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An intriguing risk vs. reward betting and tableau building game for 2-6 players!
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Check out the video below for a quick overview of RuneWords!

Credits for this video to GeekMom, thank you for checking out RuneWords at Connecticon CFIG in 2018!

Why Kickstarter?

Nor'easter Games/Eminent Entertainment was founded in 2016. As a team of two, we created and developed the game with the help of many friends, co-workers, and many, many playtesters from all over the Northeast USA. The development of RuneWords started  as a concept and a bunch of note cards with scribbles and stickers on them. We've seen half a dozen visions of RuneWords since then, and now the game is finally ready to come to market! Being a brand new company, Kickstarter gives us the opportunity to reach a much bigger audience than we would otherwise have access to. 

I loved playing card games when I was younger, and poker-style games were no exception. We sometimes bet candy or collectibles during those games, but I always yearned for a betting game that didn't require the players to actually bring anything to the table. RuneWords accomplishes just that. Players get all the fun and intrigue of a poker-style betting game blended with a victory point driven Tableau building game that cleverly uses in-game currency to drive progression from start to finish, no pocket change required!

Why are we doing this?

I've had a blast developing this game - and as a lover of playing card and board games for over twenty years, I can't even begin to accurately portray the feeling of being able to bring that happiness and those memorable moments to the table for others. I'll never forget the powerful emotions I felt the first time the playtesting table erupted into screams and cheers at the resolution of a really tense hand. It's indescribable. I can't wait to spread those moments to the greater gaming community, but RuneWords needs your financial help to get into stores. We have interviewed many manufacturers and our prototype is cleared and ready for production, we just need your support to manufacture, print, and ship the game! 

About the Game

In RuneWords, each player is dealt a hand of "Rune" Cards. The player then chooses which cards to keep and which to discard to make the hand of the highest point value. Then players go through two rounds of betting power crystals, separated by the reveal of a "River" card that all players may use. Any players that remain in the round after all bets are called compare hand values, and the winner claims a powerful "Relic" card that provides permanent game-changing bonuses and Victory Points! The player with the highest amount of Victory Points at the end of the game wins!

Here's a preview of a few of the Rune Cards: Rune Cards are dealt to players each hand. Players add the base value of the card, meld value, and meld bonuses together to get the total Power Value of their hand. When a player scores their hand from folding or in the Showdown, that player also receives their Power Value in Power Crystals from the bank!

Each Rune card belongs to an element, a series, and a tier. This Rune is a tier 1 (Top Left), is of the Fire element, and is the first in the series Dah, Kah, and Zah (Bottom Right)
Each Rune card belongs to an element, a series, and a tier. This Rune is a tier 1 (Top Left), is of the Fire element, and is the first in the series Dah, Kah, and Zah (Bottom Right)
Each rune series provides a bonus to a certain type of melds, scaling in power with Tier. Ixem is an Air Tier 3 rune, and provides a huge +4 power bonus to pairs!
Each rune series provides a bonus to a certain type of melds, scaling in power with Tier. Ixem is an Air Tier 3 rune, and provides a huge +4 power bonus to pairs!
Some Runes are part of many special RuneWords (Bottom-left), which are incredibly powerful melds that require an exact combination of runes, and access to a Relic with the exact amount of sockets!
Some Runes are part of many special RuneWords (Bottom-left), which are incredibly powerful melds that require an exact combination of runes, and access to a Relic with the exact amount of sockets!
Both "Nyl" and "Palel" belong to the "Breath" RuneWord! This combo and access to a 2-socket relic is worth a ton of power!
Both "Nyl" and "Palel" belong to the "Breath" RuneWord! This combo and access to a 2-socket relic is worth a ton of power!

In RuneWords, there are a total of 4 elements - Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. Each element has two series, and each series has three Rune tiers. Tier 1 Runes are the most common, and Tier 3 Runes are the least common. The Rune deck consists of 80 cards!

The other main deck is the Relic Deck. A new relic is flipped every round, and is awarded to the player who wins each hand. Relics are worth Victory Points, have between 2 and 5 sockets with which to make RuneWord melds, and grant the owner a unique and powerful ability! In RuneWords it's important to remember that ONLY Relics grant victory points! Power Crystal totals are only used in tiebreaker scenarios!

Here is a sneak preview at a few of the awesome Relic cards!

"Sword of Stars" comes with 4 sockets, and features a devastating offensive power!
"Sword of Stars" comes with 4 sockets, and features a devastating offensive power!
Build up your power reserves more rapidly with "The Spangles", which come equipped with 3 Sockets and award additional Power Crystals to the owner each round!
Build up your power reserves more rapidly with "The Spangles", which come equipped with 3 Sockets and award additional Power Crystals to the owner each round!
Gain a huge advantage from the misfortune of others with the "Muckruckers"!
Gain a huge advantage from the misfortune of others with the "Muckruckers"!

There are a total of 12 Relics, printed on impressive Tarot-sized high quality stock.  Each one grants a unique ability and changes the flow and tempo of the game! With the huge variety of Runes and Relics, you can be sure that no two games will ever play quite the same, offering immense replay value!

RuneWords is an addictive, satisfying social game to play. It brings a lot of emotion to the table, and it's very strategic and immersive. Don't miss out on this one, it has become a table favorite in many homes already, and when you play it you'll understand why! Check out the full game rule book:

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Shipping costs will be added to your pledge during the post-campaign survey. We will do our absolute best to minimize shipping costs, we have quoted shipping with many different fulfillment companies to make sure that our product gets shipped safely, fast, and accurately at the lowest cost possible.

NOTE: Unfortunately we cannot ship to P.O. Boxes! We will be sure to remind you when we get closer to shipping out RuneWords!

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Risks and challenges

As a brand-new startup game development company, the most accessible part of this project has been actually making the game. Getting from project prototype to marketable product has been an amazing and challenging learning experience. From shopping for manufacturers to navigating fulfillment, there has been a lot to learn and understand.

From here, our biggest challenge will be marketing and advertising and building a network of great people. We are up to the challenge and we have made some fantastic personal connections along the way!

Delays are not anticipated, however if any should arise with fulfillment or shipping, we will be prompt and regular with updates.

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