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Hello friends and fans of Game-O-Gami, and Happy 2017 to you! As we ramp up to Immortal‘s upcoming release this year, I’ll be presenting you with previews of the intense gameplay and amazing artwork you will find in the game. Today, we have a spotlight on one of Immortal’s card artists.

Meet Jonathan Torres. Jonathan is a self taught artist from the USA, with a bright future ahead of him. He is driven and motivated, and has a great attitude towards the creative process. You can see more of Jonathan’s excellent character and environment paintings, in his portfolio.

Below are some of the characters that Jon has illustrated for Immortal: “Nuadha of the silver arm” (Celtic mythology), “Harpies” (Greek mythology), “Tengu” (Japanese mythology), and “Koress” (a special custom card pledged for by one of Immortal’s Kickstarter backers.)

For more of the deluxe artwork that we have been creating for Immortal, visit our gallery page.

Pre-Orders

Copies of Immortal: Master Set One, the Roman Pantheon and Promo Card Packs, the Art Book, and the Mythology Playing Cards can be pre-ordered on our store page. Pre-orders come with free shipping in the USA, and a reduced price off the MSRP! Immortal is due to be delivered to Kickstarter backers and Pre-Order customers a little later this year, and then released to retail stores shortly after.

Stay tuned for more previews and announcements! Happy gaming,

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

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Happy New Year

On behalf of Game-O-Gami, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year, Prospero Año Nuevo, Yoi Otoshi Wo, etc, etc…  2015 has been a big year for Game-O-Gami as indie game developers, and we will be working very hard to make sure that 2016 is even bigger and brighter!

Art Progress

The stretch goal Kickstarter project for Immortal this past October was a success, thanks to our dedicated fans and supporters! Since then, we have been working on the artwork for Immortal‘s two new pantheons (Celtic and Egyptian mythologies), and have made excellent progress. A few new artists have been brought onto the project to help finish the remaining illustrations for the game, art book, and playing cards.

The first of these is Andrei Pervukhin, an extremely talented artist from Russia. Below are a few of the new characters from world mythology that he has contributed to this project: Sobek, Osiris, and Khnum from the Egyptian pantheon, and Great Turtle from the American pantheon.

Immortal strategy game character art by Andrei Pervukhin

Andrei really knows how to capture the feel of different environments, and is particularly good at painting water and textures. You can see more of Andrei’s excellent artwork in his portfolio.

The second new illustrator for Immortal is a versatile digital artist from China, who goes by the pen name RING. Below are a few of the character illustrations that he has recently contributed: Amaterasu (Japanese sun goddess), the Banshee (Celtic harbinger of death), Hathor (Egyptian goddess of love and motherhood), and Spider Grandmother (American creation spirit).

Immortal strategy game character art by RING

His brush and color techniques are really impressive, as is his ability to quickly grasp and sketch out a concept. You can see more examples of his skills in his portfolio.

If your eyes are hungry for more of the deluxe artwork that we are creating for Immortal, you can visit our gallery page.

Pre-Orders

If you or your friends would like to own this game, you can pre-order Immortal: Master Set One, the add-on card packs, the standard edition art book, and the mythology playing cards on our store page.

Immortal is due to be delivered to Kickstarter backers and Pre-Order customers in spring 2017, and then released to retail stores shortly after.

We will be sharing more of the artwork and game design previews that we have been working on for Immortal, as we build up to our mid-year release of the board game. Once again, Happy New Year!

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

 

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Immortal, Game-O-Gami’s strategy game of warring mythologies, successfully funded on Kickstarter and is now in pre-production for its 2016 release! Now we have launched a new Kickstarter project to expand Immortal with 2 new pantheon factions, adding the Egyptians and Celtics to EVERY COPY of the game! This is a short, 2-week project, ending on October 8th.

Immortal - a strategy game of warring mythologies

If this “stretch goal” project is successful, we’ll be able to add 36 new unique characters inspired by Egyptian and Celtic mythology, along with their amazing artwork and new special abilities, to the board game before it goes to print. With your help, we will be able to pack 50% more cards, artwork, and gameplay into Immortal’s debut release.

You can back Immortal now to get all 6 factions and the limited edition card packs!

We are also creating a new deck of custom Playing Cards, featuring Immortal’s beautiful artwork on every card (54 unique characters!) Unlike most custom playing card decks, which only illustrate the face cards, every card in the Immortal Playing Card Deck will be illustrated with a fascinating character from world mythology.

All new artwork created for this project will also be added to the Deluxe Edition of Immortal – An Art Book of Myths and Legends from around the World, which you can also get from the current Kickstarter project as an add-on reward.

Immortal - Mythology Playing Cards

The Immortal Playing Cards deck is an awe-inspiring work of art for collectors of custom playing cards and lovers of world mythology.

Your favorite myths are being brought to life through these stunning cards – painted by talented and trending fantasy concept artists, including Xia Taptara, Milek Jakubiec, Monika Palosz, Grant Griffard, Kian Ng, and David Sanhueza.

Every one of the 54 cards will feature a unique illustration of a god, goddess, hero, or monster from the myths and legends of four distinct cultures: ancient Norse, Greek, Japanese, and Egyptian.

Immortal - Mythology Playing Cards

Thank you for backing this Kickstarter project for the board game and/or the playing cards, today! Your pledge dollars go towards helping indie artists make our dream projects for you to enjoy. The Kickstarter project for the Egyptians, Celtics, and Playing Cards will run until Thursday, October 8th.

And in related news…

Game-O-Gami and All Us Geeks are teaming up to offer a giveaway contest for 1 copy of Immortal: Master Set One when it releases in 2016.

The contest is running right now, until October 6th, and is open to geeks in the US, Canada, UK, France, and Germany. You can find the details of this contest, and enter, at All Us Geeks.

Immortal: Master Set One

Immortal is currently on Kickstarter, funding until October 8th.

Immortal is a strategy game of warring mythologies, in which you wield the power of the gods to capture your opponents’ forces and turn their powers against them! This board game is for 2 – 4 players, has an average playing time of 60 minutes, features intuitive card-capture gameplay, asymmetric player factions, and amazing artwork of ancient Norse, Greek, Egyptian, Japanese, Celtic, and Native American myths and legends.

Thank you for checking out Immortal on Kickstarter, and good luck to everyone entering the contest!

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

 

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Immortal, Game-O-Gami’s strategy game of warring mythologies, successfully funded on Kickstarter!

We did it!

Thanks to generous backers and awesome gamers like you, Immortal is now funded, allowing us to proceed with finishing this game and getting it out to backers and friendly-local-game-stores around the world. Thank you everyone for making this possible, bringing another Game-O-Gami game to life!

I am also excited to announce the NEXT project for Immortal on Kickstarter… That’s right, we’re running a new Kickstarter project starting on Tuesday, September 22nd, to upgrade the board game with new pantheons, new cards, new special abilities, and new artwork – adding 50% more gameplay content, cards, and art than before!

Egyptian and Celtic pantheon cards from Immortal

Egyptian and Celtic pantheon cards from Immortal

If the new Kickstarter project is successful, we’ll be able to add 36 new unique characters inspired by Egyptian and Celtic mythology, along with their amazing artwork and new special abilities, to Immortal before it goes to print.

We will also be funding a new deck of custom Playing Cards, featuring Immortal’s beautiful artwork with unique characters on each of the 54 cards:

Immortal custom playing cards on Kickstarter

Immortal custom playing cards, coming to Kickstarter

 

This will be a short, 17-day Kickstarter project, ending on October 8th, so we can get to the task of making the new content as soon as the project is funded. An official announcement will be sent out when the Kickstarter launches on September 22nd, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter (on the right-hand column of this page) to get that announcement and back the upgrade project on the first day! 

 

Shout-Outs to the Media

I would like to express a special THANK YOU to all of the game reviewers, bloggers, and journalists who helped promote Immortal during its Kickstarter campaign. These are awesome, friendly people who love games. Their support, both publicly and privately, is something that I greatly appreciate, and is one of the reasons that I love being in this industry.

If you have the time, please take a moment to check out their websites, and follow them if you like what you see/hear (if I have forgotten anyone, please accept my apologies.)

jPlay

Undead Viking

Board Game Brawl

The Meeple Mechanic

NVS Gameplays

Watch It Played

Geek Dad

The Gaming Careers Podcast

All Us Geeks: The Game of Crowd Funding Podcast

Punched and Played Podcast

The Startup Gamers Podcast

Tabletop Gaming News

Purple Pawn

Gameosity

Ludo Noticias

El Club del Dado 

Blog Egdgames

Cubo Magazine

Calabozo Criollo

Kostki Zostaly Rzucone

Deskovehry

Gamebox

Board Game Quest

Dice Tower News Podcast

Kicking the Table Podcast

Initiative Tabletop

Bordspeler 

QueJuego

Dice and Tiles

Darkstone.es

I look forward to having you join in the next chapter of Immortal, when the new Kickstarter project launches on Tuesday, September 22nd. Thank you very much for being part of the Immortal journey!

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.

game-o-gami_Immortal_Book_Kickstarter_Pages_3D_01_BIG

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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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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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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I am very excited to reveal to you GAME-O-GAMI’s next big game in development: IMMORTAL – a game of mythic strategy!

Immortal - card game of mythic strategy - cover image

The war of the gods has begun. Born from the dreams and nightmares of mankind, legendary beings are gathering forces to crush their enemies. They have put their fate in the hands of mere mortals like yourself, granting you the power to lead them to victory. Capture your opponents’ forces, turn their powers against them, and forge your own legend!

In Immortal, ancient gods, heroes, and monsters battle for control over mythic realms. 2 to 4 players assume command of powerful pantheons summoned from world mythologies – the first of many planned master sets will feature characters from the Norse, Greek, Japanese, and Native American pantheons. Each pantheon of character cards offers unique abilities and strategies to be mastered. Battles take place on modular grid boards, representing the nexus of mythical realms. The goal of the game is to control the most cards on the board by capturing your opponents’ cards and defending your own.

Immortal - strategy card game - examples

Card Examples

During the game, players take turns placing their character cards on the spaces of the board. Each card has a distinct combination of battle strengths, represented by numbers on its four edges. When a card is placed on a space adjacent to the north, south, east, or west edge of an opponent’s card, an attack begins and the strengths on the cards’ touching edges are compared. If the attacker’s strength is greater, then the defending card is successfully captured and now fights for the attacking player. Special abilities can influence the results of an attack, and set the board up for future combos by strengthening allies, weakening enemies, and bending the normal rules of the game.

After the first battle, players upgrade their pantheon decks with more powerful cards, and expand the battlefield with additional modular boards. Victory goes to the player who controls the most cards at the end of two battles. Game variants allow players to form teams, change the rules of engagement, or play faster matches. Once players have mastered the basic strategies of the game, they can mix and match characters from different pantheons to build their own custom decks. As Immortal evolves, more pantheons will be added from the myths and legends of distinct cultures. These expansions will introduce new abilities and playing styles to the game.

Immortal - strategy card game - examples

Card Examples

Immortal has been developed, playtested, and polished over the course of three years under the former working title Legends At War. The game is designed by David Sanhueza (me), with artwork by popular fantasy concept artists Xia Taptara, Monika Palosz, Kian Ng, Grant Griffard, Milek Jakubiec, and David Sanhueza. We’re in preparation to launch the game on Kickstarter in early 2015.

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

I am really looking forward to revealing more about Immortal as it develops, and giving you sneak peeks at the game’s stunning artwork and strategic gameplay. If you have ideas, questions, or suggestions, then let’s get the conversation started! More coming soon,

– David

 

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