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Ezcape GamesBy Ezcape Games
First created
Ezcape GamesBy Ezcape Games
First created
$2,153
pledged of $7,000pledged of $7,000 goal
56
backers
48days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, March 8 2019 4:23 AM UTC +00:00.

About

WHAT IS EZCAPE?

EZCAPE is a turn based strategy and cooperative card game about Teamwork, Deception, Survival and...Zombies! It is easy to learn, quick to play and will keep you entertained for hours. Each player is tasked with trying to save as many Survivors as possible while simultaneously fighting to stop from being overrun by Zombies. As the game unfolds, the card probabilities makes it harder to stay alive and players end up being overrun and convert into Zombies.

GAMEPLAY THAT MAKES IT UNIQUE

Played in a Russian Roulette style with a single (4 - 6 players) or double (7 - 12 players) deck of game cards ranging in values 2, 3, 5, 8 and 13. There are three types of cards - Red (Zombies), Blue (Survivors) and White (Zombie Traps). The game is mathematically designed to provide enough strategy such that though it is really simple to learn, yet, one can never really claim to master the game as it provides a good balance of strategy and luck. The goal is to keep the attacking Zombies to below 21, while simultaneously taking risks to save as many survivors as possible. When a player is eliminated and converts into a Zombie, they continue to play and still influence the game for others. The game ends when half (50%) the players are converted into Zombies.

EZCAPE is designed around Chances. Higher the Risk, Higher the Reward.

HOW DOES IT LOOK? 

Example Gameplay
Example Gameplay
One of the earlier prototype product box
One of the earlier prototype product box
Typical game setup
Typical game setup
Highly Graphical Game Cards
Highly Graphical Game Cards

HOW DOES A TYPICAL GAME ROUND WORK?

  • You and the other players each start off by guarding the perimeter of an abandoned large mansion that is being attacked by hordes of invading Zombies. The objective is to try and save as many human survivors as you can before the first 2 players are overrun and converted into Zombies.
  • Each player initially starts off with 2 random cards from the deck such that every Red card is always placed face up and represents the number of zombies that are attacking that player. 
  • A player can also have or collect Blue (Survivors) and White (Zombie Traps) cards which are resource cards used to reduce and eliminate the Zombie buildup.
  • As each player plays their turn, they can either          DRAW: Draw a random card from the deck (Go on a resource scavenging mission);            PLAY: Eliminate the Zombie buildup by either using your Zombie Traps or sacrificing Survivors if you absolutely have to; TRADE: Trade valuable Survivors in exchange for Zombie traps to stay in the fight against the undead.
  • If a particular player ends up drawing more than 21 Zombies (Red Cards) then their side of the mansion walls have been breached. That player now has only one more chance and needs to keep the Zombies under 18 - which is significantly harder. 
  • Players can also sacrifice their saved human survivors (blue cards) in case they are desperate to stay in the fight. Using blue cards to eliminate Zombies has a hidden penalty that can sometimes be used as a concealed attack against another player - A player using a blue card immediately has to draw THREE cards from the shuffled deck, keep any two for themselves and give the third card to any other another player. This can be used as an attacking tactic or a defensive tactic to stay in the game. 
  • The game ends when the first two players are converted into Zombies (i.e. when they have not been able to hold off the attacking zombies). The survivor with the highest sum of Blue cards wins the game. If no survivor has been able to hold on to a single blue card then the first person to convert into a Zombie wins the game.

GAME CONTENTS

EZCAPE Original and EZCAPE SIGNATURE EDITION
EZCAPE Original and EZCAPE SIGNATURE EDITION

1.  The game comes in a nice sleek box (7" x 5.5" x 1.5") that has a nice outer plush feel and can accommodate up to two decks of 54 cards each.

2. Deck of 54 highly graphical game cards for regular game play with an optional extra 54 additional unique cards for extended gameplay (REGULAR + PARTY gameplay versions for up to 12 players).

3. Instruction Rule Sheet.

HOW IT BEGAN

The beginnings of EZCAPE start sometime in May 2018 when a couple of us were about to travel to Europe for a summer trip. While packing, we realized that we would have loved to have a game that could be easy to carry but a lot of fun. Regular playing cards were cliche so we decided to come up with our own. The result was a game that was inspired by UNO, our fascination for numbers and the ubiquitous popular theme of Zombies & the Undead. 

One of the earliest card prototypes. This was during our fun trip to Europe - Summer 2018
One of the earliest card prototypes. This was during our fun trip to Europe - Summer 2018

The result was EZCAPE - a game that combines gameplay similar to UNO, has the strategy and intelligence of Poker and adds a horror story of survival and deceit to its storyline.

WHY WE ARE RAISING MONEY ON KICKSTARTER

EZCAPE is our first tabletop product but we have been developing it since early 2018. Having put in countless hours of gameplay and significant amounts of money into developing prototypes and getting the graphic designs done, we felt Kickstarter was a good way to put this product into your hands so that you can enjoy the gameplay as much as we do. We are raising funds on kickstarter so that we can build up enough product inventory, pay our talented graphical designers and video artists, and put other final finishing touches to ensure the product ships to you soon. Designing a product is no easy task and your contribution will be very helpful in ensuring that EZCAPE get's a start and finds its way into your living rooms and game collections.

WHO ARE WE

A group of individuals with different backgrounds but a common interest - love for board-games and game nights.

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More information about the game: www.ezcapegame.com

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Music: Royalty-free music from Bensound.

Risks and challenges

'EZCAPE' is well tested, balanced and has gone through tons of iterations and game testing nights. The graphics are complete and we have very limited amount of work that is required to finish the product. The creation of the game is really simple - it's just a card game with a nice box.

Our years of product launch experience has taught us one thing - keep it simple and easy. That is why you will notice we are not offering a hundred different types of rewards - because we want to keep it simple and deliver the best of what we have offered.

As with any new project, there are always inherent risks and unknowns that could affect the launch such as problems with supply chain (manufacturing), material shortages and shipping challenges. All of these have been considered and we have taken every precaution to ensure should any such unforeseen circumstance arise, we have a workaround designed to reduce the downward impact of such unpredictable hurdles.

Finally, most importantly, our vision for this project is full transparency and should something go wrong, we will ensure that there is clear communication from our such that our backers have complete visibility into what is going on with regards to this project.

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    Limited Collector's Item Edition featuring a unique one of a kind case that includes high quality waterproof plastic playing cards (2 card sets) that allow for extended play [4 - 12 players] in a sleek velvet carrying case (that can also be used as a carrying case for regular playing cards).

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