Game On” is a series in which we examine the companies, creators, and games in crowdfunding. We look at the journey, ideas, and concepts the creators wanted to bring to market with their product.

Kolossal Games is no newcomer to Kickstarter, successfully funding every game they’ve released. Their passion for tabletop games brings families and friends together for a memorable game night. Their landmark games include Wester Legends and Mezo. They believe gameplay matters and is always looking to add to its list of unique games and grow its community. They value complex gameplay that is accessible to everyone. Their games stand out with their presentation, bold design, and approachable rules. Their first attempt at releasing Papillon on Kickstarter was suspended by Kickstarter and after working with Kickstarter they planned and executed this successful relaunch.

Papillon launched on Kickstarter in May 2019 and surpassed its funding goal by 350%. All stretch goals were met which built the Beyond the Meadow Expansion. Other stretch goals included postcard-sized art prints, a new card module, new tiles, and an upgraded punch board thickness. By the end of the campaign, over two thousand backers pledged $116,639 to see this game come to life.

Papillon turns players into gardeners and their table into a butterfly garden. Players must plan their butterfly garden by deciding what to plant, and where. Their caterpillars turn into butterflies and the gardeners must balance the size and number of flower beds in hopes of producing the most nectar by the end of the game.

Papillon is a tile drafting, area majority board game. It is easy to learn but can become a highly strategic game. The game features 3D components that bring the game to life on the table. Players first prepare the garden with new flower tiles and Gnomes. Each player then takes a turn to bid on a number of caterpillars for their drafting position. Next, players draft entire rows or columns of garden tiles. As the game progresses, each player grows their own garden by adding tiles and attracting butterflies. Points are scored as butterflies are attracted to flowers and the winner is the player that has the majority on the highest scoring flowers.

For more information about this game, Kolossal Games, and their Kickstarter campaign, check out the links and details below.

Game Information:
Number of player: 2-4 players
Suggested Play Time: 30-45 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
Butterfly clips
Stand up flowers
Flower tiles
Game board
Score pad
Gardner meeples
Rule book

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: May 2019
Ship Date: October 2019