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About

Bug Industries is a tabletop game with IT-themed cards and dice. The game is made to be a 20-minute lunchbreak fun for you and your IT buddies. If you like cartoons, want to get away from your screen for a while and like to laugh about all the crazy things that can happen in IT projects, then Bug Industries is the game for you.

The community can unlock a new stretch goal after completing 8, 16 & 32 achievements. We look forward to your submissions.

Send proof to facebook.com/bugindustries or @bugindustries, email to info@bug.industries or use #bugindustries on Twitter.

*SVG Files provided under: https://bug.industries/codepen

We’re a small web development company and fight against bugs in real-life on a daily basis. A couple of months ago we were stuck in a project and facing multiple problems with the integration. It was one of those days where everything went wrong. We literally saw endless bugs crawling out of every corner of the project.

That evening we drank a couple of beers to recover from this day from hell. Then we had an idea: Wouldn't it be awesome to face these bugs in real-life and kick their asses? But how can we get software bugs into the real world? Of course - through a game. Our team is full of gamers so this was a great fit, and the starting point for Bug Industries.

In the following months, we worked on a detailed concept for our idea: We created a set of rules, tinkered with cards, 3D printed custom 8-sided dice, talked with friends about the design, searched for a game name and so on.

After playing countless test matches to improve the game play & rules, everything was almost perfect. The only thing that we didn't like was the average game time, which could go up to 45 minutes and more. But how could we fix that?

20 minutes was our ideal game time, so you can play it during lunch or before you leave the office to go home. But how many of the different bug cards & code cards should be in the game? And which values should be more represented than others?  

We could have continued playing even more test matches. But hey, we are developers. So we created a simulation written in JavaScript that can run 100,000 games in 20 seconds. This helped us identify the perfect ratio for the cards.

The result? A game that takes exactly 20 minutes. Guaranteed. Almost always.  

Check out the game simulation on our website.
Check out the game simulation on our website.

Watch the bugs come to life through the amazing talent of our friend Jasmin from Herzblut & Bock

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We’ve found a perfect solution with a professional shipping service that can get our game to you for only € 8 (~ $ 9)  in the US, Canada, Europe and any other country. We even took care of all customs/duty issues for you. So just pure game fun, with no customs bugging you.

Visiting our service partner to find the best shipping method.
Visiting our service partner to find the best shipping method.

We designed, tinkered, sketched, tested and developed a working prototype for Bug Industries. We’ve poured blood, sweat, tears, and all our brains into this game! 

The only thing that’s missing is your help to produce the game. Not only for us, but for all developers, designers, and admins around the world.  

Lots of bugs… em, hugs and kisses from 

The Bug Industries team (Tim, Jörg, Bert, Kevin, Gerd, Olli)  

Risks and challenges

This is our first Kickstarter project. Besides developing the game for many months, we have put a lot of time into calculating the perfect price for one game and for planning worldwide shipments.

The production of the game is simple: It is a card / dice game. But we tested countless samples from different manufacturers and now we know exactly where we will produce the game.

We spent even more time to find the best and cheapest shipping method for worldwide delivery. No one wants to buy a game that costs more to ship than the product cost itself. We’ve found a perfect solution with a professional shipping service that can get our game to you for only € 8 (~ $ 9) in the US, Canada, Europe and any other country. We even took care of all customs/duty issues for you. So just pure game fun, with no customs bugging you.

One thing we did to reduce production time & shipping costs was to exclude large goodies like T-Shirts. But don't worry, if we hit our stretch goals you will receive lots of other cool stuff.

We made all arrangements in advance to ensure that you will receive the game as fast as possible after the campaign ends.

Any bugs?

For once, no! Not in this case.

Footnote:

Although we fight software bugs in our business and now in this game, we love bugs in real life. We swear that no bug was harmed while producing the game. Please make sure you don’t hurt any bugs for the achievements.

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    BUGS AND KISSES

    Send us your support and we’ll put you on the supporters list on the bug.industries website. Includes a free hug in our office. Just one. And nothing creepy.

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    THE EARLY BUG

    Getting the worm is just the start. You also get a hold of one of the super cheap games for early supporters. The Game is identical to the BUG INDUSTRIES GAME PACK version (see below).

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    BUG INDUSTRIES GAME PACK

    With this you’ll receive 32 Bug Cards, 32 Code Cards, a Number Dice, an Action Dice, 4 Game Boards and 4 Game Chips. All packed securely in the official BUG INDUSTRIES Box.

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    BUGIFY YOUR NAME

    Be in the game. With this you’ll be mentioned by name (personal name, no company name) on one of the cards. And you'll receive a BUG INDUSTRIES GAME PACK, too.

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    Pledge €600 or more About $661

    BUG-ALIKE

    We’ll draw your bug-character look-alike and put you in the game. Be a bug! Spread! Live forever! If you already resemble an insect, even better! Of course you'll receive a BUG INDUSTRIES GAME PACK as well.

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    GRAND SLAM BUGGER

    As a corporation you can get inside the game, too. After all we are dealing with your products every day. Or eating them. So branding is fine with us. We’ll be in touch after the campaign to discuss your brand placement. Includes a "BUG POPULATION KIT" (16 Game Packs).

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Funding period

- (30 days)