About this project
We are a group of friends who happen to be both die-hard football fans and board game enthusiasts. We decided to create Masters of Football because we feel there's a lot of people like us that would love to play a game that finally unites both of those passions.
So we worked hard to create a board game that captures the intensity of managing your team in a full season and still have the unique thrill of football matches.
Feel the excitement of scoring goals, plan for the best possible tactic and take advantage of your opponents' weaknesses, sign star players, manage your budget, act and react to match events, and if you're desperate enough you can even use unethical means to corrupt officials or use anti-football moves! Anything that will bring you closer to become the next champion! Just don't get your hands too dirty... remember the personalized wake up service some high-profile football executives got recently...
You will find all of this in Masters of Football. A fun, fast paced game that will capture the imagination of all board game players and football aficionados.
Each game of Masters of Football is a championship for 2-4 players that takes 90 to 120 minutes to be played. Each player will assume the role of a different team manager, competing against each other to become the champion.
Although we recommend 4-team championships, Masters of Football can be played up to 8 players.
As a manager, you will have to build a squad and control different resources. You will then have to lead your team through a full season, playing against the other teams in frenetic matches.
The championship structure is just like most football competitions. All teams play each other twice. A win in a match gets you 3 points and a draw 1 point -- yes, teams can actually tie in this sport. In the end, the team with the most points will be the champion. Unless, of course, one of those teams is the Germany national team, in which case the victory can be awarded automatically. :)
In a nutshell, a Masters of Football game goes more or less like this:
Here are a couple of videos with an explanation of the game components, setup and detailed gameplay demonstration:
Here is another video that highlights some other aspects of the gameplay and really shows how much fun the game is for players of all ages!
You can download the full rules through this link: RULEBOOK
We really want you to see for yourself how much fun the game is, so we've prepared a print & play version that should give you a good idea about the game flow and mechanics - you can get it through this link: PnP
(note: printing the board in A3 will work nicely, everything else is A4 size)
If you want to try the print & play you will need our web app to simulate our custom dice mechanism - you can get it through this link: App
Our free app will also set up the match fixtures for you, and you'll be able to easily keep track of the match results and check the standings anytime you need.
Masters of Football (MoF) is a groundbreaking title that adds a new dimension to the sports board games you've seen so far. Instead of focusing only on a single match, MoF is a multiplayer football management game that takes you through a full season.
MoF uses a unique dice algorithm that gives the stronger side a better chance of winning each match, but with the right amount of unpredictability that allows having some surprising outcomes, just like in real life football.
Each match is a fast paced sequence of defensive, attacking and other special actions. Although there is a luck factor due to the use of dice, you will definitely feel in control of your team -- and the quality of your decisions will most likely make a difference in your team's fate. The different manager cards and the countless possible squad combinations set a very high replayability value.
In a Masters of Football box you will find 10 manager cards, 66 player cards, 50 action cards, 6 defensive dice, 6 attacking dice, 2 genius dice and 1 tactical die, that will guarantee that each game will have its own history.
All of this with amazing illustrations by Rui Duarte, an extremely talented artist that helped us give a lot of personality to all game elements. Want to see for yourself how talented he is? Take a look at his Facebook page.
If you want to read independent opinions about Masters of Football, take a look at the following reviews from:
- Neil Thomson (BorderCon): REVIEW
"The excitement generated by each game is excellent as tension is always present and match results are remarkably akin to results seen in the real world."
- CUBO magazine: REVIEW
"Masters of Football is much more than choosing the players, roll the dice and hope for good luck."
- Open the Box Games: VIDEO REVIEW
"The game is very fast and keeps it feeling lively and energetic like a soccer match."
There are 10 pledge levels with which you can help Masters of Football become a reality:
We believe that we are offering the best possible game experience with the reward levels we've placed, but we will add the following extra features depending on how much you help us raise:
With every game shipped to our Kickstarter backers we will also send 10 new action cards, 2 super players and 1 super manager! ...and these are exclusive to the backers!
So, now it's time to share the good news and spread the word in the social media... just use the buttons below. :)
We started this project on Kickstarter and ask for your support for two main reasons.
The main reason is that for the game production to be viable we need to place a minimum order quantity that covers the tooling (the game includes 15 custom dice that require expensive tooling) and production setup costs.
Also, Kickstarter provides us a direct reach to a lot of potential backers, which will allow us to produce and distribute the game in a much more cost-efficient way.
So, if you want to play the first board game ever that captures all the tension and excitement of the football world... please support our project.
Risks and challenges
Our current estimated date for delivering the game is February, 2016. However, history has shown that no matter how well you plan things, there is always a chance of delays. But rest assured: we want your orders to be quickly delivered as much as you do.
Masters of Football has been subjected to exhaustive playtesting and it's ready for production. If the project is fully backed, we will just need to polish minor aspects of the design to fit the manufacturer standards. Also, if the action card caricatures stretch goal is reached, Rui Duarte will need to make 46 new illustrations. Note that the current estimated delivery date already takes this task into consideration.
The game will be produced by a renowned boardgame manufacturer and we are confident that no major problems will arise during this phase.
Our objective is to deliver a top-quality product within the release window we've set. However, if any setback occurs, we will keep you updated and do our best to quickly overcome it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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