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Command a frog army in a desperate struggle to gain control of a pond, one lily pad at a time, in a strategy game for 2-4 players. Read more

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Command a frog army in a desperate struggle to gain control of a pond, one lily pad at a time, in a strategy game for 2-4 players.

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ALL STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED!  CONGRATS EVERYONE!!!

I have a bunch of cool stretch goals planned if we are able to raise enough funding past the initial goal.  I've tried to focus on goals that upgrade components.  All stretch goals will be incorporated in EVERY copy of Bullfrogs.  Your support makes Bullfrogs a better game for everyone.

 Custom shaped Frog and Bullfrog pieces will be included in every copy of Bullfrogs!

 

 Additional Game Mode: Solitaire Variant

Add $8 to your pledge for each copy of the Solitaire Variant you'd like.  This includes 2 custom dice from Chessex and a full color rulesheet.

Click the green "Manage Pledge" button on the top right of this page to add the additional $8 to your pledge.  When the kickstarter is complete, I will send out a survey where you can indicate how many you want.

":Quick"Q

 In Bullfrogs, 2-4 players ages 8+ take control of warring factions of frogs and fight over lily pads in a pond over the course of 20-40 minutes. 

Weapons clash, water splashes and the booming battle cries of armored bullfrogs ring out across the moonlit swamp. Amphibian armies leap from lily pad to lily pad in their desperate struggle to win control of the pond. 

Game box measures 204mm x 127mm x 35mm  or 8in x 5in x 1.4in
Game box measures 204mm x 127mm x 35mm or 8in x 5in x 1.4in

- PLAY a Lily Pad Card from a hand of 3 cards to the table.

- TAKE ACTIONS to Deploy Frogs or Bullfrogs to Lily Pad Cards or Sabotage another player's Frogs by pushing or pulling them to adjacent cards.

- SCORE Lily Pad Cards that have all their spaces filled by Frogs and Bullfrogs. Calculate the strength of each faction to determine the winner. The strongest faction on the Lily Pad Card scores it and it sinks to the bottom of the pond. The weaker factions scatter to adjacent Lily Pad Cards and any disconnected Lily Pad Cards on the table shift to reshape the game board.

 - DRAW a Lily Pad Card.

Want to experience how Bullfrogs plays before pledging?  Go ahead and download the FREE print and play version below and try it yourself!  

Click HERE for the Print 'n Play File (Prototype Quality)

Click HERE for the English Rulebook (Work in Progress)

Click HERE for the German Rulebook (Work in Progress)

Click HERE for the French Rulebook (Work in Progress)

Click HERE for the Russian Rulebook (Work in Progress)

Click HERE for the Chinese Rulebook (Work in Progress)

Click HERE for the Spanish Rulebook (Work in Progress)

 Check out the video preview from Dan King over at The Dice Tower!

"Bullfrogs is simple to setup and is very easy to teach others in a short amount of time. Its easy enough for younger gamers yet deep enough to keep veterans interested." -- Dane Trimble (Everything Board Games Review)

"Testing Bullfrogs was like entering the Tardis : way bigger on the inside than on the outside. Not a common feeling. And one I sure never had playing a non well-known designer's game!" --  ThierryT (French Tric trac Review)

"Bullfrogs is a unique take on an area control card game... All in all, I’ll give Bullfrogs two thumbs in the light-games category." -- Smee and Nad (The League of Nonsensical Gamers) 

"Bullfrogs is an amazing game. For something so small and so simple, there's a lot of strategy packed into it." -- David McMillan (BGG Reviewer)

"I’m impressed and I think Bullfrogs would make an excellent addition to your game collection." -- Jonathan Liu (Geek Dad Blog)

"This is a great family game. This is a great filler for gamers. I admit I was skeptical of the theme, but I’m a believer now. This is a fun, fast, and clever area-control game...This is a winner. Play it with your family and friends!" -- Scott & Jeremiah (Theology of Games Blog)

"Bullfrogs is a nicely approachable, reasonably-lengthed, elegant game that provides lots of interesting decisions.  Well done!" -- Daniel Cunningham (playtester / game designer)

"The game plays extremely quickly, especially with more than two players. It’s a great filler game..." -- Daylina Miller (Dames & Dice blog)

"The game has brilliant ideas, all mechanics integrate in total harmony with each other and with the theme, the rules are simple, it has a negligible luck factor and quite elaborate strategy." -- Marcelo Groo (Independent Game Reviewer)

Join the discussion on Bullfrogs in the comments section here at Kickstarter, or over at the game page at Boardgame Geek.

Printing a card game is expensive. Without the help of backers on Kickstarter, Bullfrogs simply just will not exist. I need your support to make this game a reality. The design is complete. The art is complete. Now, all I need is enough people who think Bullfrogs is as cool and fun as I do to join me and we can fire up the printing press!

 

Over the course of developing Bullfrogs, I've been fortunate enough to work with Luis Francisco, my graphic designer.  In addition to being a great artist, he's also part of a Brazilian publishing company -- Funbox Jogos.  After playing the prototype of the game, they were so excited about Bullfrogs that they wanted to publish their own version in Brazil.  So, this Kickstarter does not ship to Brazil, but Brazilian gamers can preorder it from my partners HERE.

 

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BGG Page: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/149853/bullfrogs

Personal TWG Blog: http://www.thunderworksgames.com/blog.html

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Risks and challenges

Every project has risks. I've outlined some common areas of risk in boardgame projects and how I've done my best to address them.

> Artwork: All the artwork for the game is complete, with the exception of any last minute tweaks before sending the final files off to the manufacturer.

> Component Quality: I've worked with and built a great relationship with one of the best game manufacturers around, Panda Game Manufacturing (www.pandagm.com). Their proven track record on games like Eclipse, Terra Mystica, Pandemic, Belfort, and Mice & Mystics, proves they make great games with a high standard to quality.

> Delivery Timeline: Unexpected delays out of my control can always occur (i.e. component shortage, manufacturer issues, customs delays, etc...). For the production schedule on Bullfrogs, I've used very conservative estimates to account for unknowns and bumps in the road.

> Fulfillment: I have received multiple estimates and plan to work with established fulfillment companies that have proven track records for delivering quickly and efficiently all over the world.

> Premiere Project: Even though I have spent endless hours researching Kicktstarter as well as participating in many Kickstarters, this is my first project. I have done my best to foresee and minimize any obstacles by studying issues that have been stumbling blocks for creators in the past.

This is Thunderworks Games' first time running a Kickstarter campaign, manufacturing a game and distributing a game, but I feel I've done a good job ensuring that there is a solid plan in place to deliver this great game to you. Also, in my life outside of this campaign, I have over a decade of project management experience on large-scale software projects. I will leverage that experience and apply it to this project by anticipating issues and sidestepping hurdles that may arise.

I believe in this project and I'd appreciate your support. I am dedicated to transparency throughout this campaign. This game is for you, the gamer. Let's make Bullfrogs a reality together.

If you have any advice, comments, questions or just want to say hi, please feel free to contact me through this "Contact me" link under my bio on this page or send a message to me at keith@thunderworksgames.com or over at www.thunderworksgames.com!

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FAQ

  • I've partnered with FunBox Jogos for an edition of Bullfrogs specifically produced for the Brazilian market. Find out more about it here --> http://www.funboxjogos.com/

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  • I’m not sure if Bullfrogs will make it into the retail chain. I’m hoping it does, but some of that depends on the demand for the game, which I’m trying to gauge with the Kickstarter campaign.

    As for backers, I guarantee all the copies will be sent out to backers before any reach the retail chain. Backers will be the first to play Bullfrogs.

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    CRAFTY FROG

    Deluxe Print & Play version of Bullfrogs. Soon after the kickstarter campaign is complete and the final files are sent to the printer, I'll send a link to download the cards with the final artwork. You can print it, grab some spare tokens and start playing!

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    One copy of Bullfrogs. INCLUDES SHIPPING TO THE USA. Includes all stretch goals and the Deluxe Print & Play version. Add $22 more for each additional copy of Bullfrogs.

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    One copy of Bullfrogs. INCLUDES SHIPPING TO CANADA. Includes all stretch goals and the Deluxe Print & Play version. Add $28 more for each additional copy of Bullfrogs.

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    One copy of Bullfrogs to folks outside of the USA, Canada and Brazil. INCLUDES SHIPPING WORLDWIDE. Includes all stretch goals and the Deluxe Print & Play version. Add $34 more for each additional copy of Bullfrogs.

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    RETAIL FROG (USA)

    This pledge is available only to retailers in the USA. The pledge includes a wholesale discount of 50% on SIX copies of Bullfrogs and includes shipping. NOTE: I will require verification of your retailer status before this pledge ships.

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    6 PACK OF FROG (USA)

    Six copies of Bullfrogs. INCLUDES SHIPPING TO THE USA. Includes all stretch goals and the Deluxe Print & Play version.

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    6 PACK OF FROG (CANADA)

    Six copies of Bullfrogs. INCLUDES SHIPPING TO CANADA. Includes all stretch goals and the Deluxe Print & Play version.

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    6 PACK OF FROG (INTERNATIONAL)

    Six copies of Bullfrogs to folks outside of the USA, Canada and Brazil. INCLUDES SHIPPING WORLDWIDE. Includes all stretch goals and the Deluxe Print & Play version.

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    GAME NIGHT FROG

    One copy of Bullfrogs. Designer, Keith Matejka, of Bullfrogs will attend a gaming event of your choosing to hand-deliver your copy of Bullfrogs and to teach you the game. This is also an opportunity for designers to present any prototypes that they would like Thunderworks Games to consider for publication. Includes all stretch goals and the Deluxe Print & Play version. Travel arrangements outside of the US midwest, are the responsibility of the backer. Add $22 for each additional copy of Bullfrogs.

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