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A fun strategy game as easy to learn as Rock-Paper-Scissors. Maneuver your animals onto the Watering Holes to win!

Give it a try at PlayBarca.com. If you like it, come back and help us get Barca out to the world!

Latest News

Win a FREE Barca Travel Edition by helping us spread the word on Facebook.  See Update #3 for how to win!

The winner of or school classroom Barca giveaway was Ms. Ling-Ka Moore’s 2nd grade class at Chapman Elementary in Orange, CA. Congratulations!

What People are Saying about Barca

"I love it because it’s a fun cross between chess and rock, paper, scissors. It’s a rare combination of easy to learn and challenging."
--Leslie Stranahan

"As a teacher of "all-ages" workshops I am always on the look out for games that level the playing field between adults and kids. Barca is brilliant. I've been beaten by opponents ages 8 to 58. It's one of the coolest games I've played in a long time."
--Raundi K Moore-Kondo

What is Barca about? It's about strategy. It's about fun.

  • It's about strategy because like chess, there is no luck.
  • It's about fun because unlike chess, you never remove anything.

Chess can be discouraging to play when you're down a few pieces. And playing at a disadvantage is not fun, especially for a child playing against an adult. Barca is the opposite of that, because a child can win against an adult without the adult playing down.

The rules are as easy to learn as Rock-Paper-Scissors.

If you play Barca and lose, you still have all your animals on the board. And that's not so bad. Nobody takes anything away from each other. They just try to get onto the watering holes.

Barca makes playing strategy games a positive experience.

I've always wanted to create a classic game. An elegant game with simple rules that's fun to play. And working in the video game industry for decades, I always thought that game would be a video game. But it's turned out that the best game I've created so far is a board game called Barca.

A prototype was made and I started playing with people to see if they would like it. It was encouraging to see people enjoy the game. But when I saw children teaching other children how to play, that's when I knew I had to get Barca out there.

Even though people enjoyed playing Barca, it seemed there was little interest from publishers. The review was, "It looks too much like chess."

Now if I hadn't seen those kids really enjoying Barca I would have never done what I did next. With some encouragement and support, I manufactured Barca! And like a roller coaster, this ride has had its exciting ups and downs. I've learned a lot of things on this journey and the biggest lesson I've learned is; Put your product in an attractive package!

This Barca Kickstarter project is about releasing a Standard Edition with a colorful game board designed to look like a savanna where the animals play.

-Drew

BARCA - The Watering Hole Game

For 2 players. Ages 8 to adult.

OBJECT OF THE GAME

Get any 3 of your animals on the watering holes at the same time.

SET UP

Set the game board between both players. Place the elephants in the center of each player's back row. Place the mice in front of the elephants. And place the lions to the sides of the mice.

RULES OF PLAY

The winner of Rock Paper Scissors (Roshambo) starts the game. Players take turns moving one of their animals.

Mice move horizontally or vertically. Lions only move diagonally. Elephants move horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Animals can move any number of vacant squares in a single direction. Animals cannot jump over other animals.

A players' animals can be adjacent to each other. However, for opposing sides, mice fear lions. Lions fear elephants. And elephants fear mice.

An animal cannot be moved next to the animal it fears, except for trapped animals.

An animal is scared when it is next to the animal it fears.

A scared animal must escape to a safe location before other animals can be moved. When many are scared, choose one to move.

A scared animal with no escape is trapped and may optionally move to another scared position.

Watering holes are near the center of the game board. The player who has animals on 3 watering holes at the same time wins!

A player can still win if animals are scared or trapped. Animals are never removed.

Have Fun!

Yes, that is the full set of rules.

And you can try it out at PlayBarca.com.

  • 3-page pdf file to download, print, assemble and play

You will receive a link to a download page soon after you pledge.  The download page also includes a black & white version in case you want to color it yourself.

  • 12 Large Animal Game Pieces with protective felt pads

Build your own Barca board* to use with the Barca pieces you get at this reward tier.  You can download a printable 16" board that is assembled from four 8½ x 11 inch sheets of paper at PlayBarca.com. Instructions are available too.

You also receive the "Barca Paper Edition" and the "Best Friend Barca Facebook App."

* Please note that Barca is played on a 10 x 10 square board, not an 8 x 8 chess board.

Shipping to Canada only $10 (instead of $20 international rate).

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  • 20 x 20 inch Quad-Folding Game Board
  • 12 Large Animal Game Pieces with protective felt pads
  • Barca Game Instructions
  • Barca Game Box - Standard Edition

You also receive the "Barca Paper Edition" and the "Best Friend Barca Facebook App."

Shipping to Canada only $10 (instead of $20 international rate).

Shipping for "Club Package" to Canada only $40 (instead of $60 international rate).

  • 20 x 20 inch Soft Rubber Mousepad Game Board
  • 12 Large Animal Game Pieces with protective felt pads
  • Handsome Travel Carry Case
  • Barca Game Instructions
  • Stretch Goal!  Barca Game Box - Travel Edition  Stretch Goal!

You also receive the "Barca Paper Edition" and the "Best Friend Barca Facebook App."

Shipping to Canada only $10 (instead of $20 international rate).

Barca components are made in the United States of America and China. The factory producing the game pieces and boards successfully passed their tests: Europe's CE, USA's Phthalates and SGS certificate. Barca is locally assembled in Orange County, California.

The stretch goal is to put the Travel Edition in a box. It may not sound like much but it is a really big deal. The Travel Edition can be packaged and sold in the carry case, but sales would be better if it was in a box. And you could put the game away into the box as well as the travel case. If we reach $15,000, the Barca Travel Edition gets an attractive box that will be produced locally.

Phillip will be using the same artwork, but he will be adjusting it for the dimensions of the Travel Edition box measuring 4 x 4 x 22 inches.

Andrew Caldwell
Andrew Caldwell

Andrew likes to develop new products for the marketplace. Even though his specialty is working on video games, he enjoys working on anything that's fun and challenging. And publishing a board game was a big challenge. Drew thinks it's great to create something that didn't exist before, especially when people enjoy it.

John Alvarado
John Alvarado

John programmed the online version of Barca so you can play it for free. And he may also be the biggest fan of Barca. John was so inspired he decided to do something he never had done before, he took some of his children's wooden blocks and carved the game pieces for Barca. Then the pieces were scanned by computer, enlarged and the molds were made. The Barca game pieces are quite handsome.

Phillip Dickenson
Phillip Dickenson

A great package needs a great artist and Phillip's designs captured the spirit of Barca! His artwork is humorous and attractive. Phillip is designing the Barca boxes and the folding game board. Be sure to to watch the progress here on this site.

Joel Sugg of Total Resource Packaging, Inc.
Joel Sugg of Total Resource Packaging, Inc.

Joel is in charge of manufacturing the Barca game boxes. The boxes are being designed and manufactured in Orange County, California. Even though I may have a small order, Joel worked with me so the packaging could be affordably made in the USA. He also suggested local solutions for assembling the game.

Ming Zhu of Cnchess Chess Manufacturer
Ming Zhu of Cnchess Chess Manufacturer

Ming directs the manufacturing the Barca game pieces, boards and carry cases. Since Barca had similarities to chess, I thought a chess manufacturing company would be a good match. And it was! Ming worked to keep down the costs of producing the molds for the large game pieces. The first round of components for Barca were manufactured and delivered on time.

I was asked why I didn't use a board game fulfilment house for manufacturing. Yes, it is a lot more work to take separate components and put them together. But this was the way to keep the costs down for smaller manufacturing runs and to get the large size version of Barca. And at the same time, if Barca becomes popular, everyone involved is capable of large scale production.

You may have noticed the base of the carved animals are different than the ones manufactured. The direction pointer designs were changed to keep the cost of the molds and manufacturing down.

Thank you for reading about Barca, and thank you Kickstarter for this opportunity!

Barca supports Kicking It Forward: http://kickingitforward.org/ 

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