Rental Rumble

Created by Late Fee Games

Indie board game celebrating video rental stores and movies from the 80s and 90s. Be the first to rent, watch, and return 3 VHS movies before your opponents. Watch out for late fees and always be kind and rewind. Comes in a retro VHS box! 📼

Latest Updates from Our Project:

New card layout and color scheme!
about 1 month ago – Sun, Nov 01, 2020 at 10:53:33 PM

Hope y'all had a happy and safe Halloween!

We're juuuust about finished with all the cards and I wanted to share a first-look at our final card design including new front & back layouts AND our new Cyan, Magenta, & White color scheme that you will see throughout the packaging & game components. I included the back design (left), an example of a card without the text just for reference (middle), and a final card with all elements included (right). Did you notice I chose a couple of spooky cards for Halloween :)

If we count BOTH "Base" and "Expansion" cards, we have a total of 64 cards featuring 34 different drawings. Josh had a blast making these, but it was EXTREMELY difficult for us to narrow down our choices. We hope you like all the movie references and inspirations that made the cut. 

Stay tuned as we will be sharing montage images of all the "Base Cards" (26 drawings) and our "Expansion Cards" (8 drawings) very soon. 

And as always, we appreciate all your patience as we drive this puppy home. I promise the final game will be so very cool and worth the wait.

*Here's a little sneek peek at a few cards we haven't shared yet inspired by Pulp Fiction, Ghostbusters, and Top Gun. Stay tuned for more soon...

-Jason & Josh

First Look: 3D Player Pieces, VHS Tokens, and Late Fee Tokens!
2 months ago – Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 03:24:29 PM

Hey Rental Rumblers!

Phew, having a kid is a lot of work! Thanks for your patience as always as BOTH Josh and I navigate first-time daddyville. Thought it was time for an update. Let's dive in....err maybe check the waters and make sure you can't hear the JAWS theme first. Duh dunt. Duh dunt...

As you know, together we reached ALL of the stretch goals during the campaign. Woo-hoo! We upgraded the player pieces from classic meeples to 3D sculpted pieces. We upgraded the chit board VHS pieces into 3D sculpted pieces. And we upgraded the chit board Late Fee Tokens to 3D sculpted pieces. Well, we have our first look at the designs so you can get an idea of the direction. As a bonus, there is a first-look at the 3D VHS Return Box as well.

**NOTE** These are rough concepts of what the final sculpts will look like. They will change a bit as we add color, add text, and tweak a few things here and there. But it's safe to say they will look pretty close to this sculpt-wise. We don't have the final dimensions just yet.

We hope you like how these are going so far as we feel they are pretty rad. And definitely a lot cooler than the basic meeples we had planned on.

I'll keep y'all posted as we make more progress. I assure you, we are going as fast as we can considering both Josh and I have kids just a few months old, this is our first game ever, we have full-time jobs, and all the COVID business. We hope everyone reading this is safe and healthy, and we truly can't wait to get Rental Rumble in your hands soon :)

One last thing, we only have 2-3 more cards to finish before they are ALL complete. Yes, even the 1999 Expansion Cards! We will share an update soon sharing all of those with you. I'll leave you with a sneak peek at our card inspired by the movie JAWS!

-Jason & Josh

Baby's Day Out...literally. And some new card art!
4 months ago – Sun, Aug 16, 2020 at 08:31:40 PM

Oh boy... I mean for real, it's a boy! I'd like to introduce Desmond Wolf Furie to all you rental rumblers out there! Also know as the reason for the update delay! As always, we really appreciate you patience. Between BOTH Josh and I having babies this year, the pandemic, and the overall state of things, it's been a wild ride. But rest easy knowing Rental Rumble is coming along smoothly.

Here are a few things we've completed:

  • Almost ALL of the main 56 action cards are complete and we will be rolling out an update soon to reveal all of the movie references we are including along w/ the border design and back-side design.
  • Our 8 Expansion card references are all chosen (2 voted in by our backers!) and Josh is hard at work creating those art assets. Almost done :)
  • We've chosen and paid our manufacturing partner for the game creation. This is a bit of a process we are learning (first-time game designers here) but it's moving along smoothly. Soon we will share images of what we are working on including: Player pieces, VHS tokens, Late Fee Tokens, and the optional VHS Return Box piece.
  • We are laying out the final designs for our player cards, box art, game board, and rule book. Of course we will share images as we get them in.
  • Tweaking the game board and rule book designs a little to include more retro goodness and classic movie references. I'm 100% confident this game is going to far exceed your expectations. 

To tide you over until the next update, here are 3 new pieces of card art inspired by E.T., Home Alone, and Happy Gilmore. 

Hopefully Josh and I will be throwing some more updates at ya soon, but until then, I need some sleep! So very excited to get the final game in your hands as soon as possible. 

Until next time...

The votes are in and we've chosen our final 1999 Expansion Pack References!
5 months ago – Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 01:02:43 AM

Hey Rental Rumble backers!

Last week, we let our backers vote for TWO movies from 1999 to make it into the final version of our 1999 Expansion pass. Special thanks to all the backers that cast their votes! The results are in and we have our winners:


These two iconic films from 1999 will now inspire TWO cards in our 1999 Expansion pass! Keep in mind, the votes were ONLY from movies that released in 1999 from a list of 20. And we didn't let folks vote for STAR WARS EPISODE 1 or THE MATRIX because we had already developed those cards inspired by those iconic films.  

We started with a list of 40, yes 40, movies we would totally reference. We then narrowed that list down to 20 and let backers vote for their top 2 choices.

Here's the rundown of the backer vote for those curious:

  • (24) Office Space
  • (23) Galaxy Quest
  • (19) Fight Club
  • (14) Austin Powers
  • (11) American Pie
  • (9) The Iron Giant
  • (8) The Blair Witch Project
  • (6) Mystery Men
  • (6) Sleepy Hollow
  • (5) 10 Things I Hate About You
  • (3) The Green Mile
  • (3) The Mummy
  • (3) The Sixth Sense
  • (2) Being John Malkovich
  • (2) Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • (2) Wild Wild West
  • (1) America Beauty
  • (1) Eyes Wide Shut
  • (0) Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  • (0) Three Kings

Ok, so there is NO WAY to please everyone here as we only have EIGHT 1999 cards. So we thought allowing our backers to pick 2 was a cool way to get y'all involved in our decision-making process. The remaining card choices were a balance of our (Jason & Josh) preferences, cultural impact and popularity at the time, genre balance, and basically references we think will make cool card art. 

So without further ado, here are the final EIGHT 1999 Expansion Pack card inspirations:

  • OFFICE SPACE (Backer Choice)
  • GALAXY QUEST (Backer Choice)

This was a tough choice, but ultimately it is an amazing lineup that we are proud of. We will share final card art as it develops so stay tuned! We have a lot of fun updates coming soon.

Now let's head to the comments section and discuss, please be nice, haha :) 

Jason & Josh

Backer Only Poll: 1999 Expansion Card Art!
5 months ago – Sat, Jul 04, 2020 at 10:46:23 PM

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