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Schuman Family GamesBy Schuman Family Games
First created
Schuman Family GamesBy Schuman Family Games
First created
$19,725
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
333
backers
66hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 18 2018 1:57 PM UTC +00:00.

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Kill Merlin! is FUN

Kill Merlin! is fun to play, and winning is especially satisfying.

"And with THAT, I have killed Merlin!"

Reviewers Love Kill Merlin!

There are more previews and reviews below, but first...

About the Game

Merlin is the most powerful wizard in the land, and he has cornered the market on all mana and magical ingredients. His impetuous and unpredictable nature has made life for an aspiring magic user a challenge. As long as Merlin lives, you and your fellow wizards must hide in the shadows and follow his every whim. You know that there is only one way to end his megalomaniacal reign. You must kill him.

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Buy Ingredients

Use your wits, magical ingredients, and the very elements of nature to assemble a mystical spell that can bring Merlin down. However, as you pursue your dreams of power, so too do the other magical beings of the realm. And the only thing more dangerous than a crafty old wizard is an ambitious young one. Actually, all wizards are terrifying, so be careful.

Learn and Cast Spells
Learn and Cast Spells

Buy ingredients, learn spells, and cast spells to thwart your opponents. Be the first to defeat Merlin so that all may revere your glory!

Help Unlock the Hidden Agendas Expansion!

Merlin seems to be able to thwart your every move with his chaotic, aberrant behavior. Finally, you have discovered a way to harness secret powers which, known only to you, Merlin cannot disturb. In order to unlock these powers, you must accomplish a set of clandestine agendas. Once you unlock your hidden powers, you may use them in your quest to defeat Merlin. However, as always, other wizards have hidden agendas and powers, too. Of that, you should be afraid.

Read the WIP rules for the Hidden Agendas expansion here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11V4JZS6sRoC5fgBhuF6OfWni6L3aL4FWGY5scd4bNTI/edit?usp=sharing

This optional expansion deepens the strategy of Kill Merlin! by enabling hidden agendas and hidden powers which cannot be affected by Merlin's chaotic behavior or other players' spite. The expansion consists of 24 Hidden Agenda cards and 16 Hidden Power cards. Playing with this expansion will typically shorten the duration of the game a bit.

Help us unlock this exciting stretch goal so everyone can have the Hidden Agendas expansion included in the Kickstarter Version of Kill Merlin!.

Kill Merlin! is a 2-4 player wizard-themed strategy game with unique mechanics and high player interaction. It is straightforward and easy to learn, but there are many layers of strategy. It's great for both gateway and hardcore gamers.

A full game of Kill Merlin! takes about 15-30 minutes per player. So, a 2-player game might last 30-60 minutes, while a 4-player game might last up to 2 hours. Since the spell board is dealt randomly each game, the duration can vary.

 * The images above show the current state of the artwork, some of which may be upgraded during the design/manufacturing process.

Read The Meeple Street's Review of Kill Merlin!
Read The Meeple Street's Review of Kill Merlin!
                             

Unfiltered Gamer:

"It's a party game, it's a family game, and it's crazy... even when you think you're losing this game, you might actually not be losing because Merlin might have a few tricks up his sleeve..." - Michael, Unfiltered Gamer

Board Game Brawl:

"Kill Merlin!... is easy to set up, it's easy to teach, it's fast to teach... so there are layers of strategy there, but it's also so straightforward and easy to learn that I think that casual gamers could potentially enjoy it, players who want a little more meat on their games could enjoy it as well, and people who are in the middle." - Nick, Board Game Brawl

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 Here is a link to the draft RULES.

Here is a link to the draft Wizard Turn Sequence Sheet.

I've enabled commenting privileges in both of those docs, please feel free to comment directly in them with any feedback. The final rules are still being laid out and will be updated when available.

Shipping will be collected after the campaign via our Pledge Manager. We are committed to keeping your shipping costs low. We will calculate and provide a shipping subsidy against the absolute cost once the campaign is complete. The subsidy will depend on the number of backers and, thus, the size of the printing run. We plan to work with Quartermaster Logistics for shipping logistics and fulfillment, and we offer customs friendly shipping to US, EU, Canada, Australia, and China backers.

Based on the size and weight of our prototype, along with some wiggle room for stretch goal extras, we *estimate the following shipping charges:

  • ~$10-12 in the USA
  • ~$16-20 in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
  • ~$16-18 in Canada
  • ~$10-12 in China and Hong Kong
  • ~$15-18 in EU/UK and Canada
  • ~$20 in Australia
  • Worldwide prices can vary from ~$20-$80 depending on your location

* These are only estimates. Your actual shipping cost may be higher or lower, depending on the weight of the final product with all stretch goals achieved, amount of subsidy we are able to provide, as well as ever-changing shipping costs.

We are unfortunately unable to guarantee delivery to Russia, South Africa, Brazil, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan. If you are in those countries and want to make a pledge, you might consider getting the game shipped to a friend or relative in a more shipping-friendly country.

Risks and Challenges

With every project, there are risks. We have been working hard to mitigate those risks. We have spent the last year immersing ourselves in the independent board game scene, and have enrolled the help of industry veterans in order to better understand the publishing and manufacturing facets of board game production. The game assets and artwork are nearly complete, and we have manufacturing/shipping samples and quotes ready from multiple reputable factories. We have thoroughly researched pricing and costs, and we feel comfortable with our budget at various levels of funding. We will be working with CrowdOx as our pledge manager and Quartermaster Logistics for fulfillment. We thank you in advance for your confidence in our ability to deliver on the promise of Kill Merlin!

Risks and challenges

See above.

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