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A card game fusing Real-Time combat with the Hidden-Role genre. Simple enough for parties but deep enough for veteran gamers.
A card game fusing Real-Time combat with the Hidden-Role genre. Simple enough for parties but deep enough for veteran gamers.
A card game fusing Real-Time combat with the Hidden-Role genre. Simple enough for parties but deep enough for veteran gamers.
849 backers pledged $16,925 to help bring this project to life.

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DETHRONED - The Real-Time Combat Card Game

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FINAL STRETCH GOAL
$20,000: DETHRONED APP + ROLE CREATOR

UPDATE! Please see Update #11!

A community-based ROLE CREATOR where instead of using the physical role cards, you use your phone and select role cards from that! You'll be able to upload, download and share your role cards with friends and/or the online community for them to play and give feedback on! Also contains quick-references, easy rule lookup, and variants.

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DETHRONED
A Big Hit at Indie Arcade 2016

And featured twice at Baltimore Brews and Board Games!

Secret Roles, Hidden Agendas. DETHRONED brings something new to these genres in a way we haven't seen before with fast, real-time combat.

A dynamic card game fusing Real-Time combat with the hidden-role genre. 

No turns. No waiting. Just lies and murder!

RuleBook

*Mobile-friendly! This online version combines the rulebooks from both decks.

Lite Print-N-Play - Free!!

DETHRONED, the whole game is a set that comes with 2 decks:
-Traitors and Kings & Guards and Thieves-

Each with their own theme, unique art, and lore. They can be played completely independently up to 4, OR together for up to 8 player chaos and fun!

STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED

DIGITAL ART BOOK!

A fully curated digital art book complete with the original concept art sketches and all the new art! Alongside it, an in-depth backstory detailing the world of DETHRONED and commentary on the art & game design. AND behind-the-scene detail into building our kickstarter.

Completely free for every backer at every level if we hit the stretch goal!

Published Drinking Game Rules (21+)

We've been asked more than you think about "Hey could this be a drinking game?" So here it is! We'll release a full PDF + graphics to explain a proper drinker's variant.

Shapeshifter Variants + Game Modes

This stretch goal unlocks a whole slew of "alpha test" roles that are raw and less tested, perfect for writing into your Shapeshifter cards! We'll also release a number of variant game modes to be added to the Art Book, the online Rulebook and our BoardGameGeek page.

BETTER COSTUMES! + Launch Party!

When we do the recording for the gameplay video, we are inviting anyone who wants to be in the video to come and dress up as their favorite character! With this tier unlocked, we can provide fancy costumes for anyone that wants to participate. We plan to host this event as part of a Launch Party.

Combat is:

Choose a weapon.

Draw up to 3 cards. 

Attack, Beat, Draw, Clear!

Gameplay is simple, yet engaging and entertaining. Play Attack cards on those you think are the enemy, and beat Attacks against those you think are your friend. Below we have vanilla gameplay footage, and our rulebook is online here!

Link to Full Gallery!
Link to Full Gallery!
                      

Over 25 pieces of full original card art, per deck!

<<DECK BOX SIMULATOR>>

All 8 Roles in Traitors & Kings
All 8 Roles in Traitors & Kings
All 8 Roles in Guards & Thieves
All 8 Roles in Guards & Thieves

Specific Components:
 Each deck comes with . . .
 - 8 Unique Roles (as seen above)
 - 4 Unique (but functionally equivalent) Weapon Decks of 14 Cards
 - - Each Deck has 5 unique pieces of art to it. 4 Modifiers & 1 Attack
 - 1 Rulebook w/ Lore 
 - 2 Role Quick-Reference Cards 

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any friendships lost over the course of playing this game. 

            

The Process

DETHRONED is a game built by university students that grew up playing card games, board games, and video games - and still do! We have created a game unique to its space. If you enjoy trolling your friends, playing for the heck of it, or getting deep into the meta, DETHRONED will quench that thirst.

Our lead designer is President of UMBC's Game Dev Club and was President of UMBC's Gaming Club, which provided us a connection to a variety of diverse gamers for testing, refining, and adding to the game.

Testimonials & Reviews

"Hey guys! I wanted to let you know that Dethroned was a great success at my club. Everyone loved the fast paced action and general humor to it. I handed out almost all of the business cards and some people are planning to back the project when it goes online. Thanks again for this opportunity to help you guys and keep up the awesome effort!"
 - Jason B., Virginia

"Thanks for showing us the game, this was hella fun! Except now I lost four hours of studying for my midterm..."
- Bryan T., UC Berkeley

"There should be a drinking game version."
- Tom W., CA

"I'm working on the drinking game version."
- Josh T., CA

"I was at Indie Arcade and it was my favorite game! So when can I buy it?"
- Alex K., DC

"So hyped to show it off to my friends, thank you for bring it! [to MAGFest]"
- Brian

We'll be updating this list as we get more!


CREDITS

Character & Weapon Art & Design
Graham Dolle

Manual Editing, Showcase Support, Proofing, Videography
Andrea Wozniak

Kickstarter & Gameplay Video Editing, Videography
Tyler Spittel

Kickstarter Lines & Audio Support
Alec Lawrie

Manual Editing & Writing
Thomas 'Tyrathalis' Wise
Bryan 'Fang' Tong

General Editing, Polish, Critique & Moral Support
Joshua 'Direwolf' Tavares
Jonathan 'Cloudwolf' Remington
The www.TheGameCrafter.com Community

Video Appearance & Gameplay
Jared Etherton
Charles Douglas
Conrad Etherton
Alek K Babeki
Adam Bezold - ROM Runners -
Daniel Austin - ROM Runners -
David Mirowski - ROM Runners -
Bryan Jarrell
Chris Hamer
Jeremy Suon
Austin Pagano
The Indie Arcade guests

Game Creator, Developer, Director, Relations
Eliot 'KiteLion' Leo Carney-Seim

Risks and challenges

Every day coming up to launch for the last month, we've been rigorously going over all the art and manual instructions to make sure everything is crystal clear for our Backers.

As a physical game that we already have copies of, the only risks and challenges will come into shipping, same as any other physical product.

We've also made sure to follow the example of many successful card game kickstarters AND we follow the best blogs on the topic.

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    - A new video of us playing the game in full cosplay plus goblet swirling action!
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    DETHRONED The Card Game
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