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Regular price $ 37.82

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From the creators of the bestselling game, Paperback, comes the next chapter in deckbuilding / word games. Play as Penelope Quill, an aspiring, 19th-century author, working to write your next novel, earning money and prestige along the way. Spend your coin on new, more powerful cards to improve your deck and write ever better novels. Be the first to acquire enough prestige to complete your masterpiece and be recognized as the finest novelist of the age!

  • All new gameplay makes this the perfect game for Paperback fans
  • Wordsmiths can score big by discovering the perfect word from their hand of randomly drawn cards
  • Strategic players can maximize the benefit of their cards by carefully crafting the perfect deck
  • All new illustrations from artist Ryan Goldsberry brilliantly capture the era - with some clever twists
  • Multiple strategies to explore
  • Competitive, cooperative, and single-player gameplay options

Ships from warehouses in US, UK, Germany, China, Australia to avoid import taxes/VAT.

What's in the box

  • 50 Starting Cards
  • 140 Letter Cards in 4 Genres (Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Romance)
  • 45 Variant Cards, including Co-Op, Player Powers, Events, and more
  • 5 Player Cards and Player Book Tokens
  • 38 Ink Tokens
  • 18 Remover Tokens
  • Prestige Tracker Board
  • First Player Marker
  • All Cards Printed on Linen Finish 300gsm cardstock

Original Hardback Kickstarter Video

Hardback Components Video

"Hardback is full of great combos, excellent production values, and creative game play. It feels different enough from its cousin Paperback that I’m fine owning both, but if I had to choose one, it’d definitely be Hardback. I’ll never play Scrabble again... my absolute favorite word game." - BoardGameQuest (4.5/5 stars)

"Thumbs up for me. A lot of fun. Highly recommend it" - Tom Vasel, Dice Tower (Seal of Approval)

"Hardback has some really intriguing plot twists that I didn't see coming... I'm really enjoying it." - Jonathan Liu, GeekDad

"Phenomenal" - Rahdo Runs Through It

DIGITAL VERSION Available on iOS, Android and Boardgame Arena

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