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A two-player card game that plays in under 10 minutes. Brute strength may win the round, but cleverness will lead to victory!
A two-player card game that plays in under 10 minutes. Brute strength may win the round, but cleverness will lead to victory!
772 backers pledged $10,729 to help bring this project to life.

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From across the Blasted Sands, the famous Caldera Dome is filled with shouting hordes pouring in to see a clash of epic proportions. From atop your beast, you see your opponent across the dusty arena as the crowd is drowned out by deafening roars and the crash of titanic monsters. Some try to win using brute force, others rely on their wits and speed. How will you crush your opponent to become Champion of the Dome?

 

Beginning with identical decks, players draw 4 cards each round. 

With each card you can Attack, building up your Strength Total, or perform a special Ability, turning the tide of battle in your favor. 

Players take turns playing Cards one at a time, choosing Attack or Ability Mode, performing the abilities immediately to turn the tide of battle in their favor. Some abilities let you switch the mode of other cards, allowing you to create clever combinations.

At the end of the round, Attackers are removed and score for the player with the highest Strength Total. You lose access to the unique abilities on these attackers. Ability cards return for the next round.

The battle continues until either player cannot draw 4 cards... the winner is the player with the highest total in their scoring pile. 

Carefully choose when to strike -- brute strength may win the round, but cleverness will lead to victory in Dome Crushers.

Dome Crushers is meant to be super portable -- the components are few, but the gameplay is MIGHTY!

Dome Crushers (Standard Edition)

  • 24 Beast Cards (Standard Size - 63mm x 88mm)
  • 2 Reference Cards
  • Rule Sheet
  • Tuck Box

Dome Crushers (Gigantic Edition)

Upgrade your copy of Dome Crushers to Gigantic Beast Cards! You'll see more of Jacob's awesome artwork and get those most immersive experience. All the abilities are the same, and this version only includes the Gigantic size cards.

  • 24 Gigantic Beast Cards (Gigantic Size - 80mm x 120mm)
  • 2 Reference Cards  (Also Gigantic Size)
  • Rule Sheet  (Same as Standard)
  • Box (style TBD)

Dome Crushers (Standard Edition & Gigantic Edition)

Can't Decide? Get Both!

  • 1 Copy of Dome Crushers (Standard Edition)
  • 1 Copy of Dome Crushers (Gigantic Edition)
  • Standard Edition will be shipped inside Gigantic Edition game box
 

Here's what a few heavy-hitting reviewers have to say about Dome Crushers:

GeekDad

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert

"Dome Crushers is small but mighty—it’s a tiny little game (well, unless you get the oversized version) that has some bite to it."

Undead Viking

"The best lunchtime game I have ever played...one of those quintessential games that will always be in my travel bag"

Brawlin' Bros

"I feel like I'm in a heavy weight fight when I'm playing Dome Crushers - strategically trading blows with my opponent. You know you're going to get hit, but how you counter is the key to victory! Dome Crushers is a small package with a HUGE punch (and some really, really exceptional art)!"

Meeple Mountain

Dome Crushers Review

"A head to head microgame that's fast and fun. At the $6 price point, there's no reason not to have this game in your arsenal!"

Often a game project on Kickstarter will have additional content that's added in if the funding reaches higher levels than the initial goal.

What!? Where are all the new content/component stretch goals!? Dome Crushers was designed in a way that the balance of each card's power fits just right in the deck. That makes it difficult for us to add more content in on this project. Fortunately, with your help, we will be able to make a couple nice component quality upgrades... more to come once we meet our funding goal!

...definitely not out of fear of this monstrous bear! It's an exciting time for us as gamers with so many unique and interesting games, and I'm honored to have you consider Dome Crushers as one of those options.

Here are just a few reasons why we feel this project is worth your support: 

Clever Gameplay - You can learn Dome Crushers in just moments, finish in under 10 minutes and end the game with satisfaction. The combinations and trickiness keep you wanting to play again and again.

Portability - Lunch break? Airport? On-the-go? When you know you'll have a few minutes to fit in a quick game, keeping Dome Crushers with you is super easy. Plus, two is the easiest group to gather together!

Supporting Independent Game Design and Publishing - Everything you see in this project is the product of a dedicated effort by several passionate, independent creators. The efforts that went into the game design, graphic design and publishing are all crafted by individuals who absolutely love our hobby. Without you, we wouldn't be able to bring these creations to life!

We instantly fell in love with the tight design and clever gameplay Tim & Chris Jesurun put together for Dome Crushers. Jacob Atienza brings the world to life while capturing the sheer magnitude of the beasts and intensity of the arenas. Peter Wocken, our graphic artist, ties the look and feel all together. Here's a little more about Floodgate Games:

Greetings Beast-riders!   

First off, welcome to those who are new to our games! For those who have supported us in the past, it's so great to have you back -- this will be our 8th Kickstarter project and we couldn't do it without you!

Beginning with Legacy: Gears of Time in 2012, all the way through Sagrada just last year, each project has been a unique experience, and I cannot wait to see where this one goes! Dome Crushers is our 6th game (not counting expansions) and we're really proud to show you what we've put together. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to communicating with you throughout the project and after. Please reach out directly in a message or in the comments if you have a question or concern -- I'll do everything I can to make your backer experience on this project the best it can be! Thank you for joining us on this one, I really appreciate it. 

Ben Harkins 

Owner - Floodgate Games

 This dude looks menacing and scary, but we promise we're friendly :)

We always like to do something special and interactive for backers during a Kickstarter Campaign... Since Jacob Atienza (the illustrator for Dome Crushers) did amazing work building out the visuals for the world, this time, we thought "what if there were more story, too".  

Teaming up with my good friend Evan Pedersen (writer for Redshift, a sweet SciFi podcast), he's putting together a story where you, the backers, get to help decide what happens at each step. For each part to the story, we'll have a few options for how it should progress... whichever option receives the most votes will be the path the characters explorer next. The voting window for each segment is short, so be sure to jump on it right away.

At the end, we'll randomly select 1 backer who participated to win a copy of our previous game Sagrada. The more segments you vote on, the better your chances of winning.

Risks and challenges

When it comes to publishing a tabletop game, manufacturing and shipping logistics are easily the biggest challenges. I've had several smooth campaigns, and some rough ones and learned a ton along the way!

We've already started working closely with our manufacturer on this to be sure everything will flow smoothly. As always, there's the chance of production problems, shipping delays, national holidays, and natural disasters -- despite these externalities, I'm prepared to do my best to deliver a great game in a timely manner. On this project we're working with a trusted manufacturer who will help us maintain high control over quality and timeliness.

Where are we so far?
Illustration: done.
Graphic design work: Mostly complete.
Awesomeness: Maxed out!

I'm planning to start the pre-press process before the project closes to help give us a head start on getting Dome Crushers on your table even faster!

As always, I appreciate your support and patience as I'm sure despite our best efforts there are bound to be unforeseen complications... either way, I'm looking forward to keeping you well informed the whole way!

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