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In these lands - filled with wizardy spells, rowdy pirates, space whales, troll lords and chickens - every adventurer worth their sword is on a quest for cool treasures! But, to get there you may have to pass through some tall grass... Will your champions defeat all of the random encounters standing between you and epic loot? 

Random Encounter is a strategic number game for all ages that is quick to play, easy to learn and fantastically fun.

Players build 'encounters' made up of various creatures and to try and win as many battles as possible at the table in the pursuit of loot! Each fully customisable deck is made up of different leveled creature cards along with several trick creature cards to throw your opponents off guard.

2 or more players compete to reach 5 loot before other players by either winning the most battles or stealing loot from the coffers of their fallen enemies. You still want more? Sure! Random Encounter will be opened up to the community where everyone will get the chance to design new sets in quarterly competition rounds where the most popular set each round will go into full print(!!).

The game and pixel art is being created by Jamie Keddie (creator of Jackpot! and Artist on Minecraft: Console Edition at 4J Studios) of Joyride Games who has extensive experience with both card and video games design. Random Encounter combines these things in a new, fun, package for everyone to enjoy! 

Although Random Encounter is an awesome stand-alone game it is also extremely easy to integrate into your favourite role playing games to replace encounters, a replacement for dice rolls, a quick game that can be played between rounds and/or to settle disputes. There are all sorts of mixable themes to match your game of choice. The game will come with suggestions of how you can make this work simply.


This project is worldwide shipping friendly!! This project has no extra shipping charges no matter where in the world you are from by sharing the costs.

 Random Encounter started it's life as a weekend project. Not Long after Jackpot! was released I decided to try my hand at a contrasting project. Something quick and simple. What came from that was a variant of a small game called "platoon" from Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Sony PS3). Because of the repeating, bean like, figures I had drawn it was given the name Battle for Beanville and was played week after week at the local game stores and pubs. And we loved it!

'Battle for Beanville' playable prototype cards
'Battle for Beanville' playable prototype cards

So, I continued to work on it. Changing cards, mechanics, scoring and theme until I came out with something I thought was really special. I took the pixel art experience that I am continually developing while working on Minecraft at 4JStudios as well as inspiration from some of the most cherished video games (Final Fantasy, Pokemon, Zelda etc) threw it all in the idea pot and what came out was Random Encounter! The theme fit the game mechanics perfectly and several iterations/versions later I was happy with the style and decided to bring it to you on Kickstarter. 

I hope you like the game as much as I do. I really cant wait to interact with the community in what I hope can be a living project for a long time to come.

- Jamie

Risks and challenges

We have been here before! Since our last successful campaign for “Jackpot!” we have learned a lot about the production process including creating very realistic targets and deadlines. There are little to no risks involved here as we have all of the pieces in place prior to this campaign going live to make it as smooth as possible. The production is relatively simple (Hey, it’s a card game!) and all that needs done now is refinement of the game and finishing of the artwork. We want this to be a simple project for your sake – no risks, just pledge and get your game in hand as soon as possible! Remember, you pay nothing if we do not reach the funding goal so don't worry - there is no risk for you either!

If you want to see how we did last time around you can check out our previous campaign which has all sorts of production images in the updates section: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joyridegames/jackpot-1

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - You are a pioneer! One copy of Random Encounter (2-5 players). Choose between any of the unlocked themes! All we ask is that you share the project with whoever and wherever you can!

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    ONE RANDOM COPY of Random Encounter (2-5 players). Chosen at random for you from any of the unlocked themes! A truly random experience.

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    ONE SIGNED COPY of Random Encounter (2-5 players) NUMBERED!! Choose between any of the unlocked themes!

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    TWO SIGNED COPIES of Random Encounter (2-10 players) NUMBERED!! Mix and match between any of the unlocked themes!

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    BIG BOX EDITION! Contains all 4 decks, a copy of the Missingnum# Promo card (hand numbered) and premium wooden loot dice!

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    RETAIL OPTION - 10(!) copies of Random Encounter. Mix and match unlocked sets of your choice. Perfect for retailers but open to all!

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    SIGNED PIXEL ART PORTRAIT OF YOU or a loved one by Jamie - printed on canvas. VERY LIMITED NUMBER!
    AND FOUR SIGNED COPIES of Random Encounter of your choice. Choose between any of the unlocked themes!

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    SIGNED PIXEL ART PORTRAIT of you or a loved one by Jamie - printed on canvas.
    HELP CREATE A CREATURE - talk to and work with Jamie to create a creature design which will go into the final game!
    AND FOUR SIGNED COPIES of Random Encounter of your choice. Choose between any of the unlocked themes!

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