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 RELAUNCH: COMING SOON!

In the meantime, follow @BearicadeGames on Twitter, like Bearicade Games and Beast of Balka on Facebook, and check out The Bear Log for updates! 

It is time to hunt the Beast of Balka! The Sun Clan and Moon Clan are competing to be the first to slay the Beast to earn the favor of their god, and they must navigate a jungle full of monsters - and worse, enemy hunting parties - to do so. Will you be able to use your superior tactics to claim your quarry, or will the other clan get the best of you?

What is Beast of Balka?

Beast of Balka is a fast-paced abstract strategy game that challenges each player to outwit their opponent, taking into account positioning and probability to emerge victorious. Destroying the enemy isn't your primary goal: in order to win, you must kill the Beast! 

Each player takes turns traversing the forest, honing in on their prey and trying to hinder one another. The more each hunting party encounters danger, the more bloodthirsty they become; but they must face ambushes, misdirection, and - worst of all - stampeding beasts! 

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Why Should You Be Interested?  

Designed for 2 players, Beast of Balka is a unique abstract strategy game than can be played in 15 minutes. Its mechanics are simple, but there is considerable strategic depth. There is also an element of probability, which is uncommon in the abstract strategy genre. However, there is tactical decision making required regardless of the result of the die. Each game of Beast of Balka is varied, exciting, and fun!

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Details

The Game - A copy of Beast of Balka, including all unlocked stretch goals.The MRSP will be $30 post-Kickstarter, so reserve your copy now!

NEW! Print and Play - A print-and-play version of Beast of Balka for you to assemble at home! This is a great budget-friendly way to play the game, especially for international backers. All tiers but Villager and Merchant will come with a print and play PDF, in addition to the other rewards. This PDF will come with everything necessary to play the game except dice.  

Poster - Also available to any tier as an add-on: see section below!

Gatherer Upgrade - Also available to any tier as an add-on: see section below!

Mini - Each resin miniature figure of the Beast is handmade. Every one is individually assembled and shaped. As such, each will be slightly unique, with its own individual character and imperfections. They will come primed gray. This exclusive reward is an awesome keepsake, and is usable as a replacement for the Beast token in the game.

Painted Mini - A few of the handmade resin miniatures will be handpainted by an experienced and talented painter, Christopher Woodson. No two of them will be exactly the same! 

Short Story - Following the campaign, there will be a short story set in the world of Beast of Balka written, the conclusion of which YOU will decide! In the story, only one clan will emerge victorious. Tweet using the hashtags #SunClanWins or #MoonClanWins during the campaign to vote for the winning faction! All backers will receive this reward via email, and it will be publicly available online a few months afterwords, meaning that backers will have access to it before anyone else! 

Name a Character - God tier backers will be able to help create a main character in the Beast of Balka short story. This reward will allow backers to name the character, and provide some direction for their role in the story.

Shipping

All shipping for this campaign will be handled by eFulfillment Service, located in Traverse City, Michigan, USA. To keep things as affordable as we can for backers, US orders will be shipped using USPS First Class, and international orders will be sent out using Asendia. 

Retailers

We would be happy to provide special rates for retailers interested in backing Beast of Balka. For more information or to inquire about vending the game after the Kickstarter, send emails to bearicadegames@gmail.com. 

Poster +$10

 Add $10 USD to any tier for a 11" x 17" poster of Donny Zethmayr's beautiful watercolor artwork of The Beast! These posters will each be individually signed by the game's designer, and will incur no additional shipping charge

Note: the Early Hunter and God tiers come with a poster included! 

Note: To add this reward to a Villager or Tracker tier, include $0 for US shipping, $5 for CAN or $10 anywhere else in the world. 

Gatherer Upgrade  +$12

Add $12 USD to any tier per copy to upgrade to the exclusive Gatherer edition of Beast of Balka! The Gatherer edition includes a 100% organic cotton, silkscreened drawstring bag and a rollable playmat version of the board, allowing for quick and easy transport of the game!

With this upgrade, you will receive these things in addition to the regular box and board, with no additional shipping charge

Note: the Monster and God tiers come with a Gatherer upgrade included! 

Note: This add-on cannot be added to the Villager or Tracker tiers.

 Designer: Olivia Dunlap

I love all kinds of games: digital and analog, whimsical and tactical, hardcore and casual. Ever since I realized that it was an actual thing that people could do, I have wanted to be a game designer (since apparently being a chocobo knight isn't an option). I'm from rural Arkansas, and currently live in Little Rock with my other half and our gigantic puppy. I may sound like it in the videos, but I am not, indeed, a 12-year-old boy. 

I'm currently studying Computer Science and English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, working with writing, design, and programming for Bearicade Games. I'm also a part-time host for The Boomburst podcast, an intern at Braddock Avenue Books, and an active participant in the Little Rock Game Designer's Roundup. My inspirations include (but are by no means limited to) ACE Team, Telltale Games, Brian Froud, and Vlaada Chvátil. 

Artist: Donny Zethmayr

I don't remember when I first started drawing, my mom is an artist so I think she helped develop my interest early on. Even before my motor control was developed I would enjoy looking for pictures in my scribbles. When I started working with clay I found new ways of thinking about art, which helped to establish the drawing techniques I use today. During this process I realized my love of creating characters in two dimensional and three dimensional art. I've always been enthralled with the fantastic worlds and characters in video games, books, and movies, and once I realized that someone had actually created these things I knew it was something I wanted to do.

 I'm 28 years old and currently live in San Diego, California. Among my artistic influences are Amano Yoshitaka, Vincent Van Gogh, and John Bauer. My current career goals involve providing concept art for games and illustrations for children's books.

Portfolio

Founded in 2015 by two oddballs that had been working together for years prior, Bearicade Games is a groundwork game design group dedicated to making the sorts of games that we've always wanted to play.  Bearicade stays hard at work designing both tabletop and digital games.

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 Some icons by Lorc, available at gameicons.net

The copies of the game used for reviews and the Kickstarter videos are prototypes. Some components subject to change. 

Risks and challenges

Beast of Balka is the first game from Bearicade Games. Though we are lacking in experience, we are dedicated to ensuring this game and all add-ons are delivered to backers in a timely manner. We have been working closely with our manufacturer and fulfillment center to ensure that Beast of Balka will make it into your hands as soon as possible. Issues may well arise, but we are confident that they will be handled without undue stress on our backers.

The game is already nearly complete; Beast of Balka has been playtested by multiple age groups at several different events, and it has grown a great deal from player feedback. We just need your help to make it a reality! We plan on keeping open lines of communication with our backers throughout production.

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    MONSTER
    Trample your foes!

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    1 Resin cast miniature of The Beast.
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    GOD
    Feel the bloodlust!

    Thank you mention in the game manual.
    1 PDF of a thematic Beast of Balka short story.
    Name and provide input on a main character in the short story.
    1 Copy of Beast of Balka, to be shipped upon release.
    1 Resin cast miniature of The Beast, *hand painted*
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