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Build terrifying monsters and send them out to pulverize cities in this raucous card game from APE Games, makers of Kill the Overlord! Read more

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Build terrifying monsters and send them out to pulverize cities in this raucous card game from APE Games, makers of Kill the Overlord!

About this project

In RARRR!!, players build monsters (kaiju), each with its own set of terrifying powers. Then they battle each other until only one monster remains to rampage through the city! Cities are worth victory points, and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins! Strategy is required in every aspect of the game, from building the monster that best suits you to drafting power cards (see the gameplay video below for details on how to draft) to picking which cities to battle for. 

RARRR!! is a family game for 2-6 players, ages 8+, and can be played in under an hour. 

It was designed by Michael Brandl with art by Bob Canada. You'll learn more about both of them in future posts. 

We're really stoked about launching this Kickstarter. We had such a great time putting RARRR!! together, and an even better time playing it. While it's a simple thing, we find it's an amazing amount of fun building the monsters. 

Help MO move up the building! See the Stretch Goals section below for more details about each level.

Update: Two new stretch goals added for backer-selected monsters. Backers will submit monster ideas for the group to vote on. The winner gets included with all KS copies of the game!

We'll update MO daily! 

Word is getting around about RARRR!! See what people are saying.

Father Geek 

RARRR!! won the Father Geek seal of approval! This means that Gamer Geeks, Parent Geeks AND Child Geeks all gave the game a thumbs up!

"..the game is highly replayable, but it’s the same type of game play throughout. No special powers, no special victory conditions, and no surprises. Ever. The game will not shock you with a turn of a card and force you to completely reevaluate how you play the game. A player’s opponents will, however. Especially when a specific City card suddenly becomes highly contested over. Second, building the Monster with just the right Katakana cards is crucial. Players should either seek balance with all the power types or focus on no more than two. This will guide them with drafting Power cards which will lead to stronger card plays during battles. Failure to do so will cause the player to be terribly ineffective with victories being more based on luck rather than smart card plays." 

See the full RARRR!! preview on the Father Geek website

Crits Happen

Tox at Crits Happen did a great critical preview video for RARRR!!

"RARRR!! is a very fun, very interesting style smash city type game."

"For a monster game, RARRR is surprisingly light, both in terms of complexity to pick up, and in actual portability! While simple to pick up, the options and strategy are there, and thus far RARRR has proved to be a big punch in a small package!"

"We have really enjoyed our time with RARRR!!"

See the full video prevew on the Crits Happen website.

Dice Tower

 

Ryan Metzler at The Dice Tower previewed RARRR!! 

"A pretty cool little game - one that has a lot going for it in various different aspects."

See Ryan's full preview video here.

SFSignal 

Nick Sharps from Hugo-winning sci-fi blog SFSignal did an interview with APE's Kevin Brusky about RARRR!! Questions focused on the development process more so than gameplay. 

See the interview on the SFSignal site

RARRR!! comes with 8 different monsters - each with it's own katakana (syllable) and powers.

At the beginning of the game, each player gets one of the monsters, then drafts katakana cards to completely form the monster's name and powers. The monster and katakana cards are combined in any order to create a number of awesome names! RARRR!! contains 24 different katakana cards. 

After building your monster, draft a hand of power cards. Power cards fuel your monster as it battles others for the privilege of rampaging through cities. There are four different types of power - electrical, fire, radioactive and toxic. They range in value from 1 to 3.There are 72 Power cards in the game. 

Players spend their power to battle other monsters. 

Cities are the game's victory points. In the advanced game, collect cities of the same color for bonus points, but beware - each city has a resistance to a certain power type! There are 24 different cities - 4 each on 6 different continents (more or less). 

Players spend their power to battle other monsters. Each player gets a Battle Dial to track their monster's power level (not final art).

Each player gets one set of wild cards that can be used to add to any power once per game.

Click the video below to learn how to play the base game. 

RARRR Full Rules and Print and Play 

For more information, find the full rules on apegames.com/rarrr

You can also find a print and play demo version of RARRR!! on the APE Games website.  

We have had feedback that the game's math is harder than the standard 8-year old can manage. We have heard that, and are working on basic game rules, which will make it into the full rulebook. 

Stretch goals are the grease that make the Kickstarter wheels turn, and we've got 'em!

In addition to the normal post-funding stretch goals that Kickstarter backers are used to, we'll be offering FREE pre-funding progress rewards to pledgers that back at the one RARRR!! copy or higher (including the EARLY BIRD levels)!

Note that none of the stretch goal monsters will appear in the retail version of the game. APE will sell them at conventions, etc. but they won't be available in the copy you buy in stores.

$4,000 Progress Goal - MO Papercraft

MO the gorilla is the first of two progress goal papercraft monsters that we'll be giving away for free to all backers. MO sports a jet in one hand and like all of Bob's monster art, killer eyebrows.

$7,000 Progress Goal - GO Papercraft

The second pre-funding progress goal monster is GO, the giant reptile! GO carries a train and spiky bits all around. Don't let that bored expression fool you - GO's radioactive powers can level cities with the vicious of monsters!

$10,000 Progress Goal - Buildings Papercraft

Of course monsters need a city to rampage, and the $16K pre-funding progress goal offers you just that! All backers get the building papercrafts for free!


$14,000 Stretch Goal - Bonus Monster - TO

TO is far from your average sewer rat. Like rats of the Middle Ages, TO spreads the plague, with a hefty dose of radiation poisoning. Will not be available in the retail version. One free to all backers per copy of RARRR!! pledged.

$16,000 Stretch Goal - Bonus Monster - BO

BO takes man-eating plants to a whole new level as it chomps entire buildings with a single bite. Will not be available in the retail version. One free to all backers per copy of RARRR!! pledged.

$18,000 Stretch Goal - Bonus Monster - RU

RU adds a second giant robot into the fray. Now you can do robot vs. robot! Will not be available in the retail version. One free to all backers per copy of RARRR!! pledged.

$20,000 Stretch Goal - Bonus Monster - WA

WA will swoop in and set the city aflame! Will not be available in the retail version. One free to all backers per copy of RARRR!! pledged.

$22K Stretch Goal - Backer-Selected Monster

The CUSTOM CARD add-on already has two backer-selected monsters. If we hit this stretch goal, then you'll get a chance to vote on a monster that ALL backers will get!

If we hit $22K, then we'll put up a poll on polljunkie.com for backers to select a monster of your choice!

$24K Stretch Goal - Backer-Selected Monster

Let's do it again!

The CUSTOM CARD add-on already has two backer-selected monsters. If we hit this stretch goal, then you'll get a chance to vote on a monster that ALL backers will get!

If we hit $24K, then we'll put up a poll on polljunkie.com for backers to select a monster of your choice!

You've pledged for RARRR!!, now you can add in some more stuff! Bob Canada is making his remarkable talents outside of the custom city and custom monster pledge levels. Also, in case you missed our previous three Kickstarter projects, you can add them as part of this Kickstarter! 

Note that we're only doing add-ons for pledges that also include at least one copy of RARRR!! After all, this is a RARRR!! Kickstarter project!

In order to include add-ons in your pledge, just follow these simple steps:

  • Pledge for at least 1 copy of the RARRR!! base game
  • Figure out the add-ons you'd like from this section, and add the additional cost into your pledge. We created the convenient table below to help you figure out the total amount of your pledge
  • Write down which add-ons you paid for. We'll ask you later for those add-ons (see next step below)
  • After the project ends, we'll send out a survey. You can tell us there which of the add-ons you paid for.

Add-On Calculator Table

Download printable version

$7 - Custom Monster and City Cards

Get the whole set of custom monster and custom city cards - the more people that pledge at the RARRR!! CUSTOM CITY BACKER level ($125)or the CUSTOM MONSTER LEVEL ($250), the more cards you get! Note that none of the CUSTOM cards (monsters or cities) will be available in the retail version of the game. 

Revised: We've retooled this add-on to make it significantly more attractive. In addition to the above, backers will get:

  • At least 4 monsters. This is in addition to the monsters created in the $250 level. This includes any monsters that wouldn't be included because we do not meet the stretch goal. So if the project closes at $17K, then this level will include the $18K and $20K stretch goal monsters. We'll always have at least two stretch goal monsters above where the current funding amount is, so there will always be two additional monsters to be included in this set.
  • Two additional backer-selected cities. This is in addition to the cities selected as part of the $125 level. Each week we'll poll backers for which new city they'd like to see included in this custom add-on. That's right, you the backers will pick two new cities. This of course isn't as cool as backing at the $125 to select the city yourself and customizing your own city skyline!

$35 - RARRR!! Monster Doodle

RARRR!! artist Bob Canada will create a custom monster sketch, similar to the sketches in this project's section headers. The sketch will be done on thick cardstock that includes the RARRR!! logo.

$60 - RARRR!! Deluxe Monster Doodle

Bob Canada will create a custom sketch of a monster in an enviornment, knocking down buildings, etc. The sketch will be done on thick cardstock that includes the RARRR!! logo.

$20 - Kill the Overlord 

Get our hot-potato passing party card game for 4-8 execrable scoundrels, ages 10+. Add Kill the Overlord to your order and get a free Gravedigger promo character card! 

We're also making available the Kill the Overlord exclusive character promo pack. Add $4 to get all four promo characters. Note that if you also get Kill the Overlord base game plus the promo character pack, only one Gravedigger will be included. 

Add $8 to your RARRR!! pledge to get the Kill the Overlord third character set. This is a set of eight more characters and three new 'badge' cards. 

$30 - Island Siege 

Island Siege is a two-player game for ages 13+. Players are governors in 17th-century West Indies. Build forts, buildings and ships, then lay siege to your opponent's colony! Island Siege comes with a set of 13 metal coins created by Campaign Coins. 

Add $7 to your RARRR!! pledge for the Coquina expansion - 6 more cards and 5 pink 'coquina' cubes. 

Add $8 to your RARRR!! for the Rampart expansion - 24 additional cards.

Add the Island Siege coins to your RARRR!! pledge for $12. Get 13 coins (eight x 1, three x 5, two x 10).

$70 - Rolling Freight

Get the game that reviewer Tom Vasel from The Dice Tower put in his top 100 games list, and Ryan Metzler called one of the top 10 games of 2012! Add Rolling Freight to your order for an additional $70. This price includes the exclusive 2-player Texas map - back for the first time since the Kickstarter back in 2011! Note that for shipping purposes, Rolling Freight counts as 4 games for purposes of international shipping. 

Add just the Texas map to your RARRR!! pledge for an additional $15.

Add the India/Great Britain expansion to your RARRR!! pledge for an additional $20.

$55 - Order of the Stick

APE Games was also involved in the Order of the Stick Kickstarter project that was so successful in 2012. We're offering the Order of the Stick Deluxe game for $55 with free exclusive Sticky Shticks. The Order of the Stick game counts as 4 games for purposes of international shipping.

If you already have the base game, then add just the Sticky Shticks to your RARRR!! pledge for just $6. 

Whew! Thanks to everyone that's helped back our Kickstarter projects in the past! 

Internationally, your order may ship in multiple boxes, to save you shipping costs. If we can ship your order via First Class mail, you'll save huge money, but it needs to weigh less than 4 pounds.

Please add the indicated amount to your pledge. Note that a 'game' counts as RARRR!!, Kill the Overlord or Island Siege (including any promos added on). Rolling Freight counts as 4 games.

Canadian and International backers can use the convenient pledge table mentioned in the Add-On section above to determine the total cost of shipping.

Shipping in the U.S.

Shipping is free in the United States, regardless what rewards you pledge.

Shipping to Canada

1-2 games or each set of 1-2 games: $7. As an example, 1 game costs $7 shipping, 4 games cost $14 and 5 games cost $21.

Shipping Internationally

1-2 games $26, 3-4 /games, $52. 5+ games $74. 

Retailer Shipping

Retailers pay actual shipping costs to their location. Costs and shipping methods will be negotiated with each retailer separately after the project completes, but before product ships. You don't need to add shipping to your pledge.

Fright Fight

A friend of mine has created a  great-looking mobile game called Fright Fight (iOS and Android). That art is awesome, am I right?! You can check out the project here.

Risks and challenges

APE Games has successfully run and delivered all of our Kickstarter projects. (Actually, our latest project, Island Siege, is arriving from the printer while this RARRR!! project is in progress.)

The biggest problem that I foresee is an increase in postage prices at the beginning of the year, since this project won't ship until early 2014. The price increase at the beginning of 2013 hurt a lot of Kickstarter projects. While APE wasn't immune to the pain that caused, we were in a better position to handle the challenges since we've been in the mail order business since 2007.

APE Games is also equipped to ship a large number of pledge rewards to backers, as we were involved in the phenomenally successful Order of the Stick Kickstarter, and handled all of the shipping for the almost 16,000 orders there.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    18 backers

    TRACKER BACKER - Thanks for your interest in RARRR!! Backing at the $1 level lets you be notified of new project posts.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $16 or more

    200 backers All gone!

    RARRR!! EARLY BIRD BACKER - Get one copy of RARRR!! Add $16 for each additional copy. Free shipping in the U.S. See the International Shipping section for shipping outside the U.S.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $17 or more

    200 backers All gone!

    RARRR!! EARLY(ISH) BIRD BACKER - Get one copy of RARRR!! Add $16 for each additional copy. Free shipping in the U.S. See the International Shipping section for shipping outside the U.S.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $20 or more

    300 backers

    RARRR!! BACKER - Get one copy of RARRR!!. Add $20 for each additional copy. Free shipping in the U.S. See the International Shipping section for shipping outside the U.S.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $21 or more

    16 backers

    RETAILER BACKER - 2 copies of RARRR!! card game, plus any stretch goals achieved. Add $10 for each additional copy of RARRR!! Retailers must provide proof of store ownership, including tax ID number. Additional shipping costs apply. See the International Shipping section for shipping outside the U.S.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $125 or more

    5 backers Limited (19 left of 24)

    RARRR!! CUSTOM CITY BACKER - Add YOUR favorite city to RARRR!! Send us the city name and a picture of your city's landmark, and we'll add the card to the Custom Monster Cards add-on. This level also includes one copy of RARRR!! and one free copy of the Custom Monster Cards add-on. Add $20 for each additional copy (Each additional copy also includes one FREE Custom Monster Cards add-on). Free shipping in the U.S. See the International Shipping section for shipping outside the U.S.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    1 backer Limited (11 left of 12)

    RARRR!! CUSTOM MONSTER BACKER - RARRR!! artist Bob Canada will create a custom monster to your specification! (restrictions apply). This level also includes one copy of RARRR!! It also includes one free copy of the Custom Monster Cards add-on. Add $20 for each additional copy (Each additional copy also includes one FREE Custom Monster Cards add-on). Free shipping in the U.S. See the International Shipping section for shipping outside the U.S.

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    Ships anywhere in the world

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