Bottalions is a fun and simple tabletop strategy game for two or more players. Players must use strategy and tactics to defeat their opponents on the battlefield. The game is won when a team destroys their enemy's control box or their enemy's entire army. Bottalions is an excellent indroduction to tabletop strategy for people of any age.
Play with two or more players in free-for-all or team-based battles.
Game pieces articulate and can be easily removed from bases to double as free-standing action figures.
Dicerolls and differing strategies/opponents means that no two games will be completely identical.
A board game without a board, Bottalions can be played almost anywhere.
Choose your own army colors (Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Pink, White, and Black).
Support for terrain such as walls and water.
Fifteen to thirty-minute games.
Bonus Simplified ruleset for players who are completely new to the genre.
Teams start by setting up their pieces on opposite edges of the playspace then taking turns moving their armies towards the opposing control box. Moving and shooting is done by measuring distances with the included rulers and sliding pieces around the play space. As the armies draw closer, tactical decisions need to be made. Players need to decide where pieces should be moved and what pieces should be targeted. Superior strategy is the largest factor in finding victory on the tabletop. The game is typically played between two people but any number of players can take part in team-based gameplay or free-for-all scenarios.
Unlike many other strategy games, the interaction between two pieces isn't set in stone. Combat is determined by dice which means that a crazy dice roll could turn the match on its head at any time. The randomness of the dice mixed with the unpredictability of your opponent makes every game of Bottalions fresh and exciting.
This run of Bottalions comes with everything needed to play a multiplayer game. Every box comes with the following accessories:
All Bot models included in this project have three points of full 360-degree rotation. These points of articulation can be found in the waist and shoulders. The pieces can be easily attached or removed from their bases to be used as free-standing action figures.
The pieces for this run of Bottalions will be made of cast resin. Since the casting is done in-house we're able to give backers with physical rewards ($30+) the ability to choose the colors of their armies. Backers will be sent a survey where they can select their colors once the campaign ends. The current color options are purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and white.
Included in every box of Bottalions is a set of modular wall terrain. There are seven pieces per team for a total of fourteen pieces per box. Walls greatly increase the look of the tabletop and bring added depth to battles without over complicating them. Walls and pillars can be stacked vertically to create structures of varying height. The octagonal design of the pillars allows for a number of creative possibilities.
This video runs through a game of Bottalions using the simplified ruleset.
Once we reach the $5,000 milestone we will begin adding content to the physical copies of Bottalions. This content includes things such as new game pieces and terrain.
Every box of Bottalions includes two rulesets, Standard and Simplified. Both rulesets are incredibly accessible, but those who are new to the genre may have an easier time understanding this type of gameplay by starting with the Simplified ruleset. The Standard ruleset on the other hand, brings more depth to the game by adding stats like speed, health, and range to the pieces. The increased depth greatly adds to the experience without making it prohibitively complex like many other tabletop wargames.
Bottalions was created by Collin Menninger, a camp counselor who lives in Reno, Nevada. Collin loved almost everything about his job - the coworkers, the field trips, and the awesome kids. However, there was one part of his job that he felt needed improving: indoor recess. As an adult, he wasn't able to engage and enjoy traditional kids tabletop games and he felt that the kids weren't particularly entertained either. He wanted to provide them with a more exciting tabletop experience but he knew that traditional wargames would be too complicated and expensive. So he made his own. From the beginning, Collin designed Bottallions to be accessible enough for the kids he worked with but also nuanced enough for counselors such as himself to enjoy. In addition to accessibility, his goal was to create a game that was interactive, fun, and replayable and in the opinion of himself and his campers, he succeeded.
Risks and challenges
Our production supplies are limited so if a component breaks it could take several weeks to replace. We're aiming for a holiday-season release, but we've set the estimated delivery date further back just in case something goes wrong.
All pieces pictured in this project are 3D-printed prototypes.
Shipping in the US is absolutely free. We are currently exploring options for international shipping.
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