About this project
Infinite Space Battle Poker (the card game that broke the Bank of Zelulig, the Pleasure Planet!) is a new cardgame that blends the classic mechanics and flexibility of Poker with a science fiction space battle theme, based on Digital Eel's award-winning Infinite Space series of computer and tabletop games. What this means is that many variants of Poker rules may also be used for Infinite Space Battle Poker, as long as the winner is determined by comparing hands of five cards each. For example, we really enjoy using the Anaconda Poker rules.
These professional-quality cards will be manufactured by USPCC, the maker of Bicycle brand playing cards and feature the Air-Cushion finish.
Rather than using standard Poker hands, the value of each player's cards is calculated
as the strength of their fleet (see image below). This is affected by what ships they have, as well as
leaders, mercenaries and special cards.
The system is easy to learn and use, but results in a surprising variety of combinations. Five galactic races from the Infinite Space universe are represented as "suits" of a leader and several spaceships each. Normally, ships of a single suit can be added together to determine the value of your hand. Holding a leader of that suit adds +2 to the value of each matching ship. Multiple leaders can be used to form a "diplomatic hand" while ignoring any ships.
Where things get really entertaining is when the various non-suit cards come into play. Mercenaries will simply work for whoever holds them. The Mantle of Babulon allows an alliance between races, while the Chromium Gong can be used to destroy (discard) an opponent ship of your choice. Finally, the Yellow Kawangi is a singularly powerful starship that can take on an average fleet all by itself!
You can view/download examples of IS Battle Poker hand values here.
Besides decks of cards, higher reward tiers include bonuses such as uncut sheets of cards and special keepsakes like the small gold-plated steel spaceship shown below:
Card design by Iikka Keränen. Character art by JP Farquar. Special item art by Denis Loubet.
Risks and challenges
There is very little risk - once we meet the goal, we will have the money to have the cards manufactured and sent to backers. Unforeseen problems could, at worst, cause delays in shipping.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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