About this project
EXCEED is a new generation of tabletop fighting card game! Whether you prefer to fight with cerebral tactics, high-energy combos, or sheer reckless abandon, we've got you covered!
Select your fighter and head into the ring! The game takes only 5 minutes to learn or teach, and every turn you're faced with simple but important decisions about what to do next.
Created by 2-player game design veteran D. Brad Talton Jr. (BattleCON, Pixel Tactics, Millennium Blades), the game has been tested and balanced to provide an accessible, high-energy experience. Whether you're coming to EXCEED from the world of video games or as an expert card gamer, there's a lot to experience in the system.
Don't take our word for it though! Download a print-and-play edition (click the banner below), or follow along with one of our daily live games!
We've come to Kickstarter to bring you 16 all-new fighters. These fighters comprise the original cast of characters from Level 99 Games' upcoming game world, Seventh Cross.
Seventh Cross is a macabre/horror setting, in which hunters from the enigmatic Church fight to keep order in a world that parallels the 1920's era of our own. In this world, the darkness within humans' souls can transform them into monsters. Society at large is oblivious to the secret, centuries-old war to control this power which still wages in the shadows. Each individual in Seventh Cross boasts a darker, monstrous nature, which they can tap into in order to gain power.
EXCEED was first released last year, featuring sixteen fighters from Jasco Games' Red Horizon universe. The game was developed by Brad Talton, the creator of the hit fighting board game BattleCON. EXCEED's goal is to capture the energy and speed of an arcade-style fighting game using the mechanics present in card games. It has been a fan-favorite since its release!
Each season features 16 new fighters from a different world. In this, the second season of EXCEED, we've created an original property called Seventh Cross, containing characters which will appear in several other upcoming games as well!
Check out this excellent tutorial video by our friend, Cardboard Stacker, to learn how to play EXCEED!
"My review: Purchase this game immediately." - Tycho, Penny Arcade
“...I dig Exceed. It’s one of the smartest, most enjoyable, and most immediately rewarding game systems I’ve ever had the joy of interacting with.” - Dan Thurot, Space Biff!
"There are several games of this type... but this stands out as a particularly good one... I like the pace of the experience... pretty frantic." - Marco War Gamer
"If you like head-to-head two-player combat games where you are trying to outwit, outsmart, out-kill your opponent... and if you like them to be brisk, this one will definitely fit that bill." - Bower's Game Corner
"An excellent job of capturing the essence of old-style fighting video games into a card game... great replayability and strategy." - Bearded Meeple
Transformation is a new mechanic that was designed for the fighters in Seventh Cross. Characters evolve over the course of play, gaining access to new abilities and powers. Transformations represent the fighter tapping into their monstrous natures, and make it easier for the fighter to EXCEED, along with granting new powers.
When a fighter enters EXCEED Mode, they change completely, gaining a new core ability that drastically alters the way they play. All of the fighters in Seventh Cross are flexible, and their kits adapt to support a new style of play mid-match, leading to exciting upsets.
Transformations in Seventh Cross are inspired by horror mythos from around the world, both ancient and modern!
Check out the Sixteen heroes and villains of Seventh Cross, along with their monstrous forms!
Pooky joins us from the world of SlugFest Games' Red Dragon Inn, a tabletop gaming classic!
And we'll be joined by the Shovel Knight, courtesy of Yacht Club Games!
We have some cool stretch goals planned out! Most of these goals enhance the Church Inquisitor Edition (the $100 tier) with new extras.
Season 1 contains 16 fighters from Jasco Games Red Horizon universe, first popularized in their UFS Collectible Card Game.
Season 1 features 4 different boxes, each containing 4 fighters. Fighters in season 1 are fully compatible with those from Season 2, and future seasons as well!
Level 99 Games is a publisher specializing in high-quality hobby games, particularly 2-player dueling games. We've funded and delivered many well-known Kickstarter projects in the past, including Millennium Blades, BattleCON, Pixel Tactics, Argent: the Consortium, and more!
The EXCEED Fighting System is designed by D. Brad Talton Jr. and characters from our latest season have been tested and balanced over a year and a half by both new and expert players. As a professional design studio with a specialty in dueling games, we have lots of experience creating some of the most highly-rated 2-player games on the hobby market.
The art and characters of Seventh Cross are a design collaboration between Brad and Lead Artist wickedalucard, who have been working together to create the setting and illustrate the characters for over a year now.
The graphic designs of the cards and interface elements were created by Laura La Vito, an independent graphic designer who has worked on a number of other board game projects.
Special Thanks to Cardboard Stacker for the intro video editing, to Alex Brock for the design of the playmat, to several generous fans for creating our Tabletop Simulator test module, and to all the fans in the Level 99 Games community for their tireless proof-reading and testing.
We're all very excited to be bringing you this project at last! Thanks so much for becoming a part of it!
Risks and challenges
Given that this is the second season of EXCEED, we've already got the process down from our experiences with Season 1. We're hoping to improve the box design and material quality, as well as strengthen the core of our foil cards to make them more resilient and resistant to bending (the most significant problem with production in the first set).
Level 99 Games is a professional publishing studio and the full time endeavor of designer D. Brad Talton Jr, as well as a handful of other talented artists, designers, and creators. We have successfully delivered some of the most critically acclaimed board games of recent years, including BattleCON, Argent: the Consortium, Pixel Tactics, and Millennium Blades.
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