


Stretch Goals!!

We have three kinds of stretch goal conditions: Number of Backers, Amount of Funding, and Social Media Milestones. More Stretch Goals will be added and updated as the fundraiser progresses.

How is the game being printed?

The prototype copies of the game have printed through Print and Play Games, a Washington-State branch of Admagic. And our final print run will be handled by Print Ninja.

Risks and challenges

As is the case for any Kickstarter project, there are potential risks and possible delays. We have successfully printed many prototypes and have already communicated with Print Ninja for the eventual large print run, so if we fund the project, the games will be made. We are also hoping to lessen the potential delays by putting a maximum number of backers on our earliest releasing funding tiers.

The risks to you, the customer, are relatively low; the risks to us, the creators, will hopefully be nullified by a very successful fundraiser; the risks to the stealth assassins, however, are a matter of life and death!

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    The Casual NINJA!!

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    The Cyber NINJA!!

    Receive a PDF of the board and the cards so that you can print and play your own copy of the Ninjas!! Stealth Assassin Showdown game.

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    The Early NINJA!!

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    The CLASSIC NINJA!!

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    The CLASSIC NINJA!! (continued)

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    The COMPLETE NINJA!!

    This tier includes a copy of the base game plus any expansions we fund through our stretch goals.

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    The THREE NINJAS!!

    (We had to do it)
    3 copies of NINJAS!! (Base Game) One for you, and two for friends who definitely need their own copies.
    **Optional upgrade to The Complete Ninja!! level for expansions and stretch goals at $12 per upgraded copy.

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    The ORIGINAL NINJA!!

    Because your NINJAS!! tool belt would not be complete with just the basic game. Backers at this tier will receive the game (the CLASSIC NINJA) as well as the first expansion + Freebies and Upgrades in the stretch goals.

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    An ARMY of NINJAS!!

    6 copies of NINJAS!! The Stealth Assassin Showdown (Base Game).
    **Backers may upgrade from the Base Game to the Complete Ninja!! tier (with guaranteed expansion and all achieved stretch goals) for $10 per game.

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    The NINJA MASTER!!

    The greatest Ninja Masters hold influence over all ninjas who come after, who learn from their teachings, and employ their finely tuned styles. The Ninja Master will receive a signed copy of The Complete Ninja!! with all achieved stretch goals, and be immortalized when their namesake is used in a future expansion with 12 New Secret Styles of Ninja!! Imagine the thrill your children's children will feel when they learn of "Master Jeff's Ultimate Ninja Kick!!" (for example).
    We will contact you directly after the conclusion of the Kickstarter with details on how this namesake will be used in the expansion, and when that expansion is expected to be released.

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    The FINAL NINJA!!

    The Final Ninja contains a copy of our very first professionally printed prototype, which includes a decorative 5" X 5" board, the 12 styles of Ninja, and unique first version tokens. This tier also includes the final version of the game so you can enjoy the many changes and improvements we made over time.

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