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Cities and farms both need water, and you're stuck with hard choices in this simulation of water politics. 2-3 players, 60 minutes.
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California Water Crisis is a fun and educational game about California water politics.  Take the role of one of California's three main regions (NorCal, SoCal, and the Central Valley) and try to find a solution to the fundamental cause of California's drought: there's more water demand than there's water. 

Based on extensive research on California water history and current conditions, California Water Crisis will expose you to real world challenges such as special interest groups, groundwater depletion, and population growth.

Providing realism and replay value, the 3 regions have different starting resources, weaknesses, and potential strategies.  This game takes about 10 minutes to learn and about 40-60 minutes to play. 

Creative Commons: The game will be published as a free downloadable Print and Play PDF, released under a Creative Commons Attribution license, at the conclusion of the funding campaign.

$1 to $14 - Thanks for Helping Out!

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$15 - Budget Edition

Get a full color Print and Play version of the game mailed to you.  Printed in California.  You will need your own dice, everything else is included.  US shipping included in price.

$30 - Standard Edition

Print and Play + glass water tokens, plastic cities, dice, and playing pieces.  Comes in a plastic carrying case.  US shipping included in price.

$45 - Deluxe Edition

Playing pieces + professionally printed cards and board + full color rules + 10.5x10.5x1.5" Game Board.  US shipping included in price, +$20 for Canada, +$40 for rest of world.

California Water Crisis game contents
California Water Crisis game contents

$60 - Put your town on the map!

Standard Edition + your town labeled on the game board (California locations only).  Please message me the name of the town once you have pledged.  US shipping included in price, +$20 for Canada, +$40 for rest of world.

$85 - Be a Sponsor!

Standard Edition + your town labeled on the map + your name listed as a sponsor in the game rules!  US shipping included in price, +$20 for Canada, +$40 for rest of world.

$285 - Get Original Artwork

Standard Edition + your town labeled on the map + your name listed as a sponsor in the game rules + Original water-themed painting!  Painting topic is of your choice and size is approximately 18"x24"  Example below. US shipping included in price.

Want something extra?  Just add the amount to your pledge and send me a message. 

+$25 for each additional copy of the California Water Crisis game, Standard Edition. (USA only)
+$40 for each additional copy of the California Water Crisis game, Deluxe Edition.
+$15 to add another town to the board.
+$65 for a copy of the High Speed Rail Board Game, Deluxe Edition.

 
+$200 for additional paintings. (USA only)

If total funding reaches the levels below, I'll work on additional scenarios for the game.  Get even more replay and learning value with these historical and forward-looking challenges!

$600 - New Scenario: The Bad Old Days - Unlocked!  It's the late 19th century, and the three regions are competing to be the economic capital of the state.  Hydraulic mining is still producing gold in the Central Valley, and San Francisco has emerged as the West Coast's leading city.  Meanwhile, Los Angeles, a desert town of 10,000 people to the south, has big plans for aqueducts.  New rules for this scenario will be included with all editions of the game.

 $900 - New Scenario: Climate Crisis.  It's the late 21st century.  Storms and rising sea levels are sending waves of climate refugees to the USA and you'll need to ration food and water.  Balance farming in the desert versus costly and unreliable imports.  New rules for this scenario will be included with all editions of the game.

Risks and challenges

This is my 5th Kickstarter project, and 2nd board game. All my projects have successfully funded. Game design is 99% complete and has been tested extensively. Just a few minor changes to numbers are expected for balancing.

For the Basic Edition, all production is done by myself locally in Berkeley, California. These will be mailed within a week of funding completing. You will get this in late November / early December.

The Standard and Deluxe editions require parts from The Game Crafter in Madison, Wisconsin. I've used them for previous games and they are reliable. These orders will take a few weeks to fulfill - exact time depends on how busy they are and could be as much as 2 months. Based on past experience it will be most likely late January. Although potentially possible, do not expect to receive your game before the holidays.

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