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A game of one-on-one honor duels for 2-6 players, Showdown! captures the tense excitement of samurai duels in just 5 minutes per player
A game of one-on-one honor duels for 2-6 players, Showdown! captures the tense excitement of samurai duels in just 5 minutes per player
201 backers pledged $6,283 to help bring this project to life.

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As of 5:15 September 20th we've met our goal! Rachel and I would like to give a heartfelt thanks to each and every backer who has pledged thus far.

This is not the kind of game where stretch goals can easily be added in, but we've been searching for something extra cool we could include since before the campaign even started. Well, we've got something. It's a big ask, but we're pleased to be offering something special. Something unique. Something free.

90 Custom Printed Sleeves for your copy of Showdown!
90 Custom Printed Sleeves for your copy of Showdown!

If all pledges combined total $8000 or more, we will add a FREE pack of custom sleeves to EVERY PLEDGE REWARD!

Showdown! The Samurai Card Game captures the feel of intense one-on-one honor duels for two to six players in just five minutes per player. Will you trust your powerful blades, your experience as a warrior, or even your reputation to give you the edge in your duels? You must be wary regardless, as an opponent with a sharp mind and a watchful eye may be able to anticipate and foil your best laid plans! Build the best hand you can to stay one step ahead of your foes before you meet them on the battlefield. Only one can become the Shogun! Best of all, Showdown!  can be combined with or played against Shootout! The High Noon Card Game to take the dueling action to a whole new level. Like in poker, winning a single hand of Showdown! will sometimes take more luck than skill, but the player that can win consistently is truly a master.

A sample hand. Click for a full card gallery.
A sample hand. Click for a full card gallery.

 

 

 

Showdown! The Samurai Card Game is a quick, easy to learn, hand-management game for 2-6 people in which players throw down in the streets of Feudal Japan and fight with honor to prove their might! Will the Legendary Samurai wield his Katana with cunning, or could his victory be stolen by the Infamous Shogun, though he carries only a simple Tanto? The winner will continue on while the loser is removed until one lone warrior reigns supreme! Challenge your friends, family, and even complete strangers to see who will come out on top.  

Of course, not all duels have to end in elimination. If your players are not keen on the intensity of single-elimination duels, try "Friendly Fire" mode. In this variant, the winner of a Showdown is given a point, but both the winner and loser are dealt back into the game and everyone continues until one player proves themselves as the best of the best!

If you've played Shootout! The High Noon Card Game you already know how to play Showdown! If you haven't, download a PDF of the rules by clicking here!

 

 Showdown! The Samurai Card Game contains:

  • 88 game cards
  • 2 rules cards
  • 1 card with game variants
  • 8 updated game cards for Shootout! The High Noon Card Game

Each copy of Showdown! contains 8 updated cards for Shootout! The High Noon Card Game. The card "Called Out" has been re-worded to be compatible with Showdown!, and the new and improved "Threat" card has been changed based on fan feedback to enhance the Shootout! experience.

 

 

 

                                                                                   

From crisp black and white ink images to vivid full color landscapes, Mycks has brought life to Showdown! by capturing the intensity and excitement of honorable samurai duels on every card. Showdown! cards continue the conventions put in place by Shootout!, with lower value cards having black-and-white artwork, higher value cards having full color artwork, and the highest value cards having full card, full color artwork to make them jump out from across the table. Clear, color-coded bonus cards and full rules explanations on every special card make their return in Showdown! as well to keep the game accessible, fast, and fun. 

 A full gallery of every card can be seen here.

 

   

All reward tiers will receive one copy of Showdown! the Samurai Card Game, with the contents listed above.

Reward tiers that include Shootout! the High Noon Card Game will also receive a copy of Shootout! with their reward. (Contents: 88 game cards, 2 rule cards)

Backers who choose the Fated Duel tier will receive their copy of Showdown! as well as any future derivative games or expansions. Similarly, those who choose to back the Ultimate Duel tier or One With Everything will receive a copy of Showdown!, a copy of Shootout!, and any future derivative games or expansions. This is a great deal for those who missed out on the Kickstarter for Shootout!, as it allows our backers to catch up on what they missed, as well as jump on board for the future of this series of easy-to-learn and quick-to-play games, all for a hassle-free one-time price! At these tiers you are not expected to pay shipping on any future rewards. (Backers must still include a one-time shipping cost for these tiers.)

Backers of the similar "Prospector" and "Founding Father" tiers of the Shootout! Kickstarter will have their copies of Showdown! delivered at no charge simultaneously with all Showdown! backers.

Bonus! Add $25 to any pledge to receive a custom printed Showdown! playmat! One With Everything backers receive the playmat at no additional charge!

Design not final. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Design not final. Let us know what you think in the comments!

 

                                                                              

Check out what reviewers have to say about Showdown!

"This game is for anyone who is looking for a fast play at their gaming table with friends." -Child Geek Approved!
"This game is for anyone who is looking for a fast play at their gaming table with friends." -Child Geek Approved!

 

     
"[Showdown] is light, easy to teach, and a good family game."
"[Showdown] is light, easy to teach, and a good family game."

 

 

"This is a game I can easily recommend to a wide variety of game players." - The Gentlemen Blogger
"This is a game I can easily recommend to a wide variety of game players." - The Gentlemen Blogger

 

 

 
Coming Soon. In the meantime, click to see their livestream of our games! (starts at 34:37)
Coming Soon. In the meantime, click to see their livestream of our games! (starts at 34:37)

 

"The often laugh-inducing combat between players’ characters was enjoyable."
"The often laugh-inducing combat between players’ characters was enjoyable."

 

 

                        
Print Ninja was our manufacturing partner for Shootout!, and we expect the same high quality for Showdown!
Print Ninja was our manufacturing partner for Shootout!, and we expect the same high quality for Showdown!

 

 

Special thanks to Rachel Gravenmier, the other half of New Experience Workshop, for her commitment to the company and for all the tireless filming, photographing, writing, and editing that went into making this campaign! 

 

How does she get so much work done with such tiny hands?
How does she get so much work done with such tiny hands?

 

Risks and challenges

Showdown! is our third published game and our second time funding through Kickstarter. As such, we are fully aware of the risks and challenges, and we are partnering with the same manufacturer that produced Shootout! so we are confident in the quality and the timeline of our product.

Important note: You WILL get your rewards in time for Christmas!

Furthermore, all New Experience Workshop games have a no-questions-asked money back guarantee. Just return the game and provide proof of purchase to have your purchase price refunded. We stand by all of our games and want to ensure that your experience is a positive one!

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    FORBIDDEN DUEL

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    FATED DUEL

    You will receive a copy of Showdown! and ALL future expansions or derivative works that may come in the series. (See the "Rewards Breakdown" section for the full details)

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    ULTIMATE DUEL

    You will receive a copy of Showdown!, a copy of Shootout! and ALL future expansions or derivative works that may come in the series. (See the "Rewards Breakdown" section for the full details)

    US Shipping $4, International Shipping $11

    Includes:
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    • Shootout! the High Noon Card Game
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    ONE WITH EVERYTHING

    You will receive a copy of Showdown!, a copy of Shootout!, a custom playmat, and ALL future expansions or derivative works that may come in the series. (See the "Rewards Breakdown" section for the full details)

    US Shipping $4, International Shipping $11

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    • Shootout! the High Noon Card Game
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