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Yari McGauleyBy Yari McGauley
First created
Yari McGauleyBy Yari McGauley
First created
AU$ 32,253
pledged of AU$ 125,000pledged of AU$ 125,000 goal
246
backers
21days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, January 6 2019 5:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Forage is a 2-4 player game about the world of bees.

Grow your beehive by collecting nectar, pollen & bees as you deal with pests, bears and the opposition.

TRANSLATIONS: [ GERMAN ] Jetzt auf deutsch! Lesen Sie hier mehr

Discover the secret world of bees in this game which closely mimics how a bee colony actually works, naturally learning bee ‘rules’.

For ages 10 years and up, it’s a fun game of both strategy and luck. There’s 3 ways to play - child, standard or extended.

You can keep it fun and short playing cooperatively, or go competitive and delve into strategy and treachery. Your choice!

Those bees! So cute...
Those bees! So cute...

Forage is a unique game using natural, high quality components which focus on touch and feel. There’s wooden hexagon tiles, cotton cloth board, and the cutest clay bees you’ve ever seen.

Custom-made game pieces set Forage apart from standard cardboard-based games
Custom-made game pieces set Forage apart from standard cardboard-based games

We all agree bees are important.

It feels good to know that you’re backing a long-lasting quality game and raising the worlds awareness of bees.

All the while you’re learning and having fun!

In a time of screen-time overload it’s great to sit down together and connect with friends and family in a wholesome kinda’ way.

NOTE: artwork and assets are not final and may change from production version
NOTE: artwork and assets are not final and may change from production version

Dozens of friends, family & gamers have played Forage over the past year as we’ve fine-tuned the game. Here’s what a few of them had to say:

 

There are three distinct phases in Forage:

Stage 1 - Fill Your Brood Box
Focus on your own hive by gathering enough bees, nectar and pollen to start making baby bees in your brood box.

Stage 2 - Store Nectar in the Super
Midway through the game players may jump ahead with double-up ‘nectar flow’ cards (making them a target for others) as they fill their honey super.

Stage 3 - Rob Other Hives
In the extended game players have time to raise Drones & stealing nectar from one beehive to another until finally someone finishes the game.

This creates a naturally simpler game for the shorter Childs Play and more competitive & strategic for adults in the 60 and 90min game.

Some base strategies include:

  • Should you raise baby bees first, or get the best nectar?
  • As the brood box cannot be robbed from, do you wait for higher scoring nectar & ‘lock it in’, or fill it quickly with any nectar you can get to move ahead?

Scoring with Nectar

Each game has 64 wooden pieces, laser cut into hexagon shapes and printed with a flower on top. There are:

  • 12 Clover tiles (1 point)
  • 12 Sunflower tiles (2 points)
  • 12 Eucalyptus tiles (3 points)
  • 12 Mānuka tiles (4 points)
  • 12 Pollen tiles (makes ‘bee bread’ to feed baby bees)
  • 4 Queen tiles (needed to make baby bees)

Each flower has a different score, so Mānuka is worth 4 times Clover nectar, this dictates a lot of the game strategy as players seek out the most valuable nectar.

Oh, it’s a good idea to keep a little cheap Clover nectar aside to feed to any visiting drones.

Although pollen is not worth any points, without it your beehive can’t make baby bees, which becomes VERY important later in the game, especially if you lose all your bees to spiderweb, cane toads or varroa mites.

Read a more detailed description of the wooden pieces here.

Bees Bees Bees

Bees have many roles in your beehive:

  • Nurse bees raise new baby bees
  • Forager bees fly out of the hive and gather nectar and pollen
  • Drone bees move into other players hives eating up their nectar

There are also some ‘ceremonious’ bee duties (not used in gameplay) such as:

  • Undertaker bees
  • Cleaner bees
  • Ventilation bees
  • Builder bees
  • Nectar transfer bees

Each bee has a small magnet underneath to pick up the wooden nectar pieces with.

Seasonality

Seasons in Forage may be ‘weighted’ so that Winter is very poor pickings for bees, while Spring and Summer have the lion’s share of the best nectar such as mānuka.

To play with seasonality, setup the board as follows, place:

  • 5 clover in winter (1pt each)
  • 5 sunflower in autumn (2pt each)
  • 5 eucalyptus in spring (3pt each)
  • 5 Manuka in summer (4pt each)

The remaining nectar and pollen tiles are placed randomly around the board.

Hero & Hazard Cards

Hazard cards include bear attack, beekeepers rob your hive & varroa destructor mite.

Hero cards stop bears with an electric fence, guard bees for robbing & spider web rescue.

3 sample Hazard cards: bear attack, beekeeper (robs your beehive) and varroa destructor mite
3 sample Hazard cards: bear attack, beekeeper (robs your beehive) and varroa destructor mite
3 sample Hero cards: electric fence, guard bee and spider rescue
3 sample Hero cards: electric fence, guard bee and spider rescue

Each game comes with a complete rule book with setup, scoring, how to play the three versions of the game (child, standard, extended), strategies and detailed rules on bee movements, dice, raising baby bees and more.

We are aiming to release a PDF rulebook before the end of Dec 2018.

 Translated into German and French.

Hi I’m Yari, I’m a beekeeper of 10 years and a closet board game lover.

One year ago at Christmas I started designing a game with my children and now I want to share my love of bees.

The funds received from producing honey for my local community, family and friends has helped to launch Forage.

I’m one of the team at Flow Hive, which makes the genius honey-on-tap bee hives which went viral on crowdfunding on Indiegogo in February 2015, raising $12 million.

When Flow Hive started making their beehives I thought “hmm all those neat little offcuts would be great for a game”. That was Christmas 2017. Now one year later here it is, Forage, The Bee Game.

There are two versions of Forage:


Rewards - Stretch Goals

If the campaign goes well, I’d love to add some extra features, for no extra cost to backers, such as (let me know what you think in the comments):

Extra Hazard Cards
Such as Hive Thieves, Stressed Bees, American Foul Brood (AFB)...

Extra Hero Cards
Such as Sunny Day, Pesticide Ban in local area, Bee-Friendly Planting…

Premium box
Not just a rectangular shaped box, this would be something very unusual, perhaps in the shape of a beehive?

NSFW / Adult 18+ Cards
This explores the bees mating habits and other fascinating tit-bits such as:

  • Explosive sex life of bee drones, they literally explode!
  • Drone comets, thousands of male bees chasing one queen
  • To fly a queen bee must go on a diet, including a vigorous fitness program
  • Bees ‘alarm pheromones’ smell like overripe bananas
  • African Tulip poison tree
  • Umbrella tree paralyses bees

Forage is in it’s very last phase of development and is 80% complete.

The underlying principles, pieces and rules are all in place, and fixed quotes from a large US games manufacturer is onboard and the remaining work is now:

  • Feb 2019: Finalising artwork for the board, cards and any stretch goals
  • Mar-April 2019: Decide on final materials to use for board, dice, cloth bags, waggle wheel, rule book
  • May-Sep 2019: Manufacturing and assembly
  • Oct-Nov 2019: Shipping to backers

I’ve allowed a very generous timeframe of Nov 2019 to deliver Forage, which I think I can easily beat. Allowing this time means there’s plenty of waggle-room for delays, setbacks and unexpected costs.

My aim is to raise AU$125,000 to make an initial 1,000 copies of Forage, this is the minimum run most manufacturers will accept.

This will pay for the manufacturer to make, ship and pack the game and warehousing.


Shipping will be collected post-campaign closer to the delivery date in 2019 using Backerpledge or Backerkit.

Shipping is friendly to Europe, USA and Australia, VAT & GST is already paid, no more to pay when your package arrives are your door.

Costs below may change slightly due to currency rates & add-ons (which affect weight):

Fulfillment Partners
USA Quartermaster Logistics and/or Flat River / Canada Snakes & Lattes / Europe Spainbox and/or Spiral Galaxies / Australia Aetherworks and/or Sendle / Asia ...

One month before shipment we will contact you to check the address we have on file for you is still current, and make any changes.


Risks and challenges

This is my first time creating a game, which is both a bit scary and very exciting!

However as part of the driving team behind the successful 2015 Flow Hive (6th largest ever crowd funding campaign and largest outside USA - AND which delivered all 35,000 Flow Hives on time) I understand a lot of what makes a successful product launch, logistics, systems to make and deliver it.

Collecting shipping fees post-campaign is always challenging, especially 11 months after a campaign. Sometimes backers credit cards on file with Kickstarter will have expired or been cancelled, so this requires more communication to update their details.

There is a chance that some game items may not be able to be made from the materials specified, however any changes will use natural materials if possible, and organic if I can.

Also, artwork isn’t quite final and may change from production version.

Addresses need checking, and if anyone has moved house they need updating.

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