Like Medieval games with very cool artwork?
Tired of trading resources with Players you’re about to conquer?
Don’t like taking resources from others?
Ready for a change up? We are.
Welcome to the Castle Toppe game project.
Castle Toppe - The Game of Sovereigns™, Collector’s Edition
A 2-4 player resource-trading and strategy medieval tabletop game.
Every game tells a story: it’s time to share yours, with your friends in Castle Toppe.
In this project Paragon Faire, Inc. presents the Castle Toppe Collector’s Edition that would only be produced in the 2019 Production Run in which the pieces are custom-finished oak and the map is a rollout-canvas packaged in a unique shoulder-strapped quiver-like case. In 2020 and ongoing with the success of this project we expect to produce the Castle Toppe Standard Edition, the Advanced and Allies Expansion Packs along with other variations.
In Castle Toppe, the objective is to rule Europe by acquiring and building castles in at least 3 of 10 designated kingdoms. This is made possible through a series of turn phases indicated on the large Turn Wheel on the map. Each player proceeds through all turn phases on his turn before proceeding to the next.
One can generally learn this game through reference to sequences provided on the Turn Wheel and the Trading Legend, and almost immediately begin playing (albeit some mechanics such as Ship use and Structure Elimination if needs must are well-documented).
Strategy. Planning. Critical Thinking.
Strategic decision-making is relevant to many elements in the game and with the acquisition of territory, the exchange of resources and planning is of equitable concern.
While placement and position is predominately strategic, an offset of balance of power is made apparent in the implementation of Boat transports and Ship attack and with the regular Event Card Draw, randomness is achieved, though is abated with Prosperity tokens and the Magnate. Prosperity tokens can be purchased and used in the selection of one of two Event Cards during this phase. And the Magnate which is achieved with the first Castle Build can be used to block a phase on the turn wheel for all of one’s opponents.
Some Event Cards may be saved for later use and presented during battle such as the use of the Trebuchet Card in a structural attack.
Offense and Defense
Castle Toppe was designed for both an Offensive and Defensive gameplay in mind. When expanding one’s kingdom, the use of Forts and Castles allows a Defensive disposition through fortification, while an Offensive disposition can be shown in many ways, one example is Ship attack.
Additionally since some countries are isolated by either bodies of water or by mountains, the investment one makes in initial building is not easily upset so that a Defensive strategy is rather feasible.
In Castle Toppe there is no negotiated resource trading, rather one trades his or her resources acquired with the “Bank”. One designated player can easily fulfill this role throughout the game without loss of concentration. Primarily an Exchange occurs in which the Resources acquired for occupied territories, and possibly a whole country, are used to Expand armies, build structures or even upgrade existing Forts to Castles, for example.
- 1 Quiver Case/Tube with Carrying Strap
- 1 Rollout Canvas Map (27" x 24")
- 4 Sets of Finished Oak Pieces (30 Armies, 8 Forts, 5 Castles, 2 Boat/Ship tokens, 3 Prosperity tokens, 1 Magnate token each in Red, Orange, Blue and Green)
- A set of 2 12-sided Attack/Defense Die
- 1 6-sided Trade Die
- 4 Mercenary Armies (finished oak) - 2 Offense and 2 Defense total
- 58 Event Cards (2.25" x 3.5")
- 125 Resource Trading Cards (4.25cm x 6.7cm, 25 each resource of Mineral, Wheat, Lumber, Oil, and Cattle)
- 1 Rule Book
- 1 Collector's Edition Certificate
Research and Test Play
Having conducted significant research and play testing with many people, we believe that this game is not only entertaining in its delivery but sound in its balance between the effects of good decision-making and unforeseen randomness through the use of Strategy, Planning, and Critical Thinking. Even in 2013, we held a Play Testing booth at Origins to conduct time and survey which has made this game, we believe, a highly desirable addition to any board game enthusiast's collection.
The Castle Toppe Collector's Edition T-shirt Graphic
™ and © 2013-2019 Paragon Faire, Inc. All rights reserved.
Risks and challenges
Being our first production we trust that our plans can be met according to our known estimations and while also acknowledging such events as Force Majeure having potential impact.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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