En Garde! is a cinematic action card game for 2-6 impeccably dressed Renaissance-era duelists engaged in a pitched clifftop melee. Players must attempt to out maneuver their opponents in a series of one on one duels to prove their technique reigns supreme. Carefully manage your cards and keep calm, cool and collected if you hope to win the day. If you’re attacked at the wrong moment, prepare to taste cold steel!
En Garde! was first published back in 2005. While it did well at the time, we didn’t have the means to keep games in stock. Back then we also weren’t in the midst of the board game and crowdfunding renaissance the industry enjoys today. Thus, En Garde! slowly went out of print.
However, En Garde! still has its die-hard fans. The game’s appeal is in how well it simulates the furious exchange of blows and cinematic richness of classic movies such as The Princess Bride, The Adventures of Robin Hood, or The Mask of Zorro. We receive requests for a reprint of the game every month and at every convention we attend from fans who had played a friend’s copy, or who had lost their own. For the longest time, the demand simply wasn’t strong enough and the opportunity to create a reprint wasn’t available. That is, until now!
This campaign is unique because we are in a position to offer you the game right now, in a very functional, if minimalist way. For the last few years we have been printing our promo cards with DriveThruCards and have had great, reliable results and are ready to publish our first full game through their print on demand services. In essence, your pledge of support is a pre-order for the print on demand reissue of the game, consisting of:
- En Garde! deck
- 6 mini-player mats
- 1 OneBookShelf nesting large plastic deck box
The rules will be available online (and are available right now [here]) and you will need to supply 6 objects to use as Poise Tokens (which conveniently fit in the roomy deck box!).
If the print on demand version of the game is ready to go, why are we on Kickstarter? Because, if demand for the game is high enough, instead of offering a minimalist POD version of the game, we will manufacture a full production run of the game! Allow us to introduce you to our one and only over-funding milestone: the Unbelievable! Stretch Goal!
Because of the unique nature of our project, we do not have an all-or-nothing initial funding level. We can create and deliver the POD version of the game with as few as 1 backer. What this Kickstarter is all about, however, is whether or not we can get enough folks interested in the game to elevate it to the next level, taking it from POD to full manufacturing. Therefore, there are no nickel and dime micro upgrades with dozens of micro-goals you have come to expect from traditional board game campaigns. We only need one, all-or-nothing stretch goal: If we can raise $23,000 everyone's rewards upgrade for free, becoming a manufactured version of En Garde! with all the bells and whistles, including:
- En Garde! deck.
- 6 full-size player mats
- 6 Poise Markers
- 1 Game Box with Cover Art
- Glossy Rules Insert
This upgrade includes all the usual micro-goals you usually see from other campaigns: improved box, glossy rules, token upgrades, etc. Best of all, even if we don’t hit the Unbelievable! Stretch Goal, everyone will still be getting a great game (and be getting it way ahead of schedule)!
Click on the above banner to to learn how to play En Garde!. You can also download the rules on Board Game Geek here or from our own website right here. We would also love to see you on our digital play test group where we play on Tabletop Simulator here. Throughout the campaign, we’ll be dropping more updates where you can learn about the game, or even see it in action!
Upcoming Update Highlights:
- Nov. 27th - How to Duel: We dive deep into En Garde!'s signature mechanic, the Exchange.
- Nov. 30th - What's New in 2018: It's been 13 years since the original game was published, how did we improve it?
- Dec. 1st - Live from PAX Unplugged: We will be live with TwistGaming at 2:30PM ET on Twitch.tv.
- Dec. 5th - Live on Twitch: We will be playing the game on Table Top Simulator live with Tilted Table at 7:00PM PT on Twitch.tv.
The unique nature of this campaign has some big ramifications on the estimated delivery date for the rewards. If we do not reach the Unbelievable! Stretch Goal, we will ship rewards as soon as the campaign funds become available. Therefore, we actually have two estimated delivery dates:
- If we receive <$23,000 of funding, rewards will be shipped out by January 2019.
- If we receive >$23,000 of funding, rewards will be shipped out by May 2019.
Because we can only list one estimated delivery date on the pledge levels we can offer, we opted to use the farthest out date.
Backers are required to fulfill all of their regional obligations for import etc. On the plus side, the MSRP of this game is on the lower end, and ducks many VAT fees.
Interested in picking up some of our other games? Then head on over to SlugFestGames.com where you can get all of our games right now! Best of all, we are offering free domestic shipping on all orders placed during the campaign!
Risks and challenges
We have a long history on Kickstarter and strive to deliver quality products on time with transparent and efficient campaigns. We commit ourselves to fulfilling on our campaigns and ensuring that everyone has a good customer service experience.
We are confident that our record speaks for itself. We want you to back with 100% confidence that you will get your rewards exactly as we described and in a timely manner. If you have any second thoughts or questions, do not hesitate to alter or cancel your pledge or get in contact with us.
Please remember that this campaign is unique. We are offering two radically different versions of the rewards depending on whether or not we hit our all-or-nothing stretch goal. If we do not hit $23K raised, we will be sending out the print on demand version of En Garde to everyone as soon as funding is received and mailing addresses are collected (January). If we do surpass $23K raised, we will be manufacturing a full production version of the game. The estimated delivery time provided on the pledge levels reflect this second option (May). Please do not back this campaign expecting to receive your rewards in time for the holidays.
We appreciate all of our fans, new and returning, and look forward to providing you with an excellent crowdfunding and gaming experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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