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Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
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“IT'S PLEDGIN' TIME! ('nuff said)”

There’s always a debate with a Kickstarter project aside from the standard ‘To Pledge or Not to Pledge’

To Pledge or You Know Why Not Just Grab It On CSI For 30% Off A Year From Now…

In terms of Capes and Villains – here’s a tip https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shingogames/capes-and-villains

Pledge!

A careful look at the campaign not only shows a great game but also some pretty awesome loot that I would recommend getting now. It is a very generous campaign.

Instead of Early Birds – they are unlocking Milestone Cards – which are free to those around during the unlocking (and available for a little fee at the end for those that miss out. No Promo Left Behind!)

In terms of add-ons: Expansions, Play Mats, A Not-So-Much Hardcover Art Book as a Bio and Universe Factoid laden tome much like the old Who’s Who in the Marvel Universe or a pretty little hardcover Capes and Villains Comic Vine for your coffee table, metal dice, and more create-a-art than you can shake a stick at a far lower than most campaign prices. Heck – you can create an entire deck. BAM! POW! BIFF!

And a little math shows the pledge levels offer some deep discounts for bundling add-ons

Cape Up! Loot Up! Pledge Now!

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Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
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“Preconceived Notions: Musings on the Capes and Villains Campaign by the Hai Mind :)”

Hi Guys and Girls and Dragon Avatars πŸ™‚ I wanted to blow my review box here at Capes & Villains and do a sort of a pre-conceived notions review about the concepts I know in regards to C&V and my general thoughts and chatter on the campaign and say ‘If you are interested – check it out!!!!’ Sadly I can’t do that (makes sense though)and I don’t want to be an all up-in-the-face cheerleader over on the KickHotsheet, so I figured I would put a ‘Campaign and Nebulous Product’ Review here. (I guess I’m blowing a ‘Tip’ box – but I wanted to try this. I didn’t put it in Discussions because I wanted something with a title so it is a reference point and people can access it. I am not doing this for XP, but as a platform for information. Feel free to ignore rating it or give it a thumbs down if you felt this a bad idea or a misuse of BGdot resources. πŸ™‚

I convinced this campaign to come on over to the BGdot and use it as a KickSupport Platform because I think the BGdot is an awesome site. It is fun, friendly, informative, and dare I say it – Zazzy! It is a good place to be as a gamer and for a campaign it is nice to not get lost in the crowdfunding crowd of the B-other πŸ™‚

For better or worse, I like to fangirl and try to help campaigns that show a lot of heart and charm and a little something special. Gamers helping gamers is my motto and the banner under which I march through the Cardboard Kingdom and that really is the grassroots foundation of The Kick buried down deep (although sticking one’s hand out for free Stretchies is nice too ;)) Since I persuaded Capes & Villains to bring their campaign here, I wanted to do a little dog and pony show and campaign for them. If you would just indulge me for a moment, I promise to keep it short and somewhat entertaining and not my normal tangential splashing about in a Muddy Stream O’ Consciousness style. [Although it may be a bit late for that πŸ™ :P] Thank you —-Hai πŸ™‚

Preconceived Notions: Musings on Capes and Villains by the Hai Mind

The Game

*Much like Sentinels the designer has a universe spinning in the background of his game. On the company website the characters have bios and backstories (Ok – some of them need work :))The characters belong to what he calls ‘districts’ – their home turf. Deco City is the mock Gotham, etc. The characters have a little more dimension than the two on the card – they have hideouts, cronies, henchmen etc. There are some big ideas in his head. The game has a mythos of sorts and a lot of potential. It would be fun to be on the ground floor of a growing universe.

*What’s the best part of a comic book?

Watching Bats eat a tuna sandwich as he mopes away to his personal man-at-hand?

Nope!

Answer: THE MEGA SHOWDOWNS AND ROOFTOP BATTLES!!!! This is what the game is about. The POW, BAM, BIFF of comics. It is a quick frenzy of a game about trying to be last man of iron, woman of heroic go-go boots, or alien deathmonger standing. A toe to toe, cape to cape, showdown.

*I know a game play vid is coming, but in talking with the designer, it sounds a bit like King of Tokyo . The dice represent bursts of energy you are using to power the powers on your cards. Quick immediate attacks, preparing a just in case defense, or ‘locking’ away dice to power those ueber-moves on a forthcoming turn. Throwdown Yahtzee in tights!

*Honey Bee is super sassy! I want to be her when I grow up! πŸ˜‰

The Art

*Each character has a unique deck with unique art and a unique style, some doubles, but not just a single big over-sized character card and generic play cards. You’ll feel like your character as the dice start flying.

*This is a game for the Cardboard Kingdom AND the Paneldom. Gamers and Comicheads unite! The comic mash-ups are fun and fully realized. Each pair of cape and villain has their own style that fits well and connects the pair. The mash-ups aren’t spoofy, but fun homages.

*Did I mention the ART? I love it! It isn’t just part of a card – it’s part of the game.

The Loot

*The game price is market right. The 4 expansion decks seem fun and varied and as a bundle for $20 – they increase the game by a half. It clocks in between a Munchkin base with a heftier expansion than a foil and Smash-up with an expansion. ‘NUFF SAID!

*There are a bunch of kitschy add-ons. T-shirts, dice bags, play mats. Not really my cup of tea – but since the designer is a graphic artist he does have in-house familiarity with these things and they are sure to be quality.

* The ART Book I’m not a super fan of these. They are nice and if they tumble into a bundle I pledge I am not going to give them the stink eye, but I don’t seek them out. This Art book is a bit more though. It is more of a Capes & Villain Universe Guide. There’s the character art and bios and background and secrets. It is more like a hard bound Marvel Who’s Who or a Comic Vine for the coffee table. πŸ™‚ That I like – also in the $75 tier you get it with the game and the 4 expansions at a significant discount. That’s a sweet spot for a game and comic fan.

* METAL DICE!!! (I don’t know… that seems like a big thing so I decided to shout it…)

The Pledges

*The pledges are mostly build upon bundles which are always nice

* THE ALLY Ok – let’s really talk about this one. IT IS SWEET SPOT CENTRAL. Most ‘Vanity’ pledges or ‘Design-o-Cards’ start at $300 or so. This is $150. It comes with the game, the expansions, the book, the dice, the foil stamps, a playmat (of what you design)and a card. Cart this up by itself and it is $160. So either you just got a $10 discount on a ton of stuff and a FREE card design or you got a design a card pledge for half of what it normally goes for and a TON of FREE loot – like the game!!!! πŸ˜‰

I spoke with the designer asking if this was just your mug on a generic template.

Nope. These are cards that haven’t been put through the art mill yet so he figured why not give them over to the backers.

I asked if I had a ‘Lady Deadpool’ type idea, could I really get that idea conceptualized. The Answer: Sure!

WOW!

The mindset of Capes & Villains HQ is about wanting you to feel part of their universe – what better way than allowing you to be part of the game. (With certain general guidelines ;))

I’m going to be MUD HONEY! The Clayface/Sandman/Mystique/Poison Ivy foil to your friendly neighborhood Honey Bee! YAY!!!!!!

* That Crazy Pledge That Nobody Ever Pledges Why do people even do them? For 10K if you fly your own bum out to GenCon we will sit awkwardly and eat Chinese food with you for an hour! No Thanks!

This one is actually worth it (if you can rob a bank for Capes & Villains .) You help create 20 pieces of ART! You conceptualize your own Hero or Villain Deck (about 15 card arts), an arch-nemesis, a henchman or sidekick, an Agent of Gauntlet, and some civilian schmoe. You get 6 playmats and all the other pledge loot. Sure it’s 1,300 smackers, but you are paying about 60 dollar a pop (far less than a NYCC commishy ) to design your own slice of imagination cake for the game! I’m sure if you ask nicely they’ll even buy you some GenCon pizza if you are there.

The Campaign

* No Early Birds but No Promo Left Behind The C&V is trying something new – rather than those Early Birds that can become a can of worms – they are doing Milestone Promos. During various ‘times’ in the campaign (First Day Backer, 50% Funding ) and maybe just off the cuff when they feel like it – they are achievement unlocking various secret promotional cards. If you are a backer at that point – it’s yours FREE! If you miss out on any – they will be available for a tiny add-on fee (or if you want additional sets). It’s a good-natured, low pressure way to encourage pledging. It might not be a super rallying point, but it is kind of fun. It was exciting to get a little update saying ‘Surprise! This is today’s card for hitting the halfway mark! Good job guys!’ It was like a little thank-you for loyalty and hard work. I found it sweet.

*The comments section is fun. The designer is a good presence for Q&A and people are friendly and it is sometimes a silly good time. I’ve seen some old faces I know and it is a happy place to say ‘Hi’ and chit chat and get a little hyped up about the campaign.

Final Thoughts

I think it is a game with good potential and a universe that will be fun to play around in. The campaign seems solid without any gimmicks. The developer is friendly and excited about his product. There is a good symbiosis between the developer and the backers. It really seems like a group effort to make the best product they can. Even without those tempting ‘vanity’ pledges, you’ll feel part of the game when all is said and done.

*enlarges fist dramatically* Mud Honey gives it a solid (if somewhat squishy) THUMBS UP!

So while you are all hopped up on the Cape Juice – don’t delay!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shingogames/capes-and-villains

CAPE UP AND BE A SUPPORTER HERO!

Thank you again for listening. I really appreciate it πŸ™‚ And yeah – it was a bit of a tangential Muddy Stream O Consciousness, wasn’t it? Oh well – sometimes it is fun to splash in puddles. *wiggles toes*
—- Hugs, Hai πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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