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By What Pretzels
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  • A game of Pun-Driven Mechanics, Hand Management, and Sabotage!
  • Arm yourself with mischievous crabs, collect your materials and be the first to escape!
  • + Expansion = 5-6 players, Promo Cards, & Advanced and Expert Modes!

"Crabs?! Escape the Island!" is a strategic card game where players are stranded on a deserted island, and must be the first to build a raft to escape the island while being ambushed by an onslaught of Crabs sent by other players.

We've spent a large portion of the last few months searching out the best option for us to get you the game quickly, and at no cost to you.  We've come up with a way to offer FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING to all backers.  This means that no matter which tier you pledge, base game or Expansion (see Expansion below), the price you see is the total price you'll pay!

Start the New Year off the right way. The games will likely ship by Christmas!  After discussing things with both the manufacturer and fulfillment company, we're fairly confident of this. But, things happen that we cannot control, so we're setting the expected arrival for January anyway.  No big deal, right?  You get to start the New Year with the arrival of a great new game, and that's pretty awesome.

 

(1) Day/Night card to keep track of the rounds and remind you to eat something from your pile of delectable Rations.

(4) Player Reference cards to remind you of your actions and what the card symbols mean so you know exactly how you can destroy each Crab that you face.

 (9) Ghost Crab cards for when you are unable to discard a Ration (eat). This will permanently replace a card in your hand for the rest of the game.

(3) Decks to draw from: Island Deck, Rations Deck, & Materials Deck.

Island Deck
This is where you'll find all your pestering Crabs, defensive cards against those Crabs, and useful Shovels. You might even get lucky and find a few cards to boost your number of actions, and jump ahead of the others! (85 cards)

 

Rations Deck
All your delectable Rations can be found here. Some more delicious than others... which means some are outright disgusting! Would you eat some of them if you weren't stranded on an island? I highly doubt it! (35 cards)

 

Materials Deck
This is it! If you're lucky enough not to break your Shovels in the process, you might just locate the materials you need to build your raft and escape the island! Of course, it's always possible to find absolutely nothing, or you might come across some extra Rations. That'd be sweet! (45 cards)

Instruction Manual
Click here to Download the "Crabs?! Escape the Island!" Instruction Manual (3 pages)

This game can be played by everyone, including hobbyists and true tabletop gamers. While the rules are simple enough to understand for normal gameplay, we've added Advanced and Expert modes (see Expansion below) for players who would like more of a challenge. There's also a slightly easier mode of gameplay for when the younger players are at the table.

Click here to Download the "Crabs?! Escape the Island!" Instruction Manual (3 pages)

  • Each player begins with 5 Island cards in their hand and 3 Ration cards on the table in front of them (their campsite).
  • Your main goal is to utilize the Shovels in the Island Deck to collect materials and build your raft.
  • During your turn, you can take a number of actions: play a card, draw a Ration, draw from the Materials Deck (if you have the required tools), etc.
  • Once you've fought your way through the hordes of Crabs and collected enough Materials and Rations to leave the island by raft, you can take your final action and set sail on your beautifully (or shoddily) crafted raft. Congratulations! YOU'VE JUST WON by being the first to Escape the Island!

*Some Crabs will allow you to steal cards from other players, reduce the number of actions they can take, and freeze them for around.  Although they might be able to defend from those attacks by destroying the crabs, capturing them, redirecting them to other players, or even turning the Crabs themselves into some Rations!

If you've come across both the Machete and the Cereal Box (which depicts a Treasure Map on the box and a Compass prize!), then you may be in a position to win by an alternate method. You can use these cards to help you make a break for it and locate the secret resort on the island... just one more way to win! It's difficult, and you are likely to be bombarded by Crabs from the other players bringing you back to camp in an attempt to foil your plans of leaving. Good luck out there!

We've developed an Expansion for "Crabs?! Escape the Island!" to allow you to enjoy more game at a small cost. Backing us at the Expansion tier on Kickstarter still gets you FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE, just like the base game tier. While the base game allows for up to 4 Players to be stranded on the island, the Expansion provides enough extra cards for 6 Players to be simultaneously bombarded by the island's crabs. Along with making it a 6 player game, you'll receive:

Promo Cards
Receive our stack of Promo Cards to add to your game. The Blue Crab, Sandy Claws, Snow Crab, and Stone Crab are all ready to drastically affect the gameplay and make escaping the island that much more difficult! If you're (un)lucky, you might be forced to endure a Tsunami, forcing all players to lose their current hands and re-draw. Are you ready for a challenge?

Scenarios (Advanced Mode)
Want to mix it up? Draw a scenario card to greatly affect your next game. While some may alter a current rule, some scenarios will force you to strive for a different goal. Anyone willing to forgo the raft, and build a BOAT instead?! Good luck! (8 cards)

Daily/Nightly Scenarios (Expert Mode) You really want to lose, don't you? Well, then this is what you're looking for. Each round, you'll find yourself applying a different effect to the game. Maybe you'll all lose a random card from your hand, or half your precious rations. Was that a monsoon last night?! If so, you might all be forced to shuffle your hands together and re-deal the cards out in the middle of the game. This is just our way of messing with you at your own gaming table! I wouldn't expect to win a game of "Crabs?! Escape the Island" in Expert Mode. But, you're welcome to try! (15 cards)

 

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We are Joshua and Caleb Godwin, brothers from the Pensacola area of the Florida panhandle. In our early teens, we began talking about developing games together, which became our childhood dream. Years later, we've finally made time for that dream, and we've been working diligently at bringing it to life. We're currently focused on bringing our first game to market, but it doesn't stop there for us. Since the beginning, we've been focused on the idea of bringing a wide array of card games and board games to the gaming community. Some are great for kids and families, while others are better suited for the more avid gamers. With other great game ideas on the back-burner while we focus our energy on "Crabs?! Escape the Island!", we ask that you help support us today, so that we can bring these great games to your doorstep tomorrow! Profits received through our Kickstarter campaign will be poured back into the business to aid us in getting our next games out that much sooner. Thank you so much for your support, we greatly appreciate it!

"Crabs?! Escape the Island!" is our pride and joy, and has been for about a year and a half.  It's our first game and we're excited to bring it to the public.  We've talked with many manufacturers, and have decided to work with Bang Wee Games (http://www.bangweegames.com).  Their response rate has been phenomenal.  With a desirable price point and their ability to produce good products, they're the obvious answer to our manufacturing needs. It's been a pleasure to work with them thus far, and we are confident that our experience will continue to be just as wonderful throughout the manufacturing process.

 

Funding Goal We want our cake and to eat it too. Bringing you our games at the best rate we can is a large slice of that cake. While trying to keep our price point as low as reasonably possible, we also have to cover our expenses involved in developing, manufacturing, and shipping out the game to your doorstep.  What we factored in as profits will be placed back into our business to help develop our next game(s).  In the spirit of transparency, here's a simple visual to explain how we came up with our funding goal.

 

 

Risks and challenges

Since this is our first game, there are inherit risks that we’ll only discover through experience, but we feel that we’ve done the best to mitigate those risks. Having conducted numerous meetings with already successful designers and developers, taking and applying those hours worth of notes, we know without a doubt that we're on the right track to having a smooth process through fulfillment to your doorstep.

We’ve been beta-testing "Crabs?! Escape the Island!" since the development process started a year and a half ago. Copies were sent to dozens of beta-testers, all at various gaming experience levels; and we held hours of Skype interviews to hear their reviews. After all of this, we are confident that there are no additional changes to the game. From the artwork to the manual, the game is 100% complete and ready to enjoy!

We’ve stayed in constant communication with both the manufacturer and the fulfillment center over the past few months and even ensured that they have worked well with one another in the past. We’ve run the cost estimates at each stage in the process and received outside support from those who were already successful; and we are confident that we’ve approximated the right funding goal. Though this is our first game, we’ve taken extra care to ensure that the production and fulfillment of "Crabs?! Escape the Island!" runs smoothly, and that the game makes it to your doorstep on time with no hassle and at a very reasonable price.

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