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9th Level Games drops a dope party game about making hip hop albums! 9LG is running a 1 week campaign as part of SXSW 2017 Gaming.
9th Level Games drops a dope party game about making hip hop albums! 9LG is running a 1 week campaign as part of SXSW 2017 Gaming.
9th Level Games drops a dope party game about making hip hop albums! 9LG is running a 1 week campaign as part of SXSW 2017 Gaming.
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HOT 16 A Game of Dope Rhymes is an old school rap crew party game for all ages! It's interactive, cooperative, and requires no musical talent whatsoever (though if you have some musical talent, it sure doesn't hurt).

HOT 16 is a game about writing dope rhymes and spitting sick bars. It's sorta like a RHYMING version of Telestrations. But with more attitude! Get together with your crew, get a rap name, write your lines, and perform!

9th Level Games saw Kickstarter's All in 1 March promotion as the perfect opportunity to bring this strange little game to you. We are headed to the SXSW Gaming Festival (which also happens to be in March), since we'll be at a MUSIC and GAMING conference we plan to do KICKSTARTER LIVE broadcasts and a ton of social media outreach - you totally need to follow us on TWITTER @9thLevel - and don't forget to post with #Hot16.


SXSW is known for Music - making it a no brainer combo. HOT 16 A Game of Dope Rhymes isn't like other games that 9th Level Games has produced - we don't expect this game to ever be available at Your Friendly Local Game Retailer - it's very much a niche product (and honestly too expensive to produce at large numbers). But, hey, that's what Kickstarter is for right...


HOT 16 is printed like an old-school RAP MIXTAPE with the rules printed on an 8-fold J-Card Insert. It comes in a super sweet jewel case, like those cassettes rattling around under the seats of your whip. Included in the case are the following totally hot components:

  • J-Card Full Color Printed Rules 
  • 8 MIXTAPE (cards) in Gold and Purple 
  • 1 Producer Business Card
  • 2 exclusive pins (only made for this KS and SXSW 2017)

(Thanks to Panicbutton Pinbacks for the righteous flair) 

    This campaign is only running for 7 days - so act quick - and for most of that time, 9th Level Games will be at SXSW, keeping it WEIRD in Austin, Texas (instead of our usual - rolling around in vats of imaginary rap money in Philly and Beantown).

This ALL-IN-1 / 1-HIT Wonder Campaign has only 1 PLEDGE LEVEL: for $16 American Dollars you get the limited edition, hand assembled game shipped anywhere in the US (+$4 to Canada). You will also receive any stretch goals if things get totally nuts.

To play HOT 16 A Game of Dope Rhymes you and your crew each provide a sample line that everyone needs to rhyme with for 1 bar (or line). Everyone writes 4 lines that rhyme - without seeing what anyone else is writing. Then you perform! How serious you are about the performance aspect is up to you, but we recommend going for it! Sometimes the rhymes are silly and the songs are weird - sometimes it all comes together, and sounds like you're ready for the studio!

You perform your cleverly crafted masterpiece in rounds, with each rapper leading for a verse, and the rest following. The rapper who ends the current verse starts the next verse, and so on, until the song is done! Then you get hype!



@116 Hot Backers

The #HOT16 NanoGame.  We will print and add this nanogame into every copy of HOT 16.






HOT 16 is the latest crazy idea from 9th Level Games, those Rap Monarchs of the fast casual game genre. 9th Level Games is known for the RPG silliness of KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY! and for the light, fun strategies of SCHRÖDINGER'S CATS, KNUCKLE SAMMICH, and their latest BEARICADES.


About 9th Level Games

9th Level Games is the small but growing game design and publishing house known for its unique blend of humor and playability. 9th Level Games focuses on bringing great looking, great playing games, and great fun to your table.

Follow us on the SOCIAL MEDIAS right now!  HEART US, PLEASE!

TWITTER:  @9thLevel

FACEBOOK: 9thLevel




Risks and challenges

HOT16 is completely finished game - designed, playtested, laid out, and illustrated. The only changes may be upgrades, art tweaks, additional components or edits. This project is more "arty" than our other outings - so costs are higher.

9th Level Games has successfully funded and delivered three great projects through Kickstarter - the Knuckle Sammich card game (2016), the Schrodinger’s Cats card game (2015) and the Kobolds Ate My Baby! In Colour!!! RPG (2013). We also JUST (like 2 weeks ago) successfully funded the BEARICADES card game - which we'll be delivering at the end of this year.

Since we are hand assembling this game our only delays will be due to our edits or art tweaks and on delivery of components (cassette cases, j-cards, playing cards, and pins). None of these items have long delivery times so once we have our orders in the delivery should not be more than 1 month to us. We expect another 1-2 weeks for assembly and packaging for shipment to backers.

This project will ONLY ship to US & CANADA. We decided this was the easiest option as this is only a one week campaign and a small project overall. We apologize in advance to our fans abroad.

Luckily, we are able to offer FREE shipping to all US addresses and very LOW shipping cost of $4 USD to Canadian addresses.

If you have any specific shipping questions please send us a message.

9th Level Games is committed to doing this right! Our goal is not just to make a games, it is to make the best games we can make! As a backer, you will be kept up to date on our progress with regular updates, and you should feel free to drop us a line with questions or concerns at any time.

Thank you for your support!

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    HOT 16 - "All in 1" Limited Edition

    One (1) hand-assembled, punk rock, hip-hop edition of HOT 16, a game of dope rhymes. Free shipping in the US (only $4 USD to Canada).

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