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$1,523
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
45
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, April 14 2015 4:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Euro-game strategy with a Science-Fiction theme. Tile laying or LEGO® placing game! Allocate mice to help build asteroid mining boomtowns from four unique divisions focus on mayhem, scheming, diplomacy, and strategy!

  • "If Pokemon settled in Catan."
  • "It's like Secret of NIHM in space."
  • "This is addicting, like SimCity mixed with dominoes and Uno."
  • "It would make a fun App and an awesome cartoon."

 2-4 players. 20 minutes.

Playing a structure card or using a division power builds, moves, renovates, joins, structures including Mines Units, Depot Districts, Hab Districts, Works Units, Port Districts, and Bio Towers. 

On your turn you do combinations of drawing, playing, flipping, recycling cards, or division abilities. You can flip a card on the top and play it immediately, unless it's a boom and then you crater one of your structure or a super boom where you crater a structure and everything next to it. When you draw, you take 2 cards from the deck, then take 1 card from you hand and recycle a card back into the deck under the top two cards, either setting up a good flip for yourself, or an accident for other players who are too hasty.

Meet the Mice

Void Mice: Boomtown lets you play as space mice cooperatively building a new civilization. The game system will test and develop your timing, diplomacy, and strategy skills. 

Each unique division of transgenic mice was designed for specific complex and dangerous tasks. They each have a special ability usable once per game when you have a full hand.

Benthic League: These mice were originally designed for deep ocean operations, but their ability to breath liquid and survive without light was perfect for space missions. Sharply aware of human capriciousness they were the first and most ready for the responsibility of making a home in The Void.

The Cadets: Because their training program was cut short, The Cadets are still mischievous and fun loving, but they are also in denial about many things. When needed, they can be disciplined and work together because they love to succeed at any challenge.

Nano-Swarm: An international network of bio-punk hacker mice. The Nano-Swarm was able to escape Earth before communications and supplies were cut to the mice in space. They are angry about the way transgenic mice are being treated on Earth, but see building a better life and civilization as the best way to demonstrate their value.

Aristocrats: Some mice were designed as expensive pets, dressed like aristocratic dolls, and trained to be highly cultured. When international laws made all GMOs illegal the Aristocrats would have perished if not for the help of the Nano-Swarm in escaping to space. The Aristocrats want to work hard, but they have a long way to go to earn the trust of the others.

The game is based on a deck of 24 structure cards and 6 Booms and 6 character tokens and 10 supply point tokens for each of the four divisions. Help fund us so we can professionally print and distribute the full decks, offer digital print-and-play files, and craft an accessible open version. Decks included at pledges $20 and above. 

The Deluxe LEGO® Limited Edition

The Void Mice game was created as a way to build awesome space cities out of LEGO® bricks with your friends. The deluxe LEGO® version is great for dedicated hobby gamers, casual players, non-gamers, and kids! By Kickstarting Void Mice: Boomtown, you will start a system that will turn your existing LEGO® collection into an epic civilization campaign. In the deluxe version, use the cards to build LEGO® structures on modular asteroid game boards. Included in $25, and $50 pledges.

You can also use LEGO® bricks you own or other toys or tokens as an alternative to the LEGO® bricks we suggest/provide.

Note that LEGO® is a trademark of the Lego Group, which does not sponsor, endorse, or authorize this game.

Cheap or free shipping to Canada, United States, and Mexico!

We have bookcases and hard drives full of Kickstarter games and wanted to give back to the community with our own project. Kickstarter allows opportunity to the individual; we think we have something fun and interesting to offer to the world; and community to a concept; this platform helps bring new and different products to the market in a transparent and creative way. We believe in Kicking it Forward (at least 5% of our profit will be reinvested in other projects here)!

To take the game to the next level we need your help to self-publish to keep Void Mice as we always intended it to be: a non-violent, empowering, and educational game.

LionToast is a team of friends assembled to create Void Mice: Boomtown. We all have an interest in making the world better with creativity and lifelong learning.

The song in top video is by Kubbi in Norway. Creative Commons Share Alike. http://kubbi.bandcamp.com/track/void-pt-1 

Risks and challenges

MAKING THE GAME
JayLando worked on big corporate games and Dylan worked as an indie artist and teacher, and this will be our first major indie game together. We’ve been gaming together since high school and this is one of our dreams.

To help us, we’ve gathered other friends with finance, HR, and illustration experience. We have structured development so the majority of it can be handled by our small group, LionToast!

Also, this is a work in progress and subject to change. There is risk in promising too much, but also being too vague. We are starting with a low goal that would cover the minimum we need to get the game printed and shipped. The game includes 30 structure cards and 32 mice tokens, and some player aids.

We have spent a lot of time researching cost. There are large price breaks at 1,500 and 5,000 decks ordered which would allow us to integrate more content at a higher quality.

The LEGO® pieces for the deluxe edition are already on hand, so that is not a risk.

Note that LEGO® is a trademark of the Lego Group, which does not sponsor, endorse, or authorize this game.

CHANGING THE WORLD
It’s been fun testing and introducing Void Mice: Boomtown to both gamers and non-gamers, especially at Strategicon. Honestly, one of the biggest challenges was trying to explain that the game is made to be non-violent and post-colonial.

Deconstructing the ‘conflict play’, neo-imperialism, and patriarchy throughout LEGO® products, tabletop games and the sci-fi genre isn’t easy. It is one of Dylan’s area of interest for his PhD in peace studies.

Reference http://parents.lego.com/en-us/childdevelopment/conflict-play for more info on the Lego Group stance on violences in games.

Read about the trend of colonialism in tabletop gaming and Bruno Faidutti's call for post-colonial games here: http://faidutti.com/blog/…

The trick is building in conflict and cooperation mechanisms without violence. We use game theory, urban planning, hard science fiction, creative destruction, cooperative dissonance, secret goals, and espionage.

We can demonstrate “strength, courage, and perseverance” without a zero-sum game, and players can be “saviors and bearers of life” without having to hurt or kill anyone. Void Mice: Boomtown is a peek into a rich and exciting universe that we want to share and build with you.

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