Update: Take the Kingdom is live on Kickstarter and the campaign will run for 23 days. You may pledge for a copy of the game or commission your portrait by the artist on one of the cards and receive the game in a wooden box.
Our preview post below was published on February 25.
In Take the Kingdom, a 1-4 players hand management game from Walnut Games, you play as a Noble intent on becoming King and laying waste to the rival domains to achieve supremacy. It will launch on Kickstarter on March 2.
In the solo mode, you are facing two automated opponents. At the start of the game, you pick up a difficulty level that specifies your starting character (each of the 6 Noble characters comes with a specific ability), and the starting defenses of both you and your opponent. You take a castle card (if you lose it, you lose the game), and the corresponding defenses.
The card comes in four types: Defend, to protect your castle, Attack (to destroy the Defend cards), Action (special effects that can target your opponents or benefit yourself), and Penalty cards that affect whoever draws them. The Defend cards are split into Lands and Defenses: Lands extend your domain, and Defenses, once in play, protect either your Lands or your Castle, up to a limit of two. Attack cards target Defend cards, starting with Defenses of the Lands, Lands, Defenses of the Castle, and finally the Castle itself.
These cards are sorted into three decks of 18 cards, one for the Attack cards, one for the Defend cards, and one for both the Action and Penalty cards. The game is played over 18 rounds. On each round, one card from each of the three decks is revealed. You then allocate one card to each ‘player’ (you and both of your opponents), and cards take effects in a clockwise fashion, starting with you. Enemies will always play their allocated Attack cards against you. Furthermore, if a Penalty card is revealed, you are forced to take it.
At the end of the 18th round, you win the game if you are the sole survivor, or if you have more Defense points from your cards still in play than your fellow noble opponents.