Crowdfunding is under-way...
.COM BATTLES is
an entertaining, unique board-game for all budding entrepreneurs,
business owners, business wannabes, know-it-all’s and anyone over
the age of 12. When starting the game there's no initial
board, so by using hexagon-pieces, players build the board as they go,
and in doing so create a web of routes to take as they progress.
all about buying from and selling to others in an attempt to make the
best deals and become the market leader. But to succeed, players will
have to sabotage the business reputation of other players by destroying
their feedback, obliterating their sales and making it difficult for
them to keep their business afloat. All the while furthering their own
internet empire without their rivals robbing them of their success!
on a BUY box results in you having to hand over some of your earnings
to another player, and landing on the SELL box ensures another player
will hand over some of their hard-earned cash to you.|
will also need to have earned a heap of cash, gained and retained a
minimum of five-stars and used all their hexagon board-pieces before
returning to the center of the game to accomplish their goal of being
internet entrepreneur of the year!
entire game can shift at any moment, so even when you think
you’re winning you may be in for a bit of a surprise, and just
as you thought you were unstoppable!
.COM BATTLES will bring out the ruthless business-person in anyone.
| || 36 x Hexagon Board Pieces |
6 x Player Pieces
12 x 'Give & Take' Cards
36 x Buy Cards
36 x Sell Cards
6 x 'It Doesn’t Pay to be nice in Business' Cards
6 x 'Misfortune' Cards
50 x Feedback stars
6 x Cash Bags
Huge Wad of Battle-Cash
3 x Sheets of Customization Labels (72)
is given a wad of Battle-cash, three feedback-stars (as a starting
point) and up to six hexagon pieces, one of which has their 'player
number' on. As well as a little character game-piece, which they place on their individual starting points.|
|The game starts with just the larger center-console and this clever little spinner thing in the middle. You can determine who starts the game by spinning the spinner thing, whoever it points too starts the game.|
the arrow determines the direction players must follow on their route
to 'internet success'. Each hexagon piece has two arrows on and the
player has a free choice to which one points in the corresponding
role of the dice determines the number of spaces a player should move.
It also indicates who payments should be made to or made from when a
someone lands on a BUY or SELL space, This way the Battle-cash is
spread among all players, so the rich can get richer and so can the
all players need to have gained and retained at least five-stars and
used all their hexagon pieces before returning to the center of the
game to win, they need to get all their hexagon-pieces laid down
quicker than others do, achievable if you're on the outskirts of
the board, but get stuck on the inside and you’ll need to work
your way out to the edges to lay your remaining hexagon pieces as
swiftly but cunningly as you can…|Should
you run out of hexagon-pieces or are unable to move off, you can opt to
pay to be teleported back to an adjoining hexagon-piece (Sort of like
clicking the back-button on your web browser)…… or use
one of only a few ‘It Doesn’t Pay to be nice in
Business’ cards to steal a rival's hexagon-piece from the table
and make use of it for your own growth, this in turn may ultimately
make your rival stranded and looking for a way back themselves... Tuff Luck!
will soon learn that rushing things, making moves without a plan is not
always the best strategy. Bide your time, collect your STARS, earn as
much as you can, then when you feel your business acumen is at an all
time high you can make your move, your move to business success!|
special piece, some might say a ‘trump card’, can be used
at anytime throughout play, but if someone else lands on it,
they’re out the game! Bust!, bankrupt, insolvent,
destitute!, basically OUT OF BUSINESS!. All their assets, cash and
stars are paid to whoever owns it. Remember, It Doesn’t Pay to be
Nice in Business!|
Here's a few brief examples...
FAILED TO MEET SALES TARGETS
Sales of Irons are Decreasing.
BUY IN PACKAGING MATERIALS
Costs 500, Pay Player X
YOU'RE ACCUSED OF TAX AVOIDANCE
Pay them 500 to Keep Silent
GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!
Grab a feedback STAR
Player X to pay you 300
| ||.COM BATTLES is
massive, It consists of over 200 game-pieces plus a wad of Battle-cash!
There's no less than 96 cards included and every single one of
them is different! |
A total of 72 BUY & SELL cards are included in the Standard Edition, these are key to making your fortune.
a handful of ‘It Doesn’t Pay to be nice in
Business’ cards, these can make or break anyone, so being force
to pick one up could bring on uneasiness, even if you're Donald Trump!
You'll also get a dozen ‘Give & Take’ cards, these could help you to become the businessperson everyone inspires to be.
a small number of 'Misfortune' cards - One of these could bring
your empire crashing down but they could also create business for you.
.COM BATTLES has
been designed so players can add new BUY & SELL card packs at
any time... The first of these additional card packs are Blood-Money and Second-Hand Car Dealer.
In the future we plan to create additional BUY & SELL packs
that could feature: Property, Animals, Groceries, Video Games, Antiques
and possibly even Retro Toys!
in business is hard enough, but to then have your own friends and
family try and beat you down, compete with you, put you out of business
and take control of all your assets is disheartening. Do unto them as
they do to you! It doesn't pay to be nice in business.
a player feels they have earned sufficient cash, assets and
feedback-stars, they can begin the treacherous journey back to the
center of the game board….
The design of .COM BATTLES means
players can opt for a harder, longer game by choosing to return to the
center of the board where they’ll have to throw an exact number
on the dice before being able to access their exit, thus making the
game a lot more frustrating, but far more hilarious all round as
they’ll end up going round in circles, all the while losing and
gaining stars, but mostly losing!
center-console is where you're heading to be crowned 'Internet
Entrepreneur of the Year', and it's where the majority of the
boisterous behaviour from other players may start. Landing on a space
almost anywhere here will have a negative effect on your business. Drop
below 5 stars and you’ll need to work your way back out to earn
more… Totally frustrating for you, but mighty entertaining for
the other players!|
to return to your starting-position makes the game a little easier as
no exact throw of the dice is needed. When you’re under six
spaces away, no matter what number you roll, you’ll get back to
‘company headquarters’. This allows younger
players to play at the same time as overconfident adults but have a
comparable chance of winning.
Starting a game with fewer or
more hexagon-pieces will also affect the difficulty and length of the
game. We've covered the fundamentals of .COM BATTLES here, the full game has a number of other features, rules and game aspects.
As we get close to our funding goal, we'll be announcing some STRETCH
GOALS here to help keep the party going. We have plans to add value to .COM BATTLES that
we think you'll really appreciate. We plan to add value by upgrading
some components as well as increasing re-playability with added game
We have a few stretch goals in mind that we think you'll love, and that will make .COM BATTLES even better!
the coming couple of months, we'll continue to listen closely to
your feedback and ideas and will carefully consider all the ideas that
comes our way.
production avenues are covered and manufactures of all the components
have been chosen… Because of the diverse nature of .COM BATTLES we are having to use a number of different suppliers/printers to complete the manufacturing process.
We are continuing to tweak .COM BATTLES all
the way through and beyond our kickstarter campaign. Our plan is to
start shipping the game within a few months of the crowd-funding
ending, this allows some extra time for enhancement, design upgrades,
and further ideas to be considered.
.COM BATTLES will
be available world-wide and will ship from the UK. The
packaged game weighs in at over 1kg, so shipping worldwide is not
cheap. UK shipping is included and offered Free. Shipping fees for
outside the UK will be at below cost price... $15 for European shipping
or $30(£20) for the Rest of the World.
That non-UK backers will be responsible for any import fees or taxes
that may be levied after we have shipped your package.
the past 30 years I have developed, produced and marketed computer
games and software. I felt it was time for a change and decided to
focus my efforts into creating a board game, something a little more
family orientated. As a child I adored opening up the latest board game
with my family at Christmas or during the holidays or those special
times when distant family came to visit. This is something that I feel
is missing when it comes to computer games, sure they’re great
fun, I won’t deny that but I believe the most memorable
‘games nights’ are when family and friends get together to
play a board-game around the kitchen table.
The small team behind .COM BATTLES similarly
come from a background in graphic design, product development, and
marketing. This is why we are so excited to bring this project to life.
For most of us, it is the fulfilment of a dream we’ve had for a
long time, and the perfect use of the skills we have honed over the
many months or more I have been developing a new concept for a board
game that's a bit different to your normal board game... I decided to put my knowledge of all things digital into something more solid, something more hands on. This is where .COM BATTLES was born.
finally decided it was time for Kickstarter because I knew keeping this
game alive and seeing it finished the right way would be difficult
without help from the Kickstarter community.
foresee needing to focus on this game full-time, otherwise, it's going
to be exceptionally difficult to complete it's development and
manufacturing. Funds are needed to pay for the game's production.
a project for what it is can be difficult without a community's
involvement. We want to make a game you'll love, and I'm positive
we can achieve this with your help.
.COM BATTLES is
a wickedly smart, funny board-game for all budding entrepreneurs,
business owners, business wannabes, know-it-all’s and anyone over
the age of 12.>
running a number of focus-groups we feel that .COM BATTLES should be
suitable for anyone aged 12 years and above. We plan to include 36
hexagon pieces in each game, so if your games evening is played by
fewer people you could choose to amuse yourself with a higher number of
focus-groups have showed us, playing with 6 hexagon pieces each is the
optimum number. The feedback received from all the people attending our
groups has been extremely positive, and even younger members aged under
12 have said they would love to own this game!
Our goal with this campaign is to raise enough funds to continue development of the game and deliver .COM BATTLES to
all backers. Anything we raise above our goal will be used to further
enhance and better our design and invest in marketing to retail.
will receive one of the first copies of the game produced at a cheaper
price than retail, and we’ll also include some free promotional
goodies for early-bird backers too.|
In the future, we hope
to take our unique hexagonal board-game concept and expand it to
include a number of different themed board games. We believe this can
be done with almost any category of game from financial, horror, sci-fi
and fantasy and beyond.
.COM BATTLES is
the first in the Cleva Games series and will serve as the proof of
concept we need to bring innovation to the world of board gaming for
avid players everywhere, no matter their tastes.
.COM BATTLES has been designed so players can add new card packs at any time... The first of these add-on card packs are Blood-Money and Second-Hand Car Dealer. In
the future we plan to create additional BUY & SELL card packs that
could feature: Property, Animals, Groceries, Video Games
and possibly even Precious Metals! The choice of subject is endless.