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Gridlock Boston

A competitive board game about driving through the city where the roads make no sense and everything is always changing on you.

Gridlock Boston

A competitive board game about driving through the city where the roads make no sense and everything is always changing on you.

$7,270
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98
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47days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, January 6 2020 5:05 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Sitting in traffic, but more fun!

Have you ever been driving through a city, just trying to get around, where the roads don't make any sense and seem to change all around you, while everyone else is trying to get to the same place but somehow differently, and thought to yourself: "I can't wait to get home and do all of this from the comfort of my dining room table!"

If so ... well, that's pretty weird, if we're being honest. But that's OK, because we thought that all of the crazy aspects of trying to drive through a major city could make for a pretty interesting boardgame. And with that we introduce: Gridlock: Boston!

Gameplay

In Gridlock, two to four players are all trying to get around to different parts of the city, at the same time. Each player has a random starting point and five random destinations that they need to get to before everyone else gets to theirs. But you can't just set out right away, because first, you'll need some roads. 

Gridlock Game board and cards.

Each player gets to build out the road network within the city using intersections on hex tiles. On your turn, you can lay new roads anywhere there's an open space on the board. And just like a real city, the connections don't have to make any sense or go anywhere useful! But since the city is always under construction, you can also rotate existing roads to change which direction they go, or remove road pieces entirely. It doesn't even matter if you placed the tile or not. Construction cones can be placed along the way to make it more difficult to move through an area. You can try to move around them or move the construction somewhere else.

Placing a road tile

When it's time to drive, you can travel along any connected network of roads, regardless of who placed them initially. If you can stop in one of the destinations marked on the cards in your hand, you can mark it. The first player to get to all six of their randomly-selected locations is the winner. And remember, you never know where the other players are trying to get to; so be careful when you're building out a path to your destination, you might just be accidentally making a quick path to your opponent's victory.

Boston Edition

We are starting Gridlock off with a city we know and love, Boston. It also helps that Boston's streets are famously convoluted, which inspired the idea of the game in the first place. You'll get to travel around to iconic locations around Boston:

  • Fanueil Hall
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Museum of Science
  • Theater District
  • Aquarium
  • Boston Garden (yes we know it's called TD Garden but it will always be the Garden)
  • Fenway Park
  • Copley Square
  • North End
  • Symphony Hall
  • Harvard
  • MIT

In addition, you'll have to navigate around the Boston Common and Public Garden in the middle of the board, and parts of the Charles River on the top of the map. No, you can't drive through either of those. You are not a duck boat. At least, not until a possible future expansion pack. There's also a tunnel that will take you under the city and instantly to the other side, just like the Big Dig was supposed to. 

Destination cards

We think there is a lot of space to run with this game in the future. While we're starting in Boston, we think this gameplay mechanic has promise to work with many different locations. If the Boston edition is successful, we want to expand to other locations. If you want to help jump start that process, you can pledge for the "Second City" rewards tier and we'll work with you to design another locale for Gridlock. You'll get to help us pick the locations to travel to within the city, design the look and layout for the game board, and you'll get a special copy of the second city edition long before anyone else. 

Special Editions

Exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign, you'll be able to pick up the special Masshole Edition of Gridlock Boston. This version of the game comes with an electronic button that will play authentic Boston traffic sounds when you press it. It not only adds to the realism, it is handy to help encourage the other players to hurry up already. This edition is likely to include some salty epithets, for friggin' authenticity. 

Player taking too long? Just smack this button for added realism! (Masshole edition only)

We're also proud to be partnering with local craftspeople Moore Labs to offer a Deluxe Edition of the game, which will feature laser etched hardwood hex tiles and upgraded game pieces. This edition is going to look and feel amazing. 

We're going to be hand-assembling the components to these special editions, and as a consequence of that none of our special editions will be available outside of this campaign. So if you want to grab one of these, this is your only chance. 

Would you like to play this game, but base it in your city instead? Then sign up to help us design and print Gridlock: Second City. Which city? Well, that part's up to you! We'll work with you to determine the best locations for your chosen city, and figure out a balanced layout for all the destinations. Just like the Boston game, this will be customized to reflect natural geography as much as we can manage and still have it be a playable game. We'll be doing custom artwork and iconography for the new city, which means a new board and new cards. We'll work with you to refine the game and you'll be listed as a designer in the credits. We'll eventually make this city available for retail, but your copy will be a special double edition containing both the Boston and additional city boards and cards, which will not be available commercially.

Do you like the idea of bombing around Boston but would rather swap out one or more of the destinations for something better? Then sign up for the Customized Boston Edition of the game. We'll swap out one or more of the locations on the board for your favorite spots and reshuffle the remaining places so that the game is still playable. This edition will come with a unique board and card deck with your locations marked on them, and so gameplay might feel a little different from the core game. 

In addition, the box and board artwork for every game purchased through Kickstarter will mark it as the Kickstarter edition. The retail version won't have that, and so you can feel super hip.

Wear It

Speaking of being hip, we're going to be designing a t-shirt to go with the game! You can order this as part of the campaign. Many of the reward tiers have an option to add the shirt. Colors and design to be determined. Shirts will be shipped separately from the game itself. 

Play It

Would you like to play the game earlier than anyone else? If you're in the greater Boston area, you can have us come to your game night! We'll bring a prototype copy of Gridlock that you'll be able to play before release. You'll get to provide direct feedback on the game, its components, its rules, and its feel. We'll also bring some chips to game night, because everyone likes chips, right? You'll also get a copy of the released game once it's available.

Why We're Kickstarting

We are doing all of our printing through an amazing print-on-demand service, The GameCrafter. While they will let us make the game available with no minimum orders, that ability comes at a higher materials cost. By launching on Kickstarter we can offer lower pricing than retail by processing a bulk order, and do some fun special editions along the way that we wouldn't be able to offer otherwise. 

Everything will come in a sturdy, fully printed box.

We also want to get the word out about Gridlock Boston. We would love to take this game out to conventions, bookstores, game shops, and board game bars/cafes all over the place. If we can show there's enough demand for this game, we can partner with a publisher and do a larger print run in the future, and maybe see this game in stores all over the place. 

In addition, we would love to adapt Gridlock to other cities around the world, and this campaign will help us prove that this game concept works enough that we can do those adaptations in the future. We'd also love the opportunity to work on expansion packs, such as one-way roads or other traffic modifiers. Maybe even a Grilock: Legacy some day? That's probably a bad idea, but now that you mention it...

Risks and challenges

This is our second board game, the first being a small-run Cards Against Humanity expansion pack called Cards Against Identity. Even so, we've been prototyping and play testing for a year, and we feel the core game is solid and fun. We are doing our printing through The GameCrafter, an established online service who will handle all physical production and fulfillment. The GameCrafter is set up to deal with many different sizes of print runs, and this will let us easily do the special editions that we want to offer exclusively through this campaign in addition to the regular edition.

The core game has been designed, artwork is nearly finalized, and game pieces have been sourced. We even have the custom buzzers sourced and are collecting authentic Boston traffic sounds for them. We're partnering with local makers for the upgraded game pieces, and we'll be using an established shirt printer for the t-shirts.

If the campaign fails, we will probably still make the game available but only as a print-on-demand game and without any of the special editions.

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