About this project
RETRO ROLE PLAYING GAME FEEL IN A COOPERATIVE DARK FANTASY BOARD GAME! DUNGEON DEGENERATES - HAND OF DOOM is a fantasy adventure board game from GOBLINKO. Blending a Dark & Dirty Old School role playing game aesthetic with an easy to learn, fast-moving & engaging board game system, DUNGEON DEGENERATES delivers the dark fantasy adventure you want, when you want it. Players choose between four adventuring Degenerates who have been imprisoned for various crimes of survival. As they make their way out of Brüttelberg into the decaying Eastern provinces of the Würstreich they must take on strange & dangerous adventures & fighting against the corruption & decadence that have set into the land. Monsters, cultists, witches, demons & wizards have taken advantage of the rot & are encroaching on civilization. As if that wasn’t enough, the Necromancer’s Hand of Doom points down on the land & disrupts the natural order with Hellish resolve.
IN A LAND WHERE ROT RULES, ONLY THE DEGENERATES SURVIVE! The Würstreich - an Empire in decline, where survival is an adventure unto itself. Once the pinnacle of human civilization, it now teeters on the brink of Total Doom, having collapsed into corruption, decadence, decay & madness. Evil Wizards pervert the very fabric of nature, bringing gibbering madness from beyond screaming into absolution & an endless menagerie of monsters fight for domination! In chaos - there is opportunity! The fecund stench of the Rotten Realm of the Würstreich beckons! Having escaped from the moldy dungeons of Brüttelberg, your Degenerate Adventurers must use wits & weapons to find their fortune in the monster & madness infested badlands - fate decided by the luck of the draw & the roll of the dice! In a land where rot rules, only the Degenerates survive! As if degeneration & decay weren't enough, the shadowy Necromancer's Hand of Doom points its yellowed fingernail & projects its diabolical decree on the cursed land!
- 1-4 players co-op
- Players can form parties or split up throughout the game at will - no forced obligation to compete or stick together
- 1-3 hours gameplay based on mission
- Epic RPG campaign feel in an open world sandbox board game
- Play until you die - bring your experience & items from previous missions
- Open exploration - no forced path
- Multiple missions & objectives of varying difficulty for high replayability
- Multiple ways to approach each mission
- Set in a cohesive & fixed world with multiple distinct regions
- Regions feature unique encounters & thematic monsters
- Encounters allow multiple interaction choices - you do not have to fight everyone you see
- Open experience system allowing for character customization with new skills
- You are always in danger - the town is not an artificial safe zone - combat is dangerous
- Various modes of travel - players cooperate to choose their route & pace, or split up & fend for themselves
- Customize difficulty & theme with expanded monster & encounter decks
- Streamlined combat with tactical depth, each player rolls dice only once on their turn
- Uses standard 6-sided dice only
- Over 100 monsters with unique abilities & artwork
- Additional missions & content available free in PORK Magazine
- GAMEPLAY OVERVIEW from the Designer's Desk
- GAMEPLAY VIDEO
WHAT’S IN THE GAME BOX?
- 24” x 24” full color game board
- 8 playable adventurer character cards which come with their own items & abilities
- standees of each adventurer
- 120 Monster cards divided into five decks by map region
- 60 Encounter cards divided into four decks by map region
- 12 Epic Monster cards
- 66 Loot cards
- 12 Epic Loot cards
- 28 Doom cards
- 38 Skill cards
- 34 Danger cards
- 6 dice
- 50 8mm cubes
- 92 25mm counters & the Hand of Doom!
- 24 page rulebook
- 20 page missions book
- Reference cards
BOLD, LOW-BROW, RETRO ROLE-PLAYING WEIRDO ART! The DUNGEON DEGENERATES aesthetic is culled from an enormous heap of yellowing paper, old Dragon & White Dwarf magazines, Underground Comix artists like Robert Crumb & S. Clay Wilson, blacklight posters, Conan the Barbarian comics, pinball art, Punk & Metal zines & Heavy Metal records, pickled in cider & smoked. Sean Äaberg has been devoted to pushing older Weirdo Art forms back into the public consciousness for a decade, teaching art & publishing PORK Magazine. DUNGEON DEGENERATES is lavishly illustrated with thousands of drawings by Sean Äaberg.
Play along with our game designer Eric as he takes you on a DUNGEON DEGENERATES - HAND OF DOOM adventure in our Kickstarter updates! You decide!
There’s nothing to eat in the filthy town of Pigskin Port. The curse of the Rye Wizard has blighted the grain & the pigs are infected with a poisonous fungus. Out here on the edge of the Würstreich, you don’t have anywhere else to run. You’ve escaped your life as a slave in the fighting pits of Brüttelberg & now you find yourself working for the River Rats. Wally Whisker offered you gold to find a shipment of his that hasn’t arrived on schedule, but you have a feeling the easy money is in the monster meat trade. The River Rats are selling sausages to travellers at a premium & they just need a tough brawler like yourself to head into the Wasteland & haul back a few goblins for processing.
Your travelling companion is a thin & scruffy Alchemist who claims to be a veteran of half a dozen military campaigns, but reeks of black powder & alcohol. He introduces you to a contact of his - a shifty-looking woman with a strange collection of objects for sale. The prize of her collection is an ornate box containing the severed head of a soothsayer, preserved by some obscure ritual means. She explains that, when anointed with a certain tincture it will come to life & offer guidance. You tell her that the leather gauntlet wreathed in spikes strapped to your right arm is the only help you will need, & besides you clearly cannot afford such an object. The Alchemist purchases a vial of some noxious substance that he claims is genuine daemon’s blood. The smell of it burns your nostrils & eyes, so you believe him when he claims it can burn through almost anything.
Find out more and help decide what happens next in our Kickstarter updates!
BUT WHAT IF I WANT MORE THAN JUST THE GAME BOX?
Great! You can also choose a backer level that includes the DUNGEON DEGENERATES LOOT BAG!
WHAT’S IN THE LOOT BAG?
- DUNGEON DEGENERATES embroidered patch (3.5” tall)
- DUNGEON DEGENERATES letters logo metal pin (2” wide)
- DUNGEON DEGENERATES dagger logo metal pin (1.5” tall)
- DUNGEON DEGENERATES stickers
- DUNGEON DEGENERATES posters
WHAT’S THIS ABOUT DUNGEON DEGENERATES TATTOOS?
One of our backer levels includes a DUNGEON DEGENERATES tattoo ($125 value) from our custom DUNGEON DEGENERATES flash sheet painted by evil wizard Todd Janeczek at Imperial Tattoo in Portland!
This backer reward is available at the NAGA level, and includes a copy of DUNGEON DEGENERATES - HAND OF DOOM, one tattoo from the flash sheet & a high quality print of the flash sheet. This backer reward is available in Portland, Oregon only.
CAN I PLAY DUNGEON DEGENERATES WITH THE CREATORS?
Yes! Pledge at the CULTIST or DUNGEON DEGENERATE levels and your backer reward includes a game session with Eric and Sean! This backer reward is available in Oregon & Washington only.
THE DIGITAL DUNGEON CULTIST PACK APPEARS! A Dungeon of Digital Delights Awaits You! DUNGEON DEGENERATES wallpapers, banners, profile pics & other assorted digital ephemera is yours & all you have to do is share the link to our KICKSTARTER & email SLIMEY@GOBLINKO.COM a link to your public post! Slimey will send you your Digital Dungeon Cultist Pack within 24 working hours! The Digital Dungeon Awaits! Let's give the DUNGEON DEGENERATES KICKSTARTER a KICK & get some KICKS in the process!
Add-on items are additional items you can add to your pledge! Check back often, as we unlock stretch goals we will be adding even more items to this section!
DUNGEON DEGENERATES ADVENTURER MINIATURES SETS ($30)
YES! We did it! We will be making miniatures of the first eight DUNGEON DEGENERATES adventurers! Two sets of four miniatures each. 32mm, cast in resin. Set 1 is the Bloodsport Brawler, Mercenary Alchemist, Hinterlander & Void Witch. Set 2 is the Bog Conjurer, Corpse Burner, Vermin Hunter & Witch Smeller! Each set is $30 & can be yours as an add-on to your pledge base.
DUNGEON DEGENERATES BLACK LIGHT POSTER ($25)
The black light poster of the DUNGEON DEGENERATES Map of the Würstreich & the DUNGEON DEGENERATES CURSE poem appears! A limited edition screen print in UV reactive colors! 18" x 24" - art by Sean Äaberg! A perfect psychedelic totem for your own Dungeon that will throb with florescent intensity. Item will ship separately.
DUNGEON DEGENERATES WORLD BOOKS ($7 each)
Delve even further into the world of the Würstreich with these books! Loaded with extra information and artwork not found in the game box!
DUNGEON DEGENERATES CHARACTER PACK - WASTELANDER & BANISHED SORCERER ($13)
The Wastelander & Banished Sorcerer join the party! You get 3 new Item Cards, 4 new Loot Cards, character sheets & standees of the characters!
DUNGEON DEGENERATES CHARACTER PACK - ALLEY CAT & JACK SLASHER ($13)
Alley Cat & Jack Slasher join the party! You get two new character cards with 3 skill cards, 4 loot cards & standees of the characters!
DUNGEON DEGENERATES CHARACTER PACK - CARNIVAL DRIFTER & SOLDIER OF FORTUNE ($13)
The Carnival Drifter & Soldier of Fortune join the party! You get two new character cards with 2 skill cards, 4 loot cards & standees of the characters!
DUNGEON DEGENERATES CHARACTER PACK - RIVER PIRATE & DISHONORED KNIGHT ($13)
The River Pirate & Dishonored Knight join the party! You get two new character cards with 2 skill cards, 4 loot cards & standees of the characters!
DUNGEON DEGENERATES KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE CHARACTER PACK ($13)
The Infamous Butcher & Angel of Death join the party! A Dungeon Degenerates Kickstarter Exclusive! You get two new character cards with 2 skill cards, 4 loot cards & standees of the characters! An exclusive add-on as a thank you for backing Dungeon Degenerates, these characters will not be available again anywhere!
DUNGEON DEGENERATES CHARACTER PACK BUNDLE - 8 ADVENTURERS & THEIR RESPECTIVE CARDS & STANDEES ($40) Get all four DUNGEON DEGENERATES Character Packs at a discount! Includes - Soldier of Fortune, Carnival Drifter, Dishonored Knight, River Pirate, Jack Slasher, Alley Cat, Wastelander & Banished Sorcerer! Including 10 Skill Cards, 16 Loot Cards, character sheets & standees of the characters!
DUNGEON DEGENERATES MONSTER MINI SET - BOG FILTH ($30)
Four monster miniatures depicting monsters from the Bog! Moldbeast, Harpy, Toad Guard & Naga! Designed by Sean Aaberg & sculpted byJason Fairclough. Cast in resin. 32 mm scale. Made in England! From Goblinko!
DUNGEON DEGENERATES MONSTER MINI SET - GOBLINS ($30) Four monster miniatures depicting a variety of Goblins! Moblin, Chicken Goblin, Goblin Dog & Chicken Witch! Designed by Sean Aaberg & sculpted byJason Fairclough. Cast in resin. 32 mm scale. Made in England! From GOBLINKO!
DUNGEON DEGENERATES TOTE BAG ($15) AND T-SHIRT ($25)!
The tote bag is big enough to carry your game box! The t-shirt comes in sizes XS-XXL! Discharge printed in three colors to make a bold statement!
DUNGEON DEGENERATES LOOT BAG ($25)!
If you selected a pledge level that doesn't include the LOOT BAG, you can add one on to your pledge!
To buy the add-ons, all you need to do is increase your pledge by the total of all the add-ons you want. To do this:
- Press the "Manage" button next to your pledge on the Kickstarter project page. If you have not pledged yet, it will say "Back this Project".
- Click on “Change Your Pledge”. Increase your pledge in the "Pledge Amount" box by the sum of all add-ons you want to order.
- After the Kickstarter campaign ends you will receive a link to the project's Pledge Manager. On that page you will then be able to select the specific add-ons & quantities you want.
Note: Upon campaign end Kickstarter pledges are final & can neither be fully or partially reimbursed through the Pledge Manager.
Thanks to everyone who helped us reach our initial funding goal! Now that we know we're making this game, let's see how many cool extra features we can add through our stretch goals!
We've discovered a new SOCIAL STRETCH GOAL! Go LIKE & SHARE THIS LINK on FACEBOOK & we'll add 6 New Monsters & 1 New Epic Monster to every copy of Dungeon Degenerates - Hand of Doom!
Shipping and handling costs will be calculated at the end of the campaign. It will vary depending on the number of stretch goals unlocked, their size and weight as well as the numbers of backers from different regions. Shipping will be fulfilled by USPS, UPS or depending on the funding amount, a fulfillment company. Here are the current estimates:
METAL PUNKS FROM THE STREETS OF OAKLAND! DUNGEON DEGENERATES is by Sean Äaberg & Eric Radey. Childhood partners in crime who grew up on old school role-playing & war games & love old Games Workshop products in particular - as an art form. They grew up playing Call of Cthulhu games run by Charlie Crank. They worked for Chaosium as warehouse slaves. They were in the most chaotic Noise Metal Punk band in Oakland & played ritualistic shows trying to summon demons & hordes of rats. They know that the old ways are best & they are going to drain enough blood to bring them back with DUNGEON DEGENERATES!
Risks and challenges
While this is the first board game published by GOBLINKO, we have been publishing magazines & comics since 1999 & have never missed a deadline or failed to deliver a product on time. We have been running a busy webshop with mail order fulfillment since 2012 & we know how to handle getting our products into our customers’ hands. We understand the complexities of taking on a project of this scale & have budgeted enough time into our project timeline to complete all necessary tasks & our conservative estimates allow for errors to be caught & corrected without causing project delays. All aspects of game design, development & artwork are being handled in-house by our team. We have completed writing, art & design stages & have moved to the play testing & refining stage of the project. Our estimated date of delivery is August 2017.
Of course, with any project of this scale, sometimes things go wrong. We believe in project transparency, & keeping our backers updated with the project no matter what. If something does happen that causes a delay with the project, we will notify backers immediately. Possible delays could include:
- A problem at the factory could delay printing of some of the games
- We could face unforeseen shipping issues
Also, due to shipping logistics, backers from different parts of the world may receive their packages at different dates than others.
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