So, way back in 2015 I came up with an idea for Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a card game. And Ragnarok Publications ran a kickstarter to make that idea a reality.
The kickstarter got funded (yay) but things did not go smoothly. Ragnarok (who received the kickstarter money) nosedived into chaos and eventually disbanded.
Thankfully, after years in the doldrums Gallant Knight Games rode in to save the day and deliver on the kickstarter.
The decks went out. Backers got to play the game. Everyone was really good about the delay, and fun was reported once the cards got into play.
Gallant Knight Games have now put the game on sale so that the wider public can have a go without the drama and delay of kickstarting it. You can just order a deck and have it delivered swiftly to your door!
Just click HERE! Would make a good stocking filler for Christmas!
Here are a few shots of the game in action. This example is a two-player game, but three or four can also play.
The rules are rather like the pirate's code ... more by way of guidelines.
The mounted horsemen cards aren't used in play, just to replace horse + horseman pairs on the table.
Get started by dealing ten cards to each player.
Player 1 got this lot.
Player 2 got some effect cards and two horsemen in his deal.
After a couple of rounds Player 1 puts down Famine. Both players arrange their delay cards around her.
Player 1's first line of defence is a Beached Whale boosted by Underpants of Awesome so that its defence against famine is 5. Enough to resist a mounted horseman! Behind that he has a diplomat and a puppy.
Player 2 has a similarly robust defence against famine, with a Herd of Buffalo in the front rank, backed up by a Celebrity Chef and a Canadian!
Later Death's Horse is drawn and immediately goes into play.
Player 1 puts in place a Doctor boosted by a Defibrillator, and backed up by a Porn Star. Doctors are good vs Death. Porn Stars less so.
Player 2 deploys a Life Support Machine backed up by Rasputin.
Pestilence joins the party.
Player 1 deploys a Rat Catcher backed by Confused Tourists and ... it looks like Cub Scouts?
Player 2 deploys Big Pharma, an Aid Worker, and as a last line of defence ... Florence Nightingale.
Player 2 strategically boosts his Herd of Buffalo to a defence of 6 with a Missed Meal and adds a Cake Factory on the end. Famine may be mounted now, but she isn't getting through that lot!
Player 2 uses a leviathan boost card to strengthen Famine to an attack of 5. Player 2's boosted Beached Whale goes down before her. The game's first blood! It leaves only an Esteemed Diplomat, a Puppy, and Two Nuns in a Bath to keep famine at bay. They won't last long! Unless Player 1 can rustle up a defender with strength 6 vs Famine or manage to have some other Horseman get to Player 2 soon he is going to lose!
As a side note... Trump and a Porn Star ended up side by side in this game.