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).
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:
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.
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!
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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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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