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Over 60 unlocked stretch goal cards that feature beautiful art in this award-winning, paint-by-cube game!
Over 60 unlocked stretch goal cards that feature beautiful art in this award-winning, paint-by-cube game!
1,487 backers pledged $62,239 to help bring this project to life.
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*If you already own the base game, you can get all the new stretch goals and the 5-6 player expansion for $1 + $1 shipping pledging in the Starving Artist tier!

There's no question: the life of a paint-by-cube artist is hard. What little money you do earn is invested right back into paint and canvases. Without that paint and those canvases, you won't be able to follow your dream of becoming a famous artist. Being a starving artist is a constant struggle.    

Starving Artists is an award-winning, blind-drafting and resource management game for one to four players.  Using some of the world's most beautiful works of art, players complete these masterpieces using transparent cubes in an attempt to become famous artists. It takes about 40-60 minutes. 

The original copies are all gone! We wanted to bring it back to Kickstarter with more goodies! The new exclusive Kickstarter expansion provides additional components that enable you to play up to six players!  

Starving Artists is played over a series of turns. Each turn represents a new day. On each day, you must choose between: buying new canvases, painting the canvases you already own, or working in order to get more paint. If at the end of the day, you've completed a masterpiece, you can sell it to earn more paint and food. If you don't spend your days efficiently, you won't be able to feed yourself, and you'll have to give up on your dreams. 

You can read the current version of the rules or scroll to the end to see a short how to play at the bottom of this page.

As an aspiring paint-by-cube artist, your life centers around the paintings you must complete.

In order to complete those paintings, you take two actions each day. You can buy new canvases from the market, paint canvases in your studio using your paint cubes, or work to collect new paint cubes.  

At the end of each day, you can sell your completed paintings. But, you'll be competing in the limited marketplace for paintings with anyone else who wants to sell. If there's not enough paint to go around, you'll have to make do with less. 

Each copy of Starving Artists comes with everything that an aspiring artist needs: paints, studios, canvases and food. They also come with things that you probably wouldn't think about: telescoping box, rule book, paint bag, and a wooden carrot (to mark the first player). 


Includes the 40 jumbo cards that were unlocked cards from the original campaign. 

SIX player references & nutrition markers with the new expansion, first player token and paint bag.
SIX player references & nutrition markers with the new expansion, first player token and paint bag.
The Nutrition Markers & Score Board!
The Nutrition Markers & Score Board!

 You get all the bonus cards unlocked from the previous campaign:

  •  'Science Art' - Adds 8 science-themed canvases from NASA, John Audubon, & others
  •  'Around the World' - Adds 8 new canvases featuring locations around the world
  •  'Comic & Pop' Art - Adds 8 new canvases featuring pulp comic, illustrations, and pop art.
  •  'Split Squares' - Adds 8 new canvases with split color squares

You will also unlock the following bonus cards as we unlock more stretch goals.

Abstract/Futurism Art
Abstract/Futurism Art
Asia art: Korea, Japan and China
Asia art: Korea, Japan and China

 Backers are voting on which three of these paintings (that didn't make the cut during the first campaign) will be added to the game:

We decided to include all SIX!
We decided to include all SIX!
Crystallo's Firefox*** =P
Crystallo's Firefox*** =P
Sketch & Study Expansion
Sketch & Study Expansion

You can read the current version of the rules.

You can also try the Print & Play version of the game.  The print & play includes the current set of cards and printable squares to use instead of cubes.

The current version of Starving Artists is available to play it today on Tabletop Simulator: Subscribe to it here.

Backers can also take the opportunity to create their own cards. Want more cat canvases? Add some more using the Custom Card Creators on this page. 

Upload your own art, set your own values, and place your own paint squares. Then, upload them to The Game Crafter as Jumbo Cards and print them and include them in your game.

Check out some of the examples from our backers of the first Kickstarter during our Custom Canvas Card Challenge:

You can add  play-mats that hold the Canvas cards and sort the market's paints to any of the game-level tiers.  The play-mats are especially helpful for colorblind players. Simply add $20 for each one to your pledge.   

14"x24", rollable playmat.
14"x24", rollable playmat.
Available in the Cassatt & Gauguin pledge levels.  All the cards are at this link! https://imgur.com/rYSpgTi
Available in the Cassatt & Gauguin pledge levels. All the cards are at this link! https://imgur.com/rYSpgTi
Available in the Cassatt & Gauguin pledge levels.
Available in the Cassatt & Gauguin pledge levels.
Available in the Cassatt & Gauguin pledge levels.
Available in the Cassatt & Gauguin pledge levels.

 Here's what people are saying about Starving Artists:  

Risks and challenges

Both Zafty Games and Fairway 3 Games have proven track record to produce complete projects. Starving Artists is a complete product proven in its original print run.

This Kickstarter features a new expansion, and will help fund the next print run of the game. We're 100% confident we'll be delivering the rewards of this campaign on time or early.

Copyrights and the Public Domain
Starving Artists is using only images that have fallen into the public domain and are thus no longer protected by copyright. The paintings are in the public domain because either they were "published" before 1922 or it has been more than 70 years since the artist's death (which was probably not due to starvation). For more information about the duration of copyrights, please refer to this wonderfully, helpful chart produced by Cornell: http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm

If you believe that any of the paintings are not in the public domain (whether in the United States or elsewhere), please feel free to contact us at support@zaftygames.com

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    You get the "Canvas Rack" box add on, both the Impressionist & Renaissance promo pack add ons, the 5-6 player expansion, all the new unlocked stretch goals, and access to all of the downloadable content. You can also add on the NSFW Promo Pack & Playmat.

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    Van Gogh

    You get a copy of Starving Artists with the 5-6 player expansion, all the stretch goals, and access to all of the downloadable content.

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    Gauguin

    You get a copy of Starving Artists with the 5-6 player expansion, all the stretch goals, the Impressionist & Renaissance Promo Packs, and access to all of the downloadable content. You can add on the NSFW Promo Pack as well!

    Includes:
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    Leonardo da Vinci

    You get a copy of Starving Artists with the 5-6 player expansion, all the stretch goals, and a huge playmat!

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    Monet

    You get a copy of Starving Artists with the 5-6 player expansion, all the stretch goals, "Canvas Rack" box add on, the Impressionist & Renaissance Promo Packs, and access to all of the downloadable content. You can add on the NSFW Promo Pack as well!

    Includes:
    • Starving Artists
    • 5-6 Player Expansion
    • All Unlocked Stretch Goals
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    • Renaissance Promo Pack
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    Leyster

    You get a copy of Starving Artists with the 5-6 player expansion, all the stretch goals, the Impressionist & Renaissance promo packs, and a huge playmat! You can add on the NSFW promo pack as well!

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    Sated Artist

    You get a copy of Starving Artists with the 5-6 player expansion, all the stretch goals, "Canvas Rack" box add on, the Impressionist & Renaissance promo packs, and a huge playmat! You can add on the NSFW promo pack as well!

    Includes:
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    • 5-6 Player Expansion
    • All Unlocked Stretch Goals
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    • "Canvas Rack" Box (Increases box storage capacity)
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    Michelangelo

    You will receive two copies of Starving Artist, and we will give two copies of Starving Artist to an art museum for free! Add $20 to receive a playmat.

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