World Dumbination is available for play testing on Tabletopia.
The game is fully playable, but there will be updates done to the cards.We will publish the game on Tabletopia soon, this is the link that must be used until then.
When creating World Dumbination I wanted to make a game which I would like to play with my friends! I like strategy games but also like a lot of interaction between the players. When your friends are over for a game night, it should be no reason to just sit around the table silently pushing cubes! In World Dumbination you interact with your fellow players all the time.
I also wanted to create a game that starts off a bit unbalanced. Since players have different starting points it gives an extra edge to the game. It also makes it more fun to play over and over as you can change the nation and starting point and try some different tactics.
We have been working on a launch date for a while now, but experience has taught us that even the smallest things can take a lot of time. But we know we will launch the game on Kickstarter in April!
Some may ask why it takes so much time to make and launch a game on Kickstarter, and the best answer is because we haven’t done it before! The only thing that seems to take the amount of time as expected is the video, but that is something our designer has done a lot of before.
We are far from having the amount of followers we want, so we still need to try to market the game some more. This is actually what takes the most time, so we will just have to focus of launching the game at some point!
Watch out for more updates coming soon!
Designing games are all about problem solving. You constantly make up problems that needs to be solved!
I like to show some typically problems that needed to be solved during the design of World Dumbination. If you don’t know anything of the game please take a quick peak at the main web pages to get an overview of the game!
I haven’t met very big problems on this game, and most issues have been solved in just an hour or two. But I have other games lying around that I needs quite the effort to solve a problem that has stopped the whole design process. All problems should be solvable, but it just takes a lot of time sometimes.
World Dumbination is a fun asymmetric strategy game for 2 – 5 players, launching on Kickstarter April 23rd!
The main inspiration for the game was when some world leaders argued like small children sitting in a sandpit. And that is the idea behind how the leaders are illustrated.
For decades our planet has been monitored by alien species. Worried by recent events, enormous alien spaceships are sent towards earth. Announcing they come to save us from our self-inflicted fate, people rush to get onboard the spaceships. But the aliens will only let the smart people on-board, leaving the less gifted behind. Most of the leaders get in, but some didn’t make the cut, for more or less obvious reasons.
In world Dumbination you play as these five leaders left on earth; Trump, Maduro, Putin, Erdoğan and of course Kim Jong-un!
World Dumbination won the prize for the “Least anticipated War game for 2019” on Boardgamegeek! Well, this is just a bit of fake news since it off course isn’t a prize for that! But we are happy we were far away from winning in that category. As a bit of a surprise to us, the game got nominated in the War game category. World Dumbination has a structure and plays a bit like a war game, and you fight your opponents with bombs and military units. But since it is a totally unserious and funny game, it is more of a parody for a war game than an actual war game! The hardcore war gamers wouldn’t touch this game even with gloves on, and we would probably be banned from Boardgamegeek winning that category with World Dumbination! 😀 If it had been a category for the most anticipated Warty (war & party!) game, World Dumbination had won that category easily! 😛
Just now we are working with making prototypes to send out to reviews, a Kickstarter date will be set soon after the games are sent out.
The theme is fun, often players start laughing when they look at their newly drawn cards, and you wouldn’t find another war game containing Fake news or Alien groupies! But what about the game mechanics?
World Dumbination is an asymmetric strategy game where you use cards and movement on a board to get the most victory points.
Players have different starting points. It is not only the start position on the map that is different. The resource income players start with and the nation’s First goals are also different. This of course balances itself out after some rounds. It makes the game more fun to play more times since you can play different nations that demands some different strategies.
I didn’t want players to sit with too expensive cards in the beginning when their resource income is low. So by making Level 1 and Level 2 cards the game has a natural build up. Level 1 cards are mostly political and fun, and Level 2 cards are more military actions. Players move on to Level 2 cards after doing their First goal.
The Peace track was in good use the latest game here at Muzak Games. North Korea and Turkey went all in to be peaceful nations, disarming 4 Nuclear bombs and ending the game with World peace! That and good luck with the Dumbness cards made North Korea win the game just before Turkey. North Korea started with the “Be most peaceful” First goal, and followed up with winning the Nobel Peace Prize, so it was probably well deserved 😉 Russia also wanted to disarm a bomb in the end, but since that card had higher number than the other Nuclear bomb cards, the game ended before Russia got anything done!
The work with the Kickstarter are going forward, but time to do a bit of marketing are also needed, so we are not able to set a launch date yet. More information will come shortly.