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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, December 29 2018 2:05 PM UTC +00:00.

Jake EhrenreichBy Jake Ehrenreich
First created
Jake EhrenreichBy Jake Ehrenreich
First created
$936
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
15
backers
12days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, December 29 2018 2:05 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Death of a Monarch is a quick, turn-based card game for a few or a crowd. With only 6 different cards in the deck, the game is quick to learn but requires clever thinking to master. It takes approximately 10 minutes to play with 2 players, and roughly 45 minutes to play with 5 players.

The cards are:

  •  Soldier - a unit of military might in the Attack phase.
  •  Cupbearer - a shield throughout the Tribute phase.
  •  Weapon - used to harm other players' hands or is combined with a Citizen to form a Soldier.
  •  Poison - used to harm other players' Armies or the players themselves.
  •  Citizen - forms a Soldier when combined with a Weapon or a Cupbearer when paid a Gold.
  •  Gold - used to purchase cards or promote Citizens to Cupbearers.

The game has 3 reoccurring Phases, each taken in turns, allowing each player to play through a given Phase before moving on to the next one. The game ends when only one player - the new Monarch - survives. 

The Phases are:

  •  Recruitment - players build up their hand and their Army.
  •  Attack - players go to war against each other.
  •  Tribute - players make a toast to their continued good health... and hope their glass isn't poisoned!

RECRUITMENT

During Recruitment each player draws 2 cards from the Armory Deck before taking up to 3 actions:

  •  Mobilize - moving cards from your hand into your Army.
  •  Ambush - destroy one card from an opponent's hand.
  •  Infiltrate - a chance to destroy one card from an opponent's Army.
  •  Buy - spend gold to draw a card from the Armory Deck.

Players can also, for a free action, Beg by discarding paired, unwanted cards to draw from the Armory Deck.

ATTACK

After all players have completed their turn in the Recruitment phase, the Attack phase begins. Similar to Recruitment, the Attack phase is taken in turns. A player may war against any other player, using the strength of their Army. The defending player may use the combined strength of their Army and hand. A player's military strength is measured by the number of Soldiers (or Citizens with Weapons) they have. 

If the attacker overpowers the defender, the defender dies immediately and the attacker inherits their remaining cards. The attacker may at any point relent from their attack. Survivors of a battle earn a free card from the Armory Deck and are protected (and disallowed) from participating in other battles for the rest of this Attack phase.

TRIBUTE

Lastly, the Tribute phase consists of all remaining players contributing a card from their hand to the Tribute Deck, shuffling the Tribute Deck and then dealing all players one card from that same deck. Any card received by a player is added to their hand with the exception of the Poison card. Players that draw a Poison must sacrifice a Cupbearer or are killed immediately. Players without a Cupbearer may bribe a Citizen with a Gold to function as a Cupbearer for one round.

After the Tribute phase, all remaining players continue, starting again with the Recruitment phase, but shifting the start of play clockwise by one.

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--------------------------STRETCH GOALS--------------------------

In the event of tremendous success, we have a few celebratory stretch goals to augment the game:

  •  $30,000 - We'll give a little bump to the card quality!
  •  $50,000 - We'll add an optional expansion pack consisting of 3 new cards to every deck bringing the total card count to 100 card base deck + 3 card expansion. 
  •  $75,000 - We'll give another card quality bump to the game.
  •  $100,000 - We'll add an additional 3 new cards to the aforementioned expansion bringing the total card count to 100 card base deck + 6 card expansion. 
  •  $150,000 - We'll add an additional 3 new cards to the aforementioned expansion bringing the total card count to 100 card base deck + 9 card expansion. 

Risks and challenges

There are pretty minimal risks associated with this project. The biggest obstacles with a project such as this are related to time. The projected reward delivery date is representative of conservative assumptions around project completion, game production and reward fulfillment.

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