You are a pastry chef in charge of putting delicious ﬁllings in a variety of cakes, pastries, and baked goods. By coming to work early and making use of your full pantry of supplies, you will earn money, customer reviews, and critical acclaim. With a little luck, you might win out over your rivals and be crowned Star Baker!
Filler combines many of the ingredients that have made Green Couch Games a treat to bring to the table. Easy-to-learn rules mixed with a quick playtime and playful appearance makes Filler a great game for families of casual gamers or connoisseurs looking to pass the time waiting for more guests to arrive. In the game, players will use multi-use cards and a blend of simultaneous action selection, time and resource management, set-collection, and hand-building to collect ingredients needed to fill tasty pastries on their way to becoming the Star Baker.
Starting with a hand of 3 cards with various start times and basic ingredients, players will choose a card to reveal along with other players to determine the turn order. The earliest player to show up for work goes first and so on around the table. Using cards from their hands (Pantry), players may use ingredients they have acquired to Fill recipes from a central row of available cards (Recipe Book) or Restock The Pantry by picking up all of their previously played cards. Each recipe filled will provide new start times and ingredients to use in future rounds and may earn points that are represented by money, customer reviews, or critical acclaim at the end of the game. The availability of bonus points and cards containing special actions help to direct players’ choices in the kitchen, add depth of play, and provide variety and replayability.
This card game crams a lot of sweet delight into its small package. With illustration and graphic design by Claire Donaldson (Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun, Go Nuts For Donuts, Food Truck Champion), Filler will leave players with a mouth-watering desire to play this delicious game again and again.
Filler is a game for 1 to 5 players, ages 8 and up and is designed by Jonathan Chaffer of GRUBS (Grand Rapids Unpublished Boardgame Society). This game follows Chaffer’s first game, Stroop, from Grand Gamers Guild. The game plays in 20-30 minutes.
Here's a quick video from designer, Jonathan Chaffer, teaching how to play Filler:
Filler consists of a deck of 70 cards and a rulebook in a small box that's great for grabbing on-the-go!
Here's what folks are saying about this yummy little game!
"Filler has been an absolute blast to play. We’ve really been impressed with how this card game had been balanced. Just because you have the ingredients to fill a pastry doesn’t mean that you should. The game honestly feels a little like a deck building game as you acquire new cards and cycle through your discard pile to refill your pantry. " -One Board Family
"Is Filler empty calories? Well, yeah, sort of. But like any good treat, it’s not too filling, and it makes up for any lack of depth with smooth, intuitive mechanics and quick, fun gameplay. This one’s a no-brainer; Filler is the sort of game you will throw in your backpack or purse or briefcase and play anywhere with basically anyone. Everyone’s collection’s got room for some Filler."-Gameosity
"I think Filler delivers exactly what it promises: a nice, short game that may not be a showstopper centerpiece but works perfectly well as a crowd-pleasing snack. If you enjoy casual games (and pastries), Filler just might hit the spot."-Jonathan Liu, GeekDad
Tantrum House says:
"Get the very best donut!" -Draft Mechanic Podcast
"Overall, Filler is a fun little game. It’s designed for a specific niche and I think it hits the mark well though; it’s light and reasonably easy to pick up...I think this occupies the “light game” space a bit more, rubbing elbows with games like Medici: The Card Game, The Fox in the Forest, or Harvest Dice." -What's Eric Playing?
Brian's Got Game says:
"If you’re looking for a game that's quick, simple and fun, then Filler may be your family’s next filler game. If you have a casual gaming crowd that needs an introduction to set collection, then Filler is probably your group's next filler game." -Jumbalaya Plays Games
Bearded Meeple says:
"In short, Filler is a neat little game that uses multi-use cards in a interesting and unique way." -Open Seat Gaming
We have plans to add value (STRETCH GOALS!) to Filler that we think you will really appreciate. We'll achieve this by upgrading components and increasing replayability with added game content.
We have several stretch goals in mind and we hope to hit them all! But know that just as with our previous campaigns, we won't likely be adding more just to add more. We believe that more isn't always better, especially if it holds up production and delays delivery.
That being said, we'll be listening closely to your feedback and ideas and will carefully consider all the ideas that comes our way.
Here's a preview of what's to come with YOUR help:
Shipping fees will be added to your pledge level when you select your home location.
Note: International Backers outside of the UK and EU will be responsible for any import fees, brokerage or delivery surcharges, or applicable taxes that may be levied after we have shipped your package.
We have learned that shipping is a costly endeavor, especially with the ever-changing rates of the US Postal Service. We must try to keep our costs as low as possible to keep our games at an appropriate price point for when they hit retail.
We understand that shipping to our international friends can be cost prohibitive and that others have found creative ways to mitigate some of this cost. As a small company that handles our own fulfillment, we simply pass our shipping cost on to our backers. In addition, it is our goal to continue to develop our network of awesome international partners that we have worked with to localize Filler for game markets around the world.
If you've checked out the videos and read the reviews and still want more info, you can check out the First Edition Rules PDF RIGHT HERE!
Read the SOLO Rules RIGHT HERE!
The rules are currently being edited and reformatted for clarity and to match the updated graphic design.
The rules are hosted on BoardGameGeek and will require a free account to download. But if you like games, BGG is the place to be so head over there now to get plugged into the world-wide gaming community!
If you've read the rules and are still on the fence please check out the free Print & Play version of Filler! This way, you can try the game out and if you like the experience then come on back to pledge for a full production copy!
We believe in this game and know that if you give it a chance you'll see the love and attention we've put into developing it for game tables around the world. So get on board and give it a go! See for yourself if Filler is for you.
Get the files here!
Jonathan Chaffer is previously the designer of Stroop from Grand Gamers Guild. He is a charter member of the Grand Rapids Unpublished Boardgame Society, a collective of designers, publishers, and playtesters who meet regularly to hone each others’ skills.
Claire Donaldson is an illustrator and designer working out of Seattle. She’s known for sketching furiously and has a knack for imbuing inanimate objects with an unsettling degree of cuteness. If you would like to see more of her work, you can find her portfolio at clairedoesntlaugh.com.
Her credits include work with Daily Magic Games, Gamewright Games, and the previous Green Couch Games title, Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun.
Green Couch Games was founded by Jason Kotarski to release great little games that make great big connections. Filler will be their eleventh release following Fidelitas, Best Treehouse Ever, JurassAttack!, Avalanche at Yeti Mountain, Wok on Fire, Rocky Road a la Mode, OutLawed!, Ladder 29, Before The Earth Explodes, and Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun. You can check out our other games right here on our website!
Jason is also a game designer and co-host of 20 Minutes of Filler and runs the 20 Minutes of Filler Facebook Group that seeks to create a larger platform for the best games that come in small packages.
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Risks and challenges
My experience with our previous campaigns, Fidelitas, Best Treehouse Ever, JurassAttack!, Avalanche at Yeti Mountain, Wok on Fire, Rocky Road a la Mode, OutLawed!, Ladder 29 and Before The Earth Explodes has provided a solid foundation for me to build on. And so far I have been able to avoid delays and common pitfalls by paying special attention to the following areas and building on previous experience:
Art and Design. The art and design for the game is nearly complete so we'll be ready to print shortly after the close of the campaign. I always like to show you I mean business by paying for the art and design upfront!
Playtesting and Reviewing. Filler has been tested by many different playtesters and even a bunch of game designers. I have sent a bunch of prototypes to a variety of reviewers. I want to earn your trust by providing you with a solid product that has been thoroughly tested and reviewed by folks from varying backgrounds and perspectives.
Past Experience. This is the eleventh Kickstarter project I've run for Green Couch Games and I have helped with several other successful campaigns. Also, having spent many years working in retail and customer service, I understand the importance of treating backers with respect and following through with projects.
Of course, there are always unexpected circumstances that pop up, but I PROMISE to communicate every step of the way and do my best to use creative problem solving meet the challenges head on.
Thank you so much for giving Green Couch Games a chance. As a small company, I truly can't do this without you. I will do my best to thank you by creating great little games that you love to play.
Jason Kotarski, founder of Green Couch Games
- (18 days)