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Become the greatest architect in Geometria (1-4 players, ~30 min) by winning the Tournament of Towers! Perfect for adults or families.
Missed out on the live campaign?  Pre-orders will ship a couple weeks later so order now!
Missed out on the live campaign?  Pre-orders will ship a couple weeks later so order now!
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King Curvanimus and Queen Structura invite you to compete in the Tournament of Towers!
King Curvanimus and Queen Structura invite you to compete in the Tournament of Towers!

Tournament of Towers is a tabletop game with tower building and card drafting mechanics.

It’s quick to learn (~5 minutes), easy to play (~30 minutes per game), and intended to be equally fun for casual family game night or cut-throat adult competitive play. (1-4 players with 1 copy, or combine 2 copies together and play with up to 8 players!)

PARENTS! This game is a great educational game for kids.

All hail the young architect!
All hail the young architect!
  • Help Your Kids Learn: Object recognition, value assessment, spatial relations, problem solving, order of operations planning.
  • Difficulty Level Scales Easily: You can easily scale the game to the ability level of the child (or adult!) by adding or subtracting from the number of pieces per round.   

A steady hand is good, but the game also rewards those who can pre-visualize a plan and take risks. It boasts complex shapes no other dexterity game has ever dared to make and adds mechanics and alternate play modes that create endless replay-ability.  

 

  • 4 Foundation Pieces (Grey)
  • 4 Architect Miniatures (Yellow)
  • 40 Stone Pieces (Grey, 10 types, 4 copies) 
  • 20 Gold Pieces (Yellow, All unique) 
  • 60 Building Material Cards
  • 1 6-sided Event Die
  • 1 Kickstarter Exclusive "K-Bam" Piece & Card (FUNDING GOAL ACHIEVED!)
  • Scoring Pad with Tournament of Towers Logo (STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!)

 

 Card Examples:

Each card matches a piece you can place on your tower.
Each card matches a piece you can place on your tower.

 

Kickstarter Exclusive "K-Bam" Piece & Card:

  

 

  

We've done play-tests at conventions, game stores, and even sent prototype copies overseas to give people the chance to play and review Tournament of Towers firsthand. This game is certified fresh by the general public! 

"The game's combination of dexterity and card drafting is original and clever...there’s a wide assortment of building pieces and it’s particularly enjoyable to try to figure out how to fit some of them into your overall structure." - Casual Game Revolution - Written Review

"Wow! This game was an immediate home run with my family...I really can't imagine anyone who wouldn't have a blast playing this!"  - The Board Game Vault - Video Review

"Unlike a lot of these types of games where you're just stacking...this one adds a few more gameplay elements...it brings in a bit of a more long term planning thing...a little bit more strategy...you really can plan things out...and that drafting mechanic...some of these crazy gold pieces (you get) at the end are impossible to build upon! ...these are really cool and interesting pieces" - Man vs Meeple - Video Review

"A perfect, perfect game...The game fits anybody, at any age...the game fits tons of playgroups."  - Unfiltered Gamer - Video Review

"The anxiety of precariously balancing another piece higher and higher and the palpable tension as a tower teeters on the brink of collapse make this a party hit." - PopWrapped - Written Review

"This is quite honestly a game that is as good to watch as it is to play...the hardest bit about this game is packing it up, as you always want to play just one more time."  - Australian Tabletop Board Gaming Network - Written Review

"It's an absolute blast to play with other people...especially with the tension when you're placing that final piece and your tower is moving with every breath..."  - Plumpy Thimble - Video Review & Written Review

"I thought Tournament of Towers was a fun game that successfully merged two mechanics I really enjoy in gaming: card drafting and dexterity. Card drafting opens up some nice, strategic options for players during the game." - Board Game Quest - Written Review

 

 

In each round, every player can add a total of seven (7) pieces, colored either grey (stone) or yellow (gold), placed by hand on top of the player’s own foundation piece, or stacked on other pieces already on the foundation or tower.

At the start of each round, each player is dealt seven (7) cards. Next, you will need to Draft Cards: to do so, pick one (1) card that matches a piece you want to place on your tower, then pass the remaining cards to the player on your left. Repeat the process until each player has selected seven (7) cards.

Next, choose your Build Order from the cards you have chosen. Place each card down one by one, first card on the left to last card on the right.

You must place each piece on your tower in the order you establish. Next, place your Architect Miniature on your tower if you dare to take the chance!

Score points at the end of each round for the tallest tower (3 points), for each gold piece on your tower (1 point), and for your architect figurine on your tower (1 point, must be placed higher than last round!).

After two (2) rounds, the player with the most points and NO fallen pieces – WINS!  

 

New to Kickstarter? No problem! The number of people pledging to Kickstarter board game projects seems to be getting larger all the time, and we are happy to have you on board. Becoming a backer is very simple. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Look for the banner at the top right of this page and click on the reward level you'd like to receive.  

Step 2: Choose the correct shipping location and the pledge amount should automatically adjust to the correct value. This step is important!

Step 3: Click the green "Continue" button and then finish filling out your information on the subsequent page.  

Step 4: Click "Pledge" and you're done! Welcome to the adventure!  

 

We love our Friendly Local Game Stores. At Iron Hippo Games, we know that some retailers want to stock the full Kickstarter version, including stretch goals, at distributor pricing. If you're a retailer, please contact us directly at info@ironhippo.com

 

 

Tournament of Towers is a fairly heavy game, so you will need to pay shipping on every copy that you order. The cost of shipping anywhere in the world is added during checkout.  

Please note! Shipping is US, Canada, China, Australia, and EU-friendly! You will not have to pay customs if you are in these regions.       

 

 

Iron Hippo was forged soon after Jeff helped Donovan design his "Battle for the Boutonnière" tournament-of-games bachelor party where players competed to be a groomsman in the wedding party.
Iron Hippo was forged soon after Jeff helped Donovan design his "Battle for the Boutonnière" tournament-of-games bachelor party where players competed to be a groomsman in the wedding party.

  

 

Risks and challenges

While we have fully tested and validated that our 3D printed PLA plastic pieces work effectively during gameplay, our final manufactured version will be made utilizing a combination of polyresin, silicon molds, and/or plastic injection molds. This leads to some potential unknowns currently, but we have spent a lot of time with our manufacturing team preparing to address challenges related to anticipated weight and durability alterations. We will take the added time and step of receiving and testing a production proof before mass production is underway. This will ensure a quality product gets delivered to you once production officially begins. Quality is our top priority.

Once manufacturing starts, we are expecting up to eight months for production and two months for shipping. Your game will arrive in late March or early April 2018 if everything goes well.

There are always unexpected problems that might pop up when it comes to manufacturing a physical game, but we are doing everything in our power to give everyone plenty of time to get the game manufactured and delivered, even with unexpected delays.

We've put a significant amount of our time and personal funds into making Tournament of Towers a polished, production-ready game. By partnering with WinGo Industry Ltd to manufacture the game, we are prepared to deliver a top quality product to you as soon as possible. With a successful Kickstarter campaign, we'll send the final files to WinGo straight away and aim for a March/April 2018 delivery to all our backers.

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