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Fabled Mount Olympus

High on Mount Olympus, the great gods and goddesses of the pantheon gathered in their meeting hall to listen to Apollo sing of the great exploits of the mortals who had forged  a path to emblazon their legacy in the stars.  As he plucked on his lyre, he sang of Orpheus, and his failed quest to free Eurydice in the bowels of the underworld.   

Not long after, the hall was set to quarreling as Athena, goddess of wisdom, made mention of clever Odysseus.  Poseidon beset with anger declared, “Only outside treachery has brought fame to the names thus mentioned.  No fair contest has ever been laid to truly prove a hero’s mettle.”  

“Well then!”  All grew silent as Ares strode into the great hall, “Perhaps we’d better settle this once and for all!”  Zeus finally spoke up, “Enough wars have been waged and lives crushed because of feuding.  Perhaps a more civilized test is in order.”  Then turning to the messenger god, “Hermes!” Send for Daedalus the craftsman.  He will construct a new maze, Hades will people it with a throng of beasts, and let loose our supposed “champions” to  compete for the title of hero…. IROAS!”  

Protoype of Box Art
Protoype of Box Art

Objective

Iroas is a new and exciting tabletop board game that combines strategy and resource management with the spirit of adventure found in many role-playing games.  Players take charge of a hero from Greek mythology as they are tasked by the gods with a mission to save a captive and slay a villain within the deep bowels of a winding, twisting maze.  Players advance through the maze by exploring tiles and drawing cards to simulate the random encounters they will face.  Dangers await as a myriad of creatures, great and small, terrifying and mysterious, attempt to assail you on your quest.  A roll of the dice could spell disaster or it could be give the player the upper hand they need.  

Components from the Game
Components from the Game

Inside the Box

12-page rulebook 

24 6-sided dice 

210 maze tiles

8 hero cards 

96 encounter cards

8 pawns

42 card standees 


Running the Game

1) Choose a hero and place them on a start tile.

Pick your Hero
Pick your Hero

2) Each turn, move to existing or new tiles drawing  more as you explore deeper into the maze.

Move and Explore Tiles
Move and Explore Tiles

3) Draw cards each time you explore new tiles.

Encounter Cards
Encounter Cards

4) Fight or flee monsters when you encounter them , on your quest to slay a villain and rescue a captive.

Combat in the Game
Combat in the Game

5) Make it out of the maze in one piece!

The hero triumphant!

Example of Tiles

Sample maze tiles

Example of Cards

Sample Cards from the Game
Sample Cards from the Game

About the Author

Hello!  My name is Leo Winstead, founder of Pipsolo LLC.  I’m a freelance illustrator and designer with over 18 years experience creating art for books, games, and related media.   I’m looking at bringing my first board game, IROAS, to the masses.  But I need your help!  Printing and shipping board games costs a tremendous amount of money and that’s all BEFORE Uncle Sam takes his cut!  I need to raise $33,000 to make it all happen.  That’s where you come in!  When you buy the game, you’re helping to promote independent artists and creators (like me!) in bringing their vision to life.  I’d love to get the game in the hands of as many people as possible, so I’m working hard to keep costs down.  If you can’t support the project monetarily at this time, I understand.  I’ll happily take whatever prayers and well-wishes  you want to send my way.  Be that as it may, if you like what you see here and want to see more in the near future, don’t hesitate to step on over to pipsolo.com and leave me a message.   Any amount of support is very much appreciated.  Thank you and happy rolling!


—Leo Winstead

Risks and challenges

IROAS is in the final stages of completion with only some minor changes to be made. However, there are some risks involved.

The biggest risk is a delay in turning around proofing samples as well as a potential delay in the manufacturing and shipping of the game. These are common risks involved in most every campaign. I will work hard to keep everyone posted on the latest developments and to notify backers if there is an issue which might cause a delay in shipping or related issues.

I'm working hard to ensure that risks are kept to a minimum and I am very confident the game will ship on time and in proper order. That being said, this is my first kickstarter campaign and I am constantly learning ways to avoid issues and improve quality and service. Please feel free to contact me over at pipsolo.com with any fulfillment-related questions.

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