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Buy and bluff your way to yard-sale stardom in this fast-paced card game. May the most obsessed hoarder win!
Buy and bluff your way to yard-sale stardom in this fast-paced card game. May the most obsessed hoarder win!
Buy and bluff your way to yard-sale stardom in this fast-paced card game. May the most obsessed hoarder win!
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Downeast Dealer is a fast-paced card game of strategy for 3 to 5 players based on the old Yankee obsession with finding a bargain. Players run auctions, make bids on collectable items, and challenge other players to deals. The game is simple enough to be played by kids, but engaging enough for the most sophisticated gamer.

Everyone begins with cash and a few bad checks. Play begins with the auction of an item you might find in a classified section of the newspaper, on Craigslist, or in the uniquely Maine publication, “Uncle Henry’s.” Players take turns auctioning these Classified Items to each other and bidding on items to add to their own collection.

Each Classified Item has a point value. The most sought after Classified Item, the Moose Trophy, is worth 100 points. Lesser items, like the Blueberry Rake, are worth as little as 5 points.

A player only earns the points indicated on a Classified Item when they collect the complete set of four cards. When two players each hold the same Classified Item card, one player may “Downeast Deal” to try to capture the set.

Downeast Deals are when bluffing becomes a major element of the game. Players might offer large sums of cash in a Downeast Deal, or they might just throw down a bunch of bad checks. There’s no telling until the deal is done – and the savviest dealer takes the collection (or perhaps a large pile of cash!).

Play continues with auctions and deals until all of the sets are complete. The final scoring depends on the point value of the cards a player has – and the number of sets the player has. Having a moose trophy to hang on the wall is cool – but having a fly-fishing rod in your hall AND a lobster trap in your living room AND an anchor in your cellar is even cooler. Right?

Of course, collectors always run the risk of crossing paths with the village ne’er-do-well, and Downeast Dealer is no different. Keep your collection safe from the Thief. If you don’t, he may run off with your prized heirloom chest!

We’re Jesse and Rob, cousins who grew up spending our best days on the bold coast of “Downeast” Maine. Without TV or a reliable radio, much less a functioning internet connection, we spent our daylight hours with extended family getting muddy, building forts, playing in tide pools, chasing seagulls, or jumping off the nearest bridge. In the evening – or when the fog was thick (often) - we’d play games. We still do all that stuff way Downeast, but now we admit to glancing at our phone from time to time.

Rob (left) and Jesse (right) with some of our favorite people.
Rob (left) and Jesse (right) with some of our favorite people.

 

 We designed this game to help you create just the sorts of moments we enjoy most with our family and friends. The game is inspired by all of the quirky, random games we’ve played with our family over the years. Many of the characters in the game are modeled after folks from around town.

 

One of the characters inspired by our friend David
One of the characters inspired by our friend David

We’ve chosen to keep production right here in Maine by working with a local printer in Sanford. It costs a little more to keep things local, but the quality is top-notch and it just wouldn’t feel right for the game to be made anywhere else.

 

Risks and challenges

This is our first shot at producing a game – but we’re feeling pretty good about it. Jesse is a graphic designer, and this is his first foray into card game design. Rob, an economics teacher, is a lifelong student of game theory and spends more time than he’d care to admit obsessing over family game strategy. We’ve worked with a local printer and we’re all set for production. We’ve spent months play-testing the game with a variety of crowds – young kiddos, gaming grownups, and non-gamers who just like to get together for a beverage or two and have a good time. We’ve tweaked the game based on everyone’s feedback, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

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    Mike the Mailman!

    Supporters at the $7 level will receive a handwritten "thank-you" written on a Downeast Dealer postcard. This reward is inspired by Mike the Mailman, a Downeaster whose mail delivery prompted furious races to the family mailbox.

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    The game!

    The primary reward for supporters is a copy of the game. You get 100 cards – cash cards, bad check cards, 8 sets of Classified Items, 2 additional sets for extended play, and the optional-play Thief cards. All of this packed in a custom tuck box complete with instructions. You can always buy additional decks – they make great gifts for friends and family.

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    The game + post cards!

    You'll receive on copy of the game, and a set of five post-card sized Downeast Dealer images.

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    • One copy of Downeast Dealer.
    • A pack of five postcard-sized Downeast Dealer images.
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    One for you and one to share!

    Grab a game for yourself and one to gift to a friend!

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    Personal customized cards!

    Supporters at the $250 level will receive a copy of the game and one set of Classified Items personalized for them – choose any of the nine eligible objects and send us a picture of someone you’d like to honor. We’ll model the character on the card who holds the object to look like whomever you have in mind. This makes a great gift for someone who would appreciate the surprise of seeing themselves in a game. Heck – you can even have us model a character after you. We won’t judge. It’s your own personal set, so you can do whatever you’d like.

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    • One copy of Downeast Dealer.
    • A set of four personalized gaming cards.
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    Be a character for all to see!

    We haven’t finalized the extended play cards yet. Supporters at this level will receive a copy of the game and give us input on what object they’d like to see in extended play. Then send us a picture from which to model the character holding the Classified Item. Yes – you - or someone you’d like to embarrass (err… honor) will have their likeness included in every game set produced.

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    • Input into the design of extended play cards in all game sets.
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