Game On: Western Legends: Ante Up!
“Game On” is a series in which we examine the companies, creators, and games in crowdfunding. We look at the journey, ideas, and concepts the creators wanted to bring to market with their product.
With another successful Kickstarter campaign under their belt, Kolossal Games continues to lead the way in tabletop games. Their games are a staple for game lovers worldwide. They’re known for making complex gameplay accessible to everyone through their beautiful presentations, bold designs, and approachable rules. They believe gameplay matters and move forward, building their base of supportive backers and fans for each game they create.
Western Legends: Ante Up! was launched on Kickstarter in January 2019. Kolossal Games is known for its fast funding on Kickstarter, and his game was no exception. Their funding goal was met within 40 minutes of launching, and several stretch goals were also met that first day. Within three days, their project hit an incredible benchmark of 4,000 backers and have $200K raised. Their stretch goals were put together in the Wild Bunch of Extras, an expansion pack that added new cards, new characters, and new tokens for added gameplay. By the end of the campaign, 6,819 backers pledged $351,462 to help bring this project to life.
Western Legends is a sandbox game where players take on roles of historical figures from the Wild West. Throughout the game, players earn Legendary points (LP), which will ultimately decide who wins. Players can choose to become outlaws or marshalls. Outlaws can rob banks, rustle cattle, and steal from other players. Marshalls are responsible for fighting bandits, wrangling cattle, and arresting Wanted players. Players get to decide at the beginning of the game how long they want to play. They select the number of LP it will take for someone to win. Short - 15LP, Average 20LP, or Long 25LP. The game ends when a player meets or exceeds the required number of LP. The End of Game marker is used to track the determined LP at the beginning of the game. Once one player meets their LP, all players have one final turn, and the final scoring is determined.
Ante Up is an expansion of Western Legends and requires the original game to play. Western Legends Ante Up adds 70% more frontier to explore with new characters, items, and an all new narrative event system. The new gambler track adds even more strategy with Faro and High Stakes Poker. The expansion offers a 2-player variant and a goal card variant for players.
To learn more about Kolossal Games and their projects on Kickstarter, check out the links and details below.
Number of player: 2-6
Suggested Play Time: 60-90 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+
Included in the box:
Bi-color plastic train model
Tri-fold gameboard top stripA quarter-fold side expansion board
Cardboard trading post
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: January 2019
Ship Date: October 2019