For immediate release
Twin Tin Bots by Philippe Keyaerts get a re-boot on Kickstarter!
Flatlined Games is proud to announce it re-launches the crowdfunding campaign to publish Twin Tin Bots, a game by Philippe Keyaerts (Author of Small World, Olympos, Evo and Vinci).
The campaign is on Kickstarter.com for the english version of the game. European publishers do not have access to Kickstarter yet, so our US distribution partner Game Salute, will be running the campaign for us through their Springboard program.
Springboard is a label that ensures supporters that a Kickstarter project is professionally produced, and has received the level of playtesting, development, and graphical design that you expect from a published game. They also will help us promote the game to the American audience.
A french language satellite campaign will also be run on french crowdfunding platform ulule.com for the french version of the game. Both campaigns are linked : money raised from both campaigns will be used to determine stretch goals releases, and the satellite french version will automatically gain any stretch goals reached on the main english campaign.
The english language Kickstarter campaign can be found here :
Kickstarter and crowdfunding are a disrupive force in the board games industry. Retailers and Distributors voice some concerns about this new model, and we have listened. We are starting something new with this kickstarter campaign : a special retailer program that allows retailers to participte without tiying up the cash for a long period of time. We at Flatlined games are convinced it is possible to find a model that works for the whole chain, and that crowdfunding does not require publishers to leave distributors and retailers out of the loop.
About the Game
Twin Tin Bots is a robot programming game, by Philippe Keyaerts.
Each player programs two robots to harvest crystals. The available orders are simple (forward, turn, harvest, unload, ...) but there are two robots to control with three program slots each, and only one order can be changed each turn! Furthermore, the other player's robots are after the same crystals, and will push your robots, or might even rob crystals from them.
Twin Tin Bots contains 36 plastic miniatures, is very easy to grasp but hard to master and plays in under 60 minutes, even with 6 players.
The player turn sequence is very simple so game rounds are short and there is no downtime.
There is very little randomness in Twin Tin Bots. You always have all orders available, so there is no waiting for a 'forward' tile. When it's your turn, you know what other player's robots programs are, and have a good view of their future actions. And you execute your actions on your turn, so they do not depend on unknown factors.
More information, components pictures and gameplay videos are available on the project page.
You can also follow the campaign evolution on kicktraq :
About the Author
Twin Tin Bots is the latest game from Belgian designer Philippe Keyaerts.
Philippe Keyaerts is well known amongst gamers for his previous successes : Vinci, Evo, Olympos, and of course the SmallWorld series.
When not creating games, he teaches remedial courses, putting his background in social studies and his master in mathematics to good use.
About Flatlined Games
Flatlined Games is a publisher of quality board games based in Brussels, Belgium.
We target niche markets in the boardgames market, and address these niches globally with multilingual editions.
We also market games targeted at a much broader public, which will be available trough the regular distribution market.
Flatlined Games is a one-man business, run on the evenings and weekends alongside a 'real' job by Eric Hanuise, owner of Flatlined Games. With Frederic Moyersoen he is co-designer of Batt'l Kha'os, published in 2009 by Z-Man Games.
About Game Salute
Game Salute provides top-shelf support for independent game developers and publishers. Founded by industry veterans, Game Salute is dedicated to providing innovative and reliable tools and services to make the tabletop games industry better. Game Salute is headquartered in Londonderry, NH and has ofﬁces through the US as well as in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.GameSalute.com or call 1-800-459-5516
Contact info Flatlined Games :
eric.hanuise at flatlinedgames dot com
39 rue gheude