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ABOUT

Hockey Hardware is a fun, new tabletop game made for hockey fans, gamers, fantasy hockey GMs, and anyone who likes to win. It's an interactive and competitive game, which requires both luck and strategy to win. Despite its hockey theme, anyone can quickly learn how to play, have fun and win. No previous hockey knowledge or experience is needed.

 

Hockey Hardware is appropriate for ages eight and above; it plays between two to four players; and it typically takes anywhere between 45 minutes and two hours to play. The duration of the game usually depends on the number of players playing and their familiarity with the game.

OBJECTIVE

The objective of Hockey Hardware® is to win the Champion’s Cup by having the most Trophy Cards at the end of the Third Period. Earn Trophy Cards by collecting as many Hockey Stats as you can by rolling the Stat Dice, strategically playing your Game Cards, and avoiding Adversity!

OVERVIEW: HOW TO PLAY

 

There are 15 Rounds in the Game Schedule, which are divided into three Periods and two Intermissions. There are five Rounds per Period.

 

Players want to collect as many Hockey Stats throughout the game as they can. Different Hockey Stats earn different trophies and the player with the most trophies by the end of the game, wins. Players compete for 11 trophies in total. 

At the start of the game, players create their profiles by determining their Conference and Position. Their Conference can be either East or West, and their Position can be either Forward or Defence.

Following this, players will automatically slot into a Roster Level. Roster Levels, Conferences, and Positions can change throughout the game, and these changes can impact a players ability to collect Hockey Stats. For example, the higher the Roster Level, the more Hockey Stats a player can collect; while the lower the Roster Level, the less Hockey Stats a player can collect.

At the start of every turn, a player rolls the Stat Dice to see what Hockey Stats they can collect. The Hockey Stats are Goals, Assists, Shots, Hits, Blocks and Plus Rating.

But be careful! Avoid rolling Adversity, or you risk facing challenges that could disrupt your strategy or setbacks that could derail your season. Buy-Outs and Suspensions are the most punishing, while Line Demotions, Road Fatigue, and getting Benched can hurt your production.

After rolling your Stat Dice, opponents will have a chance to play certain Game Cards to steal your Hockey Stats. However, you will also have the opportunity to defend against their attacks, if you have the right Game Cards in your hand to do this.

Tally your remaining Hockey Stats on to your Score Sheet, and then confront any possible Adversity that you may face by drawing these cards from the Adversity Deck. 

After drawing your Adversity Cards, it's time to roll the Game Die and draw Game Cards.

 

Game Cards reflect different hockey actions that can give you Leader Points, additional Hockey Stats, or intel about your opponents. For example, a Take Away card lets you steal a Hockey Stat from an opponent, while a Stick Lift card lets you secretly peek at a card in your opponent's hand, and a Back Check card lets you defend against a Give Away card.

Strategically play your Game Cards to get yourself ahead or push your opponent's back. 

 

At both Intermissions, all players will count up their tallied Hockey Stats and total each Stat Category on their Score Sheet. Then, players will handout the Hockey Hardware to the leaders for each trophy. This keeps a tab on the leaders, the threats, and the non-threats, so you can adjust your game strategy accordingly. Players can also use the Intermission to cash-in their Leader Points for a chance at the Captain's Trophy, and to replenish their Game Cards if they have less than five in their hand to start the next Period.

Players play through all 15 Rounds and the two Intermissions in the Game Schedule competing for a total of 11 trophies. The player with the most trophies after the end of the Third Period is awarded the Champion's Cup and wins the game!

THE ORIGINAL HOCKEY HARDWARE

Players compete for 11 of the 12 trophies in Hockey Hardware: The Original Game. The twelfth trophy is the one trophy that rules them all - the Champion's Cup. The player with the most trophies after the Third Period ends, is awarded the Champion's Cup, and wins the game!

Below is a list of all the Trophy Cards that are in play in Hockey Hardware: The Original Game. The letters in each trophy description represent symbols of Hockey Stats that are found on the Stat Dice.

 

 

 

 

THE CHAMPION'S CUP: Awarded to the player who has the most Hockey Hardware at the end of the Third Period. The player who receives The Champion's Cup wins the game! 

BEAST OF THE EAST: Awarded to the player with the most Assists (A), Goals (G), and Leader Points (LP) in the Eastern Conference.

BEST OF THE WEST: Awarded to the player with the most Assists (A), Goals (G), and Leader Points (LP) in the Western Conference.

 

BIG SHOT: Awarded to the player with the most Shots (S).

 

BLOCK OPS: Awarded to the player with the most Blocks (BL).

 

CAPTAIN: Awarded to the player with the most Leader Points (LP).

 

ELITE SNIPER: Awarded to the player with the most Goals (G).

 

THE ENFORCER: Awarded to the player with the most Hits (H).

 

MOST VALUABLE DEFENCE (MVD): Awarded to the Defence with the most Assists (A), Blocks (BL), Goals (G), Hits (H), Leader Points (LP), and Shots (S) combined (All stats except Plus Rating (+1)).

THE PLAYMAKER: Awarded to the player with the most Assists (A).

POWER FORWARD: Awarded to the Forward with the most Assists (A), Goals (G), Hits (H), Leader Points (LP), Plus Rating (+1), and Shots (S) combined (All stats except Blocks (BL)).

 

TOP RATED: Awarded to the player with the highest Plus Rating (+1).

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