Run, Bug, Run! (Canceled)
"Run, Bug, Run!" pits the fastest & smartest bugs of the forest in an exciting race to be the 1st to cross the finish line!
Welcome, bugs of the forest! This is the Centipede speaking, right from Racing Track. Today, on this sunny morning, I will be your host in this exciting new edition of the Spring Race! This celebration pits the fastest, smartest and strongest among the denizens of the forest in an exciting race to be the 1st to cross the finish line. In order to win, contestants will have to use their wits, brawn and even the help of mighty allies! So with the contestants already on their starting positions, let the countdown begin...3,2,1...
RUN, BUG, RUN!!!
In Run, Bug, Run! players will compete to be the fastest bug in the yearly Spring Race. Each bug has different attributes and abilities, enabling different strategies in order to be the 1st one to cross the finish line. To do so, players will have to be faster than the others and spend wisely the leaves they gather on race cards, attacks and mighty special abilities. In addition, they can opt to check surprise locations, where they can earn extra powerful cards…or be awarded penalties for their greed
Run, Bug, Run! is 2tomatoes' 2nd Kickstarter campaign after successfully funding "The Lord of the P.I.G.S."
Before we delve deeper into the game, let’s hear what the reviewers have to say about Run, Bug, Run!
Run, Bug, Run! has had extensive testing with the real pros, and it certainly has their approval
Run, Bug, Run! is a board game comprised of board tiles, custom bug pawns, cards and dice. Let’s have a look at them:
There are a lot of board game choices on Kickstarter, so why back Run, Bug, Run! ?
- GREAT GAMEPLAY: Dynamic & engaging mechanics meet huge replayability to guarantee hours of fun!
- FAMILY-FRIENDLY: Modular game components ensure that everyone at the table, regardless of their age and skill, will be having a great time!
- BACKER DISCOUNT: 15% discount from MSRP to give YOU, dear backer, a good deal for being amongst the first ones to support this new venture!
- LEAVE YOUR MARK: We are a young publishing company, and this is an expensive game to produce, so we can't do this without you! Plus, reaching into stretch goals your pledges WILL make the game better
Run, Bug, Run! is a fast-paced game, clocking at 20-40 minutes per race, for 2 to 6 players of age 8 and above. It is a game for players looking for family fun, where all participants have a shot at winning. The game has a fine balance between luck and skill, as the luck on the dice is offset by the strategic possibilities that the other game elements offer. Also, you can mix and match its modular game components for huge replayability and to ensure that everyone at the table, regardless of their age and skill, will be having a great time!
It is also worth noting that the game is language independent, so it's super easy to pick up regardless of you English/reading level! The game's rulebook&box will be multilingual (English+Spanish plus any other language with sufficient backer support)
But how does it play? We’ll guide you through the basics:
First of all, players build a track, which will be different every time thanks to the modular board. Then, players each choose a bug and place them on the starting grid, and take turns alternately until a bug crosses the finish line. Each bug is different, which influences player interaction and overall gameplay
At the beginning of each turn, the active player chooses between drawing from the leaf deck (the currency of the game) and the resource deck (cards that give you an edge). If the active player happens to be the last in the race, they get to pick a free leaf card!
That way each player has to balance the need to get an edge on the other players by playing resource cards, with the need to have enough leaves to pay for those resource cards. Resource cards can either help you move faster (blue ones) or interact with other players (red ones)
Then, the active player chooses the order in which they will take the movement action and the combat action. The movement action includes the movement (determined by a dice roll) and playing 1 blue resource card. If you are lucky enough to roll a turbo, you’ll move even faster! The combat action lets you choose from using 1 red resource card, attacking another bug or using your special ability.
In this example, the Wasp takes the movement action to get close to the Scorpion and then attacks it on the combat action…Will the Wasp be able to knock out the Scorpion? The dice will decide!
There are also surprise cards that can be collected by landing on the surprise squares of the board tiles. A lot of them will help you win the race but don’t get too greedy…some of them are traps!
The pledge structure is very simple, in order to make it easier for everyone:
Friendly Bug - 5$ : Thanks for your support! Every bit counts!
- Early Bug - 26$ : Be among the first ones to to support the game and get a discount! Only available during the starting 48 hours!
- Bug - 30$ : Get (1) copy of the game!
- Bug Lord - 50$ : Get (1) copy of the game, plus (1) copy of 2Tomatoes’ 2nd edition The Lord of the P.I.G.S. game
- Double Bug - 57$ : Get (2) copies of the game. Sharing is caring!
- Five Bugs - 105$ : Get (5) copies of the game, and take advantage of a great discount!
- Ten Bugs - 195$ : Get (10) copies of the game, and take advantage of an even greater discount!
- King Bug - 200$ : Get (1) copy of the game plus (1) custom-made prototype of the game (with 9 bugs), numbered and signed by the authors, that will be sent you just after the campaign ends. You’ll be among the first to play the game! You will be credited as an Honorary Producer in the rulebook. This reward is limited to 10 pledgers
The estimated delivery for all rewards, except the custom-made prototypes, is September 2016. For shipping costs, please see point 8 - Shipping
A brief note about “The Lord of the P.I.G.S.”
The Lord of the P.I.G.S. is 2Tomatoes’ 1st game, currently on its 2nd edition. It is a fast-paced multiplayer economy simulation game for 2 to 4 players of ages 14 and up and 30 minutes gameplay, with a light-hearted theme. Set in the fictional Republic of Meridia, a melting pot of southern European countries, you and your friends will take the role of country’s leaders and will vie for economic supremacy through presentation meetings, voting sessions, public opinion polls, unexpected events and widespread backstabbing.
In order to be able to publish the game we need $15.000, A.K.A. the funding goal. That would cover the costs for the production, shipping, etc. The base game will include 6 bugs. However, if the funding goal is exceeded, we’ll add extras to the game: your pledge WILL make the game better!
Here’s what we can unveil so far:
Run, Bug, Run! is the brainchild of two young designers: Eudald Grabulosa and Miquel Samaniego. Both have extensive experience in amateur game design, and this is their 1st published game, done through the game publisher 2Tomatoes
Miquel Samaniego is an artist delving in painting and sculpture as well as a professor of Visual and Plastic Arts in Universitat de Barcelona. He is co-designer and graphic artist of Run, Bug, Run! and already worked with 2Tomatoes creating the concept art of "The Lord of the P.I.G.S." characters
Eudald Grabulosa is a Physics&Chemistry high school teacher with a passion for designing board and miniature-based games. He is co-designer of Run, Bug, Run!
2Tomatoes is a young game publishing company with one game already on the market (The Lord of the P.I.G.S.), initially funded on Kickstarter
While every backer means the world to us, regardless of where you are based in, we can’t avoid the reality: shipping is very expensive and is a cost we all need to share for this project to be successful. However, since we want to do our best, we have included a discount for ALL shipping.
Also, we use experienced fulfillment companies to be sure that you don't have to worry about anything regarding the shipping process.
We’ve organized the shipping charges to be added to your pledge in 3 tiers: US, EU & Canada and Rest of the World:
However, if you’re attending Essen 2016, you can skip this cost by simply coming to our booth and picking up your copies. To do so, simply don’t add the shipping cost of your reward level and location to your pledge.
Run, Bug, Run!'s Kickstarter campaign is the culmination of a long road undertake by the 2 co-authors over 2 years ago, when they came up with the idea for the game. After a lot of effort from their part and 2tomatoes, we're finally able to present the game to you. We are very thankful that you consider supporting us in this new venture, and we look forward to bringing all the fun that is Run, Bug, Run! to you!
We also want to thank our loved ones, family and friends, without whose patience and understanding nothing would be possible. Also, we'd like to give credit to the wonderful people we've met in this journey: backers from previous campaigns (who made this adventure possible!), testers (from shops, conventions and schools!) and the game designer's association Ludo & reviewers (for all the good feedback!).
Risks and challenges
The publication of a board game is a complicated process. It is prone to many mistakes and things can sometimes go wrong. However, 2Tomatoes has successfully run and delivered all of our crowdfunding projects (Kickstarter, Verkami), and this one will be no different.
Here are the steps we have taken in order to reduce the likelihood of mistakes and delays:
1 - We have done significant pre-production. This includes having all the materials for the game complete and the graphic art over 80% complete; the remaining 20% will be achieved by taking the backer feedback into account. We already have the production quote and an agreement with our manufacturer. We just need the funding to be able to start producing!
2 - We use fulfillment companies for shipping when we have a large number of orders to ship in a short period of time. Run, Bug, Run! will use fulfillment for at least international shipping
3 - We are fully committed to transparency and backer communication. We will be updating you on a regular basis and we will be present during the whole process to answer any questions and read every comment
We want to thank you, dear backer, for your support and trust. "Run, Bug, Run!" could not be made without you, and in return we give you our guarantee that we’ll make it the best possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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