About this project
Hello fellow Earthlings!
I take great pleasure in presenting to you the first import from the Planet Zont. The Zont Deck is a deck of many games that you could never play with a regular deck of cards. The goal of this Kickstarter is to get you and all your friends playing games with the Zont Deck.
You should support this Kickstarter if any of these apply to you:
- You like card games.
- You like having an infinite amount of games in your pocket.
- You like making your own games.
- You like owning a piece of Alien culture.
- You like a game system that doesn't need a power source.
"If you're wanting to try something new, definitely check it out…"
- Bower's Gamer Corner Video Review of the Zont Deck
"This is one card game you won’t want to shy away from..." - Vince, Dad's Gaming Addiction Video Preview
The famous and honorable Zont composer Jarum Vom Zont will begin composing a multi-planetary tribute. This original music track will be an MP3 download available by May 1 of 2014 to all Backers.
At $3000 the Standard Zont Deck will be upgraded! See below for more details.
The Zont Deck is a 55-card deck. Like our Earth Deck of cards (you know that one with which your grandmother might have taught you how to play Rummy, or maybe Texas Hold'em) the Zont Deck has been a part of Zont culture for hundreds of years. But...that's where the similarities end.
The Zont Deck has three colors with 5 unique suits of 11 cards each. Each suit has three sets of 1,2,3 and one zero and one four, instead of 2 through Ace like our Earth Deck.
Numbers and colors aside it's the suits that make the Zont Deck truly unique. They are more than just a name and a pretty face (I’m looking at you Diamonds). Each suit is tied to a specific and important part of Zont culture, things that they look up to, aspire, or maybe have just accepted. And because of this each suit represents a power, and how that power works depends on the game being played.
The Zont Deck is a living game system with games contributed by me, a community of game designers, and the Zonts themselves.
These are just a few of the games for the Zont Deck. You can find more games, or upload your own at TheZontDeck.com.
You're not limited to just the games we have created, the Zont Deck is a toolbox you can use to make your own games. You may choose to make games with any or all of the features of the deck. To unlock the true power of the deck, however, you should understand the suits.
The Zont Deck suits each carry a power theme, or type of action. When designing a game with the Zont Deck, you create actions for each of the suits to perform based off the theme of that suit.
Here is an overview of the Suits and their power themes:
THE STANDARD ZONT DECKEach copy of the Zont deck comes with rules for the game Key. There are more games available at http://www.thezontdeck.com. Shipping in the U.S. is included in the reward.
Additional decks may be added on for $12 each for all backers.
The cards are poker size 2.5" x 3.5" and are made from a 12 point 285 gsm clay coated card stock.
THE HONORARY ZONT EDITION
This is a Kickstarter-only edition. It includes one custom Zont Deck and an extended rule and story book (English). How custom? That's up to you. You get to pick any 3 different colors, have your name or your Zont name on the back of every card, AND provide me a list of up to 11 people you consider the most influential or important people in your life or the world. Those names we will place on the Great Zont cards of your custom deck.
Here's an example of your custom back:
And here's an example of one of your Great Zont cards:
YOUR HONORARY ZONT NAME
In addition to a Deck, my Zont associates and I thought, as a sign of interstellar peace, we would offer an honorary Zont name to each backer. My Zont name is Snamo Zont, yours could be Harriet Zont, or Peter Zont. Or Crom Zont. Which is pretty cool you have to admit.
THE WAITING LIST TO VISIT THE PLANET ZONT
But what good is a name if you can't put it somewhere? Everyone else does Thank You lists. We thought why not list your Zont name on a Waiting list to visit the planet Zont? (disclaimer: Not sure when or even if an actual trip will be possible so this is just a Waiting list, not a guarantee of a visit to an alien planet). The waiting list will be posted everywhere it's possible across the Zontco websites and social networks.
THE OFFICIAL ZONT AMBASSADOR T-SHIRT
A 100% cotton preshunk short-sleeve brick red t-shirt with the mysterious and eye-catching Zont Deck logo. Shipping in the U.S. is included in the reward.
YOUR OFFICIAL CELEBRATION DAY!
This is the day that we will commemorate your help by a memorial posting across our social network every year for as long as Zontco LLC exists (hopefully forever). This includes Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Tumblr at the moment, but more as time goes on. If you're business minded - this is a great place for us to mention something important about you and yours.
BECOME AN HONORARY GREAT ZONT
This is it, the top of the reward food chain. A professional illustrator/artist will create a caricature of you in a Zont style that will be immortalized on one of the 11 Great Zont suit cards (to be chosen by Zontco LLC) in EVERY Standard Zont deck produced from this Kickstarter. You will send me a photo of yourself, and we will bring you to life in a way that only a Great Zont could be. In essence, you will be an Honorary Great Zont. You will also receive a 24x18 poster of your card to help commemorate the experience.
There will indeed be stretch goals throughout the campaign. I prefer stretch goals that benefit as many people as possible, so you will see that thinking in each new goal.
STRETCH GOAL #1 : 81 BACKERS
Every backer will get an original music track from the famous Zont composer, Jarum Vom Zont. The honorable Vom Zont will begin his multi-planetary tribute as soon as the project is successful. The track will be an MP3 download available by May 1 of 2014.
STRETCH GOAL #2 : $3000
At $3000, the Standard Zont Deck will be upgraded to full plastic coated 310 GSM with a linen finish!
My name is Kevin Omans and by day I am a creative director in the far away and fantastical land of advertising. At night when I’m done chasing my 3 year old I'm hard at work designing, playtesting and opening the Earth office of Zontco LLC.
The Zonts are the peaceful caretakers of the planet Zont. The Zonts absolutely love gaming. They find great joy in it, and I think we share that joy and this might be a great way for our two cultures to meet. The Zonts are good people and they, for lack of a better metaphor, want to stick their pinky toes into the waters of interspecies diplomacy by opening up a satellite franchise.
If you'd like to hear more about Zont culture or just love gaming too, follow our tumblr at zontcogamingdivision.com.
You can find us on Facebook or Google+, or on Instagram as Zontco. You can also follow our blog at zontcogamingdivision.com. We are serial posters of everything gaming, so we always aim to have something interesting for you to see in your feed.
Risks and challenges
When the campaign is successful, production of the deck will begin. Depending on the status of the stretch goals, this may involve more or less vendors. I plan on keeping you updated on as I enter each stage, from production to fulfillment.
Any problems I'm not thinking of will be handled immediately, professionally and personally!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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