About this project
Here's the 30 Second Version:Get in the driver seat and feel what it’s like to live the life of a sweet treat trucker! Stock up your truck, attract customers, and serve a hefty scoop of tasty frozen delight! The best truckers get to know their customers’ favorite selections so they can always meet demand and gain an edge over the competition in the battle to claim the hottest locations. You’ll see the business of icy entrepreneurship is no day at the beach. Buckle up, turn on the loudspeaker, and take to the rocky road...with ice cream!
Rocky Road a la Mode is a game of managing time and resources to meet the demands of sweet-treat-seekers! The game features multi-use cards and a time track that determines the players’ turn order. The player whose ice cream truck is furthest back on the road goes next and may choose from several actions on their turn; stocking up on new treats, playing music over the loudspeaker to attract business, or passing out treats to fulfill customer desires.
Every choice costs time and will force players to move ahead on the road track. Once a player is no longer in the rear of the pack, their turn ends until they find themselves lagging behind again. In addition to gaining loyalty points from happy customers, players can gain bonus treats in their permanent supply so they can meet demand a little easier.
Throughout the game, players will also be fighting to earn the right to take over several of the different territories that make Summer great; the beach, the pool, the park, and the ball field.
Rocky Road a la Mode is a full-fat filler with meaningful decisions and an approachable theme that will grab casual players and gamers alike.
Here's a taste of how it all works together:
Rocky Road a la Mode is a game for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up and is designed by Joshua J Mills of the Board Game Designers of North Carolina. The game plays in 20-30 minutes.
Check out this SUPER SWEET Rules Overview with designer, Joshua J Mills:
Here's a full 2 player play through with Josh and his wife Jamie:
Check out this quick overview of Dice Cream right here:
Rocky Road a la Mode is available world-wide and all copies will ship from within the US! International Shipping fees will be added to your pledge level when you select your home location.
Added Shipping: US-Included!, Canada-$7, Everywhere Else-$15
Note: International Backers will be responsible for any import fees, brokerage or delivery surcharges, or applicable taxes that may be levied after we have shipped your package. However, this campaign is CUSTOMS FRIENDLY.
The low price point and small box for this game should not cause any customs fees for backers pledging for 1-2 copies. We have learned that shipping is a costly endeavor, especially with the recent rate increase in the US Postal Service, and we must try to keep our costs as low as possible to keep our games at an appropriate price point for when they hit retail. We are saying THANK YOU to our early adopters on Kickstarter by offering the game below MSRP while covering the first $5 of shipping costs for all backers. We'll also be adding some extra content at no extra charge (when we reach STRETCH GOALS, of course).
We have plans to add value (STRETCH GOALS!) to Rocky Road a la Mode that we think you will really appreciate. We plan to add value by upgrading components and increasing replayability with added game content.
We have several stretch goals in mind and we hope to hit them all! But know that just as with our previous campaigns, we won't likely be adding more just to add more. We believe that more isn't always better, especially if it holds up production and delays delivery.
That being said, we'll be listening closely to your feedback and ideas and will carefully consider all the ideas that comes our way.
Here's a peek at the first three Stretch Goals to get you all super excited about what is to come:
We think this game is GREAT but don't just take our word for it! Check out this previews and other helpful links! (Please note that all pictures are use prototype components and don't always reflect the final product.)
Click the images to go to the full reviews!
"While the cute artwork and theme might make you overlook it, Rocky Road is a solid family game. I know the "time" mechanism is in vogue right now, but it really does create interesting decisions as you weigh the trade-off of doing something awesome now but not being able to take a turn for a while." - Scott Firestone, Theology of Games
"I'll admit it, the theme and look of this game led me to some preconceived notions of the game. Once I got about 1/3 of the way through the rule book I realized I had a fun game on my hands. I've played it with my boys and it holds up both as a family game and as a great gamer game. That puts this game over the top for me: If I can grab one game off of my shelf and it hits with the family and my gamer friends, it's a winner!" -Jeremiah Isely, Theology of Games
"Overall, I think Rocky Road a la Mode is an excellent little game, and fits in with Green Couch Games’ motto of “great little games that make great big connections.” It’s family-friendly but has enough to hold the interest of more experienced gamers (though it is a little short to be the main course for a game night). The individual mechanics aren’t entirely new, but the combination feels fresh, and I think they’re presented in a way that is easy to introduce to players who haven’t already seen them elsewhere." -Jonathan Liu, GeekDad.com
Check out Ryan's interview with designer, Josh Mills right here! Rocky Road: Dice Cream designer, Nat Levan even chimes in to talk about his one card game (available in the Deluxe Scoop pledge level!)
"Every turn in Rocky Road a la Mode is both agonizing and flavorful." -Jason Dobson, Indie Cardboard
"This is a fun set collection game that gives off a bit of a Splendor feel, the collecting of cards and using those cards to fill orders to gain permanent bonuses that allow for easier filling of future orders. But it plays quicker and let’s face it, the theme is a ton more fun, I know I’d take selling ice cream over jewels, and that kind of shows if you get to meet me ever in person." -Brandon Kempf, WDYPTW Podcast
Kicking it with Meg says: (Read whole review here)
"Rocky Road a la Mode is a really fun game, simple as that. Even though it can be considered a take on the Splendor model, I definitely feel like I am getting more out of my play. With Splendor, I never feel quite as involved and I often end the game feeling underwhelmed. I like the theme of this better, I like the way turn order is determined, and I really love the way you build on bonuses to your truck." -Megan Dana Fauci, Kicking it with Meg.
Taco's Take Reviews says: (Read whole review here):
"Rocky Road a la Mode is a fun game that works well with a wide age range and skill level. This is a great entry point into managing time and resources. More seasoned players will enjoy the engine building aspect of the game. The game is played in a half an hour which goes by real quick. I tried many different strategies and each had their chances of victory. The art is really fun and colorful." -Taco's Take Reviews
Stuart Dunn of Stuart's Study has this to say: (Read the whole review here)
"This was a quick game with a fun theme attached to it. It also had a bit of depth to it that I wasn't expecting." -Stuart Dunn
" This is SO good. Super impressed!" -Michael Fox, The Score
Click above to hear Jason and Josh talk about Full-fat filler and Rocky Road a la Mode on the 20 Minutes of Filler Podcast!
Click above to hear Josh on The State of Game Podcast talking about how he got into gaming!
Check out Jason talking about Rocky Road a la Mode on BGG TV Origins:
If you've read the rules and are still on the fence please check out the free low-ink Print & Play version of Rocky Road a la Mode and Rocky Road: Dice Cream! This way, you can try the game out and if you like the experience then come on back to pledge for a full production copy!
We believe in this game and know that if you give it a chance you'll see the love and attention we've put into developing it for game tables around the world. So get on board and give it a go! See for yourself if Rocky Road a la Mode is for you.
Get the files here!
Note: You'll need to provide your own stackable discs to play!
If you've checked out the videos and read the reviews and still want more info, you can check out the Work-in-Progress Rules PDF RIGHT HERE! The rules are currently being edited and reformatted for clarity and to match the feel of the art and graphic design.
The rules are hosted on BoardGameGeek and will require a free account to download. But if you like games, BGG is the place to be so head over there now to get plugged into the world-wide gaming community!
Joshua J Mills has worked in the video game industry for over a decade with such companies as Epic, Funcom, and Insomniac Games. He is a member of the Game Designers of North Carolina. Josh lives in Durham, NC where his life is about to change because a tiny human girl will soon be hanging out with him and his wife Jamie. You can find Josh on Twitter @JoshuaJMills and on BoardGameGeek.com as joshuajmills.
Adam McIver is a gamer, artist, and game designer living in the Cincinnati area. His art and graphic design can be seen in projects from Gamelyn Games, Foxtrot Games, Renegade Games, Crash Games, Dice Hate Me Games, Eagle-Gryphon Games, Tasty Minstrel Games, as well as Green Couch Games' Best Treehouse Ever and Avalanche at Yeti Mountain. Be on the lookout for his upcoming game, Ex Libris from Renegade Games!
Green Couch Games was founded by Jason Kotarski to release great little games that make great big connections. Rocky Road a la Mode will be their 6th release following Fidelitas, Best Treehouse Ever, JurassAttack!, Avalanche at Yeti Mountain, and Wok on Fire.. Jason is also a game designer and co-host of 20 Minutes of Filler, a Dice Tower Network podcast.
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Risks and challenges
My experience with our last campaigns, Fidelitas, Best Treehouse Ever, JurassAttack!, Avalanche at Yeti Mountain, and Wok on Fire has provided a solid foundation for me to build on. And so far I have been able to avoid delays and common pitfalls by paying special attention to the following areas and building on previous experience:
Art and Design. The art and design for the game is nearly complete so we'll be ready to print shortly after the close of the campaign. I always like to show you I mean business by paying for the art and design upfront!
Playtesting and Reviewing. Rocky Road a la Mode has been tested by many different playtesters and even a bunch of game designers. I have sent a bunch of prototypes to a variety of reviewers. I want to earn your trust by providing you with a solid product that has been thoroughly tested and reviewed by folks from varying backgrounds and perspectives.
Past Experience. This is the sixth Kickstarter project I've run for Green Couch Games and I have helped with several other successful campaigns. Also, having spent many years working in retail and customer service, I understand the importance of treating backers with respect and following through with projects.
Of course, there are always unexpected circumstances that pop up, but I PROMISE to communicate every step of the way and do my best to use creative problem solving meet the challenges head on.
Thank you so much for giving Green Couch Games a chance. As a small company, I truly can't do this without you. I will do my best to thank you by creating great little games that you love to play.
Jason Kotarski, founder of Green Couch Games
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