Welcome! Orca Jocs presents its first game.
The dwarf king of “Dwarfen” has died without leaving a heir to the throne. The council of elders needs to elect a new king. The most important dwarf clans of the kingdom follow the call and arrive at the high court to conquer the crown and control the mountain. They do what they do best: brag about their successes and great deeds to win over the council of elders.
In King of the Hill, the dwarf throne, each player represents one of the dwarf clans fighting for power and glory. Each player needs to impress the members of the council of elders with their great deeds to gain their vote.
When the days of mourning come to an end whoever manages to unite the highest number of votes will receive the kingdom. This is the backstory of the game.
King Of The Hill is a board game for 2 to 5 players with simple rules, lots of player interaction, with an easy mechanism to allocate workers, bets and resources. The game will last between 30 and 75 minutes, depending on the number of players. Thanks to the simple setup, the game is quick and easy to start.
The recommended age of players for King of the Hill is 10 years or older.
It’s a great game to introduce players into the world of so called eurogames, because the simple mechanisms make for a steep learning curve that allows a clear understanding of the game in one or two turns. More advanced board game fans will recognise an easy eurogame with constant player interaction, through placing workers, using betting cards to win rewards and rune cards to ruin your rival plans. There is an additional possibility of using advanced rules for those who enjoy a more strategic setup involving calculations and estimates.
King of the Hill is the placed 1st in the Iluro 2015 prototype contest.
King of the Hill is a cooperative game working hand in hand with the non profit Ayudar Jugando.
Board of 42x21cm
- 96 bridge cards
- 30 wood meeples
- 25 card tokens
- 1 “last player” token
- 5 score cards
- Rules in Spanish, Catalan and English
- 24x24x5 box
Final components may change its design
The objective is to gain more victory points (or votes) than any other player before the days of mourning (whose number corresponds with the number of players) are over. This points are gained through influencing the dwarf council using runes and adding points for great deeds to the score card.
Each player chooses one clan and takes all tokens of the clan colour, the clan cards and one score card. The council cards are evenly divided between the players (the number depends on the number of players). Then each player ads to his or her score card the scores for 4 great deeds, two clan resources and two additional resources to be chosen after seeing his council cards.
1. Distributing the dwarfs
Starting with the first player (the one with the longest beard, or, in the absence of beards, the smallest player) all players take turns adding their meeples to the board in clockwise order until all meeples have been placed.
There are sever places where players can allocate their dwarfs:
1- Places of great deeds: There are 5 places, one for each resources (war, metal, wisdom, gold and diplomacy) where players can bid for said resources against other players. The first and second bidder receive a reward.
2- Council of elders: Players can attain new council cards, or get rid of those the receive when adding any resources to their score card. Here everybody wins.
3- Runes: Each player bids for two runes during each turn. The winner is allowed to see both runes, keeping one. The second rune goes to the second bidder.
4- The bard: There are cereal different possible actions possible to change one deed for another or exchange them for more dwarfs. Depending on the bid the player can choose one of those actions.
2. Bidding phase
All cards are taken off the different resource locations and dwarf locations and all cards are placed face up into their respective places. The runes are placed into their place, face down.
The last player of this round takes the “last player token” and decides the order of resolving the round. The player decides the location of the bidding, solving the bidding and then choosing the next location.
In order to bid, every player chooses secretly one of their clan cards. All cards are shown at the same time, the highest card being the winner of the bid. In case of a draw, the player who first set a dwarf is the winner. The player use one card per meeple, which means that if there are two dwarfs of the same colour, the player needs to play two consecutive cards if possible. These cards won’t add up but the second card is worth +1. When winning a bid, the player ads the won resources to the score card, or keeps the dwarf cards and the runs in his hand. In case of the bard, each player moves his meeple during the action he would like to realise.
3. Bard phase
In this phase each player can play the bard action which allows him to gain new dwarfs, or to exchange resources, depending on the chosen action.
4. Influence phase
This is the last phase of any given round. The players take down their council cards, if they can. TO do this, they need to take remove the needed resources from the score card. The cards taken off the hand will later be part of the final count.
If a player still has cards in his hand he may keep those cards for subsequent rounds, paying any given resources to get the privilege of keeping the card, or he can discard them freely waiting to gain new cards in the next round.
Some videos to see how to play (Spanish)
King of the Hill: The dwarf throne is the first game of Orca Jocs. That’s why we want to thank all our backers that have helped us approaching the Dwarfed throne:
SUPPORT THE PROJECT: As a backer your name will be stated int he rule booklet as a visible signo of our gratitude for helping us in the creation of this project.
PRICE: The recommended retail price will be 33€ which means you now have the chance to acquire several copies of the game for an exclusive price. The more copies you buy, the cheaper it gets. And if you choose to collect the games yourself, you can save even more money.
EXCLUSIVITY: Receive your copy before it will be available through retail (with exception of those shops that decide to be backers).
BONUS MATERIAL: As backers you will have access to exclusive contents available only to backers of this project.
HELP CREATING THE DWARFEN: As backers you have the opportunity to become part of the game’s creative team, renaming the main dwarfs in the game, and, even more importantly, choosing the names of the clans represented by each player.
CHARITY: As backers you help us to add our grain of salt for the work of the NGO Ayudar Jugando, as part of the profit will go directly to this ONG.
Beardless dwarf: (5€). As a sign of our eternal gratitude for collaborating with us, receive a key chain with a metal coin / token, dwarfen style and silver-coloured, made by Propcorn.
The rune reader: (12€) Addon. Decide the name for one of the dwarf council cards. The name also needs a surname. (The authors have the final word and will work together with the backers for a final result).
Dwarf of the High Court: (24€) A copy of the game, with all additional objectives and with your name printed in the rule booklet. The copy will be personally handed to you by the team in one of the official collaborating shops.
Travel dwarf: (28€) A copy of the game, with all additional objectives and with your name printed in the rule booklet. Includes shipping to Spain.
European dwarf: (38€) A copy of the game, with all additional objectives and with your name printed in the rule booklet. Includes shipping to Europe.
Double plated dwarf: (52€) Two copies of the game, with all additional objectives and with your name printed in the rule booklet. Includes shipping to Spain.
Dwarf leader: (92€) Two copies of the game, with all additional objectives and with your name printed in the rule booklet. Includes shipping to Spain. You can choose the name of one of the main clans featured int he game. The name needs to consist of two words, like Greenleaf and should remind of the clan’s colours and its main characteristics (The authors have the final word and will work together with the backers for a final result).
Dwarf clan: (110€) Five copies of the game, with all additional objectives and with your association / company / shop name printed in the rule booklet. This is your chance to become one of our official partners. Includes shipping to Spain.
Dwarf court: (185€) Only for shop owners. Nine copies of the game, with all additional objectives + one simple version for demonstrations. Your association / company / shop name printed in the rule booklet. This is your chance to become one of our official partners. Includes shipping to Spain.
1- 7000€ Production UNLOCKED
Dwarfen will have a new king. The game has been funded.
2- 8000€. Components improvement
We will add wood tokens to the score cards in place of the card tokens, while we would use card tokens to mar used dwarfs.
3- 9000€. Coin. Only backers
A small “last player” token. A golden metal coin, for dwarfs. Thanks to Propcorn.
4- 10000€. 6th player
The basic version of the game will include the necessary material to add a sixth player (one clan sheet, 6 clan cards, 6 wooden meeples and 5 wooden cubes).
5- 12000€. Physical translation
The game will include translations into French, Italian and German. In case that we do not get to this amount, we’ll create a pdf for download.
6- 13000€. Expansion: the power of the runes. Only backers
This expansión includes 12 different and exclusive rune cards, two for each playing clan.
7- 14000€. Token coins. Only backers
Six tokens to mark used dwarfs. Copper coloured metal coins made by dwarfs.
8- 15000€. Illustrated score cards
Score cards will be enhanced through the magical art words by our artist Brian Deakin. Each clan sheet will feature one of those unique illustrations.
9- 17500€. Clan artwork + keychain. Only backers
you’ll receive printed versions of each clan’s artwork. Also, each backer will receive a keychain with a silver-coloured coin.
10- 20000€. Expansion. Only backers
time of war, a new expansion adding more locations and 8 new event cards.
- 700 Facebook Fans: We will add a round resume card. UNLOCKED
- 100 BGG fans: We will add a rune resume card. DESBLOQUEADO
PICK UP POINTS
- Homoludicus Sabadell- C/ Sant Cugat 16, Sabadell (BCN)
- Ziggurat Jocs- C/Guillermo Marconi, 2. Bajos. Castelldefels (BCN)
- Landromina- C/Sant Llorenç 24, bajos. Terrassa (BCN)
- Doctor Game- C/ Àngel Vidal 17. Sitges (BCN)
- Check! Aribau - C/ Aribau 74, Barcelona
- Cinco Reinos - C/ Mayoral 9, local 1 Zaragoza
- La Sonsònia- C/ Canonges, 10. La Seu d'Urgell (Lleida)
- La Comarca de los Juegos - C/ Donoso Cortés , 1. Madrid
- Kaburi Rol & Games - Paseo de Sant Joan, 11. Barcelona
- Spiel Essen 2016
Verkami campaign until May 22nd. After this date we are going to finish the creative process like the dwarf cards, and some of the design features. Once the graphic details are finished, we will start the physical production of the game which may take between 8 and 12 weeks.
The estimated time of arrival of the game is October 2016.
Oriol Tutusaus: game designer. One half of orcajocs. History graduate with a longstanding passion for board games. He has participated in a variety of board game activities, both as participant, demonstrator or even regainer.
Adrià Càmara: co-designer. The other half of orcajocs. Programmer by day, father by heart and jack-of-all-trades by conviction, he’s always available. Together with Oriol, he has organised events, participated in some and missed out on even more.
Brian Deakin: The artist of the game. Illustrator and designer with experience in movies, television and video games. This is his first excursion into the world of board games.
Photos by Ignasi Blanca