Aloha... Do you Wahoo? Make the right choices YOU can dominate this lightening fast game. Strategy, Tactics, Luck and Yes...Cheating!
Its more than Game, it can become an obsession.
While I am getting around and trying to make SURE that anyone can have the opportunity to try Wahoo Xtreme... parties, get togethers and even small tournaments. Don't wait on me, why not give Wahoo Xtreme a try and Download it for FREE. Simplified rules are printed right on the board and if you watched the video then you probably got a fair notion of how the game is played and won.
See why Wahoo Xtreme is addictive and try it out on the cheap. Grab a couple of friends, download and print the Wahoo Xtreme gameboard out, use some spare change as game pieces and then of course steal some dice from Yahtzee or Farkle. Then its time to sit down and get started. The rules for Wahoo Xtreme are simple but winning tactics and strategy can be complex and exciting. Of course there are gamers out there like my friend Larry who likes to win Wahoo Xtreme by domination and annihilation. Sometimes that strategy works.
- My Challenge is to bring a fair priced quality box version of Wahoo Xtreme to market for you.
Please stop for a moment and Download and try Wahoo Xtreme FREE.
It’s a lot like a carrot cake which really tastes better than it sounds. Playing the game will change how you feel about playing the game.
Please... don’t be like me. I spent two years going to birthdays and parties seeing the Wahoo Xtreme played before I actually tried it. Soon, I was making Wahoo Xtreme game boards for my friends who did not have the skill or inclination to make a board themselves. I really could kick myself for not trying the Wahoo Xtreme sooner.
- The Board (In the beginning)
For years all the Wahoo Xtreme boards were homegrown wooden clunkers made as best as possible with whatever tools and materials that were at hand. Some turned out elegant as fine cabinetry and others ... well they worked, which is the kindest thing we can say.
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq changed my own process of making wooden Wahoo Xtreme boards. I had friends leaving for the overseas duty and they couldn't tote around a 2 to 5 lb Wahoo Xtreme board about the size of Captain America's round sheild. So I looked hard for a better way to provide my friends a little more portable Wahoo Xtreme boards. I experimented and made wooden fold-up versions (that didn't work), tried printing on vinyl that could be rolled up, but all my ideas were either too expensive or ended up too bulky or heavy. It was a frustrating time.
- The Inspiration and Solution
A friend of mine was training for the Air Force SOARS program at the time. She brought me a field survival instruction set that was silk-screened onto a bandanna. EUREKA! The Wahoo Xtreme Expedition Edition was born.
It was light, fold-able and all the game pieces could fit into a standard clear mailing tube which could be sent anywhere in the world. In a pinch the waterproof tube could re-purposed or tossed away and the game board tucked into a pocket or worn.
- The Need for More
Wars don't last forever and I had dozens of friends who really wanted a hardboard version of Wahoo Xtreme when they came back.
Between work and family I was able squeeze out enough boards to meet birthday and Christmas demands but there was always a need I could not meet for the friends of the friends wanting their own Wahoo Xtreme boards.
One of the boards originally I dedicated as Christmas gift ended up being donated to a silent auction for charity ball. The benefactors of the ball told me the bidding competition was so intense that they could have offered up a dozen boards if they had them.
- The Disaster and my change of direction
Now you have to understand at the time I was not interested in selling Wahoo Xtreme boards. My limited production capacity had kept it a hobby and an altruistic venture.
Fire. Took my family's home that had been ours for nearly a 100 years and with it, everything that I owned... including my wood tools and over two thousand Expedition boards. Christmas last year was a little bleak. I was able to pony up and make a couple absolute have to have Wahoo Xtreme boards but I had near zero production capability living now in a tiny apartment.
Santa was kind though. After the holiday mayhem I ran in to his alter ego who owned a woodshop and then Mike (Santa) was able to turn out a bunch of Wahoo Xtreme boards for me.
I made a deal with a scout troop to take the boards Mike had made and gave them the materials to finish the boards. Once they had finished the boards then they would give a portion back so I could meet my Holiday and birthday needs and they could sell the rest to raise money for the troop and earn three merit badges in the process.
- Miracle Happens (Politics births an Idea)
The local scout hierarchy put a kibosh on selling the boards. Apparently it was not one of the approved "means" of raising money and some parents were afraid to upset the apple cart. That's OK, that scout troop can stick to selling cookies and high priced meats from companies that profit off of fundraising. A different scout troop in another town was willing to take on the project and everybody was happy. But things didn't go quite as planned.
Once the new troop got the boards, stain and polyurethane from me they discovered among themselves that no one in this urban scout troop knew how do wood finishing, nor did any the parents. Whoops.
- Here is why I am proud of our kids.
Not having the required skills or knowledge did not stop these kids. One of scouts and his friend printed up a flyer on a computer with picture of one of my finished boards as an example to finish their boards. On the Flyer they advertised the Wahoo Xtreme board as "Wahoo Your Way".
They had redefined the product and then they went door to door selling the boards as craft project that could be painted, stained or poly'd as the buyer desired. A unique solution to their skillset dilemma.
Duh! Why didn't I think of that.
"Wahoo Your Way" was a great idea and I am keeping it as part of my business plan and product mix for online retail sales. I am offering it as a Kickstarter reward as well.
I have found the hard part has always been making a quality Wahoo Xtreme board in quantity without being set for it. The fun part is decorating it the way YOU want. What better way to become an owner.
If you happen choose this route to being a supporter of this Kickstarter and Wahoo Xtreme owner, I would really like to see finished boards images posted (once you are done with them) on Instagram.
- The Need for More (Revisited) - The rational for a Box version of the Wahoo Xtreme
Premium Wahoo Xtreme hard boards take time and resources to make and production is not very scalable. I had worked for Creative Labs for more than decade helping to bring hundreds of high tech products to market and I fully understand the supply chain logistics.
The Wahoo Xtreme Expedition Edition is easy to scale but the game board aesthetics is a compromise when compared to that of a hard board Wahoo Xtreme.
I considered using a roll-up vinyl board like Gary Gabriel and Richard Dermer used for their game they sold to Parker Bros, but I could not source the materials or production I needed to make the game at reasonable costs.
Electronic version - Yeah , I am already working on the App version of Wahoo Xtreme and it will be just a matter of time before I introduce it in to the market space. Unfortunately there is very little revenue associated with an App unless I am willing to trade on information or sell ad space.
That leaves only the boxed version of die cut and printed version of Wahoo Xtreme game board as the most economically feasible choice to scale up with while also being able to maintain the quality of the game and game play.
The boxed version of Wahoo Xtreme is the holy grail because it provides answers to all the difficult questions about bringing a product to market. The boxed version has the highest quality for the lowest cost, easily scalable and is affordable to store and ship.
Words, Slang, Gameplay and Cheats
"Do you have a Dirty House?"
Dirty Houses are notorious for causing winning games to become losing games.
A Dirty House occurs when you move a game piece into what is called the House and you leave a space empty at the end of the row. This causes you to have to have a specific die rolls (such as a one) to clean up your house. Towards the end of the game you might not get the roll you need in time and end up wasting a lot of rolls and turns trying to get a specific roll. Your opponent just might be able to capitalize on this.
Not all cheats are intentional.
Cheating yourself - Rules say that your turn ends when you complete your move and remove your hand from your game piece. If the next person begins play and rolls the dice and completes their move by removing their hand from their gamepiece, then if you had any extra die rolls coming, you lose those extra die rolls.
In tournament play this can be disastrous and in team play it has been known to break a friendship or two. In the rush of Wahoo Xtreme gameplay those extra rolls earned by rolling six's or by sending another player home are often overlooked or forgotten. Don't cheat yourself. Role your sixes.
Miscounting - (Called a Sammy) Some players cheat by miscounting their movement. For example they roll an 8 and move 9. As long as no one protests and next move is completed, then the cheat stands.
Rolling out of turn - If you roll before your turn and no one objects until after you have moved your game piece and removed your hand then the roll “stands”. Play at this time continues normally and the next player rolls. Skipped players have to wait for their next turn. In a fast moving game this happens more than you would believe.
Entering play without a six or one roll - To get on the board or out of the middle requires a six roll on a die or a one roll on a die. You can not add the dice together to get a six. Some players capitalize on this by calling out the roll... They say "Six" when the roll is really a 2 and 4 roll. If you are not paying attention your brain will automatically add the 2 and 4 together and brain doesn't catch the contradiction that it is NOT a six roll. If the next player completes a move or the cheating player rolls for the six, then play continues.
- Simplified Rules
Tournament Coordinators past and present.
I encourage tournament play as a means to build teamwork and a great way to really get to know someone.
This Kickstarter challenge changes the landscape regarding tournament play considerably for the better. Making a retail board available empowers you to be more independent and schedule tournaments on your time and your dime.
If you haven't hosted a tournament at your college, place of business or at your event you, give it a try and feel free to download Wahoo Xtreme and add it to your mix.
The idea of world wide Wahoo Xtreme tournament is now becoming a possibility and when that time arrives I will work on sanctioning the event.
As it was before Kickstarter and this push to bring a retail box version of Wahoo Xtreme to market, you are welcome to download and print tournament boards, tournament brackets and make fair use of Wahoo Xtreme brand and Logo for your event. Please note that I have simplified the Wahoo Xtreme Logo using Condensed Algerian font which should make composition of announcements, your posters and advertising a lot easier.
In the future I will try to make agreements with retail game stores to help you keep the costs down so that prizes won't break your budgets. Anyone experienced with the wooden hard-boards knows what I am talking about.
Retailers and Channel Marketers
I am not excluding anyone from participating in this Kickstarter campaign and retail and channel partners are welcome to jump right in. All Rewards will be handled in the same manner and will be available prior to shipping of retail version of Wahoo Xtreme. Sorry no advance sales of Wahoo Xtreme prior to reward fulfillment.
If you have questions about product pricing, game product code and availability please check the FAQ and you can not find the information you need, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You everyone
Notice: Wahoo Xtreme Game Copyright 2015 Deanna Grissom
Risks and challenges
The Biggest Baddest Challenge.
Getting people to try the game for free. Wahoo Xtreme looks like something you have seen before.... It looks boring.... Why waste my time on something so simple.... I've got better things to do....
I felt the same way. For two years I acted like it wasn't all that special. I played complex RPG's in college. I tested literally hundreds of video games before they were seen by the public. I worked the trade shows, E3, Comdex, CES, Comicon.Telecon etc... and I play Spades for blood.
Until I sat down and played Wahoo Xtreme with a bunch of strangers I had no appreciation for how such simple rules and gameplay create an very dynamic and complex game. If you have a strategy to win Wahoo Xtreme then first thing you learn is you evolve or die. The game doesn't wait for you and you really start to love lady luck when she steals the game away from a seasoned player. (Especially in a tournament)
It's like dry humor. You don't get it till you get it.
Even if you can't afford to back this Kickstarter, grab a FREE copy before this Kickstarter ends from the link at the top of the page and give it a test drive.
There are no penalties or Gotchas for downloading it. No registration, no phishing for information, its just a free download.
Regarding Kickstarter - There will always be unknowable challenges and hiccups regardless how well planned and executed a project is. Putting the resources into play before an issue arises can really mitigate the impact of an issue. Remaining focused on your target but being flexible and adapting at the same time is the key to prospering. Remember that Issues are nothing more than opportunities in disguise.
For example: When I graduated high school I immediately opened a Pizza Restaurant only to have the street in front of me close for widening. Had I looked at this issue as an opportunity and had gone strictly to delivery during this time period then you would probably be ordering pizza from CrackerBox Palace instead of some other mainstream pizza chain. My pies were that good (because I had great teachers).
Don't be afraid of change or losing control - The floods in early October in South Carolina already damaged one of the vendors I was considering for aspects of my project. I was assured that there should be no impact but I had already sourced secondary and tertiary vendors and pre-qualified their capabilities before building commitments. It really is amazing what can be accomplished if you just call and talk to people and explain your vision.
I have had years making Wahoo Xtreme hardboards and I am finding it a challenge to let go of the details regarding manufacturing and fabrication of a boxed version. I am going to be nervous right up to the moment I release the gameboard to production and that first shipment comes in for inspection and distribution.
I have planned a high quality inlaid and marquetry version of the Wahoo Xtreme. The set up cost and board cost have proven to be prohibitive for a lot of people. ($750.00 design setup and $100.00 per board.) I hope to explore in 2016 some ways of reducing that cost so that a heirloom version can be produced for those people who love high quality woodwork.
I have spent several months reading Jamey Stegmaier's blogs and writings (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jameystegmaier/scythe) and learned that one can stumble up hill if you just keep putting one foot in front of the other and know when to ask for or look for help. His success is something I think any Kickstarter should look at when launching their own. His games are pretty cool as well.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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