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Welcome to Argent University, the premiere magical institution in the World of Indines! As a faculty member of this prestigious university, you have it all–fame, power, luxury, and plenty of research assistants willing to work for you for free. What more could you ask for?

Why, the Chancellorship, of course!

The previous University Chancellor has announced his resignation, and the race is on to fill the empty seat. The Board of Trustees meets in one week to determine who will be the new Chancellor. As a candidate in this race, you must use every tool at your disposal to secure the Board's votes. Espionage and Bribery are the classic tools, but you also have powerful magic spells, artifacts looted from the university's vaults, and your student aides to do your bidding.

Only the candidate who manages to best leverage their resources and manipulate the Board of Trustees will become the new Chancellor of Argent University!

In addition to a reprint of Argent: the Consortium, designer Trey Chambers has put together a new Mini-Expansion, Festival of Masks, which introduces a new play mode to the game. We've also updated components (particularly our student miniatures), revised the rulebook, and clarified rules and text on cards!  

Read reviews and join the community for Argent on Board Game Geek!

Argent was published in 2015, and became a favorite among gamers for its hybrid of American and Euro-style play. Though you have a variety of powers at your disposal, turns are tight and every choice matters. Figuring out the best course of action is always difficult, and players must use all sorts of tricks and diplomacy in order to get the upper hand. 

Argent is not your typical worker-placement game. Mages wield powers to hinder and displace one another. Players cast spells to interfere with opponents and upend expectations. Treasures provide aggressive and defensive tools, and supporters can quickly shift the balance of power in any direction. Even the conditions for victory are uncertain–until you are able to spy on the Consortium and learn them!

"...hands down one of the most varied, aggressive, and clever worker placement games I’ve played." - Space Biff

"...a game that redefines a genre... It is one of the most impressive games of the last few years." - Rumpus Room

"Argent immerses players in the magical university setting... a marvelous GAME... ALL LOVE ALL THE TIME." - Mina's Fresh Cardboard

"This, in my humble opinion, is how you make a truly thematic and diverse worker placement game." - BigBoxGamers.com (English version)

"Argent delivers an exceptional experience. Players who love options, who search for combos, and who enjoy a raucous, in-your-face experience will find the game an absolute delight." - Giant Fire Breathing Robot

"I love this game... it feels like every moment is meaningful to the endgame experience." - Boards and Bees

 

 

 

For a light overview, check out the Scrappy Review!

Learn to play Argent: The Consortium, as taught by Watch It Played!

 Download the Rulebook here! (some updates still pending)

Here are a few images of Argent in progress. Note that these images are using 1st edition components (images are courtesy of Space Biff).

A game of Argent in progress, using 1st edition components and miniatures.
A game of Argent in progress, using 1st edition components and miniatures.

 

A player's office is where all their possessions are stored and where their students wait to venture out into the university.
A player's office is where all their possessions are stored and where their students wait to venture out into the university.

 

At the end of the week, the Consortium votes on who will be the next Chancellor. Don't neglect to spy on the voters and learn how you can sway their decision in your favor!
At the end of the week, the Consortium votes on who will be the next Chancellor. Don't neglect to spy on the voters and learn how you can sway their decision in your favor!

 See more pictures of the cards, components, and games-in-progress at Board Game Geek!

 

 

Here's a quick preview of the base rings, the major component change from 1st edition.
Here's a quick preview of the base rings, the major component change from 1st edition.

 

These extra games and add-ons are included at the higher pledge tiers. You will also be able to add-on extras anywhere in the world via our Pledge Manager after the project completes.

First and foremost, Festival of Masks provides a new way to play Argent, as well as a new resource to race for during play rounds. Masks provide continuous benefits for an entire round of play, much like some Bell Tower Cards, but the round doesn't end when they're all taken, and you can only have one. Use these masks as the engine for your key strategies, to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and harass opponents.

This new mini-expansion is currently a work-in-progress, and new art and card previews will be unveiled as we progress during the project!

The "Lost Promos" from the first Kickstarter–Toltan the Bard, Crystal Skull, and Ancient Tablet–are also reprinted and included in Festival of Masks!

Add this on to any pledge for +$12! (Extra shipping fees may apply outside the USA, and will be billed by our Pledge Manager)

The first major expansion, 'Mancers of the University, adds the department of Technomancy, plus 6 other modules that can be swapped in and out to customize the game! 

Add this on to any pledge for +$40! (Extra shipping fees may apply outside the USA, and will be billed by our Pledge Manager)

The Summer Break Mini-Expansion offers bunch of new summer-themed supporters and treasures for you to add to Argent, plus a new Scenario and a new Voter!

Add this on to any pledge for +$12! (Extra shipping fees may apply outside the USA, and will be billed by our Pledge Manager)

You can also add-on additional copies of the Art of Argent (Artbook) for $20, and additional copies of the Base Game for $60 to any pledge!

In the second printing of the game, we've improved the clarity of the rulebook, updated layouts with additional visual cues and reminders, and fixed some minor errata that came up in the first edition. Miniatures will be re-cast and updated to use the base-and-ring system popularized by other mainstream miniatures games on Kickstarter.

All updated cards, as well the updated miniatures and base rings, are included in the Upgrade Pack available at the Alumni Tier. For first-time backers, these things are all included in the second printing of the game already.

Aside from a few updates to the text on cards and the clarity of the rulebook, this will be a straightforward reprint of Argent: the Consortium and its expansions.

We've already started on the artwork that we need for the new mini-expansion, and should have it ready to go to press fairly soon. We expect to deliver the new edition of Argent: the Consortium to you in early 2018.

Here's our estimated timeline.

  • Art Completion - Aug 2017
  • Pre-Press - Sept 2017
  • Miniature Production & Proofing - October 2017
  • Print & Assembly - November 2017
  • Shipping - January 2018
  • Delivery - March 2018

The project is USA, Canada, and EU-friendly, meaning that rewards will ship within these countries, and backers will not need to pay customs fees! We are working on adding more "friendly" zones during this campaign, based on our backer volume in various parts of the world.

Shipping is free in the USA, and the cost of USA shipping has been deducted from the shipping rates to all other countries (so if the reward cost $24 to ship to the USA and $60 to ship to Canada, Canadians will pay just $36 in shipping) . If your country is not on the list of countries that we ship to, please let us know and we will add it!

With this being a reprint, we aren't making many changes to the game. However, the Festival of Masks expansion gives us a little bit to work with in terms of room for new content.

For every $10,000 over our base goal, up to the first $60,000, we'll add an additional Mask Card to the Festival of Masks Expansion! Look out for these new masks in updates as we hit those goals! 

Backers choosing the "Create a Supporter" tiers will also expand the game for everyone by adding new, original cards to Festival of Masks!

Risks and challenges

Argent is one of the largest and most complex games that we've ever created. When it debuted in 2015, it was an instant success, but there were a few component issues, being our first miniature-based project.

In the new edition, we've polished up the rules, balance, and components, taking feedback from the original designer and from fans across the world. Miniatures now use the tried-and-true ring-base system found in many other miniatures games.

We are currently finishing up the art for the new mini-expansion, as well as all the revisions and updates to the rulebook. As for the base game and 'Mancers expansion, everything is ready to go to press, we just need your help to make it happen!

Things can and often do go wrong during the production of games. It's a messy business, and small print runs and highly customized projects mean that mistakes are pretty much inevitable. Level 99 Games has funded, produced, and delivered over 10 major Kickstarter projects through the years, and we are familiar with these issues. Our promise is that no matter what happens, we will keep you informed and deliver your games, even if setbacks require us to take a little longer than expected.

Thanks for supporting our work and for being a part of Level 99 Games!

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