This project's funding goal was not reached on November 24, 2014.
This project's funding goal was not reached on November 24, 2014.
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Read more in the Reviews and Gameplay section below.
Spell Stealers is a press-your-luck dice game – with stealing. Players assume the role of master thieves, sent by the various kingdoms of the land, in a race to steal a powerful magic spell protected within an enchanted temple.
In order to advance into the temple you need to obtain artifacts, represented by the set of artifact dice. Artifacts award you with points and points allow you to move through the temple. Each of the 3 artifact dice are worth different maximum values and have their own probabilities of success. You must use skill, strategy, and a little bit of luck to obtain as many artifacts as possible. Don’t get too greedy though, because failing to obtain an artifact also means losing any points you have accumulated during your turn - and every chance you take is another opportunity for your opponents to steal the points you have worked so hard to obtain.
The first player to reach the magic spell in the middle of the game board triggers the game’s final round. The player deepest into the temple at the end of that round obtains the spell for their kingdom and wins the game.
Spell Stealers was designed to take the excitement of the press-your-luck dice game genre and improve upon it in three specific ways:
More detailed information can be found in the How to Play section below.
Undead Viking says:
I’m super glad that I have this pretty cool looking prototype, because it means I can play it whenever I want.
Not only does it have the wonderful tension and dice rolling that [other dice games have] but it actually manages to keep everybody focused and involved in the game, when it isn’t their turn.
There’s like 5 rules to the entire game and that’s it. You can teach somebody how to play it in less than 10 minutes.
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Players assume the role of master thieves sent by one of the six kingdoms in a race to steal a powerful magic spell protected within an enchanted temple.
The magic spell is protected within the center of the temple. The path leading to the spell is a difficult one and the temple itself, along with all the other players, are working to make sure it stays out of your reach.
A player’s turn consists of the following steps:
1. Set your artifact points to 0 and reset your steal token
2. Secretly select an artifact die and roll it along with the success die
3. If the colors match, quickly update your artifact points, then either:
4. If the colors do not match, your turn is over
In order to advance into the temple, you will need to obtain artifacts. There are 3 different types of artifacts, represented by the set of artifact dice. The numbers on the artifact dice indicate the number of spaces they allow you to advance into the temple. The colors of the numbers indicate your chances of successfully obtaining that value (see The Success Die).
Part of what makes Spell Stealers so unique is that it is up to you to decide how big of a risk you want to take, and when you want to take it. Whenever it comes time for you to roll the artifact dice, you get to decide which of the three dice you want to roll. Do you want to take a big risk and roll the 12-sided die in hopes of scoring big points? Or do you want to play it safe and roll the 4-sided die? Sure, the 4-sided die might not be worth as much, but your chances of success are much higher.
This decision of choosing an artifact die is made in secret, so no one knows which die you are going to roll until it is out of your hands and onto the table (see the Stealing Is the Name of the Game section for more information about this).
Once you decide which of the 3 artifact dice you want to roll, you will roll it along with this custom success die.
If the color of the number on the artifact die matches the color of the symbol on the success die, you successfully obtain the artifact and are awarded the points indicated on the artifact die. If the colors do not match, your turn is over and any points you have accumulated during your turn are lost.
The success die contains the following symbols:
If the color of the number on the artifact die matches the color of the symbol on the success die, you successfully obtain the artifact and are awarded the number of points indicated on the artifact die. The artifact points you accumulate during your turn are tracked using the point tracker (found along the perimeter of the game board) closest to you.
Once you have updated your artifact points, you have a decision to make: do you want to press your luck in an effort to obtain more points or do you want to end your turn and score the points you’ve already accumulated? Keep in mind that the moment you fail to obtain an artifact you will lose all the points you have accumulated during your turn.
If you decide to press your luck, simply select another of the 3 artifact dice and start the process over again. If you decide to end your turn, you will move your player pawn deeper into the temple by the number of artifact points you have accumulated during your turn. Play then passes to the player on your left.
Stealing is what really sets Spell Stealers apart from all the other games out there. Spell Stealers was designed so that every player is actively involved in the game at all times, even when it’s not their turn. This is accomplished through a gameplay mechanic which allows players to steal artifact points from the current player in real-time. What does that mean, exactly? As you saw in the Artifact Points section above, when a player successfully obtains an artifact they must increase their artifact points by moving the artifact point marker along the point tracker closest to them. Once they are done moving the point marker, the points are frozen and can no longer be stolen. What this means is that the quicker the current player moves the point marker, the less time all the other players have to steal their points.
Each player has a set of 3 stealing dice whose shapes correlate to the shapes of the 3 artifact dice. When the current player successfully obtains an artifact (meaning the colors matched on the dice they rolled), any player attempting to steal must roll the stealing die that matches the shape of the artifact die the current player just obtained. If the number on the stealing die is greater than or equal to the number on the artifact die, the points are successfully stolen. Otherwise, the steal-attempt fails.
There are a few details that make stealing a little crazy and a whole lot of fun! Here’s the information your brain has to process every time the current player rolls the dice:
If you manage to successfully steal, you will be awarded the points the current player would have obtained. You will immediately move your player pawn deeper into the temple by the number of points you stole. If, however, your steal-attempt fails you will immediately move your player pawn backward, toward the entrance of the temple, by the number indicated on your stealing die. If you consider the example of the current player rolling a 6 using the 8-sided artifact die. If you attempt to steal and roll a 5 using your 8-sided stealing die, your steal attempt fails and you will be forced to move your player pawn backward 5 spaces.
Whenever you attempt to steal, whether or not you succeed, you must flip your steal token over to the spent side indicating that you can no longer steal until your next turn passes.
The round in which any player’s pawn reaches, or exceeds, the magic spell (space 35 on the game board) is considered the final round. The final round is played until its completion and the player deepest into the temple at the end claims the spell for their kingdom and wins the game.
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Spell Stealers has been in development for about a year and a half. Over the course of that time, Spell Stealers has been play-tested by over 100 different people and has been very well received. Spell Stealers has undergone many changes over the course of its development and I will be posting a timeline summarizing them later in the campaign. Thanks to the artistic talent of Andrew Dang and Ian O’Toole, the world of Spell Stealers has really come to life!
That being said, it is important to note that all the artwork and images you see on this page are still not 100% final. All of the artwork for the game is very near to final, but we still have to do some color balancing and shading adjustments to some items - so some things may change a bit in the final product.
This Kickstarter campaign will make my dream of professionally manufacturing Spell Stealers and sharing it with the world a reality. Thank you for your support!
Greg Santo - Creator/Designer
Andrew Dang - Art
Ian O’Toole - Graphic Design
As with many other board game projects on Kickstarter, the biggest challenge I will face in the production of Spell Stealers is coordinating manufacturing and shipping with an overseas manufacturer. I am partnering with a well-respected manufacturing company with an excellent track record: Panda Game Manufacturing. Panda GM has worked on many large-scale products (chances are you already own something manufactured by them) and should be able to meet all of the project's needs in a timely manner. I've done extensive research and planning to ensure that everything will be in print-ready format the moment this campaign ends so that manufacturing can start immediately. This, in turn, will ensure that Spell Stealers is in the hands of backers as soon as possible.
The next biggest challenge I will face is fulfilling all of the rewards from this campaign. I have partnered with Ship Naked, a Game Salute company, who has already executed fulfillment for countless board game projects on Kickstarter. They have the experience, knowledge, and competitive rates to ensure that everything will be shipped on time and as cost-effective as possible.
That being said, unforeseen issues can always arise regardless of how much planning has gone into a project. I will make sure that any issues that come up will be immediately expressed to backers. I want to make sure that backers feel they are part of the process from the moment they back all the way through to the end.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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