About this project
It is the Age Of Wonder. Queen Victoria is Empress and London Town is full of the most prestigious Hotels that are competing for Royal Approval. Which Hotel can earn the finest reputation, by collecting the best Upper Class, Middle Class and Lower Class Guests and whispering Rumours to ensure that their Hotel reigns supreme? It's going to be a wild ride of tongue-in-cheek humour, charmingly-wicked storytelling and a huge amount of laughs all round!
***Final Update - Thank you to everyone who has made this project a success! You are absolutely wonderful and I hope that you will stick with us to see what else we have in store! Top Hats and Treachery is our first professional game but we have lots more in development!
www.rogueartistcreations.com is our home base and we are always reachable via email@example.com and via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rogueartistcreations and https://twitter.com/rogueacreations . We are fulfilling with GamesQuest so be sure to check out their site for our game when it arrives! https://www.gamesquest.co.uk
Thank you so much and best wishes!
Andrew Prowse 14th May 2017.***
Each player starts off with 3 Guest cards and a hand of 5 Rumour cards.
Guests come in 3 varieties: Upper Class (Rich and Noble), Middle Class (Professionals, Writers, Armed Forces and Agents of Wonder) & Lower Class (Servants, Poor and Criminals).
Rumours also come in 3 varieties: Shenanigans (strategy cards that change gameplay and mix things up), Twist of Fate (positive bonuses or negative penalties to your guests) & Grim Reaper cards (to dispose of unwanted Guests and replace them with new ones).
Each turn, you play Rumour cards to raise your *own* guests' reputations and/or lower your rivals' guests' reputations. You tell daring, ridiculous and dastardly stories of their misadventures. After 10 (or 15 for a longer game) turns, the scores are totalled and the player with the highest reputation wins! You can add guests, steal guests; swap, discard or counter Rumour cards.
The game plays quickly, with a lot of laughs and memorable character development - for better or worse! It's quick to learn and play and it has masses of replayability, as it will be different every time! There are even two different set of rules for Beginner and Expert play!
HERE'S A QUICK 1MIN VIDEO ON HOW TO PLAY:
A massive thank you to gamers all over the world, from Utah to Indianopolis to Lake Geneva and Britain itself, who reviewed the game! Thanks especially to Ernie Gary Gygax Jr, who has been a great supporter of the game from its early days, along with Clinton Morris from the Morris Standard!
We have crammed as much game as we can into 108 cards! However, if you have a desire to expand your game further, we are also offering the chance to get more than a HUNDRED extra cards to expand your game, from extra Guests and Rumours to not one, not two, not even three but FOUR expansion packs' worth of extra print & play cards, which you can add to your pledge as a DELUXE option - so you will get the full physical game and also the extra cards.
Will you start a Victorian crime wave with our "PENNY DREADFULS" expansion of Lower Class menaces, catch Typhoid or cure Smallpox with our "CONTAGION" Middle Class doctors & diseases expansion, visit the Upper Class heights of academia with our "THOSE HALCYON DAYS" students expansion or meet international celebrities with our United States & Europe "OUR FOREIGN COUSINS" expansion pack? Plus Special Events such as the Great Exhibition and some Deluxe Hotels thrown in as well! For a truly magnificent experience, go DELUXE!
***UPDATE = After the PENTHOUSE pledges went so quickly, people kept asking for more chances to put themselves in the game! With our new CONTAGION! Expansion pack, we offered one more Hotel pledge and two DOCTOR pledges - put yourself in the game as a Doctor card (benevolent genius, mad experimentor or unhinged psychopath - your choice!) The extra Hotel went and one of the Doctors has gone, which means THERE IS ONLY ONE DOCTOR PLEDGE LEFT! You will become a Victorian Doctor and your photo will be in every copy of the expanded game, plus you will get the DOUBLE DELUXE pledge thrown in! Fame and glory will be yours! Get it before someone else does!
What our £5000 goal represents is the minimum needed just to print the game and ship it to all of you amazing people. I am paying for all the artwork, graphic design and any extra costs myself. I really want you to be able to have this game in your hands and play it! If we do really well, I hope to be able to say "Thank you" to you all: first, by designing a bonus unique personalised print & play Rumours card for each and every backer as a present; then to add Linen Finish to the cards...
***UPDATE = We have FUNDED! To celebrate, we will have LINEN FINISH on the cards and since we hit 200 backers (after listening to your votes and feedback) I am throwing in the "CONTAGION!" Doctors and Diseases 13-card expansion pack, will be included with all Kickstarter copies of the game!
I have also created a FIFTH Expansion pack, by popular request, which is called THE GREENWICH HORROR and brings Lovecraftian horror to the streets of London! This will feature in the Deluxe p&p pledge and, if we hit our last Stretch Goal of £7500, will be included with the game as a second printed expansion pack - if that's the one that YOU, the backers, vote for!***
We are fulfilling with the excellent GamesQuest, who are able to provide reliable fulfilment worldwide, so we are UK-friendly, EU-friendly, US-friendly, Australia-friendly and Canada-Friendly.
ANDREW PROWSE has been designing games for 14 years now, after graduating from an Engineering Master's degree in London, re-discovering a love of tabletop gaming and re-training as a teacher. He originally created Top Hats And Treachery to teach his class of 11-year-olds about the wild and wonderful (mis-)adventures of the Victorians! Andrew has designed nearly 30 tabletop games so far - Top Hats And Treachery is his first to arrive at Kickstarter and more will be coming from www.rogueartistcreations.com!
SEBASTIAN KOZINER is our graphic designer, who has worked on several successfully Kickstarted boardgames. He is also a game designer; with his next game, Mutant Crops, currently on KS too: http://kck.st/2o9wI64
He uses all his experience on boardgames to bring the best out of the game. To enjoy more of his work, check his site: WWW.OKARTSTUDIO.COM
Risks and challenges
When I first launched Top Hats And Treachery back in 2016, I had a game with great potential, really fun ideas and gameplay. However, there was room for improvement and I was definitely willing to learn from experience and listen to what you wanted.
You asked for cards that looked better and better graphic design - You've got it!
You asked for better pricing - You've got it!
You asked for better campaign page design - You've got it!
You asked for a better campaign video - You've got it!
You asked for better box art - You've got it!
Working with Sebastian and Rocio (who produced the beautiful box art!) has been wonderful. They instinctively know what looks good and have been absolutely brilliant to work with. Under their skilled input, Top Hats had been transformed and now looks worthy to grace any gaming "shelfie" and table!
In terms of risks and challenges, all the card art is ready and done, apart from the 6 special Hotel PENTHOUSE pledge cards, which we will work on with the 6 amazing backers to create as quickly as possible, then we can get production designs through, start proofing, manufacturing and heading to shipping and fulfilment!
We are manufacturing with WhatzGames and fulfilling with GamesQuest, both of whom have proved their commitment, quality and reliability time and time again. We are very fortunate to have such well-respected companies on board and are very grateful to them for helping make Top Hats And Treachery a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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