Design Diary: The Anatomy of a… “Rooster”?

Now that is a bizarre looking Rooster. Meet the Farmer!

Welcome to another Design Diary! Today’s Design Diary focuses on Roosters, and we’re going to use a very special Rooster as the Preview. Meet the Farmer! The Farmer is one of the “Roosters” from the Eggspansion, and is a very special Addition to the game. His farm’s barnyard is the epicenter for our brawl.

When we design a Rooster, we try REALLY hard to come at each Rooster from a thematic sense. Name, or what the Rooster is, has come first more often than not, and the ability is themed accordingly.

With this Rooster, we looked at trying to think of a Farmer just trying to do his farming chores while his crazy Roosters are staging a brawl! So, what does a chicken farmer do? He collects his eggs.

When thinking about the relative toughness of a Rooster, 3 feathers is the minimum (for non canned Roosters). The farmer, being a little stronger than your average Rooster comes in at a 4. We could have given him more feathers, but then we would have wanted to tone down the ability, to make sure that he wasn’t a giant wall that allowed the wielder of the farmer to just waltz to a win.

We kept his eggs low, to make sure that he wasn’t going to get the “Take A Dive” treatment, and make for a not fun play experience. We didn’t want him to have zero eggs, because then it felt more like an annoyance to have to engage him than anything else.

48 Hours left to back Oh Cluck! on Kickstarter

Maybe it's best if you let the dog sleep, right?

We’ve just crossed over the 48 hour threshold! We are now less than 2 days away from the end of the Campaign, and we’re very thankful for each and every backer.

Today, I bring you another Design Diary installment, focusing on the Party Fowl “Sleeping Dogs Lie” from Oh Cluck, The Eggspansion!

When we set out to design party fowls, we have a couple of “guidelines” we try and stick to.

1.) They enter play, and either attach to, or replace / become your Rooster
2.) They will get scored in someone’s Egg Basket (even when worth no eggs) , meaning that they are only seen once per game.

So when looking for parts of the year to highlight in the Eggspansion, we thought about the Dog Days of Summer.

We went through a couple of iterations of the card, until we settled on this. With 1 Feather, Sleeping Dogs Lie only affords a thin layer of protection for your Rooster (unless you’ve got dodges). Once the Party Fowl takes a damage, the person who damaged it scores it in their victory pile, and the effect ends.

But, while Sleeping Dogs Lie is attached to your Rooster, enemies may think twice about trying to mess with you!

3 days left to back Oh Cluck! on Kickstarter!

Eggbert sporting his Tarot Size, and 2 new cards from Eggspansion

Good News Everyone!
Ray has completed all of the Art for the Eggspansion! We’re really proud of all the artwork that he has put together for this game!

In the Faberge’ and Carton of Awesome versions of Oh Cluck!, we have talked about Tarot Card Sized Roosters. Mr. Eggbert is here to show off this fancy size for the Roosters. The size difference you seen above is really accurate.

This will make the Roosters really stand out on the table, and definitely makes playing the game with bigger groups a more positive experience.

800 Feathers, and Trick or Treat are a couple of the new pieces of Art for the Eggspansion!

Stay tuned as we close in on the end of the campaign! We’re going to finish spoiling the Eggspansion for you, and may throw a few more surprises at you!

The Ides of March are Upon Us.

Everyone gets stabby with the Chicken Caaesar

It’s the Ides of March, which means there are plots afoot!

For those who haven’t figured it out, Oh Cluck; the Eggspansion!, is loosely themed around “holidays”, and other notable events throughout the year. As we started working through ideas for Holidays, and how to incorporate the Roosters into them, Ray (our super awesome, amazing artist) said:

“I want to do a Chicken Caesar!” 

Ray Warren Original Sketch for Ides of March

We all thought it was a great idea for a piece of art, and we started working through ideas for an Ides of March card. We tossed around a couple of Rooster ideas, but then as we started working deeper on the design ideas for the Eggspansion, a “stacking attack” was floated, and it seemed like the obvious place to put something like that, was on the Ides of March.

We love the way it turned out, and can’t wait for you to get a chance to play with it!

Our Fully Funded Kickstarter has just over a week left, so you still have a chance to get your copy!

The Oh Cluck Kickstarter is funded! You did it!

Wow. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

The Oh Cluck! Kickstarter is now fully funded, and we are marching on towards our first monetary stretch goal!

You guys have been awesome. Truly, unbelievably awesome.

So, here are some of the new Roosters (and a dirty Pirate) that are finalized for the Eggspansion. They have a few friends that will be joining them, and we will be showing them to you VERY SOON. 

Did you know Pirates called Eggs Cacklefruit? You do now!
Balut is excited to brawl he hasn't even finished hatching!
Eagle is a very proud bird. So very proud
00399 is the Eggsellent Secret Agent you want.
Sugar is ready to celebrate the life of a fallen Rooster
Janis is really into recycling
Murray digs his way to victory!
Santa Claws brings presents for all the good Roosters and Hens.
Harvey proves you don't need to be a Chicken to love Eggs
Mother Goose wants to protect the Coop.

Kickstarter News, and Card Previews!

Hello Everyone!

Thanks to all of our backers so far, the Oh Cluck! Kickstarter Campaign is nearing the halfway point, and we are about halfway funded!

So far, we have two Stretch Goals unlocked:

Sucker Punch, the Instagram Social Stretch Goal

Sucker Punch, our Instagram Stretch Goal, has been unlocked at the first tier. (readers of the site may have seen this already)

Tyler, our super secret Party Fowl

And, since we achieved 25 backers on Kickstarter, every backer gets a copy of Tyler, our Promo Party Fowl. This is pretty serious, since we have kept Tyler pretty close to the vest, and only given him to people who have met a Fool out and about.

A host of new cards from the Eggspansion!

We have also had Ray hard at work finishing up the rest of the art for the Eggspansion! Here are a couple of the new cards, as well as the new art for an old card: Kung Pow!

With 17 days in the campaign there is still plenty of time to back the game, and get in on the Barnyard Brawl for it All!

Kickstarter News! 25% Funded, and a Stretch Goal!

Well thank you guys for being awesome! We have now crossed 25% funding, as well as our first Social Stretch Goal, with 75 Followers on Instagram.

Everyone who backs the campaign will now get 1 copy of Sucker Punch!

Sucker Punch! A Promo Attack card for Oh Cluck!

There are still 3 more levels of that stretch goal to go, potentially pushing the number of Sucker Punches Backers can receive to 4.

And, we are closing in on 25 backers here on Kickstarter, which will trigger Everyone getting a copy of Tyler, our Promo Party Fowl.

Thanks again everyone, for working with us so far to make a great campaign. As an added bonus, Here are two preview images of cards from the Eggspansion, Available through the Kickstarter!

An Attack, Rooster, and Party Fowl from the Eggspansion Two new Attack cards from the Eggspansion

Kickstarter State of the Campaign: 2.5.18

We're going to relaunch the campaign.

 

Dear Backers, and Community,

Thank you to everyone who has backed our campaign, and to everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback regarding what you would like to see from this campaign. We’ve been listening, taking notes, and learning.

With all of this in mind, we will be closing this campaign later today, and relaunching an updated campaign on February 20th, 2018. As we move forward, we will make sure to update you across our website, social media, and especially, through here.

Why the relaunch? Well, we’ve realized a few things.

1.) We have reassessed our plan, and have arrived at a goal that gets the game into our backer’s hands in a timely manner.

2.) The biggest point our reviewers brought up to us, was that the game could use more cards. So, in the new campaign, the game will just “be” 108 cards to start, and the Eggspanion will be a backable purchase, not a lofty stretch goal.

3.) The Product. We have found  a way to make some of our backer levels are awesome. We’re talking about serious “deluxe”, and Kickstarter Exclusive offerings, as well as making the $250.00 level more than just a custom Rooster. It’s going to be the best version of the game that we can bring you.

4.) Stretch Goals. With the Eggspansion now something you can buy from the get go, expect to see a new stretch goal to start, and we are going to have several Social Stretch goals as well.

Thanks again, for backing the game and for being a part of this experience. On February 20th, you’re going to be able to take part in a great new campaign, that offers more to the backer. We hope to see you there.

Chad
The Web and Media Fool.

Everything Board Games: Review / Preview

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Everythingboardgames.com‘s Review / Preview Of Oh Cluck! is in. Thank you to their Reviewer, Delton Perez, for taking the time to give us his feedback! Delton writes:

“Oh Cluck! is a lighter game that can be played with the family and young (8+) children who will enjoy it. With light banter, lots of interaction between the players, and not a lot of text, people will be willing to replay this game repeatedly. Very easy to learn, with bright and colorful artwork, this will catch people’s eyes as they walk by and see it being played.”

Thanks a ton! If you would like to check out Everythingboardgames, you can find them in the following places:

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And don’t forget, the Kickstarter is Live!