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A cooperative, card drafting game for 2-4 players. Profits will go to a local project to build a barn that will benefit the community.
A cooperative, card drafting game for 2-4 players. Profits will go to a local project to build a barn that will benefit the community.
55 backers pledged $1,697 to help bring this project to life.

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Barn Raiser is a game that we created with a specific, charitable goal in mind.  We wanted to create a fun and unique card game to help raise money for a local family who is building out a barn on their property that will help serve the community. This family could use the barn to help those in need of shelter, be a venue for community events, host worship groups and be used as a music studio for faith-based recordings.  We want to do our part to help them raise the money they need to make this dream possible.  And with your help, we can help make that happen.  All profits from this game go to that family.

Here are photos from a couple of community events at the unfinished barn:

Barn Raiser is a light, 2-4 player card drafting game designed by Aaron Frias (creator of En Passant and The Piker). It is a great filler game for large game groups or a good light game to play while your waiting for everyone to show up to game night.  

The game's theme revolves around the -18th and -19th century rural North America practice of "barn raising" (also known as "raising bee").  In those times, and still today in Amish and other small communities, members of the community would come together to build up a family barn.  A lot of preparation is done prior to the build out and the actual barn raising event only takes one or two days.  Barn raising usually consists of a mix of experienced and inexperienced local men and the help of some paid specialists.  Most of the tools and supplies were all shared and gathered by the community as well.

Based on this theme, the Barn Raiser card game was created.  Here a brief overview of how the game works.

 Game Setup 

The six building cards are placed in the center of the table:
Clear the grounds, foundation, framing, roof and exterior walls

Building cards have requirements that other players must fulfill before they can complete that section of the barn.  Here are some examples of the building cards:

Barn Raiser Building Cards
Barn Raiser Building Cards

Drafting

Players are dealt seven cards.  Each player selects one card from their hand and plays it face down.  They pass their cards to the next player and repeat.

Here is a sample of some of the card designs:

Players continue to draft and pass cards until all of the cards have been used or if someone can build a piece of the barn.  If two or more players can build the same piece of barn, the first player to grab a stick and place it on the barn piece wins that piece. That player takes the cards used to build the barn and the barn piece and places them face up in a pile next to them to keep for scoring at the end of the game.

If there are any undrafted cards, they are all picked up, shuffled and a new set of cards are dealt out for another round of drafting.  Only this time, one less card is dealt out.

2-Player Variant

Each player chooses one card and places it face down in front of them. They place another card face up in the middle of the table.  Then they pass their cards like above.  Either player can use the cards from the middle when they are ready to build a piece of barn.

Trading

At the end of a drafting round, players can barter and trade cards.  A player may show they have a tool card that they would like to trade for some lumber.  Another player with lumber may agreed to the trade.  Each card has a trade value list on them.  In this example, the tool cards has a trade value of 3.  As long as another has one or two lumber cards whose trade value equals 3, they can make the trade.

Building a Piece of the Barn

Each time a player successfully builds a piece of the barn, that player gets sticks equal to the number listed on their card.  They place the sticks in the middle of the table to begin to form the shape of the barn. This is a fun, cooperative way for all the players to see the fruits of their hard work as the barn comes together.

Supporters that choose the $25 or higher reward tier also get a limited edition barn building card for your sticks.

Winning

This is a cooperative game but there is still a winner.  The player with the most experience points listed on the cards they have saved from helping to build the barn are totaled.  Extra cards the player has in their face down cards are worth one point. The player with the most experience wins and is crowned the barn raiser elder.

- 54 Barn Raiser playing cards
- 11 brown sticks to build your barn
- Custom Barn Raiser box with the story of giving on the back
- 1 large square tile (3.5'' x 3.5'') with a barn outline for your sticks*
- 1 burlap draw-string bag with a custom painted logo**

* Available at the $25 and above reward tier
** Available at the $40 and above reward tier

Risks and challenges

There are no risks or challenges to producing this game. The cards have been fully designed and are ready to be sent to the manufacturer. Our game designer company Bow Ties Games has successfully funded two Kickstarter campaigns with great success (En Passant and Prisoner's Dilemma).

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    Get a PDF of all of the cards so you can print the cards and play on your own. A PDF to the Rules is also available.

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    One copy of the Barn Raiser card game. All profits will be donated to a local family who is building out a barn that could be used to host community events, support a local church plant, provide emergency shelter for those in need and as a studio to record faith-based music.

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    You will also receive an exclusive 3.5''x 3.5'' square card where you can use your sticks to build a 2 dimensional barn.

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    One copy of the Barn Raiser card game and your additional $25 donation to the local barn build out.

    You will receive the exclusive 3.5''x 3.5'' square card where you can use your sticks to build a 2 dimensional barn.

    You will also receive a canvas draw-string bag with the game's logo painted on it that you can use to store you game.

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