Monster Moos! A Tactical Board game for Gamers with kids!
We created this game because we are gamers with children. Looking around we find very limited options when it comes to good tactical board games that parents and their kids can play together, and be on equal footing. The name and theme were actually inspired by our son Octavian. The first animal sound he ever learned was that dinosaurs roar, and so as far as he is concerned every animal sound should be a roar. We were driving past a farm and he began frantically pointing at the cows in the field moo-roaring as loud as he could and we absolutely cracked up and responded that yes those were some monster moos he was making. That led to a discussion about monsters who were cows and that became the final piece of the puzzle we had been trying to solve for months.
Monster Moos! is designed to be accessible to adults and kids and quick to play. The game supports for 2-6 players, ages 6+ and is meant to last from 30-60 minutes with minimal set up time. Monster Moos! was developed to help bridge the gap between adult hobby games and kid's games, but Monster Moos! is a fun game for everyone no matter your board game experience level.
In Monster Moos! players take on the role of inter-dimensional cowboys riding the range in a limbo plane called "The Field". The Field is populated by monstrous cows (called Moos) that have escaped from their home dimensions. Your goal is to try to wrangle as many Dragon Moos, Ghost Moos, Cyborg Moos, and/or Zombie Moos as you can before the other cowboys. You can go for quantity and get a larger herd, 25 Moos to be precise, or quality, and get a pedigree 15 Moo herd of all the same type of Moo.
All the art shown below is beta art!
Our goal with Monster Moos!
As we said our goal was to create a family friendly fun party game and our out-of-house testing indicates we have succeeded. What we need now is funding to take our game from the prototype to a full-scale ready-to-hit-the-shelves product. Our artist has worked hard to interpret our childish scrawls into masterpieces of design! As the kickstarter continues we will slowly release teasers of the final art in the released game.
Now with a little help from you this awesome game will go from our table to yours by August 2013.
Shipping to the US and Canada included. INTERNATIONAL BACKERS PLEASE ADD $20 TO YOUR PLEDGE: Any pledge $75 and above gets international shipping FREE!
Anyone is free to pledge however much money they want for any reward within their pledge range or no reward at all if they just want to back us. However, we have some awesome rewards planned and have visuals below.
You can add an additional copy of the game to any tier for $25 and a t-shirt for just $15.
Here's a visual of the reward tiers!
At the end of the campaign we will make a video showing the development of Monster Moos! if it's successful. We will thank every backer in the credits of this video.
Here's the beta art and descriptions of the promo cards!
Here's the wooden box available in the Desperado tiers, and all tiers above. Made by a local craftsman out of poplar. One of these lovelies could be yours! This box can hold all the components for Monster Moos as well as be a visual centerpiece for your love of board games.
Shipping: $1500 (A 20 foot container costs approximately $5000 but we will be doing a partial load in an existing container.)
Artist Fees: $750
Promotional Materials: $500
Initial Production Run: $10,500
First off, we vetted numerous production companies, and because we aren't able to make the trips to the production facilities it was very important for us to be able to get a company to oversee quality control. We're getting the game at a great price from them, but they have a minimum requirement in how many we have to order. Tooling is required to set up the machines to produce our game, testing is the cost to ensure the manufactured product is safe and follows the required laws for retail here in America, and production is the cost of the actual units at their minimum quantity.
In addition to production, there is also the shipping from the factories to our warehouse which is relatively expensive as well. There are also Kickstarter and Amazon fees. Our company goal is to keep the cost of games down and to reward those who support us. The game will retail for $30, but all Kickstarter backers will get it for $25 which is going to include shipping of course to the US and Canada. (INTERNATIONAL BACKERS PLEASE ADD $20 TO YOUR PLEDGE FOR SHIPPING: Any pledge $75 and above gets international shipping FREE!)
Better art! We'll hire a graphic designer to improve the quality and appearance of the cards!
We will make a complete documentary video of everything it took to make Monster Moos, all of the companies we contacted, all of the bumps we ran into, all the advice we received along the way, and tips for other people interested in this process. This video will only be available to backers.
We've unlocked a higher manufacturing tier and are able to produce more copies of the game! THANK YOU! This makes it cheaper for us AND you! For all tiers Drifter! ($25) and above we will be sending you a $5 with your order.
We will have custom made Moo figurines! These will be an add-on to your current order and we'll have the Dragon Moo, Zombie Moo, Ghost Moo, and Cyborg Moo cast in a 3" tall statue.
$45,000 - MOOPLE INVASION
The chipboard tokens will be replaced with plastic Monster Moo Mooples.
We'll put out an IOS app for Monster Moos, allowing you to play the game right from your Apple device!
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We predict little problem with the game going live. We have already secured a production company and have quotes in hand. (Although if things fall through with them, somehow, we have two others lined up.) We vetted many producers before finally settling on ours.
With that said it is possible for there to be delays in the form of weather delays with shipping, quality check delays, and product testing. However the production company has given us a timeline of around 3 months for production so even with delays we should still have product in hand by August 1. We have conservatively put our estimated delivery date at that time to account for any possible delays. Our plan is to get rewards out far sooner than this. The official release date is during GenCon Aug 15, 2013-Aug 18, 2013, but backers will receive their rewards before it goes on sale.
I will not lie, shipping rewards to numerous backers can be a daunting task, but we are preparing for that by checking with local shipping companies for bulk rates and large pickup, and are enlisting the help of our local community and family members (free labor powered by guilt and delicious baked goods) to help us ensure that all rewards will go out.
The only other issue may be with supply of the Custom Wooden Collectors board. They are being produced by a local craftsman and hand carved but we will stay in contact with all backers at that level and fulfill the reward as quickly as we can get them made and still ensure the quality of the product. These will start being made immediately upon completion of the Kickstarter, so they should also all be ready by the time the game is ready to go out.
A similar issue may arise with the stretch goal Moo figurines, but as those are being mass produced from a custom sculpt and the producer has assured us that an August deadline is perfectly achievable, we are not overly concerned about this.
Any delays will result in updates being sent to all effected backers immediately.
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Thank You!: THANK YOU for your support! Name in the credits of the video! (Nothing profane, racist, homophobic, etc. you get the point)Estimated delivery:
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Little Buckaroo: Above + Digital Art Book and recognition on the Monster Moos company webpage in (roughly) size 10 font.Estimated delivery:
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Drifter: Above + THE GAMEEstimated delivery:
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Rustler: Above + Kickstarter Exclusive MOO! print and recognition font size is increased to (roughly)14!Estimated delivery:
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Cow Prodder: Above + one of the Kickstarter promo cards (your choice)Estimated delivery:
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Cow Pincher: Above but two of the kickstarter promo cards (your choice)Estimated delivery:
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Cow Puncher: Above but ALL FOUR kickstarter promo cardsEstimated delivery:
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Wrangler: 2 copies of the game, the Digital Art Book, and mention in the video credits! Plus recognition on the Monster Moos webpage in font size (roughly) 18.Estimated delivery:
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Rancher: Everything from the Wrangler package + the Kickstarter Exclusive MOO! Print AND a special thank you with your name in both the rule book & the digital art bookEstimated delivery:
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Cattle Baron: Everything from the Rancher package + AND 2 sets of all 4 promo cards. Plus recognition on the Monster Moos webpage in font size (roughly) 22!Estimated delivery:
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Outiftter: Everything from the Cattle Baron package + Kickstarter Exclusive T-ShirtEstimated delivery:
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Tycoon: Everything from the Outfitter package + we sign them! Signed Board Game, Signed t-shirt, Signed prints! (We won't sign the promo cards unless you request us to). Plus recognition on the Monster Moos webpage in font size (roughly) 26!Estimated delivery:
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Desperado: A beautiful Wooden board box! + 1 copy of the game! And recognition on the Monster Moos webpage in font size (roughly) 30!Estimated delivery:
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Dandy: The Hipster Special! (You liked it before it was cool!) Similar to our beta version, you will get copies of the hand made beta game! Copies of the Hand Made Cards, a hand-made wooden board, colored tokens with stick-cows stickers on them, and dice with stickers! You’re just too hip for anything mass produced! (But you can add $25 to your pledge for all the additional benefits from the Cow Puncher Tier including the manufactured game!)Estimated delivery:
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2 backers Limited (13 left of 15)
True Gentleman (or Gentlelady): You get your own version of the Beta Monster Moos! Actual Hand Drawn cards (drawn by the creators, not our awesome artist), board, tokens, and dice! The creators of the game will handmake everything for you. You’ll also get a wooden board, a copy of the manufactured game, the kickstarter t-shirt, all 4 promo cards, and both prints signed by the artist. Plus recognition on the Monster Moos webpage in font size (roughly) 34! We’ll give you a special thank you in the rulebook separately and you will have our eternal gratitude.Estimated delivery:
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0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
Mysterious Stranger: Everything from the True Gentleman Tier, plus you or someone you love get to be immortalized forever as an Interdimensional Wrangler! Send us a picture and our artist will model one of the cowboys after you! You'll also get permanent recognition on the Monster Moos website in font size (roughly) 38!)Estimated delivery:
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Patron Saint: We love you! You get everything from all the other tiers (except the Mysterious Stranger tier) and we’ll buy you a 4-Day Pass to GenCon, take you out to dinner, and you can hang out in the booth with us! (Travel and accommodation arrangements are still on you since prices fluctuate so wildly and are dependent on where you're coming from). We’ll put your picture and/or name on our banner and in the rulebook as a producer of the game! Recognition on the Monster Moos website in font size 42 and you will be recognized as Always Awesome on the DND Designs webpage!Estimated delivery:
- (45 days)