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ZeMind GamesBy ZeMind Games
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ZeMind GamesBy ZeMind Games
First created
CA$ 10,177
pledged of CA$ 22,000pledged of CA$ 22,000 goal
136
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 19 2018

About

This project will be relaunching! Sign up to our mailing list for updates.

We have a busy few months ahead, getting the game out to more players and improving our campaign. We’ve done several cons so far to a great response, so we want to try other means of introducing new players in as ‘in-person’ a way as we can.

To that end, we are starting a regular Twitch stream! You can join us to watch, comment, and even submit your own custom decks.

You can also follow us for updates and behind the scenes glimpses into ZeMind Games & UNCAGED:

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Thanks for all your support!

UNCAGED: World Fighters is a 2 player card game designed to simulate the action of a mixed martial arts fight! You can choose your fighter from a diverse, international roster of martial artists, each representing different fighting styles. Play with pre-made decks, or design your own to outwit your opponent. By taking moves from different martial art techniques, you can punch, kick, and grapple your way to victory and become a champion!

This campaign helps us bring Uncaged to the next level -- we want to do a large production run. This will make the game more affordable, and that means more cards in your hands for less money. It also means we can expand our retailer base and bring Uncaged to more players around the world. More players means we can keep expanding Uncaged, bringing you more fighters and fighting styles. By supporting us, you’ll be helping our indie studio as well as a ton of emerging artists create some amazing new content. We’ve got so many new styles planned, including Pro Wrestling and Taekwondo which will be available for the first time with this Kickstarter!

"This game is phenomenal."
- Board Game Maniacs

“I highly recommend this for an entertaining 20 minute fight with your loved ones. And the best thing is no one leaves with any bruises (egos only).”
- Meeple Mountain

“…we need to plan our attack, adjust our approach, and consider all the alternatives. I think the game does a good job of showing us just how complicated combat can be.”
- Father Geek

“Uncaged’s biggest strength is that it’s incredibly easy to learn and play. It’s a small box dueling card game that effectively showcases its MMA theme in both the rules and art…”
- Pixelkin

"Uncaged: World Fighters is an entertaining and unique card game that I had a really good time playing."
- Destructoid

“This game is ready to play. Quick setup, solid rules, and great components make this game quick to get to the table and quick to play.”
- Everything Board Games

"Uncaged is fast-paced, furious fun. It's sure to be a hit with strategy game fanatics who want to mix in the blow-by-blow action of combat sports. Frankly, it's as close as I ever want to get to a real fight."
- Co-Main Event Podcast

This 2 player card game crosses the wild fighting-style vs fighting-style action of 90's era MMA with the furious combos of fighting video games like Street Fighter. Each fighting style consists of a deck with a number of technique cards. Use these technique cards in your fighting style deck to build combos to unleash against your opponent. Be careful, a clever defence can break your combo and throw you on to the defensive. Then your opponent will strike back with a combo of their own.

You can customize your fighting style by choosing a fighter with their own special ability. Use the speed of Xiao Ming, the lightweight Kung Fu fighter, or the power of Kaemon, the heavyweight BJJ fighter, to crush your friends. There are currently 10 different fighters to choose from.

You can even build your own custom style decks. Do you want to add the hard kicks from Taekwondo to Pro Wrestling or do you want to mix the vicious submissions from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Kung Fu? The choice is yours!

So now you’re probably wondering a few things about the game. It was inspired by a love of childhood card games such as Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon, but sparked out of an injury I suffered that left me unable to train.

That’s where ZeMind Games comes in. Seeing the potential, the design team really worked hard to turn the raw gameplay into a refined card combat experience released in August 2017. Since then, we’ve taken the game to countless conventions and played with a crowds as diverse as you can imagine to a wonderful response. 

This game, currently sold by local retailers and online, is now finding its global footing via Kickstarter. We’re upgrading to a new manufacturer, unleashing amazing new fighting styles and mechanics, and planning organized play at a card shop near you.

As a card game nerd, I’m living the dream. Want to come with?
-Charlie, Game Designer

 We’ve got a TON of different strategies to compliment your martial art of choice. Whether or not you want to mix your martial arts or keep them pure, we’ve got the cards to go with the strategy YOU want to play.

The deck you play with, while being completely playable out of the box, is only the beginning of your martial arts journey. We want you to combine styles and techniques to make the most of your fighting experience. We want the purists to build boxing decks, we want the mixed martial artists to combine striking and grappling, and we want everyone to build a deck tailored to their personal fighting philosophies.

Here are some combo ideas to get your deck started =)

Take a gander through our wiki to see all the cards we have out right now!

Remember, the only fighting style that matters is yours!

For those who are wondering how to play the game, here’s the manual/rulebook, or watch this tutorial video!

Each player will draw a hand and strategize the perfect combo to inflict maximum damage to their opponent or stop an attack dead in its tracks. Each player reveals a card against their opponent and resolves the card’s actions. Sometimes the punch gets through, other times the takedown gets stuffed. When the combo ends, the defending player goes on attack and gets a chance for some sweet payback!

It’s card combat at its finest.

There are two ways to win a fight in Uncaged: 

  •  Knock your opponent out by using a combination of punch, kick and submission cards to reduce your opponent’s HP to zero. 

 OR

  • Inflict the most damage to your opponent in each round to win via judges’ decision!

At the start of each combo, one player will attack and the other will defend. Each will draw cards based on their fighter’s weight class and stamina (explained below).

 Both players then review their cards and lay 5 of them down, from left to right, in front of them. This is known as the player’s combo. Attackers will try to inflict as much damage as possible, while defenders try to mitigate damage or stop the attack entirely using combo breakers -- special type cards that reward players for predicting their opponent’s moves and punishing predictable fighters.

Your fighter’s stamina reflects how much energy you have left. In the game this is represented by how many cards you draw. The weight classes each have a different maximum stamina -- lighter weights have more stamina, and thus draw more cards. Some cards require you to spend this stamina for extra effects. You’ll want to use it wisely though, as each stamina spent means you draw 1 less card in the next combo! You refill up to your maximum stamina at the start of each round.

When a card battles another card, it’s called an Exchange. In an Exchange, an attacker that throws an attack (like a punch) does their Actions and pays costs when they reveal their card first, while the defender performs their card second.

Each player’s Combo consists of 5 cards. When all 5 cards are revealed or when a Combo is broken, it ends and both players shuffle their hands, decks, discard pile and all other cards into their respective decks.

Now comes a little payback. They switch roles and the attacker becomes the defender and vice versa. Both players draw a new hand, reduced by the amount of stamina spent in previous combos.

Once both players have attacked twice, the Round is over and both fighters refill to maximum stamina. The player who did the most damage is awarded a Judges’ Point. If both players still have HP after 3 Rounds, the player who has the most Judges’ Points is declared the winner.

As anyone who has seen a mixed martial arts event live or on TV knows, the fight can take place in a number of places and Uncaged is no different. Whether you prefer to strike on your feet or submit on the ground is up to you, but be warned: the experienced veteran knows when to change levels and turn the fight around.

Watch this playthrough video to learn the rhythm of the game!

The design team has had a number of influences, both in real life and from within the gaming sphere. Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon TCG players will all recognize similar mechanics from those games all relocated to UNCAGED: World Fighters. Video games such as Street Fighter and Killer Instinct also played a hand in developing many of the game’s mechanics.

The art team drew inspiration from game and comic titles such as Persona 5 and Injustice while also studying mountains of MMA videos in order to develop a fresh, dynamic visual style. We’re excited to deliver a raw, visceral style that reflects the intensity of MMA combat. 

 We’ve been recruiting from the best of our local indie art community to help put together the amazing illustrations you see in the game. With this Kickstarter we’d like to bring in even more talent from all over the world!

Shipping is included for Canada, United States, EU, and Australia. 

There may be an additional cost for shipping to countries other than the ones listed above. These costs will be calculated and included with the backer survey.

Above is the timeline we've planned for our development, production, and shipping. Because we've already designed and market tested multiple sets of Uncaged, we're confident in our development times. What we've added padding to, however, is how long it could take to do a large production run, have them ship to us, and then have the fulfillment centres get them into your hands.

Risks and challenges

The risks aren’t with creating the product itself as we’ve already designed and developed previous sets of Uncaged and brought them to market. Our main concerns lie with the challenges of switching manufacturers, doing a large print run, and shipping internationally.

We’ll be working very closely with our new manufacturers to ensure that we match the quality of our current cards. We want you to be able to build your decks with cards from any of our print runs without noticing a difference.

We’ve also never done such a large print run before and realize that complications might arise. We’ve planned for some delays, but that doesn’t guarantee we won’t encounter any unforeseen ones.

Furthermore, a larger print run puts pressure on us to get the cards right the first time. We have to ensure that we’ve resolved all wording conflicts with various card interactions. In the past we’ve been able to rectify such conflicts with a new print run, but at a larger scale this isn’t feasible.

Lastly, omg, shipping. Up until now we’ve done everything locally and it turns out shipping is really expensive and complicated. We will be working with fulfillment centers around the world to mitigate this risk.

We’re REALLY excited to see where this game can go. There’s a whole world of martial arts and new mechanics we can explore, and we’d like you to come with us!

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