Movable Type is a word-building card-drafting game - think of it as Scrabble mixed with Sushi Go!
Movable Type uses a variety of card-drafting styles and an unusual victory mechanic. The winner won't necessarily just be the player with the best vocabulary and all players are in the running until the final word is played!
Movable Type makes a great gift for anybody who enjoys card games, board games, books or puzzles. Best of all, it's a great way to spend time with your family during the upcoming holidays!
Movable Type is a fully card-driven game. Your set will contain the following, packed in a fully illustrated tuckbox.
- 50 letter cards
- 5 round tracking cards
- 10 objective cards with author illustrations
- Full Rules
You can read the full rules to Movable Type right here! Alternatively, read on for a quick overview.
Movable Type is illustrated with some amazing examples of 18th and 19th century typography - some of them are woodcuts, and some are what you would find in metal movable type sets. All of them look brilliant!
These images are accompanied with the awesome woodcut style illustrations of Alisdair Wood, who has rendered ten of the most influential and memorable writers in history - Ada Lovelace, H.P. Lovecraft. Frederick Douglass, Jules Verne, Lu Xun, Mary Shelly, Oscar Wilde, Johannes Gutenberg, Alexandre Dumas and Jane Austen! These images look incredible in their high-res glory!
The graphic design has been handled by the many-talented Tiffany Moon.
Movable Type has been under development for over a year now and has been fully playtested, in the Playtest Dublin designer group and as a widely downloaded print-and-play. It began its life as AlphaDraft, which was downloaded and played by thousands of people. Then after a rules and visual update, it was released as Litterateur. After a lot of testing, it was obvious that something was missing. So the scoring system was modified, the card values balanced, an advanced drafting option introduced, and most significantly, ten new objective cards created to ensure players interacted and competed throughout the entire game. Even better, these cards have allowed for us to inject some awesome and original artwork into the game!
And this is where Kickstarter comes in. We need funds to pay for the artwork and graphic design work that has gone into Movable Type, and beyond that we need funds to print the final copies!
We are printing Movable Type though DriveThruCards - a company that allows for small print runs, flexible design, and most importantly, produces high quality cards with a very quick turnaround!
If you're handy with a printer and pair of scissors, you can download and play a demo copy of Movable Type. Find the PDF file here! Bear in mind that this is a demo version - it's fully playable, but doesn't have full artwork, nor the advanced drafting cards. Have fun!
You can choose to add any of those following items to your pledge. Simply increase your pledge amount by the appropriate € value. You will be asked to specify which add-ons you want though a post-campaign survey.
Add a boxed copy of Sub Rosa: Spies for Hire to your order for €11 (approx US$12). Sub Rosa: Spies for Hire was our first campaign, which we fulfilled earlier this year. It is a highly rated bidding and bluffing microgame. You can find more details on it's own Kickstarter page!
Add a postcard to your order for €5 (approx US$5.50). This postcard will feature artwork from Movable Type. Once the campaign has finished, you will be asked to specify which postcard you want to receive.
Add a coloring book to your order for €10 (approx US$11). This 8.3inch coloring book will feature portraits of all the authors used in the game, as well as some of the beautiful lettering found on the cards. Guaranteed Christmas delivery means it's a lovely gift for the artistically inclined!
Add a print copy of The Martian Investigations to your order for €5. This A5 size, 40 page book, is the first case in the popular Martian Investigations series of detective games. It's similar to Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective in style, but with a science fiction theme and a few other interesting mechanical twists. For 1-5 players, you will take on the role of Detective Hayley Bendis, attempting to solve a series of murders on a Mars colony. You can direct the story as you wish, going wherever you want, whenever you want, but you'll need to have your wits about you, if you wish to crack the case! More details, here.
US backers will have their games shipped directly from DriveThruCards - a US based printing service. Any add-ons will arrive in a seperate delivery, shipped from Dublin, Ireland.
For international backers, all packages will be shipped from Dublin, Ireland. This means that EU backers will not have to pay import duties. Other countries may still face customs duties.
Will Movable Type Arrive in Time for Christmas?
Our last project, Sub Rosa: Spies for Hire, was delivered on time and we fully intend to keep up this track record. For manufacturing and fulfillment, we are using DriveThruCards, which has an excellent track record of producing high quality products to a tight schedule. The game is finished, only awaiting a couple of visual tweaks before being sent to the printers. Most likely, you'll have the game well ahead of Christmas. Add-ons will certainly arrive by Christmas.
Backers outside of the US will have to wait a little longer for their games to arrive, but rewards should still be in time for the holidays. Of course, those in even more far-flung regions should expect to wait longer still. We will try our hardest to get the games in the mail as quickly as possible.
Uncanny Cardboard is game designer, Robin David, and a few close friends, dedicated to making small scale, good value, family friendly board and card games! So far we have released Sub Rosa: Spies for Hire through a successful Kickstarter campaign, a series of choose-your-own-adventure books, and a series of print and play games.
Risks and challenges
Moveable Type is the second Kickstarter project by Robin David/Uncanny Cardboard. Earlier this year, we finished up with Sub Rosa: Spies for Hire - a micro bluffing game. Sub Rosa was successfully funded and delivered to backers on schedule. Additionally, the game came with a bunch of additional tokens and cards, that were not promised in the campaign, making it around 1/3 bigger than backers expected!
Of course, delays can happen, but know that we go the extra mile to make backers happy!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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