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Addictive 5 v 5 strategy arcade game, Killer Queen, is coming to Holy Frijoles in Hampden. Help us get it here and earn cool merch.
Addictive 5 v 5 strategy arcade game, Killer Queen, is coming to Holy Frijoles in Hampden. Help us get it here and earn cool merch.
59 backers pledged $2,601 to help bring this project to life.

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Have you heard the buzz?  

Killer Queen is a new addicting 10-player arcade strategy game made by Josh and Nik at Bumblebear Games and we want to bring one to your soon-to-bee favorite bar in Baltimore City!  

Two teams of five players can play!
Two teams of five players can play!

It’s really a game that brings people together; literally and figuratively. Killer Queen consists of two large cabinets each with a 46” screen and 5 players snugly packed together on each side like bees in a hive. It can only be played in bars, so you’ll be coming out week after week to hang out and play with your new friends. It's easy to learn, hard to master. We can even stream game footage live over the internet or display it on a wall mounted TV nearby for spectators to enjoy.

Fun for everyone!
Fun for everyone!

Now, you may be saying to yourself, "That looks awesome! I'm excited to play. Where and when should we meet up?" Well, therein lies the problem. Baltimore doesn't have a Killer Queen cabinet. There isn’t even one in our state. In fact, the closest one is over an hour away, in DC. We want to change that.  

Our Killer Queen friends in DC
Our Killer Queen friends in DC

We’ve got most of the funds together but we need your help to put us over the edge. We're raising money for the purchase of a Killer Queen cabinet that will be located at a restaurant/bar in Baltimore City. Our goal is to have this cabinet be set up before Spring so tournaments and weekly league nights can begin as soon as possible.

In Killer Queen, each 5-player team is tasked with completing one of three objectives. Players collect berries, become warriors, hunt the opposing Queen, and ride a snail to victory. Killer Queen is reminiscent of the retro arcade game, Joust, but takes game-play to the next level with its focus on teamwork and strategy. 

An arcade game unlike any other
An arcade game unlike any other

Interested in hearing the finer details of how to play? Check out the video below that provides a pretty comprehensive walk-through of a game of Killer Queen:  

Players can work their way from Drone to Warrior and take down the opposing Queen.  Also, they could collect berries scattered about the map and bring them back home to their hive.The third path to victory is going straight for the Snail, and riding it towards their side of the map until it reaches the goal. Careful though! Warriors are lurking just above. 


Three ways to win!
Three ways to win!


No matter how you plan or who wins, there's a good time had by all. Every game, hour after hour, week after week.

At MAGfest, the cabinets were packed the entire weekend
At MAGfest, the cabinets were packed the entire weekend

 

 

We recognize that many of you aren’t Baltimore-based, but just want to see the Killer Queen community grow. Thanks a ton for the support! We definitely didn’t forget about you, though. That’s why we have rewards for even the most die-hard Killer Queen players. Not only will you be helping us get cabinets, but you’ll be supporting a community and promoting the game. You can even collect some cool merch while you’re at it.  




Backers that pledge at the “Drone” level will receive their very own berry runner keychain! Take it with you whenever you go to league night, but be careful! Those pesky warriors are lurking just above.



Abs keytag made from laser-engraved wood
Abs keytag made from laser-engraved wood


In addition to the keychain, backers at the “Warrior” level will also receive a made-in-Baltimore leather bracelet featuring your favorite snail-riding, berry-collecting drones and the Queen as the centerpiece.


Show off your Killer Queen pride wherever you go
Show off your Killer Queen pride wherever you go


No warrior worth his weight in berries would be caught from above without one of these fully leather Killer Queen themed bracelets.


The bracelets tie onto your wrist with a leather cord
The bracelets tie onto your wrist with a leather cord


Speed Warrior backers get a nice, high-quality screen printed t-shirt with a drone sporting the Maryland Flag, made right here in Beemore. We'll also throw in a leather bracelet.


Bee More Pride!
Bee More Pride!


Want to live on in Baltimore Killer Queen history? We think the “Queen” donation level is right up your alley. Backers that reach this level will be able to see their name engraved on a plaque affixed to/near our cabinet. Baltimore players will know exactly who helped us achieve our goal. You’ll also receive leather bracelets for you and your friends, and some keychains. Don't worry; the plaque won't be anywhere near the gameplay surface.


Live on in Baltimore Killer Queen history
Live on in Baltimore Killer Queen history



A full set of keychains
A full set of keychains



Backing at the Family Portrait tier will get you leather bracelets for your whole team, plus this sweet picture frame! You'll be able to add a 5"x7" photo of you and your friends, stingers out.

The gang's all here!
The gang's all here!

 

A laser-engraved picture frame for your family victory
A laser-engraved picture frame for your family victory



Once we have our cabinets, there will be plenty of sponsorship opportunities for league nights, happy hours, and tournaments. We have two different donation levels for people looking to sponsor an event. The first level is the ability to sponsor a happy hour event where we’ll set the cabinet to Free Play for two hours on your chosen night. Additionally, we’ll put your name or company name on the title screen so all players know exactly who to thank for the awesome experience. 




The second sponsorship level allows backers to sponsor one of the tournaments we’ll be running this Summer. You’ll get your name or company name on the title screen of our cabinet the entire tournament. Additionally, we’ll be sure to give you constant shout outs during the live stream/online.




Your company logo or name will be featured in our promotional material for the event, and on the cabinet's screen during the tournament.



We're like you. We love this game and want a convenient place to play. MAGFest is only once a year, and DC is far. And the parking there isn't great. That’s why we need you. The machine itself is costly and finding a venue has proved to be a daunting task. With your help, we can collect enough to purchase a cabinet and lock down a location that would be willing to work with us to host league nights and tournaments. The Baltimore Killer Queen community will be able to flourish with a successful campaign giving it flight.

Not just because we live here and know tons of people here, but also because Baltimore is good for community, games, socializing, and just generally being laid back. It's a cool city to hang out in and isn't so crowded or expensive. There's parking, good eats, and it's small enough that word about this game can spread quickly. People don't just work and then leave the city to go home; they stick around in the evenings and like to have fun. 

Some of the Bee-more crew in DC for Steve's birthday
Some of the Bee-more crew in DC for Steve's birthday

We're close to DC so we know there will be some beltway battles back and forth which will increase the level of play for the east coast scene.  We'll likely even be able to bring these cabs to MAGFest 2019, which I believe will mark the first time more than one set of KQ game cabinets will be at a convention, aside from a big national tournament.

We're coming to Holy Frijoles!  

Finding the proper venue is one of the most important pieces of this puzzle. Baltimore City doesn't have a true "arcade bar" like many other cities. We want a place that serves food and alcohol and is open late, in the city, with enough space for us to play this enormous game and not get in the way of the regular patrons. We'd like to attract folks to the game, so the vibe has to be right. 

Holy Frijoles is perfect for this. Drinks, Tacos, Pinball, Killer Queen. Checkout update #3 for more information.

Layout designs to make sure the cabinet gets maximum exposure
Layout designs to make sure the cabinet gets maximum exposure

We've been playing around with a lot of layout options at Holy Frijoles. This game takes up a lot of space!

We're confirmed for Holy Frijoles!
We're confirmed for Holy Frijoles!

We'll be using the funds collected to get things like a TV/project for the cab, plus maintenance and repairs costs, licencing fees for the city, shipping the cabs to MAGFest, etc. We also want streaming equipment today share your Killer Queen moves with the internet.

MAGfest 2017
MAGfest 2017

We really appreciate your support and thanks for helping us grow this community.

Risks and challenges

Todd has run several kickstarters before. We have funding together to make up the difference between what we raise here, and what the cabinets cost (it's $12,995 plus shipping, support, etc!) The rewards are very straight-forward to produce and fulfill. We'll be using leather which we already have on hand to engrave with the laser cutter at the Baltimore Node Makerspace. We're in final negotiations with the venue and expect to have that figured out before the end of this campaign.

We'll be using BACKERKIT to collect your mailing addresses and other information to send you your rewards. Please be on the lookout for that email so you can fill out the survey promptly, especially for t-shirt orders.

We're so excited to get this game and can't wait to play with you! Please join our community and help us build it. You can participate in our Facebook group, and share this Kickstarter project with your friends to help spread the word.

Thanks again for your support, and keep it awesome.

-Todd, Clarkson, Shrek, Bruno, and Nils

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    SNAIL RIDER LEVEL: Always appreciated

    Slowly but surely, we'll make it to our goal. You'll be thanked as much as we thank snail riders during league night; which is a lot. We need your help to get to the goal, and every little bit counts.

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    DRONE LEVEL: Thank you berry much

    We need your help to deliver berries... to our bank account. Every dollar donated here will go directly to an economic victory, plus we'll send a wooden drone keychain of Abs, Chex, Stripes, or Skull. Quick, get 'em to your hive!

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    WARRIOR LEVEL: Bracelet & key-chain

    We'll ship you a sweet-as-honey leather bracelet with all of your favorite Killer Queen characters, "Chex", "Abs", "Skull", "Stripes", and of course, the Queen herself.
    Plus a keychain.

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    SPEED WARRIOR LEVEL: T-shirt & bracelet

    Get your hands on a nice drone t-shirt with the MD flag, plus a leather bracelet to wear along with it.

    These are limited edition, and only 100 will be made.

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    FAMILY PORTRAIT: A 5x7 hex picture frame

    We'll send you a wooden engraved picture frame just like the one you see in the game for you to frame and memorialize those family victories.

    Plus we'll throw in five bracelets too.

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    QUEEN LEVEL: Stick your name here

    We'll engrave your name on a plaque that will be mounted on/near the cabinet for all to see. Plus, we'll send you five leather bracelets for your team, a t-shirt, and the full set of 4 drone keychains. Don't worry though, the plaque won't interfere with gameplay.

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    Sponsor a Happy Hour.

    We'll set the arcade to Free Play for two hours in your honor. This will also display your name or company name on the screen before and after every game during that time. We'll also send you five leather bracelets for your team, a t-shirt, and 5 drone keytags.

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    Sponsor one of our first tournaments.

    Your name or company name will be displayed after every game on the TV screens during the day of the tournament, and on the live stream.

    We'll also send you 10 drone keychains, 10 leather bracelets, the family portrait picture frame, and five t-shirts!

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