Rise of Tribes

Created by Breaking Games Team

Rise of Tribes
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5,906 backers pledged $386,887.00 on Kickstarter

Rise of Tribes is a 2-4 player board game. You are a prehistoric people, looking to grow in number, gather resources and lead your people to victory. Build villages, discover advancements and control territories to win! Design by Brad Brooks (Letter Tycoon), published by Breaking Games. Thanks to Kickstarter, this game is full of upgraded components, more art and epic bonus content. For a limited time, we're offering a reduced price on both standard and deluxe editions. We hope you enjoy Rise of Tribes!

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Latest Updates from Our Project:

Rise of Tribes enters the game convention, retail eras
20 days ago – Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 01:17:27 AM

In this update, Rise of Tribes ratings, rules translations, games at shows, stores and more! If you don't yet have your copy of Rise of Tribes, please reach out: hello AT breakinggames DOT com - we're solving any outstanding cases of stone age delivery systems!

pictures from backers! 

Rise of Tribes ratings RISING! 

A quick shout out to those of you who have rated the game on your review site of choice! We're currently sitting at rank #1,515 of all 100,000 games on the board game database to end all databases (Board Game or BGG) ! Our goal? Well, besides 15 points, it's to break further and further up this list. If you are enjoying Rise of Tribes (and we hope so), please consider giving it a rating. Here at: BGG (602 reviews!) and/or Amazon too (we have 2 reviews to build on) Retailers use ratings to determine which games to order, and of course user reviews help other consumers decide what to buy.

We've been thrilled with the interaction on the BGG site forums from all of you, let alone the fact that the rating has slowly been moving up steadily. One day, Brad announced we had passed Boggle at rank #2002, and I had a laugh. Clearly, our main goal, right? (before we drew a new goal, cycling with our village). Amused, I looked up some other games ranks, for comparison, thought I'd share. 

Letter Tycoon (#1841) Brad's last published game. He had to top himself.
Catan: The Dice Game (#5,492). Just checking.

Fellow Kickstarter games with awesome ratings:
Grimm Forest (#890) - Great production, rich lore and fun design, Druid City Games
Everdell (#763) Worker placement with a card engine twist, cool bits. Starling Games.
Manhattan Project: Energy Empire (#199)! Minion Games. So proud of Luke Laurie and Tom Jolly on this design. Coincidentally, Luke has designed one of our next Kickstarter projects to come, Dwellings of Eldervale. ;)

Games with Hexes:
Nexus Ops (#347). A cited area control inspiration for the game.
Catan (#288). We don't have sheep, but we will trade wood for oxen? 
Scythe (#7)! Awesome game from Stonemaier Games. As a fellow game with uneven turns, we can dream big right? ;)

Unboxing Contest - Round 2 Winners!

First, a picture with our first tray winner, Ryan Kinnaman, who met with us at Gen Con to get his prize and tell us that the game was going over well in his group. So excited to hear! 

Again, we are impressed by the number of videos and the creativity shown in all the entries for round 2. Thank you to all! We appreciate introducing this game to the world in video. Brad had another tough choice! He has selected a winner and two runner-ups:

Winner - Maxime Maurer
We had no idea that games unboxed themselves in this way. More of our games should do this - looking at you recent batch of Kickstarters received! Maxime found a great way to focus and explore the game components, set to music and fun to watch - clearly a ton of work to make too. Congrats Maxime, you've won a sabertooth dice tray!

Runner-Up - Patricio Garcia - "Best Inclusion of a 3 Year Old"
"Want any help?" "Nope!" This 3 Year old is ready to take charge of this game. She's a gamer at heart. She busted the deluxe and found nothing to punch out, but fortunately the main game was able to deliver. Nice video Patricio! And thank you Julie! Congrats, you've won a $10 gift card at the Breaking Games site!

Runner-Up - RLL/Report From a Fugitive - "Most Creative"
Brad tweeted out when he saw this, "A Blend of WOW and What did I just watch?" You have to see it to know just what we mean. Truly an inspiring take on an unboxing video! Congrats - you've won a $10 gift card at the Breaking Games site!

Rise of Tribes in stores everywhere!

Rise of Tribes is hitting stores now. Yes, AND the Deluxe Upgrade - thanks to you all! We have US distribution, and Australia, maybe more (Canada?). If you know someone who missed out, they should be able to find at your friendly local game store - or ask for it if they don't see it. A lot of stores can't stock every game, and waiting to hear what customers ask for. Stores ask distributors, who then listen and order! 

Demos! If you play games at your local store or cafe and would like to demo and teach it in that store, let me know. We can see about open demo copies, if supplies permit, future promos, etc. I know that this game is on the table, it will get played and enjoyed, so the more tabletops we can get it on, the better. Thank you.

Rise of Tribes Debut at Gen Con, PAX/Spiel next! 

Speaking of games on the table, Rise of Tribes debuted at Gen Con 2018, and was a big hit. All our ticketed events filled up, (hundreds of seats!), and we had 4 games going in the booth at all times, all 4 days. The Deluxe Upgrade sets sold out, and the standard edition near emptied its stock as well. We are thrilled! Brad was on hand to teach the game, along with some great help from Envoy volunteers, Greg Barry and Mike Walsh.

Having fun at Gen Con!

Spiel news! Thanks for all who have reached out about joining us at Essen. We are still looking at our staff needs, and will reply to you all, and welcome the help if it works out for both of us. Also at Essen - 2 notes - we will have a small number of Rise of Tribes rulebooks matching our digital PDFs in German, French, Spanish, Dutch and Italian, cost TBD, but we know some may want an official printed copy. Secondly, we are debuting a new tile laying game Trellis, (has some flavor of Tsuro and Carcassone in a light package)one we are excited to debut and which comes with German, French and Spanish in the box!

PAX Prime -  just days from now! At the top of the Skybridge! 
Essen Spiel - October - We're excited to meet our International backers! 
BGG.con - November. We might have a special BGG promo to talk about, stay tuned!
PAX Unplugged - December. A great end to the year!

Come say hello if you're at these conventions!

Foreign Language PDFs - Update!

We've finished the rulebook, leader, goal and event card translations for German, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch! Notice the little numbers in the corners of your cards? Those correspond to the PDF book for easy reference and look up of any card. If you requested one of these PDFs in the pledge manager, links should have been sent out to your email (except Dutch, clarifying one thing first). But feel free to reach out if you miss it.

We're close on Hungarian, Mandarin and Brazilian Portuguese. More info to come!

A special thanks to not only our translators, but also all of the backers who chimed in with notes to help us refine these documents! You are appreciated, and you've made the game accessible in more households!

Dananu Leader

Now it's time to take a peek at the last leader in our series covering the factions and corresponding leader powers in the game. By now, most of you know all of these, and have no doubt checked out each one. But feel free to shout out your favorite leader power in the comments!

AGRICULTURE - If you can get your tribe settled on a remote lake, you might be able to get a few villages before the other tribes worry too much about it. By then, your fish will be plentiful and the 15 points is within easy reach.

CUNNING - Opponents will often forget that at any turn, you can make conflict occur when you need it to. This gives the Dananu player an edge for goal cards, a nice contrast to the village building strategy on the flipside.

Dananu offers players an interesting contrast in play styles, and you get to choose AFTER the board is setup and in player order, offering you flexibility.

Well, I guess our work is mostly done here. I don't want to leave. I love all the interaction here on Kickstarter! Stay in touch, share your experience with the game! For those who haven't joined, we have a Rise of Tribes Facebook Group that is full of chat. Until next time, when I shall reveal some more info on sequels to the game, promos, solo mode?, new games featuring Sergio's art and more! 

Thank you!
Peter and the team at Breaking Games

Unboxing Tribes, Round 2
2 months ago – Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 11:40:07 PM


With Canada now receiving copies (huzzah!) and many other deliveries becoming real across the globe, we are now well on our way for phase 1 complete in our master plan to introduce Rise of Tribes to the world!

As we head into Gen Con 2018, many reviewers are coming to the booth, every single event we posted in Hall D is sold out, and we're jumping up the charts on BGG. What a thrill, and we thank you all for making this game a reality. We really hope you enjoy this game.

In this update: unboxing winners and new contest, volunteers needed for PDF proofs/Essen, important links reminder, leader cards - Kiror

Unboxing Contest - Round 1 Winner, and Round 2 Begins!

Before i announce the winner of this contest, we want to say how blown away we were by the number of videos and the creativity in all the fun entries. Thank you to all! Some folks were making Rise of Tribes their first unboxing video. One of our entries became the beginning of a youTube review channel! It was a tough choice for Brad, but he has selected a winner, and has two runner up prize winners as a bonus!

Winner - Ryan Kinnaman 
Great use of story with the tribe meeples doing the discovery, and this video shows off the standard and deluxe components well, plus fun music and opticals. Congrats Ryan, you've won a Rise of Tribes Sabertooth dice tray!

Runner-Up - Bob Rice "Best Use of Family"
Bob had his nieces open the game, and this really captures the exploration in an unboxing video, plus a post game summary! Congrats Bob, you've won a $10 gift card at Breaking Games site!

Runner-Up - Kyle and Katrina O'Brien "Best Use of Cat"
This unboxing video is delightful. Worth a watch for the interludes alone. Thanks to both of you for making this, and cheers on starting The Rolling Meeple on youTube! Congrats Kyle and Katrina - you've won a $10 gift card at Breaking Games site!

ROUND 2 Unboxing Contest - July 16 - Aug 1
But wait, there's more! We know some of you just got or are getting your game, or are still inspired to make a video for a chance to win a Sabertooth dice tray. Here's your chance! Once again we'll consult Brad Brooks on which unboxing video is the most fun. We'll choose just before Gen Con, which begins on August 2, so this is backers only! Thanks again to everyone for participating.

Volunteers Wanted - foreign PDF proofs/Essen

PDFs - We have the German, French and Spanish PDFs almost ready to post, and we're looking for a few eyes on them before posting/sending as final, if there is interest. We still feel confident that our translators have done a great job and will give them final say over nuances, but this is super helpful to catch any errors in translation or layout before we make these widespread. Email me - peter AT breakinggames DOT com

Spiel 18 - Next up, we are attending Essen/Spiel in 2018, which is a big trek for us and our team, so we cannot bring much staff. We are always in need of a little help, and as Rise of Tribes will be one of our main focuses - with a lot of International attention - I wanted to ask if anyone bilingual is attending (particularly speaking German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, etc) is up to volunteer with us? We would be happy to talk about a pass to the show, meals and games in return. There is a possibility that we will have a fully printed box in some of the languages mentioned above, and of course we would be happy to give one of those copies, as we seek to share Rise of Tribes produced in another language!

If interested, please contact me directly - peter AT breakinggames DOT com


Just a few of the key links we've shared as the game is releasing:

Customer Service if any issues
FAQ on BGG if any questions

Videos for finding all the hidden tray compartments:
Box Contents Video #1 - find all the stuff!
Box Contents Video #2 - store all the stuff!

Coming up soon - all about events - Brad is creating a doc about event cards, and we'll make videos as well, that go over the event cards in more detail.

A Look at Leader Cards - Kiror

So far, we've looked closely at the Mu'k'a'an, Daba, Kia-Kia, Tunga, Indartsu and Kaha tribes. Now, let's check out the Kiror faction. Leader powers are easy to mix into gameplay - just choose which side you want to be your power for the game.


EVASION - The best offense is a good defense. While this might be a rare power to use (only on defending, only into a controlled hex, only if that doesn't cause conflict), it can be used to great power. We've heard reports of tribes making seemingly great military positions for the stone age, truly using borders and position to advantage. Watch out! 

PATHFINDER - As you use tribal leader powers, note that you don't choose them until after the map is created, and in turn order. In this way, you can choose pathfinder when the time is just right. Move across the entire map to an opponent, or use this to get goals done quickly.

Both Kiror leader powers are great for board position!

Cheers to all, thank you and enjoy your games!
Peter and Breaking Games

Shipping Worldwide!!
2 months ago – Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 01:35:04 AM

Hi all,

July is the most amazing month ever. I thought it was last July, when we completed and funded this massive Kickstarter campaign. But no, THIS July - games are arriving, and that's the best!

Picture by backer George Parker

Seeing the pics and praise already from it hitting the tabletops has been so exciting! We are busy shipping, answering questions, resolving issues, posting FAQ, designing scenarios and more!


O Canada! Where did the copies go? Well, it took a bit of time to get these from dock to Snakes and Lattes in Toronto. But good news - these are being shipped by early next week at the latest, hopefully with tracking slips generated this week. 

Picture by backer Jill Heller


If you are wondering if your specific country is shipping soon, the answer is YES. Our UK shipment, which covers most of the copies ordered around the world, is shipping starting now, and expects to have all packages in the mail by Thursday. This is early, so we are thrilled! So just to reiterate, you may wonder... I live in _______, is my copy shipping??

France - yes
Croatia - yes
England - yes
Brazil/Russia - still no :(
All other countries not in the world cup anymore (sorry Belgium)- YES!


If your copy is not 100% to your satisfaction, of course we will fix and replace any missing or damaged items. Please fill out this form so we can track the issue and get you correct stuff ASAP.

NOTE: If you think you are missing either dice or an action board, please be sure to double check, as these items are sneaky and sometimes hiding from you. We've posted 2 videos on youtube explaining both what's in the box, and how to put it back!
Box Contents Video #1 - find all the stuff!
Box Contents Video #2 - store all the stuff!


We're around to answer any questions you might have - you can ask on Kickstarter, you can ask in our Facebook group, or you can check out the Official Rise of Tribes FAQ on BGG.

Thank you to Brad Brooks for maintaining it with the latest/greatest questions and thanks to all for engaging there. Also a shout out to Mike Vander Veen at Print and Play for jumping in and answering a ton of BGG questions and running our Breaking Games account on BGG!


With the imminent delivery of Rise of Tribes worldwide, we are working hard to complete the many digital language PDFs planned. I want to offer my sincerest thanks to those backers who have been working on these and Chris Strain on our team for helping get the finals finished.

Here's a brief status of each language, in the order I expect them to complete. Please bear with us if the delivery does not match day and date with receiving your copy. Know that we're going to finish these as planned, even as they take extra time and care.

German PDF - translations by Torsten Sammet. Translations complete, layout complete. Torsten to review final layout.
French PDF - translations by Julien Gerard. Translations complete, now in layout phase, then final review.
Spanish PDF - translations by Roberto Zaragoza Gascón and Astrid Dalmady. Translations complete, pending layout phase, final review.
Dutch PDF - translations by Wim Leenaerts - Translations complete, pending layout phase, final review.
Italian PDF - translations by Mirko. Translations complete, pending layout phase, final review.
Hungarian PDF - translations by Baratosi Botand. Translations complete, main rulebook complete, pending bonus layout, final review.
Mandarin PDF - translations by Wei-Chun Yang and Mike. Translations and layout in progress.
Brazilian Portuguese PDF - translations by Filipe Raitz. Translations complete, pending layout, final review.
Turkish PDF - translations by Cakir Alp. Translations pending completion and layout.

A Look at Leader Cards - Mu'k'a'an

So far, we've looked closely at the Daba, Kia-Kia, Tunga, Indartsu and Kaha tribes. Now, let's check out the Mu'k'a'an faction. Leader powers are easy to mix into gameplay - just choose which side you want to be your power for the game.


INTIMIDATE - The best offense is a good offense. Get out of my hex! This is a great ability to have flexibility over the achievement cards and also be able to keep up with the rest of the aggressive factions. 

SHARED BOUNTY - Let me in your hex! This is the fun opposite feeling to many of the isolation strategies. Yes, you'll have to convince the other tribes to leave your scout alone, but this fits with many of the achievement and development cards. Here you want to be with everyone, because every single gather then helps you. 

Both Mu'k'a'an leader powers feel great for a goal card strategy!


Don't forget our unboxing contest part 1, mentioned in the last update. We're still taking unboxing videos through July 15 and picking one lucky backer who shared to win a Sabertooth Dice Tray!

Picture by backer Bree Goldman. Team Sabertooth might be in trouble...


Peter and the team at Breaking Games

Rise of Tribes - Are we there yet??
3 months ago – Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 12:54:14 AM

We're about to be at the most exciting part of the Kickstarter - the moment when games arrive at tabletops all over the world. July is going to be a beautiful sight!

IN THIS UPDATE, the latest shipping, an unboxing contest, videos, community position, and more!

Latest Shipment News

The biggest news is for the US backers, as Blackbox reports that the warehouse handling these orders is ahead of schedule and expects to ship all US bound copies by the end of the week. WHAT? Yes, you may or may not have received a FedEx or other notification but either way  - shipments are coming! It's about to be very, very real. We're so thrilled!

Don't worry, if you're not in the US, your game is also coming as soon as possible. I am checking in with Blackbox regularly about the status. We'll keep you posted. The UK ship just arrived in port. If so, we're officially with landed inventory for all backers, and that is truly exciting.

Unboxing Contest - Win a Sabertooth Dice Tray!

As mentioned above, this is one of the best moments of the campaign. A finished product that you helped create and realize. We want to be there - in your home (well, not in a weird way) - when you open it! So we thought - what could we give back for sharing the unboxing moments? How about winning something? The most fun video(s) will be awarded one of our cool limited edition Sabertooth trays, made by the fine folks at Dogmight! We are sure there are both budding content creators out there, and people who missed out on this one-of-a-kind tray.


We'll host two rounds of prizes, one now and a second wave to give our backers around the world a fair shot (and you get to see all the videos previously made). Post anywhere and everywhere - just be sure to tell us - on youtube, on FB, share on the Rise BGG wall and we'll thumb you up! Brad will pick the first winner on July 15. Have fun! 

Rise of Tribes Tournaments and Videos

As the game hits tables, we're here to record some videos on how-to-play your first game, strategy tips, and more. Tell us anything you want to see!

This past weekend, we turned on cameras at Breaking Games West in Los Angeles, opened the first case of production copies and hosted the first ever Rise of Tribes tournament! The goal was to show the game, start our twitch channel as total newbs and explore how various tourney modes throughout July would play out.

While I have not ironed out the kinks and figured out how to produce entertaining or edited video yet, I have posted the raw tourney #1 finals footage on Breaking Games YouTube. I don't expect folks to watch that unless you're bored, but rather than delay until edited, I decided to post what I have and keep improving. If you'd like to follow along when we create some more polished video - subscribe to Breaking Games YouTube or find us on the Rise of Tribes Facebook.

Community Position

If you or anyone you know is both aspiring to be a bigger part of the boardgame community AND loves Rise of Tribes (as far as you know so far anyway), and is prepared to be the expert on all things Rise of Tribes, we are looking to hire some part time community support for this game. You'd have to be willing to talk on all the BGG forums, FB groups and such. Yes, talk about a game and get paid! Reach out to me - peter AT breakinggames DOT com, and I'm happy to talk about it further.

A Look at Leader Cards - Daba

So far, we've looked closely at the Kia-Kia, Tunga, Indartsu and Kaha tribes. Now, let's check out the Daba faction. Leader powers are easy to mix into gameplay - just choose which side you want to be your power for the game.


TRADER - over powered? only useful in some games? - you be the judge. If you choose this power, you can trade goods 2 for 1 at any time in the game (just not for sheep), which can be critical for a few of the events (Altar, Abandoned Village and others) as well as village building. 

CRAFTY BUILDERS - If you are ready to go village building hard core, this is the power to choose. This gives Daba a unique edge to get a village on turn 1, even without the third turn or fourth turn order resources - just add sun! Be prepared for village aggro if you go too fast with village points, but by then it might be too late for your foes!

Dice Tower Con!

To celebrate our July lucky dice roll, we've sent a copy to the fine Dice Tower folks. See if you can find it in the wild at this con! (or maybe even bring your copy to share because it's possible now!) If you see it on a table at the con, we want pics!

Peter and the Rise of Tribes team!

Rise of Tribes - early June update
4 months ago – Tue, Jun 05, 2018 at 12:54:00 AM


An important note on shipping addresses. As we are now approaching our next phase, we are looking to LOCK ALL SHIPPING ADDRESSES as of end of day, SUNDAY, JUNE 10. If you have any changes to your address, it must be done now. Thank you!

To check your address and pledge, please visit: using the email address you used on Kickstarter. 

If you have any issues at all, please contact me directly at peter AT breakinggames DOT com.


I have more info AND TRACKING on the boats, but I want to first stress something about timeline and estimates. We are sharing because we want to keep everyone included on the process, even as exact dates/timing may be fluid. Please understand that shipping dates are not 100% exact, there are a lot of steps to fulfillment, especially as we get to specific countries, then individual backer deliveries. 

The past couple weeks have been a rollercoaster of emotion as one minute, it looks like we'll be earlier than I thought, and the next, I find out how many more steps are involved in taking games out of a freight container, etc. I have variable estimates now that range from end of June/early July to end of July (on the most conservative timelines). It is hard to say for sure. The best I can do is to keep updating. We're here for every single backer and we will make sure everyone gets their games!

So let's talk boats. I know we are all eagerly awaiting the boats, and game arrivals. None more so than the designer, seen here with his club in hand at the shore:


While the invader meeple is in jest, this IS actually a picture of one of the first four boats carrying all backer copies of Rise of Tribes across the sea. A few backers have asked for tracking information, and we're happy to share that - links below. 

Keep in mind that while the product may arrive at port in early/mid June, it's just the beginning of your game's journey to your table. Still, an exciting step! 


The Cosco Belgium - headed to the Longbeach, CA USA

The Maren Maersk - headed to Felixtowe, UK (This one doesn't show final destination or timing yet in the tracking).

The OOCL Italy - headed to Sydney, Australia

The OOCL San Francisco - headed to Vancouver, Canada


A look at Leader Cards - Indartsu and Kaha

Previously, we looked closely at the Kia-Kia and the Tunga tribes. Now, let's check out the Indartsu and the Kaha tribes. Leader powers are easy to mix into gameplay - just choose which side you want to be your power for the game.


FARMING - This is a great way to get tribe members on the map, and keeps you viable even in games when you don't get pottery (bonus grow effect) or mild winter (more tribes). Two things to be careful about - you have to keep moving tribes OFF those village spaces to avoid internal conflict, and watch out for building too many villages too fast and becoming a target!

EXOGAMY - This is a flexible, but very expensive power, requiring 2 resources paid to your opponent. However, it's rarely something your opponents will see coming and can be used in clutch situations to get a goal achieved, especially majority or control based ones.



WAYFARERS - This is a very flexible power, often useful late game to stop someone's village that is too far away or help yourself get a land for a last minute majority/control. It's also often overlooked mid game and beyond from your opponents - just be sure to keep some wood around.

FOCUSED EFFORT - Almost everyone who plays Kaha picks Wayfarers (because it's cool sounding), but this flipside power can actually get you an edge on resource gaining without much notice, and plus it works with other strategies benefitting from tight big groups of your tribes.


Thank you all for reading, and for your patience with shipping and fulfillment. We're almost there. In our mid June - we'll talk about the foreign language versions of the rulebook and cards we've been working on.

Peter and the team at Breaking Games