There’s a fire raging in the forest and only 4 fire towers and their rangers lie between the inferno and the forest that lies beyond.
Unfortunately, these people must not like each other much.
You see, Runaway Parade’s Fire Tower isn’t a game about cooperative firefighting. It’s a game about saving your own hide and making sure everyone else burns. Each turn players will spread the fire in the wind’s current direction, play cards to either help spread the fire, change the wind direction, put out flames getting closer to their tower, or place fire blockers to stop the spread of the flames near their tower. Players also need to contend with the occasional Fire Storm which causes the flames to rage out of control and spread even farther than they normally would. Thankfully each player has an emergency bucket of water to use in a last-ditch effort to save their tower.
I’ve had the chance to play Fire Tower at various conventions, as well as at home with my kids thanks to a generously provided prototype. It’s super easy to learn and play, even for kids. While simple, it’s a game of building tension and raging excitement as the fire grows and spreads to engulf the board in over 130 large, plastic Fire Gems. It’s certainly a game that the entire family can enjoy. A minimum pledge requirement of $39 gets you game if funded, as well as the print-and-play files. The giant plastic Fire Gems are included in that base pledge. They’re not a deluxe upgrade.
Of course, if deluxe upgrades are your thing, you can add an additional $10 to your pledge to get 4 hand-made wooden buckets with copper handles to your copy of Fire Tower. These are made by Sam, co-designer of the game, and are limited to only 100 sets.
Fire Tower hits Kickstarter today. Time to set the world on fire!
A prototype copy of Fire Tower was provided free for review by Runaway Parade.
Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn’s Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.