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Gothic Horrors funded on Day 1 in less than two hours! Now every dollar pledged makes this game better.  We have already unlocked 12 Stretch Goals including a two brand new apocalypses featuring Yokai and the 4 Horsemen of the apocalyse. The current Stretch Goal we are working towards is...

Maximum Apocalypse Core Set IRL
Maximum Apocalypse Core Set IRL

Maximum Apocalypse is a cooperative roguelike game filled with adventure, exploration and strategic choices. It was built from the ground up to be very modular and infinitely replayable.  The core game became a reality thanks to over 3,000 backers and features 4 different apocalypses and 6 different character classes. 

Kaiju Rising Expansion IRL
Kaiju Rising Expansion IRL

The first expansion, Kaiju Rising, adds two new survivor characters, the Army Ranger and Scientist. Each character comes with their own unique survivor deck of abilities and equipment cards. Finally, this expansion adds a new apocalypse deck of 30 cards with new missions and challenges as you face the largest monsters seen thus far...the Kaiju! Oh and there are giant robots too of course. 

Gothic Horrors is our first deluxe expansion and adds two new apocalyptic scenarios, the Cthulhu Mythos and Classic Monsters. Face off against life draining vampires, ghouls and werewolves in a classic monster set or try and stop a bunch of cultists from summoning Cthulhu or other unspeakable Lovecraftian horrors. Each apocalypse brings with it new gameplay mechanics such as the Insanity deck or the new night/day cycle. This expansion also adds two new survivor classes, the Priest and Ronin. The Priest is a persistent believer in humanity who offers protection from unspeakable evils. The Ronin is a new close range combatant with dual purpose cards that change based on her combat stance.

Don't miss out on the Kickstarter Exclusive Expansion, Jurassic Perils, featuring dinosaurs and the adventurer character.  THIS EXPANSION WILL NOT BE OFFERED IN RETAIL! 

 Gothic Horrors: 

  • Cthulhu Mythos Monster Deck, Bosses and Missions (30 cards)
  • Vampire Monster Deck, Bosses and Missions (30 cards)
  • Yokai Monster Deck, Bosses and Missions (30 Cards)  
  • The Rapture Monster Deck, Horsemen and Missions (30 Cards) 
  • Day / Night Deck (20 cards)
  • Insanity Deck (15 cards)
  • Ronin Character Card and Deck (31 cards)
  • Priest Character Card and Deck (31 cards)
  • 2 Kickstarter Edition Promo Cards and Standees (Alt Mechanic & Alt Firefighter) 
  • Allies Solo Expansion (~10 cards)
  • 12 Card Dividers (including dividers for the Kaiju & Jurassic expansions)
  • 4 Standees (Priest, Ronin, Alt Hunter & Alt Gunslinger)
  • 4 Mission Mash-Up Cards
  • 8 New Map Tiles
  • 40 Monster Spawn Tokens
  • Expanded/Updated Rulebook
  • Longer Storage Box
  • Token Bag
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Jurassic Perils ($10):   

  • Jurassic Monster Deck, Bosses and Missions (30 cards) 
  • Adventurer Character Card and Deck (31 cards) 
  • Adventurer Standee and Dino Egg Tokens
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Kaiju Rising ($10):

  • Kaiju Monster Deck, Bosses, Robot Cards and Missions (30 cards) 
  • Army Ranger Character Card and Deck (31 cards)
  • Scientist Character Card and Deck (21 cards)
  • 2 Standees and 2 Robot Tokens
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Core Set: Kickstarter Edition ($40):

  • 3 Kickstarter Exclusive Promo Cards
  • 6 Characters: Fireman, Hunter, Surgeon, Veteran and his Dog, Mechanic and Gunslinger
  • 4 Apocalypses: Zombies, Nuclear, Alien Invasion, Robots
  • 38 Map Tiles
  • Card dividers, dice, ammo tokens, monster tokens and everything you need to get started enjoying Maximum Apocalypse.
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Play Mats ($20):

 *Kickstarter Exclusive items WILL NOT enter distribution and will only be available through this Kickstarter or directly from Rock Manor Games. 

Maximum Apocalypse was designed to be modular and expandable. Gothic Horrors already has a ton of great content and variability, 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! 

Check out our updates to get more detailed info on each stretch goal:

If you are unfamiliar with the original game, you can download and comment on the rulebook or watch the setup/playthrough videos below: 

You can also play the original game on Tabletopia or download premium Print and Plays on Itch.io

As part of this Kickstarter we've expanded and revised the rulebook. We're also introducting some new difficulty variants. Download the Gothic Horrors rulebook right here!

Gothic Horrors adds new apocalypses and characters, but also introduces a lot of new game mechanics.  Here is a quick rundown of what's new in the Gothic Horrors expansion: 

Vampires & Classic Horror Monsters

The Vampire set introduces a new Drain Life mechanic.  Every time a vamp bites, it will leach off your health and restore its own. 

Day/Night Deck

With this deck each round takes place during the day or night.  During the day, monster tokens can move and shift on the board.  After everyone has had a turn, you will flip over the card to reveal a night effect.  Bad things can happen at night. Maybe a dense fog rolls in preventing the move action or perhaps you'll be struck by an icy chill...this deck is sure to add difficulty to any scenario. 

Cthulhu Mythos & Insanity Deck

This apocalypse introduces cultists trying to resurrect Lovecraftian horrors.  These monsters are so terrifying that they test your sanity. Every time they appear, you'll draw from the insanity deck.  These cards will cause hallucinations, take up inventory space, and give you unique phobias that you'll have to overcome. 

New Monster Spawn Tokens

We are including a bunch of monster spawn tokens that allow you to customize your dice rolls from the original game.  This can lead to a much greater challenge on any scenario!

New Survivor: Priest

The Priest is a new support class that focuses on manipulating monster tokens. He is also very adept at staving off hunger and dealing with insanity and other status effects. 

New Survivor: Ronin

The New Ronin class is a very versatile killing machine.  Most of her cards have Offensive and Defensive actions and abilities so you can change your available actions by switching your stance. 

"Although the post-apocalypse genre may currently be saturated, I’m glad to say that this game isn’t “one too many”. If anything, it’s smooth gameplay, different styles, randomization, and compact nature make it one of my favorites." - Brook from Tabletop Tuesday (Rated 4.5 / 5.0) 

"Let me be absolutely clear – you have not played a game like this before. Gaming groups that may be reluctant to break out completed campaign settings in other games will find the randomized roguelike map and lack of an overlord refreshing." - BoardGameQuest 

"Maximum Apocalypse delivers a rich, survival horror game in about 45-90 minutes including tear down and set up. I’ve played the intro scenarios multiple times with different tile arrangements and monster decks to see how repetitive it feels and never once was I bored with it." - Steven Riola 

Every backer is important to us, regardless of location, but the reality is that shipping is very expensive and is a cost we all need to share. We always work at minimizing the cost of shipping as much as possible and will be providing a small shipping discount to ALL backers regardless of region. Here are our estimated shipping costs based on 2018 shipping rates:   

*China includes Hong Kong and Macao **SE Asia includes Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
*China includes Hong Kong and Macao **SE Asia includes Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Estimated Shipping for Group Pledge Levels will mostly be in $20-$40 range for USA, CAN, AU, DE, China and EU (Vet & Dog 6 Pack is looking to be $20).  SE Asia will be $40-$70 depending on your final weight. Rest of World should expect $50+ depending on weight and region. Again this will all be finalized in the Pledge Manager and we will offer refunds to anyone that feels the shipping is to expensive post campaign.

We will charge and finalize your actual shipping after the campaign ends through our pledge manager. By doing so, we can ensure you get charged the shipping you actually deserve since ordering additional games, mats, add-ons, etc can drastically change the weight and shipping cost of your order. 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 while remaining fiscally responsible. 

We plan on using customs-friendly shipping and fulfillment companies for 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. If you do get hit with any fees, we will refund you! 

Retailers  

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 us directly during the campaign for pricing information or back at the Retailer Pledge Level and you will be able to finalize your order during the Pledge Manager.

Game creation and design by Rock Manor Games, owned and operated by Mike Gnade. Learn more at www.rockmanorgames.com, or follow us on facebook, youtube or twitter

Mike with his wife Rose and daughters Penelope & Zetta. Zetta was born during the last Maximum Kickstarter! - Photo by Little Nest
Mike with his wife Rose and daughters Penelope & Zetta. Zetta was born during the last Maximum Kickstarter! - Photo by Little Nest

Illustrations and Graphics by Gustav Rangmar.  

Movie Production by Martin Lauzon.

Marketing assistance from Matt Cangialosi.

A huge thank you to all the playtesters, backers and fellow Philly Game Makers. This game would not exist without your support and feedback. Thank you!

 

Risks and challenges

We are fortunate to have gone through the Kickstarter several times before and have consistently delivered our games to our backers before our estimated delivery 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.

RULES

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.

You are responsible for confirming your pledge, address and other information required to ship your product to you in a timely manner. If you do not log in and confirm your pledge within 8 weeks of our notification via email to confirm your pledge, you agree that we have fulfilled our obligations to you in full for payment or donations received. However, we may, at our discretion, refund or ship your pledge if you contact us and confirm your pledge after the 8 week window has elapsed.

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