About this project
The fires are lit, the silverware is polished, and the humans have been harvested...it's time for everyone's favorite Cosmic Cooking Show, HOW TO SERVE MAN!
Step into the shoes of an intergalactic Chef competing against other Chefs in a knock down, no-holds-barred Cooking competition! The featured ingredient for this contest… Human Beings!
Impress the Celebrity Judges with your culinary prowess while making sure your ingredients don’t run away. Do you have what it takes to beat out your friends to become the champion of Space Kitchen Arena?
In this light worker placement game, you will gather resources, cook them up, and combine them to create Dishes to present to the Celebrity Judge panel. Impress the judges and you will earn bonus points for future Dishes, and those judges will help shape your overall cooking strategy.
The Chef that earns the most points, while dealing with the inevitable hazards of outer space, wins!
Thank you to all of our wonderful backers and anyone that helped us spread the word! We hit our funding goal in just over 10 days. Now we're looking to make the game an even better deal by adding more stuff to the box! Scroll down to see what awesome Stretch Goals we have in store.
Gateway Games is comprised of 4 lifelong game enthusiasts throwing our hat into the ring years after we probably should have. Two of our number work in the hobby industry already, giving us a bit of insight that we hope will help your confidence in our ability to deliver you a quality product in a timely fashion. All we need is your support (and American Dollars) to make this happen.
Gateway Games was invited to Stonemaier Games' Design Day, along with many other game designers. We are pleased to report that our game was rated a whopping 8.6 out of 10 from the gamers and game designers who attended. We have taken the feedback from the design day and turned it into the game we have here.
Our wonderful Cover Art was done by Eric Hibbeler.
Please Note: Artwork shown may not be final.
B.E.T.H. Judge Pack - Every copy of "How To Serve Man" will contain the "Beings for the Ethical Treatment of Humans" Judge pack (10 cards). Having gotten into the competition, these Judges will penalize the Chefs for slaughtering those poor, helpless Humans. People are Beings, Too! Once this Goal is unlocked, there will also be 5 more Constellation Level Rewards added.
GALACTIC GARNISHES RECIPE PACK - Every copy of "How To Serve Man" will include the "Galactic Garnishes" set of Recipes. Kick it up a notch! These Recipe cards have Garnish options that allow you to spend additional ingredients to score more points!
5-6 PLAYER EXPANSION CHEFS - Now you can get even more Chefs into the game with the "5-6 Player Expansion Chefs". This expansion will include 2 complete sets of Chef tokens and 2 Playmats in two new colors to accommodate more players in the game. The game board will also change to allow for 5 or 6 Player games and the additional rules for 5 and 6 players will be included in the Rulebook.
UPGRADED INGREDIENT TOKENS - The Fat, Carb, and Spice tokens will be upgraded from cardboard punch-out tokens to custom wooden pieces.
CORPORATE SPONSORS EXPANSION PACK - With the Corporate Sponsor Judge Cards, we introduce upgraded Kitchen spaces provided by some of the top names in the kitchen appliance world! These Judges do not provide points, but instead give you sole access to new ways to prepare your ingredients. Every copy of "How To Serve Man" will come with these 10 new Judge cards.
500 BACKERS: COMPLETE! Everyone that pledged any amount will have access to the "HOW TO SERVE MAN: MINI-COOKBOOK". In this digital Cookbook, you'll find real- life recipes based on some of the dishes from the game!
Written by Chef Clara Moore (creator of the Culinary Mercenary blog, and author of Shop Like A Chef), "HOW TO SERVE MAN: MINI-COOKBOOK" will contain 6 recipes and will be available within a month of the Kickstarter ending, but probably earlier.
500 FACEBOOK "LIKES": COMPLETE!
Every backer who pledged at least $39 will receive 1 copy of the Vason the Slasher Promo Judge card for each copy of the game he/she ordered. This will be shipped at no cost, and will arrive separately from the game itself. Expected delivery: October 2015
100 TWITTER FOLLOWERS: COMPLETE!
Every backer who pledged at least $39 will receive 1 copy of both of the Valentine's Day Promo Event Cards for each copy of the game he/she ordered. These will be shipped at no cost, and will arrive separately from the game itself. Expected delivery: October 2015
Watch a full game of "How To Serve Man" being played in the video below.
Check out the Rulebook HERE. Please note that this is not a final version, and will change as we get more feedback. Please leave Feedback in the Comments. We love Feedback.
Would you like to try the game out before you buy it? No problem! Click the button below to download a Print and Play copy of the game that you can use to play the game. Included are the Rules, a selection of Cards from the game, tokens and a board. Everything you need to sample the game!
“How To Serve Man” is a worker placement game. All players have "workers”, in this case Chefs, that they place onto the board to generate different effects.
You will have two types of “workers” at their disposal: one
Master Chef and two Sous-Chefs. The Master
Chef provides bonus points when completing a recipe, can choose new recipes to
complete from the Cookbook, and can push other player’s Sous-Chefs aside to use
the cooking spaces they are currently occupying. Like the Sous-Chefs, any
action they perform is taken by assigning them to the board.
So what do the board spaces do?
I’m glad you asked, fictional participant in my narrative. The game board represents Space Kitchen Arena, an intergalactic coliseum of culinary combat, in orbit around Alpha Orionis. It is fully equipped to handle the fierce food fight that is about to ensue. Let’s take a look at the Arena spaces.
The Meat Pens: This is where the succulent Human livestock is kept, alive of course. Everyone knows that the fresher the Human, the tastier the flesh! Assigning a Chef to this space allows you to take 2 “Meat” Meeples from the supply. Since there is more than enough to go around, any number of Chefs can be assigned to this space during the round.
The Vegetable Bins:What good is a juicy, char-broiled Human flank steak without a side of mashed glorpfruit and some delicious roasted keepleberries? Assigning a Chef here gets you 2 “Veggie” tokens from the supply. Like the Meat Pens, there is no waiting at the vegetable bins, as you may place any number of chefs here.
The Pantry: Our cosmic chefs will find additional items to complete their dishes in the Pantry. Come to the pantry for your breading or butter, spices or space dust. Assigning a Chef to the Pantry allows you to take any combination of 2 Fat, Carb, or Spice tokens. To keep everything fair, there is no limit to the amount of Chefs that can rifle through the Pantry at one time.
The Cooking Stations: This is where the magic happens, or at
least the mysterious alchemy of cooking. There are three Cooking Stations where
Chefs can turn raw ingredients into finished ones:
- The Oven is where you can trade in a Meat or Veggie along with a Carb token to turn them into a Baked ingredient of the same type.
- The Fryer allows you to do the same, but instead using a Fat token to get a Fried ingredient.
- The Boiler is where you can turn a Raw ingredient into a Boiled one with the addition of some Spice.
Each of the cooking spaces only allow one Chef at a time, so if someone jumps on that Fryer before you, you’ll have to wait until next round to use it.
All cooking appliances have been graciously donated by Jaxl’Trl’s Restaurant Depot and Intergalactic Warship Repair. "Jaxl’Trl’s: try us, you'll q'rrarb us!"
The Blender: Will it blend? Yes. You put stuff in, hit a button, and make it drinkable. Assigning a Chef here allows you to take any two ingredient tokens they want and blend them into a nice smooth Sauce token. Only one Chef at a time can be placed here, thanks to Chef Asloodan Keelsa, who broke the spare pitcher.
The Gamma Wave Oven: Although serious gourmands frown upon it, sometimes Chefs need that extra few seconds that a Gamma Wave can provide. Even the best Chefs are sometimes forced to nuke a stubborn forearm or two to get it on the plate. The Gamma Wave oven allows a Chef placed there to copy the effects of any of the three Cooking Stations, but at the cost of a Victory Point.
The Replicator: Using technology similar to that of the Omnicron-V cloning facilities, the Replicator creates a duplicate of any ingredient placed inside. Assigning a Chef here allows you to duplicate one Baked, Fried, Boiled, or Sauce ingredient, taking a copy of that ingredient from the supply. Use this square with caution however: human culinary purists insist they can taste that unpleasant "clone flavor". Players lose 2 Victory Points by using the replicator.
The Cookbook: A first edition copy of the famed cookbook “How To Serve Man” is presented here for you to reference during the battle. Assigning your master chef here allows you to draw new Recipe cards from the Recipe Decks to add to their hand of Recipes. Thanks to the size of the book, two Chefs can be placed here at one time, although there have been casualties due to accidentally losing another Chef’s page.
The Presentation Table: Finally, here the meal is assembled and presented to the Celebrity Judge Panel. The presentation table comes stocked with every eating utensil in the known Universe, with the exception of the Tenticle Flostiginators used by the now extinct Tenticoids (which, let's be real, were just floppy chopsticks anyway). You must assign a Chef here to complete a Recipe from your hand and score Victory Points based on the complexity of the Recipe. Since no one can sate the appetite of the Judges, any number of Chefs can be assigned here during a given round. Using your master chef here shows the proper respect, and will result in bonus Victory Points.
That’s the Kitchen!
So what about those Recipes and Judges you mentioned?
Recipes and Judges are vital components to the competition; otherwise, we’re just making dinner.
The Recipes are torn (sometimes literally) from the pages of the famed cookbook “How To Serve Man.” In the game, they are cards that all players hold concealed in their hands, secretly gathering the components to complete. Divided into three courses, Appetizers, Entrees, and Desserts, Recipe cards each list a set of ingredients that are required to complete them. They are also assigned a Victory Point value based on how difficult the recipe is to complete. Recipes can provide anywhere between 2 to 30 Victory Points, so spend your time wisely while completing them.
It's also important to consider that every time you complete a Recipe, you also claim a Judge. The Judges are a wide panel of
Celebrities and VIPs that have chosen to sample the Chefs' offerings, and then
spew forth their uneducated opinions on the Chefs' life's work. The Judges range
from stars of TV and film, to political figures, to washed up has-beens looking
for free meals. Whomever they are, it’s your job to impress them
enough to score extra points. Each time you complete a Recipe, you claim
a Judge from the Judges Panel, which is replaced with a new one from
the deck. The Judge you claim will either provide Victory Points based on what
ingredients they like, or incur a penalty based on ingredients they do not
like. In some cases, a Judge will provide a bonus (or penalty) at
the end of the game. During the course of a game, you will accumulate a
pool of claimed Judges that will dramatically alter your Victory Point totals,
so playing to your Judge’s preferences is a big part of winning!
Is there anything else you need to tell me about?
Only that space is a vast expanse of unpredictable and chaotic forces, constantly colliding into each other with consequences that nobody could possibly foresee.
Is that really pertinent?
As a matter of fact, yes! This final twist to our game reflects that uncertainty. Each time you complete a Recipe, after you have tallied the scoring, you must draw and resolve a card from the dreaded Event Deck! The effects of the Event Deck forces players to adjust their strategies to react to the changing environment of Outer Space!
Cool. So, we done here? Can I go?
Actually, I failed to mention that your part in this game is much bigger than it seems.
We have to stock those Meat Pens somehow!
Hey, wait…No! Let me…Where are you takin-
Thank you all for reading this quick overview of “How To Serve Man” and look for our play-through video to be completed in the next 1-2 weeks. There, we will explain everything in detail and play a whole game of “How To Serve Man”, preferably while drinking a nice Chianti.
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International Shipping is only offered on the Solar and Constellation levels, where you will be charged the amount below based on your address.
We strive to keep costs low and make our game accessible to everyone around the globe, but the reality is International shipping is expensive and as a new company, we have to use the resources available to us. Currently, these are the best rates we are able to procure, but if new options become available to use, we will certainly make use of them.
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As with any Kickstarter project, the challenges are delivering a complete project to a reputable manufacturer and then delivering the finished product to the backers. We have to compile the design files and art together, ensure that the manufacturer stays on deadline while providing a quality physical product, and then deliver How To Serve Man to you.
We have chosen a trustworthy manufacturer that has made games for several other companies. With the necessary work on our end so far along, the manufacturer can begin making How To Serve Man as soon as the Kickstarter campaign is completed. The design and game art is being done in-house and is almost complete. All that is left for us to do is finish some of the stretch goals - how many we need to complete is up to you!
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