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GAMBONI is an interactive strategy board game for 3 to 5 players set in 1980's New York City.

Players take turns to collect money, move around the board and score points on Money, Power and Respect. To win you must choose the right strategy, take risks, be aggressive, be patient, trade, co-operate, negotiate, eliminate, divide and conquer, bluff, intimidate and have some luck.

Rulebook | Libro de Reglas | Règles du jeu | Regelheft | Handleiding | 规则手册Download PDF

> Board to Death (Canada) prototype overview in English:

"GAMBONI is one cool Mafia game. It embodies the true nature of what it means to be Il Capo. The mechanics match the theme and it's a rare thing to see these days."

- Luca Vince Caltabiano, Board to Death TV  

"This is one of those games where it doesn't take long to get to the FUN ...It's easy to learn, pretty straightforward...The action is fast and fanatic but there is more to the game than just the rules... 

I really like the fact that everything in the game has a purpose." 

> Undead Viking (USA) prototype video review in English:  

"The rules fit they make sense...the games I played with five people were AMAZING! Win or lose, at the end you had one heck of an experience and a heck of a good time as well."     

- Lance Myxter, Undead Viking Videos  

> Nox Spellenzolder (The Netherlands) prototype review in Dutch / Nederlands / Vlaams:  

"GAMBONI is well put together, it's fast, it's simple and yet has a lot of depth. I like the many possible ways to victory and how the points system automatically balances gameplay."  

- Bastiaan, Nox Spellenzolder

"GAMBONI is a lot of fun. It captures the best parts of being a gangster while keep the game fast and accessible. I really enjoyed playing it!"  

"I am totally going to rename it "SteveAvery's other Gangster game" J/K"  

- Stephen Avery, co-designer of "Nothing Personal"

"The game works indeed! Area control fits well with the mafia theme and is well worked out in the game. The weapon cards add a nice combination of luck and tactics to the game."

- Wesley, Ameritrash.nl

Click image to see details of SCUSA "Magico" shirt at DefShop.com
Click image to see details of SCUSA "Magico" shirt at DefShop.com
                                                     

* 1 x Game board, size: 75 * 25 cm / 30" * 10"
* 5 x CAPO miniature pawns, size: 54mm / 2 1/8" (1:32 scale).
* 5 x SKILL tokens, cardboard poker chips 39mm * 2mm.
* 5 x CAPO cards, poker size, linen embossed gloss finish.
* 250 x AREA tokens, cardboard poker chips 39mm * 2mm, 5 colors x 50.
* 45 Weapon cards, poker size, 11 suits, linen embossed gloss finish.
* 12 x Company cards, poker size, 12 unique cards, all original art. 
* 12 x Company tokens, cardboard chips 22mm * 2mm, 3 types.
* 13 x Commission cards, poker size, 13 unique bonus assignments.
* 7 x FBI cards, poker size, 7 unique cards, all illustrated by hand.
* 25 x Penalty chips $ 25,000, cardboard poker chips 39mm * 2mm.
* 150 x cash bills, 50 of each value; $1,000 / $5,000 / $10,000.
* 1 x Round marker genuine casino quality poker chip 39mm * 3mm. 
* 1 x Cheat sheet, DIN A5 size, double sided, laminated (see Rulebook).
* 1 x Rulebook, DIN A5 size, 34 pages. (Download DRAFT @ BGG).

Quality components: All cards are poker size, 300 GSM with core and linen embossed gloss finish. GAMBONI play money is 175 GSM paper with linen embossed matte finish ("regular" play money is 80 GSM uncoated paper).

1 x Game board, size: 75 * 25 cm / 30" * 10" folds to 25 cm / 10"
1 x Game board, size: 75 * 25 cm / 30" * 10" folds to 25 cm / 10"
5 x CAPO miniature pawns, size: 54mm / 2 1/8" (1:32 scale) digital preview
5 x CAPO miniature pawns, size: 54mm / 2 1/8" (1:32 scale) digital preview
                                
5 x SKILL token, cardboard poker chips 39mm * 2mm.
5 x SKILL token, cardboard poker chips 39mm * 2mm.
5 x CAPO cards, poker size double sided.
5 x CAPO cards, poker size double sided.
250 x AREA tokens, cardboard chips 39mm * 2mm, 5 colors x 50
250 x AREA tokens, cardboard chips 39mm * 2mm, 5 colors x 50
45 Weapon cards, poker size, 11 suits.
45 Weapon cards, poker size, 11 suits.
12 x Company cards, poker size, 12 x tokens 22mm * 2mm.
12 x Company cards, poker size, 12 x tokens 22mm * 2mm.
13 x Commission cards, poker size. Multilingual.
13 x Commission cards, poker size. Multilingual.
7 x FBI cards, poker size, all illustrated by hand.
7 x FBI cards, poker size, all illustrated by hand.
25 x Penalty chips $ 25,000, cardboard poker chip 39mm * 2mm.
25 x Penalty chips $ 25,000, cardboard poker chip 39mm * 2mm.
50 x GAMBONI $ 1,000 dollas "Mustache Pete". Size: 10 * 4 cm / 4" * 1"
50 x GAMBONI $ 1,000 dollas "Mustache Pete". Size: 10 * 4 cm / 4" * 1"
                                   
50 x GAMBONI $ 5,000 dollas "Scarface Capone". Size: 10 * 4 cm / 4" * 1"
50 x GAMBONI $ 5,000 dollas "Scarface Capone". Size: 10 * 4 cm / 4" * 1"
50 x GAMBONI $ 10,000 dollas "Lucky Luciano". Size: 10 * 4 cm / 4" * 1"
50 x GAMBONI $ 10,000 dollas "Lucky Luciano". Size: 10 * 4 cm / 4" * 1"
1 x Round marker "TIME IS MONEY" casino quality poker chip 39mm * 3mm.
1 x Round marker "TIME IS MONEY" casino quality poker chip 39mm * 3mm.

> GAMBONI game guide video: Setup game for 5 players [prototype].

 > GAMBONI game guide video: Full 5 player game DEMO in 50 seconds!

Turntable video of "Montano" character 3D digital preview.

Visit our YouTube Channel to see 3D turntable videos of all 5 miniature bosses. 

Digital preview - 54mm miniatures come with base and may vary from this picture depending on production. Click for more detail (4689x2425 px).
Digital preview - 54mm miniatures come with base and may vary from this picture depending on production. Click for more detail (4689x2425 px).

> GAMBONI game guide video: SKILL chips (prototype, 5 TOTAL);

Time to put all our cards on the table ...  

> GAMBONI game guide video: WEAPON CARDS (45 TOTAL);

> GAMBONI game guide video: COMPANY CARDS (12 TOTAL);

> GAMBONI game guide video: COMMISSION CARDS (13 TOTAL);

> GAMBONI game guide video: FBI CARDS (7 TOTAL);

Rewards are shipped from within the USA, Canada and EU with no extra charges or customs fees for backers from these 3 areas. As the actual cost of shipping is more than the € 10 (~$11 USD) charged, we take care of the rest.

* = Estimated cost, depends on quantity per country, final weight of package and carrier. Note: Customs charges or additional fees may apply in Norway, Switzerland and other territories outside USA, Canada and EU. UPDATE: Reduced rates for Rest of World!

* Gameplay involving strategy, tactics, bluffing, negotiation and luck.
* Five highly detailed 54mm minis, five characters with unique skills.
* Easy to learn yet difficult to master - just like ... (see: GAMBONI poker).
* Unique points scoring system automatically balancing gameplay.
* Great reviews: "One heck of an experience and a heck of a good time."
* Quality components, original artworks and casino quality poker chip.
* GAMBONI cash on 175 GSM paper, linen embossed, matte coating.  
* Friendly shipping to Canada, EU and USA for just € 10 (~$11 USD).
* Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE, ships to backers before available via retail.

If funding is succesful, this is how it will be used:

  70% €  16,800 Production, delivery to Hubs in USA, Canada and EU.
  20% €    4,800 VAT, shipping rewards to backers.
  10% €    2,400 Kickstarter (5%) and Amazon (3-5%) fees.
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100% € 24,000 Total (funding goal) 

PRODUCTION - We go for the best possible quality before anything else. We have good offers to produce GAMBONI from reputable manufacturers such as PandaGM (USA), NSF (Netherlands) and LudoFact (Germany). Depending on which of these (or other) will "get the job", the miniatures may or may not be produced seperately by DrawLab (Greece).

SHIPPING - Shipping is a huge expense. As we do not know in advance where our backers are from, the 20% we are calculating with is a budget. Actual shipping costs will most probably be higher than this, we will cover extra costs ourselves. 

COMMITMENT - I personally invested thousands of euros as well as a lot of time and energy in this project over the past 2 years - which I enjoy by the way! I will keep contributing financially by taking care of part of the shipping cost and other expenses such as 3D sculpting for production.

CONCLUSION - As we may not need the total number of copies we are required to produce to meet production minimums, we would have spare inventory to sell after all rewards are shipped. With the money generated from this, designers will finally get some compensation for the excellent work they've done. I hope you agree and will help make this happen by backing this project!

If our funding goal is exceeded, additional funds will be used for even better quality components such as more casino quality poker chips, more miniatures (up to 5 new bosses with unique SKILL) and even a "hitman" style poker case! 


€ 24,000 BADABING BADABOOOOM, the game will be MADE!

€ 25,000 LOCKED: Upgrade 5 cardboard "SKILL" tokens to poker chips.
€ 26,000 LOCKED: Upgrade 12 company tokens to 3mm thick coin tokens.
€ 27,000 LOCKED: Will be revealed as campaign progresses ....

NOTE: Additional miniatures are not included in the "ASSOCIATE" pledge level. New capo cards and SKILL tokens will be added to each level.

Click to view and download full color "Print and Play" version of "GAMBONI poker".
Click to view and download full color "Print and Play" version of "GAMBONI poker".
The "Godfather of Urban Fashion" Karl Kani signed some items, click for info!
The "Godfather of Urban Fashion" Karl Kani signed some items, click for info!
Click to see many, many GAMBONI banners you can use to support
Click to see many, many GAMBONI banners you can use to support

The Print and Play (PnP) version of the full GAMBONI board game in black and white is available to download for FREE at BoardGameGeek.

We've come a long way since the first sketches in Spring 2013 ... We created, tested, discarded, reinstated, added and dropped hundreds of components before coming to the point where there was nothing more to add and -more importantly- nothing more to leave out.

"I have not failed, I've found 10,000 ways that won't work". - Edison
"I have not failed, I've found 10,000 ways that won't work". - Edison

After many rounds of testing on more than a dozen different board versions, different rules, new components, more cards, dice, no dice, different number of players, more rules, less rules, ...

During testing sessions at the 2014 "Spiel" show in Essen, Germany - everything fell into place.The version you are looking at today has, since October 2014, been tested hundreds of times, by different groups of friends, family and strangers, all levels of gamers as well as non gamers.

GAMBONI prototype components being prepared for reviewers early 2015
GAMBONI prototype components being prepared for reviewers early 2015

Our mission has been to design an interactive board game where social skills are just as important as the game mechanics and luck. If you want to win, you need to take risk, the help of some friends and some luck. As in real life; it’s not the cards you’re dealt but how you play them!

EPILOGUE - Thank you for reading this far! Still not had enough?! Check out this timelapse video of the 3D creation of the Antonio "The Bull" Montano character by Sergio Mengual. Gracias Sergio!

Layouts & video trailer: Studio RAAR http://www.studioraar.nl
Illustrations: Quintoine Rohner http://www.thecreativebarn.nl
3D Modelling: Sergio https://www.facebook.com/Sergio3D2D
Stop motion: Vechtlust Communicatie http://www.vechtlust.nl
T-Shirts: SCUSA Moda Nostra http://www.def-shop.com/scusa 

Friends of Ours: National Crime Syndicate - The Mafia Knowledge Base

Maurice Ciapponi, Axel de Wilde, Niels Mulder, Quintoine Rohner, Bart Schoonens, Bum Beekman, Jaap Bakker, Mark Berkers, Jaap Moras, Esdert Prins, Gjalt Rameijer, Paul "Paulie" Romijn, Frank Oosterom, Marco de Vries, Tristán Gonzalo Scelso, Jochem "Tony" Wilbers

Luca, Vince and Felicia, www.boardtodeath.tv
Lance Myxter www.youtube.com/user/UndeadVikingVideos
Bastiaan, Nox Spellenzolder www.youtube.com/user/Dharquen
Stephen Avery www.gamesalute.com/NothingPersonal
James "MATH + long E" Mathe www.jamesmathe.com
Johannes Sich www.lacosanostra-kartenspiel.de
Peer Lagerpusch www.erklaerpeer.de
The Joker Spellenspeciaalzaak Utrecht www.the-joker.nl
DefShop, Franky "The Fixer" Mendes www.def-shop.com/scusa

Last but not least, a big THANK YOU to all of you backing this project and to all of you for sending me comments and good advice. Special thanks to all playtesters and of to my course soon to be wife Madelon Romijn and all my family and friends!

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Risks and challenges

In exchange for your pledge to this project, we pledge to consistently and quickly reply to your questions as we are grateful for your support! We promise to keep you informed at all times - in case of good news but also in case of setbacks.

Although this is our first Kickstarter project, we have done our homework and spent many, many hours in researching and negotiating the best options for production and shipping. We do have many years of expierience in design, marketing, sales and production (apparel and print work) and know how to handle international shipping and deal with manufacturers around the globe.

We will work hard with full focus on our aim to get your rewards to you on time or sooner. Because mistakes and delays happen, we can not guarantee this but we give you our WORD and we don't break it for no one. Please bear with us as we keep you posted during this process. Thanks again for your consideration and support!
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Important note from our consigliere:

GAMBONI - King of New York is registered at the United States Copyright Office under Registration Number TXu 1-910-697 Date of registration: April 14, 2014. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

For any customer service questions please write to: gamboni@scusa.com

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    We will name a street after you on the official game board, included in ALL copies!

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    Become a BOSS! Send us your pictures and we will reply with a sketch. Once approved, a highly detailed 3D model is created for your very own 54mm miniature pawn plus layover card to use in the game. Choose nickname, Family name, color and SKILL.

    UPDATE: New capo included in all copies!

    * Full game with 5 miniature pawns! (x2)
    * Full color Print and Play download PDF.
    * Own CAPO pawn 54mm miniature (x2).
    * Own layover card, SKILL token (x2).
    * Receive own 3D file to print at Shapeways.
    * Rulebook mention as founding Godfather
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    "Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, consider this justice a gift on my daughter's wedding day."

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    Make a presidential pledge and we will add 50 bills of $ 1,000 dollas to every official copy of GAMBONI, with your name and face on it. Now that's added value, right there!

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