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A cooperative pickup-and-deliver game about running your own airline.  It's a game of non-stop service.
A cooperative pickup-and-deliver game about running your own airline.  It's a game of non-stop service.
A cooperative pickup-and-deliver game about running your own airline. It's a game of non-stop service.
3,070 backers pledged $142,837 to help bring this project to life.

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Airways Airlines needs your help. New passengers are flooding in. It's up to you to get them to their destinations before they get too angry and complain. If we get too many complaints, we'll be shut down.

Now Boarding is a cooperative boardgame for 2-5 Players which plays in 30-60 minutes.  Each player has their own airplane they will be using to pickup and deliver passengers. Every round, more passengers show up. Players will need to plan together to make sure everyone gets picked up and taken to their destination on time.

Things get crazy when the timer starts. Players have 30 seconds to take their turns – AT THE SAME TIME. Not only that, but new passengers show up right as the timer starts, throwing a wrench in your plans.

Each player has their own unique route only they can take. You'll need to use these routes frequently to save precious travel time. But doing so requires tricky passenger handoffs and coordination between players.

As players deliver passengers, they earn money that is used to upgrade their planes - allowing you to fly faster and carry more passengers.

  • A intense, cooperative, pick-up-and-deliver game
  • Make complex, logistical decisions - in a matter of seconds
  • Experience the mayhem of running your own airline
  • Mounting tension as more and more passengers arrive
  • All new art from acclaimed illustrator, Ryan Goldsberry
  • 2-5 player, ages 10+, 30-60 minutes

 

 

 

 

Read the rules here  

Grab the Print and Play files here

 

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"Now Boarding is the kind of cooperative game that hits that great balance where every player contributes and everyone has to carry their own weight. It’s really unique, unlike any other game, cooperative, or real-time, or anything I’ve played before, and I do recommend you check it out." - Meeple Overboard

"Interesting decisions, lively table talk, and a really good time ... there was mounting tension, there was laughter, there was success - the hallmarks of any great co-op ... I will be backing this on Kickstarter the minute it goes live." - @gamegeekninja

 

"It's hectic and crazy, and just about makes you feel some sympathy for the airlines when they leave you stranded without a seat. Almost. An intense blend of logistics and real-time action." - Jonathan H. Liu, GeekDad Full review here

"Now Boarding walks a tightrope between smart strategy and manic energy. You'll work together to form your plan, only to watch as it all goes awry and your group scrambles to make it all work. Table talk is everything, making Now Boarding a great social experience, and the game's a good time too!" - Gameosity

"Now Boarding takes real time cooperative games to a new level. The puzzle every player is attempting to solve together keeps you engaged and thinking the whole game. There is a ton of strategic bang without overly complex rules or a long play time. This is a must have for any gamer that likes cooperative play or real time." - Sam Aho, Sam Says

"Now Boarding is a solid game with a good hook that gets players involved quickly. The game play is very straightforward, but never the path to victory. Players must work together and talk things out constantly or the game will crumble. Unlike other cooperative games, players cannot be taking their moves in a vacuum and must depend on others to do things in certain sequences if they are to be successful."
Father Geek

 

 

  

 

 Announcing a new add-on!

We have partnered with the developers at Dino Polo Club to bring you Mini Metro!  Mini Metro is a minimalist subway simulation game about designing efficient subway networks. The player must constantly redesign their line layout to meet the needs of a rapidly-growing city. It really feels like a lot like Now Boarding, with the crunchy routing puzzles to solve, and passengers losing patience :-)  Only $5 for a copy via Steam for PC.(normally $9.99) Grab the new pledge tier, or grab it later in the pledge manager.

 

Wok Star was my first boardgame and I'm bringing it back for the fans. This will be a new 3rd edition of the game. Like Now Boarding, Wok Star is a realtime cooperative game for 1-4 players. Players are members of the Wang family, trying to keep their Chinese restaurant in business. Each player has a unique responsibility - ingredients to prepare, and recipes to serve.  And you only have 20 seconds to serve each customer.

I'm mixing the best elements from the first two editions, and adding some new, modern mechanics. I want to keep it's identity as a game, but tweak a few things to keep it dynamic. There will be more paths to victory via new investments, each with their own risks and rewards. There are more ways to use your dice and deal with bad rolls. And of course it’ll keep the great art and fun sense of humor.  

  • Coordinate "Grocery Runs" that allow all players to reroll use their dice again.  
  • Go fancy and add new ingredients to your dishes allowing you to make more money.
  • Earn "Hustle" which allows you to manipulate dice in a pinch. 

It will come in the same size box as Now Boarding, 6”x9”x1.5” It'll have sandtimers and a timer app. Check out the new tiers that include copies of Wok Star.

 

Tim here  - Now Boarding started 10 years ago as a videogame (nowboarding.us).  My friend Tom Mason and I wanted to be indie game developers. We came up with a quirky time management game that captured the craziness of running an airline.  It's been a crazy journey since then  - working at game studios and recently going full time making boardgames.  So now it's back, converted into a boardgame that still has the interesting routing problems, angry passengers, time pressure - but now you have your friends to help!

  • Help guide the development of this game. We listen to our backers and strive to implement their clever ideas. 
  • Once funded, our stretch goals will add more content and better components to improve the game for everyone.
  • Backers receive the game at a discount compared to after the campaign. This game is not going to distributors.
  • It may not be in your local store.
  • Without your help, we won't be able to print this game and share it with the world.
  • European copies will be sent from inside the EU to avoid VAT.

 

Risks and challenges

I will be working with my established partners for printing, shipping and fulfillment. I've worked with them during my previous Kickstarter campaigns for Paperback, Burgle Bros, Fugitive, and Hardback. If there are any manufacturing issues I will address them. If anyone has trouble receiving their copy or has problems with parts in their copy, contact me for a replacement.

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