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Face off against your royal rivals as you settle newly discovered lands. Whose villages will stand... and whose will fall?

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A new land has been discovered! As the ruler of your own tiny kingdom, this is your big chance to expand your territory and (more importantly) make some serious gold. But the rulers of the other nearby kingdoms have also learned of this new land, and they're gathering their troops for battle! Prepare for all-out war as you try to build bigger villages than your neighbors... no matter what it takes!

Villages is a casual rummy-style card game with a competitive edge. The rules are simple--collect 3 or more cards of the same color and lay them down to build a village. Build bigger villages than everyone else to earn more gold!

But not everybody likes to play nice. If another player's village contains a card you'd like to have (or if you're just feeling mean!), you can fight them for it in a one-on-one duel. Each unit has its strengths and weaknesses, so a knowledge of each unit's unique abilities (and a little bit of luck) is crucial to winning the battle and taking home the prize.

How you decide to play is up to you, but one thing is clear: the only way to send your rivals packing is to be the first to earn 100 gold coins. Do you have what it takes to rule an empire?

Villages supports 2 to 5 players and takes between 30 minutes and an hour to play.

                                                                                                                                                          

After playing a few hands of rummy with some friends one night, I got the idea to add a battle mechanic to make the game more interactive. The concept took off quickly from there, and it wasn't long until I had a completely new game on my hands.

I released the first edition of Villages on The Game Crafter, an awesome print-on-demand site for board games and card game, back in November of 2011. It was a fun personal project and I didn't really expect to sell very many copies, but thought I'd take a chance and put it up for sale anyway.

Since then, Villages has become one of the best-selling games on the site, and it was chosen as a Game Crafter staff pick in October of 2012. I've sold copies of Villages at two local conventions and I sold out both times. I've even been told by a grateful mother that my game was the only item on her son's Christmas wishlist after he played it at a birthday party. (That news gave me butterflies for a week.)

JT, a founder of The Game Crafter, gave the game 5/5 stars and left this review:

You can read more reviews like this one at the Villages shop page on The Game Crafter.

Working on Villages has been a constant source of pleasant surprises and fun experiences. I still love playing it with the same group of friends who first helped me develop the idea. Honestly, I can't seem to get enough of it!

And now, I want to run this Kickstarter campaign to share a new edition of the game with even more potential fans and give everyone a chance to try it out. I've taken everything I've learned about game design over the past few years and applied it to this brand new edition. It's more fair and more fun, and I think you'll enjoy it whether you've played a previous edition before or not.

Thanks for stopping by to check out Villages. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Want to support Villages and get a copy of your own? Check out the pledge levels listed below!

The Farmer level includes:

  • Update notifications
  • Ability to leave comments
  • The ability to claim a free +1 Power bonus in a game of Villages. May only be used once, ever.

The Builder level includes:

  • Villages (PnP)

See the Add-ons section below for expansion PnP file prices. All backers who order a physical copy of the game or expansions will also receive the corresponding PnP files for free.

 The Knight reward level includes:

  • Villages (Small Box)

Any Small Box version of Villages can be upgraded to the Medium Box version for free.

The Ace reward level includes:

  • Villages (Small Box)

Anyone who can make it is invited to the party and can pick up their rewards there, even if you don't get the Ace level. We'll work out the details later.

 The Wizard reward level includes:

  • Big Box
  • Villages
  • Distant Lands
  • Ghost Town

The Archer reward level includes:

  • Villages (Small Box) x3

The Dragon reward level includes:

  • Big Box
  • Villages
  • Distant Lands
  • Ghost Town
  • Holiday Pack
  • A pair of Power Dice (red, black, or mix)

The Princess reward level includes:

  • Big Box
  • Villages
  • Distant Lands OR Ghost Town
  • Royalty Pack (KS Exclusive)
  • Custom card design in Royalty Pack

The Queen reward level includes: 

  • Big Box
  • Villages
  • Distant Lands
  • Ghost Town
  • Holiday Pack
  • Royalty Pack (KS Exclusive)
  • A pair of Power Dice (red, black, or mix)
  • Custom card design in Royalty Pack

The King reward level includes:

  • Big Box
  • Villages
  • Distant Lands
  • Ghost Town
  • Holiday Pack
  • Royalty Pack (KS Exclusive)
  • A pair of Power Dice (red, black, or mix) x2
  • Early base game delivery
  • Custom Super Villager for everyone

Once you've chosen your reward, show your support with some Villages avatars!

Just add extra money to your pledge to add these bonuses to your reward. After the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey that will ask for any necessary details regarding these add-ons, so don't sweat the small stuff for now.

Villages contains 90 cards and a rulebook.

 or +$2 for the PnP file only.

Distant Lands is a Villages expansion that introduces new units, animals, and buildings from the farthest corners of the world. Expand your territory by exploring the new location deck, adding new rules and challenges to every game. Do you have what it takes to rule an empire?

Distant Lands will contain about 40-45 cards.

 or +$2 for the PnP file only.

Ghost Town introduces the evil Dark cards, including such horrors as Zombies, Skeletons, and Vampires. Will you survive the night on your own? Or will you be forced to call upon the power of the divine Light cards to thwart the forces of darkness?

Ghost Town will contain about 40-45 cards.

or +$1 for the PnP file only.

When a pure-hearted king went looking for new allies in the midst of a terrible war, he discovered a band of mythological beings that were thought to only exist in fairy tales. In the name of protecting the seasons and holidays they represent, legends such as Santa, Mother Nature, and Uncle Sam joined the king's armies and turned the tide of battle.

The Holiday Pack will contain about 12 cards.

or +$2 for the PnP file only.

Add the 30 custom cards created by the Princess and Queen backers to your game! Only they know what kind of interesting cards this pack will contain... This pack is eligible for the Early Delivery option.

Kickstarter Exclusive.

What are Power Dice? They are an optional component of Villages that adds a bit more luck and drama to each battle. Each time two units face off on the battlefield, each participating player rolls one of these dice and adds the value to their unit's power. These dice will be manufactured by Daft Concepts, who recently ran their own successful Daft Dice Kickstarter campaign.

You'll be able to choose black dice, red dice, or one of each. The numbers on the black dice are a bit safer (0-1-1-2-2-3), while the red dice have a wider range of results (0-0-1-1-3-4).

+$5 shipping to Canada Builders (getting PnP files only)

+$10 shipping to other International Builders (getting PnP files only)

These Kickstarter-exclusive Villages card sleeves will feature high-quality full color art on the back! See Update #20 for more info and a breakdown of card counts in each deck.

Sleeved cards won't fit in the Small Boxes, so be sure to remember this if you are considering the Small Boxes in Big Box add-on!

Kickstarter Exclusive.

+$4 shipping to Canada.

+$8 shipping to other International.

Knight backers can choose to receive their game in a the Small Box or Medium Box. Upgrade to the Big Box with this add-on! See Update #19 for more information.

Normally, the Big Box doesn't come with any of the individual Small Boxes inside of it, but this add-on will get you all of the Small Boxes for the base game and expansions! This add-on requires a Big Box first, meaning it's available to Wizards, Dragons, royalty, and Knights who also get the add-on directly above.

Sleeved cards won't fit in the Small Boxes, so be sure to remember this if you are also considering the Card Sleeves add-on!

 Each Archer bundle includes three (3) copies of Villages.

Each Dragon bundle includes one (1) copy each of Villages, Distant Lands, Ghost Town, and the Holiday Pack, as well as a pair of Power Dice.

The base game is going to be ready earlier than the expansions, but shipping is very expensive, especially to countries outside the US. Because of this, if you order any expansions, your base game will be held until everything can go out in one package. But if you don't think you can wait that long, you can pay for the full price of the extra shipment and I will send you the base game (and Royalty Pack) as soon as it's ready, a full 2 months or so before the expansions are finished. If you did not order any expansions, you will get your game at the early date without the extra shipping costs. See Update #9 for more information.

The following items can be delivered early:

  • Villages
  • Royalty Pack
  • Power Dice
  • Card Sleeves

If we go above and beyond our campaign goal, everyone who gets a copy of the game will also get some extra bonuses. These include the Super Villagers, special cards with extraordinary abilities. As more stretch goals are reached, more Super Villagers will join the fight. These cards may appear later as a paid mini-expansion for the rest of the world, but Kickstarter backers get them for free!

The King reward level also allows YOU to design your very own Super Villager and add him or her to every copy the game sent to backers as part of the Kickstarter campaign. Your card will take its place alongside any Super Villagers unlocked by these stretch goals!

Another type of stretch goal is Alternate Art. These are limited-edition upgrades to the card or packaging artwork, one piece at a time. Because each unit appears multiple times in the game, the Alternate Art will be used to replace duplicates.

Kickstarter Exclusive.

 Kickstarter Exclusive.

 Kickstarter Exclusive.

Check update #5 for more information. You can also read more about the previous versions of these expansions at the links below.

Adds the Gambler bonus card to each set of Power Dice. His power level is decided by a roll of the dice!

 Kickstarter Exclusive.

Check Update #18 and Update #19 for pictures and more information.

Kickstarter Exclusive.

Villages: Gold Vault is a score tracker app that lets you easily keep track of your earnings from one round to the next. It will be available for free on iOS and Android!

See Update #11 for more information about this little guy.

Backers who add Power Dice to their pledge can choose red dice, black dice, or one of each!

Kickstarter Exclusive.

Unlocks Alternate Art for the Warrior, Thief, Archer, Assassin, and Princess!

Kickstarter Exclusive.

 Village Assault is a new variant of Villages that you can play by yourself (or compete with friends to see who can get the highest score). As a greedy warlord, all that stands between you and the treasure of your dreams is a valley full of unsuspecting enemy villages. No problem!

Carefully manage a dwindling army as you fight your way through wave after wave of enemies, taking prisoners and hiring troops along the way. How many villages will you destroy before you are forced to admit defeat?

Check out the free rules PDF!

Unlocks Alternate Art for the King, Ace, Scout, Orc, and Builder!

Kickstarter Exclusive.

Create your own cards! The Villages Cardsmith Kit is a digital content package that contains everything you need to design your own Villages cards and print them at home. I'll even set up a community forum where you can share your cards and ideas with other Villages fans!

Work won't begin on this kit until later this year after the expansions have been delivered, but it will be worth the wait!

They came from the depths of the ocean...

All remaining Alternate Art unlocked! Every card with multiple copies in the base game will get a second sprite.

Kickstarter Exclusive.

Each expansion (Distant Lands, Ghost Town, and the Holiday Pack) will get a Super Villager! That's 3 Super Villagers in one stretch goal! Whaaat?!

If we hit this legendary stretch goal, I'll take 30 of the best cards created with the Cardsmith Kit, as voted on by the Villages community, and turn them into an official printed expansion! If you missed your chance to join the royalty during this campaign, why not try your hand at democracy? Even better, this expansion will come a few months after everyone's had a chance to become Villages experts, so you know it'll bring something fresh and polished to the table!

The final stretch goal. The goal to rule them all. Thank you for an amazing campaign, backers!

For those of you who have played Villages before, here's a detailed run-down on what's different about the new edition:

  • Improvements were made to some of the unit sprites, the box art, and the backs of the cards. The new design of the card face also allows for longer names and more lines of ability text than before.
  • Two colors have been removed from the game: pink and brown. Having fewer colors means it's easier to build villages, it's more likely that another player will have a village you want to steal from, and cards like the Ace and Wizard become more exciting. All in all, it's just more fun.
  • Some cards from the expansions are now part of the base game, including the Archer, Scout, Golem, Goblin, Merchant, Bunny, and Tavern. I felt that these cards added so much to the basic gameplay that I just couldn't leave them out of the core set. A few new cards will eventually fill the gaps they left behind.
  • A few brand new units, the Joker and the Orc, have also found their way into the base game, while the Brute and Paladin have been removed.
  • The Breeder is now a Farmer. He does the same thing, though.
  • Most units have had their base power or ability text tweaked to provide a wider range of power levels and simpler, more useful abilities.
  • Attackers now win ties. But don't worry: the penalties for losing a battle are now a bit more lenient. If you attack someone and win, you now have to choose between sending the losing unit to the graveyard and stealing a card. If the defending player hired their defending unit, it will go to the graveyard anyway, but they can now guarantee that they will lose no more than 1 card during a battle by sending out a defending unit from their village. This helps weaker villages stay on the table longer and gives them a chance to turn the tide.
  • There are two special cards included with the game that help make the Hero and Goblin much easier to understand. The High Score and Low Score cards are handed out to the appropriate players at the end of each round, and the Hero and Goblin refer to the owners of these cards, rather than their score directly. This avoids the ambiguity around what it means to be in "last place" or what a player's "total score" is.
  • The game now includes a fancy full-color rule-book, full of diagrams and bullet points. There are also reference cards that outline the steps of a turn, the steps of battle, and how to score your villages at the end of the round.

I have a few other game ideas in the works, not only for card games, but also for larger board games and even video games or mobile apps. I never quite know where my mind will take me next, but I know I'll definitely be working on something and sharing it with the world. I've never been happy doing otherwise.

Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter project and the first of my games to be printed in bulk quantities. Fortunately, I'm already familiar with The Game Crafter, who will be handling the printing and shipping. I've ordered many games from TGC over the past few years and I've been very happy with their quality and speed.

If I run into any unforeseen challenges or delays, I promise to be as transparent and responsive as possible. I believe that open communication is important; you deserve to know where your money is going and how the product is developing.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will respond to you as quickly as possible. Thanks.

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FAQ

  • Villages can be played with a wide range of age groups. Younger kids seem drawn to the colorful artwork and like collecting colors and counting gold. The battle mechanic (and therefore, most of the card text) doesn't absolutely need to be used in games with young children. But I've seen pre-teen Magic players pick up the full game very quickly, because they're used to some of the same mechanics.

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  • It's cheaper for me to ship to Canada than the rest of the world, so that reward level is there to pass the savings along. This means that US backers will pay $20 for the game, Canadian backers will pay $25, and other international backers will pay $30.

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  • Originally, I was just planning on running this campaign for the base game, which has already been refined and is basically ready to print. However, there was such a demand for the expansions that I added them to this campaign. Unfortunately, in order to make sure that they meet the right level of quality, they will need to be thoroughly tested and tweaked, which will take time. If you order any of the expansions, your game will take longer to arrive, but there is an Early Base Game Delivery add-on that will let you split your order into two shipments so that you can get the base game early. See Update #9 for more details.

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  • The cards are standard "poker"-sized cards at 3.5" tall by 2.5" wide. They will fit into any common card sleeve of that size. Sleeved cards won't fit in the standard tuck box, but the $30k stretch goal unlocked bigger box options that will fit sleeved cards and dice. See Update #19 for more info.

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  • Just edit your pledge amount using the big Manage Your Pledge button toward the top of the page and increase your payment. After the campaign ends, I'll send out a survey where you can tell me exactly what it is you pledged for.

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  • Yes! All of the Alternate Art, the black Power Dice, and the Royalty Pack will only be available as part of this campaign. The Super Villagers may appear later as a mini-expansion, but they will have at least one full year of Kickstarter exclusivity.

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  • They don't fit in the standard tuck box, but the $30k stretch goal unlocked bigger box options that will fit sleeved cards and dice. See Update #19 for more info.

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  • Yes. The PnP file will include all unlocked Super Villagers, the Gambler, and Alternate Art cards.

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  • Yes. You will get a digital copy of any card that you also receive a printed copy of.

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  • I'll provide the cards in full quality at the same resolution I send to the printer, with no watermarks of any kind.

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  • Yes, all of the various boxes will be available as files, and I'll also include a Power Dice template.

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  • It could be! Generous backers have been sending in their translations, and if the game hasn't been translated into your language yet, I'd be happy to have your help with it. The translated versions of the game will be available in both PnP and printed format. More information about the translations will be coming as it develops, so check for updates often.

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  • Yes. No micro-transactions, either!

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  • Yes, although it may take a little longer to finish than the original iOS version.

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  • I don't have anyone lined up to develop that version yet. If you are a Windows Phone developer, let me know if this is something you'd be interested in.

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Rewards

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    33 backers

    FARMER: Your donation of 1 gold coin will feed a villager for a month. To show his appreciation, he will bring you news from the Kickstarter campaign battle lines.

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    228 backers

    BUILDER: You'll get a full Print and Play version of Villages as soon as possible after the campaign ends. All backers at higher reward levels will get this reward as well.

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    950 backers

    KNIGHT: You'll receive one (1) copy of the Villages card game.

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    22 backers

    ACE: This one is a sweet deal for locals. Come pick up one (1) copy of Villages at Fongo Bongo Games in Riverton, UT, USA. Learn, play, and chat about the game with the designer!

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    115 backers

    KNIGHT (Canada): You'll receive one (1) copy of the Villages card game. Ships to Canada only.

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    128 backers

    WIZARD: Get one (1) copy of Villages, Distant Lands, and Ghost Town.

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    18 backers

    WIZARD (Canada): Get one (1) copy of Villages, Distant Lands, and Ghost Town. Ships to Canada only.

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    26 backers

    ARCHER: You'll get three (3) copies of Villages. One for you, and two birthday presents for the people who have everything.

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    1,177 backers

    DRAGON: One of everything! You'll receive one (1) copy each of Villages, Distant Lands, Ghost Town, and the Holiday Pack, as well as a pair of Power Dice.

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    165 backers

    DRAGON (Canada): One of everything! You'll receive one (1) copy each of Villages, Distant Lands, Ghost Town, and the Holiday Pack, as well as a pair of Power Dice. Ships to Canada only.

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    15 backers All gone!

    PRINCESS: You'll receive one (1) copy of Villages and a unique card just for you! I'll make a Villager out of you, your friend, your cat, your favorite kitchen appliance, or anything else you want and put it on a game card with its own special ability. Anything goes!

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    QUEEN: You'll get one (1) copy of everything, including all 3 expansions and Power Dice. I'll also make a custom card for you!

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    KING: You'll get one (1) copy of Villages and I'll help you design your own customized card. But instead of just going to you, this Villager will level up and evolve into a Super Villager! This means that EVERYONE who orders a copy of Villages during the campaign will get your card. Your fridge will be famous!

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Funding period

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