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Blood of Rome

Blood of Rome is a board game of gothic horror in ancient Rome. Game-O-Gami's latest game pits Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, and Slayers against each other in a struggle for the soul of the empire!

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Game-O-Gami is proud to announce a new game in development:

Blood of Rome (3-4 players, 60-90 minutes) is a board game of gothic horror in ancient Rome. Rome will burn, Rome will bleed… 

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In Blood of Rome, supernatural factions fight a secret war in the streets and catacombs of the ancient city. Vampires, Werewolves, Gargoyles, Witches, and Slayers form alliances and vendettas in their conflict over the soul of the empire. Each player secretly belongs to one of the five Factions, with the goal of gaining the most victory points for their faction. They can achieve this goal by helping their faction’s Agents occupy the most Locations on the City Board, and by slaying the agents of other factions with which they have a Vendetta, adding those agents as points to their Catacomb.

Players take turns placing cards from their hands onto the limited slots of each location on the board. Each card belongs to a different faction, and has special abilities which can: add new agents to a location, transform agents from one faction into another, slay agents, trigger a combat vote, acquire new cards, and more. Any player can play a card from any faction on their turn, thereby manipulating their enemies into doing their dirty work for them. A Calendar of Auguries tracks the cycles of the sun and moon, triggering additional special abilities on the cards, depending on when they are played.

Blood of Rome - board game - sample cards

The game is being designed by David Luis Sanhueza, featuring art by Milek Jakubiec (whose amazing work has already been seen on some of the cards in “Immortal“.) Blood of Rome is still in the design process, and expected to make an appearance on Kickstarter in 2016, after Immortal is released.

Additional information about Blood of Rome is available in the official press release, and on BoardGameGeek.

Blood of Rome’s factions include: 

Wolves of Romulus – the Werewolves – A secret pack of shapeshifters, descended from Rome’s founders, who have entrenched themselves among the city’s military elite. Strongest when the moon is full, their cunning political manipulations are enforced with feral ferocity. Long ago, the Werewolves were entrusted with defending the city from outside threats. But over time, they have become corrupted and paranoid about internal threats to their power.

Sisters of Hecate – the Witches – A coven of priestesses who draw magical power from worshiping the old gods. They are based in the temples of Rome, representing the city’s religious elite. Until recently, they had a peace treaty with the Werewolves going back hundreds of years, ruling the city together from the shadows. But ancient rivalries have finally sparked the flames of all out war. The Sisterhood’s power is also threatened by the Chosen Ones and their strange new religion, which is spreading like wild-fire among Rome’s slaves and commoners.

Gorgon Sentinels – the Gargoyles – Ancient creatures who have slumbered for centuries under a witch’s curse. Once, they acted as neutral arbiters between the Werewolves and the Witches, enforcing the peace in Rome through their nightly vigil. But they were betrayed when those two factions grew resentful of the Gargoyles’ interference in their schemes. Now that the curse’s power is broken, the Gorgon Sentinels have awoken to restore order to Rome… even if that means killing every other thing inhabiting the city.

Carpathian Horde – the Vampires – An invading horde of undead barbarians from the east, who have come to drain Rome of every drop of blood. These blood-thirsty revenants raid the lands outside Rome’s walls, preying upon anyone foolish enough to try to leave or enter the city at night. Those vampires which have infiltrated the city stalk its catacombs during the day, and rise to the streets to feed from dusk till dawn. Their blood curse can spread to anyone, making them a threat to all other factions in Rome.

Chosen Ones – the Slayers – Christian slaves and gladiators who have risen up against the oppressive tyranny of their supernatural masters. Fanatical physical training and unwavering faith give them the strength to battle these nightmare creatures. Their new religion has spread rapidly among Rome’s poor, who turn to the Chosen Ones for protection. They have sworn to purge the monsters from Rome, cleansing the city of its sins with fire and blood.

More information and images for the game will be revealed in time. Until then, if you’re interested in the game, you can go to BGG to give a thumb’s up to the cover art or become a fan / subscribe. Happy gaming!

David Luis Sanhueza
GAME-O-GAMI
Founder, Creative Director

 

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Game-O-Gami’s latest game, Immortal, is now funding on Kickstarter!

Immortal is a strategy board game of warring mythologies, designed by David Sanhueza, with artwork by Xia Taptara, Monika Palosz, Kian Ng, Grant Griffard, Milek Jakubiec, and David Sanhueza. The Kickstarter campaign will run until Thursday, July 23rd.

Check out the great rewards we are offering on the Kickstarter page, including the game and Art Book:

Immortal Kickstarter Rewards

Thank you for supporting indie artists and grassroots game development, by backing Immortal today!

David Luis Sanhueza
GAME-O-GAMI
Founder, Creative Director

 

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Edit: Immortal is now live on Kickstarter! Go check it out now, reserve your copy today, and help us fund this amazing game!

Immortal board game on Kickstarter June 1st

 

Immortal, a thematic strategy board game of warring mythologies, will be launching its Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday, June 23rd. This is the second game by designer David Luis Sanhueza, published by Game-O-Gami, following the hit family card game Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!

More information about the game, including previews of the artwork and rules, can be found on BoardGameGeek.

You can back the Kickstarter project, HERE.

In Immortal, 2 to 4 players summon armies of legendary gods, heroes, and monsters from four different mythological factions, unleashing them upon each other in an epic war for supremacy. The goal of the game is to gain the most control over modular battlefields, by capturing opponents’ forces and turning their godly powers against them.

 

 

Immortal features: 
– Language-Independent gameplay combining Card Battle, Area Control, and Variable Player Powers.
– Average playing time of 60 minutes.
– 4 Factions based on the myths and legends of distinct world cultures: Norse, Greek, Japanese, and Native American. Each has its own special abilities and asymmetrical playing style.
– Battlefields created from Modular Board Tiles, representing the nexus of mythic realms.
– Stunning Artwork by popular fantasy concept artists Xia Taptara, Monika Palosz, Kian Ng, Grant Griffard, Milek Jakubiec, and David Sanhueza.

Playing the Immortal prototype

 

Playing the Immortal prototype

 

As the game’s designer and art director, I am very excited to finally bring you this labor of love that we have been working on for over the past four years! If successfully funded on Kickstarter, Immortal will be appearing in backer’s hands, and on game store shelves, in early 2016. See you on June 23rd!

Sincerely,

David Luis Sanhueza
GAME-O-GAMI
Founder, Creative Director

 

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Game-O-Gami is excited to announce our latest project! Immortal – An Art Book of Myths and Legends from around the World is now on Kickstarter, where you can order your copy of the Standard Edition book, or the signed and dedicated Deluxe Edition.
Immortal Art Book of Myths and Legends on Kickstarter

Immortal – An Art Book of Myths and Legends from around the World – is a book project featuring full-page illustrations of mythological gods, heroes, and monsters from various world cultures. This artwork is being created by talented and trending fantasy concept artists, including Xia Taptara, Monika Palosz, Kian Ng, Grant Griffard, Milek Jakubiec, and David Sanhueza. Accompanying these breath-taking illustrations are the myths which inspired them, interpreted and written by David Sanhueza.

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The goal of the art direction for Immortal is to combine high fantasy concepts with an impressionistic style, based on loose brushstrokes and moody, realistic light and colors. Somewhat like a mix between the styles of the late masters Frank Frazetta and John Singer Sargent. The ancient myths that this book has drawn inspiration from are often dark and dangerous… and so the artwork has been created to capture that dark and dangerous atmosphere.

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We are really excited to share this project with other mythology buffs and lovers of great artwork! By pledging your support, you can make this unique book a reality. You can help us share this amazing project with an even wider audience, through word of mouth, and by supporting our social media campaign on Facebook.

This is just a 2-week crowdfunding campaign, ending on May 21st. So reserve your copy fast!

– Sanhueza

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#KickstarterHour is a weekly community event on Twitter, for discussing Kickstarter projects, trends, opinions, and strategies for creators. The discussions last for one hour each week (so from 2pm to 3pm, EST), involving topics related to Kickstarter specifically and crowd-funding in general, with great questions asked and advice given every Tuesday. Whether you are a Kickstarter project creator, or an enthusiastic Kickstarter backer, you can use the “#KickstarterHour” hashtag in your Tweets to share your thoughts with the crowd-funding community!

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You can also look at upcoming #KickstarterHour chats through Nurph and RSVP there. Our topic for this Tuesday (March 10, 2015) will be: Finding, Building, and Growing your Crowd.

The hosts of #KickstarterHour are @gameogami and @bbshahriari – you can follow and tweet us for more info about getting involved in the discussions, and ask us any questions you might have about the Kickstarter community on Twitter. #KickstarterHour also has its own dedicated Twitter account, @KickstarterHour – which you can follow for news about upcoming discussions, and for retweets of the best content from each week’s discussion.

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The Master Set for Immortal includes four factions (Pantheons) which the game’s various characters are divided into. Each of these factions represents the myths and legends of a particular world culture, and will have a distinct gameplay flavor all their own. The first of these four factions that we will be talking about is the Norse Pantheon!

Immortal - strategy card game - examples

Here we have character cards exhibiting the Norse Pantheon’s tendency for passive-aggressive abilities, depicted by the icons in the bottom-center of the cards. The Norse like to take a position and then hold it, punishing their opponents for attacking them.

Tyr has the Scar ability. Any card which attacks him, regardless of the outcome, will gain a permanent -1 penality to all four of its combat strengths after the attack is finished.

The Midgard Serpent has the Traitor ability. If it gets captured, the Midgard Serpent will be removed from the board and added to the hand of the player who captured it, to be used by him on a future turn. To compensate for having this disadvantageous ability, the Midgard Serpent has higher than normal strengths all around, making it one of the most powerful cards in the game, numerically.

The Valkyries have the Counter-Attack ability. If an attack against them fails, they will attack the offending card in retaliation. So if an opponent places a card with weaker strengths adjacent to the Valkyries, he stands to have his card captured by the Valkyries’ player at the end of that turn.

Immortal - game of mythic strategy - Thor card illustration

Thor by Monika Palosz

Each Pantheon will include eighteen character cards, divided into three Dominions of power: Earth, Sea, and Sky (more on that later.) The cards within each Dominion are sorted into increasing Levels, which determine their relative power to other cards, and when they can enter into play. So one Dominion of one Pantheon has three Level I cards, two Level II cards, and one Level III card. (6 cards x 3 Dominions = 18 cards… 18 x 4 Pantheons = 72 total cards in the Master Set!!!)

Below is the list of Norse characters included in Master Set 1:

Sky Dominion
Level III
Odin

Level II
Heimdallr
Thor

Level I
Sif
Sleipnir
Valkyries

Sea Dominion
Level III
Midgard Serpent

Immortal - game of mythic strategy - Fenrir card illustration

Fenrir by Milek Jakubiec

Level II
Loki
Thrym

Level I
Angrboda
Hel
The Kraken

Earth Dominion
Level III
Surtr

Level II
Fenrir
Freya

Level I
Freyr
Trolls
Tyr

 

It’s very likely that a few of your favorite characters from Norse mythology are not included in this list. What that means is that we have much room for expansion! World mythology is a deep well of inspiration for a game like this. This powerful theme will allow Immortal to grow and evolve as long as players want it to. You can help shape that evolution by telling us what you want to see. What are your favorite myths and legends? Which beloved heroes and terrible monsters do you want to see go to war with the characters we’ve revealed so far?
You can also follow Immortal‘s progress over on BoardGameGeek. More to come!

– David

 

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"Thor" character card

For those of you who have been following the development of Immortal, and for those of you who have just found out about our mythological strategy game, I have an exciting announcement: You can play the game now for FREE!

Well, almost free… Although the game is still in development (most notably missing art for many of the cards), it is fully playable, and I’m making it available for you to enjoy as a Print-N-Play. Below, you will find links to a .zip file with PDFs of all the components you need to play Immortal, and the latest version of the rule book. All you will need is access to a printer, some letter-size paper (8.5″x11″), and scissors or an exacto-knife to cut out the cards and other components (please be careful, we wouldn’t want to get blood on the cards, now would we?)

 

Download the rules and learn how to play:
Immortal – Rule Book (beta-test v3.0) 

Download the Print-N-Play files and join the war of the gods today!
Immortal – Print-N-Play Files  

 

If you do print out and play Immortal, I would LOVE to hear what you think, and get your feedback to make the game and rule book even better. You can contact me by email.

The Print-N-Play Components (all PDFs in the zipped file):

  • Rule Book 
  • 72 Character Cards (4 Pantheons x 18 cards each)
  • Card Backs
  • 16 Boards (for 8 Double-Sided Modular Board Pieces)
  • Marker Sheet with:
  •   – 4 sets of Control Tokens
  •   – Bonus Markers
  •   – Penalty Markers
  •   – Dominion Markers
  •   – Mimic Markers
  • Ability Quick Guide
  • Player Reference Cards

 

Some key info about Immortal:

  • Mythology Theme of epic battles between the gods, heroes, and monsters of warring pantheons.
  • For 2-4 players, with an average playing time of 20 minutes per player.
  • 4 Factions (Pantheons) based on the myths and legends of distinct world cultures, each with it’s own special abilities and asymmetrical playing style.
  • Players can create Custom Decks of hybrid Pantheons.
  • Battlefields created from Modular Board Pieces, representing the nexus of mythic realms.
  • Gameplay combines Card Battle, Area Control, and Variable Player Powers.
  • Win by capturing the most character cards from your opponents, while defending your own.
  • Preparing for a launch on Kickstarter in early 2015.
Immortal strategy game example, Act Two

Example of a 2-player game, during Act Two

That’s it for now! I’m happy to take any suggestions you would like to offer, and answer any questions you would like to ask.  :)  More updates are coming… including new artwork, spotlights on the gameplay, and Kickstarter plans. Come back soon for more!

– David

 

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Hello good people…

The Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! books are on their way! Some of our Kickstarter backers have already received their copies. Many more will be receiving them in the mail, in the next few days. Most will have their books in hand, about a month earlier than we planned.

Now, we’re probably not breaking any Kickstarter records, but I’ve got to believe that finishing early puts us in a pretty exclusive club.  :)

We’ve got some pictures to share of the Art Book, and the fairy tale postcards which were donated to our project by The Brothers Uber:

The Art of Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! art book, and fairy tale postcards

 

And thanks to backer Jamie Greene, for giving us permission to post this photo of the Coloring Books that he has already received:

Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule, cool for school coloring books

For the upper-tier Kickstarter pledges ($60 and up), Mike Maihack and I are busy signing Art Books, coloring pages in the Coloring Books, and creating the Art Prints. They will ship out very soon, and most of these backers should be receiving their packages within the next few weeks. After we’ve finished shipping the final physical rewards (in other words: soon), our backers will be receiving the Digital Editions of the books, in PDF format.

In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you when you receive your books. We want to know what you think of them! If you have photos you would like to share with us, even better!!! You can email the photos to us, and just let us know if we have permission to post them on the Kickstarter page, here on Game-O-Gami.com, and/or on our Facebook page. If you post the photos on your own social media, you can share the link with us as well.

We’re excited to hear from you!

– David

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