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Fast & dynamic tactical game for two. Master every elemental school to best your opponent. Playable on tabletop and mobile devices!
Fast & dynamic tactical game for two. Master every elemental school to best your opponent. Playable on tabletop and mobile devices!
362 backers pledged $16,522 to help bring this project to life.

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Ortus is a fast paced tactical game for two players. Everybody age 10 and up can enjoy a half hour skirmish set in a world of fantasy martial arts.

Meeting your opponent on the legendary Ortus arena, you take control of a small band of specialized warriors. Each warrior is deeply disciplined in one of the 4 elements. From the elusive Winds and spiritual twin Fires to the ungraspable Earth and fatal Waters. Each warrior has a unique character and function on the battlefield. Can you master every element and thus prove yourself the superior tactician? We shall see.

CURRENTLY FUNDING:  16500$ Spirit Warrior! New Rules for the fifth warrior type and 2 FREE new miniatures (SMRP 15$) representing the Spirit Warrior added in the Shogun Levels Rewards. We estimate a SMRP of about 18$ for the 2 Spirit warrior cast in metal.

STRETCH GOAL: 18000$ Different poses for each miniature! The miniature box will be upgraded to have 16 different warriors!

 ALL THE AVAILABLE ADD-ONS:

Below you can check in detail the content of the box, including the kickstarter exclusives & freebie. Note that the Kickstarter exclusive metal guides and all the additional freebie are an exclusive of this Kickstarter and won't be available for non-backers at Essen.

For more pictures, background and news, hook up with us on Facebook.

Kickstarter Exclusives

As a special thanks to you, we've managed to add something really cool. Each backer from the Warlord level and up will receive a set of limited edition, metal disks, inscribed with the logos of the two Houses. These Guides track the progress for both players and have another special in-game function (see the rules)  

Play with high quality metal playing pieces, KS backers only
Play with high quality metal playing pieces, KS backers only

 How to play

For the full rulebook in English, French, German or Dutch, just click right here. Or sit back and enjoy this comprehensive video series we've made for you, explaining the game in detail.

Want even more? Then meet us at OrtusGame.com to find tactical tips to use against you opponent, get a closer look at the art, or catch a few glimpses of us here at Ortus headquarters.

Every backer will receive the Print & Play version of Ortus within 24 hours of backing. A warlord banner to show your support on Facebook and credit on our website.

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Who designed this game? Well, I did. Stepping onto the scene of board game design a little over 2 years ago I've managed to get 4 game developed. Coop game Oh no... Invasion, the educational games Divide & Conquer and Clickerdi Click and the free PnP holiday game Sell-a-Santa.

Go to fablesmith.com if you want to check these out.

... the game is certainly a contender for the best [abstract] strategy game of 2013, and might well earn a higher reputation with repeated play to explore the depth of strategy offered here. A definite winner to check out.  Calvin Daniels - board game journalist and golden BGG reviewer

Definitely check out what the guys from Got Game Testers have to say.

... A few years back I borrowed one of his prototypes - one of the best [abstract] games I've ever played, with lots of novel ideas. Han Heidema - Editor in Chief of Spel (Holland's leading board game magazine) 

I guess I cannot recommend it enough if you're looking for an awesome little combat game. Undead Viking - respected video reviewer

Games of Ortus can take a fraction of the time that it takes to play some of the more involved tactical games out there, but will provide just as much strategic planning. Tiffany Ralph - GamesAreEvil.com

Mr. Boardgame himself, Tom Vasel takes a look at Ortus as well!

If you’re looking for a two player tactical experience, then Ortus is it. ___ Ortus looks like a really solid game, with great components and high quality production. HandcannonOnline.com

... Your game looks excellent! It has the approachability of a simpler abstract game but scratches that deep tactical itch with the different warrior types. Very excited about this one!  /   I am very exited about this. My son and I are always looking for new boardgames to play together.  /  I especially like the work of the artist!  /  The project looks very interesting, and I'm intrigued by the strategy and tactics involved  /  etc. etc. Source: Kickstarter backers like yourself

Many more reviews are coming... we'll let you know

We were able to find some enthusiastic investors already who believed enough in this little gem to get a small print-run going. That means we can do a prelaunch of the base game of Ortus at Essen this year.

So why do this Kickstarter?

We've already invested countless hours, energy, love and time into this project. Besides the money. That's because we are certain that this game rocks! And games that rock need to get to the hands of players who appreciate these things. Going Kickstarter makes sure we'll be able to get the game to your hands, whatever happens and wherever you are.

Miniature line

Second, this campaign will make it possible for us to set up a beautiful miniature line. It's not only a dream of ours we've noticed to play Ortus using detailed, heavy playing pieces. We've heard many many voices expressing a wish for a miniature line. With your help we can make this possible.

There's more on this of course. Just scroll down.

Community

We've noticed that KS backers can really come together and form an army of committed heroes around a game. As the Ortus universe has still much potential to expand we would love to get your support, ideas and comments. Feed us input! Yummie

FableSmith believes that good games deserve the highest quality treatment possible, from its graphic design to final production. A gaming experience should be enhanced, never lessened by the component quality. So we are happy to tell you that Ortus is in the professional hands of the people at LudoFact, Germany. The same people who produce Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne etc.

Like what you see? Here are some more reasons to get on board now.

- Backers are sure to get their hands on Ortus. While Ortus will have a pre-release in Essen this year, distribution to stores around the world still needs to be set up. Backing Ortus here guarantees you a copy, estimated to arrive this year still! Backers are of course welcome to meet us at our booth to pick up their copy.

- Best price. Even if you missed the Early bird specials, supporting us now will still be the cheapest way for you to get Ortus on your table.

- We love interacting with you. Know that we are always listening to your comments and we'll respond as much as possible. Getting a conversation going with gamers is very important to us!

- Kickstarter exclusives. To show all you believers how much we appreciate your support, we've managed to do something really cool. Every backers from the $38,- level and up will receive a set of exclusive METAL GUIDES with the logos of both Houses, representing the players. A huge upgrade from the wooden disks in the regular game.

- You make more possible. It's a risky business to do this as a fledgeling company. It's not a small card game we're talking about here. More support means more possibilities for the base game, future expansions and other designs. Behind everything you see on this page are professional people who put their skills to work to shape the world of Ortus. And everybody is eager to keep building.

Ortus has its origin as a wish to get to play miniature games more often. That is why Ortus is designed to play in 30 to 45 minutes so all you need now is a friend close by and a little bit of free time!

Well our friends at Maki games are making this dream possible. We are now working hard to make the miniature line possible for Ortus. We're working with talented professionals (artist, sculptor, caster etc.) to give also this part of the game the best possible treatment.

As we are still smack in the middle of developing this line, so we can share with you the wonderful progress of building a character from a sketch to 2D art to a full miniature.

Miniatures will be cast in metal. Just imagine playing one game after the other with these fantasy martial arts specialists.

In the development process of the tabletop game and many times during playtesting, the following became very clear: 

"This game in particular will work very well on mobile devices"

Making Ortus digital is a logical step, but also a costly one. We don't just want to make a translation that works, we want to make a game that rocks! With challenging AI, gorgeous artwork and intuitive gameplay. And we're not just using sliding static pieces here, we'll animate every warrior for spectacular combat scenes. Another reason your support is needed and very much appreciated.

SPECIAL: Every backer pledging $ 38,- and up, can add the digital version only $ 1,- A special offer as a thanks from us. Now you can satisfy your hunger for a game at any time you wish.

You as a Kickstarter hero can show off your support for Ortus in an easy but awesome way. Right-click an image, save it, and proudly use it as an Avatar! Thank you in advance.

Risks and challenges

With a project of this size, there are many many variables. This means that despite our best efforts, something might go whoopsie that’s out of our control.

Ortus Arena (the iOS and Android version) is nicely on schedule at the time of this writing, It looks like you’ll be able to play in January. Any addition that would make the game more grandiose will be added in later patches. If there are any unforeseen hurdles however, the release date might suffer. In that case we will keep you posted on what has happened and how we’ll fix it.

The tabletop game will be produced by Ludofact Germany. One of the best respected production companies in the world. We have great contact with them and should there be any bumps in the road, I’m confident they will be dealth with as professionaly as possible.

The delivery dates are a calculated estimation, but still an estimation though. Stuff can happen. If it does happen, I’ll keep you informed. You give me your patience, I’ll give you all the info I’ll get.

I thank you for your trust.

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    Apprentice pack! Besided, of course, our eternal thanks - A fully playable Print and Play version of Ortus (send within a day of your pledge) - A Warlord cover pic for your Facebook profile to show you're one of our wonderful supporters - Credit on our website

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