About this project
Knock Down Barns© was created June 2008 in the Emerald Den nearby the Chattooga River. First played with Dominoes and various household weapons, the game was initially called Knock Down Bones. I have spent three years perfecting the rules and sourcing the materials in order to teach the world how to play. I hope Kickstarter is just the help I need to get KdB off the ground!
I currently make the games by hand out of reclaimed barn wood and package them in re-purposed burlap coffee bean sacks. My reason for trying to Kickstart the business is to cut down the cost of owning a game by replacing the more expensive barn wood game board with a sustainable bamboo alternative.
60% of the collected donations will go towards ordering a batch of bamboo boards.
20% will be for getting more burlap coffee bags tailored to transport and store the sets of Knock Down Barns.
10% will be allocated to printing a run of the newly revised and streamlined rules.
10% will be given to part time labor that helps produce the rewards.
Stretch #1 Sticker Photo Contest $2 Backer level
Take pictures of where you adhere the stickers and tag us on facebook or twitter @knockdownbarns. The hashtag to use for this contest is #ycaba for "You can always build again". Must enter before midnight on Thanksgiving, Thursday 11/22/2012. Delivery of prizes 12/1/12.
Winners will be chosen in two categories to receive full sets of KdB:
Humor and Beauty.
Stretch #2 Key Chain Double-up $5 backer level
If 50 backers chose key chains, everyone gets two instead of one.
Stretch #3 Stunner Shades at $20,000
If the funding reaches $20,000, I will include two pairs of 'Shutter Shades' in every game reward backer level. For Safety and Fashion's sake. Things do go flying around!
The rest of the stretch rewards will get you extra weapons and blocks. You might need them for tournaments in the future!
Each game of Knock Down Barns begins with two players designing and building their own structure out of small rectangular blocks of reclaimed barn wood. Building is done in secret behind a barn wood divider that crosses the center of the barn wood (or bamboo) playing board. Many strategies are used in building a solid structure as to withstand attack from your opponent. Once both players finish building a structure that is taller than the center divider, the divider is removed before the battle begins. Cylindrical foam weapons are fired by flicking them at each others' structure. Alternate shots and the first player to completely clear the blocks off of their opponent's side of the board wins. It is customary to shake hands with your opponent after every game of #KdB. Remember, You can always build again!©
I saw this today in the email from KickStarter. The description included "Players compete to build the sturdiest structure out of wooden blocks, then attempt to destroy their opponents with miniature catapults." So I watch all the videos and check all the photos - no miniature catapults? That was the part that caught my attention. Is there a plan for catapults or will the game be played like paper football by flicking things with our fingers?
Kickstarter did not send me an edit before posting the newsletter, damage done I suppose. You should definitely not be expecting catapults. The flicking you see in the videos is how the battling is done. I will be posting this as a frequently asked question, I'm surprised it hasn't come up until now. Thanks for checking out my project!
Original barn wood rewards (KdB) are branded along the side of the board with the game number, maker's initials and 20 character or less personal message.
The new bamboo board rewards (BOO) will be branded on the bottom of the divider with game number, maker's initials and 3 character or less personalization.
Games are usually 10-20 minutes in length.
First player to completely clear all the blocks off of their opponent's half of the board wins. There are two acts to every game of Knock Down Barns. Build then Battle.
The game begins with each player getting 25 blocks/side or at least the same amount of blocks. 25 blocks/side is the amount to use if you are practicing for the World Championship.
The divider is then placed across the center of the board and building commences. Each player must build a single structure (all blocks touching contiguously) anywhere they please on their side of the board. Many strategies are used in building a solid structure as to withstand attack from your opponent.
The structure must be TALLER than the the divider.
First player to finish building declares they are ready for battle and earns the first shot in the Battle round. Second player must finish building their structure so that it is also taller than the divider and then is tasked to carefully remove the divider from the board.
Players alternate shots flicking marshmallows at each other's structure. The weapons must be in contact with the surface of the board when fired.*
You are allowed to 'Sacrifice' as many blocks with a portion of the block on your side of the center line before your shot without penalty. You must 'Sacrifice' any and all blocks that you move before your shot! Otherwise:
Blocks 'Stay where they lay', you are not allowed to alter the position of the blocks before your shot once the divider is removed from the board. Doing so results in penalties:
Moving a piece before your shot that is on your side of the board is penalized by having that block sacrificed from play immediately.
Moving a piece before your shot that is completely on your opponent's side of the board is penalized by the immediate loss of your turn but the block stays on the board.
*Rules for where you are allowed to shoot are only getting posted when I have reached my funding goal! I will tell you this:
The three designations of structures in Knock Down Barns are defined as:
"Secure, Defenseless or Rubble"
These designations correspond to the area on the game board where players are allowed to flick the marshmallow-esque weapons from.
As you destroy your opponent, you are able to advance your attack making it easier to clear their blocks off of the board.
Again, first player to completely clear all the blocks off of their opponent's half of the board wins.
It is customary to shake hands with your opponent after every game of Knock Down Barns. You can always build again!
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