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Henchling - The creature-fighting strategy card game! Don't spend a fortune on your habit, get crazy with Henchling!
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Minion - Epic & Hilarious Multiplayer Strategy Card Game!

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Minion is an epic and hilarious strategy card game that can be played with up to 4 awesome people!

** STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED **

OUR FIRST EXPANSION!!!!
OUR FIRST EXPANSION!!!!

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** REVISED COLLECTOR'S ED. & NEW DRAGONE TIER **

Dragone Tier limited to 100!
Dragone Tier limited to 100!

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** PRINT & PLAY ANNOUNCED **

Print & Play!
Print & Play!

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** ADDONS ANNOUNCED **

Add-Ons!
Add-Ons!
New Add-on! Limited Edition Art Book!
New Add-on! Limited Edition Art Book!

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** WELCOME THE NEW ARTISTS **

New Artists join Team Minion
New Artists join Team Minion

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*** KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVES ***

Hey folks! We are going to be including Kickstarter Exclusive playable cards into every Minion base set. These cards will only be printed for the Kickstarter backers and never again. 

  • Kickstarter-inator - Item Card
  • Kickbacker - Spell Card

More details on the exclusive cards soon! :)

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Our tentative ship date has moved up to November 2014 (Day TBA) no longer July 2015. With our team of artists doubling we are now able to produce all the cards at a much faster pace. We are aiming for a much earlier date than we previously specified in the reward tiers! Our goal is to have the game out before Christmas! :)

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The object of the game is to play your Minions in order to amass a powerful force and defeat your opponent.  But don't worry, when minions themselves are not enough, you can call on a wide assortment of amusing items and terrifying spells to lay low your enemies!

  • 120 UNIQUE cards in the base set. No wasteful mana/currency cards!
  • 2-4 players with an average play time of 30 minutes
  • No booster packs required!
  • Affordable expansion packs that can be combined with the original core set in order to change the game mechanics and add more flavor!
  • Simple, easy-to-understand rules and gameplay
  • Epic, humorous fun for all!
  • 120 UNIQUE cards… oh wait, we said that already. No duplicates!
 
Product varies depending on pledge amount. The Collector's Edition design and contents shown is a prototype and may differ from final product.
Product varies depending on pledge amount. The Collector's Edition design and contents shown is a prototype and may differ from final product.

With an amazing art style brought to you by the award-winning artists behind World of Warcraft TCG, Airmech, Legends of Cryptid, Galaxy Saga and more, Minion is beautifully illustrated with a grandiose and humorous feel.

Every single one of the 120 cards in the base set are uniquely illustrated - no duplicates anywhere! And speaking of 120 cards, that's all you'll need to play!

*UPDATE* April 16, 2014 - New Card Design & Layout
*UPDATE* April 16, 2014 - New Card Design & Layout

Let's check out the anatomy of a card!

 

Check out some of the cards!

All them Minions

Items, Spells, Enhancers & Traps

Here they are in person! (PAX Prototype deck)

PAX EAST 2014 Prototype Cards
PAX EAST 2014 Prototype Cards

So how do you play? We're glad you asked!

Each turn you have $3 to spend and a fistful of cards. Play your Minions and Items, then tilt them to take advantage of their attacks and abilities.

Every card has a play cost. This usually ranges from free to $3.  Each player has $3 to spend per turn, although sometimes this can increase or decrease based on other cards in play.  Each turn you may play as many cards as you can afford.  Make sure you spend your money, you cannot save it up between turns!

Check back soon for some gameplay videos from PAX East!

Shared Deck

All players share and draw from the same deck - this makes it easy to travel with the game, and allows a ton of freedom in game mechanics. Take cards right from your opponent's hand and play them, or maybe your opponent will snag up the card you just discarded. The possibilities are limitless!

Two Draw Piles

Not one, but two draw piles - one face up, one face down.  Whenever you draw cards, you get to draw from either pile - but beware, the face up pile has traps and you won't want to hit those!

Card Flipping

Ever feel like your cards are too hard to protect?  A Pretty Overpowered Laser from your opponent is all it takes to nuke down your Brobarian. Fear not - use the Flip mechanic to flip your cards face down and protect them for a turn.  But wait, what if your opponent is the one with the Brobarian? Go ahead and use flip on his card to flip it face down and make it unusable next turn! This dual purpose mechanic has a ton of flexibility both offensively and defensively.

Example of the play zones
Example of the play zones

We're different.  We don't want to sell you booster after booster - we don't want to reel in all your cash.  Our business model is simple: one box, that's all you need.  No more random booster packs with none of the cards you wanted.

But wait, 120 cards isn't enough for you?  We have stretch goals to create expansions and additional core sets of Minion - but always keeping with our core values: charging a fair price with no gambling on which cards you get.

We're going to PAX!  On April 11th-13th we'll be exhibiting at PAX East in Boston to launch the Minion Kickstarter! Come check out our awesome booth at the entrance to the tabletop section - right as you exit the video game show floor, look for us across from the WOTC floor!

Stop by and play a game to get a copy of our PAX Promo card!

PAX EAST 2014 Promo Card
PAX EAST 2014 Promo Card

Don't forget Addons!

Minion Overlords, we’re pleased to announce exciting new Stretch Goals! Our hope for Minion is to create a huge and hilarious game with tons of diversity in cards and gameplay – so our primary stretch goals will be just that – expansions

 We want backers to have the ultimate involvement: being able to select the expansion and mechanics we focus on first! 

 But we don’t just want expansions, we also want to make the Core Set just that much more epic – so we’re adding in some awesome free stuff!

Below is additional information on the reward tiers and the specifics of some of those awesome rewards!

SuperSecretDatabaseAccess - Our website will have a database of all cards by default. This access allows you to get even more info about each card - history of the card, the mechanics, the art, and why we made different decisions. It's an expose on each card!

Set Preview - Access to view the sets and cards before they're even out! See spoilers of sets in progress and watch how they change as we move through development. A top secret look at how the game gets designed.

Designer Voting - When we're having trouble deciding which cards and mechanics should be in the next set and we really can't decide, or maybe we need help picking the funniest cards - we'll turn to you! In the SetPreview section of the site you'll be able to periodically vote in polls, as well as always leave comments and suggestions on cards that you see.

Beware of them Ninja Catz!
Beware of them Ninja Catz!

Risks and challenges

As with any tabletop project, there are risks in delays due to manufacturing and logistics. Typhoons, earthquakes, worker strikes and more have been known to affect the timing and delivery of manufactured goods, and an indie project like Minion is certainly no exception!

That said, we don't have many of the traditional risks with backing a game project - we have well-designed mechanics that have been through hundreds of playtesting sessions and a fully-fleshed out game design and long-term plan for Minion. In addition, we're also investors in the project having self-funded all of the art, prototypes, and effort you see to date. We're highly committed toward making this game a success!

Our team is experienced with professional project delivery and management, so we'll make every effort to account for our risks, track them down, and mitigate early so that you can back with confidence!

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    **Lil Minion** Grab yourself a sampler of the base set! 15 beautifully illustrated cards to give you a taste of the game!

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    EARLY BIRD: **Brobarian** The COMPLETE base set with 120 completely unique cards and amazing art for every one! Play the full game as it was meant to be played with 2-4 players!

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    **Boomstick** Get a copy of our limited edition, hard cover art book! Over 120 pages of full color art, sketches, and notes from the artists. An amazing collectors item!

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    **Doom Monkey** In addition to the base set from the $30 tier, you'll receive two custom printed Minion game mats! 10x16" mats printed with the play zones and rich, full color illustrations!

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    EARLY BIRD: **Pixelized Triangle of Power** Get two copies of the base set, one for you and one for a friend! Each set comes with the full 120 unique card collection, with stunning illustrations and visuals!

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    **The Enhancer 2000** Get two copies of the base set, one for you and one for a friend! Each set comes with the full 120 unique card collection, with stunning illustrations and visuals!

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    **Enhancer 3000** Get everything from the $40 tier +++ and get the full Collector's Edition! It comes with additional cards to use as tokens as well as counters inside a nice box designed specifically for this deluxe package. Also includes one official Minion T-shirt from the $20 tier, as well as SuperSecretDatabaseAccess!

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    **Dragone Tier** Collector’s Edition + Art
    Everything from the "Revised" Enhancer 3000 Tier **PLUS** Boomstick Tier
    1x Minion Base Set
    2x Kickstarter Exclusive Playable Cards
    4x CE Minion Overlord Avatar Cards
    4x 10"x16” Playmats
    8x CE Dual-Sided Token Cards
    8x CE Life Counter D10 Dice (4xRed and 4xBlack/Gold)
    1x Minion T-Shirt
    Collector’s Edition Box
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    **PLUS** 1x Limited Edition Hardcover Art Book

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    **Tiny Book of Surprises** Get not one, not two, not even three... but FOUR full base sets! For the inspired bulk buyer who is looking to share! Makes a great gift as well! Not only that, it's customs friendly in many countries and likely won't receive the 5+ bulk checks!

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    MAKE THE GAME: **Hungiest Hungry Hippo** Get everything from the $80 tier +++

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    **Conji's Book of Surprises** Get not one, not two, not even three... but SIX full base sets! For the inspired bulk buyer who is looking to share! Makes a great gift as well!

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    PROTOTYPES: **Bigger Rock** Get everything from the $80 tier, plus get EXCLUSIVE prototype sets, 5 in total, printed and delivered as the game evolves! Makes amazing collectibles! Plus you'll get the game immediately, we'll send the first prototype your way July 2014!

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    CUSTOM CARDS: **Finely Dressed Gentlemen** Get everything from the $80 and $120 tier +++

    ...and get a unique, one-of-a-kind card designed by you! Comes with hand-drawn art and illustration, and can be as balanced or imbalanced as you'd like! Nukes? Peanut butter and jelly? Make up your own silly idea or parody a classic favorite! You'll get the ONLY 5 copies of that card to be distributed!

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    **Lifetime Supporter** We want Minion to grow far beyond a single-run Kickstarter, and your contribution will be a huge help! You will receive everything from the $500 tier (including custom cards!) as well as TWO copies of every core set and expansion that we EVER release! You'll also receive a special surprise along with your first prototype delivery in late July 2014!

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