You walk into a massive space filled with people; bright lights and loud sounds grab your attention. Your eyes narrow as you scan the crowd searching for your prey. Suddenly a chilling sensation sweeps up your spine, you are being watched. You duck around a corner sneaking a quick glance over your shoulder and see... nothing. But you can’t shake the feeling that someone is hunting you.
Welcome to Assassins Ball, a social game played during PAX Prime 2013 in Seattle, WA, August 30 - September 2.
For this game I'll be running a Kickstarter campaign for initial funding. Following forum rules the link to the campaign will not be posted in this thread but can be found on the game websites main page (http://www.phenixone.com)
. Please do not post the link here and ask any question pertaining to the campaign through PM or through Kickstarter itself.
The kickstarter is over, but you can order kits on the game wesbiste. To place an order for kits, go here: http://www.phenixone.com/assassins/ordering.What is Assassins Ball?
For anyone wondering, this has been given specific clearance versus the kickstarter ban on the forums from the Administrator. However, any questions related to the kickstarter itself would be best left to PM or on the kickstarter page. Please do not use this thread to discuss the kickstarter (other than if you want to post that you're participating in Assassins). You will also notice that @MarsChelios
has been careful to not link to it directly, this is by design.
In Assassins Ball you take on the role of an assassin allied to one of five powerful factions. Your mission is to find other specific assassins in the crowd and eliminate them. Each mission lists 1 specific target, 3 generic targets, and an optional faction to target. The more precisely you accomplish your mission the more prestige you gain. As you eliminate players you take their mission and start over looking for the new targets listed on it.
That's the gist. If you'd like to learn more about the game please click below to read the comprehensive rule guide!Your Kit and How to Play
Players can be identified by the large 3” button they wear. The button should be worn on your left arm facing out or on the upper left side of your chest. Each button is printed with a brightly colored shape on it that acts as an identifier for a player, a sticker below the symbol shows the emblem of your faction (You'll pick this when you order or through a survey). An example of the player button is shown below.
The button has both a standard pin-back and a clothing magnet to ensure that it stays on (Note: The example above does not show the clothing magnet). The magnet is completely removable in the event that you are not able to wear strong magnets.Stay on Target!
Your kit includes a mission that list a large symbol for a primary target, three smaller symbols for secondary targets, and one of five factions. An example of the mission card is shown below.
In addition to your mission, your kit also includes an assassination card and an intel card. Assassination cards are part of how kills are registered, you will receive one from every player you eliminate and will hand yours to the player who kills you.
Intel cards are a way to gain prestige even if you're eliminated! Each intel card gives a small amount of prestige to a player when registered. Use it, trade with another player, repeat.
Note that the look of these materials may change between now and printing.Assassinating Players
When you find a player whose symbol matches your mission walk up, say “Hi”, and kill them. Just kidding, assassinating a player is primarily a verbal exchange. Players are encouraged to be creative but not to use prop weapons, do things that could be considered threatening, and above all don’t ruin someones fun.Please note that assassinations are not physical! Please do not use weapons or props.
Each kill can be registered online; primary targets are worth 250 points and secondary targets are worth 100. Matching the faction is optional but acts as a multiplier to the kill doubling a primary kill to 500 points and a secondary kill to 200 points.Factions
Factions are powerful organizations or groups who employ assassins to further their goals, each with a specific theme. The factions and their emblems are listed below, but to find out more go to the factions
page on the games website.Faction Leaders New!
Faction leaders are players dedicated to making sure assassins in their faction succeed. They do this by getting the word out and enrolling players to register, tweeting enemy faction player positions, handing out Second Lives to downed players and even recruiting new players to join their faction!
There will be Faction Leader kits available in the kickstarter campaign and on the website (I may limit these to X per faction but still deciding on how many right now). I'd also like to appoint one player for each each faction from this community. Community Faction Leaders will need to purchase their own kit but will receive a Faction Leader kit for free.Community Faction Leaders
This year I'm going to have a regular schedule of where I'll be each day for dealing with issues, ordering extra kits for friends, extra Second Lives, etc. I will also be attempting to tweet from the @PAXAssassins
account whenever I'm stopping for a bit so if you're around stop by to say hi!
For all of these scheduled meetup times it would be extremely helpful for you to communicate in advance which meetup you plan on meeting me at, when you arrive and what to look for. I will have a fairly large sign out with an image similar to the the image at the top of this update.I request that you plan ahead and be on time to avoid missing me as I will be keeping to this schedule pretty tightly.Friday MeetupsThe Crumpet Shop (Pike Place), 8:30AM - ~9:15AM1503 1st Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
Stop in and grab a tasty crumpet before slaying your enemies.WSCC Level One Lobby, ~9:30AM - 10:00AMEntering from the corner of Pike St and 7th Avenue, this will be directly to your right.
Entering from Pike St take a right and go down the stairs, lobby is to your left at the foot of the stairs.WSCC Level Two @ Juicy Cafe, 2:00PM - 2:30PMFrom entrances head up escalators to Level 2 then go around the left side of the next set of escalators and forward to get to the Juicy Cafe. Meetup will be in the table area just outside of Juicy Cafe.Saturday, Sunday, and Monday MeetupsWSCC Level Two @ Juicy Cafe, ~9:30AM - 10:00AM & 2:00PM - 2:30PMFrom entrances head up escalators to Level 2 then go around the left side of the next set of escalators and forward to get to the Juicy Cafe. Meetup will be in the table area just outside of Juicy Cafe.What's next?
Don't see something covered here or uncertain about something? Got a suggestion or constructive criticism? Think this is awesome? Let me know below! I'm very excited about this years game and I hope you are too!
If you're posting a question for me, please place @MarsChelios
in your post so I can be alerted and respond promptly.Help get the word out!
Assassins Ball grows primarily through word of mouth. With the all or nothing nature of Kickstarter I need your help more than ever to make sure Assassins Ball is at PAX Prime! Help me get the word out or let me know any suggestions you have on reaching people!
Here's some ways I'm connecting with people:
- Assassins Ball on Twitter. Don't forget the #PAXassin hashtag.
- Assassins Ball on Google+
- Assassins Ball on Facebook.