Yes it's true! We've been talking with people about crowd funding Obelisk! Our design philosophy with a crowd funded version has been to encapsulate the core of the game mechanics in a small form factor. To this end, we've been working with TheGameCrafter (TGC), to put together a crowd fundable version of our game! We received the first version back from them a week ago and we have finally had some time to take some pictures.
All in all, the process of reducing the game down has been exhausting. We've used lots of strategies and had to make lots of sacrifices. The mechanics of how to make a 5x5 map when you only have 24 tiles was one of my favorite challenges. We solved this by giving people 3 "Empty Space" tiles (formerly Mountains) and telling them that the first time they draw one, leave the space blank but shuffle the card back into the draw deck. It was really important to us to keep the same size monsters because players handle them often. So while we switched to acrylic monsters, they are as big as they could be and still get 50x of them into the box!
Let us know what you think of this version so far. We would enjoy your feedback
Tessellation Games, formerly known as AH Games is a tiny independent game design / manufacturing / publishing company run by Asya & Eliot Aretskin-Hariton. By day we do rocket science and medicine. By night, we make board games so we can share good times with friends and family!
Only recently did we discover cooperative games and we never got to play them as children. We really enjoy the discussion and bonding that can happen when a group of people works together to defeat a bunch of monsters, it's really heart warming.