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A uniquely themed card & dice game. "Choose your fish, Adapt new parts, battle to the death!" 30mins.
Thank you to everyone everywhere for your support!
Thank you to everyone everywhere for your support!
783 backers pledged $43,816 to help bring this project to life.

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My name is John Wrot!, the designer of The King's Armory, and I would like to share with you my newest game creation: A.D.A.P.T. 

A.D.A.P.T. is a passion project that stemmed from a leveling up game mechanisms and a love of dice.  In A.D.A.P.T. I've created for you somewhat of a mash-up style fighting game that combines those two loves.

A.D.A.P.T. is a mid-to-light weight card and dice game that...

  • has mighty new Leveling, Drafting, and Mash-up game mechanisms.
  • implements ocean-deep strategies via tons of abilities and body part combinations that are as fun to build as they are exciting to use.
  • is designed to use full sets of polyhedral dice that directly support the above leveling mechanisms and strategies (21 unique Halfsies Dice included).

About A.D.A.P.T. (updated)

A.D.A.P.T. is a mashup style battle game with a unique new experience-based drafting mechanism where each player starts as a humble guppy fish and then upgrades his body over time, while forcibly Adapting new parts, to create a Frankenstein-level "Masterfish", all in preparation for battle to be come the last Masterfish in the sea. 
Alternately stated: It's a unique, clever, fast-playing game about mutant fish battling to the death. : )

In A.D.A.P.T. all players share one deck, and every single card in the deck is unique; unique art and unique stats! That means that whatever you buy I can't, and whatever I buy you can't.  As a result you'll not only Adapt your fish, but you'll also have to Adapt your strategy.

A.D.A.P.T. plays in 30 minutes, and is designed for 2-3 players ages 13+, but can adapt to meet the needs of larger gaming groups (up to 6), as well as younger players (ages 7+).  Between A.D.A.P.T.'s in-game rules for playing with kids ages 7+, and the fact that all fish in the core game are real animals with stats and abilities based on those real animals, A.D.A.P.T. can serve as a reliable learning game for play with the younger crowd, while remaining, at it's core, meaty enough for the adults it is designed for.

To learn more about how the game plays, see our "How it plays" section below.  And thanks for backing A.D.A.P.T.

Read all 23 third-party reviews below.

 Looking to share the fun?  You can this picture and link! 

 Link: http://kck.st/1NiFRdx

Now that we're fully funded, (THANK YOU!), I've moved the Stretch Goal stuff to the top here.  This "Funding and Stretch Goal Chart" shows you not only what Stretch Goals are being unlocked, but also what it took to get us here!

On the left you'll see what each amount along the way has paid for, and the right column shows what Stretch Goals we'll be adding to the campaign as a thank you for continuing to share the campaign even after you pledge.

As a gift to you for Saint Valentine's Day my Wife and I decided to go ahead and unlock the $45,000 Stretch Goal (3 extra dice sets) early, so you can be sure you're getting them.  It's our way of thanking you for being a part of this great adventure together.

REMEMBER: PLUS FREE DICE FOR EVERYONE if we hit $59,000!

I'm very excited to share it all with you.  Let's knock these out!

$30,000 SG - UNLOCKED!

The $30,000 goal is a big one we put first, that increases the size of the deck by 15%.  With these 9 humble Status trackers across 5 designs, the smoothness of gameplay increases tremendously.

For more detail, read the Update we posted about them here.


$34,000 SG - UNLOCKED!

The 6 (3+3) custom "guppies" at the $34,000 Goal introduce Unique Genetic Boosts that grant very powerful Asymmetrical abilities to your fish all game long.  These 3+3 guppies have the most power of the add on Guppies and are certainly the most unique.  Art has been commissioned and coming soon.

3 all new "Guppies" for the Yellow Pack - Genetic Babies that align with the R,G,B themed packs:

  • Red "Guppy" Baby: Squidly - Special: Changeling - Granting the ability to Adapt new Parts faster at a reduced cost.
  • Blue "Guppy" Baby: Eggly - Special: Oversize Special - Granting the ability to Adapt TWO of the very powerful "Special" Parts at the same time.
  • Green "Guppy" Baby: Tadpole - Special: Metamorph - Granting the ability to Adapt to new Bodies faster at a reduced cost.
Initial Concept Sketches!
Initial Concept Sketches!

3 all new "Guppies" for the Black Pack - Mineral Guppies:

  • Roboguppy: Special: Energized - Grants immunity to Health Penalties from Adapted Parts (very powerful with Biomech parts equipped!). Designed as a Platinum Angelfish!
  • Mechaguppy: Special: Shapeshifting - This strong blocky guppy can transform to swap out any current Part with any previously replaced one.  Designed as a Bettafish!
  • Diamondsoul Guppy: Special: Destined - This crystalline Guppy can "Auto Adapt" one extra time per game without penalty.   Designed as a living crystal fish...

Initial concept sketches.

They'll adapt a lot from here, but here's a peek.
They'll adapt a lot from here, but here's a peek.
     Final art for Diamondsoul.
Diamondsoul Guppy
Diamondsoul Guppy

$38,000 SG - UNLOCKED!

The $38,000 Stretch Goal bulks up the value of your Bonus Packs even more by introducing 6 extra Status Tracker Cards across the R, G, and B Packs!  And includes new Status Trackers for new abilities such as...

  • Grabbed
  • Stunned
  • and Withdrawn!

$44,000 SG - What's it got, what's it do?!

The $44,000 Stretch Goal enables me to double-side the Player Mats and get dedicated art & graphic design on the new side for playing A.D.A.P.T. with children from 7 & up.  The new design will display the custom layout for playing with kids, as well as have a cheat-sheet of the basic rules of the game when gaming with your guppies!

Additionally the section of the manual dedicated to these rules will be expanded and upgraded as well.

The Final Stretch Goal Voting Area

I hereby present to you two phenomenal upgrade options for the game box! Vote now, then go share the campaign to help us get there!

Option #1!

"3d Lenticular Printing" for the cover of the box!  As the box moves 3d fish will swarm in to form the final box cover image we all know and love!  Take a look!

Render only, actual art will have a deep 3d appearance!  Final design will have splashy water, forming clouds, and may even have the fish leaping from the water!  To see the power of the potential motion and 3d effects, take a look at the video clip here (30s - sorry for the crazy music, I didn't make the video : ).

Option #2!

The box is upgraded to a "Hinge and Magnet" style 1-piece box that closes with the power of the Magnetfish! Take a look!

Instead of the image moving, the lid will!  Final design subject to change.  Magnet fish do not really exist (though it would be cool).

There can be only one Mastergoal in the sea!

VOTE HERE!

Voting will run until the moment that final Stretch Goal is unlocked!

Want to find out all the glorious details? Here is our no-nonsense in-depth How-to-Play video. Enjoy!

-Rules in German.

Still got questions?  Ask them in the comments.  I'm always there.

The way to victory on Kickstarter is to get as many people to know about it, and give it a shot, as possible.  I'm advertising a ton of sites (all out of pocket), but what is far more powerful is your word as a backer!

Therefore, to thank and reward you for sharing the campaign, I am giving away tons of stuff through the GKG website for unlocking the following Social Stretch Goals!

Bonus Item Counts to date:
Sets of Dice ($10 value): 16!
TKA Bonus Packs ($30 value): 4!
TKA Special Editions ($100 value): 2!

Event and details are available at GateKeeperGaming.com.

The following reviewers were sent a prototype of the game that had final rules, mostly final art, and mostly final graphic design. None were paid, all volunteered their time. My gratitude is endless.

Ricky Royal declares that he's "ruthless" in choosing which Kickstarter games he'll review. Fortunately, he chose us! See what's inside the Box of Delights video here:

The Purge has posted over 900 written reviews! ...but he's only done 8 videos. A.D.A.P.T. is one of them:

Bearded Meeple accepted a rare late request to review A.D.A.P.T. and blew this 4 MINUTE overview/review video out of the water!

Undead Viking did his initial review using the B&W print & play version. I sent him a color prototype to take a look at, and he liked the art so much he shot a 2nd video (7mins).

A.D.A.P.T. still has even more reviews coming!  

A few press comments...

A.D.A.P.T. includes 60+ unique cards, 3 player mats, and 3 sets of custom dice.

...and every card in the box is unique, which results in very interesting gameplay since we all share one deck! 

Plus, with Stretch Goals the contents of the game have increased even further!

By popular demand, a closeup of the Maincore game's dice.

Game Stats:

Ages "7+" listed due to in game rule mods, though primarily designed for 13+.
Ages "7+" listed due to in game rule mods, though primarily designed for 13+.

For 2-3 players, plays in 30 minutes, and designed for ages 13+.
(Plays well with ages 7+. Certain Stretch Goals will further aid playing with the young ones.)

FREE COMPANION APP! - Install it right now!

Also we're offering a Companion App that is both a general Dice Roller, and a Statistic Tracker.  Though it's not required for play, it sure can be helpful to have!  Best of all, it's totally free!  Enjoy!

To play with up to 6 players, order two copies or take a look at the Bonus Packs below.  Halfsies Dice are a Gate Keeper Games exclusive product, only available through GKG.

The following Bonus Packs & Dice, though not required for play, provide engaging additions to your A.D.A.P.T. gaming experience.

They introduce...

  • over 700-billion new combinations of Bodies & Parts (seriously). 
  • a host of new abilities including but not limited to: Grab, Withdraw, Oversize, Genetic Boost, and Targeting
  • ...and thus a LOT more replayability!

The following packs will MSRP at $6 each, and are currently available for as little as $4 each.  So now is definitely the best time to consider picking them up.  We consider it Earlyfish pricing for everybody much like the Core Game.

Bonus Packs - Pick and choose or save $1 each by getting them all in the Megafish & Masterfish Tiers.
Bonus Packs - Pick and choose or save $1 each by getting them all in the Megafish & Masterfish Tiers.

Recently added by Backer request:

Additional Player Mats to aid 6-player games.
Additional Player Mats to aid 6-player games.

The shown pledge value (+$3; MSRP $4.50) includes: 3 additional Player Mats and 3 additional Player Aids.  No additional shipping charge.  Mats also upgrade with Stretch Goals.

(Note: These 3 additional Player Mats are truly optional, please don't feel like you need to add them to enjoy the game or 6-player experience.  You can print extras at home from the Full Color PnP for free if you prefer; add these to have the same quality as the core game's 3. - Thanks for reading!)

These 3 dice sets, which will ship with your game rewards, and will each be packed in it's own plastic display case.

To add any of the above items to your pledge simply add the value of the items desired to your pledge total by clicking the "Manage" button next to your pledge amount at the top of the page. We'll sort out which items you desire during the Pledge Manager.

 "What do I get with each pledge tier?"

 Chart Format...

* Angelfish is our "Earlyfish" Tier, quantity is limited.  † Now available, only Tier that includes 3 extra player mats/aids; all others can add them for +$3.
* Angelfish is our "Earlyfish" Tier, quantity is limited. † Now available, only Tier that includes 3 extra player mats/aids; all others can add them for +$3.

Here's just a couple reasons:

  • You save 25% off MSRP by supporting A.D.A.P.T. during the campaign.  Save even more if you're an aspiring Masterfish or Angelfish.
  • The Money Back Guarantee (love it or ship it back within 2 weeks for a full refund).
  • We simply can't afford to do this without you.  You are helping make a dream come true, a mom 'stay-at-home' (yes, she very much wants to : ), and an amazing game to be made that you'll get to play before anyone else.

Thank you in advance for your pledge!

Introducing our new UFRST Shipping (Universal Flat Rate Shipping Technique).  Shipping has never been so simple.

In short: Free to the USA and $7 flat rate to everywhere else. Live in the EU? In Australia? In Brazil? ...all $7.  Even if you add everything to your pledge.  Take a look...

Here's a visual of the shipping prices....

  • Flat Rate Worldwide Shipping. That means: The same price everywhere outside the USA, no matter where you live, or how much you add to your pledge.
  • We gladly also offer Friendly Worldwide Shipping through our relationships with worldwide shipping agencies.  That means you don't have to pay VAT on the import of the game, we do it for you.

How are we able to do this? Shipping to the USA from the USA is inexpensive and is covered by the shipping subsidy built into the base pledge.  We then priced out how much extra it costs to ship to EU backers (the biggest slice of the pie outside the USA), and then we're covering the extra costs to everywhere else.  It's as simple as that! Our way of thanking everyone for being a part of this.

Timelines are estimates based on quotes from manufacturing companies and previous experience. We promise to do our best to stay on top of, or ahead of, the timeline.
Timelines are estimates based on quotes from manufacturing companies and previous experience. We promise to do our best to stay on top of, or ahead of, the timeline.

Gate Keeper Games is a family run game design and publishing company.  It's largely a one-man-show, but without my Beautiful Wife and Amazing Children I would not be able to do what I have with this company.

We as a family are committed to treating you like you're one of us.  That means we look out for you, we're honest with you, and we still love you even when you share "constructive criticism". ; )

We as a business take hard work seriously, believe in keeping promises, and don't believe in budgeting in profit into the Funding Goal.  If we make any 'take home' on this, which a hard worker has the right to do, it will be well into the Stretch Goals and/or after the campaign in retail.  It's not the best business model, but we're a family first!

Me as me: I believe so strongly in this game I've invested $12,796 myself into the production, art, and shipping of the game (allowing us to fund that much sooner!). We authentically get to do this together! : )

All in all: Count on being respected and treated like you're cared about, because you are.  It's the way we do things around here.

Mailing List: Sign up here.

Risks and challenges

The beauty of Kickstarter is that all projects have risks, and even with the experience of 5 crowdfunders, successfully fulfilling a mega-game, and hosting a crowdfunding-advice-blog... such risks can only be mitigated. That is the "challenge", and challenges motivate me to push even harder.

That said, I do have the above experience in design, publishing, and fulfillment, and I'm honored to put it back to work for you ensuring you top quality production and reasonable fulfillment times.

We're running this campaign while the Halfsies Dice campaign is still in production because, though financially independent, funding A.D.A.P.T. at the same time will reduce the production costs and lead time on certain aspects of A.D.A.P.T.'s production. This will not effect Halfsies, but will help you get A.D.A.P.T. at this lower price.

If you have any questions or concerns I welcome you to contact me directly, and I'll be happy to address them personally. : )

-John Wrot!

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    For showing your faith in this project so early, when we reach the $45,000 Stretch Goal we're going to give you a Bonus Dice Set for free. ...and then lock this Tier forever!

    Includes:
    -One Copy of the Game A.D.A.P.T. with the 3 core sets of dice included (21 dice total)
    -All 5 Bonus Card Packs (Save $1 each)
    -The Guppytail Halfsies Dice Set
    -The Diamond Dust Halfsies Dice Set
    -The Rustmetal Halfsies Dice Set (FREE)
    -All Stretch Goals
    -A $25 savings over Retail PLUS a Free Dice Set

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    For showing your faith in this project so early, when we reach the $45,000 Stretch Goal we're going to give you a Bonus Dice Set for free. ...and then lock this Tier forever!

    Includes:
    -One Copy of the Game A.D.A.P.T. with the 3 core sets of dice included (21 dice total)
    -All 5 Bonus Card Packs (Save $1 each)
    -The Guppytail Halfsies Dice Set
    -The Diamond Dust Halfsies Dice Set
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    -All Stretch Goals
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    With all dice sets NOW UNLOCKED this is the last round of the Angelfish Tiers.

    Includes:
    -One Copy of the Game A.D.A.P.T. with the 3 core sets of dice included (21 dice total)
    -All 5 Bonus Card Packs (Save $1 each)
    -The Guppytail Halfsies Dice Set
    -The Diamond Dust Halfsies Dice Set
    -The Rustmetal Halfsies Dice Set (FREE)
    -All Stretch Goals
    -A $25 savings over Retail PLUS a Free Dice Set

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    "The Masterfish" (The Everything Tier)

    Includes:
    -One Copy of the Game A.D.A.P.T. with the 3 core sets of dice included (21 dice total)
    -All 5 Bonus Card Packs (Save $1 each)
    -The Guppytail Halfsies Dice Set
    -The Diamond Dust Halfsies Dice Set
    -The Rustmetal Halfsies Dice Set
    -A pack of 3 Extra Player Mats & Player aids to support players 4-6.
    -All Stretch Goals
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    This Tier is a limited-time Tier that offers you the chance to gift a friend with a better-than-Angelfish level Tier, and rewards you HEARTILY for doing so…

    Includes:
    -TWO Copies of the Game A.D.A.P.T. each with the 3 core sets of dice included
    -TWO Red Bonus Card Packs (Save $1 each)
    -TWO Green Bonus Card Packs (Save $1 each)
    -TWO Blue Bonus Card Packs (Save $1 each)
    -TWO Yellow Bonus Card Packs (Save $1 each)
    -TWO Black Bonus Card Packs … BOTH FOR FREE! ♥
    -TWO Guppytail Halfsies Dice Set
    -TWO Diamond Dust Halfsies Dice Set
    -TWO Rustmetal Halfsies Dice Set … BOTH FOR FREE! ♥
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    -TWO Extra Sets of Player Mats/Aid … and YOURS is FREE! ♥
    -All Stretch Goals
    ♥ A net $79 savings over Retail! ♥

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