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Animal Empire, an innovative card game where you build an Empire by capturing your friends as Vassals to team up against everyone else!
Animal Empire, an innovative card game where you build an Empire by capturing your friends as Vassals to team up against everyone else!
154 backers pledged AU$ 8,504 to help bring this project to life.
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Animal Empire: the Empire Building Card Game

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 Developed by Jack Ford Morgan (co-designer of Terrible Candidates, winner of the 2018 Australian Game Award's Tabletop Game of the Year), Animal Empire is an empire-building card game where you play sentient human-like animals in a world where all the humans are dead. The time has come to seize control and build the the first new Empire to rule the world.  

We are running this Kickstarter to fund the mass print run that will get the game out and into the hands of the people! By backing this campaign, you are not only getting the game before everyone else, but we are making sure that the Kickstarter price of Animal Empire is $25AUD (approx. $17USD), $5 cheaper than the eventual RRP of $30 ($20USD). So there is no better time to get on board. We're offering special limited edition art prints of the artwork as well, due to popular demand (see the end of this page for a preview). 

Card artwork from the game, by Jess Wilce (UK) and Craig Lee (AUS)

 During Animal Empire's 100+ playtests, playtesters have consistently said they most enjoy: 

  • the freedom to create different tactics and strategies, and unique paths to victory
  • the unique Vassalage gameplay that makes for extremely odd alliances and interesting feudal social dynamics
  • the fun backstory and rich lore of the game! Check out our interactive fiction map of the story here: 

 Current Prototype Status: 

Prototype 4 - manufacture proof! 90% art complete, rulebook and cards all fit into box and are printed with correct colours etc.
We play and test extensively with each prototype that comes in, to ensure the cards feel excellent, look amazing, and our playtesters can give us further feedback once their changes and suggestions are integrated into the game

 Live Launch Video!



 Animal Empire will be manufactured at the Shenzhen Yahong Color Printing Co., Ltd. in China, which is the company that we used to do the full print run of Terrible Candidates. They have 7 years of experience in making tabletop games, and were excellent to work with every time we've completed a project with them. We can confirm the high quality of the materials, manufacturing, and printing of the artwork, in terms of colour, placement, and accuracy. The cards, booklet, and box are durable and at or beyond industry standard. AliBaba, which we are using as the mediator, has a policy whereby the full payment is not released until we receive the copies AND check their quality, and so we can assure our backers that if there is an issue with manufacturing it will not affect you or lead to higher costs. 

We can ship Animal Empire to anywhere in the world! Please note that we are based in Australia and relevant shipping costs may apply. Shipping will be added when you pledge, and will count toward the campaign total. Shipping is in addition to your pledge and will be charged when the campaign ends.

Shipping Estimates

For shipping within Australia, the cost will be $10AUD. 

For shipping internationally, the cost will be $15AUD ($10USD), and will be done in batches through SkippyPost, which sends batches of game copies collectively to individual countries, and then mails them out from the distribution point there (see their website here: https://tinyurl.com/y6ggc2qn). This service means cheaper shipping for everyone, however please keep in mind it will be about a week or so slower than normal international postage. The time estimates provided by SkippyPost are as follows:

  • New Zealand: 6-14 business days
  • Asia/Pacific: 6-18 business days
  • USA/Canada/Middle East: 10-20 business days*
  • UK/Europe/Rest of World:12-24 business days

*There can be delays with Canada Post

 This $15AUD shipping cost includes SkippyPost's base rates, and takes into account packaging, currency fluctuations, and the time for us to print and apply labels, pack, ship, pay the total bulk box fee, and so on. If you have any questions about your specific country, please just let us know!

 Our artists and writer on this project have done an incredible job, and we are so happy with their work. Please visit their pages to see more of their amazing work! 

Launching this Kickstarter is a dream come true for our entire team, and we would love to have you along for the ride with us. 

We would like to give a huge thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way,  playtested the game, supported us financially, signed up to the Horde, gave us advice, looked over this Kickstarter, appeared in a video, shared news about the game or any of our events, and so on and so forth!

An extra huge thanks to our partners and parents, whom without we would perish and die and live lives devoid of creative expression. We owe everything to you, thank you!

Example of a Print: 

We're tracking our campaign with BiggerCake and Kicktraq. If you're into data and looking at Backer Countries, Funding Projections, etc. these are some cool links to follow: 

BiggerCake Data Link
Kicktraq's (awesome!) Data Link

Risks and challenges

This is Half-Monster Games’ fourth published title, following our Game-of-the-Year-winning release, Terrible Candidates. We’ve been making and printing card games at this scale for a long time, and have a lot of experience with sourcing the artwork, communicating with manufacturers, and having products delivered in high quality, on time, and on budget.

The largest potential risk with this project is delays involving printing. We’ve given ourselves a three-month lead time to make sure the art is finalised, final files are sent to the manufacturer, ample shipping time is available. We expect to deliver much sooner than our deadline, but we’ll absolutely keep all our backers up to date at each step of the process!

The artwork is 90% complete, we’ve been testing with manufactured copies for months, and just need to get everything finalised and printed/shipped in bulk.

We like to have fun, as you can see above, but our primary goal is that everyone who plays our games has the best experience possible. This includes doing our absolute best to ensure you get your game on time and without a fuss on your end!

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    Pledge AU$ 1 or more About US$ 1

    Animal Messenger

    This is the tier for following the journey and for receiving our eternal gratitude for being part of the experience!

    Animal Empire will retail at $30AUD

    Includes:
    • Eternal Gratitude!
    • Follow the campaign and receive updates
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    Pledge AU$ 10 or more About US$ 7

    Animal Art Collector

    An A4 300gsm (playing card thickness) print of any of the Animal Empire Armies sent to you in a stiff A4 box.
    Once the campaign ends we will send you an email asking which print you would like, then print and send it out to you.

    Includes:
    • A4 Print of an Animal Empire Army
    • Eternal Gratitude!
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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About US$ 18

    Animal Knight

    A copy of the card game, access to the Animal Empire community, and the colour version of the Print and Play preview version.

    Animal Empire will retail at $30AUD

    Includes:
    • Animal Empire Card Game
    • Eternal Gratitude!
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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About US$ 18

    Animal International Knight

    Please select this Reward if you live anywhere other than Australia!

    The shipping for other countries for our basic game tier level has bugged, so we made this tier so you get you $15AUD shipping cost (not $35AUD!)

    This is the exact same level and rewards as the Animal Knight, just for our international backers and friends.

    You will get: A copy of the card game, access to the Animal Empire community, and the colour version of the Print and Play preview version.

    Animal Empire will retail at $30AUD

    Includes:
    • Animal Empire Card Game
    • Eternal Gratitude!
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    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About US$ 35

    Animal Monarch

    A full set of 16 Animal Empire Army prints with your copy of the game, access to the Animal Empire community, and the colour version of the Print and Play preview version.

    Animal Empire will retail at $30AUD

    Includes:
    • Animal Empire Card Game
    • Set of 16 Physical Prints of Animal Empire Army Artwork
    • Eternal Gratitude!
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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About US$ 69

    Animal Emperor - Patron of the Arts

    This is the tier packed with as much stuff as we can throw at you!

    A copy of Animal Empire, a copy of Terrible Candidates, a full set of 16 300gsm Army prints, and a book of all of the fiction from our website arranged with the landscapes and the Army characters within!

    This is a great way to get a bunch of content, and it really helps us get towards that funding target!

    Please note: the shipping for this tier is slightly more expensive due to weight!

    Includes:
    • Animal Empire Card Game
    • Terrible Candidates Card Game
    • A5 Book of Animal Empire Fiction with Army and Landscape Artwork
    • Set of 16 Army artwork postcards
    • Eternal Gratitude!
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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About US$ 103

    Animal Emperor - Adventurer

    In this penultimate tier for our superfans, and as thanks for your support, you will receive some bonus special items exclusive to this Kickstarter:

    + All prior rewards
    + An exclusive handmade A5 preview edition of our upcoming Animal Empire Roleplaying Game
    + A 3D-printable STL file of the Wolven Legion Army

    *The Animal Empire Roleplaying Game is currently in it's 9th month of development, and will come as a A5 booklet full of rules, fiction, details of the lands, and everything you need to start running roleplaying adventures in the world of Animal Empire. This is perfect for you to keep exploring our Animal universe.

    Prior rewards include the Animal Empire Card Game, Terrible Candidates Card Game, 16 A4 300gsm Artwork Prints of the Armies, a book of all of the fiction from our website arranged with the landscapes and the Army characters within.

    Your support puts the burritos on our table and we thank you for it!

    Includes:
    • Animal Empire Card Game
    • Terrible Candidates Card Game
    • Set of 16 Physical Prints of Animal Empire Army Artwork
    • A5 Book of Animal Empire Fiction with Army and Landscape Artwork
    • 3D-Printable Wolven Army STL file
    • Eternal Gratitude!
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Funding period

- (30 days)