World Dumbination is a fun strategy board game for 2 to 5 players. In the game you play as the 5 world leaders left after aliens have “rescued” the most intelligent people from our planet, to inhabit a new a better world they have floating around in a galaxy far far away.
The first inspiration for the game was world leaders’ acting like children arguing in a sandpit, and that is the idea for the front cover.
Our planet has for decades been monitored by alien species. Worried by the latest events, they’re sending their enormous spaceships to earth to save us from our self-inflicted fate. As they’ve already made a copy of our planet, they collect the smartest people to inhabit this new world, leaving the “less gifted” behind. Most of the world leaders get on board, but some didn’t make the cut – for more or less obvious reasons.
In World Dumbination you play as these five leaders in a quest for world domination!
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.
World Dumbination is an asymmetric war game with a twist. Each player has different starting points, as you can choose to play the leader of the USA, Venezuela, Turkey, Russia – or, of course, North Korea! 🙂
The game board is a map of the world where players build military bases and move units. Cards are used for a whole range of actions, for yourself and your opponents. So in short the game is all about combining the best card actions with clever movement on the board!
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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…