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MacGowan & Lombardy's THE GREAT WAR fast-playing card game

A project in Oakland, CA by Lombardy Studios

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2 players use modern technologies, combined arms tactics, and force multipliers to win World War One in an hour.
Backers: 508
Average Pledge Per Backer: $52

Funded: $26,611 of $18,000
Dates: Nov 3rd -> Dec 7th (35 days)
Project By: Lombardy Studios
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Latest News

Future updates on the game's production schedule

December 7th - via:
Although the Kickstarter is ending, we will continue to add updates on the production schedule of MacGowan and Lombardy’s The Great War card game over the next few months. You should receive those updates from Kickstarter as we post them. However,... (Read More)

Stretch goal #7 is unlocked – All stretch goals will be published with the game

December 7th - via:
Thank you to everyone for your support of this Kickstarter! We wanted to let you know that everyone who pledged will receive a survey from Backerkit for your shipping address, and a survey asking a few questions such as where you heard about our... (Read More)

Backstory to the War of the Worlds stretch goal #7 is now live

December 7th - via:
We posted an illustrated 2-page backstory about why the War of the Worlds expansion was created, and explains science fiction author H.G. Wells' connection to The Great War. It can be downloaded in several places on the Lombardy Studios website,... (Read More)

Stretch goal #6 unlocked!

December 7th - via:
Everyone who pledged $34 or more will now receive the additional wild cards (mostly Jokers). Thanks for this incredible last-minute push! If we don't unlock stretch goal #7 as part of the Kickstarter, it will be released as the first expansion in... (Read More)

Stretch goal #5 unlocked!

December 6th - via:
Zeppelins, Central Powers allies, and more, oh my. Add-ons list coming this week after the campaign ends.  (Read More)

Stretch goal #4 unlocked!

December 4th - via:
USA forces are now in the game. Thank you! The next stretch goal has Central Powers allies and additional weapons. Check out the previous update about post-campaign add-ons.  (Read More)

Yes, there will be add-ons after the campaign ends

December 4th - via:
Several supporters asked about add-ons. We are working with Backerkit to offer some interesting add-ons, including: • Extra dice • Extra decks of cards (along with cards from all unlocked stretch goals) • Deluxe 1/16-inch thick Decks &... (Read More)

Stretch goal #3 unlocked!

December 3rd - via:
The next stretch goal brings the USA into the game. Help us reach this stretch goal – consider buying a second game by simply doubling your pledge amount. In the continental US, 2 copies of the game going to the same address is the same shipping... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #2 is unlocked!

December 3rd - via:
Thank you to all of our supporters. Canadians, Australians, Indians, Italians, and Colonials will be part of the game.  (Read More)

Solo version update

December 2nd - via:
Thanks to your amazing support, MacGowan & Lombardy's THE GREAT WAR will soon be published! In response to your requests, we’ve been developing a solitaire system that will be unpredictable without being entirely random. In one option we’re... (Read More)

1st stretch goal unlocked!

December 1st - via:
Thank you to our supporters! We unlocked the first stretch goal and are on the way to #2 that will add Canadians, Australians, and Italians.  (Read More)

We are funded!

November 30th - via:
Thank you so much to everyone who helped us reach our goal. There are a lot of followers who may have been waiting for this to happen, so now is the time to consider a pledge to help unlock those stretch goals. We will start preparing the art files... (Read More)

US World War One Centennial Commission article on The Great War 2018 exhibit and the card game

November 28th - via:
Dana helped produce an exhibit about America in the Great War that went on display in 2018 in the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building. You can see photos, get a virtual tour, and read how that project led to Rodger & Dana's The Great War... (Read More)

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25th - via:
Happy Thanksgiving to all our backers and followers and their families!  (Read More)

No Dice No Glory podcast interview with Dana Lombardy

November 24th - via:
The great guys at No Dice No Glory interviewed Dana regarding the background story on M&L's The Great War card game and his long history in the wargame industry.... (Read More)

No extra shipping cost to send 2 copies to same address

November 23rd - via:
We are over 85% funded! Help us reach our goal sooner and start unlocking stretch goals by ordering 2 copies of MacGowan and Lombardy's The Great War card game and share with a friend. There is NO EXTRA SHIPPING CHARGE to send 2 games to the same... (Read More)

Fun podcast interview with Dana on Harold on Games

November 19th - via:
The Harold on Games podcast invited me to do an interview today about MacGowan and Lombardy’s The Great War card game. We had a lot of fun (and laughs at my expense as I learned how to share images during a live interview) while I answered his... (Read More)

Play Mat for Keeping Track of Battle Points & Turn Victories

November 18th - via:
Use this play mat to record accumulated battle points as well as which side wins each turn. One-inch square markers are die-cut (perforated) to separate easily. The play mat and markers will be included as part of the basic game once we reach our... (Read More)

Will there be add-ons available?

November 17th - via:
Brian Hart and other supporters asked about add-ons for this Kickstarter. YES! We will offer extra sets of dice and extra decks of cards. Plus we have 2 other special add-ons to be announced soon. You can also buy a second copy of the game at any... (Read More)

What other nations/leaders will be in the game?

November 15th - via:
Nelson Keeler asked if there will be US Army cards, and Brian Hart is hoping for Canadian commander Sir Arthur Currie. YES THEY ARE! Check out the stretch goals, guys. There are more nationalities and key leaders added to the basic game of... (Read More)

Where can you see how the game is played?

November 14th - via:
Watch the introductory video at the top of the Kickstarter page. After my introductory remarks, starting at the 3:15 point and ending at 6:45, I  explain how a turn works.  (Read More)

"Neat tactical choices with a fun bluffing element."

November 12th - via:
“I had the pleasure of learning the game from Dana Lombardy himself. It's a fun light wargame. Neat tactical choices with a fun bluffing element. Also doubles as a deck of playing cards.” by Tim Porter – 11 November 2020 Thank you, Tim!  (Read More)

Thanks to all of our veterans and their families on this special day

November 11th - via:
We just want to say "thank you" for your service and dangers veterans face protecting all of us. We also want to remember the veterans of World War One to whom we dedicate our game. Part of a 2018 America and the Great War exhibit Dana helped create.... (Read More)

Remembrance Day: The Great War card game from MacGown and Lombardy

November 11th - via:
Lombardy Studios currently has a Kickstarter that features colourised photographs and commemorates World War One. It’s a card game for one or two players, can be used as a standard deck of cards and doesn’t require you to buy any extra booster decks to keep up with friends. (Read More)

What's extra in the Teacher's Guide pledge level?

November 8th - via:
Aron Stegenga asked what is different about the Teacher's Guide pledge level. It's exactly the same game with 2 decks and all unlocked stretch goals cards. The only difference from the basic game is several pages of lesson plans and other suggestions... (Read More)

You can add the teacher's guide to any pledge level

November 7th - via:
Donald Byron Johnson asked if he can add the teacher's guide to another pledge level. Yes! At the end of the campaign we will list the add-ons that people can request.  (Read More)

Teacher's Guide pledge level is open to anyone

November 7th - via:
One of the backers asked if they could pledge for the teacher's guide level. Yes, there are no restrictions on this level. You do not need to prove you are a teacher or that you will donate the game to a teacher or school. We believe strongly in... (Read More)

Extra decks as add-ons & Solitaire playtesting now under way

November 6th - via:
Everyone who asked about buying extra decks: YES! We will offer extra decks as add-ons after the campaign ends. We are now playtesting solitaire rules. These will be provided with every backer's order as a standard part of the basic game. SOLO rules... (Read More)

KS Supporters can buy extra decks and other components

November 5th - via:
I overlooked the most obvious add-on: extra decks! Yes, anyone can order additional decks and other components when the campaign ends.  (Read More)

Add-ons for The Great War? YES!

November 4th - via:
Both Laszlo Csiri and Aron Stegenga asked about add-ons like the ones Rodger MacGowan provided for his RBM games. YES! We are getting costs to produce a deluxe play mat for the game as a start. What else would you guys like to see for possible... (Read More)

Solitaire possibility

November 4th - via:
Charles Rosselli offered to explore how to make a paper AI in order to provide solitaire capability to the game. John Falcon asked if we can make the game solitaire suitable. WE ARE WORKING ON THIS! Craig Robertson, who designed the first expansion... (Read More)

Solitaire & multi-player questions

November 3rd - via:
Chuck Rosselli asked if there is solitaire capability, and if he buys more than one copy of the game can 4 or more people play? Good questions, Chuck. The only way TGW can be played solitaire is if we do a computer/online version with AI as your... (Read More)

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