About this project
The story is similar in cities near and far. At first, the protests against a corrupt economy and a violent police force start off small. The government cracks down to crush the movement but their brutality backfires. Thousands of furious people from all walks of life take to the streets in solidarity. The city is quickly engulfed in a vibrant popular rebellion bringing everyday life to a standstill…
In Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game, players join a movement that is struggling to liberate a randomly generated city that changes every game. Each player controls a faction of revolutionaries fighting back against the authorities. The factions must cooperate to defeat their common enemy while carefully balancing individual secret agendas. Build barricades, clash with riot cops, loot shopping centers, defend liberated zones, and occupy the city before time runs out and the military arrive!
Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game is a cooperative board game featuring hidden agendas, deep strategy, area control, and asymmetrical player abilities. Every player controls a revolutionary faction with unique powers. Each faction is dealt an individual secret agenda but all players must work together for the insurrection to succeed. Every time you play, the story of what happens in your city will be different. The game takes place in a randomly generated city built using a mechanism that ensures billions of unique urban landscapes.
You have 8 nights to liberate the city before the military arrives to crush the rebellion. Night by night, players send blocs of insurrectionists into the streets to build barricades, loot shopping centers, occupy strategic locations, clash with riot cops and liberate districts of the city. At sunrise, the police counterattack all blocs or occupations unlucky enough to be within their reach. The insurrection is successful if players have occupied the most important districts of the city before time runs out. At the end of the game, all players that have accomplished their secret agendas win!
Will you loot shopping centers to gather one-time bonuses such as Molotovs that strengthen your attacks? Or will you build and defend occupations to gain ongoing abilities such as the Assembly Hall that helps you recruit additional blocs? Are you a social faction in solidarity with other factions working together to achieve collective liberation? Or are you a vanguardist faction that wants to undermine other players and seize power for yourself?
We’ve already released all the files you need to create the game using your home printer and play the game for free! We will also be releasing the final hi-res, full-color print and play files, including the final art, free of charge later this year.
Over five years ago, a group of us sat down and brainstormed the outlines of a tabletop game based on anti-capitalist uprisings and popular rebellions in locations ranging from Oaxaca, Mexico to Athens, Greece to our hometown of Oakland, California. In early 2015, the game finally came to life as Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game.
Out of Order Games is a game design & publishing collective started by Rocket Lee and Tim Simons in 2015 to self publish Bloc by Bloc. Together we have many years of experience in game design, printing, graphic design, web development, and running worker cooperatives. Our varied experiences in street protests, social movements, and anarchist projects around the world guide our practices and the political choices we make as part of this work.
We hope Bloc by Bloc will help lay a strong foundation that will allow us to continue designing, developing, and publishing additional creative and subversive games into the future.
The design and development process for this game is now complete and we need your help to get it out into the world! Bloc by Bloc has now been playtested by dozens of people over hundreds of hours in the Bay Area and beyond. By backing our Kickstarter campaign, you will be buying into our initial printing and helping us get the quantity we need in order to produce this at the level of quality you expect from a premium board game while keeping the cost at a minimum. In return, you’ll get the game before it’s available anywhere else and at a discounted rate available only during the Kickstarter campaign.
Over the course of our Kickstarter, we will be releasing additional examples of original artwork as it is finalized. If we reach our funding goal, manufacturing of the game will begin approximately one month after the campaign ends and the game will be in your hands by November of this year at the latest!
- April: Kickstarter launched
- May: Kickstarter ends
- June: Final art sent to manufacturer
- July to September: Production
- November: All backers receive their copy of Bloc by Bloc
- $1 to any amount: Thank you for showing your support for this project!
- $25: A set of 5 full-color Bloc by Bloc postcards featuring original illustrations.
- $49: One copy of Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game including all unlocked stretch goals.
- $70: One copy of Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game including all unlocked stretch goals. Plus one set of 5 full-color Bloc by Bloc postcards featuring original illustrations.
- $200: One copy of Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game including all unlocked stretch goals. Plus one set of 5 full-color Bloc by Bloc postcards and one limited edition 11 x 17” illustrated and signed Bloc by Bloc poster featuring original illustrations.
- $245: Six copies of Bloc by Bloc for the price of five including all unlocked stretch goals. Save on shipping with this bulk pledge.
Retailers & Distributors
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a retailer or distributor and you are interested in discounted bulk orders of Bloc by Bloc.
Free U.S. Shipping
Every reward level includes free shipping within the U.S.
EU and Canada Friendly
We’ve also worked hard to make sure Bloc by Bloc is EU-friendly and Canada-friendly, which means backers in Canada or the EU won’t have to pay any additional VAT or import taxes.
Other International Backers
For international backers in the rest of the world, we are unfortunately unable to offer import tax-free shipping. We’re continuing to work with various shipping companies to see if we can find an affordable solution. If there is strong demand from one particular region, we will do our best to offer additional pledge levels that eliminate the additional cost. Please let us know if this is something you are interested in.
Help us make Bloc by Bloc a subversive success! Spread the word and tell your friends, family, comrades, and co-conspirators!
Love and solidarity to everyone who has helped bring Bloc by Bloc to life!
Risks and challenges
Bloc by Bloc is over five years in the making. We’ve spent countless hours refining every aspect of the game and developing a detailed and well-researched self-publishing plan. This is our first Kickstarter campaign. We want you to know that we recognize that there are a lot of moving parts to making a product and getting it delivered to your doorstep. We know that there will probably be some unforeseen surprises.
All board games include the usual risks related to printing, shipping, customs, and other unintended delays, but we would not be running this campaign at this time if we did not feel confident in our ability to deliver a premium tabletop game as promised. We’ve fully vetted our choices for manufacturing & fulfillment and we’ve made sure there is ample time to get the game into your hands on our timeline.
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