BEFUDDLED ADDS A NEW DIMENSION TO WORD GAMES - RANDOM CHANCE MAKES EACH ROUND UNIQUELY EXCITING!
Hi, my name is Saul, and if your family and friends are anything like mine, we enjoy doing things together. Playing word games has always been at the top of our list since they are fun and challenging, and for the most part, they allow people of all different skill levels and ages to compete.
Over the years we have played all of the great word games. Wanting something new is how my game, Befuddled, came about. I have slowly added more features and it has become a hit with my friends and family. One of the reasons we love Befuddled so much is that it was designed with portability in mind, so we can take it with us anywhere!
Even though the Befuddled cup is compact, I wanted to make sure that Befuddled had all the features and components of a full-sized word game, and feel like nothing you've played before. I hope that you'll enjoy playing Befuddled as much as we do. There are plenty of computer word games and apps out there that are great too, but there is nothing like a good table top word game to bring people together, especially since you don't have to play Befuddled on a table top! Befuddled will make fabulous Holiday gifts, so I will try my darnedest to get them shipped out by the middle of December. The quicker we can reach the goal, the better chance we'll have of doing that.
OBJECT OF GAME
The object of Befuddled is simple; find as many words as you can before the timer runs out - and hope they are words your opponents haven't found - because that's the only way you can score points.
WHAT MAKES BEFUDDLED DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER WORD GAME
SKILL + RANDOM CHANCE = A UNIQUE DIMENSION: Not only do you need the skill to find more words than your opponents, but with the added dimension of the Shake It Up cards and number cube, playing each round becomes a new and unpredictable challenge.
WHO IS BEFUDDLED RECOMMENDED FOR
2 or more players (we have played with as many as 6 people), 8 years of age and older, with a play time of 15 minutes (if you are really in a rush) or longer.
The great thing about Befuddled is that it can be played by people with different skill levels. Whether you are a seasoned word game pro (like my dad) or are a youngster, (like some of the grand-kids) the game is fun for everyone! In fact, skilled players find longer words, while children find shorter words, allowing everyone to score points.
WHAT'S INSIDE THE CUP
The Befuddled cup may look small, but it holds everything that a full featured word game does!
- The Befuddled Cup (which you use to roll out the letter cubes)
- The Game Mat
- 14 Letter Cubes
- A Number Cube
- Shake It Up Cards
- The Instructions
HOW TO PLAY
SETTING UP THE GAME
Setting up the game takes seconds, so you can get to playing quickly.
Lay out the game mat, the timer, Shake It Up cards, number cube, and the instructions sheet, and you are ready to go.
Select one player to roll first and turn the arrow on the GAME MAT towards them.
That player picks up a SHAKE IT UP card and reads it out loud.
Depending on what the card says, you either play the round normally, or be instructed to add another dimension to play. For instance, it might tell you to remove two cubes, which will make play harder, or to do something that might seem silly, like play the round with your opposite hand, which is literally a task that can affect the way you think, and throw even the best players off their game.
Next, roll the NUMBER CUBE, which has a 4, 5, 6 & ? on it, which will tell you the minimum number of letters required to make point scoring words.
For example, if a 4 is rolled, then everyone has to look for words with four or more letters. If a "?" is rolled, then the roller has the choice to decide how many minimum letters are needed for that round.
Finally, shake up the 14 LETTER CUBES, and roll them out on the mat. The roller pushes all of the cubes into the center outline without turning them over or changing the way the letters face. Then START THE TIMER and begin listing all the words you can find!
HOW TO FORM WORDS
YOU ONLY PLAY WITH THE LETTERS SHOWING ON THE TOP OF THE CUBES. The letters in the words you spell do not have to be touching each other (unless a Shake It Up card tells you otherwise), but you can only use each letter once per word.
For example, here are a few words that can be found in this round if you have to find words with "5" or more letters:
You can add an "s" to the end of a word and make it plural, which counts as a new word, or you can add an "ed", "er", or "ing" to words which also counts as a new, longer word. THE LONGER THE WORD, THE MORE POINTS YOU CAN SCORE!
The Instructions will tell you what types of words are acceptable.
When the timer runs out, everyone must stop writing. It is now time to see how many of the words you found will score points. Starting with the player who rolled the cubes, each word is called out one at a time to see if anyone else has found the same word. If they have, then every player who has that word must cross it out and will not get points for it.
Whatever words remaining for each player will score points. Use the Instructions to see how many points a word scores. Add up the points you got or that round, then turn the arrow on the game mat to the next player.and get ready to start the next round.
*Remember, if you find a word, and you also added an "s", "er", or "ed" to make another variation of the same word, then you only cross out the variation of that word which other players have also found.
There are several ways to win, but these are the most popular: The first player to reach the desired points level (100 is a good target) is the winner. Or, all the players choose how many rounds they want to play, and the person with the most points at the end of all the rounds wins!
I think that most of us will agree that there is way too much packaging with the goods that we buy, so, in order to minimize waste, Befuddled will be simply wrapped in shrink-wrap, with a small cardboard hang tag for retail display purposes. Having less to recycle is good for everyone!
I would like to manufacture as many components of Befuddled as I can in the US. I don't want to promise I can source everything here, and not come through, but if enough units are pledged, it should help to meet certain production levels and keep costs down. It would be great to say made in the USA.
LEVEL 1 - THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Any donation towards funding is greatly appreciated. - $1 or more
LEVEL 2 - Befuddled Pen: A big thank you for your pledge and we'll send you ONE PEN, In Kickstarter green, which you can use for playing the game, and because you'll need something to write with when you have a great idea. - $5
LEVEL 3 - Befuddled Game Discount: ONE BEFUDDLED GAME in blue. Unfortunately, international shipping will not be available at this level, but will be for all other levels. - $23
LEVEL 4 - Befuddled Game: ONE BEFUDDLED GAME in blue at the regular price delivered right to your door. - $28
LEVEL 5 - CANADA ONLY shipment: Since it costs a little less to ship to Canada than other parts of the world, only $5 is being added for shipping. This level is just for Canadian residents. $33
LEVEL 6 - Befuddled Game Kit: ONE BEFUDDLED GAME, FOUR PADS & FOUR PENS. You'll receive everything you need delivered right to your door in one package, so that you can start playing right away! - $40
LEVEL 7 - Befuddle twice and save: You'll receive TWO BEFUDDLED GAMES in blue, so that you can keep them both, or be nice and give one as a gift. - $50
LEVEL 8 - Befuddled Kit Times Two: You'll get TWO BEFUDDLED GAMES, EIGHT PADS & EIGHT PENS. You'll receive everything you need to start your own mini tournament! - $68
LEVEL 9 - Thrice is Nice: Get THREE BEFUDDLED GAMES at even more of a discount. Now you'll have to give at least one away as a gift. - $70
LEVEL 10 - Ultra Limited Kickstarter Version: This special BEFUDDLED GAME will be produced in KICKSTARTER GREEN, and will be limited to just 100 copies. Each one will be numbered and signed by me. Order your copies to help support Befuddled, and you'll definitely be the only person on your block to have one. As a special thank you for pledging this level, we'll include your name (with your approval) on every copy of the instructions for this limited set- $150
LEVEL 11 - Ten Times the Fun: You'll get TEN BEFUDDLED GAMES so that you can bring "together" back to your community. Give them to family, friends, local schools and organizations, and help spread the word of just how wonderful Befuddled is. - $200
LEVEL 12 - Shake It Up and Participate. You will be able to contribute your own Shake It Up challenge card to the set of cards which will be included in every copy of Befuddled created for this Kickstarter project. And, we'll put your name on the card (If you'll let us) so every time the card is played, they can thank you for making the round more challenging! - $500
I want to thank everyone who has supported Befuddled so far. We have made nice progress towards our funding goal, and although we still have a ways to go, I know we will get there.
I am starting a promotion for individuals who are able to get four or more people to support Befuddled. If you pledge a game or more, and then personally get four people to each pledge a game or more, then your game copy will be FREE. Just have the person you know mention your first name and last initial and city you live, and give them a password like "Cracker Jacks", when they pledge, so that I can link that person to you. There is no better time to tell everyone you know to support Befuddled.
If you can get ten or more people to each pledge one or more games, I'll send you a LIMITED EDITION BEFUDDLED GAME IN KICKSTARTER GREEN for free!
I am continuing to search for the best USA and local sources for all of the components that make up Befuddled. This is what I have come up with so far:
- The cardboard and shrink wrap packaging - Los Angeles area
- The Shake It Up cards - Los Angeles
- The game mat - Los Angeles
- The instructions sheet - Los Angeles
What I will probably source from overseas:
- The Befuddled cup - Possibly Los Angeles or USA, but possibly China
- The number and letter cubes - Probably China
- The sand timer - Probably China
If a significant amount of game pledges come in, then some of the over seas sourcing might change.
Befuddled is now almost 80% funded! While that is awesome, there are just 4 days to go, so I'm hoping that those of you who receive this update will pass the Kickstarter campaign on to people you know, and get us over the goal!
Thank you for pledging your support!
I am looking forward to working with the person who pledged a Shake It Up card challenge. It should be fun to figure out what sneaky thing they can make players do. The is one more card available, so I look forward to having someone pledge that.
I have started preparation for production and have located a printing company in Los Angeles who will be making the Shake It Up cards, as well as the cardboard part of the game packaging, and the game instructions.
I am also looking for a supplier in the downtown LA area who can supply the fabric for the game mats. I'm working on the printing for the game mats as well.
The Befuddled cup is a toss up whether or not I'll be able to source it in the USA. If I can find the right company who can produce the cups in relatively small quantity without forcing the price up to high, then that would be great.
I want to do my best to get the game into everyone's hands before the end of December!
I look forward to giving another update in the next couple of days, and hopefully it will say Befuddled is fully funded.
Risks and challenges
Taking a product to market is something I have not done before, but I think that Befuddled is worth the challenge. I'm lucky to have a fantastic support team of family, friends, and colleagues with experience in manufacturing, so I'll be able to utilize their knowledge as much as possible.
A wonderful thing about living in a big city like LA is that there are plenty of resources available. I would love to locally manufacture as much of the game as possible, since communication will be much easier, there will be fewer time delays, and quality will be less of an issue during production. Keeping costs down is an important component in making the game affordable, so if enough units are pledged, I should be able to manufacture a good portion "here", in the US.
Although Befuddled is compact, there are a lot of components to it, so coordinating with a number of different suppliers will be my biggest challenge.
Shipping, even on small items, is much more expensive than I had expected. While I have included the shipping, packaging, and handling costs for the US, international shipping is more complex. Kickstarter does not allow for flexibility in the shipping costs to different countries, so I will have to charge the same amount to Canada as to Australia. Though, it's not the fairest system, I suppose it simplifies things for Kickstarter. Personally shipping each order via the USPS might be too time consuming, so I might need to use Amazon's distribution, as other Kickstarter projects have. I will price the international shipping as low as possible in order to cover the big differences between countries.
As I mentioned in the pledges, I would love to be able to get Befuddled out before the Holidays (towards the end of December), however, it might not be possible until January. I will keep everyone posted, and I appreciate everyone's understanding if it takes a few weeks longer then anticipated.to get Befuddled to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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