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Next week civilization as we know is obliterated in a catelysmic series of events the survivors simply refer to as "The Meltdown".

You lead one of four factions of these survivors to battle for supremacy in the rising tides above your former home, Los Angeles.

"Meltdown Gulf pushes all the right nostalgia buttons. It's a perfect tribute to sweaty, loud 80s action. Plus the art is infuriatingly good. I can't wait to get my copy" - Andy Hunt, Creator - NecronomiCards 

"From the moment I saw the hysterically gorgeous artwork on Meltdown Gulf I had to know more. I got a sneak preview (because I'm very important) and let me tell you something: THIS GAME WILL ROCK YOUR MINDBRAIN INTO SUPERSPACE." -Brockton Mckinney - Writer for Gingerdeadman, Amerikarate, Evilbong 

2-4 Players battle it out with unique decks containing 13 fighters, 13 vehicles, and 20 action cards (8 unique action cards per faction). The game will feature at least 117 unique illustrations.

Meltdown Gulf is a labor of love between two friends who grew up playing tabletop board games. We wanted to play a game that recreated the thrill we got as kids going head to head with fantasy armies on the kitchen table, but found we didn't have the room or time to accommodate those games with all of our other adult responsibilities, so we decided to make our own game.  We have had an amazing time not only designing the game but playing it as well. Check this game out and we bet you and your friends will love it too.

There are 4 unique factions, each with their own style of play:

Sonz of Liberty

 

The surviving inhabitants of Los Angeles are a tenacious bunch, banding together to rebuild America. Unfortunately pro wrestlers from Venice Beach and reality TV stars from Malibu are now over represented in the government, so the new constitution contains less checks and balances and more "F-Bombs" than perhaps the Founding Fathers intended. Join Intercontinental Wrestling Champion and President of the Nu United States Hollywood Hannibal, first Lady and former pop singing sensation Queen B, Secretary of State and Lucha Tag Team Captain Carlos Danger, and many more patriots in a crusade to keep the all-American waters above Los Angeles clear of traitors and chumps.

The Sonz of Liberty rely on overwhelming firepower to kick their enemies' asses. 

Sea Dogs

 

USMC Col. Dennis "Python" Blain only survived The Meltdown because he was unjustly locked in the brig for unauthorized heroism on the field of battle. Blain escaped his cell and managed to rally the surviving military personnel stationed in southern California. They now live as outlaws on the high seas, refusing to recognize President Hollywood Hannibal's government and are unable to make contact with the legitimate government in Washington DC, if it even stills exists. Enlist with Col. Dennis "Python" Blain, Sgt Nico "Roundhouse" Ryback, and the mysterious Jake "Solid" Plisken in a dangerous mission to just stay alive. 

The Seadogs use discipline and training to gain a tactical advantage over their opponent. 

Avanet

Ava Lee awoke in a laboratory deep beneath Silicon Valley to find that she was seemingly the only living soul within hundreds of miles. Luckily Ava is a sweet girl and makes friends fast, hitting it off with an experimental AI military network the Defense Department couldn't bring online fast enough to prevent The Meltdown. Take flight with Ava Lee and her swarm of death dealing robo-buddies in a cute but deadly quest for battlefield dominance. Ava hates mean people, loves the color purple, and is known to throw temper tantrums.

Avanet uses a combination of cutting edge weaponry and hi tech surveillance to stay one step ahead of her foes.

Holy Order of Scienticians

Before The Meltdown Ethan Reacher was only the biggest movie star in the world and the face of an often misunderstood religion. These days Ethan has dropped any pretenses of mortality and fully embraces the godhood his followers insist that he possesses. Join action movie mega star and apocalyptic messiah Ethan Reacher, Ethan's talent agent Saul Lazarus, Cole Mitchell (Ethan's stunt double), and many more acolytes in a spiritual awakening that will warm your heart and melt your brain.

The Holy Order of Scienticians blindly sacrifice themselves to resurrect their leader if he should fall in combat.

 No matter who you are, you can't rule the Gulf of Lost Angeles without a high octane armada of death. You will ride into battle on 13 different ships, with up to 3 unique ships per faction.

In a world where functional machinery is valued more than men, vehicles are the key to victory. The winner of each round of combat collects all the vehicle cards played that turn. At the end of the game each player will tally the total vehicle points collected. Whoever has the highest score wins the game. When going into battle you must weigh the value of the ship you are on versus its firepower. Some vehicle cards have special rules that will modify combat that round for an additional layer of complexity in the game.

 On each turn you will play at least one Action Card to increase your odds of winning the hand. Each faction deck contains 20 actions cards, 10 of which are unique to that faction. Their effects range from increasing your power score, forcing opponents to reveal hidden cards, or super charging a 30 ft tall violet kitten mecha to crush your enemies.

Sonz of Liberty action cards focus on increasing your power score, winning through brute force. The Sea Dogs action cards are more versatile, allowing for abilities like concealing fighter and vehicle cards, nullifying opposing player action cards, as well as playing multiple action cards. Avanet action cards allow the player to manipulate their opponents' gameplay as well as adding power bonuses to Ava Lee's giant violet kitten mecha assaults. The Holy Order of Scienticians action cards focus on resurrecting and increasing the attack power of Ethan Reacher, the faction's leader.

Here's a quick rundown on how to play the game:

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Each player starts with three decks: the Vehicle, Fighter, and Action decks. You can use your faction specific player mat to organize your cards during game play. The faction specific counter is used to mark your score on the battle mat. 

Unplayed vehicle cards can be organized above the player mat in the "docks" area either face up or face down (I play face down so my opponent has to remember which vehicles I've played). The unplayed action cards are shuffled and placed face down on the left side of the mat; you will randomly draw from this deck as you play. The fighter deck will usually be in your hand but you can set it in the middle of the mat to keep things organized. Lastly, each player will have 4 action cards in his/her hand, store these on the right side of the mat. The bottom portion of the mat will fill up with won or discarded cards as you play.

The player who initiates combat will choose 1 fighter card and 1 vehicle card from his player mat and place them in play near the battle mat.  Add the power scores from each card and place your faction's counter on the corresponding number on the battle mat. In this example President Hollywood Hannibal has a power score of 13 and x2 vehicle power bonus and Boatzilla has a power score of 7 so the current power score is 13+(7x2) = 27.

The next player will do the same, placing one fighter card and one vehicle card in play and adding his faction's counter to the mat. Jake "Solid" Plisken has a power score of 11 and the swiftboat has a score of 5 bringing the power score to 16.

After all fighter and vehicle cards are played, in order, each player will place an action card face down. Playing Jake "Solid" Plisken allows the Sea Dogs faction to place two action cards into play this round.

Once all action cards are committed to play they are flipped over to reveal their modifiers. In this example Jake "Solid" Plisken and his swiftboat were blown to pieces by President Hollywood Hannibal riding into battle on the dreaded Boatzilla and playing the Yipee Ki-yay Mutha@#$%er action card with its +10 power bonus. 

The Sonz of Liberty player would collect the vehicles for the purpose of game-end scoring and place them under the "Spoils" section of his mat. Played action cards are placed in the "Action Discard" section and played fighter cards go in either the "Barracks" or "Graveyard" section. In this example the President was victorious so he goes to the barracks. 

$19 Meltdown Gulf Lite

1 copy of Meltdown Gulf Lite includes:

  • 52 Uniquely illustrated Fighter cards (13 per faction)
  • 52 Vehicle Cars (14 uniquely illustrated vehicles)
  • 80 Action cards (44 uniquely illustrated actions)
  • 1 attack card
  • 1 mini rulebook
  • convenient carry card box
  • all unlocked Stretch Goals

$39 Meltdown Gulf 1st Edition

1 copy of the Meltdown Gulf game includes:

  • 52 Uniquely illustrated Fighter cards (13 per faction)
  • 52 Vehicle cards (14 uniquely illustrated vehicles)
  • 80 Action cards (44 uniquely illustrated actions)
  • 1 attack card
  • 4 uniquely illustrated faction player mats
  • 1 battle mat
  • 4 faction counters
  • 1 rulebook
  • box with segmented inserts for easy storage
  • all unlocked Stretch Goals

$59 Meltdown Gulf Deluxe Edition

1 copy of the Deluxe Meltdown Gulf game includes:

  • The Book of Meltdown. A 20-page art book with character art, descriptions, and background story on the world and factions of Meltdown.
  • 2 posters of characters from the game
  • 52 foil-stamped Unique Fighter cards (13 per faction) 
  • 52 foil-stamped Vehicle cards (14 unique vehicles) 
  • 80 foil-stamped Action cards (44 unique actions) 
  • 1 foil-stamped attack card
  • 4 linen-finish faction player mats 
  • 1 linen-finish battle mat 
  • 4 wooden faction counters 
  • 1 rulebook 
  • foil-embellished Deluxe Edition box with segmented inserts for easy storage 
  • all unlocked Stretch Goals

$199 Meltdown Gulf Collector's Edition

1 of 50 limited copies of the Meltdown Gulf Sonz of Liberty Collector's Edition in a hand-stenciled .50 caliber ammo can!. Includes party swag, signed art, and all unlocked Stretch Goals!. This edition will never be offered again.

each Collector's Edition is numbered 1-50.
each Collector's Edition is numbered 1-50.

1 copy of the Sonz of Liberty Collector's Edition includes:

  • Sonz of Liberty party swag! American flag Luchador mask, bandana, aviator sunglasses, and temporary tattoos for the ultimate celebration of Liberty! 
  • The Book of Meltdown. A 20-page art book with character art, descriptions, and background story on the world and factions of Meltdown.
  • 2 folding posters of characters from the game 
  • 52 holograph-stamped Unique Fighter cards (13 per faction) 
  • 52 holograph-stamped Vehicle cards (14 unique vehicles) 
  • 80 holograph-stamped Action cards (44 unique actions) 
  • 1 holograph-stamped attack card 
  • 4 linen-finish faction player mats
  • 1 linen-finish battle mat 
  •  4 wooden faction counters 
  • 1 rulebook 
  • Authentic .50 caliber ammo can game box with segmented inserts for easy storage of the game and party swag
  • all unlocked Stretch Goals

 $599 Meltdown Gulf Immortal

Be immortalized with your likeness and/or name as a Fighter Card in one of the 4 core game factions! Send us a photo and sign a release and famed artist Andrew Herman will incorporate you into the Meltdown universe! In addition, receive a copy of the Deluxe Edition of the game including a mini poster of the illustration for your card and a hi-resolution PDF copy. Free shipping to US, Canada, EU, and Australian addresses.

• $20k • Digital Hi-Resolution Wallpapers
Get a free digital download of 5 sets of high resolution art in multiple formats for smartphone screens of all sizes! 

• $30k • 4 super-postcard prints of key characters
We'll post a poll containing Heroes of each faction that you want to see; you'll get to decide which 4 super postcards ship with each edition of the game!

• $40k • Intelligence Cards
Reference cards on each faction so you can prepare for their special fighter, vehicle, and action card abilities. 

• $50k •   ??? Fund the project to view the next set of stretch goals; which may include a miniature counter upgrade or even a new playable faction!

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Risks and challenges

There are some risks associated with our goal of getting Meltdown Gulf into your grubby mitts.

Art - A few cards are yet to be illustrated, including the designs that will feature the backers who chose the "Meltdown Gulf Immortal" reward. If the campaign is successful Andrew will be able to work full time on completing the art and he is pretty fast at it; but it's possible delays might come about for various reasons.

Game production - We are working with a high quality vendor with a proven track record of success in game production. Still, it's possible we could experience delays or mishaps in the proofing stages or in the final production or shipment.

Force majeure or other unforseen events - there are risks that even the creators of a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles world can't dream of. We've done everything possible to protect your investment in the project. Your pledge is going to Gamma Blade Studios LLC and not to our personal bank accounts so that there's no potential conflict if one of us gets ransomed by ISIS or something. That said, if something were to come up that would put the project in jeopardy we will work in good faith to make things right with our supporters.

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