World Dumbination is a fun asymmetric strategy game for 2 – 5 players, on Kickstarter now!
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!
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.
In World Dumbination you play as the five leaders left on earth after aliens has rescued the smart people to inhabit a new world in a galaxy far far away. You can choose to play as the leader of USA, Venezuela, Turkey, and Russia – or, of course, North Korea!
In the game you combine card actions with clever movement on the game board.
The cards are placed on Leaderboards that’s like your control unit. You also place a target token with the nation you will attack. Everyone flip and reveals their cards and targets at the same time. The actions are done according to numbers on the cards, which also decides the
player order for the rest of the round.
It is today one year ago since I started developing the World Dumbination game. I had the idea for the theme and story of the game when I was trying to go to bed early to get some sleep. I had to wake up 4 in the night to traveling all the way to Ecuador, where I was competing in the Paragliding World Cup. Instead of sleeping I started thinking of world politics and leaders that acted like small children. This was when Donald Trump and Kim Un-Jong argued of which one that had the biggest nuclear button, and many more things was happening. I thought someone should make a fun board game about this situation. I quickly understood that this should be me when the game title World Dumbination suddenly appeared in my head. I also got the idea to how these leaders could be the only leaders left on earth, making up a story where aliens travel to earth to “rescue” the “smart” people from the unavoidable future of our planet…