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  Creative Supergroup Behind Megahits †MINIT , † Broforce †and † SLUDGE LIFE †Joins Forces with iam8bit on Quick & Furious Tabletop Card Game † Dustbiters †- Available to Preorder on Kickstarter Now
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08/02/2021
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press.]
Aug 2, 2021 - (The Desert) - Acclaimed game developers Robbie Fraser (BroforceGORN, Genital Jousting), Jan Willem Nijman (Disc RoomMINIT, Nuclear Throne), and Terri Vellmann (SLUDGE LIFEDisc Room, High Hell) in partnership with creative production wizards at iam8bit today reveal Dustbiters, a quick and furious card game about rival car gangs outrunning a giant dust storm. Mischievous motorheads can swerve through an overview of the game, catch a special message from Double Fine Founder Tim Schafer, and preemptively boost into Dustbiters’ axel-busting fray by visiting its just-launched Kickstarter campaign: www.dustbiters.com.

 
Dustbiters is a two-player showdown that’s light on rules, but deep in strategy, allowing infinite ways to creatively slip out of tough situations or destroy an opponent - or both! There’s no math, dice or tokens to keep track of; every maneuver and act of sabotage unfolds through Dustbiters’ hand-drawn deck of 21 different cars, bikes, and horses.
 
Drivers leverage abilities and effects unique to each ride, both to foil their rival and keep clear from a deadly storm wiping out the convoy’s trailing member at the end of every turn. Balancing cautious, defensive maneuvers with reckless, risk-taking destruction is the fuel feeding Dustbiters’ engine.
 
Competitors eager to rule the tabletop badlands can box in a copy of the game by supporting the Kickstarter campaign for as little as €22 before shipping (or ~$26, with final pricing depending on the currency exchange rate at the end of the campaign). Additional bonuses are available through community-focused stretch goals and a range of individually priced tiers. Heck, five lucky backers can even get themselves a custom card based on their very own car.
 
“We’ve been tuning up Dustbiters over the last five years to avoid a mechanically complicated setup without closing off strategic lanes, and the wide range of options players have throughout any given match is super exciting,” said Jan Willem Nijman. “We’re eager to see what new devious schemes emerge within the caravan as more people join in.”
 
"Dustbiters has all the hallmarks of a great card game: fantastic art, easy-to-learn gameplay that is endlessly replayable, with surprisingly deep strategy and a killer premise," say iam8bit co-owners Amanda White and Jon M. Gibson. "We're thrilled to be part of this project, and we're certain that fans of the upcoming apocalypse will love it, too."
 
Drivers eager to throw down in Dustbiters’ charismatic dystopia can catch the latest updates on the game’s Kickstarter page, as well as by tailing @squidcor, @jwaaaap, @terrivellmann, and @iam8bit from a respectable distance through the wilds of Twitter.

 
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About iam8bit
Founded in 2005, iam8bit is a creative production emporium that has quietly redefined the entertainment industry, time and time again. Collaborating with a plethora of partners and narrative-busting IPs, iam8bit punctuates the importance of engaging with fans directly. By creating the videogame industry's very first community events, the company injected the idea of experiential immersion into game and film marketing (back when it was simply known as "theatre"). iam8bit also played a crucial role in the vinyl renaissance, minting its first record in 2010, and is the industry leader in premium physical editions of top-tier games. In 2020, iam8bit evolved into financing and publishing games, soup-to-nuts, with several yet-to-be-announced PC, console and tabletop games on the horizon. The company is based in Los Angeles and co-owned by Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White. Visit iam8bit.com and follow iam8bit on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.