TALI - Historic Roman Game of KnuckleBones for 2-6 players
Tali, is the historic Roman version of Knucklebones. Featuring the tactile feel of simulated Bones. Help bring History back to life.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, April 6 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.
Tali, is the historic Roman version of Knucklebones. Featuring the tactile feel of simulated Bones and upgradeable to metal historically based coins. Helping bring History back to life. Tali, recreates the knucklebones game of gambling as the Roman's used to play it. Two games in one, Tali includes the historic rules played 1000 years ago as well as a micro role-playing game version with more player options and complexity.
Knucklebones is the ancestor to dice, before there were dice, the knuckle bones of sheep (or sometimes goats) would be used as it had a regular shape of four possible sides to land on. The Romans would sometimes mark the knuckle bones with different roman numerals on each side, I,III, IV and VI. The roman numerals would then be used to score the throw of the bones. Roman soldiers would would spend many hours playing Tali and gambling away thier pay.
A micro role-playing game has been added to the historic base game, in which each player selects a historic character from 1000 AD to play. Each character is given a rich background and a set of powers / capabilities to help them win in Tali. Are you feeling lucky? Are the gods with you tonight?
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Follow Us Reward: $1+
A pledge of a $1 will allow you to follow the progress and later upgrade to a different reward., including during the pledge manager stage.
Digital Backer: $10+
This pledge Level will entitle you to a digital subscription to the VRGames library. You will be entitled to a base copy of Tali and Swords&Sails Print&Play editions. If you decide to later upgrade, the $10 will count as credit for any game produced by VrGames / VR-Soft (1 game / 1 use only).
Tali Basic Set: $25+
Includes 4 Knuckle-bones, 6 Character cards, 60 Historical Punch out coins (3 sizes), rules and a velvet bag. This level will include the basic game stretch goals. There will be twice as many stretch goals for the Deluxe version. Shipping to be added at fulfillment.
Tali Deluxe (for 10 Players) $35+
Includes 4 Knuckle bones, 10 Character cards, 100 Historical Punch out coins (3 sizes), rules and a velvet bag, and all basic and deluxe game stretch goals (deluxe game will get twice as many stretch goals as the basic game). 4 of the 10 character cards will be duplicates until stretch goals release the additional new characters. If we unlock more than 4 more characters, then everyone with the deluxe award levels will recieve more than 10 character cards. Shipping to be added at fulfillment.
80 Historic Metal Coins Only: $39+
Additional.12 Historic 25mm metal Gold colored Coins, 20 Historic 19mm metal Silver colored Coins, 20 Historic 16mm metal Copper colored coins, and 28 Historic 13mm Bronze colored coins. You can add the additional 80 metal coins to any Reward by just pledging $35 more (per 80 add on coins) and you will be able to select the additional 80 Historic Metal coins during the survey as an add on. The additional metal coins will allow the base game to be played with up to 12 Players when mixing the cardboard and metal coins. With additional Character Cards from stretch goals the micro role playing game can also be expanded up to 12 players with the additional 80 coins. Shipping to be added at fulfillment .
Tali Basic & 80 Historic Metal Coins: $57+
This reward includes the Tali game and 80 Historic Metal Coins Includes 4 Knucklebones, 6 Character cards, rules a velvet bag. 12 Historic 25mm metal Gold colored Coins, 20 Historic 19mm metal Silver colored Coins, 20 Historic 16mm metal Copper colored coins, and 28 Historic 13mm metal coins. The additional metal coins will allow the base game to be played with up to 12 Players when mixing the cardboard and metal coins. With additional Character Cards from stretch goals the micro role playing game can also be expanded up to 12 players with the additional 80 coins. Shipping to be added at fulfillment
Tali Deluxe & 80 Historic Metal Coins: $66+
The Tali Deluxe game and 80 Historic Metal Coins, 4 Knucklebones, 10 Character cards (and all added character cards from stretch goals), rules a velvet bag. 12 Historic 25mm metal Gold colored Coins, 20 Historic 19mm metal Silver colored Coins, 20 Historic 16mm metal Copper colored coins, and 28 Historic 13mm metal Bronze colored coins. The additional 80 metal coins will allow the Deluxe game to be played with up to 6 Players (or with 10 if mixing with the original cardboard coins). With additional Character Cards from stretch goals the micro role playing game can also be expanded to over 12 players. This award level includes all stretch goals. 4 of the 10 character cards will be duplicates until stretch goals release the additional new characters. Shipping to be added at fulfillment.
Tali Deluxe & 140 Historic Metal Coins: $99+
The Tali Deluxe game and enough Historic Metal Coins to play with 10 Players (12 using different starting coins). Includes 4 Knucklebones, 10 Character cards (and all added character cards from stretch goals), rules a velvet bag. 21 Historic 25mm metal Gold colored Coins, 35 Historic 19mm metal Silver colored Coins, 35 Historic 16mm metal Copper colored coins, and 49 Historic 13mm metal Bronze colored coins. The additional 140 metal coins will allow the base game to be played with up to 12 Players (or more if mixing with the original cardboard coins). With additional Character Cards from stretch goals the micro role playing game can also be expanded up to over 12 players. This award level includes all stretch goals. 4 of the 10 character cards will be duplicates until stretch goals release the additional new characters. Shipping to be added at fulfillment.
Retail Trader Pack Base Game: $100+
This reward level is for retailers or FLGS (retailer verification is required). The minimum pledge allows ordering for either 8 copies of the base game or as a 50% down payment for ordering 16 games with the balance charged at time of shipping (or the pledge will be used as a deposit to order anything at the retailer level). Final quantity defined at pledge manager step (including add-ons such as the metal coins) or please contact us with any questions. When ordering 16 or more games, you will recieve a free copy of all add ons including the metal coins at no additional cost to use for demo purposes. The retail level will include all stretch goals. Shipping to be added at fulfillment.
Stretch Goals To Be Announced....
But we do expect to add more Character Cards among other things. Watch this space to see what we add as we get funded.
Players ante into the game similar to modern gambling games. Once to join the game and then for each round. Every round each player will get to throw the bones. You score when getting at least one VI. The player who achieves the highest total will win the round and the coins in the round pot. Any player who roles a Venus (1 of each face), will win all the coins in the game pot.
The micro role-playing game rules allows each player to select one character card to use during the game. Each character has thier own special powers which they can use during the game to help them win the game pot. Many of the powers will counter each other or can be used together for a stronger effect. An optional game rule will award players for thier best role-playing each round for even more crazy and zaney play.
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Tali, contains both the classic historic version (the best we can recreate it) and a modernized micro role-playing version with historically based characters, each with thier own powers and abilities.
In both versions, the game is played in rounds going clockwise from the starting (or first ante) player. Every player must first ante in (put money into the game pot) to play in the round. Then each player will roll all 4 knucklebones, starting with the first ante player, adding up the values to determine score.
The player scores only if at least one VI was rolled. If the player rolls each bone as a different value (I, III, IV, and VI) then they have rolled a Venus, immediately winning the round. Rolling I's (called dogs) are bad as the player must place one copper coin in the round pot for each I rolled. Rolling all III's or all IV's is also bad (called a Vulture), as the player will need to place a silver in the round pot. The worst rolled is if the player rolls all Is (known as a pack of dogs), requiring a gold coin being placed in the round pot. If the player rolls all VIs, then the player can take a gold coin from the game pot.
If in any round a player runs out of money during the ante, then they either are out of the game or they can borrow for 1 round to stay in, either from the bank or another player. Paying interest to the bank or based on any deal agreed to when borrowing from another player.
WINNING SCORE: The player that wins the round, collects the round pot and then becomes the controlling player. The player can decide how much everyone needs to ante by adding or subtracting up to 5 to the last rounds ante, never going below 1 copper.
VARIANTS: Players can decide at the start of the game to play with one or more of several variants.
ETIAM ALTER LOCUS or second chance.
FORTUNA: Pay for some luck.
MERCURY: Or quick gain.
JOVE: Essentially a raise, like in poker.
ROLE PLAYING VERSION: This version of Tali includes 6 Character Cards which allows each player to use special powers during the game. Each power is in addition to any re-rolls or other base game rules being used.
ROLE PLAY BONUS: If every player in the game decides to use the role playing bonus rules, then once at the end of each round each player will vote for the best role player. The player with the most votes will get an extra Silver Piece.
Shipping costs will be added during the pledge manager. We will get the best shipping price we can find at the time of fulfillment depending on your location. Below is the current estimated shipping costs based on destination. Note, shipping is by weight, therefore add-ons may increase shipping costs.
Addons can be added to any pledge, just add the amount for the addon below to your pledge.
$39 - 80 Historic Metal Coins (12 Gold, 20 Silver, 20 Copper, 28 Bronze)
$69 - 140 Historic Metal Coins (21 Gold, 35 Silver, 35 Copper, 49 Bronze)
You must add up the cost of the rewards listed above that you would like and this amount will carry over to the pledge manager before shipping. Notice shipping costs will be added on in the Pledge Manager step.
Risks and challenges
The biggest issues with manufacturing and shipping TALI, relate to international issues and shipping.
Working with Quarter Master Logistics, we have tried to anticipate all the issues related to International Shipping, including issues related to Brexit. Alternative shipping plans will be in effect no matter the outcome with Brexit deals at the end of March.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter