Rollecate: a fast track-laying game

Created by Michiel de Wit

Easy to learn and fast to play card game, combining push-your-luck with tactics, set building and a beautiful white metal locomotive.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

New solo-mode and SPIEL.digital cards
about 1 month ago – Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 07:26:19 AM

In the last update we already talked about the new solo-mode. We are currently working with 4 publishers to get the second edition of Rollecate published. Right now, it looks like we may be able to include the rules for the new solo-mode in this new edition. The new solo-mode is fun and offers a different kind of solo-experience than the existing one. 

If you'd like to try the new solo-mode, these are the rules (your feedback is welcome):

Solo play with virtual opponent

In this solo variant you will play Rollecate against a virtual opponent. Let’s call her Betsy. Setup a game like you normally would for a 2 player game. You will play by the regular rules. For Betsy, some of the rules will be different.

For starters, Betsy won’t get dealt any cards. Whenever it’s her turn, she will draw a card, which you will of course get to see. If she drew a Chaos card, she will put it on her discard pile. Track cards she will always try to build. If it’s not possible to build the track card according to the rules, she will pass. The card she just drew will be put in the box if Betsy has to pass.

After building a track, Betsy won’t roll the dice. Instead, she will always move Rollecate number of steps indicated by the card she just built. If the train derails, she will always take exactly one penalty card. 

Whenever Betsy receives a penalty card, she will always put it on her discard pile directly. So she won’t wait until the end of her turn. When discarding, Betsy always combines cards when possible.

The final score for Betsy is determine by counting the number of cards on her discard pile (and not by summarizing their points).

SPIEL.digital Collectible Playing Cards

Also, we would like to announce that we will launch a new Kickstarter campaign tomorrow: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michieldewit/spieldigital-collectible-playing-cards. In co-operation with SPIEL we will be making a playing card deck containing 54 games that will be launched on SPIEL.digital this year. It will be a great keep-sake, but may also help you to get some inspiration and navigate the vast number of new games launched this year.

This Kickstarter will be entirely pro-bono, as our main aim is to help (smaller) publishers and authors reach their audience, now that there would be a physical event to showcase their products. So if you'd like to help out, consider getting a deck or even adopting a card and promote your favorite new SPIEL title.

The campaign will launch tomorrow afternoon, 1pm CEST.

2nd edition and new solo-mode (beta)
about 2 months ago – Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 12:53:50 PM

Over a year ago the first edition of Rollecate was launched. Right now, all copies of that edition have been sold. We have been working with a number of publishers to launch a new, second edition of Rollecate. The game will go to print shortly, and we hope it will be available in stores from October onward. But in these times, none of that is quite certain, of course.

We worked really hard to improve the artwork and rulebook of Rollecate. It is still the same lovely game, but in this second edition, all cards have now been designed by hand by the same illustrator that did the box design for the first edition. The result is really beautiful (and still compatible with the old cards)! Also, this second edition will include a larger wooden train: it has been hand printed with a design that looks really cool, we think!

A preview of what the second edition will look like

If you'd like to get notified of the exact release date of the second edition and be one of the first to get hold of this edition, please register here: forms.gle/zaNggPcRrt5uSh5i7.

New solo-mode

Apart from the second edition designs, we have also taken a look at the solo mode. We have designed a new solo mode. Right now, the 'old' solo mode will still be included in the rulebook for the 2nd edition. But with your help and feedback, we could maybe also include these new rules. We believe they are fun and are a nice new way to play Rollecate alone. Check out the details here and please leave your feedback!

Ulaya Chronicles just launched, with white metal dinosaur miniatures from our caster
5 months ago – Tue, May 05, 2020 at 10:09:40 AM

About 20 minutes ago the Kickstarter campaign for the Ulaya Chronicles: Cooperative Wargame launched. If you liked out white metal Rollecate miniature, you really must check this project out. It contains loads of white metal dinosaur minis from the very same metal caster. These miniatures are of a rare quality. Also, the game is really good. Check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1559814207/ulaya-chronicles-cooperative-wargame

Some of the many white metal Dinosaur miniatures

GeekAwards
5 months ago – Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 12:38:01 AM

For those of you on BoardGameGeek, the yearly Golden GeekAwards are probably a known phenomenon. Using a highly intelligent and fair system, the international board game community selects the game of the year in various categories. And this year, Rollecate is competing as well.

The first step of the GeekAwards is the nominations. Every member of BGG can nominate his or her favorite games. And you probably can see where this update is heading: I would like to ask you to consider nominating Rollecate, too. Nominations are open until tomorrow, though...

If you would like to nominate Rollecate, the process is easy. You go to boardgamegeek.com/geekawards/boardgame, find Rollecate in the list (hint: start typing the first few letters to jump to the right place in the list). Once you've clicked it, you can select the categories for which you'd like to nominate Rollecate. That's all. It is all saved automatically.

Nominating games for the GeekAwards is really simple

Thank you very much for considering. Stay safe!

Breaking! Rollecate can now be played online on Tabletopia
6 months ago – Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 11:10:19 PM

A short update but one that we feel is really worth it. We just got word from Tabletopia that they decided to publish Rollecate in their catalog of online board games. That means that from now on you can play our lovely little train game with your friends, even if being physically present at the same table is not possible. We really liked playing Rollecate online and experienced the game in a totally new way. We hope you will enjoy it, too. Go ahead and try it, it's free. Stay safe! 

You can find Rollecate in the games catalog on Tabletopia (or just click the image)