Sprocket Games has grown from nothing more than an idea, and we're incredibly excited to now be working with one of the most exciting new designers out there, Mr Scott Almes! Fresh from his success with Bigfoot and Tiny Epic Kingdoms, we are delighted to present his latest title: Of Mice And Lemmings.
A beautifully designed game for between five and eight players, Of Mice And Lemmings is set at the end of the Great Depression. A time of struggle for humans, you can only imagine how hard life could be for the rodent population of the United States. Our story focuses on a small group of Mice and Lemmings who live near each other on a reasonably comfortable riverbank, opposite a newly built cheese factory...
Every day the Mice gaze hungrily across the river, dreaming of reaching the factory and filling their hungry bellies with delicious cheese. Soon, they decide on a plan: bridges will be built from one side of the river to the other, and they convince the Lemmings to assist! Cheese will be plentiful and life will be great again! The Lemmings, however, have other ideas. Their love of water means that they want to sabotage any bridge building that might be happening...
At the start of each round, players are given a single role card that they must keep secret. This will put them on either the Mice team, meaning that they will want to build the bridge, or the Lemming team who want the bridge to fail. Players are also give a handful of bridge cards, numbered from zero to ten, that they will use to try and reach the other side of the river... or not, depending on your secret role.
Every round, you must do one of two things: either play a Bridge card from your hand or flip your secret role card, revealing yourself to the rest of the players. However, once one player has shown their true colours, no other players may do so for that round - only bridge cards may be played!
Once all players have played a single card, the total value of the bridge is worked out. Depending on how many people are playing, a certain target must be reached - 35 in an eight-player game, for example. If the target has been reached or beaten, the player who revealed themselves that round successfully gets across the bridge, scoring a point if they are a Mouse but nothing if they flipped a Lemming! However, if the bridge was a failure, a Lemming will score a point while a Mouse gets nothing. You show whether you made it across the bridge or not using a flippy card with cheese on one side, and a big splash on the other!
Play continues until all Mice and Lemmings have been revealed, then end-of-round scoring takes place, where the team with the majority of successes each score a further point! More rounds take place (the amount dependent on how many people are playing) until a winner is found... and that's about it!
Scott's game becomes surprisingly tricky once you get to grips with it - and we promise that won't take you long! Working out when the ideal time to reveal yourself requires perfect timing, as you don't wish to show yourself too early - members of the other team will take advantage and ruin your plans! However, as play continues and you know the identities of more and more people, things get simpler - but then they have less cards in their hands, so will they be able to play the right ones for your role? You'll have to work hard to be successful!
It may sound tricky, so we've put together a helpful video to explain it all...
At the moment, the game contains 56 bridge cards, 15 role cards and 8 flippy cards (showing Cheese and Splashes), plus the rules you'll need to play. Cards will be poker sized, with "full bleed" art - in other words, no borders!
We've had a few people get in touch with us to see if they can add copies of our previous games to their pledge... and who are we to refuse? After all, we love the games we've made and want more people to play them! FrogFlip by Jason and Claire Kotarski is a wonderful and silly dexterity game that fits in your pocket and is perfect for kids and grown-ups alike. Michael's own Keep Running! is another game that's ideal for big groups where a terrifying bear won't stop until everyone is eaten bar one survivor!
Fox & Chicken though... well, that's not available, sadly. Not from us, anyway, as we're delighted to say that the lovely folks over at HUCH & Friends will be releasing a multi-language version of our farmyard favourite later in the Spring!
If you'd like copies of either FrogFlip or Keep Running! as well as Of Mice And Lemmings, simply add the amount shown above for each copy. When the campaign is complete, we'll ask if you've put in for any extras on the pledge manager!
We know that you're going to love playing Of Mice And Lemmings - we've had the prototype here at Sprocket Towers for some time and everyone we've got around the table with has thoroughly enjoyed this surprisingly duplicitous game. In fact, we are so sure that your gaming group will like the game, we guarantee it - when you get your copy of the game, if you don't like it, we'll refund your money, no questions asked. Sure, Sprocket Games may be a small company but we stand by the quality of our games. If you have any questions, ask in the comments or catch Michael on Twitter.
We're keeping this one very simple - just two pledge levels mean that we can focus on getting the game made and delivered to you as quickly as possible. Everything you need to play can be found at the lower level - you'll just need to provide a way to keep track of scores yourself - but if you feel like splashing out (sorry!) you can always go for the more luxurious set that comes in the now traditional Sprocket Games bag, complete with thirty glass water drop tokens for scoring.
As with all three previous Sprocket Games titles - Fox & Chicken, FrogFlip and Keep Running! - the incredibly talented Stephanie Burrows Fox is on art duties. Each Mouse and Lemming has their own individual card where their characters truly shine through and we're very grateful indeed to have her on board once again!
So, will your Mouse make it to the other side? Will your Lemming plunge into the river? And will you be on the team who reigns supreme? Find out for yourself in Scott Almes' Of Mice And Lemmings from Sprocket Games!
Risks and challenges
Now that we're on our fourth project, we believe that we have streamlined the production process for our games. We have excellent partners for printing our cards and rules, as well as providing our other elements. Having built up good relationships with these people and companies, should any issues arise after the campaign's success we will be able to get things sorted out speedily. We are determined to show Sprocket Games can deliver our products quickly and to the high quality that backers of previous campaigns have come to expect. We communicate with our backers every step of the way, so you can be sure you know precisely where we are in the project.
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