Kickstarter Corner – Compositions

Kickstarter Corner is a weekly feature that spotlights a different tabletop Kickstarter currently in effect.

This week, our spotlight is on Compositions by Side Hustle Studio. This is their first game and first Kickstarter campaign, but it looks promising.

Designed by Tom Groom, Tracie Thompson and Jamie Morgan, Industrial Design students from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Compositions is a fast-paced abstract tile-laying game that tests the players knowledge of colour theory.

The game starts with a choice of 2 random starter tiles from the 5 that are included with the game. These are placed in the middle of the playing area. Then, the rest of the tiles are divided up amongst the players. The tiles are then placed according to one of three colour modes: analagous, complimentary, and triadic. Based on a six-colour system, these colour modes determine which tiles can be placed against other ones using colour theory. This gets more challenging as colour modes can be changed throughout the game when a tile with a colour mode symbol is played. The object is to be the first player to place all your tiles. Other rules come into effect as well which enable players to give some of their tiles to opponents, including not following the current colour mode or placing a tile in a difficult spot.

Overall, this game looks rather engaging as well as educational and I would definitely be interested in trying it out. The theme is simple enough to appeal to different age groups. My only complaint about this project is that the stretch goal of having reference cards is so high. I believe in a game like this, especially when learning, reference cards are key to a players understanding of the rules and as such, should have been included in the base game. As well, it appears the physical game rewards are only shipping to the United States, which may hinder the project’s success.

As of this writing, the project has reached US$451 of it’s US$3500 goal, has 17 backers, and 29 days to go. We will see if the goal will be reached.

Until next time, remember to play fair and have fun!

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