Bugruckus – the biggest little game about bugs you've never heard of. 

 

inception

Q3 2017

elements

Tabletop game

status

Ongoing (Learn to play)

 

Overview

BugRuckus is the first tabletop game I've designed using my iPad. All of the illustrations, icons, and process of creating the cards occurred on my tablet. It was an entirely new way to work for me and I'm really pleased with the results.

Bugruckus is a quick game with some subtle complexities. Players collect and match pairs of bugs. Then, when all of the bugs have been gathered, players pit their strongest bugs against each other in an effort to secure more matches. During this "ruckus" phase, other cards can be played too which leads to additional ways to score points.

People who enjoy casual games that are light on rules and always play a bit differently each time should give this game a look. 2–4 players can participate and games last about 20–30 minutes.

 
 

The Land of Cricketsong

 
 

Bugruckus is set within the very buggy land of Cricketsong. It's a region of quaint villages, interesting landscapes, and secrets too. The people who live here are very friendly. Most spend their days cooking, baking, and brewing all sorts of fantastic creations.

Cricketsong sees many visitors each year, most of which arrive by boat from far off lands. They come in search of tasty delicacies and handmade wares. But there's something very special about Cricketsong. Something a little strange.

All sorts of different bugs roam the Cricketsong region. Some bugs are bitey, others are shy. Some crawl around, others fly. People travel from miles around to study, collect, and compare the bugs they find. Bug watching is really relaxing. Well, at least until a ruckus breaks out.

 
 

Regions of Cricketsong

 

Beetleton

As a boy, Barnaby Barkbiter was the first to witness such a ruckus. One day, after catching quite a haul of bugs on the outskirts of town, Barnaby noticed some of his bugs battling it out. As it happens, many bugs like to get scrappy, using their abilities and instincts to see who's strongest.

Using these little skirmishes as inspiration Barnaby created a card game called Bugruckus, which is now big fun in Beetleton. Players catch bugs, match em’, then face off against other bugs in a challenge of speed, toughness, and smarts. Protect your bugs though! There are some creatures in the game looking to eat them.

 

Barkbiter Ranch

Ol' Barnaby is well known around Beetleton for his love of bugs. As a kid, he spent days with his friends camping and wandering the countryside near town in search of bugs he'd never seen before. Turns out, there's always new bugs to see around Beetleton.

Now, Barnaby is all grown up and lives with his sweetheart Barbi on a ranch near Beetleton. Visitors to Barkbiter Ranch can tour a gargantuan bug garden packed with hundreds of types of bugs. Hey, don't try to harm or steal those bugs though! Unless you wanna make Barbi mad. You don't want that!

Barkbiter Ranch is a great place to visit if you love bugs. It's also filled with fun bug-themed carnival rides, tasty foods of all sorts, and famous drinks, like butterbrick stout. Plan your visit today. And don't forget to sign up for the annual Bugruckus Tournament!

 

Doom Bug Destruction

While the Barkbiters believe bugs are our friends, Rufus Doom doesn't really think so. In fact, if you hate bugs, you'll love this guy. Most times, you'll find him and his sons kicking around their fortified bunker near Lavafly River. 

Rufus is a self-made entrepreneur. His company – Doom Bug Destruction – is the darkest little enterprise in Cricketsong. For a fair price, which is usually not-so-fair, a Doom employee will arrive at your home and eradicate every bug you can and cannot see. Hopefully you have no emotional attachments to any of the bugs in your home. Cause they'll be gone. Guaranteed.

Fortunately, most people avoid Rufus. They think he's a little nuts. And they would be mostly right. In his spare time Mr. Doom enjoys glaring at people who love bugs, glaring at bugs, and dreaming up new ways to destroy bugs. He also enjoys bugblood tea, which is not really the blood of bugs. It's just plain tea. But that's what he calls it.

 

Bugruckus Swarms

 

Pink & Green

Bugruckus sets are released in swarms. Each swarm has completely different bugs to collect.

There are 70 cards in our first swarm – Pink & Green. Because Bugruckus is about matching bug types to score points, some cards in the set are duplicates. However, while pairs of bugs may be the same, their levels differ, making some bugs more valuable to collect during the game than others.

Here's a listing of cards in Bugruckus – Pink & Green:

(I'll populate this once all of the bugs in the first set are printed.)

#1 – dddd
#2 – dddd
#3 – dddd
#4 – dddd
#5 – dddd
#6 – dddd
#7 – dddd
#8 – dddd
#9 – dddd
#10 – dddd
#11 – dddd
#12 – dddd
#13 – dddd
#14 – dddd
#15 – dddd
#16 – dddd
#17 – dddd
#18 – dddd
#19 – dddd
#20 – dddd
#21 – dddd
#22 – dddd
#23 – dddd
#24 – dddd
#25 – dddd
#26 – dddd
#27 – dddd
#28 – dddd
#29 – dddd
#30 – dddd
#31 – dddd
#32 – dddd
#33 – dddd
#34 – dddd
#35 – dddd
#36 – dddd
#37 – dddd
#38 – dddd
#39 – dddd
#40 – dddd
#41 – dddd
#42 – dddd
#43 – dddd
#44 – dddd
#45 – dddd
#46 – dddd
#47 – dddd
#48 – dddd
#49 – dddd
#50 – dddd
#51 – dddd
#52 – dddd
#53 – dddd
#54 – dddd
#55 – dddd
#56 – dddd
#57 – dddd
#58 – dddd
#59 – dddd
#60 – dddd
#61 – dddd
#62 – dddd
#63 – dddd
#64 – dddd
#65 – dddd
#66 – dddd
#67 – dddd
#68 – dddd
#69 – dddd
#70 – dddd

 

Orange & Blue

Bugruckus – Orange & Blue is already in the works! Expect new bugs to collect, along with more ways to score points. Oh, and different swarms can be mixed for even more epic games. :D

Happy bug collecting!