Worldbreakers: Advent of the Khanate

Created by Elli Amir

Clash with your opponent in this 2p card game set in an alternate 13th century Asia.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Assets done, printer review and approval is ongoing
2 days ago – Mon, May 16, 2022 at 08:01:09 PM

I am both happy and relieved to report that almost all of the Worldbreakers assets are done. All that remains are a few more tweaks to ~20 campaign cards and one last rulebook page which we added last-minute. In order to be as efficient as possible, I am sending the assets to LongPack's review in waves. This allows me to apply any feedback immediately instead of waiting for one big batch of comments.

In particular, the rulebook is 99% done, and you can download it in all of its glory! I would like to give a huge, huge, HUGE shoutout to Jamie Perconti, the Worldbreakers rule manager and co-designer, for all of their hard work writing, editing, proofreading, proofreading, and proofreading.

Here is one of my favorite pages, the play area spread:

Timeline Update

The original plan was the finish pre-production by the end of June. If things proceed in the current pace, I hope to get it all done by the end of May instead, putting us one month ahead of schedule. This is excellent news as it gives us a wider buffer for any delays such as COVID shutdowns. We are on track for the promised March 2023 delivery!

See you in two weeks,

-- Elli (he/they) and the Worldbreakers Team

Layout update: Cards are done, rulebook is at 90%
16 days ago – Tue, May 03, 2022 at 02:19:04 AM

I am going through the process of laying out all of the components for the printing of Worldbreakers, proofreading and correcting the text along the way. I am excited to report that card layouts are 100% done. This has been a laborious process: I initially tried two automatic solutions (Nandeck and InDesign) but both of them left a lot to be desired. Moving a word down a line or shifting the mythium cost a few pixels can lead to significant aesthetic improvements. Thankfully, this was a fun way to revisit aspects of the game with which I have not interacted in a while, such as the Apprentices cycle:

I am really happy with how this cycle ended up, in art, flavor, and mechanics. They went through a bunch of changes over playtesting and the uniform "X → draw 1 card" showed up relatively late.

Looking at laying out the other components:

  • Turn Tracker: Done.
  • Rulebook: 90%. Everything is done except for the gameplay area and combat example.

EDIT: This incorrectly said 85% when I first sent the email. Sorry about that.

  • Punch Boards: Individual counters are done. The original printer templates required four punch boards to fit all the counters. I reorganized them into three punch boards and I am waiting for new templates.
  • Solo Campaign: 60%. Chapter 1-5 are done, and I am in the process of laying out chapters 6-10.
  • Box: 50%. I have the front, still need to work on the back.

One surprise component which I am especially proud of is the four-player draft rules card. The Worldbreakers base box supports two-player draft. However, anyone who got the card doubler can play four-player draft as well. Since this is a separate product, I decided to include the rules there instead of in the main rulebook, which led to this little gem:

The cards were by far the most complex and I expect the rest of the components to take just a few more weeks. Once this is done, the next step will be sending the assets for design review by the printer. Hopefully that should be straightforward, since I have been keen on sticking to their templates.

Finally, a quick reminder that I am posting several updates a week on the Worldbreakers Twitter account, such as this post about the section of the rulebook that presents the three game modes. Follow me there if you are itching for more Worldbreakers news.

-- Elli (He/They) and the Worldbreakers Team

Surveys are out!
26 days ago – Fri, Apr 22, 2022 at 04:44:11 PM

The BackerKit smoke test has gone well and I now pushed the button and sent all of the surveys. Please comment here or email me if you don't receive your survey in the next 24 hours or if you have any questions.

In particular, please let me know if your shipping fee jumps to $1,000. BackerKit does not have a graceful way to deal with shipping issues.

If you missed the campaign or have any friends who want to buy a copy, the Worldbreakers pre-order store is now open.

-- Elli (He/They) and the Worldbreakers team

Smoke test incoming + pre-order store
28 days ago – Thu, Apr 21, 2022 at 09:10:23 AM

We reached the first major fulfillment milestone: Kickstarter has transferred the campaign funds to the Worldbreakers bank account. This means that I can proceed with the BackerKit smoke test. What is a smoke test, you ask?

BackerKit smoke test

The BackerKit smoke test sends surveys to 5% of the backers from each pledge level in the campaign. It’s a way to catch any errors in the BackerKit survey and make sure everything runs smoothly. Therefore, if you receive a survey in the next few hours and see any issues, please let me know via the BackerKit interface or by emailing me directly. I will make sure to fix them as quickly as possible.

The rest of the surveys should be sent within a few days. I originally planned to open the BackerKit in early May, so this puts us about one week ahead of schedule! 

The pre-order store is now open

If you missed the campaign or you have any friends who would like to get a copy of Worldbreakers, please direct them to the pre-order store:

https://worldbreakers.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns about store.

First "Join the Universe" card revealed

The Worldbreakers campaign included an exclusive "Join the Universe" tier, where the most devout of fans could have their likeness featured on a card. I'm excited to announce the first such promotional card, Carlo Gozzi's "Mythium Fund":

Carlo, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the universe of Worldbreakers! You can learn more about the card and illustration process in this blog post or YouTube video.

See you in two weeks,

-- Elli (He/They) and the Worldbreakers Team

Worldbreakers post-campaign: Now what?
about 1 month ago – Tue, Apr 05, 2022 at 06:19:34 AM

The Kickstarter campaign is done and I will now focus on getting Worldbreakers to your gaming table as soon as possible! Most of the dominos have been put in place even before the campaign. However, there are a few loose ends that need to be taken care of. Moving forward, I will send these updates every other week to keep you posted on the progress of manufacturing, freighting, and fulfillment.

Backer survey and pledge manager

Kickstarter is expected to wire the campaign funds to my account within 14 days. I will send the backer surveys as soon as I receive their confirmation. The survey will ask for your address, any playmat choices (for Deluxe tier and above), and whether you want any additional items. If you made a tip jar pledge, the survey is a great opportunity to pick up a copy of Worldbreakers. Last but not least, if you missed the campaign entirely, I will launch a pre-order store within a few days.

Production tasks

The biggest item on the TODO list is layouting all of the game components according to the templates provided by LongPack Games (the Shanghai-based manufacturer). Thankfully, Alec Zemper, our graphics designer, did an excellent job making everything as modular as possible. In parallel, I am collecting the final playtest reports with the goal of closing v1.0 of all of the cards for the solo campaign and the different two-player play modes. I expect both of these tasks to finish within a few weeks. Needless to say, I will keep you informed on my progress through these updates.

Volatile Furnace, by Emilio Rodriguez

Would you like to know more?

If you want more frequent updates, please subscribe to any or all of the following channels. I ordered these according to activity levels, so Discord has the most chat and announcements:

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Thanks again for your help bringing Worldbreakers to life. As always, please comment here or on the main project or email me if you have any questions.

-- Elli (He/They) and the Worldbreakers team