They're Coming is a 2-player game that takes just under 45 minutes to play and is set in the days following an apocalyptic zombie event. You will take on the role of Survivors on your turn and try to navigate the zombie hordes they throw at you. On your opponent's turn you will become the zombie overlord and utilize your deck of undead in order to prevent your opponent's Survivors from reaching the Rescue Station before your own Survivors do.
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In the box: 5 Survivors, 20 Supply Cards, 5 Locations, 20 Zombie Cards, Rulebook.
A brief setup period takes place before the game begins, during this time both players will create a path from the opponent's starting position to the Rescue Station. These cards will have information about how many zombie cards may be encountered there as well as what rewards might be attained by clearing and scavenging the Location.
Players will have to balance speed with preparation. Get to the Rescue Station as fast as possible and lose people along the way? Or take it slow and stockpile weapons and get as many Survivors as you can to the station?
If you only have one pack of They're Coming cards available you can still play a "Single-Pack" style game. In this instance one player will be the Survivors only and one the Zombies only. The Survivor player wins if they get at least 3 of their group to the Rescue Station uninfected. The Zombie player wins if they kill or infect 3 or more Survivors.
Nearly two years have been spent working toward this point and a lot of our own personal money has already been put into artwork, layouts, etc. The game is ready for primetime and that's where all of you come in. The Kickstarter will fund any "In Progress" artwork as well as pay for the printing of the game itself and all non-game rewards.
For a $65 pledge you'll get one of these images as a print, signed and numbered by the artist:
Here's a look at some of the additions we'll be making to the game as we move further past our goal:
Add-on the below amount to your pledge of 15$ or more for the bonus next to it:
$15- Additional copy of They're Coming
$20- They're Coming T-Shirt
$20- UPGRADE Print to Giclee Print (Pledges of $65 or more only)
**International Shipping** $20 - Add to any pledge of $65 or more for international shipping.
Risks and challenges
"To achieve things, 2 things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time." - Leonard Bernstein
The main risks will come from fulfilling the poster and t-shirt orders as they are a far more unknown factor than the timing for the cards themselves to be printed. We've set up an expected ship date for some time in November 2013 to give ourselves a cushion for getting everything together and out the door. That being said anything can happen from print delays with the cards themselves to shipping issues.
Fortunately, we have a UPS account we can utilize on top of having easy access to the USPS and FedEx if needed. The faster the funding goal is reached the sooner we can get the last cards tweaked and everything off to the printers. Once funding is successful we'll start getting the print templates together for the various stretch goal rewards and try to make everything a nice fluid process.
We have a big network of friends and family who will help to get everything out the door if we get hit by a train. Otherwise, once this is all said and done, all waking time we have will be dedicated to making sure everyone gets their goods!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
With one pack of They're Coming you can play a match where one player is only Zombies and the other is only Survivors. If you can kill half or more of the Survivors you've won. If you kill 'em all you've dominated and should mock your opponent. Maybe dance a little.
If you have two packs then each player can take turns being a Zombie and a Survivor. We refer to this as the "Standard" game because that's how we did most of the testing. The single pack is referred to as the "Travel Edition" because it requires fewer cards and less space to play.
Our goal was to get the two-player game into people's hands. Now that it's done we're looking at getting some additional cards tested specifically for 3+ players. We're also looking at variations of play with 3+ players.
Some variations in testing:
Two Survivors, One Zombies - Two players play Survivors with a double Location line (similarly to a Standard game) as only Survivors and a Zombie player goes back and forth attacking them (drawing cards for each player's Location and having no maximum hand size). Survivors at the same position in the Location line as their opponent (2nd Location, 3rd, etc) can "Jump the Fence" before combat at their Location and attack the other Survivors. This variation would allow the Zombie player the option to sit back and let them fight it out and weaken each other before attacking. The player with the most living Survivors at the Rescue Station wins, the Zombie player wins if they killed the most Survivors.
4 Corners - Each player has a Survivor and a Zombie deck. They play their Survivor turn and the player to their left players as the Zombies against them. Players go around the play area taking turns until they return to the first Survivor player who then begins their 2nd turn as the Survivors. This version players very similarly to the "Travel Edition" but still allows each player the chance to be both Survivors and Zombies while focusing their attention on two different opponents.
Unknown - The variation(s) that players come up with once they get the game in their hands. We're very eager to see these variations!
In a single pack you'll get 1-2 of most cards in the draw decks and 5 different Locations and 5 different Survivors.
Any Stretch Goals will come in sets of 3 except for Locations and Survivors which will be one of each (for each copy of the game you pledge for) since you can only have one of each in your group/line anyway.
This also allows for a great Draft style game where players can deal out cards and take turns claiming cards for their decks (would work best with 3 of each card or two packs using only one copy of each Survivor/Location).
The P&P Edition will come with slightly off sized cards. They will still fit into most card sleeves, but won't look as nice.
The edition that will be used for the P&P will have all the original art. If your friend got their image as a Zombie/Survivor or their name as a Survivor you won't see this reflected in the P&P. Also, the P&P does NOT include any of the Kickstarter Stretch cards.
The Bloggess card is a Kickstarter exclusive at this time and can only be gotten with a pledge of $15 or more.
Most likely this card will only be available via Kickstarter and any conventions that we attend to show the game at.
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