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Join a world filled with assassins. Pick a faction, grab a mission and watch your back.

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You walk into a massive space filled with people; bright lights and loud sounds grab your attention. Your eyes narrow as you scan the crowd searching for your prey. A chilling sensation sweeps up your spine; you are being watched. You duck around a corner, sneaking a quick glance over your shoulder and see... nothing. But you can’t shake the feeling that someone is hunting you. 

Welcome to Assassins Ball, a social game played during PAX East 2014 in Boston, MA, April 11th - April 13th. 

If you're not attending PAX East 2014 you will not be able to participate in the game, though I welcome your feedback or support.

The funds from this campaign will used to purchase the professionally printed materials for the kits and shipping them out to players. Any overages are used to partially recoup game-related expenditures and service fees like web hosting. My time is always free.

What is Assassins Ball?   

The premise is simple: You are an assassin with a mission to find specific players and assassinate them, gaining prestige for yourself and your allied faction. After you confirm a kill you will receive a new mission and the process starts over. 

Your Kit & Tools

Assassins are only as good as their tools and in Assassins Ball it's no different. Each assassin kit comes with a large 3" player button that has a number of elements on it to identify players as an assassin, listed below:

  • Identifying Symbol - Each button is printed with a brightly colored shape on it that acts as an identifier for that player. 
  • Below the symbol will be an emblem signifying that players allied faction (You'll pick your faction in the backer survey once the campaign is completed). 
Final mockup. Printed product will appear slightly different.
Final mockup. Printed product will appear slightly different.

The button has both a standard pin-back and a clothing magnet attachment to ensure that it stays on. The button should be worn on your left arm facing out or on the upper left side of your chest.

Kill Confirm

In addition to the player button each assassin kit comes with a Kill Confirm card that will be used so other players can confirm they have attacked the correct target. This card has a prominent QR Code printed on it as well as an alphanumeric backup code.  

Final mock-up. Printed product will appear slightly different.
Final mock-up. Printed product will appear slightly different.

After assassinating a target, players will scan the QR code or make note of the alphanumeric code to confirm they have attacked the correct target. 

Website & Apps

The game website http://www.phenixone.com will be your primary tool for Assassins Ball information, registering your kit and receiving missions. 

Here you will also be able to view your prestige and ranking compared to other players overall and in your allied faction. The site is being rebuilt at the moment to work on mobile sites for use during the game.

In addition to the website, an Android app is currently in progress for players to use during the game.  More info will be released as it nears completion.

A note on Missions to previous Assassins and Assassins Ball players

In previous Assassins and Assassins Ball games physical mission cards were provided to the player. For this and future games missions will instead be provided through the games website and Assassins Ball apps.

How to Play

Once you've received your kit you will need to go to the game website and register your player button (You will need to create an account that requires a valid email address prior to this step).  Additional steps may be needed to sync your account to the Android app and will be added here once finalized.

Missions
Shortly before the game starts you will receive an email with your first mission. This mission will also be displayed on the website and the Android app. 

Each mission will identify a specific symbol to look for on other assassin players as well as the preferred faction for the target. The specified faction on a mission is always optional but matching it to you target will earn you more prestige. 

While you will never receive a mission requiring you to target your own faction you are free to do so if a players symbol matches the one on your mission.  However, your faction will gain no prestige for such kills and may cause you to be declared a rogue agent by faction leaders.

Once a mission has been assigned, you will notice that a timer starts to countdown on the website. After a few hours' the timer will reach zero and if you have not found your target you may request a new mission.

Assassinating Players

When you find a player whose symbol matches your mission walk up, say “Hi”, and kill them. Just kidding, assassinating a player is primarily a verbal exchange and while players are encouraged to be creative when assassinating players please:

  • Do not Use prop weapons
  • Do not do things that could be considered threatening (Physical contact, proximity) 
  • Above all don’t ruin someones fun
Confirming assassinations
There are a few ways confirm your assassination. You can enter the code on that players Kill Confirm card on the website, scan the QR Code on the Kill confirm card through the Android app.  In the event that you cannot access the website, feel free to snap a picture of it for entering later (You will need to confirm the kill before you will be given a new mission, however).

Earning prestige
Prestige is points awarded for each confirmed assassination to the player. Points are also award to the assassins allied faction (except if the player and target are in the same faction). The amount of prestige awarded is determined by how closely you match your target to your mission.

Being assassinated
Struck down in your prime?  Lucky for you, you were trained pretty well and your faction simply can't have you dying on the job. Unlike previous assassin games being assassinated is not the end of the line. 

When another player approaches you to be assassinated be cordial and allow them to see you Kill Confirm card but do not let them take it.  Once they have scanned or taken a pic of it they will return it and be on their merry way. You may then continue with your mission, just be more careful ok?

Factions

Factions are powerful organizations who employ assassins to further their goals. Each faction has a specific theme and you will be able to ally yourself with one of them. The factions and their emblems are listed below.

Faction Emblems
Faction Emblems

You can visit the game website for more information about each of the factions here. Which faction are you?

Risks and challenges

This is the tenth Assassins game I'll run (woohoo!) and the third using a new process that sources professionally printed materials from various vendors and printers. In that respect there is very little risk of completing the hardware side of the project.

However, of all the games I've run this game has the greatest number of changes from any other. Moving to virtual missions allows for new game play possibilities both in this game and down the road but could also backfire if players are not able to play in a natural way.

That being said I think that the risk is worth it and I'm excited and motivated to see this new vision of Assassin come to fruition. In the event that we're not able to complete all the ideas outlined above in time, I have plans in place to revert to a more traditional style of game play.

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FAQ

  • Yes you can! Back whichever reward level you'd like and specify in the backer survey that you are outside of the U.S. We will contact you shortly before the show to setup a meeting place to hand deliver your kits to you.

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  • You will be able to select the faction(s) of your kit(s) through the backer survey that will be sent out when the project ends (There will be a field specifically for selecting your faction).

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  • If you need to another kit to your pledge that doesn't match with the preset reward tiers (1, 2, or 5) adjust your pledge by adding $10.00 per kit (10 kit maximum per pledge, please). You will be able to select the faction(s) of your kit(s) through the backer survey that will be sent out when the project ends (There will be a field specifically for selecting your faction).

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    20 backers

    THE JACKAL [ASSASSIN]: Receive one assassin kit containing everything needed for you to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2014. Your kit faction will be selected in the backer survey sent after the campaign completes.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $20 or more

    19 backers

    THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS [ASSASSIN]: Receive two assassin kits containing everything needed needed for you and a friend to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2014. Your kit factions will be selected in the backer survey sent after the campaign completes.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $30 or more

    4 backers Limited (11 left of 15)

    WANTED [LUXURY, ASSASSIN]: Receive one luxury assassin kit containing everything needed for you to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2014 and a framed faction emblem for the faction of your choice shipped in late April, early May. Your kit faction will be selected in the backer survey sent after the campaign completes.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    4 backers

    THE BIG HIT [ASSASSIN]: Receive five assassin kits containing everything needed for you and four friends to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2014. Your kit factions will be selected in the backer survey sent after the campaign completes.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (28 days)