Thursday, May 13, 2021

Press Release - The Market | A Pocket Game from Anthem Creations

All You Need is a Little Bit of Hope
May 13, 2021

Following the fulfillment of a successful first Kickstarter, a local game designer brings a new card game to a wider audience.

G. Wesley Cone - Alamance County father, pastor, and game designer - took a bold step and launched a Kickstarter during the COVID-19 pandemic, when all conventional wisdom screamed “now is not the time to start a new business.” This first project, Empyrean HERO: The Card Game, shipped to over 300 backers last year. Following fulfillment of this project, Cone went back to the drawing board, this time accompanied by his five year old daughter, Zoe, to develop a new game.

The Market | A Pocket Game is a lightning-quick, press-your-luck, resource management, market game accessible to novices and more advanced gamers alike. Gain Hope in the post-apocalyptic economy of the world of Tempo.

Following worldwide playtesting, The Market is currently seeking funding on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Investors can choose to support the project for $1 or more to help bring this card game to the table. The campaign features the game for $12; investors can also choose to pair the game with a Loyal Stricklin leather wallet for $50. Unlike a lot of Kickstarter projects, The Market is fully ready for production and will be produced entirely in the US, guaranteeing a quick turnaround time while supporting local small businesses.

About the game:

The Market | A Pocket Game is set in the post-apocalyptic world of Tempo, the universe first introduced in Empyrean Hero. Players will harvest igneous soil, farm fiddleheads, synthesize photonic light energy (synth light), and take it all back to the Market to attain more permanent resources. These resources provide Hope. Players seek to acquire 10 Hope to win the game.
In the multiplayer mode, there are three choices during a turn: rotate building cards to gain temporary resources, explore the Market to discover permanent resources for sale, or purchase already-revealed resources from the Market. In the solo mode, players decide whether to gather cards to their hand to spend or flip them to the Market to purchase. All choices present risks and rewards for players to balance.

As a pocket card game, The Market is small and quick enough to break out at a restaurant while waiting for a meal. Audiences new to tabletop gaming can pick it up easily; experienced gamers will enjoy a fresh take on a filler game.

Will you gather enough Hope to survive in the world of Tempo? It’s time to find out.

For more information, contact Wesley Cone at

Number of players: 2, with a solo mode also available; expand to 3-4 players with a second deck

Time required: 5-10 minutes

Recommended ages: 14+

Kickstarter project:




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