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A competitive ROBOT card & dice game with 113 Unique Cards lets you control a 100 foot robot in a futuristic mecha combat sky sport.
A competitive ROBOT card & dice game with 113 Unique Cards lets you control a 100 foot robot in a futuristic mecha combat sky sport.
A competitive ROBOT card & dice game with 113 Unique Cards lets you control a 100 foot robot in a futuristic mecha combat sky sport.
199 backers pledged $22,645 to help bring this project to life.

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Update to MSRP: Our MSRP is actually $35 after component upgrades 

The game itself is for two (or three) players who draft and build decks hoping to build up a super powered robot to blast apart their opponent's robot. Once you blow off all 4 "limbs" (head, left arm, right arm, legs) of the opposing robot, you win the game. A unique stacking mechanic allows you to play cards right on top of your robot to make it stronger. Attacks and defenses are determined by die rolls. Rule variations support a variety of ways to play, including: Ultimate Robot- a simple game mode for simpler shorter games, Tournament Rules for cut-throat players, and challenge modes for unique twists on game play. Check out our in-depth game play video below. 

        

We are using Board Game Shop Eu (in Belgium) to ship from within the European Union your customers don't have to pay additional VAT, so you can be 100% sure that what you pay on Kickstarter is the total amount. You can see a list of shipping prices below.  

Each game contains 10 dynamic starting pilots:

Each game contains 38 different armor upgrades

Each game contains 25 zany crew members

Each game contains 5 powerful Expert Pilots:

Each game contains 10 different hangars

 Each game contains 20 completely unique action cards

 The Universe: 

From Alvidon to the Antevelum Valley, you will never find a sky filled with more diverse characters than in the sport of PBL ROBOTS. Betrayal, greed, tragedy, corruption, redemption and a full blown revolution lie within this universe. Every crew member, pilot and armor plays an active role in the story that you will help define during every game. 

Where we are now

In the last 12 months the Hidden Ladder Collective has finished the artwork, the layouts, the game text, back stories, website, social media presence, and the business model. In the last ten years we have invested over 3000 hours in playtesting, spent over 300 hours creating the artwork, and invested around $2500 (website, copies, prototype, promotion kits, events, and other general items). 

What we need the funds for: 

 AdMagic has agreed to print our product for around $20,000 (printing cost varies by $2000 due to die cutting/full bleed special modifications, components and packaging specifications- Quote updated 11/15/14). AdMagic printed our prototypes which we were very impressed with and have used in over 250 games.The only way we can print the games for this excellent price is if we can raise the money to print 5000 copies in bulk. Printing 4 prototype copies for the Kickstarter video cost us over $60 each (as seen in the photos above). We also need additional funds to pay a graphic designer ($1000), videographer ($1600) to produce 12 game play videos to assist the rule book, editor ($1000) to help us create the box art and the rule book (artwork and text is complete) and ($800) for shipping costs. The project goal also reflects the 10% fees that go to kickstarter/ taxes. 

The quote from Ad Magic includes the following: 

-Qty:5000 -113 cards per deck - custom backs and custom faces -Standard poker sized cards -Rectangle cut out in the middle of the cards 

-Box with lift off lid 

 -Rule sheet - 8.5 x 11 - folded

-Control Panel (cardboard cheat sheet for keywords, rules and scorekeeping)

- 12 8mm mini-die (assorted colors) 

-1 twenty-sided die 

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Team ROBOTS: 

The idea was invented by William Hessian during a time when Pokemon and sci-fi anime were exploding in the united states. William spent the a decade in Minnesota and North Dakota doing illustrations, drawing prototype cards and testing gameplay with friends and students, trying to create the game he always wanted to play. For the game, William created over 120 original works of art and did all the graphic designs on the cards. John "Sighless" Supinski, a multi-talented musician and songwriter, became the co-owner of the project in late 2012 (won over a roll of the dice) and began creating new characters, writing back stories, creating a business model and helping to playtest and perfect the rules. 

The current playtesters consists of a dozen artists and musicians and gamers who are all part of a collective called The Hidden Ladder Collective from Portland Maine. Abbeth Russell and Kara Oster are the lead playtesters, editors and organizers on the project. Notable contributions to the game have been made by Fernando Diaz, Pierce Kehlenbeck, Luke Sekera, Patrick Russell, Scott Hessian, Patrick Reese, and Seth Dussault. 

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We have big plans for our game if we succeed.

1. Five 20-25 card Expansion Sets (names pending): Revenge of Alvidon, Sky Force Doom, Code of the Infinite, Age of the Genetics, Clone All-Stars

2. Translation: Create PBL ROBOTS in all major languages worldwide. (Serious translators interested please contact us)

3. Mobile App: PBL ROBOTS on a mobile app is in the works (serious code writers interested please contact us)

Risks and challenges

Shipping times, printing costs and production times could be a challenge. We have a back up printing company on stand by and we also have some friends who will help us if these issues do arise. If our stretch goals are met there may be slight delay to create new custom components, which might need to shipped separately if there would be a large delay.

Shipping to the European Union will be our first attempt to network overseas and we will be learning as we go, but we have met great people with a ton of knowledge so far (we ask a TON of questions), and really hope we will not have any issues.

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    #1 You will get a KICKSTARTER exclusive postcard which is a gold base robot which is a playable BASE ROBOT in the PBL ROBOTS game.

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    ADD ON PBL FICTION (can be added on to any reward level #2-12): You receive a soft cover copy of PBL ROBOTS original fiction written by John Supinski

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    #2 Super Ultimate Early Bird Special! For the first 20 funders.
    -A special one of one JUMBO pearl card signed by the creators will be sent with your game! (Featuring one of the games most popular cards/ Each card will be different)
    -You will receive one completed first edition game (110 cards, 3 base robots, control panel play mat, rulebook, 12 six sided mini die, 1 twenty sided die.) ($30 est retail price)
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    #5 You will receive one completed first edition game (110 cards, 3 base robots, control panel play mat, rulebook, 12 six sided mini die, 1 twenty sided die.) ($30 est retail price)
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    #7 Limited Edition Foil Pilot Pack which contains all 5 expert pilots in special playable FOIL versions
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    You will receive THREE completed first edition games (Three: 110 cards, 3 base robots, control panel play mat, rulebook, 12 six sided mini die, 1 twenty sided die.) ($90 est retail price)
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    #9 One hour Skype call with the Hidden Ladder Collective, the creators of PBL ROBOTS.
    -PARTY PACK! You will receive THREE completed first edition games (Three: 110 cards, 3 base robots, control panel play mat, rulebook, 12 six sided mini die, 1 twenty sided die.) ($90 est retail price) -You will get PBL ROBOTS original fiction
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    #10 Name a card, design a card or invent an armor for a future expansion set (within reason/within the universe)
    -One hour Skype call with the Hidden Ladder Collective, the creators of PBL ROBOTS. -PARTY PACK! You will receive THREE completed first edition games (Three: 110 cards, 3 base robots, control panel play mat, rulebook, 12 six sided mini die, 1 twenty sided die.) ($90 est retail price) -You will get PBL ROBOTS original fiction
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    -PBL ROBOT original fiction
    -PARTY PACK! You will receive THREE completed first edition games (Three: 110 cards, 3 base robots, control panel play mat, rulebook, 12 six sided mini die, 1 twenty sided die.) ($90 est retail price)
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    #12 Hidden Ladder Collective will come to your town and play PBL ROBOTS with you and your friends and there will be pizza!
    -Producer Credit in the rulebook and on the website
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    #13 Your reward will be 500 copies of the 1st edition of PBL ROBOTS. At this level shipping is free and you will be able to select how and when you want your reward shipped to you.

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