Ski the Mountain is simple to learn, fun to play and can be enjoyed by families and experienced gamers alike. An exciting game that will give you a ski fix without leaving your sofa. It is a highly competitive card game for up to 4 players, perfect for après ski. Players collect runs attempting to be the first to ski various combinations or visit mountain restaurants. Watch out though there are lots of obstacles and distractions that can heed or hinder your progress. The game contains over 100 cards of 7 different type, with photographic illustrations of skiing and mountains.
The aim of the game is to maximize the points scored by collecting ski runs. Each turn players can take a piste cards. These represent blue, red or black ski runs and in combination or alone allow players to take a run card. Using these cards players collect ski runs that are shown on the piste map. Collecting the right combination of ski runs maximizes the points players score.
The game requires you to score points as you ski the pistes on the mountain. You can score points in many ways:
Piste Cards. These cards allow you to collect Ski Runs
Run Cards. Once you have collected enough piste cards, exchange them for run cards. Run cards score points, give you the symbol links that help with other targets and show you where on the piste map the run is.
Target Cards. Each player has a target to complete which is represented by mountain restaurants, landmarks or experiences in the mountain. Targets also score points and each is symbol based and links to the run cards.
Grand Tour Cards. Each player has a set of runs to collect that incrementally add points as more are collected. Runs cards reference the Grand Tour to make it easier. This is harder than it looks, but adds lots of points.
Special Cards. As runs are collected some combinations allow you to take a special card. These vary in each game and add a new edge to collecting runs, adding significant points if you get it right .
Bonus Cards. The first player to complete a number of coloured runs to visit restaurants receives a bonus. The race is on to get these.
Event Cards. Each player has a few fun event cards that can add points, stop your opponent or just change the dynamics of the game.
The game design started with three aims:
- Games needed to be quick. The game should last no longer than 40 minutes.
- It had to be tactical yet fast and fun to play. Each card has been carefully balanced, there lots of mathematics behind the scenes, and play tested to ensure the different approaches to winning the game balance out.
- The game had to be suitable for game players and families, including children alike. The rules needed to be quick to pick up and with very minimal rule checking.
- The game had to make you feel you were on the pistes from your lounge or ski chalet. It had to be a ski game that could be carried in a back pack or pocket.
- £2000 - Additional Lift Kickstarter Exclusive Bonus Card
- £3000 - Additional Run Kickstarter Exclusive Bonus Card
- £4000 - Additional Target Kickstarter Exclusive Bonus Card
The game is set up and played as shown below. On a turn players can either:
- Take a Piste card from the 4 on display
- Spend Piste cards from their hand to collect ski runs, and if possible complete their target with this Run card
- Complete a target from already collected run cards
- Change their Target card
- Play an Event card if it requires a turn, many Event cards can be played throughout the game and do not require a turn.
The first player to complete a Bonus or Special card, takes the card to add to their collection. Also players collect runs on their Grand Tour to score incremental points.
The winner is the player with the most points at the end of game, after the last Run card is turned over.
Over the last few years we converted it to a card game and is set up on GameCrafter and Ivory ready for production. The game has been through extensive play testing with a number of Gaming Groups and is now ready to go to full production. I have printed prototypes now in the US and UK with volume runs available to meet the campaign relatively quickly. My aim is to ship the game within 4 weeks of the campaign completing.
Ski the Mountain began as a board game. The original board game was lovely to play and look at, but expensive to produce and too large for ski trips. A card game was the obvious solution and Saun was created as a fictitious ski resort on which to base the game. The card game now exists in 4 different versions which are specific to the ski resort. Future versions could be produced for any ski area, right now it exists for Les Arcs in France, Zel am See in Austria and Borovets in Bulgaria. Test versions also exists for Snowbird in the US. Each has new artwork and links to the actual restaurants and places to visit in the resort.
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Risks and challenges
Ski the Mountain has been extensively play tested through a number of different group and game clubs and is loved by families and game players in equal measure.
There is no project risk, we have taken the time and money to invest in creating and printing the final versions of the game in the UK and US (to reduce shipping and import costs), including volume printing.
Manufacturing is secured and shipping cost is confirmed. All that's left to do is to fund the first print run of the game. We are used to project managing implementations.
The vast majority of the art and photography is owned by the game maker, collected over years of ski holidays. The remainder are public licensed.
The expansions for the game are already complete and ready for release if this campaign succeeds. This contains 22 event cards, 16 target cards, 18 run new cards (including green runs), 6 special cards and 4 grand tour cards. It also extends the game to 6 players.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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