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Van Ryder Games (VRG) is dedicated to producing high-quality, thematic games and gamebooks. Founder A.J. Porfirio started Van Ryder Games in 2011, and it has since grown to a team of six. A.J. has a love and passion for thematic games and wants to bring each customer an experience they’ll never forget. A.J. has an affinity for solitaire games, which lead to the design of Hostage Negotiator, VRG’s best-selling title. Hostage Negotiator: Career is the thrilling conclusion to the award-winning Hostage Negotiator franchise.

Hostage Negotiator: Career launched on Kickstarter in April 2019 and was fully funded the same day. A.J. thanked the backers, gamers who’ve bought HN at conventions and retail, and retailers that have supported HN. VRG added a 48 Hour Bonus Goal, which brought an Alternate Finale to the original pack. Hostage Negotiator: Career was VRG’s highest Day 1 backer count of any project they’ve done. It was also the highest Day 1 dollar funding amount of any VRG project. Backers opened 18 stretch goals, which added new playmat options, an additional rulebook, and much more. By the end of the campaign, 2,500 backers pledged $193,461 to help bring this project to life.

Hostage Negotiator: Career is the final installment of the Hostage Negotiator series, taking the experience to new heights. Career requires more of the existing Hostage Negotiator game content. HN Career is a system that turns the Hostage Negotiator experience into a connected ten-year campaign. Players experience more than just negotiations. They also have key events in the days between them. The campaign generally takes 4-6 hours to complete, and the system is completely replayable with different events and Abductors each time. Each campaign round is one year of the player’s Career. Throughout that year, players track several stats and mark them on their Career sheet. The game ends when players reach their 10th year, but can also end before with a shameful retirement if players lose too many hostages.

Each year in the player’s Career consists of four phases. The Stressor Event, The Career Event, The Negotiation, and the Personal Event. As players round through each event, even more can happen. Stress checks force players to roll a die and compare it to their current stress level. Players pass or fail those checks based on the luck of the die. As a player’s career progresses, they can move up in rank and get as high as Captain. Players also earn rewards as they play, including Advanced Skills that can aid in future years.

To learn more about Van Ryder Games and their project on Kickstarter, check out the links and details below.

Game Information:
Number of player: 1
Suggested Play Time: 4-6 hrs
Suggested Age: 15+

Included in the box:
Game cards
Campaign Sheets
Red viewing frame

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: April 2019
Ship Date: April 2020