Train2Game News Students smash Kickstarter target


Ten days into Kickstarter campaign Train2Game Students successfully clear target with over £5,000 of additional investment

Ben Cooper and Rich Clark have smashed their target for card game Beardy Vikings on crowd funding platform Kickstarter. The pair operating under the name Rounded Squarish have so far raised £7,855 of their original £2,000 target and are only ten days into their month long campaign.

Ruddy Vikings is a simple, fun, 2-4 player strategic card game in which players try and destroy each other’s hands using cunning strategies and epic Vikings. It usually takes between 5-30 minutes to play, depending on the number of players.

Ben Cooper, Rounded Squarish: “I came up with the idea of Ruddy Vikings, developing the core aspects and theme of the game in a hotel room in Milton Keynes! The game was then developed further by myself and Rich Clark. The artwork has been created by both myself and Rich Clark.”

“There were several games that inspired Ruddy Vikings. Although mechanically very different, games like Zombie dice shone out and appealed to the simplistic fun that we are so keen to promote. ”

“We felt that Vikings were an incredibly fun and varied race in which people could relate to. We also felt that our art style would fit Vikings perfectly. We love beards and this only helped make the choice of Vikings even easier. You can’t not have bearded Vikings!”

“Rounded Squarish was founded by myself and Rich Clark in 2011 whilst training with Train2Game. Our aim was to create small games that were incredibly fun and to try and infuse our humour into each title.”

“Studying with T2G gave me a core knowledge of how to go about creating great artwork for games. It also gave me the opportunity to work with other passionate, like minded individuals and enabled me to grow as an artist and designer.”

“I feel that other students would love this game and that supporting this combination of industries may unleash ideas from others. This community, from our experience, lives on the support of other creative minds. That is how we all progress and discover new opportunities.”

“The public, like others in the games industry, are becoming more and more aware of games and not just mobile, video games. Supporting this game and others like it allows for new games and more fun to be developed!”

“The long term plan for the card game is to enter the retail market. We plan to stock the game in shops around the country and, with luck, the world. We also plan to continue to expand the game further with different races. Rounded Squarish are continuing work on our first mobile game Print Jam, which should be out in a couple of months!”

“It is incredibly rewarding to see people getting behind the project and letting us know what they love and don’t love. That is how Ruddy Vikings is growing and I only hope that that never stops! The most amazing thing is knowing that people want this game to be created and we couldn’t be prouder.”

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