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James SantucciBy James Santucci
First created
James SantucciBy James Santucci
First created
$710
pledged of $17,000pledged of $17,000 goal
11
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 21 2011 5:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Basics

We're creating a board game that challenges players to work with and against each other while thinking strategically in a low-chance environment. We've created a rule book that gives different types of players different action choices and goals and gives all players every good reason to lie to each other, block each other, and make hard choices about just how much they're willing to spend to win.

How It Works

Players at the start of the game are dealt two character cards. One player will receive the Mayor card. This player will be the Mayor (makes sense, right?) regardless of the other card she is dealt. Each other player has a choice of two billionaire characters, each with his or her own secret priorities. Some of these characters seem like nice people - one, for example, just wants to preserve the Ionian landscape. Others aren't so nice - like the Slumlord.

Players then purchase and develop land, trying to gain public support and money each turn, but there's a catch: the Mayor has her own priorities which she can try to reach by setting tax rates, claiming land under eminent domain, and building her own structures.

The game only expands based on the players' actions. Seven tiles are visible at the start of the game, but as players purchase those, tiles are placed face down in further rings as more land to explore and claim as part of the city.

The Mayor and billionaires have to work with each other and undercut each other to achieve their goals, collect victory points, and win.

Why We Need Your Money

The money is for raw materials (development markers, cards, board tiles, a box and box insert) for an initial run of 300 games, convention space in 2012 at Gen Con, and an exhibition road trip to promote the game to game shops around the country. We've received preliminary quotes from vendors and have done research about convention costs, so we're confident in our number. If we are funded past that number, we will expand the initial run, get a larger booth, or both, depending on the amount obviously.

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    We'll include you in a list of supporters on the back of the rule book. Your fame will spread without boundaries!

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    Above, and we'll send you a digital copy of a piece of original artwork. We'll send you thumbs first, then let you pick what you like.

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    Above, and a copy of the game. Yeah, a copy of the game that you can play with all of your friends! Or, you know, two to five of your friends at a time.

    We'll ship for free domestically, but please add $25 for international shipping on this and all other reward levels.

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    Above and a print of original artwork. We'll send you a print of the artwork from the box, which is also the image for this project. It will be printed on 11"x17" high quality paper and it will impress everyone who comes to your home.

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    Above, but here's the thing: instead of just a print of original artwork, you'll get a SIGNED print of original artwork. You'll be able to choose from among five different designs.

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    One of our artists (she is very talented and promises to make you look attractive, intelligent, and just so cool) will draw you! Oh, and above.

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    Above and... we'll come play Io Prime with you. You can bring whoever you want, but just keep in mind it is a three to six player game. There are two of us, but if you only want to play with one of us, you can bring that many friends.

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    Above except the visit and we'll send you one of the two prototypes we fabricate. The prototypes will be constructed using a laser etcher and 3D printer and will be made of high-quality materials.

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Funding period

- (36 days)