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Lord of the Chords was created by Jonathan Ng, Keith Teo, and Jun Yu Phang, three musically-inclined game enthusiasts who wanted to create a game to make learning music theory fun. Ironically, it stemmed from how much they hated learning music theory as kids--Ng admits to having been so bored in a one-on-one lesson, he even fell asleep. It wasn't until a music teacher described music theory as a game with rules to play that it suddenly clicked for Ng. Building upon the game metaphor, Ng teamed up with Teo and Phang to make music a literal game and created Lord of the Chords.

Lord of the Chords launched on Kickstarter on February 12, 2019 and was fully funded in only 75 minutes. Within 4 hours, all stretch goals were unlocked, including a larger size of their coveted keyboard box and higher quality materials for the cards and game pieces included. By the end of their campaign on March 20th, they raised over $313,000.

Lord of the Chords uses two different types of cards in gameplay. The first is the note cards, which you must collect to complete chords for the key signature you are assigned. Once you complete a chord, you receive a key signature tile and move on to your next key signature. You must collect three key signature tiles to win the game. The second is the Action cards, which can help you get ahead by either giving yourself a boost or penalizing your opponents. You can make three moves on your turn, but there are more than three possible actions to take, so you have to strategize carefully.

One unique feature of the game is that it is easy to tailor to the player's skill level and knowledge of music. As you practice and learn more, the game adds more elements to test your knowledge. To find out more about Lord of the Chords, check out the links below.

Game Information:
Number of players: 2-4 players
Suggested Play Time: 30-45 minutes
Suggested Age: 9+

Included in the box:
1 Keyboard Storage Box
60 Note Cards
44 Action Cards
13 Instrument Tiles
12 Key Signature Tiles
8 Tonality Indicator Picks
12 Accidental Tokens
1 Instruction Booklet

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: February 12, 2019
Ship Date: December 2019
Website: Lord of the Chords

New Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: September 22, 2020