• 50% of sales will go towards professional art and design for the final version of Deck of Wonders
• 50% of sales will go to the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which defrays legal and medical costs for Hong Kong protesters
• Anyone who gives $10 or more will receive the Print & Play PDF files for the Deck of Wonders: Hong Kong Protest Print & Play Prototype (delivered mid-November 2019)
• Anyone who gives $100 or more will have their name listed in the Thank You section of the Deck of Wonders: Hong Kong Protest Print & Play Prototype rulebook (delivered mid-November 2019)
• Anyone who gives $612 or more will have their name listed in the Thank You section of the final, full, PHYSICAL Deck of Wonders rulebook (delivered mid-November 2021)
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What is Deck of Wonders?
Deck of Wonders is a solo-first expandable card game with legacy elements. It captures the feel of playing games like Hearthstone or MTG, but in a solitaire format.
The story is that you’ve stolen the Deck of Wonders from Fate herself and, as you make your escape, all manner of magical creatures start coming out of the woodwork to both help and hinder you. Chief among these are Fate’s Villains, who are hunting for the Deck of Wonders at her command (or perhaps for their own selfish reasons).
When the game starts, you select the Villain you want to face off against. Each Villain has a set of special rules you MUST follow and a set of cards that you MUST use in your deck as long as you're facing them. To their cards you add additional cards from your Collection, which forms the deckbuilding challenge of the game: what cards should you add to the deck that can take advantage of the special rules, and combo with or counter the Villain's cards?
All these cards go into the same deck, which you and the Villain take turns drawing from. This works because each card has two halves: one to use if drawn on the Player turn, and one to use if drawn on the Villain turn. The Villain halves are stronger, faster, and more powerful than yours (Fate is on their side after all), but they will attack mindlessly following a simple set of rules called the Priority System. It's up to you to outplay the stronger Villain by manipulating the Priority System and leveraging the synergies of the deck you've built!
As you defeat Villains and progress in the game, you will unlock special legacy packs. Each legacy pack will have special cards that alter the play experience in surprising ways, forcing you to change your strategic approach. Once a Villain is fully defeated, you can add their cards to your collection for use against other, more powerful Villains, and you may even unlock special, permanent upgrades for your cards. You’ll need every bit of help you can get to stay in front of the difficulty curve, and the choices you make around what to upgrade turn your collection into a unique representation of your decisions and play style.
What’s in the Prototype?
The Deck of Wonders: Hong Kong Protest Print & Play Prototype is a Print & Play version of the Deck of Wonders prototype that I’ve been selling at conventions, but with a unique title card dedicated to the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. It contains all cards, rules, and 2 legacy unlocks from the first Villain in the game; as well as hand-picked cards from the Base Collection that form a challenging but fair deck.
The PDF Print & Play files contain:
• 1 Hong Kong Protest Special Edition Title Card
• 24 Villain Cards
• 28 Base Set Cards
• 2 Legacy Unlock Packs (in separate files so as to not spoil any surprises)
• 1 Villain Portrait with Special Rules
• 1 Player Portrait with Base Rules
• 2 Health Cards
• 1 Rulebook
• Confirmation that 50% of the amount raised through this campaign was donated to the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund
Hong Kong Protest Special Edition Title Card:
Gameplay Demo (Battle Lines & Priority System Explainer)
Gameplay Demo (Full Game Playthrough)
What's the Connection between Deck of Wonders and the Hong Kong protests?
About the Hong Kong Protests
The best, most concise explanation I’ve found of the Hong Kong protests is here, although it’s now a few weeks old and things have only escalated since then. I’m sure that even over the course of this campaign the situation will change, so while I’ll try to keep this overview current, please check the latest news for yourself.
My overview: Authorities are clamping down hard on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and things have become chaotic and violent. Many of those protesting in support of democracy are young, under-resourced, and otherwise vulnerable. Their voices are being actively stamped out by militarized police and other people in power. Apart from raising awareness of their cause, we can help them by defraying the legal and medical bills resulting from their protests.
About the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund
(From their Facebook page) The 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund provides medical expenses, psychological/mental counseling fees, legal fees, and other related humanitarian support for all injured, arrested, or related persons in the [pro-democracy] campaign.
I've researched the fund through several 3rd party sources (e.g. the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal), and I'm as confident as I can be that it's not only legitimate, but the best, most centralized place to send support. If you'd like to donate to them directly, you can do so here .
Why this Cause?
I'm sure several people are wondering what connection Deck of Wonders could have to the Hong Kong protests. Good question! It all started when a professional Hearthstone player from Hong Kong, Blitzchung, won a major tournament and spoke out in support of democracy during his interview. Afraid of anything that might hurt their profits in China, the makers of Hearthstone banned Blitzchung for a year, took away his winnings, and even fired the interviewers that were on-screen with him at the time. Hearthstone has definitely been an inspiration for Deck of Wonders, but their backstabbing of free speech and human rights advocates left me shocked and appalled. Supporting 612 is my small way of standing up for those things where my former role-models failed to.
Dennis Furia: Game Designer - This is my first game, however I've co-hosted a gaming podcast since 2012 and have a decade of professional experience leading entrepreneurial innovation
Jen Furia: Business Planning - Head of Analytics and Insights for a Fortune 100 company by day, Jen has helped design every facet of the Deck of Wonders business plan (including signing off on this GoFundMe)
Elsa Furia: Concept Artist - Elsa is an accomplished artist across several mediums, and has been the driving creative force behind leveraging the unique card format of Deck of Wonders in creative ways
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