Gear & Piston Board Game

A project in Boston, MA by LudiCreations

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A 30-60 minute game about the early years of automotive design for 2 to 6 players.
Backers: 706
Average Pledge Per Backer: $46

Funded: $32,188 of $12,000
Dates: Apr 19th -> May 20th (32 days)
Project By: LudiCreations
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Latest News

12 hours to go!

May 20th - via:
Wow, just wow. We not only got to the $27,000 stretch goal, we demolished it, and we are way beyond what we hoped for in the beginning of this campaign. So, as time is quickly running out, we wanted to remind everyone that this is the last time to... (Read More)

Final Stretch

May 15th - via:
With 500 backers and nearly $22,000 raised, we are very happy to have been able to run this campaign, meet all sorts of gamers, and in fact, improve the game. The suggestions of many of you have been invaluable, and this seems to have been a game... (Read More)

Food Fights, Automobiles, and The Princess Bride

May 15th - via:
Alright, folks...we've scoured the crowdfunding web and selected several of the most notable casual games. There's quite a bit of variety this month, so enjoy! (Read More)


May 13th - via:
So, as we get ready for the final week and the surge that typically happens in Kickstarter projects, we thought that we might try to get some more board game geeks to join us. The idea is to save you some money, while increasing our total funds... (Read More)

Patron & Visionary Update

May 10th - via:
Just a quick update on combining "Patron & Visionary" and the "custom tile" pledges. Jonathan, who is certainly more visionary than us, rightly noticed: hi, if i wanted to pledge for the "Assistant Engineer" AND the "Patron & Visionary", then... (Read More)

Heating up...

May 9th - via:
Great job everyone! We have now surpassed $18,000 raised, and we are now racing down the final stretch. The chassis is holding up, Volatility seems low, and it seems like we still have most of our wheels. In all, we are happy to have you as the... (Read More)

How to sell a used car...

May 8th - via:
... game. Well, it's not used. Antique, more like. Ahem hmm, let's just say that it has character. Greetings Gearheads! As we race down the final stretch, it's time to show the game off to those that might want this game for beyond the game itself.... (Read More)

Gears of Steel

May 7th - via:
As we now have more than 400 backers and $17,000 raised, the Overheated stretch goal looms near. This is already beyond our expectations, so thank you all for your faith in the game. It is now time to talk about the $22,000 stretch goal. If we reach... (Read More)


May 5th - via:
$16,000! Thank you everybody! We now have enough funds to print the mini-expansion, and to give it to everyone that has backed! Please, go ahead and thumb this picture on BGG, so that we get more visibility for Gear & Piston, and to get us closer... (Read More)

Rahdo Runs (Drives?) Through ►►► Gear & Piston

May 2nd - via:
Through all this crazy-busy time, we managed to ship out a prototype to Richard, to give even more people the opportunity to find out about the game and see it through his lens, in his signature style. It would be good to know that Richard will also... (Read More)


April 29th - via:
Good things come to those who wait. And as you have been quite patient with waiting for more information about the stretch rewards, we are now able to reward you with some fantastic art by Mateusz Bielski. The first stretch goal at $16,000 (almost... (Read More)

Extra! Extra!

April 28th - via:
Yup, that's 2 x "Extra!" - one each for the two new add-on extras we are adding today. We are still waiting for the stretch goal mini-expansion graphics from our artist, so please hold on tight. Nobody expects the Finnish inquisition! (Well, not for... (Read More)


April 26th - via:
While we wait for the illustrator to give us the stretch goal graphics, let's see if can get more visibility for the game and the campaign. To do that, we created a few avatars to show off the game. Below you should find something that would work for... (Read More)


April 25th - via:
Well, the title says it all. A big THANK YOU from Jukka and from LudiCreations to everyone that backed this game on KS, everyone that thumbed on BGG, and everyone that played on BGA. It's such a rush to create something that others love, and we hope... (Read More)


April 25th - via:
Greetings, esteemed backers! We can now announce that Gear & Piston's MSRP will be at least $50 / €40. Given the economics of the board game publishing business, we do not expect wide distribution. Whatever special arrangement we make with a... (Read More)

Bugs on Board Game Arena

April 21st - via:
Greetings Gearheads and Pistonheads! Thanks for everyone's participation and support so far! It is really encouraging to see our goal coming closer by the hour, and being so close, so quickly allows us to more confidently plan promos, and freebies.... (Read More)

Video review by UndeadViking

April 20th - via:
... in which the web's finest scandinavian-american purveyor of audiovisual reviews of quality board games takes on building an automobile. Keep in mind that  some rules are slightly off, and are clarified in the comments of the BGG page for the... (Read More)

Poster (corrected link)

April 19th - via:
There was a mistake in the link posted before. Please forgive the frequent updates, we will try to tone it down. Correct link:  (Read More)


April 19th - via:
Here you will be able to see a the poster in a larger format. It will most likely be delivered separately from the games, so it may reach you before Essen 2013. (please visit & thumb) What we... (Read More)


April 19th - via:
No, a more original title for the first update could not be found. Thank you so much to those first few backers that got in before we even had time to post. Just... thank you. We will be here, answering questions, posting extras and explaining... (Read More)

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