Startup Fever (2012)

Average Rating: 5.62/10
Board Game Rank: 9389
Abstract Game Rank: 670
Thematic Rank: 690
Strategy Game Rank: 1335
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2012
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2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
(Not best with any number)
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
14 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Startup Fever
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Startup Fever PnP
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In Startup Fever, the players are company founders in Silicon Valley and manage money and employees. Hiring Nerds (engineers) creates better products, which attract more users, who in turn generate money. Hiring Suits (Sales) generates more money, which can be used to hire more nerds. At the end of every year the best products steals users from the other products during showdown. Employees initially are very eager to stay with a company, but over time are more likely to move to competing companies, unless they get further (monetary) incentives.

Each player starts with 2-4 products (depending on how many players there are) and four event cards. The game is played over several years. Every year each product gets one turn, i.e. every player gets to play 2-4 times per year. Players adopts users, based on the number of engineers and a die roll. Then they earn revenue, based on the number of users and the number of suits. Third, the player can use money to hire more employees. Soon, no more new hires are available, and players must steal (or "poach") employees from other players. The other players try to spend their money to prevent "poaching" from happening. During the product show down at year's end users shift towards products that invested wisely. Outside the regular turn order, event cards can be played by any player at any time, both to further their own objectives as well as to hinder other players.

To win, a players needs to obtain the largest number of users. Players need a good mix of nerds and suits, and make smart decisions throughout the game. The constant back and forth over limited resources (employees) is different from many other resource based games and adds a lot of fun. The winning strategy depends to a large extend on guessing/reacting to other player's strategy.

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Startup Fever features the art of Gary Simpson.

Startup Fever was funded on Kickstarter in Summer 2011. Kickstarter backers received copies out of an airlifted batch of games. General availability is January 2012.

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Publisher: Meetpoint LLC
Artist: Gary Simpson
Year: 2012
Product Code: 850402003013
Size: 10.50 x 10.50 x 3.00 inches
3.00 pounds
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Release Date: Jan 2012
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1 Traducción de las cartas de evento
Para poder jugar con gente que no sabe/domina inglés. ;)
Spanish
2015-01-29
0 Italian Rules (page 6 only) for Startup Fever
Page 6 only of the Italian Rules - which are in English in the main file. http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/74220/italian-rules-for-startup-fever Translation by Alessandro Seren Rosso Latest updates and more translation available here: http://www.startupfever.com/rules Rules FAQ is here: http://www.startupfever.com/rulesfaq
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2011-12-26
2 Italian Rules for Startup Fever
Translation by Alessandro Seren Rosso This is a word file that contains all pages. For unresolved technical reasons, I cannot make a pdf out of it. Latest updates and more translation available here: http://www.startupfever.com/rules Rules FAQ is here: http://www.startupfever.com/rulesfaq
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2011-12-26
3 Chinese (Traditional) Rules for Startup Fever
Translation by James Cheng Latest updates and more translation available here: http://www.startupfever.com/rules Rules FAQ is here: http://www.startupfever.com/rulesfaq
Chinese
2011-12-26
1 Dutch Rules for Startup Fever
Translation by Ben Verhaevert, Ellen D'Hondt Latest updates and more translation available here: http://www.startupfever.com/rules Rules FAQ is here: http://www.startupfever.com/rulesfaq
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2011-12-26
2 German Rules for Startup Fever
Updated translation by Benjamin Schönheiter based on first translation by David Schachtler. Latest updates and more translation available here: http://www.startupfever.com/rules
German
2011-12-26
5 Venture Capital Extension Rules (English)
These are the rules for the Venture Capital Extension. This Extension was only available to Kickstarter backers and came with 6 lawyers, 24 share cards and 8 extra event cards. If you have the base game but not the Extension, you can use these rules with any 6 meeples as lawyers, and 24 small objects as shares and skip the extra event cards. The English rules for the published games, as well as translation available here: http://www.startupfever.com/rules
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2011-10-01
7 Rules for Startup Fever (Beta Edition) (English)
Rules for Startup Fever Beta Edition. The Beta Edition was only available to Kickstarter backers. The English rules for the published games, as well as translation available here: http://www.startupfever.com/rules
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2011-04-09
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Board Game Rank: 9389
Abstract Game Rank: 670
Thematic Rank: 690
Strategy Game Rank: 1335
Num Ratings: 78
Average Rating: 5.62
Standard Deviation: 2.04
Num Views: 22217
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.7
Fans: 9
Personal Comments: 44
Users Owning: 163
Users Wanting: 2
Users Trading: 20 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
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Total Plays: 78
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