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Easily fitting in any wallet, this highly portable strategy micro game challenges players to build a castle or capture opposing knights
Easily fitting in any wallet, this highly portable strategy micro game challenges players to build a castle or capture opposing knights
403 backers pledged $5,509 to help bring this project to life.

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The dying King is a shrewd man with more gold than compassion. Unable to choose between his two offspring whom to name as his successor, the King devised a challenge, bequeathing to them small Kingdoms in the far corners of his vast territory.

Who will earn the right to the throne? Only the most clever will succeed either by building an impenetrable fortress or eliminating the competition.

Objective:  The winner is the first to either have a knight outside the forest that cannot be captured or be the only player with a knight on the board outside the forest.

Play: On their turn, each player will place, move, or flip pieces on the game board.  Player options come from the pieces not-currently-on-the-board, meaning greater options are available to those who have fewer pieces in play. 

Want to try it for yourself?: Download the PnP and the instructions now and give it a try on your next Play-Break. (Instruction file updated Nov 9)

Sample Game:  Here's one example of how a game might play out.

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For another perspective, check out this detailed blog REVIEW from a recent Facebook Contest winner who received a prototype of Micro Play-Break: Kingdoms.

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 Micro Play-Break game cards are printed on durable plastic cardstock.  This synthetic material makes it highly resistant to damage from use or environmental factors.  

The game board for Micro Play-Break: Kingdoms is printed on DuPont™ Tyvek® material.  This is a synthetic material used in many industrial and home applications.  The game board map is extremely resistant to tearing and printed deep to resist fading and scratching.

Portability is the signature trait of Micro Play-Break titles. Micro Play-Break: Kingdoms easily fits in a wallet, with the game pieces in a single card-slot and the game board folding neatly with paper currency.

Standard-Edition Micro Play-Break: Kingdoms contains one paper instruction pamphlet, one Tyvek game board, and 16 plastic cards.

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Artist's Edition includes a canvas print of the cover art, hand signed and numbered by the illustrator, Fab. Backers who choose a level with this Canvas Print will receive rolled canvas printed at 8-inch x 10-inch on a canvas piece with white border around the image approximately 11 inch x 14 inch.

Right: rolled canvas how backers will receive their print.   Left: example of framing the canvas using basic craft-store frame.
Right: rolled canvas how backers will receive their print. Left: example of framing the canvas using basic craft-store frame.

The Kings Edition of Micro Play-Break: Kingdoms is printed directly on cut wood.  Though less portable, this tabletop version of the game has a more rustic, regal feel.  The Kings Edition creates the most immersive gaming experience, with a feel that it could have been played on these very materials by a King of the Middle Ages.

Kings Edition: Game artwork printed directly on wood, giving it a rustic look complete with minor variations in grain from one piece to the next
Kings Edition: Game artwork printed directly on wood, giving it a rustic look complete with minor variations in grain from one piece to the next
Play like the a King with this wood-printed version of Micro Play-Break: Kingdoms
Play like the a King with this wood-printed version of Micro Play-Break: Kingdoms

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Unlocked Stretch Goal: Quick Reference instruction Cards, printed at 2-inch x 3-inch to easily fit with your game cards in a single wallet card-slot.

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...More Stretch Goals announced as we unlock each one above!

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Between work and personal communications, technology plays an ever increasing role in our lives. We believe quick-to-learn and easy-to-share tabletop board and card games can provide an important avenue to enrich our interpersonal relationships while building a greater sense of community.

A Play-Break doesn't need much time or depth to be impactful on one's mindset and be a valuable tool for providing unique interactions with others.  Beyond just the relationship benefits, there is also potential for focus and productivity benefits from taking a Play-Break during a busy work or school day.  You can read more about the Play-Break Philosophy and the possible personal and individual benefits HERE.

Micro Play-Break: Kingdoms is the second in a series of games to embrace this philosophy.  It is a highly accessible game as well, being extremely easy to learn and play by anyone regardless of general interest in board or card games, allowing it to be easily enjoyed and shared with nearly anyone in your life.

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MSP Games, LLC, a registered Texas company, was founded by Matt Pohl in 2014 to produce independently designed tabletop board and card games.  Our first game concept came about as a result of some downtime on the job, a few minutes between responsibilities, where a quick and friendly competition between co-workers became the foundation for the Play-Break philosophy and the founding of MSP Games.

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Community Support:  

MSP Games is committed to supporting individuals from our communities who may not have the opportunity to participate in Kickstarter or shop online.  Yet these very individuals are the people who are truly deserving of a Play-Break whenever possible.  If this project is funded, MSP Games will produce at least an extra 10% above the total games pledged for in this campaign to contribute these games to many deserving individuals. 

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MSP Games Supports the mission of  Kicking it Forward

The great power of Kickstarter comes from a supportive network of backers who care about helping to create something new.  By accepting that funding from others, project creators become the curators of others' support.  When a project is successful, it is only right to continue passing along that curated support into other projects and enhancing the ability of more project-creators to fund their dreams.

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 A Great Big Thank You to....

  • ...my Family, those both near and far, for their constant and unwavering support.
  • ... the creator of this game, Zach Rail, for designing an excellent strategy micro-game and trusting this publisher to share it with the world.
  • ...the always-helpful and patient graphic designer Angela Varos, without whose focus and dedication this project would not be possible
  • ...helpful writing and editing partners Jon Chambers and Louis Gaudio.
  • ...Fabrice Weiss for superb illustration work and flexibility in design requirements as the project progressed.
  • ...The great group at TLC Productions including performances by Rick Holland, Lisa Brawley, Linda Pohl, Brion ScheidelTim Chanko and Benjamin Pohl.  
  • ...Kelvin Elvidge for his efficient video editing of my less-than-perfect  video files

Great appreciation goes out to these extremely supportive backers for their dedication to making Micro Play-Break games more accessible to players of many native-tongues by translating the game instructions:

  • Torsten Sammet for German language
  • Jonathan Lego for French language
  • Ted Yue for Chinese language
  • Fabio Piovesan for Italian language

Risks and challenges

This will be the second project on Kickstarter for MSP Games. The first, Micro Play-Break: Castles pleted successfully and has been sent to all backers.

For Micro Play-Break: Kingdoms, the game is already complete, artwork is done and laid out with prototype samples already completed from the printers. When the campaign closes, we are already set to begin printing, which will lead to another on-schedule delivery of the game to all backers.

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We have done all the planning we can, but know there is always room to improve. Do not hesitate to reach out to MSP Games directly with comments or suggestions. We will respond to you as quickly as possible with an intent to be under 24 hours for a reply.

Thank you again for being a supporter of this project by MSP Games. We truly appreciate the trust you've put in us and can't wait until you're all able to play and share this game!

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