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By Brian Chaon
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Hello Survivors! I am excited to present to you No Hope City! A card game that I have been working on over the past several months and am now showing to the world. It has been a lot of fun working on so far, but now it is time to make it a reality. 

No Hope City is a survival card game where you and your friends (1-8 players) play as a group of survivors living in a post-apocalyptic city scavenging for food and other supplies. There are many dangers to face in No Hope City from enemies with hostile intent to starving to death. You will encounter many events that will both help and hinder your chances of survival. With a bit of luck and careful decision making, your group might just make it out alive. 

No Hope City Is quick to learn and, since you work as a team, it easy to get people to play. The more people you have the better chances are someone will make it through. And if you are alone and looking for a challenge, you can even play the game solo. 

Each player chooses a class card. Each class has a different set of starting items and/or abilities. 

A couple of the classes that you can play.
A couple of the classes that you can play.

Players then will play rounds that represent each day where they must search city districts for items such as food to survive. Each district in No Hope city is represented by stack of cards that you flip over... you might flip something good, or you might flip something bad. Each district of the city has varying difficulty and some cards in the easier district may help with the harder district. In order to win you must reveal the win conditions in each stack. 

There will be many types of food and events that you will encounter.
There will be many types of food and events that you will encounter.

Shuffling causes the outcome to be random, giving the game a dose of luck and suspense. But there is a lot of decision making (even from the start with picking what class to play, or deciding who should go without food if you run out.) that will help or hinder how well you continue to survive. If you plan well enough, there is a chance you will make it.

The Game itself comes with over 200 cards including 3 city districts, each including over 65 cards. The game also includes 8 class cards that have various starting items and/or abilities that will help you. As stretch goals are met, the game will have even more added to it including damage tokens and special items.

Big News: I am happy to announce that I am bringing Bryan Hartnett on board to do art for the game. He will be in charge of drawing up all of the enemies, traders, and other cards you will encounter in the game. His dark and slightly twisted art style will bring the gritty post-apocalyptic look that I want to the game.  He will supply the line art and I will color it up and get it on the cards.

Illustration by Bryan Hartnett
Illustration by Bryan Hartnett
A few item cards for the game.
A few item cards for the game.

Testing has also been a blast. So far every group that has tried it has had a great time. Below is a photo taken just before an epic test round started in October. You can see the sleeved test cards on the table. 

Testing At Zeek's. Much fun was had.
Testing At Zeek's. Much fun was had.

The goal of this Kickstarter project is to take an idea and make it into reality. There are lots of costs to be covered. The most expected costs are in manufacturing the final product itself and it is estimated that this will take up the largest portion of the funding. But there are many other costs involved such as the materials used for playtesting and promotional funding to get the word out about the project. Those costs aside there are many hours that I am dedicating to the creation of playtesting materials, marketing, and most importantly, designing of the game and all of the artwork involved from me and Bryan Hartnett. 

I would be happy to see the goal met and the game out. But I would be even happier to see the game go beyond the goal. To help entice further funding, here are some higher goals that will make the game even more awesome. 

$15,000 - Laser Cat - Exclusive to this Kickstarter run. 
This pays homage to one of the favorite play testing cards that we have been using. For playtesting, I only really needed the cards to function, but I decided to have a little fun and put pictures on the cards, some of which are quite humorous. Probably the most sought after item in the game is the weapon that has a picture of a cat shooting lasers out of its eyes. 

$20,000 - Unicorn Meat - Similar to the Laser Cat. As a joke I added an image of ThinkGeek's Unicorn Meat to one of the food cards to the joy and laughter of the testers. If we hit this goal, I will hit up ThinkGeek to see if we can actually use their product. And if they are not cool enough to give us permission, I will figure something else out that would be just as fun. (Hey, ThinkGeek! I'll mention you on the card... *nudge nudge*)

$35,000 - Zombie Expansion!!!
There are a ton of Zombie games, and I had no intention of making another one. Everyone has a blast with the game as it is. But the biggest question I get is if I will be adding in zombies. I let them know that possibly in the future... well if we can hit the goal, I already have the mechanics worked out, I will get it tested ASAP and in the game at launch as a bonus scenario in the game.

$50,000 - ???
It's a secret.

$100,000 - ??? 
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Risks and challenges

Testing - The game has been going through a lot of testing with over 20 different people. But to ensure the best experience possible, we plan to test it quite a bit more over the up coming months, to ensure quality.

Designing - One of the longest processes will be creating the final "ready for print" artwork. Luckily I am, by profession, a graphic designer. The good news is that it is already underway and I am dedicating my time to making sure it looks great. I have pulled on Bryan Hartnett as an artist to complete drawings for the cards, and with his talented assistance I am sure the project will come out perfect.

Manufacturing - I have already researched and talked with several companies and I have settled on one I think will work well for this project. I will be negotiating and working with this company moving forward. If there is anything you would like to see with the final product, feel free to speak up.

Distributing - It is my intention to handle the distribution, I will be researching my best options. This will be a single time print run, From here I will seek out publishers that might want to carry the game. There are a few exclusive things that you will only get with this print run.

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