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Havok & Hijinks™ is a family-friendly, light strategy card game featuring cute, humorous dragons competing for treasure.

You’re a young, underachieving dragon that never paid much attention to your parents or the elders. That is unfortunate because you’ve just found yourself kicked out of the nest! It seems that your folks are tired of you eyeing their hoard and want you to build your own.

To make matters worse, the parents of your friends heard about what happened.  They all agreed it was a great idea and kicked your friends out, too! Now you’re out in the world of Vallhyn and have to compete with other young dragons to be the first to build a respectable treasure hoard... even if you have to prank them to get there.

Current Stretch Goals:

Shadow Pearl - $29,500: LOCKED

Shadow Ruby - $31,000: LOCKED

Double Crystal Dragon - $35,000: LOCKED

Backer Goal Three (850 Backers) - Play Mat: UNLOCKED

We'll create a play mat for Havok & Hijinks and included in every $15 DRAGON pledge level and above!

Each retail copy of Havok & Hijinks, available starting at the $15 DRAGON pledge level, comes with the following:

  • 4 Double-sided Dragon Cards (all unique artwork)
  • 40 Hijinks Cards (no duplicates - all unique artwork)
  • 40 Havok Cards (22 treasures and 18 events with unique artwork)
  • 1 Rulebook

Havok & Hijinks is easy to learn and fast to play. It was designed by gamers with the non-gamer crowd in mind. We hope you’ll be able to use the game to introduce friends and family members to the light-strategy genre. 

For more traditional gamers Havok & Hijinks will take some time to master and offers replayability as you learn the strategies of each dragon type. To get everyone started we’ve got the latest version of our rules available, a gameplay video, and a demo application!



Havok & Hijinks was recently reviewed on Bower's Game Corner. Please check out the Havok & Hijinks Review.

GameAndACurry.com took some time to preview Havok & Hijinks and really enjoyed it! Please take a moment and head over to read the wonderful (P)review!

Michael from Little Metal Dog was kind enough to write a review of Havok & Hijinks. It came out lovely so please take some time to check it out. Our favorite line: "My favourite thing in the whole game is a worthless Treasure called Helmet? which depicts two of the dragons sporting underwear on their heads. It’s that kind of game."

Havok & Hijinks has appeared on Dad's Game Addiction. You can check out the great review and a video about the game. "The card mechanics were very simple to understand and on that note, I’m pleased to report that this is one card game that I didn’t have to spend hours studying."

All Us Geeks spent a good deal of time with Havok & Hijinks and was kind enough to put together a preview video. Watch as the game is played and hear the reviewers thoughts!

Tiffany from Games Are Evil enjoyed our cute dragons and did a wonderful write up about Havok & Hijinks. "It’s a fast game to pick up, quick to play, and features some pretty adorable dragons."

Cardboard Republic has given Havok & Hijinks a "Seal of the Republic" and a very kind review of the game!  "Havok & Hijinks also avoids coming off entirely as a kids-only game, which helps its wider appeal. Many of the card names and depictions, while family-friendly, have a Pixar-like duality to them: there is enough subtle references in this game to a variety of topics that older audiences can appreciate."

We’ve done our best to ensure that there is a Havok & Hijinks pledge level for everyone!  We’re pleased to offer the game (target MSRP $17.99), the Kickstarter exclusive promo card, and free US shipping in the $15 DRAGON pledge level

Here is an overview of our primary reward levels:

A Crystal Dragon is a rarity in Vallhyn. It refuses to stick to an affinity! We're offering a Kickstarter exclusive version of the Crystal Dragon to our kind backers at the $5 HATCHLING pledge level and above. This project is the only way to get this card! It is also one of the few ways to get a Crystal Dragon. They're simply too rare to be included in the retail box!

Vallhyn is full of dragons and we want to get a few more into the hands of our backers! Our artist Amanda has produced four alternate dragons for those who want a little more. 

Each dragon is named, has a back story, and plays slightly different than the standard version.  They won't be included in the retail box! Two of them (your choice) are available at the $20 ELDER DRAGON pledge level.  At the $25 ANCIENT DRAGON pledge level and above you receive all four alternate dragons!

The ultimate reward is to become your own unique dragon! Backers at the $200 CELESTIAL DRAGON pledge level will have the opportunity to work with our artist to create the dragon in your imagination! 

Pick a pose, the color, horns/spikes/ears/etc., an affinity, and a name. We'll do the rest to ensure you get a dragon card that is as rare and as unique as you and include it in your copy of Havok & Hijinks.

In case you feel like our reward levels don’t offer enough Havok & Hijinks you can pick up extras by increasing your pledge amount! Backers at the $15 DRAGON pledge level and above can add any item in our extras area by increasing their total pledge by the price listed on the item.

If you love the Havok & Hijinks art we have good news! We've prepared a special hardcover deluxe art book. The book will be full of images, concept art, and stories about the game, as well as exclusive content not found in the softcover version!

If you have already backed at the $45 ARTISTIC DRAGON pledge level and wish to upgrade your art book, then simply add $30 to your order for North America or $35 for everywhere else.

Extra Ancient Dragon Rewards - $10 NA / $11 World

If you have backed at the $25 ANCIENT DRAGON pledge level or above, you may order extra sets of the following items from the ANCIENT DRAGON hoard: the Kickstarter exclusive Crystal Dragon card, all four alternate art dragon cards, and a beta community access key.

These items come bundled together at $10 for North America and $11 for everywhere else.

Havok & Hijinks Art Print - $8 NA/World

Once final artwork is complete, the cute dragons from Havok & Hijinks will be captured on 8.5 x 11 full bleed art prints. Two prints will be available. One of the obsidian dragon and one as a group shot. If you'd like to add a print or two simply increase pledge amount by $8 each.

Cross Promotions

We're pleased to offer a cross promotion between Havok & Hijinks and Tinker Deck. Any individual who backs Havok & Hijinks at the $15 DRAGON pledge level and at least $11 on the Tinker Deck will receive two special Tinker Dragon Coins (one from H&H and one from TD).

We're pleased to announce a cross promotion with another Kickstarter project. Havok & Hijinks is working with Stack & Attack to bring extra value and fun collaboration to both projects. We're pleased to include a special, Stack & Attack themed event card with every $15 DRAGON pledge level and above. (Please note art is not final)

ALL stretch goals are available to everyone at the $15 DRAGON pledge level and above.

Extra Havok I - $12,500: UNLOCKED

Rylan the Druid and The Book of Saurus will be added to each Havok & Hijinks physical reward package. These advanced Havok cards add different game play options. Two new backer levels will be unlocked to add likenesses to these cards. (Mockups and art are not final)

Extra Havok II - $15,000: UNLOCKED

Grand Heights Guardsmen and Crystal will be added to each Havok & Hijinks physical reward package. These advanced Havok cards have additional game play options. Two new backer levels will be unlocked to add likenesses to these cards.

Upgraded Printing - $17,000: UNLOCKED 

Havok & Hijinks will be printed on an improved quality card stock that will make for a better snap and easier shuffling.

Affinity Tokens - $20,000: UNLOCKED

We will include one token for each affinity in the rewards packages (4 total). These tokens will help track your dragon's affinity throughout the game. The tokens will be color matched to the affinities and bare the symbol that matches it. 

These tokens are high quality, hard plastic poker chips with color art on them. Chip Theory Games has been kind enough to help us do this. Check out Hoplomachus for examples of what the chips will look like.

Extra Darkness - $21,000: UNLOCKED

We'll add a special advanced, 11th Darkness affinity Hijinks card to our Kickstarter reward packages.

Extra Fire - $21,500: UNLOCKED

We'll add a special advanced, 11th Fire affinity Hijinks card to our Kickstarter reward packages.

Extra Moonlight - $22,000: UNLOCKED

We'll add a special advanced, 11th Moonlight affinity Hijinks card to our Kickstarter reward packages.

Extra Sunlight - $22,500: UNLOCKED

We'll add a special advanced, 11th Sunlight affinity Hijinks card to our Kickstarter reward packages.

First Run Exclusive Box - $25,000: UNLOCKED

We'll make a box that is exclusive to our first run backers. It will feature wholly new and unique artwork. Once it is sold out we will not reprint the box.

Shadow Obsidian - $26,500: UNLOCKED

The Obsidian Dragon from Vallhyn's shadow. Altered art (coloring), unique innate abilities, and a different affinity.

Shadow Amber - $28,000: UNLOCKED

The Amber Dragon from Vallhyn's shadow. Altered art (coloring), unique innate abilities, and a different affinity.

Shadow Pearl - $29,500: LOCKED

The Pearl Dragon from Vallhyn's shadow. Altered art (coloring), unique innate abilities, and a different affinity.

Shadow Ruby - $31,000: LOCKED

The Ruby Dragon from Vallhyn's shadow. Altered art (coloring), unique innate abilities, and a different affinity.

Double Crystal Dragon - $35,000: LOCKED

What is it? What does it mean? That is a surprise!

Backer Goal One (300 Backers) - Bronze Talon: UNLOCKED!

If we can reach 300 backers we'll add an extra Bronze Talon treasure card to every $15 DRAGON pledge level and above.

Backer Goal Two (600 Backers) - Flock of Sheep: UNLOCKED 

Flock of Sheep allows tired dragons to flip back to ready. At 600 backers we'll add a second one to every $15 DRAGON pledge level and above for players that want a more dragon-centric game!

Havok & Hijinks has been thoroughly play tested by a wide range of gamers and non-gamers. We’ve been fortunate to have the game in the hands of over 125 outside testers. 

Epic Slant Press participated in the Unpub Mini event at Atomic Empires which saw over 25 unique play testers. Each person played Havok & Hijinks multiple times and provided amazing feedback!

Epic Slant Press also hosted a Learn and Play at Mystery Brewing Public House. Everyone had a great time and gave some great feedback while enjoying some delicious beer. Apparently, cute dragons and craft beer go great together!

Havok & Hijinks is being presented in the First Exposure Playtest Hall at GenCon 2013 and in the Dragon*Con 2013 gaming area. If you'd like to try it out, come and visit us! If you can't find us, reach out to us on Twitter (@ferreles) and we'll find you!

Supporters at the $25 ANCIENT DRAGON pledge level and above are welcome to become members of the Havok & Hijinks beta community. 

The beta community has behind the scenes access to the development of Havok & Hijinks and associated products. Beta members will be able to look at and comment on work in development. 

In addition to behind the scenes access, beta members will receive early versions of products for testing and feedback. There is no better way to get your voice heard and make a mark on the development of our products!

We know that these days our backers are especially curious as to where their money will be spent. Rest assured that your support will be going towards Havok & Hijinks first and foremost. No one at Epic Slant Press will be paid until you get your rewards! 

The largest cost associated with Havok & Hijinks is printing retail quality copies of the game.To do that we need to reach the minimum order specified by our printer. 

Following the printing of our game we'll have a large deal of costs associated with having it shipped from our printer to our warehouse and then shipped out to you.

After printing and shipping costs our next largest pool of money will be going to the amazing people that created the game. That includes our artists, editors, writers, and support folks. Many of these folks have done their work on nothing more than a promise and a prayer. We want to make good on that promise.

There are also numerous other small expenses that have been adding up but those will be handled last.


Epic Slant Press is a small publishing company based in North Carolina that currently focuses on books and tabletop games. Positivity is the driving force that guides each and every project that the company takes on. 

The team strongly believes that with a positive outlook anyone can achieve great things. Epic Slant Press strives to support small and local businesses, aid fellow entrepreneurs, and donate a portion of all profits to charities and good causes.

Thank you to Atomic Empire for hosting our Kickstarter Launch Party and for being so good to us! Thank you to Mystery Brewing for play testing and being so much fun!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Havok & Hijinks is the first physical game from Epic Slant Press. That leaves some unknowns for us in the process of taking our prototype and mass producing it. Thankfully we have a proven success record with printing physical books and delivering them on time.

There is also the chance that we will incur some sort of production or shipping delay outside of our immediate control. We are working hard with our printing partners and setting realistic deadlines for delivery.

Beyond those things our game is not a prototype. It has been very heavily tested with a wide audience. We've invested heavily into art and are in the coloring phase. All we need is the push to get us to the minimum order required by our printer (Panda GM).

FAQ

  • That is correct, this was a small misunderstanding between Epic Slant Press and how Kickstarter functions. At this time, Canadian backers that back at the $20 and $25 levels will just need to state they are within the U.S.

    When it comes to survey time you can give us your appropriate Canadian address and we'll still cover your shipping.

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  • No, the cards created via the Celestial Dragon rewards will be created later in our process and won't make it into retail printing. They'll all be unique and special. Chances are, backers at this level will get two or so copies. One to play and one to keep!

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  • Yes, yes it is! Not only is it possible but we'd also like to give you a little discount for being so committed to Havok & Hijinks. If you back at the CELESTIAL DRAGON level you can increase your pledge by $125 per additional dragon you want.

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    HATCHLING - You'll receive an early release of the Havok & Hijinks print and play (PDF download), the Kickstarter exclusive Crystal Dragon card, and a special thank you from Ferrel via email.

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    ELDER DRAGON - You'll receive a retail copy of Havok & Hijinks, a special thank you permanently on the H&H website (bronze section), the Kickstarter exclusive Crystal Dragon card, and two alternate art dragon cards of your choice. All stretch goals. Free US & Canada shipping.

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    ANCIENT DRAGON - You'll receive a retail copy Havok & Hijinks, a special thank you permanently on the H&H website (silver section), the Kickstarter exclusive Crystal Dragon card, all four alternate art dragon cards, and access to the H&H beta community. All stretch goals. Free US & Canada shipping.

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    ARTISTIC DRAGON - All ANCIENT DRAGON rewards plus a 20 page softcover art book filled with beautiful color prints of Havok & Hijinks card art. All stretch goals. Free US & Canada shipping.

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    GUARDIAN DRAGON - All ANCIENT DRAGON rewards plus our artist Amanda will work with you to draw a likeness of you or your character. That likeness will then be immortalized on the Grand Heights Guardsmen event card! This card features 3 likeness slots and will be included in every Kickstarter copy of the game!

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    MARAUDING DRAGON - All ANCIENT DRAGON rewards plus our artist Amanda will work with you to draw a likeness of you or your character. That likeness will then be immortalized on the Marauders event card! This card features 3 likeness slots and will be included in every copy of the game!

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    ADVENTUROUS DRAGON - All ANCIENT DRAGON rewards plus our artist Amanda will work with you to draw a likeness of you or your character. That likeness will then be immortalized on the Adventurers event card! This card features 3 likeness slots and will be included in every copy of the game!

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    WEALTHY DRAGON - All ANCIENT DRAGON rewards plus our artist Amanda will work with you to draw a likeness of you or your character. That likeness will then be immortalized on the Wealthy Benefactors event card! This card features 2 likeness slots and will be included in every copy of the game!

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    MUSICAL DRAGON - All ANCIENT DRAGON rewards plus our artist Amanda will work with you to draw a likeness of you or your character. That likeness will then be immortalized on the Rylan The Druid event card! This card features 2 likeness slots and will be included in every Kickstarter copy of the game!

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    FORTUNATE DRAGON - All ANCIENT DRAGON rewards plus our artist Amanda will work with you to draw a likeness of you or your character. That likeness will then be immortalized on the Crystal treasure card! This card features 1 likeness slot and will be included in every Kickstarter copy of the game! Free shipping worldwide.

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    SCHOLARLY DRAGON - All ANCIENT DRAGON rewards plus our artist Amanda will work with you to draw a likeness of you or your character. That likeness will then be immortalized on The Book of Saurus treasure card! This card features 1 likeness slot and will be included in every Kickstarter copy of the game! Free shipping worldwide.

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    NOBLE DRAGON - All ANCIENT DRAGON rewards plus our artist Amanda will work with you to draw a likeness of you or your character. That likeness will then be immortalized on its very own treasure card as a Vallhyn noble! You also get to name the card (within reason/theme). One likeness per card and these cards will be included in every copy of the game! Free shipping worldwide.

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    CELESTIAL DRAGON - You'll receive a retail copy of Havok & Hijinks, a special thank you permanently on the H&H website (gold section), the Kickstarter exclusive Crystal Dragon card, all four alternate art dragon cards, and access to the beta community. You will also be able to create your own unique dragon card! Our artist Amanda will draw a likeness of your dragon and immortalize it on its own card. You get to decide the affinity, name, and more. Personalize your copy of Havok & Hijinks! All stretch goals. Free shipping worldwide.

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