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Become a musical mentor, competing to form the hottest new trio in this quick, lightweight game!
Become a musical mentor, competing to form the hottest new trio in this quick, lightweight game!
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Upstaged: The Board Game with a Twist!

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Have you ever watched singing competition shows and thought to yourself, “I’m a better judge of talent than these people….” Well now you can prove it! Become a mentor in the new reality TV sensation, Upstaged!

Form the highest-scoring trio in this quick, easy-to-learn board game to win!

  • The game box is the stage!
  •  Twist the entire game board to gain the advantage!
  • Recruit awesome artists or “assist” other players!
  • Play in Rehearsal (easy) or Live TV (advanced) mode!
  • Deliver backhanded compliments with the Outspoken variation!

Upstaged! Discover the next big musical trio! 

Fill the Stage

  • If the stage is empty before taking one of your actions, place an artist on the stage face up, facing one of the runways.

Perform Two Actions

On your turn you may perform up to two actions, even the same action twice.

  •  PLAY a cue card from your hand by following the cues in order.
  •  DISCARD two cue cards of the same cue card type from your hand to move one artist forward one spot.

An Artist Joins Your Team When:

  • An artist moves from the last runway spot to the area in front of you.

Upstaged!

If an artist attempts to join any team that is full, that artist has Upstaged the team! If it is your turn, YOU choose which artist leaves the team that is full. Place that artist on a team that is not full.

End of Turn

  •  Draw cards from the cue card deck until you have four cards in your hand.

Game End

  •  Every mentor has four artists.

Scoring

First, perform The Cut by removing one of your artists and placing them to the side. Their attributes do not count towards your score. Then, add the point values of your remaining three artists plus any team bonuses. Highest score wins Upstaged!

If you'd rather learn by video, check out the YouTube link below!

For a complete, in-depth look at the rules, download the rulebook below. 

To see the game in action, check out the playthrough video.

Getting enough funding to create Upstaged was our ultimate goal. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there. If we hit the following dollar amounts, we will be able to improve the final product with upgrades to the components!



PLAYTESTER FEEDBACK

“Enjoyable and makes me feel like I’m living out my dreams as a talent coach!” - Anne E. 

"Upstaged is a truly unique gaming experience that takes the TV vocal competition experience off the small screen and right into your living room. 5/5 would upstage my friends again!" - James R.

“Super easy to learn, and super easy to understand.” - Chris L.

“If you’ve ever wanted to try out for one of those singing competition TV shows, this is the game for you!” - Nikki L.

“Upstaged is a fun game that blends party and strategy with the most entertaining way to use the box as a component that I have ever seen!” - Andrew L. 

“As someone who rarely plays games, it’s easy to learn. Rehearsal mode is very forgiving.”  - Jackie R. 

“The gameplay is unique, the presentation is festive and the talent — the talent will make or break you….” - Nelson R. 

You may have noticed that a majority of the team are people of color. We are also of different gender identities. Overall, as minorities, we agree that the root of what we want is to feel like we belong. To be included. We realize that with Upstaged we have an opportunity to go beyond diversity — to be inclusive and to find things we have in common.

To accomplish that within Upstaged, we made a conscious decision to use silhouettes, though it may not go with the popular trend of having amazingly intricate and detailed art, especially for a Kickstarter game. Yeah, we did luck out in that the silhouettes work well within a classic music motif. But seriously, we sincerely hope that you can identify a little bit of yourselves and the ones you love within these silhouettes, regardless of your color, ethnicity or gender.

So hopefully you’ll join us in finding common ground with each other through Upstaged

Shipping will be charged separately after the campaign, not through Kickstarter. We will send you an email through our pledge manager a few weeks before the actual game will reach your doorstep next year, at which time shipping will be charged. At that time, you will also have an opportunity to purchase additional copies of the game and any other products we may have available.

Shipping rates are estimates and are subject to change due to a number of factors, including but not limited to change in costs of postage and shipping both U.S. domestic and worldwide, politics, and acts of God. However, rest assured, we will only charge you our actual shipping and packaging costs.

If you pledge the $36 “Duet” level, the same shipping rate applies for the Continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, so you save money! Remember, the “Duet” level pledge is only available in the United States.

Retailers - we will charge you the actual shipping cost through the pledge manager when it is available. Shipping will be charged according to the actual weight of the number of copies you order. Email us atcontact@koalatie.com for more retail pledge information.

  • $0 - Local pickup will be available in the Los Angeles area, CA, USA, date and location TBD. This option will be available through the pledge manager shortly before fulfillment with dates and locations announced.
  • $8 - Continental United States and Puerto Rico
  • $9 - Alaska and Hawaii
  • $10 - China, Macao, Hong Kong
  • $15 - Canada
  • $15 - European countries
  • $17 - Australia
  • $20 - New Zealand
  • $20 - All other Asian countries.
  • $15 - All other countries and areas not listed above except the following: Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Brazil.

We do not ship to Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Brazil. Sorry.

Risks and challenges

Upstaged has been in development and tested all around the U.S. at board game conventions for almost 2 years. Hundreds of fans and industry insiders have given us amazing suggestions and feedback, helping to build the game into what it is today.

The game is complete including the art with the exception of any artwork related to stretch goals. With that said, nothing is final until we send the files to the printer, and we reserve the right to change the game play and artwork as we see fit to improve your experience. We will finalize the files and send them to our manufacturer shortly after the campaign ends to start the next step in this journey.

We will be using professional fulfillment services to ensure smooth, timely distribution of the product. However, there are still risks involved that we may have no control over such as acts of God.

That being said, we still are enormously confident that your games will be delivered safely to you about a year from now in May 2020. We will keep you informed along the way with regular updates during the process. To be honest, you may even find it to be a little too much information. But we feel it’s better to keep you informed than to keep you in the dark.

Lastly, we would like to thank you for your support! We hope that, when the game is finally in your hands, it is an experience that gives you joy, makes you laugh, and brings you, your family, and your friends closer together. If you have any questions during the campaign, email us or comment on the campaign and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

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    Upstaged - Solo Performance!

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    The minimum orders is 6 Kickstarter Editions of Upstaged. You will also receive all stretch goals and 1 additional demo copy for free. Message us for more information.

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