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Legendary Showdown: Machines and Magic combines the worlds of Girl Genius & Gunnerkrigg Court to create comically epic battles!
Legendary Showdown: Machines and Magic combines the worlds of Girl Genius & Gunnerkrigg Court to create comically epic battles!
Legendary Showdown: Machines and Magic combines the worlds of Girl Genius & Gunnerkrigg Court to create comically epic battles!
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  • Legendary Showdown is a blast to play and makes a great party game! 
  • It has fast-paced game play that is easy to learn, and the dynamics will keep you coming back for more.  It's great for newcomers and seasoned gamers alike.
  • You don't need to be familiar with Girl Genius or Gunnerkrigg Court to enjoy Legendary Showdown.  If these comics are new to you, you are in for a treat!
  • Check out our rewards, and help us support Gunnerkrigg Court and Girl Genius!

Legendary Showdown: Machines & Magic is a game of comically epic battles where each player uses strategy, sabotage, and one-upmanship to develop a secret battle plan.  This lighthearted and easy-to-learn tabletop game is designed to be enjoyed by experienced gamers and newcomers alike.  Haven’t read the comics before? No problem! No background reading is required to help your characters win battles and be the last one left standing! Let the mass chaos, devious strategies, and humorous battles begin!

If you aren't familiar with Girl Genius or Gunnerkrigg Court, then you are missing out on some great comics!  But don't worry, you don't need to know anything about these comics to enjoy Legendary Showdown.  Just know this - these comics are wonderful.  They have been showered with rewards (including 3 prestigious Hugo Awards) and have a huge following.  You can see an overview of the comics in this video or read more about these comics in the FAQ below.

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How to play the game that will... change your life

Each player is dealt a total of five characters from the worlds of Girl Genius and Gunnerkrigg Court.  These characters line up in anticipation for their chance to battle.  During the round, you try to equip characters in your line with powerful weapons and bonuses while equipping characters in other players’ lines with faulty or otherwise terrible equipment.  You can also give yourself secret advantages or sabotage your opponents.  When the round ends, the characters at the front of each line will engage in a (legendary) showdown.  But the madness doesn’t stop there!  You can rearrange your line and the lines of your opponents to change who will be competing in the final battle.  The round suddenly ends when all players but one (the poor chap) are ready to fight.  At that point, each player reveals his or her battle strategy and the winner is decided.  You can view a game play tutorial from the original Legendary Showdown (featuring The Adventures of Dr. McNinja) here: 


First and Foremost, The Game!

Legendary Showdown: Machines and Magic includes character and playing cards from the worlds of Girl Genius and Gunnerkrigg Court.  The cards are printed on high quality linen paper with a black core center and come in a fantastic box created by Tom Siddell and Kaja and Phil Foglio.

The original game

You can also grab a copy of the original Legendary Showdown at Kickstarter prices.

The Characters

Kickstarter Exclusive Card Pack

The Kickstarter Exclusive Card Pack features 25 cards: 5 from Gunnerkrigg Court, 5 from Girl Genius, and 15 cards from The Adventures of Dr. McNinja.  Add the cards to your pledge now, and then check back in a day or two to see an expanded list!

Special Edition Collectors Coins

Who doesn’t love shiny metal things?  Lovingly designed by the authors themselves, our collectors coins have the perfect weight and measure nearly 2 inches in diameter.  Options include Antimony & Kat, Moxana the Muse of Mystery, Coyote, the Robots of Gunnerkrigg Court, and a Transylvania Polygnostic University alumni coin for prestigious mad scientists such as yourself.

Magnets

What could be better than having the characters from Gunnerkrigg Court and Girl Genius battling right on your fridge?  Absolutely nothing.  Well, OK, maybe a few things could be better (jet packs come to mind), but this is still pretty sweet!  Four unique sets are available, including a Gunnerkrigg Court set with 19 magnets, a Girl Genius set featuring 16 magnets, a Dr. McNinja set with 12 magnets, and a prop set with 32 pieces to liven up the action.  That's nearly 80 magnets.  Buy all 4 sets, and your refrigerator will never be boring again!



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 See what people have to say about the original Legendary Showdown!

I have been a fan of tabletop games for quite a long time. So while I could compare it to other games, I could see that this game had some killer new gameplay elements to make this a fun game. This has become one of my go-to games for introducing people to tabletop games. My coworker who has never played any tabletop games before has become obsessed and often will give up other opportunities to play Legendary Showdown. I've never seen a game do this before in all my many years introducing people to tabletop games. He was bummed when he couldn't get a copy for himself, so much so that when the webstore finally opened, he bought 3 copies; one for himself and two as gifts. Get the game, you'll love it.
-John Ulrich

If you like cards, and if you like games, you should check this out. It combines both cards and games flawlessly to make what I am calling a "card game." Legendary Showdown's gameplay is not entirely new. It plays kind "War" with buffs and debuffs thrown into the mix, but the quality of the art and cards themselves is outstanding, and the outlandish elements of the webcomic lend themselves nicely to card game form. It's now my go-to geek game.
-Jerry Friends "JF!"

Very easy to learn, can be played pretty quickly, and is accessible even to those who haven't read the comic. The cards are hilarious, the artwork is beautiful, I can't recommend it enough.
-Daniel Paczak

A great game with good playability, fun art, and enough laughs to make it truly enjoyable, even if you are playing with grumpy people.
-Mark Pollock

The game is a blast and is one of the few party games I can pull out and I know everyone will love.
-Falifor

Risks and challenges

The vast majority of the work is finished, and prototypes have been completed and approved for most rewards. Manufacturers are standing by. At this point, there are very few things that could stand in the way of successful delivery. Only catastrophic events such as the following could really hamper game production:

1. A slaver wasp infestation.
2. A fleet of airships attacking our company headquarters.
3. A boxbot rebellion. Well, actually... that might help.

Seriously though, we have game manufacturing experience, the support of Girl Genius and Gunnerkrigg Court, and a doomsday shelter stocked with a year’s supply of Lucky Charms. Barring any extreme apocalyptic events, these games will be made and delivered.

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    - All 5 Collectors coins (Antimony & Kat, Moxana the Muse of Mystery, Coyote, the robots of Gunnerkrigg Court, and the Transylvania Polygnostic University alumni coin)
    - All 4 Magnet sets (Gunnerkrigg Court, Girl Genius, Dr. McNinja, and Prop magnet sets)
    - Kickstarter Exclusive Cards
    - 2 signed cards: one each from Girl Genius and Gunnerkrigg Court
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    - 3 Collectors Coins (Dr. McNinja, Dan McNinja, Gordito)
    - Original Kickstarter Exclusive Cards
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    - 8 Magnet sets (two sets of Gunnerkrigg Court, Girl Genius, Prop, and Dr. McNinja magnets)
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