About this project
10/17 UPDATE: We're RELAUNCHING our Storm the Castle! campaign (check out the info in our 2 recent project updates). This was based on the great feedback we've received to make an even better launch. You can still pledge on this page until later today/tonight to qualify for a special promo as a gift for your patience and continued support. Tentative relaunch date is this coming Sun/Mon. Thank you for your patience on an even better launch! Follow us also on our Facebook page for news/updates.
10/15 Update: Check out our NEW player game review video below.
10/6 Update: New updates to pledge levels $49+ get 2 new Fantasy Defender heroes and $65+ now get 2 bonus promo cards! Prestige Elites now get both promo sets + expansion free! Check out the pledge infographic below.
10/5 Update: We're giving away a copy of STC + T-shirt on our Facebook page - you must be a backer to enter.
10/4 Update: Check out our Dark Force army video preview - scroll down. 10/3 Update: Pledges at $49+ get 2 Heroes Archpriestess and the Paladin. US shipping included for pledges at $55+. Get many of the stretch rewards at $65+ and 2 promo Boss cards.
Before you pledge - please see our updated Pledge Infographic below as it adds bonuses to pledges $49+ that's not reflected in the text pledge levels to the right. International Retailers please email me for pricing.
Finally a game where it's GOOD to be BAD! Welcome to world of Storm the Castle!, a 1-4 player (yep you can play solo) semi-cooperative game, where you take the exciting role of 1 of the 4 marauding Dark Forces armies in a race to breach Castle Storm Haven’s defenses to be the first player to enter its mighty keep first. Players have only 8 turns to slug their way through its nigh-impenetrable forces. If the Dark Forces are unsuccessful, the Fantasy Defenders (comprised of chubby Halfling Archers, Musketmen, Dwarven Pikers, armored Warrior Knights, and Battle Mages), are victorious in repelling back the vile invaders.
The Dark Forces (Dark Elves, Arcanists, The Green Tide which are comprised of Giants, Pirate Orcs and Goblins, and Undead Horde) each have unique units, power cards, upgrades, abilities, and ways of winning. Though the Dark Forces share the same goal of defeating the Fantasy Defenders, players are allowed and encouraged to use treachery and cunning to further their goal of total victory.
Each turn, players have a wide range of choices to customize how they want to play. Do they buy cheap pawns to throw against the castle walls or summon devastating siege machines, lumbering giants, equip strange equipment, or use arcane magic to turn the tides of battle? A host of choices (without brain burn) give the game a unique flavor allowing players to try multiple and varied strategies each game is played.
We've demoed this game at many gaming clubs/groups and conventions and have had tremendous positive feedback and excitement to getting this game made. Who doesn't want to be the bad guys? :)
Storm the Castle! is not a heavy rules game. It's actually quite easy to learn and was developed to give depth to the game mechanics. This allows for players to use card and ability combinations along with unlocking the hidden subtleties of the strategies of the game. The game also has almost no down time as you'll be activating the castle's defenders or resolving event cards on other player's turn - your always in the action!
We developed the game to be humorous and challenging that can be played in about 1.5 - 2.5 hours and has a quick setup. We wanted to make the game semi-cooperative giving players a sense of uncertainty if their ally is going to help or hurt them. There are no "run-away" winners in this game. Players who may seem to be doing horribly can make a winning move from out of no-where. Keep your eyes open for those sneaky players!
The game comes with 2 sets of rules (basic - for the smaller kids and those wanting a lighter game) and the standard rules. The tokens in the game are thick and detailed (similar to Small World).
Check out our 2 videos below:
The first video is from our recent journey to the iCON game convention- see what players are saying!
Tom Vasel's game preview.
Which Pledge Level is right for you?
We've created multiple Pledge Levels (see pledge graphic below) to fit different budgets and interest levels for the gaming community. One of the best and affordable ways to get the game is at the $55+ level as it includes US shipping. If your a gamer that loves promos consider the $65 level as you get 2 Promo Boss Cards + all Stretch Rewards marked "Everyone". At $85 (save $15) you get both promo sets + our mini expansion + more. Check out our Elite levels for even more and if you want multiple copies you'll save even more. Stretch rewards, at qualifying pledge levels, are given as we unlock each one.
Our ELITE Pledge levels allows those who pledge access to ALL Stretch Rewards (see below) + more bonuses! + US shipping included. We've packed in a bunch of awesome rewards that will add to the game and experience.
Prestige Elite allows those who pledge to contribute to the game either via adding flavor text, using their likeness in the game, etc. Includes US shipping + Both Promos + Mini Expansion + ALL Stretch rewards + more!
INTERNATIONAL RETAILERS: Please message me - you can get the same great prices as US retailers.
Please CONTACT US if you have any questions!
We would love to exceed our funding goal. If we do, we want to give our incredible fans bonus rewards. If you've bought the basic game - awesome. We'd love for you to upgrade to help us offer more Stretch Rewards to you and help get the game published. We added a ton of perks at only 5k intervals to give as much value and goodies back to you guys as possible.
Each game turn is wrapped up into 6 phases. To avoid writing a lot of text here, a simple break down is given here.
1. Collect: Players collect gold and magic and draw 1 of their power cards. Gold is very limited so players will have to make smart choices in what they use it for.
2. Who's the Boss: Players bid on who will be the "Boss" for the turn. The Boss has access to unique Boss cards giving them powerful benefits. Here the players will also determine their turn order. Sometimes you want to go first, sometimes last, and sometimes somewhere in between depending on the situation on the battlefield.
3. Let's Buy and Deploy Things: The Dark Forces will buy and deploy their units, ladders, and buy extra power cards.
4. Fantasy Defender Reinforcements: Each turn the castle is reinforced by its Fantasy Defenders. One defender is added each turn except on turns 4 and 7 where 2 are added. Event cards to be drawn this turn are determined by how many intact castle sides remain plus 1. It will behoove the players to smash down these walls quickly!
Event Cards allow the defenders to attack the Dark Force's, rebuild walls, pour burning oil, unleash knightly charges, gain courage, raise castle buildings (such as a wizard's tower, church, armory, or dwarven engineering guild), etc. Players control how these events are resolved and who is targeted, meaning it will always be in your best interest to resolve these against players who seem to be doing a little too well in the game :). It also allows for players to always be doing something and in the action, even on other player's turns.
5. Player' Turn: Before the first player takes his turn the first event card is drawn and resolved by another player. The player then begins his turn. Each army gets a total of 5 army moves with each unit allowed to move up to 2 moves. Player's can attack, play power cards, climb ladders, play Boss cards, capture battlefield locations defended by peasants to gain bonuses, etc. At the end of the first player's turn another Event card is drawn and resolved by another player. The next player starts his turn but with the event cards now being drawn at the end of that player's turn.
6. Wrap Up: Players discard down to 3 cards, Fantasy Defender units unflip, the highest Onward March event card is reshuffled into the event deck and the game turn marker adjusts.
Should the player's get to close to winning, a mighty hero will rise to further strengthen the defenders. The game includes the Wizard Lord. We're hoping to add the Arch Priestess and Paladin to the game if we reach our stretch goals.
Storm the Castle! comes with four playable Dark Force armies each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
The Dark Elves: Masters at long range combat and treachery. Great ranged units but weak on melee with low health.
The Green Tide: A loose tribal alliance of goblins, giants, and orc pirates. Strong at melee battle and strange technology such as "rocket boots" and the famous "pirate ale". Great at brute strength but units cost a bit more.
The Arcanists: Wielders of forbidden magic and steam punk monstrosities that fuse metal and magic. Amazing magic powers and interesting abilities but many weak front line units.
The Undead Horde: Zombies, Ghost Fiends, Skeleton Warriors, Necromancers, Skull Battering rams + they use dark magic - nuff' said.
Watch the Dark Force unit overview below.
1 Gorgeously detailed and huge game board.
88 Dark Force Power Cards.
8 Boss Deck Cards.
54 Fantasy Defender Event Deck Cards.
5 Fantasy Defender Magic Spell Deck Cards.
5 Reference Cards for the Dark Forces and Fantasy Defenders.
4 Custom Dice (1 Burst Dice and 3 Battle Dice).
1 Beautiful art rich Rulebook.
35 Unit Damage Tokens.
25 Structure Damage Tokens.
10 Dark Force Equipment.
30 Gold Tokens.
14 Magic Tokens.
4 Battle Field Upgrade Locations.
4 Castle Buildings.
4 Player turn markers.
1 Game Turn marker.
16 Castle Walls.
20 Fantasy Defender Units (Including 1 Hero the Wizard Lord).
52 Dark Force's Units comprised of Dark Elves, Arcanists, Undead, and the Green Tide.
$18 (save $2) Get a rockin' STC tshirt - add the amount when you fund. No extra shipping costs - we'll include the shirt in your order. We have small, medium, large, xtra large, and elvish.
PROMO SET 1: Add Promo Set 1 for $10 - 4 new and exclusive Dark Force Power Cards (1 for each army). Power cards are special abilities unique to each Dark Force army that players can play.
PROMO SET 2: Add Promo Set 2 for $10 - 4 new and exclusive Fantasy Defender Event cards. Event cards add additional misery to the invaders in their glorious attempts to overrun the castle's defenders.
MINI-EXPANSION (Hardcore Nights) Add for $15 - Hardcore Nights tests the castle storming strategies of players. With a new deadly exclusive hero (the Dwarven Anvilsmasher) to the game, expect brew and brawn to merge into a deadly force. This exciting expansion includes new hardcore, tournament and alternate rules, Anvilsmasher with tokens & card, new stats for the Fantasy Defenders w/ reference cards, 2 new magic spells for the Fantasy Defenders, 1 new Boss Card to deal with this madness, and 4 new and deadly Fantasy Defender event cards.
Got a gaming site, pod cast, or magazine? We're happy to do interviews and more. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone who pledges and helps get Storm the Castle! made. We sincerely appreciate you all. It's been years of getting the game polished and perfected to bring to your gaming tables.
A special huge thanks to all our artists (you know who you are) - w/o them the vision of Storm the Castle! could not have been done. And a big thank you to all our playtesters - you've made the game better and better!
And now -- time to work on that big STC expansion and our "secret" game.
SHIPPING: US please add $5. Canada +$15. International $20. For multiple copies add an additional $3 for US and +$10 for everywhere else.
1. When will STC be released? December 2012 is our goal - just in time for Christmas and the Holidays.
2. Are there expansions planned? Yes. We've already got one almost finalized.
3. Does the game play differently with 1-3 players? The game scales perfectly as you decrease the number of players. Some slight rules changes occur w/ solo and 2 players.
4. Is the game hard to play and how long is it? No. Its actually fairly easy to pick up after turn 1 and then it just "makes sense". STC is not a "heavy battle game" nor rules heavy. We're releasing hard core rules w/ the KS campaign which will add new rules to advance it past our standard rule sets for "serious" gamers. Like any new game it takes a turn to understand the flow. After repeat plays you'll start grasping the subtle strategies and myriad of combinations to win. The game setup is very short 5-10 minutes and plays in about 1.5.-2.5 hours we've seen games go shorter and longer - depends on who your playing with.
5. Are the Dark Force Armies balanced? Yes. Each of the 4 Dark Force armies have their own unique strengths and weaknesses with their units, power cards, and strategies.
6. Is the game challenging? Yes, from a "winning" perspective. The castle's Fantasy Defenders are not push overs. They are deadly and persistent. The event cards drawn each turn will further add to the invaders misery as they have to deal with a myriad of challenges. Couple that with not knowing if one of your "allies" may be getting to jealous of you getting to close to winning. There are a host of choices, strategies, and options for players each game played to enjoy repeat playability.
Kickstarter ROCKS! It allows small publishers a shot of getting high quality games made. The funds received will go to production, shipping, and distribution costs and of course get Storm the Castle! into your hands! We're even helping fund other KS projects, $500 worth, if we reach our stretch goals (see rewards graphic below).
Risks and challenges
Once the funding is successful, we'll get the game manufactured as quickly as possible with an anticipated release date of late December 2012. We're working w/ manufactures to get this to you ASAP. Depending on the amount of stretch rewards reached the date may be pushed back (i.e. to get new art etc).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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