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Divide, Defend, Conquer. A strategy game where players compete for the king's favor by defending the kingdom from dragons and orcs.

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Nice Write-up from a player of Dragon Valley at Origins 2011

About Dragon Valley

In Dragon Valley, players take on the role of Barons that must defend the Kingdom, but most importantly their own Baronies, from the attacking orcs and dragons.  The King sends aid in the form of knights, archers, blacksmith shops, defensive towers and special abilities to his favorite for that round.  That Baron must separate the King's Aid into caravans of troops, building materials and special abilities.  Be careful though to not make one group of Aid too powerful or your feudal opponents will grow in power.    

Once the Aid has arrived to your Barony, use it wisely to either build impenetrable defenses, upgrade your troops in order to combat the invaders as they enter through the mountain pass or take the fight to them using siege equipment.

Draft of the Rules

Next Targets

Now that the minimum funding has been reached, let's go for the following add on rewards!

Because we reached $18,000, each Kickstarter backer who pledged $50 or more will receive a free copy of the mini-games with the designer's prototype art on postcard mats.

At $21,000, the artwork will be upgraded to professional art.

At $25,000, the professional artwork mini-games will be mounted on board stock.

* - These are not exclusives, Kickstarter backers of >$50 will receive a free copy. If any of these goals are reached, the mini-games will be available for sale in the near future.

What are the mini-games?
The mini-games were designed during the early design phases of Dragon Valley. They can be played by themselves or provide entertainment to players while the other player(s) divide the King's Aid. They can provide real, in-game victory points. This creates a nice, integrated timer within the game.

How can you try Dragon Valley?

I have been able to provide demo prototype copies to the following locations.  If you live near them, please contact them about how to arrange access to the game.  Make sure to support them any way you can.  It would be a great time to pick up a game you want while you are there.

Dallas Games Marathon (DGM) in Plano, TX - http://dallasgamesmarathon.com/ or http://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Games-Marathon/

Chicagoland Games in Chicago, IL: http://chicagolandgames.com/

Columbus Area Boardgaming Society in Columbus, OH: http://www.buckeyeboardgamers.org/

Diamond K Games - All other locations, especially Dallas, TX: http://www.diamondkgames.com/

Note that these copies are the pre-production artwork and components.

Special thanks to Wonko's Toys and Games in Austin, TX for their hosting of a demo day on July 30, 2011 and weeks of being a demo location:  http://www.wonkos.com/

What happens with your pledge

The funds received will go towards the manufacture of Dragon Valley through the top notch game manufacturer used by other prominent board game projects on Kickstarter.  Based on manufacturing costs, the suggested retail price of Dragon Valley will be $59.99 + Shipping&Handling.

At donation levels $50 and higher, you will receive a copy of the game with free shipping and handling in the Continental US and Canada (For International orders add $20 to the minimum pledge to cover shipping costs.)  At the Nobility Level ($60), you will also get 3 exclusive King's Aid playable cards that are not included in the standard production version.  

Components (Preliminary)

Standard Components:

  • Large Game Board - 20" x 30"
  • Player Reference Mats - 4
  • Building Tiles - 54 (1" x 1")
  • King's Aid Cards - 12 (Poker Sized)
  • Enemy Territory Tiles - 9 (2"x2")
  • White "King's Favored" (Active player) token - 1
  • Purple game state cubes - 20
  • Player markers - 3 per player - 12
  • Yellow Trebuchet cubes - 10
  • Blue Archer cubes - 15
  • White Knight cubes - 15
  • Black Battering Ram cubes - 10
  • Green Orc cubes - 10
  • Red Dragon cubes - 10
  • Draw string bag - 1
  • Rule Booklet

Nobility Level Package:

Three additional King's Aid Cards ...

Lure - Why let your opponents get all the glory for defeating formidable foes?  Use rumors of treasures to lure dragons and orcs to your heroes.

Teleport - Your lands are vast.  To quicken your advance to the front lines or into a siege in the valley, the King can send a mage that specializes in teleportation.

Monument - In an effort to demonstrate the greatness of your Barony, this ability allows you to use building materials towards a great monument, scoring end game points. 

Artwork Samples

Building Tiles are obtained during the course of the game and used to either defend, upgrade, grant special abilities or interfere with the plans of other players.

Game Board

Once the game board art is available, it will be posted below.  The final board will look amazing as the artist updating the art has illustrated a lot of game board maps and game tiles including Runebound, Republic of Rome and various sets of Zombies!!!.

How Pledging Works

If you haven't pledged to a Kickstarter project before, here are some tips. You can pledge any amount, you don't have to stick with the pledge levels on the right. The levels are just the minimum for the various gifts. After you pledge, Kickstarter will send you over to Amazon. Neither Kickstarter nor Diamond K Games will ever see your financial information. Your credit card will be charged only if the project is successful, and only at the end of the funding period. Once funded, we will follow up with you on the details of your rewards.

Once the funds are received from Amazon, the required payments will be provided to the manufacturer to begin.  If you pledge at a the $50 level or above, your gift(s) will ship as soon as the shipment is received, targeted for January 5, 2012. 

T-Shirt Details

The t-shirt concept artwork is below.  Once the project is successful, a professional artist will create the final artwork to be used on the t-shirt.   If you would like to add a t-shirt to a funding level, just add $25 per shirt you would like.  That even goes for the $25 t-shirt level.  For example, if you select the $25 level and make the donation value $75, you will receive three t-shirts.  

Registered Royalty Level (Royal Advisors)

The below chart shows the titles and likely powers of Royal Advisors from the upcoming expansion to Dragon Valley.  By backing at the Registered Royalty Level, you can have your name on the role card of your choice, pending availability, with the choices made in order of backing at this level.

Game Play Photos

Protospiel-South organizer Jonathan Leistiko playing a prototype version of Dragon Valley with University of Cincinnati students who traveled to Austin, TX.

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