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Please take a look at the Whats in the Box? and Stretch Goals sections below for more details on all the amazing content in store for Kickstarter backers.
New Canton is the first expansion to Brass Empire: a strategic deckbuilding card game of corporate espionage. The main game can be learned in just a few minutes, but has a tremendous amount of depth and different paths to victory. This expansion focuses on 5 different characters in an epic story of greed, corruption, love and tragedy.
The expansion requires the original Brass Empire to play even though it features twice the cards.
Brass Empire: New Canton expansion
- 100 Campaign Cards telling the epic story of New Canton
- 5 Faction Legacy decks (44 cards each) telling the story of a unique hero and unlocking new gadgets, events, buildings and more (220 cards!)
- 36 Al Rajah Medical Faction Cards and 11 starting card 6th player expansion
- 4 Single Player Boss Challenge Cards
- Campaign Score Pad
- 20 Page Full Color Rulebook
- 25 Health Tokens
- 25 Extra Brass Coin Tokens
- Plastic Storage Tray
Brass Empire Base Game (2nd Edition)
- 55 Starting Cards
- 100 Labor Pool Cards
- 90 Design Department Cards
- 30 Corp Faction Reserve Cards
- 50 Brass Coin Tokens
- 10 Red HP Dice
- Plastic Storage Tray
- 20 Page Full Color Rulebook
Brass Empire: New Canton is an enormous expansion that greatly enhances the original strategic card game of corporate espionage and sabotage. If you're unfamiliar with Brass Empire's gameplay, check out our first Kickstarter campaign or some of the videos below.
Unlike most card game expansions, Brass Empire: New Canton tells a story through it's 12+ hour campaign. Like other campaign and legacy games, you will be changing the rules, unlocking cards, customizing decks and progressing through a unique character's story between every match. You will even be deckbuilding between games - permanently changing your starting deck for future matches. You will never destroy any components and can enjoy playing the campaign again and again from different characters' perspectives (though there will be less surprises on subsequent campaigns). When the campaign is over, all of the cards you unlocked can be added to the original Brass Empire like a traditional card game expansion. This is a very ambitious and unique take on an expansion that improves the original game and drastically expands on the lore of Cobalt.
The link above goes to a draft of the expansion rulebook, but you can also see the original game's rulebook here. Use the bottom button below to play the base game on Tabletopia:
We don't want to spoil too much about the story but there are a lot of new exciting features and mechanics that you will discover in New Canton:
1. New 6th Player Faction: Al-Rajah Medical
One of the things that New Canton does is act as a 6th player expansion by introducing a brand new corporate Faction. Al Rajah Medical is inspired by Arabian culture (mixed with Steampunk of course) and introduces the ability to heal damage on buildings/units and resurrect cards from your discard pile.
Gadgets are powerful instant cards that can be played once per game and can drastically turn the tides of the game in your favor. They appear in both center decks and are hidden under employee or design department row cards as they are drawn. When you purchase the top card, you get the gadget to use whenever you want.
3. Hero Cards
Each Hero has their own story and levels up throughout the campaign. Hero cards give you abilities to change your starting deck between games and also have a special ability that they can use once per game.
Event cards are one of the main storytelling devices that we use in the game. These cards can pop up in either center row and activate as soon as they are revealed.
5. New Abilities: Synergy, Dash, Warden
Obviously the expansion contains a bunch of new buildings, units and employees to add to your company as well. Many of these new cards have abilities. Synergy triggers an additional perk if you've played another card from the same faction this turn. Dash allows units to take an action on the turn they are played. Finally, Warden cards protect your buildings from being attacked until the Warden card is destroyed.
There are a lot of other things to discover in New Canton. You'll confront political authorities, social organizations, and bosses while struggling against one another and voting on things like which new cards to research during the campaign...
Brass Empire: New Canton is a massive expansion with a ton of content but we always like to offer more to our Kickstarter backers. If you back now and spread the word... we just might be able to squeeze more into the box!
Coverage for New Canton:
“With all the hype for other games, like Clank!, I'm surprised I haven't heard more about Brass Empire.” - May Begamer (Nonstop Tabletop New Canton Preview)
Coverage for the Original Brass Empire:
- Armchair General Review (88%)
- Top 10 Tabletop Game of 2017 (so far)
- Pawn's Perspective Review
- Taco's Take Review: Supreme Taco
You can manually change the amount of your pledge and then use the extra money to add-on any of these extra goodies!
- Add $20 to your pledge for our Kickstarter exclusive New Canton game mat
- Add $40 to your pledge for each additional copy of Brass Empire
- Add $42 to your pledge for each additional copy of the New Canton expansion
- If you backed the first Kickstarter and want a small pack of the cards that changed as detailed in our blog post, you can add $5 for an upgrade pack.
We have decided to charge shipping after the campaign ends through our pledge manager. By doing so, we can ensure you get charged the shipping you actually deserve. We know that shipping (especially internationally) can be annoyingly expensive; believe us, we are just as annoyed as you are! We always work at minimizing the cost of shipping as much as possible and will be providing the same $6 shipping subsidy to all backers regardless of region. We don't want to stick anyone with a large shipping bill long after the campaign is over but feel this is the fairest way to handle it.
By collecting shipping post campaign, we are able to factor in your pledge tier, all stretch goals, and all add-ons. Here are our estimated shipping costs (all prices will include a $6 shipping subsidy from us) based on 2017 shipping rates.
*There will likely be additional fees for verified tracking to certain countries with notorious postal services such as Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Russia, and Ukraine. If you have any questions about shipping to your region, please just message us and we will get right back to you.
We plan on using customs-friendly shipping and fulfillment companies in each region to keep shipping costs as low as possible so that you can back more games! As a result, you should not get hit with customs, brokerage, or import fees.
We like to support game stores around the world by offering the special Kickstarter versions of the game to retailers during the campaign. We treat retailer backers just like other backers in that they receive their rewards before we release regular retail games into distribution. If you're a retailer, please contact Mike directly at firstname.lastname@example.org during the campaign for pricing information or back at one of our bulk reward levels for some excellent savings.
This is Rock Manor Games third Kickstarter. We successfully funded Brass Empire at the end of 2015 and funded Maximum Apocalypse in May of 2017. The reception we have received on this journey has been so amazing that we have spent the past few years developing an amazing pipeline of games. We are thrilled to continue our work in the game industry and could not thank everyone enough for all their support!
About the Team
Mike Gnade is a 10 year game industry veteran based in Wilmington, Delaware where he lives with his family. He is obsessed with games of all kinds and is the designer and producer behind Maximum Apocalypse and Brass Empire. He has been deeply involved in the indie gaming scene over the years and is a proud member of Tabletop Co-Op and the Game Makers Guild of Philadelphia.
Declan Hart is a UK based Character and Environment illustrator and artist. He completed all of the original illustrations for Brass Empire and the expansion. Essentially he's just a guy who loves to create cool stuff! He's lucky enough to be doing something that he really enjoys doing; its a dream to be able to visualize these scenes and characters for people, one that he hopes to stay with for as long as possible. You can see his portfolio and learn more on his website.
Jason Chestnut is a storyteller and documentary filmmaker from Baltimore, MD. His company, Ankos Films, filmed and edited many of our videos for New Canton including the main Kickstarter trailer above.
Risks and challenges
We are fortunate to have gone through the Kickstarter process before and have consistently delivered our games to our backers in about 9 months from our project's end date. We attribute a lot of this speed to getting all of the core artwork completed upfront and have done the same with this project. We pride ourselves on communicating with our backers and impressing them by meeting deadlines and delivering an excellent product. Please feel free to check out our other Kickstarter projects for samples of our transparency, comments, and process.
PRODUCTION & SHIPPING
We plan on using the same manufacturers and fulfillment pipeline that we have used in the past to minimize complications and ensure a high quality product.
Draft rules are available now under the Gameplay section. Please provide any feedback on them so that we can finalize the text and the rulebook shortly after the campaign.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By pledging to this project, you acknowledge that the final look, materials and content of the rewards (and the project) are subject to change and may differ from what is presented while the Kickstarter project was active.
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