About this project
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A great game with good playability, fun art, and enough laughs to make it truly enjoyable, even if you are playing with grumpy people.
The game is a blast and is one of the few party games I can pull out and I know everyone will love.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Girl Genius is a three-time winner of the highest honor awarded for works of science fiction and fantasy: the prestigious Hugo Award. The webcomic follows Agatha Clay, a seemingly mild-mannered mechanic who discovers she has inherited the abilities of a spark (a feared mad scientist with the natural ability to understand complex sciences and wield them for their own chaotic purposes). Even more shocking, Agatha discovers that she is the descendent of a long lost line of sparks whose unparalleled skills and insanity made them legends in their own time. Cleverly written and beautifully illustrated by Kaja and Phil Foglio, Girl Genius is full of adventure, romance, and plenty of MAD SCIENCE!
This highly praised comic is the work of the celebrated author and artist, Tom Siddell. The story follows Antimony Carver as she attends an isolated boarding school called Gunnerkrigg Court. Antimony soon learns that the Court is no ordinary school - the teachers are hiding ancient conspiracies, it is bordered by a forest full of dangerous monsters, and the school is inhabited by strange creatures and students with special abilities. In the course of her adventures, Antimony befriends an ancient trickster god, discovers her own supernatural powers, and begins investigating the dark secrets of the court.
If you aren’t already faithful readers, allow me to let you in on a little secret: these comics rock. The stories are masterfully crafted, the art is top notch, and the characters are instantly endearing. It's no wonder that these comics have won so many rewards and attracted such loyal fans. We also appreciate that both comics feature characters who make great role models. For example, Antimony Carver and Agatha Clay are some of the strongest and most intelligent women you could hope to meet and their friends will stop at nothing to stand by their sides.
Why yes, yes there is! The original Legendary Showdown features The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, an incredible comic by Christopher Hastings (the writer of Adventure Time comics, Marvels’ “Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe” miniseries, and much more). The original Legendary Showdown was so well received that we decided it was time to expand the Legendary Showdown family and help promote other comics that we love. The new version can be used as a full stand-alone game or an expansion. Which, if you play your cards right, means that you could find Dr. McNinja with a Spork Gun facing off against a tiny Dingbot armed with a Moon Laser.
The rules are the same, but we have swapped out a large number of action, weapon, bonus, and face down cards to create an all new experience that allows additional strategies. In other words, Machines and Magic is a new flavor of Legendary Showdown - a flavor designed to delightfully complement the original game or be delicious all on its own. Some of the changes include negative face down cards and a new category of cards called “Play Immediately cards” that add an occasional dash of chaos. Please do not lick the cards.
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-The Foglios were filmed by James Ernest of Cheapass Games.
-Tom Siddell was filmed and the video was edited by Mike Alger.
-The 3D models of Boxbot, Dingbot, and the game box were created by Marko Mladenovic (his portfolio can be seen at www.marko3d.co.nr).
-Girl Genius characters and images were provided by the Foglios.
-Gunnerkrigg Court characters and images were provided by Tom Siddell.
-Dr. McNinja characters and images were provided by Christopher Hastings.
-The box was colored and the prop set was prepared by Anthony Clark of www.Nedroid.com.
-Legendary Showdown was designed by Blake Hansen and the Killer Robot Games team.
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