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Epicure GamesBy Epicure Games
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Epicure GamesBy Epicure Games
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$721
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backers
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, September 6 2010 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Cholent? What's That?

Cholent is a delicious, piping-hot stew eaten by Jewish people all over the world, typically on the Sabbath. The tradition has produced thousands of unique cholent recipes, many of them going back generations.

An Overview of The Game

"Cholent, The Game!" was designed with one simple principle in mind: Jewish games can be fun. It's an original, Jewish card game, and there's nothing else like it on the market.

"Cholent, The Game!" is a card game designed for 2-5 players, ages 8 and up. Players are dealt a secret recipe card, and whoever completes their recipe first wins the game.

Players secretly try to outbid their opponents in order to get the ingredients they need. They do this by using Gelt cards, which is the game's currency. Bids can be modified by Chevra cards, such as the Rebbe, the Bubby, the Prophet, etc. A good player will make strategic use of both his Gelt cards and Chevra cards to win the game.

The Game, and its Designers

"Cholent, the Game!" is a collaborative effort by Benjy Kaplan, Chaim Kivelevitz, and Kenny Rosenberg. The three of us are avid game players.

One Shabbos, Chaim was sitting at Benjy's apartment, and Benjy said: We should create a card game. Chaim looked over at the cholent pot on the counter and said, "how about cholent?" The idea was born.

Later, someone told Kenny about it.

We've been designing the game since 2009. We went through many versions of the game. Our first version was deeply strategic, but not much fun. The next version was less strategic, and still not fun. It took hours and hours (and hours) of play-testing to finally hit on our wining formula--a super fun game with enough strategy to keep everyone interested.

Do We Really Need Another Jewish Game?

Instead, consider this: ARE there any Jewish games on the market?

Jewish games, it seems, are all clones of existing games. Either they take a classic game like Go Fish, change the theme, and call it "Mitzvah Fish" or some such thing. Or they inject Jewish themes into an existing game and we end up with something like "Risk--The Jewish Version." These types of games aren't original and aren't fun.

That's where "Cholent, the Game!" comes in. It's an original game that's designed from the ground-up to be FUN. It's designed for families to play together, and it's strategic enough to play, again and again.

Publishing

There are two ways to get a game on the market. You can either sell the idea to an existing publisher, or you can self-publish.

We chose to self-publish. This is risky and expensive, but allows more creative control over the game. As such, we created a company called Epicure Games in order to publish Cholent. We hope that Cholent will be the first of many original games from Epicure Games.

As a new company, we have very limited funds. Still, we're committed to publishing "Cholent, the Game!" this year, and we're already in talks with a number of printers. This is where you and Kickstarter can help. The funds you pledge will go directly towards offsetting the printing costs of our initial run.

Rewards

We've put together a great set of rewards for our backers. Most of the rewards include a pre-order, which means you'll get the game as soon as it's published. Backers will also receive exclusive Cholent content that's not available to anyone else. This includes Cholent T-Shirts, extra cards, and even a behind-the-scenes look at the artwork of the game.

You've tried the food. Now play the game. Spread the word! Tell your friends and family on facebook, twitter, at synagogue, or anywhere else you find it socially appropriate. With your help, Cholent, the Game! will be in stores everywhere late 2010.

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    Pledge $9 or more About $9

    You'll receive exclusive cholent recipes that come inside every "Cholent, The Game!" box. They're really yummy. All backers also receive access to the "Backers Only" updates here on Kickstarter, as well as a Certificate of Thanks from the creators.

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    In addition to the yummy recipes from the $9 level, you also receive an exclusive "Cholent, The Game!" T-shirt to show off to friends and family. Shipping included.

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    Not only will you be getting the game and the T-shirt, but you'll also receive an EXCLUSIVE Chevra card to use in the game. This card is available to backers only. Shipping included.

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    Pledge $108 or more About $108

    In addition to everything else, you also receive an art book with behind-the-scenes sketches of the art in Cholent. See ingredients that didn't make the cut! See Chevra cards that were left out! See vendors who were too scary to be included! It's a great way to see how the design of "Cholent, the Game!" evolved over time. Shipping included.

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    Not only will you get the shirt, the cards, the game and the sketchbook, but you'll also receive credit in the game's instructions as a producer. In addition, your copy of the game will be signed by the creators! Shipping is, of course, included.

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Funding period

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