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A competitive shufflebuilding card game for two players, inspired by MOBAs and video games!
A competitive shufflebuilding card game for two players, inspired by MOBAs and video games!
A competitive shufflebuilding card game for two players, inspired by MOBAs and video games!
610 backers pledged €24,371 to help bring this project to life.

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ROBA: Radiant Offline Battle Arena - Competitive Card Game

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Radiant: Offline Battle Arena is a head-to-head, two-player card game that brings the excitement and strategic challenge of the MOBA genre to the tabletop. ROBA pits two teams of fantasy heroes against one another in a struggle for dominance.

 

Funding Reward: Polar Bear Bran

KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE - ROBA is now 100% funded! As a thank you to our backers for helping to make ROBA a reality, we are including a copy of the Bran, Druid of the Tundra promotional card with every ROBA core set.

Social Stretch Goal: Lucha Mato

KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE - Lucha Mato was unlocked by our backers who shared the Kickstarter along with the hashtag #ROBAMato. The Lucha Mato alt art promo will be added to every ROBA core set.

€15,000: Alt Art Corvus


KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE - At €15,000 a promotional Alt Art Corvus card will be added to every ROBA core set. What will this promotional card look like? This will be decided by our backers in a poll!

€17,000: Draft Cards 

At €17,000 we will add a complete set of draft cards to every ROBA core set. Draft cards will be beautiful full-bleed landscape cards that will serve as a play-aid during the drafting phase of the game.

€20,000: Content Expansion 1

At €20,000 we unlock ROBA's first Content Expansion. This expansion features three completely new Heroes, along with a matching set of draft cards.

The expansion will be made available as an add-on, costing €12.

Backers at the Playgroup Hero pledge level will be able to add-on four copies of the expansion for a discounted total price of €40.


€26,000: An Eye to the Future

Now that ROBA is fully funded, and the first expansion has been unlocked, it's time to look at what comes next. We've spoken at length about our plans for the game - how we want to support it going forward and all the great content that we've got planned.

Our final stretch goal is not traditional. It doesn't impact this product at all. If we reach €26,000, which is 200% of our initial funding goal, we will be guaranteed to cover all the art costs of our next product from the proceeds of this Kickstarter. That will allow us to launch into the pre-production of that product right away, and help us keep a steady stream of new ROBA content coming your way in the future.

As we continue the campaign and unlock stretch goals, we'll be adding new add-ons.

In order to purchase an add on, simply click the "Manage My Pledge" button and increase your pledge by the appropriate amount. We will confirm which add-ons you wish to purchase and in what combination closer to fulfillment via pledge manager.

Expansion Add-On

ROBA's first expansion pack is now available to add-on to your pledge. The expansion features three brand new heroes, along with their skill decks and a matching set of drafting cards.

The expansion can be added on for just €12, or for backers at the Playgroup Hero tier, four copies can be added on for the discounted price of €40.

€12 for one / €40 for four!
€12 for one / €40 for four!

Core Set Add-on

The first add-on is a second box of Radiant: Offline Battle Arena! This add-on is a great way for friends to save on shipping and costs €25 Euros.

€25 Add-on!
€25 Add-on!

Playmat Add-on

Our second add-on is ROBA playmats. We are currently offering three different designs featuring the Heroes Eleanor, Bran, and Iskandar. Each playmat also features a meter that can be used to keep track of your Power resource throughout the game. One playmat can be acquired for €17. All three can be purchased for a discounted price of €45. You will be contacted before fulfillment to confirm which design or designs you wish to receive.

The playmats are 24" x 14" and are manufactured by Ultra PRO.

€17 for one / €45 for three!
€17 for one / €45 for three!

Previews and Demos

Features

ROBA is quick to pick up and easy to learn. Deckbuilding is fast and accessible and great care has been taken to keep the card text and rules as simple as possible without sacrificing depth or replayability. Our demonstrators can usually teach the main rules of the game in just 5 minutes!

ROBA offers long term value to even the most challenge-hungry card game veterans. The gameplay rewards strategic thinking and expertise and the core set alone contains over 400 different potential teams.

ROBA is a fast paced game of constant action from the start of the very first turn and you’ll never be waiting long to make your next important decision. Game times are quick, with games between experienced players rarely exceeding 30 minutes.  

ROBA’s cast of heroes has been brought to life by a talented and diverse team of artists from around the world in over 80 original colour illustrations.  

ROBA has been in development for over four years, and has been tested extensively in multiple rounds of internal and public playtest phases. It has been carefully fine tuned to ensure the best possible balance and play experience.  

The ROBA Core set contains everything you need to get started. Two players can enjoy the game right out of the box and there’s no need for multiple purchases to complete your collection.

ROBA matches two players against each other in a contest of wits, nerve and skill. Each player controls a team of three powerful Heroes, each of whom bring a unique set of skills and abilities to the table. The aim of the game is to defeat the opponent’s Deity, a powerful divine force that begins the game out-of-play and must be forced to manifest before it can be destroyed.

To achieve this aim, players pit their teams of Heroes against one another in a series of skirmishes, duels and all out brawls. The player who best puts their Heroes’ skills to use over the course of the game - or best exploits the weaknesses of their enemies - will emerge victorious.

The battle takes place across three lanes - each of which contain a Divine Conduit belonging to each player. Destroy all three of your opponent’s Conduits and their Deity will appear - bringing all of its Divine might to bear upon the conflict as it does so. When a Deity falls, the game is over - with victory going to to its slayer.

Sample Player Setup
Sample Player Setup

Before the game begins, players must select their team and build a deck. A deck in ROBA begins with the choice of 3 Heroes. Every hero has a specialization: Warriors excel at attacking enemy Heroes and dealing damage, Tanks are sturdy defenders who soak up damage and keep your team alive and Supports bring powerful utility to their team, but are fragile and must be protected carefully.  

Hero cards are double sided - representing a basic version of the Hero at the start of the game. During the course of play, your heroes can become Levelled Up, flipping them over to their more powerful Experienced face, acquiring improved stats and new abilities.  

Every hero comes with a fixed deck of 10 cards representing their unique skills. Smash these three decks together and that creates the deck of 30 cards you will use throughout the game.  

Players must also choose from among 5 different Deities, divine patrons who grant different favours depending on their sphere of influence.  

Last but not least, each player rounds out their deck by selecting (in secret) three Item cards to make up their shop. Items can modify Heroes’ base stats and grant new abilities, allowing a greater depth of customization so you can tune your deck to fit your style. Items can be purchased from a player’s shop over the course of the game, adding another layer of strategic decision making for you and surprise for your opponent!

Did you know that you can try ROBA for free? Just click this picture!
Did you know that you can try ROBA for free? Just click this picture!


Heroes are the most important cards in ROBA. Your choice of Heroes determines your strategy. Will you play aggressively, looking for quick KOs and a fast win? Maybe you’re a more methodical player who wants to take their time, building to an unassailable late game lead. Whatever your preferred playstyle, ROBA has the team for you! 

There are three classes of Hero: 

Warriors are combat focused Heroes who excel at making aggressive plays and taking out enemy Heroes. 

Tanks are sturdy, defensive Heroes whose strength lies in their ability to withstand punishment and protect their teammates from harm.

Support Heroes bring valuable utility to their team, generating resources and bringing powerful spells to bear (HAH!), but they are fragile and need to be carefully protected.

Hero cards are double sided, featuring a Basic and Experienced face. When a Hero becomes levelled up in the course of play, you flip their card over and take advantage of increased stats and stronger abilities. 

The 9 Heroes included in the ROBA core set allow two players to begin enjoying the game immediately, right out of the box! 

Immense forces of nature, Deities are powerful Hero cards that begin the game out of play but make a big splash when they enter the arena. Their excellent stats and powerful abilities can turn a game around in mere moments but be careful - your Deity is your most powerful weapon, but they are also your most vulnerable. When your Deity becomes KO’d, you lose the game!

The ROBA Core Set features two sets of 5 unique deities - enough for two players to choose freely where their allegiance lies.

Item cards represent powerful magical artifacts that can turn the tide of battle, and let you customize your Heroes how you see fit. Items can modify your Heroes’ stats or grant new abilities, letting you tailor your strategy to fit your style. Players stock their shop in secret at the beginning of every game, affording plenty of opportunities to give your opponent a nasty surprise. 

The ROBA Core Set includes two sets of 10 unique items - enough for two players to stock their shops with whatever treasures take their fancy. 

Divine Conduits represent places of power, sacred to the Deities of the Arena. When all of a player’s Conduits are destroyed, their Deity must enter the battlefield, making them vulnerable to assault! Conduit cards are associated with specific Deities, granting special bonuses when they are destroyed. 

The ROBA Core set includes two sets of 7 unique Conduits - enough for two players.

Skill cards represent your Heroes’ special abilities, techniques and spells. Each Hero contributes 9 standard skill cards to your deck - 3 sets of 3 cards. 

Each hero possesses a single, unique Ultimate skill card representing their most powerful ability or most devastating sorcery. Ultimate skills can only be used by Deities or Heroes who have leveled up, but their effects can be game changing.

Various tokens designed to help you keep track of the board state! (These will change based on stretch goals.)

The Team ROBA is brought to you by Heel Turn Games. We are a small team of passionate gamers committed to creating a fun and enjoyable, high quality, high value product. 

We are: 

Jack Murray - Designer 

Jack teaches Game Design at University College Cork, Ireland. He has a strong background in competitive CCGs and although ROBA is his first published title, he has been designing games since he was 11 years old.

Dan Dineen - Brand Manager / Organized Play Coordinator 

Dan Dineen has been an avid competitive CCG player for over 20 years and fell in love with ROBA the moment he read the rules in 2016. A graduate of the U. of Rhode Island in 2002 with a BA in Psychology, he is currently finishing a Masters in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. He has also worked as the Major Events Manager for Alderac Entertainment Group with the Legend of the Five Rings CCG and the Doomtown ECG. In 2018 he became the Community Manager for Ultra PRO.

Robert Denton - Creative Lead / Graphic Designer

Robert Denton III worked on creative development and graphic design for a number of tabletop games and franchises, including Legend of the Five Rings, the Powder Mage Roleplaying Game, Doomtown, The Masters' Trials, and the Tiny D6 RPG line. He lives in the New River Valley of Virginia with his wife and three cats.

Here In addition, we are proud to be partnered with: 

Alan Bahr - Crowdfunding Project Manager 

Alan is an experienced Kickstarter veteran with over 20 crowdfunding fulfillments through his own Gallant Knight Games company, or for other tabletop gaming companies. He also loves polar bears (BRAN FOREVER!)

Shipping and fulfillment will occur from two hubs, in the US and in the EU to allow for the best-priced and most flexible and backer friendly shipping we can arrange. 

As we continue the campaign and unlock stretch goals, we'll be adding new add-ons.

In order to purchase an add on, simply click the "Manage My Pledge" button and increase your pledge by the appropriate amount. We will confirm which add-ons you wish to purchase and in what combination closer to fulfillment via pledge manager.

We've worked hard to create a Retailer friendly pledge, because we believe that a successful and vibrant community is key to ROBA's success! 

Here's how the Retailer Pledge works. 

You must pledge 25 euros to join, and you must be a verifiable retailer 

Once joined the Retailer will be contacted after the Kickstarter ends, near the time when we determine our number of units to print and will be asked how many units they would like to order for their store.

These purchased units will be at a retailer pricing point (currently estimated to be 50% of MSRP), and will include all Kickstarter stretch goals, Kickstarter exclusives, and the choice/ability to purchase any add-ons on per unit basis.  

Additionally, each Retailer will also be sent a demo-copy of ROBA via DriveThruCards Print-On-Demand service when the Kickstarter ends. 

In the continental US shipping will be paid by Heel Turn Games, outside of the continental US shipping will be paid by the Retailer to Heel Turn Games. This demo copy will include the core game cards, and any unlocked Heroes.  

The Retailer orders will be fulfilled at the same time all other Kickstarter backers are fulfilled.

Risks and challenges

Q: Can Heel Turn Games handle this project?
While this is our first project, we're partnered and are working with experienced and fantastic industry folks. Our team has over 30 years combined experience in the game industry, ranging across all topics , such as art direction, production, editing, layout and fulfillment.

We're confident in our ability to deliver.

Q: What if the text or art isn't finished?
A: The game is 100% done. All the art is in for the game, the rules are done. You can try the Print and Play (look above!) and see how the game plays. This Kickstarter is to fund printing costs and fulfillment costs and get ROBA into your hands!

Q: What if the complexity of the project overwhelms Heel Turn Games?
A: We have straight forward pledge levels to make it easy to manage, and we're working with expert partners.

Q: What about delays in art?
A: The art is all done!

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 one of our principals, 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 a new project lead (who has been identified) will step up.

*IMPORTANT NOTE*
We hold rewards for a year from fulfillment start date, before we can no longer promise that we'll be able to fulfill your rewards. We're a small company with limited space, and while we've never had an issue, it's better to be clear about our practices so you're aware. Once we start shipping, if your reward gets returned, or your fulfillment info wasn't provided, we'll give you a full calendar year and ship that reward for you. If it's after that year, we might not have it, or we might have to ask you to pay new shipping charges (shipping goes up a lot!)

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    You get one set of Radiant: Offline Battle Arena!

    This pledge guarantees verified retailers will have a chance to order Radiant Offline Battle Arena at a store-friendly price as the game prepares for fulfillment!

    Once joined the Retailer will be contacted after the Kickstarter ends, near the time when we determine our number of units to print and will be asked how many units they would like to order for their store.

    These units will be at a retailer friendly price point and will include all Kickstarter stretch goals, Kickstarter exclusives, and the choice/ability to purchase any add-ons on per unit basis.

    After the campaign closes, each Retailer will also be sent a demo-copy of ROBA via Drivethru RPG when the Kickstarter ends. In the continental US shipping will be paid by Heel Turn Games, outside of the continental US shipping will be paid by the Retailer to Heel Turn Games. This demo copy will include the core game cards, and any unlocked Heroes.

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