DAG Games has partnered with the Florida Day of the Dead Celebration to commemorate its upcoming 10th anniversary. This is our first Kickstarter, but we could not be more excited or honored to have this opportunity. The idea of this game has been brewing for a while. We first got interested in the theme when we started volunteering for the Florida Day of the Dead Celebration many years ago. Then, when the idea of a game company was discussed over (you guessed it) a game night, the idea of bringing Day of the Dead to life was immediately at the forefront of our discussions. What better way to honor our father, than by making our first game be a way to celebrate the loved ones who are no longer with us.
This game is a family style game for everyone. It uses classic game play with a few twists to keep the action moving and everyone engaged in the fun.
2-6 players are challenged to get their loved ones to the afterlife with the most offerings. Each player has 4 loved ones (pawns) in the grave (start) that must get safely to the afterlife (end). Along the way each player must collect offerings (tokens) to create the best ofrenda for their loved ones to enjoy the afterlife and return to their family each November 2nd, during the Day of the Dead.
Who goes first? The person closest to the grave of course. During game play a player picks up an action card and follows the prompts. These cards can help and hinder the journey. Actions affect the player who picked up the card or even every player during the game. Then, the dice are rolled to advance tokens along the board, unless one of those cards takes away your turn, or your tokens. Along the journey players will gain and lose tokens for their ofrenda.
Game play is 30-60 minutes depending on how many players. As soon as a player gets all their tokens to the afterlife the game ends and they earn a bonus token, but the player who has the most tokens is the one who wins the game!
Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead began as a 3,000 year old Aztec tradition that merged with Spanish Catholic’s “All Souls Day” to become an entirely new festive occasion. On this special day, it is believed that we, the living, can meet our departed ancestors face to face and celebrate our time together. Every November 2nd since 2010, Fort Lauderdale has been immersed in this traditional time of celebration and remembrance.
Memory for the dead. Party for the living.
Florida Day of the Dead Celebration Mission
Our mission is to produce a free South Florida signature event every November 2nd for all ages that maintains and respects the cultural essence of the Day of the Dead tradition, but also interjects a modern aesthetic as envisioned by regional artists. Additionally skeleton-themed workshops, exhibitions and events shall be created each September and October to make the community opportunity an 8 week series of events each year.
The Day of the Dead tradition is founded on a communal celebration of very personal perspectives on life and death. Through hands-on community events including workshops, interactive art, our Skeleton Processional, ofrendas and more, FLORIDA DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION provides opportunities for South Florida residents and visitors to work together to achieve common community goals. The festival brings together participants of all skill levels, ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds, and uses art as the tool to help develop community.
Visit www.dayofthedeadflorida.com for more information about the festival.
As we mentioned, DAG Games is a brand new company built to share our love of gaming by building games we love to play. Brother Matt and sister Amy partnered up to create DAG Games last year. Matt, an avid gamer, has been designing game mechanics since he was a teenager, and leads DAG Games' strategic planning and game play. Amy is a designer with years of experience in the commercial art world and leads the artistic and creative efforts of game development.
While we run the company, it has not been just the two of us. We both have a network of gamers and artists who have helped refine game play, artwork, and publishing strategies. And of course the Florida Day of the Dead community has continued to support the game development during this journey.
Visit www.daggamesllc.com to learn more about DAG Games, LLC.
Risks and challenges
This is our first time creating a Kickstarter and we are excited to take this journey with you. We have experience in publishing materials, just not a board game yet. However, we have done our research, talked to countless printers and manufacturers to bring the best quality to this venture. The artwork is finished, so as soon as the kickstarter is funded the files will be sent to the printers.
We do not foresee any delays, barring major health or acts of God. Our promise to you is to keep you informed to the status of the project throughout and deliver a fun family board game.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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