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:

Hidden Leaders + Free Rollecate Goodie
3 months ago – Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 07:46:07 AM

Hi! Another quick update, in part an advertisement for our newest project (with a free Rollecate goodie at the end). Hope you'll forgive us for that. It so happens Gam'inBIZ is one of the publishing partners in the Hidden Leaders project by the 3 BFFs from Vienna Markus, Raphael and Andreas (BGG Games). The Kickstarter campaign for this lovely game full of heroes, bluff and intrigue, covered in a lovely sauce of extravagant Japanese artwork, will launch this afternoon.

Hidden Leaders is a quick to play card game for 2 to 6 (!) players, featuring over 80 unique cards illustrated by the talented Japanese artist Satoshi Matsuura. We were immediately impressed by both the style and gameplay of this game. It is a refreshing deduction game, with a pleasant light touch and full of geeky humor. This is definitely one of these 2021 projects people will be talking about for a long time.

In this game you play one of the 6 heirs of the deceased emperor of Oshra and you battle to become the new leader of the empire. However, nobody knows who plays who. And that's what makes this game so interesting. Every leader is loyal to 2 of the 4 factions in the empire (the Imperial Army, the Hill Tribes, the Water-people and the Undead). If one of the factions is victorious, so will be their leader. And so in this game you will have to try and make one of your two factions win, to win yourself. That results in a lovely game of bluff, intrigue and take that tactics.

And the wonderful thing about this game is that it was designed by 3 friends who've known each other since kindergarten. They are often found LARPing, that is, when they are not working on their many game ideas. Markus, Raphael and Andreas are not typical heroes, but to us they are symbols of what you can achieve through friendship and perseverance. Check it out on Kickstarter now.

And finally, as promised, a nice goodie to this update with. For all of you who have children, and for those who very much like the relaxing joy of coloring themselves, we made a black and white coloring page based on the Rollecate artwork. It's really quite lovely and available as a free download. All you need to do is print it and enjoy! Click here to download the (A4 size) coloring page.

Last chance to order + please vote!
5 months ago – Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 05:19:22 PM

Good morning. This is a quick email to remind you that the Pledge Manager for our latest Kickstarter campaign will close very soon. If you would still like to get a copy of the second edition of Rollecate or the  white metal miniature, be quick and go get your late pledge in here!

On a related note (and also involving quick action): Rollecate has been nominated for the 2021 Geek Madness Tournament. This is a prestigious tournament held every year by Board Game Geek. Even though it will of course be tough to beat big titles like Gloomhaven, it would be very cool for the game to actually be included in the long list. But for that, we need your help.

So, if you have 2 spare minutes today, please go to Board Game Geek and click the green thumb icon next to the Rollecate entry. As little as 40 thumbs would be enough for Rollecate to get included!

Click the green icon to support the nomination of Rollecate. We need only 40 thumbs!

And last but not least, we received some initial sketches of the new card designs for Rollecate: Stations. Most of the new cards in Rollecate will have a New Mexico desert style, with all sorts of new little stories going on on every card. And there will be various kinds of new railroad elements in there, like switches, signals and buffer stops, for instance! To be continued!

New Kickstarter for white metal Rollecate miniatures launches in a week
7 months ago – Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 05:24:10 PM

We have some awesome news! Next week, on Monday the 18th, we will launch a new Kickstarter campaign to fund a second batch of white metal Rollecate miniatures. The campaign is part of the #Make100 project, held yearly by Kickstarter. So we will only produce a limited number of miniatures. 

Optionally, you could also order the miniature together with a copy of the second edition of Rollecate.

If you are interested, go to the pre-launch page of the project and register to get notified.

Samples of the second edition have arrived. Check the video!
10 months ago – Thu, Oct 08, 2020 at 05:07:12 PM

Hi all! A short update, once more. This time to let you know (and show you!) that the second edition of Rollecate has come out of print. And we can wholeheartedly say it turned out beautifully! Well, just see for yourself:

If you would be interested to get a copy, use this link to register and get notified as soon as the new version is available! And if you're curious and would like to check out the new artwork and try the game: we've updated the sim on Tabletopia: so go and try it there!

New solo-mode and SPIEL.digital cards
12 months 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.