Time: 30 Minutes. (45 minutes when playing with 5 or more players)
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The Battle of Red Cliffs (2012 Edition) is the new one to nine player edition of Tien Zi Que (TZQ http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/39710/tien-zi-que), the popular Mahjong variant card game. Like Mahjong, each game plays over several rounds as players collect sets of cards. What makes TZQ unique is that when players collect sets, they save a card from each one to form a Master Set that is used for scoring once any player has collected five or more sets.
Red Cliffs and Original TZQ
The Battle of Red Cliffs is different than the original TZQ in many ways. Red Cliffs adds a solo option and the opportunity to play in two or three player teams. During the game, players also interact more directly through the Peng round as well as beauty, command, and event cards that carry special actions and abilities.
Players can also “Peng” to form a set using two cards from their hand and a discard at the beginning of another player’s turn, they can use unique Command cards, special actions and wild cards and the game even allows for two or three player teams. Join the Battle of Red Cliffs now!
At end of the round, each player scores his/her Master Set according to the score card. Red Cliffs also introduces a new score level system where players must reach a certain score level or they will drop back to the previous level.
Components for Deluxe Edition
63 cards ranked 1 to 9 (18 Red, 18 Blue, 18 Green, and 9 White)
15 zeros (4 Red, 4 Blue, 4 Green, and 3 White)
24 Beauty cards in four types (7 Red, 7 Blue, 7 Green, and 3 White)
9 Zhuge Liang cards (Black)
2 Event cards
9 Player Aid cards
1 Score Board
7 Player Score Markers
7 Score Cards *** NEW ***
WHAT'S NEW - Score Cards
During the final week of second Red Cliffs campaign, we went through many, many, many packaging scenarios trying to downsize Red Cliffs for a lower retail price. One of them is replacing the score board and tokens with a set of seven score cards. This also works for smaller tables and makes the game more portable.
WHAT'S NEW - Tuck Box and Deluxe Editions
Tuck Box Edition - In order to lower the retail price, packaging materials were downsized to fit a smaller size tuck box (different from the video). The Tuck Box Edition comes with new Score Cards but without a score board or score markers. The retail price is $18 each.
Deluxe Edition - The gorgeous Deluxe Edition comes in a regular board game box and its dimension are 7 5/8 x 4 x 1 5/8 inch (different from the video). In addition to the score board and score markers, it also includes the new Score Cards. The retail price is $25 each. (Expansion sets are not included)
Please note, because of the expected high cost on a low quantity print run, Red Cliffs will not be available through distribution after the campaign. A discount after the campaign would be unlikely to occur. We have hit the lowest possible cost here with this campaign.
FANS AND SUPPORTERS
It has been a great pleasure working with E.R. Burgess and many Tien Zi Que fans such as Kristen McCarty and Simon Wilcock to prepare the Battle of Red Cliffs. It certainly is as fun as the original Tien Zi Que, and now it can be played solo or with as many as nine players. Plus, I find it a little more strategic with the team play option and Command cards.
Kristen's A Preview of The Battle of Red Cliffs
Kristen's The Battle of Red Cliffs - Solo Play Review
Boardgame Babylon Podcast
Edward Jamer's BGG Post: Why Are you Excited About This Game
WHY A 15 DAY LAUNCH?
Personally, I can't wait another 30 days before we turn attention to the next project, and I am sure backers from previous launches would feel the same way. I REALLY want to thank everyone who has been a backer for the last two campaigns as I found the best way to produce Red Cliffs for Kickstarter.
All the artwork is done and paid for. $5000 would cover part of the printing cost, and I will cover rest of that cost and transportation expenses to ensure the game gets out.
REWARD 1: Allegiance Set - Kickstarter Exclusive
The Allegiance Expansion comes with nine cards. In the beginning of a cooperative game, players are evenly divided into teams of two or three. Each player takes an Allegiance card which represents his/her team so players know who is also sworn to their alliance.
During the end of round scoring, the Allegiance cards gives players one extra colored card for scoring, and it does not count towards the end of round condition.
REWARD 2 - Command Expansion Set #1
Command Expansion Set #1 comes with Command cards #1 to #9. The Command Expansion adds to the game for advanced play. During setup, players are given a random Command card and it provides each player a unique ability that they can use once per round for the entire game. Command cards add more strategy and variation in the game. Please pledge additional $5 to purchase a set.
Please note that The Deluxe Edition, if purchased on Kickstarter, includes Command Expansion Set #1.
For more information, please visit this post on BGG http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/831041/naming-command-card-1-to-9-and-earn-kickstarter-re
REWARD 3 - Command Expansion Set #2
Command Expansion Set #2 comes with Command cards #10 to #18. Please pledge additional $5 to purchase a set.
For more information, please visit this post on BGG http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/831045/naming-command-card-10-to-18-and-earn-kickstarter
REWARD 4 - Origami Score Tower - Kickstarter Exclusive
Origami Score Tower is a uniquely-designed and beautiful board game component to add to your Battle of Red Cliffs game. It is also a great way to keep score when playing with a larger group because players can see who is leading the game from far away. Please pledge additional $10 to purchase an Origami Score Tower.
The dimensions of the score tower are 13cm height x 10.5cm width.
Please note that the Score Tower is UNFOLDED on a A3 sized paper when delivered.
REWARD 5 - Red Cliffs Limited Edition Mug - Kickstarter Exclusive
This beautiful Kickstarter exclusive mug is produced in a limited quantity and only available through Kickstarter.
(Note: mug is not suitable for microwave and dishwasher)
Boardgame Babylon - If you are in the Southern California area and you know Boardgame Babylon host E.R. Burgess, you can buy at this level and arrange local delivery. Even if you don't know him but attend local gaming public gaming events, he can probably get the game to you.
Essen Spiel 2013 - If you plan to visit Essen Spiel 2013 and would like to save shipping and also be available to receive the Kickstarter exclusive rewards, this is a great choice for you.
TRIP TO RED CLIFFS:
As I was finishing up the design on The Battle of Red Cliffs, I traveled to the real location referenced in the game. Red Cliffs was one of the major battles in the Three Kingdom era of Chinese History. More interesting details on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Red_Cliffs
While waiting for my last Kickstarter game, Di Renjie, to arrive at a Shanghai warehouse, I boarded a train to visit Red Cliffs.
I also got the chance to try out the local snacks! This photo shows a cold noodle dish that can be served with many different ingredients in it. I added everything that is NOT spicy. ;)
Hope you will become one of the awesome backers of the Battle of Red Cliffs. Thank you for your time and support :)
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