Super Tooth: a family-friendly dinosaur card game
Super Tooth is an original, fast-paced, dino-eat-dino, family card game set in a harsh and unforgiving prehistoric environment.
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NOTE: the add-on costs are 'per game'
What are people saying about Super Tooth?
"this is just a solid and well done family card game – you can’t go wrong with it at my family gaming table." - uncredited via Father Geek
"Fun for everyone...kids and adults as well as experienced and novice gamers." - Travis from Omaha
"For the Child Geeks, this game is going to score big points. An easy to play card game with dinosaurs? Might as well be covered in candy This is a family game, through and through." - Father Geek
"Cute gender-neutral board game ideal for playing with young children…It has enough re-playability to keep me interested with my 4 year-old for some time to come." - Jarrod from Omaha
“It's one of those simple games that builds some emergent qualities. It was a lot of fun” – Dave from Omaha
"it draws the younger player in like a moth to flame. Colorful, whimsical, creative, and very straight forward, Super Tooth is a game the Child Geeks liked to play with, liked to look at, and were happy to ask for again and again. Well worth the time to play at your family gaming table. This is especially true if you have a young dinosaur lover in your home." - Father Geek
"My new favorite game!" - Samantha & Christina from Grand Island
Super Tooth Artwork & Card Examples
How to play Super Tooth
To start the game, shuffle the deck of cards and place the deck face-down in the center of the table or playing area (aka the Super Tooth landscape). At the start of your turn, you simply turn over cards until there are 3 face-up in the landscape (there may be 1 or 2 already face-up from the previous player's turn...in this case only turn the number of cards required to bring it to 3 face-up cards).
There are 3 types of cards in the game:
Players collect plant-eater cards and exchange matching sets for Cretaceous Coins:
Sounds easy, right? Not so fast. Players may not take a plant-eater card if there is a meat-eater face-up in the landscape. But not all hope is lost...players may call upon the always angry Triceratops to chase a meat-eater away. A player may also elect to feed the meat-eater it's favorite meal:
Once you have removed all meat-eaters from the landscape, you are free to select from the remaining plant-eaters. You may take a single plant-eater, or take all matching plant-eaters. At this point you may exchange sets of matching plant-eaters from your hand for Cretaceous Coins! The more matching plant-eaters you turn in, the more coins you receive. For example, you could exchange 3 Anatosaurus for 1 Cretaceous Coin, but if you can hold out, 6 Anatosaurus will get you 3 coins, and the win!
But wait, there's something I forgot to tell you...before you even think about the meat-eater problem, the harsh and unforgiving prehistoric Super Tooth landscape must be dealt with first! The Super Tooth deck contains Event cards that a player must resolve before they resolve any meat-eaters or take a plant-eater. Each event card has a unique resolution that impacts at least one player:
The mighty T-Rex is another event: when you hear his roar, chaos ensues!
The player with the skill, luck and grit to survive the Super Tooth landscape events and meat-eaters will be crowned the true Triassic Titan!
What you get
Super Tooth: the card game comes with 62 playing cards in the base deck, an additional 4 reference cards that are helpful when you are first learning the game, and 12 cards that constitute the Cretacous Coins (victory points). Of course there will also be a set of rules for play, all tucked nicely in a tuck box.
Each successive Stretch Goal that is reached will improve the base game and give backers more for their pledges! See below.
Stretch Goal #1: $10,000
Replace Cretcaceous Coin cards with die cut tokens!
Stretch Goal #2: $15,000
Improvement of the end product as all base games are converted from a tuck box to a setup box! The size of the Cretaceous Coins will also be increased with additional box space.
How far along is the game?
Super Tooth is 99% ready for printing. The final step is to get the artwork formatted to the printer's guidelines, which I will complete while the campaign is running. The only changes to be made post-campaign would be ideas provided by project backers that make the game better and fit within the printing budget.
When will the game ship?
Based on contract signing and finalizing artwork, I project that the games will arrive from the printer in mid to late July, putting them in your mailbox no later than early August, but possibly sooner!
The designer & illustrator
Neil J. Opitz
I have had a lifelong obsession with dinosaurs that started before I can even remember.Some of my earliest memories involve dinosaurs.I have an old photograph of me playing with dinosaurs on my parent’s kitchen floor, a sort of battle royale with several dangerous looking (and some obsolete) carnivores circling a poor helpless brontosaurus (also obsolete).It should come as no surprise that the 1970s Land of the Lost TV series was my favorite show (still is).
I have also been an avid analog gamer since I first played King’s Corner with my grandmother Elsie at the age of 5.I grew up watching my parents play card games such as Whist and Poker with friends while I played the classics (Monopoly, Risk!, Battleship, Clue) with my siblings.This fascination has led to an amassed collection of more than 600 games.Basically, I haven’t grown up much since I was 5.I have melded these 2 lifelong obsessions into a game that I designed and illustrated called “Super Tooth”.
The piano pieces accompanying the video were written and performed by my lovely daughter Adelaide! They are titled "Super Tooth Interlude" and "Restless Awakening"
This project would not have come to fruition without the help of a lot of people. First and foremost, my family, for their suupport and who graciously allowed me the time (and it was a lot of time) to immerse myself in this adventure. To all the families and friends who playtested Super Tooth and provided feedback that made it a better game. To TK421 Creative who I tapped many times for assistance with graphics and video.
*EARLY Prototype Artwork
Note: the images below are from an early prototype and are NOT final Super Tooth artwork! Only backers at the Plaster Cast level receive a limited edition copy of Super Tooth PLUS a limited edition copy of the base game with this prototype artwork:
Note: the prototype cards above are not necessarily final. While the artwork above will be used, the printed cards may contain different meat-eater/plant-eater combinations and may contain slight variations.
Risks and challenges
I have laid a lot of groundwork to this point to minimize risk. I have selected the printer I will use, they are aware of the Kickstarter campaign and we have discussed manufacturing and shipping dates. The game has been playtested thoroughly and is mechanically sound. The artwork is done, all that remains is for the artwork to be formatted to the printer's guidelines.
I will have some additional artwork to do if the setup box stretch goal is reached, but I could accomplish that in a day or two.
- (30 days)