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Island Fortress is a board game about building a mighty fortress on a harsh and unforgiving island colony.

Stretch Goal Reward Announcement!!!... If we are fortunate enough to reach at least $18,000 by the end of this campaign, we will include a deluxe wooden Governor Pawn/Start Player Marker with every game! More and bigger stretch goals will be announced if it appears we may approach or surpass $18,000. We at Frost Forge Games LOVE giving away extra stuff... so please force me to include lots of fun extras with this game!!! Thank you, one and all! UPDATE: We made this stretch goal!

Stretch Goal  #2 Announcement!!!... Now that we succeeded in reaching our first stretch goal, we are looking ahead to the next stretch goal at $21,000 for 3 special component pouches to store the jade, treasures and workers that the game comes with. This stretch goal reward will be available to all backers of the Surveyor level ($65 level) or higher, and will not be available after the Kickstarter campaign ends!

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Frost Forge Games
is proud to introduce Island Fortress, a board game about building a mighty fortress on a harsh and unforgiving island colony populated by rough laborers and hardened convicts. You are among the courageous few who try to use the combined power of these workers to raise a truly impressive stronghold. 

A game for 2-4 players, with an expansion for 5-6 players also available.


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You can read the rulebook today right here

Bryan Johnson began designing Island Fortress in early 2005, originally as a game about building the Great Wall of China and was titled, "Huang Di". The game won Cambridge Games Factory's "ProtoSlam" prototype competition at Unity Games (game convention) in August 2006. Two weeks later, Bryan was offered a contract by Cambridge Games Factory to have Huang Di published. In April 2007, shortly before the game was ready to go into production, CGF ran into some difficult times and could not publish Huang Di on schedule, with a very long delay likely. Bryan was given an offer by CGF to freely dissolve the contract, which he exercised.

Within weeks of leaving CGF, Huang Di was picked up by JKLM Games, a game publisher based in London, England. The game went through their development process, received all new artwork and was available for free online play at JKLM's interactive website. After taking preorders for the game, JKLM also hit hard times and went through a very difficult period. During this time, JKLM liquidated the publishing side of the company and became unable to honor the publishing contract as promised and likely wouldn't be able to for a number of years to come. In August 2011, five years after winning the prototype competition and originally agreeing to have his game published, Bryan informed JKLM Games that he would be opting out of their publishing agreement and pulling Huang Di from their line of games.

After leaving JKLM Games and exploring several other options on how to move forward with the game, Bryan decided to self-publish. He re-examined Huang Di with the team at Game Salute, and together they put the game through more playtesting and refinement. Most notably, they gave a fresh new theme to the game, and re-titled it, "Island Fortress". During the game's transition, Bryan founded a new game publishing company called Frost Forge Games. Island Fortress will be the first title released by Frost Forge Games, with an expected release date of 2012.

We are excited about the changes made to the game, and think you will be too. We put the game through extensive playtesting and development and have streamlined a few of the rules for improved gameplay. Island Fortress now has enhanced Favor Cards, additional in-game options such as a fifth role card (instead of just four), introduced "Treasures" as a new scoring option, comes with great new components and has received brilliant new artwork from the very talented, Dann May.

As a token of our appreciation for those folks who have supported this game in previous incarnations, we will be upgrading pledges from Guard level to Explorer level for anyone who had previous preordered and paid for the JKLM version who has not received a refund. While Frost Forge Games is not affiliated with JKLM, we feel this is an important demonstration of our sincere appreciation for those supporters. Simply email Salute@GameSalute.com with your receipt from your JKLM preorder and we'll apply that upgrade to your pledge.

If this campaign is successful, Island Fortress will be available locally all around the world exclusively through Select Stores. It will be available online through FrostForgeGames.com and GameSalute.com for delivery worldwide. Stores interested in supporting Island Fortress should call Game Salute at 1-800-459-5516 and be sure to sign up as Select Stores at GameSalute.com/SelectStoreSignUp

Games will be shipped via USPS or UPS depending your location. If you have questions about your package, please call Game Salute toll-free at 1-800-459-5516.

Without your support, my dream of seeing this game become a reality will not happen. Thank you for your pledge, your help getting the word out about this campaign, and your dedication to supporting creator-owned board games.

FAQ

  • Not at all! This is just a quick pdf file rulebook posted here for easy viewing and printing. We plan to edit it, clean it up a bit, use more consistent language, add illustrated examples, etc., all in a nice, glossy book with each of our supporters' names listed!

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    2 additional Taskmasters (one in each of 2 colors)
    2 additional scoring track markers, in 2 colors
    2 additional player boards/player aids
    36 additional wall tiles (18 in 2 colors)
    9 additional Favor Cards not found in the base set

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    ------------------- Cartographer -------------------================================= Free Smile and Limited Edition Eternal Gratitude of the Designer and Your Name Featured as the Cartographer the in Credits of the Island Fortress Rulebook! ================================= Signed copy of Island Fortress with the 5-6 Player expansion plus a Limited Edition Print of Island Fortress Cover, Signed by Bryan Johnson. And you get to work with Bryan Johnson, designer of Island Fortress, to name the Island. ================================= Free Shipping in the USA. Add $15 for Shipping to Canada. Add $30 for Shipping Outside the USA or Canada.

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    -------------------- General --------------------================================= Free Smile and Limited Edition Eternal Gratitude of the Designer and Your Name Featured as the General in the Credits of the Island Fortress Rulebook! ================================= Signed copy of Island Fortress with the 5-6 Player expansion plus a Limited Edition Print of Island Fortress Cover, Signed by Bryan Johnson. And you get to work with Bryan Johnson, designer of Island Fortress, to name the Fortress. ================================= Free Shipping in the USA. Add $15 for Shipping to Canada. Add $30 for Shipping Outside the USA or Canada.

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    ------------ The Governor's Parents ------------ ================================= Free Smile and Limited Edition Eternal Gratitude of the Designer and Your Name(s) Featured as the Governor's Parents in the Credits of the Island Fortress Rulebook! ================================= Signed copy of Island Fortress with the 5-6 Player expansion plus a Limited Edition Print of Island Fortress Cover, Signed by Bryan Johnson. And you get to work with Bryan Johnson, designer of Island Fortress, to name the Governor along with special recognition in the credits. ================================= Free Shipping in the USA. Add $15 for Shipping to Canada. Add $30 for Shipping Outside the USA or Canada.

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    -------------------- Planner --------------------================================= Free Smile and Limited Edition Eternal Gratitude of the Designer and Your Name Featured as a Planner in the Credits of the Island Fortress Rulebook! ================================= Signed copy of Island Fortress with the 5-6 Player expansion plus a Limited Edition Print of Island Fortress Cover, Signed by Bryan Johnson. And you get to work with Bryan Johnson, designer of Island Fortress, to feature your builder's mark on one of the sets of player wall tiles. ================================= Free Shipping in the USA. Add $15 for Shipping to Canada. Add $30 for Shipping Outside the USA or Canada.

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    --------------------- Builder --------------------- ================================= Free Smile and Limited Edition Eternal Gratitude of the Designer and Your Name Featured as a Builder in the Credits of the Island Fortress Rulebook! ================================= Signed copy of Island Fortress with the 5-6 Player expansion plus a Limited Edition Print of Island Fortress Cover, Signed by Bryan Johnson. And you get your likeness featured as one of the roles on the role cards (Builder, Treasurer, Recruiter, or Planner). ================================= Free Shipping Worldwide.

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    ------------------ Taskmaster ------------------ ================================= Free Smile and Limited Edition Eternal Gratitude of the Designer and Your Name Featured as the Taskmaster in the Credits of the Island Fortress Rulebook! ================================= Signed copy of Island Fortress with the 5-6 Player expansion plus a Limited Edition Print of Island Fortress Cover, Signed by Bryan Johnson. And you get your likeness featured as the Taskmaster on both the Taskmaster role cards and the cover of the box. ================================= Free Shipping Worldwide.

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    ------------------- Governor ------------------- ================================= Free Smile and Limited Edition Eternal Gratitude of the Designer and Your Name Featured in the Credits of the Island Fortress Rulebook! ================================= Four (4) signed copies of Island Fortress with four (4) 5-6 Player expansions plus Four (4) Limited Edition Prints of Island Fortress Cover, Signed by Bryan Johnson. And designer Bryan Johnson will travel to your home or favorite local game store and personally deliver your copies of Island Fortress as well as share an evening introducing you and your game group to the game. ================================= Available in the Continental USA.

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