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Last updated November 2, 2013

Mayhex! [Outbreak on KEMBALT-39] the card game (Canceled)

Mayhex! [Outbreak on KEMBALT-39] is an original, fun, space station based zombie survival card game for two or more players (ages 13+).

Mayhex! [Outbreak on KEMBALT-39] the card game (Canceled)

Mayhex! [Outbreak on KEMBALT-39] is an original, fun, space station based zombie survival card game for two or more players (ages 13+).

£453
pledged of £10,000pledged of £10,000 goal
19
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 2 2013
Last updated November 2, 2013

About

Hello Everyone, 

I’m trying to raise funds to produce my card game Mayhex! [Outbreak on KEMBALT-39]. I have a manufacturing company in the UK ready and waiting for the order as soon as I hit the target.

Why should you back this Kickstarter? This isn’t only a campaign to raise funds, but a crusade to end boring games!

Mayhex! is different, it’s fun and it has great replay factor. Every one of the 20+ people who have helped playtest the game have really enjoyed playing it and have said they would recommend it. (The ages ranged from 13 to over 60.) It’s not a game you’ll receive and then be disappointed with. This isn’t a game that’s going to be forgotten and lost in a dusty drawer. 

Mayhex! not only features Zombies, but in addition it also has Goblins, Crawlers, Laser Cannons, players using there own telekinesis powers, a roulette of misfortune, dirty Hobgoblin tricks, Mayhex! Cards, Dice Duels, Coin Duels and much, much more.

Lucy and Nick have come onboard to help and we have used as much of our own personal finances as we are able (to create a website, prototype cards and lawyers fees, etc). I know the target is high, but I don’t want to produce poor quality cards or a game that doesn’t feel like it’s going to last. The manufacturer we are working with specialises in making top quality card games and we are glad we’ve chosen the best.

We would be very grateful if you’d back this project and help spread the word about Mayhex!.

Thank you for reading this and I hope you love the game.

Andrew Thornway

"It's like Monty Python in space, in a card game!" Mike from Cheshire  

"One of the best card games I've ever played. It's fun and the learning curve isn't too steep as the instructions on the cards are really clear." Daniel from Worcestershire 

As we're funding the game on Kickstarter, we're doing our best to give you all a great deal.

When the game launches online and in shops, it will be priced at £14.99 (UK) or $32 (US).

However, right now on Kickstarter for £10 (UK) or $16 (US) you get not only a copy of Mayhex! [Outbreak on KEMBALT-39], but we're also giving you a Mayhex! Infected wristband as well! (Worth £3.00) Please note: the wristbands aren't actually infected with anything – they just look really cool.

Your craft is docked on the KEMBALT-39 space station, refuelling before setting off into deep space. Before you have time to check out the nearest bar, an alarm sounds and the station immediately goes into lockdown. Typical. Looks like a craft that’s recently returned from Polomine4 has somehow been contaminated with the deadly zombie virus that’s terrorising the galaxy. Systems are shutting down. People are becoming infected. No one is safe. Welcome to Mayhex!

Mayhex! [Outbreak on KEMBALT-39] is a card game for two or more players (aged 13+). 

A game of Mayhex! lasts for approximately 35 minutes.

Like any good card game, Mayhex! requires both skill and a touch of luck to win.

Each pack consists of a boxed set of 90 cards: 84 unique game cards and 6 rule cards. You don't require anything else to play. 

Mayhex! is ideal for playing at home or whilst travelling. (There are no bits and pieces to drop or misplace.) 

Will an interdimensional shift help you on your path to victory? Will you avoid the grip of the undead? Or will you manage to rescue the Captain’s grateful daughter?

The object of the game is to be the first to gain 100 points, only then will you be able to cure the zombie virus and make your escape. 

Things are never quite that easy though, are they? Especially when there are Crawlers loose in the cargo hold, Goblins stealing your equipment and Undead hunting in the passageways. 

Based in the far future, Mayhex! is a science fiction card game which features a new game mechanic. 

Each card has dice and a coin printed on it (to enable you to Dice or Coin Duel). This means you’ll always have everything you need to play all in one pack. 

To commence the game all players are dealt a Hand (consisting of 4 cards). 

At the start of your turn you must select a card from the Well. You must play one card from your Hand on either yourself, into the Pit or more enjoyably on another player. 

How your friends will laugh when you make them Dice Duel to see if their entire Hand must be placed directly into the Pit or maybe you’ll give them minus 25 points or better yet, an Infected Card

Thanks to Mayhex!’s unique Dice and Coin Duel system, no game will ever play the same twice. 

For the past six months, we’ve been playtesting and tweaking the game to ensure the right balance of cards as well as ensuring the art work fits well with the slightly anarchic feel of the game. 

Some games, like chess, are quiet and thought provoking, Mayhex! isn't one of those games. Not even close. 

You will need to concentrate and think creatively as to how you use the cards in your Hand, however in every one of our playtest games, there has always been spontaneous laughter and I think that's a huge reason why Mayhex! is so playable and why our playtesters kept returning for more games. 

How long does a game usually last?

Approximately 35 minutes.

Tell us more about the playtest games, please.

We have had 2 player, 3 player, 4 player, 5 player and 6 player games. All have gone very well. (I was a bit nervous the first time we played a 6 player game, truth be told, but thankfully I had nothing to worry about.)

Anything unusual happen during the making of this game?

Within a couple of days two people (one was Alice, one of our playtesters, the other was Mo, our account manager at the bank) both said (almost word for word) that Mayhex! should be on The Big Bang Theory as the guys would love it.

We’d be honoured for Mayhex! to be played by The Big Bang Theory gang, so if any member of the production team is looking, please drop us a line!

The 84 unique playing cards consist of:

Positive Cards: eg +10 or +25, etc. Add these cards to your Laboratory (AKA your Lab) and try to be the first to reach 100 (or more) points.

Negative Cards: eg -15 or -30, etc. Play these into your opponents’ Laboratories to reduce their score.  

Action Cards: Play these as you see fit – just follow the instructions on the individual card.

Mayhex! Cards: The same as an Action Card, however they must be played immediately when picked up from the Well. A Mayhex! Card (when picked up from the Well) is always played on the person who picked it up, unless stated otherwise.   

Infection Cards. Get one of these in your Laboratory and you’re infected. Infected Cards stop you winning the game when you reach 100 (or more) points.  

Uninfected Cards. Use these cards to remove an Infected Card from your Lab.

In the true spirit of Kickstarter, we don't yet have manufactured cards, t-shirts or caps. 

Here's a small sample of the 5.0 version of the cards (as used in our Kickstarter video).

Mayhex! cards version 5.0
Mayhex! cards version 5.0

 The cards our Kickstarter backers will receive will be version 5.1.

 Artist's impression of the Mayhex! t-shirt

Artist's impression of the Mayhex! baseball cap

The cards we've used to playtest the game have been either internet bought blank cards which were adapted via felt pen, or handmade by the team. (Please see the pictures below.)

Your support will help us to print and distribute the game.  We are working with a UK based manufacturer who is well established in the field of card game production to ensure our backers receive a high quality product.

Mayhex! cards version 1.1
Mayhex! cards version 1.1
Mayhex! cards version 2.0
Mayhex! cards version 2.0
Mayhex! cards version 3.0
Mayhex! cards version 3.0
Mayhex! cards version 4.1 Note the missing coins on these cards
Mayhex! cards version 4.1 Note the missing coins on these cards

I was at a 40th birthday family meal in Autumn 2012 and was chatting to my teenage nephews and nieces who were happily telling me how the world would end due to zombie virus syndrome. It was a very good natured and funny conversation and as I was driving home I began to think about making a zombie game as a Christmas treat for them.

A homemade board game might not quite cut it, but a card game didn’t sound too impossible to create. The basic plot and game play would be based on our rather odd dinner table chat. There would be a zombie virus that needed to be cured, plus points to heal, minus points to make life difficult and random cards to mix things up a little. 

I made notes and ideas for the cards – still based on making the game a Christmas present, however the more thought and effort I put into it, the richer and more exciting the cards became and the more intrigued friends became when I mentioned the idea to them.

I bought several packs of blank cards and made version 1.0 one of the game. It played well and my game testers wanted to come back for more, but we all agreed it was missing something. The break through was the Mayhex! Card, quickly followed by the idea to add Dice and Coin Duels which really gave meat and a spark of magic to the game.

"Mayhex! is great! It made me want to beat my friends but in a fun way!" Matt from Norwich

"It's a very unpredictable game with lots of twists and turns which generated lots of laughter and a few swear words as we played. We all loved it. I will definitely be buying this for my teenage family." Claire from Bristol

"A unique and original game that I would enjoy playing again and again!" Izzie from Warwickshire

"It's like Monty Python in space, in a card game!" Mike from Cheshire

"I really like the playability and humour in the game. It's really fun to play." Abi from the Cotswolds

"One of the best card games I've ever played. It's fun and the learning curve isn't too steep as the instructions on the cards are really clear." Daniel from Worcestershire

Once our Kickstarter campaign is successful *fingers crossed* and the initial production order has been delivered and the rewards dispatched / fulfilled, we will retail Mayhex! [Outbreak on KEMBALT-39] through our website thornwaygames.com at £14.99 (UK) or $32 (US).

The merchandise will also be available to purchase if you have missed out during the campaign.

First off, a huge thank you to you for having a look at our Kickstarter campaign and hopefully for supporting us. We hope you have as much fun playing Mayhex! as we’ve had creating it.

If you'd like to go above and beyond, besides getting a copy ofMayhex! [OOK-39] for yourself, we’d be really grateful if you could spread the word about our campaign either by social message or by word of mouth (or both!). The more people who hear good things about this game means the greater chance of you playing it. Thank you!

Many thanks also go out to Nick, Lucy, Ronnie, Chris, James, Matt, Mike, Hannah, David, Claire, Naeem, Anna, Sammi, Abi, Tamsin, Malcolm, Liz, Netty, Daniel, Chris, Izzie, Alice, Tommy and Josh for your help playtesting Mayhex! and for all your questions, queries and guidance along the way.

Thanks also go to Maddie, Tommy and Josh for the conversation that kickstarted this entire project.

We really do appreciate the help everyone has given us – thank you all!

Risks and challenges

I have formed a company called Thornway Games and have Lucy and Nick as business partners. Each of us brings skills to the team and we all work well together.

If something happens to me *checks for lightning strikes, etc* then Lucy and Nick will ensure the game gets to you. We're in this for the long run. The last thing we want to do is annoy anyone who has been kind enough to support us.

It is true that things can happen to make meeting deadlines tricky. However, we have spent the last year working on Mayhex! [OOK-39] and we have faced every challenge head on. We have tested the game play extensively and with us being a team of three people, we are all on top of the project and work well to achieve our goals and ensure that our promises to you are fulfilled.

The main challenge was to produce a great game that people will love and want to return to – and (without sounding too egotistical) we think we’ve succeeding due to the playtest feedback we’ve received.

We have been working with a well-established manufacturer in the UK who understands our position (as they have dealt with other people who have run Kickstarter campaigns). The manufacturer will produce a high quality product as soon as we place our order. As soon as we receive the delivery we’ll ensure the game gets to you ASAP.

Why make the cards in the UK? We know the cards will be environmentally friendly and they’ll also be a really good quality product. It also means that we don't have to worry about a ship importing our good from afar sinking due to a giant lizard creature attack, etc.

We will of course keep you up to date on the progress along the way.

Thank you Backers!

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