Combat! A Pick-Up-And-Play Card Game
No deck-building, booster packs, or millions of cards. Pick your favorite class and battle friends or enemies in an easy to play game.
Thank you everyone for your support during this Kickstarter! It has been very encouraging and enlightening.
We are at the 5 hour mark, and only 60% to goal. But we aren't giving up! Even if we don't make it to 100% before midnight tonight, we are going to go forward with a (more subdued) printing plans.
Combat will be available on TheGameCrafter's website starting today. This week has a $7 off discount to cover US Shipping.
We won't be launching the Monster Expansion at this time, but will be adding it by the end of the month(with a discount to start too). We'll update this space and ryringames.com when it's available.
If you are still interested in participating in the Beta test of the game, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send out monthly updates for the Set 2 and Set 3 classes as well as requests for feedback from you.
Again, I want to thank everyone for their support during the Kickstarter! We'll be moving forward with our plans, and we'll be back with a Set 2 Kickstarter later this year. I hope to see you all there!
Combat! is a pick up and play card game in the same vein as trading card games(TCGs). Except, rather than spending hundreds of dollars to collect thousands of cards to build your perfect deck, you spend $35 to get four complete and balanced decks that can be later expanded with more classes and a new Monster mode of play.
While I love TCGs, I was quickly frustrated by the "more money is more power" philosophy that most devolve into. The purpose behind these systems is to sell booster packs, so cards are usually imbalanced as a way to encourage buying many packs to get that one rare or powerful card.
So I came up with the idea of Combat!: you buy a single box with four decks in it. All the decks are standard and well-balanced, but you still can choose a specialty so your class plays differently each time. Each class has unique mechanics, and while they each have strengths and weaknesses, you can expect to win as much as you lose-- not counting skill.
I want it to be easy to teach to new players, but still give plenty of depth for old players. Many new players look at the depth and complexity of a TCG and pull away. This is a game I've tested on family who have little experience in TCGs, and they quickly pick up the rules within minutes. Friends who have played TCGs for years end up playing for many hours, enjoying the close battles.
What is the Product?
With a single $35 Combat! Box, you would have four classes that can duel each other with one of three specialties. We have spent over a year playtesting this system, so you can expect each class to be well balanced and have plenty of replay value. We are already testing additional classes to be released later(some tiers will receive special printable PDFs of the Beta version of these cards).
Want to try out the base game? We have a downloadable PDF trial.
In addition to the base game, there is a Monster Expansion which includes 200 cards. There are 10 total Boss monsters, each who play differently. It'll take teamwork to take down one of these powerful creatures. This pack combined with the base game allows for a completely different way to play while using the same packs you already have.
New Gameplay video:
Alpha Playtest Video: (Pre-art)
Very little has changed in terms of how the game is played, but the art has been added and a few cards have been rebalanced. A more up-to-date video will be posted shortly.
Where will my Kickstarter funds go?
Kickstarter funds will pay for the first print run of the base game and the Monster Box. There will be a Limited Ultimate Edition Box as well, only available in the Kickstarter.
All Tiers above $20 have free US shipping! (Please add $10 for Int'l shipping).
Postcard: Each of these postcards will be signed by both Daniel Richmond(Lead Designer) and Robert Judd(Artist). Most reward tiers include this reward.
Kickstarter T-shirt: This limited edition T-shirt comes in a variety of sizes and will only be available during the Kickstarter.
Combat! Box: This is the main box for Combat! and includes four classes, each with three specializations a total of 136 cards. These classes include the Wizard, the Rogue, the Warrior, and the Priest. Each class has a different mechanic, and each of their three specialties change the way they play.
Monster Expansion: This box of 190 cards includes 10 unique Bosses you and up to 3 other players can fight against. The Bosses scale based on the number of players, so be warned that a bigger party doesn't guarantee you a win.
PDF Printable: Some reward tiers instead of giving the physical version of the game, instead give printable PDF versions of the cards. This gives great savings($16 for base set and $15 for Monster set), but does mean you'd have to print and cut the cards yourself.
Beta Access: We are currently testing four new classes: The Inventor, the Samurai, the Lady, and the Druid. Each of these classes play completely differently from the base classes. This Beta Access comes in the form of a printable PDF already sized to be cut out and played. This reward also includes access to a Beta Test forum on the website.
Update 8/26: We'll also be including the Alpha for Set 3, which includes Necromancer, Paladin, Psychic, and Shaman classes. That means Beta Access tiers gain a total of 8 extra classes!
Limited Edition Ultimate Box: This is the big one. This huge box includes all of the cards from the Basic and Monster boxes, totaling 326 cards. This box will also have two Boss monsters who will only appear in this box, as well as four new specializations. The Limited Edition Ultimate Box also includes unique art both on the box and on the rare class cards. The box is signed by both designer and artist.
$1,500: Any tier above $20 will also receive buttons for the four base classes: Priest, Rogue, Warrior and Wizard.
$2,500: Any tier with Beta Access will also receive a Beta Tester bag and the Beta PDFs will include full art.
$3,500: Any tier above $20 receives a custom printed Combat! lanyard.
$5,500: Any tier above $20 receives a custom printed Ryrin Games stress dice: a 2 1/4'' cube with dice pips and our logo in the 1 position.
Risks and challenges
Delays in our suppliers could potentially happen, but we are using established companies for all of our printing and custom work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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