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Christmas deserves its own dedicated board game and this is it!

Fellow fans and pledgees we are now drawing our Kickstarter to an end, however do not worry! We have raised funds elsewhere and will be re-launching here once we have our physical stock of games with us in the U.K. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheRaceToHelpSanta/) to stay up to date in the meantime and we look forward to bringing you and your family the game for Christmas 2017!  

Please stay in touch and send us any questions or comments you may have.

We have one goal: to be a fun filled, Christmas board game for families and friends alike - a game that becomes an annual tradition. 

Not only will Christmas Eve, The Race to Help Santa appeal to families and children alike, but a variation of the rules will also allow for more adult versions of the game play. 

Christmas Eve, The Race to Help Santa is more than just a dice rolling game; it also includes mini games, challenges and card duelling, creating an intensive, fun and competitive Christmas experience that can be tailored to the age of the players.

The Game Concept   

Here is an introduction to some of the detail behind the game mechanics:

Objective of the Game

  • Reach Santa first, with a minimum of 4 presents that you've found, fought for or won on your journey to the North Pole 
  • Move around the board via the dice, player interactions and by completing game tasks 

Interactions with other players

  • You can work with other players to help you achieve your ultimate goal of reaching Santa and winning the game, or
  • Use the mini games or your card deck to try to sabotage other players and take their presents 
  • Winners earn their Christmas wish, which they declare at the start of the game (the rule book has good themed examples of what these could be!)

Interactions with the board and mini-quests

As well as the classic board game and board game spaces you could expect, Christmas Eve, The Race to Help Santa goes further to include strategy, fighting, collaboration and challenges. We promise that you will love it! Some of the mini games include:

  • Card Battling: where playing cards you have collected can be used to fight with other players with the goal of stealing presents. 
  • Avalanche: where you can roll a giant snowball in an attempt to knock down a player's piece - allowing you to take their presents. 
  • High-Low Bridges: where you must correctly guess the next card to be turned.
  • The Dark Cave: close your eyes and try to get through the cave with your presents.
  • Present Throwing: throw your presents to the catcher piece on the mini-game, each catch gets one of your presents across the frozen lake.
  • Snowman Sleigh Ride: roll a ball to knock down at least 3 snowmen to make it to the bottom and continue with the game.
  • Interactive Player Challenges: move away from standard board game etiquette and complete a Christmas themed challenge to enter the North Pole.

The game, its goal, challenges and quests exist to put you and your fellow players in the spirit of Christmas whilst providing a fun and rewarding gaming experience. 

The Fund Raising 

It may feel a bit too soon for Christmas for some, but the time has come to look for external support in order to have the game produced. We have been developing the game for the last 2 years and have self-funded a significant amount of progress, including graphic design, the website, social media, market research and early prototypes. Now we are entering the final phase: the production run ordering from our manufacturers. The fund raising goal will provide some of the capital needed for both the first run and shipment of the finished product, ready for sale for Christmas 2017! We would love your support on this project and will provide regular updates here and on our social media sites - please follow us @TheRaceToHelpSanta on social media and also join our mailing list at www.ChristmasEveTheBoardGame.com

Some insights to the game graphics and design are included below.  

See some more sneak peeks below

 

One of the mini games, involving the Game play section of the board (not shown here!)
One of the mini games, involving the Game play section of the board (not shown here!)

 

Selected Artwork development
Selected Artwork development

 

Art concept for reverse of the playing cards used in duelling
Art concept for reverse of the playing cards used in duelling

 

We hope you enjoyed the insight, please be one of our early supporters and also owners of the first edition of Christmas Eve, The Race to Help Santa now. 

Risks and challenges

Ok, I may have gone slightly over the top in this section, but after many years of experience in project management I tend to like detailing key risks.

From Concept to Reality: The risk that the project fails to move from a nice idea to a product sold and played in houses around the world. In reality this risk is now greatly reduced; the majority of the work, planning and production has already been completed, we are now in the final stages; raising funds for the first production run. The project means everything to me, and the support team working on it, we want and need to see a game dedicated to Christmas and the fun of the holiday season out there in the market and being played.

Project Management: The risk that the project fails due to inadequate management of deliverables and tasks. Christmas Eve, The Race to Help Santa has a fully detailed and in-depth "concept to production" plan that has proven itself to-date in getting us this far. My personal background is in large scale project management and these skills are being used here to bring the game to market. Rest assured the remainder of the plan for sale, production and marketing is established and focused upon on a daily basis.

Marketing and participation: This is the risk the game fails to raise a sufficient level of excitement in the market place after launch, meaning that the game fails in its goal to become a Christmas tradition for families and friends alike. This risk is evident, it will not affect your funding or reward; however it is something we continue to focus on, requiring dedication to tools like marketing, branding and social media. The legacy of the game is my personal key driver – a game dedicated to Christmas.

Copyright and Copycat Risk: For those familiar, the art work & similar items obtain general right protection on sharing in the public domain. We have added further protection via application for trademarks. The overall risk is minimal to the project and certainly does not affect first run productions.

Timescales for production: There is a risk that production finalisation, including sign-off, health and safety and shipping pushes the game's production beyond Christmas 2017. We are already well ahead of our production plan and the game is set for release 1st of December 2017.

Capital and funding: This is the key risk and requirement now for the project. Whilst we have self-funded the costs to-date, which have been substantial, funding is now required to help support the first print run of the product, which will be a minimum of 1000 units (the economics of manufacture make this the smallest size you should start with). We will be utilising Kickstarter, friends and family to help support this fund raise. The project is fully funded in all other aspects, including distribution and marketing.

Production Risk: This is the final key current risk; the need to receive a final, safety reviewed and beautiful product from our manufacturers. Thankfully the process is relatively robust, from initial discussions and estimate of costs, through to a finished "signed off" prototype which then goes in to the first production run. We have shortlisted four potential manufacturers (all of whom support the many games we see here on Kickstarter and elsewhere in the community) and have a favourite in mind. We are well progressed with the manufacturer in the production plan and are ready to produce the first full prototype - stay tuned!

Logistical Risk: A trusted logistics partner will be required to distribute the board game. Thankfully distribution, even globally is a relatively simple (albeit expensive!) prospect and we have logistic companies reviewed and short-listed for when the time comes in our production plan.

We trust that this helps understand some of the key risks that the team are working with through the project. Rest assured that Christmas Eve,The Race to Help Santa is coming, and that we're already significantly progressed and invested - just take a look at what we've already achieved here and on our social media. The final stages now look to the Kickstarter fans, to help us get the production run fully funded.

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