Keep Running is Terror. Keep Running is Horror. Keep Running is a silly game about friends being chased by very hungry bear...
Designed by Sprocket Games' own Michael Fox, it's a quick-playing game based around the apocryphal tale of the two guys being chased by a bear in the woods. One of them briefly pulls up, grabs a pair of running shoes from his backpack and hastily throws them on. "What are you doing? You'll never outrun it!" yells the guy who is still moving. "I don't need to outrun the bear," replies the first (who by now has rapidly overtaken his friend) - "I just need to outrun YOU."
So, yes. This is the game of that, where players will be able to force and fight their way to the front of the pack, leaving their friends in their wake as The Bear gets ever closer (we've called him Harold, but just because he has a silly name it doesn't mean he's not hungry and terrifying). Each player has a rapidly diminishing hand of cards, one of which must be played every turn. Roll a die to see how fast you're going, but don't forget the modifier on the card you've put down! Some cards allow you to get more in your hand, keeping you in the game longer, while others will let you attack your opponents, pushing them ever closer to that ever-chasing bear. Run out of cards and you're no longer running - you're dinner!
We'll be using the funds raised in our Kickstarter campaign to get Keep Running! produced to the highest possible quality. Here at Sprocket Games, we really want to do our best to keep the whole project in the UK; everything possible will be sourced from providers in this country. This not only supports businesses here, it also means that we can keep an eye on things and deal with any issues that may crop up during the production process in a much quicker period of time (plus we've delivered Fox & Chicken and FrogFlip on time using these suppliers, so we trust them!). With all the cards, dice, instructions and shipping, those funds will be depleted pretty quickly!
Oh yeah. We also have to make bears.
We've had a bunch of people ask us about getting add-ons for Keep Running, and after going through some numbers we're now able to offer the items you see above. First of all, if you've been involved in any Sprocket Games project previously you'll be well aware that we love our Button Badges - so we're doing a mini-set for this campaign! Witness the terror inducing Harold the Bear as he scares Pinky and Orange witless! Three badges will set you back £3.
Our previous campaign, FrogFlip, was a cracking game that really deserves a lot more attention. Not played it? It's the tale of a hungry frog (named Jake E. Bughop by the game's three-year-old co-designer) who is looking to eat as many flies as possible through the medium of flipping a wooden disc. It is awesome, and you can get a copy added to your Keep Running for £5.
Finally, our most popular request - Card Sleeves! You'll receive enough card sleeves for the whole Keep Running set, whatever level we hit and however many cards are included! Get them added to your package by increasing your total pledge by £5.
Well, yes. We tried to run a campaign for the game last December, but our dreams were a little too lofty. In response to that, we've worked hard to scale back the game to just four players, but have plans in place to expand it all the way up to eight players if the Kickstarter goes well. This means that we'll be able to create the game for a much lower amount, but the option to add more players will be entirely down to you, our backers. In fact, rather than hiding the numbers, we'll tell you exactly what targets we need to hit in order to add more players right here.
We've run games from four players all the way up to eight and are happy that it retains its balance. The base set will come with 68 cards and four dice, and for each additional character that we add to the game, you'll receive extra cards, specific dice in their colours and their own double-sided Flippy Card which represents their current status in the game - it's a terrible name but it seems to have stuck.
We've currently reached the point where we can produce a version of Keep Running that can handle eight players - our next target is £4000 which will bring our bonus character, Purple, into the game! This will also mean we get to include some Kickstarter Exclusive cards that will allow Purple to enact sweet revenge upon her frenemies!
Also, as you're an intelligent person you'll realise that if all the characters are unlocked we'll be looking at nine of them. Nine? In a game that maxes out at eight players? Well, yeah - Purple is an extra character who you can switch out for any of the other runners to play the game, and if she's unlocked you'll also get extra cards to add to your set. These will be exclusive to backers of the campaign, so you can show off and say that you were there from Day One. We've also got plans beyond the Purple Promo Pack - here's hoping it's a huge success!
Oh, and if you'd like a quick How To Play, here's a video (using the first version of the prototype that doesn't have any art):
Pretty much everything is good to go. The art is done. We have our quotes from the printers and suppliers, so know precisely how much we'll be spending. Assuming everything goes well, we're aiming to get Keep Running! to your tabletop by January 2014, and having now run two successful projects (Fox & Chicken and FrogFlip), we reckon Sprocket Games can be trusted to deliver a quality game in a decent time period.
Yup - we've got a basic Print and Play version of the game available for you to try out for nothing. There's not much art in there - it's the version you see in the How to Play video, and we've got to hold back something... - and you'll have to provide your own dice and a few sheets of paper plus printer ink. It's recommended that you sleeve everything before you play. Click on this here link for the PDF and rules, have a play and let us know what you think in the comments! And if you really like it, consider pledging for the finished product!
Risks and challenges
As with any project where you're relying on suppliers to deliver, our timescales are dependent on others doing their work. However, we've developed a great relationship with our printer over the last year and know that they do excellent stuff. The fact that they're in the UK also means that any issues can be dealt with in a matter of hours, not days or weeks! Our last project, FrogFlip, is currently shipping to backers worldwide, and we're really looking forward to seeing what people think - we're very pleased that we've managed to deliver it on time and are excited to show it off at Essen Spiel in Germany in late October!
We've worked hard to build a reputation with our previous games and will do our level best to continue that with Keep Running! - it's been tested thoroughly and we're sure you'll enjoy it. That's why we offer the free PnP version of the game, so you know precisely what you'll be getting before you even pledge.
Sprocket Games is only a small company, true, but we're bloody good at what we do. We communicate every step of the way, know we're responsible to our backers, and promise to deliver the very best product possible. We hope you'll come along for the ride!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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