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Race your monster truck through the arena and deal as much damage as you can. Drive over the power-up fields to gain weapons and damage your opponents even more. The player who deals the most damage wins!

You've only got fifteen seconds to choose your three actions. When the horn blares, your actions play out and you race towards your opponents. Show your nerves of steel and ram your opponents with all you've got!

Crash'Em is a high energy party game for 3-6 players, which takes about 30 minutes to play.

Big box: 27 x 27 cm / 10.6 x 10.6 inches
Big box: 27 x 27 cm / 10.6 x 10.6 inches

Why Crash’Em is one of the best “programming” games ever:

• No downtime: each player has to “program” his moves simultaneously within only 15 seconds. This time restraint leads to hilarious situations!

• Each player stays involved, during the whole game!

• No ‘runaway leader’ problem: the game board is compact enough!

• A clever scoring mechanic: you cannot win the game by only focusing on one player. Damaging more players will give you a better score.

By the way, did we already mention Crash'Em is totally language independent? You can play it with any one in the world and the game offers great fun for both adults and kids! Oh, and it's definitely NOT a racing game!

Crash'Em comes with 6 unique monster truck miniatures!
Crash'Em comes with 6 unique monster truck miniatures!

The box contains everything you need for hours of fun, including 6 unique monster truck miniatures and a double-sided game board.

BRAND NEW VIDEO - March 24th, 2016

On March 24th 2016 - during this campaign - designer Michel received a special package all the way from China... The first sample of the game! Watch the 'unboxing' video below:

 Watch what BoardgameBrawl had to say about Crash'Em!

"This game really has surprised me in a very positive way! It has a beautifully executed game board. The game is fun with children, but will also serve as a nice, tactical snack for experienced players. It has an original theme and the beautifully crafted monster trucks really steal the show! The app with racing sounds and the time constraints gave me the final push and made this a game that I wanted to back immediately." - Bordspelmania-user Dierik.

"It’s a very fast game. It’s a very easy game to learn. Despite that, there’s a surprising amount of stuff going on in this game. A lot of things for you to sink your teeth into." - Nick, Boardgamebrawl

"When it comes to gameplay Crash'em has become a fun and easy game that is not too difficult to learn and will bring a lot of laughter to the table. [...] As a movement programming game the comparison with Robo Rally is an easy one to make. I personally prefer Crash'em. The pace of the game is much quicker than RoboRally, the theme has more appeal to me and the game will hit the table a lot easier with kids and casual gamers.. [...] I think [it]will appeal to a great number of different players." - Ameritrash.nl (Dutch, for the English version: see here)

“Crash’Em is a quick game that is easy to learn. And it has awesome miniature MONSTER TRUCKS. I’m pretty sure both casual and hardcore gamers will enjoy this game A LOT." - Alexander Lauck, designer of  'The Curse of the Black Dice'

"Crash’em fits right in with King of Toyko or Ultimate Warriorz. It’s a light weight game about eliminating your opponents in a mass destruction arena. However, unlike those other games, there is no player elimination (in so much that once a player is destroyed the game ends). And while the programming creates a chaotic environment just like the random dice rolls, the quick pace and taste of control leaves it as a completely unique experience." Bryan Gerding, H2P Gaming Reviews

"Because Crash 'Em is so easy to get into, everybody will feel right at home in the driver seat. Once behind the wheel you'll greatly enjoy your frantic, stumbling journey to victory" - Joost Das, Fablesmith publishing company and designer of a.o. 'Ortus'.

"Played at Zuiderspel (fair, BN). 'Destruction Derby the boardgame'. Really fun game to play with casual gamers and children. Choose your actions within the time limit (stress!! ;-)) and see how everything plays out. Nice tactical twist with the power-up cards." - Boardgamegeekuser Flashly

Crash'Em is an easy to play game. You can watch our playthrough video below (English subtitles included!), download the rules here: DOWNLOAD THE RULES or watch what Boardgamebrawl had to say about Crash'Em (see 'reviews' section).

If you want to read more background information on Crash'Em, check out the designers diaries designer Michel Baudoin wrote:

>> How it all started

>> A component overview

Prototype, with 3D printed miniatures (not final ones).
Prototype, with 3D printed miniatures (not final ones).
Back of the game box.
Back of the game box.

With your support, we can make your Crash'Em experience even more fun! Therefore, we've developed some cool, extra stuff:

 More stretch goals to be added once the campaign runs!

If you want to add more copies of the game to your pledge, please increase your pledge with € 29 for each extra copy you would like to add for the Essen pick-up pledge, and € 34 for each extra copy you would like to add for each of the other pledges (excluding retailer pledge).

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"That's pretty cheap for a big box (27 x 27 cm / 10.6 x 10.6 inches) with unique, molded miniatures!"
"That's pretty cheap for a big box (27 x 27 cm / 10.6 x 10.6 inches) with unique, molded miniatures!"

When will the games be released? We expect Crash'Em to be shipped before Spiel in Essen (which means; September / early October).

Will you sell the game at Spiel? If we have stock left, we will. However, price of the game will then be € 35 at Spiel, so people who are planning to buy the game at Spiel, are better off pledging here on Kickstarter and choosing for the 'pick up at Spiel'-pledge. They save € 6!

Are the box and components designs final? Yes, in fact they are! We are ready to get this game produced and on your gaming table!

Do you have any Kickstarter exclusives? No, not yet. There might be. We offer the game now for only € 29, while the price at fairs will be € 35. Interesting fact, perhaps:We do have a retail pledge, but besides selling the game to retailers via Kickstarter, at this moment we don't have any plans to distribute the game through retail channels.

Can I add more copies to my pledge? Yes, please do so! If you want to add more copies of the game to your pledge, please increase your pledge with € 29 for each extra copy you would like to add for the Essen pick-up pledge, and € 34 for each extra copy you would like to add for each of the other pledges (excluding retailer pledge).

What are the sizes of the cards? Card size of the race cards is 63 x 88mm. The size of the power-up cards is 68 x 68mm.

I don't have a smartphone or laptop. Can I play the game without the timer app? Yes, you sure can, as long as you have an alarm, kitchen timer or any other thing that can count down to 15 seconds.

Can't you just add a buzzer to the game? We might be able to do this later during the campaign.. but we need your support first!

Crash'Em has been in the works for over 5 years now. Designer Michel Baudoin has constantly improved his design, which has lead to this final version. With more new ideas and better mechanics than the first prototypes (which were already received very, VERY enthusiastically by playtesters worldwide), Michel has managed to increase the fun and replayability of Crash'Em even more! Because we didn't want the game to be published with cardboard cars, but with unique, miniature monster trucks instead, we decided to fund the game through Kickstarter.

Michel Baudoin is the creative brain behind his own publishing company Wacky Works. In 2011 he released Space Maze, which has been sold out and out of print for a few years now. Last year, his design Robot X saw the light of day via Polish publishing company G3. Crash'Em will be his third board game release.

Space Maze (2011) & Robot X (2015) from designer Michel Baudoin
Space Maze (2011) & Robot X (2015) from designer Michel Baudoin

Bart Nijssen has been a board game fanatic for a few decades now. He was one of the driving forces behind the Dutch board game platform Bordspelmania.eu and he used to work for well-known publisher White Goblin Games, with whom he worked on the promotion of games like Rattus, Panic Station, Revolver and Het Verboden Eiland (Forbidden Island). In daily life, he works as a marketing strategist and communication specialist at an advertising agency.  

Production of Crash'Em will be done by WinGo.

Michel has decided to publish Crash'Em via his own Wacky Works label, under which he previously published his sold out game Space Maze.

Risks and challenges

Crash'Em is almost ready to hit your gaming table! The rules and graphics are designed, the miniature monster trucks are sculpted and the mold is ready, the factory primed and ready, so we are as close as possible to ordering stock as we could be.

However, issues can still happen in production. Mis-communication with the factory can cause errors which cause delays and faults with the miniatures could slow down production. We do want the game to be released no later than October, but we have allowed extra time in our planning for any unforeseen circumstances. So we feel well prepared and there's no reason right now to think we won't be able to finish this project in October 2016.

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