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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, September 12 2019 6:58 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Cube of Death a geek trivia card game with role-playing mechanics. Players go head-to-head matching their knowledge of geek trivia against one another.

There are also Hero Cards that allow you to play a character. Every hero has life points and special abilities that they may use once per game.

 On top of that, there are Adventure Cards that allow the heroes to navigate through a dungeon. They will have to defeat traps, avoid hazards, and battle monsters, all while fighting each other.

The game comes with 368 cards and 10 life point sliders in each set. It's packaged in a sturdy, two-part box. All told, you'll get 800 trivia questions, 60 unique dungeon rooms with over 30 magic items, and 8 Heroes with their own special abilities.

An example of each type of card. Left to right: Basic Question, Advanced Question, Expert Question, Adventure, Hero
An example of each type of card. Left to right: Basic Question, Advanced Question, Expert Question, Adventure, Hero

Questions Cards 

  • 100 Basic. Four categories each.
  • 100 Advanced. Three categories each.
  • 100 Expert. One two part category each.

Quest Cards

  • 60 Adventure
  • 8 Hero

Here are the RULES.  However, if you prefer not to read all the rules, you can watch the video above, read the basics below, or skip to the bottom to see and example of a live Quest. 

There are two main playing modes for Cube of Death: Quest and Blitz. 

This is the full-on game that uses every aspect of the set: Question Cards, Adventure Cards, Hero Cards, Life Point Trackers, and 1d6. It's a simple dungeon crawl where players resolve conflicts with trivia questions. Every round, each player is presented with an adventure card. Each of these cards has an image of the room, a short description, and one of four types of challenges: Player vs Player (PvP), Encounter, Trap, or Hazard. Whenever your hero faces a challenge, you will resolve it with a trivia question. Defeat a trap, encounter, or hazard by correctly answering a trivia question. On incorrect answers your hero will take 1d6 damage. PvP is also resolved with trivia questions. However, on a correct answer your hero will deliver 1d6 damage to the opponent and on an incorrect answer your hero will suffer 1d6.

Heroes have special abilities that can be used once per game and they can can acquire magic items and gold from the Adventure Cards that may also be used once per game. 

The last hero standing wins!

There is another way to play called Blitz Mode which only uses the Question Cards. It's basically a round robin point-taking game. The dealer deals out 4 Basic, 2 Advanced, and 1 Expert card to each person. Going around the table from the left of the dealer, each player will choose a card from their hand and any other player at the table. If the opponent gets the answer correct, they get the card to put into their point pile. If they get it incorrect, the player puts the card in their point pile. Play until all cards are used and count up the points on the cards (Basic = 1, Advanced = 2, Expert =4). Highest points wins!

The questions cover comic books, science fiction and fantasy movies and novels, anime, science, cartoons, video games, games, toys, horror, urban fantasy, mythology, and geek literature. They go back to the old school days of pulp fantasy and cover everything up to the modern age. There are questions for old geeks, young geeks, and every geek in-between.

Peter Bryant is the creator, graphic designer, and project manager. He's an artist, game designer, podcaster, and fiction writer. As the Director of New Media for TSR Games he runs the podcast network. He's been a podcaster for the past 10 years and is directly responsible for the Gameschool Podcast, MythWits, and the Cube of Death podcast. He's done art work for R.Talsorian  and Tri Tac Games. 

In addition to all of that, he's a project manager and engineer at an Army prototyping facility. He has been managing and designing prototypes on multi-million dollar projects for the past 10 years. Understanding cost, schedule, and performance is what he does every day.

TSR's experience with printing, game production, and user interface design and the fact that this product is 99% ready to go into production, means it will be on time. We just need funding to get a full print run.

We launched a limited run podcast for Cube of Death a few years ago as part of the TSR Podcast Network, where we invited industry guests on every episode to compete against one another.

Industry Guests Included: Keith Baker, John Wick, Steven S. Long, Hans Cummings, Brennen Taylor, Jayson Elliot, Dan Repperger, Wayne Cole, John Grana, Carol Darnell, Kevin Harrington, Chris Hussey, and Michael McQuilkin.

Some of the actual heroes guests played that Peter had drawn up. You'll notice other genres of heroes as well. Maybe and expansion at some point???
Some of the actual heroes guests played that Peter had drawn up. You'll notice other genres of heroes as well. Maybe and expansion at some point???

Eight years ago Peter Bryant began running Cube of Death events at conventions as part of his live show. People loved playing it, and occasionally someone would ask where he got it and where they could buy it. At GaryCon in 2016, Peter was sitting with a bunch of people he'd just met and asked them if they'd like to play Cube of Death. By the end of the game, everyone was asking where they could buy it! 

 We've been telling you how awesome the game is but you shouldn't just take our word for it, we're trying to get your money. So, we sent out several copies of the prototype for people to play with along with running events of our own. Some of these people are game designers and may even be names you recognize. Here are what other people are saying about the game...

"Hours of entertainment, was fun for the whole family!"  -BJ Hensley, Game Designer for Playground Adventures

“I received a review copy just in time for MegaCon. We ended up playing it at every bar with random geeks. Let me tell you it killed many a player and is now a hallmark for our Conventions.”   - Erik Frankhouse, Erik Frankhouse Presents

"Cube of Death is a fun trivia game with all the geek sh*t one needs to have a blast. Play with friends, play with industry legends, play with Santa. Lots of fun and an enjoyable social game."  -Jay Libby, Game Designer and owner Dilly Green Bean Games

“The quality of this game is amazing. On par with anything you’d see in stores, but even better because it’s got that personal touch of a game made by a small company who doesn’t cut corners.”  - Ben Bishop, Comic Book Artist Bishart

"Cube of Death is the ultimate geek trivia game with a twist that gives everyone a chance to claim victory! It not only tests your knowledge, it requires a bit of strategy and a bit of good luck with the dice. If you want a fast, easy, and fun game to pull out when friends come over, this is it! A definite recommend."  - Angelia Parenteau, TotalCon

 We don't know about you, but we like to see games in action before we buy them. So, we played it with some folks and recorded just for you...

Risks and challenges

Every job comes with risks and there never any guarantees. However, the risks on this project are exceptionally low. Prices have been established with a reputable printer. The people managing the project have vast experience designing and running projects. On top of all that, the game is 99% complete.

The shipment from the manufacturer could get lost or damaged but that would only impact schedule as we'll have insurance on the production. Delays could come from dock strikes or customs but that is nothing anyone can predict. We are mitigating this by using a printer who is experienced in importing games. We are also looking to over-produce the order amount. If your particular shipment gets lost or damaged, we'll have another one ready to leave our warehouse within 24 hours.

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