The east London gift and games company, Bubblegum Stuff is making its tabletop card game debut with the launch of its family-friendly title Plant-Based Riot to the Kickstarter platform.
Developed by a trio of designers; Courtney Wood, Roberto Rotaru, and Matt Ludlow, the new title is the result of 18 months of productionto land on a game that promises fluid game play based on bluffing, stealing, ‘and screwing people over’, all set within a vegetarian universe.
Plant-Based Riot is described as a light strategy, set collecting, card matching tabletop card game for two to five players that see them collect their own gangs of villainous vegetables. Once the gang has been formed, a turf war commences, in which players discover the strength and ability of their gang.
The game has been created in an attempt to make the complex tabletop card gaming scene more accessible to wider audiences, and as such, promises to be adaptable to all experience levels, from beginners to veterans. The game can also be played one on one, or as a five-way battle.
“Plant-Based Riot is relatively easy to learn and there’s loads of player interaction. The ebb and flow gives it a similar feel to the Mario Kart dynamic, which again is something that enables younger players or beginners to duke it out with experienced veterans,” said the team.
“That was our ultimate goal, to bring all types of gamers to the table and allow them to compete on a level playing field, with the hope of putting more people onto gaming. We wanted to create something that would replace electronic distractions with face-to-face interactions.”
The Plant-Based Riot Kickstarter campaign will kick off from Wednesday, July 28th and run until Tuesday, August 31st. It will feature the standard game at £20, a Black Box Limited Edition at £29, and other high end reward tiers.
The game will be available to ship to the UK, US, Canada, Europe, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Bubblegum Stuff will be hosting a playtesting session at Draughts games cafe in Waterloo on Thursday, July 29th before taking the game on the road to showcase at this year’s UK Games Expo.
Bubblegum Stuff is a small, independent gift and games company based in east London. Founded in 2013 by Wood, a former finalist on BBC’s The Apprentice, the firm has grown from a single desk in Hong Kong to seven employees with a host of titles to its name, including Cheers Baby Bottle, The Emoticon Game range, and the Top Drags card game.
“Traditionally, we’ve made quick to learn, quick to play card games based on pop culture trends. But since lockdown last year, we’ve seen the benefit of creating games with longevity,” said the team. “Not only will this approach provide our audience with games they can enjoy again and again, but it will ensure that less of our products end up in landfill.
“With Plant-Based Riot we want to create something that will remain on families’ shelves for decades. Maybe even generations.”