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We need your help to take Shadow Era to the next level and release the third set of this highly rated, cross-platform TCG!

PayPal total: $1,930

The Kickstarter is ending, but there's still a chance to get in on all the awesome rewards! Until the end of December, we're accepting payments by PayPal! The PayPal total will be added to Kickstarter to help us reach those stretch goals! Just click on the banner above! (note: we can't update the PayPal total displayed here after the Kickstarter ends!)

We've just added some new and amazing rewards! We won't be relaunching the Kickstarter if we fail to meet our goal, so let's make sure this happens!

Many new players also wanted booster packs from the first two sets so that they can save their shadow crystals for tournaments and other goodies. So to sweeten the deal, we going to double the number of booster packs you'll get! For example, at the $30 reward you'll now get 30 Shattered Fates booster packs as well as 15 Call of the Crystals and 15 Dark Prophecies boosters!

For every $10 you pledge, you'll get to pick a non-exclusive card from Call of the Crystals, Dark Prophecies or Shattered Fates to add to your library. For example, at the $30 reward level you'll get to pick 3 cards. Maybe you want a certain foil hero, or a foil Legendary? As long as it's a non-exclusive card (found in booster packs), it's no problem!

Backers at the $90 and up levels will get to submit their own custom card sleeves to use in the game. Perhaps you want a funny image, some more epic artwork, or your guild's logo? As long as it's not offensive or copyrighted, your deck will be customized for all to see!

Shadow Era was the very first full-scale mobile trading card game, that also featured a free-to-play game model hailed by TouchArcade as "a fantastic representation of what freemium games should be."

Since its release, Shadow Era's community has continued to grow, attracting more than 4 million registered players and one of the largest and most active official forums of any trading card game. The game currently features 350 cards, available to play on iOS, Android, PC, Mac and even in a web browser. There is also a premium quality physical version of the game, using the exact same rules found in the digital version.

But what makes Shadow Era so special?

  • Dual Resource System - Each turn you can choose to sacrifice one card to generate a resource, used for casting cards. Heroes also generate 1 shadow energy per turn to use their special abilities, which can drastically turn the tide of a battle.
  • Fast Paced - The game is designed to play out in 5 or 10 minutes. You get to choose who you will attack, either going straight for their hero or picking off their allies first.
  • No Interrupts! - We did away with the annoying interrupt mechanic that makes it necessary to constantly pass on your opponents turn. In its place there are plenty of traps, turnabouts and surprises to keep things interesting.
  • Highly Balanced - We spent a lot of effort to make this one of the most balanced card games you can find. You'll see a wide variety of decks being used by all levels of ranked players.
  • Great Community - We love our community, and it shows! Whether you want to discuss strategies, join guilds, or just chat about the overpowered Firesnake, you'll be welcomed on our official forums!

But don't take our word for it! Play the game yourself right now or visit our official forums for more info! You can also download the full rulebook.

This weekend we hosted two full days of the Shadow Era World Championship 2013 double-elimination tournament, with the grand prize of a new iPad!

A wide variety of heroes and deck builds were present in the tournament, proving once again that the game is incredibly balanced!

If you're curious about what the game is like at the top tier of organized play, be sure to check out more videos on our YouTube channel!

The Shattered Fates expansion will bring 200 new cards to the game, including 10 new heroes, bringing the total to 550 cards.

With the new set, we also plan to introduce several major new features:

Campaign Mode - Every hero will have a unique campaign to play through that sheds light on their backstory. Campaign missions will have a variety of unique win conditions and alternate game modes, as well as many new campaign-only cards. Read more

3d Battlefield - The entire game interface will be overhauled, including a great looking battlefield rendered in 3d to complement the gorgeous cards. No longer just a mobile game, all aspects of Shadow Era will be polished to look great on high end PCs.

Tournament System - Enter the automated tournament queues to win big prizes and bragging rights! Featuring constructed, draft, and meltdown tournaments, you're sure to be up for a challenge! Read more

Player Auctions - To complement the in-game merchant, players will be able to trade cards for gold using the new auction system. Operated like a stock market with bids and asks, getting rid of your extra cards or finding that card you need will get a whole lot easier.

Improved Deck Builder - Building great decks is half the fun of any TCG! The aging deck builder will be improved to add new features to let you build new decks with ease.

Player Profiles - Show off your skills and find more about who you're up against! Full player profiles will be visible including statistics, new badges and titles.

Guilds and Leagues - The competition is uniting and you must do the same! Join a guild for fame and glory, and compete in the new multiplayer ranking system featuring leagues.

The setting for Shadow Era is in the medieval world of Balor. In Call of the Crystals, the inhabitants discovered magical shadow crystals with great power, but using them led to the appearance of strange creatures that began to overrun the land.

In Dark Prophecies, more was learned about the nature of the crystals and the invading Shadows.

Shattered Fates continues the story of the battle for Balor. For those interested, here's some background lore:

As the moon set, another petty squabble erupted among what remained of the Shadow's forces. If he'd been asleep, the noise would have likely awoken the tactician were he able to sleep to begin with. Arthyle looked down over the map again carefully while he waited for one of the tribal leaders to step in and reign in their soldiers, his temper kept back only by a sheer force of will.

It had been weeks since the battle at Fort Rothem. Weeks since Gunther had led the human armies up the side of Mount Balor itself to assault the impressive building named for their former king. The advantage had belonged to the Shadow, and Arthyle held no doubt that given a few more hours the Human armies would have suffered too many losses to continue the attack. With the knowledge to be gained from the Conduit, it even appeared the war was coming to its end.

Then something unpredictable had happened.

Somehow Loest had interfered with the device, and triggered an explosion no one could have foreseen. What numbers of Shadow's forces that weren't destroyed by the blast itself lost their footing and resolve. It was a matter of minutes before the sounds of retreat were signaled and Arthyle was forced to watch the army he'd helped to lead, helped to guide, slip into the shadows once more. Now the infighting was becoming more than he could tolerate.

Yet he knew there was still hope. The Conduit was not the only weapon the Aldmor had left behind for him to acquire.

Slowly Arthyle's decrepit lips curled into a cruel smile, as he drew a sheet of parchment and scribbled a series of orders down for his personal aide. The ravagers were cruel, but intelligent and he knew his request would be fulfilled to the letter. It was time to gather the leaders of the various shadow worlds together and call forth their warriors to battle once more. There was work to be done.

For the next month we'll be gradually spoiling new cards from Shattered Fates!

As an indy game studio, it's a real challenge to deliver a quality product with the resources we have available. Many of the planned features have already been in development for awhile, but we need your help to take Shadow Era to the next level and realize its full potential!

Wulven Game Studios has a long history of keeping close ties with the community, including holding card contests, listening to feedback, and being very active on our official forums. We even hired members of the community onto the design team!

The first crowdfunding campaign to launch the physical version of the game ended up raising more than $230,000 and was responsible for creating a premium quality product on par with the best trading card games in the world. The most recent expansion, Dark Prophecies, is currently in production after raising $115,000 for the physical cards.

Of course, those funds were entirely consumed in the course of producing the physical products, and that's why we need your support again to take the digital game to the next level!

This isn't just a preorder for the next set, quite the contrary! Without your support, we might never be able to have Shadow Era realize its full potential. We've been working hard to develop the features that our fans have be clamoring for, and if this Kickstarter campaign is successful it will allow us to hire more quality developers and artists to finally realize our goals!

Please note that this Kickstarter campaign is for the digital version of Shattered Fates only!

You won't come out empty handed by supporting us! Take a look at the different rewards offered below.

Please note: all rewards are digital only! Shadow crystals and booster packs will be transferable to other accounts, so feel free to give them to your guild members or friends! However, selling of digital goods is against the terms of service.

Since unlocking stretch goals is the real fun of supporting any project, we've kept the goal to the minimum amount required to fund the expansion and new features. We've always been known for our generosity in the bonuses we give our early supporters, and this time we'll be taking things up a notch or two!

Shattered Fates will also be coming to the physical realm, and we've decided to beef up the higher backer tiers to provide more value!

The $500 tier will get a physical Shattered Fates booster box when it's released, booster boxes from the previous two sets Call of the Crystals and Dark Prophecies, a physical playmat and physical card sleeves! That's more than $200 in physical goods!

The $1,000 tier will get the same booster boxes and goodies as above, plus an additional physical complete set (1 of every physical card, including foils) for Call of the Crystals, Dark Prophecies and Shattered Fates, for almost $600 total value.

For the super rich, the $5,000 tier will set you up for life with complete playsets (4x every physical card) of Call of the Crystals, Dark Prophecies, Shattered Fates, and every future set we do!

We unlocked the first stretch goal at the $60k funded level already! This is something that has been often requested by players. The extra cash will be used to create epic new full-length music tracks for the menus and during battles. All backers will also get to download high-quality mp3 versions of the music!

And now for some more exclusive stuff! Now that we met the $70k funded level, all backers will get 20 alternate art cards, from any previous set, determined by popular vote. Maybe you want a more overpowered Firesnake, or maybe you would prefer to see Jasmine from a different angle? It's up to the backers to pick which cards our top artists will recreate! These cards will be exclusive, meaning they won't be found in booster packs or for sale in the merchant.

Our most requested feature! If we hit the $80k funded goal, we'll commit to adding 2v2 team games, and 3 or 4 player free-for-all battles! The card design of existing cards already supports it, and we've tried it in the physical game and it's quite fun!

PayPal total: $1,930

The Kickstarter is ending, but there's still a chance to get in on all the awesome rewards! Until the end of December, we're accepting payments by PayPal! The PayPal total will be added to Kickstarter to help us reach those stretch goals! Just click on the banner above! (note: we can't update the PayPal total displayed here after the Kickstarter ends!)

Thanks for everyone for making the Shattered Fates Kickstarter a success! We won't be able to update this page once the funding period is complete, but be sure to check the updates tab and of course shadowera.com and our forums for all the latest updates!

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Although the next set of 200 cards is currently in production and beta testing, we really need your help to complete all the planned features that will make this Shadow Era 3.0! We've been struggling for a long time with our limited resources to bring our fans the new features that they've been dying for, but without the community's support it may never happen!

If the Kickstarter is successful, the shadow crystal rewards will be given instantly so you can get started playing with the current set. Access to the closed beta will begin by January 2014, and booster packs and exclusive items will be credited as soon as Shattered Fates goes live.

But the real exciting part is of course all the new features! The Kickstarter will be funding the hiring of new fulltime developers and artists so we can drastically improve the presentation quality of the game. Each major feature is designed to be developed and implemented independently, so the risk of failure is greatly reduced. We'll be giving previews of each feature on the test server as we go, so we can gather valuable feedback and insight from our fans!

FAQ

  • After the project funding period ends, we'll be sending everyone a backer survey where you'll let us know which Shadow Era account should receive the digital items.

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  • Although the sale of digital goods is forbidden, you're welcome to transfer booster packs and shadow crystals to your alt account, friends, guild members, etc. Simply send a support request with details of the transfer and we'll be able to help you out.

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  • The Elite Membership is a monthly plan with many benefits.

    For starters, you'll get an epic avatar. An example of this is the CotC preorder customers, who have a star next to their name throughout the game and a gold border around their avatar during battles. The Elite Membership will be visually distinct.

    Next, you'll also get a free event ticket every day. This means you can join a tournament and not have to pay the entry fee of 100 shadow crystals. You can also save up your event tickets, to use them all on the weekend for example. This is a great way to be active in tournaments and get a good chance to win prizes.

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  • Once the digital Shattered Fates set is out on the live servers, it will take several months of final balance checking to ensure that the set can be locked down and printed. But we have vastly improved our production workflow over the first two physical sets, so the time between digital and physical should be reduced. Currently our goal is to have the physical Shattered Fates cards shipping Summer 2014.

    Please note that this Kickstarter is for digital items only. Only the higher tiers $500 and above have physical bonuses.

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