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A huge thanks to everyone who joined us on this journey! We've learned a lot over the last few weeks and it's been a pleasure to meet and interact with you all. Unfortunately, we've realized that there are flaws with the campaign that can only be fixed with a proper relaunch. Because of that, we are canceling the campaign and will relaunch in the near future with a new and improved campaign. You can read more about it in Update #8.

If you want to be the first to know what is going on with Loot & Recruit’s progress we encourage you to follow us: 

Also, don't forget that you can play the prototype version of the game right now via:

Once again we want to thank you for believing in us. Please continue to provide us feedback and we’re confident that the relaunch will allow us to create an even better game that you will enjoy again and again!

P.S. Below is how the project looked before we decided to cancel the campaign. We want to keep it untouched so we and others can study all potential flaws of the campaign. 

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Players: 2 - 5 | Playtime: 45+ Minutes | Ages: 13+

Do you like deck builders but find yourself getting bored of playing the same game over and over again? Then it's time to try a new breed of deck builders, where you'll enter a crazy goblin festival and compete for the goblin throne! During the festival, you'll add new cards to your deck (because this is a deck builder after all), recruit and stack goblins for victory points, attack other players stack of goblins, and hire minions to perform special actions.

Don't believe us that this isn't your average deck builder? Then don't take our word for it, and check out what others have said:

If you're still not convinced then check out the game summary below to see how Loot & Recruit offers a one of a kind deck building experience!

GOAL

The goal of the game is to recruit and stack Goblins to generate Victory Points. Victory Points are scored throughout the game and the player with the highest cumulative score wins and becomes the new Goblin King!

GAMEPLAY

ROUNDS

At the beginning of a Round, an Event Card is flipped over from the Event Deck. Event Cards simulate random events that happen throughout the festival and will often grant bonuses or allow players to perform a special action. The game always begins with the Opening Ceremony and ends with the Closing Ceremony.

During a Round each player gets a turn, and as the game progresses the type of Event Cards being flipped over will change from Morning to Day to Night. This setup allows Event Cards to provide relevant benefits depending on the stage of the game.

YOUR TURN

During your turn you'll be Looting, Recruiting, Attacking, and using Action Cards.

Looting allows you to purchase new cards for your Deck. Purchased cards are immediately placed in your Discard Pile, and will be accessible to you when your Deck runs out of cards and your Discard Pile becomes your new Deck. You can Loot as many times as you want during your turn, as long as you have enough Loot Power remaining.

Recruiting allows you to recruit Goblins to your Platform Area (which is how you score Victory Points). When you recruit a Goblin you must immediately place it on top of a Platform. You can stack as many Goblins as you want on a Platform, but it's probably best to spread them out as much as possible. You can also Recruit as many times as you want during your turn, as long as you have enough Recruit Power remaining.

Attacking allows you to attack other players' Goblins on their Platform Areas (thus destroying their Victory Points). When a Goblin is attacked it is destroyed along with all the other Goblins above it! You can only attack once per turn so make it count!

Action Cards grant bonuses and allow you to perform special actions. Actions are optional and can be performed at any time during your turn.

                                                     
   

220 Cards = 60 Goblin Cards + 37 Action Cards + 52 Power Cards + 20 Event Cards + 50 Starter Cards + 1 First Player Card

1 Rulebook

1 Game box

                                            
 
         

 Tabletop Simulator files require the Tabletop Simulator application to run.

According to lore, an ancient Goblin King retired, and decided to hold a contest to determine who would claim his vacant throne. He challenged contestants to prove their worth by providing them three platforms and declared that, by the end of the day, the contestant who recruited the most Goblins to their platforms would earn the right to succeed him. To challenge the candidates, he instructed that the platforms be built so narrow that they could only hold a few Goblins each. The smartest of the contestants came up with a brilliant plan, and had his Goblin recruits stack on top of each other. His clever strategy paid off, and he was crowned the new Goblin King. When he retired, he held a similar contest to find his replacement. Generations later, the contest remains tradition whenever a Goblin King retires.

 
             
  • INCLUDES: Fan Kit
  • Fan Kit includes desktop backgrounds, exclusive avatars, and more.
  • INCLUDES: Print N' Play | Fan Kit
  • Print N' Play files will include final production game components (cards, rulebook, and even box artwork) including all artwork.
  • Print N' Play files will contain a full color version as well as a low-ink version (because ink is expensive).
  • The Loot & Recruit website (when it launches after the campaign) will credit any backers who pledge at a tier that includes The Artisan.
  • INCLUDES: The Game | Print N' Play | Fan Kit
  • SHIPPING: Regardless of where you live, shipping will be FREE!* This is possible because we're going to use Send From China, a Chinese fulfillment company, to handle shipments. Through their service we're able to ship anywhere in the world for roughly the same price. That allows us to equally absorb the shipping cost on our end regardless of where you live.

*NOTE: You will be responsible for any duties, taxes, import fees, etc.

  • INCLUDES: Design a Card's Name & Artwork | The Game | Print N' Play | Fan Kit 
  • DESIGN PROCESS: After pledging we will contact you asking which card you would like to design (list of available cards is below). Card choice priority is based on who pledged first, but you must respond and decide which card within 24 hours. After the campaign funds you'll provide us a name for the card as well as a description of the artwork for the card.* We will then turn your artwork description over to the artist and give you personal sneak peeks of the artwork's progress. 
  • AVAILABLE CARDS 
  • Action Card that allows you to remove one card from play
  • Action Card that allows you to take one card from your Discard Pile and put it in your hand 
  • Hybrid Card that grants +4 Loot Power OR +2 Recruit Power 
  • Hybrid Card that grants +2 Loot Power OR +4 Recruit Power 
  • Hybrid Card that grants +2 Loot Power AND +2 Recruit Power 
  • Attack Card that grants +5 Attack Power 
  • SHIPPING: Regardless of where you live, shipping will be FREE!** This is possible because we're going to use Send From China, a Chinese fulfillment company, to handle shipments. Through their service we're able to ship anywhere in the world for roughly the same price. That allows us to equally absorb the shipping cost on our end regardless of where you live. 

 *Card names and artwork will be subject to approval

**NOTE: You will be responsible for any duties, taxes, import fees, etc.

  • INCLUDES: Exclusive Prototype | The Game | Print N' Play | Fan Kit
  • Prototype Copies may contain old rules and cards.
  • Prototype Copies will be signed by the developers and contain developer notes that we took at various points throughout the game's development. While we can guarantee that the notes are legit, we can't guarantee that they'll be completely legible (our handwriting can be pretty bad at times). You'll also get an exclusive Goblin Tower we used at play testing events as well as a sweet magnet!
  • SHIPPING: Regardless of where you live, shipping will be FREE!* The Exclusive Prototype copy will be shipped via USPS shortly after the campaign ends (this way you can start playing your prototype copies months before your production copy arrives), and your production copy will be shipped with the rest of the production copies via Send From China.

*NOTE: You will be responsible for any duties, taxes, import fees, etc.

          
           

Voice Your Opinion - One of the reasons we're bringing Loot & Recruit to Kickstarter is to get feedback from the community so we can all help the game reach its full potential. So, throughout the campaign we'll be asking your opinions on numerous aspects of the game and we hope you'll let us know what you think.

Social Media - Let the world know about the game by sharing our post on Facebook and Tweeting about the game using #LootAndRecruit.

BoardGameGeek (BGG) -  Hop on over to the Loot & Recruit BGG page and became a fan of the game. Also, if you've had a chance to play the game we'd appreciate an honest review.


 

Swarm of Dice LLC is an independent board game developer and publisher founded by two brothers, Justin and Derek Lynch. Shortly after that, Justin's wife, Stephanie, decided to join in on the craziness (and to help keep everything organized). Even though we’re a small team, we have a diverse skill set that allows us to create high quality play experiences.

  • Derek's day to day routine is study, study, homework, and more studying. Such is the life of a college student working towards a business degree. In between all that studying, Derek is designing games and handling all business aspects of the company.
  • Justin is constantly trying to inject his video game development experience into the board game industry. In addition to designing games, he’s also in charge of all graphic design and web development work.
  • Stephanie is the glue that holds everything together. Without Stephanie the company would be a disjointed mess and nothing would get done. Also, she’s really great at designing games and keeping everything organized.

Loot & Recruit and this campaign wouldn't be possible without the help from our families, friends, everyone who has play tested the game, everyone who has previewed the game, Casey Jo & Terry Alec for the amazing artwork, sugargliderz for the Shears type face, www.game-icons.net & Aldocersal for the icons, and webtreats ETC for the background patterns.

A separate shout-out to the Indie Game Alliance and their Minions! With their help, Loot & Recruit was present at major conventions such as Essen and BGG.con. Also, their feedback has been invaluable as we continue to make Loot & Recruit the best game that it can be.

Finally, a big thanks to the following for their contributions to the Kickstarter and Board Game communities:

James Mathe's Blog | Jamey Stegmaier's Blog | Kicktraq

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Disclaimer: Even though we're satisfied with the rules and artwork for the game, we want to listen to the community's feedback and will make any appropriate adjustments. So, the final version of the game may be slightly different then what is presented here.

Risks and challenges

These are our biggest challenges and how we will handle them:

ARTWORK
The artwork for the game is over half way finished and we expect it to be completed within 2 - 3 months of the game funding. However, if something were to prevent the artist from finishing we will utilize our resources to hire another artist that can match the established style. We have already started prepping the files based on the manufacturer's requirements, so we do not expect any delays with file conversion.

MANUFACTURING
Manufacturing will be handled by Whatz Games, who has successfully manufactured games like King of Tokyo and Kickstarter games such as Pixel Glory. Therefore, we are confident in their production estimations and that they would immediately make us aware of any delays.

SHIPPING
Unfortunately a lot of little things can go wrong when games move around the world, and those little things can sometimes cause massive delays. The game will pass between many hands to get it from Whatz Games to your doorstep. To help us with the logistical nightmare of international shipping, we will be using a Chinese fulfillment company called Send From China. They come highly recommended from other Kickstarter creators, so we're confident that they will help keep things as smoothly as possible.

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We've done everything we can to make sure the game is produced and shipped to you in a timely manner, but we know that even the best plans can experience problems. So, our promise to you is that if there are any delays or issues in this entire process we'll make sure to keep you informed!

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