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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 29 2019 12:10 PM UTC +00:00.

$5,611
pledged of 5 000 $pledged of 5 000 $ goal
33
backers
6days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 29 2019 12:10 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Slither In!!   Writhe Around!!   Establish Dominance!!

Serpent Master is a game of getting on top and staying on top. Players control a serpent and battle for supremacy in pit style action.

Players slither in to claim their initial territory. The fun really begins as players slither around and over the top of other players trying to stay on top while holding the most territory.

The game includes everything needed for 1 to 4 players. The components include:

One 14" x 14" quad-fold game board

1 serpent head and 48 serpent body tokens in each of Blue, Red, White and Black

15 cards for each player

Serpent Master's core mechanic is the simultaneous selection and playing of cards. Each round players select one of their cards to play, which will direct the movement of their serpent, and cards are resolved highest to lowest.

Players will have to decide which card to play when for the best move to either gain ground or counteract what their opponents may play. It is as much about knowing the game as it is about knowing the other players. 

Place the game board in the center of the table and each player chooses a color of their choice and takes the associated cards and tokens. Players shuffle their cards and sets aside  4 random cards without looking at them. The remaining cards form a player's hand.

Each player finds the token with their serpent head and places the head next to the side of the board from which they will enter (players cannot enter on the same space as another player).

[Note: players should enter from different sides, but for more challenging game play players may enter from anywhere.] 

Each turn players select one of the remaining cards in their hand to play and places it in front of them face down.

All players simultaneously reveal their cards. Players then resolve the cards, moving their serpent, from highest to lowest.

Play continues until all cards have been played. The player with the most serpent showing is the winner!

If you are interested in seeing how the game plays, head over to Tabletopia now to give the game a try. We have designed setups for 1, 2, 3 and 4 players.

The Tabletopia version is the base game and does not show the potential or design of the 3D printed pieces that are available should we reach some of the further stretch goals.

Want to review the rules? Download a plain preview copy of the rules here.

 Serpent Master Play Modes for 1-4 Players

Serpent Master has a regular and challenging single player game mode. In this game mode a player must be able to play all their cards and place tokens to win the game.

The 2-4 player modes are equally fun, but of course more players is usually more fun. The 2 player game provides enough interaction to be fun, and the 4 player game doesn't get too tight with the additional players as there is typically plenty of options from which a player may choose.

Many times games can be made better in one way or another; however, since changing the fundamentals or rules of the game would require more play testing, it is easier to change the final product. We wanted to have more than one way to stretch the product so we have come up with two tracks, one being funding and one being number of backers (below).

Funding Goals:

Backer Goals:

We really want to reach the end of both tracks to make an absolutely wonderful product. As the campaign progresses we may add additional stretch goals to what is shown here (wouldn't that be exciting).

A Note About Shipping Costs

Shipping will be calculated based on how many stretch goals are unlocked. The tables below show the shipping costs based on pledge levels (except for the retail pledge) because of the weight differences between the base game and a game with all of the stretch goals unlocked.

Shipping Costs for the Base Game

Shipping Costs if All Stretch Goals Unlocked

Want more than 4 copies? We are totally fine with that. All you need to do is select the Serpent Master Friends and Family level (4 games) but pledge $20 for each additional copy of the game (and be sure to tell us how many copies you pledged for in the survey after the campaign is over). Feel free to get up to 20 copies of the game using this method.

Games I Would Play!

Toresh Games was established in 2015 with one goal in mind – Promote the love of playing family and strategy tabletop games. We believe there are many great game ideas and innovations out there and wanted to be a part of bringing those ideas to life.

Our hope is that we can bring people together through playing the games we publish and promote. Whether it is a family gathering or a group of friends sharing time together, we want it to be exciting, entertaining and enjoyable. Some of our games are simple fillers, meant to break the ice and get the games rolling. While some of our other games are going be more involved and require strategy and concentration to win. Whatever your gaming style and preferences, we hope you will eventually find a game from Toresh Games that works for you.

Risks and challenges

We are re-launching this, our first game on Kickstarter, because we did not reach our funding goal last time around. We performed more research on the process, watched more videos and talked with others who have put games on Kickstarter, but most importantly we tried to get more funding support. We are hoping everything goes as planned this time.

This is not the first game title we have produced. Here are some of the steps we have taken to prepare and reduce the likelihood of mistakes and delays:

Pre-production is already complete. We have the essential elements for the game (cards, tokens, box) already 90% designed. The artist is ready to make any final adjustments to graphics needed.

We have already obtained production quotes from a couple of manufacturers and shipping quotes from fulfillment houses/distributors.

We know the manufacturing process and can hopefully avoid many of the challenges. This is not to say everything will go smoothly as manufacturing, shipping and customs issues may still arise, but we have been through the process before and know how to get a product from concept to manufacturing to sales and into customer's hands.

We are working with a highly referred fulfillment partner. We considered our options for international shipping, since our previous titles have been US only, and decided to include anyone who wished to participate. So, we looked for a fulfillment partner who could make the international shipping happen rather than try to figure it out afterwards.

This is the first time we will be working with a fulfillment partner. Again we have researched the process and talked with people and hope we understand it all, but as we have not been through the process before there may be challenges we will have to overcome. We are confident our chosen fulfillment partner will help make this a success.

We are going to pay close attention to our manufacturing and shipping processes and options to ensure we are making responsible decisions from beginning to end.

Our goal is to be communicative and keep everyone informed throughout the process. We will post at least monthly updates, but our hope is to post as often as something changes, from the end of the campaign through shipment to backers.

Thank you for any support you provide!!

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