About this project
If you miss the library, don't despair! You'll be able to get the games individually or in a bundle at http://store.lvl99games.com after the project ends. Backing early gets you access to some early-release content, print and plays, promo cards, and a free collection of micro-games!
The Level 99 Games Minigame Bundle has a little bit of something for everyone. Whether you like mysteries or puzzles, random play or deep tactics, classic fantasy or film noir, you'll find it here in this collection of exciting new card games from Level 99.
Extra Game Included!!
We've reached enough pledges to put a 5th game, Blades of Legend, into the box. This is a 6-11 player party style game. Everyone who pledges at the $40 level or higher will get this game automatically at no extra charge. Those who have pledged under this level will be able to choose Blades as one of their six games.
We've reached enough pledges to put a 6th game, Master Plan, into the box. This is a 3-6 player real-space game. Everyone who pledges at the $40 level or higher will get this game automatically at no extra charge. Those who have pledged under this level will be able to choose Master Plan as one of their six games.
Each game fills a different genre to suit a different party or get together. Entertain mystery enthusiasts over a cup of coffee with NOIR, or feed your addiction to tactical combat with Pixel Tactics. The chaos of Grimoire Shuffle makes it fun for kids and parents alike, while Infinity Dungeon will have a party of imaginative gamers rolling with laughter at every turn.
Together, these games make a core collection that will allow you to enjoy a 15-60 minute gaming session with just about any group.
These games have been in testing and production for over a year, and are finally ready to come to life. All we need is you!
A modern classic of hunter and hunted—but which is which? Take on the roles of Killer and Inspector and take the manhunt to the streets in this fifteen-minute mystery game. Easy to learn and play for all ages, NOIR's secret movements and subtle suspense will have you playing again and again. The box also includes rules for a longer game, Chief Inspector vs. Master Thief; a shorter game, Hitman; and a 3 or 4 player game, Spy Tag.
A puzzle-party game for 4 or 6 players, make your way through a constantly changing magical library while you attempt to shelve three different books of spells. While you carry a book, it gives you access to a special power that you can use to move quickly through the library or sabotage other players.
Take to the field of battle in a head to head card game filled with quick and important decisions. Classic video-game style characters evoke the feel of old-school tactical strategy games as you rapidly build combat teams and send them into battle.
Infinity Dungeon (x2!!!)
The storytelling game of absurd dungeon delving! Gather a party of unlikely heroes like the Postman, Butler, Pop Star, and Evil Overlord, then solve your way through ridiculously dangerous room puzzles like the Dreaded Tumbler, Explosive Hedgehog Room, and the Room with 1000 Doors. Only those whose plans inspire the most confidence in their allies will succeed, while others perish comically in the process!
Infinity Dungeon comes in two parts, each a separate box (and each is considered a separate game by the rewards), but the two are intended to be mixed together.
You can get all 5 ½ of these games in a carrying case together with the Level 99 Games Minigame Library Bundle on Kickstarter!
Microgames are tiny games that fit on a single postcard. These games usually leverage simple, readily available components (like dice, stones, or playing cards), or can be played without components at all. All the rules you need to play, as well as a gameboard (if necessary) are contained on the single postcard.
Here's an example of one of the microgames included along with every reward tier: Pebble Rebel
When you pick any reward, we'll send you a set of 5 microgames along with your regular reward.
Why the Library?
The common practice in the board gaming industry when you have a smaller game like one of these is to fluff it up with fancy components and sell it at a premium price of $25 or more.
Rather than take that route and pad our games with unnecessary tokens and boards, we've decided to keep the games small and portable, and instead offer them as a library. This way, you get more games for your money, and just as much gameplay from each individual game as you would expect from a regular boxed game.
... with Exciting Stretch Goals!
$25k - Blades of Legend (Unlocked!)
Since we have reached $25,000 in kickstarter funding, a 5th game, Blades of Legend, will be included in the minigame library. All backers at the $40 pledge level and above will receive this game at no additional cost.Those under $40 will have the option to pick this game as one of their reward selections.
Blades of Legend is a game of secret roles and variable powers. Each player has inherited one of the fabled Blades of Legend, and all the powers that come with it. Will you be able to determine who your secret ally is and work with them to overcome your enemies? There can only be one Master of the Blades!
$32k - Bonus Microgames (+5) (Unlocked!)
Since we've reached $32,000 in Kickstarter funding, an additional set of 5 postcard games will be created. These 5 extra postcard-sized games will be included with all reward tiers.
$40k - Master Plan (Unlocked!)
Since we've reached $40,000 in kickstarter funding, a 6th game, Master Plan, will be included in the minigame library! All backers at the $40 pledge level and above will receive this game at no additional cost. Those under $40 will be able to pick the game as one of their reward selections.
Master Plan is a gameshow for supervillains. Players leap from space to space in an American-Gladiator style arena, building the game floor secretly as they play. Will you set traps in your own path, to tempt others into racing ahead of you? Will you surround the goal with all manner of hazards, leaving yourself a secret back-door to victory? Only the most cunning will reach the trophy--for the others, it's the trapdoor!
$60k - ???
$80k - ???
$100k - Designing with the Stars
If we reach $100,000, a brand new game will be created for the minigames library! All backers at the $40 pledge level and above will receive this game at no additional cost. Those under this level will be able to pick the game as one of their reward selections.
This game doesn't exist yet! We will be designing, illustrating, and updating you on its progress throughout development. You'll get to watch the game go from concept to prototype to production from the very beginning. All backers at all levels will receive a Print-and-Play copy of the game and will be able to contribute as playtesters! This will be a space-themed game. This reward may be delivered at a later date than other rewards in the collection. More info on this when it happens.
"A La Carte" add-ons
These are extras that you can add to any pledge level! In the backer survey at the end of the project, we'll gather information on which extras you added-on.
Who are We?
Level 99 Games is the full-time job of designer/programmer D. Brad Talton Jr. (BattleCON, Mystic Empyrean). He is joined on this particular project by artist Fábio Fontes (Mark PTO, Ranter Works). Several of the Microgames included as rewards for this project are contributed by Daniel Solis (Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple).
Level 99 Games designs games with the big ideas of replayability, approachability, economy, and innovation.
Replayability - Each game in the minigame library has been played over and over again, but each is still requested by our friends on game night, at conventions, and over coffee for repeat plays.
Approachability - You don't have to be a hardcore gamer to play one of these games, but they might just make you into one! Not just gamers, but non-gamer friends, coworkers, and even parents will be able to enjoy your minigames with you.
Economy - We don't fluff our games with excess parts, boards, or peripherals, instead making each game only as large as it needs to be. This fusion of elegance and economy allows us to bring you games to you that are "bigger than the box" without a bigger price tag.
Innovation - Each game in the Minigame Library will force you to think differently from any game you've played before. While we stand on the shoulders of the giants of game design, we strive to leap as far as possible (and bring a hang glider with us) as we explore new game ideas.
We have a resumé of quality games. Check out reviews for our past projects:
In Canada and the USA, shipping is included in your pledge. If you are outside of the USA and Canada, you can use the International Backer levels, or attach an extra $15 to any existing pledge level you pick. In the US, shipping will be via priority mail. In Canada and the rest of the world, it will be US International First Class. Please keep in mind customs fees and requirements for your country when ordering. For most international orders, it's far cheaper for all involved to go in together with others in your local area and bundle your games as one shipment, so see if you can make new connections with local gamers!
These are super-tiny games that fit on a single postcard. Each copy of the minigame library comes with all of the minigames above, plus five more postcard games that make great stocking stuffers.
If you'd like to check out an example, here is Pebble Rebel by Daniel Solis: http://danielsolisblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/pebble-rebel.html
The postcard will have a laminated board on one side and the complete rules on the other. Players have to use their own stones (or dry erase markers, since the card is laminated).
The other postcard games are similar to these--ultra-light things that fit in your coat pocket and can be played while waiting for dinner at a restaurant or over drinks at the pub. Like the minigames, these postcard games are in a variety of genres and work for a variety of player groups.
Restrictions breed creativity, and I wanted to challenge myself to fit bigger game ideas into smaller packages. So the minigame library really began as a personal designer challenge. After playtesters at conventions started asking me if they could buy my prototypes to play with their wives, friends, and families, I decided it was time to take these games and share them with the world.
I'm in the process of putting together nice-looking downloadable rulebooks. What I currently have are bare-bones playtest rules with few illustrations, so I'm working to reformat these. Both the PDF rules and video playthroughs of each game will be available as soon as they are ready to show off. Some are posted already, so check the main page beneath each game's heading.
Oops... I meant to set them for 2012. Now that people have pledged to them, it's too late to change the dates. The minigame library will ship in December 2012, regardless of your reward tier, have no fear.
Yes! Those rates are below. Please add them to your pledge when selecting one of these 'loose game' rewards.
International Shipping on a single game is $7
For two games, $12
For three games, it's $15
Yes! If we reach any stretch goals, you will be able to select those games as part of the $10, $12, $20, or $30 rewards.
Yes, a copy of BattleCON will also contain Danny, Claus/Wyndhal, and Robert Promo characters.
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