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Kartoffelkrieg Kickstarter Preview

Quick Look: Kartoffelkrieg

Designers: Corey Wright, Michael Craughwell
Artists: Nate Ryan, Bryce Cook
Publisher: Massif Games, LLC
Year Published: 2018
No. of Players: 3-4
Ages: 10+
Playing Time: 30-45 minutes

From the publisher:

Kartoffelkrieg means potato war! It started as an internet joke, and now it’s the world’s first (and best) potato-based tabletop wargame! All you need to play are some REAL potatoes, a few friends (they don’t have to be real), and the contents of this attractive game! 

Do you have what it takes to go potato to toe with your enemies and emerge victoriously? 

Kartoffelkrieg is a lightweight family-friendly "potato war-game" using real potatoes equipped with plastic miniature parts and weapons. The game can be played virtually anywhere, including non-flat surfaces.

Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com

WARNING: This is a preview of Kartoffelkrieg. All components and rules are prototype and subject to change. Kartoffelkrieg is on KICKSTARTER until May 3, 2018.

Review: Kartoffelkrieg

Overview and Theme:

Battling potatoes. Real potatoes. With plastic weapons. On your tabletop.

If you're already grinning, you get it. Kartoffelkrieg is silly, tongue-in-cheek, and light-hearted... but still a battle-based game with its own mechanics and ruleset. My family jumped at the chance to test it out, and we're glad we did. Read on to see if this game might hold a-peel for you, too.

Components and Setup:

NOT included in Kartoffelkrieg: one large potato per player. Honestly.

What was included in our prototype copy of the game: plastic parts (arms, legs, treads, shields, guns, etc.), a deck of cards giving us the attack abilities and other specs for the parts, a set of potato boards to keep your part cards straight and track your potato's own internal structure and power, a handful of tracking/scoring chits, and some rulers. (You have to be able to tell if that enemy potato is in range, after all!)

Setup for Kartoffelkrieg was just as fun as gameplay. In turns, you draft Parts cards, making choices and passing the cards until each player has eight cards, representing eight parts. Then, you get to take a potato and build your fighting machine by adding the plastic parts to the potato, a la Mr. Angry Potato Head!

Parts cards are placed around your main potato board, each in a numbered slot, and each card gets a chit to track damage. Then, the potatoes take their places on the table, and you're ready to battle.

Game Play and Mechanics:

Game play for Kartoffelkrieg is similar to many types of tabletop battle gaming - in our house, it was compared to X-Wing and also to Battletech, but it's streamlined, so it's easier for non-war-gamers to pick up, and the games are shorter and goofier.

Each potato part uses (or in one case, gives) a certain amount of power, so on each turn, you can use whatever parts you want to utilize, dropping (or raising) your power tracker until you are out of power. This means you could choose to use your tiny potato legs and run across the table, sit back with your potato rifle and shoot at the enemy from a safe distance, or even do a little of both.

When you attack another potato, you roll a d8 to see which of their 8 parts you hit, and a d4 to determine how much damage you do. Slowly but surely, potatoes pick parts off their enemies, saving the tracking chits from destroyed parts to earn points.

If your attack targets a numbered slot that is now empty, that damage transfers to the potato's internal structure. When one potato runs out of internal structure and is destroyed, the game ends and all potatoes add up the chits from the destroyed parts of their enemies. The mightiest potato is the winner!

The Good:

Real. Battle. Potatoes. My family - two of us war gamers and two of us not - all enjoyed this lighthearted romp through the genre. Kartoffelkrieg has enough tongue-in-cheek German-esque card titles and inherent goofiness to keep players laughing, and just enough tabletop battle mechanics to make it a solid game, too.

The Bad:

Real. Battle. Potatoes. If you're not intrigued by that single idea, then you probably won't be a fan of Kartoffelkrieg. Not all games are for everyone, and this game certainly has a more specific audience than others. That's okay. You be you, and Kartoffelkrieg will carry on being Kartoffelkrieg.

Players Who Like:

Kartoffelkrieg may appeal to tabletop battle gamers who enjoy Battletech or X-Wing, but also have time in their lives for the silliness of games like Grave Robbers from Outer Space. Families who are looking for an engaging, light-hearted way to bring battle gaming to their younger kids will also enjoy Kartoffelkrieg.

Final Thoughts:

Real. Battle. Potatoes. My family was intrigued from the first whisper of a hint of this game, and we loved it right on through its lightweight but solid battle tactics and on up to the very end. Every card, every maneuver, every attack was narrated in hysterical detail and the whole family was engaged from beginning to end. That makes it a Kartoffel winner in our eyes!

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Kartoffelkrieg is on KICKSTARTER until May 3, 2018.

About the Author:

My name is Alexa: I'm a life-long game player and homeschooling mom to two awesome kids. I've loved board games since my early days playing Scrabble and Gin Rummy with my grandmother, and life only got more interesting when I married a Battletech enthusiast and fellow game lover. We've played games with our kids since they were small, and I helped start a thriving homeschool co-op where we have weekly sessions of board games with kids. In a family with kids raised on Catan and Pandemic, life is sure to be fun! You may run into me on Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and other social media as MamaGames. Be sure to say hi!
Kartoffelkrieg Kickstarter Preview Kartoffelkrieg Kickstarter Preview Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on April 09, 2018 Rating: 5

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