100 Swords is an easy to learn tactical deck building game that's played with a poker-sized deck of cards and a friend.
Each turn presents a new puzzle as you navigate the varying cards in your hand and the ever changing and sometimes hidden cards of the dungeon!
There are two decks available through this Kickstarter, each with a unique dungeon to adventure in. We designed the items and monsters for both dungeons to play nice with each other - mix and match cards from the two to design your own dungeons!
Back this campaign and receive a unique Kickstarter promo card per deck and save $1 off the retail price! Pledge for both decks and get another $1 off and save on shipping!
Small Footprint - Ever want to play a deck-builder but not have to lug around a giant box? 100 Swords is the same size as a traditional poker deck, both in terms of card count and box size. Those 54 cards include everything you need to play - 18 starter cards, 3 rentals, and 33 cards in the dungeon (including items, monsters, and its infamous boss).
Easy to Learn - There are only 2 types of cards in 100 Swords; items and monsters. Learning the game only takes minutes, and once you know it, teaching it takes half as long. The rules of the game are a straight foward take on classic deck-builders with some interesting quirks thrown in that mix the genre up in new and interesting ways.
Tactical Gameplay - Each turn in 100 Swords is a puzzle where you do your best to use every card as optimally as possible. You'll have to use every bit of info you have to not waste any resources and play the best possible turn, every turn.
- Hidden Information - When you first step into the dungeon, every card you'll be interacting with will be face-down. As the game progresses, cards will change from hidden to revealed and back again. As the dungeon shifts from players defeating monsters and acquiring items, you'll be wracking your brain to remember if that card you're moving to is that awesome sword, or a powerful monster.
"Having to literally explore the marketplace of cards....gives you a surprising amount to think about!.... Incredibly thematic."
Richard Ham - Rhado Runs Through
"The art, humor, and game play in 100 Swords comes together to form a delightful dungeon delve. Elements like item rental and using your equipment as energy are clever and the deck building makes me feel like I'm improving my bag of tricks to tackle the dungeon. I recommend this for anyone looking for a light hearted deck builder that plays quickly."
Suzanne - Dice Tower Contributor
"I think this would be an excellent game to teach somebody the ropes of how to play a deck building game.... A whole lot of puzzle solving greatness in one tiny box!.... The possibilities of expansions are literally limitless."
"....A great gateway game to deckbuilding. Very few deckbuilders have an ability to be simple, but offer challenging choices and situations and I think 100 Swords does that very well.... My 10 year old loved saying "I'm using this crappy sword" which was pretty funny."
Tox - Crits Happen
"100 Swords is a great balance between luck and light strategy. I love when a turn comes together and you get more equipment room after room. Of course, finding a big baddie and taking him down or sneaking by him and getting more stuff is fun too, as long as my opponent isn't able to get by the monster!"
Ken - Geek-craft.com
"100 Swords is a satisfying and fun romp through a dungeon without the tediousness of a classic dungeon crawl."
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Curious how the game works? Check out our video below! You can also download the rules here.
Each turn, you'll be playing cards to move into, and interact with the dungeon. A lot can happen on a given turn, maybe you'll find some cool items? Or maybe you'll run into some tough monsters?
When you play cards for movement, you can move up to that many rooms deeper into the dungeon. But when you play a card for movement, strength, or energy, any unspent points are zeroed out, so it's important to move, acquire and attack efficiently!
You'll also be using the cards in your hand to defeat those monsters, and acquire items. Acquired items will end up in your deck, which in turn will make you more powerful and more able to defeat stronger monsters! Many items also have effects that are important to consider.
Deciding when and how to use the cards in your hand and which cards in the dungeon to acquire or defeat is the key to winning 100 Swords!
When the dungeon deck has too few cards to refresh the dungeon, or when you defeat the boss, the game is over! And remember, it's all about the gold! At the end of the game the player whose cards are worth the most gold wins!
Check out this walkthrough to see the game in action:
Richard Ham of Rhado Runs Through is awesome and put together this great gameplay runthrough below! Be sure to check it out!
Have you translated the rules? Message us and let us know!
Curious about a Spanish or Italian version? Two of our amazing backers have made translations! Check them out on BoardGameGeek.
Click a P&P image to be taken to a download link!
So what the heck are Dungeon Builder Sets?
The 100 Swords Dungeon Builder Sets are 15 cards each (items, monsters, and a boss) that you can use to get the most out of 100 Swords. They're only $6 each, and we designed our Dungeon Builder Sets to be used in two ways:
The first is easy, choose your favorite dungeon, slap on the Dungeon Builder Set's items and monsters, choose which boss you want to play with, and get to it! Now your dungeon is longer, and has new cards that change up gameplay. Adding a Dungeon Builder Set to a dungeon will lengthen playtime up to 10 minutes. If you have both decks and both sets, you have a lot of variants to play with!
The second way you can use a Dungeon Builder Set is to make your own dungeon from scratch! Take cards from the two dungeons and the two sets, construct your own dungeon dive, and compete with friends!
In this Kickstarter, we're giving you the Dungeon Builder Sets for two dollars off retail price, and we think they're a great value! Be sure to check out the Deck and Set Card Lists to see what each set comes with!
We’ve got this awesome new premium playmat available as an add-on. We produced multiple playmats for our campaign for Shift, and we were super happy with their quality! They have a smooth polyester surface with a rubber base to prevent slippage. You do a lot of card sliding in this game, so we’re pretty stoked for this one! : D It’s $18 through this campaign ($20 post campaign). It’s been added to the Pledge Calculator for all reward tiers. Both players use the same mat, so you'll only need one!
If you back at any tier that includes the game, you'll be receiving this awesome 100 Swords sticker for free! It's designed to fit on the standard and 100+ Ultra PRO deck boxes for all of your storage needs. If you want more than one sticker, add $1 to your pledge for each extra!
The Darkness Dungeon Builder Set has been unlocked! That’s a brand new final 15 card set! With everything unlocked there a now 120 cards that can be used to build dungeons with. Pretty neat! : D We also unlocked the P&P for the Blue Mammoth's Dungeon! Click here to check it out!
We're estimating a November delivery. Why so quick? We've chosen to do our manufacturing in the US for Shift, Province, and Shadow of the Elder Gods. We've been very happy with the communication, quick manufacturing timelines, and production quality, and so we're continuing in that tradition. While it can be slightly more expensive, at the end of the day you're getting high-quality, ethically produced games with crazy-fast turnaround times! No waiting on slow trans-pacific cargo ships.
We're using Customs-Friendly Worldwide™ by Ship Naked. This is the same method that Gamelyn Games used for their Tiny Epic series which has shipped thousands of copies of Tiny Epic Kingdoms and Tiny Epic Defenders to international backers without incident. This is the same method that White Wizard Games (the makers of Star Realms) is using for the Epic Card Game. As a result, you should not get hit with customs, brokerage, or import fees. Customs-Friendly Worldwide from Ship Naked is Worry-Free Shipping™. That means that if you do have any issues or costs associated with customs, brokerage, or other fees of importing, you'll simply email Help@ShipNaked.com and they will coordinate reimbursement for you directly.
Want multiple decks? How about add-ons?
We've made some tiers for those who want all the things:
Want something different? It became clear pretty quickly that we needed a tool to help you figure out how much to pledge once we started including add-on’s. Use this new handy-dandy Pledge Calculator to determine how much you should pledge based on what you'd like to receive.
First, select your tier, then choose how many of each add-on you’d like to include. Finally select US or International shipping to receive the correct total to pledge for your rewards!
Looking for other ways to support 100 Swords? Look no further! Here are a few links you can use to get the word out:
- Click here to tweet about 100 Swords.
- Click here to share the Kickstarter to Facebook.
- Click here to go to Board Game Geek where you can thumb up images.
You can also download our avatars and share the love on message boards and forums.
In 2013 we designed, developed, and published our very first microgame with the help of backers like you! Shift is a dueling card game that boils down Japanese-style CCG's into a single card. All you need is a friend, two cards, and some coins to throw-down in an epic anime inspired battle! It was even published in Brazil by our friends at Funbox Jogos!
In Spring 2014, we Kickstarted a microgame called Province, which has sold nearly 10,000 copies to date. It was also our first game to reach stores. Province tackled the challenge of making a competitive two-player micro eurogame. We think it's pretty swell. Other people seem to agree!
The following Fall, we brought our micro ameritrash game, Shadow of the Elder Gods, to Kickstarter. In it, 1-4 players work together to stop a deck of eldritch threats from bringing about the end of all things. Shadow of the Elder Gods is a big game in a small box, and it's now in stores thanks to backers like you!
With your help, we'll be bringing 100 Swords to you this fall!
Risks and challenges
This is our fourth time working with our manufacturing partner. If there are drastic manufacturing issues, there will be problems delivering the rewards. However, by choosing a printer in the US, we have the additional benefit of easier accountability if the product fails to meet our expectations. We've handled the manufacturing of over 14,000 games with our previous projects, and we've learned from that experience.
Every project introduces new challenges. If you look at our updates for Shadows of the Elder Gods, Province, and Shift, you will see that we try to balance update spam with important news. We make great efforts to keep you informed of exactly where the project is in the production pipeline, and we're always happy to answer questions here on Kickstarter or via email.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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