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A 15 minute game for 2 to 4 players. Can you prevent the Mad King from chopping off your head by writing or stealing the best play?
A 15 minute game for 2 to 4 players. Can you prevent the Mad King from chopping off your head by writing or stealing the best play?
A 15 minute game for 2 to 4 players. Can you prevent the Mad King from chopping off your head by writing or stealing the best play?
110 backers pledged $3,177 to help bring this project to life.

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The Moods of the Mad King!

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 Moods of the Mad King is a micro-game for 2 to 4 players, where the players assume the role of a playwright in the court of The Mad King! The Mad King demands a play to suit his current feelings, but with his ever-changing moods and propensity for beheadings, all the playwrights are stealing secrets from each other and scrambling to gather information from those close to the king in order to create the perfect play!

 You can download the Print and Play in Update #3: HERE

Sample Setup for Moods of the Mad King
Sample Setup for Moods of the Mad King

When playing Moods of the Mad King, each Playwright will try to collect matching sets of genres. The King has 4 Moods, each corresponding to a different genre: Brooding (Drama), Joyous (Comedy), Lamenting (Tragedy), and Devoted (Romance).  

You will try to collect Acts of matching genres to complete a set. The more your set matches, the more points you get, and more your set matches the King's Mood at the end of the game, the more points you get!

"Comedy Act I" Card
"Comedy Act I" Card

Each Playwright will start with an Act I, Act II, and Act III card of a random genre, and one Play Card. Playwrights use these Play Cards to try to collect matching sets and undermine their opponents. Each turn a Playwright draws one Play Card, and then plays one of the two in their hand!

It's that simple! The game ends at the end of the turn wherethe last play card has been drawn!

"Woo the Princess" Play Card
"Woo the Princess" Play Card

 

"Locked Study" Play Card
"Locked Study" Play Card

 

"Stolen Script" Play Card
"Stolen Script" Play Card

The Mood Cards are randomly shuffled and placed in the center of the table, then the top one is removed at the start of the game! Throughout the game, Play Cards will allow Playwrights to read, remove, shuffle and manipulate the Mood deck to set it up to their best advantage. 

Whatever Mood card is the top card in the Mood deck when the game ends is the King's Mood!

Well, you get the game. The core Moods pledge comes with:

  • 16 Play Cards
  • 4 Mood Cards
  • 12 Act Cards (in 4 Genres)
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 1 Tuckbox

All for $15!  The Play Cards are gorgeously illustrated by the talented Dani Powers.

The Moods Deluxe pledge adds a 24" by 24" neoprene playmat to play on! 

All the cards are Tarot sized in order to showcase the beautiful art, and provide for easier play!

ADD-ONS

If you'd like more than one copy of Moods of the Mad King, simply increase your pledge by $15. There will be no added shipping for extra copies!

Playmat Prototype Mock-up (Not final design)
Playmat Prototype Mock-up (Not final design)

 Moods of the Mad King: Muses and Music! - This $5 USD expansion allows for a 5th player in the game, and even more points to be accumulated as Playwrights also attempt to please and cajole their muses for extra inspiration! No additional shipping for this!

$4,500 Stretch Goal -  Art upgrade to Mood cards! Currently only the play cards have art, but at this stretch goal we will add art to the Mood Cards!

$6,000 Stretch Goal - Linen finish! All the cards will be upgraded to a linen finish.

$7,000- Free Promo Card! We'll add a free Promo card to each set of Moods of the Mad King. We'll be adding the card: "Character Assassination"

This promo card will be added to the base game in retail, but will be free to all backers here!

$8,000 - Free Promo Card! We'll add a free Promo card to each set of Moods of the Mad King. We'll be adding the card: "Plagiarism"

This promo card will be added to the base game in retail, but will be free to all backers here!

$9,000 - Free Promo Card! We'll add a free Promo card to each set of Moods of the Mad King. We'll be adding the card: "Leaked Outline"! 

This promo card will be added to the base game in retail, but will be free to all backers here!

$10,000 - Free Expansion! We'll add Moods of the Mad King: Muses and Music to every pledge, for free! Every backer will get this expansion that adds enough cards for a 5th player by adding: Muses, new Play cards, a new Genre (Musicals) and a new Mood (Operatic). 

We will also upgrade the playmat to support 5 players!

This expansion will be added to the base game in retail (effectively forming a larger base game, and increasing the retail price), but will be free to all backers here!

$15,000 - Improved tuckbox! At this level, we'll switch out the tuckbox for a two-piece box (separate bottom and lid)!

THAT'S IT FOR STRETCH GOALS - We don't want to overwhelm the project with too much, and keeping in the spirit of the micro-game, we're keeping the stretch goals focused.

Alan Bahr is the rules designer and project manager on this game. Primarily known for roleplaying games, Alan works for Nocturnal Media as a senior game designer and associate producer.

Dani Powers is the artist illustrating Moods of the Mad King. You can find more of her work here!

Robert Denton is the graphic designer and handling the layout for this project. He's worked on numerous games before for some of the biggest names in the gaming field. You can find his website here or his twitter here!

Risks and challenges

Q: Can Nocturnal Media handle this project?
This is Alan's fourth Kickstarter, and he learned a lot from the first three. Previously, on Tiny Frontiers, he delivered the digital rewards over 5 months early, and the physical rewards over 3 months early! This is a more complicated project with more nuances, but we're prepared to handle them, and we're shooting for the same exceptional success we've already had! His second Kickstarter was on time (digital rewards were early) and his third is well underway to on-time delivery! Alan's track record of on-time fulfillment is one reason Nocturnal hired him to serve as a project manager. Nocturnal has a few tardy projects (due to translations), but there are no concerns about projects not being fulfilled.

Q: What if the text isn't finished?
A: The game text and rules is 100% done. The only outstanding items we're waiting on is Art and then Layout! Everyone we're working with is a professional and we have no concerns. As soon as the pieces are in, we'll release a print and play to the backers.

Q: What if the complexity of the project overwhelms Nocturnal Media?
A: We have straight forward pledge levels to make it easy to manage, and we've budgeted our stretch goals up to our cap. In order to keep the project manageable for our small team, we've elected to minimize our stretch goals to text increases, and we've set a finite limit of page count.

Q: What about delays in art?
A: We've already sourced the core art for the game. The only art not being worked on is the art for the stretch goals!

Q: Increase in shipping costs?
A: Shipping costs constantly rise, and while we've projected them to the best of our abilities, there's not a lot we can do if they change. However, due to the limitations on the size of our product, we're confident this won't be an issue.

Q: What if something happens to the principals?
A: If something were to happen to Alan, or another writer on the project, we've identified our backups, and our team is spread all over the world. It'd take a really big asteroid, zombie apocalypse or alien invasion to wipe us all out. The files and plans have been communicated to the whole team, and Nocturnal Media has the files and contacts to finish this project.

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