In a metal-riveted palace, covered in a heavy layer of coal dust, lies the Steam Court. In this 1–12 player card game, players act as engineers attempting to build machines (take tricks of cards) in order to impress the Queen and her royal court. The Courtiers grant their Engineers unique privileges, which players can use as they work their way up the social ladder and collect victory point gears.
Check out our quick gameplay overview in the How-to-Play section or watch our fully-steampunked-walk-through-video and see exactly how it's done.
Each copy of Steam Court will come with the following geartastic components:
Pledge at one of the following levels and you'll receive this great stuff! We're happy to accommodate special requests as well. Let us know!
ROYAL COINS ADD-ON
We have introduced metallic coins into the mix! This add-on will automatically be given to our backers at the Chancellor level and above. If you would like to add the 6 metal coins to another pledge level, simply increase your pledge by $9 for each set. The custom-made coins will be poured solid metal and shaped to match the first 6 numbered tokens in the game. They will be approximately 1 inch in diameter.
RENEGADES COINS ADD-ON (KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE)Several of you have asked, so we've worked it out with our Coin Artisan and are excited to announce that we'll be offering another set of 6 coins "covered in a heavy layer of coal dust," for the Renegades table! They will match the mold of the Royal coins, but will feature a patina finish. These are not automatically included with the Chancellor Level, so you'll need to add $9 to your pledge level and note which coins you want on the survey at the end of the campaign.
Each time we reach a new stretch goal we will release a video detailing the stuff that we'll achieve if we reach the NEXT level. Help us make Steam Court everything it has the potential to be!
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We've greatly appreciated the feedback, insight and critiques that all of our friends, playtesters and even our frenemies, have shared with us. Steam Court wouldn't be what it is without you. Thanks much!
Here's a review in Italian!
Super quick overview: Players randomly select a character token and seat themselves in order from the highest character to the lowest. Once the gears are dealt and characters exercise their special privileges, the highest player at the table (Queen) starts the first trick. She can lay any quantity of cards of the same value (e.g. three 3s). The next player needs to lay the same quantity of matching cards, but of a higher value.
"TRICK TAKING"—Steam Court is a ladder trick-taking game, that plays over four rounds of cards (Quarters). Each Quarter, players rotate seats (and privileges) based on who managed to play all of their cards first.
"CHARACTER ABILITIES"—Each Courtier grants his engineer a special privilege (well.. if you can call having to shuffle, deal, and give away your best cards the Tea Boy's "privileges"). These privileges generally benefit a player and give him special opportunities during the game.
"VICTORY POINTS"—Each time a player plays all of his cards he garners a numbered gear token. Unlike traditional card games, at the end of Steam Court the player with the most points on his gear tokens wins!
"PARTY PLAY"—We've written a rule variant which allows players to come and go each Quarter throughout the game. If you are looking for a party game then ditch the gear tokens, determine a number of Quarters and whoever is engineer to the Queen at the end, wins!
"SOLO PLAY"—Thanks to your support we've been able to add a solo variant as well. Play 1-player vs. the Court Hand in this solitaire trick-taking game.
"12 PLAYERS"—How many other games do you know that support 12 players? How many?
Click on the instruction manual below for details on all of these unique game elements, or click the video to view a walk-through.
Shipping to the states is included in the pledge level. Shipping charges to Australia ($12), Canada ($7), and the EU ($12) are available add-ons. We are EU friendly if you back at the $29 reward level. The $49 reward level requires us to sign your box which means it will be shipped from the United States to you. If you live elsewhere, we'd love to be able to get the game out to you, and can give you a personal quote if you want to send us a message. International shipping can be a challenge, but if you are interested, we will figure out a way to get it into your hands. Thanks for understanding and being awesome enough to ask us about it!
We couldn't have made it this far without them. And we can't take the next step without you! Please consider backing our project. We have high hopes for what's in store for the future.
Risks and challenges
This is our first tabletop game project but not our first crowdfunding project. We understand the challenges associated with fulfilling orders. We are committed to provide a quality game in a timely matter.
Our artwork is about 90% done at the start of launching our campaign. We will provide updates as we finish the final character illustrations. If we achieve our stretch goals, we'll have to extend our pre-production time to allow our illustrator to complete the extra characters.
We will be open and honest in our communication to you as we endeavor to publish and deliver this game by August, 2016.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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