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Tim Fowers is a game designer who created Now Boarding. He is from Utah and has his own website to Fowers Games where he sells his games. The first game that he ever made was a 3D chess game in middle school. He enjoyed the process of designing and making the board in shop class. In 2005 he was a programmer and entered a game contest with a co worker. He enjoyed this experience so much that he started making video games full time. Along the way he started making board games as well that were influenced by the video games. He has published multiple games with Burgle Bros, Fugitive, Paperback, Unabridged, Hardback, and Paperback being his most popular. He is known for making both digital games and board games.

Tim created and released his game Now Boarding on the 24th of August 2017. His game had a smooth takeoff and was fully funded within the first 24 hours. He offered a free gift for backers right away for those who had helped him reach that first hurdle. Tim was able to raise $142,837 for the funding of his game. And has had a lot of success from his Kickstarter Projects. All of his games are released on Kickstarter and then sold directly from his website. Fowers says that “(Kickstarter) is a magic bullet for board games. It gives you advertising, market testing, a community, funds to print and beta testing.”

The storyline of Now Boarding is that Airways Airlines needs your help. New Passengers are flooding in and it’s up to you to get them to their destination. The airlines have to shuttle them to their destination before they get too angry and complain or the airline will be shut down. Players will plan and make sure that the customers get to their destination on time. Each player has their unique route that they must take to get to their destination. Passengers will have to be handed off between players so that they can make their routes on time. As players deliver passengers, they earn money that is used to upgrade their planes and can allow them to carry more passengers at one time.

While playing Now Boarding you will make complex and logistical decisions in a matter of seconds. It is an intense cooperative game where players pick up and deliver. Tension will build as more and more passengers arrive. Every player is able to contribute in this game and all of them must carry their own weight. Strategy must be used in order to accomplish the objectives of the game. To find out more about Now Boarding or to see their Kickstarter campaign please visit the links below.

Game Information:
Suggested Players: 2-5
Suggested Play Time: 30-60 minutes
Suggested Age:10+

Included in the box:
72 Passenger cards
5 plane tokens
5 Chitboard Plane Payer Cards
30 Upgrade Tiles
6 Weather tokens
16 weather cards
30 Anger Cubes with/stickers
15 and 30 second timers
Double sided board
Instruction booklet

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: August 24, 2017
Ship Date: April 4, 2018
Website: Fowers Games