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Monster Farm

Monster Farm is a drafting, bidding, and risk management boardgame for 2-6 players. Become a monster farmer and feed your monsters!

Monster Farm

Monster Farm is a drafting, bidding, and risk management boardgame for 2-6 players. Become a monster farmer and feed your monsters!

$1,041
pledged of $3,500pledged of $3,500 goal
26
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 5 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 5, 2019

About


Monster Farm is a Drafting, bidding, and resource management game.

you take the role of a monster farmer and you have to decide which monsters you want to feed. Then you get to bid on monster fruit to feed them in the open market. If that is not enough you can go to the black market to get more fruit. Also, you can even use a monster thief to steal fruit for you. All the while, seasonal events will cause you to adapt to new conditions on the farm. Do you have what it takes to be a monster farmer? (please say yes! The monsters are really hungry and need someone to feed them.)

In Monster Farm there are 5 phases to the game

Phase 1

in phase one everyone gets 5 five monster cards then you pick one and pass the others. Each monster card Has the fruit listed required to feed it listed below. overall the more points a monster is worth the harder it will be to feed it. You keep doing this until you have drafted your farm. In this stage, you might be trying to draft easy monsters to speed up the game to get a blitz win or maybe you go with a few big hard monsters hoping that if you feed just a few big guys you can pull it off or maybe you do a balanced draft. It is all up to you and will affect the way you play the rest of the game.

Phase 2

In phase two a seasonal event happens this will cause all farmers to adjust their strategy. It could be gaining a monster, losing a monster, or maybe gaining some random fruit and more. Things will change and affect your strategy.  However, this is an environmental change it affects everyone. It is not just one player becoming lucky or unlucky.

Phase 3

In phase three, there is an open market bid; however, you are bidding on a bundle of three fruits. Each player bids on the market starting with the first player for that round. Each player must bid higher or pass. If you pass you are out of the bidding round. This becomes quite tricky. Maybe you only need one fruit but you really need it or you need all the fruit but they are kinda common. it could also be you don't need that much of the fruit but it will really help someone else. Do you bid it up and hope you don't get left with it? A lot can happen here. There are various fruits some will help you feed you monsters others will give you a permanent income bonus. at the bottom right of each card, you can see how many of those there are in the deck.

Also once per game, you can play a monster thief to steal the bid! It is like a tactical nuke. You only get to use it once all game so play it wisely.

Phase 4

in phase four you are buying fruit on the black market; however, the fruit is random and you can even get a rotten fruit which is completely useless. Since it is the black market and there is no quality control. Remember the monster gems you spend here means that you will have less when you go to bid on the open market.

Phase 5

in Phase five you collect your base income of 3. Also, you may have received Fruit Stands or Monster Cafe from the open market. In which case for each fruit stand, you will receive an additional 1 monster gem on your turn and for each Monster Cafe an additional 2 gems per turn during this phase. you keep these cards until the end of the game.

Winning the Game

Then you repeat phases 2 to 5 until someone has fed all of their monsters. At which point they receive a monster egg for an additional five points. all other players then finish playing the rest of that round. Each player then adds up their fed monsters and the one with most wins and is now the "Master Monster Farmer!"

In Monster Farm you get an amazing 2 to 6 player game that the whole family can play in under 30 minutes. I have been playing board games for quite some time but often much of my games go unplayed because they just don't fit the number of players, they take to long, or they just don't fit my group of players. I wanted to make sure that the game would be fun for both adults and kids. I wanted it simple but yet have a good depth of strategy. Also, I wanted a game where you don't just play for 5 minutes then wait 15 minutes till it is your turn again. Overall, I really tried to have this game be good and it passes the Smore Games quality test which is after people get done playing I ask them do you want to play again and the answer has been a resounding yes. It took a lot of trial and error to get it to that level where it feels like a polished game. I want to thank all my playtesters and the feedback they have given. 

Your money will only be used to produce copies of the game! All artwork is already done. As you can see in the quick play rule video we already have complete games produced we just need enough backers to order a bulk production run!

Here is a quick play rule video!

 Overall, the game is ready to go I just need enough backers to get the print costs down so we can all enjoy Monster Farm. This game is quick and easy to play. it is simple to learn but yet has some depth to strategy.  Also, there is no hidden information so you can coach new and young players without everyone thinking you are cheating. 

This game has been playtested with numerous balance changes so that various forms of competitive play can emerge. Such as, doing a speed strategy where you just try to end the game fast by completing little monsters or doing a few big monsters to score enough points for a solid victory. 

I have backed a few games on Kickstarter. So I know just how important your pledges of support are and I'll make sure and honor those pledges.  I want to thank everyone that has been involved in making this game possible. Please share this with anyone who you think might want to take a look at it. Thank you for all of your support!

One game of Monster Farm contains

  • 40 fruit cards
  • 42 monster cards
  • 20 seasonal event cards
  • 6 helper cards (so you can actually play the game easy and teach it easy)
  • 6 monster thief cards
  • 1 blackmarket card
  • 1 monster egg card
  • 1 rule book
  • 10 orange gems
  • 20 red gems 
  • 30 blue gems
  • Also, it is made from a nice high-quality medium pro box.

Here are some component shots

 "My favorite thing about Monster Farm is that it has a couple of different modes of play, so it's perfect for either short stints during lunch breaks at work or longer games at a party. If you back him, you'll get your own copy and the satisfaction of supporting a guy who is changing the world with the most contagiously-happy attitude you'll ever find. " - Shaylee Holley

"Monster farm is great because you have so much control and you get to stay engaged. You pick the monsters you feed, you pick how much to bet, or when to steal, and even how much to risk on the black market. It has the minimum amount of randomness that still allows for infinite replayability. I've played it probably a dozen times already and it just never gets old." - Cody O'Hare

"I love this game because learning to play Monster Farm is so quick and simple. The instructions (and helper cards) make gameplay seamless. But, don't let the simplicity of the rules fool you, these few rules layer on top of strategic gameplay, random events, risks, rewards, and luck to create an engaging experience for anyone from 5 to 105. Top off fast-paced gameplay with beautiful art and design, and you've got a game that perfectly blends aesthetics and entertainment."  - Jonah Ericson

Risks and challenges

The only main risk is "time" for rewards. Chinese new year will slow production some. However, I'm working with a very reputable production company and I'm working with a fulfillment company to make sure you get your games on time. These two companies work well together and have a history of doing business together. I have gone over the numbers and the game is already good to go so we don't have any surprise costs in development. You can see the game components and an actual copy being played in the rule summary video.

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    You give me the general idea as long as it is family-friendly it goes into the game! I'll have my artist draw it up!

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