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Vie for dominance of ancient China through multiple generations of rulers. Territory control, politics, and global events abound! Read more

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Vie for dominance of ancient China through multiple generations of rulers. Territory control, politics, and global events abound!

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Missed the campaign but want a copy of Eternal Dynasty? No problem, after the game prints and is sent out to Kickstarter backers, Eternal Dynasty will be available through the Game Salute Shop and from your Friendly Local Game Store!

Thank you, Kickstarter, for allowing Zucchini People Games, LLC to continue creating tabletop games. We couldn't have done it without your support!

 

Note: 2-player variant unveiled in Update #10! Some earlier videos and documentation may still state 3-5 players.

Art for Eternal Dynasty is provided by the talented Lea Segarra.
Art for Eternal Dynasty is provided by the talented Lea Segarra.

If you put Ticket to Ride, History of the World, Weiqi (Go), and the old Romance of the Three Kingdoms video games into a blender together and turned it on, you'd wind up with a bit of a mess, quite frankly, and that would have to be some kind of giant industrial blender. Luckily for everyone involved, this is a metaphorical blender that turns those disparate elements into a veritable board game smoothie.

Hero Brigade is my love letter to comic books and Ameristyle card duels. Eternal Dynasty is my torrid affair with historical themes, political maneuvering, and Eurogame network-building that cuckolds Hero Brigade. Sorry, Hero Brigade, I still love you, we'll still have expansions together.

Eternal Dynasty is designed for 2-5 players and generally takes 60-150 minutes to complete (20-30 minutes per player).  Each game will run for a number of Generations (Rounds of Play) equal to the number of players. At the beginning of each Generation, players will select a Ruler who will have different inherent bonuses for Military or Political Influence, a specific number of cards to play for their Generation, and a unique Ability. Players take on the role of feuding clans and will fight over control of the 18 provinces of ancient China. As the Generations progress, players will be able to adjust their strategies on the fly or continue reinforcing their current strategies as they change to a new Ruler.

Players: 2-5
Length: 60-150 minutes
Recommended Ages: 13+
Mechanics: Area Control, Network Building, Time Track, Voting

Learn more:
Eternal Dynasty Rulebook
Eternal Dynasty on BoardGameGeek

"The game-play is straightforward but intricate. It's a well-designed area control game where there's a lot going on. There are a lot of choices to be made, a lot of variability that will allow the game to stay fresh for you. Our 'area control' player in our group was VERY fond of it. "

-- Ryan Metzler, The Dice Tower

"I really liked it. Most turns go fairly quickly and I enjoyed planning how to use my cards and special ability to take over key provinces. With the simple influence mechanic and political vote-calling, it has some enjoyable differences from games like Risk and Small World."

-- Jonathan H. Liu, GeekDad

"The Gamer Geeks ate Eternal Dynasty up like it was covered in chocolate. They immediately understood how to play the game and played it like masters. As a Gamer Geek, I very much enjoyed the ever-shifting tactics and strategy I had to use during each generation, the aggressive military and political area control of the Provinces, and the cold calculation of the votes."

-- Cyrus Kirby, FatherGeek

"I definitely enjoyed the mechanics of this game. The artwork and everything else lends itself really nicely to the theme. In terms of non-traditional area control games, I much prefer this over Byzantio."

-- Jeff King and Jordan Steinhoff, All Us Geeks (38:09 into podcast)

"It's a really cool game. We were amazed at how varied and cool the powers are and such. This game incorporates variable player powers super well. Some of the voting had a fascinating prisoner's dilemma sort of situation. We all had a great time, this is a solid game. There's a ton of depth."

-- Dan, Chris, Tom, and Matt, The Geek All-Stars (17:33 into podcast)

"An incredible mix of strategy and tactics, and it required careful area control and aggressiveness."

-- Chris Leder, game designer (Roll for It!)

"Perfect blend of theme and strategy, and the way you decide your path with the generations mechanic is genius! It is one of those games you play and then think about later on and want to play again."

-- Jason Glover, Grey Gnome Games, game designer (Zogar's Gaze)

I tried to find more reviewers that had "Geek" in their name but that well ran dry. :(

Eternal Dynasty Prototype 3.0 is pictured above courtesy of The Game Crafter and my local FedEx store.

A sample Ruler card with the final card back design.
A sample Ruler card with the final card back design.
Some of the Events that will trigger at the beginning of each Generation (round of play) past the first. Watch out for the Winds of Fate!
Some of the Events that will trigger at the beginning of each Generation (round of play) past the first. Watch out for the Winds of Fate!
 

Eternal Dynasty Rules

Our first published title would not have come to fruition without this site. As a small indie publisher, we rely on Kickstarter to fund the initial print run and reimburse our initial expenses. We believe Kickstarter has created a mini-Renaissance in the world of tabletop gaming. It's a game-changer that gives small companies like ours a chance to put out games that would otherwise never see the light of day.

As potential backers are betting on us to be able to crank out a finished product, so, too, have we bet our own time and money on game design, graphic design, and art. It's a beautiful collaborative process between creators and the community.

Early prototype. Kickstarter enables small companies like Zucchini People Games, LLC to graduate beyond this home-brewed stage.
Early prototype. Kickstarter enables small companies like Zucchini People Games, LLC to graduate beyond this home-brewed stage.

$1 - Citizen of the Realm: Thanks for your support, and we hope you'll stay tuned to the campaign. Don't forget that you can always adjust your pledge later! Winky-face!

$10 - Paper Tiger: Print and Play! And a bonus .pdf art book! All backers at this level and higher will receive the electronic files necessary to print out their own copy of the game. You'll also be able to enjoy Lea's artwork in a special bonus art book!

$50 - Ruler: 1 copy of Eternal Dynasty. Post-Kickstarter MSRP will be set at $59.99. Early bird, pft. More like shmirly bird, amirite? Every copy of Eternal Dynasty is an early bird with $10 savings off MSRP! Please consult the shipping chart below for exact shipping costs (free for delivery within the States and subsidized an equal $7.53 worldwide).

$200 - Living Legend (Limited to 46): 1 copy of Eternal Dynasty + 1 signed and numbered Collector's Edition cloth map + 5 custom bags. Only 50 of these collector's edition maps will ever be sold! The cloth map will be a whopping 28"x28" and printed on sturdy cotton. Bags will be colored differently for each player color and emblazoned with a unique symbol. If you like killer gamer swag, this pledge level is for you! Free shipping worldwide!

$750 - Immortal Ruler (Limited to 4): Help design a Ruler that will be included in every copy of the game! Final design authority rests with Zucchini People Games, LLC, but you will have direct input on what to name the ruler, how it looks, and what type of Ruler it will be! You will also, of course, receive all previous rewards: 1 copy of Eternal Dynasty + 1 signed and numbered Collector's Edition cloth map + 5 custom bags. Free shipping worldwide!

Each cloth map will be signed and numbered, and only 50 will ever be sold!
Each cloth map will be signed and numbered, and only 50 will ever be sold!
Swag bags: Hold swag. Are swag themselves. An M.C. Escher conundrum in bag form.
Swag bags: Hold swag. Are swag themselves. An M.C. Escher conundrum in bag form.
                                                                                           

More details in Update #11!

                                             

Game Salute Guaranteed is our promise that Eternal Dynasty will be produced with quality components and that you will enjoy the time you spend with the game. If you're not satisfied with Eternal Dynasty, simply return it to the Game Salute headquarters within 30 days of receiving it and your pledge will be refunded. That's our no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.

With Game Salute Local Support you can pledge for Eternal Dynasty here AND support your local store. Simply select your favorite local store when you complete the Pledge Manager and your pledge will benefit the store just as if you purchased the game from them. Start out by using www.GameStoreLocator.com to find a Game Salute Select Store near you. If your favorite store is not on the list, be sure to ask them to sign up today at www.GameSalute.com/SelectStoreSignUp.

Shipping is expensive. We've calculated the cost to ship this game to backers around the world and we're subsidizing that to help keep your costs down. The cost to ship this game to backers in the USA is $7.53. Game Salute is covering $7.53 of the shipping cost for ALL backers around the world. That means that the pledge level for US backers includes shipping. For international backers, we're passing along the same savings on shipping. Simply check the chart below, find your destination group, then follow the line to see your total pledge amount.

To keep the shipping costs as low as possible, we ship packages via a variety of shipping services depending on your specific location. We use USPS, FedEx, UPS, and DHL. You will be responsible for any import fees, brokerage or delivery surcharges, or applicable taxes that may be levied after we have shipped your package.

                                                                                                        

This one's a shout-out to all of the Hero Brigade fans who helped make it happen right here on Kickstarter! If the Zucchini People Games, LLC Facebook page gets 500 "Like"s, then two cards will be unlocked! An alternate art version of Ambassador Xi Chi will be added to each copy of Eternal Dynasty as a Kickstarter exclusive featuring art from Kendall Goode!

As a bonus to anyone who also has Hero Brigade, we'll include this alternate art version of Ambassador Squishy for Hero Brigade, too! That's two Kickstarter-exclusive cards (one for ED and one for HB) for the low low price of 500 "Like"s!

Some variant of Ambassador Squishy may or may not appear in every Zucchini People Games, LLC product. With a heavy emphasis on the "may."
Some variant of Ambassador Squishy may or may not appear in every Zucchini People Games, LLC product. With a heavy emphasis on the "may."

New Event cards! 5 new Event cards will be included with every copy of Eternal Dynasty. See Update #10 for details!

3 Kingdoms Mini-Expansion with 10 new Rulers! All copies of Eternal Dynasty will include the 3 Kingdoms Mini-Expansion which will further enhance additional play-throughs of Eternal Dynasty! This mini-expansion will feature prominent personalities from one of China's most well-known historical periods. Additional details revealed in Update #16!

5 new Rulers from The Journey to the West! Discussed in Update #20!

5 new Rulers from the classic Chinese novel, Water Margin, will be added to Eternal Dynasty! Details on these Rulers revealed in Update #22!

Stretch Goals will be unlocked as the campaign approaches total funding.  Stretch Goals will concentrate on upgrading components across all copies of the game.

Component upgrade! Each structure will be represented by a cool little plastic building! This is the model created by the talented Mark Major that will be used to create the mold. Discussed in Update #13.

With this Stretch Goal, 5 new Rulers from the classic novel, Dream of the Red Chamber will be added! Achieved! Details in Update #22!

Board upgraded from 22" x 22" to 25" x 25"! Originally discussed in Update #9!

50 more 8 mm wooden cubes in every copy of Eternal Dynasty (10 for each player color)! This component upgrade goes hand-in-hand with the larger board. Less need to swap out for the larger 30 mm cubes that represent 5 Influence!

5 new Event cards!

5 more Rulers from Romance of the 3 Kingdoms! Woo!

5 more Rulers from Water Margin! Oh, yeah!

Zucchini People Games, LLC on Facebook

Game Design: Nicholas Yu
Additional Design: Joshua Reubens
Art: Lea Segarra
Cover Art: Tong Bui
Promotional Art: Kendall Goode
Map Design: Heavy Cat Studios
Graphic Design: Atomic Design; Samantha Armstrong
Symbol Design: Jackson Lin
Distribution & Publishing: Game Salute
Play-Test Lead: Matthew Congdon
Additional Play-Testing: Patrick Geraghty, Jen Kandris, Thomas Kandris, Michelle Kessel, Colin O'Loughlin, Sara Reubens
Prototyping: The Game Crafter
Bag Prototypes: Michael Althauser, Greyed Out Productions
Intro Video:Calabrese Studio; Joshua Jenks, Matthew Calabrese, and featuring Linh

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Coming in second in a tightly-contested 5-player game by only 3 points can be a traumatic experience.
Coming in second in a tightly-contested 5-player game by only 3 points can be a traumatic experience.

Risks and challenges

I'm not a cowboy by any definition of the word, but please indulge me in a momentary fantasy. This theoretical cowboy before you has been to the rodeo (also a hypothetical construct) before. I have a much better idea of the perils and pitfalls of board game design and publishing than I did a year ago.

If you supported the Hero Brigade campaign, you should have had a delicious and soul-nourishing taste of the quality of Zucchini People Games' product. We will ensure that Eternal Dynasty meets that same standard of excellence.

This is my first attempt to publish a collaborative board game project, but I do not foresee that there will be any problems. Josh and I have been friends for over 10 years and have been mutually dreaming about making games together since we first met. We're not going to let anything get in the way of that dream!

The art and play-testing for the game are both complete, the only foreseeable development-related delays that could arise would come from multiple Stretch Goals being hit, but we've already optimistically begun work on the initial Stretch Goals to whittle down that potential hurdle.

Even after doing everything that needed to be done in a timely manner, Hero Brigade still saw a delay in shipping, because that's just what happens sometimes in the wacky world of large-scale printing and distribution, but we'll do our best to plan for the unexpected so that we can mitigate, if not entirely eliminate, possible delays. As with Hero Brigade, we will work with Game Salute, a professional distributor, to handle warehousing, shipping, and fulfillment to ensure a smooth delivery experience to our backers.

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    Your Reward Pack Includes: One copy of Eternal Dynasty (MSRP: $60), one Signed and Numbered Collector's Edition Cloth Map, and Five Custom Bags!

    Only 50 of these Collector's Edition Sets will ever be sold! The cloth map will be a whopping 28"x28" and printed on sturdy cotton. Bags will be colored differently for each player color and emblazoned with a unique symbol.

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    IMMORTAL RULER

    Your Reward Pack Includes: One copy of Eternal Dynasty (MSRP: $60), one Signed and Numbered Collector's Edition Cloth Map and Five Custom Bags PLUS Zucchini People Games will design a Ruler based on YOUR LIKENESS (or other reference) and direct input! You will work with the game's designers to develop your Ruler's name, presentation, and mechanics, subject to final approval to suit the theme of the game.

    Only 50 of these Collector's Edition Sets will ever be sold (between this pledge level and the previous level)! The cloth map will be a whopping 28"x28" and printed on sturdy cotton. Bags will be colored differently for each player color and emblazoned with a unique symbol.

    Pledge $750.00 for one Reward Pack and $50 each for up to four additional copies of Eternal Dynasty.

    Shipping is included worldwide to all destinations!

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