A story of survival set in a harsh environment.
Each character has a different role to play...and those roles can be switched.
The Cocori are peaceful forest dwellers, quick on their feet and delicious to birds and beasts.
The beast lurks only in shadow, waiting for its next meal.
The bird does what ever it wants.
Yager is a handcrafted tabletop game. Each piece is carved out of wood, and the modular game-board is laser engraved maple.
(The bird is folded paper...it's not fun to throw wooden birds during game play.)
This is a game of chance and staying on your toes. It's not so much about winning as it is about surviving. Play time can be anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.
You can play as the cocori, the beast, a bird, or even the environment.
The game includes:
- 3 maple 'cocori' pieces
- 1 walnut 'beast' piece
- 6 lazer cut wooden 'light shields' (made of laser engraved maple)
- 8 piece modular game board (laser engraved maple)
- a paper bird
- 4 sided die
- 8 sided die
- 'environment' die
- official rules of the game accompanied by illustrations by me
The cocori are crafted out of maple.
The beast is cut from walnut.
The boards are laser etched maple.
The rules are simple.
As the Cocori, your objective is to survive and eventually trap the beast. As the beast, your only purpose is to eat and keep moving.
Roles can change, you may start out as the beast and end up the prey.
The bird is a chance event. You can play with two players or up to five.
The game modes change depending on how many players are around.
A two player game is a showdown between beast and cocori.
If someone curious happens to walk by they can be included as the game's environment...and maybe as the bird.
Outside elements are welcome to Yager. If the table shakes and piece falls off you can choose to keep that piece out of the game.
Why should you be interested?
Yager works not only as a fun game but also a material rich object that can be proudly displayed in your home.
It's time to bring this project out into the world. It's been through countless iterations and hours of work , and I can finally say that it's ready to go out. There is a story to tell through Yager and the game is only the beginning... seriously these guys are too cute not to make more for the fun of it, and I can't stop drawing them everywhere.
With your help more people will be able to enjoy the fun and 'terror' that is yager.
This timeline is a realistic estimate of how long it may take to get everything ready to ship by mid October at the latest~
There are other really big happenings this year as I work on this campaign including: senior design thesis, upcoming graduation, possibly moving, internships and my wedding! The timeline I've set for myself is meant to keep things from spiraling into overwhelming amounts of work. My goal is to be done much earlier in the summer and start shipping in late July.
Special thanks for helping and being great to :
The 2016 EPD class and Craighton Berman, Jeff Beaudette,the CSRC UIC dwellers [for their willingness to play the early iterations of the game and be photographed doing so (shown here: Alex, Jason and Lubo )] And to Dennis and Kevin for helping with photography and filming. (Both here and on the blog. )
Risks and challenges
I'm producing this mostly on my own with some help from classmates and friends so there's a chance of it taking a little longer to make than anticipated. The more pieces I make the better I get at it and the faster I can work! I'm working on this project as part of a class so not only is it a personal endeavor I want to take on, but there's a class full of people to keep me motivated to get this done, also you. The backers. I want to get this game into your hands as soon as physically possible.
There's always set backs when working with outsourcing pieces this could be true with the dice.
The 'scenario' dice are not your average game dice so there may be sourcing troubles when getting them 3D printed and cast.
I'm a student currently working on my design thesis and building a portfolio. This is going to take time to make, so the biggest set back is going to be how fast I can work and get everything together. I will keep this project updated constantly! I'm also updating my tumblr for the project with insights on the production of the pieces.
I am determined to get this game made and have the cocori spread throughout the country .
Should any problems arise, I will keep you guys updated and work through it as best I can.
This project was launched as a requirement for my Entrepreneurial Product Design class at the University of Illinois at Chicago. You can see all of the other campaigns at
By backing this project, you are both pledging to pre-order a designed object AND supporting a student who is learning entrepreneurship through launching. Thanks for the support!
- (29 days)