Drinks & Daggers is a cooperative drinking card game set in the world of the podcast Drunks and Dragons. Step into the shoes of Aludra, Harper, Jaela, Thom (and hopefully some other heroes), as they take on some of Drunkeros' biggest villains.
The game is for 2-4 players, and takes 20 - 30 minutes to play. It is very easy to learn, even if you have had a few. The combination of heroes and bosses will make every game play differently, and give the game a lot of replayability. There is also a surprising amount of depth in the strategies you can use to take on the bosses.
At the core, we wanted to make a game that would be fun for anyone - you don't need to drink or listen to Drunks and Dragons to enjoy Drinks & Daggers!
We've been Funded! In a scant 3.5 hours, we've made enough to fund the project! There are still a ton of amazing stretch goals to hit, so we're not stopping this train until we unlock the next possible playable characters and bosses. Help us get there by spreading word to your friends and family about Drinks & Daggers!
Here is what a typical round of Drinks & Daggers looks like:
1) Draw a card from the boss deck, it might be an attack that directly damages the active player like Tail Sweep, or a minion that will hang around and protect the boss until you defeat him, like a Kobold.
2) Depending on what happens, all players can now play reaction cards like Drink in the Face or Battle Lust. Some cards will be able to combo off of each other, leading to even more reactions!
3) The active player can now play an Action card like Lightning Bolt to directly attack the enemies or help in some other way, or play an Item card like Blooddrinker that will stay in play, and boost their abilities until it is canceled out.
4) The active player then draw cards until you have a full hand, and it is on to the next player!
Once you have gotten the Villain's hit points to zero, you win! Be careful though, if your hit points go too low, your character will become "smashed" - you get a fresh set of hit points and new powers to reflect your smashed state of being. If you drop to zero hit points when smashed, you are down, and one of your team mates will need to heal you to get back in the game. Think of it as a revivify that actually works. If everyone is down, then the villain wins! The heroes end up in a tavern putting themselves back together, and the players might need to pull themselves together as well, depending on how many drinks they dealt* over the course of the game.
*drinking is not required to enjoy this game, and if you do, please drink responsibly
Aludra is the heart and soul of the team. Her strength and toughness are a great anchor, and thanks to her dwarven armor, she is the hardest hero to kill.
Harper is the team's hot blooded leader. His magic and Haste scroll will have him cycling through cards and dealing a shocking amount of damage.
Thom is wild and unpredictable. Sometimes he gets a little over zealous and hurts everyone on the battlefield - including his friends. His sword Blooddrinker is the most coveted item in the realm.
Jaela is a warrior-angel sent from the Gods to save the world. In Jaela's hands, her mighty halberd can do more damage in a single stroke than any other weapon in the game.
Pyre, the iconic, ruby-devouring red dragon of Drunkeros is your main adversary. He is a well-rounded boss with plenty attacks to keep you on your toes. Players will need to maintain a balance between healing and dealing out damage to his many kobold minions that shield him against damage.
Take on a new challenger with the ham-fisted, orcish knuckle-puncher, Bercy Hamhands. Bercy is ring-worn which means players will need to pass a certain threshold of damage output before dropping Bercy's hit points.
Name read in the thank you video
Marvel as Michael tries to pronounce your name in this thank you video posted to the GeeklyInc YouTube page. He will read each name - all with no edits - so you can really watch him struggle.
Drinks & Daggers - The actual game!
A physical copy of the game! All four hero decks, both villain decks, and up to six additional stretch goal decks! Plus, we will include an instruction manual (very kind of us), and tokens to track hit points and drinks (in case you don't want to actually imbibe). Stretch goal upgrades include a molded insert and hit point dials instead of tokens.
Have a nice frosty drink in your very own pint glass.
Not since the spork has something been both so versatile and so useful.
These playmats will make gaming even easier, and they look cool!
The GeeklyInc charter clearly states that whenever we make stuff, we have to make a koozie. Tim won't budge on this one.
Available in unisex, women’s, unisex tank top, and women’s tank top. Perfect for job interviews, first dates, and weddings.
Premium Edition of Drinks & Daggers
An upgraded version of Drinks & Daggers in a custom, hardwood box created by Dryad Gaming (we will also send you the regular box as well). The box is made using half inch Birch in Dryad Gaming's Northwest Arkansas workshop. The Birch is sustainably grown and harvested in the Northeastern United States. The game's keyart will be engraved on the lid via frickin' laser. The interior will be roomier than the standard box. If we get a chance to make even more cards, you will have room for them! In addition, you'll also get exclusive foil cards of all playable characters! This premium edition is currently only planned to be available through the Kickstarter campaign, so there is a chance that this will be your only chance to get this version.
A session of D&D online with Michael & Carly
Supporters at this tier will get to play a session of Dungeons & Dragons with Carly and Michael! We will write a new one-off scenario set in the universe of Drunks and Dragons and play over Google Hangouts with the option to broadcast live on Twitch if all players are comfortable with it. You can be sure you will be running into plenty of beloved NPCs!
Your Likeness in the Game
Our amazing artist Bridgit Connell will put your likeness on a card in the game - be immortalized by having Jaela throw a drink in your face or Thom choke you out with a dog sausage! It will be a background character of Bridgit's choosing in one of the various character decks.
Play DnD with Drunks & Dragons
Michael will run a special one-off session of D&D with some of the cast members of Drunks and Dragons…and you! The game will be set in Drunkeros and be full of both PCs and NPCs you know and love.
Original Line Art
You can be the proud owner of some of Bridgit Connell's original line art from the game. There are 3 sets of original artwork available, each set containing hand-drawn pieces from all decks including: Aludra/Jaela, Harper/Toby, or Thom/Roz. This tier also includes having your likeness in the game, and you will get that art as well!
We are going to commission a set of custom drinking steins if you and a friend want to go full viking for a round of gaming. We are still working on this one, but you can be sure it will be rad as cuss!
DM Creative Consultation
Sit down with Michael and Carly and pick their brains about any dang thing you like! Would you like us to help you do some world building? How about fleshing out a character or some NPCs? We’d also be happy to give you the low down on how to start your own podcast, or promote your show!
Now that you have seen the rewards close up, let's break them down into which go into which tier!
UNLOCKED - 30k - New Character Addition - Roz
If we meet this level we will have the budget to include a new playable character to the base game - Everyone's favorite backstabbing, French Canadian pirate! As the captain of the merchant ship, The Chum Guzzler, Roz is adept at navigating the high seas as well as sewing chaos with her sneaky deck. With the ability to put her own cards into the boss deck, she can negate boss abilities and deal damage at the same time.
UNLOCKED - 35k - New Playable Character - Toby Treacletart
If we meet this level we will have the budget to include a new playable character to the base game - Everyone's favorite hyper-intelligent gnome! Toby's deck has a powerful minion in the form of his trusty raven, Arlington which allows him to rearrange the boss deck to player's advantage.
UNLOCKED - 40k - Hard mode for Pyre and Bercy
For those looking for an extra challenge, at this level we will be able to spend the time balancing and testing the game to include an optional, additional ruleset, and a second set of boss stats that will make all bosses pack a harder punch to give you a run for your money!
UNLOCKED - 50k - Upgraded Pieces
Removable inserts to keep pieces organized. Dials to track hit points instead of number tokens. This will help players, who may or may not be feeling a bit tipsy, keep track of their HP without worrying about smaller pieces to keep track of.
UNLOCKED - 60k - Art Prints
Full-color art prints of the four main characters will be added to each order! Hurrah!
UNLOCKED - 70k - New Villain - Trant Thumble
If we meet this level we will have the budget to include an additional boss character as a bonus for all backers who have purchased the base game - Trant is a maniacal dictator from the early days of Drunks & Dragons, and if we reach this stretch goal you'll have a chance to meet him and his many "children"! Trant's deck is full of powerful minions, so you'll need to mix-up tactics in order to take him down! This bonus deck will be available in a separate pack after the kickstarter.
80k - New Playable Character - Lahni Caplan
Take a swig of ferret wine, because if we meet this level we will have the budget to include a new playable character as a bonus for all backers who have purchased the base game - Everyone's favorite speedy monk! Though her fists don't hit as hard as the others, the speed in which she throws them knocks bosses on their rumps. Lahni is built as a combo-breaking machine who's cards can be played back-to-back for a flurry of damage. This bonus deck will be available in a separate pack after the kickstarter.
90k - New Playable Character - Luccan
If we meet this level we will have the budget to include a new playable character as a bonus for all backers who have purchased the base game - Everyone's favorite cuss-mouthed Elf! While Luccan is an elven ranger, his true power lies with the string of expletives he can deliver to lower Boss-morale! Luccan's sailor's mouth will see him de-buff boss powers and help protect his teammates. This bonus deck will be available in a separate pack after the kickstarter.
100k - New Playable Character - Bananas Foster, because good god we hope we never get to this point... (Prove us wrong!)
If we meet this level we will have the budget to include a new character (whether he is a boss or a playable character is yet to be determined, as you may have guessed by the mercurial and sometimes adversarial nature of this character) as a bonus for all backers who have purchased the base game - Alright, fine. We get to this level and you can have Bananas Foster. ARE YOU HAPPY FOR WHAT YOU'VE REDUCED US TO?! This bonus deck will be available in a separate pack after the kickstarter.
Shipping and Fullfillment
Shipping for the base game is $5 in the US, and we are happy to ship internationally, but it costs a bit more. Domestic shipping for the "Brew-Ha-Ha" and above tiers is free. We believe we can have everything shipped out by August of 2019, but unforeseen delays can always happen. If it looks like there will be any delays, we will let you know. We will be shipping breakable materials in some packages, and we will do our best to replace anything that gets damaged in transit.
Risks and challenges
While this is our first game, we are working closely with industry veterans to make sure we don't run into any major roadblocks. We are also working with a manufacturer that specializes in creating board and card games, so you can assume the production will be top notch. Our greatest concern is the schedule. We have a huge amount of art to produce, and then the whole process of manufacturing and shipping the game. We have built in several months of extra room, so hopefully we won't deliver the game later than expected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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