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This fun fast-paced stacking card game will expand your knowledge of animals on our planet! Includes lots of interesting science facts!
This fun fast-paced stacking card game will expand your knowledge of animals on our planet! Includes lots of interesting science facts!
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Biome Builder is already a finalist at the Boston Festival of Indie Games!
 

In Biome Builder, your mission as an ecologist in training is to build a food chain from plants to apex predators- think algae to great white shark in the ocean. A biome is a community of plants and animals unique to a habitat. In this game you have 4 different habitats in which you start building a biome: the Amazon Rainforest, the Sahara Desert, the Pacific Ocean, and the American Prairie. 

Everyone in the habitat has a job that helps make their environment a great place to live. In this game that job is eating… Stack plants and animals to build a food hierarchy and the player with the highest banked stacks wins!

This fast paced game is 2-4 player and takes 15 minutes to play. Each player creates food chains (biomes) in four different environments and banks their biomes for points. After going through the entire deck the player with the highest set of banked biomes wins.

Each player has two fields to build their biomes in and may bank a biome at any time. Each biome begins with a plant card. After a plant you must play a herbivore and omnivore. Then players can play predators and apex predator cards. Cards are labeled from 1-5 (plant to apex predator) and an ideal stack goes from 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5, but that is not required to bank a stack. If someone stacks all cards from 1-5 they get an additional 10 points when adding scores. What kind of biomes will you build?

Playtesting the game at a school in the Bronx
Playtesting the game at a school in the Bronx

 Stretch Goal Time!!

If we reach $8000 in funding we will print these cards on beautiful, more durable linen cards rather than the traditional card stock. The linen cards would ensure the game can be played even more times and look fantastic as well!

If we reach $10,000 in funding we will manufacture Biome themed wooden coins to track bonus points! A sample of what those might look like:

Sample of wooden token for counting bonus points
Sample of wooden token for counting bonus points

 

Killer Snails brings science out of the laboratory and into living rooms. We develop award-winning learning games and immersive virtual reality experiences that explore the amazing ecology, biodiversity, and medical application of extreme creatures in nature. We brought our first game Assassins of the Sea to Kickstarter a little over a year ago and were excited to be funded and printed shortly after.  Assassins of the Sea has gone on to be featured at conferences, including GenCon and Origins. Assassins of the Sea won Best Tabletop Game at the 2016 Playcrafting Bit Awards and was a Finalist for a 2017 MENSA Select seal.

Playtesting the game some more!
Playtesting the game some more!

 

We hope the Kickstarter community will play with us again and help get Biome Builder into the hands of students, teachers, and gamers everywhere.

 

Risks and challenges

Having successfully completed and shipped a Kickstarter campaign in 2016, we anticipate potential delays in shipping but no other major delays.

The game has been playtested by hundreds of people in various locations so the mechanic and balance are complete at this point.

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    Thank you so much!

    You will receive a postcard of either a jungle, desert, ocean or plains with a handwritten thank you note from us!

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    Vanilla Chamissonis - Standard Game

    You will receive one standard copy of the retail release game featuring all reached stretch goals. A fantastic bargain for hours of fun!

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    Tapir - Map Pack

    In addition to the fabulous game, these lucky backers will receive a customized map featuring beautiful deserts, oceans, plains and jungles of the world.

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    Howler Monkey - Party pack!

    You will receive three copies of the retail release game, the customized map AND a 3D printed Apex Predator. Call all your party animal friends to join- they'll have a howling good time!

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    Harpy Eagle - Collectors Pack

    You will receive four copies of the retail release game, the customized map, and FOUR 3D printed apex predators (one from each biome)

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    Caiman - Class Pack

    You will receive eight standard copies of the retail release game, the customized map and all four 3D printed apex predators. Perfect for classroom or retail use!

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    Ocelot - Call Pack

    Have the voice of one of our featured creatures record a personal answering machine greeting! Choose from any of the exciting creatures featured in the video: lion, parrot fish, owl, or snail. You will also receive four games, the four 3D printed apex predators and the customized map.

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    Jaguar - Museum Pack

    Receive a personal backstage tour for four people of the American Museum of Natural History from Dr. Mande Holford, a scientist at the museum. This does not include travel. You will also receive four games, the four 3D printed Apex predators and a customized map.

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    Lion - Museum Pack

    Receive a personal backstage tour for four people of the Scorpions at the California Academy of Sciences from Dr. Lauren Esposito, a scientist at the museum. This does not include travel. You will also receive four games, the four 3D printed Apex predators and a customized map.

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    Great White Shark - Museum Pack

    Receive a personal backstage tour for four people of the French National Museum of Natural History from Dr. Nicolas Puillandre, a scientist at the museum. This does not include travel. You will also receive four games, the four 3D printed Apex predators and a customized map.

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