About this project
Brides & Bribes is a worker (tiles) placement and resource management board game, set in Genoa during the Renaissance period, where five families struggle against each other to increase their power.
An innovative and unique use of a hidden worker placement mechanic gives players the feeling of being part of a Renaissance Genoa full of intrigue and deception. By hiring new employees at every turn, using a deck building system, players experience the feeling of "ever growing power" during the game.
As a player, you will assume the role of one of the families competing to become the new Doge, Lord of the city. In each round, you will secretly plan to send a family member with the right skills into Genoese boroughs to perform one of the five possible actions: hire new employees, collect money, get new workers, increase your influence points or convince the local Lord that your family is worth a marriage with his beautiful daughter.
Getting new workers will help you to build workshops and so get objects and influence points. Hiring new employees, each with unique abilities, will help you to prevent other players from taking actions and help you achieve your shady purpose. However, be careful! The other families will be there with you struggling to earn the Lord’s trust and may leave you with nothing.
You can gain influence points by marrying the daughters of the local Lords, building workshops or acquiring them in each borough of Genoa.
The game ends after 6 rounds or once a player reaches 20 or 25 influence points, depending on the number of players.
In Brides & Bribes, you will have to use your cunning and deception skills to find the right balance between increasing your richness (buildings, news employees) and growing your power (marriage and influence)!
The incredible interaction between players makes this game evilly fun! The sequences of actions and counteractions is guaranteed to keep you busy the entire game!
In Brides & Bribes, icons are used to make the game language neutral. They are explained in the rulebook and on the back side of each player board.
Box: 12'' x 12'' (300mm x 300mm), 2mm thick, cover linen finish
Game board: 560mm x 840mm , 2mm grey cardboard
Tiles: 1.5mm greyboard
Tokens: 1.5mm greyboard
Players residences and workshops: card 300gsm, matt lamination
Coaches custom meeples: 1,4'' x 1'' x 0,6'' (35 x 25 x 15 mm)
Meeples, disc and cylinders material: wood
Only on the website, the rules are available in italian language.
Thanks to our supporters, Italian, Dutch, French, German and Spanish translations of the rulebook will be available after the campaign will be successful. These documents will not be printed and included in the physical copy, but they will be available for everyone to download at our website.
Here's a nice video tutorial made by the guys of GDTLive on Tabletopia. It's in Italian language but with English subtitles.
Brides & Bribes will soon be playable also with 2 players. With your encouragement, we decided to work also on the two players version!
We started a discussion on the BGG game page: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1637876/brides-bribes-2-players that will stay open to everybody that want to participate. Everybody is welcome! The game will be always more fun with more player, after all we invented it to recreate the atmosphere of different noble family struggling, but we are confident that also the two version will be fun and intriguing.
VIDEO REVIEWS AND PREVIEWS
Check out the review of Brides & Bribes by Bower's Game Corner
Board Game Closet Preview
Edo's Game Preview
Dicey Exploits Review:
Recensioni Minute - Kickstarter Preview (Italian Language)
Brettespielbox (German): http://brettspielbox.de/?p=14359
Giochi sul nostro tavolo (Italian): http://pinco11.blogspot.it/2016/08/anteprima-brides-and-bribes.html
Recensioni minute Teooh (Italian): http://pinco11.blogspot.it/2016/09/recensioni-minute-brides-bribes.html
L'école du jeu (French): https://www.facebook.com/ecoledujeu/posts/990274294423881
Jason Elliott from PaladinElliott (English): https://paladinelliott.blogspot.it/
Review by Gaming Bits: https://jlnelson73.wordpress.com/
GeekPizza (Italian): http://geek.pizza/2016/09/07/brides-bribes-su-kickstarter
Polyhedron Collider (English review): http://www.polyhedroncollider.com/2016/09/brides-bribes-kickstarter-review.html
Polyhedron Collider (English podcast): http://www.polyhedroncollider.com/2016/09/the-polyhedron-collider-cast-episode-11.html
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Brides & Bribes is the result of 2 years of work: from the idea to the first playable prototype.
During this time, we met friends that helped us to make our project better and better, we found great communities that assisted us with the art and graphics and we have been to many conventions and gaming groups where we played Brides & Bribes hundreds of times.
Now we need your support to make Brides & Bribes real!
We know that it is a risk backing a new publisher but we can assure you that we strongly believe in this project and with your help, we can make it even better! We founded a company and have invested in professional artwork, video and marketing because we believe Brides & Bribes is the first of many projects to come.
If you decide to back our campaign we will reward you with:
- A VERY SPECIAL PRICE: 20% discount off the game retail price (MRSP 50 €) .
- SUBSIDIZED SHIPPING : We assume part of the shipping cost to keep it as low as possible for every backer.
- KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE CONTENT: Exclusive material not available for retail!
- DELUXE EDITION: This edition with the beautiful Renaissance hat that you see in all our pictures will be available only during the Kickstarter campaign.
Back now and enjoy Brides & Bribes with us!
If you are a retailer interested in Brides & Bribes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you all the information you need.
We like to support game stores, therefore by backing our project, you will receive the same version as our backers. Otherwise, you will be receiving the retail version when it becomes available.
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The game is US, Canada and EU friendly.
We read all the advices of Jamey Stegmaier and we decided to use the same method for fulfillment. Therefore, we are going to ship the game from three fulfillment centers: one located in the United States, the second in Canada and the last one in Europe.
Spaceballoon Games is a board game publishing company based in Italy. Our goal is to create innovative, high quality and fun board games to bring people together to share their passion for games. That’s why we want to make Brides & Bribes, our first project and we need your help!
Special thanks to all of you that tried our game and to our closest friends: Alberto, Ale, Alex, Baro, Beppe, Giva and Stefano that playtested the game with patience from the very begging!
A huge "grazie" to Adrian, Francesco who designed our Logo, Dave and Gary that believed on our project from the first facebook post!
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Risks and challenges
We know that it is a great challenge to create a game, manufacture, ship and fulfill for all the backers, especially for a first time creator. That’s why we have taken contact with the best manufacturers and shipping company out there, to make sure that the game will be produced in time with good quality and delivery.
Our artist Alan has worked over more than 10 board games for different publishers and we assure you that if the project will be successful, we will finish all the illustration in time and, with your help, we will make them even better.
In terms of worldwide shipping and fulfillment, we have made a lot of research. We’ve followed many groups devoted to Kickstarter and we have read every single KS article of Jamey Stegmaier and James Mathe.
We are aware that there are some factors that can delay the project and that we can’t foresee, but we will be transparent with you and we will keep you updated.
If you have any questions about the project, please ask us.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All costs displayed in $ are based on the exchange rate in effect during the first day of the campaign (1€ = $1,12).
By pledging on this Kickstarter, you acknowledge that the final appearance, materials and content of the rewards (and the Kickstarter) are subject to change and may differ slightly from what is presented during the Kickstarter campaign.
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