Botallions - Simplified Wargaming (Canceled)
All the fun of a wargame without the complex rules and high prices. Rule set refined to the point where kids can play alongside adults.
Botallions is a tabletop wargame played with plastic miniatures. Unlike other wargames, Botallions has an extremely simplified ruleset that anyone can pick up and play. The goal of the game is to either eliminate the other team's forces or destroy their objective. This is done by moving your pieces around the field with the help of the included distance measurers and shooting with the included die. The game is meant to be played between two players, but any number of people can play as long as there are enough pieces to accommodate them.
The lead developer of Botallions works with elementary school children on a daily basis and uses that opportunity to play the game with kids ranging from ages six to eleven. Because of this, the rules have been refined to the point where first graders can play and enjoy alongside adults without sacrificing strategic gameplay. If you're looking for a casual and engaging tabletop experience then Botallions is a fantastic option.
Wargames are generally played with dice, miniatures, and rulers. Botallions is no exception to this. The game is typically played between two people. However, the rules allow for any number of people to play, as long as there are pieces for them. Players start the game by placing their pieces on opposite edges of the play space (3'x3'). They then take turns moving their pieces toward their opponent's objective. As the two armies approach each other new decisions need to be made. Should players continue rushing to the objective? Or should they slow down in order to increase their shooting distance? What targets should they attack? These are only a few of the questions that every player has to ask themselves when playing a game of Botallions.
Unlike other strategy games like chess, the interaction between two pieces isn't set in stone. A crazy dice roll could turn the match on it's head at any time. The randomness of the dice mixed with the unpredictability of your opponent makes every game of Botallions fresh and exciting.
At the moment there are two different ways to purchase Botallions. These come in two differently sized boxes, the Skirmish Box and the Battle Box. Both boxes come with all of the appropriate pieces and accessories needed to play a game of Botallions.
For a quick overview:
The Skirmish Box:
3x Blue Bots
3x Orange Bots
1x Blue Objective
1x Orange Objective
The Battle Box:
5x Blue Bots
5x Orange Bots
1x Blue Objective
1x Orange Objective
If you're unfamiliar with wargaming and don't want to make a large monetary commitment, then the Skirmish Box is an excellent option for you. This $25 box includes three bots and an objective for each team. Additionally, you will receive all of the peripherals needed to play which include: a pen and paper, a die, and distance measurers.
For $50, you receive the Battle Box. This box includes five bots, a tank, and an objective for each team as well as all relevant peripherals. The introduction of the tank brings the fun and excitement of Botallions to a whole new level. Additionally, the extra bots means there's more room to try new strategies. The value here is unbeatable and while the game is certainly fun when played with a Skirmish Box, it truly shines once the Battle Box is brought out.
Backers who contribute extra funds in order to help our campaign meet all of its goals will receive these special-edition Bots as a thank you. Add $10 to your pledge to receive a silver bot or donate $25 to receive both a silver and a golden bot. The current images show prototype bots made out of a temporary material. While we don't plan on using actual gold and silver for these thank-you tokens, we do plan on using a more impressive material that reflects our massive gratitude toward those who have gone above and beyond.
Risks and challenges
We are currently lacking in the field of graphic design. While this doesn't affect gameplay in any way, it's still a shame that one aspect of this project is so far behind the rest. If we raise enough funds it may be possible for us to hire an artist to bring the art up to the level of quality found in our gameplay and models, but otherwise we'll be left with relatively bland promotional art.
This project is almost entirely made of plastic miniatures which can be a challenge to produce. We've given ourselves several months to make our boxes and while we expect to be shipping before that date it's also entirely possible that we miss it due to unforseen problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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