The world is once again before the abyss - this time it's Thalara. The card game of the same name is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. The publisher Wredespiele has set a campaign target of around 5.100 euros, and more than a handful of supporters have already invested. The campaign runs until September 16. 

It's about magic, arcane energy, and powerful artifacts. There is a lot in the card game Thalara. What is not there, however, is luck, because the author Alexander Wrede deliberately avoided it. Instead, the focus is on good hand card management.

Thalara: All cards on the table!

The author promises that the asymmetrical card game should be highly interactive. It's about putting together your deck hand - and literally playing with open cards. All the magic spells are on the table, there is no luck factor in drawing them. Another highlight: cards are tied to the hand in rounds, you don't just get rid of them, but you have to play them in the next round.

The rules are clearly explained, you can get started quickly. Another advantage is the clear equipment: Alexander Wrede does not work at Thalara with useless card ballast. Efficiency “made in Germany” is the order of the day with this plant, which plays so differently than comparable fantasy card games with deck construction mechanisms. Because there are different characters, each with a different style of play, balancing is particularly important and something the author valued.

Thalara gameplay: all spells are open on the table. Image rights: Wredespiele

Thalara gameplay: all spells are open on the table. Image rights: Wredespiele

Thalara is played with up to four players, corresponding pledges are available on Kickstarter as part of the crowdfunding campaign. The “Clash Pack” for two players costs twelve euros, and backers who want to tackle the card game with a full team have to put down 20 euros.

This project is Alexander Wrede's debut on the popular crowdfunding platform, which is known for making dreams come true or even burst. The makers did not start the financing phase unprepared, on the contrary: Wrede and Co have sought advice, gathered a small community and are now reaping the benefits. There are of course the typical “stretch goals” in the campaign aimed at an international audience. For a few moments, Thalara is in good shape: of the targeted around 5.100 euros, around 50 percent have already been raised, from now over 130 supporters (as of August 18). Time remains until September 16to secure the remaining funding. - Germany's largest range of board games