Smoke rises on the horizon. A fire rages somewhere in the heart of the forest. From the height of a fire tower, you command the efforts to defend your tower and take down your opponents. With each turn, the inferno grows. Harness the power of the wind to push the blaze towards the other towers, clear tracts of land to fortify your tower, hinder the plans of your opponents with torrents of water, and unleash an arsenal of fire cards upon your foes. Each card has a unique pattern with its own tactical advantage. You must effectively direct the resources in your hand and use sound spatial planning to deploy them.
Fire Tower incorporates an intuitive play structure that takes minutes to learn and seconds to set up. Although the core mechanics are easy to grasp, an ever-shifting environment forces players to switch up their tactics and experiment with varied strategies, making Fire Tower a difficult game to master and each play-through a fresh experience.
EASY TO LEARN
We made sure Fire Tower's rules were simple and easy to learn, so that you can start playing within minutes of opening the box. Below is a brief overview of how to play the game. For a more detailed explanation watch our 5 1/2 minute How To Play video above (stop motion animation!) or follow the link to our rules.
Your turn has two steps:
1. The wind spreads the blaze. Choose one empty space orthagonally adjacent (not touching diagonally) to another fire gem or the eternal flame (the fire marked at the center of the board) and place a gem on it.
2. Take action from your tower. Either play one of the five action cards in your hand or discard as many cards as you want and redraw up to your hand size. Find out more about the different types of cards below.
HARNESS THE POWER OF THE WIND
You may play Wind Cards to do one of three actions: change the direction of the wind to the direction shown on the card, roll the wind die in hopes of a better wind direction, or place one fire gem in the direction indicated on the card.
SPREAD THE BLAZE
We told you this game is competitive! Play Fire Cards to spread the blaze towards your opponents. Place the fire gems on the board in the pattern indicated at the bottom of each card. The fire can be placed anywhere, as long as at least one gem is touching the eternal flame or previously existing fire gems on the board.
EXTINGUISH THE FLAMES
Feel the heat? Use Water Cards to remove some of the fire gems from the board in the pattern shown at the bottom of the card.
Need more permanent defenses? Firebreak Cards allow you to build firebreaks (purple tokens), areas devoid of vegetation that the fire cannot go on or pass through. They can only be removed using the De/Reforestation card. Quick note: Firebreaks cannot be built orthogonally adjacent to any previously existing firebreaks on the board.
BEWARE THE FIRESTORM
Burn, baby, burn! The Firestorm Card comes up once per deck cycle. It must be played as soon as it is drawn, regardless of turn order. Once it is played, roll the wind die and place a fire gem orthogonally adjacent to every fire gem on the board in the direction the die indicates. At this point, every player has a chance to discard and redraw as many cards as they want from the deck.
PROTECT YOUR TOWER
Your fire tower is made up of the nine colored spaces in your corner of the board. You may not use water cards or build firebreaks in this area. Once the fire has breached your tower, your only recourse is your Bucket Card (every player gets one bucket for the game). You can toss it out the window in an attempt to save yourself from the flames. But if the fire comes back, watch out! This time you don't have a bucket to save you.
TAKE DOWN YOUR OPPONENTS
Once the fire reaches the back corner of your tower (outlined in orange), you are eliminated from the game. Hand your cards to the player who finished you off. Everyone now plays with an additional card, and a firestorm immediately takes place. But don't worry! The way this fire is raging, it'll just be a matter of minutes—maybe even seconds—before the other towers burn down and you can start your next game.
Last tower standing wins the game!
In the team variant, players sit diagonally across from their partners. The first team to burn both of their opponents' towers wins. All players remain in the game until the end, regardless of whether or not their tower burns down. This is an alternative to player elimination in the Free For All version.
Unlocked!!! We will be adding a new optional event card called to every copy of Fire Tower!
Read the full review from A Pawn's Perspective.
Read the full review from Engaged Family Gaming.
This isn't just a one-off project for us, this is the beginning of a dream we've both had for many years. Both of us grew up playing board games and designing games for fun. We have spent the past three years working tirelessly on Fire Tower, not only because we want to give you a high quality, beautiful, and fun game, but because we want to lay the groundwork for a real business. We know exactly how we will manufacture our game and every detail about fulfillment and shipping. We've gone to 15 conventions and countless game nights, playing our game over and over to ensure that it is exactly the product you want. We've listened to your advice, and we've been fine tuning our product since day one.
We are offering Fire Tower at a discounted rate for the duration of this Kickstarter. After the campaign is over, the price will go up. Plus, your support now goes towards funding this project and reaching stretch goals to make it even better!
What makes it unique?
Okay, we are the ONLY competitive forest fire game (that we know of). But that's not all. Fire Tower has such unique mechanics that in the hundreds and hundreds of games we've played, no one ever says to us, "Your game is just like ______." Considering all the games on the market right now, we are very happy about that.
Here's a few other points we think are pretty neat:
- The artwork. If you're familiar with Kevin Ruelle's fine art, you already know that we lucked out having him as our artist. If you don't know, check out some of his work here.
- Easy to learn. Fire Tower takes about 5 minutes to learn. Don't believe us? Watch our How to Play video above and get back to us.
- Lots of pictures. Each card includes a grid that visually explains the ways it can be used, saving new players from having to constantly refer to the rule book.
- Easy to set up. "Let's play Fire Tower," you say. One minute later, you're playing. No special placement of tokens, separating cards into several piles, nothing.
- The fire gems. They are just really fun to hold. And they look like candy. And you get 135 of them in every single game. We know you are thinking of buying more copies because you want to fill a bathtub with those gems. Don't let us stop you.
- The variations. Gwen likes this game best with two players. Sam likes it best with four. Looking for heavier strategy? Try the team variant or the two player version. Want to trick your friends into thinking you're the nice guy while you plot to burn down their towers? Play the three or four player "Free for All" version. Add chaos with the Firestorm. The games feel different, even though the mechanics are simple to learn.
- Lastly, this game is just plain fun. We've personally played Fire Tower more than 1000 times, and we still enjoy it. That's some serious replayability.
For a copy of the game for $39, back our project at the Fire Fighter tier. Looking for more? Check out our other options below:
For each additional copy of Fire Tower, add $35 to your pledge. For large quantities of games (group pledges), please contact us at email@example.com with your quantity and location, and we will get back to you right away with costs.
SOLD OUT - Sam Bryant, co-designer of Fire Tower and talented woodworker, will handcraft and hand finish four wooden buckets to add to your game, one for each player to use in place of their bucket card. Each set of buckets will be individually numbered on the bottom.
This is in addition to a copy of Fire Tower and everything included in the Fire Fighter tier, and will be shipped separately. US only. Limited to 100 backers.
You will be immortalized in the lore of Fire Tower. Your name will be included on The Wall of Flame in every printed copy of the rule book. You will also receive a card signed by the designers that shows your status as a Wall of Flame inductee.
This is all in addition to a copy of the game with handcrafted buckets and all stretch goals. Please Note: Backers outside the US will not receive wooden buckets. Limited to 50 backers.
SOLD OUTJump into the blaze and join the fight!
Receive one of our limited edition prototypes signed and numbered by the designers within 8 weeks of the end of the campaign.
You will also receive a copy of the finished product with all stretch goals when it is available, and all other rewards included in the Wall of Flame tier. US only. Limited to 12 backers.
Fuel the fire's rapid spread!
Receive everything in the Smokejumper pledge level, plus a handcrafted wooden game board with wood-burned illustrations of fire towers in each corner.
You will also receive a personalized thank you message on the Wall of Flame. This is in addition to everything in the Smokejumper tier.
In addition to offering free shipping to all backers in the United States, we are excited to offer friendly shipping in the EU, Canada, and Australia, and affordable shipping world-wide. If you have any questions or concerns about shipping, please feel free to reach out to us.
For larger quantity group orders that are all being shipped to the same destination, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your quantity and location, and we will get back to you right away with your shipping costs.
Retailers, we love you, and we would love to see Fire Tower on your shelves! Please back our campaign for $6 and we will get back to you right aways with details about our retail opportunities. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via email at email@example.com.
A special thank you to all the others involved in the making of our Kickstarter video:
Music by Jeffrey Bryant
Footage by Roque Nonini, Justin Oslyn, and Hannah Marlin
Starring Christina Whittaker and Hana Fruchtenicht
Thank you also to Marshall Pratt, Sam Oslyn, Hillary Giacomelli, Matt Longman, and Justin Engles for helping us with our videos.
Thank you Mike Belsole and Morgan Ruelle for editing our rules. And thank you to our incredibly supportive friends and family, and the many game designers, publishers, reviewers, etc. who have helped us throughout this process. We couldn't have done this without you!
Kickstarter has been a huge part of the renaissance that board games are currently going through, and we are thrilled to be a part of that. The fact that Kickstarter provides an avenue for designers to print their product is a dream come true. $8,000, our funding goal, is simply the amount of money it costs to manufacture a minimum print run of our game and get it to your mailbox. We are not paying ourselves for the time we've put in, or any costs that we have incurred up to this point. We just want to be able to get Fire Tower onto your table, and we hope you have as much fun with it as we've had.
Thanks so much for checking out Fire Tower! If this is your first Kickstarter and you haven't backed before, follow these simple steps:
1. Click on the pledge level you'd like to back. For the base game, choose Fire Fighter. If you would like to donate money without a reward, click the "Back this project" button at the top of the page and choose to pledge without a reward. You can also choose a pledge tier and choose to pay more than the actual tier, either for extra copies or for no additional reward.
2. You will be prompted to enter your email address, and then click "continue as a guest."
3. Fill out your payment information as requested and click "Pledge."
That's it! Thanks so much for backing Fire Tower! If you have any questions at all, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Risks and challenges
This is our first game and we fully understand the amount of work and number of obstacles in front of a first time project creator. Although we can't ensure that problems won't arise, we guarantee that we've done extensive work with our chosen manufacturer and fulfillment center to ensure that the process will be as smooth as possible. We'll always be available to answer any questions you have about the process.
We want to get Fire Tower to you as quickly as possible. The game is ready to go, fully playtested, art completed, manufacturer chosen, and fulfillment centers picked. All we need is the funds to set the manufacturing process into motion.
The success of Fire Tower will allow Runaway Parade Games to create other projects that we're excited to bring to the world of tabletop. The future of our company is tied to Fire Tower.
Thanks for checking out our project, and once again we want to offer our deepest appreciation to everyone who helped make this possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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