An appetizer for your game night!
When you have a wonderfully heavy game night in front of you, it may be your best option to go into it with something light to whet your appetite. This "appetizer" game lets you learn some rules in under 5 minutes, chuck some dice, draw some shapes, and get you in the gaming mood. It's also a fun way to see who goes first!
What is an Appetizer game?
An appetizer game are ones I define and design as:
- Fast play: All players must be able to play at the same time
- Fast action: All players share the same result, but have a choice on what to do with it
- Inclusive: All games can be played by 1+ players and quick to learn (i.e. can I teach this to my 5 year old)
- Affordable: Have limited components and a print-and-play version is already available
What is Blankout?
Blankout is a roll-and-write game where players compete to fill up a grid with tetromino shapes. Last person to able to fit a tetromino into their grid is the winner!
How do you play?
A d6 always determines which shape a player will use. At the start of the game, a player will use one of the "Starting Shapes" (top half). The only rule here is one of the squares must overlap the center of the grid. All subsequent rolls and placements will use "Playing Shapes" (bottom half). The only rule is that a new shape has to touch (not overlap) at least one square with one already in the grid. Shapes may be rotated or flipped to fit a spot.
Can I play this or try it now? (Print and Play)
For sure! You can actually download the print-and-play copy of it over at itch.io. It's completely free and ready to go. Rules and 2x game boards are included in the free PDF.
Download Link: Blankout on itch.io
So why a Kickstarter?
Just trying to fund some pads to get printed. As you can see above, the game's already out there in a print-and-play form. With a bunch of folks working together to fund the pads, I can get them printed for relatively cheap and pass the savings on to you!
Hey Alexander, what am I getting?
- 1x 4.25" x 5.5" 50-sheet Blankout game pad (NEW: double sided, each side with a different board)
- 1x tiny pencil
- 1x d6
- 1x 5" x 7" poly bag to keep it all together (or to store a sandwich for later)
How do I get additional pads?
Just added this to the FAQ! Each additional pad add $3. For each additional package (pad, pencil, d6, bag) add $4. No need to change shipping costs. That's my gift to you. :)
Risks and challenges
The most common risks are: fear of it never being made and crazy shipping costs. Fortunately the files are ready to go and I've weighed sample pads and envelopes to determine that the shipping fee is appropriate.
I still can't find a relatively cheap way to mail things internationally without proper custom forms and whatnot, so to keep risk low I'm only doing shipping in the United States. Depending on what happens after the Kickstarter, I may open up orders internationally or offer hand-laminated copies (I can at least mail those as Air Mail letters due to their flat nature).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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