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$16,784
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
283
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 11 2019 1:56 PM UTC +00:00

About

Opens ready to play!
Opens ready to play!

Shard Slingers is a push-your-luck dice and card game where players must master the 8 elements to emerge as the most skilled Shard Slinger! With 80 Spells to choose from, it's a race to the finish, but the faster you cast, the more of a target you become for your opponents!

Every roll decides the very magic that fills the battlefield and every Spell that's cast leaves residual energy that could be turned against you! 

The players represent four sorcerers competing in a show of magical prowess and aptitude, attempting to bend Shards of elemental energy into Spells to both amaze a crowd of onlookers and sabotage the Spells of the competitors!

Players take turns gathering elemental essence to draw Shards to their hand, transmute them into different elements in the overarching elemental cycle, exchange them chaotically to let luck decide their outcomes, or even nullify the magic of an opposing mage. Once they Prime a Spell, it is ready to be cast at any opportune moment! The player who prepares powerful Spells fastest claims victory!  

Setup and First Round of Gameplay
Setup and First Round of Gameplay
Base Game Components - Quality shown is a handmade reviewer copy.
Base Game Components - Quality shown is a handmade reviewer copy.

Shard Slingers comes with:

  •  4 Player Reference Cards with quick reference info about your turn on the front, and the full rules on the back of each card. 
  •  Spell Deck - 80 Unique cards featuring beautiful artwork for each Element, printed on whitecore stock with a gloss finish.  
  •  24 8-Sided Elemental Dice (the Shards) each of which will be engraved and painted with all 8 Elemental Icons. 
  •  Fold-open game box - Our sleek game box opens right up into the play area for quick setup and cleanup, allows you to draw cards right out of the box and has room for our current expansion ideas. 
  •  All Unlocked stretch goals in EVERY COPY of the game.

Not only do we have an official Quickstart and How to Play video, but we'll also be maintaining an FAQ page for Shard Slingers to clear up any complex card interactions or commonly misunderstood rules! Check it out here! 

While the basics are pretty easy to pick up, there's a ton of room for advanced play and strategic thinking! From a handful of options on your turn that range from risky to precise, to Spells that can be used in creative ways, and even Persistent effects that can change your whole strategy - Shard Slingers is a game you can come back to again and again. 

Every turn of Shard Slingers starts with Conjuring Shards and ends with Priming Spells!

Conjure Shards lets you take up to three actions to obtain, manipulate or destroy shards. 

  •  Gather Essence to pull Shards from the communal Wild Magic area!
  •  Transmutation is for changing Shards into the next Element along the Cycle!
  •  Chaotic Exchange is a push-your-luck that lets you re-roll your Shards!
  •  Reclamation lets you take back Shards assigned to your Secret for re-use elsewhere.
  •  Nullification is an offensive tool, using your Shards to Destroy opposing elements.

The Prime Spells Phase is where players assign their Shards to Spells which Primes them; pulling them from the field and into their arsenal. A Primed Spell can be cast at any time, and the Victory Points are earned immediately

 As a new company to the gaming industry, Kickstarter is really the perfect place for Otherworld Games, and for our first game - Shard Slingers. We want to take the time to more directly connect with our fans. We want to see what works and stay engaged in what does and doesn't make our ideas fun on your table, and that is what Kickstarter is really about. 

We don't have tons of cash to throw at projects. We're not selling our projects to publishers or taking any financial backing for our business specifically because we always want our ideas and game design decisions to be about our passions and your experience - never someone else's financial interests.  

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We have so much more we're excited to share with you!
We have so much more we're excited to share with you!
NOTE - We will be using CrowdOx to collect shipping and addon options!
NOTE - We will be using CrowdOx to collect shipping and addon options!

 We are working with Panda Game Manufacturing! We already have our quotes, we know how many games we're looking to produce with this run, and have already started the proofing process. We're confident they will be able to deliver a high quality product on a reliable timeline, and we will keep you up to date with everything we can. They have extensive experience in game production, and we will leverage that experience to make sure you all get a game you'll love.

Our shipping partner is going to be Quartermaster Logistics. They've got the experience necessary to ensure everyone gets their rewards in an organized and timely manner. As a fellow gaming business in Florida, who does a ton to contribute to the hobby, they are the perfect group to work with on this. 

We'll be charging discounted shipping through CrowdOx, providing the best possible shipping discounts that still allow us to produce the game. 

For your reference our current Shipping Rate Estimates for various regions:

  •  US - $5.00 shipping per copy
  •  China - $6.00 shipping per copy
  •  EU, CAN, AUS, NZ - $12.00 for EU Friendly shipping, Customs/VATS covered on our end.
  •  Global - $32.00 for international shipping to the rest of the world.
  • The Master of the Elements Pledge Level will have increased shipping costs.

  If you're a retailer and would like to sponsor Shard Slingers, please contact us at OtherworldGames.Contact@gmail.com and we will set you up with a special pledge level!

Sean Anderson (Left) and Evan Wroblewski (Right)
Sean Anderson (Left) and Evan Wroblewski (Right)

Otherworld Games is an indie game studio co-founded by Evan Wroblewski and Sean Anderson.

Our studio was founded in Jacksonville Florida in 2018 when our mutual love for all things gaming drove us to try and make game development a full time career. We are the sole members of the studio currently and do the majority of the grunt work ourselves. Shard Slingers is our first foray into the gaming scene but we have multiple titles lined up, not only for the tabletop genre, but for the mobile, console, and PC platforms as well.

When it comes to social media presence, advertising, production, demo creation, game design, web design, or anything in between, we are all self taught and executed.

Our amazing artist Kelly Weeren! Please check out her portfolio here!

Jazz Walker for all his videography work and time spent on lighting!

Sid for putting in tons of work with prototyping and going to GenCon!

Randall for supporting us and helping us move our timeline up for launch!

Aline for her help with product photos!

Corrie for her endless support, inspiration and love!

 Jessica for being so encouraging through all the struggles along the way! 

The Game Crafter for the many decks of prototype cards we went through!

All the Play-testers! Thanks for all the criticism that took an okay game to an amazingly polished product!

Our supportive friends! Without your encouragement, we wouldn't have had the confidence to follow through with such a expansive and insane project!



Risks and challenges

We have done everything in our power to ensure that this game is ready. Ready for you to play, ready for mass production at Panda's facility, and that we have the smoothest shipping strategy to get Shard Slingers to your door quickly and intact. Our current goal is a manufacture and shipping timeline of 6 months from the day the campaign ends.

While we have done extensive research, planning, and preparation to get ready, we've also taken some precautionary measures. We factored in a buffer in the printing and shipping budget in case of any accidents or issues. We put aside extra time and check-ins on the manufacture and shipping process to ensure we fulfill our commitment to you in a timely manner. We've even gotten the full art and assets for the game finished, including dice sculpts, so once we fund we can hit the ground running.

Our biggest outstanding risks are spending enough time playtesting any stretch goals before their inclusion - though we can start our manufacture process while we do that. We also have to be careful to keep the production timeline on the Collector's Edition close to that of the base game for consistent delivery.

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    A wizard who can summon elemental Shards from the very planes in which they reside! This pledge level includes a full physical copy of Shard Slingers in all it's magical glory!

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    Transmutation Mage

    For the sorcerer with a little flair!
    This Campaign Exclusive copy of Shard Slingers features Metallic Inked Spell Cards and Player References, as well as unique box art!

    Includes:
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    • Campaign Exclusive Alternate Box Art
    • 80 Metallic Ink Cards w/ Gilded Edges
    • Metallic Inked Player References
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    Prime Master of the Elements

    For the most discerning of spellcasters!
    This pledge level includes a Deluxe version of Shard Slingers in a Wooden (and possibly Leather) Game Box! All copies will be numbered, as this edition of the game will be exclusive to this Campaign.

    The entire Spell deck will have metallic ink on the card art, card edges, & player references, 24 hand crafted metal dice, and a velvet dice bag to keep them in.

    *This reward level is substantially heavier and will have increased shipping costs as a result.

    Includes:
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    • Handcrafted Wood/Leather Game Box
    • Campaign Exclusive Alternate Box Art
    • 24 Deluxe Metal Dice
    • Velvet Dice Bag
    • 80 Metallic Ink Cards w/ Gilded Edges
    • Metallic Inked Player References
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