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James SearlesBy James Searles
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James SearlesBy James Searles
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$2,369
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 27 2018 6:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Crown of Aragón is a card-based area control game played using a shared draw deck of 54 cards. During each turn, players place cards into one of three areas of influence; Economic, Military, or Political. Then players compare the total strength of their cards in each area to determine who will gain influence in that area. A player wins when they have 10 influence in a single area or 5 influence in two areas at the end of their opponent's turn.

SETTING

Crown of Aragón is set in the vast medieval kingdoms that controlled the western Mediterranean Sea, stretching from northern Spain all the way to southern Italy. As the monarch of one of these smaller kingdoms, you seek to prove your worth as a ruler and claim the vacant throne. To do this you must fight for control through military conquest, negotiate the politics of the noble court, and make investments to develop your economic might. Only a skilled tactician capable of managing all three spheres of influence can win the Crown of Aragón.

GAMEPLAY

Game In Progress w/ Prototype boards & Leaders
Game In Progress w/ Prototype boards & Leaders

Click here to download our basic rules PDF! 

Crown of Aragón is a two-player game played from a shared deck of cards that takes about 15 minutes. Each turn is divided into three phases: Planning, Influence, and Draft. 

In the Planning phase, you may play one of your cards into one of the three game areas: Military, Political, and Economic. Cards provide not only strength to the area that they’re played in, but also additional special abilities. 

During the Influence phase, players add up the strength of their cards in each play area. The player with the most strength in an area earns influence in that area equal to the difference between their total strength and their opponent's. It is not uncommon to see yourself gaining ground in the Economic area while at the same time your opponent is earning Political or Military influence. 

Next, play moves to the Drafting phase. In this phase, the active player looks at the top three cards from the shared draw deck and chooses one to add to their hand. Then the remaining two cards are passed to their opponent. The opponent then chooses one of those cards to add to their hand, and then discards the last card face down into the discard pile. Drafting is this way means you have an idea as to what card your opponent chooses, but you can’t be certain. Likewise, on your opponent’s turn, you will have no idea about what your opponent chooses, but they will have an idea about what you chose. 

Play continues in this manner until a player has ten influence in any one area or five or more in two areas at the end of their opponent’s turn. If there is a tie, you simply continue play until it is broken. 

LEADERS

While we've done promo leaders in the past, this Kickstarter will allow us to add these unique cards to the base game so that everyone can have access to them. It's strongly recommended that you play at least 10 to 15 games WITHOUT them before you add them in because they change the amount of things you need to pay attention to in a game. Leader cards can be assigned randomly or even drafted as part of playing a best of three match!

Here are the rules:

Players may choose to add some complexity and variety to the game by playing with Leader cards. Leader cards are special cards that begin the game in play and have an ability that effects the game. On the back of each leader card is a normal card. Any time you could play a card of the same type as your leader card, you may play you leader card into the appropriate area. If a leader card is ever destroyed or would leave the play area, return it to the unused leader cards instead.

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PLAYTHROUGH VIDEOS

In this first play through video we go over all the rules and play through a full game using the base deck.

In this second video we add Leader cards and go over their rules.

In the third and final playthrough we add Event cards. Stay tuned after the game for a rundown of the other two Leaders and the Event cards that weren't played during our game. 

  • 54 Game Cards (3 each of 18 different cards)
  • 6 Leader Cards
  • EXCLUSIVE "Patronage" Direct Order Promo
  • A game board for tracking influence in each area
  • 3 influence markers
  • 1 full color rules sheet
  • Additional cards and components unlocked via stretch goals! 

PLEDGE LEVELS

$1 - The Vassal

Join our community of backers and keep up to date with the project!

$8 - The Sentry

Did you pick up a copy of our preview edition at PAX Unplugged, through DriveThruCards or in person? This level will get you the new cards we produce as part of the campaign to add to your collection. You will not get the box, game board or any other non-card components.

$20 - The Heir 

Begin your quest to claim the crown with a copy of the game, our direct order promo card and any stretch goals.

$25 - The Courtier

Do you like backing Kickstarters but don't want more games? Why not show you support by buying a lousy t-shirt to show off just how cool you are! Keep in mind that you will receive no other rewards if you back at this level, so if you want the game, you'll have to acquire it another way! 

$35 The Illuminator

Do you fancy copies of our three leader promos from PAX Unplugged? Normally we just carry these around to give out to people we meet but we know that can make them hard to acquire for people who don't get out to the same events as us. This is a way to not only get a copy of these promos but also a signed copy of the game and a personalized thank you note!


$100 - The Merchant

Are you a retailer who'd like to carry Crown of Aragón in your shop? Send us a message and we'll go over the details. This level includes multiple copies of the game and a demo kit. You can add an Illuminator package by adding $35 to your pledge. 

$1500 - The Monarch 

Have you ever wanted to have your visage included in a game? This is your chance! Not only will you get a copy of the game, the direct order promo and any stretch goals but we'll also make YOU into a card, give you 250 copies to share with friends and include a copy with every Kickstarter order! 

ADDONS

To get any of these Add-Ons just increase your pledge by the appropriate amount and then after the campaign we will use a pledge manager make sure you get what you added! You can add on each add-on as many times as you like, just keep increasing your pledge.

Additional Copy of the Game - $18
You can add this on to any pledge level except The Vassal, The Courtier or the Merchant. Note that if you are an international backer this will not increase your shipping charges so feel free to pool with a friend! 

100 Count Clear Dragon Shield Sleeves - $10  

The cards in this game are all poker sized, just like popular games such as Magic: the Gathering. We prefer to use the clear Dragon Shield brand sleeves because the card backs are also a game component. We can offer a small discount on them if you add them to your pledge. This add-on cannot be added to The Vassal or The Courtier pledge level. 

Neoprene 2-play Playmat with Influence Trackers - $50
We're going to be producing some 28" by 24" two player playmats for use during demos at events. These aren't really economical to sell all the time but we thought some backers might like one. We don't have a mockup yet* but we know they'll look great! This add-on cannot be added to The Vassal or The Courtier pledge level. (If we reach a high enough volume to get a discount on these, we will issue you a credit in the pledge manager after the campaign that you can use for other add-ons or future products!)

A Lousy T-Shirt - $25
Do you want a lousy t-shirt AND the game? Well now you can add our variant lousy t-shirt to any pledge (other than The Courtier level of course). This shirt will say "I backed Crown of Aragón on Kickstarter and I also got this lousy t-shirt." 

SHIPPING

The game is not particularly heavy so we've included free shipping to everyone in the United States. Unfortunately we can't offer the same to our international backers but we will do our best to keep the costs as low as possible. If you live in one of the countries we can't ship to, we suggest you make use of a mail forwarding service with a US address.

STRETCH GOALS

What's a Kickstarter without stretch goals!?

$7500 - We're Funded, Crown of Aragón will be produced! [LOCKED]

Thanks to your support we will be able to produce an updated boxed version of Crown of Aragón complete with 6 Leader cards and a game board! 

$9000 - Reminder Cards (with a game component on the back)! [LOCKED]

We'll add 6 reminder cards to the game (3 for each player). Unlike reminder cards for most other games, once you're familiar with the rules they'll be able to be used as a game component to add even more replayability to your games!

$12500 - Event Cards [LOCKED]

We'll add 6 Event cards to every copy of Crown of Aragón! These event cards are shuffled into the draw deck to add more unpredictability and strategy to your games. Perhaps an Earthquake will decimate your opponent's Economic holdings or a Divine Vision will give you the guidance you need to take control of a certain area.

We have even more stretch goals ready to go, so spread the word so we can add all this amazing content to the game! 

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Risks and challenges

Our team has been in the games industry for many years with experience working at conventions, designing game mechanics, running retail game stores, and organizing tournaments with hundreds of players.

We have already delivered and sold a playable version of the game via print on demand and at PAX Unplugged in 2017.

We have done everything in our power to mitigate any and all risks for this project. The design, playtesting, and main deck card art are all complete and will require no additional time post-funding.

Art for new components will need to be completed after funding but we are working with the same artist and already know they can deliver in a timely and professional fashion.

We have also been in constant communication with our manufacturing company and are aware of all costs of each game unit we produce. Our stretch goals have been specifically designed in coordination with our manufacturer and we have every confidence in their quotes and their ability to deliver us the product that we envision.

Barring catastrophes beyond our control, we look forward to providing you with a quality, well-made game in a timely manner.

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