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Tali, is the Roman version of Knucklebones. Featuring the tactile feel of simulated Bones.
Tali, is the Roman version of Knucklebones. Featuring the tactile feel of simulated Bones.
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Bonus Awards:

All PLEDGES of $50 or more will receive an additional set of Knuckle Bone Dice at no additional cost.  The bonus is already included in all award tiers of $50 and more.

All PLEDGES of $100 or more will receive an additional set of 80 historic metal coins.  The bonus is also already included in the $100 award tier.

Tali, is the historic Roman version of Knuckle bones. Featuring the tactile feel of simulated Bones and upgrade-able to metal historically based coins. Helping bring History back to life. Tali, recreates the knuckle bones 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.  

 Knuckle bones 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?

Undead Viking Review:

Join us in watching a full review of Tali with the Undead Viking! This 14-minute video give you a complete rundown on the history. Here are a few quotes! 

  • "A fun, loose, & fast game! Can be played over lunch!"
  • "Really, really cool dice - shaped like knuckle bones! These are awesome!"
  • "Trust me! These [dice] sound so cool bouncing on the table - the clattering noise they make! I really do like it!"
  • "Check out the game, I think you'll have a lot of fun with it!"

Testimonials:

“It is really cool to think that you are playing a version of a game that was played 1000 years ago! Your actions at that time right there, historically, are bridging that gap between you and Roman citizens 1000 years ago, passing the time on a summer day and enjoying their friends and enjoying the cool atmosphere – and I dig that!”   - Lance Myxter

“This game was a lot of fun. We had 6 players with 2 additional observers actively engage and join in the fun. The dynamics of the roles interacted with each other with each other ultimately balancing out the power of each. The descriptions were great and helped get us into character.” - Blind Playtest Review

“I guarantee you that if you are looking for that game that fills up that time, something to enjoy with your family and friends while you are engaging them socially – then I urge you to pick this game up, because I think that you’re going to have a lot of fun with it!” - Undead Viking

Tali Knuckle bones Dice Only:        $15+

This reward level is for everyone who only want the Tali Knuckle bone dice.  Each set of 4 Knuckle bone dice will cost $15.  If you spend $50 on this reward level, you will get 4 sets.  You can add $15 to any other award level to get an extra set of knuckle bone dice.  

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.

Two Sets of Knuckle bones Only:   $25+

This reward level is for everyone who only wants two sets of the Tali Knuckle bone dice. This level provides you with the second set for $5 less.  A great level for getting a set for yourself and a friend.

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 receive 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 Knuckle bones, 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 Knuckle bones, 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:     $89+  

The Tali Deluxe game and enough Historic Metal Coins to play with 10 Players (12 using different starting coins). Includes 4 Knuckle bones, 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.

Bonus Awards:

All PLEDGES of $50 or more will receive an additional set of Knuckle Bone Dice at no additional cost.  This is our way of saying thank you for helping make Tali.  This additional reward is exclusive only to the Tali Kickstarter.   This bonus reward will be included even if you pledge $50 or more in a tier which is at a lower level, just add an amount to your pledge to make it $50 or more.   For example, if you pledge $50 for the $35 Deluxe game, you will be getting the extra set of knuckle bone dice and you can use the difference during the pledge manager for either additional add-ons or shipping costs.   For example, in the $35 tier adding $15 for an additional set of knuckle bones will actually get you two additional sets of knuckle bones and the deluxe game.  The bonus is already included in all award tiers of $50 and more.

All PLEDGES of $100 or more will receive an additional set of 80 historic metal coins.  Similar to above this bonus reward will be included even if you pledge $100 or more in a tier which is at a lower level, just add an amount to your pledge to make it $100 or more.   This bonus award will stack with the $50+ bonus, above.  The bonus is also already included in the $100 award tier.

Retail Backers:                                                

Retail Supporter:                                        $35+

This reward level is for retailers or FLGS (retailer verification is required). This pledge allows ordering of any quantity of all items available in this kickstarter (knuckle-bones only, coins, and full games, any combination) and will include all stretch goals. Final quantities will be set during the pledge manager and final payment at time of shipping. When ordering a minimum of $200 or more (final order), free shipping will be included in the U.S. (over $300 most international).  

Another option for retailers to join the kickstarter and receive updates is to pledge $2 without an award.  During pledge management step, the verified retailers can pre-order any amount of the Tali games (Basic and Deluxe) and add ons (Knuckle Bone sets and Metal Coins) at that time.

For more details or other arrangements please contact orders@vr-soft.com. 

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 their 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 their best role-playing each round for even more crazy and zany play.

 Link to Full Rules, Click Here: 

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 their 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 knuckle-bones, 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. 

Add-ons can be added to any pledge, just add the amount for the add-on below to your pledge.     

$15 - An additional set of 4 Knuckle-bone dice (4 bones)             

$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, but you can add the estimated shipping costs to your reward level, if you wish.

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.

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    4 Knuckle Bones Dice Only

    This reward level will give you the 4 Knuckle Bone dice and
    a digital copy of the knuckle bone rules. Both the historic rules and the micro role-playing rules.

    Includes:
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    • Digital copy of the rules for Tali
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    2 Sets of the 4 Knuckle Bones Dice Only

    This reward level will give you two sets of the 4 Knuckle Bone dice (8 total) and
    a digital copy of the knuckle bone rules. Both the historic rules and the micro role-playing rules.

    Includes:
    • 4 Simulated Knuckle-bones dice
    • Digital copy of the rules for Tali
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    Tali Basic Set (6 player)

    The basic game of Tali and enough components for 6 Players. Shipping costs to be added at fulfillment time via backerkit.

    Includes:
    • 4 Simulated Knuckle-bones dice
    • Digital copy of the rules for Tali
    • Fold out Rule Booklet
    • Logo'd Velvet Bag with Drawstings
    • Base Game Stretch Goals
    • 6 Unique Historically Based Character Cards
    • 60 Historical Punch out coins (3 Denominations)
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    Tali Deluxe for 10 Players

    The basic game of Tali and enough components for 10 Players. Shipping costs to be added at fulfillment time via backerkit.

    Includes:
    • 4 Simulated Knuckle-bones dice
    • Digital copy of the rules for Tali
    • 10 Unique Historically Based Character Cards
    • 100 Historical Punch out coins (3 Denominations)
    • Fold out Rule Booklet
    • Logo'd Velvet Bag with Drawstings
    • Deluxe Game Stretch Goals
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    Retail Supporter

    This reward level is for retailers or FLGS (retailer verification is required). This pledge allows ordering of any quantity of all items available in this kickstarter (knuckle-bones only, coins, and full games, any combination) and will include all stretch goals. Final quantities will be set during the pledge manager and final payment at time of shipping. When ordering a minimum of $200 or more (final order), free shipping will be included in the U.S. (over $300 most international). For more details please contact orders@vr-soft.com.

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    80 Historic Metal Coins Only

    This reward level is for receiving the historic metal coin add-on(s) without the other game components. Pledge $39 to receive 80 historic metal coins or pledge $69 to receive 140 historic metal coins. The metal coins are in 4 different denominations based on 4 actual historic coin designs. The Gold coin is based on the Byzantine Gold Histamenon Nomisma - Basil II (A.D. 976-1025). The silver coin represents the Silver Penny of King Æthelred II, ruler of Anglo-Saxon England. The copper coin is the Byzantine 40 Nummi or Follis. The light bronze smallest coin is based on the 5 Nummi or Pentanummium Byzantine coin.

    Includes:
    • 12 Historic based 25mm Gold Coins
    • 20 Historic based 19mm Silver Coins
    • 20 Historic based 16mm Copper Coins
    • 28 Historic based 13mm Bronze Coins
    • Logo'd Velvet Bag with Drawstings
    • Digital copy of the rules for Tali
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    Tali Basic Set & 80 Historic Metal Coins

    The Tali Basic game and the Historic Metal coins for $7 less. 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.

    Includes:
    • 4 Simulated Knuckle-bones dice
    • Digital copy of the rules for Tali
    • Fold out Rule Booklet
    • Logo'd Velvet Bag with Drawstings
    • Base Game Stretch Goals
    • 6 Unique Historically Based Character Cards
    • 12 Historic based 25mm Gold Coins
    • 60 Historical Punch out coins (3 Denominations)
    • 20 Historic based 19mm Silver Coins
    • 20 Historic based 16mm Copper Coins
    • 28 Historic based 13mm Bronze Coins
    • Bonus set of 4 simulated knuckle-bone dice (for $50+ backers)
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    Tali Deluxe & 80 Historic Metal Coins

    The Tali Deluxe game and the Historic Metal coins for $8 less. The additional metal coins will allow the deluxe game to be played with 12 or more Players when mixing the cardboard and metal coins. With additional Character Cards from stretch goals the micro role playing game can also be expanded to 12 or more players. Shipping to be added at fulfillment.

    Includes:
    • 4 Simulated Knuckle-bones dice
    • Digital copy of the rules for Tali
    • 10 Unique Historically Based Character Cards
    • 100 Historical Punch out coins (3 Denominations)
    • Fold out Rule Booklet
    • Logo'd Velvet Bag with Drawstings
    • 12 Historic based 25mm Gold Coins
    • 20 Historic based 19mm Silver Coins
    • 20 Historic based 16mm Copper Coins
    • 28 Historic based 13mm Bronze Coins
    • Deluxe Game Stretch Goals
    • Bonus set of 4 simulated knuckle-bone dice (for $50+ backers)
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    Tali Deluxe & 140 Historic Metal Coins

    The Tali Deluxe game and enough Historic Metal Coins to play with 10 Players (12 using different starting 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 12 or more players. Shipping to be added at fulfillment.

    Includes:
    • 4 Simulated Knuckle-bones dice
    • Digital copy of the rules for Tali
    • 10 Unique Historically Based Character Cards
    • 100 Historical Punch out coins (3 Denominations)
    • Fold out Rule Booklet
    • Logo'd Velvet Bag with Drawstings
    • 35 Historic based 19mm Silver Coins
    • 35 Historic based 16mm Copper Coins
    • 21 Historic based 25mm Gold Coins
    • 49 Historic based 13mm Bronze Coins
    • Deluxe Game Stretch Goals
    • Bonus set of 4 simulated knuckle-bone dice (for $50+ backers)
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    Tali Deluxe & 140 Historic Metal Coins

    The Tali Deluxe game and enough Historic Metal Coins to play with 10 Players (12 using different starting 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 12 or more players. Shipping to be added at fulfillment.

    Includes:
    • 4 Simulated Knuckle-bones dice
    • Digital copy of the rules for Tali
    • 10 Unique Historically Based Character Cards
    • 100 Historical Punch out coins (3 Denominations)
    • Fold out Rule Booklet
    • Logo'd Velvet Bag with Drawstings
    • 35 Historic based 19mm Silver Coins
    • 35 Historic based 16mm Copper Coins
    • 21 Historic based 25mm Gold Coins
    • 49 Historic based 13mm Bronze Coins
    • Deluxe Game Stretch Goals
    • Bonus set of 4 simulated knuckle-bone dice (for $50+ backers)
    • Bonus set of 80 metal coins (for $100+ backers)
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