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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 11 2018
NZ$ 3,379
pledged of NZ$ 8,000pledged of NZ$ 8,000 goal
100
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 11 2018

About

Note:  We're about to halt this project since it hasn't caught fire the way we hoped, but we will relaunch in July 2018 with a lower target. I will leave comments when a preview of the new campaign is up and when we have a launch date. You can also follow Cheeky Parrot on Facebook, Twitter and/or by subscribing to our newsletter via our website. Thanks for your interest.

Were you one of those kids who loved knocking things down? Perhaps you'd like a safe place to indulge a touch of pyromania? Flaming Pyramids is the game for you! 

Final draft of four tiles: different symbols to assist colorblind players and enhanced with native NZ flora and fauna.
Final draft of four tiles: different symbols to assist colorblind players and enhanced with native NZ flora and fauna.

Flaming Pyramids is a tile-laying game for 2-6 players, age 8 and up. It sets up in 45 seconds and one round takes 10-20 minutes. It is a hugely versatile game:

  • New players and families with very young children can start with the basic game.
  • Casual groups and families can play without the curse variant and check for mayhem together. Flaming Pyramids can get quite random and silly with 5-6 players.
  • A quick round of Flaming Pyramids makes an easy filler or starter for an adult/more serious board-gaming group.
  • If you prefer no holds barred competition, play in competitive mode with 2-4 players. Play in rounds, with each player getting to be the starting player once and record your scores similar to how you would for Hearts, with the winner being the player with the lowest overall score.

A lifetime in the making, game designer Norbert Abel first conceived of the game that would become Flaming Pyramids when he was a boy growing up in Germany. ... In more recent years, and now living in New Zealand, Norbert has been playing the game with his wife (who did the illustrations you can see on the prototype tiles) and his two children. Its continuing positive reception beyond the circles of Norbert's own friends and family led him to Cheeky Parrot Games. Now you can help us add it to our (and your) line-up of quick, light, and affordable family-friendly-but-no-child-required games. 

Game designer Norbert Abel plays Flaming Pyramids with his children
Game designer Norbert Abel plays Flaming Pyramids with his children

We're adding value with professional artwork and durable components that are friendly to big and little hands. Each copy of Flaming Pyramids will contain 45 tiles of 1.5 mm thickness--slightly thinner than the usual 2 mm so that it is easy to manage a hand of five. And the box will be our trademark sturdy, magnetic-closure box.

Simon's draft rendition of the box in 3D. We'll have the final version to show off when we relaunch.
Simon's draft rendition of the box in 3D. We'll have the final version to show off when we relaunch.

How to Play

Flaming Pyramids sounds deceptively simple. Each turn you must select one tile from your hand of five and place it in a legal spot according to the Building Regulations, but unavoidable mismatches, overweight tiles, and flammable materials can cause mayhem, crumbling bits of the pyramid away and adding those tiles to your supply. The bigger the pyramid gets, the more extensive the damage can be, so sometimes it is best to cause a small bit of mayhem early to get rid of an inconvenient tile before it can cause big trouble for you down the line.

We have prepared two how-to-play videos. The first explains tile placement rules and collapses, enabling viewers to play a basic, introductory game: 

The second teaches how to add in the elements of a regular game, enabling the fires and explosions that can make the game especially and hilariously volatile:  

And here's a link to the rulebook on BoardGameGeek.

What are players saying? 

"I like how it's different to other games."

"Quick, simple, but allows strategy"

"This game'll turn on you in a second!"

Written preview by Jonathan Nelson of Gaming Bits

Wolf of the Kwarenteen notes Flaming Pyramids' similarity to UNO, which he dislikes, but says our game is "super cool because you add that spatial element."

Why Kickstart?

Kickstarter is a useful tool for a small publisher like Cheeky Parrot to  gauge the popularity and marketability of a title we plan to publish, to build excitement, and to presell some of the print run, tying up less of our capital in stock. For our backers, pledging allows you to add a fun, flexible game to your collection before anyone else, especially if you live outside New Zealand.

Try before you buy

Visit here to download a print-and-play with placeholder artwork. 

Risks and challenges

Cheeky Parrot Games has been in business for four years and has four titles of its own in circulation, plus it distributes a few titles for other small indy publishers. Flaming Pyramids will be our only new project this year and any copies not sold via Kickstarter will be distributed via our existing retailer network in New Zealand.

The game already has basic, family, and competitive modes built into the existing components, but in the relaunch we may add stretch goals for linen finish on the box and/or tiles.

We've already invested in the artwork and getting samples from the manufacturer so we'll be ready to begin production soon after Kickstarter funds are received. We're using a manufacturer (Longpack) and logistics company (Blondi) that we've done business with before.

The Kickstarter proceeds will help us cover manufacture, shipping the print run to New Zealand, and fulfilling pledges.

We expect this project to go smoothly but if we encounter any unexpected delays or other hitches, we will keep our backers informed and do our best to sort everything out quickly.

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    Pledge NZ$ 10 or more About $7

    Print & Play

    Try Flaming Pyramids with its final artwork early and help us reach our target. Full art PDF files of the 45 tiles and directions. By the way, if you'd like to play now, a PnP with the placeholder art is available on the BoardGameGeek website.

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    Pledge NZ$ 25 or more About $17

    Get a Game: Local Pick Up

    One copy of the game which you can pick up from one of these locations around New Zealand: Cakes n Ladders in Auckland, Game Centre Hamilton, Caffeinated Dragon in Wellington or Comics Compulsion in Christchurch.

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    Pledge NZ$ 30 or more About $20

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    One copy of the game. Includes shipping to any address in New Zealand, with heavily subsidised shipping rates to other places. We will be using NZ Post. Contact us if you don't see your country.

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    Pledge NZ$ 90 or more About $61

    Kiwi Retailer Pledge

    This pledge allows our existing retailers to be the first to offer Flaming Pyramids in store by supporting our campaign. Your pledge entitles your shop to six copies of the game. Shipping to be added as you complete your pledge. We will provide a GST receipt and point of sale promotional material. This price may be a bit lower than the eventual wholesale price and I promise it will be no higher.
    Retailers outside New Zealand: please contact sales@cheekyparrotgames.com to indicate your interest.

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