Masters of Mutanite - Innovative Spatial Deckbuilding Game

Created by Andrew Federspiel

Collect superpowers around the city. Mutate your character to gain special traits. Weaponize the environment for explosive effects!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Big Rules Update: 4-6 player Free-for-All, Coop Villain Mode, 6 player Team Mode
about 1 month ago – Sat, Mar 27, 2021 at 08:02:19 AM

Hi all!

It's been 2 months since the campaign ended. Thank you to everyone that has completed their BackerKit surveys so far, we're at 82% completion. If you have not completed your survey, please do so before April 12. If you lost your survey, get another one here.

I've been working on a bunch of additions to the rules from the content we unlocked during the campaign. I'm excited to announce that the following is playable today on Tabletop Simulator:

  • 4-6 player free-for-all
  • Villain Mode (1-6 player cooperative mode)
  • 6 player team mode

I would love your help testing the new content. ANY testing of the 3 additions above would be helpful. In Villain Mode, there are some player counts I haven't tested, so the villain life numbers definitely need to be balanced. Please post any feedback/questions in the campaign comments.

A lot of the rules were restructured to make those work cleanly. I've also made a bunch of other tweaks to the rules:

  • Fire and water are no longer unlimited, they are moved from other zones if they have run out and you're trying to spawn one. This limits the elements from getting out of control in games with lots of players and keeps the zone "shapes" dynamic (rather than "everything is dangerous" in late game).
  • Cleaned up how exhausting the power deck works - now players get 1 bonus mutanite per turn if the city is out of powers, so folks get traits or easy boosting of powers late in the game with lots of players
  • Cleaned up confusion around gaining poison while simply picking up powers (you shouldn't, but that wasn't clear for some players, rightly so from how the rules were sequenced)

On some other rules topics:

  • I have opted to keep Player Elimination in the normal free-for-all game. The amount of time that eliminated players are out of the game is minimal, and thematically it feels right. Even in a 6 player game, the game is already quite ramped up when someone gets eliminated--the dominoes fall quite quickly after that. Also, the solves for player elimination introduced undesirable effects, especially in larger player counts.
  • I have not addressed First Player Advantage, I'm still weighing the options on this one. It was higher priority for me to get rulesets in for the large variety of ways to play so you guys have them to test. If you want to try this out in 2 player, I'd suggest having the second player start with 1 mutanite, or the first player start with a smaller hand.

I look forward to hearing your feedback, thanks!

-Andy

Pledge Manager Surveys, Rulebook Work
3 months ago – Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 05:46:31 AM

Hi all! Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate!

Pledge Manager Surveys

It's been two weeks since the campaign ended, so I'm starting to send out surveys for the pledge manager. This is where you'll fill in your address, add additional copies of the game, and pay for shipping. I'm still planning for the game to ship by December, this just gives me an idea upfront how many copies I should manufacture and ship to different regions. BackerKit requires a "smoke test" of 5% surveys sent out first, so a few of you will receive surveys before the full blast goes out. If you think your address might change, you'll be able to update it through the pledge manager. It will be open through April 12, but there's a long time between April and December, so I'll likely check in again on any further address changes.

Rulebook Work

I've been working on restructuring the rules to accommodate the additions from the campaign. In addition to playtesting, actually writing out the new rules lets me wrap my head around the full implications of certain complexities. I'll let you know when I have something concrete for you to try out.

Have a great weekend! (Long weekend for those in the US!)

-Andy

That's a Wrap!
3 months ago – Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 07:19:27 PM

THANK YOU!

We did it!! Because you all believed in Mutanite, it will live to see the light of day and we'll all be able to experience the EPICNESS in person! The timing of its delivery later in the year will be wonderful, too—after Covid has waned, we can start to spend quality time with each other again, smashing each other to bits! In the meantime, if you haven't played, I encourage you to try it on Tabletop Simulator until you get your copy!

Quick Thoughts

What a rollercoaster of a campaign. On Day 1 we did great. Day 2 was the US Capitol news which I think took a toll on our battle game, and for the next few days I was convinced we weren't going to recover. Then we kind of did! ...and then it slowed down big time. After you all expressed your feedback and we incorporated some great additions into the game, we started to gain traction again. Some key press also helped to keep bringing new eyes to the game. In the end, WE FUNDED! And that's what matters in the annals of history.

...that, and rocking out to the Mutanite theme song:

This unbridled enthusiasm from Dennis of BrettspielSuchties captures the spirit of the game perfectly! It's all about jumping in, picking up some sweet powers and traits, and driving ice cream trucks into your friends to make them frosty. The gameplay FEELS frictionlessly visceral and that's why I love that video.

What's Next?

This campaign was a ride and I am quite out of energy! So I'm going to take a break, re-energize, and mutate into post-campaign Andy that has special traits for developing 1-6 player competitive and cooperative modes. I'll make sure to keep you all updated with the goings on, and hopefully eventually put some rulesets out so you can try the new additions for yourselves. I've already started working with BackerKit on surveys, as well as talking to Matt at PandaGM about getting an updated quote after Chinese New Year.

Thank you all again. I can't wait to get this game made and into your hands!

Sincerely,

Andy

Stretch Goal Hit! Only 12 Hours Left!
3 months ago – Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 09:27:11 PM

It's the final hurrah!

Welcome to our new backers! We've unlocked Larger Zone Boards to feature the city art in its full glory! Next up is 3 Kickstarter Exclusive Power Cards if we hit $30k. Here's our status:

Any final shares on socials may get us to that $30k mark!

Thanks,

Andy

FULLY FUNDED!
3 months ago – Wed, Jan 27, 2021 at 10:42:58 AM

We did it, folks! Masters of Mutanite is FUNDED!

With all your support, and the help of some generous (!!) backers, Masters of Mutanite is going to be a reality! This is perfect timing before the 48 hour email goes out tonight to project followers. 

LET'S CELEBRATE!

Shout out to Foundry Game Room for tipping us over the funding goal! Go check them out!

Thank you all and let's keep marching on to those stretch goals!

-Andy