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An economic game set in a fantasy land, where players manufacture  weapons and sell them to various warring races.
An economic game set in a fantasy land, where players manufacture  weapons and sell them to various warring races.
An economic game set in a fantasy land, where players manufacture weapons and sell them to various warring races.
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If you missed this campaign, you can pre-order and still get stretch goals at our website: 

http://www.miniongames.com/battle-merchants-pre-order.html

Don't forget to checkout our Metal Coins campaign over here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/miniongames/metal-dragon-coins

In a faraway land, the Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, and Hobgoblins stand on the brink of war. After years of failed peace negotiations, they have finally decided to take up arms and stand ready to fight. Which is great news for you. Because you'll be selling them their weapons.

Battle Merchants is an economic game set in a fantasy land in which players manufacture four different weapons, then sell them to various warring races. Demand for each type of weapon differs throughout the game, but a well-crafted weapon will last longer.

 

* 3 Player board printed on the back of the main game board.

On each turn, players can forge weaponssell a weaponupgrade craft (to build better weapons), or take a Kingdom Card (for special powers). There is a possible fifth choice available (Forge and Sell a weapon in the same turn) for players with a high-enough level of craft.

Craft Cards
Craft Cards
 

Players earn money for selling weapons. It's permitted (and encouraged) to sell your weapons to both sides of the same battle.

Kingdom Cards
Kingdom Cards

The game takes place over four seasons in one game year. At the end of each season, the races fight with the weapons the players sold. Weapons are at risk of being destroyed  in a battle, but surviving weapons earn money for victory. After all, someone has to get paid for sharpening all those weapons..



The player with the most money at the end of the game wins.

PLAYERS: 2-4 Players
AGES: 13+TIME: 90 MIN

 

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Game in play example
Game in play example

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  • 80 Standard weapon tiles (20 each of Battleaxe, Longsword, Mace, and Hammer)
  • 40 Vorpal weapon tiles (10 each of Battleaxe, Longsword, Mace, and Hammer)
  • 24 circular demand chips
  • 68 hexagonal Reward tiles
  • (16 Dwarf tiles, 16 Elf tiles, 16 Hobgoblin tiles, 16 Orc tiles)
  • (1 Desert tile, 1 Forest tile, 1 Mountain tile, 1 Village tile)
  • 28 Kingdom Cards
  • 56 Craft Cards (36 for Spring/Summer, 20 for Autumn/Winter)
  • 4 grey rectangular Bonus Craft cards
  • 64 cubes (16 each of red, purple, yellow, and green)
  • 96 Cardboard Dragon Coins


We are also hosting another Kickstarter campaign for METAL versions of the coins for this game:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/miniongames/metal-dragon-coins

 

* The 2 player board on the back of the 4th player's board.

Download the draft copy of the rules: HERE

Game play tutorial video:

 

UndeadViking Review Video

* A mini review of the Battle Merchants @ Game & Curry: "This is an amazing game." -http://www.gameandacurry.com/2013/07/thank-you-gill-hova-for-battle-merchants.html

* Another short review from Fruitless Pursuits:
http://www.fruitlesspursuits.com/2013/07/dexcon-recap-part-three-battle.html

2 EXCLUSIVE CARDS: Two special Kingdom Card will be shipped with the game. Only Kickstarter backers will get these two cards! So please back us now instead of waiting for retail.

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Simply modify your pledge to include extra $ to cover the items you would like. Your exact choices will be made after the campaign ends. No extra shipping is required.

The special $30 price for 100 metal coins is ONLY for those people who have backed THIS campaign at a level to get the board game too.

Our funding goal is set for the price of a minimum print run. We would like to print more and save money on all the games and have some for distribution, so we hope to exceed our goal to make that happen.

* KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: We will make a marker for the person who ends the season to control. This helps remember who triggered the end to start the next round of play.

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1 Collectors Set (8 coins) of Metal Coins included in all full game pledges for free.

From this campaign:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/miniongames/metal-dragon-coins

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All reward levels include shipping. So pledge on the right level please :)

The Designer: Gil Hova is a regular at prototype events & conventions - last year I met him at Protospiel.org in Ann Arbor when he showed me this game. It was originally themed as Robots, but everyone seemed to want to attack with the robots. I liked the re-theme better and it fit Minion Games. We're proud to have him on board at Minion Games. You can find a designers blog here:
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/159361/the-story-behind-my-newest-game-battle-merchants

Minion Games has created several board and card games in the last 3 years, being a small publisher (owned by 1 person and run by 3 part time staff) we find the cash flow tight - yet we have some more great games we wish to publish! So we come to all you Gamers for assistance in publishing one more! 

Printing a game is a huge investment ($20-$30k usually) and if we do not know how many to print up front that can be a disaster that sinks the company. So we make use of Kickstarter to help raise the funds needed and to gauge the desire for a product.

You can also find many of our other games in PnP there.http://www.wargamevault.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=413&src=Kickstarter 

Please help us spread the word of our project on Facebook and Twitter.http://www.facebook.com/miniongames Your copy of the game will arrive at your home before any are on sale at retail stores or conventions! Be the first on your block to show this game off.

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Minion Games have successfully run 9 Kickstarter campaigns in the past. So we know what we're doing. We are experienced when it comes to running and more importantly, fulfilling the rewards of a Kickstarter Campaign. We have retained the same high quality manufacturer and distributor throughout all of our projects so the risks and challenges are at a bare minimum. You can pledge with confidence that you will receive a high quality product at a reasonable price all while making independent, small business a reality.

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