BoD Update - Unlockables, Multiple Copies, History and Background.
We are lookin good after day 2! We are at 53% backed with 27 days to go on the campaign. What a great start! Let's keep it going.
Unlocking the Alchemist
At the time of this update we have 49 Facebook Shares and around 47 Twitter shares. That puts us at 96% of the way to unlocking the new character class. SO close! Just a few more shares on twitter on Facebook and the game is getting better already. :)
Once we pass 100, I will post an update introducing the new cards. Looking forward to that! The Alchemist is one of my personal favorites.
Buying Multiple Copies
Just wanted to mention that buying multiple copies has two huge benefits:
• Having 2 sets of the game allows players to pin the same character classes against each other. How fun would it be to play Barbarian vs Barbarian or Mage vs Mage. :)
• Save a little money. Have a friend that would be interested? Just add $18 to your pledge and we will ship them together. BoD will also make a great gift. Think of the joy your friends will experience when getting an awesome trick taking game as a gift.
History of BoD & My Background
So a little bit about myself and Battle of Durak. BoD is based on Durak - an old Soviet card game that means the "Fool" in Russian. I would say it is about as popular in Russia and some eastern European counties as Poker in the United States. It's a game you typically learn when you are young, playing with your parents or grand parents. It's quick, fun, easy to learn but gets very competitive once you grasp the strategies involved.
With that said, I've played Durak since I was a child. Growing up in Uzbekistan in the late 80’s, early 90’s everyone I knew, knew how to play. Sometimes at family gatherings the adults would play and I would watch. It would get REALLY competitive! Players would slam down the cards as they trumped others, shouting. The person left with cards in their hand at the end is considered the "fool". They are forced to shuffle the deck and deal the next hand.
Fast forward about 13 years to when the first iPhone came out with the beautiful touch screen in 2007. Being a fan of Durak, my sister had a brilliant Idea. She asked “why don't you make Durak for the iPhone?” After all, I am a UX and Graphic Designer. The rest is history. Two of my friends and I started a company on the side and began development right away. We ended up making the original Durak for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. By 2012, we reached #1 in over 17 countries with around 80,000 active online players. Apple featured us on numerous occasions as well.
Somewhat recently, I have discovered that I have been missing out on the amazingly expanding world of board games and card games. After growing my collection and playing games at cons and with my friends, I had an idea. What if I added a fantasy twist to this competitive game? Starting with pieces of paper I brought a deck of cards over my friends house and started testing. It was instantly fun. Adding a whole new level of gameplay to the game.
Here we are more then a year later, countless play-tests and edits - Battle of Durak is born. I wanted the game not to lose it’s playing card feel but also have a strong presence of fantasy and theme. I decided to keep "Durak" in the name to pay homage to the original game and its core mechanics. The rules have been modified to fit the skill cards and battle events that have been added to the game. At the same time, If you know how to play the original, Battle of Durak will be an easy learning experience. However, if you have never heard to Durak, I wanted BoD to feel like a new, stand alone game.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the brief run-through of how the game has evolved into what it is today.