Campaign Duration: 3 Weeks Launched Date - October 24th 2017
Kingship is a complex but easy to learn card game developed by Amethyst Games. Players must compete against their opponents to become the first player to use (or lose) all of their cards. Anyone familiar with the popular card game “Crazy Eights” with be able to jump into a game of Kingship right off the bat. Match the suit or number value to play a card and trigger its awesome card abilities! It is important to remember however that the closer you are to victory, the greater the chance you will become a target. That is why it’s often a good idea to remain passive at the start and wait for another player to make the first move. For once a [Queen] is declared, any player may acquire [Kingship], and from there, they can literally change the rules of the game.
Age: 10+ Players: 4 to 8 Time: Approximately 20 minutes.
The game of Kingship uses an 80 card deck ranging in card values from Ace to King and contains 3 various suits (Light, Dark, and Terra). To determine which player will go first, players are dealt cards face up until an [Outlaw] is revealed. The player that obtained the [Outlaw] will then shuffle the deck and deal out a certain number of cards to each player depending on the number of players there are. The undealt cards are then placed face down on the table, and the top card of the deck is turned face up and placed beside the deck to start the played cards pile (which is referred to as the pile).
Starting with the dealer, and continuing clockwise, each player must play a legal card or combination of legal cards face up on top of the pile. If the player is unable to do so, they must draw a card from the deck. If the card they drew enables them to play a legal card (or cards), the player may then choose to play them. To make a legal play, a player must either follow the same suit of the card currently on the top of the pile or follow the same value. These mechanics are very similar to the popular card game "Crazy Eights".
Every card will have an ability that changes depending on whether the card was played as a single or as a pair of two or more. (Visit Kingshipcards.com to view a list of all the cards and their abilities) There are 3 phases to a players turn: Before a card is played, when a card is played, and after all abilities resolve. The objective of the game is to have no cards in your hand. A player wins the game if it is their turn and they possess no cards during their 3rd phase.
Titles - There are 6 different titles in the game that grant players various active and passive abilities. Titles are obtained by playing certain cards. The fact that they can be stolen at any time makes possessing them very unsettling.
Blocking - If player A targets player B with a card ability, player B has the option to block the ability from triggering by playing a [Knight] card from their hand. Stopping the ability dead in its tracks.
The Graveyard - The graveyard is a separate stack of cards that is comprised of only exiled cards. Cards that are exiled are no longer in play. The only way for these cards to re-enter play is through the [Demon] title ability.
Silenced - Playing a [Witch] card enables players to silence other players including themselves. The card abilities of silenced player(s) have no effect (except for [Witch] cards) and can be played normally without any conditions. Silenced players are also unable to utilize their respected titles abilities, but they may still possess them and approve and deny laws as per usual.
In the original game of Kingship, the [King] title enables players to create new rules for the game. When a player is proposing a law, they have only one chance to propose it and are unable to revise the law if it gets denied by the [Queens]. When creating a law, the player is able to create anything they can imagine. For example, the [King] may propose laws like: “The King may exile two cards" or "All players must draw two cards except for the King”. It is unlikely however that the [Queens] would approve such a law that only benefits the [King]. Therefore, it is wise to propose laws that benefit all members of the royal family to ensure the law is approved by the [Queens]. However, it is possible for there to be no [Queens] in play during the time a [King] is proposing a law. If this occurs, the [King] may propose any law and it is guaranteed to be approved. Creating laws that target people specifically and proclaim that they are unable to win the game (or that they instantly win the game) are allowed.
As you could imagine, laws in the original game of Kingship can get out of hand, and some players might find this frustrating instead of entertaining. If you, or the people you are playing with would prefer to play Kingship in a more concrete and purely strategic way, consider using the Kingship Pro rules. In this version of the game, the [King] and anyone else proposing laws, must choose one of the predetermined laws from this list: (Keep in mind that the Light Queens title ability has no effect on Kingship Pro laws).
- All members involved in the approval of this law must exile a card.
- All members not involved in the approval of this law must draw a card.
- Whenever a player plays a [specify a card, you may be as detailed as you wish], they must [choose to either draw a card, or exile a card].
- All players are unable to win the game. If a player possesses zero cards anytime during their 1st or 3rd phase, they must draw a card.
- The objective of the game is no longer to be the first player without any cards in their hand but the first player to possess exactly [choose a number] cards in their hand at any time.
One of the best things about Kingship is that it can be played with a pair of standard playing cards from a poker set. Although it is better to use the official Kingship cards, some people might prefer to use a standard deck of cards for added difficulty and professionalism. Either that, or they just don’t feel like buying the official game. Whatever the case may be, Amethyst Games will be honored just by the simple fact that you are interested in playing our game! Below are instructions on how to set up your two standard poker deck playing cards for a game of Kingship.
- 1. Combine two standard poker decks of 52 cards into one single deck.
- 2. Remove all the Diamond suit cards (except for one Queen of Diamonds) and remove one Queen of Clubs from the deck.
- 3. Use the Queen of Diamonds as a 3rd Queen of Hearts and use the Queen of Clubs as a 3rd Queen of Spades. The respected poker-to-Kingship suits are as follows: [Hearts-Light, Spades-Dark, Clubs-Terra].
- 4. Add two Joker cards into the deck. There should now be a total of 80 cards in the deck. The Joker cards will act as the two [Outlaw] cards.
- 5. Use various objects or write down names on separate pieces of paper to represent the 6 different titles in the game. [Kingship, Dark Queen, Light Queen, Outlaw, Demon, and Silenced].
- 6. Go to Kingshipcards.com (mobile friendly) to view a list of cards which players can navigate through in order to see what the card abilities are.
Should you find yourself asking questions like: “What are the limitations for trading cards with the single [Merchant] ability?” or “What happens when you play a [Wizard] on top of a [Wizard], does it copy whatever’s below the 2nd [Wizard]?” Visit Kingshipcards.com/faq (mobile friendly) for a full comprehensive list of all the answers to questions just like these and others that you may encounter during play.
Kingship is nearly complete and will be ready to ship at the end of December, but we need your help to gather the funds and enable us to put in a bulk order so that everyone can enjoy Kingship at a low cost! Here is an example of the difference in cost per deck based on the amount ordered (prices in CAD).
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So that about wraps it up, thank you for taking the time to check out our project. If you are considering backing this project, we are offering some pretty sweet rewards like the ability to create your own unofficial Kingship cards to use with your friends! Want to play Kingship today for free? Visit Kingshipcards.com and download the official rulebook to learn how to play using regular poker decks! Who knows, you might even enjoy it enough to come back here and back our game! Whatever your choice may be, we thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to see what Kingship has to offer. Goodbye for now. Happy gaming!
Music credits: David Hicken, Victor Lipman, David Erick Ramos
Special thanks: Adrian Garcea, Julia Frasca, Isabella Frasca, Alessia Grosso, Dave Carbonaro, Spencer Bourret, Josy L'astronaute, Billy Tremaine, Alex Park, Warren Woermke, Nico Fidani, Franc Fishka, Jeremie Bois, Bradie Butler, Koveh Taiman, Scott Uminga, Daniel Kim, Erika Fantinic, Marko Hadzi Nikolov , Zachary Dias, Zach Fava, Luke Lavictoire, Mary Patterson, Benza Lovasz, Matthew Hobbs, Chris Mulholland
Risks and challenges
The most challenging thing we encountered while creating our card game was balancing all the card abilities so that each card feels powerful in your hand and you feel like you have a chance of winning regardless of who has what.
After three years of play testing, we are almost perfectly satisfied with the current state of the game. There will only be a few more minor changes before the first edition of the game is finally released to the public! Thank you again for your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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