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$13,457
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156
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 26 2013

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> 8/12: INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING is NOW MUCH LOWER Woot!: We were able to figure out some optimized shipping - thanks for your patience! Scroll to the International Shipping Section for the changes. We're also 95% certain we'll use Amazon to fulfill most international orders resulting in you paying no customs/vat fees (we're hoping Amazon does a great job with our other project)!

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We're VERY proud to share with you our newest game, Tanks of War: Third Reich Rising (our first was Storm the Castle!). TOW comes packed with great components, fun, and a TON of action! We would love your support to make it possible to make this unique new game!

Tanks of War: Third Reich Rising is a fast playing, easy-to-play, and explosive 2-4 player World War 2 deck building board game of mighty tank battles! Which side will you choose, the highly trained German Reich or the endless waves of Russian tanks?

Tanks of War (TOW) is a unique and exciting combination of a board game, miniatures game (without the minis) and deck building game. Using new and innovative deck building and combat mechanics, TOW pits the Germans vs. the Soviet Union during the opening salvos of World War 2.

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TOW brings the intensity of WW2 tank battles into an easy-to-understand and play format which will delight gamers looking for the enjoyment of fun strategy, explosive turns, and pitch battles without the extensive rules and crazy stats look up found in many other WW2 games.Each decision players make will have an impact and can make the difference between life or death!

Playtime:  The flexibility of TOW and its game variants allow players to enjoy quick skirmish battles lasting 30 minutes to larger battles lasting up to 2 hours.You can even combine multiple game boards for EPIC battles (requires an additional game copy).

Deck-building x2!:  During play, players will purchase cards to "build their deck" from turn-to-turn to use in subsequent turns. Prior to the game, players may bring a customized deck to buy cards from, allowing further game play flexibility!

Authenticity: Each vehicle has been painstakingly researched and then reflected into simple game play terms to ensure maximum realism without being bogged down in game play minutia. For example, some tanks may have had engine problems or sloped armor, you'll find these traits and more in TOW. When you're fighting a T-34 with your Panzer 4, it will be based on historical technical info but presented in a fast and easy to understand format.

TOW comes with 16 vehicles for each faction
TOW comes with 16 vehicles for each faction

We've got in some EXCELLENT third-party reviews that we'd love to share. Click on the links to read the full reviews - also scroll down to read what players who've demoed and play tested TOW have said.

* Space Biff's Review (read it here)
* Gaming Dad's Addiction Review and Preview (read it here).

Download the Rules: Read the rules here or click here. Please note this is the work in progress rules and will have spelling, grammar, and other errors. These will be corrected prior to final publishing. The two videos below provide an overview and game play examples. They're a little long so come back when yer ready for some tank on tank action!

Setup: Players may play a tank death match (TDM) or one of the many historical scenarios available. TDMs allow players to set a Victory Point (VP) goal and pre-build a number of starter vehicles. Players score VP by destroying enemy vehicles and are awarded VP based on that vehicles point cost and by holding vital battlefield objectives.

A picture of the German Player's Reference Card. This includes a summary of actions, modifiers, and the momentum track.
A picture of the German Player's Reference Card. This includes a summary of actions, modifiers, and the momentum track.

Below is a quick overview of the game turn. Players draw up to 7 cards and then simultaneously purchase cards.

Purchase: Each player has a stack of 3 Vehicle and 3 Force cards to purchase from. Up to 3 new Vehicle and Force cards may be drawn each turn. This allows players to quickly go through their card options and buy the right cards at the right time. Players may buy Force Cards (cards that can create additional game effects) Vehicle Cards (such as Tanks and Tank Destroyers), or Supply Cards (cards used to purchase other cards). All cards except, vehicles, are placed in a player's discard to be drawn and used on a later turn. When a card is purchased it is immediately replaced with a new card to now buy.

Each faction comes with their unique Force Cards and 2 sets of common Force Cards allowing further game flexibility and flavor.
Each faction comes with their unique Force Cards and 2 sets of common Force Cards allowing further game flexibility and flavor.

Initiative: After purchasing, player's roll Initiative and add their current Momentum (a measure of how well the player is doing). The highest score allows that player to activate one of his vehicles first.Each time you destroy a vehicle, your momentum goes up by 1 and goes down 1 if one of your vehicles are destroyed.

Player Activations: Players alternate activating one vehicle at a time. This allows constant action and interaction between the players. You won't have much if any down time in TOW! On a player's activation he may also play his Force Cards to augment his strategies. Each vehicle has only 2 Action Points (AP). APs are spent by spotting enemy vehicles, moving, firing, rotating, hiding, etc. On a player's activation he may also use a powerful Commander Action (CA). CAs are special abilities that can allow a player to gain an additional action point, rally a fleeing vehicle, place cards in his reserve (i.e. trashing a card), use certain Force Cards, etc. 

Wrap-Up: Players have one final opportunity to use a Commander Action and may discard any number of cards.

There's many more game mechanics that we can't write here, but please check out the videos and rules for additional info.

Combat is exciting and deadly in Tanks of War. A player's vehicle may be crewed by raw conscripts or battle-hardened veterans. In TOW, a vehicle can only be fired upon if it is first revealed. Each vehicle deploys face down. After spotting, it is turned face up! 

Vehicles are deployed face down. You can't shoot what you can't see!
Vehicles are deployed face down. You can't shoot what you can't see!

Based on the type of crew, the success of hitting a target will increase or decrease. Rolling to hit is fast and easy. Determine the chance to hit and roll it, if successful you've scored a direct hit.

Each vehicle has a different gun value represented by the amount and which type of dice you'll use to roll damage with (i.e. dice types: a 4, 6, 8,  or 10 sided dice). Based on which side of armor you hit, the target will roll their armor value. The difference is the amount of damage that is done.

Each vehicle is beautifully detailed and has different armor, hull, crew, text abilities, point, and speed values. Buy the right tanks for the right situations!
Each vehicle is beautifully detailed and has different armor, hull, crew, text abilities, point, and speed values. Buy the right tanks for the right situations!
Which side will YOU choose?
Which side will YOU choose?

Each vehicle can only take so much damage before it is destroyed. Players can also play powerful Force Cards that apply critical effects to a vehicle such as engine fire, ammo explosion and many more!

Red bordered cards are Russian Force Cards and Gray are German. Unleash powerful airstrikes or obliterate your opponent with a 100 pound shell!
Red bordered cards are Russian Force Cards and Gray are German. Unleash powerful airstrikes or obliterate your opponent with a 100 pound shell!
White Force cards are common cards available to all factions.
White Force cards are common cards available to all factions.
The number on the bottom right is the cost in supply needed for that card. Some cards are "actions", "responses", "equipment", "attachments" etc.
The number on the bottom right is the cost in supply needed for that card. Some cards are "actions", "responses", "equipment", "attachments" etc.

TOW begins June 1941, at Operation Barbarossa, (the invasion of Russia by Germany), to June 1942. Each vehicle in the starter box is relative to that time period. Tanks included are the BT--7M, T-28M, T-60, T70MD1942, T34 (3 variants), KV1, Panzer 3 (and variants), Panzerjager, Panzer 4 (and variants), Panzer 2, Marder 38, Stug 3, and many more!

Future Expansions:  Future expansions will continue the time line of the war and unleash new vehicles, like the mighty King Tiger, new nations like the British and Americans and new mechanics for  self-propelled guns (SPGs), aircraft, soldiers, heroic tank commanders and more!

A sample of some of the many full colored game components in TOW
A sample of some of the many full colored game components in TOW
  • One massive 23 inch game board representing the plains of Russia
  • 2 Player Reference Cards
  • Battle Dice including 1 each of d4, d6, d8, and 2d10 dice
  • Over 100 double sided full color tokens
  • Over 200 double sided full color game cards with authentic photos representing various models of Panzers, T-34s, KV1s and many more. Also included are Force Cards which can alter game rules and give your tank commanders the edge they need on the battlefield
  • 20+ page full color rulebook with variants and historical scenarios that create endless re-playability
  • 10 Terrain Cards (Woods, Hills,etc)
  • Note: components are being finalized and may change

The MSRP of Tanks of War: Third Reich Rising starter box is $59.99. We're offering a host of great options for different budgets and tastes.

*The signed game will include a special signed and numbered game card that will be included with your shipment. Promo cards may eventually be sold in our web store.

Were finalizing the components for these and may include new tokens. The Mini Expansions can be used to further enhance and customize your decks to obliterate your opponents! Like the Storm the Castle! mini expansions these are of a limited print run.MSRP on the Mini Expansions are $14.99

For the Motherland is the first mini expansion, introducing 13 vehicle and force cards that focus on the Russians. Included are new Vehicles and Force cards, and alternate art. No Soviet defender who loves the Motherland should be without this critical expansion!

Invasion is the second mini expansion, introducing 13 vehicle and force cards that focus on the German Reich. Included are new Vehicles and Force cards, and alternate art. Only with new equipment and strategies can we hope to crack the walls of Moscow!

We'll unveil a new reward as each one is hit - to Moscow and beyond!

Depending on the pledge level you select, we're offering either a early or full release versions. The early release will offer a few select cards and vehicles to give you a taste of the game prior to the full release. The full PNP release will include the majority, if not all, the game cards to enjoy the entire experience The Full PNP will also be used to help give us additional feedback from our fans on rules clarity etc.

We're also offering a PNP early version of our next game Pyg Farmer at select levels. Learn more about Pyg Farmer here.

We learned A LOT from our last Kickstarter project. With that knowledge we set a reserve and a price point that allows us to cover all the costs associated with making a game of this scale. From taxes to VAT fees to freight to shipping, to packaging materials etc., it all adds up very fast. We are including a bunch of promo cards and stretch rewards as a a very special thank you for those who back the project to allow the game to be made vs. waiting for it coming out in stores. We want to reward our backers! Without our Kickstarters, we can't make this or any game. With all the great promos, expansions and stretch rewards  we hope you'll back this great project vs waiting for it to maybe come out in stores, and help make this game a reality! Thank you so much!!!

**SHIPPING NOTICE to INTERNATIONAL BACKERS**: (UPDATED! 8/12) The $30 fee on the pledge is a base fixed number for international shipping costs. Depending on your location the shipping fee may increase or stay the same. We want to charge a shipping cost that covers the ever increasing costs and have it based on your location vs. a generic number since some locations are so terribly expensive. Please check your location and add the additional amount to the pledge. For international orders, we're 95% certain we'll have Amazon fulfill shipping which will avoid you any customs/vat fees.

See list below. Example: If you're in the UK, no need to add anything extra to your pledge for shipping. If you're in Australia, you'd add +$5 to your pledge, making your total shipping cost $35 (base $30 + $5). Please message us with any questions.

NO CHANGE to Shipping if your in: Guam, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, UK, France, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico,South Korea, Austria, Montenegro, Norway, Switzerland, Israel, Brazil, China

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ADD +$10 if your in Hungary, Latvia, Russia or in any nation NOT listed above.

Message us if you live in any nation not listed and we can double check pricing for you for shipping.

**SHIPPING TO GAME STORES** We're trying to get creative with how to minimize shipping costs as we're still eating a portion of the shipping. As part of your pledge, we're going to try to ship games in bulk, to a game store near you to pick up your game (we'll ask you in the survey). We'll only do this if it's not totally out of your way and makes sense. This helps in a few ways, it allows us to get more visibility in game stores for our games and provide us a little bit more with our margins to continue to make games. Not all game stores will agree to this but we'll try.  We just wanted to add this in so there's no surprises when it comes to shipping. We'll make it as easy and painless as possible and we think supporting game stores helps everyone (designers, stores, and consumers). Some add-ons may be shipped separately. Please message us with any questions.

PRESS:

We're available for interviews for either Storm the Castle! and/or Tanks of War - email us!

RETAILERS: We're hoping to add a retail package. We'll keep you posted on updates etc.

Watch our TOW teaser video - kinda artsy

Risks and challenges

1. We've learned a TON from our previous KS project, Storm the Castle! With 90% of the art files already complete we're near ready to start production once funding hits. We've simplified the manufacturing process and going to get TOW into your hands ASAP. Like any project, there may be hiccups but we're seasoned vets now. As our previous backers will testify, we keep in constant communication with our backers.
2. With Storm the Castle! our biggest challenge was unlocking art for each card which caused substantial delays but are well worth it as the end result is a beautiful product.
3. We've forged partnerships with freight companies and Amazon to help with fulfillment to expedite shipping.
4. We've also lined up a steady team of artists who've also committed themselves to finishing the few pieces of art left.
5. If we unlock new expansions, there may be a delay as we prep new art files.

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