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Brick Work is the quick brick building, dice rolling, worker placement board game for 2 players ages 9+ that takes between 15 and 30 minutes to play.

To begin the game, players CREATE objects -- called brickprints -- using yellow bricks.

Each round, players take turns placing dice onto the game board to COLLECT bricks of their own color (red or blue), connect bricks, and manipulate die rolls.

The first player to BUILD both brickprints again, using bricks of their own color, is the winner!

Prototype components shown as an example; a few of the prototype bricks aren't quite the right color!
Prototype components shown as an example; a few of the prototype bricks aren't quite the right color!

Each copy of Brick Work includes:

  • 1 game board,
  • 2 player cards, 
  • 4 yellow six-sided dice,
  • 20 yellow KAZI building bricks,
  • 21 red KAZI building bricks,
  • 21 blue KAZI building bricks,
  • 6 black KAZI building bricks for +/- tokens,
  • 6 advanced rule cards,
  • 1 rulebook, and
  • 1 game box.

Brick Work combines the joy of brick building with creativity, puzzle solving, and modern game mechanisms. It's easy to learn and surprisingly deep: perfect for both gamers and families.

The blue player's collection is taking shape!
The blue player's collection is taking shape!

CREATIVITY

Players build the goals of the game -- the brickprints -- at the beginning of every game. Be creative; you're free to build whatever you like!

You can build a bit of strategy into your brickprint, but so can your opponent. And because a player must rebuild both brickprints to win, everyone starts on a level playing field.

PUZZLE SOLVING

Each brickprint is a miniature puzzle for you to solve:

  • Which bricks were used?
  • Can you build it with different bricks, and will that be more efficient?
  • How many pips will you need to connect, and in what order?
  • How can you best use the dice available to you?

You will be shocked by how much strategy goes into rebuilding your miniature masterpieces!

BRICK BUILDING, DICE ROLLING, WORKER PLACEMENT

At the beginning of a round, all four dice are rolled then players take turns. Each turn, you choose one die and place it on an action space on the game board. The action spaces allow you to collect bricks, connect or disconnect bricks in your collection, or manipulate die rolls.

Place a die with 3 pips to collect a brick with 3 pips.
Place a die with 3 pips to collect a brick with 3 pips.

The pips on the dice correspond directly to the pips on the bricks:

  • COLLECT a brick with pips equal to a die,
  • BUILD by connecting a number of pips on your bricks equal to a die, or
  • DEMOLISH by disconnecting a number of pips on your bricks equal to a die.
The +/- tokens put you in control of the dice. Final +/- tokens will be black 1-pip bricks.
The +/- tokens put you in control of the dice. Final +/- tokens will be black 1-pip bricks.

Even when the dice don't roll your way, there's something useful to do:

  • COLLECT A +/- TOKEN, allowing you to change a future die roll,
  • RETURN +/- TOKEN(S) to change a die before placing it,
  • RECYCLE brick(s) to collect brick(s) with the same total pips, or
  • BUMP a die to extend the round!
The player whose brick is on top of the turn tower (center of board) goes first each round.
The player whose brick is on top of the turn tower (center of board) goes first each round.

A round ends when all four dice are placed on the game board. Remove the dice, flip the turn tower over to change turn order, and begin a new round!

BUMPING DICE

Action spaces are never blocked! If you place a new die on an occupied action space, the old die is BUMPED from the board, re-rolled, and returned to the dice pool.

As a result, each time a die is bumped, you -- or your opponent -- will get an extra turn this round. How badly do you want to take that action? Who will benefit most?

By strategically choosing when to bump -- and when not to -- you may be able to eke out a few extra actions over the course of the game!

WINNING THE GAME

When you have two objects in your collection: one exactly the same shape as your brickprint and one exactly the same shape as your opponent's brickprint, the game ends immediately and you are the winner!

The red player has recreated a brickprint!
The red player has recreated a brickprint!

While your objects must be the same shape as the brickprints, you don't have to build them with the same bricks. By thinking creatively, you can use your dice and bricks more efficiently!

PLAY YOUR WAY

Want to customize game length, level of competition or variety?

Advanced rule cards shake up the game for experienced players.
Advanced rule cards shake up the game for experienced players.
  • To increase variety and competition, play with the optional advanced rule cards: place 2 random cards into play at the start of the game.
  • To play a shorter (or longer) game, build smaller (or larger) brickprints during setup.

 "It is very, very delightful... A really great nostalgic feeling... A surprising amount of depth... A fun little quick-playing filler game..."- Richard Ham, Rahdo Runs Through

 "12/10... Really, really impressive... Ingenious..." - Daniel Zayas, The Meeple Mechanic

 "Brick Work takes the spontaneous creativity of playing with building blocks and meshes it together with the structure of a Euro game." - David Taylor, To the Table

Over the past two years, Brick Work has been tested by a wide variety of players: casual gamers to experienced veterans, kids to adults. Brick Work has been to game stores, conventions, design meetups and Protospiels. Here's what players have to say about Brick Work:

"Great strategy. Great appeal for kids and adults. My son loves it and so do I." - David

"Smart design with surprising depth. Both families and gamers will enjoy this one." - Aaron

"This game is addictive!" - Laura

"When can I play again?" - Scot

"Brick Work is way more fun than it has any right to be." - Jennifer

"Creating brickprints encourages imagination and ensures that every game is unique." - Ben

Download the Brick Work Rulebook

Want to try Brick Work? The PnP BASIC kit is available for free! PnP BASIC contains text-only black-and-white versions of Brick Work's printed components (does not include artwork or advanced rule cards; you will need to provide bricks, dice, and tokens):

Download PnP BASIC.

CREATE, COLLECT, BUILD - $1

  • Thank you for your support!

PnP PRO - $6

  • Professional print quality Brick Work print and play files including final art for all components.
  • 300 DPI PDFs.
  • Delivered electronically upon completion of all art assets.
  • For personal use only.
  • To play, you'll need 62 building bricks, 4 six sided dice, and 6 +/- tokens.

BRICK WORK - $26

  • One copy of Brick Work with all stretch goals.
  • Shipping: USA $0, CAN $10, EU $10, WORLD $20.
  • For additional copies, see the ADDITIONAL COPIES section below.

BRICK WORK ADVANCE - $96

  • One advance copy of Brick Work with all stretch goals.
  • From the first case of Brick Work ever produced.
  • Advance copy will be numbered and signed by David and Scott.
  • Advance copy will arrive up to 3 months early.
  • Advance copy ships from the United States.
  • Shipping: USA $0, CAN $10, EU $10, WORLD $20.
  • For additional copies, see the ADDITIONAL COPIES section below.

BRICK WORK RETAIL - $90

  • One Brick Work retail package with all stretch goals (6 copies of Brick Work).
  • Brick and mortar retail game stores in USA only.
  • Shipping: USA $0.

You may pledge for up to 10 total copies of Brick Work. For each additional copy of Brick Work, add the following amount to your total BRICK WORK or BRICK WORK ADVANCE pledge amount:

  • USA: $22 per additional copy, or
  • CA / EU: $28 per additional copy, or
  • WORLD: $34 per additional copy.

UNITED STATES

  • Rewards shipped to the United States ship from the United States.

CANADA

  • CA-FRIENDLY!
  • Rewards shipped to Canada ship from Canada.*

EUROPEAN UNION

  • EU-FRIENDLY!
  • Rewards shipped to the European Union ship from France or the United Kingdom.*
  • The European Union includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
  • Backers in Croatia must pay increased shipping costs. Rewards shipped to Croatia ship from France or the United Kingdom.*

WORLD

  • Rewards shipped to all other countries ship from the United States or China.*
  • If you live in a country with prohibitive import or customs policies, you must message us via Kickstarter before backing. We will not be held responsible for import or customs issues.

*BRICK WORK ADVANCE copies ship from the United States.

Stretch goal details will be released once we reach our funding goal of $16,900. Here's a sneak peek at what we have planned:

  • Printed component upgrades (card stock and chipboard),
  • 4-pip cylinder bricks for the turn tower,
  • 3-pip corner bricks for gameplay, and
  • Custom molded six-sided dice!

We're David Lankton and Scott Diehl and we're Yoopers: born and raised in the heart of Copper Country in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We've known each other since pre-school and we grew up playing games together.

Brick Work is our second Kickstarter campaign. This game is an opportunity to combine our lifelong love for building bricks with our passion for board games. We hope you enjoy playing Brick Work as much as we have enjoyed designing it!

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Brick Work™ and Copper Country® Copyright © 2015 CMX Games®, LLC, All Rights Reserved

Warning! Not suitable for children under 36 months: contains small parts that could be swallowed or inhaled. Not a children's toy: age 9+ general use hobby gaming product.

Brick Work™ building bricks manufactured by KAZI. Brick Work™ is not sponsored, authorized, or endorsed by the LEGO® Group, Mega® Brands, or any other building brick manufacturer. 

Risks and challenges

Brick Work is our second Kickstarter campaign. Our first, Copper Country, was 175% funded, hit all stretch goals, and was delivered to backers within one month of our projected delivery date.

We learned a lot from our first campaign and we're putting that experience to use.

We're keeping Brick Work simple: pick a pledge level. That's it. No complicated add-ons. No stretch goals with additional artwork to delay the start of the manufacturing. No exclusives or alternate versions to complicate manufacturing or fulfillment.

Brick Work has been thoroughly playtested and enjoyed by players and other game designers all across the country.

We are working again with Christopher Park of Plantmonster Studios. Chris has completed all of the illustrations for Brick Work.

And we are working again with Panda Game Manufacturing. Depending on the stretch goals we reach, we may need to submit one additional quote request prior to manufacturing.

And we have other work experience that prepares us to meet the requirements of our second Kickstarter campaign:

Before CMX Games, David lived in Los Angeles, where he co-founded MISOSound, an independent sound design company. David spent 10 years taking feedback on film, television, web, and video game projects, interpreting that feedback, and turning it into positive results, all while running a small business.

Scott received his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Wisconsin in 2008. In 2010, Scott returned to Madison to join a large software company. He leads a team of engineers working to design and deliver complex software projects, which requires coordination across many teams in distributed locations.

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