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pledged of 8.000 $pledged of 8.000 $ goal
75
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 14 2014

About

The Premise

Have you noticed that when super-powered heroes first meet, they tend to brawl before inevitably becoming friends? 

Prototype illustration for the rules; actual image may differ
Prototype illustration for the rules; actual image may differ

That's what the SuperPower SmackDown! dice game is all about. Each player rolls a set of 5 themed dice -- you can be a Strength hero, a Speed hero, a Gear hero, a Mind hero, or a Mutation hero -- looking for matching icons. Get at least one match, and you can reroll the unmatched dice. Get all 5 to match, and you can roll again. 

Whoever gets the most matches "seizes the initiative" and is on the attack that turn. Everybody else rolls for defense. If you roll too low, you lose a die. Reduce your opponents to a single die, and you win the game!

The Icons

Actual icons for the dice
Actual icons for the dice

Each icon has a special power: 

  • roll "Strength" and you hit twice as hard; 
  • roll "Speed" and you win ties; 
  • roll "Gear" and you don't lose a point for going bust;
  • roll "Mind" and you can match with anything;
  • roll "Mutation" and you can adapt the attacker's ability to your defense;
  • roll "Bystanders" and they cheer you on;
  • roll "Bust" and you stop rolling and lose a point of effect. 

The Dice

We've been playtesting with silkscreened dice like the ones pictured below. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to pay for a mold so we can make more durable dice. 

Playtest Dice

SFR's Previous Molded Dice

SFR, Inc. has been manufacturing dice games since 1999. Here are a few examples of dice they've produced: Dragon Dice and Daemon Dice.

The Hero Cards

Renowned artist Len Peralta will be illustrating the hero cards. Here are two recent examples of his work.

Final illustrations will differ, as determined by our backers
Final illustrations will differ, as determined by our backers

The hero cards will also bear the definition of each power. And you can order your own personalized hero illustrations, if you wish! See the backer levels in the right sidebar and the add-ons further down this page.

The Designer

Lester Smith has been publishing games professionally since 1984. He worked on staff at both GDW and TSR, as well as freelance for FASA, WEG, FBI, PEG, and others. He received an Origins award for Dragon Dice and has shared in three other Origins awards. His most recent credits include a half dozen card games and the d6xd6 CORE RPG.

Add-On Possibilities!

Personalized Hero Cards: Add $100 to your pledge and we'll add an extra hero card of your choice, illustrated and named to your specifications, to each copy of the game that you order. 

Initiative Coins: Add $10 to your pledge and we'll include a double-sided 1-inch metal coin featuring the SFR, Inc. shield on one side and Lester Smith's fanged smiley on the other!

Prototype coin image; final design may differ
Prototype coin image; final design may differ

Five-Suit SuperPower Poker Decks: Add $15 to your pledge and we'll include a poker deck with five suits -- Strength, Speed, Gear, Mind, and Mutation -- and two Bystanders joker cards, all in a durable plastic case.

Personalized Poker Decks: Order a Personalized Hero and a Five-Suit SuperPower Poker Deck, and for just $5 more we'll add your hero to the deck as another suit!

Risks and challenges

Lester Smith has run 6 successful Kickstarter campaigns before and understands the challenges of getting things organized and shipped, while remaining in communication with backers.

Len Peralta has illustrated four of Les's card decks in the past. Len's a true professional who always meets his deadlines, so card and cover art should not pose a problem.

SFR, Inc. has published dice games since 1999 and is well familiar with that process. The only possible delay we can imagine is if the dice manufacturer itself runs late, or if dice are held up in customs. We've built in some extra time for those possibilities.

The game design itself has been completed and tested for over a year. Rules editing will be completed shortly, well before the dice are finished. All that remains is bringing the game to print.

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    INNOCENT BYSTANDER - You'll receive a PDF copy of the rules for use with your own standard six-sided dice, plus name credit on the SuperPower SmackDown! Web site.

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    EYEWITNESS - You'll receive a printed copy of the rules and a sticker sheet for converting your own dice to SuperPower SmackDown! dice, plus name credit on the SuperPower SmackDown! Web site.

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    HERO! - You'll receive 5 molded dice for your choice of hero (Strength, Speed, Gear, Mind, or Mutation), a card defining that hero's power, a printed copy of the rules with your name listed in them, and your name listed on the SuperPower SmackDown! Web site. (This set is all you need to play the game - if you share the dice.)

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    DYNAMIC DUO! - You'll receive 10 molded dice for your choice of TWO heroes (Strength, Speed, Gear, Mind, or Mutation), a card for each of those heroes to define that hero's power, a printed copy of the rules with your name listed in them, and your name listed on the SuperPower SmackDown! Web site.

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    TO THE DICE CAVE! - You'll receive 25 molded dice (a full set for each hero - Strength, Speed, Gear, Mind, and Mutation), a card for each hero to define that hero's power, a printed copy of the rules with your name listed in them, and your name listed on the SuperPower SmackDown! Web site.

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    DICE CAPADES! - You'll receive twice the "To the Dice Cave!" rewards (one for you, and one for a friend), plus a two-player copy of Daemon Dice and TWO "Fester" Daemon Dice boosters. BONUS: You'll also get an uninked prototype die from the mold's test run!

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    DO OR DIE! - As a major backer helping to produce our dice mold, you'll receive all the "Dice Capades!" rewards; plus a specially illustrated hero card, as named and described by you; a specialty "Initiative" coin; and "Special Thanks" in the rules and on the SuperPower SmackDown! Web site. BONUS: You'll also get FIVE uninked prototype dice (a complete hero) from the mold's test run!

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    DIE HARD! - As a SUPER backer helping to produce our dice mold, you'll receive all the "Do or Die!" rewards; plus an additional specialty "Initiative" coin; AND your hero’s name and image will be featured as a defining hero in every copy of the game! (subject to approval) BONUS: You'll also get TEN uninked prototype dice (two complete heroes) from the mold's test run!

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    OUR HERO! - For funding fully half(!) the cost of the project, you'll receive twice the "Die Hard!" product rewards (a total of 4 copies of SuperPower SmackDown, 4 "Initiative" coins, 2 starter boxes of Daemon Dice, and 4 "Fester" boosters); plus we'll illustrate and name 5 bonus heroes to your specification, send you 4 cards for each of them (1 for each copy of the game), AND create a personalized cover for your SuperPower SmackDown! packages, featuring your five heroes! In addition, we'll send you an extra copy of the game with the regular cover and an extra "Initiative" coin. BONUS: You'll also get TWENTY-FIVE uninked prototype dice (a full set of heroes) from the mold's test run!

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Funding period

- (30 days)