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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
We've been playing around with a lot of layout options at Holy Frijoles. This game takes up a lot of space!
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.
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 NilsLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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