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A simplified strategy game without the complex rules and high prices. 2+ players. Ruleset refined so anyone can pick up and play.
A simplified strategy game without the complex rules and high prices. 2+ players. Ruleset refined so anyone can pick up and play.
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          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.

A purple player rolls a deadly six against his green opponent
A purple player rolls a deadly six against his green opponent

          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:

Sixteen plastic miniatures (eight per team), two team-colored dice, two specialized rulers (10cm, 15cm), standard and simple rulesets.
Sixteen plastic miniatures (eight per team), two team-colored dice, two specialized rulers (10cm, 15cm), standard and simple rulesets.

 

          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.

 

 

Versatile and dependable, Troopers are the core unit of any Bottalions army.
Versatile and dependable, Troopers are the core unit of any Bottalions army.

 

 

Strong and sturdy, Treaders are a dangerous force on the battlefield.
Strong and sturdy, Treaders are a dangerous force on the battlefield.

 

 

 

Players need to protect this immobile and defenseless unit from attackers.
Players need to protect this immobile and defenseless unit from attackers.

 

          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.

 

 

Black has been added as a ninth color option. Backers who chose the four-pack tier will also receive a free black team for a total of nine teams.
Black has been added as a ninth color option. Backers who chose the four-pack tier will also receive a free black team for a total of nine teams.

 

          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.

There are an equal number of pieces included for each team which allows for symmetrical set-ups.
There are an equal number of pieces included for each team which allows for symmetrical set-ups.

 

Pieces can be arranged in a number of ways.
Pieces can be arranged in a number of ways.

 

 

 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.

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BottalionsGame

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg5Xb68Hx8Rhiy3A9LmQVTw/videos

 

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

Shipping in the US is absolutely free. We are currently exploring options for international shipping.

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    This $30 box includes everything you need to play a multiplayer game. This package includes seven bots and an objective for each team (Colors will be selected via email survey once the project has concluded). Also included are two six-sided die, two specialized rulers (10cm, 15cm), rules, and an even simpler ruleset for more novice players.

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    Botallions is endlessly scalable which means that you can play the game with any number of pieces. By ordering two boxes you can double the size of your battles or provide four separate players with their own armies. This pledge is excellent for those looking to play a team-based or free-for-all battle. This tier includes two copies of the $30 tier and saves you $5.

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    This tier is excellent for backers who want to experience large-scale battles. By ordering three boxes of Botallions, battle sizes can be increased from sixteen models all the way up to forty-eight. This tier includes three copies of the $30 tier and saves you $10.

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    The physical four-pack allows completionists to own an army of every color. Backers of this tier will be able to host massive battles of up to sixty-four models! This tier includes four copies of the $30 tier and saves you $15.

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